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On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decided… Continue reading On Genealogy: The Loyalist, The Spy and The American Revolution

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On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma's dad's side. This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu. Louis' Birth Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, and… Continue reading On Genealogy: My 2x Grand-Parents – Louis Allard & Eva Beaulieu

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On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

I've been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I'd start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.  I am going to start with my great grand parents on my mom's… Continue reading On Genealogy: My Maternal Great Grand-Parents: Palma Duchesne & Laurette Allard

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Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

My first blog of 2018 .... and it's a recipe.  I'm in crunch mode - I'm taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks ..... The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea Salt… Continue reading Recipe: Unguilty Pleasure – Yummy Protein Cake in a Cup

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On Set: Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

It's UFC night here at the house, it's also New Years Eve Eve - the boys are watching UFC and I'm blogging my second to last entry of the year.  I'm into UFC but am truly waiting for the Cyborg vs Holly Holm fight. Not that this has anything at all in common with UFC… Continue reading On Set: Murdoch Mysteries Was Shooting in my Hometown …

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On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude Boisandré

Most Canadians are familiar with the King's Daugther's/Filles du roi.  The Filles du roi, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women, many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement… Continue reading On Genealogy: Filles du roi – Descendant of Jeanne-Claude Boisandré

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On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!

Rev. Obadiah Holmes definitely has some Famous kin.  I've covered Abe Lincoln & Amelia Earhart and now I'm covering my connection to comedic legend,  John Ritter, best known as Jack Tripper. Another descendant of Rev. Holmes, is Willis Carrier - the inventor of air conditioning (I really love this guy on hot, sticky, humid days!)… Continue reading On Genealogy: John Ritter is my 9th Cousin, 2x removed!

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On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!

My lineage just gets better and better!  To date I have discovered a relation to a King of France, a US President, one of the Filles du Roi, an explorer,  a colleague of Samuel de Champlain, a great Uncle who died in WWI in Flanders ... these are just some of my finds ... and… Continue reading On Genealogy: Say What? I’m Connected To Amelia Earhart!

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On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln

So this was the MOST EXCITING ancestral find to date!  The connection, albeit distant - with the most impressive US Presidents of all time - Honest Abe is my 6th cousin 5x removed. I posted yesterday on my connection to Obadiah Holmes - the important member of the Baptist church who was whipped for his… Continue reading On Genealogy: My Connection to President Lincoln

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On Genealogy: Whipped for Baptist Beliefs – My Connection to Rev. Obadiah Holmes

Ok, it's safe to say we all know that I'm a genealogy NUT, I won't even try to deny it.  I love learning and I love history, especially when it comes to MY OWN.  They say to know where you're going, you've got to know where you've been.  I believe in knowing the trials, tribulations… Continue reading On Genealogy: Whipped for Baptist Beliefs – My Connection to Rev. Obadiah Holmes

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On Genealogy: My Salem Witch Trial Connection

Late last night, I couldn't sleep, I decided to do a bit of digging on some hew "hints" on my Ancestry.ca site and take closer look into my DNA profile. A while back I posted a blog called "On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662" which traced my roots… Continue reading On Genealogy: My Salem Witch Trial Connection

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Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do 💪🏻

I actually wrote this last year ago but didn't post cause I wanted to respect my brother's privacy.  I'm really trying to do is show how strong he is.  This is a tribute to his grit and will power.   We’ve all had a time in our lives that are beyond difficult to cope. When… Continue reading Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do 💪🏻

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no dress rehearsal this is our life: the passing of canadian legend – Gord Downie 😭

'We Are Less As A Country Without Gord Downie In It' - Prime Minister Trudeau I had to wait a few days to write this, I just watched the documentary Long Time Running two days ago ... so I needed to collect my thoughts and emotions before I got to it. I want the WORLD… Continue reading no dress rehearsal this is our life: the passing of canadian legend – Gord Downie 😭

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On Travel: Philly, The City of Brotherly Love

🎶 "In West Philadelphia not born nor raised, in Kdub is where I spent most of my days 🎶" --- which is why I decided to take my next  trip to Philly.  I love to travel, I love history - all kinds of history and Philadelphia is steeped deep in American history. The primary reason for our trip… Continue reading On Travel: Philly, The City of Brotherly Love

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Your Perception is Your Reality

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticy wherein I talked about perception, about reframing your mindset. "Perspective is a powerful thing isn’t it? When you can reframe an experience, you can often change what happens as a result".   Have you ever wondered about how you perceive yourself… Continue reading Your Perception is Your Reality

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Opting on Adopting: Our Rescue Dog Ellie

Did you know that each year at least 600,000 dogs are euthanized in Canada,  simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet? I decided to write this blog as I sat here watching a bit of TV and looked over at Ellie, my 3… Continue reading Opting on Adopting: Our Rescue Dog Ellie

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On Travel: My Japanese Experience

こんにちは - Kon'nichiwa Welcome to my first blog exclusively on travel.  I love traveling, I've been fortunate to have traveled to Mexico (4x), Cuba, Dominican Republic (5x), Aruba, Las Vegas (4x), NYC (2x), Mount Rushmore, Vancouver Island and many other places - but I've yet to have been overseas.  So this was a first! Life… Continue reading On Travel: My Japanese Experience

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Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticity

I consider myself more of a spiritual person than a religious one. I meditate, chant and listen to Hindi mantras/vedas, started to re-practice Yoga, believe in Om Namah Shivaya (ॐ नमः शिवाय) which literally translates to “I honour the divinity that dwells within me, I bow to Shiva, my true identity” - I believe in… Continue reading Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticity

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Kingston Penitentiary: Canada’s Alcatraz – MY TOUR

Tours through Kingston Penitentiary offer a unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison. Its doors closed in 2013. And now offers guided tours which provide an up-close look at this historical building which predates Canadian confederation. The first time we went to Kingston in 2013, the… Continue reading Kingston Penitentiary: Canada’s Alcatraz – MY TOUR

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Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

A pseudoscience. The study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence I've always been intrigued with folkloric creatures like Loch Ness, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Sea Serpents, The Mothman, Thunderbirds and Jersey Devil, just to name a few. Today I am an acting cryptozoologist!… Continue reading Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

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Recipe: ‘Shake’ Off That Summer Heat: EASY Homemade Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

This iced coffee recipe is super easy to make and is loaded up with protein, so you’re getting your caffeine boost and protein all in one. My version uses vanilla-flavored protein powder and has a fairly strong coffee flavour. Gather Your Ingredients (makes 1 serving) 1 cup of ice 1 cup chilled strong-brewed coffee (using… Continue reading Recipe: ‘Shake’ Off That Summer Heat: EASY Homemade Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

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Messages from Beyond: How My Dad Connects With Me

Do you believe in the after life?  Do you believe that your loved ones have a way of communicating with you after they've crossed? Has One of These Ever Happened to You? Have you ever come across a random dime in the oddest of places? Has a song ever come on the radio at the exact… Continue reading Messages from Beyond: How My Dad Connects With Me

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On Genealogy:  Great Scott! Descendants of Andrew McKenzie & Agnes Leckie of Lanark Co, Ont.

Today's blog #7 on genealogy features my SCOTTISH roots.  Before my AncestryDNA results, I hadn't spent too much time on this line - it follows my father's line - through my 3x grand father George Richards' wife, Cecelia --->  see tree below. I'm unable to go back any further - the records stop at Andrew… Continue reading On Genealogy:  Great Scott! Descendants of Andrew McKenzie & Agnes Leckie of Lanark Co, Ont.

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On Genealogy: My Genetic Ancestry DNA Results Are In!

I know I already posted a blog today.  But, as I was walking out the door, I got an email from Ancestry that my DNA results were in and I had to check them stat! If you've been a regular visitor to my blog, you'll likely know that I've been working hard on my family… Continue reading On Genealogy: My Genetic Ancestry DNA Results Are In!

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On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662

On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662. Today's blog on genealogy #5 is on the lineage of the Milk family.  This surname has long been associated with the county of Norfolk, England, where it appears about twenty-two times in proportion to each 10,000 of the population of that county. … Continue reading On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662

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‘Napalm Girl’: The Day I Met Kim Phúc

The photograph is one of the most well known photographs of this era.  That of a little girl fleeing the horror -  she is running naked on a road after being severely burned by the South Vietnamese napalm attack.  On June 8, 1972, Kim's village of Trang Bang came under attack by South Vietnamese planes, which mistakenly dropped napalm… Continue reading ‘Napalm Girl’: The Day I Met Kim Phúc

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I Was In An Earthquake: Dominican Republic 2003

In September of 2003, we decided to take a family vacation to the Dominican Republic.  It was our 1st destination family trip ever.   I was excited for a week of relaxing, switching off from work, and enjoying the sand and sun.  The kids were extra excited as they had never been anywhere except for Quebec… Continue reading I Was In An Earthquake: Dominican Republic 2003

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The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull: I Saw It Up Close and Personal

Looking back at events in your life now you can gain a whole new appreciation and sense of awe of things that you didn't truly understand back in the day. We had a split class when I was in the 7th grade, our class was made up of grades 7/8.  I went to a French… Continue reading The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull: I Saw It Up Close and Personal

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On Genealogy: Story of Pte. Émile Lamothe

Genealogy story #4 features my Great Grand Father, Émile Lamothe, whom I called Grand-Pépère Lamothe.  I figured since my last two blogs featured the other Veterans in my family, that I'd continue on that note. Cleophas Émile Lamothe was born on June 10, 1897, in Bonfield, Ontario to Marie Louise Charron, age 38, and Joseph Magloire Lamothe, age… Continue reading On Genealogy: Story of Pte. Émile Lamothe

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On Genealogy: Story of Pte. Benjamin Richards

Hello and welcome to blog #3 on genealogy!   This story features my Grampa - Benjamin George Richards. I was able to obtain a copy of Grampa's war records from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Canadian Armed Forces) a few years ago, when I wrote out for them.  WWII records are still not available online. Military… Continue reading On Genealogy: Story of Pte. Benjamin Richards

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On Genealogy: Story of Pte. George V. Lee

Welcome to story #2 of my family tree. Today, I'm going to share with you the story of my paternal grandmother's father's brother  - my Great Grand Uncle, George Victor Lee who was killed in action (KIA) in The Great War. For this story you're going to have to stretch your memory all the way back to History class,… Continue reading On Genealogy: Story of Pte. George V. Lee

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On Genealogy: My 1st Blog on Ancestry!

On Genealogy: My Relation to the First Colonists to New France. The First Documented Marriage Between a French Settler & Native American Woman and My relation to Louis Joliet, the French Explorer I can be quite obsessive at times.  My latest past time is genealogy - I've been working on my family tree for years… Continue reading On Genealogy: My 1st Blog on Ancestry!

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rent cautiously, rent wisely.

Tenant problems plague landlords every day.  Last month I learned my first real lesson as a landlord. I've been a landlord now for 14 months, I must admit I've had pretty decent tenants, but, these last tenants though have had me scratching my head and have me wondering what I got myself into 🤷🏻‍♀️. As… Continue reading rent cautiously, rent wisely.

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Welcome to My Life

It's been awhile since my last blog.  I've started and stopped so many different blogs but for some reason or another never brought myself to finish them. Today, I invite you on a little journey ... Like so many of us, I started strong this past January with the New Years resolutions and the "2017, get… Continue reading Welcome to My Life

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Recipe: Healthy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

I’ve really been embracing this journey.  I’m on a quest for 2017 to drop this extra 15-20 lbs that I’ve put on over the past 15 months. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean not having good food, enjoy the food and enjoy the journey. Today, I decided to make some healthy treats for my fiancé… Continue reading Recipe: Healthy Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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Be More With Less

Living with less creates time and space to discover what really matters Have you ever wondered about having more with less? I have for a long while now.  I wondered what it would be like to minimize stress, possessions, work, household responsibilities, financial obligations and in-turn having more time, energy, sleep, happiness. I’ve slowly been… Continue reading Be More With Less

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🎶It’s Not Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas🎶

It's a week before Christmas, I'm not overly excited.  It doesn't feel much like Christmas this year.  For the first time in 23 years, I won't be with my chids  ... chids is a Tinaism - my brain has this tendency of mixing like words and creating it's own new word.  Chids is a mixture… Continue reading 🎶It’s Not Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas🎶

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Keep Calm While The Renovations Continue …

I love home decor. I've owned 6 homes and with each one I’ve always wanted to make them "mine".  Fortunately ... or unfortunately I've never been one to be ok with the status quo.  I enjoy expressing myself through decor. We moved into our current home last November.  A 3200 sq ft century home with… Continue reading Keep Calm While The Renovations Continue …

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Recipe: Banana Oat Bran Protein Muffins [0 sugar, 0 flour]

 I LOVE bananas, they're probably one of my favourite fruits taste wise (banana bread, banana pecan muffins, banana pancakes, banana strawberry smoothies, oh and of course banana mamas!).   While on this weight loss journey, I didn't want to have to give up all of my favourite things and I wanted to make sure I… Continue reading Recipe: Banana Oat Bran Protein Muffins [0 sugar, 0 flour]

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Misophonia: Why Does Hearing You Chew Make My Skin Crawl?

It’s a basic necessity of life, we all need to do it, but, why does hearing you chew make me wanna jump out my skin?   Each bite you take, each time you chew your food, or swallow bothers me.  I’m crazy, right? It CANNOT be quiet when we eat.  If we eat in front… Continue reading Misophonia: Why Does Hearing You Chew Make My Skin Crawl?

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You and I Were Meant to Fly: Review of New Leaf – Canada’s Newest Discount Virtual Airline

As I start to write this, I’m on Flair Air a new service offered by New Leaf.  New Leaf has been in operation since July of this year and is a Canadian virtual airline based out of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Manitoba. It sells tickets for flights operated by Flair Airlines. Flight this evening is from Winnipeg, MB… Continue reading You and I Were Meant to Fly: Review of New Leaf – Canada’s Newest Discount Virtual Airline

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I’ll Take -20 Pounds For $200 Alex!

I've been feeling all kindsa crappy , the past few months,  since I put on some extra weight.  I definitely have become "Dauphinzed" (but in all fairness, had I lived somewhere else, the outcome would have been the same).  I'm not gonna lie,  I loved it - it was fun to let loose, eat what… Continue reading I’ll Take -20 Pounds For $200 Alex!

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Remembrance Day: Give a Pittance of Time

If you're grateful for your freedom; THANK A VET.  If you're proud to call this land home, where we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion; THANK A VET - there's a reason we sing "the true North strong and FREE". It’s easy for us, from the… Continue reading Remembrance Day: Give a Pittance of Time

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Get Out The Covers!

I am music buff.  I love music, and I have a eclectic range  ... classical, country, classic rock, alternative, 80's rock ballads, heavy metal, blues, hip hop, rap, indie, pop, R&B, raggae, raggaeton, latino and accoustic etc.  There's probably not a genre I don't like ... well maybe screamo ... I don't like screamo, but… Continue reading Get Out The Covers!

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At Transformation

A few years ago, I went through a period of transformation.  A time where I was forced to do some intense soul searching and dig deep. I had always been Tina daughter, Tina sister, Tina wife, Tina mom, Tina worker.  I had spent years defined by those roles, as many of us do, that I… Continue reading At Transformation

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Let’s All Get Cozy With Our Local Shop Owners

One of the best things about living in a small town, is the charm and quaintness of unique local shops. I have a few staple favourites, but my fave is most definitely Style Mercantile. This cozy ma and pa joint is owned and operated by Karen and her husband Derrick, who opened Style Mercantile in November… Continue reading Let’s All Get Cozy With Our Local Shop Owners

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farewell bright lights, big city!

One of the biggest decisions I made in the betterment of myself was to shake up the status quo.  Having grown up in a decent sized city in South Western Ontario all of my life, I decided to move to The Big Smoke (a.k.a. Toronto, TO, Tdot, The Six – ok well you get the… Continue reading farewell bright lights, big city!