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Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Kombucha is a fermented beverage. So is wine. I guess it’s no wonder I became a fast fan of Hoochy Booch Kombucha when I first tried it in 2014. Hoochy Booch was founded by Kristin Zerbin. Once upon a time she was a tired, bloated and moody woman who wanted to make a change.  Kombucha…

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By Karen, March 13, 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
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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A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

When Ryland, Ali, and I arrived at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis at 1:00 am after travelling all day, it was a treat to be greeted so kindly at reception. If you like, it was a good omen, and one that proved quite accurate. Our time in downtown Indianapolis did not disappoint. So why…

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By Karen, February 13, 2019
My 10 Favourite February Things

My 10 Favourite February Things

Organization and sparking Joy has been a hot hot topic since the start of 2019.  Marie Kondo’s KonMari method launched on Netflix on January 1, and it’s been all the buzz.  My social media blew up as well as it being all the chatter among friends conversation. As much as I resisted jumping on the…

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By Karen, February 7, 2019
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
My 11 Favourite January Things

My 11 Favourite January Things

In January, it’s all about the New Year’s resolutions. Bring on the gym memberships, the weight loss goals, the meal prep, using less plastic, volunteering at the soup kitchen, and, perhaps, taking a pottery class.   Getting fit, losing weight, and caring for yourself are always at the top of the list, right? Yeah, they…

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By Karen, January 2, 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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Hi, I’m Karen.
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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