#podcastofthemonth - The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

I listen to episodes of the The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes over the years and for month of Septemner I listen to the show daily and I have yet to find an episode I don’t enjoy. The episodes cover anything from finance to health I always have a new skill to add to my life.

"Lewis Howes is a New York Times best-selling author, 2x All-American athlete, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life."

What podcast are you listening to next?

#bookofthemonth - Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

I have yet to meet abook by Colleen Hoover that I didnt love. I generaslly dont preorder books but I did this one and it was so good. It was so hard to put down, I found I was bargening with myself to read more.. like clean your kitchen and you get to read 30 more pages. It was emotional and written so well, I hiughly reccomend it.

"After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing."

#podcastofthemonth - She's All Fat: A Fat Positive Podcast

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The podcast for fat positivity, radical self-love, and postive vibes. I actully went to the beginign and started listening to all the episodes. This podcast feels like a postive space for everyone who might not fit in. The show and episodes are so funny, healing and leave you feeling hopeful.

"The podcast for fat positivity, radical self-love, and chill vibes ONLY. Join Sophie and your fat faves talk about current events, popular culture, and the intersections between fatness and feminism."

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#bookofthemonth - Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Okay, so I did something stupid - read this book out of order. I was like 50 - 100 pages in thinking to myself "What am I missing?". So I went back read the first book and both were so good. The Dark Star Trilogy will unravel the tale of eight mercenaries hired to locate a missing boy; nine years later, the boy is dead and only three mercenaries remain, locked in the dungeon of a dying king awaiting trial for the boy’s death. Each book will take on one perspective—the Tracker, the Moon Witch, and the Boy—and reveal, Rashomon-style, what the previous books got right and wrong about the story.

"In Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sogolon the Moon Witch proved a worthy adversary to Tracker as they clashed across a mythical African landscape in search of a mysterious boy who disappeared. In Moon Witch, Spider King, Sogolon takes center stage and gives her own account of what happened to the boy, and how she plotted and fought, triumphed and failed as she looked for him. It’s also the story of a century-long feud—seen through the eyes of a 177-year-old witch—that Sogolon had with the Aesi, chancellor to the king. It is said that Aesi works so closely with the king that together they are like the eight limbs of one spider. Aesi’s power is considerable—and deadly. It takes brains and courage to challenge him, which Sogolon does for reasons of her own.
Both a brilliant narrative device—seeing the story told in Black Leopard, Red Wolf from the perspective of an adversary and a woman—as well as a fascinating battle between different versions of empire, Moon Witch, Spider King delves into Sogolon’s world as she fights to tell her own story. Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man, it is a fascinating novel that explores power, personality, and the places where they overlap."

#podcastofthemonth - Already Friends

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Already friends podcast was reccomended on TikTok a lot and I ended up loving it. The episodes feels just like hanging out with some friends and makes my commutes so much more enjoyable. Listening to this podcast is grounding and hopeful.

"Listen along as besties-turned-co-hosts Allison and Ceara keep it real about their relationships, life after college, their careers, and whether or not they’ve already peaked in life (probably). New episodes every Friday, so sit back and relax, because we’re already friends here."

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Coconut 3 Ways For A Refreshing Meal

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

National Coconut Day was only a few days ago, on June 26. So, it seems fair to prepare an entire meal to celebrate coconut and raise awareness about its goodness!

Coconut meat has a relatively low amount of carbs and protein. However, it's rich in minerals such as manganese and copper. Copper supports bone and heart health, making it an essential mineral for everyday wellbeing. On the other hand, manganese plays an active role in fat metabolism and enzyme function. 

But that's not all! There's more to coconuts than meets the eye. Coconut meat is high in fibre, covering over 20% of the daily value within only a cup of shredded meat. Its fibre content helps support a healthy digestive process, especially as 97% of Canadians do not get the recommended amount of fibre in their diets. 

Coconut is also a useful ally if you are trying to shed some weight as it promotes fullness, calorie burning and fat burning. 

For individuals who are worried about blood sugar or are in pre-diabetes stages, consuming coconut meat can help regulate blood sugar and lower it naturally. 

Finally, coconuts are full of healthy fat, boosting HDL cholesterol (that's the good. cholesterol) and, therefore, improving your health. Regular consumption of coconut meat may even reduce the risks of heart disease linked to cholesterol. 

So there are plenty of good reasons to dedicate a dinner to the goodness of coconuts!

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A coconutty drink

Why not kick start the dinner with a creamy, delicious, tropical drink bursting with fresh coconut flavours? If you are looking for inspiration, you can pair coconut with rum, vodka, or tequila. You can go with classic cocktails, such as the refreshing piƱa colada, mixing white rum with a can of coconut and pineapple juice. But, if you are feeling adventurous, you can add a coconutty spin on a cocktail such as a margarita or a martini. 

Coconut sweetness with spices

There's a reason why Indian and Asian recipes love coconut. You can rely on the rich creaminess of the coconut to take off the heat of the spices, such as in this khao soi noodle soup. The curry paste can feel spicy for those who are not familiar with its flavour. But the recipe uses coconut milk to create a mellow and flavourful broth, removing the worse of the heat to leave only the lovely flavour buildups from the curry soup. 

A moist and sweet slice of coconut square

Nothing like a sweet coconut treat to finish a meal! These delicious coconut squares are gooey, tantalizingly sweet, and refreshing thanks to the combination of lemon peel and coconut meat. It's the perfect sweet pick-me-up without all the dangers of processed sugar and snacks. They are super easy to make, only take a half an hour to prepare. You can whisk a yummy dessert that will bring a satisfying end note to your meal. Bonus point: You might even have enough squares left to enjoy the next day too!

Are you ready for an unforgettable coconut meal? The fresh taste of coconut meat makes it an ideal choice for a supper dinner that will wow your guests... or just to enjoy by yourself! Why share when it's so delicious?

#bookofthemonth - Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I know you guys are thinking "if this chick reccomends one more romnance /chick lit" but I cant help it, they follow me home from the book store. Its light, happy and hopeful - it bring up points about anxiety, depression and the lead charater is gold.

"Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies??"