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
Eating disorders are very much the type of mental illness that affect us physically, in the long-run, far more than we may realize while dealing with the disorder itself. I dealt with a combination of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia when I was in high school, followed by a bout of binge eating disorder while I … More The long-term effects of eating disorders
Most of us have tried granola at some point on our lives. My question, though, is whether or not the granola we’ve tried is actually tasty. I’ve had several variations of granola, however, I’ve struggled finding one that really gets me going. They’re all pretty similar, typically consisting of nuts, raisins, and granola itself. Then … More Looking for a unique twist on granola? Check out Bakery on Main
Soil health is of utmost importance to farmers. Contaminated soil presents a multitude of problems both in terms of crop production and environmental sustainability, therefore maintaining soil health is an absolute must. So, what can be done to reverse soil contamination? Well, for a farmer in Italy, hemp has done the job. An article originally … More Using hemp to purify soil
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
Sugary alcoholic drinks have never been my thing. I find them to be excessively sweet (almost like you can feel cavities forming as you sip on them), and honestly, wine and beer have always been my preference. That is, wine and beer were my preference until I discovered Cottage Springs vodka sodas. Now my top … More Here’s why you need to try Cottage Springs’ vodka sodas
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 feel like a lot of people would agree with me in saying it’s quite difficult to come across a comedy flick nowadays that truly makes you laugh. And I don’t mean the odd chuckle here and there. I’m talking laugh out loud, clutch your abs in pain kind of laugh. Fortunately, The House is … More Film review: The House
Controversial footage of cows and their calves being mistreated at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has recently gone viral. The footage depicts farm employees aggressively handling and, in some instances, beating calves and cows. Understandably, a lot of people are concerned. Although it was difficult to watch the footage, I did so to ensure I had … More Animal abuse: know your facts
When many of us contemplate the concept of cannabis use, health and wellness may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, I would argue that many people associate cannabis with laziness and poor health, when in actuality, this simply is not the case. As stated in an article originally published at … More Can CBD contribute to a healthier lifestyle?
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?
When first heard about the movie The Perfection via my Facebook timeline, I knew it was one I was going to have to see. Why, you may ask? When the release of a horror flick is met with statements that people became physically ill watching it, you can bet it intrigued me. Hey, I never … More If you’re a horror fan, you need to watch The Perfection
Summertime, for me, is peak tan season. By tan, I’m referring to the tan I receive when I’m outside working on the farm. Not from a tanning bed or anything like that. Since beginning my job at Bonnieheath, I’m spending far more time indoors than I normally do in the warmer weather. And, as a … More Product review: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Luminous Bronzer
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?
Environmental conservation and awareness is something that many of us have made a conscious effort to address and work towards on a daily basis. We’re (for the most part) fully aware of how aggressive climate change has become over the past few years, and, hopefully, we’re aware that it’s likely going to get worse. Joyful … More Getting green with hemp
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?
The other evening, my mom encouraged to take a look at her latest Chatelaine magazine. I’m not normally an avid Chatelaine reader, but after flipping through the June/July edition, I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed. The cover of this issue of the magazine features a striking woman in a bathing suit. The image is … More Have you heard about #ShowUs ?
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
Apparently I’ve been feeling creative with my hair as of late, seeing as this is the second hair tutorial I’ve written about in a rather short period of time. I’ll take all the creativity I can get. I find that with long hair, styling and unique ideas seem to be easier to accomplish. Is it … More Dutch front braid hair tutorial
Approximately three weeks ago, I began working at Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery, located on Concession 12 in beautiful Waterford, Ontario. If you’re unfamiliar with this place, I highly encourage you to check out their website. This is one of the most serene locations to visit in Norfolk County, and although I may be slightly … More Bonnieheath Estate: a local paradise
Work ethic is timeless in terms of its value. If you’re someone who possesses strong work ethic, you’re at a tremendous advantage over those who don’t when it comes to the work world. The problem is, though, that strong work ethic seems to be becoming more and more scarce in popularity, and from my understanding, … More Where did the good work ethic go?
On Sunday evening, the sixth and final episode in the eighth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones aired, and by final episode, I mean final. There is no more Game of Thrones, which is a concept I’m still struggling to wrap my head around. If you haven’t yet seen the final episode, abandon this post … More Game of Thrones: the final recap
Weeds are not my friend. I doubt they’re anyone’s friend, really, but I’m really not a fan. You work to keep your luscious flowerbeds free of weeds, or perhaps your interlocking stone driveway, yet despite your efforts, these guys find a way to make a noticeable return. It really is quite frustrating. They’re relentless. I … More Here’s how to make your own DIY weed killer
Summertime often evokes elegant and soft hairstyles. Perhaps it’s because with summer comes a more whimsical attitude and a sense of happiness throughout the air. I know, I sound like I’m writing a book of poetry. Moving on. Summer, as wonderful as it is, can make wearing hair down a rather unpleasant experience. Humidity kicks … More Summer twisted crown hair tutorial