Why Did Target Suck at Being Canadian?

Is it possible to be stunned and not at all surprised at the same time? That's how I feel about Target's sudden announcement that they are closing all 133 stores in Canada. ...more
We got my favourite set of sheets from Target. I'm going to need to go and buy a bunch of the ... more

Will The Mary Sue Become a Mary Sue?

Last month, The Mary Sue, formerly "the guide to girl geek culture," surprised its community by merging with sister site Geekosystem, changing its design, and changing its tagline to "let your geek flag fly." While some pushback on The Mary Sue's changes was to be expected, some of the changes—as well as comments made on social media by senior staff members—have left some readers wondering if The Mary Sue is about to become a ...more
I have loved The Mary Sue for so long... it's where I get all of my geek news, and I've always ... more

Annie Is Black and The Sun Will Still Come Out Tomorrow

Last year, Academy Award-nominated African American actress Quvenzhané Wallis was confirmed as the lead role in the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith-produced remake of the classic movie Annie. She'd just been nominated for her amazing portrayal of Hush Puppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild and received a lot of buzz as a rising star in Hollywood....more
I grew up on the 1982 Annie, and I'm so super excited that it's being remade for a new ... more

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: What You Don't Know About Me

I started long after I knew better, past the age when my decisions could be chalked up to that invincible feeling that fades away as we get older. Already a mother, I should have been setting a good example and following the very rules I was setting for my own child. I was embarrassed by my weakness. Life was too much. Single parenting and autism and a whirlwind of experience I couldn’t seem to grasp left me feeling undeserving of the most basic necessities and looking for something I might actually be able to control. ...more
It's hard to be one wrong step away from something like that in your life. I, too, harmed myself ... more

Top 5 Movie Musicals of the 21st Century

There's something magical about musicals. The big choreographed numbers, the singing, the costumes -- they all come together for an unforgettable experience that'll leave you humming for weeks. These days, you don't have to make the long journey to Broadway to see your favorite show because a lot of the classics and some new favorites have been introduced to the silver screen. Here are five of the top movie-musicals of the 21st century. ...more
I am a HUGE fan of movie musicals, and actually did not like either Mamma Mia! or Moulin ... more

35 Resources to Help You Get Organized

Several times a year I sit down and decide I'm going to figure out this whole "getting organized" thing. The fact that I do this several times a year is a clue it's always a work in progress for me. ...more
Addicted to spreadsheets. Seriously. Love Google Docs for this. I use MacGourmet for my recipes ... more

5 Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen in 2014

This coming year, I'm hoping--like many people--to make better use of my money, and the kitchen is a great place to start saving.  These tips were helpful during 2013, and are still good for 2014:  1. Plan Ahead Image: Various Brennemans_via Flickr ...more
We do freezer meals in bulk - lots of soup, etc etc. This definitely helps us with saving money ... more

Confessing My Secret Addiction

My blogging has been sparse lately. Some of that is the holiday hustle and bustle, some of it was because I hit a genuine creative streak and got a hell of a lot of work done on the YA novel I'm trying to hammer out, and the rest of my creative juices have been diverted into my new vice. Oh, dear God. I'm going to confess it now, and I still can't believe I'm writing it as I do. I got addicted to fanfic. ...more
Oh, the addiction of fanfic. I remember that quite well... Good luck with limiting your time ... more

Are You Setting Reading or Writing Goals in 2014? These Reading and Writing Challenges Can Help.

January 1 is always my favorite blogging day of the year. My blog feels all shiny and new and ready to write all of the things. That feeling doesn't generally lost very long but I am able to meet some of my goals because of the reading and writing challenges I choose every year. ...more
I stopped joining reading challenges because they stressed me out too much LOL. They actually ... more

That Time I Had to Pay $500 for My Medical Records

One morning I woke up to a phone call advising me that I owed $500 to a private service holding my medical records ransom. ...more
Good luck finding a family doctor. It's so hard here in Ontario to find one - took me 6 years ... more