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Relaxation Tips to Take From Your Younger Self

(Me at 5-years-old, my dad, and my cousin on a camping trip.)

Meditation classes. Pharmaceuticals. Breathing techniques. Self-help books. Talk therapy.

Why does it have to be so complicated?

A great modern myth is that happiness is easy. Happy people don’t work at achieving that state; they simply are.

Just as Disney has completely thrown our love & relationship expectations out of whack, this myth has sent our anxiety and depression soaring while utterly convincing us that attaining happiness should be effortless.

Attaining inner happiness is not an easy feat, but it doesn’t always have to be so serious. Take a few tips from your 6-year-old self next time you’re feeling stressed. Find out which of your favorite childhood activities can actually help you de-stress today.

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My Favorite Bathing Suits Trends of Summer 2014

Like many current fashion trends, bathing suit styles this year are fun, eclectic, and pattern-heavy. Anything goes with swimwear now so there’s a lot of room to play!

Let me show you my favorite 3 bathing suit trends this season.

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The Freedom of Going Minimalist

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(Image courtesy of Matt Cornock; edits & text by me.)

I can finally announce that Eric and I will be moving from our townhouse in the suburbs of Ottawa to an apartment downtown! We are so pumped, and can’t wait to be in our new home.

Along with the anticipation of moving is the dread of packing.  This time around, however, I’m adopting a different approach, hoping to save myself a few headaches along the way.

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Kelsey Eats: Cool Whip Cravings

As you remember from last week’s Kelsey Eats, we were busy in Toronto, trying to stalk Beyoncé, so this was a very low-key week. At last, a chance to catch up on some downtime.

Still, food is almost always my number one priority. As such, our food week was pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.

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Girls Who Don’t Like Other Girls aka. Aren’t We Getting Too Old For This?

(Image courtesy of Forbes.com.)

The girl who doesn’t like other girls. Sometimes diplomatically labelled ‘a guy’s girl.’

All girls are mean to each other, not just this specific breed. This is an unfortunate truth, yet hardly surprising considering how often we are exposed to conflict between women or girls in the media. It almost seems to be an obvious fact in our society that an inherent rift exists between females yet this effect is a complete social construction. Thanks a lot, The Bachelor, now women everywhere hate each other.

Okay, I realize it’s not quite that simple.

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Flavored Salts: The Best DIY Gift for Your Favorite Foodie

(Image courtesy of Steamy Kitchen; text added by me.)

Overall, I’m a relatively healthy person. I naturally have an affinity for most vegetables, and an almost-always aversion to cheese.

(Sidenote: After once responding to a Subway employee that I didn’t want cheese on my sub, the guy in front of me in line said I was insane for skipping it. He had a bonafide passion for the fromage, apparently.)

I would be any nutritionist’s poster girl (well, maybe not) if it weren’t for my lifelong infatuation with salt. Case in point: a low-sodium diet is my idea of hell.

The recent foodie trend, flavored salts, is appealing to anyone, not just salt junkies like myself. Plus, it makes the perfect gift - it is easy, out-of-the-ordinary, tasty, and homemade!

Find three simple, DIY recipes for this tasty treat after the jump.

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