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Healthy Swellness: Getting back to my bookworm ways


I think I’ve written before that this has been a chaotic year. And with it coming to a close soon, I’m going to have to evaluate how to move forward; because my current pace is not something I can maintain in the long term.

As much as this year has been a bit nutty, I have made some somewhat successful adjustments. While it wasn’t a decision I made, but rather just what my schedule dictated, running and racing has been less of priority this year, which I’m fine with for 2016. Another change I’m please about? I decided to try to read more often. I was always a major bookworm since I was a little girl, but for about the last five years or so I stopped reading books, when I used to be someone who raced through a book every week or two. (Maybe I’ve been too distracted by social media? Maybe it’s due to not having a great reading spot at home?)

But with my goal of adding things to my life that bring me happiness, I decided I needed to start reading books again. And while it doesn’t sound like a lot, I’ve read about a half dozen books in about the last year, and two things have helped make that happen. First, being part of the Indigo Book Club. While I’ve only successfully read the monthly pick in time for the Twitter party with the author once–they hold it at the end of each month (and I’m typically reading the books months later), having the books chosen for me eliminates that task, and now I always have reading material for when I’m killing time waiting in airport lounges and on flights (but this only works sometimes because I’m frequently so sleep-deprived when I travel that I’m not alert enough to focus on reading!).


Receiving a Kobo Glo HD (thanks Kobo!) has helped up my reading time, too. I’ve always loved having a Kobo to read on the beach (no pages for the wind to mess with and it’s light and easy to hold overhead when lying back on a chaise). It features an anti-glare screen (again, great for the beach), but also an adjustable ComfortLight (helpful when traveling with a friend and you want to read a bit before going to sleep). The Kobo Glo HD can also store thousands of books and so I don’t have to stress about the extra weight in my carry-on (I used to lug six hardcover books to week-long beach vacations). Another major plus about the Kobo? The long battery life. Kobo states that a single charge has up to two months of battery life. If only my smartphone could hold a charge for as long as my Kobo!

Right now I’m reading the lovely Nora McInerny Purmort’s book It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) on my Kobo, but I’m also starting this month’s #IndigoBookClub pick, The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. This book was a finalist for this year’s Giller Prize, and the Twitter party with Whittall is taking place @chaptersindigo on November 30, 2016, at 7 p.m. EST (chances are I won’t have finished the book on time but you should take part if you’ve read The Best Kind of People and want to tweet and discuss with @zoewhittall).

What’ve been your fave recent reads?





Leave a Comment November 22, 2016

Healthy Swellness: National Read in a Bathtub Day Giveaway with American Standard

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** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Scroll to the bottom if you entered to see if you’ve won!**

Happy National Read in a Bathtub Day!

I have to admit, I think I’ve only taken a bath at home once. It’s always something I want to do; I save bubble bath products for when I get around to it, but then I never get around to it. I do sometimes take advantage of the luxe hotel tubs though when I travel (less things I need to cross off my list when out of my place, I suppose). But since I’m trying to slow down a bit this year, I’m adding more baths into my schedule, and yes, reading in the tub.

My tub is a standard condo builder type of tub, but I’d love a freestanding tub, you know when I grow up, haha. It’s usually the bathrooms in hotels that fill me with design envy. Soaking in this edgy Loft freestanding tub from American Standard (above) would be like staycationing in the hottest hotel in town.

And while I tend to like modern lines like the Loft, I’m possibly more drawn to the softer curves of this Serin tub. It’s elegant and a little more traditional yet still modern; the kind you’d find in the best spas…

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In my chic cottage on the lake (hey, I’m doing a bit of dreaming here, ok?), I think I’d opt for the Ovale freestanding tub. The curves seem more reminiscent to me of traditional tubs of another era and this traditional look would suit the classic tiles I’d decorate my cottage bathroom in. Plus, it has a deep well so you can fill it up with water at just the right temp, plus, of course, plenty of bubbles…

AS Ovale Freestanding Tub - Lifestyle2

But none of these tubs would feel complete unless you were to have a nice, long, relaxing soak while catching up on a great book. And to help celebrate National Read in a Bathtub Day, I’ve partnered with American Standard for a fun giveaway! Enter and you could win a $25 giftcard to a bookstore so that you can get a great book for your bathtub reading.

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2015.

Here’s how to enter! You can enter in three different ways (each way counts as one entry, so go ahead and enter in each of the three methods!):

1. Email me at healthandswellness@gmail.com with your name and mailing address (it just makes it quicker for us to send you the prize  if you provide me with your address off the bat). Please put “American Standard” in the subject line.

2. Twitter: Follow both me (@healthswellness) and American Standard (@amstandardca) on Twitter, and then tweet:

I’ve entered to #win a giftcard for books to read in the tub from @healthswellness and @amstandardca. Enter here! http://bit.ly/1O2gRYn

3.  Like both the Health and Swellness PAGE on Facebook (at the top of the page) and the American Standard Canada page as well, and then leave a comment on the photo of this American Standard giveaway — tell me which book you last read in the bathtub was.

The prize is valued at $25 and the giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Please note that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen at random. If I cannot reach the winner within five days, another winner will be selected. The winner’s name will be announced on the blog once confirmed with the prize winner.

But I’m not the only one doing a giveaway — American Standard Canada is as well! But hurry to enter as their giveaway ends at midnight Wednesday, February 10th! They have three $25 giftcards to be won to go towards a book or two to read in the tub. You can find their giveaway on their Facebook page.

Happy reading in the tub! And good luck in the giveaway! Oh, and for more info about product availability and your nearest store location for American Standard, visit www.americanstandard.ca


Congratulations to Alison O., the winner of the giftcard to go towards your next great bathtub read! Check your email, Alison, for more details.


Leave a Comment February 9, 2016

The power of books

I’m thinking I need to find novels about a woman who become super rich and successful, or an average runner who somehow becomes a crazy good runner, or a girl who meets her dream boy-band member and lives happily ever after…


A new study from Ohio State University found that when you lose yourself in a book, you start to identify with the fictional character, so much so it can affect your real life. You start to think and feel like the character as if it’s actually you, and it can translate into changes in behaviour in real life. In one experiment, when reading about a character who had to overcome obstacles to vote, those readers were more likely to vote in real life in an election a few days afterwards.

Hence my new reading list.

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