Cold and Flu Season Essentials {w/Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Although I am still missing the summer, I have to admit, I do love this time of year. The gorgeous colours of the trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the crisp, clean air and the brilliant blue of the sky. Even though the autumn is not the beginning of a new year, for me, it always feels like it is.  With the end of summer, our lives seem to reset and we get … [Read more...]

Seize Your Poise Moment & Live Life to the Fullest

For the past several summers, my sisters and I, and occasionally our adult daughters, head out for a "girls only" camping trip. The first couple years we stayed in a tent trailer, but then we discovered the "rustic shelters" at a nearby provincial park and have stayed in one of them ever since. When I say rustic, I mean rustic.  The shelter is basically a 14' x 14' wood frame covered in a heavy-duty tarp. A couple of years ago they ran electricity to the shelters, but that is the only … [Read more...]

Important Conversations to Have this Father’s Day

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With Father's Day quickly approaching, I can think of no more appropriate time to have an important conversation with the men in our lives about taking better care of themselves. Let's face it, most dad's, husbands and men, in general, are super busy, independent (as in...instruction manuals are for other people and asking for directions is unheard of...lol), and tend to put … [Read more...]

Vaginal Dryness ~ Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

I'm an "older" nurse who has 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. Just ask my family! Plus, I grew up in a family of nurses, including several aunts and both of my sisters. Let me just say this...family gatherings are never dull! So when I was asked if I would be interested in interviewing Dr. Marla Shapiro on the topic of vaginal … [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...]

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 ~ 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...]

Celebrate Earth Hour 2016 on March 19th #ChangeClimateChange

Earth Hour 2016 is March 19th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM (Your local time) Earth Hour 2016 ~ Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and a huge concern for many of us. In Canada, where I live, we are already seeing its impacts, particularly on our Arctic and our oceans. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and it sends a powerful message that together we can make a difference. If you wish, you can follow the link and … [Read more...]

Becel® Makes Your Creations Simpler #BecelBlendBar

Blend Bar by Becel® temporarily located in Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens You don't have to know me for long or have visited my site for more than two minutes to know I LOVE to bake and cook. Rarely a day goes by that I'm not cooking up one experiment or another. Like some sort of culinary mad scientist, I'm often showered in flour and will have every inch of space on the counters and the island piled high with ingredients and tools of the kitchen trade.  Could be everything from bowls to … [Read more...]