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Sober Sex? Dear God Help Me I’m Talking About It

At the age of 16 I was truly kissed for the very first time, sure I’d had the fumbling kisses of younger years but this one made my toes curl. I stood leaning against my Father’s car in the driveway of the first “real” love of my life, he leaned in and as our lips met […]

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Celebrating National Coffee Day with KitchenAid Giveaway!

Today is National Coffee day and I am SUPER excited about it….and may have celebrated with more than one cup today. Coffee has become somewhat of a “thing” these days, once upon a time my father’s instant coffee would suffice but NO more! These days I adore my coffee made from fresh ground beans and […]

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10 Things NOT To Do at a Blogger Conference

As a blogger, the Fall months are BUSY! This is the time of year when bloggers gather to attend conferences to learn, network and well just hang out together. For much of the year we sit at home behind a screen working away, talking with one another online trying to get our voices out there. […]

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7 Beautiful Handmade Wreaths for Fall

This week I shared my first efforts at decorating for Fall with my Simple, Inexpensive Wreath Tutorial and now I’m EXCITED to share 6 more wreath ideas with you all.  Each and every one of these Fall wreaths are lovely and have been created by some awesome bloggers who always bring forward fantastic ideas. There is no […]

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Simple, Inexpensive Fall Wreath Tutorial

Each season brings me a reason to get decorating! As Fall has arrived here in Ontario, I’ve begun decorating our front step. Unfortunately, our front entrance is less than what I’d like it to be and it’s not on the renovation list until next year so I live with what we have and try to […]

Sobriety & Addiction

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Sober Sex? Dear God Help Me I’m Talking About It

At the age of 16 I was truly kissed for the very first time, sure I'd had the fumbling kisses of younger years but this one made my toes curl. I stood leaning against my Father's car in the driveway of the first "real" love … [Read More...]

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Mike’s Story of Getting and Staying Sober

Mike's Story of Getting and Staying Sober When I came in I was defeated. I couldn’t hold onto a job, a relationship, or anything really. My life was miserable because I drank, and I drank to escape it. I had tried … [Read More...]

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Just Being Sober Isn’t Enough

There is this app on my phone that beeps at me everyday, it's not an annoying notification like most of the alerts I get....this one is something I look forward to. That high-pitched beep is a sobriety indicator, firing me a … [Read More...]

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3 Facebook Messages, Some Profanity, Anonymity and the Stigma of Alcoholism

This morning I sat down to write you a post exposing myself as someone who is still utterly imperfect. I'd stepped over another pile of laundry and after reflecting (and bashing myself internally for letting my housework … [Read More...]

A Man’s Oxycontin Addiction – A Reader’s Story

Sober doesn’t Suck! is a safe place for people to share their stories of being an alcoholic, addict, their addiction and recovery openly and honestly. There is no requirement of sobriety for posting, if you’re concerned … [Read More...]

Food & Drink Recipes

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Celebrating National Coffee Day with KitchenAid Giveaway!

Today is National Coffee day and I am SUPER excited about it....and may have celebrated with more than one cup today. Coffee has become somewhat of a "thing" these days, once upon a time my father's instant coffee would … [Read More...]

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The Ultimate Potato Soup Recipe

Nothing feels like a hug quite like a bowl of hot potato soup! Growing up with an English/Irish Mum potatoes were a staple in our home and she was very creative in how she used them. Nothing was off-limits when it came to a … [Read More...]

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Blondie Brownies with Hidden Veggies? The Kids Will Love This School Snack

With the children back in school parents everywhere are looking for healthy school snack ideas and I have a fantastic answer! Each year I make these Blondie Brownies with hidden veggies and each time the kids are ecstatic … [Read More...]

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Mac N Cheese Cups Recipe #GayLeaFoods

School is just around the corner and if you're anything like myself, you know you need to think ahead as the routines change to keep ahead of the game. I have 2 weeks left to get my act in order! School shopping is … [Read More...]

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Cooking Eggs on a Campfire? Eggs in Green Peppers on the Campfire #BBFEggs

If you enjoy camping like we do, you have probably cooked over a campfire a time or two. It doesn't just have to be spider dogs and s'mores, cooking eggs on a campfire is a delicious way to enjoy breakfast. As a Burnbrae … [Read More...]

Body

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Why I Moved to a Private Gym & Why I am Glad I Did! #FitNHealthy

When I joined a gym for the first time in years, I turned to a gym which is part of a large chain simply because it was the cheapest and I knew some people who had memberships. This worked for me for a while but eventually I … [Read More...]

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Isagenix 30 Day Cleansing & Fat Burning System Results

Well my final day of the Isagenix 30 Day Cleansing & Fat Burning System has come to an end and I must say I'm feeling amazing! The biggest change I've seen (aside from the size of my body) is that I haven't had a … [Read More...]

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Isagenix 30 Day Cleansing & Fat Burning System Day 12

It's been 12 days since I began a 30 Day Weight Loss Cleanse with Isagenix and I'm alive and kicking! On Day 1 I announced here on SoberJulie.com that I was beginning and that this is NOT a sponsored post. This is something I … [Read More...]

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Day #1 of Isagenix 30 Day Cleanse

It's been 6 months now that I've been more focused upon my health, fitness and yes weight. In January I committed to becoming more fit and healthy by taking control of my eating and exercise. I began going to the gym, it was … [Read More...]

Bikini Worthy Body

Love Your Bikini Worthy Body Dammit!!

Ladies, today I'm speaking to you! I am sick and tired of us berating our bodies and am here today to call out to as you all to just TRY to reprogram your thought patterns. That's what the culprit is, our thoughts. Over time … [Read More...]

Faith

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How I Made It Through 4.5 Years of Hell

The summer has blown past me and here I am with just a few days left of the kids being home. This has me cheering internally on one level and also boo-hooing on another level. I’ll be so happy to get back to my easy routine, I run a digital marketing company from home which […]

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Just Being Sober Isn’t Enough

There is this app on my phone that beeps at me everyday, it’s not an annoying notification like most of the alerts I get….this one is something I look forward to. That high-pitched beep is a sobriety indicator, firing me a daily message to tell me how many days I’m sober.   It also allowed […]

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30 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes – Because I’m 4 Years SOBER!

Today is the day when I celebrate being 4 years SOBER! This journey has been HARD, every day I must acknowledge my desire to drink and defeat it. I’ve shared with you all so much of my journey; stories about recovery, my family and my faith….all of which have kept me accountable and your comments […]

I Experienced Joy This Morning & This Alcoholic Wanted to Drink

This morning I woke out of a deep sleep to feel the bed beside me being depressed and warm little arms enveloping me. In a not so whispery voice my 10-year-old said “Mama, it’s a new day and I just love you.” She scooted in closer as I raised my arm to pull her into […]

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4 years Sober & Turning 41 – It’s my Birthday Week! #SoberBday

February is a BIG month for me personally, this week I’ll turn 41 and celebrate being 4 years sober! I was born on February 9th and I adore Birthday celebrations so it’s been the month to wait for since I was a little girl. Little Julie was known to have a Birthday countdown going from […]

Current Reviews & Giveaways

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iPad Mini Giveaway Alert

Guess who has teamed up with an AMAZING list of bloggers to giveaway an iPad Mini??? Yes it's me! I'm very pleased to offer this giveaway to my readers, it was time to do something BIG for you all so here it … [Read More...]

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Celebrating National Coffee Day with KitchenAid Giveaway!

Today is National Coffee day and I am SUPER excited about it....and may have celebrated with more than one cup today. Coffee has become somewhat of a "thing" these days, once upon a time my father's instant coffee would … [Read More...]

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Ten Tips for Back-To-School Online Safety – Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Giveaway

As the parent of a pre-teen, this is the time of year when I am reminded that my daughter is very tech savvy and I NEED to keep an eye on her and her online behaviours. It happens every year, she goes back to school and is … [Read More...]

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Grilled Peaches & A Giveaway #GayLeaFoods

When I ask my friends what they've been grilling lately the answer is usually a meat or a vegetable. This is the norm but what if I told you that grilling fruit is to die for? If you think I'm off my rocker, you're not alone. … [Read More...]

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In Love with Hoover Floormate Deluxe – Enter to WIN One

The day we removed the dusty rose carpet in this fixer-upper was a day of celebration for me. That carpet must have been laid in the '80s and this girl was READY to pull our decor into the 2000s. For weeks I walked through … [Read More...]

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