Mental health issues and conditions have arguably never been higher on a global spectrum as a result of COVID-19. Enough of us experienced mental health difficulties prior to entering a pandemic, but with the coronavirus wreaking havoc in our lives still, over a year later, a hell of a lot more of us are struggling … More Let’s hear it for Colorado and what they’re doing for mental health for youth
Okay, okay, I know it isn’t officially summer quite yet, and it won’t be for a little while. However, the weather that us Ontarians have been experiencing as of late suggests otherwise, and even though I’m sure we will be slammed with winter-like weather again at some point because the weather here in Ontario is … More Here’s how to make the perfect mojito this summer
Garbage has come a long way in terms of what it can be used for in an environmental context. Never before in history have we, collectively as a society, been able to repurpose garbage and other waste into new and useful materials, thanks to the scientists and engineers who have been creative enough to determine … More Turning garbage into fashion
COVID-19 and all of its splendid baggage has, to put it plainly, fucked up a whole lot of different things, in all different contexts. I don’t necessarily know if there is anything that hasn’t somehow been affected by this pandemic, but if you know of something I’m missing, please do let me know. Weddings, and … More The reality of trying to plan a wedding in a pandemic
Irritability is something that inevitably affects all of us at times. We all handle our emotions differently, and therefore express them in different manners, meaning some of us may show our irritability more than others, or perhaps to a more evident degree. Something I feel as though a lot of people may be unaware of … More Feeling irritable? It could be anxiety
Having a toxic influence in your life, in any form, can be gruelling. Even worse is when the toxicity comes in the form of a person, and further, when that person happens to be your family. It is certainly easier to cut ties with toxic people who aren’t your own kin, and the prospect of … More Here’s how to deal with a toxic family member
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I find it truly mind-blowing that in 2021 we are still discovering positively astounding elements from history that are, often times, well-preserved. It really is incredible to consider just how much is in existence that we as humans have yet to unveil, and it is fascinating … More Have you heard about this recently discovered Ancient Egyptian city?
Mental health issues have, unfortunately, become something that a lot of us are far too familiar with, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Whether you were already dealing with mental illness and have found your condition to be intensified thanks to the coronavirus, or if you have never experienced mental illness prior to this pandemic … More The importance of patience when it comes to mental health recovery
Coffee is arguably something a lot of us thrive off of. Live off of, even. Personally, I drink more coffee than I would like to admit, and that’s after cutting back quite drastically; when I was in university I was drinking eight to ten cups a day, which is a tad excessive. Because I’m such … More Need a reason to drink more coffee? Read this
A year ago, I never would have thought that I would still be writing about the coronavirus pandemic and all of its unfortunate and adverse effects. But, here we are, still in the middle of this shit, trying to come to terms with how to grapple so much stress and confusion while juggling daily life … More The importance of recognizing simple joys
I have a significant amount of respect for those of us who are crafty and creative enough to repurpose everyday items into something spectacular. I’ve dabbled in DIY projects myself, and while I’m not completely terrible when it comes to transforming something into an entirely new item, I’m not exactly a professional. In addition to … More Transforming tires into playgrounds
With the recent shutdown here in Ontario thanks to a rise in cases of COVID-19 and its variants, small businesses have taken a tremendous hit. All businesses have taken a hit in some way as a result of this pandemic, but arguably not nearly to the same extent small businesses have, and this third lockdown … More Small businesses need our help
Comfort food, as the name suggests, is a dish of any kind or form that brings the consumer joy upon eating it. That’s my own personal definition of the term, anyways. It is rather unfortunate that because comfort is intended to bring comfort, it is normally not the most nutritious item of food we put … More Do you have a go-to comfort food?
I would like to start this post off by stating that the information in this post is subjective and not scientifically-backed. These are my own thoughts, ideas and opinions, and by no means am I trying to imply that I am certified to give concrete advice in the context of mental health; rather, this is … More Here’s how to help someone dealing with a mental health crisis in a pandemic
I’ve been chirped more times than I can count because I am a serial re-watcher. When I say I am a serial re-watcher, I am referring to how many time I re-watch television series as well as movies, and while I personally don’t see anything wrong with this behavior, apparently, others do. I get asked … More Do you re-watch shows? Read this to learn why it is a good practice
When it comes to discovering buried treasure, I think it is relatively safe to say that rabbits aren’t exactly the first thing that come to mind. Pirates, perhaps, or even a niffler (Harry Potter reference, if you know, you know), but normally speaking, not rabbits. That is, until I came across an article from The … More Have you heard about these treasure-finding rabbits?
I haven’t met too many people that don’t like macaroni and cheese, and arguably for a good reason; what isn’t there to like about soft, chewy noodles wrapped in a warm, gooey, cheesy hug? When I was avoiding gluten, dairy and egg in my diet a couple of years ago, it is safe to say … More Here’s how to make the best mac and cheese
Here in Ontario, it’s about that time of year again where winter occurs in the early hours of the morning, spring and then summer arrives around noon or so, autumn make its presence known mid-afternoon, and we are back to winter in the evening in the context of temperature. The weather around this time of … More Feeling down? Try one of these pick-me-ups
As you likely know if you’ve been following my blog at all, I thoroughly enjoy watching scary movies. Whether they’re technically a scary film, a horror film, or a thriller, depending on their genre categorization, I’m a sick bastard and like having the shit scared out of me. You’ve gotta feel alive every now and … More Have you seen ‘Alone’?
This past weekend, Blaine and I embarked on a much-needed getaway. In the seven years we have been together, not once have we gone on a mini-getaway, and as much as we would have liked to have done this sooner or even more often, we’re both a wee bit busy. I booked a one-night stay … More Have you heard of The Halfway Niagara?
I think it is relatively safe to say that within the past few years, avocados have exploded in terms of popularity. I happen to love avocado and have always tried to fit it into my diet, so I certainly have no complaints about it becoming more and more of a staple food in so many … More Yes, avocados really are a superfood
Farming, I hope we are all aware, is one of the most significant professions in existence in terms of what it helps to achieve. Without farmers, there wouldn’t be a whole hell of a lot of anything; they produce food and crops to feed the world, to create materials and other resources, and, they’re some … More PSA: farmers need our help
In the current world we are living in, it is somewhat arguable that we as humans have never been more conflicted in terms of our emotions. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered all sorts of different reactions from us in regards to how we are handling its repercussions; some of us have developed mental health issues; … More Here’s why standing up for yourself is so important
Photography is something I have always had an interest in, and further, have always had a tremendous amount of respect for. Growing up, my dad was an avid amateur photographer; arguably, his skill level was and remains to be higher than that of an amateur considering he took a few courses and lessons when he … More Photography: more than taking pictures
The innovations and advances that have occurred as of late in terms of recycling, repurposing and reusing plastic waste are tremendous. It really is rather mind-blowing when you allow yourself to pause and acknowledge just how far we have come in the context of environmental conservation, and we aren’t finished yet. It’s pretty bloody awesome. … More Read this to learn how to turn recycling into an income
Kitchen scraps, or food scraps, depending on what you prefer to call them, aren’t exactly the easiest things to make use of. It is difficult to come up with a way to incorporate food scraps into your cooking routine, so often times we tend to throw these ingredients away, however, food waste is something I’m … More Here’s how to make use of those kitchen scraps
Within the past couple of years or so, my knowledge, appreciation, and respect for cannabis has exponentially increased. I used to disassociate myself from using anything that contained cannabis because of the stigma associated with it, despite it now being legal in Canada, but after altering my close-minded perception a bit, I’ve certainly garnered a … More Have you used cannabis hair products?
The idea of escape rooms isn’t exactly one that appeals to me. While I believe the concept of escape rooms to be interesting, I personally have no desire to be locked in a room with a group of people and battle against the clock in an attempt to figure out how exactly to escape said … More Have you seen ‘Escape Room’?
Granted, the topic of this post is a wee bit odd, but hear me out. I’ve always loved slugs, don’t ask me why, and I think they’re rather interesting creatures. I can remember picking up slugs on the farm when I was younger and placing them on surfaces solely to observe them moving, and while … More Have you heard of this regenerating slug?
The concept of repurposing is one I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for. There is something incredibly satisfying in restoring an everyday item to bring it back to its prime and give it use once more, and further, it provides ample opportunity to get creative and show some artistic flair. Personally, I … More The beauty of repurposing