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Yurting It Up In Dartmouth

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My daughter and I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary for a holiday this summer.  I've been working and doing a lot of school work lately, so some mother/daughter time was needed.  We are fortunate that Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia, are within driving distance, so we took off on a mini-vacay!



I like to camp, but I don't like all of the "lugging" involved in camping (tents, tarps, etc), so we decided to try something a little different.  I found Shubie Campground (visit their website here: http://shubiecampground.com/).  Shubie Campground has campsites available for those interested in tenting or bringing a trailer, but what we found that intrigued us was the yurt available on site - so as my daughter put it, we decided to "yurt it up".  It should be noted that there is only one yurt available, so be sure you book early if you are interested!



Shubie Campground is connected to Shubie Park, which has a fabulous trail system, more on that…

We Do Our Best

I was judged yesterday. I'm sure there are things daily that people silently judge me about, but this was a verbal judgement, to my face.  It was one of those moments that caught me off guard.

"Don't you think it's kind of selfish for you to be spending time going to school and not with your daughter?"


What a kid. A post shared by Katie (@katie_nb) on Jul 28, 2018 at 12:14pm PDT
Selfish?  I had never really thought about it that way, no.

In 2013, I made the decision to go back to school.  After some not so great advice, I decided to get a "business certificate", which involved taking some basic business courses (accounting, finance, economics, etc).  I had made this decision after my husband decided to go in to business for himself, and I found myself in the role of human resources/payroll administrator/book keeper, etc.  I figured these courses would give me the basic knowledge I would need to help my husband in his business.

When I was about a year in…

Mental Health Awareness

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With a few high profile suicides this week, I felt compelled to lend my voice to the mental health discussion.  I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or mental health professional, so I will not go too in depth.  The idea behind this post is simply to keep the discussion going.



One thing that seems to happen any time there is a celebrity suicide is that we see a number of posts of shock: "I had no idea", "they seemed so happy", "I can't believe it!".  It emphasizes the point that we don't always know what's happening with people beyond their "public face". 

It is undeniable that depression, anxiety and many other mental health issues are not restricted to certain professions, certain types of people, or any other social classification.  Mental health is something that affects all of us, and while more discussion is happening, we still have more work to do.  Please keep this discussion going. 

If you are battling depression…

7 Tips to Making Travel Easier

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Travel is honestly one of my favourite topics of conversation.  I'm sure that's not shocking to anyone that knows me and/or has read this blog.  I've been asked before to share some of my tips and tricks for easy travel - here are some of my favourites.  Keep in mind that not all of these are ideal for every trip, so it depends on what kind of travel you're doing, but hopefully you find some good information.

1 - Store your passports somewhere that is easily accessible.... but not TOO easily accessible
This seems like a confusing tip, but here's what I mean.  Have you ever been in that moment of boarding and you're frantically searching your carry-ons for where you put the passports?  I've been there.  Those are stressful moments.  You don't want to leave your passports too easily accessible, as they can easily be taken from your bags, but you need them close by, how do you handle that?    I use a carry-on bag that has an inside zipper pocket.  I dedica…

Life is Hard

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The title of this post is hardly a revelation or "aha moment" as some call it.  In fact, many probably read the title of this post and thought "duh... no kidding... tell me something I don't know".  Touché.

I decided to write this post after doing some reminising as I scrolled through some pictures on my social media.  Most of my pictures are of things like beautiful sunsets, fun family vacations, selfies on a good hair day or after a workout, or pictures of school books.  All pretty positive stuff.  Makes sense, right?  Who wants to post pictures of dishes in the sink, the laundry that has piled up, a desk/diningroom table/coffee table after a long night of working, or what you look like mid "ugly cry" when your favourite character dies in the show you are binge watching (sidenote - character deaths affect me way too much... I need guarantees that no one will be killed off the shows I watch).  I digress....

What am I saying here?  What is the point …