50 Ways to Stay Well #29- Limit Screen Time


Just say no to “Netflix and Chill.” It’s the last month of summer so why not set a goal to limit your leisure screen time? Not much we can do about phones and computers at work, but at home opt to bust out a book, board games, or deck of cards for evening entertainment. Health experts say screen time at…

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What will fall hiking look like this year?


Like many hikers in Southern Alberta, I’ve been watching the progress of the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park and hoping the fire would stop before it spread. This fire has not only burnt through most of my beloved park, but it spread onto the prairie and burned down ranches, spread north to Castle where more people had to…

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Let’s talk about my foot


After a couple years of chronic foot pain, I finally went to the podiatrist to get things checked out. You can read the full account of how I hurt it HERE.  But to summarize, two years ago I kicked a chair wearing flip flops and broke and dislocated my pinky toe and needed 5 stitches. I was on crutches for…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #28- Kindness


Did you know kindness is contagious? The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people! KINDNESS INCREASES: THE…

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Guest Post: Healthy lunches for people who hate salads


There is nothing better than a big green salad for lunch on a hot summer’s day. Even though I am a fan of salads, not many people are. Some people believe that the only way you can have a healthy meal for lunch is if you have a salad. This is not true! There are so many easy and healthy…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #27- Horseback Riding


If you’re looking for a non-traditional way to strengthen your core, horseback riding may be just the exercise you need. Horseback riding really works the core muscles that stabilize the trunk: the abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles. It’s not just about the strength of the core, but the coordination and stability of it as well. Benefits of horseback riding include;…

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Guest Post: Why sleep is more important than exercise or diet


Many people don’t get enough sleep because of their numerous obligations and they find it easier to postpone their sleeping in order to finish the job. However, less sleeping has a very bad effect on your mood and the ability to concentrate on your tasks. Step by step, it can damage your brain and your entire body. Sometimes being sleepless…

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Waterton Wanderings


This has been my “week off” to rest and recharge before my new semester starts this Monday. I use week off in quotations because I still had some planning stuff to finish, doc appointments, etc. so it wasn’t a week vacation. But I made the most of it by packing it full of mountain adventures with friends. Waterton with Kiddos…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #26 – Geocaching


Geocaching (pronounced JEE-oh-cash-ing) is a recreational activity where you utilize GPS technology to find hidden objects left by others. To play, you find a specific set of GPS coordinates to discover the buried treasure left at that location. It’s free, it’s easy and once you really get into it, it’s fun for the entire family. When you find a cache,…

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Vacation Slipups… and Solutions!


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. It’s August and people are fitting in the last of their summer vacations before we settle into fall. I too am squeezing in as much fun as I can in this final week before I begin student teaching for…

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Inspired Recipe – Greens Based Pesto


I love stepping out of my comfort zone but one place I don’t often step out of my comfort zone is in the kitchen. But as I’m dealing with food intolerances, I’ve had to learn to make or alter recipes for my dietary needs. Okay- so let’s talk about this greens based pesto! Sometimes I see these delicious looking pesto…

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Grinell Glacier Hike in East Glacier National Park, Montana


Rachelle and I are chipping away at the Many Glacier area hikes in East Glacier National Park. This week we hit one of Glacier’s top rated hikes, Grinell Glacier. Pronounced grin-elle. This was the first hike where the scenery on the way was better than the destination. I’ll get to it. This is one BUSY hike! You can either take…

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Friday Fitness- August BuffBoxx & Summer Laziness


I had to add lazy summer into the title because man I lose all motivation in August. I think it’s because the weather at it’s hottest but you …. You may have seen my BuffBoxx goodies on my Instagram Stories, but I thought I would share what came in for this month. This month I received: BuffBoxx mini frisbee BuffBoxx…

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Keep Your Pet Hydrated This Summer! (Canadian Giveaway)


My poor dogs are dying in this heat right now. They’re all black and we don’t have A/C at all (just little electric fans) and the boys are feeling it. Rocky is such a snow dog and he hates the heat. I find he eats less and he likes to lay in the bathroom up against the cool tub to…

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Back to School: Set Fall Fitness Goals


Crazy to think that every August from now on I will be preparing for the year ahead at school- because I’ll be a TEACHER! This semester is my final semester as a student teacher and then I’ll be a certified teacher. 🙂 September always feels like another new year doesn’t it? Summer is over, kids are back in school, you’re…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #25 – Spirituality


Typically, when talking about health and wellness we focus on the body and look at health from a medical stand point. But spirituality is a part of the overall wellness wheel and can contribute to improved health. Whether you consider yourself Christian, Buddhist or mindful spiritual yogi, research suggests you are more likely to report being “very happy” have a…

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