The first 5

Though cold, at least it was sunny!
The announcer stated he hoped we’d remembered to wear sunscreen. In Canada, at 9am, in February.
What the heck was he talking about? The sun’s pitiful rays don’t work in those conditions, especially when you are in the forest. for the majority of your time.

So…. I know you donated to my 5K run for the Guide Dogs of BC and Alberta, yet you are left wondering if I actually went through with it. For all you non-metric, US readers, 5K translates to 3.1 miles. Not exactly an epic marathon, but a decent distance for an old mom.

I admit, I was very apprehensive for a number of reasons: I just started running again 6 months ago, I haven’t run outside IRL since 2013, I am allergic to cold weather, I haven’t been in a race since 1993, annnnnnnd it was an early morning thing. Blargh. Sign me up for a night race next time.

But fortunately I had Danielle, Liz, Bella, Koa, and Lindsay coming to cheer me on, so that made it much harder to just skip the whole thing and sit inside eating cake under a warm blanket. And all y’all were so generous with your donations, that I ended up as the second highest individual fundraiser in the city. That makes me both so, so proud and utterly disappointed. Proud that I have such generous friends who understand and support causes that matter to me. Disappointed because the event had a surprisingly low goal of $25,000 and they didn’t reach it.

I think the list #2 person(s) got booted out into the “Team” category, so I upgraded to the second place.

It was interesting to run within a group of people, as I always just hit the treadmill solo for my runs. But fresh air was nice too, even though I was worried my face would freeze off for the first couple kilometers. They did warn us just before the race started that the terrain around the lake was a bit slippery. If they actually meant it was fully covered with icey packed snow, then yes, it was “a bit slippery”. I speed walked through that section and became frustrated when it seemed like I’d walked for about half the trek. But there were still other runners behind me, so I couldn’t have been doing too terribly.

And in fact, I had not been, I finished at 35:30, which is my fastest time ever doing 5K. This result left me seriously wondering what I have been doing on that treadmill. Because, now, it sure doesn’t seem like it’s running. Do I treadmill like I’m gingerly picking my way around an icy lake?

Must be.

5K Course Map (around dumb old icy Beaver Lake)

I also fell in love with wearing the bib. Good old number 3101, that’s me! I want to wear a race bib for the rest of my life to everything. Why number 3101, though? 419 people registered for the event, I was the 18th registrant (’cause I’m a keener) and nowhere near everyone actually showed up.

Lazy cake eating, slackers (that’s just my jealousy lashing out).

Good old number 3101, and my adopted sponsor puppy Jeff.

But for all the good fundraisng and speedy running effort, I was awarded a symbolic puppy sponsorship, and a weekend in Whistler. However, being the responsible (and boring) momma that I am, I opted out of the Whistler trip and instead took the $100 gift card for the grocery store.

Overall, the exeprince was really great. I love fundraising, running, and friendly cometition. I have already registered for my next 5K in June.

The only pic of me actually running. I swear it’s me. You just can’t tell because I was going way too fast for the photographer to get a proper shot.

Next time around, I’ll be running to support the mental health of Women suffering from Post-Partum Depression. Now, Post-Partum ain’t no joke. I had it quite badly, and many of my friends experienced it as well after the birth of their children. Unfortunately, it hits hardest for women like me who already have mental health issues and for those who do not have a good support system in place.

This LOVE YOU RUN FOR WOMEN raises dollars for local mental health services. With the funding of programs that allow women to take steps to recovery. If you want to get the jump on supporting me (Danielle!), running with me (Julie!), or registering in your own city (Erin!), please do so!

The RunGo Dash for Dogs included a bajillion doggos who were excited to get on their way. Especially the little guys like this one who were shivering in the cold.
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Eating Journal

I feel (and look) like I’ve gained 10,000 lbs over the past couple weeks.
So I have decided to get back into my good eating habits. Or at least get rid of some of my terrible ones.
I don’t “diet” per se. My general rule is to eat more vegetables and drink more water thereby ingesting less junk.
Everyone says a good way to really keep track of your progress is to have an eating journal where you write down everything you eat. have decided to keep track of some of the wins and losses in a loose journal. Here is a summary of my past month.

Day 1 – Breakfast: Ate raisins out of my son’s toast. He still refused to eat the toast, though.
Day 2 – Lunch – Ordered a salad, ate only croutons. Cannot decide if that is better or worse than eating the full salad.
Day 3 – Doing well until some jackass left a bag of Maltesers on my desk. Ate 2/3 of the bag.
Tried to even it out on the treadmill.
Probably even, I vote today doesn’t count either way.
Day 4 – Allowed son to eat remaining Maltesers for breakfast. Figured overall, that was better than me inevitably finishing them off.
Day 5 – Breakfast – black coffee
Lunch – Half-baked potato with honey mustard sauce
Dinner – Avocado sushi
Day 6 – Bought sunflower seeds to curb eating and smoking. Ate loads of them while driving about, spitting shells out of my car window. Resulted in less eating and smoking and a $100 ticket for littering.
Day 7 – Did well with eating all day until deciding on half a fruit tray for late night snack. The tray was intended to feed 6-8 people.
Day 8 – It’s Thanksgiving! Nothing counts. Dessert x3 and 10,000000000 carbs. Yum yum yums
Day 9 – Discovered a recipe for pumpkin pancakes. FUCK YOU DIET. At least I made the pancakes vegan, does that count for anything?
Day 10 – While waiting for my Chamomile and oatmeal facemask to dry, I began eating it. Not that that is bad in and of itself since it’s just oats and chamomile with baking soda, it just seems really gross to do it. Glad no one was around to witness it.
Day 11 – Making colloidal oatmeal. Forgot to put the lid on the food processor. My kitchen is now an oat explosion. The stupid oatmeal plan is canceled.
Day 12 – Was tricked into eating two chocolate muffins after dinner. My best friend is the devil.
Day 13 – Did excellent with only one meal of rice pasta and spinach
Day 14 – Was starving after excellent eating on Day 13, ate greasy, doughy pizza for breakfast. And then went to a kids b-day party, so obviously ended up eating chocolate cupcakes thick with blue icing.
Day 15 – Ate a spinach salad for dinner. But woke up at 2am on the couch with a suspicious looking empty M&M package next to me.
Day 16 – Realized the non-dairy milk I’ve been putting in my coffee has 15gr of sugar per cup. What the….Why?????!!!!
Day 17 – Threw out all the vegetables in my fridge that had gone bad. I swear I did not buy them just to throw away.
Day 18 – Vegetable sushi for both lunch and dinner and 2 hours killing myself at the gym
Day 19– Got angry with life which resulted in working off 1250 calories at the gym. In turn, I drank loads of water. Yay! But I also ate a bunch of bread and junk for dinner. Muscles are sore the following day, so I think it was good overall. Except for weird muscles, I didn’t know I had. Like underneath my shoulder blade and on my palms. Since when do hands have muscles?
Day 20 – Did you know Oreos are vegan?
Day 21 – Vegetable sushi for lunch again. But Peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches for dinner. Having kid food in the house is a curse.
Day 22 – The realization that when someone else cooks for me it’s tasty, filling, healthy, and I eat much smaller portions. I need a personal chef.
Day 23 – Discovered that eating food so spicy it burns your face off and eating everything with chopsticks really helps keep consumption down to a minimum.
Day 24 – Are pop tarts okay if they are organic? Nevermind, they are moldy. Threw them all in the trash. Success!
Day 25 – McDonald’s is running their monopoly game. A month of fat fat garbage food. Ughhhhhhh
Day 26 – Are corn chips on the good or bad side of things? Is it better if you have them with salsa… that’s like vegetables, right?
Day 27 – I’ve remembered that I was supposed to do AB exercises every day this month. I’ll start now!
Day 28 – Start the AB exercises. Hate the AB exercises. Quit the AB exercises. But instead ran 18 km (11mi) on the treadmill over the past 24 hours. In your face AB exercises!
Day 29 – I found Kraft makes unsweetened+unsalted peanut butter. This is a game changer.
Day 30 – Managed to stop eating McDonald’s ice cream every day. Let’s just call the month a win and be done with it, shall we?

I realize that I cannot control my bad eating, I can try to curb it, but I am so terrible at managing my late night snacking. I’ll go the route of loads of treadmill time to balance out the eating instead.


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Peace not presents for all

Hey y’all,

As many of you know we will be heading off to the Philippines soon for a family reunion.
out exactly my family, but I have been invited and I think it’s important for Koa to spend time getting to know his heritage and family.
Lola left a few months ago to sort out details with her property where we will be staying. Koa will no doubt be wildly excited when he sees her again.
I’ll be heading out with Koa, his Tita, and his cousins. I didn’t really care all that much about specific dates, so I told Ate to just book me for the same flights as her. We will be outnumbered 3 young boys vs. 2 grown women – but I am confident team adult will come out winning (if you’ve never flown with small children…. let me tell you, it’s actually bearable with as many adults as possible).
Turns out the same flights as them means SIX weeks in the Philippines. I see so many benefits and drawbacks to such a lengthy trip. But it’s all settled now, so I’m just gonna roll with it.

This all means that Koa and I will be away for the entire Christmas season. Winter and Jesus aren’t exactly my favorite thing, so I’m okay with missing it. However, I am a little mopey about missing the number one gifting event of the year.
I will miss connecting with all my friends, family, and loved ones over here in the West.

A traditional gift exchange won’t work, even cards are out of the question [unless I am going to get my act together enough to get cards out by mid-November (spoiler alert: I’m not)], and for that, I’m secretly happy because it means the opportunity for a more meaningful show of support.

Please consider donating to my animal-centric fundraiser for this holiday season in lieu of a gift.

I truly don’t need anything and if Koa gets one more piece of Lego, our living room is gonna explode.


You all know I love animals. More than anything

Animals are an invaluable part of our planet, regulate ecosystems, and add endless benefits to our lives.

However, these beautiful creatures are all too often mistreated. These animals are voiceless against the political, legal, and industrial systems that dictate many aspects of their lives.

Did you know that Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world?

Canada’s animal cruelty laws have barely changed since the 1950’s. In Canada, there are no federal regulations protecting animals from abuse on farms, in zoos and aquariums, or in laboratories. It’s still legal to import and sell dog and cat fur, shark fins, animals killed for trophies, and elephant ivory. In Canada, it’s completely legal to kill and eat your pets.

While many countries around the world are constantly passing new laws protecting animals, the Canadian government has consistently ignored animal protection and dragged feet when it comes to legislation.

Animal Justice (AJ) is the only national animal law organization fighting to turn Canada into a more loving place for animals. AJ helps to defend animals by fighting for them in court, pushing for stronger laws, and working to ensure the laws already on the books are vigorously enforced. The lawyers at AJ have made it their mission to transform Canada’s legal and political systems to bring animals the protections they need and deserve.

AJ leads the legal fight for animals in Canada. Their lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.


Wildaid pushes for protection of endangered animals and focuses much of their efforts of ending the illegal international trade in wildlife products. This not only betters Canada, but works to help all species around the world, like sharks, rhinos, elephants, lions, vaquitas, rays, and many many more. The main idea with WildAid is that when buying these products stops, poaching and killing will follow suit.

One of my favorite projects Wild Aid is working on right now is the fight to end the horrific act of gillnet fishing; outlawing gillnets would benefit all creatures of the ocean.

They also have a program geared towards slowing Climate Change, which includes the education and promotion of climate-friendly food and transport.

Wildaid is an excellent charity in terms of transparency and efficiency with their finances.
They provide frequent updates on their site, so feel free to follow their progress, wins, and challenges here:


Please, please pour your love for us (or traditional obligation to Christmas gifting) into giving a voice to the animals. It will mean the world to so many of us if you make a donation to Animal Justice or WildAid on our behalf.

If you are unable to donate, please consider other meaningful action like signing to implement a Charter of Rights and Freedoms for animals in Canada


Love you all so much,

Lynn & Koa

And of course, I will be posting a billion pictures and updates from our trip, so don’t you worry. I’m planning to go dune surfing while I’m there too, so get ready for action shots of me eating a mouthful of sand.

But for now, ya have to be satisfied with the pics of lovely creatures:


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Calm your face down

As you may know, I have total garbage skin. It’s probably from a combination of stress, all the sunshine, and poor diet.
But whatever the issue, I have been told that this Chamomile-Oatmeal face mask will be the solution to my problems.
My current routine for the past few months has been a tea tree base for all the things. Soap, mask, scrub, and straight up.

I’ve seen improvements, but I’m still not where I want to be. So I am willing to give this a try.
Why not? It’s cheap, easy to make, and has loads of benefits.
Oatmeal and Chamomile are both known to soothe and calm the skin.

Ingredients (all extra affordable):
1/2 cup oatmeal powder (colloidal oatmeal) or some reg old oats after a few rounds in the food processor*
1/4 cup strongly brewed chamomile
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp honey

Of course, I thought, no problem I totally have all these ingredients.
But alas, I for some reason I didn’t have oatmeal or baking soda. I don’t know what is going on at my house sometimes, but fortunately, all this has now been rectified.

I do not to use the optional ingredients.
I vote no to honey because bees are my friends and they don’t like it when we use them for honey.
And I vote no white sugar because they are not generally rounded granules and anything teeny but not round can very much irritate your pores.
You can add them in if you want, they do have skin-tacular benefits. The sugar exfoliates and the honey will help remove dead skin.


Mix all (or at least 3) of these ingredients up until they are like a paste and then smush it all over your clean, pre-washed face.
But be ready, ’cause it’s messy. So maybe apply in the shower and not when you are wearing your favorite ballgown.
Leave it on for at least 5 mins, but ideally 15.
The mask should tighten as it dries and turns more yellow-y.
Wash it off.
Gently pat your skin dry with a soft hand towel and apply an oil-free moisturizer to your face and neck.

Now, doesn’t your skin feel super smooth? Yeah, it does! Even after just one use.
This mask is very mild, so you can use it as often as you like, and feel free to use it on other areas that need smoothing, beyond just the face.
Which is a great idea since the mask doesn’t keep, so if you have extra,slather it on!


The oatmeal should help to fix all your old garbage skin.

Rolled oats contain healthy fats that add moisture and hydration to the skin. Oats are a beautiful gentle exfoliator for the skin, removing cellular build-up allowing new, rejuvenated skin to surface. They contain saponins that gently remove dirt, oil, and bacteria from your pores without clogging your pores and will leave your skin glowing.

Colloidal oatmeal specifically works to cleanse skin, lessen acne, reduces itchy skin, treat inflammation, softens skin, reduce irritation (making it great for sensitive skin), soothes Eczema/Psoriasis and rashes, moisturizes skin, and

Chamomile has been used for centuries to heal people with skin issues. Chamomile works wonders on your skin due to its anti-microbial properties and its ability to soothe inflammation and irritation on the skin from sunburns, acne breakouts, and dry skin. It will minimize most skin irritations and reduce pain as well.

It is calming and works as an anti-inflammatory. It also provides for a great calming effect to more than just your skin. The strong scent will very much relax you. This really adds to the ritual and makes it pleasant instead of annoying to have another thing to do.

The baking soda neutralizes skins acidity and softens skin.


*Please keep in mind when making your own colloidal oatmeal, it is a good idea to put a lid on the food processor. That way you won’t end up with an oat explosion all over the place and yourself

**Added benefit is that you can eat your face mask if you are hungry and/or bored waiting for it to set. It’s just all food. Why not indulge in a tasty gluten-free snack?



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