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10 Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad

10 Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad

*This article may contain affiliate links*   Over eight years ago, I packed up my things and moved to Nicaragua. It would be my second attempt at living abroad. (I count Hawaii, if you’ve been you know why.)   This would be the first time, […]

Marriage An Investment

Marriage An Investment

*This article may contain affiliate links*   When we make an investment it’s usually because there is a reward in it. The marriage arrangement as an investment can be daunting to some but can also be joyous with rewards. When you’re married for a long time […]

Learning Something New

Learning Something New

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A while back we talked about New Year’s Resolutions. If you recall, I don’t buy into them. They set you up for failure but there’s nothing wrong with having goals for yourself.


This year I reviewed some of my goals and on my list was this obscure note to myself:




At the time I didn’t know what that something was going to be. I thought it might be related to my writing or my spiritual life. As it turns out, now, I think I know.


Let’s be clear, I’m learning a lot this year. I consider myself a lifelong learner because you can never know too much and you’ll never know everything.


Lately, I’ve been a little addicted to watching cake decorating programs. If you know anything about me you know that I usually don’t fixate on things like food because of my ahem…sugar addiction. You also know that I don’t like cooking so why in the world am I so into decorating cakes.


Do you remember your first cake?




Me neither. I think I was so little, but I do know that I had a sweet tooth early on in my life.


One of my goals this year is to be more healthy and to focus on diet and exercise. However, I also know that I’m not the kind of person who can deny myself sugar for the rest of my life.


So watching Man About Cake gave me an idea:

learning to bake image of cake pops


How cool would it be to be the person who shows up at the party with the exquisitely designed cake? The one that doesn’t just look amazing but tastes amazing too?


I’m doing some research and I’ll get back to you when I figure out the numbers for this little venture, but I’d love to try a baker’s hat on and see if it fits. Stay close and I’ll let you know how it goes.


What new thing have you learned this year?

Camping, NaNo Style

Camping, NaNo Style

*This post may contain affiliate links*   I love to camp! I’ve been a camper since my Birch Trail days. I’m camping this month, but this month is a little different. I’m not actually camping in the great outdoors with the mosquitos, and the horseflies and […]

One me and One you

One me and One you

A Poem for Memaw   There’s only one me and only one you.   I was allowed to be, by you, at an age so young in adulthood with already three before me. This city of brotherly love was my starting place in life and […]

Summer Fun ~ Edmonton Style

Summer Fun ~ Edmonton Style

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The movie theaters are fighting to keep you inside with movies like Solo and Jurassic World Fallen Empire while the community is trying to keep you outside. Who will win this summer?


I’m new to Edmonton but boy do they suddenly have a lot of stuff going on. From the zoo to the streets there’s something for everyone. How do I know? These are just a few of the advertisements and things I’ve come across. This is hardly an exhaustive list.


Into animals?


Why not visit The Edmonton Valley Zoo? -It’s home to more than 350 animals and focuses on conservation, and is one of Edmonton’s premier attractions. For hours and directions check out their link here. –


Prefer to mingle with the artists?


How does this sound? 
A 4 km walk through the hearts and minds of artists. Cultural explorers are invited to see art-making in action on the streets of Old Strathcona, a vibrant art district in the historic center of Edmonton, Alberta. Over 450 visual artists bring their art supplies and artworks out into the streets. Together they create an outdoor studio and gallery spanning several blocks. The Whyte Avenue Art Walk reveals Alberta’s hidden talent and provides an opportunity for patrons to curate their own art collection from many undiscovered masters. 3 Days, Hundreds of Artists –
When: July 6 – 8, 2018. Want more information check out their site here.


Are you a foodie?


July 18-29, 2018 is the Taste of Edmonton Gourmet foods and famous local chefs check it out here.


How about fun for the whole family?


K-Days- a.k.a. Edmonton’s version of a fair runs from July 20 to 29, 2018—that’s 10 days worth of memories ready to be made! For tickets check out this link:

Want to run off some of the junk you ate at the fair?


Join me for the Edmonton 10k sponsored by Lulu athletic wear -Despite an ankle injury, I’m still in training and trying to prepare as best I can for it. Come and watch me fall on my face on July 22.



Want to try the best fresh food Edmonton has to offer?


FRESH FOOD Markets – Fresh fruit and vegetables


What about the music of Edmonton?


The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
brings the world’s best jazz performers to Edmonton. This one is almost coming to an end so you better hurry! June 22- July 1, 2018, for more information, check out this link:


What are you getting up to this summer? Where you live what is the primo event of the summer? Mom, I already know what you’re going to say but you can add it to the comments below 🙂

Summer Home

Summer Home

Home Project: Beautify Apartment Balcony Looking for ideas for my balcony. Our apartment is made of concrete and on the surface needs a facelift. The property management will reimburse anyone who purchases up to $75 in plants during the summer to “pretty” up their balcony as […]

Snubbing Repeat

Snubbing Repeat

*This post may contain affiliate links*   I have been feeling and experiencing snubbing from someone but for the life of me, I don’t know why this is happening. I do know that the person doing the snubbing has a pattern of displaying this type […]

Summer Style

Summer Style

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It’s pouring rain outside and cold here in Canada as I write this but it’s still summer and that means it’s time to pull out the summer clothes and the summer hairdo. Keeping with the minimalist thing I’ve got going, there’s been a desperate need for a new summer capsule wardrobe. I’ve been holding off for two reasons:


1. I’m not at my goal weight. Who wants to try on fat clothes? Not me.

2. I’m not making enough money to replace a full year’s worth of clothes since moving from Nicaragua.


It’s time to step up to my style potential. I’ve already done the first part of the process and that’s the purging. As I mentioned in the previous post on a capsule wardrobe, I’m not interested in hanging on to anything that doesn’t flatter, fit, or needs fixing.


As I already mentioned, now is not a good time. I’m not working full-time in my dream job. I’ve got to work in order to make ends meet. That leaves little for replacing all of my worn out and outdated clothing. But I have some ideas on how to resolve this issue.

  • Have a Plan
  • Shop Around


Having a plan means:

Picking a capsule and sticking to it. That means not being enticed by sales on clothes that don’t match. I have friends and family that love to gift things too. If they don’t fit in the capsule I have to decline them. Otherwise, they’ll go from sitting in their closet to taking up space in mine.


Shopping around means:

If I don’t find it, I’ll keep looking. I also won’t be afraid to save my money to purchase quality items that will complete my capsule. That’s the nice thing about capsule wardrobes. They’re not big. That leaves you a few more pennies in order to get the kind of outfits that are not only fashionable but affordable.


The hair is another issue altogether. I need to find some styles that work with my new work and workout schedule. I’m living in an entirely new climate and it’s much drier than my hair and I are used to. Here’s where I go for help on all things hair related.


Naptural85 is my personal favorite:


I’m going to try out a few of her protective styles while I’m getting my North American wardrobe together.


What are you doing with your look this summer? I can use all the ideas I can get.

Sleep Much?

Sleep Much?

*This post may contain affiliate links*   Sleep why do we need it?   Sleeping is part of our being. When we struggle with sleep it may be our mattress. How can we get the best mattress for our buck? It has been said that […]