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Horseshoe Valley Trading Co. Gift Guide

Just 15-20 minutes north of Barrie in Craighurst, a charming log home sits on Horseshoe Valley Road. From the outside, it looks like it fits right in with chalet lifestyle, but inside it’s a shopper’s haven! Horseshoe Valley Trading Company carries unique items for anyone on your list. From lounge wear, to sleepwear, food, mugs and jewelery, they have it all. We went in with people on our lists for Christmas, and boy, did Brenda and Yvonne deliver. Sarah was able to find a gorgeousContinue reading

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Custom Home Feature Trends with Chris Messecar

Chris Messecar has seen it all when it comes to homes, but he’s noticing people are making some changes to houses that make living easy. He showed us around a custom home in Snow Valley, 69 Minnell Drive , a beautiful custom built home that is sure to grow with your family. Some of the features that can are on trend right now are the open concept living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen boasts a huge island that is taller than most, pot fillers,Continue reading

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Meet Chantal

Chantal Traversy is a real estate agent with the Exit Lifestyle Realty Team in Barrie. While she’s been real estate only three years, she is killing the game! This year alone, she won an international award with Exit Realty for the number of deals she closed. She admits she should have followed her first instinct as a teenager to go into real estate, but she chose a different path. Now, with a young family, she jumped into it and hasn’t looked back.

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Back to School – Mom’s Christmas!

Working from home with your kids on summer vacation is hard. We mean HARD! From the nagging for food or the kids begging you to do something fun, to the mom guilt you have for the hours of screen time they get while you finish up the work, or you feel when you would rather be at the beach than in front of computer. It’s a definite struggle. That being said, we were ready for the return of the routine. The first day jitters reallyContinue reading

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Canvas and Cabernet

Canvas and Cabernet is known as being the first establishment in Downtown Barrie to combine painting and sipping wine. They exploded on the scene a few years ago with that popular offering, however, there’s so much more to them than just what’s described in their name. We visited Cyndi Taylor, the owner of Canvas and Cabernet and found she had a breezy, cool vibe to her that is reflected throughout the Dunlop Street lounge. “I’m from the East Coast, so I needed a story tellingContinue reading

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Checking out Treetops Playground in Barrie

The kids are getting out of school and that means we need to find ways to entertain them for the next 8 weeks. EEK! Thankfully Treetops Playground opened its doors this week, offering us a chance to get a break while the kids play hard in the indoor playground. The cost per child is $10, but if you plan on going a lot, take advantage of the multiple pass offers, which works out to about $4 per kid per visit. The playground is good forContinue reading

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TKL Does Deerhurst

Deerhurst Resort is nestled just outside of Huntsville, Ontario. A small town about an hour and half north of Barrie that boasts all the things you love about Muskoka. We took two of our friends for a road trip North and arrived on a sunny afternoon at the front doors of the iconic resort. A small fire was burning in a custom fire pit, the smell made us feel like we truly arrived in the Muskoka area. We were settled into one of the condosContinue reading

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TKL Goes to Blue Mountain

Looking for something to do with the kids, head to Blue Mountain! Sarah and Apryl checked out the ski school and the Village and found that skiing is fun and Apres Ski is delicious. First, they went to check in, which was made super easy with tablets on the wall where you fill out your info and then off you go. Ski School supervisor Josef said even though they haven’t been on skis in a long time, it should come back to them, and heContinue reading