Saying goodbye to my best friend

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5 Ways to get rid of a cold/flu

Freddy facts of the week:

So you either didn’t see the post last week, or you just happened to fall victim to the current cold/flu buzzing around your home/school/workplace.Either way, here’s what you can do to get rid of it more efficiently so you can be back to your normal self in no time.

  1.  Rest: I can’t stress enough to get as much sleep as possible. If you’re off work, sleep longer and nap when possible. If you have to continue working, minimize other activities to ensure you receive the proper sleep you need to fight off this bacteria/virus.
  2.  Drink up: All that coughing and sneezing, (and if its the flu,any fluid emission from either end) makes you very dehydrated, make sure you ingest enough water to keep your system afloat
  3. Install a humidifier: Viruses and Bacteria thrive in dry, arid environments, by utilizing a cool air humidifier you can combat the virus in the air. You definitely want it running when you go to bed.  These handy little fellas can be purchased at any major supply store (walmart, superstore, ikea)
  4. Take vitamin C: right now vitamin c is the best friend your immune system can have. Try and get your daily intake either by consuming fruits and vegetables or by taking a supplement.
  5. Take hot showers: the steam from your shower will help break up the phlegm in your chest and nose. Try to breathe as deeply as possible to help clear those airways.

Hopefully this helps you beat that nasty cold/flu, it works for me!

Good luck my darlings! Get better soon!


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5 Ways to prevent catching colds/flu

Freddy facts of the week: 

It happens every year, and it’s not always in winter. No I’m not talking about snow (although sometimes in Canada that’s true!) I’m talking about colds and the flu. Chances are we’ve all come in contact with a customer, coworker, loved one who shows symptoms of something amiss. Here’s what to do when you see this happen around you:

1. Disinfect all surfaces and materials 

Cold and flu viruses can live on hard surfaces up to 16hrs and fabric up to 12hrs. It is important to wash clothing, bed linens, and sanitize surfaces with a sterilizing product such as: lysol, windex, bleach, vinegar. 

2. Don’t touch your face

If someone coughs on you, don’t fret, unless they coughed or sneezed directly into your eyes, nose or mouth, there’s little to no risk of contagion. However, if your hands touch mucus anywhere and then you scratch your eye, itch your nose, or wipe your lips, the virus or bacteria can travel in the mucus membrane, thus rendering you potentially ill especially if you don’t already have the antibodies for this particular pathogen. 

3. Avoid close contact with infected persons

Often times viruses will spread through households due to one person being sick and the rest catching it. If the person is your partner, avoid close contact. If it’s your child contact is probably necessary, just make sure you sanitize everything they touch and try to keep your face out of the sneezes and coughs if you can. 

4. Get your vitamins 

Lacking nutrition can lower your immune system making it much harder to fight the bacterial war that can be waged against us. If you don’t eat a balanced diet then at least consume a multivitamin daily. 

5. Remain hydrated

There’s never an end to the benefits of water. In this case, your immune system is essentially in your blood. White blood cells are responsible for identifying, then tackling viruses and bacteria, and afterward cataloging their appearance along with an arsenal of antibodies  to ensure we don’t get sick from that one again. Blood needs water to transport itself efficiently throughout the system and ensure our immune response isn’t delayed. So drink up!

Here’s hoping you can all avoid that dreadful cold onset. 

Photo by Andras Schram

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

Pants by Freddy Canada (available also at Freddy USA)

Shirt by Apt 22

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Problems with Pokemon Go

First of all, I just want to clarify:

The technology behind this app is amazing. It’s great to see people out interacting and getting mobile with one another. That being said…

Yesterday my boyfriend, step son and I went to Eau Claire to walk around and visit the park. Everywhere we looked people were in crowds staring at their phones. They weren’t talking about life or enjoying the scenery, rather we overheard terms like, “wartotle,” “squirtle” and a few discuss “farming,” which i am certain has nothing to do with actual farming. People would stop dead in their tracks making it so you almost run into them just to catch a Pokemon. My boyfriend and I watched this strange phenomenon at first rather amused, but it slowly turned to concerning. 

People were walking everywhere face down. One woman smashed into my side (I’m 8 months pregnant) and didn’t even say sorry, didn’t look up or anything, just kept walking. 

When I got home I did some research on the new app. The users give it full access to their location and provide photo documentation of various areas around our country.

This is where I have a major problem with this. If you haven’t currently watched the news, the world is engaged in a war of terror. There are a few super powers who would do anything to get valuable intelligence regarding military establishments, court buildings, police stations, government buildings… The list goes on. And our citizens are out there, documenting this very same intelligence and willingly handing it to a corporation. You also give it access to your google account, which may seem harmless but it shows whomever is collecting this data trends in purchases, common interests, basically everything about us, I mean who doesn’t Google stuff? 

And lastly it scares me a little when I see unsupervised children playing it. I watched one walk head down through our back alley while searching for something. What if a car came flying around the corner? What if a predator was watching them, would they be prepared to run? If someone isn’t there to help them pay attention to their surroundings they could be in great danger, and as a mother that concerns me. 

As I said before, I think how it’s getting people out and socializing is amazing, I just wish we as a society could look up from our devices every so often, go for a walk in a park and talk about life,  not technology, if maybe we could absorb the beauty in this world rather than be slaves to a new game with bright-coloured, imaginary, cute creatures to collect and compare ourselves to one another.

I’d rather overhear people say, “I plowed 3 fields and fed the cows, or “I finished the basement,” or, “we went for a hike today,” instead of,” I’m a level 57 what are you?”

If an app developer could make something interesting, that got people into nature but involved them not looking at their phones the whole time and teaches them real skills… We could be onto making this world a better place. 

Until then my friends, enjoy catching your pokethingys, I know you’re all having fun but please do be careful, be mindful of your surroundings and the people near you. I sincerely hope whomever collects the data for this app does not have a malicious intent for it… Or else we’re screwed, screwed by pokemon. 

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4 Stampede Fashion Must Have’s

Freddy facts of the week

The greatest outdoor show is coming to Calgary for its annual debut on Friday, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE!!! And as much as it is a celebration of western riding and culture, it’s also a chance to strut your cowboy fashion sense up and down the midway. I’ve comprised a list of 4 essentials in order to pull off the stampede runway with style. 

1. Cowboy hat/ Cute hairstyle

If you look good in a hat, go for it! I always like the sparkly ones. If not I suggest something with braids and some curls. Or you can go for the pigtails or pigtail braids, very on point.

2. Plaid Shirt

Nothing says rodeo living like a plaid shirt. You can also step this up a notch and find some western shirts at your local western store. 

3. Blingy Belt and Jewelry

Think BIG when it comes to belt buckles, and the more sparkle it has the better. As for jewelry you can play it up or play it small, if it sparkles it’ll look great either way. 

4. The Best Denim

Jeans are a staple of the western world, but those bulky wranglers don’t do much when it comes to shaping a girl or accenting your butt. Freddy has hands down the hottest denim for all your stampede needs. Rather than buying some cheap pair of pants just for stampede, get yourself a set that will last you forever. 


Bralette by Jenny Frank

Jeans by Freddy Freddy USA

Photos by Walt Klimasch and Pablo Ley

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

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Calgary Parking Authority Scam

How many of you have been screwed by the parking meters in Calgary? For me it’s happened multiple times, and personally, I’m sick of it. Today was the last straw. 

I parked off 6th ave and 6th st SW in order to reach the courthouse. I brought with me $7.75 to pay for my parking to avoid, hopefully, another ticket. When I went to the machine I put all the money in, I always push the “print receipt” button as i simply can’t trust those machines… And this is why: 

It said I only paid $3.75. When I called the parking authority they gave me a website where I could add additional money via credit card. (It ate my money once and now it wants more money). I explained to the gentleman that I had already paid enough and my parking should be covered, he gave me the email to contact the Calgary Parking Authority further (because calling them isn’t enough). To be safe I tried calling to process yet another payment via credit card, only to be told repeatedly that my card was not valid… I proceeded to email the CPA and detail my experience via email message, this was the response I received: 

So I can ask for a refund for $4 but I potentially would’ve received a parking ticket for $75+…

I would’ve ran out of time if I hadn’t almost fainted in line at the courthouse and a kind officer moved me to the front in order to process my payment faster. When I came outside there was a parking authority vehicle conveniently in the area ticketing other cars. I stated to him that he had better not ticket me as my stub still said I had 3 minutes left. He suggested I move my car immediately to avoid a fine…

My point here is, if we cannot pay by coin, and we cannot pay by credit card, then the Calgary Parking Authority is scamming people. I personally have paid over $500 in the past 5years of parking downtown. How many others have been scammed the same way? We’ve all attempted to pay and been screwed in the process. It’s one thing if you’re dodging the payment, it’s another when you’re trying to be honest and still being taken advantage of. Our economy is currently in the tank and parking tickets are the last thing we as a city need to be fretting over. 

Dear City of Calgary, please fix your busted parking system, employ more caring/helpful staff, and stop abusing your patrons. This is beyond ridiculous. 

Sincerely, an angry Calgarian

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Free Canada Day Activities 

What a great country we live in! If you’re here in Calgary there’s many activities to take part in, And most are FREE! I’ve listed them below:


Fireworks will take place on Centre Street bridge at 11 p.m. Friday.

If you tune your radio to Wild 95.3 or 101.5 Kool FM you can watch them to synchronized music.

Best spots to view them from? Check below 

Riverfront Avenue 

Festival Market (between Eau Claire market and the YMCA)

Sien Lok Park

McHugh Bluff Park

Tom Campbell’s Hill Park

Nose Hill Park

Max Bell Centre

Shaganappi Point and 26 St. S.W.

Valleyview Park West Ridge at 26 St SE 

List of activities

Prince’s Island Park


Aboriginal showcase and powwow
Canadian military displays

Fort Calgary

Living Flag: Wear red or white and join in on a group selfie to participate in a “living” Canadian flag at noon
Entertainment includes a pancake breakfast, live music, a petting zoo and various children’s activities

The Fort is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverfront avenue 

12pm: Food trucks will be along the street and the day will finish with live entertainment on the Riverfront Stage at the Harry Hays building. 

Olympic Plaza

The plaza will have a market, craft stations and food trucks as well as stage performances. 

Eau Claire Market

11am-4pm family activities 
Artisan Market will remain open until 9 p.m., along with a beer garden, entertainment and food trucks.

The first 1,000 guests will receive free ice cream. 


9 a.m the street fair will host crafts and vendors, children’s activities

Educate yourself and others about Canada’s Chinese settlers all day until 11 p.m. with cultural performances and family friendly activities

East Village Street Fair, Show & Shine and 5th Street Square, see classic cars and imports.

Heritage Park is hosting a parade with live entertainment and a variety of family activities. 


Enjoy free parking in the following parkades on Canada Day:

McDougall Parkade

Centennial Parkade

City Centre Parkade

James Short Parkade

Convention Centre Parkade

City Hall Parkade

Street parking is free!!!!! those oh you parking in city-run surface parking can park for a cheaper rate. 

Don’t have anything to wear? No problem! 

Head over to Chinook Mall and stop by the Freddy Pant Room or order online (if you order online you receive a free tank top! Yay Canada day freebies!) 

Hop on your bike, jump in a car or take the c train to the festivities and I’ll see you all there! Happy Canada day everyone! 

Photo by Andras Schram

Hair and Makeup by Tara Smith

Wardrobe by Freddy Canada

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