I mentioned in a previous post that after being re-tested for food intolerances, I learned that I am intolerant to potatoes. This occurred because I was avoiding gluten, and in doing so, I was consuming more potato than ever before (potato starch is often used to replace wheat in gluten-free items). In addition to being … More Yeast-Free?
I was invited via my colleagues at CAA Niagara to participate in the No Fixed Address Event in order to raise money for YWCA Niagara, an organization that provides shelter, food and assistance to women and families in poverty in the Niagara region. No Fixed Address is a 24-hour live-in-your-car-a-thon in which participants raise money … More No Fixed Address
I came across an article via Foods24 describing some of the up and coming food trends for 2018, and because they are so odd, I thought I would share with you. Here’s to 2018! A wine pouch for one: A company titled Most Wanted has developed individual wine pouches which contain 187 ml of either … More 2018’s Weirdest Foods
Criticism is a fickle thing. On one hand, it can be issued in a positive context, allowing for recognition of potential improvement in a specific situation. On the other hand, when issued negatively, or in an excessively critical context, it can lead to anger and frustration. Criticism is somewhat inevitable in our lives. My Dad … More A Difference In Opinions
I try my absolute best to abide by a consistent and beneficial skin care routine. Because I have acne, I sometimes struggle to identify what components of my routine are effective, and consequently, which are not. Over time, I have come to understand that an effective skin care routine for me, personally, includes a cleanser, … More What’s With Toners?
I would undoubtedly classify myself as a dog person, and with good reason. I cannot recall a single point in my life in which we did not have a family dog, or dogs, and they really do become part of the family over the years. I thought it might be fun to create a list … More My Favourite Dog Breeds
Dry shampoos have never exactly been of significance to me. I have dabbled with a couple of different brands before, and because I failed to acknowledge any major difference in my hair when making use of them, I stopped purchasing any. My roommates swear by Batiste Dry Shampoo, so when I saw it on sale … More Product Review: Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo
An article via Women’s Health Magazine recently caught my attention, but for all the wrong reasons. The article, by Korin Miller, discusses the controversy surround Monat, a hair care line that claims to manufacture naturally based products which supposedly nourish one’s hair. The catch? Users of Monat products are arguing that the merchandise is causing … More Hair Care Gone Wrong
My sister shared an article with me via BBC the other day filled with interesting facts regarding coffee. The article, by Lora Jones, references the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in stating that more people are consuming coffee than ever before, hence I thought it would be neat to regurgitate some of the information Jones cites … More Coffee Chaos
I’m not one to normally discuss intensely political matters here on my blog, nor am I one to dissect the opinions of others. However, I recently came across a thread on Twitter regarding the Go Fund Me donations for the Humboldt Broncos, and the statements made by this individual angered me so deeply, I wanted … More Humboldt Broncos: A Flawed Go Fund Me? Or A Case of Communal Unity?
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix titled Ice Guardians. The film consists of interviews with a variety of previous and current NHL and AHL players and their position in hockey as enforcers. An enforcer in hockey refers to a player who is ready and willing to fight a player on the opposing team whenever … More Ice Guardians: A Different Perspective on Fighting in Hockey
I recently composed a blog post for CAA Niagara discussing poutine, and since poutine is never a bad idea, I thought I would share it here! “If you’re a true Canadian, you know that it’s hard to go wrong with poutine. It’s the perfect combination of salty, savory goodness, and although the classic combination of … More Time Fries When You’re Eating Poutine
I recently finished reading Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train, and I wanted to dedicate a post to it because I found it so riveting. Categorized as a psychological thriller novel, this story follows the characters of Rachel, Anna, Megan, Scott and Tom, and the dramatically complicated sense of interconnectedness that exists between them. The … More The Girl on the Train
If you read a post I composed a couple of days ago addressing my search for a great cookie, you’re aware that the chocolate chip cookies by Sweets From the Earth slightly missed the mark. I am not one to completely write off a company based off one rather disappointing experience, however; I figured I … More Cashew Cookies?
Rather than reiterating the facts that have already been disclosed by various news sources regarding the Humboldt tragedy, I thought I would provide my own perspective of the situation out of respect for the victims and further their friends and families. Thus far, 16 individuals affiliated with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team have died as a result … More #PrayForHumboldt
I absolutely love hummus, and I would argue that many people also enjoy it. It’s such a versatile, tasty, and healthy concoction, so I wanted to do some research to determine how to go about making homemade hummus. This recipe comes from Inspired Taste. You will need (to make roughly six servings or 1 1/2 cups … More How to Make Your Own Hummus at Home
As part of my internship position at CAA Niagara, I was asked to compose a blog post addressing CAA Niagara’s annual Worst Roads campaign. I figured I could share it with you all here on my own blog, but if you’re interested in checking out some other CAA Niagara blog posts please do so! “When … More Potholes: An Unexpected Villian
If you’re like me when it comes to making dinner, chances are you’re looking for a quick, easy, and relatively healthy recipe that can be made in advance to enjoy later. My shrimp and rice bowl recipe fits all of my dinner criteria, and it can be made in a single batch or in larger … More My Shrimp and Rice Bowl Recipe
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been seeing a naturopath regarding my stomach and the food sensitivities and intolerances I deal with. These visits are what actually inspired my blog post regarding how the gut and the skin are so closely connected. After learning about my intolerance to potatoes, my naturopath recommended … More What is Hydrotherapy?
As part of the Public Relations program I am in the process of finishing up through Niagara College, myself and my fellow colleagues are expected to complete a one-month internship at a company or organization in the Niagara region, performing Public Relations duties and work. I was placed at CAA Niagara, the Thorold branch, and … More My Internship Experience
I have composed a handful of blogs discussing elements of friendships, and over the course of my life, I feel as though I have come to a concrete understanding of what makes a good friendship, and consequently, what makes a poor friendship. Healthy and beneficial friendships require commitment, dedication, effort, understanding, patience, give, and a … More It’s Time to Say Goodbye to One-Sided Friendships
As much as I appreciate a solid chocolate chip cookie, it can be tricky to find one I can eat due to my food allergies. I was religiously purchasing peanut butter chocolate chip cookies from the Paris Gluten-Free Bakery and Marketplace, however, I am now unable to eat these because they contain potato products. Thus, … More Sweets From the Earth Chocolate Chip Cookies
Being nervous is a crappy experience. You try your best to ignore the gnawing sensation in your stomach, but often times it seems as though no matter what you do, the feelings of unease fail to cease. I experience feelings of nervousness quite often. I think this is a result of my anxiety, and it … More How to Cope With Nerves
On Saturday evening, my boyfriend and I, along with two others friends, ventured to London Music Hall to see Kip Moore perform live in concert. This was the first time both myself and my boyfriend had ever seen him live, and further was the first concert we have attended together in four years of dating, … More Kip Moore At London Music Hall
On Thursday, March 29th, my fellow Public Relations colleagues and I attended Niagara College’s Public Relations Graduate Panel. The purpose of the event was to allow current Public Relations students to network and connect with individuals who have completed the same program in past years. Several former Public Relations students attended the event, all coming … More Niagara College’s Public Relations Graduate Panel
A while ago I composed a post discussing a fragrance sampler kit I received as a Christmas gift. One of the fragrance options within the kit was the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Parfum (quite a mouthful, I know), and since I ended up going with it as my final selection, I wanted to describe … More Product Review: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Parfum
I consider myself a dedicated horror movie fan, however, I felt as though I was not living up to expectations considering I had never viewed the cult horror classic, The Shining. I sat down the other afternoon when I had some free time to spare, and I am quite honestly disappointed for allowing myself to … More Film Review: The Shining
I recently had myself re-tested to determine whether or not my food intolerances had improved or worsened. For the past four years or so, I have refrained from consuming gluten, dairy and egg because of the pain and general discomfort I experienced when I ingested any foods containing these ingredients. To my complete and utter shock, … More An Intolerance to Potatoes?
Black Panther is arguably a common topic of conversation as of late, and with good reason. The film, a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics of the same name, is directed by Ryan Coogler. It stars Chadwick Boseman as T”Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Daniel Gurira. Black Panther has earned … More Why ‘Black Panther’ Is More Than A Superhero Movie
I was appalled to read an article via CBC news detailing an absolute tragedy that has recently occurred in South Africa. The article, titled “South Africa Shocked By Deaths of 144 Psychiatric Patients,” describes the Esidimeni tragedy, a situation involving the deaths of 144 psychiatric patients who died following South Africa’s Gauteng provincial government transferring … More Mental Illness Tragedy in South Africa