If you’re like me, then you don’t want to do the same old lame-ass Valentine’s Day as everyone else. But, you also don’t want to break the bank. Myself I prefer fun over romantic. In fact to me a great relationship is one in which I feel close to the person and comfortable. Is it me or does a too romantic situation feel almost uncomfortable? Like giggle-worthy? Read More
If you are like most of us, Winter is tough to get through. After the holidays are over we can be a bit down, either from the excitement being over or from the bills being a bit high, or both. We tend to feel less energy, less motivation and we also tend to put on a few pounds. Let’s face it, it would be easy to ride that wave and get deeper in the funk…OR… we can grab the bull by the horns, or as I like to say the bush by the thorns (I prefer not to involve innocent bulls in my clichés!).
After all we are entitled to delve in the dark a bit. In fact it can be very good for us. Somewhat cathartic yes, though I do think cathartic is over-used and oft misunderstood these days. I would prefer to say, restful. Staying up, excited, optimistic, enthusiastic, staying slim and fit, all these things take a lot of energy to maintain and it is very healing and comforting to just let it go sometimes. Just not for too long. Habits get formed in 6 weeks and we don’t want to carve a new and bad habit into the face of our lives.
Indulge yourself in a few weeks of eating avocados and almonds and maybe a bag of chips or two, snuggle with your sweaters and your favourite books, video games or do a tv show binge….THEN…get back into life!
Don’t start with a four hour marathon through the snow though. Start with a good winter cleaning. I prefer to get my house and life organized in Winter. Go through your clothes, your books, your old broken cell phones, all the clutter that is dragging you down. Now you are ready for some fresh new clothes to kick-start the fresh new you who is on the way!
Work on the kitchen. Get rid of the bad for you, indulgent foods and focus on your energy foods. Light leafy greens, nutrient dense root veggies, hearty grains and some sweet fresh fruits are all great for boosting your energy and mood. Clean that fridge and put in a fresh box of baking soda.
Get your bills and finances in order. Make a budget and make plans to pay off your debt in a reasonable amount of time without stressing yourself.
I’m a big believer in the mind body connection and seeing things fresh and clean and organized around you affects how you feel about yourself.
Work on a light and fun exercise regime. Join a class, yoga, play volleyball or join a gym but make (and keep!) small commitments to yourself. If you go 2-3 times a week for a cardio workout then stick with it you will be doing great!
Make a resolution-buddy to help you stick with your small, easily attainable resolutions. This is where QuestChat can be really fun and helpful too. Finding a friend or maybe even potential lover to share your struggles and successes with can bring you even closer than if you met when you were at your peak!
Good luck with your love, life and resolutions and remember Valentines Day is coming soon and you want to be ready for your much-deserved day of love!
Well kiddies it’s 2016 and we have a fresh new year to make our lives better.
This is actually my favourite time of year. Though I do hate the weather, but it can be somewhat helpful to have the snow and blow outside because it gives us a chance to be introspective. There’s nothing like taking time to take inventory of our lives. Read More
Ack! and the rush is on. It is hard to find the peace on earth feeling when things in our current holiday social mood are so superficial. It’s seems it’s not a great holiday season without the latest gadget that racks up our credit card debt. Fear not, here are the top gifts for men and women this year that won’t break the bank. If an engagement ring is either on your buy or want list, think again. Christmas is not the best time to propose. Keep proposals a separate and special moment. If the woman in your life is, or you yourself are, expecting a ring, don’t do it. It puts a lot of pressure on the asker and sets the’ askee’ up for disappointment. Be sure not to ask or imply that this Christmas is the time for engagement, leave that up to the asker and hen you have TWO special occasions to celebrate every year!
Top gifts for men
Riding shotgun in a stock car
$130 at cloud9living.com
What guy wouldn’t be THRILLED with this thoughtful, unique, exciting and yes, economical (but he doesn’t have to know that!) gift.
Beer of the month club
12 bottles of premium beer deliverd to his door every month! A real treat for the beer lover in your life, good for Dads too!
Only $110. At Amazingclubs.com
Universal Charging station
Is he always looking for his device charging cables? Well the search is over with this cool power station (not the Robert Palmer one!) that charges everything all at once. Only $49.95 at
The Cardsharp Credit Card sized folding knofe
Works great, super handy, super ‘gadgety’ just like he loves
Only $19.99 at vat19.com
And the most popular toy this season is definitely the Drone
Buy a cool Quadcopter drone with HD camera for only $64.99 at amazon.com
And go sightseeing from any cozy corner you want to hang out in.
And for Her
If your woman is anything like me she is always losing her phone. Wha t could be cooler and more appreciated than the Bluetooth Tracking tag?
Simply attach to your keychain and track down your phone, wherever it is hiding. Only $40 at uncommongoods.com
Buy her the moon…
…Or at least a piece of it with moon land for sale. Buy an acre of the moon just for her and someday you can fly her there!
Only $29.99 at LunarLand.com
Or if she’s the star of your world
Name a star after her for $19.99 also at LunarLand.com
Which brings us to; Twinkle Toes
I love these! Adorable comfort moccasins with a smattering of sequins for the star that she is!
$19.97 at landsend.com
And very much sought after this year…
The DKNY Soho Watch
Very simple yet elegant, this watch goes wioth everything, so she will take YOU everywhere!
$115 at Nordstrom.com
Happy holidays and all the best of life and love this festive season!
Well Halloween is over and now we have the way-too-soon Christmas season upon us. If you are like most of us it’s, well, way too soon. I always think of November as my contemplative month. I do a lot of soul-searching and review the past year and plan for the winter, the holidays and the coming new year. Read More
Well it’s this Saturday! Yes the sacred and profane, the sugary sweet and sometimes sexy un-Holi-day that we’ve been waiting for all year; All Hallows Even’!
I won’t bore you with the long-winded explanation of the ‘horror-gins’ of the day, let’s just get into the fun part; dressing up in costumes! (now I am singing Games without frontiers all day!)
One of my favourite things to do on Halloween is to watch scary movies. It got me thinking about some cool, crazy, fun or creepy couples from the movies. Not even necessarily just the scary ones. So here are my picks for obscure, sexy, silly, or just plain weird costumes! Read More
One of the toughest parts of dating is this talk. Figuring out if it’s a Ross and Rachel or a Ted Mosby relationship (before the mother) gets increasingly difficult as time goes on. In your early 20s it’s an “oh well” and move on situation. As the twilight years approach it is more of a “please let this work” moment. Here’s how to tell and how to ask. Read More
With so many shows to choose from these days it is really hard to say there is nothing to watch. Hulu, Netflix and Shomi are just a few of the paid TV subscription services that target their audience and know very well what the viewership wants. There still exist however, a bulk list of shows that no man would sit through if he didn’t have a girlfriend. Here’s some programming that should come with a “prepare to leave the room” warning before turning on. Read More
Guys know most girls dress to impress each other, not men; they don’t get it and don’t try to. But if you want universal, easy to obtain outfits that 95 per cent of guys think are sexy, then follow us down the yellow brick road (if those existed). Read More