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Is it You or Me?

Feeling the love
It's not you. It's me. October had to have been one of the weirdest months I have experienced in a long time. I think it was for so many people. Record numbers of people were experiencing bouts of anxiety (me too) and depression; crashes that hit hard when they  are generally happy people; snarky, mean, aggressive people; ones that simply couldn't cut a break. Call me crazy but I feel like Facebook is at it again... (or at least in some ways I am hoping so). I thought it was Mercury in retrograde. One of the hottest buzz words of 2014, Mercury in retrograde at
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Healthy Living

Let’s Talk About RAPE…Shall we?

Forced to be quiet
TRIGGER WARNING: You might not like this post as it is an account of what I went through as a person who has experienced rape. If its going to bother you, then don't read it. If you are open-minded and willing to embrace another part of a story then please proceed.  I accepted another challenge this month. It is a writing challenge. One of truly to goodness straight up writing… It’s about writing from the heart. Contemplating what to write about, I have pretty awesome ideas on posts like “how to host a wicked fairy party,” “Venus VS. Mars and the
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Family Matters

The #CentsAbility of Sharing

CentsAbility
Our #CentsAbility Challenge My dad has a lot of sense when it comes to money.  He can tell you with acute clarity how much my folks have in savings, investments and the cost of running the house. I somehow did not inherit this trait in terms of good money practice and how to save. This is why when Manulife put out the call to try a #CentsAbility Challenge for the month of October, I was 100% totally and completely IN. We are solid in terms of putting money aside for savings like our kids RESP and for our RRSP, but I
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Family Matters

A Fresh Approach to Autism

Autism Letterpress Type
Mom says… Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? I started blogging awhile back on a different site and for a different reason. It was a space I used to pour out my anger and heartache (and then eventually positivity and encouragement) when learning to accept and manage a new ASD diagnosis for my son. It was a site that talked about learning to run in order as we learned how to deal. I cried daily when I ran and when I wrote.  I would talk stuff out with my awesome running partner. (Thank you forever and a day, Jen)
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Healthy Living

Are you IN your (Comfort) Zone? Or OUT?

Skydive Toronto
Mom Says… A while back, the word comfort (or any variation of that word, see: comfortable) somehow became a swear word to me. In my head, comfort was equitable to not living life to its fullest, to mailing it in, to being happy with status quo. The barometer of our marriage was often determined by the word comfortable. If the hubs heard that word, he knew I was getting fidgety. I couldn’t imagine that a Groundhog Day style of the same routine was the best way to live the only life we have. I had warned about the swear word but in truth
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