Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and the havoc it can wreak on our bodies is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My family has a long history of diabetes, I have aunts, nieces, and cousins with this disease.  In my years of working as a Registered Nurse, I have also cared for a number of patients with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to several health problems including blindness, foot ulcers, and amputations, but heart disease is the most common cause of death. Diabetes can “literally” be a … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins As many of you probably know by now...I am more than just a little obsessed with muffins! But, in my defence, what’s not to love about a muffin? They’re perfect with a cup of steaming coffee while reading the Saturday paper and also convenient as a grab and go breakfast on a busy workday morning. I also like muffins in the afternoons with a hot cup of tea or after supper as a bit of a dessert. Let’s face it, muffins are the ultimate convenience … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Trust Your Gut

Who else is feeling sad that we're in the middle of winter? I sure am! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year. There is always so much happening - family get-togethers, visiting parks, Halloween, trips to the Farmer's Market, cozy sweater shopping...my list could go on and on! While I miss the crisp, cool, but sunny days of the fall, I feel like it always takes the fall and back-to-school season to get back to routine after the chaos of summer. Think about it, during the summer, we … [Read more...]

It Happens Once in a Blue Moon

Have you ever responded to a question with, “once in a blue moon“, or thought, I haven’t done that in a blue moon? I think many of us have and of course, we mean it generally as a colourful way of saying, I haven’t seen you in a while, or, it’s been ages since we talked. Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash Like a lot of older sayings, “a watched pot never boils” springs to mind, the passage of time and technology have changed the significance, or at the very least, the impact, of these … [Read more...]


Turkey Barley Soup I love the slow, easy pace of this time of year. The hectic holidays are just a memory and life has settled back into somewhat of a routine. Work and school have resumed and the off hours are reserved for fun winter activities like ice skating, tobogganing, skiing and snowshoeing. The cold weather and lots of outdoor activities make the winter months the perfect time of year for body and soul-warming comfort food. This is the time for hearty stews, casseroles, chili and … [Read more...]

Management Solutions for Bladder Leakage

Bladder leakage is the involuntary loss of bladder control. Beyond the physical impact of the condition, bladder leakage can have a broad-reaching effect on one’s emotional, mental and social life. As a woman who has experienced bladder leakage, I know firsthand how vital it is to have the proper protective products available. Otherwise, fear of leaks, which can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing could limit my everyday activities. Without the confidence of knowing I am protected, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies ~ While this recipe (minus the addition of chocolate chips) is technically a “shortbread”, it is quite different from what I traditionally picture when I think of a shortbread cookie. Usually, the only shortbreads I make or have eaten are the elaborately decorated, Christmas cookies. Did you know, traditional shortbread has four ingredients at most - sugar, butter, flour and sometimes vanilla. A large amount of butter is what makes shortbread “short”. The … [Read more...]

Buscopan® Helps Keep Your Tummy Happy!

If you know me well, you’ll know that I enjoy spending time with family, sharing food with friends and making wonderful memories with those I love. No matter the season, I always try to connect with the people who matter most to me. Unfortunately, that also means my schedule is often super busy! They're jammed packed with family reunions and gatherings with friends often accompanied by rich, delicious food – which can lead to stress and very often gastrointestinal issues such as abdominal … [Read more...]

How to Make Seafood Chowder

This Seafood Chowder is a once or twice a year delicious indulgence and has been a Christmas Eve tradition in our home for years! It may seem a little fussy to prepare, but it really isn’t. I find it easiest to chop and prepare everything earlier in the day, then cover and refrigerate any perishables. When the time comes to make the chowder, it’s basically a little assembly process. (Note - if you prepare the potatoes ahead of time, cover them with water to prevent discolouration and then … [Read more...]

Four Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With the exception of the super cold weather, (It was minus 24 degrees Celsius here yesterday...not counting the wind chill, Brrrrr.....), I really don't mind January. This is the time of year for cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Plus, a new year is a blank slate where you can write the next chapter of your life. There’s no time … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2017

Top 10 Recipes of 2017 - With the dawn of a new year, this is often the time when many of us look back on our accomplishments and missteps from the past twelve months. I always find this to be very therapeutic, because we all learn and grow from our past experiences. Bloggers like to do this too. It is fun for us to take a look at our blogging statistics from the previous year and take note of posts that have been popular or not so popular. Among other things, it is a great way to gauge … [Read more...]