3 Fun Ways To Exercise WITH Your Dog Outdoors + Dog Exercise Essentials

Happy Wednesday, Loves! One of the biggest struggles I've found while raising a puppy is keeping him exercised. Because he is a husky puppy, he is just a constant ball of energy and always gets himself into trouble when he's bored. I've found that the only way to keep him under control is to exercise him multiple times a day. They always did say: "A tired husky is a happy husky". Because of his constant need to be exercised, I found this the perfect opportunity to exercise along side him to try to get more fit, lose some extra weight, and start living healthier.


If you have a very overly hyper pup and/or are looking for some fun ways to exercise with him/her, here are 3 suggestions from my home to yours! I also added in some awesome exercise essentials that we love that definitely help all of us stay motivated and prepared!

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GO FOR A WALK/RUN
This is probably the most generic way most people exercise with their dogs. Nevertheless, taking your dog out for an hour walk/run definitely gives you both some awesome cardio. Even if you just go on a walk, if you and your pup walk at a speed that makes your heart beat raise slightly, you are getting some good cardio in! We love taking Echko on walks (for about an hour) two or three times a day. We are lucky because we live right by the waterfront; so a walking path is always available. Nevertheless, walking your dog through your neighbourhood or even through your city streets is the perfect opportunity to keep them exercised while teaching obedience and recall.  



GO HIKING
Our pup loves hiking! We took him on his first hike at the Greenwood Conservation Area last week and he couldn't get enough of it! Because of the different terrain available (forests, hills, rocky paths, flat plains, sandbanks, muddy stream paths, etc.), you both really get to work your legs and get some great cardio at the same time! We also love taking our pup hiking in places that don't really have a defined trail because it gives us the opportunity to teach re-call training. Although he is always on a leash, we give him more leniency with a 8 metre retractable leash so that we are able to teach him to stay relatively close to us even if he wants to explore. This is also a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with many different people and breeds. If you go to a trail that is specifically for dogs, you will meet so many owners who are very friendly, helpful, and will teach you a thing-or-two; all while your dog is able to play with their dogs. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and have your dog/puppy learn how to play gentle with others. 

Some of our essentials for hiking include: Beaver Canoe Checkered Dog HarnessFlexi Vario Retractable Leash (Large)Earth Rated Waste Bag DispenserEarth Rated Lavender Scented Waste Bags, Messy Mutts Collapsible Dog Bowl, Water, Espree Paw Wipes, a backpack, comfortable hiking shoes, Off! Clip-On Mosquito Repellent, a coffee (to keep me warm during our fall/winter walks) and a plastic bag to hold all of your filled puppy waste bags (just in case there aren't many garbage cans throughout the trail).


PLAY TAG OR FETCH AT AN EMPTY OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
This is kind of a hard one, depending on your schedule. If you are lucky enough to be a regular at your local dog park, you may know the best times to visit when it is completely empty. For us, it usually mid-day on the week days. Because Echko is only 3 months old, we don't like exposing him to dogs that are not fully vaccinated and prefer to only take him to dog parks when it is completely empty or if we've already chatted with the other dog owners and they have already ensured us that their dogs are all vaccinated. We love this idea because since Echko is a husky, he is a runner at heart. This gives him the opportunity to run all of his stored energy out while being in an enclosed environment. He loves to chase us in the dog park and go fetch toys we throw for him! Definitely a fun fall afternoon together! I definitely would recommend, if you bring any toys for fetching, that you avoid any stuffed toys (so you don't bring any bugs home). Instead, bring rope toys, balls, or toys made of silicon. 

Some of our dog park essentials include: Earth Rated Waste Bag DispenserEarth Rated Lavender Scented Waste Bags, Rope Toys, KONG Ball Dog Toy, and Comfortable Shoes. 

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These are my absolute favourite ways to exercise with my Husky Puppy! I hope these gave you a couple ideas of how to exercise with you dog! What are some of your favourite ways to exercise with your dog?

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How To Get Your Life Together | The Ultimate Guide To A Productive GYST Day

Happy Sunday, loves! I've recently been on a roll creating content for you all while working on an amazing project in the background. I wasn't always this motivated and organized. I used to over-book myself then get so overwhelmed with all of the tasks I procrastinated from. Thanks to the inspiration from Kalyn Nicholson, I have adapted her "GYST Day" practice to accommodate my lifestyle, helping me get back on track. If you are anything like me, you may enjoy creating your own GYST Day to help you get your life back in order. I also added some pro-tips at the end of this post to help you stay on task, get more done, and feel accomplished at the end of the day for getting your life together!


If you are unfamiliar with Kalyn's "GYST Day" strategy, it is basically the act of putting aside a day of the week to Get Your Sh*t Together. She breaks her day down into three categories: chores, beauty, and goals; then gets tasks done within those categories as the day goes on. To learn more about it, watch her YouTube video here.

Who Are GYST Days For?
- Anyone who gets overwhelmed with adulting
- Anyone who loves to procrastinate and has fallen behind
- Anyone who has too much on their plate and just needs a day to get back on track
- Anyone who struggles staying organized
- Anyone who is excited to create a more productive lifestyle.

If you fit any (or all) of these, I definitely recommend you giving a GYST Day a try. I feel like, unless you have your life 100% together (which is almost nobody, because nobody is perfect), you could benefit from trying a GYST Day at least once in your life. No matter your intention, implementing a GYST Day into your week definitely will have you feeling more organized, underwhelmed, and ready for what the next week holds. 


For me, having a GYST Day means setting aside a day of the week to complete all of the things I've been procrastinating from or have slipped behind the reigns due to other more important tasks and events. I am a person who puts way too much on my plate at one time. I am constantly brainstorming and coming up with creative projects while balancing being a husky mom, a girlfriend, a daughter, and a 20-something who has no clue what she wants to do with her life. Having a GYST Day helps me organize my thoughts and get back on track.

Usually my GYST Day is Wednesday. This is just most convenient for me because that is the day my boyfriend, Adam, doesn't have school or work; so he watches our dog while I try to get myself back on track. You obviously could pick whatever day of the week that works best for you and you definitely do not have to do this every week. Some people (like me) just need to do it every week to keep themselves on track; but you surely could just plan a GYST Day whenever you feel like you've fallen behind in life.


How To Organize Your GYST Day?
Similar to Kalyn, I also like break my day up into categories. Although I have a couple extra categories I have created to help me be more productive and get more done throughout the day.
  • Chores
  • Projects
  • Self-Care
  • Planning Ahead
  • Relax

C H O R E S
I always like to start my GYST Day with doing chores. They are the quickest to complete and having a clean work space always makes me want to be more productive. These are typically chores that have been piling up while I have been trying to do other tasks, chores I only need to do on a weekly basis, or tasks I have been avoiding doing.

P R O J E C T S
After finishing all of my chores, I usually take some time to complete some projects I've been procrastinating from doing. Whether these are projects from school, my blog, my shop, or freelance work, I try to get them all done during this time.

S E L F - C A R E
After I complete all of the projects I needed to get done for the day, I begin some self-care. These are things I can't do on a daily basis that give myself the good ol' pampering I've been lacking from working so hard on other tasks and commitments throughout the week.


P L A N  A H E A D
I think it is most important to use your GYST Day is to plan ahead to so that you can continue to have your sh*t together. I like to spend some time filling in my planner with upcoming dates, tasks, and projects for the upcoming week that are noted inside of my calendar app. I will be sharing a detailed post, next Sunday, explaining how I plan ahead using my favourite calendar app on my phone and my planner! Keep an eye out!

R E L A X
Finally, after a long productive day of getting stuff done, I like to just relax! Here, you can do whatever makes you feel happy and relaxed. You worked hard, so you deserve to play hard too!

Pro-Tips For GYST Days:
  • Keep your planner/calendar up-to-date throughout the week so that it will be super easy to identify what you need to get done during your GYST Day. You don't want to waste your day away just trying to figure out what needs to get done.
  • For each category of your GYST Day, write a list of things you MUST get done that day.
  • Schedule time-frames in your calendar/planner to do tasks. This will create pressure on you to complete everything in its designated time frame--allowing you to do more throughout the day.
  • Do all of the things you hate or take the longest time doing first. When you have completed them, you will feel so much more motivated because they are finally out of the way.
  • Try to have fun and keep a positive attitude during your GYST Day. When you are enjoying yourself, more gets done.
  • Pick a day of the week that typically seems to be free every week. This will help you create routine. The more implemented a GYST Day is in your routine, the more likely you are to continue doing them and staying on track with your life. 
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This was my ultimate guide to a productive GYST Day. Have you tried a GYST Day before or have a similar routine in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

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Grease The Musical (Toronto) | Worth The Buy?

Happy Thursday, Loves! Last night, I had the most amazing opportunity to see Grease The Musical live in Toronto for Premier Night of Preview Week! With all the buzz going around about this recreation of the classic 1970's musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, I knew I had to get myself tickets for the very first show to do a Worth The Buy!

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Grease The Musical (Toronto) is a "fresh, relevant interpretation of the show" featuring classic hits from the original 1971 musical and the hit 1978 movie.
"For me, a big part of the fun of Grease is being able to see how far we’ve come since 1959 and yet still show how the themes of first love, friendship, and a search for identity are universal across generations.” ~ Josh Prince
It is directed by Josh Price (acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer) and stars Janel Parrish (as Sandy), Dylan S. Walluch (as Danny), and Katie Findley (as Rizzo).

It is live throughout November and December 2017 at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.

For review purposes. Adam and I purchased tickets in Section MEZZ-C, Row A, Seats 212 & 213. We were front row of the mezzanine, dead centre-view of the stage. Tickets for these seats cost us $114 each (for preview week). Please note: the prices for your seats may differ depending on the seats you choose and the dates you buy tickets for. 

Okay, so now that the nitty gritty details are out of the way, what you have been waiting for: is it worth the buy?

I'd have to say absolutely. It was a terrific show with a fantastic cast! 

The musical, as a whole, was so well produced and directed. Every single detail to the show was thoughtfully noted as I watched it. I found that in every scene, the little actions characters would do, even though they weren't the centre of the scene, really added to their characters and the play as a whole. I had a smile on my face from the very beginning to the very last applaud. I have to say, Josh Price did a marvelous job with this adaptation of the original! 

The casting crew did an amazing job casting all of the parts and ensuring the whole cast had chemistry. There was so much high energy from every member of the cast which made it really fun to watch. Every character was portrayed perfectly by their actor/actress. The vocals and the choreography for every piece had so much personality and soul! The cast as a whole blended together so perfectly and It shined through that they all loved working with one another on this production. It was as if the whole cast, through the months of rehearsal, became a family. That is what I loved most. I also loved how much they interacted with the audience. Cast members would run through isles dancing and singing for certain scenes, which was so fun to watch!

Janel Parrish did a fantastic job playing Sandy. I know a lot of people were skeptical about having a brunette Sandy, but Janel really rocked the part. Her vocals were so heart-wrenching in "Hopelessly Devoted To You" that I had chills down my spine. It was amazing seeing the shift in her acting career from mastermind (somewhat) villain, Mona, in Pretty Little Liars to Sweet Innocent Ol' Sandy. She really did an amazing job playing Sandy!

Katie Findlay also did an amazing job playing Rizzo. I think she was the perfect actress to cast. I had goosebumps throughout "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" and I couldn't stop smiling at her interpretation of Sandy in "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee". I don't think they could have picked a better person to play Rizzo!

Dylan S. Wallach would make John Travolta proud! His vocals were superb and he did a sensational job portraying Danny! My heart melted when he sang "Summer Nights" and "Sandy". His conflicted cocky/sweet, grease-head personality really shined through!

Because we were on the mezzanine, we also had the pleasure of watching the musicians on the upper left booths. It put the biggest smile on my face seeing Elizabeth Baird (Music Director) getting so passionate and into the music! Matthew Haber (Projection Designer), Michael Walton (Lighting Designer), Paul Tate dePoo (Set Designer) and the rest of the creative team did a fantastic job creating the setting on stage! We definitely were brought back to the 1950's!

And of course, the Elgin And Winter Garden Theatre Centre is as beautiful as always with its beautiful mural of a night sky painted around the stage and dangling greenery from the ceiling. My only complaint about the theatre, though, was that there were no signs telling us where we had to go to find the doors leading to our seats. We kind of just guessed and ended up right. It was also very hot waiting for doors to open inside of the lobby. But, on a brighter note, staff were very helpful leading us to our seats. The theatre is also really compact, so no matter where you sit, you will have a great view of the cast.

Whether you are a long-time lover of Grease or are curious to see it for the first time, I'd definitely recommend it! It has such a fantastic director, cast and creative team that will keep you smiling from ear to ear throughout the whole musical! It was so good that Adam and I want to go back and see it again!

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