That was a big break….

So for some reason i just forgot about my blog i had invested so much time into….I moved to Edmonton and BAM…see ya blog….im too busy for you!

Nahhh, i just put it on hold momentarily. It came into my mind twice this past week so i thought maybe this is a little sign that i should re-visit. A nice feeling as i read through some of my old blogs and reading the intentions as to why i started the blog in the first place.

WOW, what a year and a half it has been since i moved to Edmonton. So much has happened, so much has changed, i have changed, we’ve changed, the world has changed..isn’t it great! I will make this brief though, or i think most people will just flick away…..but how do you make such a life experience brief…hmmm, lets see;


Edmonton, what a place, totally different from Vancouver in nearly all great ways! I do prefer Edmonton, i’m not sure if that is because it meant a fresh start for us or because it reminds me more of Ireland and a more rustic lifestyle, either way, its suits us a little better. I have come through more and more of who i am here and so has Mikey. We became ridiculously close when we moved here and the connection grew stronger, that alone is a sign that we were on the right track coming here. Not to mention i was shown a giant white snow heart on our way here…. pic below….if that isn’t a sign…well the someone cut my eyes out and tell me i am BLLLIINNNDDD.


We jumped right into the GAA (Gaelic Football) club here in Edmonton. Wonderful way to meet some great friends and have a great laugh. Second season i unfortunately tore my knee up (ACL,PCL,Bone,Cartilage) so that kept me out for the season and i am now repairing (sound like a robot) but its going great. Mikey being the big GAA head that he is will be leaving the GAA behind after the final tournament next week (I cant say im not happy…because i kind of am – sorry babe!). Hey….room for growth and addition of new things :D!

We made it through the crazy 6 month Canadian Winter..holy crap COLD, not without Mikey getting a touch of frost bite on his nose and losing the tip of his finger 😦 , so long finger tip…we miss were the best part! Poor guy, he has worked his lovely irish bum off since being here! I have to say, i do enjoy being cozy and warm and baking and concocting lovely tinctures/tea’s/soups and remedies and these cold cold winters are the most wonderful excuse to dive into those things…of which i did this winter! Soooo in all, i thoroughly enjoyed winter.

The most wonderful thing to watch though is Edmonton when winter starts to melt away and Spring starts to bloom…OMG what a site….you literally see it bloom in front of your eyes. This i find is great time for people to detox and clean/clear out winter cobwebs. I find people like to give themselves little shakes and i wish more people would at the end and start of each season. Our spirit, energy, mind and body benefit so much from that conscious shift, care and change.

Summer is a time for adventure, exploration, bloom, blossom and showing off all of our colour and light. We can learn this from nature and the plants/animals around us. Humans should follow the seasons, it suits us!

Soooooo………i think i am going to try and keep this blog going once again, lets hope some people like my writing and bullshitting 🙂

I may make some changes here and there…..

Thanks to anyone who is reading this…I’m Emma…..Hello.

oh P.S. Mikey proposed to me last August in Banff and we are getting married next Feb (2015)….woopp woopp. Lets do this Hubby (to be)

Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy

max achievment

So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .

As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!

So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…

Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.

I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.

If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.

How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.

Life choices


Attraction brian tracy quote

Love everywhere


Woke up this morning and did my usual…click the kettle, turn some music on and on my journey towards the shower I noticed one of my boyfriends neck trims had formed itself into the shape of a heart….even the jewelry in our home reminding me that love is everywhere….here, in me….in others and to give it to myself, others and see it in everything….Love is the way…this was one of today’s mini blessings… 🙂 ! Hope you got to stop and notice the blessings in your life…

How Meditation Can Help You Lose Weight

True that….!

This is an interesting Article above on How meditation can help you lose weight.

I have since 2013 started really given my focus to meditating when i can or asking myself to do it for its wonderful benefits, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

In this article Deanna explains how quieting the mind and focusing on the now can bring about a new awareness to your body and how you see it and also to the way in which you eat as you make different food choices when you are less stressed or anxious. We also eat our food differently when we are relaxed which helps with bloating and nutrient absorption. I have seen the positive effects meditation can have on my food choices, i find i  choose the healthier option and as i am more aware and present i notice when i am full and tend not to over-eat, also the actual food taste’s better.

Sometimes meditation comes easily and sometimes it takes a little longer to get your mind to focus and be still, either way make no judgment, it is for yourself only and neither meditation is wrong. And you find your own way of meditating, its doesn’t have to be the conventional way…

Mmm Dinner indulgence made Healthy

Mmm night in with myself tonight while saving for my mum’s visit to Vancouver so being super hungry I wanted to indulge but thought how do I get something healthy out of this….

Shredded cabbage
Grilled Portabella mushroom
Grilled Turkey Bacon
Slice of Mozzarella cheese
Pepper, small bit of salt
Sitatcha Sauce for some kick
Pesto and Dijon mustard

WOW it was soooooo good……!! Total food ecstasy right there! Highly recommend for healthy food indulgence!

Hope you enjoy


Life…..from the voice of Rocky Balboa…love this one

Life.....from the voice of Rocky this one

“When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it…

You’ve gotta hit as hard as life. It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That’s how winning is done.

If you know what you’re worth, Go out and Get What Your Worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”

Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….

Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….


So something I would like to address and I think we all have the same issue…..Going out to eat!!! Dun Dun Dun, every ‘dieters’ nightmare, around here we don’t live by ‘diets’….we live by healthy eating and living (which actually has better benefits and long term weight loss) so let me tell you there is savvy ways of eating out. Sure don’t get me wrong I love having a burger and chips/fries when I am out but unfortunately my body doesn’t like it all of the time…so let me tell you some tips on “Be Food Aware…NOT Food Beware’.
Everyone expert will tell you…’Choose the Salad’…well sometimes you don’t want a salad…especially if you eat them a lot and you are out for a fun meal with friends or partner.. so opt for:
·        Salmon Burger/Chicken Breast Burger/Turkey Burger: (Ask if the chicken is grilled/steamed)
– hold the fries and ask for salad on the side
 – ask for half salad and half fries
 – hold the bun on burger
 Your regular burger and chips can pack in anywhere from 700 – 1100 calories PER meal, and upwards of 30-70g Fat, unwanted amount of sugar and salt :O , shocking amount! Vegi and Meat eaters alike!
·        Stir-Fry / Chicken / Prawn / Salmon (Ask if they are fried and in what oil)
-Ask for brown rice if option
– Ask for more vegetables and less noodle
·        Soup – Be careful – some soups are laced with Salt and Sugar and cream
-Ask if soup is made in house, usually less preservatives (salt), if any cream was used to make it
-Ask for wholegrain bread or crackers with you soup instead of thick soda bread or white bread
-Ask for side green salad with your soup instead of bread or get the salad, you may not eat as much bread as vegi’s are filling!
·        Don’t be fooled by Sandwich’s/Wraps/Flatbreads on a menu- they can sometimes be just as high fat,calorie,sugar as a burger if not more sometimes (450-650 cals, 6-15 g fat avg):
– Wholegrain bread, Ezekial Bread….If you can
– An Open Sandwich (1 Piece of bread, instead of two), Take off the second piece and eat with one
– Choose lean cold meats, turkey, chicken, tuna, or eggs/egg whites or vegi options
– Watch out for hidden cheese/or ask for lower fat cheese, e.g. low fat mozzarella/cottage/low fat cheddar/goats cheese ( to put it in perspective, about 12-15g fat on average cheese sandwich, 6g SATURATED)
– Watch out for Mayo, Chipotle, Pesto, Butter, – hidden additions, ask for lower alternative or none.
·        Pasta Dish’s- The creamy one’s – Alfredo/ Carbonara / Lasagna – As a lot yummy pasta dishes are packed with cream, butter and cheese let me shed some light:
– These are high calorie and fat dishes, each one can pack about 500-700 Cals per serving
– Ask for kids size portion, the pasta is filling and so is the sauce, we don’t need that much food and on a   kids plate you will feel like it’s enough
– Ask your server for a little less Sauce on the pasta
-Ask for a side salad of greens, it will fill you and you probably won’t eat as much of the pasta.
·        Steak/Red Meats – They are all a little more high fat/high cholesterol
– Ask for just the vegi’s with the meat and none or less of the Carbs, red meat/steak is filling
-Ask for the steak with to be grilled or seared in Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of vegetable oil or fried
– Ask for the sauce on the side instead of having it pre-poured on the steak before it comes to your table, you control the sauce portion then.

A Note on Dressings:

Dressings on salad are often forgotten about or deceiving, a lot of them time we don’t think about them because we are ‘eating a salad’ so it seems healthy, they more often than not, are laced with salt and sugar and don’t get me started on those like ‘ranch’, ‘honey mustard’ or ‘chipotle’ . So some tips:
        Ask for your dressing on the side – You control the portion then
        Ask for no dressing but Extra Virgin Olive oil on the side and squeeze a lemon, it is good for you and a delicious combo on a salad with some black pepper
        If it is those creamy dips that come with your food, then ask for it on the side – Portion Control.
These are all tips that can be transferred to any type of restaurant, it is about thinking about your body and still being able to indulge and have fun. They can be transferred to your own cooking as well at home. We are all capable of making changesJ.
I went for dinner and a drink with my Bessie and Roomie after work last night to watch the Canucks playoffs game, believe me the menu was yummy: I opted for:
A seafood fruit Salad (prawns and an in house made CrabCake) with dressing on the side, didn’t need most it with a lovely glass of Red Wine. A followed this with some hot water and lemon! Mmmm! Go nucks! J