hey dads

Father’s day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate your favourite dads than giving them a plaid shirt from the Wear Plaid for Dads HBC campaign for Prostate Cancer Cancer.

I love this campaign. Probably because I love plaid. Who doesn’t? PlaidSHirtsWhen you purchase any of the 6 select Hudson North plaid sport shirts, $12 from each shirt will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. On Friday, June 17, Wear Plaid for Dad to help protect the 1 in 8 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Oh!!! And please think about signing up all the guys in your life for the 2016 Bare All For The Barre event. Registration is now open and we have been working really hard to make this the best year yet. If you don’t believe me when I say it is an awesome event for a great cause… ask one of the 100 guys who participated last year!B4B-Teasers_Warmup

To register, please go here. Fill in and submit the form. Make your registration payment and then we will send you a link for your personal fundraising page. The event will include great music, food and local beer. How can you say no?

psst. It’s my birthday so how can you not not register? 

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and that’s a wrap

Bare All for the Barre happened. It’s always good to debrief with one’s self after trying something new – in this case, it was joining a fundraising event committee.


I thought it’d be no big deal. I’d design a bit of their promo materials, sign Mike up and pat myself on the back for doing my part. What I didn’t expect was to get emotionally involved.

It seemed like an easy task : 100 men doing one barre class : for a good cause. With beer, tacos, a DJ and a free t-shirt added in, who wouldn’t be up for this? Turns out men are a tough crowd to convince. Recruitment consumed a lot of time for our small committee but now that the party is a wrap, I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.


What a spectacular night!

Thanks to everyone who came out and donated – especially my friends (even the ones I had to bribe) and a big shout out to all of the team, especially Elana and Kristin for bringing me on board.

See you next year!

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Photos: Taken from Facebook. Sorry, I don’t know who to give credit to but thanks.

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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And Jill sent me two podcasts to listen to. One which made me feel hella-guilty for all of my online shopping… but i’ve never bought paper towel online.

Radio Lab: Brown Box

And one that broke my heart – see my post about neighbourhood stalking here.

Radio Lab: The Living Room

Have a great weekend! Here are some more summer fun photos from last weekend’s adventure to Taylor Head Provincial Park.

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meet us at the barre

Hey guys… slow to post this week. Sorry. Speaking of guys, this one is for you!

Last weekend was the kick-off to the Bare All For The Barre event and since I am on the board, I feel the need to mention it here.

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Barre? Bare? What…

Barre is a worldwide fitness phenomenon that has its bases in Ballet, Pilates, Yoga and Strength-Conditioning. Barre is one of the fastest-growing activities in North America and with good reason – within an hour, you can strengthen, lengthen, tighten and tone all body parts in a non-impact and safe environment. 

Why Bare All? What started as a challenge to get local men to try an activity that they eschewed for trivial reasons became a more thoughtful and meaningful cause. Men generally do not talk about their health. By “baring it all” men will participate in a fitness activity which takes them out of their comfort zone, just as openly talking about their health does. 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. It is important to get screened regularly so that if you do develop prostate cancer, the appropriate action can be taken. Prostate Cancer Canada recommends that men in their 40s have a PSA test in order to establish their baseline. The survival rate for prostate cancer can be over 90% when detected early.

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We need men. 100 men. Mike is in… How about you or a guy you know? On September 19 at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, 100 men will participate in a Barre class. All proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer Canada Atlantic Region!

There’s more information here and here and if you want to sponsor Mike, please do so here.



If you are still confused… I recommend trying a class. I’ve been doing barre for a few years and love it. Actually, I am going tonight. Yes, running is my thing but barre helps tone and make me feel great PLUS it has even helped with running. With all this being said, I am not going to sugar coat it… Barre is HARD and the boys pictured above will agree.

See you at the barre!

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