Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, in your neighborhood.
Say who are the people in your neighborhood,
The people that you meet each day?

I‘m sure you all remember that song, that was made famous by the Muppet’s. It’s a great song that children can sing along to. Throughout the song the muppet’s skillfully highlighted different people that we all meet (the postman, the brave fireman, etc.) in our neighborhood. As a child I loved singing that song.

Today, I was out for my morning walk with our dog, and as usual I found myself thinking about a number of things. I find my morning walk is one time of the day, where I have enough space to think, meditate and pray. I love the walks, especially in Spring, when the sun is up earlier than the dark winter mornings. Every day another bird joins others in song, green returns to the landscape palate and the chill in the air seems to lift day-by-day. It truly is a time of awakening.

As I walked through my neighborhood this morning, waving to those on their way to work (or otherwise), I began to think about my neighbors and how blessed our family is to live in such an extraordinary community. I’m not sure if our neighborhood is unique or not but it certainly feels like it is. Just this weekend many of the neighborhood kids gathered together to play a huge game of man tracker. The kids had all their contraptions, toys, nerf guns and the like out and ready for action. At one point I found my son and a few other boys making their own bow and arrow. I was amazed at how far they could actually fly. Their imaginations were running wild and kids were everywhere.

In our neighborhood we also like to get together to eat. So, on any given weekend you can be sure that one family will open their doors and invite everyone in, simply to relax and enjoy each others company.

In a nutshell… I really like our neighborhood and so this morning, with a smile on my face, I found myself singing ‘The People In Your Neighborhood’ and it felt good. I hope you have people in your neighborhood that you have connected with. If not, can I encourage you to take advantage of this lovely Spring weather and enjoy each other. If you have kids, encourage them to get outside and play, challenge them to let their imagination take over and to involve some of the neighbor kids in a game (this is better than any computer game can offer). Life is to short to stay boxed up in our homes and for us Canadians who are saying good-bye to winter, it’s time spread our wings and enjoy the season ahead of us.

As I sign off I ask, “Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood’?

Susan xo

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Bean Salad

February 3, 2012

Okay friends today I had the best lunch and thought I’d share a few quick recipes with you. Today’s lunch was a bean salad on a bed of spinach. The bean salad was super simple and it looked like this
It was simply divine, very filling and extremely satisfying.

Bean Salad Recipe
1 Can Bean Medley (or you can just make your own but be creative get some garbanzo’s, kidney, navy, pinto…go to town with the beans)
Red Onion sliced (however much you want. It really adds to the flavour so don’t be shy)

Dressing:
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Balsamic
A splash of lemon juice or the juice of half a real lemon or lime
A sprinkle of salt

Now, fill your bowl with a bed of lettuce and put your bean salad on top… It’s a meal for everyone, my kids gobbled it down last night. Also, the bean salad is great on day two, all the flavours mix together and it is simply divine.

Another salad dressing recipe that our family LOVES…. Make this with a spinach, chinese cabbage, tomato, red onion, cucumber, orange pieces, feta cheese and nuts (if there are no allergies. almonds or roasted pecans are perfect). My family craves this salad.

Dressing:
4 Tbsp Lime juice
4 Tbsp Orange Juice (or whatever you have on hand)
1 Tbsp Curry Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
Pinch of White Sugar

Hope you enjoy these.

Susan xo

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We’re BACK!

January 11, 2011

Well friends it’s been awhile but we’re back. Lots happening for us and stax of changes so buckle your seat belts and get ready for a fun ride. We are RELAUNCHING our site and it’s going to be great. Many hands are working to make this it all happen so please BE PATIENT with us. [...]

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The Grandparent Effect

November 23, 2010

I remember as a child how I adored my Nana. She was one of my favourite people, so kind, so caring and she was always on my side. When I wasn’t allowed to get my ears pierced, Nana stepped in and they got done. When life was feeling all to hard, Nana was there with [...]

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Candle Light Dinner for Five

November 15, 2010

Last Wednesday night at our house was a normal night, like most others. Philip {my hubby} was picking up the kids from school and I was getting dinner ready. Most Wednesday nights we are off to soccer and basketball for the older two. Ella {our youngest} faithfully accompanies me to Gabriel’s games and Sophia is [...]

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Being a Daughter ~ My Kiss of Heaven

October 6, 2010

How do I even begin to write something today. I can hardly find the words to fill this space. I’m writing about something that is so close to my heart that the words are escaping me. I still find myself caught in moments of pain, even physical pain when I think of our loss. There [...]

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5 Common Sense Steps for Easy Weight Loss

September 21, 2010

Today on RealLife Radio we had a great conversation about weight and the current crisis surrounding Teen Obesity. More teens are opting for Lap Band Surgery to help solve their weight problem. Is Lap Band the answer for teen’s across America and beyond? That’s our question and we want your response.
During our show, Morgan Lawrence, [...]

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A Poem by Jo-Anne Sieppert

September 20, 2010

Today, on RealLife with Susan & Friends, we hosted Jo-Anne Seippert author of ‘Distracting the Distractions ~ Raising a Child with ADD. A Parent’s Decision to Medicate’. The show was great, Jo-Anne shared her story about being diagnosed with ADD at the late age of 22. She talked about the frustration with school and simply [...]

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Stay Hungry and Stay Foolish ~ Steve Jobs

September 15, 2010

Steve Jobs speaking to Stanford Graduates. A great message and definitely worth the 15 minutes it takes to watch.
Here’s the link from Ted Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html
Stay Hungry and Stay Foolish!
Susan

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For the Husbands and Fathers ~ Lead Me

September 13, 2010

So many blogs are dedicated to mum’s and a lot of the online conversation surrounds us, the mother’s, who are struggling to balance life, love, marriage, kids, school schedules, taxi routes, illnesses and the list goes on. Recently my husband shared something with me that really touched my heart and something I want to share [...]

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