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I drive a 2002 Toyota with a tape deck in the console. I have had the same laptop since 2012. I own many pairs of classic headphones and last year after my iPhone 6 ended up kicking the bucket I upgraded to an iPhone 8 (*cue internal scream*).

Having to buy a new phone is frustrating enough, (being able to upgrade with my cell phone provider made it a little bit of an easier process), however, knowing what I know now I would have never “upgraded” to another Apple product. The reason why? Apple decided to do away with the…


Are cats capable of understanding certain words we speak to them?

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It started innocently enough, as I am sure many other cat owners experience: the early morning wake up. My partner lying in bed, still half asleep; my cat perched expectantly on his shoulders. Occasionally I have been fortunate enough to watch my cat gently take the headphone strings in his mouth (my partner will often fall asleep listening to a TV show or movie) and unceremoniously rip the headphones out and proceed to meow directly in his ear.

This morning routine is something that we have come to be very familiar with. Starting as early as 6:30 am the cat…


Summer reads: some classics, some that come highly recommended and some fun extras.

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Summer time is a time when I find I don’t get as much reading done as I would during other times of the year. I’m definitely more of a fall, winter reading person. I love curling up on the couch ideally by a fire, with a cup of tea and a book. However, during the summer I find I am more active, and conversely don’t get as much reading done.

I’ve scheduled myself a fair bit of vacation this summer and I’m hoping to be able to enjoy relaxing a little bit more and with that hopefully enjoy a great…


The good, bad and the mediocre rated.

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So the past few months I have fallen down the rabbit hole of mostly domestic thrillers (although there are a few on this list that don’t fit that category). These were all, for the most part, very easy reads that I was able to finish within a day or two and I found the majority of them difficult to put down. For a few on this list, some of the twists a little predictable, and some of the plot points rang hollow, in my opinion.

Below is a round up of the six thrillers I have read over the past…


An unexpected year of quarantine brought with it some great reading

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We are coming up on the first anniversary of the lockdown where I currently live. Before the pandemic starting in 2020 I had read maybe one or two obligatory books for a book club. Following that most books were left abandoned and half-finished- until quarantine hit. Once in quarantine was when my reading picked up and I began voraciously consuming any and all books. This led to me reading about 25 books total for the 2020 year, which may not seem like a lot to some but it is more than I had read the last three years combined. …


And I was still able to keep living my life

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I graduated in 2015 with $50,000 of student loan debt hanging over my head. My loans were divided amongst student loan programs through the government and a line of credit that was near to $10,000 that I had through the bank.

At times, the debt felt crushing. It was more money than I had ever seen in my life, and it seemed unbelievable to think that I would ever be able to pay it all back. …


In a year where money was tight and stress was high these were some of my favourite and most used purchases that stood out among the rest. Capitalism, eat your heart out.

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2020 was a difficult year for many, for some that meant increased demands and stress at work, for others that source of livelihood was taken away. It was a lonely, scary and isolating year.
In these complicated times a few purchases I made throughout the year stood the test of time and I found myself gravitating back to them over and over again. These are the items that I…


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I love planners, I always have. At school I looked forward to being able to use my school-assigned agenda, writing down all my assignments, due dates, sports practices and social engagements. Now in my adult life I work a very unpredictable schedule and my work days vary week-to-week with no real discernible pattern. The planners that I once loved now lay unused. I found myself limited and restricted by conventional planner weekly formats.

Some planner fan favourites include Erin Condren or the Happy Planner. I found the planners themselves to be extremely cumbersome, in addition to some being filled with…


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With housing interest prices being at an unbelievable low this year I was able to take the leap into the exciting and stressful world of home purchasing and home ownership with my partner.

This was a unique process and now that I am on the other side (and still alive to tell the tale) I wanted to share a few things that I wish I knew along the way.

1. Those things you sort of disliked when you looked at the place the first time will be the things that will continue to eat at you until you (pay to) change them.

Are you not really sure about the backsplash? Do you not like the tone of the flooring? The kitchen cabinet colour driving you wild (and not in a good way)?

If…

Katie Churchward

Serving up the 30-something perspective from the frosty north. She/her.

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