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9 life lessons

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 12, 2017

I came across this convocation speech this week and decided it would be a great share.   I ask you take 6:41 minutes to listen to the following 9 life lessons. You will be entertained, be made to think and hopefully give you a little inspiration to live a happy life.

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All Natural Apple Muffins

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 6, 2017

Recipe (All-natural): Apple Muffins Serves 12 1 cup quick oats, uncooked 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup cooked quinoa 3 tbsp maple syrup 1 cup chopped apples 2 eggs, lightly beaten Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix the quick oats and cinnamon. Add the quinoa and mix again. Now add maple syrup, apples…

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How’s your posture?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | November 5, 2017

The human body was made to move. Unfortunately our lifestyle has shifted to one that is much more sedentary than it should be. I’ve heard statements claim sitting is the new smoking. How scary is that? In addition to all the sitting, we spend more time with our heads forward and shoulders slouched looking and…

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Guilt free brownies

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 31, 2017

Ingredients: 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted with 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1 avocado 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter 1/2 cup raw honey 3 eggs 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 TBSP. Vanilla Extract 1 TBSP Almond Flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. sea salt   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F Puree avocado flesh…

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Volunteering is so rewarding

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 29, 2017

For a year I have been thinking about volunteering some of my time.  I hear that regularly from many of my friends and Happy Monkey members, but it seems time marches on and we just talk about it. This fall I decided to take action and walk the walk as well as talk the talk…

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Chocolate Zucchini muffins

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 10, 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears’ solution for sneaking nutritious veggies into a sweet treat that kids love! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups butter, softened  ( check out some butter substitutes you can try here ) 1 1/2 cups sugar  ( here are some sugar substitutes to try ) 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract…

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Thank you

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Monkeys. It’s that time of year when we step back and take time to be thankful for all the incredible blessings we have in our lives. We gather with family and friends (community), we enjoy amazing food together (eat healthy…mostly),  we get outdoors and take time to live active,…

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The Hormone project

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 2, 2017

Your hormones control so many of our human functions. When our hormones aren’t balanced, they cause havoc with our mood, our sleep, our energy, our skin, our sex drive and the list goes on.  From puberty to menopause our hormones get blamed for all the bad stuff that goes on with our health and how…

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Monkeys Rock!

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 19, 2017

The FMG Dragon Boat Festival wrapped up last weekend and the HMC Monkeys showed up and rocked the boats and rocked the fundraising total once again. $40,000 raised in support of Cancer Care Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital. Bravo ladies, you always make me so proud to be the leader of this club. I have…

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