Author Archive: Mary Ann

I love to travel and my biggest regret is that I waited so long to do it, thinking I just couldn’t afford it. I have had some crazy fun, some scary moments, such as getting locked in a shower at a campsite, and met some amazing people. For our trip to Mexico we were able to save money by house sitting, which was something completely new to us. If this is something that interests you, then check out TrustedHousesitters. We hope you visit often.

Would You Stay In An Airbnb?

The company, AIRBNB, is very popular covering 81,000 cities and 191 countries, allowing travellers and hosts to connect all over the world.

Would you stay in an airbnb?

My husband and I choose to house sit instead of searching for accommodations through companies such as AIRBNB which is basically a service where members can offer home stays or tourism experiences. If you own real estate, have space, and looking for ways to supplement your income, this might be something for you to consider. For us, we prefer house sitting for free in exchange for looking after owners’ homes and pets. It has been a rewarding experience for us. (more…)

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The Beaches Toronto – House Sitting

We just returned from beautiful Mexico to start our first round of House Sits for the next 6 months. Our first sit of 2019 took us to the Beaches, Toronto Canada, an area which we had not had an opportunity to fully explore before. The weather was on the cooler side (not like Mexico!) so we had a little adjustment to make.

The Beaches

The Beaches is a neighbourhood in Toronto Canada, so called because of the four beaches (Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach) situated on Lake Ontario. It is located east of downtown within the “Old” City of Toronto. It stretches from Victoria Park Avenue on the East to Kingston Road on the north, Coxwell Avenue on the west and south to Lake Ontario. (more…)

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Tribute to Stanley – A Special Friend

With saddened hearts we say goodbye to a special friend. We recently learned about the passing of Stanley, a beautiful Golden Retriever who we had the privilege of meeting and taking care of on our 4th house sit in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines Ontario.


C.J., my husband, especially enjoyed taking him for walks. Stanley needed some gentle guiding as he became blind when he got older. When he backed himself into a corner and couldn’t see his way out – literally – we would steer him the right way. (more…)

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Mayan Ruins Mexico: Tulum and Coba

We recently took an opportunity to visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico –  Tulum and Coba. I want to share some things we learned on this trip and how our journey in life has some parallels.

While many people visit the ruins on their own, we decided that since we had friends visiting for a short time we should take a guided tour. The cost was $55 US per person and included a buffet lunch. (more…)

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Mexican Tarantula

Black Tarantula

When I told my friends my husband and I were visiting Costa Rica the first time, we got lots of warnings about the deadly snakes and “why would we go there?”

Well, two winters in, we did not see so much as a scary bug let alone any snakes.

When we decided to go to Mexico, it was “aren’t you worried about the crime? What about the snakes, spiders and tarantulas?” (more…)

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Canadian Flags

Map of Canada

Today I thought I would do a trivia post on flags in Canada, how they actually were designed and what they represent. So we will be looking at 13 flags in all – the ten provinces and three territories.

I have only been to four provinces – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. I would love to make it out west someday, especially to British Columbia.

For ease of following along, we will do them alphabetically with provinces first followed by the three territories.

Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon. (more…)

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A black and pink Adidas Excel III Backpack

Let me start off by saying I am not a “Backpack” kind of person – at least I wasn’t until I bought the Adidas Excel III Backpack.

I don’t know about you but one of my least favourite things about travelling is packing, or more to the point, lugging suitcases around the airport. If I could just magically go from home to my destination without a trail of suitcases, I would be very happy.

Now that I am travelling more, this has become even more important. (more…)

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Why I Quit Drinking Coffee In Mexico

drinking coffee by laptop

I really had no intention of quitting drinking coffee. I love the stuff and I love the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of coffee, the smell teasing my nose as I wait for that first cup. When I am ready to sit down at my computer early in the morning, there is nothing so satisfying as taking that first sip. Tea just does not have that same appeal for me.

So why did I give it up? (more…)

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