I learned an interesting fact about werewolves today, and it sparked a debate in me. The duality of a werewolf’s physical existence got me thinking about the duality of personality that lives inside me, and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that is inside of all of us; or at least those of us who present ourselves as nice people – or at least that we don’t judge.  But in reality, have internal judgmental thoughts more than we’d care to admit.  Are you like me and need some help taming your inner judge?

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WEREWOLVES – how did we get here?

You might be wondering how I actually got thinking about werewolves.  Well, we can thank my big brother for that.  We were chatting about something completely unrelated to werewolves (possibly vampires, but maybe it was chess), and he told me what I think is probably a little known fact: because February is a short month, some years there isn’t a full moon, and 2018 just happens to be one of those years.  Now, the really important part about this fact, isn’t the really the lack of moon, but what that lack of moon means.

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In case you’re still recovering from the holidays and haven’t quite noticed that January has quickly slipped away from us, let me give you a heads up!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Have you found the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

It’s on the calendar, so you’d better pay attention!

Are you struggling to come up with something?

Does it feel like your whole relationship depends on getting it right?

Are you starting to panic?

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WHEN LIFE CHANGES – 10 Tips for Handling Big Life Change with Confidence

I recently had the honour of attending the military retirement of a very close friend (almost more of a sister really).  On the day of her retirement, she had served almost 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy.  A very respectable achievement to say the least.  I was so pleased to be able to be there at the moment when she was celebrating the end of one chapter and readying herself to take the next step; because it’s at these moments, when we’re experiencing big life changes that truly magnificent things can happen.

It’s at these junctions in our life’s journey that we have the opportunity to explore who we really are.  If we can be brave enough to let it happen.

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Why I’m NOT Making New Year’s Resolutions This Year + My 5 New Year’s NON-Resolutions

Happy New Year to all my readers.  Have you made your resolutions?

New Year – the time of resolutions.  A happy, hopeful time where everyone is brimming with enthusiasm for all that they’re going to conquer in this brand new year.

There’s something magical about New Year’s Day – not in reality, of course.  It’s really just another day, just the same as the one before; except it isn’t.

Like many people at this time of year, I’ve had resolutions on my mind.  To tell you the truth, I always have a pile of resolutions bouncing around in my brain.  I’ve always got a multitude of ‘self-improvement’ tasks that I’m ‘working’ on or am on the verge of implementing.

It’s exhausting.

And, frankly, this year between the chronic pain that I just can’t seem to conquer and trying to hold my life together, I just don’t have the energy for it.

So, I’ve made the decision that this year all my resolutions were going to be non-resolutions. Instead, I have a list of things that I won’t be doing in 2018. Click To Tweet
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My (almost) Sugar-Free Egg Nog Substitute – Keeping Christmas Sweet Minus the Sugar

With the Christmas season here, I’ve been wracking my brain for ways to reduce the amount of sugar my children are consuming.  Christmas has many delights: egg nog, music, lights, visits to Santa, parades and SUGARY TREATS.  What’s a mom to do?

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Whenever I get to thinking I’m doing amazing, I find someone doing it better: A LESSON IN PERSPECTIVE.

Recently, I got out biked by a guy who was riding a cargo bike with two kids on the back.  It turned out to be a lesson in perspective.

And it got me questioning my fitness, something I pride myself on, and it got me questioning the success of my crusade to be a minimal car use family.  I mean, I’ve been focusing a lot of energy lately on getting us back out on our bikes and out of our van.  And, I was feeling pretty proud of myself.  But this guy, he had me beat.

Not only was he faster than me, when I was solo and he definitely wasn’t, but there was also no way I would’ve biked up that hill with my kids in tow – I would’ve gone around the longer, flatter way.

Was I just fooling myself?  Was it time to throw in the towel and stop pretending that I was actually accomplishing anything or had any right to give advice?

Or was it a lesson in perspective and loving yourself where you’re at? Click To Tweet
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It’s probably not going to be revolutionary and life changing for me to tell you that lists can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.  I’m sure if I took a moment and googled it, there would be endless blog posts on the great life hack that lists are. (I’m not going to do that just at this moment because it’s not on my list 😉 ). But list can be a life saver when you’re overwhelmed.

So why am I talking about it here, today?

Because list making is another one of my recent epiphanies – and this time I’m really paying attention.


TWINS – One birthday party or two? A lesson in simplifying


The introduction of twins into my life was akin to inviting two tornadoes into my home.

The chaos feels constant.

I try to remind myself to keep it simple – SIMPLIFY is my new catch phrase (or maybe it’s more like a coping mechanism).  But it’s not always easy.

And I’m learning that birthday parties are no exception.

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REDUCING MY BLOGGING SCHEDULE – A lesson in PACING for chronic pain sufferers

Since I launched my blog,, I’ve stuck to my schedule of posting twice a week, and I’ve enjoyed it, really enjoyed it.  I have to admit I’ve even become a little obsessed with checking my daily ‘hits.’ But my body might be telling me that I need to slow down and start pacing myself.

But since then, I’ve come to the hard realization that it’s going to have to change.  I’m going to have to cut back to posting only once a week.

My health just can’t keep paying the price. Click To Tweet
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LIVING SUGAR-FREE – 5 strategies for waging the sugar battle


I can’t quite remember the moment it happened.  I mean, I guess I always knew it on some level – but if I remember correctly, it took watching a documentary on the dangers of sugar for me to clue in that I needed to start living sugar-free.

Not sure why I needed someone to tell me.  Now that I’ve figured it out, it seems like one of those COMMON-SENSE things.

Looking back, living sugar-free seems like a common-sense thing. Click To Tweet

It wasn’t like I grew up in a household where it was a sugar free for all.  In fact, my mom worked hard to keep our meals healthy and limit the amount of processed and sugary foods we ate.  We really only had them when we’d go camping, and that was only to prevent my brothers and me from going crazy when we’d go to birthday parties and such.

Anyway, I watched a documentary.  I could probably figure out which one, if I thought about it hard enough, but the exact one isn’t important.   What is important is that it suddenly dawned on me that the sugary comfort food that I was liberally consuming was basically POISONING me. Continue reading “LIVING SUGAR-FREE – 5 strategies for waging the sugar battle”