Karen Temple

Art Director & Web Editor

Karen Temple is an award-wining graphic designer and the web editor for Ottawa Life Magazine. 
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A RIU good time: Travel is back, and it is not as scary as you might think

A RIU good time: Travel is back, and it is not as scary as you might think

ABOVE: The RIU Dunamar Playa Mujeres, Mexico has adapted to ensure the safety of guest including daily cleaning all of the lounge chairs. In early September, my daughter and I decided to escape to the beaches of Mexico for a week of R&R. It was a last-minute decision made easier by the vacation [...]

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Florist Maggie Freitas is filling Ottawa homes with blooms of love

Florist Maggie Freitas is filling Ottawa homes with blooms of love

Tucked behind the construction-filled corner on Richmond Road at Woodroffe Avenue is the small trip mall that is home to Flowers by Maggie. On the day I visited, owner operator Maggie Freitas was busy making bouquets for a multitude of clients. Maggie is like the Jean-Paul Riopelle of flowers. To the [...]

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Fressy Bessie’s ‘Ice Lolly’ is taking Canada by storm

Fressy Bessie’s ‘Ice Lolly’ is taking Canada by storm

Finally, a frozen treat you can feel good about. Fressy Bessie Foods Inc. has developed a healthy and very tasty organic popsicle called the “Ice lolly.” Rather than use unhealthy artificial sugars, preservatives and additives, ice lollies are made with all-natural fruits and vegetables. [...]

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EMMA Mattress makes sense and cents!

EMMA Mattress makes sense and cents!

I was recently out to pub with a good friend of mine and he was telling me how relieved he was to have ordered a new mattress. I almost fell out of my chair when he told me he paid $3k for it and they threw in delivery because he bought it at a showroom. He has back issues and I get that the mattress [...]

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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel 

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel 

Ottawa's Three Sisters Theatre Company & SevenThirty Poductions opened their adaptation of revered Irish playwright, Brian Friel's award winning Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by John P. Kelly. Dancing at Laghnasa is the story of five spinster sisters who share the family home with their [...]

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Protect your home from the deep freeze –Tips from Enercare

Protect your home from the deep freeze –Tips from Enercare

Be Winter Warm with Winter Care at Home With the coldest temperatures of the year expected in Ontario tonight, it’s important for homeowners to ensure they’re staying safe and warm. Whether you’re skating on the canal, playing shinny on a local rink, taking in Winterlude or skiing, [...]

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The Huawei P30 Pro might just be the best camera you’ve ever owned

The Huawei P30 Pro might just be the best camera you’ve ever owned

The easy choice when shopping for a new phone is get the new version of the same old phone. Makes sense, right? You already have charger cords to spare. In fact, there is one in practically every room of your house and backup-battery packs in every purse or jacket pocket because your old phone – [...]

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Sunwing and RIU make escaping wintery Ottawa to the beaches of Mazátlan, Mexico . . . a breeze!

Sunwing and RIU make escaping wintery Ottawa to the beaches of Mazátlan, Mexico . . . a breeze!

We love our capital city with all its year-round festivals, museums, parks and activities. It’s s nice to enjoy a white Christmas, Winterlude, outdoor skating rinks, and the wonders of winter. But when the mercury drops into the double negatives, it’s great to be able to take a direct flight [...]

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The Loire Valley — Medieval cities, vineyards, forests and delicious food

The Loire Valley — Medieval cities, vineyards, forests and delicious food

The regional wines of the Loire Valley are celebrated around the world. The food, including local cheese, charcuterie, and produce, is simple but spectacular while the vibe is laid-back in this valley of medieval cities that was once home to French kings. There is a road that begins in northern France [...]

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Goût de France: A unique opportunity to enjoy the culture and the taste of France!

Goût de France: A unique opportunity to enjoy the culture and the taste of France!

French chef Auguste Escoffier (1848-1935) is widely regarded as the man who brought French cuisine out of the palaces and private courts and offered it up for the enjoyment of everyday people. He proclaimed that, “The art of cuisine is perhaps one the most useful form of diplomacy.” Escoffier [...]

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