Being Thankful Isn’t Reserved Only for Thanksgiving

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored in partnership with Abbott Canada, however, as always, all opinions are our own. Even though I am still missing the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there are so many things about autumn that I love. The gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the deciduous trees, visiting our local farmer's markets, marveling at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the brilliant blue of the sky on a cool, crisp autumn day. This time of the year makes me think of … [Read more...]

Flash Glucose Monitoring Technology Improves the Lives of those Living with Diabetes

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored in partnership with Abbott Diabetes Canada, however, as always, all opinions are my own.  Most of us have heard of diabetes and have some knowledge of the havoc it can inflict on a person’s body and life. For many, including myself, it’s a topic that is near and dear to our hearts.  My family has a long history of diabetes; I have several aunts, nieces, and cousins with this condition. I have lived most of my life with an acute awareness of how critical it … [Read more...]

Live Your Life Without Bladder Leaks

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with uresta®.  As always, all opinions are our own. As a woman who gave birth to two, 9 plus pound babies, it’s not a big surprise that I have experienced some bladder leakage for much of my adult life. Add to that the fact I am no longer in my 30’s or even 40’s and my muscle tone is not what it used to be...and that equals even more bladder leaks. From new moms to grandmothers urinary incontinence doesn’t discriminate - it can strike no … [Read more...]

A Fun Day in Support of the JDRF

This past weekend I had a wonderful time participating in a yard sale/barbecue/bake sale in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Their mission is to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) and improve the lives of those living with the disease. Like many of you, I have a family history of diabetes, specifically, type 1, with aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins who have this illness. So, supporting diabetes research is near and dear to my heart. If you are unfamiliar with type … [Read more...]

The Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Disclaimer – This content was sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim-Lilly Canada Diabetes Alliance, but opinions are my own. Although I am not a huge fan of the cold and snow, February is actually one of my favourite months of the year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is now a distant memory and I have lots of time to reflect and make plans for the coming year. I find this is a great time to reconnect with priorities and invest in yourself, especially when it comes to staying … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Recovering from the Flu {w/Recipe}

Although I am still missing the warmer weather, I do admit to loving this time of year. We recently had a couple of major snowfalls and the ground and trees are blanketed in a thick, white luxurious coat. This is a great time to get out of the house and go for a long walk in the crisp, clean air. Even though we're a month into the new year, for me, it always feels like it is a fresh start.  With the end of the warmer weather, our lives seem to reset and we get back to a more “normal” routine. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Tips for Preventing the Spread of Influenza

We’re now well into the fall of the year, in fact, where I live it actually looks and feels more like winter! Although we still try to get out in the fresh air as often as possible, unfortunately, we’re not outside as much as we are in the warmer months. Consequently, this is the time of the year when many of us are spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls and office buildings which makes us more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes, One is Too Many

Do you know someone who has type 2 diabetes? I’m fairly confident your answer will be yes. I realize this because, like many of you, I know several people with this disease. Maybe it’s your mom or dad, or an aunt or uncle or it could be your brother, sister or best friend.  What I do know for certain is this; when it comes to type 2 diabetes, even one is too many. Why is it One is Too Many? One is too many because approximately one in two Canadians with type 2 diabetes will die … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Shoo the Flu!

With the long, laid back and relaxing days of summer now a distant memory, life has returned to more of a routine. We’re all back to work and school and autumn, with all its spectacular shades of reds, oranges and yellows have crept in, seemingly while we were sleeping! As I metaphorically put on my nurse’s cap, I’m sad to also tell you the less than spectacular fall flu will soon be arriving! You may be wondering why the increase of influenza in the fall? It’s often because this is also the … [Read more...]

Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems ~ I’m an older nurse who has probably worked since before many of you were even born. So, trust me when I say, I have heard and seen just about anything and everything medical related. Nothing surprises, shocks or embarrasses me and no subject is off-limits. Just ask my husband and kids! Add to this the fact I grew up in a family … [Read more...]

4 Important Women’s Health Facts

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. As a nurse who worked in the gynaecology service of our regional hospital, and as a woman, I cannot overemphasize the importance of women’s healthcare.  Women wear so many different hats (wife, mom, sister, daughter, coworker) and the reality is, we are constantly faced with new pressures and responsibilities. We are so busy juggling our various hats that we often put our own … [Read more...]