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Your therapist is not your friend

So I just recently received a phone call from a client I saw years back.  She moved away and I had not heard from her since our last session circa 2011.  When I answered the phone, she identified herself using her first name.  Thankfully, her unmistakable voice allowed me to recognize...
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"Just in case" clutter

January was a busy month here in residential organizing land. This has meant having many chances to assess what similarities I can observe at my clients’ houses and what sort of lessons can I extract from my time spent with them to benefit you who reads this blog.  By far, the biggest t...
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Recipe: Ground beef gyros

Easy to make and super flavourful too! Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt 1⁄3 cup chopped seeded cucumber (thinly slice remainder of cucumber) 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon sugar FILLING 1 lb lean ground beef (I use ground turke...
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Earth Day: What you can do to help (and you really can!)

Earth Day is a day to give Mother Earth a little bit of tender lovin' care, and there are lots of ways you can do that with the whole family. You could pick up garbage around the neighbourhood or school - after the big defrost there's lots of litter on the ground.  Set up a recycl...
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Little Readers: A New Home

As a girl in Mexico City and a boy in New York City ponder moving to each other’s locale, it becomes clear that the two cities — and the two children — are more alike than they might think. But I’m not sure I want to leave my home. I’m going to miss so much. Movi...
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Houses & Homes: The Capsule Collection from Benjamin Moore and The Alpha Workshops

After decades of close collaboration, the Benjamin Moore colour specialists have partnered with The Alpha Workshops artisans to create a special Capsule Collection of 15 hand-painted wallpapers featuring Benjamin Moore premium paints including CENTURY, Aura and studio finishes, a press release state...
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Recipe: Potato Kugel Gratin

In this potato kugel gratin, matzo meal is the key to a golden-brown crust.  Ingredients Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish 3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled (about 6 large) 9 ounces shallots, thinly sliced (about 5) 3 ta...
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5 Things every mom should have in her diaper bag

When you’re a mom, there are a few things you never leave home without: keys, purse, cell phone, water bottle/coffee to-go mug, and, of course, the diaper bag. A diaper bag can be a handy carry-all or can be a disorganized abyss that collects everything from crusty tissues to rotting banana pe...
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4 Spring must-have beauty essentials

There may still be a nip in the air, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about spring! The beauty trends of the season are sure to lift your spirits: it’s all about bold, exciting colour. But be warned: the 4 must-have beauty essentials I’m about to share should not be...
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Family Activity of the Week: Sugar shacks to check out in Montreal

Everyone should experience Martin Picard's famous sugar shack at Au Pied de Cochon. It's rich, delectable and over-the-top, everything Picard's food is known for! And you don’t have to go far to take advantage of all the maple yumminess the season has to offer – Verse...
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Lust item: Freddie Tall Waterproof Rain Boot

Available through Nordstrom, this Freddie tall waterproof rain boot ($628) features Burberry's vintage checks pattern on the cotton cuff, and is cinched with an adjustable toggle to both perfect the fit and protect from elements.
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Recipe: Glazed Berry Breakfast Tarts

Pop a handmade raspberry tart in the oven for a gourmet riff on the toaster favorite. Ingredients 3 c.  all-purpose flour 1/4 c. granulated sugar 4 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 10 tbsp. butter, cut up and cold 3/4 c. plus...
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