The past year and a half since my 5-month-old nephew was killed when his house was set on fire has been the most difficult I’ve experienced.
Before this, I’d only grieved loved ones who had died from natural causes. The journey of grief is long and difficult. Time helps a bit, of course, but you never know what will trigger a memory, and that pang of emptiness springs up again.
But with Hunter’s death, there’s the whole other side. The criminal injustice side. When 2 individuals were arrested shortly after the fire, there was a sense of relief. Something would be done. Then, charges were dropped. More charges were dropped. Then we were told that the remaining charges against this one individual would likely result in very little jail time, and a few years of probation. The only voice we had was through our Victim Impact Statements, which we waited to read in court. 3 times, the court hearing was postponed from the original date set in July until we finally read them in court in December. This sentencing hearing did not result in a sentence as the judge wanted more time to deliberate, so the outcome wasn’t decided upon until a few days ago.
SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton is self-described as “diverse and daring”. When you visit the festival be prepared to be immersed in powerful, beautiful, engaging performances, exhibits and workshops in Theatre, Poetry, Spoken Word, Design, Art, Dance, Cabaret, Music, Comedy, Yoga, and more.
We have taken in their 2017 & 2018 MainStage Productions. In 2018, The Romeo Initiative, written by Trina Davies was half romantic comedy, half spy thriller, and all entertainment.
Last week I got excited. I was thinking about my health, and honestly, I tried on a pair of jeans that fit nicely not two months ago. They now wouldn’t go over my hips. This wasn’t a matter of washing machine shrinkage and the timing of New Years was purely coincidence – promise. It had more to do with the brie and crackers I was consuming, pretty much daily.
Something had to give and unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be my jeans.
Adapted from a recipe on My Fitness Pal
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- salt & pepper
- Other spices to taste – I used onion powder for example, but you can use real onions too!
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese – your choice what kind
- 1-1 1/2 cups of chopped turkey
- 2 cups egg whites
Self-care during the holiday season is almost impossible with all the things on our to-do lists. But, getting run down over Christmas is a very real risk if you don’t carve out a little time for yourself. Relaxation has never been easier with an at home massage with Mobile Massage YEG!
Here’s why we LOVED having an at home massage by Mobile Massage YEG
In the Words of Dr. Harvey Karp “Your babies nine months – or three trimesters – inside you is a time of unbelievable complex development. Never less, it takes a baby an additional three months to “wake up” and become active partners in the relationship. This time between birth and the end of your baby’s third month is what I call your baby’s fourth trimester.”
Congrats mama on your new baby and welcome to the 4th trimester! It has always been so amazing to me how in a matter of minutes a new person is welcomed into the world. That moment when you see their face for the first time really tops the cake for experiences you will go through in your lifetime. The newborn smell… ahhhh, nothing better! I am excited to welcome you into the world of motherhood as a first-time mama or a mama of more!
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Can’t give up some bad habits? Do you love a sneaky soda or do you get the tub of ice-cream out for just two (six) scoops? Well what if you could still enjoy them? You just have to be a little inventive and make some small changes.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start it off the right way.