As I sit here writing today’s post, I am pleased to report that I have officially hit day five of the COVID chronicles. The fifth day can potentially be the last day that one with COVID shows symptoms, so here is hoping. I’m feeling better than I was a few days ago. The muscle aches … More COVID update
This past Friday, I woke up feeling like an absolute bag of dog shit. For all of you literal folks out there, no, I don’t know what a bag of dog shit feels like. But, if I had to guess, I am inclined to think that because of the scent of dog crap trapped within … More The COVID diaries: Lauren edition
I am someone who arguably dabbles in self-criticism more often than I should. I’m not entirely sure why it is I’m so hard on myself, but I have been my entire life. I think it stems from my perfectionist tendencies, if I had to take a guess, but I’m sure there are other contributing factors, … More Are you too hard on yourself?
When I was in university, I endured a phase during which I would get my nails professionally done every few weeks or so for roughly two years. When I say I would get my nails done, I’m not talking about a basic manicure; I would get bio gel nails. For anyone unfamiliar with bio gel … More Bio gel nails: yes or no?
It isn’t a secret that I have bowels that would challenge the likes of nuclear weaponry. My digestive tract is absolutely fucked, and this isn’t an exaggeration; since I have recovered from my eating disorder, I’ve had more than my share of stomach-related issues, and years later, they’re still with me, making their presence quite … More Natural remedies for a gut on the warpath
A few nights ago, I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook videos when I came across one that seriously pissed me off. The video in question depicted Natalia Dyer, an actress arguably best known for her role in the television series titled Stranger Things, and how she apparently has a progressive form of Anorexia. I don’t … More The danger of assuming eating disorders
I will be honest in admitting that the sole reason I purchased my first diffuser approximately five years ago was that I thought they were cool. No word of a lie, I went out and bought one of these fuckers because I found the combination of the vapour they release and the changing colour features … More Should you be using a diffuser?
I got my ears pierced, to the best of my recollection, when I was about 10-12 years of age. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I do remember going to Claire’s in the Brantford mall with my mom to get them pierced. I cried like a little bitch, but it was worth … More Getting your helix pierced? Read this
I’ll be honest in admitting that prior to living in my own house, I kind of underestimated vinegar in terms of its cleaning abilities. I was fully aware that vinegar is essentially a powerhouse in terms of what it can do for a variety of things while living with my mom and dad, but because … More Let’s hear it for vinegar
Podcasts aren’t new. They’ve been around for a hot minute, and most of us are fully aware of how great they are. Everyone but me, apparently, but I am pleased to report that I recently have begun to delve into the black hole of available podcasts, and so far, I’m really enjoying their existence. In … More The beauty of podcasts
I’ve been following a woman named Tammy Hembrow for a few years now on social media, specifically Instagram. She is an influencer and a businesswoman who gained fame back in 2014 when she documented herself exercising throughout her pregnancy. I’m not sure if she is a certified personal trainer, but she has created her own … More Why are we pitting women against women?
A few nights ago, my mom served our family and me a Hungarian cucumber salad for dinner. Perhaps I should add that there were more food items than just cucumber salad. We are not being rationed, at least, not to my knowledge. We also had hash browns and fish. It is quite possible you’ve never … More Read this to learn how to make Hungarian cucumber salad
Sleep is something that is absolutely essential to the health and overall function of the human body. It provides an opportunity for our minds and bodies to rest, heal and regenerate, and without it, we’re pretty much useless, not to mention going too long without sleep can literally kill you. Despite the significance of sleep … More Having trouble sleeping? Read this
If you follow my blog to any extent, it’s no secret that I have Lyme disease. I was diagnosed about a year ago, and while I’m certainly feeling better now than I did this time last year, life ain’t exactly peachy when you live with Lyme, or any chronic illness, for that matter. I also … More Living with chronic illness? Read this
While it isn’t quite watermelon season yet here in Ontario, the time is approaching, and I and a lot of other Ontarians are arguably excited. Watermelon is the shit; it’s super refreshing on a hot day, and because it contains so much water, it is a very filling snack, which I can appreciate. The one … More Here’s how to make a mean watermelon salad
I consider myself to be someone who views both traditional medicine and naturopathic medicine to be of equal importance. I think it is important to acknowledge, however, that there are some things I believe should be tackled with traditional medicine, and others with naturopathic medicine. Certain ailments require certain treatment, and one route is better … More Should you be using elderberry?
When you work on a farm, it is safe to say that you tend to work rain or shine, to a reasonable extent. Unless the weather is so drastic it is actually preventing you from getting farm work done, the work continues as farming and agriculture are rather time-sensitive. While it makes sense that farm … More Tips for working in extreme heat
I have no shame in admitting I’m a sweaty bitch. I always have been, and likely always will be. Some folks sweat more than others, and I’m definitely in the sweats easily classification. When I was in high school, there were semesters in which I would have gym mid-day, followed by an English or math … More Read this if you sweat easily
I believe I first started getting acne when I was around the age of 13. I could be off by a few years; I didn’t exactly make note of when I first noticed a volcanic eruption occurring on my face, if you can imagine that. Fast-forward to now and I’m still dealing with acne. I’m … More Dealing with a stubborn zit? Read this
I will throw hands right here and now with anyone who can tell me with sincere honesty that eating raw cookie dough isn’t absolutely the best part of making homemade cookies. If you’re telling yourself otherwise you’re a damn liar and that is that. In case you couldn’t tell, I have some passionate feelings toward … More Here is how to make homemade cookie dough that is safe to eat
As the house Blaine and I will be moving into shortly continues to progress, it is safe to say that I’ve been making some lists pertaining to what items we still need for our future home. Thankfully, we got most of the essentials via gifts for my bridal shower back in the fall, so we’re … More Should you be using a dehumidifier?
I would consider myself to be someone who is not terribly sensitive to sunlight. I honestly think my skin’s tolerance of sunlight stems from working outdoors on the farm from a young age, and for quite a long time now; I’ve built up a bit of an immunity to the sun, if you will, so … More Wondering what Polymorphous Light Eruption is? Read this
When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease about a year ago, I learned a lot. I educated myself on the disease itself, as well as treatment, and believe me when I tell you that when I started exploring treatment options, I was scratching my head as I have never heard of some of the … More Here’s why you should be using an infrared sauna
Without fail, I burn the first time I’m outside in the sunshine for the entire duration of the day while working on the farm. It happens every year; I usually get a solid burn on my shoulders, back, and the back of my neck, and from there forward I tend to tan and don’t typically … More Read this to learn about some sunburn remedies
Not too long ago, I had my bridal makeup trial, if you will, with the truly lovely gal who is doing my makeup, as well as the makeup for my bridal party, on the big day. She and I have become friends since we have gotten to know one another, and she’s flipping awesome in … More Looking for a miracle cream? Read this
It’s an issue that has been relevant, arguably, since the beginning of time; women’s health and a lack of concern and priority is nothing new, although, I do believe the issue itself is worsening in terms of severity as of late, specifically referencing the looming potential of The Supreme Court overturning the Roe versus Wade … More The time is now to do better for women’s health
Last week, I met up with a dear friend of mine for dinner. We had a wonderful time, as per usual, and I noticed while sitting across from her at the table that her face makeup looked incredible. I could tell she had makeup on, but it was so beautifully subtle and natural, so I … More Looking for a tinted facial sunscreen? Read this
I hope you didn’t think I was joking when I stated in yesterday’s post that there would be a follow-up in regards to riveting facts pertaining to the human body and all of its magnificent functions. Considering how fired up I get about the body and what it can do, sometimes I wonder whether or … More … and here are some more human body facts to pique your interest
The human body, as a concept, is fucking wild, if you ask me. Bodies are truly insane in terms of what they are capable of doing; our bodies tell us when we are in need of sleep; our bodies notify us when we are hungry or thirsty and then proceed to digest these same materials … More Here are some super random facts about the human body