Daily Tips to Look and Feel Great in 2017

Feel Great

I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I  have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. I really don't mind the winter months. Now is the time of year for turning on the heat, cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Let’s face it, there is nothing as magical as sitting in front of a roaring fire while watching a white, fluffy snow blanket … [Read more...]

This Year, Give the Gift of Hygienic Humidification

Humidification

Call me crazy, but I really don't mind winter. (Shhh...don't tell my husband!) There is just something so cozy about being snuggled up inside a warm house with a ginormous blizzard raging outside. Plus, snow is so pretty and I love how it covers everything in a shiny, white, pristine blanket.  How can you not love how clean, fresh and quiet everything is after a recent snowfall? Even I will admit, this may be a bit much, but it is still really, really pretty! Give me a mug of hot … [Read more...]

Eating Nutrient Rich Foods Helps Combat the “Fall Spike”

Nutrient Rich Foods

Studies show school children bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups – known as the Fall Spike. So, is it inevitable that we get sick during the Fall Spike?  No, it is not!  You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming a victim of the Fall Spike! Along with impeccable hand washing and receiving the annual flu shot you should: Make a free … [Read more...]

Back to School + Back to Germs = The Fall Spike #SuperstoreFluCrew

Fall Spike

Photo via VisualHunt.com You may have heard me say many, many times how much I love the autumn season. The gorgeous colours on trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the air is crisp and clean, summer vacations are fond memories, life seems to reset and we get back to "normal". It's a new beginning. What's not to love? Well, even I must admit, there is one major thing I do not love about the autumn. That's the seemingly inevitable, Fall Spike. BACK TO SCHOOL EQUALS BACK … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ It’s Time to Take Control and Own the Throne {w/ 2 Giveaways!}

Own the Throne

Why is it, that as a society, we openly discuss some common health issues, but not others? We meet for coffee and tell anyone who will listen about our hypertension, gallbladder disease, insomnia, arthritis, bladder infections and kidney stones, but we rarely discuss bowel issues? We all have bowel movements and sometimes we have bowel problems, such as diarrhea or constipation. But, we don't usually talk about them, why is that? Look, I'm guilty too. I'm a nurse, and I definitely know … [Read more...]

Cycling Duo Cross Canada to Raise Awareness for Huntington Disease

Huntington Disease

As a nurse, I am unfortunately, very aware of the devastating effects of Huntington disease.  Early in my career I had a patient with Huntington disease and to say Huntington disease is a heartbreakingly catastrophic disease, would be a gross understatement. If you are unfamiliar with Huntington Disease, you are most likely not alone. Although, not as rare as once suspected, it is still a relatively rare disease. A little background on Huntington Disease (HD) ~  HD is a debilitating … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ How to Easily Read the Nutrition Facts Table {w/$100 GC Giveaway}

Nutrition Facts

We've all seen them. They're found on pre-packaged foods in the grocery store and on boxes and bags located on your pantry shelves. They are white rectangles with black edges and they full of information on the foods you have purchased or are considering purchasing. Have you guessed what I'm talking about? I bet many of you already know, I'm referring to the Nutrition Facts table (NFt). Many of us have seen the NFt on packages, but, do we all know how to properly read it? FIRST, you … [Read more...]

How to Use the Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts Table

As a nurse, I, unfortunately, have first-hand knowledge of the variety of consequences related to a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Conditions like obesity, tooth decay, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and even some cancers have been traced to poor nutrition. I like to think my family and I eat a relatively healthy diet. We have fruits and vegetables daily, try to eat a high fibre diet and limit treats. Prior to purchasing a product … [Read more...]

Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, Are They Right For You?

Poise Impressa

Let's face it, bladder control is not a topic we tend to discuss much with others.  I'm a nurse and although the rational side of me knows stress incontinence happens to many women, including me, I have never really had a frank discussion about bladder control problems with anyone. I'm not sure why we don’t talk more openly about bladder control issues. We're definitely not alone. "Stress incontinence affects nearly 50 percent of women who have had children by the age of 40"* and stress … [Read more...]

7 Steps To Avoid The Zika Virus

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Quaint, uncrowded seaside villages. Tranquil azure seas lapping softly on a white sand beach. Palms gently swaying in the breeze. These are the images many see when planning a mid-winter escape from the icy wrath of a northern winter. This is the life my brother leads, and has, for the past five or six years. Every Fall he packs his bags and heads for destinations “warm”. This Winter it’s Panama. Oh, he comes back every Summer, but we joke that he hasn’t seen a snowflake in so long, … [Read more...]

How to Protect Against Gastroenteritis ~ aka “Stomach Flu”

Gastroenteritis

A couple of days ago, in the wee hours of the morning, my daughter called me from a friend's house. She had woken at 4:30 AM with projectile vomiting. A couple of her friends had also been ill and sure enough, she was now a victim of dreaded Gastroenteritis, aka "Stomach Flu". She is not alone in her anguish. We are in the midst of winter and it's definitely gastroenteritis season! Unfortunately, it's next to impossible to avoid this misery causing "flu bug" altogether, however, there are … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Benefits of Pure Hazelwood

Pure Hazlewood

If you have ever suffered with eczema, I don’t have to tell you how incredibly itchy and irritating eczema is. Until recently I had only suffered a mild form of eczema, but lately, it has progressed to a more severe form, complete with eczema blisters. I find my legs and shoulders especially itchy, to the point where I cannot help but scratch until my skin bleeds. This often makes my rash even worse, which leads to more inflammation and, even more, itching. It soon becomes a vicious, itch … [Read more...]

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month {Part 3 of 3}

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and this is the final post in my three-part series on adult urinary incontinence. In Part One, we talked about how six in ten women who have adult incontinence (AI), feel they are living with a secret. We discussed the need to remove the stigma, perceived or otherwise, associated with AI. We learned incontinence affects many people, men and women, and should not be a taboo subject or a source of embarrassment.   In Part Two, we delved … [Read more...]

If You Have the Choice to Sit it Out or Dance, Always Dance! {Part 2 of 3}

Always Dance

If you were to ask my hubby or kids what my motto is, they would be able to tell you right away. It has always been mine and I hope I have instilled it in them too. If you have the choice to sit it out or dance, always dance! The older I have become, the more this has been my mantra. When I say "always dance",  I am not referring to an eighty day, round the world cruise (although that would be fun!). I am referring to common, everyday life events. Me and my sisters. A walk … [Read more...]