Tax Time Again – Taxes due April 30th, 2018

Ahhhhggg, it’s tax time again. Does this image resonate with you? It does me. This is the one time of year that I don’t enjoy because I have to find all my receipts, put them all together and then…pray I get a refund, which doesn’t always happen, even though I put extra money into RRSP.

I just wanted to write a quick note to say if you’re doing your taxes in Canada, check out this link to learn about software packages to use if you are doing your own taxes. For me, I am using again as it worked for me last year.  I am in the process of doing my taxes again this year, but I didn’t earn money because, well, I was working on writing a book, so I wasn’t pursuing any business, but I am still able to write off my expenses because the book is part of my business services that I am offering.

So, just because you may not have earned money, you can still deduct it from your taxes.

Here’s the link:

Good luck.


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Frozen Broccoli Soup

I had put broccoli in the freezer before we went on holidays, thinking that when I took it out it would be as crisp when I bought it…ahhh, no! It was mushy and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I was actually going to throw it out, but I don’t like to waste food. I went to the fridge and saw I had a few ingredients I could use to make a soup with the frozen broccoli.


NOTE: you can see my pj’s. It was late that night when we got home and I had to make something.

Head of broccoli or what ever veggie you have on hand

1 cup of leftover chicken stock

½ white onion

Some butter (I think it would be a tablespoon?)

½ cup of my half and half coffee cream, but you could use milk too, or try soy…be creative

½ cup of cheese. This was for him. I don’t like cheese because it bungs me up. Hey, I’m going to be honest in my posts. Sorry, if it’s too much info…lol

You’ll need a blender. I used the hand blender in the put because, as I mention in a lot of my recipes, I hate cleaning, but somehow I always have LOTS of dishes to do.



  1. Add the butter to a soup pot on medium
  2. Cut up the onion and add it to the butter. Wait for them the start cooking for about 2 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the onions. Turn the heat up to 7 or 8
  4. Take the thawed broccoli or keep it frozen, add them to the pot until the start to boil. 7-10 minutes. You want them to get soft so you can blend them.
  5. Add the cream or milk after 5 minutes to the pot.
  6. Add the cheese or not. Up to you.
  7. Grab your hand blender and start to blend until it gets smooth. Or if you have big blender. Poor the ingredients into the blender and hit blend!
  8. And voila. Leftover Frozen broccoli soup, but not frozen…he he.

Try with whatever frozen veggie you have on hand and let me know how it went. I love trying new things.


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Do you really want to own a business?

Are you considering starting a business, or maybe you have one already.
Are you like me, feeling a bit overwhelmed like maybe your business will not work? Maybe you won’t be as successful as others, or worse, it doesn’t get off the ground? Well, STOP right there. It will and I am going to help you get there, but in the meantime, I want you to print this My Do NOT Panic Statement. I took a book writing workshop a few years back and one of the things he said for us to do was to read out the statement with everyone else in the room, then sign it and keep it with you at all times. This statement is going to help remind you that what you’re doing is going to happen, but that you need to be patient.
I kept the paper, but the book is still germinating as he put it. However, it got me thinking that this could work for your business. Print it out and insert the image of your business or project you are working on. Whatever you do, be sure to have it someplace where you will see it daily.

I have provided a Do NOT Panic Statement-template I made. Feel free to change it to meet your needs.

My Do NOT Panic Statement

This business will happen for me.
I understand that it could happen within the next few weeks, maybe the next few months, or maybe even next few years, but “it” will happen!
Every great business idea requires a period to grow and develop before it sees success.
Until that time…I will stay calm because I know I am worthy and it will happen!
Signature: _______________________________
Date: _______________________________

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How to save money on your taxes

Hey ladies, and gentlemen if you are here.It’s February, and you know what that time is…Tax time!

If you’re anything like me, you hate giving your hard earned money away, especially to the government through your taxes. Well, I found a video that will help you to understand what you need to do before submitting your taxes.

The video is called Small Business Tax Tips – Tax Planning Strategies for Canadian Small Business. I am adding this to my calendar to complete as one of my tasks for February.

Before you do your taxes, take a look at his videos to see if there are other ways you can save money.

If you have other tax tips, or are a tax expert, please feel free to add your name and email in the comments below.

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Changing Direction

I have been writing 2 books. One is about running a part-time business.  I am writing it for myself but also for part-time business owners. It’s about finding out if I really want to run a business, what are the struggles I am having to make money with my business, all the while trying to find the time to have a life with my man and the other important people in my life.

I also have 2 blogs, and I’m having trouble keeping up with both of them. One of them is called La Femme Ottawa. It’s about ways to save money, make money and have fun in your life. The other is called Tina Lalonde. It talks about ways to make money in your part-time business.

I heard a great podcast from Kim Anderson on her podcast Just Keep Blogging. The podcast was called “Don’t go changing your blog”. It’s interesting that I found that podcast because, I am contemplating changing my blog and what I am writing about on it.

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