Beating Anxiety, Inflammation And Insomnia With The Best CBD Oil

CBD oil is a hot topic right now. As is anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia. With so many brands popping up in the market, it’s difficult to find a quality one that we can feel confident investing our money in and that gives us the results we are looking for. Continue reading “Beating Anxiety, Inflammation And Insomnia With The Best CBD Oil”

9 Round – My Newest Workout Addiction

Happy endorphins, a good detoxing sweat, working your muscles, torching fat and getting your blood pumping. That is what a good workout is all about. Continue reading “9 Round – My Newest Workout Addiction”

Revitalizing myself in a Float Pod

I had never envisioned myself immersed in an enclosed pod containing 1200 pounds of Epsom salts and 11 inches of water? Nor was I aware of the health benefits of it until I discovered Float Life in Calgary.


Apparently floating has been around since 1954…. So where the heck have I been? Well other then having not graced the earth with my awesome presence for quite a while after that time frame….. It could very well be one scenario. Oh and I was working in the jungles of Central and South America for awhile, and busy crossing Africa. So I suppose I was a little out of touch. However, being into natural healing my whole life – I am really surprised I hadn’t crossed paths with it sooner. I love learning new things though! Every darn day. As ‘they‘ say. I still haven’t figured out who they are….

With such a large amount of salt in the water, it makes it completely buoyant, and you literally float right on top of it. Floating with isolation, and with no sensory input, is one of the fastest ways to put your body in a natural deep relaxation state, restoring its chemical and metabolic balance. It’s also said to promote stress release, pain relief, and enhance your creativity and focus.

The place itself is warm and welcoming, with a clean natural feel, and earthy colors. I could feel the healing already.


The customer service was equally as friendly and welcoming.


They offer various kinds of tea and water as a complimentary service. I love tea, it’s a nice relaxing(let’s not forget healing) brew to sip on, so I clearly jumped right on the tea train.


After I poured my herbal concoction, it was time to check out las cabinas. Where I would head off to my float pod land oasis- the land of healing opportunities.

The rooms are fitted with all that you need for your floating experience to be a success.


Equipped with the Float Pod(obviously), a shower, that has shampoo & conditioner, body wash, fresh towels, ear buds, face wipes, and small packs of Vaseline to cover any open cuts. Time to get this show on the road.


Once I had my pre-shower, I was ready to dive in! Ok, don’t dive, its only 11 inches. Perhaps gracefully stepping in, is a better choice of wording for this situation. The water was warm, not hot, they keep it at the same temperature as your skin, so that you will become one with the water. Which if you can let go and just be, then you definitely do meld together. I closed the lid, and was ready to float any tensions away…..

It can take a bit to relax, I really just had to focus on just shutting my mind off and being present. I am usually very good at this, but this day I was quite exhausted so it took a bit more effort. At first I had a pink light on inside, and some very ambient and relaxing music, shortly into it though, I decided I would relax and clear my head easier in a complete dark, silent environment, and so I shut the lights and music off. That is when the real bliss began for me. I had just driven to Calgary the day before from NWT, which took me 15 hours, and I have a busy ass schedule of being awesome in Calgary – so some rejuvenating relaxation was exactly what my little soul needed.

Lying there, if you feel your skin, it almost feels slimy from the salt, although the water itself doesn’t feel slimy getting in. Once it dries, there is loads of flakes of salt on you, almost like little salt shards. I felt scaly ass. I did think it was pretty darn interesting though. As long as you don’t move yourself around inside, you lay pretty still, and 90 minutes goes by quite fast. Many people tend to fall asleep, and I am sure I could too, but I didn’t this time around.

At one point I made the mistake of scratching my face and getting salt in there. Dang it, exactly what they advised me not to do. However upon sitting up, I opened my eyes, and remembered it’s complete darkness, and not that kind of darkness that your eyes adjust to. It was total complete darkness, for a moment I though I could envision my hands(envision is key word), because I was probably just hallucinating from my brain being on float vacay.

Once your time is up, the lights will come on(in case your sleeping), which means its time to snap back to reality, get your bearings, get your butt up, and into the shower to wash all the salt off. I was feeling pretty freaken relaxed I tell yah. They have a nice little area set up to blow dry your hair and put your face back on, if you so choose. Or you can head on au naturel.


Now I have only done it once so far, so I can’t say I have had earth shattering changes. They say that it gets better and better, and you usually start feeling more profound affects around or after the third session. So that being said….. I went for it! And I signed up for a 3 month membership. I need to test this out, I am looking forward to seeing what comes once I get deeper into it. Maybe some profound effects.

Go ahead, give yourself a little pressie, and go enjoy some RnR in a float pod. You deserve it. Float on peeps.

4 Steps to take when you find yourself with Liquid Stevia in your eye.

First of all, liquid Stevia in the eye?! Is that a thing? What are the chances. Except when it comes to me. Typical Petrena, always gets into the most random situations. One way or another. They always find me.

I literally just got home from enjoying some work on a writing project, feeling all happy after being in touch with my creative side.  My friends happen to be at a very classy establishment sipping on Vino. My intention was to haul ass, get ready, go unwind in a nice ambient atmosphere  with great friends, and indulge in a nice glass of wine. Potentially(well guaranteed actually) also going to have some great laughs. A few of my favorite things, so you can imagine my excitement.

I had done amazing at getting ready like a rockstar, but being quite exhausted, my eyes were red and tired, so I very quickly(obviously without looking) grabbed what I thought was my eye drops out of my purse,  and preceded to tilt my head back  and give the bottle a squeeze, before I made my rock star exit.

It came out far too quick and far too much to be my eye drops. It flooded my eye! I knew there was something up as soon as it did that. So before quickly doing the other eye – I took a darn good look at the bottle.

‘OMG’ I thought when I seen it, while also instantly painfully laughing at myself.

‘Petrena! You knob! It’s freaken Stevia!?’  Self displine, and talking to myself, those are things.

Nothing like giving yourself crap.

Yes indeed it was, and indeed it was already starting to hurt. It reminded me of the time I accidentally poisoned myself in Africa…. That’s a whole other story though – for another time.

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I needed to take immediate and precise action. In the least panicked fashion as possible.

These are the 4 steps I took in order to get fast relief and make a speedy recovery:

Step 1  – Rinse your eye! For darn sake. Rise your eye as soon as you freaken can. It was a large amount of liquid stevia, and you need to get that $h!@ out as fast as it got in.

Yes it will become inflamed and red. But, I would rather that then burning and closing over. I couldn’t help but question myself. ‘Does stevia in the eye make you go blind?’ I opened my eye to test it out, but through all the water I could still kinda see, so I knew I was going to live. However, keep on rinsing! It still hurts in a very none pleasant way. I did also feel bad that my poor eye ball had to suffer from my blonde moment. Silly me! Sorry eye.

image1 (7)         That classic one eyed make-up look. My most attractive state.

Step 2 Do not add Visine(or on this case, ‘Vispring’, Spanish version)to the infected eyeball. Honestly it is a bad idea, it hurts even worse. Take it from me, I did it. I had a sneaking suspicion that it was not in my best interest. So that’s why I chose a very small dose.

Holy man did I rinse again!! Hard.

At this point I could taste Stevia coming down the back of my throat. Yup, clearly I got a large portion of the bottle of Stevia in there if I could even taste it. Seriously, my poor brain was probably coated with the stuff.

In any case, believe me in taking this step, to not take that other step.

Step 3Be gentle on your priceless eye, and rinse with a glass full of oxygenated water. Shoving water in my eye with my hand was just not cutting it. My poor eye was not happy with me, and I needed to pamper it with some TLC. I do love my oxygen drops for their myriad of health benefits, so I figured, the cells of my eye balls would too.

Oh and did they ever! They were loving them. I could only find a massive glass though.

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It wasn’t the most ideal for the job, but I decided – if there is a will, there is a classy way.

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Step 4 – Laugh at yourself. Because in reality it’s freaken funny as heck.

I may be exceptionally awesome, but I am still just exceptionally human like the rest of us.

When I messaged my friend to tell her of the unfortunately hilarious events that ensued and were sadly keeping me from attending the evening sesh, she did write back and say she burst out laughing in the middle of the restaurant when she read it. I didn’t blame her.

Will I mistake liquid stevia for my eye drops again?

Absolutely not! I learned my lesson – But if you ever do find yourself in this situation, these  four steps worked like a charm, and would be my go to guidelines for a full recovery.

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So here I be, instead of dressed up in a classy establishment, I am having ‘me time’, drinking tea, writing, and doing some sowing. Also things I love.

Yup, life is so sweet and calorie free. As per usual, I am still loving life. Me and my squinty eye.

Wining and dining on the deck.

Do you ever just get the urge to prepare a beautiful, healthy, love filled dinner at home? Well I know I do. As it often does – the mood to hang out with my little inner chef struck me. So I did what any person would do in that situation; I voyaged straight to the grocery store to stock up on some goodies to wow myself with.

Nothing too fancy and crazy. Just a nice veggie dish is what I was feelin’. In my mind I had decided I would make a Veggie Lasagna, accompanied with a Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Quinoa side dish. Once I was done perusing the store I ended up with Zucchini, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Eggplant, Spaghetti Squash, Ricotta, and some Tomato paste.  Upon returning to my little Zen pad, I opened the deep freeze and took out some northern mushrooms, that were literally picked in my back yard. Ummmm, did I mention – they are darn delicious!! Every time I return to Northern Canada, I always look forward to chowing on some delectable local mushies. I Grabbed the quinoa from the cupboard, and was ready to rock and roll. In order to do that though I needed music, so I got some toe tappin’ tunes going. Music always makes things more fun. I can’t imagine my every day life without it.

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There is nothing like eating healthy. It just makes your mind, body, and soul, so freaken happy and rejuvenated. Fueling my body to be it’s best.

Prior to my prep work I cut the Spaghetti Squash in half, drizzled olive oil on it and a wee bit of sea salt, and put er’ in the oven to roast, while also getting the quinoa cooking. I sliced up all the veggie’s, after which I salted the zucchini slices to get some of the water out of them. Otherwise it all comes out when it’s baking, and then you have to drain it, and well, with that also drains flavor…. So yes, I salted those bad boys and let them sit for a bit before I dried them with paper towel. 

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I spread tomato paste on the bottom of the baking dish, and started to layer the vegetables, adding a nice layer of ricotta cheese in the middle.

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I made two layers of each veg, drizzled it with olive oil and topped it with a bit of grated marble cheese.

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Swapped out the squash from the oven with the veggie dish.

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Baked it at 400 degrees for about an hour – and Voila!! Behold a veggie lasagna.

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I was having issues getting the sweet potato to stay on the top as the dish wasn’t quite deep enough. I pulled it together the best I could though. As you do.

Front deck ambiance? Or back deck ambiance? Decisions, decisions. After a coin toss with myself, it was front deck action that was in order. I checked my watch, and it just so happened to be Wine O’clock. Well look what time it is?? Being known for always being prepared for anything, I had a wine for exactly that time. The wine of choice was of course Canadian, as I always drink locally no matter where in the world I am.

The wine was a delightful Pinot Grigio, with notes of peach and apple, and the name was literally Wine O’clock. One of the best times, if I do say so myself.

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I set the table, and it was show time!

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Who needs to go for dinner when you got it all in your own yard. What time are you coming over?

Healthy treat anyone? A day with my dehydrator.

Putting healthy and whole food in my body is just something I can not live without. If you don’t love your body, it ain’t gonna love you back.  True story.

I am a huge believer in treating myself and my body as good – if not better as I treat other people.  It is so easy for us to go above and beyond for others, yet in the midst of it all, we often times never take the time to do it for ourselves.  I take myself of dates, I spoil myself, and I treat myself. In return my body glows with vitality, health and happiness. I encourage other’s to do these exact things for themselves all the time.

So it is no surprise that I have some of the best times ever preparing healthy treats for myself.

I had a craving. A craving for something sweet, crunchy, healthy, and ridiculously simple; Not the first time I have found myself in this situation.  

Looking all inviting on my counter was the dehydrator. It wanted to be used, and I wanted to use it.

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Not to mention, I had a bag of green apples that also needed to be used. So I set up my little station, grabbed a few super easy ingredients, and set off to continue being awesome and make an awesome and delicious snack at the same time.

Actually, let me start from the top again. I turned on some Spanish guitar music to serenade myself with – and right before I was off to the dehydrated apple chip races; I found myself in dire need of some thirst quenching and soul soothing sustenance for my ‘me time’ kitchen adventures – SO I made a superb(if I do say so myself) ‘party in your mouth’ kinda green juice. Pure veggie happiness. Once I was all equipped and ready to rock and roll – it was time to get this show on the road.

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Luckily I wasn’t in any sort of rush for this snack….. Or considering the fact that I was using the dehydrator; The waiting process could have became very painful, and quite hungry.

After I gave the apples a good little scrub and dry, I proceeded to slice em’ up. This knife was not the best tool for the job, but I am settling back into life in Canada, so not as equipped as I normally would be. Desperate times call for desperate measure, and sometimes it’s just whatever gets the job done.

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After I finished slicing the apples, I poured some Apple Cider Vinegar over them. I love ACV, and it has myriads of health benefits.

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Then I sprinkled a generous amount of Cinnamon on top.

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And, last but not least, liquid Stevia – for a little none blood spiking, calorie free, added sweetness.

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Gave er a good stir to get the apples all coated, and gracefully placed them in the racks of the dehydrator, sealed it up, and turned it on.

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6 hours into the whole process, I opened it up and turned the apples to make sure they were evenly dried.

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And boom! 6 more hours after that –  and I had me some tasty raw apple chips. Not sure it can get much simpler then this. Just a few easy ass ingredients, a bit of love, 12 hours, and happy snacking days!!

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The sun was shining, and the weather was darn sweet. Since it was 12 hours later – it was time to treat myself to another daily veggie juice, and, well, a ‘me time’ date on my back deck.  One of my favorite pastimes.

IMG_5329 IMG_5332 Some of the best adventure’s are in the middle of Africa – and others are in your own back yard. Literally!

Did I mention I love green juice?

Yes, there is nothing quite like a good ol’ green juice! For me the greener the better, but that’s from growing up in the Canadian wilderness and having my grandma feeding me all sorts of plants and things as a young girl when we were in the bush for their different nutritional value’s:) My palette is accustomed to it and my body loves it.

That being said, Camille and myself decided to head to one of our fave spots for some healthy treats and a good catch up sesh.

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Located in the trendy little Santa Catalina area of Palma, there is this chic little Raw Vegan eatery. After a month of detoxing and no Vino, this is what I look forward too! It’s safe to say, I love green juice just as much as I love Vino. They both make me equally as happy.  Oh and I do love raw food too! Although not as a 100% diet as I just so happen to prefer some things cooked. But love it none the less.

IMG_3108This little indulgence had Celery, cumber, parsley and greens. Heck yes, just like a party in my mouth.  I have to admit, I really do like everything at Ziva. They have a fairly wide selection of things and offer everything from Green Smoothies and juices, various tea’s and organic coffee, delicious raw food, and a good selection of super foods. It is a bit pricey, but the quality of food is totally worth it. There is juicing magic happening right there.IMG_3105

IMG_3102IMG_3113    I just so happen to be a huge fan of the Almond Cheese! Its ridiculously good.

IMG_3116   I know it’s easy to make, but I don’t always have that kind of time! So this is always my go to option.

As with culture here in Spain, most restaurants have a Menu del dia(Menu of the day).  It is always fresh, you get a few courses, and the cheapest way to go when you eat out for lunch.

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Camille got the salad of the day, which was spiraled cucumber with red pepper, purple cabbage, and a miso-tamari-ginger sauce.  Yes I tried a bit; And yes it was awesome. She loved every morsel too. You can see how focused she was,the anticipation of getting that fork full in her mouth was almost too much.IMG_3119    It is a quaint little place, with a nice little atmosphere, friendly service, and people in deep converstation;)

IMG_3104 Definitely not a bad place to spend a bit of your day. Especially when you are in fab company to boot. Bottoms up!

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