Review: Writing Retreat Near Toronto

I went on a retreat last weekend. An incredible, powerful, purpose-finding kind of retreat with a group of 10 writers and three staffers from Firefly Creative Writing. We descended on Loretto Maryholme Retreat Centre, a beautiful old home on Lake Simcoe, for three days of inspiration, hard work and delicious food. I’ve been searching for […] Read more…

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Mindful Meditation — Oh, and I love my bed

Last week was rough. My brain and I were fighting and try as I might, my brain won every time. I had a few very crummy days, the kind of days that start with negative, anxious thoughts and end with me crawling into my glorious bed, way before any adult should. I have found that […] Read more…

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Beautiful Bastard

I highly recommend Beautiful Bastard. Feeling shy? Download it on your phone — that way no one will even know that you’re reading something naughty. Read more…

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Suburban Escape: “Come From Away” in Toronto

Fall hit my little family hard this year. Summer passed by as fast as a camera flash and before we had a chance to say “cheese”, it was all over! We didn’t even take our annual family getaway before school started. My husband, Kerry, and I were looking for a family adventure that was quick […] Read more…

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Recipe for happiness

If you know me at all, you probably also know my favourite food in the whole wide world is cake. You see, cake is my favourite and my best. I would eat cake every. damn. day, if could. And if I didn’t know firsthand that doing so would result in a very large waistline. But […] Read more…

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Caution Extreme Lash Mascara by Hourglass

I’ve spent 30 years searching for the perfect mascara and I think I’ve finally found the one. Plunk. Plunk. Can you hear that? It’s the sound of my eyelashes hitting my glasses. Plunk. Plunk. Hey, there’s that noise again! I’ve been hearing it a lot lately, thanks to my Caution Extreme Lash mascara by Hourglass […] Read more…

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My miscarriage story

The doctor told me they hadn’t been able to find a heartbeat, that the pregnancy wasn’t viable, that miscarriages were natural and very common. Read more…

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This is what postpartum depression looks like

Oct. 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness week. I’ve battled depression and anxiety for most of my life and yet, overall, I’m OK. But I’m one of the lucky ones. My depression, while debilitating and destructive in it’s own way, is fairly mild right now. Sure, there are times when my mood sinks and my life […] Read more…

How a flamingo lamp changed my life

Last year, my annual winter depression was really bad. I dealt with it the way I always do and tried hard to shop myself happy. Now, logically, I know shopping can’t cure Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but during the winter of 2019 I wasn’t logical, I was a big old mess. I clicked Add to […] Read more…

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