Chickens Eating Bugs Eating Garbage

Sustainability is a word and concept bandied about with little concern about its actual meaning. My education in agriculture and livestock production taught me that sustainable food production considered a variety of factors – environmental and human impacts, whether that’s related to conservation or maintaining the livelihood of a nation’s farmers whilst feeding the world. […]

Battle of the Breast (Feeding)

When I was pregnant, I was asked, “Are you going to breastfeed?” My answer was a resounding, “Yes.” Science supports the mantra that “breast is best,” and breastfeeding is cheap and convenient. It seemed like a no-brainer, and the purported benefits of breastfeeding on a baby’s immune system and brain development were solid sticking points.  […]

Oh. Hi, Baby! (An Ode to Modern Medicine)

My original thoughts focused on the brilliant experience of delivering our first baby, but recently, people in my social networks (and, offline networks) have made comments about the insidiousness of modern medicine. Specifically, they’re skeptical about our health care system, doctors, hospitals, medical interventions, pharmaceuticals, and so on. This isn’t news, of course. People have […]

Our Kid Won’t Be Online

With our weeble’s due date quickly approaching, I’ve had friends and online peers tell me, quite excitedly, that they can’t wait to see photos of our little one. As I’m quite active on social media, primarily Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (really, that Snapchat thing still confuses me), it seems expected that my child will share […]

Four Weeks to Go

It’s hard to believe that, in approximately one month, there will be a screaming infant in our home. Until now, the dog’s incessant barking (at shadows, leaves, other dogs, and everything in between) has been enough noise, but not even his vocalizations can prepare me for midnight feedings and crying – so much crying. But, […]

That Body Shaming Thing…

I’m one of the lucky ones. For most of my existence, I’ve been tall and thin. Standing at 5’9″ (or, 175 centimetres) and sporting an approximate size 6, whether I was following a strict physical regimen or chowing down on bacon cheeseburgers, I’ve not been exposed to body shaming. It has felt like winning the physique lottery, […]

The Canadian Beef Experience

Beef. Some would say that it’s the heartbeat of our province (second to energy, perhaps), and our country is known for producing some of the best beef in the world. Our ranchers are undeniably passionate about raising cattle – farming is a lifestyle, not a career. I’m no stranger to the cattle industry, even though […]

Preparing For Baby

As I’ve revealed in the past, we’re expecting our first child (25 weeks and counting). Exciting! And, even more exciting is the sheer “cute” factor of baby gear. I was excited about the prospect of buying a whole slough of adorable onesies, a trendy travel system, and other essentials, because I wanted to be hip. […]

Cheesy Wood Pulp?!

You may have heard, in the news, that an American cheese company has been caught with its pants down. This company sold grated parmesan cheese with the assumption that it contained parmesan cheese and only parmesan cheese. Well, it turns out that there was zero parmesan cheese and a small percentage of cellulose. There were […]

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I were out with friends at the Pig & Duke Neighbourhood Pub. It happens to be one of our favourite pubs, and it’s one that never disappoints. While we were there, the owner of the pub approached us and, after some time conversing, he invited the table to […]