GRATEFUL..That is my word for 2019.

Over the last seven months, Christine and I have shared with you our favorite recipes, places to travel, fashion, wellness and fitness tips, parenting fails, family traditions and of course some of our favorite wines. We have also opened our hearts and shared with you some opinions, thoughts and fears of our everyday life.

As we close off the 2018 year and head into 2019, I wanted to reflect on what I am grateful for. I know this is typically a time of resolutions for the new year ( what to start and what to stop) but really do you need that date of January 1st to start or end something in our lives. If you want to make a change, Do It..Damn It!! There is no need to wait to make a resolution for it.

So here are a few things I am grateful for:

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Do The Holidays Stress You Out? Tips on Staying Stress Free and Staying Healthy for the Holidays

Christmas is only 35 days away  and I feel like I am in that commercial you see on TV.. You know the one by the well known Swedish furniture company..

“The people are coming, the people are coming”..As the husband and wife frantically clean their house and make everything perfect.

Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!!!!

Yep and it comes every year at the same time and we still get stressed out about it. We want everything to be perfect…Decorating, baking, parties to go to, gifts to buy, dinners to host, etc, etc.. We tend to eat to much, drink to much and sleep less.  That is a bad mixture of making you stress out more and then, every year we crash, right about the 26th and end up getting sick and spend the next few days in bed or on the couch watching Netflix.  Sounds like a fun Christmas, right..

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While your teen goes to University.. Mine is taking a Gap Year

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You may have just dropped your son or daughter off at a university far from home and are getting used to the new normal of one less mouth to feed.  Maybe your child decided to stay at home and study at the local university or college or maybe, like my son, they decided to take a ‘gap year’.

Gap Year. Recently these two words have been used, thought about, and planned around more than ever, but what is a gap year actually?  Most people understand a gap year to be time spent post-graduation before pursuing more schooling, jobs or other exciting opportunities. In some cases, it may mean traveling, getting a job ... Read More »

From about Grade 10 ( or maybe even earlier), our children start getting asked the question..  ‘What do you want to do after you graduate?’..  Which translated really means ‘What post secondary school are you choosing and what are you going to study?’  While there are many kids that know and have known forever what they want to do after high school, there are many that do not and this question can bring on some anxiety.  If they do not know what they want to do is there something wrong with that?  Are they letting themselves and the people around them down because they don’t know.. And the answer is NO.  In my opinion, there is a lot of pressure on kids to figure it out early and they think the ‘right’ thing to do is to head straight to post secondary but it might not be the right thing for them.

Taking a gap year is not a bad thing.  On the contrary, it can be very beneficial for some kids, if they have a plan for that year.  Sitting in their rooms and playing FortNite is not a plan…

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