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Hiking is my passion!

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 31, 2018

Hiking has become a true love of mine over the past 5 years as I realize there is so much beauty to be seen and lessons to be learned in nature. The other bonus is that you can do it anywhere, at your own level, you get great exercise, it clears your mind and it’s…

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How do you measure success?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 28, 2018

The other day I was asked if Happy Monkey Club was successful by an older gentleman. I paused for a split second pondering how to answer the question and then I answered true to my own values and beliefs. My split second delay was based on societies perception of success and the one the media…

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 14, 2018

Spinach artichoke dip typically clocks in at 300-plus calories per ¼-cup serving—without considering the chips. My slim-style, dairy-free vegan version provides only 110 calories but is still rich and delicious—and it’s loaded with 7 grams fiber and 7 grams protein. It gets its creamy texture from (surprise!) pureed white beans and silken tofu. Your guests won’t even realize the…

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Sharing your strengths

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 12, 2018

We all have strengths and we all have things we just don’t care to do. You can call them weaknesses, but I prefer to identify them as things that don’t give me energy. Some of us are great organizers, some of us like to be the doers, some love to cook and some love to…

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Thank you for being you

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | October 10, 2018

Happy Thanks giving everyone. I trust you have all had a wonderful weekend full of family, friends, sleep ins and of course a bonus day off. Perhaps kids returned home from school, parents arrived from out of town, friends made the extra effort to drop by and just say hello. It is a weekend to…

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Shred10, is it for you?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 30, 2018

Shred10 is a 10 day program to kick start healthy living. It is based on a 4 month commitment to your health, as we all know healthy living is a lifestyle not a quick fix. However, the beauty of the Shred10 is for 10 days you focus on eliminating bad habits and being laser focused…

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Lessons from Nature #692

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 23, 2018

On a weekend when the Manitoba weather hit us all like a ton of bricks, I also had news of a close friend that matched it. I was struggling to make sense of things when along comes a beautifully written blog from Patti Phillips. I share it with you today, in hopes you will take…

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Wine Raffle winners 2018

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 10, 2018

Wine Raffle Winners 2018 1st ~ Martin Martel 30 bottles 2nd ~ Corinne Podolsky  20 bottles 3rd ~ Gail Mireau  10 bottles 4th ~ Janinne Creran 10 bottles 5th ~ Pete Cushman 5 bottles 6th ~ Ed Hamilton 5 bottles Thank you to everyone for your support. Proceeds from this raffle and other fundraising efforts…

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Lessons learned from Dragon Boating

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 10, 2018

As another Dragon Boat Festival comes to a close, I am filled with pride and gratitude. 44 monkeys paddled their hearts out, danced, laughed and continued to fundraise right till the last minute to become the top fundraising boat in the festival. It was a grass roots approach that started in the spring with a…

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | September 2, 2018

Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood was an iconic show produced back in the 60’s and was the longest running children’s show until it was surpassed by Sesame Street in 2002. I remember as a teenager having friends make fun of the simplicity and goofiness of Fred Rogers the host and producer of the show. We weren’t alone,…

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