What I Did On Summer Vacation

Did you ever have to write one of those essays? I’m sure I did but I really don’t remember it, but thought I’d kick off my return to work & blogging with a recap of what I did last week while on vacation.

Are you ready? It’s going to be exciting!

First and foremost – I slept. A lot. And it was glorious. Mind you I’m still tired today so what does that tell you? That I need to go to bed earlier, that’s what it tells you.

But seriously, it was so nice to not worry about alarms (meaning, worrying about sleeping through alarms) and just sleep. Have I mentioned I heart sleep? Because I really do. But enough about sleeping ;)

When I wasn’t sleeping I was relaxing either no our deck with a furry friend



chillin’ out watching TV or a movie (we only have about 1 1/2 hours left to watch of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – the extended versions which took up a lot of the week, lol. J complained that the 3rd one is mostly Aragon and his love life which is funny because it’s true.

I also spent a lot of time in our pool. This picture signifies a good week of vacation:



bathing suits everywhere! It was so hot here in Nova Scotia last week that I took multiple trips to the pool on many days. And the humidity is probably why I slept so much, it was just too hot to do anything! And even though I was sleeping a lot I still didn’t sleep well. I honest to goodness slept with an ice pack on my belly two nights last week because it was so hot I couldn’t stand it. <—I’m so glad I didn’t have to teach classes in that humidity!

I had a fun mail delivery last week that helped keep us cool though, some drinks from Zpirit!


Zpirit Infuzions are fruit flavoured waters that actually have fruit in them, you can sort of see it here:


J had two and I had two (but requested sips of his so I could report back on the flavours ;) ) and I loved them all! I think that the mandarin and mint was my favourite, but the peach and basil was a close second, and the other two weren’t far behind. And of course you know i love supporting Canadian companies so you should def. check them out! If they aren’t already, Zpirit will be available for purchase soon at Whole Foods and Longo’s grocery stores as well as many others in Ontario and Quebec. If/when they reach the Atlatntic Provinces I’ll be sure to let you know but in the meantime you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

And then on Sunday, Arthur hit us and knocked out power through I think most of Nova Scotia (a lot are still without power. We were fortunate enough to get it back early yesterday afternoon) and knocking down lots of tress and branches. Here is a shot of one tree on our property that split three ways during the storm



But we had a lot more down branches besides this, but this was the largest tree damage we had here. At my parent’s cottage a tree fell on the roof, but they don’t think it damaged it so that’s good.

So I spent most of my last weekend on vacation in the dark, but no worries, I had downloaded both A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night into my Kobo beforehand which kept me happily entertained. I’m in love with this series! And excited to be late to the show because the 3rd book comes out next Tuesday so I don’t have to wait years for it. Yay!!

Two things I didn’t do last week – work or exercise! And that, is amazing. I was so sure I’d get the itch to work or exercise but I didn’t – yay!!! I think I was so over-do a really honest vacation that my body and mind happily accepted it. Usually I’ll take time off from teaching classes but still blog, or vice versa, but unless I’m going somewhere I rarely take time off from both, and that is a mistake.

Later this summer I’ll be taking another mini vacation (I’ll still teach during the week days, but take the evenings and weekend off) and will probably take the week off from blogging then too. It’s such a good way to rest and recharge, and I always come back with more ideas. Plus I have some pretty fab friends who are happy to drop in and keep you guys entertained while I’m off relaxing!

So that was pretty much my week off. Actually I’m taking tonight off from teaching classes because so many people are still without power, I didn’t want anyone to worry about missing a pre-paid class (and I’m not even sure the community centre has power) so I guess we’ll be able to finish off our Lord of the Rings marathon ;)

It certainly wasn’t the trip to Walt Disney World we were planning to have this summer, but all things considered it was a pretty great vacation all the same!


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SierraSil Joint Support {A Review}

Here we are, my last post before I go on vacation! I’m a little excited ;) We’re not going anywhere this year, but I’m really looking forward to having the time off from work (both blogging and teaching classes). I think the last time I took a full week off of both (at the same time) was when we went to Disney World two years ago so it’s certainly time for a break.

But before I sign-off for the week, I wanted to share my review of SierraSil with you. Back in April they sent me a bottle of their Joint Formula for me to try. Knowing that I am a super active person, and someone who has fibromyalgia they thought that it might be a good fit. And me having the joint and muscle pain associated with being those two things agreed!

The bottle showed up a week or so before I got sick back at the beginning of May, and then I was close to my half marathon and didn’t want to try anything new before the race (runner’s paranoia), so I only started taking it four weeks ago.


Prior to their contact I hadn’t heard of SierraSil, but I’m always interested in trying new things that may help my joint pain. To get technical for a few seconds, here is how these describe what it is:

SierraSil originates from a pristine hydrothermal mineral deposit in the US Sierra Mountains. Discovered by a gold prospector many years ago, the mineral deposit has since been used regularly for its health properties by tens of thousands of Canadians.

The minerals present in SierraSil include calcium, potassium, sodium, aluminum, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, silicon, manganese, barium, copper, cobalt, zinc, and other natural co-occuring trace elements. Since minerals in SierraSil range from 23 mg to fractions of a mg in bio-availability, it is recommended for its healing properties, not as a complete daily mineral source.

If you want to learn more about the product and how it came to be you can do that on the About SierraSil section of their site. The long and short of it is:’

Sierra has been rigorously studied for both safety and efficacy in randomized, double blind, placebo confirmed human clinical trials (as well as other research). The researchers concluded that, “the benefits were evident within a week, and associated with an excellent safety profile”.

But let’s get back to my experience with it. When I started out taking it, I was taking it mid afternoon as you are suppose to take it on an empty stomach and 4 hours before/after any other medications/supplements to maximize effectiveness. However, I’m not use to taking supplements mid-afternoon so for most of the past 4 weeks I’ve been taking them at night and forgoing my usual supplements that I would normally take at that time.

And while I was careful to remember to take these each night, I didn’t really pay attention to how I was feeling at first. But then, I realized my shoulder wasn’t bothering me at night like it has been for months. I was able to fall asleep much more quickly (though I credit part of that to the fact that J and I have switched sides in bed so when I side sleep I’m not trying to sleep on my bad shoulder) and aside from my shoulder I haven’t noticed any great reduction in other joint pain (though I’m usually pretty good at keeping my joint pain to a minimum unless the weather goes crazy or I get over tired).

But remember, since I started taking the SierraSil I’ve stopped all of my other supplements, the supplements that I used for among other reasons, for joint pain. So while it might seem like I’ve only noticed a moderate difference (if you call laying there awake until 3 am every night because your shoulder and arms hurt so badly moderate) I think it’s probably more than that considering I haven’t been taking any of my other supplements. And as I mentioned, the reason you take it on it’s own is to ensure the effectiveness, more specifically:

If taken with food, medications or supplements the clay component of SierraSil® will become bound to food components such as fiber, phytates and phosphates, as well your medications or supplements and will not be absorbed into the body but will instead pass right through with all the contents its intact. If taking SierraSil with food and medications the maximum intended benefits will not be realized because the proper concentrations were not absorbed into the body.

And that is my only real complaint, that for me it was hard to find a time I could take them unless I replaced my usual supplements with SierraSil. For most people that wouldn’t be an issue because they would just take their other supplements at a different time of day, and I really should have just set an alert on my phone to remind me to take my other supplements earlier in the day, so I can’t blame that on the product. It was really just a Suzi issue and if I decide to continue with this treatment that is exactly what I’ll have to do.

Now that I’ve used up my 30 day supply, I’m going to go back to using my other supplements to see if the shoulder (or other joint) pain comes back, and if it does I will most certainly be purchasing more SierraSil.

They also sell a topical pain relief spray that they had shipped to me.


I was interested to try this because I have had a hard time finding a topical spray or ointment that provides me any pain relief. I do like one of the LUSH massage bars and find it helpful when I have sore muscles, but Vultaran (or whatever it’s called) Rub A535, Icy Hot patches – none of them work. In fact I had an allergic reaction that last time I tried one of those patches, so on top of it not helping my initial pain, it gave me some nice skin burning pain to go along with it -_-

Anyway, the week it arrived was the week I started my period, and it was a bad one pain wise. I remember I was awake in the middle of the night with my lower back hurting so much I didn’t know what to do. I happened to see the spray sitting in the bathroom and figured, “What the hell, I’m going to spray it on my back.” You guys. It was amazing. Within minutes my back pain had subsided enough that I was able to go to sleep. I was in love. I went from writhing around in pain to asleep in 20 minutes. I kid you not.

Since then, it’s been our go-to item for muscle pain, and J had been using it just as much (if not more) than me. We’ve always had topical pain relief sprays/creams in the house but we’ve never had anything that worked so well for us as this. I firmly believe that different treatments work for different people, but if you are someone who has had a hard time finding a topical pain-relief remedy I would urge you to try this. I swear, I was so in love with it the night I had the back pain I would have gladly given up cookies for a full year for a few sprays.


My only complaint about the spray is it can be hard to spray on the injured area with out the help of a second pair of hands. Like most sprays it doesn’t work well upside down but finding someone to help when needed isn’t usually an issue so this is pretty minor thing.

Like I mentioned a few seconds ago, different things work for different people, but for me both the SierraSil Joint Formula and the topical spray have proven to be useful for me for both joint and muscle pain (the spray especially), so if these are issues that you are looking for relieve from, I would encourage you to give them a shot.

For any locals reading this, I checked their website, and these products are sold in Berwick at MacLean Natural Wellness Centre and at Maria’s Health Food in Coldbrook.

Disclosure: I was provided with both products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. You can rest assured that any review posted on this site will always be 100% truthful to my experiences whether sponsored or not.