What does pop culture tell us about yoga?

Yoga is super hyped up in a lot of ways; we see it touched on a lot in popular culture from TV and movies, to magazines and social media. Yoga classes are offered at practically any gym that offers classes. … Continue reading

Things to do in Whistler in the winter

Whistler-Blackcomb is my favourite ski resort – given that it is a world-class ski resort, obviously I am not alone. There is so much to do in the village, on the hill, and otherwise near by besides just skiing and … Continue reading

Jasper Wild by George Mercer

Jasper Wild if the third book in George Mercer’s Dyed in the Green. Our main protagonist, Ben Matthew’s, and his girlfriend, Kate, who are both park wardens, have transferred from Wood Buffalo to Jasper National Park. In Jasper there are … Continue reading

The Last Tudor – Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor is Philippa Gregory’s latest book published in 2017. Many of you will know who Jane Grey is; she was the granddaughter of Mary Tudor, one of Henry Tudor’s (King Henry VIII) sisters. Mary Tudor was queen of … Continue reading

Make up and skin care products that I like – January 2018

Purity by Philosophy’s 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes & micro-exfoliating daily facial wash This is the first time I’ve bothered trying to take things like cleaners and exfoliators seriously. Sort of… ok, I use them when I bother to … Continue reading

Favourite recipes of January 2018

Refried beans– the Pioneer Woman blog (source( I wanted to try refried beans after I saw a picture of it posted to Siobhan Carrol’s instagram, also known as the nerdy naturopath. I probably could have just bought the canned stuff, … Continue reading

TV shows set in Canada

Frontier Jason Momoa, we all know him right? Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones? The guy is a bad ass. In Frontier, he has taken up the role of Declan Harp, a Cree-Irish fur trader operating in 1700’s Canada, who’s made … Continue reading

The Hamilton Affair ~ Elizabeth Cobbs

The Hamilton Affair is a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Cobbs (P.S. she’s a historian). I managed to snag it while it was on sale and it was a rather pleasant read. My American history is kind of shoddy; … Continue reading

Gut by Guilia Enders

You are what you eat. Or at least your insides… and your outsides… are influenced. You should probably read Gut and find out for yourself. Our overall gut health really is super underrated from everything I learned in the course … Continue reading

Feminism and popular culture by Andi Zeisler 

I totally forget how I learned about Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler; I listen to a lot of podcasts and ingest other forms are media that are feminist inclined. In any case, Feminism and Pop Culture was a … Continue reading

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi is a book I learned about from the Harry Potter Alliance. The HPA hosts a book club and this was one of their recent books. The books is about the titular characters, Rishi and Dimple, who’s … Continue reading

Girl in the Woods: Aspen Matis 

On her second day of college, Aspen Matis was raped. Traumatized and unable to realize justice because the college let the guy get away with it, she struggled her way through her first year of college, depressed, isolated, ashamed. She … Continue reading

Dyed in the Green by George Mercer

Dyed in the Green is a mystery novel written by Canadian author and (former) park ranger, George Mercer, who turned to writing mysteries set in Canada’s national parks. The book was published in 2014 or so and George Mercer has … Continue reading

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen by Philipa Gregory follows Elizabeth Woodville who married King Edward Let me just say right off the bat that this book is situated during the last chunk of the War of the Roses. You practically need a … Continue reading

Christmas gift ideas for the Harry Potter fan in your life

1. Hogwarts house themed spatulas by Williams Sonoma Hufflepuff ~ Ravenclaw~ Gryffindor ~ Slytherin 2. Or how about one of these Hogwarts aprons from Williams Sonoma 3. The Hogwarts Library box set books Conveniently purchased at Chapters in Canada. Featuring: … Continue reading

How is Game of Thrones similar to the real life War of the Roses?

This video focuses on the how the War of the Roses, which is supposedly the inspiration for some of the conflict we see in the Game of Thrones. This isn’t the first time I have heard this claim. So, ok, … Continue reading

Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices 2 by Cassandra Clare 

Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Can I skip the summary? Yes, I suppose, since it’s my blog. Here is a summary if you want to know what the book is … Continue reading

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Shoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies is Shoda Belleza’s first young adult novel told from the POV of Aly and Rhee. Around 10 years before, Rhee’s family was killed. It was a spacecraft “accident” that someone arranged to get her family out … Continue reading

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

“Every loss is unprecedented. You can’t ever know someone else’s hurt, not really — just like touching someone else’s body isn’t the same as having someone else’s body.” ~ somewhere in the book (yeah, I Googled the quote and THEY … Continue reading

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher 

 Carrie Fisher, who famously portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, is also an addict, lived with mental illness, a novelist, a mother, a daughter, and a performer (that’s a way of saying public speaker or comic if it’s … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead is the third book in the Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. It was just released on October 3, 2017, so it is brand new.  What happened? Loki escaped from his … Continue reading

“Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teaching about Biblical women” by Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti

Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning teachings about Biblical women by Dr. Paula Trimble Familetti was a very interesting read in my opinion. I got the title from Our Shared Bookshelf,  which is Emma Watson’s book club (Our Shared Bookshelf) — … Continue reading

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House by Ami McKay was recommended to me at a local bookstore. I can’t remember what the conversation was, but I think the extent of it was “historical fiction” “female protagonist” “thanks”. It was an amazing read and … Continue reading

It Ended Badly: 13 historical relationships 

To say your last relationship ended badly could easily be the biggest truth of life, I mean, I don’t know you so… But let’s talk about a book with some historically awful breakups. Some of these historical relationships ended so terribly … Continue reading

I AM MALALA: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala is a book I read a while ago that I decided I would like to revisit. For those of you who do not know, Malala Yousafzai is possibly one of the most amazing girls around. Malala’s father … Continue reading

#WithoutHermione: Support Education for Girls

In Harry Potter, what would have happened if Hermione couldn’t have gone to Hogwarts because she was a girl? Think about it. She was the super-intelligent bookworm who Ron and Harry turned to when they needed to understand something, whether … Continue reading

There’s a problem with unpaid internships. Let’s talk…

Unpaid internships are pretty contentious. Are they good… bad… somewhere in between? Even after my experience, I feel like I fall into the “somewhere in between” category. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly  A lot of good companies need some … Continue reading

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is so significant and relevant to current issues that are being faced in the United States and around the world right now. In The Hate … Continue reading

Why you should take the Indigenous Canada course offered by UofA on Cousera

Indigenous Canada is being offered every few weeks on Courersa through out the fall. It was developed by people who work in the Indigenous studies department at the University of Alberta. I’ve recently finished the course and I loved it; … Continue reading

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

The Song of Achilles was such an amazing novel. I went in knowing very little – only that it was the story of Patroclus and Achilles told from Patroclus’ point of view. The book begins with Patroclus witnessing the Greek kings signing … Continue reading

The Trials of Apollo: Dark Prophecy (book 2) by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy is the second book in one of Rick Riordan’s newest series, in which the god, Apollo, is cast down to earth as a mortal teenager as punishment for his indiscretions. Naturally, he experiences … Continue reading

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies Choir is a historical fiction novel by Jennifer Ryan. Set toward the beginning of the war, the women in the community of Chilbury are devastated that their choir is being shut down due to all the men … Continue reading

Playing Video Games If You Aren’t Good At Them….

Video games are actually pretty fun. Except for when you are rubbish at them because you don’t know how to play them very well, then it is just an exercise in patience and not throwing a controller at your screen. … Continue reading

“Hunting Girls: Sexual violence from The Hunger Games to campus rape” by Kelly Oliver

Hunting Girls; Sexual violence from The Hunger Games to campus rape by Kelly Oliver is a book that discusses the relationship between the sexual between of campus rapes and popular culture phenomenons such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. … Continue reading

Being Jazz by Jazz Jenning

Being Jazz was an amazing follow up read after The Harry Potter Alliance did Protego in the summer of 2016. Protego our campaign to promote trans rights and equality (you can Google it!). I think I might have heard about … Continue reading

Waiting for First Light: My ongoing battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire 

For those of you who don’t know, Roméo Dallaire is a Canadian who served in the army for a long time and was the commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994. He also served … Continue reading

Sorry Not Sorry; Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is one of the actresses from Glee – she was Santana Lopez in the show. And now she’s written Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, mistakes, and growing up, a memoir of moments in her life up to this point.  … Continue reading

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory  is about a woman named Jacquetta. She’s somone I’ve never heard of before I read the book. Jaquetta is a predecessor to most of the women centred around the Tudor era that … Continue reading