Auf Wiedersehen my Lovely Grandma!


This blog post took a long time to write. How do you write about something that makes you cry every time you think about it? That causes an ache in your chest when you think about it? Two weekends ago, Ryan and I went to visit with my grandma (who I visit 2-3 times a week) before heading to Waterton…

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Vitastiq- Technology Tracking Your Body’s Vitamins & Minerals (Giveaway)


Do you get enough vitamins and minerals? Who knows! But 45.6% of Canadians aged one year and older (approximately 15.7 million people) used at least one nutritional supplement. (Statistics Canada) How often do you read that these supplements don’t actually work and you’re paying a lot for extra yellow pee? I believe in supplements and have a reminder on my…

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Honey Dijon Kale Salmon Salad Recipe


If you follow my Instagram stories you have seen this same kale salmon salad pop up again and again lately. It has become my go-to lunch for substitute teaching. I pre-make it and can grab it and go. It can be eaten on the playground if I’m on supervision or scarfed during a quick break because it doesn’t need to…

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How to Make Lactose-Free Probiotic Yogurt at Home


Health food is expensive and lactose free yogurt is included! Oh well, that’s the name of the game right now but I was really excited when I found out there was a way to make your own lactose free yogurt at home without a yogurt maker. VIVO Starter Cultures  has just been introduced to Canada and it’s a product for making…

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Help Me Improve My Blog!


With the pressure of school gone and the return of free time, I’m looking at ways I can improve the blog. I’ve been doing this since 2010 if you can believe it- EIGHT YEARS! Over this time I’ve changed the name, focused on life stuff as well as hikes, and learned how to take self timed workout photos like a…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #40- Recycling


You’ve heard the many benefits recycling has on the environment and even the economy. Reduces waste sent to landfills Reduces greenhouse gas emissions Conserves natural resources Create jobs Helps sustain the environment for future generations But recycling can also contribute to your own personal sense of wellbeing. Recycling can remind you how your actions affect the world at large. Many…

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Pregnancy Update- Entering the Third Trimester


I haven’t talked too much about my pregnancy on the blog because I feel like most readers won’t care. But this is the biggest lifestyle change I’ll every undergo so I’ll have to talk about the baby and motherhood sometimes.  I won’t let it become the sole focus of the blog and just think of all the cute baby hiking…

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Don’t Be Intimidated at the Gym


It’s that time of year when gyms (and my hot yoga studio) are full of newcomers ready to get on a new path for the new year. When I was a younger snot I would look my nose down at these people knowing half of them wouldn’t be there by the time Valentine’s Day rolled around but as I’ve matured…

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Girls Night- Dinner & Axe Throwing


I love that my friends are up for anything, it always makes for fun times out. Most women go out for drinks and dancing on girls get-togethers, we go paddle boarding, cross country skiing, or in the case of last week, axe throwing. After a quick dinner at Moxie’s (shout out for the table made guacamole!) we crossed the street…

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Cross Country Skiing at Syncline in Castle Provincial Park


Things have been quiet since Christmas. January  has been a little uneventful but I had a snowshoe date with Samara to looked forward to. About a week before we went, I asked to switch to cross country skiing as I noticed my lower back hurts when I walk for a long period of time. We were both so happy for…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #39 – Breathing


‘Ha’ in Hawaiian means breath or breath of life. In yoga circles, “prana” is breath or vital energy in the body.  To athlete’s, proper breathing is vital to good performance. So why do most people breath primarily chest oriented and shallow? Typically, when angry or stressed a person breaths faster and more shallow. When in pain or sick, we tend…

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Beating the Winter Blahs


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. January and February are some of the most blah months. Christmas and New Year’s are over, the days are short, and it’s freezing out. Or you live in Southern Alberta where it’s -21C one day and +7C the next.…

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Guest Post: 5 Ways Running Improves Your Health


Running and walking both are some of the most popular outdoor physical activities which help to keep you in shape and fit without any extra efforts and expenses. Outdoor activities can be just as effective as working out in a gym. If you don’t believe then just try it out. It comes along with lots of health benefits. Some of…

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January BuffBoxx- More Presents!


It was fun coming home from  a week of birthday and Christmas presents to greet my January BuffBoxx! The January box came with something a little extra to help folks with their fitness journey, a smart bracelet. Here’s what came in this month’s box. Tiger Balm samples Quake 10.0 Pre-Workout Smart Bracelet Viter Energy caffeinated breath mints Under Armour HeatGear…

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7 Tips for Embracing Winter


I’m not very happy with winter right now, which is crazy because I’m of the rare breed of people who gets giddy when it snows. I want to roll about in snow like a dog. But now that I no longer have a four wheel drive vehicle, I’m actually wishing it was warmer because driving in snow in an unreliable…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #38 – Build a Better Relationship with Coworkers


You can’t choose your co-workers but you can control what kind of relationship you want to have with them. Psychologist and author Ron Friedman points out in his book, “The Best Place to Work,” that workplace friendships are one of the strongest predictors of productivity and success, according to research. Think about it, if you spend eight hours per day,…

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2018 Intention – Go With The Flow


Last year my intention for the year was to stress less; to take things as they come a little better and not spend time worrying about things out of my control. I was very happy with the outcome and would grade myself at a solid 70%. The other 30% was my failure to go with the flow more, which is…

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2017 Goal Check In- Did I Stress Less?


For 2017 I didn’t set any resolutions, just a mantra, a goal to live by, and that was “stress less“. “This is the year I keep to a budget, manage my homework load, stick to a workout schedule, work part time, and manage my household without losing my mind. I’ll do all this by repeating this mantra, staying in a positive…

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2017 Year in Review


2017 was a tough year, which I knew it would be. I went into it planning to take summer courses to finish school by December and knowing that I had two teaching practicums, one of which was full time and four months long. This heavy school workload limited the adventures, but I still managed to fit in some amazing hikes,…

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