Category Archives: Friday Finds

Friday Find – Inside The O’Briens

There is a meme where the one friend says to the other: “I just read this book, it ripped my heart apart, had me openly sobbing, I was so engrossed I couldn’t eat or even stop thinking about it……Here….., read it”.

Well, I have read that book …….. Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova, she is well known for Still Alice.  The subject of this book is Huntington’s Disease and follows one family’s journey through this disease – it is both heartbreaking and uplifting……If you don’t read anything else this summer……Read It!!

friday find - lisa genova

Friday Find: 500 Rep Workout (it’s not as bad as it sounds!)

We’re just over a month into 2016 now and if one of your new year’s resolution was to get
healthier and be more active, this is the perfect find for you! I know the title of the
workout sounds really intimidating but once you read through it, it’s actually not that bad! I really like this workout because you can take as long as you need to complete the workout in one
sitting. Of course, each day you do the workout, you get a little stronger and you complete it a little quicker. It’s a great sense of accomplishment seeing your time used for each work out decrease! It’s a great full body workout and over time, it will definitely help increase your muscle endurance. You can find the workout here. Good luck and enjoy!

Friday Find: Book Recommendation

Grab your favourite beverage, most snuggly blanket, select a comfortable reading chair and then be prepared to force yourself to put the book down for bathroom breaks.

Mitch Albom, one of my favourite writers, didn’t disappoint with this novel The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.  I literally had to make myself put the book down at times, to make the read last longer, it was that good.

What is it about? I’m not going to tell you.  I want you to pick this book up without any idea what it is about, just like I did, and hopefully, like me once you are two paragraphs in you’ll think: this is going to be so good.

Enjoy, and send me your comments or thoughts on the book if you feel like sharing.


Friday “Feud”: Khloe & Amy

I thought I would post this Friday Find because I saw something in the news that really went along with our theme of “Where is the love, Where is the Line?” for this month. I am somewhat ashamed to say that I do watch TMZ every now and then, and follow celebrity news and watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Khloe Kardashian has always been my favourite, I’m not sure why, it might be because I find her the most “real”, and definitely the most funny. Unfortunately she has always been dubbed at the “fat” or “ugly” Kardashian sister, because she doesn’t look like the others.

Over the past year or so, Khloe has lost around 35 pounds. By no means was she ever overweight, or even unhealthy looking, in my personal opinion. But she didn’t look the kind of thin that Hollywood wants. So now, Khloe is 35 pounds lighter and looks great. Since I follow her on Instagram, I can see that she’s at the gym every flippin’ day (which is more than I can say for myself), and on a recent episode of KUWTK, she was saying how she can’t eat candy. Well, I feel her pain. I think we all know by now that there’s no magic trick for losing weight and getting healthy, you HAVE to eat healthy, cut out the crap food, and work out on a regular basis. Now I obviously I don’t know what Khloe Kardashian does every day, but she looks great and I think she looks healthy and is going about weight loss in the right way. Her Instagram pictures of her at the gym make me think that she really is just working her butt off to feel better about herself. I like that.

This past weekend comedian Amy Schumer (who I usually love so much!) did an SNL monologue and mentioned Khloe. She said that Khloe used to be the average girl’s idol/the most relatable Kardashian because she was “bigger”, and now that she’s lost weight she no longer is. Well, this got people talking. Including Khloe, who tweeted:

“No need 2 tear down others just 2 make urself feel bigger. It actually makes u quite small. I’m on a healthy journey. I don’t care 4the hate”

Once I saw all this online it made me think of the “where is the love” question. I mean, Khloe Kardashian looks great and she didn’t drop 35 pounds in 2 weeks, I don’t see her pimping out special detox teas, plastic surgery, or other crazy methods of weight loss. She has said she is on a healthy journey and loves how she looks now. Isn’t that the GOAL here people? To be healthy and love how you look? Especially for women and girls, when the standards of beauty are so high, this type of joke towards Khloe really upset me. Khloe has a realistic body, one that looks healthy and attainable (to me, at least) and it looks like she works really hard for it. I think that’s a good message for everyone. There’s no magic trick, you have to work hard and stay healthy, and you have to do it for you. I don’t think it’s fair for someone to judge or joke about someone else’s weight loss, especially someone who seems to be doing it the right way. I still feel that Khloe is relatable, and I admire the hard work and dedication she has put into her body. I relate more to her than other celebrities and I don’t feel like she is less of a role model, or less relatable now that she’s “skinny”. I know that a woman’s weight is a very private matter, and a very sensitive matter, and it’s hard for women to love their bodies.

I agree that we should all support each other and congratulate each other on reaching goals and being healthy, and most importantly, loving your body. I wish Amy wouldn’t have made that specific joke, especially because in her show and acts she plays a more relatable character and makes fun or challenges “gender roles” and “female stereotypes”. I wish she would have congratulated Khloe and shown women that we DO need to support each other instead of bring each other down. So I ask Amy Schumer, “Where is the love?”, and I want to tell Khloe, “You look awesome!”

Friday Find- August 28

Today’s Friday Find is a fun Twitter account: @_youhadonejob

Their profile picture exemplifies the *facepalm* spirit of the account, a poo
rly installed toilet lid/seat combo. With pictures of major fails  to goofy videos, there’s something here to give you a chuckle. Enjoy!

You Had One Job

Friday Find-August 21, 2015

With School just around the corner, it’s time to stop procrastinating, and start planning! This week’s Friday Find is taking us back to the beautiful land of Pinterest for this year’s back-to-school trends. From Bento Box lunches to funny tees, have a peek for some great ideas! Pinterest Back to School Trends

Friday Find: The Feed Your Baby Project

We received a message from one of our Facebook followers, Rachel Brencur, who is a newborn and family photographer based on Vineland. She wrote a great post on her blog about breast feeding and formula feeding, and how each mom and baby are different. Check out her blog post and the beautiful pictures that accompany it! Let’s remember to celebrate and accept each other and our differences!


Friday Find – Adult Colouring Book

I was chatting with my friend the other day and she told me that she had just ordered an adult colouring book for herself online. I asked her why she ordered an adult colouring book (I had recently heard about them online), and she said she was really stressed out and wanted to see if colouring would help relieve her stress.

I find myself stressed sometimes, and I do love art. I really enjoyed drawing and colouring as a child, and maybe it would help relax me too. Will I pay extra for a special “adult” colouring book? I don’t know. Check out this article on them, and tell me what you think!

Friday Find – Listerine Total Care Zero Mouthwash

Recommended by: Donna Shelton

If you are like me, and enjoy that incredible feeling you have just after you get your teeth cleaned and polished….(yes, I am one of those people that loves going to the dentist) here is a little something I recommend – Listerine Total Care Zero mouthwash (picture) – it is amazing, almost as good as a dentist visit.

On the subject of Dentists……I would also like to recommend – Linwell Park Dental Centre – Receptionist Angie, Dentist Dr. Goode, and Dental Hygienist Jennifer – totally awesome quality of service and really nice too!!

Friday Find – Time Machine

Yes, that’s right – my Friday Find this week is a time machine. A time machine named Frado’s Dining Lounge. I have passed Frado’s on many of my bike rides along the Welland Canal and always thought that I have to go there some time. Italian food right by the water – what more could you ask for, right?

It was not until this past Tuesday that I put the “should some time” into action, packed up my husband and made my way to Frado’s. It was the third Tuesday of the month and that means that you get live entertainment along with your Italian food, the Jimmy Marando Swing Band, an excellent group of Niagara musicians. I did not realize just how strange it is for somebody who is U30 or as it turns out anybody U60 to get excited for a night of live swing music. The big, charming room with windows overlooking the canal was packed with senior groups and couples – so much so that part of me wanted to back out of the room right then and there.

I did not realize just how strange it is for somebody who is U30 or as it turns out anybody U60 to get excited for a night of live swing music.

What happened next was worth the momentary awkwardness: As soon as the band started playing the first beats of “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, the dance floor was packed with couples dancing swing steps that could only possibly be so smooth and synchronized after years of dancing through life together. I am talking actual dance moves here – no shaking or wiggling, but instead gracious, light-footed dancing, following the sound of the music.

My grandparents always talked about going to “dances” and here I was – back in the 60s? 70s? at a real dance. I ended up having an unexpected, wonderful night of being brought back to a time when all you needed for a fun night out was some good live music and a dance partner.

It will be unlike anything you have ever experienced (unless you are… well, old) but you should definitely check it out! Third Tuesday of the month – I’ll see you in the time machine on August 18th!