Shannon Hutcheson

Shannon is a bona fide crazy cat lady living in the Greater Toronto Area. She is environmentally conscious and prefers green living, green products and living naturally. She loves to golf, garden, and is an avid reader.

You can read her personal blog at Living with Fibromyalgia

What Are the Top 10 Most Popular Pedigreed Cat Breeds?

Pedigreed cats are a source of joy and pride for their owners.  Besides their gorgeous coats, beautiful lines, and great disposition, these animals offer companionship and entertainment to those who love them.  Choosing a pedigreed cat is not easy, but knowing the most popular breeds of pedigreed cats may help. 1.  Persian ...more

How Does Your Weight Affect You Emotionally?

With so many North Americans being overweight these days, weight issues are becoming more and more common. Combine that with the deluge of skinny people in magazines and movies and it's pretty difficult not to have issues with your weight, even if you are only a few pounds over your ideal. Unfortunately, all that stressing about body image and size can take a major toll on you emotionally. Even pre-teens are becoming depressed and self-conscious about their weight and adults face the same problems. The solution for many? Weight loss surgery. ...more

Thanks for sharing this. Totally agree that the emotional aspects of body image/weight issues ...more

Herbal and Natural Remedies for Pets

Animals, like humans, can suffer from a plethora of common ailments that can make their lives miserable. This is why loving pet parents need to not only protect their pets from the discomforts that can besiege them; they should also find a way to do so without the use of harsh chemicals.The solution of course is via the use or of organic, holistic an herbal remedies that are gentle and safe for not only animals but their human caretakers. ...more

Cleaning House and Keeping Order With "Stuff"

After several years living at our current location (we're still renting), one begins to notice how many "things" one has aquired. Especially if your other half is a bit of a pack rat. What do you do when you have all these "things" and the hubby just won't let you weed out the trash from what's useful? You store it. Somewhere. ...more

Awards for Training Excellence in the Work Place

The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the profession of training, workplace learning and human resources development.  The CSTD offers awards to honor Canadian-developed stand-alone learning products and programs once a year.  These types of training products must have learning objectives, instructional material, and methods to evaluate learning. Criteria for Winning the Canadian Society for Training and Development Awards ...more

How Overweight Do You Need to Be For Lap Band Surgery?

For those who are overweight and having difficulty losing weight, there is a time in which they start to seek out the alternatives. One of those alternatives is Lap Band Surgery because it is touted as being the type of weight loss surgery that is the safest. The procedure is minimally invasive and an inflatable band is placed around the stomach to divide it into two halves. One half is larger than the other. ...more

I'm in Canada so the pricing may be different than where you are. But here, the procedure ...more

Common Uses for Bach Flower Essences

For thousands of years, our ancestors used natural remedies to help individuals with physical or mental health problems.  These formulas were passed from generation to generation for centuries until modern medicine came into being.  Modern medicine, while it saves lives and does amazing things, may be missing out on the potential benefits ...more

Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Cat Breeder

You love your purebred kitty, and you know other people would as well.  She’s got beautiful fur, clear eyes, an ideal disposition, and maybe she’s even won a show or two.  But before you begin imagining the adorable kittens you could breed and sell, it’s important to learn about the reality of becoming a cat breeder. You Won’t Get Rich Breeding Cats ...more

Stigmas and Labels Placed on the Morbidly Overweight

While being morbidly overweight can have a negative impact on physical health, the stigmas and labels associated with this health condition can also have a dramatic effect on emotional well-being. Overweight people must endure the stereotypes associated with their body type while still trying to find the right obesity solution for them. Lack of Discipline? ...more

Laser Free Facelift - For Your Blog

Laser Free Facelift - For Your Blog Everyone has a blog these days - a daily journal of your personal life, your view of life or a place to discuss and vent your favorite pastime.  You know you can make money with your blog, but you have no idea how to even start getting your blog known to the search engines. Let's discuss a few easy ways to give your blog a laser free face lift into the search engines. ...more

I am going to try your suggestions!

Good and plenty!