The Biggest Breakthrough in Toothpaste Since Fluoride #HealthyRoutines

As a nurse, I know all too well, the consequences of not properly caring for your teeth. Nasty outcomes like gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and gums isn't just about preventing cavities or bad breath either.  Your mouth is often called the gateway to your bodies overall health and some evidence suggests that neglecting your oral hygiene may lead to systemic health issues as well. The more dental caries and gum disease I see, and the older I get, the more I … [Read more...]

The Two Format Canadian Tire Catalogue is Wowing Canadians

Do you know the Canadian Tire catalogue is back and is available in both a hard copy and a digital format? For me, there is something very relaxing about sitting down with a cup of coffee and thumbing through a paper catalogue. It's my time to plan and dream! However, in this fast-paced world in which we live, it is also convenient, in fact, I would argue, a necessity to also have information online and available at our fingertips. This year Canadian Tire not only brought back the familiar … [Read more...]

Are You Familiar with #WINKDay {w/Twitter Party Details}

  Cancer and its treatment rob a woman of many things, including her sense of self. Your participation in #WINKDay will help a woman with cancer see herself in the mirror again and bring awareness to the social and emotional challenges she faces. All money raised will fund Look Good Feel Better workshops that provide valuable cosmetic tips and tools to lift her spirits and help her face cancer with courage. LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Look Good Feel Better offers free … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Perfect Gifts for Dads and Grads {w/Giveaway}

I don't know about you, but June is a busy month in our household! We have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, not to mention the all important dads and grads! It's often sometimes tough to come up with a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient but yet doesn't tax the brain or the bank too much. I find I can usually count on Hallmark to take some of the guess-work out of my shopping. They seem to always have the perfect gifts for every occasion, including Perfect Gifts for Dads … [Read more...]

13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

  Original Photo via Visual Hunt 13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip ~ Finally, the weather has improved, spring has arrived and I have camping on my mind.  I’m not quite sure what I love about leaving my comfortable home with bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, stove, oven, electricity, running water and comfortable beds to live out of boxes & bags in the middle of nowhere, but I do! I have always felt I was born 100 years too late. I think I was destined to travel in a covered … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Show Your Legs Some Love This Summer

As a mom who carried two rather hefty babies and a nurse who has worked many, many, many twelve-hour shifts, I am now all too familiar with a medical condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (or CVI). I would often come home, especially in the summer months, after a long day of work with heavy, painful, swollen and very tired legs. And fairly early on in my career, I started to notice the formation of varicose veins in my legs.  During the winter months, when long pants and jeans were … [Read more...]

Wishing You a Happy Victoria Day, Here’s to the Queen!

Queen Victoria By Alexander Bassano - Scanned from the book The National Portrait Gallery History of the Kings and Queens of England by David Williamson, ISBN 1855142287, p. 153., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6640482 The Victoria Day weekend signals the unofficial beginning of summer in Canada. Yes, we are well aware that the season doesn’t officially start for another month but for we northerners, when the weather becomes warm enough to haul out the … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

A couple of weekends ago, we decided a little trip was in order and went to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is about a 3.5-hour drive from where we live. In addition to spending some time relaxing and taking in the Saltscape Expo, which was happening that weekend, we also wanted to visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. We had heard lots of good things about this market so got up early on Saturday morning to pay it a visit. If you're not familiar with it, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' … [Read more...]

Tweetstorm for Bill C-246 to Support Better Animal Cruelty Legislation

Tweetstorm for Bill C-246 to Modernize the Animal Protections Act This enactment amends the Criminal Code to consolidate and modernize various offences against animals. The enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins that are not attached to the rest of the shark carcass. It also amends the Textile Labelling Act … [Read more...]

What is a Mother’s Love

My Mom, taken shortly before she died. What is a Mother’s Love? ~ Through the annals of history, artists have devoted countless hours of creative effort trying to explain, or at least capture, just a tiny fragment of the emotion that has become known as a mother’s love. Writers have written novels, poet’s great odes, songwriters and lyricists music of all mood and description.   Defining a mother’s love is in truth, difficult. It may very well make more sense to look at the “how” of a … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Must-Haves {w/ Video & Giveaway}

  Mother's Day Must-Haves ~ Many Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for mothers or mother figures. The Mother’s Day date in Canada is on the second Sunday of May each year. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world and many of these can be traced back to ancient festivals. With Mother's Day just a couple of weeks away, Hallmark is keeping moms in the spotlight with products that are perfect for the upcoming season and are complete … [Read more...]

Beauty Gives Back Twitter Party Supporting #SDMBeautyGala

  On April 30th, Shoppers Drug Mart stores across the country are throwing an in-store Spring Beauty Gala. Gala guests will enjoy complimentary makeovers, skin care consultations, as well as free samples, refreshments, and snacks. This is the fifth year Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE.YOU. has launched the National Beauty Galas in support of women’s health. The Beauty Gala is a one-day event to help raise funds for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Ontario, British Columbia and … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef ~ Gather Your Family Around the Sunday Dinner Table

I did not grow up having Sunday dinners, but it was a Sunday tradition in my husband's family. Before we had kids and when they were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner on Sunday. My daughter and I, out to dinner with friends. As the years went by and my mother and father-in-law became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition that my hubby and I continue every … [Read more...]

19 Innovative Uses for Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Non-stick cooking spray is something that I use almost daily when baking and cooking. Whether to spray cake pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan or pizza pan, it is a staple in our kitchen. But, did you know there are many other uses for that trusty can of cooking spray? In the Kitchen 1.  No mess ~ When spraying do it over the sink or an open dishwasher to prevent any messes. 2. Knives ~ Fresh garlic and dried fruit can stick to your knife like glue. Give both sides of you knife a quick … [Read more...]