21 Days of Gratitude Challenge {Printable + Giveaway}

For me, October has become a month to focus on GRATITUDE. Because we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, we are already mindful of giving thanks. Not only that, my Norwex team also practices 21 days of Gratitude. Because I look forward to this, for so many reasons, and one of the items that I am most grateful for is my health, I wanted to share some non-traditional ways to be prepared for this upcoming cold season. With some crazy colds already floating around, I feel grateful every single day that my hubby, kids and I wake up healthy. I have created … Continue reading

Whole Life Expo Ticket Giveaway and Gift Basket

Whole Life Expo Toronto

The motto of the Whole Life Expo in Toronto is that while life might be hard, living well shouldn’t be. If healthier living is something that you strive for, I highly encourage you to check out the this Expo. This event is being held at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. With a line up of exhibitors and speakers from across North America and beyond, this show will have something for everyone. Check out last year’s show… I’ve got some exciting news! Not only is one lucky person going to have the opportunity to receive a gift basket filled with goodies … Continue reading

Stomach Flu and Kids – The Trick to Less Mess and More Sleep

stomach flu and kids

Do you struggle with keeping up with the mess when your child has the stomach flu? When you get woken up in the night with a combination of stomach flu and kids, do you find yourself walking around aimlessly not sure how to best handle the situation? This was me, until I came up with a system for dealing with the stomach flu and our family. It may sound pathetic, but it’s called survival! You see, when you have children who are prone to vomiting (not just because of the flu), you learn that a having a system in place … Continue reading

Reading Small Print Is Getting Harder!

Reading Fine Print

Reading small print is something that I’ve been struggling with for a little while now. However, I’ve always been so grateful for my vision. I’ve had a unique journey with regards to my eyes and staying on top of my eye health is very important to me. My journey started off at Sick Kids, feeling terrified while sitting in a long exam room. The result of that first visit was that I had to wear an eye patch to strengthen my weaker eye. Those were not fun times, although my Mom did help make it a bit more enjoyable by … Continue reading

Did You Know That Caffeine Intake is Directly Related to Eye Health?

healthy drink

Yes, you read that question properly. Last week, I learned that my caffeine intake is directly related to eye health. Who knew? I sure didn’t. Here is what happened… About a month ago, I started to notice that I was experiencing muscle spasms in one of my eyes. This was happening in my dominant eye, so when the spasms occur, it is very noticeable. At first, I didn’t think anything of it, but when it started happening on a daily basis, I began to wonder if something else was wrong. The final push that made me visit my eye doctor … Continue reading

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Yes, it is SPRING! BUT, just because the season has arrived doesn’t mean that we are getting the full amount of sunshine as our bodies require. Vitamin D is traditionally called the “sunshine vitamin”. In fact, according to the Orange Naturals blog, a large proportion of Canadians are actually deficient in vitamin D. Why are so many Canadians deficient in vitamin D?   It is possible that as a society, we are spending more time indoors than ever. Sun protection has also become a priority for many, which leads to people covering their skin with clothing to protect them from … Continue reading

Tips for Making Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Success

First Dental Visit

Have you taken your child for their first dental visit yet? April is Oral Health Month: focus on your teeth and your oral health! Did you know… there is a direct correlation to a healthy mouth and overall health? For toddlers and preschoolers, this is a good time in your child’s life to build habits that will protect the teeth and lay the foundation for future health. Both of my children showed signs of general anxiety quite early on in their lives. It started off as separation anxiety, but also turned into stranger anxiety and more in certain circumstances. I … Continue reading

Know HOW You Can Help BEFORE a Heart Attack Happens

common signs of a heart attack

Recently, I have had some more difficult conversations with my parents. The need for these conversations became apparent after we lost my father in law last year. Sometimes it takes a life event (like a death in the family) to make you realize that there are certain conversations you would rather have sooner rather than later. While most of these talks that I have had with my parents over the past couple of months have surrounded around the topic of getting finances in order, the topic of old age and health has also been prevalent. Having The Talk with a … Continue reading

Bedwetting Troubles?

Bedwetting Troubles

Does your older child continue to suffer from bedwetting troubles? Did you know that this can be common in children right through to the age of ten, and in some cases beyond. Bedwetting is definitely a “hidden secret” that is more common than we realize and because people keep it secret, many children can end up feeling embarrassed or ashamed. In our home, we try our best to keep the topic of bedwetting low key in order to reduce any feelings of embarrassment. There are a few strategies that you can try in order to reduce the occurance of bedwetting … Continue reading

MagPop: a Healthy Drink

healthy drink

One of my 2016 goals is to start my day with a mug full of warm water and lemon. This is a hard change for me to make because while I drink quite a bit of water, the only other drink that I typically drink is coffee. In fact, other than coffee (which I admit, I do drink quite a bit of) and the occasional tea, water is my drink of choice. Sometimes, however, it is nice to enjoy a sweeter treat, but so many of the beverage options out there are not good for you. This is why I’m … Continue reading