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Have I ever told you that autumn is my absolute most favouritest season in the entire world? No? Really?! Huh… Well, it is and so I’m obviously ecstatic that it is officially Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere (sucks to be you, Southern Hemisphere… You and your “Spring” and the gorgeous flowers and such… )! I love everything about the fall: the long sleeved shirts with hats, scarves and wrist warmers, the chilly mornings, the colours, the holidays, the long walks around the neighbourhood, the anticipation of six months of cold winter days, good excuses to cuddle up with special people (and pets) on the couch watching movies. Is it any wonder why I wanted to get married this time of year?

I celebrated the Autumn Equinox in style, out north of Toronto at my soon-to-be father-in-law’s cottage with my two bestest and oldest friends who threw me a totally cool and laid-back bachelorette party. The three of us, wine, good food, yoga and boat loads of laughter (not exactly in that order), what more could a women ask for?

I hope you enjoy your Autumn for all that it brings. There’s a feeling of aliveness in Autumn, almost as if it’s in the knowing that the death of a season makes us feel more alive and appreciative of the outdoors before we head inside for months, awaiting Springtime. So go out there and be alive! Drink in the air, the colours, the feelings and bittersweetness that’s all around this time of year.


 

Cool (Mostly Health Related) Stuff I Found This Week

Fitness

If you’re looking to get some hot, lean legs, check out this lower body HIIT workout from Fitness Blender! It’s 30 minutes of leggy goodness!

Are you a bride-to-be with no time to hit the gym? Working out at home is not only cheaper, it’s also a surefire excuse buster! You don’t need any fancy equipment, just some floor space and a few DVDs to keep you from getting bored. Here are the 10 best fitness DVDs for brides according to brides.com (note: not a single one of the DVDs I did is on there!).

This video will either crush you or inspire you! Push-ups are not my strong-point so this dude doing a handstand push-up with ONE ARM in a 90-degree position almost made me spit out my coffee!

Want to try a yoga class but don’t want to go in unprepared? Take a look at these popular standing poses and try them at home (warrior 3 is my fav)!

Recipes/Nutrition

Need to eat more greens? Get yer green on with these healthy green meals and watch your energy blow through the roof!

Curious to know which foods have the most of which vitamins? Here’s your food sources for vitamin’s A through E! Neat!

Looking for a wee treat to satisfy that sweet tooth? Try this cranberry chai baked oatmeal! It’s sweet AND healthy! The perfect combo!

Need a quick dish for your next potluck? Through together this quick summer chicken salad and call it a day!

Bored of your daily smoothie? Get a boatload of ideas from this awesome smoothie selector from Mens Health Magazine!

General Health

Wow. Here’s an eye-opener, did you know that women spend 17 years of their life dieting? Ladies, diets don’t work!!! Stop wasting your life thinking there’s a magic pill and start making small but permanent health changes, you can still eat what you love AND lose weight! Doesn’t that sound more appealing than pre-packaged meals or starving yourself?!

How To Be Your Awesome Self

Do you wake up in the morning and just throw the covers back over your head hoping to God that the day will go away? If so, well, I think you have some issues but I did find a really cool article about how to wake up every morning on top of the world! Truthfully, if you do start your day the way they suggest, I can almost guarantee you’ll be throwing back those covers!

I love this one! If you want to get all the goodness out of self-help books without having to spend the time actually reading them, here’s a rundown of them as, essentially, 90% of all self help books say the same thing!

I always tell clients to physically write down their goals. Why? Because you connect your thoughts to your words when you hand write something (and therefore remember it better). Don’t believe me? Guess what? Research proves it (and here you thought I was just another pretty face)! Here’s why you learn more effectively by writing than typing.

For The Casa

Now I know that dishwashers are God’s gift to us but, sadly, not everything can go in there. I know, it’s a shame, but we don’t want to waste our money by destroying perfectly good cookware by throwing it in the dishwasher either. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t put in the dishwasher!

Funny S**t

This made me burst out laughing, it’s what happened when this persons fish died when they weren’t home!

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