July 2014

Jul 31 2014

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A couple of skinny braids and a little bit of volume at the crown can sometimes make all the difference; put your imagination at play and do include this improved ponytail style in your summer hair repertoire:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
low ponytail ceases to be perceived as just another relaxed style when it gets beautified with something as uncomplicated as two inches of fishtail braiding:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Sometimes, all it takes to jazz up a simple ponytail is a super-pretty hair accessory, one that you can add in no time and trust to slowly unveil its charms:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
As far as hair tricks go, a super long ponytail will never disappoint, particularly when it doesn’t require the use of extensions whatsoever; a top and a bottom ponytail joining forces have a similar effect, doubling your ponytail in size:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Classy, preppy, simple but not all that plain, a ponytail spiced up with some volume, a few loose curls and a feminine accessory can’t possibly pass unnoticed:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Dressed up and carrying a distinct modern feel, the grown-up topsy tail looks incredibly gorgeous, making for a fun and super-easy ponytail alternative for the hot summer days:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
For this one particular style you will be needing plenty of texture, so you might as well save it for the second, or third-day hair. Two pigtails and a knot later, you will be left with a perfectly imperfect, yet incredibly chic ponytail:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Taking less than one minute to complete, the twisted ponytail is another cool way to mix things up in the hair department. You will be loving the effortless feel this look carries oh-so-well:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Combining the best of two worlds, the high ponytail is made to look ultra-sophisticated when dressed up with a fishtail braid. Key steps: tease, braid, loosen and secure:
Dressing up the classic ponytail
Proof that little goes a long way when it comes to dressing up a simple ponytail, a strand of hair, or a three strand braid are sure to add the perfect finishing touch to what can easily become a fancy ponytail:
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Jul 31 2014
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances. Dr. Wells... more...

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Jul 31 2014
Taming the Cobra Do you feel challenged with yoga poses that involve backbends? Would you like to improve your practice? Taming the Cobra will guide you through a series of gentle backbends combining Feldenkrais movements with the principles of Hatha yoga. Join Fariya Doctor, owner of Feldenkrais Niagara, and Rashmi Biswas, registered yoga teacher, for this ... more...

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Jul 31 2014
I just got back from a speaking engagement in New York City! This wasn’t just any speaking engagement – this was the culmination of 2 years in a program that was all about the “book, the look and the talk”! It was about Mastery. Most entrepreneurs get […] more...

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Jul 31 2014
Who doesn’t love Ice Cream? Here is a fun activity you can have your children do this summer – make their own in a plastic bag! Recipe: 1 cup cream (can use milk) 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (you can add whatever flavour you like) 3/4 cup rock salt (sea salt) 1 (or 2)(...) more...

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Jul 31 2014
For nearly 30 years, David Prentice has worked to train front-line and executive staff in how to serve customers better—and increase sales. A dynamic and witty speaker, he helps clients understand a range of business issues, such as customer service and satisfaction, negotiation, account management, and how to achieve sales excellence. David offers audiences practical... more...

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Jul 31 2014

750 words Average Reading Time: Less than 3 minutes Previous blogs have summarized the first 4 steps in the Cycle of Excellence and referenced in the book Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People (Harvard Business Press, 2011). Recap: Dr. Hallowell, the author, a psychiatrist and behavior expert, draws on brain […]

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Jul 31 2014
Toby the dog here with another blog. Well, mom and dad sold the house on the lake. I'm excited about our new home, but will miss the lake big time! But, now we are by the ocean.Moving doesn't have to be stressful for pets... or at least not as str... more...

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Jul 31 2014
Toby the dog here with another blog. Well, mom and dad sold the house on the lake. I'm excited about our new home, but will miss the lake big time! But, now we are by the ocean.Moving doesn't have to be stressful for pets... or at least not as str... more...

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Jul 30 2014
I have always had a lot of respect for the mompreneur, juggling infants/ children while running a business.  And I have sort of joined their ranks, but I am a puppreneur.My days are currently spent working around this new addition to our hous... more...

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Jul 30 2014
I have always had a lot of respect for the mompreneur, juggling infants/ children while running a business.  And I have sort of joined their ranks, but I am a puppreneur.My days are currently spent working around this new addition to our hous... more...

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Jul 30 2014
July 30, 2014 Taking a new approach to improving food donations during the warmer months, Grant Gordon is bringing the food drive closer to home. more...

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Jul 30 2014
Millions of eyes and ears count on―and respect―Geoff Colvin’s insights on the key issues driving change in business, politics, and the economy. The senior editor of Fortune magazine, and named by Directorship magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Figures in Corporate Governance,” Geoff draws on his years of insider access to top government... more...

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Jul 30 2014
  Keep a close watch on your trees, the apricot is in town. Smooth, sweet talking apricots are full of it – beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. These hooligans are... Read more > more...

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Jul 30 2014

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler July 31 Gluten Free Peach CobblerIngredients
For the Filling:
6 large, ripe peaches
¼ cup unpasteurized honey
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp rice flour
½ tsp cinnamon

For the Topping:
1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour mix
¼ cup coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup unsalted butter or virgin coconut oil
1 extra large egg
¼ cup milk, dairy or otherwise

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Jul 30 2014

We are back with this week’s edition of Where and Wear Wednesday, highlighting the hottest...

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Jul 30 2014

The Best Potluck Meals July 31 The Best Potluck MealsSummer sun, a picnic table, friends and food…that is what comes to mind when I think of potlucks. The other thing that comes to mind is the dreaded, “WHAT AM I GOING TO BRING!?!” Don’t panic – here is your guide to stress free, delicious potluck favorites, with a healthful twist.

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Jul 30 2014
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Jul 30 2014
Fall is around the corner, and here are some fun summer-to-fall transitional fashion essentials that you might like to wear! With August now upon us, it may not feel quite like hot summer, but it's not fall yet either. If you are a fashionista or just want some ideas of what to wear, check out these Summer-To-Fall Transitional looks from LE CHÂTEAU! more...

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Jul 30 2014
Jeff Rubin was the former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets (for almost 20 years), is a frequent columnist for The Globe and Mail, and is the bestselling author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, and The End of Growth. In this recent Globe and Mail column, Jeff looks at... more...

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Jul 30 2014
by Ajike Akande 

Blogging about parenting has become so big over the past few years.  I enjoy the parenting blog, but I should admit, that I typically read parenting blogs written by moms.  It’s certainly not because I don’t think that all parents have interesting perspectives on parenting, it’s just that I like to obsessively compare myself to other people so I try to at least have gender identification in common with the blogger whose work I am reading. 


Based on my limited research, there seems to be three types of mom(my) bloggers.  

1.  The Pinterest Mom
She is all look at me in my clean and enviable organized house.  I cook all the things; I teach all the things; my children have all the morals, and all the soft and hard skills that reflect all the intelligences.  I also happen to live somewhere that never has winter or rain, except when it conveniently adds to the mystic beauty of my day.  My kids are conventional looking or strikingly beautiful.  I’m also a photographer on the side so everything looks even better in my photos.  If I have all the money, I have access to many more things than everyone else, but I never mention this.  If I have only a little of the money, I like to share my tips on living on less and perfectly couponing.  I’m probably married, and straight and white and able-bodied.  If I’m not, not only am I Pinterestly perfect, I’m also marginalized so you should read my blog because then you can say how brave and strong I am (We love to point out the strength and braveness of people who are marginalized, which is another way of othering, but that’s a different rant.). 

2.  The Self-Deprecating Mom

She is all I get you.  I see you.  I am you.  I’m tired and my house is messy and my kids are making me crazy.  I suck at cooking but I do it most days except when I take out the frozen nuggets (chicken, fish or veggie) and serve those.  I loathe all those moms who post their perfect meals, including the school lunches that are pieces of art, all over Pinterest to make me feel bad.  I wear “mom jeans” or slightly stained work clothes.  My kids swear and tear the house apart and forget everything, everywhere, but they reach out to the lonely kid at school and help the neighbours and write me chocolate stained notes reminding me that they love me and I’m the best mom ever.  My life is a mess but I guess I’m doing something right because my kids are loving and confident, and creative and a gift to the world.  I make you feel okay about not being perfect (nobody is sister) but my posted photos, like yours show the world that my kids are better than alright.


3.  The “I’m–The-Worst-Mother-Ever-And-I’m-Not-Afraid-To-Prove-It” Mom

She is all like here are all the ways that I suck – in a list because lists are the bomb-digitty in the blogging world.  My kids are impossible and I don’t deal with it well.  I look like crap all the time and I drink too much wine and eat too much chocolate.  My kids are probably the same as anyone else’s – loving, healthy, sick, somewhere on the ability continuum, a bully, bullied, etc..., and like most kids, they will be better than fine in the end.  I am perfect when you need late night laughs and reassurance that compared to me; you are the best parent ever.  You’re welcome, by the way. 


That’s how I see the Mom(my) Bloggers out there. I obsess over the perfect Pinterest moms, especially the ones with large families and children with special needs.  Every time I read one of these perfect mom blogs, I walk away from my computer and whine to Wife about how other moms can handle raising many children and children with special needs.  “If they can do it why can’t I?  And they even cook!  I never cook!  What’s wrong with me?  I’m the worst.  Why am I the worst?  And you know what Wife?  You’re the worst too.  We are the actual WORST together!" But then I post this picture on Facebook:



 

And then I’m all “look at my perfect, beautiful children” right? 


I regularly look to the self-deprecating moms for virtual, and totally one-sided friendship.  Whether they work outside of the home or in the home, whether they have many or few children, whether those children are developmentally typical or not, healthy or not, we are the same.  They get me.  I get them.  And mostly, they make me feel hopeful, but sometimes, they make me feel like a total failure because in this mothering competition (It is soooo a competition!) everyone, even self-deprecating mom is beating me. 


They post photos like this too:




Pictured: The Littles swimming in an entire bag of $9 organic, gluten-free cornflakes that they dumped on the floor.  Self–deprecating mom's caption reads: “I can’t manage my kids, but aren’t they adorable?”


I occasionally glance at the blogs written by the “I’m–The-Worst-Mother-Ever-And-I’m-Not-Afraid-To-Prove-It” moms but honestly discovering that we have many things in common, makes me feel as bad about myself as discovering how little I have in common with the Pinterest moms.  At least from the Pinterest moms I can learn a few things! 


As I hashed out a description of the three types of Mom(my) Bloggers, it occurred to me that I may actually be all three types of bloggers at different times.   Hmmm… interesting and so self-reflective.


Anyway a good friend told me that I may be getting close to being one of those mom(my) bloggers who make other moms feel badly about their mothering.  If that is the case, Girlfriend, I’m sorry.  That is not my intention.   Let me tell you something, you know how Rome wasn’t built in a day?  Well, children aren’t raised in a day.  And we can thank the creator for that, because for most of us, most parts of most days are a sh%t-show.  And when it’s not?  Total win for that day!  Truthfully, I think we are all messing up  this mothering thing except for a few blogging mothers who actually are doing it all right.  I have list of their names and web addresses .  Contact me if you would like this list so you never accidently land on their blogs and totally give up because you’re obviously so far at the back of the race, you’re not even really part of it anymore.  I kid you not, some mothers are out of our league and we just shouldn’t play with them! 


Keep on, keepin’ on friends.

XO Ajike



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Jul 30 2014
by Ajike Akande 

Blogging about parenting has become so big over the past few years.  I enjoy the parenting blog, but I should admit, that I typically read parenting blogs written by moms.  It’s certainly not because I don’t think that all parents have interesting perspectives on parenting, it’s just that I like to obsessively compare myself to other people so I try to at least have gender identification in common with the blogger whose work I am reading. 


Based on my limited research, there seems to be three types of mom(my) bloggers.  

1.  The Pinterest Mom
She is all look at me in my clean and enviable organized house.  I cook all the things; I teach all the things; my children have all the morals, and all the soft and hard skills that reflect all the intelligences.  I also happen to live somewhere that never has winter or rain, except when it conveniently adds to the mystic beauty of my day.  My kids are conventional looking or strikingly beautiful.  I’m also a photographer on the side so everything looks even better in my photos.  If I have all the money, I have access to many more things than everyone else, but I never mention this.  If I have only a little of the money, I like to share my tips on living on less and perfectly couponing.  I’m probably married, and straight and white and able-bodied.  If I’m not, not only am I Pinterestly perfect, I’m also marginalized so you should read my blog because then you can say how brave and strong I am (We love to point out the strength and braveness of people who are marginalized, which is another way of othering, but that’s a different rant.). 

2.  The Self-Deprecating Mom

She is all I get you.  I see you.  I am you.  I’m tired and my house is messy and my kids are making me crazy.  I suck at cooking but I do it most days except when I take out the frozen nuggets (chicken, fish or veggie) and serve those.  I loathe all those moms who post their perfect meals, including the school lunches that are pieces of art, all over Pinterest to make me feel bad.  I wear “mom jeans” or slightly stained work clothes.  My kids swear and tear the house apart and forget everything, everywhere, but they reach out to the lonely kid at school and help the neighbours and write me chocolate stained notes reminding me that they love me and I’m the best mom ever.  My life is a mess but I guess I’m doing something right because my kids are loving and confident, and creative and a gift to the world.  I make you feel okay about not being perfect (nobody is sister) but my posted photos, like yours show the world that my kids are better than alright.


3.  The “I’m–The-Worst-Mother-Ever-And-I’m-Not-Afraid-To-Prove-It” Mom

She is all like here are all the ways that I suck – in a list because lists are the bomb-digitty in the blogging world.  My kids are impossible and I don’t deal with it well.  I look like crap all the time and I drink too much wine and eat too much chocolate.  My kids are probably the same as anyone else’s – loving, healthy, sick, somewhere on the ability continuum, a bully, bullied, etc..., and like most kids, they will be better than fine in the end.  I am perfect when you need late night laughs and reassurance that compared to me; you are the best parent ever.  You’re welcome, by the way. 


That’s how I see the Mom(my) Bloggers out there. I obsess over the perfect Pinterest moms, especially the ones with large families and children with special needs.  Every time I read one of these perfect mom blogs, I walk away from my computer and whine to Wife about how other moms can handle raising many children and children with special needs.  “If they can do it why can’t I?  And they even cook!  I never cook!  What’s wrong with me?  I’m the worst.  Why am I the worst?  And you know what Wife?  You’re the worst too.  We are the actual WORST together!" But then I post this picture on Facebook:



 

And then I’m all “look at my perfect, beautiful children” right? 


I regularly look to the self-deprecating moms for virtual, and totally one-sided friendship.  Whether they work outside of the home or in the home, whether they have many or few children, whether those children are developmentally typical or not, healthy or not, we are the same.  They get me.  I get them.  And mostly, they make me feel hopeful, but sometimes, they make me feel like a total failure because in this mothering competition (It is soooo a competition!) everyone, even self-deprecating mom is beating me. 


They post photos like this too:




Pictured: The Littles swimming in an entire bag of $9 organic, gluten-free cornflakes that they dumped on the floor.  Self–deprecating mom's caption reads: “I can’t manage my kids, but aren’t they adorable?”


I occasionally glance at the blogs written by the “I’m–The-Worst-Mother-Ever-And-I’m-Not-Afraid-To-Prove-It” moms but honestly discovering that we have many things in common, makes me feel as bad about myself as discovering how little I have in common with the Pinterest moms.  At least from the Pinterest moms I can learn a few things! 


As I hashed out a description of the three types of Mom(my) Bloggers, it occurred to me that I may actually be all three types of bloggers at different times.   Hmmm… interesting and so self-reflective.


Anyway a good friend told me that I may be getting close to being one of those mom(my) bloggers who make other moms feel badly about their mothering.  If that is the case, Girlfriend, I’m sorry.  That is not my intention.   Let me tell you something, you know how Rome wasn’t built in a day?  Well, children aren’t raised in a day.  And we can thank the creator for that, because for most of us, most parts of most days are a sh%t-show.  And when it’s not?  Total win for that day!  Truthfully, I think we are all messing up  this mothering thing except for a few blogging mothers who actually are doing it all right.  I have list of their names and web addresses .  Contact me if you would like this list so you never accidently land on their blogs and totally give up because you’re obviously so far at the back of the race, you’re not even really part of it anymore.  I kid you not, some mothers are out of our league and we just shouldn’t play with them! 


Keep on, keepin’ on friends.

XO Ajike



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Jul 29 2014

coffee 300x218 Coffee and Weight Loss!

We here at WOW! Weight Loss often read interesting theories, questions and comments on the subject of weight loss. Recently, we received a question about an article published by The Mayo Clinic. The article suggested that coffee can help promote weight loss. While this is true to an extent, there are always negatives associated with drinking too much coffee. Our suggestion is to speak with your doctor before jumping in and starting a coffee regime or increasing your daily intake. Coffee can interact with some medications and many medical conditions.

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Jul 29 2014
For over 20 years, Polly LaBarre has been looking for new ways to approach the changing workplace. She believes that most businesses today are out-dated in the way they are organized, and that we need to take a different approach if we want to take our organizations to the next level. In this article from Facility... more...

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Jul 29 2014
Irina is the founder of www.StrategicAnchievementCoach.com. She works with purpose-driven entrepreneurs that feel blocked or… more...

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Jul 29 2014
Irina is the founder of www.StrategicAnchievementCoach.com. She works with purpose-driven entrepreneurs that feel blocked or… more...

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Jul 29 2014
Toronto’s Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat is known for taking a more human approach to urban planning. Her willingness to make big changes and remain transparent in her position has been refreshing for Torontonians. Below, Yonge Street profiles the short film that Freeman House Productions created about how Keesmaat approaches her role: Chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat... more...

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Jul 29 2014
Today is your day. Yes you. Yes today. When you woke up this morning, you woke up to a day you have never seen-a day in time that has never happened and it has beauty, blessings, and incredible opportunities written … Continue reading more...

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Jul 28 2014
July 28, 2014 Student Lani Uyeno reflects on the unexpected situations that brought on learning opportunities. more...

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Jul 28 2014

Less than 400 words Average Reading Time: Less than 2 minutes 54-second video link I returned from the 2nd Canadian Positive Psychology Conference with exciting insights to share with my clients who, like me, are committed to making the workplace a better place for everyone. My intentions were satisfied beyond expectations with an array of presentations and […]

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Jul 28 2014
A reformer at heart, The Hon. Preston Manning is right at home challenging the status quo and conventional thinking. Serving as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001, Mr. Manning founded two political parties—the Reform Party of Canada, and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance—both of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian... more...

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Jul 28 2014
Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in social media, and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the “Top 20 Female Bloggers,” Ann Handley is a veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals. A monthly columnist for Entrepreneur, a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program, and the co-author of the bestselling book on content... more...

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Jul 28 2014
Anyone who knows me well knows that cooking ranks up there with extracting fingernails. As a woman who is in a constant state of “busy-ness,” I often eat on the fly. Sure, I can assemble a salad, or re-heat healthy, prepared foods. Plus, I have learned how to feed my dog raw or whole food. […] more...

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Jul 28 2014
  For more meal ideas and recipes, check out my Everyday Gourmet board on pinterest! Tagged: art, Clean Eating, everyday gourmet, Food, Healthy Living, Meal Ideas, nutrition, Organic Living, Recipe, whole living more...

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Jul 27 2014

50 300x199 Honey Dont You Peanut Butter Me?

We here at WOW! Weight Loss LOVE Peanut Butter. That’s why we wanted to promote a peanut butter muffin that promotes weight loss and is vegan-friendly, too! So, below is the free and delicious recipe. Take a photo of your finished product and post it to our Facebook page!

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Jul 27 2014
Fall is fashion's best friend! We wanted to share these great styling tips with everyone for our 'Heartful' Fall/Winter' 14 collection. This collection is designed to be versatile and wearable for Maybe Girls with a busy lifestyle! This 6 style ca... more...

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Jul 27 2014
Fall is fashion's best friend! We wanted to share these great styling tips with everyone for our 'Heartful' Fall/Winter' 14 collection. This collection is designed to be versatile and wearable for Maybe Girls with a busy lifestyle! This 6 style ca... more...

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Jul 27 2014
I am currently at the airport heading back from the whirlwind that is BlogHer. What is BlogHer you might ask (that is, if you are a new reader around here)? I quote a friend Darryle Pollack from the Huffington Post, whom I also saw at BlogHer this weekend in Silicon Valley. THIS is what makes BlogHer so unique…. more...

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Jul 27 2014
On a recent trip back to Alberta to visit family, I spent some quality time with my maternal grandmother, who thankfully fit me in her busy schedule between her social life and her creative activities that she does in her “adult living” home. At nearly 90 years of age, she is in relatively good physical […] more...

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Jul 26 2014
July 25 "CN Tower peering down at the flowers." This photo was taken on the roof patio of 401 Richmond Street by Eva Karpati more...

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Jul 26 2014
When your heart hasn’t healed and your mind hasn’t let go of a past relationship (or past relationships), you bring your emotional baggage into new ones. Emotional baggage puts a damper on intimacy and emotional closeness, which can hold you … Continue reading more...

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Jul 26 2014
Video of the Week (inspired by my current read: Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke) Tagged: God, inspiration, Jesus, life, photography, quotes, spirituality more...

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Jul 25 2014

Making use of mason jars has become quite popular. I’m here to show you the...

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Jul 25 2014
Breakdancing sensation Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli simply cannot be stopped. His philosophy, “no excuses, no limits” is proven with every challenge he accepts, and his latest is no exception. Born with arthrogryposis, a rare muscle disorder that limits motion in the joints, Luca uses braces to walk (and dance!); but, on Saturday, July 26th, Luca will... more...

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Jul 25 2014

In his broken English, the elderly Italian café owner took our order, but he hesitated before he moved away and asked my husband if he could ask a question. “Is that a good watch?”  he asked.  My husband replied yes.  “Then put it away,” he advised.


That was our first official sign that Naples had a high crime rate.  Although the staff at the hotel in Rome, had warned us about taxi scams and the like.


I immediately took off my watch and zipped it into my purse.  My husband, on the other hand, waited until we got back to our hotel, and then took it off and we locked them away in our room.  As I looked around after that, I noticed not many people wore watches, especially the tourists.  Maybe it was the old boy’s mission to warn us all about the dangers out there.


But to a certain extent, I let the café owner’s warning colour my visit. I became much more cautious, hugging my purse close to me, always zipped up. I’d almost scan an area, looking for potential trouble. If we ended up in a dubious-looking street, I had us turn back. 


And when we went for a late drink in the square near our hotel and observed cocaine being bought, sold and used, I was decidedly uncomfortable and anxious to leave Naples, with its crime and drug scene, behind us.


Yet, it didn’t seem to faze my husband at all. He felt we were being practical, taking steps to protect ourselves and our property, and should just step out, not be afraid and enjoy the experience. 


As I reflect on our different reactions, it strikes me that this is perhaps indicative of how men vs. women do business as well. 


Men tend to forge ahead, unafraid of risk as they are confident that they’ve taken the right steps and precautions and therefore should succeed. 


Women, on the other hand, are more risk averse.  Their perfectionism can hold them back as they want it all right before they proceed.  One sign of trouble, and they question their wisdom, while men seem to bounce back.


I don’t regret visiting Naples.  It was an eye-opener and even fodder for this blog, but my main take away, is that I need to chill, be less nervous and not imagine danger lurking around every corner.  (Even if it was).
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