~ CLOSED ~ Become an Expert Nutrition Fact Finder ~ It’s Easy! {w/2 Contests}

It's no secret that for the most part, we all strive to provide the best possible life for our family, especially our growing children. We do everything in our power to keep them safe, happy and healthy; that includes providing the best nutritional foods possible. But, how do we know what is good for our family and what is maybe, not so good? It's easy, we become a Nutrition Fact  Finder! Okay, I know right now you're probably thinking, what the heck is a Nutrition Fact Finder? I’m … [Read more...]

Daily Tips to Look and Feel Great in 2017

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

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”

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

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 ~ Hygienic Humidification with a Dyson Humidifier {w/Giveaway}

Fall has arrived in all it’s magnificent glory!  I have mentioned this before, but I really do believe the autumn is one of, if not my favourite, season of the year. The air is crisp and clean and maybe it is just me, but I think the sun shines more often in the autumn too. I have always found something very comforting about this time of the year.  The hectic but fun, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have become fond memories and life seems to reset. Everything goes back to normal. Now is … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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...]

What You Need To Know About Travel Immunizations

It's minus 20 degrees Celsius, the snow is piled four feet high and all you can think about is getting out of here and heading somewhere warm and sunny. Or, it's March Break or summer vacation and you want to head out on a fun-filled family adventure. You have 185 lists of clothing you should take, you've dug out everyone's passport, the plane tickets and accommodations are booked. Now all that's left to do is cross off the days on the calendar and wait. Right? Wrong! You are missing … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

Buyer Beware …Of the Fine Print!

I try to eat healthily.  As a former Operating Room Nurse, I have far too many times seen the consequences of a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Most of these patients weren’t to blame for their dietary choices. They lived in a time when nutritional information on foods was very limited. Nowadays, the consumer is well armed with valuable information on many areas of nutrition, from the general, what foods to eat and what foods not to eat. To the specific, what foods to eat and … [Read more...]

7 Steps To Avoid The Zika Virus

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...]

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

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...]