Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thriving During the Holiday Season

The Holidays are here and that means parties, work functions and lots of time spent with the family. All of this can be stressful and overwhelming for many people, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many things that you can do to prepare for the holiday mayhem!
I’ve put together a list of the things that I do to help  get ready for the Holiday party circuit.
  • Be prepared: This works for so many functions, not just the ones around the holidays. Test your recipes, make things ahead of time, and set your table the night before. Doing these 3 things will help cut your day of stress in half. Check out some of these books to help you prepare.

Holiday table

Get yourself organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp
Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
Table settings by Tessa Evelegh
Perfect table settings by Denise Vivaldo
  • Keep the children occupied: You need to keep them occupied from the beginning of the day so that you can get done anything that still needs to be done. Movies and crafts can be a great way to do this. Check out some of these great Christmas movies and craft books to keep your children occupied.

kids holiday crafts

Arthur Christmas
12 Dogs of Christmas
Hanna-Barbara Christmas Classics Collection
Origami holiday decorations by Florence Temko
Christmas decorations for you to make by Susan Purdy
The Merry Christmas activity book by Jane Bull
  • Remember to relax: It’s just a family holiday after all, if something goes wrong, roll with it. It’s not the end of the world if dinner is half an hour late or someone spilt their red wine on the carpet. After all the day really is about spending time with the people you love. Check out some of these great books and CD’s to help you relax.

take time

The mini-retreat solution by Julia James
MomSpa by Jennifer Sander
Down time classical music for quiet moments (CD)
Lakeside retreat by Oliver Schroer (CD)
Beneath the waves (CD)


Comfort food for the cold months

comfort foodIs there anything better than a hot plate of your favorite comfort food on a cold night? Now that the weather is cold and the nights are longer I love to come home and make something comforting to eat. Things that warm you up and stay with you through the evening like stew, roasted meats and savory pies are among my top go to meals.


Here are some books to help inspire you to make some comfort food this winter.
Low card, high fat and Paleo slow cooking by Birgitta Hoglund
French comfort food by Hillary Davis
Comfort Food by Rick Rodgers
500 best comfort food recipes by Johanna Burkhard
Southern Living comfort food
Jamie’s comfort food by Jamie Oliver
From Mama’s table to mine by Bobby Deen

A handmade Holiday

The holidays are almost upon us and I’m sure most of you have started or are thinking about doing some holiday crafting. I know I like to bake holiday cookies to give as gifts but I would also like to make other things as well like, sweaters and homemade bath products. Giving handmade gifts over the holidays is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care for them.
Do you have all your crafts done? If not, don’t fret there is still time to get all your crafts finished. I’ve made a few list of books that I like to use from the library to help you make a wonderful handmade holiday season. Check out the catalogue for more titles.
Sweet Christmas by Sharon Bowers
Christmas baking by Mia Ohrn
Handmade gifts from the kitchen by Alison Walker
Handmade gifts by Hannah Moore
Prettylittle presents
Gifts for kids to make by Cheryl Owen
Last minute knitted gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Heirloom Christmas stockings in cross-stitch
Winter knitting by Katarina Rosen

It’s your Time – Get Ready for Retirement

It's your Time - Get Ready for Retirement program image

Life transitions like retirement require a whole set of decisions and choices. What do I need to do to get ready? What are the ducks I need to get into a row? Getting started earlier rather than later is to your advantage and so start by meeting someone who has taught, lectured, blogged, and written a book about preparing for retirement.

mccawJoin Donna McCaw ( author of                   It’s your time at the Main Library on November 18th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.


Tis’ the season … to Winterize your home

Make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat this winter.  You can save energy without spending much money and make your home a warm refuge from the cold.

There are lots of websites that give you tips on how to winterize your home:

Ontario Home Inspection Service 10 Home Winterization Tips                                             Winterize Your Home on a Budget                                                                                                         35 ways to winterize your home (without poisoning your family)

Visit the Library for home maintenance/repair books that will help you with this task:

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