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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
Menopause is Kicking my Ass!

Menopause is Kicking my Ass!

  Once upon a time, I was strutting into my 50s, flicking my hair, and saying, “Woop, I am all good with this menopause stuff!”   Now I’m 51 and it’s a whole new ball game. And turns out I don’t know how to play ball. Menopause– specifically menopause fatigue– is kicking my ass!  …

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By Karen, December 12, 2018
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10 Golf Tips For Women (Beginners)

10 Golf Tips For Women (Beginners)

I put together this list of golf tips for women because, in my opinion, this sport is a great way to relax. And if there’s one thing most women I know need more of, it’s relaxation. Note that these are my women’s golf tips for beginners because I’m by no means a professional caliber player….

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By Karen, August 8, 2018
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At this point, I understand myself well enough to know exactly how to cultivate joy on my own terms. So I savour life like I would a 9-course meal…with wine pairings, naturally. This is where you can draw inspiration for living your most adventurous, courageous, luxurious, and beautiful life—one delectably guiltless mouthful at a time.
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