In the winter of 2012, I went out with some friends for what I thought was a casual dinner. It turned out my best friend was telling us she was pregnant! I couldn’t have been happier for her.
Friday Feature: Blog post by Brittenay Bell
When we started our journey to a baby in 2014, we had that blissful naivety that it would be easy, and initially it seemed like it would be. Our first month “trying” we became pregnant. I remember shaking with excitement and I remember Aaron panicking because he didn’t think it would happen that quickly. For 3 glorious weeks we basked in the joy of expecting our first baby. It had been a tough 9 months before hand, we were newly married and while Aaron was at basic training for the navy, my mom passed away from a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. Our lives were a constant rollercoaster. But the notion of a baby brought a sense of calm and excitement. It was something good in all that had been so hard. But as quickly as our excitement came it was dashed when I woke up one morning bleeding. After 2 days in and out of the emergency room we confirmed my fears, we lost our baby. Continue reading
With a natural born love for travel and the fact that I’m married to a commercial pilot, it’s no surprise that we decorated the nursery in a travel theme. Prior to our baby’s birth, we didn’t know the gender. I couldn’t wait to have the greatest surprise of my life – even though the waiting was torture for my poor husband. For that reason, we wanted the nursery to be unique, yet remain gender neutral. As for the colour scheme, we went with crisp white, pale greys, various shades of turquoise, and pops of vibrant primary colours. I knew once the baby arrived, I could add more gender-specific colours and decor to the room if desired – although I’m not a fan of gender-specific anything. I knew my colour choices would work perfectly for both a boy or a girl. Continue reading
I had the incredible opportunity of living in Northern Ontario when my husband was -based in Timmins, Ontario when he worked for Thunder Airlines as a King Air 100 pilot. I made a commitment to myself that during my time in Northeastern Ontario, I would do as much as I could do and see as much as I could see. Since I knew living in the north wouldn’t be forever, I wanted to make the best of my experience and have as many adventures as possible. I immediately immersed myself in the community and found myself a job teaching at the local college half the time, while teaching vinyasa yoga at a local holistic spa, practicing yoga, traveling, and writing for Northeastern Ontario Tourism during the other half of the time. It wasn’t long before I was checking things off my northern bucket list. From snow tubing, winter fireworks, making s’mores over an open winter bush campfire, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hosting yoga workshops, to dogsledding, I pretty much did it all. During my time in the northern regions of Ontario, I visited as many northern communities that I could reach–even as far north as Peawanuck on Hudson’s Bay, which is the second most northern community in Ontario only accessible by plane or winter ice roads (as shown on Ice Road Truckers). Although the arctic temperatures last 8-9 months of the year, I was able to create the life I wanted to live and live my life to the fullest–even if it meant I lived it in alpaca fleece and thermal wool winter wear. It’s an adventure I will never forget.
Here are the experiences I completed during my 8 months of living in Northern Ontario and my multiple trips and visits to the north. Continue reading
Are you ready to get out into the wild this spring to experience some BIG adventure, BIG lakes, BIG rivers, BIG falls, and the BIG outdoors? Now that blue skies, sunny days, and warm weather have finally arrived, it is time to get wild this season with Wild Exodus. Wild Exodus provides premier adventure travel recreational services to outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to take part in diverse wilderness expeditions to “experience nature as it is meant to be”. Whether you are interested in boating on Lake Kenogamissi, hiking to High Falls, feasting on handcrafted wild delicacies, visiting a trapper’s cabin with the trapper himself in the Boreal Forest, touring the northern bush trails on an ATV, camping at Wawaitin Holiday Park, glamping in style, or all-inclusive family holidays, this Canadian outfitter delivers a truly authentic journey. Let Wild Exodus put together the best of what they have to offer in a jam-packed outing in Northeastern Ontario’s natural environment! Continue reading
I am in a mad rush to finish all of my winter bucket list items before spring comes. I’m hoping I am not the only one in this position. With the first day of spring right around the corner, it’s time to finish one bucket list and to start planning for my spring bucket list items. What’s on your spring bucket list? It is hard to believe that my time in Northeastern Ontario is coming to an end very shortly with my husband getting a job with Porter (how exciting!). As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time traveling around Northern Ontario, it’s unlikely that I will be back to this area after we depart anytime in the near future as this is my fourth visit to Ontario’s northern region. This last visit has based me here for 8 months of explorations in the area. Northeastern Ontario has welcome me with open arms as if it has been my home. What a blessing it has been to be able to travel to different regions within my home country–Ontario is no exception. Continue reading
With the winter season coming to an end, I’ve been in a mad rush to accomplish the remainder of my winter wish-list items. Have a look at some of my most recent winter experiences which I checked off my bucket list in Timmins, Ontario in the article I wrote for Northeastern Ontario Tourism: March Break Activities in Timmins for the Whole Family! What’s left on your winter bucket list?
Tubing at Kamiskotia Snow Resort:
I’ve spent the last month in a mad dash to accomplish the rest of my winter bucket list items now that the weather has been better before the end of the season. With only a few items left on my northern bucket list, I’m almost there! Top on my list was doing yoga in the snow in Northeastern Ontario. Even in -30 degree Celsius weather, I managed to get out on a blue sky sunny day and do yoga in the snow! Would you do it? Here are 26 of my favourite yoga poses that you can do in the snow, or literally anywhere at anytime. No special equipment required! Where do you yoga?
1. Extended Side Angle Pose- Utthita Parsvakonasana: Continue reading
I finally had the opportunity to check off one of my dream bucket list items in Northeastern Ontario: DOG SLEDDING! A true northern Canadian adventure! What an incredible experience it was to enjoy the ride and lead the pack. Not only am I hooked, but now I want a husky! Continue reading