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The Perfect Storm: Story of How We Met

Chris & Jenn-1st Meeting
We often joke about turning how Chris and I met into a movie. Trust me, we have the rough draft already started. Those who have known us over the years, know this story well but as I write my next post for our writer's challenge, there is some relevance to see us from the beginning. The email below was one I sent out the Monday after a freak ice storm/harried weekend trying to get back home to Winnipeg for a bestie's wedding. We met, had our second date a month later, were engaged at 3 months in and got married
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Healthy Living

The Social life: Living in Social Media

Twitter pals
I was in conversation the other day with someone who defined my work from home lifestyle as relaxed and easy. I asked why they thought that and was met with a response of less pressure, how much stuff I can get done in a day, just sitting and being on Facebook & Twitter all the time. Hmmmm…. It took a lot not to tell them to go suck an egg. In some ways, 100% yes it is fabulous. You get the flexibility to define your schedule and your life but it also means you don’t have such a thing as a set
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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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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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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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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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