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Out on the Open Pathway

Dad and I went for a walk the other day! It was super fun!
We always go when the little human is in his chair eating. I never know if I want to stay and clean up the yummy mess he throws on the ground, or go for a walk with dad when he’s holding his leash by the door! Usually the leash wins, but I always make sure I get a quick nibble from the droppings and bring them with us for a snack.

I don’t know why he sometimes leaves the house without me. Every day it seems. He leaves and forgets to bring me along….Doesn’t he know that I’m there to protect him and make sure nothing bad happens….

The other day when I was walking him around my neighbourhood there was a bird! And its a good thing he didn’t forget to bring me this time! I can say with confidence, if I was not there to tell that bird off, odds are that dad wouldn’t of made it back.

It landed so close to us on the wooden wall. It was eyeing dad up. Planning how to pick him up and take off, leaving me and the family alone forever. “But if dads gone, who’s going to feed me!”…So I did what any dog in my position would do…I ATTACKED! Unfortunately the fiend got away…this time.

Its A Strange Old World: Bizzare News You May Have Missed

A man from Minnesota has been awarded the world record for the tallest-ever mohawk, standing at 3.5 feet tall. Joseph Grisamore spent seven years growing his mammoth hairdo.

Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama, North Carolina, won $2 million on the Powerball … after buying a ticket for the wrong draw! Shocked, Johnson hadn’t noticed the mistake until receiving a message the following week informing her of her success.

A young girl in Thailand has been performing weekly piano concerts for lemurs in a zoo, all while dressed as an alligator. Seenlada Supat began her bizarre but heartwarming pursuit to keep the animals company during a drop in visitor numbers this year.

Irish Twitter users have been sharing hilarious memes comparing Matt LeBlanc in the Friends reunion to a typical Irish uncle. Memes include a cheerful-looking LeBlanc enjoying a folk music session and inspecting cows at a cattle market.

Recycle Your Old Clothes into New Pieces in Just 24 Hours!
With the planet in an environmental crisis from the overuse of resources and accumulation of nonbiodegradable waste, many are turning to the more sustainable option of “upcycling” in their everyday lives.
Over the past few decades, we’ve become increasingly used to consumerism and the ability to “buy a new one” whenever something breaks. Whether it’s a phone built to be out of date as soon as the next model’s out the following year or buying new kitchen knives rather than sharpening our current ones, it’s easy to forget that there are many resources becoming available to us thanks to a bit of creativity and dedication to sustainability.
Thankfully, an innovative new machine called Looop is helping people recycle old clothes into brand-new ones in a matter of hours, eliminating the need for new materials to be produced or used materials to end up in landfills. Created by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, the machine deep cleans and shreds old garments dropped off by customers, eventually spinning and knitting the resulting fabric into completely new items chosen via an app. No chemicals or water are used in the process, and a whole range of products can be produced, from shirts and sweaters to socks and baby blankets.
The possibilities afforded by Looop demonstrate an exciting potential step towards a sustainable clothing industry, and although there is currently only one machine (situated in an H&M store in Stockholm), the technology has real potential to be applied en masse in the future.


Very impressed with Dr. Tanti and the team at the Capilano Chiropractic Clinic. Dr. Tanti took the the time to understand my concerns and set me up for success after just a few visits. “

Mr. Carroll


Worth Quoting

This month, some famous quotes on self-care:

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

Oprah Winfrey

Our bodies are our garden to which our wills are gardeners.

William Shakespeare

Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.

Brené Brown

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.

Robert Wyland



How To Feel Like You’re On Vacation In Your Everyday Life

With many of us unable to get away on our normal vacations this year, it’s easy to feel like we’re missing out on some much-needed soul soothing. 

But why stop yourself from creating that vacation feeling in your everyday life?

Block out days for yourself in advance to specifically have a slow morning, spend time outside, go on an adventure, see friends and not worry about that shelf you were meaning to put up or that room you were going to paint. 

While it’s a concept alien to many, actively banning yourself from being “productive” for a day here or there can work wonders for your mental health if planned and done at the right time.

Afford yourself the freedom to care a little less about your appearance and appreciate the liberation of loose clothing. 

One of the joys of a vacation is that we stop worrying about how smart we look for a few weeks, swapping out proper shoes for flip-flops, busting out the sun dress and not bothering with makeup routines.
Get to the water! Whether it’s reading by the river, riding a pedal boat on a lake in the park, swimming in the sea or just setting up a paddling pool in your backyard, everything seems slightly more calming when you’re near water. See if you can make a conscious effort to fit a water-based activity into some of your days off this year.
Eat some exciting food you wouldn’t normally try! A huge part of our time away revolves around the exciting food we eat. Obviously, part of that comes from someone else cooking it, but trying something different that looks and tastes beautiful can be hugely rewarding.

Did You Know There Is A. Link Between Clutter And Depression?

It often doesn’t take much to realize a cluttered space can affect how we feel when we’re in and amongst it, but researchers at UCLA have confirmed a scientific link between clutter and depression.

In a study of 32 Californian households, UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families discovered a number of insights into the relationships between the objects around the home and the mental health of the families living in them. The results have been published in a book titled Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, a fascinating look at how the space in middle-class American homes is used. 

Amongst the most enlightening discoveries is the fact that cortisol, the hormone associated with stress and present in most animal species, is noticeably higher in women who have a large number of objects around the house. 

While it’s a useful hormone to have in certain situations (without it we would feel no natural caution when doing things such as crossing a busy road, standing next to a steep drop or during other life-or-death situations), a buildup of this hormone in non-dangerous situations causes us to feel anxious, fearful and unhappy when there is no reason to be. Interestingly, the cortisol level in men stays relatively steady in a 

cluttered environment, so it’s easy to see why tension between partners could be more likely to boil over when there are differences of opinion on a household’s clutter.

If you feel your house could do with a declutter, one useful option is the sealed-box technique. This involves placing a number of items you don’t use or don’t feel particularly attached to into a box and storing it away for a while. After a decent amount of time has passed, if you still haven’t opened the box or missed the items in it, simply leave it closed and donate them to charity. You’ll rest assured knowing you’ve made some space and pleased someone else!

The Best On The Web This Month

What’s the Best Way to Use and Clean Your Cookware?


If your kitchen cupboards contain a varied assortment of different types of pots, pans, baking trays and cake tins, it can be a real effort remembering what works best for which type of cooking and the best practice for getting them sparkling clean afterwards. Luckily, this article delves into the science behind the different materials our cookware is made from and the dos and don’ts of cleaning them afterwards. 


7 Cocktails Inspired by Our Favorite TV Shows

Chloe Williams – Brit + Co

Chloe Williams at Brit + Co has come up with the perfect way to complement the thrilling experience of a great TV drama: 7 cocktails inspired by some of the best shows out there right now. From The Crown-inspired “Royal Dog” to “Polly’s Lament,” based on Peaky Blinders, have a read to get some inspiration for a tasty beverage the next time you open Netflix. 



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