Guatemala: Naked & Afraid

Guatemala: Naked & Afraid

Lights and camera aside, this could make for a great reality TV moment. I only wish I was making this up… It had been a typical afternoon in el Tizate Guatemala with the building team. Finished up the painting project in town of Parromos, took a break for lunch with a host family and then back up to the construction [...]

Cardio + Tennis = Perfect Match

Cardio + Tennis = Perfect Match

    Since I am currently the newbie in the White Oaks tennis department at the Club, I decided to attend a regular fitness department staff meeting to introduce myself and to get to know our trainers. As I was chatting with Gillian Johnson, the Club’s Director of Human Performance, we immediately saw an opportunity to join forces. Wouldn’t it [...]

Niagara the Fruitiful

Niagara the Fruitiful

  Gluttony. It’s one of the seven deadly sins – yes? If that’s so, then I’m destined to fry in the proverbial fiery furnace, all thanks to fruit season in Niagara. From the first strawberries in the spring to the last pears and apples of the fall, I gorge daily and unashamedly. Yes, I’m a fruit pig – the lady [...]

Caffeine Boost

Caffeine Boost

As I sit here, contemplating a morning jog and sipping on my second coffee, I can`t help but think about the caffeine debate. Is caffeine beneficial to your morning workout, or is it not? We all know the wonderful benefits of caffeine (the most important being that it decreases fatigue and increases mental alertness).Did you also know that a cup [...]

Wedding WOWment

Wedding WOWment

At White Oaks we like to find ways to go the extra mile, or as we like to call it create a WOW moment for our guests. A WOW moment is simply something we do to make your time at White Oaks just a little more unforgettable. Just this past month we had an awesome WOW moment take place that [...]

Eating Clean Sabotage

Eating Clean Sabotage

You have made the commitment to Eat Clean and now you have to negotiate with your spouse to stop eating out of bags and boxes. Sound familiar?  Do you frequently throw up your hands in horror when you hear “Let’s have pizza for dinner?” It’s hard enough to keep your will power strong, but now you have to battle the [...]

To Build a House

To Build a House

In two weeks I will be packing my bags and taking off to Guatemala and I need to be honest with you…I have no idea what I am doing. I am going into this next adventure with a blindfold on. When a good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to travel with her and her family to Guatemala [...]

Photoblog: Summer Foodie Surprises

Photoblog: Summer Foodie Surprises

Niagara foodies always delight in the usual change over to summer seasonal menus with fresh produce and bright coloured martinis but this summer the name of the game is adventure. Executive Chef at LIV Restaurant Michael Price, has infused his new summer menu tastes with carefully crafted surprises. The wildberry quinoa salad pops with an ice wine shooter, the grill [...]

Niagara Event Space Inspiration

Niagara Event Space Inspiration

Often attendees and guests leave a conference or event with lasting memories of ideas hatched or relationships forged. But more often than not, their first impression is what sticks with them most…how they feel in the event environment has a huge impact…more than just setting the tone. With the right team behind you to shape your event, the sky should [...]

A Word With My Teenaged Self

A Word With My Teenaged Self

One of my friends posed this interesting question on Facebook the other day: If you could give your younger self two words of advice, what would they be? That got me thinking – because, baby, two words just wouldn’t do it. I can think of a bunch of things I’d like to tell my teenage self – all good advice [...]