• Fun,  Self Care

    Suck it, Universe!

    OK, Universe. I give up. You win. You and your wily ways. The way you sneak right in there and turn everything upside down. I could throw a boatload of expletives in here to really drive the point home, but the bottom line is that we are well past the ‘bad luck comes in threes’ adage. We are well into the ‘bad luck comes in dozens’ stage. And it’s not just the recent stuff. Stuff like, oh, I dunno, our CAR died. A loud, exhaust-filled, jolting death. Then our treadmill literally caved in under our feet. And now our dryer is rumbling and the A/C is clicking. And not in…

  • Lifestyle,  Self Care,  Social

    Giveaway: Surprise your Valentine with a Gift from The Green Door Day Spa {Giveaway Now Closed}

    **Contest now closed** Last fall I shared my wonderful experience of a day of pampering at The Green Door Day Spa, in Aurora. In fact, I am feeling due for a return visit! Well, with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have a wonderful little giveaway for my York Region readers! Who among you wouldn’t like a little spa treatment of your own to help recharge and reinvigorate you? To get you through the winter doldrums? Or perhaps there is someone special in your life that deserves a little pampering? Well, thanks to Sharon Mumford, co-owner and Hair…

  • Lifestyle,  Self Care

    Thirty-nine: The Year of Change

    So, I turned thirty-nine last Sunday. No biggie. In fact, a few people thought I was the big ‘four-oh’. Sorry to disappoint, but, alas, I still have one more year before joining the ranks of the ’40 is the new 30′ Club. Having a January birthday is a little like a rebirth every year. Everyone is all gung-ho about new year’s resolutions and making all kinds of promises to themselves. I’ve always been hesitant to put down resolutions for fear of not following through and therefore failing. With already so much pressure to ‘be this’, ‘look that way’ and ‘do that’ I decided I’m just going to bi-pass it all…

  • Fashion,  Self Care

    A Good Deal of Pampering at Aurora’s The Green Door Day Spa

    I heart a good deal.  I also heart a little pampering.  So when you combine the two, it’s a match made in a tired mama’s heaven.  Months ago my husband gifted me with a Living Social coupon for a day of pampering at Wellington Studio Salon and Spa, in Aurora; a salon I have driven past but never frequented. Now, before I continue, I should mention that I am a die-hard Aveda kinda gal and, while I am not committed to one place, I do have my go-to hair guy.  I should also mention that I rarely get out for salon treatments (especially after a pedi gone wrong) and I…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  Self Care

    Running is the New Black

    I ran a race on Sunday. It was for charity:  the Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals Run, to be precise. But mostly, it was for me. It was my first race.  And I ran it.  ALL.  Aaaand, I didn’t even come in last! Running seems to be de rigueur these days.  Everywhere I look, I’ve got friends from coast to coast, continent to continent racing, as it were.  These people are doing 1Ks, 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and half-marathons.  They’re doing triathlons and IronMans.  They’re out there.  Talking about it.  Tweeting about it.  Training for it.  DOING it.  So I guess it was only a matter of time before I felt…