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mcmurray girl born and raised mcmurray moments

So many great things have happened to me here – I met my husband here, I have great friends and family here, a job I love, and I get to be on the front cover of the McMurray Girl Monthly! People always say they are excited to go home and visit family and friends... I am Lucky this is my HOME!

excited about...

I’m excited about some of the great new stores in Peter Pond Mall – my favorite so far is David’s Tea. (Great staff and amazing selection of tea!)

my advice...

Don’t criticize someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and have their shoes!

must-haves My phones. Yes, I am one of those people that feel the need to be constantly connected to people and show them pictures of my Dogs!

words I live by

Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming…

fun fact

I am a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and just started with Fort McMurray’s Roller Derby team – the Tar Sand Betties!







(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Happy birthday! Because the Sun is in your sign this month, it’s your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. You are Numero Uno right now so enjoy it. The world will recognize this as well, which is why you will attract fortunate circumstances and important people to you. Make the most of this! You have a need to express yourself. Cut the false modesty and martyr bit. It’s all about you and your first duty is to yourself. “Garcon!”



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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Now is the time to do some soul-searching. Seek out moments of solitude and look back over the last year. Give yourself a report

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card. How do things look? Are you happy with the picture? How do you want your life to be different because you will be entering a fresh new year in a month. (Your birthday.) In Eastern wisdom, it is said how a thing begins is how it unfolds. That’s why beginnings are important. Earl Nightingale said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.”


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your dance card is full. Everyone wants to see your face! Enjoy this increased popularity and go with the flow. Join classes, clubs, groups and organizations. Call up old friends and make contact. The reason this is important is you’re going to study friendships and the role they play in your life. You will also do your best work by co-operating with others. Enjoy socializing but also enjoy working with others. Team effort will pay off.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is the only time all year when the Sun is at high noon in your chart. Symbolically, this means you are in the limelight. Furthermore, this lighting is flattering, which is why people in authority and power are impressed with you. Naturally, they will approach Photo © / Gorbash Varvara

you with increased responsibilities or requests for your help. Say yes because you don’t have to do anything special to dazzle them. Good lighting is everything. (Ask the anointed in Hollywood.)


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This month you want to broaden your horizons through travel, study, adventure, new and unfamiliar experiences, plus meeting people from different backgrounds. You’re eager and hungry to learn! Go back to school

or take up a new hobby. One of the best ways to expand your world is through travel. If you can’t get away, then be a tourist in your own city. You will love heady, profound discussions about politics, religion, and what people think about Windows 8 or their hydro company.


(Feb. 19-March 20)

Focus on debt, inheritances, shared property, insurance matters, taxes and all that red-tape stuff. You want more control of your life by sorting out past issues related to these areas. You will also have to deal with someone whose values are different from yours. This is never easy because you feel you’re right and they’re wrong – naturally. (They feel the same way about you.) Voltaire said, “Doubt is an uncomfortable position but certainty is absurd.” Meanwhile, back in the bedroom, sex will be hot and passionate!


(March 21-April 19)

You need more sleep now because the Sun is as far away from your sign as it gets all year and the Sun is your source of energy. However, this placement of the Sun gives you the best opportunity all year to learn more about yourself through your one-to-one encounters. Discover what needs they do or do not fill in your life. Consider how you fill others’ needs. (Regardless of affection, love or lust, relationships are also practical.) That’s why you have to be as good for your partner as he or she is for you.

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(April 20-May 20)

You’re gung ho to get organized. You want to be efficient, effective and productive. You want to feel you’re in control and managing your life. (How well can you kid yourself?) This is why you’ll strive to make every action count. Ironically, you will have to serve others and fulfill the needs of someone else. Nevertheless, you’ll be pleased if you pull your act together. Naturally, this extends to your body, which is why you’re into exercise and eating healthier. w w w . chocolate s a n d c a n d l e l i g h t. c o m 780-370-4100

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(May 21-June 20)

It’s fun city! Make plans for a vacation because you need a change and want to have good time! Sports events, working with children and anything to do with the arts, the entertainment world or the hospitality industry will flourish. Romantic relationships will be lighter and more pleasant. Some could meet new love. And while you’re having fun, you also have an opportunity to become more aware of who you are. The wisdom of the ages says it’s about

“Know thyself”. (Keep your ID handy.)


(June 21-July 22)

Your focus is on home, family and your private life. (Find your baby blue blanket and assume a fetal position.) Many will be more involved with a parent. You’ll enjoy being in familiar surroundings and trading lies with family members about the bad old days. What you want is a feeling of home –

something solid, a refuge. And you’ll work to create this. And yes, George Burns was right, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”


(July 23-Aug. 22)

“Where’s the action?” This is your motto now as the pace of your life accelerates with short trips, to-ing and fro-ing, talking to many people, and perhaps a vacation. (A vacation would be perfect.) Your mind is alive and curious and, above all, you want a break from your daily, ho-hum routine. You’ll love talking to friends, neighbours and relatives as well as writing and reading. You can learn a lot about how you handle your daily relationships.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

It’s time to reflect on your values and what matters in life. When we think

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of our values, it’s easy to think about money and possessions, which has its place. (Especially if the posse is after you.) But money and possessions are about security and, to a lesser degree, comfort. You’re not your bank account. (You’re your car and where you eat.) Examine your relationship to money and your stuff. The whole point of having stuff is to have greater control of your life and to make life easier, right?


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FALL TREND ALERT: LEATHER It’s the hot, hot, hot trend this fall. Watch for leather details appearing on everything from shirts and jackets to dresses and leggings.

Photo © / Sergey Mironov

LEATHER ACCESSORIES (such as BauXo) are an inexpensive way to work this trend into your wardrobe. KNEE HIGH LEATHER BOOTS have been spotted all over the runways and will stay super trendy this fall. Not in your budget? Wear leather leggings with same colored ankle boots to achieve the same look for less

Stop by Drop Dead Darlings today to check out our faux leather loves!


Lower Photos, far right © Virginia Frank Photography

what we love this month...

PSL 1. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes The treat that makes Fall just a little bit sweeter!

2. VOTING Election Day is October 22nd.

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CIBC Run for the Cure Location: MacDonald Island Park Date: October 6, 2013 Registration: 9:00am, Opening Ceremonies: 10:10am The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. It was founded by a small group of volunteers who wanted to raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer cause. The CIBC Run for the Cure has made great strides since then, while staying true to grassroots and our volunteer founders’ vision. Walk or run 1K or 5K. Contact: Sign up today at

Friday Night Live Location: Fort McMurray Boys & Girls Club, 20 Riedel St Date: Each Friday in October, 6:30pm – 9:00pm The Boys and Girls Club Friday Night Live program is a FREE program, featuring different events each week such as: First Friday of the Month: Wii Tourney Second Friday of the Month: Open Gym Night Third Friday of the Month: Game Night Forth Friday of the Month: Poker Tourney Enrollment is available for youth up to 15 years old, drop by to fill out a registration form.

ESL Conversation Group at the YMCA Location: YMCA in Thickwood, 221 Tundra Drive Date: Each Monday in October, 6:30pm – 8:00pm The ESL Conversation Group at the YMCA is for newcomers to Fort McMurray and Canada who have a basic knowledge of the English language and want the opportunity to practice speaking, reading, and writing. The group will meet in Room 1 every Monday, except on holidays. Contact: Nicole Greville

Contact: Erika (780) 791-7775 Ext:2

SMS Equipment 4th Annual Wine Auction Location: The Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre

ZUMBA for Mental Health Location: MacDonald Island Park (Studio in front of climbing wall)

Date: October 5, 2013

Date: Thursday Oct 10 2013, 6-7pm

This October Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo will host our 4th Annual SMS Equipment WINE AUCTION in support of the safe and caring mentorship we provide to children and youth in our region in need of a positive role model. The SMS Equipment WINE AUCTION in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo has become a must-attend event for anyone who enjoys fine wine and spirits.

Join the CMHA’s staff for a FREE 1 hour basic class made for all ages and fitness levels. Help Canadian Mental Health Association Wood Buffalo Region raise awareness for mental health and celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week 2013! Everyone welcome!

Contact: or call (780) 791-2447

Pre-registration is required! Contact CMHA’s Fund Development/ Contact: Events Coordinator Gabriela at 780.743.1053 or at

Picky Eating and Tricky Feeding Location: MacDonald Island Library 2nd Floor Conference Room Date: October 10, 2013 6:30pm – 8:00pm Free workshop for parents and caregivers of children aged 1-5 years. Learn about ways to cope with picky eating, food refusal, poor appetite, negative mealtime behaviour, gagging and choking. Workshop is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian, Speech Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist.

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Held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Childcare services available at MacDonald Island for a fee. Contact: 780-791-6033 for more information and to register.

Huskies Hockey Home Opener Location: Casman Centre Date: October 11, 2013 7:00pm – 9:00pm Keyano Huskies play their first home game against the Portage Voyageurs at The Casman Centre. Contact: 780-792-5624

Keyano Gala with Great Big Sea Location: Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre, 8115 Franklin Ave Date: November 2, 2013 7:00pm – 11:00pm Keyano’s annual Gala celebration is recognized as one of the region’s signature black tie events. Gala is an evening of philanthropy, friendship, music and all out fun. With 1200 attendees each year this year’s Keyano Gala will be highlighted by world renowned Canadian band Great Big Sea! Back by popular demand, Hey Romeo, a Canadian country music trio featuring Stacie Roper, Darren Gusnowsky and Rob Shapiro – from Edmonton, will also be adding to the evening’s entertainment. Contact: Melane LeBlanc


MacDonald Island Park Registration: 9:00am Opening Ceremonies: 10:10am Run or Walk

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McMurray Girl Monthly - October 2013  

This vibrant, monthly publication proves that BIG fun does come in a small package! The Monthly includes favourites such as: the Divas Dateb...