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Sriracha Revolver: a local Vancouver hot sauce blending cuisines and bringing the heat

Sriracha Revolver: a local Vancouver hot sauce blending cuisines and bringing the heat

Isn’t it cool when a notion to make others happy turns into an entrepreneurial adventure?  Jordan of Sriracha Revolver started out by making hot sauce for her friends who loved heat and now her hot sauce can be found across Canada. And as a fellow heat-lover, I was excited to try this local Vancouver hot…

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By Karen, May 29, 2019
Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen: The difference-makers behind the ultra tasty vegan soup in Vancouver

Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen: The difference-makers behind the ultra tasty vegan soup in Vancouver

Kathryn and Michelle are the lady bosses behind Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen, makers of vegan soups and entrees in Vancouver. They are women making their mark and doing their part to make a difference in our world.  And making a difference sits very high on my list of priorities. High five, ladies! I first encountered Kiki’s…

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By Karen, May 15, 2019
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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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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