Save the date……. Clearmeadow Public School Winter Carnival

The School Council from Clearmeadow Public School will be hosting our very first winter carnival, in Newmarket, Ontario, on February 9, 2013.

The main part of the carnival will be from 10 am to 3 pm.

There will be a pancake breakfast to start off the day, for those early birds. The hours will be from 7:30 am to 9 am. Your breakfast is at no charge , however, we ask you to please bring  a can of food per person that will help out the Newmarket Food Pantry.  We have asked the Centrol York firefighters to help serve and cook the pancakes. Mmmm pancakes!

There will be a vendor showcase, basket raffle and possibly silent auction, an animal show from Zoo To You, talent show, food area, chili cook-off contest, outdoor games.  The Newmarket Hurricane hockey club will be out for some of the day and a few community groups as well.  We are hoping to have horse drawn carriage rides as well as visits from the Fire Department, York Regional Police, and the EMT service.

We would like to thank the following businesses/people for their donations to this event, thus far:

Druxys– 100 soup portions

Function Studios in Newmarket– 10 free week passes as well as 10 10-week passes (valued at $120 each)

Kim Price – Board Games

Persechini Fitness Centre– 3 month VIP Membership gift certificate

Lori Mofford, Royal Lepage Realty, Aurora- $100

Rogers Television

Funnery Playpark, Newmarket

Of Rock n Chalk, Newmarket

Town of Newmarket


If you are interested in volunteering, donating a prize and or participating in our event, please send me a reply to this post.


On behalf of Clearmeadow Public School, I thank you all for donations and help.


Admission for this event is FREE so please mark your calendars and come out for a great day of fun!  More updates to follow!

Goals or Resolutions?

Have you thought about your goals for the new year 2013? Do you have any resolutions that you have made?

Over the past few years, I have stopped using the term ” New Year’s Resolutions”.  I find that if I say those words in context with the things I would like to change or improve, I NEVER do them.

I will now refer to them as goals.

For the 2013 year, these are a few of the things I would like to do/change/improve:

1. Eat better

2. Exercise…. any form is acceptable but will work on some running goals.

3. Finish my Fundraising Management Certificate

4. Work more on my blogging and my website

5. Learn some new things- social media techniques, design and photoshop software

6. Play with my kids A LOT, they are growing so fast

7. Organize and declutter my entire house

8.  Look for professional opportunity. ( My kids will be in school full time in September)

9. Continue to be more charitable and give back to my community


Above all, I will improve on learning new things and will NOT give up on what I want.

Please share your goals for the new year with me, I would love to hear about them!

Happy New Year to all!

Twitter Parties, The New Thing?

I recently joined a twitter party online last week.  If you know the hashtag being used and the people who are moderating the party to follow, you are able to see all of the responses. What I have seen so far, the moderators ask questions and you reply with your answers as everyone else does too. The party is usually sponsored by a Brand or a Company who is giving the opportunity to people to win the prizes.  I do not know how the prizes are distributed, however, there are some pretty COOL prizes.

The party I joined was called “Roast beef and Gravy” party. This party was held by Great Canadian Beef ( @grtcdnbeef) and Campbells Canada (@campbellscanada).  The discussion was about gravy, sauces and great tips on how to make your meals great.  I was lucky enough to win a one year supply of Campbells new product called ” Stock First”.  I am not one hundred percent sure if this entails beef, chicken and cream stock.  I received an email yesterday confirming that my prize will be delivered within the week of January 7, 2013.

I am very excited to try out this new product and better yet, it gives me an excuse to try new (and more) recipes this year.  I will discuss this product further after it has arrived and I will begin testing.

Do you have any great recipes for gravies and sauces you care to share? Please comment! Thanks!

Reflection of the Year 2012

All in all, I think my year was a fairly great one!

I turned 40 this year, began a fundraising management college certificate program, started writing and blogging after many years. I ran a half marathon in May and did a half marathon walk in March.

My twin girls turned 5 this year, daugther 8 yrs and my son 11 years old.  My, they are becoming young girls and an almost teenager and great young man. They keep me busy and add a little chaos into my daily life but in a great way.

I met many new and wonderful people this year and am very grateful for the year I had.

I am very grateful for my family, friends, husband, children and to everyone new I met this old, new and from the past, I thank you for making a difference in my life; for who I am and who I am still becoming.

Best Wishes for a very Happy Holiday Season and have a fabulous 2013!

Tis’ the season to spread Christmas cheer

A recent Walmart commercial has inspired my daughter and I to do a few extra things this year!

My daughter the other day at school said to me, ” Mom, I would like to spread some Christmas cheer and give gifts to some random people to brighten their day”.

I purchased (at Walmart) 4 boxes of chocolates this year for the kids to give out as a gift to say thank you to someone they would like to show appreciation for, and the work they do.

My daugther Ashleigh who is 8 years old, acted immediately.

Yesterday, Ashleigh gave a box of chocolates to her running coach, her tutor, as well as the man who picks up the recyling for our home.  The sheer happiness in the faces of these people was just fabulous and Ashleigh was so happy to see that she had made a difference in their day.

Ashleigh has one more gift and will give to the mail carrier as she has decided.

I asked a friend yesterday who works in the community if she knew of any programs that the children could participate in, to show them about giving back to our community.

The Salvation Army was immediately mentioned so after discussing with my children, they have decided that for every present they receive this year at Christmas, they will donate one of their older toys to the Salvation Army for a child who would appreciate it.  The toy will be in good shape and have a lot of play left in it.

My children have already started collecting toys that they plan to donate and I am very proud of them to be actively involved in this and truly believe that they can make a difference in a person’s daily happiness.

They would like to be involved in these types of programs over the entire year so I will look in the community for some opportunities for my children to become involved.

This time of the year always inspires people to help those in need and appreciate what they have but we cannot lose sight that every day, we can make a difference.

Our communities matter!

Have you done anything recently to give back to your community?


Have a very happy holiday, from my family to yours! xx

Newmarket Mompreneur presents Jennifer Ettinger

Newmarket Mompreneur presents Jennifer Ettinger!

Find your Inner Goddess!

 Jennifer Ettinger poster

Have you ever wondered about how to dress for your body type, workouts to do for your body type or even about healthy boosting foods?  Well, Jennifer you can tell you all of this!

Jennifer Ettinger herself

Jennifer is the owner of Fit Your Style and has her own show on Rogers Television. Her book has been in the number 1 position on Amazon and she recently did a book tour in the United States. Jennifer is a Fit and Style Expert and has many fabulous tips to offer.

Maria Racco from Artists Salon and Spa was gracious enough to host this evening for the ladies at her salon.   The Ladies night event was held on December 12, 2012, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in Newmarket, Ontario.

Jennifer talked to us about health and fitness, foods that were great for our bodies, even about the vitamins that we give to our children.  She talked about having healthy cells and that when we eat and give our children unhealthy foods; we are destroying our/their cells.  It was very interesting and quite powerful to say the least!

Jennifer Ettinger workshop gathering

I have had the opportunity to see Jennifer twice now but still would love to have some time to discuss things further in length with her.

Jennifer is available for one-on-one consultations and you can access all of her information from her website at

Jennifer Ettinger workshop group

Diana Hoang from Newmarket Mompreneur has once again put on a fabulous event and has many more planned for the New Year!

Please visit the Newmarket Mompreneur website at  and thanks to Diana Hoang, Jennifer Ettinger and Maria Racco for a wonderful evening!

Baking for your 4 legged friends

I tried this recipe the other day for dog cookies. I enjoy baking cookies for all the four legged friends in my family and neighbours.

mmmmmm, that was one great cookie! Chase approved.



Here is the recipe off the website above as appears on the page:

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe with Oatmeal

This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe is what you’re looking for if you want easy dog treat recipes.  With only four ingredients, one of which is water, you’re likely to have all of the ingredients on hand in your pantry.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another type of flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 cup rolled oats>
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth (I used smooth this time)
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water


Additional flour for rolling


    1. Preheat oven to 350° F
    2. Mix dry ingredients together.

peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

  • Mix in the peanut butter and hot water.  You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.


peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

  • Knead the dough well.
  • Roll out the dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.


peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

Note – This recipe doesn’t call for it, but I put an egg wash (one egg whisked with a fork and then brushed on with a pastry brush) on the treats before I baked them.  It gives them a nice sheen once they’re baked.  Here’s how they look before baking.

peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

  • Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.


peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

If you and your dog can’t wait that long, cool them completely on a wire rack before serving.

Instead of cutting out more shapes with the left over peanut butter and oatmeal dough, I rolled it into balls.  Then I made a cross hatch fork mark on the dog cookies.  This is the same way you would do for human peanut butter cookies.

After: The cookies get very hard, just the way dogs like them!

peanut butter dog biscuit recipe

Storing: This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe makes biscuits that will last in a sealed air tight container at room temperature for one week.  You can store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

…………… My comments below:

I did decide to try the egg wash and it gave it a nice golden brown. I also used the leftovers as above and made round cookies.  I doubled the recipe and had approximately 48 cookies.

My dog would not leave the kitchen during the mixing, and entire cooking process.

Definitely dog approved!

Before the oven… I used a tree cookie cutter
waiting for cookies to finish cooking



Holiday Baking

Every year when December starts, it makes me think of christmas baking.  All the good and yummy treats I can make. I like to make cookies for friends, neighbours, teachers and even for the four legged doggies.

I started my first baking today. I made chocolate chip cookies (this was courteous of Pilsbury). And by the way, they were very good.

I found a newspaper that my Mother in law had given me last year full of cookie and holiday recipes.  I decided to try one of them, called “Chewy Oatmeal Bars”. The recipe was submitted by Emma Graber.

Recipe is as follows:

1 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

1 tsp. soda

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups brown sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

2 cups oatmeal

6 0z chocolate chips

M&M candy

Mix in order given. Set oven at 350 degrees. Put batter in 13 inch by 9 inch pan, sprinkle with m&ms. Do not overbake.

( I cooked this for approximately 15 minutes)

These bars turned out very well and a big hit with my children.

Finishing touches before it goes in the oven
Ready for oven
Mmmmmm chewy oatmeal bars






Baking can be fun with children- let them measure the ingredients, mix and sprinkle the m&ms on top.

It is very yummy so if you are looking for a great recipe, feel free to use this!