Mt. Galwey and a Scrambling Accident


According to mywaterton.ca, Mt. Galwey in Waterton Lake National Park is “the easiest difficult hike in Waterton Park.” I’m not an experienced scrambler and I found it easy but very precarious at the same time. It didn’t help that there was a bit of slippery, mushy snow at the top when the climbing is the most tough. I’ll get to…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #17 – Art


Looking for an alternative way to reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions, and reduce the likelihood of depression? Look to the arts! Making art (painting, sculpting, writing, etc.) offers many mental and physical health benefits. Mental health benefits include; stress relief, more positive emotions, release of hidden emotions, improved creativity. Art has been shown to help dementia patients, it…

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Visiting Fargo for NDSU Graduation


Holy Cow- I survived our trip to Fargo, North Dakota! First off- Google Maps said it was a 13 hour drive- it was 15! That is a long and exhausting drive but it did have a pleasant surprise. After 11 hours of rolling hills and farmland out of nowhere popped the lovely Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I had…

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4 Ways & Products to Be Trail Ready


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. I recently came back from my first hike of the year sunburnt and with sore feet. Whoops! Time to get ready for summer hiking. Prevent Blisters I’ve been fortunate to not deal with too many blisters but on a…

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Friday Fitness- Losing Your Car Keys


Happy Friday everyone! This is going to be a short post because Ryan and I have to take off for North Dakota for Ben’s graduation soon. That’s right Fargo- the Tynan’s are descending upon you- mwuah ha ha ha! I love going to new places and though Fargo doesn’t sound overly exciting, at least it’s new! THANK YOU to all…

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Superfood for the Skin


Algae on your face? Who would have thought that slimy green stuff that comes from the ocean would become the next super food supplement and a moisturizing lotion ingredient? Crazy, yet it is actually making a splash among consumers! Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion (by New Brunswick-based Blugenics Innovations) contains phytoplankton– also known as microalgae – which is packed with antioxidants, vitamins,…

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Moving Meditation- Hike to Bertha Falls


I had the best day ever last Friday while my poor dogs had the worst day ever. It was finally time to be a responsible dog owner and get them neutered with some of my summer student loan money. I had to drop them off at the Foothills Vet Clinic in Cardston at 8 a.m. and couldn’t get them until…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #16 – Active Commuting


May! Warm weather and sunny days at last. Why not take advantage of the great weather and bike or walk to work? In a Statistics Canada 2011 survey on commuting they found only 5.7% of commuters walk and 1.3% cycle to work. It makes sense, who wants to bike or walk to work in -15C or in 100km/hr winds? But…

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Friday Fitness- Lifting Makes my Legs Heavy


This is a belated Friday Fitness that maybe I could have skipped but I want some advice from the distance runners out there. Ever since my practicum ended, I have been slaying in the workout department. When you spend six weeks getting up at 5 a.m. to get to work, it’s pretty easy to get up at 6:30 a.m. to…

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Spring Sippin’ – Sweet by Nature Herbal Water Enhancers


I know I’ve said this before on this blog but I am obsessed with iced tea in the spring and summer. I’m not a big pop or juice fan, but it’s so refreshing to drink a cold flavoured drink on a nice day. The only problem is that unless you get unsweetened, the tea you buy at the store is…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #15- Photography


It has been proven that creativity and art therapy are valuable tools for emotional wellness. Photography is one such tool that you can utilize without going to art school or being professionally trained. Modern technology provides easy-to-use options including a variety of automatic modes on point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs (single-lens reflex cameras), and camera phones. Now anyone can take photos…

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SLC Day 3- Hiking to a Frozen Donut Falls


My third and final day in SLC with the family over Easter weekend was amazing. It started off with me waking up to an Easter basket all my own that Bruce & Lauren bought for me (best hosts ever). It was really funny because Bruce hid Ben’s basket in the oven and then forgot it was there. He started to…

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It’s Spring Cleaning Time!


I’m a little behind schedule. Normally I dedicate Easter weekend to spring cleaning but this year I was having fun in Utah with my family instead.  I LOVE spring cleaning! It feels so good to air out my house, deep clean areas I’ve ignored all winter, and just start off the warm season feeling fresh. I’m getting more into it…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #14- Strength Training


Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone. Did you know that lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as you age? Strength training is an important part of preserving your muscle mass. Strength training may also help you: Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.…

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SLC Day 2- Utah State Capitol & Ensign Peak


For our second day of the long weekend, we decided to have a chill day and stick around Salt Lake City. After Liam’s nap we headed downtown to Bruce’s favourite Thai restaurant Sawadee. It’s become a family tradition to get Thai food here when we visit. I LOVE Thai and can’t get any decent stuff here in Lethbridge so I always…

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SLC Day 1- Homestead Crater & Midway Memorial Hill


I fall more in love with the Salt Lake City area with every visit. What other city is 20 minutes away from the mountains but has all the amenities of a city? It’s amazing! My little brother Ben and I headed down to SLC for a long Easter weekend. I was relaxing after a busy semester and Ben needed a…

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