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    Our Immune Health Starts in Our Gut


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  • Gluten Free Banana Protein Pancakes

    Recipe: Gluten Free Banana Protein Pancakes


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  • Social Distancing in the Woods with My Beasties

    Social Distancing – A Test of Humanity


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  • Identifying Toxic Humans - Bless and Release

    Identifying Toxic Humans, Bless and Release


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  • Common Courtesy Isn't That Common Anymore

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year! 3 Lists to Make (and Burn) For 2015


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It’s New Year’s Eve. Many of us use this time to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead. With this in mind, I wanted to share a tradition that I first heard about and started last year, and I invite you to play along. ...

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Best of Instagram – November 2014


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Good morning November! (Only 55 days until Christmas…) #november #fog #winter #sunrays #cowichan #trees #explorebc A photo posted by Mariska Richters (@mariskar) on Nov 1, 2014 at 9:40am PDT Oh Roxidoo! ūüôā #HappyMaker #BestFriend #Dog #PuppyLove #autumn #worldoflabs #chocolate A photo posted by Mariska Richters (@mariskar) on Nov 4, 2014 ...

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A little while back I started playing with the new iOS8 slo-mo feature on my iPhone camera and I have been very entertained by the results. (Demo videos in this post were shot with an iPhone 5s running iOS8.) Of course one of my first videos had to be of my chocolate lab, Roxie. I laughed when the ...

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A couple of weeks ago I received a request from one of my Instagram followers for prints of a couple of my mushroom images I had posted a few weeks earlier. She said she had the perfect wall art frames and would love to see my mushroom photos in them! ...

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Spend a Night in the KLM Airplane Apartment!


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The Dutch have done it again! I’ve always been a fan of¬†KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The airline was practically part of the family back when my Opa (grandfather) was a pilot with them and I do my best to fly with them (or their partners) whenever I travel. The airline¬†has ...

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Van Gogh Roosengaarde Glowing Bike Path

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I love¬†night photography. I love to travel. And I LOVE how my fellow Dutch folk come up with so many super fun and inspiring ideas and projects! I’ll be adding the¬†Van Gogh Glowing Bicycle Path¬†my bucket list the next time I head to the Netherlands for a family visit. The ...

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Remembrance Day 2014 – My Family Connection


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OctoberGrams 2014


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Fall on Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful times of year. These OctoberGrams are a collection of some of my most popular Instagram posts from October 2014. All photos were shot and edited with an iPhone 5s. Follow @mariskar on Instagram for more fun photos. Lighthouse in Staley Park, #Vancouver #Canada #StanleyPark #lighthouse #redandwhite A photo ...

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I Just Booked My Ticket To Mars!


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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m addicted to travel, adventure and photography. So when I saw the opportunity to book a ticket¬†to Mars, I had to jump at it! And I’m taking my niece and nephew with me! I just booked my ticket¬†to Mars¬†and you can come too! Well, ...

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