March Break is here and the kids have already had breakfast, jumped on the beds, played hours of Minecraft and have started to drive you a little bit crazy. What can you do with them now that you’re a whole morning into a week (or two for some!) of this madness? Gather up your kidlets and make something magical. Teach them just how simple it is to whip up a batch of homemade playdough. Then listen to the sounds of happy children busily making amazingly imaginative things out of it while you put your feet up and congratulate yourself on being the most wonderful parent ever.
Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make playdough. The final product can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation. To make coloured dough, divide into small balls and then add food colouring and knead. You can also knead in glitter to make it sparkly! Continue reading "March Break Treat: Make Playdough"
Did you have a Chia-Pet? We did and it was awesome. It was a Chia Shaggy and it was totally awesome. Yes, we were the coolest kids on the block. But Chia seeds are not Chia-Pets…they’re even cooler.
Chia seeds are teensy-weensy nutrient powerhouses. These tiny seeds have exceptional nutritional properties and health benefits:
1. They have loads of fibre:
Add 2 tablespoons to your cereal, smoothie or yogurt and you’re getting a great fibre boost (perfect to get you through the morning). 2 tablespoons of Chia offers around 8g of fibre. Continue reading "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Welcome Chia Seeds Into Your Diet"
Statistics Canada has found that two-thirds of the population of Canada has vitamin D levels below the amount associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases.
During the summer months when sun exposure is highest, the body is able to convert sunlight into vitamin D. From fall through to spring in North America, this is much less likely because of the decreased levels of sunlight. So even if you’re spending loads of time outside skating and shovelling the walk, you should probably supplement your vitamin d by adding certain thing to your diet and lifestyle (unless you can head south every weekend!). Continue reading "Get Vitamin D Without Going South"
White noise machines are extremely popular among parents. They mimic the sounds of crashing waves, babbling brooks and sometimes static, in order to mask louder noises in the house, neighbourhood or even hospital ward. They can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep for a child and a disrupted sleep…and if you’re a parent of a young child, you know how significant sleep is.
The problem is, if these units are used incorrectly, parents may put their child at risk for hearing loss, as suggested by a Canadian study published today in the Journal Pediatrics. Continue reading "Is White Noise the Right Noise?"
Author: Erin Young
As a follow up to my post last week on tips for travelling with kids, I wanted to share my list of must haves for travelling with young children. This list has evolved over the course of many trips and with the expert advice of globe-trotting girlfriends and their families. I posted the first five items on my list earlier this week, and am now following up with the other five. Continue reading "More Must Haves for Travelling with Kids"
Author: Erin Young
As a follow up to my post last week on tips for travelling with kids, I wanted to share my list of must haves for travelling with young children. This list has evolved over the course of many trips and with the expert advice of globe-trotting girlfriends and their families. Please let us know what your travel essentials are…and make sure to stay tuned for 5 more must-haves on Sunday! Continue reading "Must Haves for Travelling with Kids"
Author: Vanessa McHugh
Hi! It’s Vanessa again and I thought I would share the skinny on being fit…or what I like to refer to as “the battle of Fit Versus Skinny…”.
I struggle with my weight (don’t all females say this?). In the past, my exercise routine consisted of cardio and yoga, and I monitored the scale — almost obsessively — until I met my boyfriend. No, I did not give up on my overall health but he taught me that lifting weights is challenging, rewarding, fun, and most importantly great for my overall health. Who doesn’t want to be fit and strong? Easier said than done of course, but here is my fit versus’ skinny journey thus far.
Continue reading "Fit Versus Skinny (A Personal Journey)"
Coconut oil has recently emigrated from the kitchen cupboard and taken up dual citizenship as a beauty, wellness and skincare product that can do just about anything. From moisturizing the skin to soothing bug bites, coconut oil is an all-natural powerhouse product. It still has its foot in the door of the kitchen however and can be used for many things (including a substitute for butter!) and it also has used beyond beauty and food…read on for 85 amazing uses for this versatile oil.
Continue reading "85 Uses for Coconut Oil"
By: Erin Young
One of the drawbacks of my former job as a management consultant was the travel. This drawback did translate into a perk the few times a year that my family wanted to go on a vacation, since the Airmiles and hotel points allowed us to travel in style without spending much. Some of our friends thought we were crazy for taking a 3 month-old to Europe but we loved travelling before we had kids and didn’t want to give it up once we’d become parents.
Over the course of several family vacations we have learned (often from our mistakes) how to maximize the enjoyment of the entire family. Here are some of my tips and tricks for planning for and travelling with young kids. Continue reading "5 Tips for Travelling with Young Kids"
It’s Valentine’s Day, and our hearts and our minds turned just a wee bit scandalous this morning. We found ourselves pondering the health benefits of getting down and dirty with our honey.
So, without further ado… we are here to share them with you, so you can share them with your partner, your date, your friends, friends of your friends, or whomever you want to ummm ‘share’ these benefits of sex with on the day of love (or any day, for that matter). Continue reading "Top 10 Health Benefits of SEX"