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FAMILY JEWELS
There are certain things most women who are fortunate enough to reach the age of 40 have in their possession – quality skin care products, at least one really good pair of shoes and a jewelry box full of memories. More
How to Keep Your Resolutions
Let's face it. Despite the best of intentions, most health-oriented New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside long before February rolls around. So, what's the secret to keeping your resolution to shape up and eat better? To find the answer, we sought some expert advice from local personal trainers, nutrition consultants and dietitians. Here's what they had to say about battling the January bulge and keeping those fitness, nutrition and weight loss resolutions on track. More
The Makings of a Mudroom
The mudroom. Such a plain old, dirty name of a room, but, done right, it's a space that can transform chaos into organized bliss. Mudrooms come in every size — from small entries with a few strategic hooks to large, dedicated rooms complete with lockers, laundry and pantry storage. But they share a common goal: to organize, centralize, simplify and declutter. Here are a few tips and tricks to create a functional and practical mudroom or entryway for your home. More
Suping
Suping
There's a new craze taking over water sports in Barrie: Stand Up Paddleboard. Called SUPing in the industry, it is already a phenomenon in the U.S. with hundreds of races each year on the boards that resemble a large windsurfer. Read More..
Georgian Bay Boutique Wineries
Georgian Bay Boutique Wineries
A new wine region is emerging with unique varietals right in our cottage country Read More..
Organic Matters: Cookstown Greens & David Cohlmeyer
Organic Matters: Cookstown Greens & David Cohlmeyer
The humble man behind the local food movement Read More..
Focus on Alliston
Focus on Alliston
The Village we know as Alliston established its roots back in the 1840s when William Fletcher settled the area with his family and built a sawmill and gristmill along the Boyne River, which meanders through the town on the north side of Victoria Street, behind the downtown core and to the south of Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Read More..
Drinking With: Arlene Dickinson
Drinking With: Arlene Dickinson
I started the ‘Drinking With' column in June of last year, the mandate was to only try wines available at the LCBO for $20 or less. This is the one time I've broken that rule. Arlene Dickinson, the kindhearted millionaire with the flaming mane from CBC's Dragon's Den, is now in the wine business.¬†Arlene's Dragon's Blend is not available at the LCBO but can be purchased through¬†B&W Wines (www.bwwines.com) for $40 a bottle. Read More..
Confessions of a food writer
Confessions of a food writer
Food writing is a delicious profession. Along with reporting the latest foodie trends, you regularly enjoy free edible samples, and often receive above average service at local restaurants. Perks aside, this yummy job does have its fair share of odd ball moments, misconceptions and challenges. With nearly 15 years of experience, here are 10 personal food scribe confessions readers might enjoy: Read More..
Your Backyard Resort
Your Backyard Resort
The modern pool–it's no longer just a place to cool off on a hot summer's day; it has character and charm, jumping water jets, coloured lights, efficient heaters and automated cleaners. It is surrounded by distinctive landscaping and sprawling stone work, which is often as important to the customer, as the pool itself. Read More..
Designer Showcase - Deborah Stephenson
For Deborah Stephenson of Impressive Interiors, designing and decorating isn't just her job, it's her passion. And with a busy schedule that extends beyond a regular work day, Stephenson's desire to please her clients keeps her motivated and driven to not just meet her clients' needs, but to exceed them whenever possible. Read More..
Designer Showcase - Cyndie Jerome
Designer Showcase - Cyndie Jerome
Once again, Cyndie Jerome Design has brought warmth and comfort to two everyday spaces, transforming dated and drab to modern and sleek, but most importantly -- usable space. “It's always a measure of success when you hear a homeowner say that they use the space all the time and love it,” says Jerome, whose energy and passion for design are reflected in her work and her desire to please her clientele. Read More..
How to start  a wine club
How to start a wine club
Getting a gang together to launch your very own wine club sounds like a daunting task but never fear, it's not only a blast, it's easy. In three simple steps, you'll be enjoying a gathering of lively minds to debate the merits of a chosen bottle… or seven. Read More..
A transformation is taking place... Downtown goes Uptown
A transformation is taking place... Downtown goes Uptown
When walking down Dunlop Street rarely a day goes by without another new business adding its storefront to the growing number of entrepreneurs that are calling the Barrie downtown home. From Toronto to Mulcaster streets, stores that once stood vacant are filling up as fast as property owners can put up For Rent signs. Read More..
Visit The Mountain
Visit The Mountain
Where can one snowshoe through the scenic caves, tour the base of a home-grown brewery, enjoy a sleigh ride through the country, taste whisky and wine on the same day, and board and ski on some of the best slopes in the province? Read More..
Tour the talent of Midhurst - Midhurst Arts & Crafts 24th Home Tour
Tour the talent of Midhurst - Midhurst Arts & Crafts 24th Home Tour
Get ready for the holidays with unique handcrafted jewellery, exquisite paintings or show-stopping centrepieces during the 24th annual Midhurst Arts & Crafts Home Tour in November. The tour showcases local artists from the area and gives independent artists the opportunity to meet the public. There are 12 homes in the Midhurst hamlet and 27 artists to peruse while getting a sneak-peek into some gorgeous homes. Read More..
Capture The Memories
Capture The Memories
Since the dawn of time, or at least the dawn of photography, we've all experienced the ritual of the family photo. Reluctant family members are herded together, some more willingly than others, and depending on the aptitude of the designated photographer, left to stand frozen for long awkward moments while siblings and spouses shout instructions at each other and bodies are jostled about. Finally, awkward smiles are flashed at the camera – or not— and the event is recorded. Read More..
Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre  A Natural Getaway
Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre A Natural Getaway
There is something to be said about the energy walking into the retreat centre at Sugar Ridge in Wyebridge off of Forget Road – an unbelievably appropriate name. It's calming and vibrant all at once. Owners, Liz and Kurt Frost, with their now eight year-old son Ben, left the rat race in Toronto more than six years ago to create a space for people to heal and simply, to share love. Read More..