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Curve ball to blindsided punch in the gut

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | April 15, 2018

Last week I posted a blog I had written 2 years ago, How to manage the curve balls, I received some great feedback from HMC members. It was such great dialogue and lessons that came out of it that I felt it deserved a follow up blog. So here we go… The first question came…

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Healthy Almond Joy Brownie

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | April 13, 2018

Recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking This homemade brownie bark is always a huge hit! It’s fudgy like my favorite brownies, tastes so rich and decadent (similar to 72% dark chocolate), and the fun toppings make it taste like the popular candy bars. (Almond Joys are my mom’s favorite, so she’s in love with this recipe!)…

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Healthy body – Healthy planet

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 28, 2018

I talk about balance when it comes to lifestyle and healthy living. There are many different things that effect our health from sleep, to diet, to active lifestyle, to community, to stress, to water consumption to environment. Each one is an important piece of a puzzle that when complete allows us to live a healthy,…

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Focus on women’s health

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 24, 2018

Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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Simplicity ~ The key to leading a happy life

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 19, 2018

Simplicity as defined in the dictionary is: the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded. To me, simplicity is the ease to which you live your life, uncluttered, honestly and with purpose. What that looks like is as unique as the finger print on your thumb. The key is to understand and know your true…

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Can you help?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 24, 2018

Hey my Winnipeg Monkeys, I am reaching out on behalf of a friend working with Immigrant families here in Manitoba. We need your help. Here is the email I received: The other thing I wanted to ask is whether your community has anything to donate for a recent immigrant woman with a 13 year old…

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Asparagus Soup

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 21, 2018

Easy to make and oh so good Asparagus Soup (Servings 2-4) Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, diced 2 tsp. olive oil 1lb. asparagus spears ½ head cauliflower, chopped 4 cups organic, low-sodium chicken stock Sea salt & cracked black pepper Directions: 1. Snap ends off asparagus. Shave 3 spears with a vegetable peeler to create ribbons,…

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Costa Rica did not disappoint

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 12, 2018

Where should I begin? The Happy Monkeys just returned from12 days in Costa Rica engaging in the culture, exploring the incredible biodiversity, learning, giving back and of course taking time to relax, laugh and enjoy the beautiful country.  From Volcanoes to sea life, English to Spanish and acting out what couldn’t be communicated in words,…

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Quick and Easy lazy veggie skillet lasagna recipe

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 9, 2018

Think it’s impossible to make lasagna on a weeknight? This dynamic mix of veggies and pasta still delivers comforting flavour but comes together quickly because there’s no fussy layering. Prep time 15 minutes Total time 25 minutes Portion size 4 servings Ingredients 6 lasagna noodles 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup fresh basil 1 tablespoon…

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Do you want to get high?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 21, 2018

With all the talk about legalizing marijuana here in Canada I have so many questions? I’m not sure where I really stand on it. I”m not really apposed and I’m not really for it. Frankly it really isn’t going to play a role in my life personally so I’m not all that passionate about it.…

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