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A day in the life

It had been ages since I had done a photo day in the life post so I thought I would do one on Sunday. I had intended to post them all on Monday but Hayley stayed home from school because she wasn’t feeling well (fever and sniffles, etc) so I put it off until today. Here’s how my Sunday went. As much as I’d like to say I slept in until this time on a…


Holiday Gift Guide for the Stressed Out Person in your life

Once upon a time I was a child of the 80s and I had no idea what stress was. I went to school, came home, played with Barbies in my room or GI Joe figures outside with the boy up the street, and spent my weekend and summers out on my bike. There was no stress. Perhaps you grew up like this too. Then we grew up and found jobs, got our own apartments or…

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Surviving a Sick Day

I have not been a fan of this year, health-wise. It’s not like I’ve had any major health issues; I haven’t been hospitalized or even had to go to the ER this year (*knocking furiously on wood because this damn year is not over yet!*). But honestly, I think my immune system has gone on vacation somewhere warm and sunny without me because I have used up every single sick day I have available to…


How to Use Affirmations to Improve Your Life

One of the most amazing things about the human brain is that as complex as it may be, you can trick it into believing something just by repeating it often enough. The downside, of course, is that if you constantly tell yourself, “I’m not good enough” or “I am terrible at [insert whatever you’re telling yourself here]” or “I’m stupid,” then you’ll start to genuinely feel that it’s true. The not-always-obvious upside, though, is that…


How to beat the Monday (or any day) Blues

The blues suck, am I right? A lot of people suffer from the Monday Blues, when the weekend is over, the work week has just begun, and Friday night seems like an eternity away. Sometimes the Monday Blues actually start on Sunday, which can really rob you of the remainder of your weekend. I mean, the weekend is almost over, do you really want to waste what’s left fretting about Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday,…


Race Day! My very first half marathon

Sunday mornings usually find me sleeping in but last Sunday I was up by 6 am – on purpose! And I was happy about it! And I practically skipped to the bathroom when I saw the sun shining!

Why was a night owl and not-much-of-a-morning-person so thrilled to be up with the early birds? It was race day!

After putting in my contacts and splashing some water on my face I got dressed in my black running pants, a bright blue running shirt, and tucked my ponytail up into my favourite hat. I was downstairs making two pieces of toast with peanut butter by 6:30 am and made sure everyone in the family was up and at ’em. Once 7 am hit we were pulling out of the driveway and heading downtown so I could run my very first half marathon ever!

Bright and early at the Public Gardens, walking to the race
Bright and early at the Public Gardens, walking to the race

It was a beautiful morning, that’s for sure. Maybe there’s something to this whole get-up-early thing.


What happens over 21 days of planking

I’ve probably said this before but it bears mentioning again; I am extremely competitive. I love a good challenge and if I can win a game (or better yet, a prize!) I am all over that. I’m not a poor loser by any means, but I definitely really want to win everything I play and I will do whatever it takes to try to make that happen. When one of my favourite fitness people, Bex…

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Zombies are a terrible start to the day

I’ve mentioned before, I think, that last year I was averaging about one zombie dream per week while I was actively watching season two of The Walking Dead. Interestingly, I don’t think I had ever had a single zombie dream in my whole life prior to watching the show, not even after watching occasional movies of that genre. I should mention that the dreams have rarely been scary. They were occasionally tense but I never…

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Splish Splash Sunday

First off, I do need to say that I am somewhat shocked that it’s Sunday evening already. Considering we didn’t really do a whole heck of a lot this weekend, I’m not exactly sure how it zipped by so quickly. It’s a little disconcerting. It also has nothing to do with the time change, because I went to bed early enough (although by “early” I mean about 1:30 am) to still make nice use of…

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