Jacki Andre
Advocate for animal rescue, cruelty-free products, disability rights, and random acts of kindness. Believer in kindness & the beauty in everyone. Kicks back by blogging, listening to music, walking her dogs, and checking out her social media feeds. Jacki earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and history, and a Master of Arts in history, both from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently works at Disability Services for Students at the U of S.

Entries by Jacki Andre

How To Be A Badass Superstar Fan Of Music (And Life)

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 5:45 PM

I blame Corey Hart. Before 2011, I was content to be a regular fan. I bought CDs and digital downloads. I went to concerts, sat wherever I was lucky enough to get a seat, and always (always!) scoped out the merch table. The musicians did their thing and I did...

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How To Make The Most Of Your Calgary Stampede Trip

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 1:51 PM

The last time I went to the Calgary Stampede, I was nine years old. I'm excited that I finally get to go back this year. I've been planning a lot already, and it seems like that's for the best, as accommodations and events book up quickly.

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Taking Your Health Care To The Next Level With Telemedicine

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 7:10 AM

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My doctor suggested counselling as part of my treatment. My workplace health benefits include access to counselling services. When I contacted our provider to book an appointment, I was given the option of doing online counselling with a practitioner...

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Dear Trudeau, This Is Why We Need A Canadians With Disabilities Act

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 8:58 AM

Earlier this week, I received an email that offered me the chance to attend one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town halls. I am hard of hearing. I rely on lipreading. Normally, I shy away from any kind of talk or presentation. But the opportunity to see a sitting prime...

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Beautify Your Home With An Upcycled Furniture Project

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 6:18 AM

When the weather keeps me cooped up indoors, I like doing creative projects that keep me busy and beautify my space at the same time. One project that's been languishing since last summer is refinishing an old cabinet. I have a big soft spot for anything retro or vintage. Because...

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The Long And Short Of Hair Extensions

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 6:49 AM

I recently attended Canada's Walk of Fame black-tie gala in Toronto. (Those who follow my blogs will guess that I went because my Number One rockstar, Corey Hart, was honoured with his star this year. But, I digress.) Going to a star-studded formal event required a lot of beauty planning...

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What You Need To Know When Adopting A Rescue Dog

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 12:53 PM

I am a loud and proud supporter of animal rescue. My world revolves around my two rescued beagles. I also fostered one other dog who was later adopted out; as well as one elderly beagle who needed care for just a little while, before he made his way...

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Keeping Your Bucket List Trip To Australia Budget Friendly

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 9:40 AM

Winter seems to have already kicked in here in Saskatchewan. We had whiteout conditions back on October 5, and it's been cool and grey since. By all accounts, it's going to be a long, cold winter for most of Canada. I am one of those bizarre souls who...

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Fostering An Elderly Pet Boosts Love, Joy, And Karma

(20) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 11:56 AM


Buddy adored me. I was awed by his love. At the beginning, when I would sit on his dog bed with him, he would joyfully rub his face on me. Later, as he gained strength in his legs, he would stand beside me...

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These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 2:59 PM

Do you know how much a manual wheelchair costs? Not the kind you buy from the Sears catalogue when you break your leg and need someone to push you around for six weeks. I'm talking about the kind that a paraplegic might need, that offers the correct ergonomic...

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Small Business Ideas For Small Town Semi-Retirees

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 11:33 AM

In my last piece, I talked about small-town living. Among its many perks, it's a smart financial choice during semi-retirement and retirement years. On top of withdrawing equity from higher-priced city properties and downsizing, the lower cost of living in small towns makes a lot of economic sense.

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You Should Move To A Small Town And Semi-Retire

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 2:14 PM

I grew up in a small town A wheat-fields-for-a-downtown kind of place There was really not much around You blink and you miss it --"Small Towns and Big Dreams" by Paul Brandt

Aberdeen, Saskatchewan

Actually, I didn't grow up in a small...

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Eating Smarter Helped Me Maintain My Weight Loss

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 7:28 AM

In July 2015, I joined my friend Danielle's DietBet group. I felt like I had been making an honest effort to lose weight since Christmas 2014, but the scale was not budging. When Danielle invited me to join her group, I joked that the other players would likely...

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What Are Some Housing Options For Seniors Who Want To Live Alone?

(14) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 12:27 PM

I went to visit my 78-year-old aunt yesterday. We had a good gossip about her siblings, who are all older than she is. Some of my aunts and uncles are living in their own homes, but some live in seniors' residences or assisted care facilities. Listening to Auntie Mary recount...

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I've Made The Choice To Live Joyfully

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:25 AM

Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I'm 45 years old. I'm single. I've never been in a committed relationship. I don't have kids.

My parents both died when I was in my mid-30s. I've been estranged from my oldest sister for about 20 years.

I have profound...

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I'm Not Ready To Let Go Of My Memory-Filled Saskatoon Home

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Last fall, a guy came knocking on my door. He had purchased the derelict house next door and wondered if I would sell my not-so-derelict house as well. I would be lying if I said I wasn't tempted.

The housing market in Saskatoon isn't strong. A friend...

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A Beginner's Guide To The Northern Lights

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 10:37 AM

Saskatchewan, my home province, has a reputation for being flat and boring. Now, don't get me wrong. I've lived here almost my entire life and I love it. I'm proud of my prairie heritage. We're friendly and welcoming people, and we're surrounded by natural beauty: wide open skies,

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Evolving Technology May Mean Less Freedom For People With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 1:26 PM

It seems like every day I read another article about how bad technology -- and particularly social media -- is for us.

Social media has been blamed for ruining creativity, encouraging narcissistic tendencies, inhibiting real-life relationships and negatively affecting mental health....

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Start By Dreaming Big, Then Dream Even Bigger

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:13 AM

I think it might be time to start dreaming bigger.

Earlier this year, I read Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. I had heard previously about the law of attraction, but this was the first time I read...

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Fun Ways To Spend Time When You're Snowed In

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:19 PM

It's mid-November and we still don't have snow in Saskatoon. I've been loving this nice long fall, but I'm also itching for winter to kick in.

I'm one of those bizarre souls who adores winter. To be honest, I could live without having to drive after freezing rain; and...

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