I imagine you’ve likely heard about the outrage sparked by an Amber Alert, issued in Canada, on Valentine’s Day. The Alert was sent to a majority of Canadians who own a cellphone within Ontario to alert them of an 11-year-old girl from Brampton who was reported missing. Unfortunately, the girl, Riya Rajkumar, was found dead at … More How privileged are we as a society to complain about an Amber Alert?
I realize I’ve been offering a lot of film review as of late, but hey, I’ve seen a few movies I wanted to review. Maybe my opinion of these movies can help someone out who is contemplating whether or not to invest time and money in seeing one. My mom, dad and I went to … More Film review: Cold Pursuit
I’ve been wanting to watch The Invitation since I first saw it listed as one of the best films on Netflix, and the other night, I finally got around to doing it. I was not disappointed. The Invitation stars Logan Marshall-Green as Will, a man who has endured incredible hardship in his life since he and … More Film review: The Invitation
It can be difficult to recognize things about ourselves that we appreciate, or love. I would argue that because we are socially conditioned to seek out our flaws and the flaws of others, a social construction that is perpetuated through social media, print media, and visual media, we fail to consider that there are things … More Promoting self-love
I’m a sucker for a medieval man (don’t judge me), and I’m also a sucker for Kit Harington. You can imagine, therefore, my anticipation to view Pompeii, a medieval movie starring Kit Harington as a gladiator. This movie has been out for a while now, and it’s been teasing me on my Netflix recommendations for … More Film review: Pompeii
I made my first Zaful purchase back in the summer. If I recall correctly, I ordered a couple of shirts, and perhaps a dress. Last week, my second order from Zaful arrived in the mail, and I thought I could write about my experiences with this retailer, as I believe a lot of people are … More Is Zaful legit?
Whether or not you’re a fan of Aerosmith’s frontman, Steven Tyler, you may be as pleased as I am to learn that he recently opened Janie’s House, a facility intended for abused and neglected girls in Memphis, Tennessee, an NBC article said earlier this month. The chosen name, Janie’s House, comes from the band’s 1989 … More Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused women
Today’s post differs slightly from the typical content I discuss here on my blog, but I think it’s important to draw attention to the topic. As of late, I’ve been feeling pretty bland. Down might be a better word for it. I don’t wish to use the term depressed as I haven’t been properly diagnosed, … More Not feeling like yourself? That’s okay, me neither
Canadian Agriculture Day was on Feb. 12, and although a few days have passed since this tremendous social media initiative occurred, I still wanted to draw attention to it as it is such an important day of celebration in our country. Before I delve into the topic any further, I wanted to mention ag Twitter. … More Celebrating #CdnAgDay
I came across an article via Elite Daily recently titled “12 characteristics of true love and how you can be sure you’ve found it,” and upon reading it, I came to a realization I think is worth discussing here with all of you. When I initially read the article, I was quite impressed with its … More How do you know if it’s true love?
This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?
I have mentioned several times in the past how strongly I feel about supporting local businesses, therefore you can imagine my delight when I learned a friend I went to high school with was making her own jewelry. I ran into the owner of Fin + Flora Jewelry around Christmas time, and she informed me … More Product review: Fin + Flora Jewelry
I am a seafood lover. There are very few species that come from the ocean that I won’t eat, and referencing what I assume to be relatively common knowledge, consuming seafood offers the human bodies many benefits. What sorts of benefits do eating fish and seafood lead to, you may ask? Well, fish is a … More Why aren’t we eating more fish?
I had some issues with my thyroid about a year or so back. I saw a naturopath who prescribed me some supplements to help get my thyroid back in order, however, present day, I’m having some issues once again. Your thyroid can be such a powerful influence in your overall state of health. It can … More Is your thyroid out of whack?
Making an effort to abide by a healthier diet can be a rather challenging feat to overcome, especially if you haven’t made any major changes to your diet as of late. Chances are that as good as your intentions are, after a strong start, you find yourself reverting back to old habits, and soon, pizza … More Healthy eating hacks
I have always held tremendous faith in the saying ‘trust your gut.’ I’m sure there are other variations of this particular saying, but the just of it remains the same. Growing up, my dad was one to always stress the importance of listening to my gut when facing a difficult decision. Hearing his faith in … More Here’s why trusting your gut is so important
I wrote a post about embracing anxiety relatively recently, and I wanted to continue the topic after giving it some more thought. In my previous post, I wrote “Part of the process of working to control anxiety is eliminating it as a whole. We are prescribed medications, given therapy techniques, and are encouraged to quash … More Embracing anxiety – part two
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has a pet peeve of some sort. Perhaps some of us refrain from actually exercising the use of the cliche term ‘pet peeve,’ as it is often over-used and inappropriately tossed around. But, at the end of the day, everyone is fully aware of something that pisses … More Pet peeves
Growing up in the presence of migrant workers has truly opened my eyes to how important they are to Canada’s agricultural industry. My dad and uncle, who operate and manage the family farming business together, have been employing migrant workers for as long as I can remember. Together, they bring up 20 guys annually, and … More Appreciating migrant farm workers
Last year in Canada, a woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days, on average. A rather chilling statistic, no? The information comes from an “inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better understood in order to reduce the number of slayings,” said a CTV article. The first yearly report from the Canadian … More Recognizing ‘femicide’ in Canada
Ever find yourself wondering why your sleeping habits are the way that they are? Perhaps you sleep like a rock, and a tornado couldn’t even wake you. Or maybe you’re a light sleeper, and find it difficult to ever get a restful night’s sleep. Night owl, morning person, or somewhere in-between, it turns out that … More What does sleeping have to do with your genes? A lot, apparently
There is a chance you glimpsed at the title of this post and thought to yourself, “what in the actual hell? How could anyone respect something that has such a negative connotation affiliated with it?” And these thoughts are warranted, assuming you’re not familiar with the rich heritage tobacco has in the province of Ontario. … More Respect for tobacco
Who knew that what you consume on a daily basis could affect your memory? Well, Ajuriel Willette, an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the department of food science and human nutrition, along with his team of researchers, proved just that. Willette and his team unveiled a satiety hormone through research that could lower the … More Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?
I am that person who is literally always cold. You can ask anyone in my family – I am consistently complaining that the house is too cold, regardless of the time of year. And yes, the complaints become significantly worse in the winter months. I actually find my inability to tolerate cold temperatures interesting. The … More Hacks for keeping warm
My Opa recently celebrated his 93rd birthday, and to commemorate such a significant occasion, my family and I, along with some extended family, went to the Mandarin in Hamilton. I hadn’t been to the Mandarin for probably five or six years, prior to dining there for my Opa’s birthday. I remembered it had a great … More Is the Mandarin worth the price?
Way back in August, I had both of my helix’s pierced. I wrote an entire post about the experience, which you can check out by clicking the bolded word in the sentence above this one. The piercing itself wasn’t too terrible, and I was told that it could take months until the cartilage within my … More Helix piercings: an update
Local business and their success have always been of importance to me. Their importance likely stems from being raised in an agricultural environment, where small businesses often collaborate for a greater result, and further my sisters own small business. Seeing the folks who own and operate small businesses, busting their butts each and every day … More Finding and supporting local businesses
No one likes being told what their weaknesses are. This is an observation of mine that I would willingly bet money on. Hearing about things we do that could use improvement, or things we aren’t particularly strong in, is sort of insulting for many of us. Being told that we need to up our game … More Recognizing our weaknesses
I have been fascinated by guitars, specifically electric, for quite some time now. The sound a guitar produces amazes me, and so, for Christmas, my boyfriend was kind enough to get me an acoustic guitar so I can learn to play it myself. Taking lessons from an instructor when first learning an instrument is arguably … More Learning guitar (well, trying to)
We’re all relatively familiar with the level of stigma that surrounds mental health. For whatever reason, society, over the years, has convinced the majority of the population to be afraid of discussion pertaining to mental health, and in turn has resulted in many tragedies and silent sufferings. Mental health can definitely be a difficult thing … More Helping someone with a mental illness