Why You Should Start Making Your Own Personal Care and Cleaning Products Now

I am on a wellness journey and part of that involves making my own personal care and cleaning products. It has been an easy switch to using safe, non-toxic cleaning products and I feel good about the changes that I’ve implemented in my household. My personal care product adventure has not been nearly as smooth … More Why You Should Start Making Your Own Personal Care and Cleaning Products Now

Health Tip #12: Get organic versions of the “dirty dozen”

The Environmental Working Group produces an annual list of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” to help consumers decide which produce items they should consider purchasing organic and which items are generally considered “safe” to buy conventionally. I understand that it’s expensive to buy organic and that the issue can be contentious, but it doesn’t … More Health Tip #12: Get organic versions of the “dirty dozen”

Motivation Monday #3: What You Say to Yourself in the Mirror Matters

I will start this post by saying that every woman needs to put this sticker on her mirror. Negative self talk is so prevalent among women that I think we could all use a little reminder. I am not sure how common it is among men, but I’d love to hear comments from men and … More Motivation Monday #3: What You Say to Yourself in the Mirror Matters

Summer Pedicures and Manicures Using Non-toxic Nail Polish

Summer is on the way and with it comes warm weather, patios, barbecues, and, at least for some women, painted nails (but I won’t judge any men who also want a pretty mani and pedi). When it comes to your summer look, I am advocating that you follow my lead and think before you paint … More Summer Pedicures and Manicures Using Non-toxic Nail Polish

Health Tip #11: Add Lists to Your Life and Stay Organized

The lifestyle that many of us live is “go-go-go.” We have responsibilities at work and at home, and then we also try to squeeze in hobbies and time to have fun. It can be very overwhelming to stay on top of everything that we need/want to accomplish and I know many people who don’t feel … More Health Tip #11: Add Lists to Your Life and Stay Organized

Dear Dad

My post today is going to be a little different than usual and far more personal. I know that it’s “wellness Wednesday,” but this post does relate to that theme because writing is the only outlet that can help me process my thoughts and emotions. Mental health is an often neglected component of overall wellness, … More Dear Dad

Photo Friday #10: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Last week, I shared a picture of the CN Tower and promised to tell you about my favourite Toronto attraction this week. One of my readers actually guessed it in last week’s comments: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! I admit that it’s pretty pricey (as most things in Toronto are), but it’s definitely a cool experience … More Photo Friday #10: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

12 Things I Wish that I Knew About Marriage Before I Got Married

I am very happy being married. I have a partner to journey through life with and whether or not things are easy or difficult, JP is there with me. He knows when to back off and let me figure things out for myself, and he also understands when I simply can’t do it anymore and … More 12 Things I Wish that I Knew About Marriage Before I Got Married

Health Tip #4: Try to Avoid Eating Processed Food

There are so many conflicting opinions on what people should be eating to stay healthy. Even the experts disagree, which can cause confusion for average folks like you and me. When I’m in doubt, I defer to the Mayo Clinic, which you will notice features heavily in this series. To maintain overall good health, they … More Health Tip #4: Try to Avoid Eating Processed Food

16 Observations From My Time Working in Retail

If you’ve ever worked in retail, then chances are you’ve lost all faith in humanity. Just kidding. Mostly. When I was working towards my undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, I worked several jobs, including in retail. The experience was definitely not the highlight of my working life to date. However, I work in corporate now and I … More 16 Observations From My Time Working in Retail

Health Tip #3: Wear Sunscreen, Even in The Winter Months

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people wear sunscreen every day if they plan to be outside. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin (the shade does not make you completely safe!). A lot of people wear sunscreen in the summer months, but … More Health Tip #3: Wear Sunscreen, Even in The Winter Months

Health Tip #2: Take Good Care of Your Eyes

I am a firm believer in preventative care rather than waiting for a health concern to present itself. I think that the eyes are often overlooked because many people think they don’t need regular eye examinations if they aren’t experiencing any vision problems. Even if you have “perfect” vision, eye examinations by a qualified professional … More Health Tip #2: Take Good Care of Your Eyes

90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 22 to 28)

This was my second week of doing Tone It Up videos. I selected a random assortment of workouts (about 40 minutes in length) to complete for five days. I also had one day of rest day and one day of active recovery. In terms of my weekly update, my pal DK suggested that I try … More 90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 22 to 28)

90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 15 to 21)

This week, I did Tone It Up videos for five days. One of my days off was active recovery and I took one day completely off. I decided not to stick with a specific workout schedule, such as the Tone It Up Bikini Challenge, and simply choose the videos I felt like doing each day. … More 90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 15 to 21)

90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 8 to 14)

This was a bad week for me in general and my overall well-being definitely suffered. Unfortunately, so did my workout schedule. My posts are a week behind because of including an introductory post, so you might remember that I hinted at my exhausted, drained, and miserable feelings in a recent post. However, rather than feel … More 90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 8 to 14)

90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 1 to 7)

The 30 Day Fitness Challenge I completed came with handy workout calendars that made it very easy to follow along. Unfortunately, my new 90 Day Fitness Challenge doesn’t have a calendar, but the video playlists are conveniently broken down by day on the BeFiT in 90 YouTube channel. For the pilates portion of my challenge, I am choosing … More 90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up (Day 1 to 7)

90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up

Now that I have completed T25 Focus and a 30 Day Fitness Challenge, I need to start something new in order to stay motivated and continue to see results. As I mentioned in previous posts, I am tired of Shaun T (for now!), so I want to try something new that incorporates more diversity. What’s Next? For those of you who have been following … More 90 Day Fitness Challenge: BeFiT in 90, Blogilates, and Tone It Up

6 Safe and Effective Home Remedies for Your Dog

JP and I are experienced dog owners. We are able to easily recognize the symptoms of common, non-life threatening illnesses that we can safely treat at home, and we are advocates of the “wait and see” approach. Just like you don’t go to the doctor every time you feel under the weather, your dog doesn’t need … More 6 Safe and Effective Home Remedies for Your Dog

Pumpkin Spiced Bread

As many of you know from a previous post, autumn is my favourite season and I love all things pumpkin. I couldn’t resist sharing (at least) one pumpkin recipe with all of you! Pumpkin Spiced Bread I have never tried to make pumpkin bread before, so this was my first attempt. I based my efforts off of … More Pumpkin Spiced Bread

10 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

Death is very complicated for the living to process. None of us knows for sure what happens after we die and many of us don’t have any idea about what to say to those who are left behind either. The majority of people don’t mean to offend mourners with their comments, but if you aren’t careful, that might … More 10 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

Delicious Bran Muffins

Using “delicious” and “bran” in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron, but I promise these muffins are actually tasty! They can be used as a breakfast alternative or as a snack. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have healthy snacks on hand, then I’m reaching for the unhealthy variety to avoid that … More Delicious Bran Muffins

T25 Focus Challenge

I have been interested in Shaun T’s Insanity program for awhile but I was hesitant to try it for several reasons. First and foremost, I was terrified of the intensity of the workouts, which I feared could kill me. Second, his programs are cost prohibitive and unavailable online (I’m not poor, I’m just cheap frugal). Finally, I was afraid … More T25 Focus Challenge

8 Life Lessons From My Friend Who Was Diagnosed With Cancer at 30

I’ve known AW since our first year of university. AW has always been the picture of health and vitality: she enjoys being active, she maintains a healthy body weight, and she is a happy, vibrant, and fun person to be around. She is always up for an adventure and trying something new (and she will push you to try it too). If ever … More 8 Life Lessons From My Friend Who Was Diagnosed With Cancer at 30

30 Day Fitness Challenge: Week Six Summary

High Level Summary I’m excited about being done my 30 Day Fitness Challenge! I am happy to report that I can see and feel a difference (and not just in my butt!). I didn’t measure myself before starting, but I did weigh myself. I consistently lost 1.5 pounds/week, which is not bad considering my thyroid challenges. Overall, … More 30 Day Fitness Challenge: Week Six Summary

The Liebster Award (x 2)

I am pleased to announce that Laura from alittlebitoflaura and Angelina from ilashesandsuch have nominated me for my second and third Liebster Awards. If you missed my first nomination, you can catch up by reading my previous post about it. I am so pleased that my blog is being both read and enjoyed. Thank you! I appreciate every like, comment, and … More The Liebster Award (x 2)

A Letter To Me

Grams always tells me that you can’t put an old head on young shoulders, but wouldn’t it be great if you could? There are so many things that I wish I knew years ago and advice that I wish I could give my younger self. I was a stubborn girl but surely I’d take advice from myself! … More A Letter To Me

Farm to Fork

JP and I have decided that we are no longer going to buy “mystery meat” from the grocery store. I am not going to bring home “Grade AAA meat from US and Canadian sources” because I don’t even know what that means. Where in the US? Where in Canada? How come the packaging can’t tell … More Farm to Fork

The Liebster Award

Thank you to Kaitlynn, who blogs at The Skinny Struggles, for nominating me. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Liebster Award by receiving it! My understanding of the award is that it helps new bloggers (with under 200 followers) connect and promote each other. It also adds a bit of fun, motivation, and encouragement for … More The Liebster Award

30 Day Fitness Challenge: Week One Summary

Week one (or the first five days) of my 30 day fitness challenge is now complete. So, how did it go? Was I crazy to combine two challenges into one? You decide! High Level Summary Overall, the workouts this week were so short that I am feeling slightly skeptical about whether I will see results. I replaced my usual workouts with … More 30 Day Fitness Challenge: Week One Summary

Skunked!

Like most brachycephalic dogs, B doesn’t do well in extreme temperatures. In the summer, our usual walk time is between 9 and 9:30 PM to avoid the heat. At the end of our walk, we let him off-leash in a park by our house so he can get out some of his crazy (being a 2 … More Skunked!

My Bucket List

I’ve often heard people say, “I’ll add it to my bucket list” and I’ve wondered, do people actually make bucket lists? Full confession: I’m a list person. I crave reminder notes; I live to cross items off my to-do lists; and my entire life is organized on a calendar. This is partly because I have a terrible memory … More My Bucket List