Now that the New Year is here, many people have made getting into shape their goal for 2013. It can be hard to get started but with a little consistency, fitness experts generally state you’ll be looking and feeling better in as little as four weeks. This month, as part of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad, I was asked to share some of my favourite tips for getting in shape. Here are my top three tips for starting a maintainable fitness routine:
When the holiday season rolls around, the presents are secondary to the food in my mind. For at least a month before the big day, I cook and bake all kinds of goodies to store in the freezer for Christmas. In fact, I usually make such a huge quantity of goodies that friends and family are snacking on them until February! One of my personal favourites? Butter Tart Squares! These gooey treats have all the rich flavour of butter tarts without all the work of making and filling the tiny shells!
For the most part, I always try to make eco-friendly choices when I’m choosing products for my boys. I do this partly because I like to try to minimize my family’s impact on the earth but even more because I want to make sure that I minimize the toxins that come into contact with my boys. The only problem is that finding great eco-friendly products can sometimes be a challenge, especially living in small town in a rural area.
That’s why I was so excited when LittleEcoFootprint chose me as one of a handful of fabulous Canadian women to be one of the company’s Mom Blogger Experts. LittleEcoFootprint is a brand new company that delivers boxes of carefully selected eco-friendly products for moms and babies right to your door! It sounded like a program that I would absolutely love and I was so excited to be a part of it. [Read more…]
Now that my boys are around other children for the majority of the day and the weather has gotten chilly, the start of the inevitable cold and flu season is here. In fact, just last week I had to bring Zackary home from school early because his stomach was hurting. It was a good thing I did; a few minutes after getting him settled on the couch with a blanket and a bucket, he started vomiting.
For the most part my boys are incredibly healthy and hearty. Born and raised on the prairies, they’re resiliant kids that tend to beat back colds even when other children are knocked out by the latest virus. But when they do get sick, they really get sick! That’s why I try to make sure that they’re always as healthy as they can be.
Most Canadians already know that Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios can help lower cholesterol thanks to the oat fibre the cereals contain. The distinctive green banner across the boxes is the way that General Mills lets consumers know the cereal contains oat fibre.
But now, another cereal has donned a little green! Oatmeal Crisp is also a source of oat fibre and has recently earned the right to wear the same green banner to let consumers easily recognize the cereal as a member of General Mills’ cholesterol-fighting family.
If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, here are four easy tips to help you get started: [Read more…]
Even though it’s only the first week of August, kids and adults are both starting to think about that exciting first day of school! But if teens are suffering from frustrating acne breakouts, they often don’t feel the same enthusiasm about heading back to class. Fortunately, Clearasil Canada has some proven skin-care tips to help achieve smooth skin in as little as one month! If you have a child battling acne, make sure they’re following these tips for the clearest skin possible!
Taking care of our families is rewarding in so many ways. There may be struggles here and there, but creating a healthy and happy home for people you love is one of life’s most satisfying experiences.
Sometimes, though, we’re so busy taking care of everyone else – children, friends, parents, neighbours, lifelong loves – that we forget to take care of ourselves. Have you ever noticed that? Other people’s needs seem more urgent than our own, so whatever we need to feel inspired or uplifted can be set aside for another day. [Read more…]
No matter what good habits we try to teach our kids, they have a natural fondness for sweet foods. That doesn’t mean they’re destined to spend their lives eating cupcakes and junk cereal but teaching them about healthy choices doesn’t automatically override their preference for sweets.
Most moms weren’t surprised when the world’s largest member-based food & drink research center, CCFRA, studied children age 8-10 to see if knowing about healthy food made them more inclined to eat it. When told to pick healthy foods from a lineup, they did just fine. But when told to pick whatever they liked and that no one was watching them, their choices changed dramatically.
So knowing that it’s hard for kids to make good choices no matter how well they’ve been taught, how can we keep them on the right track? Here are seven ways: [Read more…]