Pony Love

Two horse noses nuzzling.
It was a very special Saturday a few weeks back. As many of you know, I have two horses (aka ponies as I like to call them). They live at two separate farms in the Hamilton area. Both farms are fantastic and the care they both get is amazing. On this particular Saturday my older horse Toby was trailered over to Griffin’s barn. For safety and courageous reasons, my trail riding partner Rick a ... >
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Apple of My Eye – Go Apple Picking!

Hand outreached picking an apple that is still attached to the tree.
The best season is the Fall season! There are so many reasons to love Fall including the cooler weather, fewer annoying insects, the beautiful colors of the leaves, fashion and apple picking. Yes, I said apple picking. I recently went to a local orchard in Copetown, Ontario to a place called Myers Apples with my bestie. We relived our youth and joined the family crowds one weekend afternoon. Who k ... >
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Love Lock Bridge in Ottawa

Photo of a railing with locks set against the sunset.
On a recent visit to Ottawa this past summer, I visited the love lock bridge.  After having been in Ottawa for years, I must have been living under some really big boulder because I never knew it existed. It is really quite an amazing sight and place to be. Thousands of couples have shown their commitment and devotion to each other adding a lock to the collection. The bridge just oozes with love! ... >
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I came, I saw Kanye West and had a blast at Ottawa Bluesfest

Photo of Kanye West performing on stage at Bluesfest.
It is almost a week after the concert I attended occurred, but I am sure many of us can agree with this equation: Summer time + Ottawa = Bluesfest (and it also means an obligatory visit to patronize the annual music festival). I have been the last 4 years, seeing mostly hip hop and RnB artists. This year, Kanye West was the biggest headliner but also drew lots of controversy when it was announced. ... >
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Gas Light Electric Makes Some Really Cool Signs

Photo of the "M" marquee sign lit up.
Everybody needs a little more light in their life! How you define that is open to interpretation. For me, I have always been fascinated and enjoyed the look of light fixtures and lamps. In recent years, the industrial, yet minimalist look has been a favourite of mine. However, after recently spotting the unique and hip “C-O-F-F-E-E” marquee light up sign at Equator Coffee, something ab ... >
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Equator Coffee – Grab Yourself a Cup of Locally Roasted Coffee

A close up of a handful of the beans from Equator Coffee.
Local business, check. Coffee, check. Shiny lights, check. Strategic location, check. Making you want to keep coming back, check. Equator Coffee has so many great elements working in its favour, that it has created a formula for success! s Shiny Objects The shiny and lit up “coffee” sign that can be seen while at the corner of Churchill Avenue and Richmond Road are what initia ... >
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Club Monaco Gets a Refresh

A shot of the entrance of Club Monaco.
When you think of Club Monaco, what initially comes to mind? This once Canadian owned fashion company has grown up! It looks quite spiffy in it’s new renovated stores. I remember it in the mid 90s when it was best known for its sweat shirts and crew neck T-shirts. Club Monaco Original Logo Sweater   Fast forward almost 20 years later, and you will find much more than athletic sweatshir ... >
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Relax at Nordik Nature Spa in Chelsea, Quebec

Shot of the entrance to Nordik Nature Spa
Bonjour et bienvenue a le Nordik (Hello and welcome to the Nordik spa). I recently decided to take a short drive to the Quebec side and pay another visit to this spa. Nordik is considered North America’s largest outdoor spa. I was here about 4 summers ago when I first moved to Ottawa, and have been meaning to return. I am kicking myself now for not coming back sooner as Nordik is breathtaki ... >
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Can you escape at Claustrophobia?

Key on Trunk
Ottawa problem solvers, puzzle lovers, game enthusiasts and those looking for fun, there is a new challenge in town for you at Claustrophobia. What is Claustrophobia you ask? There is the obvious and literal dictionary term of “an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places (dictionary.com). However, Claustrophobia is also a new escape room game located in the Hintonburg neighborhood of ... >
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Pure Kitchen for Healthy Eating

The quinoa onion rings with garlic mayo sauce are a must try.
Calling all food lovers! There is a new eatery in Ottawa for everyone that loves to eat healthy, or try something new and it is called Pure Kitchen. With their previous business successes of Pure Yoga, owners Amber Stratton and Jen Dalgleish decided to add a restaurant to the brand. It only makes sense as eating healthy and staying active go hand in hand. I recently got the chance to ask Stratton ... >
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