Gift ideas for writers

Christmas gift ideas for writers

Do you have a writer in your life? If you do, chances are that person is introverted and possibly difficult to shop for (or perhaps I’m just describing myself). In the list below, I’ve provided some Christmas gift ideas for writers to help you get started finding that special something for your special someone (who probably avoids real pants like the plague, or again, perhaps that’s just me). Continue reading “Christmas gift ideas for writers”

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Sweet potato scramble

I love breakfast food and we often have breakfast for dinner at our house (check out my recipe for delicious coconut flour banana pancakes to get the full story behind my addiction). As we work to reduce our meat consumption, eggs are a quick, easy and cheap source of protein that works for some vegetarians. If you’re looking for meatless Monday ideas, try my sweet potato scramble recipe for breakfast or dinner!   Continue reading “Sweet potato scramble”

How to live in the moment

How to stop worrying

I’ve been a worrier since I was old enough to have conscious thought. Probably, I worried while I was in the womb. I don’t say this with pride – stress is incredibly damaging to our health and overall well-being and you will never catch me saying it’s “just stress” to anyone. I’ve had “how to stop worrying” at the top of my personal development list for years and I have come a long way through working out, meditation and self-care.    Continue reading “How to stop worrying”

Reasons to buy a dog

Pros and cons of having a dog

I don’t believe that you can own a dog. I believe that you bring a dog into your family and that you are responsible to act as that dog’s guardian for his or her entire life. I can’t imagine my life without a dog, but I’m also not going to pretend that guardianship is all rainbows and butterflies. Like anything else that’s worthwhile in life, there will be challenges and setbacks that you will need to overcome.

Many people aren’t prepared for the commitment, dedication, and expense that comes with dog guardianship. I think people need to enter into the experience well-informed and understand how much their lives will change. I implore you not to select a dog just because he or she is “cute” because temperament, exercise requirements, and breed traits are far more important considerations (plus, all dogs are cute, right?).

Reasons to buy a dogBuster is our best buddy and my constant writing companion. He hasn’t read Twist of Fate, but you totally should! 😀

Below I have compiled a list of the pros and cons of having a dog in your life. Please add to my list in the comments!

Pros of Having a Dog

  • Dog cuddles are the best EVER
  • They offer unconditional love and loyalty
  • You will be forced into physical activity regardless of the weather. People often complain about this element of having a dog, but I have some breaking news: physical activity is good for you (don’t forget to check out my fitness posts)
  • You will get stress relief from simply being around your dog
  • They provide relentless comfort when you’re sad. Buster will lick my face until I laugh no matter how miserable I am

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  • Dogs are a constant source of happiness and amusement with their crazy and endearing antics
  • They teach you life lessons. For real! Like living in the moment, forgiveness, patience, and getting joy out of the simple things in life
  • Dogs protect you and would lay down their lives for you
  • You will always be greeted by the welcome home doggy dance
  • Dogs are constant companions who will follow you everywhere and demand to be a part of your life. They are great little buddies who are always up for an adventure

Why you should get a dog

Cons of Having a Dog

  • Sometimes, they ruin your stuff. However, if you buy them appropriate toys as outlets for their energy, then they are a lot less likely to turn their attention to your shoes
  • I’ve shared Buster’s favourite toys, which he hasn’t been able to destroy, right here.
  • Picking up poop kind of sucks
  • Sometimes, they bark at nothing despite your reassurances that it’s nothing (which is hilarious)
  • They require diligent training (but its fun and allows you to bond!) because no one wants to be around a poorly behaved animal. Just because a dog is small doesn’t make their rude behaviour cute or endearing. Bad manners are never appealing in humans or dogs

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  • Travel plans are more complicated as you either need a reliable pet sitter or pet friendly accommodations (I prefer the latter). We mostly go to our cottage, Buster’s Retreat, so we’re safe in this respect
  • Sometimes, they make the house pretty dirty (spring time is the worst. Hello, mud!). But hey, kids and husbands make the house dirty, too
  • Dogs make it tough to sleep in (but you will be more productive because you will wake up early!)
  • Vet care can be expensive. Budget for this or get pet insurance so you can make responsible decisions in the best interest of your dog, not your wallet
  • Sometimes, they demand your undivided attention even if you are actually busy doing something else. Buster has been known to knock my laptop off my lap because he wants to sit with me
  • When they get sick (read my home remedies that are safe for dogs) or you lose them, it’s absolutely devastating

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I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?

-Walter Scott



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How to make chapstick

Homemade lip balm

Early in my wellness journey, I started making my own personal care and cleaning products. Once I learned about all the toxins in products we slather all over our skin and use to “clean” our homes, I couldn’t continue using them. I’m a chapstick addict, so homemade lip balm was high on my list of priorities.  Continue reading “Homemade lip balm”

What is an #OwnVoices author

What is #OwnVoices?

If you’re in the query trenches like I am, then you have undoubtedly seen the call for #OwnVoices stories and perhaps even wondered, what is #OwnVoices and does my book qualify? Simply put, #OwnVoices are books written by an author who shares a marginalized identity with the protagonist. For example, if you’re Deaf and you write a book with a Deaf protagonist, that qualifies as #OwnVoices. You can read more information here. Continue reading “What is #OwnVoices?”

Easy Breakfast Recipes

Healthy breakfast quiche

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I shared why in my gluten free coconut flour banana pancake recipe – it stems from nostalgic memories with my dad, who I spent a lot of time with in the kitchen baking up a storm and creating new recipes. We’ve been consistently meal planning this week and healthy breakfast quiche has been getting us from early morning to lunch with ease.     Continue reading “Healthy breakfast quiche”

Self-care tips

Easy self-care tips

Self-care is a buzzword you hear everywhere. Sometimes it’s doing the easy things, like taking bubble baths, and sometimes it’s the harder things that we know are good for us, like making time to workout. How about some easy self-care tips so you can get started today?  Continue reading “Easy self-care tips”

Sexy and scary romance novels

Romance novels for Halloween

Do you love Halloween or are you indifferent? We’re in the indifferent camp at our house, but that could be because we don’t have kids. Dressing a toddler up as a pumpkin would very likely change my mind! In the meantime, how about some romance novels for Halloween? What is romantic about Halloween, you ask? Well, a fun fact about my relationship is that James and I got engaged on Halloween many moons ago!  Continue reading “Romance novels for Halloween”

Turkey meatballs over spaghetti squash

One of our easy weeknight dinner staples is turkey meatballs over spaghetti squash. Buster is a vegetable monster and as soon as he knows I’m making spaghetti squash, he won’t leave the kitchen. He always gets the leftovers with his dinner, which makes him the happiest boy on earth. He’s very well behaved, so we had to coax him to “steal” the spaghetti squash from the plate in the picture below. Oh, the things we do for social media #dogcorruption

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