5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health


Timing is such a funny thing. I recently had to take a course of antibiotics and I always try to keep the ‘good’ bacteria in my body going when taking antibiotics. I eat more almond yogurt with live bacterial cultures and drink a lot of kombucha. This time around, the timing couldn’t be better as a few days before I…

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The Amazing Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park


Glacier- you amaze me! Last year, Rachelle and I hiked to Iceberg Lake in Many Glacier, an area in East Glacier National Park. The lake was the most stunning alpine lake I had ever seen, and then today- Cracker Lake! We are so lucky to live so close to the mountains and days like today make me wish I could…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #20- Hiking


Readers know that this week’s way to stay well is one that is near and dear to my heart! As it is, I’m up early to hit the mountains with a girlfriend today! We here in Lethbridge are fortunate to have the coulee trail network within our city as well as the Rocky Mountains a mere 1.5 hours away from…

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Let’s Catch Up – 5 Things


Hello Readers! I have a rare and much needed day off today and I figured since my blogging has been slacking lately I would write a catch up post on what I’m doing and thinking. 1. Laser Focused/Need to Find Balance Anyone have advice on how to balance life with school/work? When it comes to school where I’m achieving a…

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2017 Banff Half Marathon Race Recap


The Banff Marathon took place in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and while I didn’t hit my goal, I’m happy to have finished it. You know how they say you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink? Well, you can put a sprinter into a distance run but you can’t make…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #19 – Gardening


In a world where healthy food is costly and we turn to take out to feed our families, gardening has been growing in popularity as a way to get outside, get active, and to grow organic foods in our own backyards or even terraces. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you…

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Friday Fitness- BuffBoxx Monthly Subscription Box


Hello guys and gals- next week is the Banff Half Marathon and I do NOT feel ready. But I’ll go out there and try my best. I’m ready to be done with distance running and switch my focus to shorter runs and weight lifting a little more anyway. I started to get back into a lifting routine but it was…

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7 Ideas for a Fabulous Outdoor Living Space


Every summer I fantasize about having a killer outdoor living space. A space I can drink coffee and write blogs in the morning, where Ryan and I can sit and chat with a glass of wine in the evenings while the dogs watch the goings-on on our street. We’re currently redoing the floor of our deck after my foot went…

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Friday Fitness- Low Motivation to Train


When I signed up for my first ever half marathon (Seawheeze) last year I was nervous but excited. When I told my sisters what I had done. Leilani laughed until she cried because I have always been really bad at distance running, especially sticking to a training program. I have done several road races and triathlons where I signed up…

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Saving my face with all the Oils!


Just a heads up- this is NOT a sponsored post in any way. These are all the oils I’ve been using on a regular basis that I bought on Amazon with my own money. I have been distressed about the state of my skin all winter. Stress combined with a dry and frigid environment made my skin so dull, dry…

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#Takeahike Through Blakiston Valley


Hiking season is here at last and I’ve been collecting hiking buddies over the winter! Over the weekend, a crew of us (including Ryan!) headed out to Waterton Lakes National Park for a group adventure. Originally, we planned on going up Red Rock Canyon but the spring runoff had the stream so high we couldn’t walk along it, we would…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #18 – Volunteering


You often hear about the benefits of volunteering. Besides the benefit to your community and worthy organizations, it helps you feel more socially connected and helping increase happiness. Studies are showing that people who donate their time see improved physical health, including lower blood pressure and a longer life. Other benefits include: Volunteering time makes you feel like you have…

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Springing into Health with Sisu


This spring and summer I am killing it when it comes to my health! I’m doing everything I can to feel good from the inside out and you can too! Here are a few ways I’m currently (or planning) to improve my health this summer. Morning Workouts Longtime readers know I cannot get up early enough to do workouts- most…

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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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