People Who’ve Seen the Dark.

We should all be so luck to find someone who’s seen the dark, for those people know how to shine light when we need it ourselves.
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We should all be so lucky to find someone whose seen the dark for those people know how to shine light when we need it ourselves. But sometimes the people who’ve seen the dark, choose to leave their problems there.

Sometimes we’re scared of hugging, in fear of them holding too tight. Sometimes we’re scared to pick someone up, in fear of them pulling us down. Sometimes we’re scared to save someone’s life, in fear we’ll forfeit our own. And sometimes we’re scared to share the lessons we learned, in fear of retracing our path.

5 Small Pleasures We Lost to Technology

There’s no denying the speed the worlds turning and the way life’s changing. Technology is taking over and destroying the little things as it goes. We’re nostalgic for the things that are now only a memory. We let a smile escape across our lips at the very thought of the things we once took for granted.
techolongy1. Film Cameras. Cameras once refused to let you live behind the lens. You weren’t able to fill your camera roll with pictures that will one day be as lost as your phone on a sticky bar floor. A single snap is no longer enough. You need angles, poses, unnatural moments. You will never know the life that’s lost between reality and your phone screen.
2. Renting a Movie. Wandering amongst the high shelves of Blockbuster was a Friday night on it’s own. Pointing at movie covers and laughing at the times you saw it with friends or shaking your head at your once celebrity crush. We’ve lost adventure to convenience and the sound of laughter to hollow clicks.
3. Desktop Computers. It was sneaking downstairs at midnight as your family laid fast asleep. You turned on the computer and cringed as the start up sound echoed through the house. Your bed was empty, your heart was racing. You couldn’t pull a computer on your lap, or check your favourite sites on your phone. You had to sneak back into bed a few hours later, smirking at your midnight adventure.
4. MSN. There once was a time you could escape the madness of the world outside of your home. You could leave the drama, the stories, the gossip as words behind the computer screen, waiting for you to come back. Text messages have become haunting. Leaving us unable to run without the promise of being chased.
5. Calendars. There used to be one benefit in starting a new year of school which was, a brand new agenda. Fresh sheets waiting to be personalized. Marked with doodles from class boredom. Hearts filled with monthly crushes. Personalized script reminding of weekend plans. Pages ripped out to pass to friends in class. The older we get, the clearer we can see that paper tells a better story then letters on a screen ever will.

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The problem with love is that they will protect you from hurt,
and you will begin to relate pain to the times they aren’t there. youngandtwenty.com

paws and play [november review]

product reviewUnfortunately the dark winter hours have made it harder to take pictures with natural light. Just another reason to wish for summer nights.

Paws and Play was extremely kind in sending me a monthly box for review. I love supporting Canadian companies. Especially those which were created for the well-being of our dogs, cats and owners.

This company allows you to fill out a survey upon subscribing so that you can receive the best products and sizes to fit your pets needs. This gives the opportunity of customization which will lead to a great box, every month.

The company offers a great selection of themed boxes (seasonal and regular) ranging from $14.95/month and upwards. Unfortunately, I am the dog lover of my family – but this box is perfect for the dog lover in yours.

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MultiPet Squeaker Mat - $12.95 : The name says it all. This toy squeaks, as my puppy likes to remind me time and time again. It has also become a prominent toy in our rotation as it is great for chewing, throwing as well as a light game of tug-of-war.

Bosco and Roxy’s Peaunt Butter Cups – $5.95 : I am sincerely upset that I have run out of these treats. Not only did they come presented in a manner that even we humans would like our food, but my dog absolutely adored them. They were fairly simple to cut into smaller pieces and use for encouraging good behavior. This will be the definite repurchase of the box.

Bonus! Sample Beef Liver Treat – ETTA SAYS : This is an easy treat to review as it was gone and enjoyed within the blink of an eye.

Silver Spur Free Range Pig Ear – $1.95: This is a simple (and seems to be more and more common)  product yet a great way to keep a puppy occupied.

FeelGood Grain-Free Trail Blazin’ Blitz – $6.95: These treats are a great full-sized product that will likely last a few months in my household. My dog is of course willing to try out this product for me and loves hunting for it in her treat dispensing toys.

Zukes Super Berry Dog Treats : This yummy berry blend is one that we have stumbled across before. It appears to be a popular brand and is always great to carry around for quick treats.

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Fall Edition of Modern Dog Magazine : $5.95 As a new dog owner, I was completely oblivious to the fact that there is a dog magazine available. Before I began flipping through the pages, I didn’t expect much more then advertisements and products but was surprised to see there were useful articles regarding dogs as well as their owners. This is a an excellent addition to the box and was a great change from the usual (but always enjoyed) treats and toys.

Overall, this box was a great hit with the repeat purchases being the Modern Dog Magazine and the Peanut Butter Cups. Paws and Play has proved to be a very accommodating company and truly wants you to have the best for your beloved family member.

It’s hard for these companies to go wrong, considering dogs are as picky (if not more) as children and can go through toys and treats within days. It has however been interesting to see how they set themselves apart and the amount of creativity that they put towards their boxes. Thank you again, Paws and Play.

For more information, visit Paws And Play

They Don’t Understand.

Don’t get it wrong, they care – but they don’t understand.
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They don’t understand. They don’t understand why you’ve collapsed on the side of the road, sobbing hysterically into your hands. They don’t understand why their messages sit in your inbox, unacknowledged for days. They don’t understand why your mind wanders to dark places, despite their constant pleas to cheer up.

Don’t get it wrong, they care – but they don’t understand.

They don’t understand how you’ve lost respect for life, how you can’t find anything to live for. You hold onto the familiar, aching to relive the simpler days. They don’t understand how you’ve stopped dreaming. You’ve stopped embracing the warmth of fresh laundry. You’ve stopped savoring the last sip of your morning tea. You’ve stopped smiling at the innocent, young faces you see on the street. You’ve stopped living.


	

5 Disney Movies That Taught Us About Life

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1. Peter Pan taught us to let go of our pasts and the familiar we’ve lived to know. It taught us the gain in growing up and growing vulnerable. There’s beauty in the future as long as we keep the beauty of our past.

2. Lion King reminded us of the disappointment that comes from the battle against fate. You can’t change who you are, so be the best you can be. Be brave, be prepared, be strong enough to face the life you’ve been given.

3. Bambi told us that life is love, loss, and a world that keeps turning, even in our darkest times. We’re not exceptions; we’re together in life, standing on a thin piece of ice, but like Bambi’s wobbly legs can stand, so can you. Just as the seasons promise, a new spring will come.

4. Toy Story confessed, there’s a power in numbers we hate to accept. We’re stubborn and close-minded and proud to be alone. But, one day someone will enter your life and when they help you carry your baggage, you’ll never realize how heavy it was until they put it down. Find the strength you’ve always needed in someone else and you’ll never again feel weak.

5. Alice in Wonderland says, we are who we believe we are and we are what we think we’re capable of. Embrace your flaws, your madness, your confusion. Hold an opinion and hold your own for we live in a world aching to change us. Embrace who you are, not who you will one day be. Life is a single step. Get lost, fall down, be late. Stop running.

You have to live and happily ever after will follow.
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Tell Your Tragedy.

Use the dirt on your hands to help them build their own castle in the sand.
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You don’t have to write a novel, fill a gallery with art or direct a play to tell your story. Find a way that works. Find a way to tell your tragedy. To inspire the ones on the same path. Your story is the cuts beneath your skin. The bags beneath your eyes. The dirt beneath your nails. Not everyone can see and not everyone will understand but, the ones that do need you to use the dirt on your hands to help them build their own castle in the sand.


	

You’re Human.

Your life may be hard but it means that you’re living and the fact that you’re living, means you’ve done something right.

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Your family may fight but it shows that they’re there. Your job may be boring but it means you still have one. Your skin may be flawed but it means that you’ve grown. Your mistakes may be bad but it means that you’re human. Your smile may be temporary but it means there’s still hope.

Your life may be hard but it means that you’re living and the fact that you’re living, means you’ve done something right.