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Feel the Fear and Downward Dog Anyway: A Yoga Retreat in Sonoma with The Mobile Mat

Feel the Fear and Downward Dog Anyway: A Yoga Retreat in Sonoma with The Mobile Mat

A little while ago, I signed up for a yoga retreat in Sonoma and I hadn’t had a yoga practice in a year and a half. My girlfriend Shannon asked me to join her in Sonoma for a weekend of yoga with Diana Gradstein of The Mobile Mat.  Immediately I banished the thought. Why? Well,…

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By Karen, May 1, 2019
Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Please allow me to introduce you to Flourgirl Baking, some of the best Vancouver vegan baking I’ve ever had. I will be honest, initially I was intrigued by the notion of a vegan cinnamon bun.  Would it be cinnamon-y, just the way I like? Will the texture be right? And let’s not forget the icing!…

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By Karen, April 24, 2019
The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

Aren’t these beauties just the sweetest? To me, they say “Hello, welcome to Spring!” The Batters Up Bakery owner-operator Jessica van Delden has hit a home run with her sugar cookies. The taste, texture, and sweet design are outta this ballpark delicious! In December 2017 Jessica made a batch of Christmas themed sugar cookies for…

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By Karen, April 10, 2019
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“Time Is NOT Working Against You”: Accomplishment lists & harnessing the benefits of living in the moment

When you wake up in the morning, what do you feel? Most of the time, I’m excited it’s a new day. And other times I’m overwhelmed and need to work at developing a positive mindset. Why overwhelmed, you ask?  Well, I still on occasion have the mentality that I need to do all the things….

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By Karen, April 3, 2019
Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

As a big fan of chocolate, especially handmade chocolate with a focus on local flavours, recommending Chocolate Arts is a no-brainer for me. My headline isn’t lying: this is one of the most-liked chocolate in Vancouver. You’ll find Chocolate Arts on West 3rd in Vancouver.  These chocolatiers are no newbies, having been in business for…

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By Karen, March 20, 2019
Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Good news first: my brain fog finally started to lift in mid-January. Tough news next: health after 50 is a bit of minefield. In addition to managing my normal menopause symptoms at age 50 and beyond, I’m dealing with being on the diabetes spectrum. On a follow-up visit for my blood pressure with my GP…

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By Karen, March 6, 2019
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Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

You ask, how did I plan a surprise birthday party for my daughter who lives 3,799.6 km away? Lies, lies, lies. Just kidding. You don’t lie; never lie. Just fib. A lot. Despite all the fibbing, my Indianapolis University attending daughter Delaney was on us the whole time.  We tried brushing her off, but she…

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By Karen, February 27, 2019
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Wine and Cheese or Wine and Control?: How a Party became a Lesson in Letting Go

Wine and Cheese or Wine and Control?: How a Party became a Lesson in Letting Go

We hosted a wine and cheese party just before Christmas. All the guests were asked to bring their favourite wine and cheese. But what they ended up bringing me was a lesson in what my own signs of anxiety look like– and how I can begin to move past them. Before the party, I found…

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By Karen, February 4, 2019
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Brain Fog and Blood Pressure Meds: A Menopause Update

Brain Fog and Blood Pressure Meds: A Menopause Update

Guess what…my mind has officially been lost. I just stole from a grocery store. And I was completely oblivious as to what I did until I got home. Menopause forgetfulness and brain fog is having its way with me, big time. Here’s the story: I was out and about. I had a couple of reusable…

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By Karen, January 9, 2019
Giving Back At Christmas: Our Downtown Eastside Experience

Giving Back At Christmas: Our Downtown Eastside Experience

My family and I have been giving back at Christmas for many years. Giving back to the community is, of course, a great idea at any time of the year. But at Christmas, we put together a “giveback” no matter what.   Our givebacks have included sponsoring a family or three, giving food bank donations,…

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By Karen, December 27, 2018
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