The Good Life


Can’t always get what you want Family / The Good Life

Lately I’ve noticed a phenomenon that, while it is not entirely propagated by my children, is certainly perfected by them. I could put it down to basic word definition confusion, but I think it goes somewhat deeper than that. You see, they seem to be entirely unclear about the difference between the word “can” and “want” and their associated derivatives. Allow me to explain, via...

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Because I Said So Family / The Good Life

Happy Holidays is a phrase you often hear at this time of the year, but as busy parents will attest, it can be a hard concept to truly embrace as we race from school “Holiday Concerts”, filling out forms and cheques for the annual “Holiday Fundraiser” for the hockey team, and choosing just the right outfit to wear to a spouse’s “A Night in the...

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Lake Tahoe Family / The Good Life

When Canadians think of California they’re more likely to envision surfboards than snowboards. Similarly, a trip to Nevada conjures up images of desert and casinos, rather than world-class powder skiing. A visit to Lake Tahoe, which conveniently straddles the two states, will assuredly alter those perspectives. Heavenly and Northstar are two of Vail Resorts’ premier destinations, and they are located about an hour apart, at...

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Blue Mountain Family / The Good Life

“Are we interested in skiing or snowboarding today?” smiles Blue Mountain’s greeter, James Webb, to a group of young men who have entered the Badlands Rental building looking a bit bewildered by the activity and crowds gathering up boards and skis for the day. After Webb guides them through the four-step process – registering on one of the various computers, entering their payment information, picking...

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Ladies Re-Treat Family / The Good Life / Travel

A “Girls’ Getaway” is the perfect way for women in groups large or small, to reconnect, re-inspire and renew all the reasons they formed that special bond in the first place. You don’t need to travel far from Mississauga to find an escape for body, mind, and soul from the stresses of everyday life. Luckily there is a great selection of unique and fabulous experiences...

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Surf City USA Family / The Good Life

An ever-present surf culture is evident in every storefront, statue, and attitude. Located in Orange County, California, and just a 45-minute drive from Los Angeles, Huntington Beach is home not only to some of the best waves in the world, but also breathtaking ocean views, stunning beachside hotels and the chance to revel in the laidback California surf lifestyle. The city’s centre is located on...

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E-Readers Family / The Good Life

“What’s the name of the book you’re reading?” As I looked up from my BlackBerry Playbook, where, thanks to my Kobo app, I was engrossed in an excellent read*, I paused for a minute and said “I’m not sure, actually, but it’s really good.” I realized I wasn’t sure what the author’s name was, either. Welcome to the new world of e-reading and the “coverless”...

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Bahama Mamas Family / The Good Life / Travel

When you hear the term “Girls’ Getaway” you might immediately envision a day at the spa, a mani/pedi or a day of shopping and lunching. But I recently experienced a long weekend adventure to Grand Bahama Island (www.bahamas.com/bahamas/grand-bahama-island) that turned a simple getaway into a “Great Escape”. The second most popular tourist destination in the Bahamas (after Nassau), and the fifth largest of the 700...

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North Carolina Hunger Games Family / The Good Life / Travel

When I was invited to visit North Carolina* to tour the film shoot locations where The Hunger Games was shot, I’ll admit my love of the book and the anticipation of seeing the actual sites was my main motivation. *Kathy was a guest of the North Carolina Tourism Board. But after I arrived in the western part of this expansive state, I came to appreciate...

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What Moms Really Want Family / The Good Life

But it doesn’t have to be all about being a Mom. Moms really want to take the day to celebrate being themselves, but maybe surprisingly, mostly without the kids. So, what’s the perfect gift for busy Moms? “Time”, according to founder and partner of Mabel’s Labels, and mother of six children Julie Cole. “I remember one Mother’s Day when I had three kids and the...

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