Healthy Canada Day Treats

Next week is the beginning of July which means us Canadians will be celebrating Canada Day! For me Canada Day is often filled with a barbecue, strawberry shortcake, and if I’m lucky fireworks. I know for many people it can be easy to let the whole day go to the dogs nutritionally speaking, so I decided to put together this post with a couple healthy Canada Day treat ideas for you!canada day

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The first idea is for red and white fruit sorbet!

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Brigadoon Wine & Dash 2015

A week ago Sunday I participated in the very first Brigadoon Wine & Dash fun run through the Vineyards of the Gaspereau Valley. This was an all-day event open to both walkers and runners alike, and weather wise it was pretty much perfect. There were times I was down right cold, but most of the time I was comfortably warm without being hot.

There were four vineyards participating, and somewhere around 400 participants. Each particiapant chose a starting/finishing winery when they registered, and from there we all ran/walked/moved in a clockwise direction from one vineyard to the next. So probably 1/2-3/4 of the participants never crossed paths be we were all moving in the same direction, at the same time, but in different parts of the course.

All those darn hills aside, I don’t have anything negative to say about this run. From what I saw and experienced, it was very well organized, and a really great time was had by all.

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If they do this run again I would definitely sign up again, though I think it would have been even more fun to do with a friend (or two), and even walk it instead of running.

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One thing I would do differently next time is I would register to start/finish at Gaspereau Vinyards as the distance between in and Grand Pre Vinyard is the farthest on the route, and it would be nice to get it out of the way first, and then tackle the mountain to Luckett’s right after that. I feel badly for those who started/finished at Luckett’s and had to hit that hill at the end of the 18km. Oye. Just look at the elevation map from my Polar (that big spike is the hill to Luckett’s)

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Hahahaha, oh my gosh, it was SOO hilly!!!

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2015 Goal Check-In: Improving Photography

Hi everyone! I decided since we are almost through June (what in the what!?) I should do a little check in on my goals for 2015!

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The number one goal on my list was to improve my photography and learn how to use my new DSLR and we’re going to come back to that in just a minute because I want to quickly look over my other goals first.

My second goal was to read 24 books, and as of right now my total stands at 14, so I’m well on my way to achieving that one (Especially since I tend to read a lot in the summer).

Third on the list was creative writing… I haven’t even started yet. Oops. But I’m still confident I can get 50,000 words of creative writing done before year’s end. I just need to get to work!
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Colouring for Stress Relief

Last Christmas I put crayons and a colouring book on my Christmas list. I was made fun of by a lot of people, but I really just wanted to colour – is that so wrong? Little did I know that colouring books for adults were becoming such a huge market! I know there are lots of people who have been colouring all along, but since 2013, colouring books marketed to adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.4 million copies in over 22 languages!

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So what’s the big deal with colouring?

For starters, it’s just fun! I’ve always enjoyed art, and colouring is a fun but mindless way to make something pretty without having to draw it from scratch. It brings us back to our childhood when we didn’t have the stresses of daily (adult) life upon us, and makes for a great way to unwind, relax and is an inexpensive way to chill out at the end of a long day. While other forms of stress relief like yoga and meditation are becoming more and more popular, colouring is something that any of us can do, without needing instruction or guidance. Get a book, get some crayons/coloured pencils/markers and you are good to go.
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Save Money without Sacrificing Quality with atoma®

With the ever rising cost of living, it’s important for us all to find ways to save money. Unfortunately cost savings often goes hand in hand with a reduction in product quality, making it hard to make those money saving decisions.

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