As a person who loves reading, it is always nice to find a story I haven’t read before and I can honestly say that I’ve never read about a character quite like Brenda Cankles of Big & Fabulous. In my experience, when fat women are included in fictional books they aren’t the main character and their story is often centered around their desire to lose weight. Brenda is not such a character and that alone made her story very compelling. As a plus size lead character she is given the agency to direct the story and narrate it. It is especially nice to read about a plus size woman who not only has no desire to diet but who also loves her body as it is and always has. Compared to many of our other current pop culture examples who are obsessed with weight loss or even contracted into losing a certain number of pounds, I’d say it is very refreshing and much more fat positive. In fact, I’ve got some specific and very timely comparisons for you below.
It’s been one year since I started the Body Positive Babe blog on January 6th, 2016. Interesting in that 6 is my favourite number and yet I just realized this coincidence now as I typed out the full date. Also, a pretty cool coincidence is the fact that this is my 100th blog post, a double celebration! So I thought, especially as it is also a new calendar year, it would be a good time to reflect on all I have accomplished. 2016 was the year I created and launched my own blog, but also my very own signature scent! Plus I have all the details on a huge giveaway valued at over $500 total, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Continue reading “One Year Later: A Blogger’s First Year In Review”
The second I opened the cover of the book Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary I completely fell in love. The premise of the book is what got me totally hooked, it is designed to be read one page a day. A way for you to ensure you keep at least one body positive message in your life per day by reading a simple passage. The 2nd edition launches on December 20th. Trust me when I say, this book is for everyone who believes in radical self-love, from those who desperately want to start their journey to those educating the rest of us on how to get there. Continue reading ““Beautiful You” Book Review”
Fuck is not only the most versatile word in the English language but if you ask me, it is also the best. A personal favourite word for almost every situation, it was also the first swear word I ever use. I can’t remember whether it was my sister or our friends that told but despite the punishment I received, I never learned and still love the word today. Of course, I am generally capable of not using that language when it is inappropriate but a part of me resents that I can’t just use that word all the time. There are far worse words that don’t seem to elicit the reaction that “fuck” does. In fact, I have been on the receiving end of some of those words and I’ll take a swear word over a slur word any day of the week. Continue reading “Adult Colouring & Swearing for Self Care”
Trösta means care. It is a Swedish verb that means to comfort, console or give solace. A perfect description for the feeling that this new monthly subscription box will provide. It is the perfect gift for the person who wants to create a self-care routine but who needs a little bit of guidance getting started. Ideal for busy individuals who don’t have time to seek out the quality tools they need to practice self-care on a regular basis. Let’s face it, the less time you spend seeking out candles and bath bombs, the more time you have available to enjoy them. What is more convenient than having these supplies delivered directly to your door, once a month, just like clockwork? It’s certainly much easier than the alternative.
The products inside of the Trösta Box are designed to appeal to our senses and to meet our physical, emotional and mental needs. As you have read before on this blog, I believe that good mental wellness is critical to overall body positivity and that true self-love must include your body, your heart, and your mind. The Trösta Box has a little bit of everything, perfect for taking care of each and every part of you. The products in the box will leave you feeling relaxed and grounded, not to mention, they will leave you and your home smelling absolutely amazing! Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of coming home to a surprise gift every month? Continue reading “Trösta Box for Self Care”
In the spirit of St. Patty’s day, I’m hosting a Lashes’n’Lace giveaway! You can easily win a $100 gift card to shop with Lashes’n’Laceto pick up some sexy lingerie. All you have to do to enter is follow @LashesNLace and me, @MsLindsayM on Instagram and share the contest photo on your profile. There are a few other simple steps, use the hashtag #LindsayNLace and tag both accounts listed above when you post it. You can enter once per day on Instagram, but your account must be public while the contest is open. No brand new accounts or giveaway pages, please. This contest is open to anyone 18 years and older, anywhere in the world. Plus the store carries sizes XS-4X in almost every style. Enter now as the contest closes on March 31st and the winner will be announced on my Instagram page on April 1st, we promise it won’t be an April Fool’s Day prank. Best of luck to you all and I hope you have a fantastic St. Patty’s Day today, try not to drink too much green beer, especially if you still have to go to work tomorrow. For some inspiration, scroll down for some aqua green lingerie in the spirit of this holiday. For anyone wondering, my ancestry, according to the family tree created by my Great Grandmother, is a quarter Irish, a quarter Scottish and mostly English but to be clear, my family has been living in Canada for many generations. Continue reading “Lashes ‘N’ Lace Giveaway”
Seriously! I know, I know, it seems to good to be true but I have partnered with “Got Curves” to bring you an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on. They are a new Canadian based lingerie company that I have been working closely with as they prepare to launch their brand in April 2016. In celebration, they are giving away free gift codes to use in their online store. I mean, you don’t even have to be as in love with lingerie as I am to realize that is a great deal! Plus, they are all about loving your curves and body positivity. Now, here’s the one heartbreaker for some of my readers… this offer is only available to people living in Canada & USA. Sorry babes living elsewhere, I promise to update you if that ever expands. Continue reading “Free Lingerie from Got Curves”
In honour of its release day today, I’m hosting a contest to giveaway one autographed copy of Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2, a book that I helped to co-author. All you have to do to win is repost this image tagging me and using the hashtag #BodyPositiveBabeSB2. Anyone who has purchased or does purchase a #BodyPositiveBabe tee from me before the contest ends gets two bonus entries. Contest closes at midnight EST on July 30, 2016 (my birthday) and the winner will be announced the following day. This contest is only open to my followers. Earn extra entries by sharing this image on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr – same rules apply. International entries welcome. You can also purchase a copy of the book, autographed by me, for $20CAD plus shipping. Please e-mail me for more information on purchasing a book directly from me and help to support this blog
UPDATE: Moments after posting the note below, I received an e-mail from YesIYoga, saying that they would not be fulfilling their commitment to us. I am so disappointed in their failure to deliver on their promise and quite frankly, they need to be responsible for their poor planning. I will apologize on their behalf because when I wrote this blog I entry I fully believed they would live up to their commitment to all of us. As far as I am concerned, this is absolutely unacceptable and I will do everything within my power to ensure this never happens again. Please see the photos at the bottom of the post for the full e-mail I am referring to. Again, my apologies if you feel misled or angry because I feel the same way. I am so sorry!
Please Note: This offer expired on March 1st. Thank you for all the support, I have received confirmation that I am receiving a sweatshirt and yoga pants for the over 30 of you lovely people that signed up as well. I hope you are all at least getting free socks, maybe leggings! Be sure to sign up for mailing list so you never miss out on future giveaways and contests. I have included a photo as proof of the e-mail I received, so you can all see it as well. Pretty exciting! Continue reading “Yoga Gear, Nothing For Free”