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Top 10 Signs That Spring is Coming to Ottawa

snowscape It is hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago we were concluding a seemingly endless cycle of -30 degree temperatures here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

But now that we are back to more normal temperatures and with the official start to spring just a few days away, many are giddy with anticipation to say goodbye to Old Man Winter.

Even though we could still get a dumping of snow at any time over the next month, not surprisingly, we start looking for signs of spring to convince ourselves that we are justified in coming out of our Netflix hibernation and start enjoying the great outdoors again.

Here they are, the top 10 signs that spring is coming to Ottawa:

10 – If you are a “car singer”… forgetting that the car window was open for the first time this season and realizing that you had an audience;

9 – (I overheard this one…) The terror of knowing that bathing suit weather is around the corner;

8 – Wearing too many layers one day, too few layers the next day, too many layers one day, too few layers the next day…Repeat;

7 – Teenagers walking around in shorts, Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Why It’s a Good Thing the Holidays Are Over

Of course, it’s the most wonderful time of the year… a time for getting together with family, friends and colleagues, a time for remembering the meaning and spirit of the holidays, recalling the traditions of holidays past and making new memories to last a lifetime.

I think the magic and spirit of the holidays gets renewed every time we bring a new baby into the extended family. The new bundle of joy offers us the opportunity to revisit our traditions with a fresh pair of eyes and help us forget for a few moments the crowded shopping malls, the busy parking lots and the race to cross everything off our lists.

Regardless of what goes on throughout the rest of the year, I think it is very easy to get caught up in the romance of the holidays. If it wasn’t, why are we such suckers for Lifetime Christmas movies?

But once our off-key rendition of Auld Lang Syne is over and we have swallowed our last sip of champagne with bits of confetti, it is sadly time to get back to real life. But here are the top 10 reasons why it is a good thing the holidays are over:

10 – After several large meals over a month, appetite is finally starting to come back! Baked chicken breast and steamed veggies have been really appealing lately!

9 – My inbox can finally go on a diet too now that Continue reading

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