Life is a crazy thing, as we’re arguably all aware. Things may not necessarily pan out how we intended for them to, relationships come and go, and stress is ever prevalent. And, while these things may be inevitable, they’re certainly not things that should take precedence over others, such as family and friendships. Something I … More Appreciating the present
I’m a tremendous fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg has always been one of my favourite actors in Hollywood, and he does not disappoint in his role as Jake in the show, a hilarious and sometimes clueless detective in New York City in the 99th precinct. And, aside from being ridiculously funny, Samberg and the … More Brooklyn Nine-Nine: so much more than a comedy
So often we hear about the significance of transforming a space that belongs to us into something that reflects who we are, or at least makes us happy. And, despite the perpetuation of this concept, I question how many of us actually practice this. When I say ‘make a space your own,’ I’m referring to … More The importance of making a space your own
Eating in restaurants nowadays can be a hit or miss experience, depending on where you go. Prices can be far higher than expected; atmosphere can significantly impact overall experience; menu options may be limited. Not to worry, though; Broadway Diner in Hamilton has all of its bases covered. Located on Upper James Street, Broadway Diner … More Broadway Diner: a hidden Hamilton gem
It seems to me that as of late, farmers have been the subject of unnecessary criticism and scrutiny. And, the longer I think about it, the more it becomes apparent that farmers have somewhat always been targeted for the profession they chose, one that we as a society depend upon tremendously. Recently, farmers and members … More Why are we villainizing farmers?
An article from The Huffington Post caught my eye the other evening. Titled “Alabama Wants To Imprison Marshae Jones. Her Crime Was Being Shot While Pregnant,” I imagine it’s relatively simple to figure out why I was intrigued by the headline. The following excerpts are from the article: “Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old Alabama woman, is facing a manslaughter … More The implications of Alabama’s abortion law
Social media, as wonderful as it can be, can simultaneously be destructive towards those who make use of it. And by destructive, I’m referring to the inevitable occurrence of comparison that comes with social media. It’s extremely difficult to avoid comparing ourselves to others when we’re scrolling through our social media timelines. We compare ourselves … More Stop comparing and start celebrating
When it comes to wine, whites are my jam. I’ve never been able to get into reds, and honestly, I’m not a fan of them in general. Prior to working at a winery, I never thought I would be writing a blog post with some white wine suggestions for the summer months, but here we … More Summer white wine essentials
Pressure is something we as humans tend to shy away from, which is quite understandable. Pressure can induce feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, and possibly frustration, and it isn’t something we exactly desire to experience (in most cases). When we’re conscious of the pressure we’re under, it’s easy to get rattled and become overwhelmed. This … More How to keep calm under pressure
My sister shared an Instagram post with me the other evening from an account titled Humans of New York. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I highly recommend checking it out as it’s a great way to catch a glimpse of alternate perspectives towards a certain subject matter. This particular post, featuring commentary from a woman … More Happiness: a matter of perspective
It’s possible you read the title of this post and said to yourself: “Really? A blog post about Homesense?” And, if this was your reaction, it’s rather understandable. Homesense may not be what you consider to be a worthy for a blog post, but I’m hoping to change your mind. About a week ago I … More Homesense: a one-stop shopping haven
Designating something in our lives that inspires us and evokes creativity is so important. Yet, I question how many of us have been able to identify our own muse. Finding whatever we’re passionate about can be a bit of a gray area. Perhaps we’re overwhelmed with focalizing one specific passion because we have several; perhaps … More The importance of finding your muse
If you read the title of this post and said to yourself, ‘what the hell is PCOS?’, you’re in the right place. And you’re definitely not alone in being unfamiliar with the acronym, hence the purpose of this post. PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, “is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women … More Why aren’t we talking about PCOS?
Dealing with conflict in the workplace can be a fickle thing. Depending on the situation, you may or may not be comfortable addressing conflict where you work because of where you stands in terms of employment, and further, where you stand with your employer. Addressing conflict in a professional manner doesn’t have to be daunting, … More How to handle conflict professionally
Here in Canada, there is quite a bit of political action happening as a result of the upcoming federal election. And, if you’re like most Canadians, you’re probably fed up with and feeling inundated with campaign platforms and propaganda. Even more so if you’re like me and are having difficulty visioning any of the candidates … More Where did all the good leaders go?
For many of us young adults, our parents are becoming older. Perhaps they’re nearing their fifties or sixties, or maybe they’re older still. Regardless of their exact age, for many of my friends close to my own age, our parents are ageing, and this natural occurrence can cause us a bit of distress once we … More Here’s how to spend more time with your parents
In regard to my post a few days ago about self-care, I thought it might useful to brainstorm the ways in which we can practice self-care without blowing our budget. I think many of us automatically associate self-care practices with a high price tag, but it certainly doesn’t have to cost you an arm or … More Practicing affordable self-care
If you’re a resident of Ontario, chances are you’re probably wondering what in the heck it is that Mother Nature is all in a dither over. I shouldn’t say Ontario specifically. The weather is wonky all across the country, and worldwide. From what I’ve gathered, most of us are rather fed up with the so-called … More Fed up with the weather? Think about the farmers
We live in an extremely self-entitled society. Now, more than ever, selflessness and generosity are scarce in occurrence, while greed and righteousness continue to rise in popularity. I’m not certain that there’s a distinct reason as to why self-entitlement is on the rise in the world we live in, but I’m not a fan, personally, … More Here’s why we’re killing kindness
Watching sports, whether through a screen or in-person, has never been something I’m overly intrigued by. I’ve been to the odd professional sports game here and there, and every once in a while I’ll tune into a game, but neither is a common occurrence. It’s perhaps somewhat of a paradox that I’m not a big … More Finding commonalities in sport
I think for many of us, the concept of self-care is intimidating. The intimidation isn’t so much a reflection of self-care itself, but rather, a mimicry of our own insecurities involved with taking the time to address our own mental and physical needs. Self-care is not a practice that requires us to be selfish, however. … More Self-care isn’t selfish
Sometimes in life, we’re presented with unfortunate circumstances. And, as inconvenient as these circumstances may be, life is unpredictable, making these situations inevitable. When dealing with a challenging scenario, it can be difficult to consider things from an alternate perspective. But, sometimes seeing things from another angle can make a tremendous difference regarding how we’re … More The power of perspective
Keeping plants alive has never been my strength. My struggle to do so is perhaps surprising, considering my mom and sister are fantastic gardeners, and my dad, along with his experience with tobacco, ginseng, chickens and cash crop, was a tree farmer in the past with the help of my mom. You would think I … More Cursed with a black thumb? Try a Bella Palm
I’ve been reflecting on some of my friendships as of late, and doing so has really encouraged me to seriously contemplate the value of these relationships I’ve formed with others. I believe that sometimes we’re unable to see the harsh reality of a deteriorating friendship because we’re trying so desperately to save it. But, sometimes, … More Three signs a friendship isn’t worth your effort anymore
Hair hygiene is something we’re taught from a young age. It is something that has become a repetitive practice in our lives, something that doesn’t demand much thought. Because of the repetitive nature of hair hygiene, we fail to ever think twice about it. For the most part, anyways. But, I started to give it … More Is less more when it comes to washing your hair?
My mom and I were grocery shopping a few nights ago at Sobeys, and in the produce section, a display titled “plant-based alternatives” caught my eye. I decided to take a stroll over to the display to see what sorts of items were available. A vast majority of the section consisted of dairy-free cheeses, although … More Plant-based diets: logical or ludicrous?
I stumbled across an article recently from The Toronto Star that struck a nerve. I encourage you to take a look at the article, and further to hear me out. I’m not going to give a complete summation of the articles’ context, but, in short, it discusses yet another instance of foreign temporary workers being … More Advocating for foreign temporary farm workers
A few days ago, my boyfriend and I were conversing about all of the social media postings as of late regarding changes to abortion laws in the U.S. If you use social media, you’ve likely noticed the onslaught of individuals advocating their stance on abortion across all platforms. I said to my boyfriend that while … More Social media: communication channels or argumentative platforms?
Dating, as fun as it can be, can be somewhat problematic in terms of activity ideas. It’s far easier to simply stay in for the night with some snacks and Netflix as opposed to planning out a fun-filled day, so often times we get somewhat lazy and settle for the simpler option. As great as … More Summer date ideas
Wine is something I’ve never really had much luck with. When I became of drinking age, I pretty well stuck with beer, and the odd cooler. Enter my gluten intolerance a few years later, and my beer drinking days came to an end relatively quickly. Coolers are fine for me to continue drinking, but often … More Don’t whine about wine