Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



HBTM

Today is my 62nd birthday.

62.

These days 62 isn't considered very old. But for me, it's a miracle. Eighteen years ago I had my first of two catastrophic illnesses. I still remember the doctor telling me that I probably would not survive and that I'd best make sure that my affairs were in order. When your life expectancy shrinks to days and hours from decades and years, your perspective changes. Really changes.

This happened again, ten years later, and again I was asked to prepare myself for the ultimate farewell. It was then that I plotted out what I wanted to do if I survived. My career path completely changed as a result and my focus and goals were redefined.

Leaving the hospital, that I'd walked into, in a wheelchair meant only one thing - I was leaving the hospital. Joe and I worked together to incorporate this new reality into our life and, for the most part, succeeded. I see him and our life together, differently, because of these experiences.

I've had 'happy birthday' sung to me several times in the days leading up to my actual birthday. And, I realize, it is just that: a happy birthday. I'm glad to be here, I'm glad to have time to work on things that matter to me, I'm glad for each day that Joe and I have with each other. I'm glad of it all.

So today I'm 62.

And I couldn't be happier to be here, celebrating the day and giving thanks that I've been given two second chances.

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:00 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



Haze (Blog Tour)

Haze

Written by: Paula Weston

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: September 9, 2014

Ages: New Adult



Provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. 







Gaby and Rafa are back!!! Last year I fell in love with the Rephaim and Pan Beach residents introduced in Paula Weston's Shadows.  That tale was packed with action and building a fascinating world where the children of fallen angels fight to keep humans safe from demons. The best thing about the book is it was only the first. Now Haze is here to continue this story.

Gaby's journey to unravel the web of deceit and false memories she has fallen into continues. The last memory she has of her brother Jude was of him dying in a car crash. But if the car crash wasn't real for her, maybe it wasn't for him either. In that case, where is her twin??

Luckily, Gaby has the mysterious and attractive Rafa to help her follow Jude's trail and introduce her to the other Rephaim, which might be the most difficult part- she steps right into a world fraught with tension and division and she doesn't know who is her friend and who is her enemy from her past life. How do you work beside others to kill demons when you can't even trust them?

Gaby is lucky that she has her best friend from Pan Beach, Maggie, and she knows Maggie is true. Sadly, she knows Maggie has also been dragged into this demon war mess, and has to make sure Maggie is protected too.

Gaby is such a great central character. Her disconnect between her current self and what people tell her about her past self, and especially her past morals, makes her vulnerable despite her physical strength, and without ever veering into whiny. Will she ever develop back into the Gabe who dated the arrogant Daniel? I hope not, I like to see her with Rafa, despite the fact that Rafa won't tell Gaby what was up with them before she landed in Pan Beach.


One of the fun things the fabulous author, Paula Weston, did for the bloggers on the tour was to tell us which character matched our personality the most! I was afraid I would end up being Daniel, we both have a tendency to know what is best for everyone who is not ourselves. But I was so happy to find out that I am most like Micah!


The easy going guitar playing half-angel was Gabe's best friend in the Sanctuary. He, Jude, Rafa, and Gabe were inseparable before Jude and Gabe disappeared. When Gaby comes back he is quick to reacquaint her with the other Rephaim, and tries to play peacemaker between the Sanctuary Rephaim and Rebel Rephaim. Micah is a stand-up guy and I hope to see more of him in Shimmer and Burn.

This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to see how it is resolved. Shimmer comes out next autumn and I hope the time passes quickly before I am back in Gaby's world.

Visit the other stops on the Haze tour today!

Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books
Jillian at Centre of the Universe
Crystal at WinterHaven Books
Lisa at Turning Pages


Don't forget to check out the home of the Blog Tour at Tundra Press to see what other fabulous places Haze is visiting this week, where there will be giveaways, interviews, and more!


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Posted on 16 September 2014 | 7:00 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Calgary kid wows Ellen with Bond knowledge!

When Ian Flemming created James Bond, Britton Walker wasn’t even born. Actually, I bet his parents weren’t even born. Actually, I bet his grandparents weren’t even born. But that hasn’t stopped the Calgary kid from becoming the world’s more knowledgable Bond ...
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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 6:50 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



Best New Christmas Songs of 2014 (VIDEOS)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The middle of December, when you are still in the Christmas spirit and not yet wanting to off yourself due to the never ending Christmas carols.

I mean, I don't know how one could ever get sick of Mariah Carey's Christmas album (as it is a true classic of classics) but sometimes you just get to that breaking point. Some people don't like listening to the classics every year and if you are one for new songs instead, this list is for you.

Here are the best and brightest of the Christmas releases for 2014 (so far...)



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
Sam Smith really broke out in North America this year, so it is only fitting that you end your year listening to Sam sing a classic.


I'll Be Home - Meghan Trainor
It's true - Meghan Trainor sings something other than All About the Bass. Most notably - this Christmas song.


Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 2014
This song was a little controversial when it came out...something to do with Africa and people being perturbed by the lyrics. Whatever - 1D, Ed and Ellie in a room - how can you throw shade at that? However, if I were to pick my all time 'a hundred famous musicians in a room singing' song, I would have to go with the Wavin' Flags one where Bieber sings at the end. It was when he was still young, wearing purple and had the floppy hair (aka before he turned into an uber douche).


Baby It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
Idina and Michael put a twist on this classic, by making the actors children. Very cleaver. It takes away from the how rapey the song actually is (however if you listen to it sans video - it is still rapey as f-ck).


Mary Did You Know - Pentatonix
These guys were really popular last Christmas with their take on Little Drummer Boy. I am not a huge fan of this song in general, but I do like this version.


It's Christmas - David Myles
David Myles is so cute. I just want to pinch him (this is what old grannies must feel like right before they assault a child's cheeks). You are probably most familiar with this Maritimer for his feature in the Classified song Inner Ninja, but his own stuff is good. Love the folk.


Baby It Ain't Christmas Without You-Kris Allen
What has the former American Idol winner been up to lately? Well, clearly he has been completing his life long goal of writing a Christmas single.


Must Be Christmas - Band of Merrymakers
LOVE THIS. This group is made up of members from Lady Antebellum, Neon Trees, Fitz & The Tantrums, 311, Better Than Ezra, Smallpools, The Mowglis, 3oh!3, Sinclair, and The Honeymoons and a portion of the proceeds from the song goes to MusiCares Foundation. I mean, it's not saving Africa, but at least they are not reusing a song (uuuhem, I'm talking to you Band Aid.)

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 12 December 2014 | 2:10 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Roscosmos is Assessing its Future Programs

          by Brian Orlotti

Oleg Ostapenk. Photo c/o NASA.
A series of recent, and often contradictory news reports, originating from Russian media outlets and picked up by western media, are only the latest signs that the Russia's space industry is jockeying for position in anticipation of updates to its long-term space exploration plan.

This new plan is expected to be formally released in time for the 2015 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS2015), which will be held in Moscow from August 25th - 30th, 2015.

The most recent articles, as outlined in the December 15th, 2014 Sputnik Today post "Plans to Create Russian National Orbital Station Confirmed," and the December 16th, 2014 Russia Beyond the Headlines post "Roscosmos: Russia to prioritize studies of Moon, Mars, response to asteroid threat in 2016-2025," focused on a series of public comments from Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) head Oleg Ostapenk, who was quoted as "keeping all doors open" for new programs within the context of three major options:
  • Designing and building a brand new, Russian led, space station in a low Earth orbit at an orbital inclination of 64.8 degrees, using surplus modules originally designed for the ISS, but never attached. The slightly higher orbital inclination, when compared to the ISS (which has an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees) will allow the proposed station to image more northerly Russian territory. 
  • Designing and building a brand new, Russian led, space station in low Earth orbit with an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees, the same as the ISS, in order to simplify transfers between the two stations. 
Of course, a number of other options are also on the table. These include a potential high altitude space station, which could serve as a base of operations for a revived Russian manned lunar program and a new, super heavy Russian rocket.


Ostapenk also said that the “Roscosmos budget will not be cut, despite all financial difficulties. But I’m not going to make the sum public until it gets approval.” As outlined in the October 4th, 2014 Economist article, "On the edge of recession," the Russian economy has been contracting for some time. The 2014 budget for Roscosmos was 165.8Bln rubles ($3.5Bln CDN) which already compares poorly with NASA's 2014 budget of $17.6Bln US ($20.4Bln CDN).

Of course, it's unlikely that Russia and Roscosmos will embark in a completely new direction. For example, the December 16th, 2014 Russia Today article, "US Orion, Russia’s future spacecraft ‘to be compatible for safety," discussed the recent agreement between Russian spacecraft producer RSC Energia and US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, to develop a compatible docking so that "Russian and American space explorers can help each other in an emergency."

As outlined on the Russian Space web article, "Russia details its grand space strategy in 2010s; New deep-space ships, big rockets and nuclear space tugs are promised at the Moscow air show," the last official Russian space plan, released to the public as part of the 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS2013), set out a 30-year road-map in which human space exploration expanded outwards from the ISS to a crewed outpost at one of the Lagrangian points near the Moon.

The plan would have then forked into two paths: one leading to a crewed Lunar base followed by visits to asteroids by the 2030s---the other reaching the same goals, but in reverse order. Both paths would have culminated with a human landing on Mars by around 2040.


Roscosmos, envisioned the LaGrange and Lunar outposts as joint projects with other space-faring nations, including the US, Canada, and the EU. Unfortunately, soured relations between Russia and the West over issues like the Syrian Civil War, Iran, and Russia's annexation of the Crimea have led to increasing calls (in both Russia and the US) for a return to fully independent national space programs.

Whether Russian and Western governments are willing to provide funding increases to their respective space programs for independent missions to the Moon and Mars remains an open question. Although Russia has capitalized on an oil-fueled economic boom to boost funding of its space program over the last few years, the recent drop in global oil prices may put the brakes on this revival.

We now see in both the US and Russian space programs a common pattern. Governments lay down ambitious space goals, companies then vie with each other for lucrative contracts to achieve these goals, only to have governments cancel programs and shift goals years later. This pattern becomes a self-perpetuating cycle whose result is always the same: humanity remaining an Earth-bound species.

Brian Orlotti.
Perhaps the Russian and US space programs are now more alike than either would care to admit.
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Brian Orlotti is a Toronto-based IT professional and a regular contributor to the Commercial Space blog.

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 2:26 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Winners and Losers in the “Visitation” of American Nuns?

Pope Francis: Winner When not busy sending dogs to heaven (oops, not...

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 4:31 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Winter Family Photos – Simple Techniques

It was minus 30º Celsius, a finger numbing, biting cold but I knew with a chinook around the corner this might be the last chance for family photos. For a number of years I’ve taken our own winter family photos. If you’ve got a tripod you can save yourself a bundle by taking family photos […]

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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 12:25 am

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Conor's Back Yard 2014 - Fredericton's North Riverfront Trail



























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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 4:25 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Anger Management

Facebook has all sorts of neat quizzes that tell you what kind of ___ you are or how kind you are etc. I like doing them, realizing that I am somehow passing on important personal information that can be used to target me with advertising.  Mostly it seems to target me with interesting news items which are 2/3 of my FB news feed. Advertising is wasted on me as money is a requirement, I

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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 1:32 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



New Additions

Many of you are probably aware of our cats here on the corner.  I have loved cats for years and when we moved to PEI we brought Gino with us, shipping him on a plane across the country.


He's been part of our family for ten years and there was no way he was getting left behind.

When we purchased our home we were surprised to find out that it was already inhabited.  Priscilla, Bug and Funnyface introduced themselves promptly and asked that dinner be provided daily.  Sadly, Funnyface is the only one of the trio that is still with us today.


Five years on he has completely won over our hearts.  Going from feral barn cat to cuddly lap cat.

Two cats would be plenty for most people but I always feel sorry for the vast number of cats that head into shelters or are euthanized.  We have plenty of space and lots of love so an addition has been considered. Recently a co-worker told me she found a litter of feral kittens in her barn.  Of course I volunteered to take two. (why take one when you can have two?)


What can I say, I have a special fondness for barn kitties.  Meet Teddy (Theodore) and Archie.

These brothers have kept us entertained for the last month and I'm sure will continue to do so for many years to come.  There was a small situation with ear mites at first but they are healthy and happy otherwise.

Kittens are good for smiles and laughter


They excel at kitten olympics

I can climb ladders!!
and ease stress


Kittens however are bad at cleaning seeds


That should have been obvious but clearly I didn't think this through.  Turns out dried bean pods are the perfect kitten toy.  Crunchy and they make excellent rattle noises.


They meant well.  Although it made me consider what I'll do about a Christmas tree this year. It could be tricky keeping them away from shiny glass ornaments.  Perhaps we'll save the tree for next year.


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Posted on 29 November 2014 | 12:12 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



Failure is Not an Option

“Failure is not an option.“  How many times have you heard someone say that? How many times have you said it yourself? No, don’t answer either of those questions. (At least, not out loud. I can’t hear you.) Here’s a little piece of actual wisdom for you, though: if you’re doing a hard ride—whether you’re training or [...]

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:05 am

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



We’ve Moved! Kinda…

Hey LTNS friends! On May 12th, we joined up with a cool new collective called Halifax Bloggers and started posting under the new url of www.thelocaltraveler.ca. If you’ve been hanging around www.thelocaltravelerns.com, this url will start to redirect to our new site in the next few weeks. Over on the new channel, we’ve got a […]

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Posted on 17 June 2014 | 11:03 am

Group Blog - Urban Moms



Warm Almond Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

My kid is not a big fan of cow’s milk. Never has been. I assume he takes after me when it comes to drinking it straight up and cold. Since I didn’t grow up really drinking milk in my home […]

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:08 am

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



From Nursery to Primary Giveaway Roundup (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

If you’d like me to list your Baby or Kid Friendly giveaway (Blog hosted only please) next week send a link with description including end date and eligibility to info at frugalmomeh.com, or Fill out my form!   If you have benefited from this roundup I would love if you would simply share via Social Media by retweeting this […]

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 7:03 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



HBTM

Today is my 62nd birthday.

62.

These days 62 isn't considered very old. But for me, it's a miracle. Eighteen years ago I had my first of two catastrophic illnesses. I still remember the doctor telling me that I probably would not survive and that I'd best make sure that my affairs were in order. When your life expectancy shrinks to days and hours from decades and years, your perspective changes. Really changes.

This happened again, ten years later, and again I was asked to prepare myself for the ultimate farewell. It was then that I plotted out what I wanted to do if I survived. My career path completely changed as a result and my focus and goals were redefined.

Leaving the hospital, that I'd walked into, in a wheelchair meant only one thing - I was leaving the hospital. Joe and I worked together to incorporate this new reality into our life and, for the most part, succeeded. I see him and our life together, differently, because of these experiences.

I've had 'happy birthday' sung to me several times in the days leading up to my actual birthday. And, I realize, it is just that: a happy birthday. I'm glad to be here, I'm glad to have time to work on things that matter to me, I'm glad for each day that Joe and I have with each other. I'm glad of it all.

So today I'm 62.

And I couldn't be happier to be here, celebrating the day and giving thanks that I've been given two second chances.

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:00 am

Political Blog - Calgary Liberal



Shutting down the blog.

Turns out a job doesn’t leave much time for blogging. And a 65-75 hour a week job makes it even tougher to fit in the time to write. Also, I find I’m writing all day, every day. So the urge to write more all night too isn’t that much of a driving force. There is, after […]

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Posted on 24 August 2014 | 2:46 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



‘Weather Porn’ – The latest smear attack on TV Meteorologists who don’t kowtow to ‘global warming’

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Andrew Tyndall, news consultant: If you don’t tie every event to climate change when reporting the weather, its like pornography Andrew Tyndall, described as a news consultant, has accused Ginger Zee, a qualified meteorologist and popular TV weather presenter, of producing “weather porn”. According to Tyndall; “If Ginger Zee reported…

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 8:00 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



ROUGHRIDERS GO WITH CHAPDELAINE

On Friday the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the hiring of Jacques Chapdelaine as offensive co-ordinator.

The veteran coach has spent 13 seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League after originally entering as special teams co-ordinator and receivers coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001. The next season Chapdelaine was named as the Stamps offensive co-ordinator.

The 53-year-old went on to spend ten of the next 11 seasons (2003-2006, 2008-2013) with the BC Lions including six years as offensive co-ordinator. He spent the 2007 season with the Edmonton Eskimos as assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator.

Through eight seasons as the head signal caller, Chapdelaine’s teams have compiled a 79-64-1 record, playing in four division finals, winning two grey Cups.

Chapdelaine joins the Green and White after spending last year as head coach at his alma mater Simon Fraser University in the NCAA’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference. As a player, Chapdelaine starred with the SFU Clan in the 1980’s before moving on to a seven year career in the CFL making stops in BC, Montreal, Hamilton and Calgary. 

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



Good Mornings with Glad!

My husband claims he is the one to take out the trash. And while this may be true, he does lug the garbage from the garage to the curb on our designated day, the garbage doesn’t just magically appear in there! Nope, that’s me gathering all the trash, room by room, and making sure it’s [Read On]

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 7:54 am

Professional Blog - Product Management



How to Manage a Product with a Global Team

By Anders Linsdorf Building a product by oneself is difficult. Building it with a team can be harder. But building it with a distributed team is even harder. Today it is rare for companies to build products with a 100% local, in-sourced  and on-site team. This is why one key requirement to build a successful product is to […]

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Posted on 11 December 2014 | 11:24 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - November Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)





document.write(''); How to add your link:
1. Click on the icon above
2. Add a link to your review. (Please link to your specific review, not an entire webpage.)
3. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book, such as John Mutford (Anne of Avonlea)
4. In the comment section below, tell me your grand total so far. (ex. "This brings me up to 1/13")

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Posted on 30 November 2014 | 11:59 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Best New Christmas Songs of 2014 (VIDEOS)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The middle of December, when you are still in the Christmas spirit and not yet wanting to off yourself due to the never ending Christmas carols.

I mean, I don't know how one could ever get sick of Mariah Carey's Christmas album (as it is a true classic of classics) but sometimes you just get to that breaking point. Some people don't like listening to the classics every year and if you are one for new songs instead, this list is for you.

Here are the best and brightest of the Christmas releases for 2014 (so far...)



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
Sam Smith really broke out in North America this year, so it is only fitting that you end your year listening to Sam sing a classic.


I'll Be Home - Meghan Trainor
It's true - Meghan Trainor sings something other than All About the Bass. Most notably - this Christmas song.


Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 2014
This song was a little controversial when it came out...something to do with Africa and people being perturbed by the lyrics. Whatever - 1D, Ed and Ellie in a room - how can you throw shade at that? However, if I were to pick my all time 'a hundred famous musicians in a room singing' song, I would have to go with the Wavin' Flags one where Bieber sings at the end. It was when he was still young, wearing purple and had the floppy hair (aka before he turned into an uber douche).


Baby It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
Idina and Michael put a twist on this classic, by making the actors children. Very cleaver. It takes away from the how rapey the song actually is (however if you listen to it sans video - it is still rapey as f-ck).


Mary Did You Know - Pentatonix
These guys were really popular last Christmas with their take on Little Drummer Boy. I am not a huge fan of this song in general, but I do like this version.


It's Christmas - David Myles
David Myles is so cute. I just want to pinch him (this is what old grannies must feel like right before they assault a child's cheeks). You are probably most familiar with this Maritimer for his feature in the Classified song Inner Ninja, but his own stuff is good. Love the folk.


Baby It Ain't Christmas Without You-Kris Allen
What has the former American Idol winner been up to lately? Well, clearly he has been completing his life long goal of writing a Christmas single.


Must Be Christmas - Band of Merrymakers
LOVE THIS. This group is made up of members from Lady Antebellum, Neon Trees, Fitz & The Tantrums, 311, Better Than Ezra, Smallpools, The Mowglis, 3oh!3, Sinclair, and The Honeymoons and a portion of the proceeds from the song goes to MusiCares Foundation. I mean, it's not saving Africa, but at least they are not reusing a song (uuuhem, I'm talking to you Band Aid.)

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 12 December 2014 | 2:10 am

Place Blog - Kitsilano



Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer: Vancouver Farmers Market Tokens

We’re not overselling these Vancouver Farmers Market tokens when we say they’re a happy, nourishing gift everyone will love.  Scoop up a handful at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey stadium or order online. You can use at all the markets, including Kitsilano Farmers Market, all year round. Saturdays...
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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 5:36 pm

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



Dance Shoe Diaries

It’s true: Cheaty Monkey and I have been on a break. I may or may not have cheated on it just a little over at Today’s Parent; but, we have made amends and are back together, at least for today. It’s not like I have anything important to say here. Major events in the world and the fact […]

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Posted on 26 October 2014 | 10:04 pm

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



Top Five Reasons Why A WaySpa Gift Card Makes A Great Holiday Gift

It's the season for baking, shopping, wrapping, cooking, hosting, partying, attending Christmas concerts, and celebrating with family and friends. It is a busy month, to say the least, and I love giving gifts that I know people will love and really appreciate—like a gift card to WaySpa.

I love spa days and I love being a Brand Ambassador for WaySpa, because it's my job to test out different spas every month and blog about my experience. It's aways a wonderful and relaxing time, and I think that a gift card to WaySpa would make an excellent gift for everyone on your shopping list.


Here are the TOP FIVE  reasons to give the gift of a WaySpa gift card this holiday season to the people on your shopping list:

1. It's a simple way to shop—just go to Wayspa.com and with a click of a button, your gift card has been purchased.

2. You don't have to worry about wrapping your gift. Just put your gift card in a cute little box, or inside a holiday card, and you're good to go. No need to worry about making the perfect bow. 

3. Stress-free shopping—everyone, and I mean everyone—appreciates a day at the spa, whether it's for a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, a blow-dry, or a facial. 

4. It's a gift that's really appreciated this time of year because it's calorie-free! Save the cookies for the exchange, and give the gift that's all about pampering.

5. WaySpa is the world's fastest-growing online spa marketplace in partnership with over 2000 spa around the world, and offers great prices to the best salons. If you're looking for a perfect last-minute gift, purchases can be delivered digitally and emailed (or printed directly from your computer after you've made your purchase.) Last minute shopping made easy!


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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 6:00 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



What if We Didn’t Need Gender Markers on ID at All?

It became clearer that simply changing my “F” to an “M” was not going to solve the real problem. It might make forms easier, but I refuse to lose my gender in three dimensions to legal and social systems that were never designed to protect me.

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:45 am

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



Fugs and Fines: How Many Freaking Jingle Balls Are There, Anyway?

Rita Ora Charli XCX Jingle Ball Charli XCX Jingle Ball Jessie J Jingle Ball 
This outfit says, “I am so tired and I just want to go home and put on a Snuggie.” Read More ...

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 2:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



Maeve: Five years

Dear Maeve, As I sit here listening to the Garden State soundtrack, I can’t even believe this same song was playing five years ago today. I was so ready to meet you, the baby who would complete our family. I didn’t know if you would be a Finn or a Maeve, but I knew I [...]

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Posted on 6 December 2014 | 3:51 pm

Gossip - TMZ



'Top Chef' Winner -- I Trash Talked Rob Gronkowski ... And He Still Liked My Sausage

Patriots stud Rob Gronkowski isn't afraid to mix it up with football fans ... even when they're contestants on a reality show he's judging.Gronk was a guest critic on this week's episode of "Top Chef: Boston" ... but not all the cooks were star…


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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:00 am

Entertainment - i09



Now THIS Is How The Legend Of Korra Really Should Have Ended

Now THIS Is How The Legend Of Korra Really Should Have Ended

We loved the finale of The Legend of Korra , but there was one tiny thing that didn't happen in the episode's final moments that we were really hoping would happen. Fortunately, a fan animation has given us the moment we were missing. Spoilers ahead.

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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 6:15 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



Best Songs Of 2014

Indie Music Filter

It's been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.

Best Songs Of 2014


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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 1:50 pm