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Why I’m Telling My Mother about the Higher-Dose Flu Vaccine for Seniors

I’m a strong believer in the importance of seniors in our lives. While my own grandfather helped to form my initial opinions on how much seniors contribute to society, I’ve had the privilege of knowing so many other amazing seniors as well, from employers to neighbours to family friends. So, with cold and flu season …

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Tired and Stressed? Try These 3 Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

When I was younger, I had some pretty serious issues with insomnia. Some nights, I’d drift quickly and easily off to sleep without a second thought. Other nights, I’d find myself tossing and turning for hours on end, finally falling into a light doze only to suddenly wake up unsure if I’d ever been asleep …

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Keep Your Family Smiling with These Tips for National Oral Health Care Month

Having parented through childhood caries, dental surgery for both my boys and upcoming braces for my oldest son, it’s no secret that I’m passionate about dental health. National Oral Health Care month is the perfect annual reminder that it’s important to pay special attention to our teeth and our overall oral hygiene, since good dental …

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Get Through the Dreariness of January with these 5 Mood-Boosting Ideas

Personally, I’ve never found January to be a depressing month. It starts with a holiday and it ends with my birthday, which makes it a-okay in my book! But for many, the cold, snow and emotional let-down after the holidays make it a month that leaves much to be desired. If you’re one of those …

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Join the Hellmann’s Real Food Movement and Help Teach Your Kids Where Their Food Comes From!

This post was brought to you by Hellmann’s® and JONES Voice. When it comes to the food I feed my family, I’m passionate about fresh, real and wholesome ingredients. Jeremy and I both love cooking and we know that no matter what type of new dish we’re trying, using products made with high-quality ingredients makes …

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uHoo, the World’s Most Advanced Air Quality Sensor, is Available for Pre-Order Now

As somebody that suffers from both virus-induced asthma and seasonal allergies, air quality is something that’s often on my mind. Most of the year, I’ll breeze through each day breathing easy, but every once in a while I’ll wake up and find myself sneezing and wheezing for hours on end. While the trouble breathing and …

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Build Muscle Strength with 4 Simple Yoga Poses and the Gaiam 5mm Reversible Yoga Mat

With warm summer days quickly approaching, not to mention a wedding in the fall, getting into shape is a top priority for me right now. I’ve set some realistic goals, come up with a workout plan and for the last two weeks, have been making healthy eating and exercise a priority. In addition to daily …

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Be Informed – Learn About Symptoms of PBC and Protecting Your Liver

Years ago, I started having intense stomach pain that radiated into my back and came in waves of agony. After twenty minutes to an hour, the pain would fade away and I’d quickly forget about it, assuming it was something I ate…until the next attack. A friend helped me realize that I was likely having …

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Understanding the Nutrition Facts Table Helps Keep You Healthy and Could Win You Free Food! Try the #FocusontheFacts Quiz-Giveaway

When I was a child, my mom taught me the basics of good nutrition in all kinds of ways. She cooked from scratch often, shunned takeout and convenience food and always checked food labels when shopping. Almost as soon as I learned to read, I’d also learned that the first ingredient listed on a product …

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Lower Stress and Keep Your Heart Healthy with 3 Simple Steps #ONatural

Between getting engaged, Valentine’s Day celebrations and starting to plan a wedding, matters of the heart have been very much on my mind this February. And while love and romance are always common themes for the month, February is also a great time to remember to take care of your heart! After all, a strong …

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Help Little Ones Breath Easy this Winter with Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist

It may have been a pretty mild winter in most parts of Canada, but that certainly didn’t mean that there were no colds and flus making the rounds! In fact, my boys both spent almost a month with stuffy noses and occasional bouts of coughing. One of the hardest parenting jobs has to be comforting …

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All Kids Get to Play with the Igniting Fitness Possibilities Program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

With childhood obesity on the rise and outdoor play declining, the importance of physical activity is something that’s been heavily emphasized in recent years. Parents are being made more and more aware of how crucial regular exercise is for their child’s overall health and well-being. And new programs are making it easy for kids to …

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Is Your Partner’s Snoring Making You Crazy? Request a Free RANA Snoring Consultation Now!

This post was sponsored by The 7th Chamber. Opinions expressed belong to Mommy Kat and Kids and are not influenced in any way. There’s not many things more destructive to a good night’s rest than sleeping with somebody that snores. In fact, it can drive a partner to take pretty extreme measures to get some …

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Celebrate Movember by Helping Your Man Stay Healthy with These 4 Tips

November is half over and that means that many of us are seeing a lot more mustaches than usual thanks to the annual “Movember” celebration designed to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. From prostate cancer to depression to heart disease, there’s no shortage of diseases that prey on the men in our …

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Dietainment is in Every Child’s Day! Take the Pledge and Help Stop Dietainment

While driving my boys to school a few days ago, I asked them if they had any items on their Christmas wish list. Benjamin, my youngest son, told me that he wanted a Nintendo 3DS (something he’s wanted ever since his brother received one), and a Power Wheels vehicle. He described the drivable, battery-powered vehicle …

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Treat Stuffy Noses and Coughing with Boogie Wipes and Other Natural Solutions

Even though we’ve had one of the nicest autumn seasons I can rememeber here in Saskatchewan, that hasn’t meant that we haven’t had the customary fall illnesses! In fact, both my boys just recently went through one of the worst colds they’ve had in years. Fever, coughing, stuffy noses…they were two unhappy boys for a …

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Stopping Damaged Self-Esteem in Children Means We Need to Stop Dietainment

When I was a teenager, I was absolutely in love with women’s magazines. I started out reading magazines like Seventeen, with its stories about young celebrities, makeup tips for teens and articles about getting “him” to like you. But I soon graduated to the more mature women’s magazines: Cosmopolitan, Elle and Glamour, to name a …

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Scare Cavities Away this Halloween with Tips from Truly Radiant

While fall isn’t my favourite season, I do enjoy it quite a bit, and especially its celebrations. Who doesn’t love indulging in a big piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? And Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays, both for the fun costumes and the delicious candy! But fall baking and leftover Halloween …

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You Can Earn Free Groceries When You #EatMoreStars with #GuidingStarsCA #PCStars

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is its own reward when it comes to good health, and over the last few months my family has had the chance to do just that thanks to the PC Guiding Stars Program. The new initiative makes it easy to find healthy food with a simple rating system that …

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Help Your Family Feel Its Best for Back-to-School with Advice and Treatment from Your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist

One of the worst things about a minor ailment is often the hassle involved in getting treatment. Mild medical conditions like acne or seasonal allergies likely won’t cause any harm if left untreated, but they are incredibly frustrating at their worst and can certainly make comfortable day-to-day living much harder! Unfortunately, finding solutions often involves …

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Treat Summer’s Bites, Bumps and Bruises with Homeopathic Remedies from Orange Naturals #ONatural

I love almost everything about summer, but it does cause some extra challenges when it comes to keeping my kids healthy and happy. Days spend outdoors are fun but they result in plenty of bug bites, bruises and scrapes as well! This year, I’ve been turning to products from Orange Naturals to help treat my …

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Don’t Let Problems in the Bedroom Ruin Your Relationship! Take the RANA Snore Score Quiz! #ad

This post is sponsored by RANA. Opinions expressed belong to Mommy Kat and Kids and are NOT influenced in any way. View full terms and policies for more information. Anyone that’s ever lived with a person that snores knows just how frustrating it can be. After a long day, there’s nothing more blissful than crawling …

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Stop Relying on Doctor Google! Get Expert Advice and Treatment for Minor Ailments from Your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist

Despite the occasional cold or stuffy nose, my boys and I tend to be pretty healthy and I’m very happy about that. Considering the fact that the last time our family had to visit the emergency room, the wait was over six hours, it’s not an experience I enjoy. And most of the time, going …

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Three Ways You Should Make Time for Yourself on Mother’s Day and All Year Long

With Mother’s Day just having passed, moms around Canada finally had the chance to kick back and enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation. And having recharged a bit myself, I’ve realized that moms have a very common tendency of putting themselves last. But when it comes to being a parent, taking care of ourselves means …

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Keep Spring Produce Fresh with 3 Easy Food Storage Tips

There’s so much to love about spring, but one of my all-time favourite things about the season is the return of fresh, local spring produce. From tart stalks of rhubarb to locally grown asparagus, there are so many delicious flavours to enjoy in the spring! However, I’ve recently learned that keeping that delicious fresh produce …

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Treat Seasonal Allergies with Homeopathic Products from Orange Naturals #ONatural

As much as I’m enjoying Saskatchewan’s unseasonably warm weather this spring, I’m not enjoying the early onset of our seasonal allergies that comes along with the sunshine and green grass! I’ve mentioned before that I tend to favour natural solutions for allergies and so this year, in addition to some other techniques, I’m treating my …

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Celebrate Oral Health Month with 3 Great Tips from Church & Dwight

April is National Oral Health Month and as most people know, oral health is a topic I’m pretty passionate about! As if dealing with my own problem teeth wasn’t motivation enough, having both of my boys undergo dental surgery as a result of childhood caries made me especially dedicated to keeping their teeth strong and …

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Try These 5 Healthy Alternatives to Chocolate in Your Child’s Easter Basket

Even though I love a sweet treat as much as anyone, I can’t help but feel like kids get far too much chocolate and candy during most holidays. And with Easter quickly approaching, the store shelves filled with hollow chocolate bunnies and marshmallow-filled eggs already have me picturing just how much unhealthy food my boys …

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Lose Postpartum Weight Safely with FitTea #PostnatalFatburner Herbal Supplement-Giveaway

When I gave birth to my oldest son, I had plenty of energy throughout the pregnancy and my body bounced back from the experience quite quickly. I was one of those women that walked out of the hospital in her pre-pregnancy jeans, and with the extra calories I burned breastfeeding I was soon in even …

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Surprise Your Kids with Easy Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks

When I was younger, we usually got one or two treats at most on Valentine’s Day. In the morning, we had a special breakfast of heart-shaped Jell-O. Since it was a once-a-year treat we were always very excited about digging into the red jiggling hearts. Later that day, we each received a small heart-shaped box …

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Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels with Natural Products from Orange Naturals

November is World Diabetes Month and even though nobody in our immediate family suffers from diabetes, my boys do have a history of it in their family and it really makes me think about what they’re eating each day. With so much sugar in the food that we eat, making sure that my boys aren’t …

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Halloweeen Tricks and Treats for Healthy Teeth from Orajel and Arm & Hammer Spinbrush

Calling all ghosts, ghouls and goblins! This All Hallows’ Eve, while wicked witches are brewing their cauldrons and zombies are creeping through the night, we suspect that you and your kids will be chanting “trick or treat!” With all the candy enjoyed this Halloween, it’s important to take care of those pearly whites. Luckily with …

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Keeping the Family Healthy with Tangy Yogurt Fruit Shakes

With both my boys in school for full days this year, we’ve embraced the back-to-school routine pretty happily. My oldest, between extra-curricular activities and playing with friends, is often out of the house more than he is in it during the week. And my youngest, despite some worries on my part, absolutely loves Kindergarten and …

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Stay Healthy this School Year with Homeopathic Treatments from Orange Naturals

It’s almost time for my boys to head back to school and that means that I want to make sure our family is all feeling healthy and energized for the days ahead. From back-to-school shopping to those first long days of classes, there’s no more important time to ensure that we’re eating right, getting lots …

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Join the Sobeys #PotluckChallenge and Support Food Revolution Day #FRD2014

Despite the fact that my mother and father were both lawyers and often worked long hours with minimal free time, neither one of them ever really embraced the concept of “convenience food.” I think it was partly a result of my mom being born in Europe and raised with a more European upbringing and partly …

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Five Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep from the National Sleep Foundation and P&G

A good night’s sleep is something that is simultaneously essential and elusive for so many parents. Whether we’re struggling to get our children to sleep or trying to get a proper night’s rest ourselves, we tend to have problems getting the sleep we need. Recently I flew to Cincinnati for a very special P&G All …

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Be a Winter Warrior with Handy Health Tips from Church & Dwight

Even though March has arrived, winter is not letting go easily this year. In fact, just this morning Southern Saskatchewan had six inches of snow and temperatures of minus 30. When winter hangs on like this, staying healthy is important, so it’s time to be a warrior, with a little help from Church & Dwight! …

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Get Prepared this Winter with the Achoo by Kleenex Cold and Flu Predictor-Giveaway

Saskatchewan was just hit with its first big snowfall of the winter and that means that the season of shovelling snow, ski pants and sneezes is here once more. For the most part, my boys are quite hearty and don’t get sick too often. But already this year I’ve noticed that Zackary and Benjamin have …

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Make Sure You’re Ready to Start a Family with a Daily Multi-Vitamin Such As Nestle Materna

When I was a young newlywed and ready to start a family, I knew that I needed to make sure my body was healthy and able to handle the strain of pregnancy. I limited processed foods and sugar in my diet, ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and took a multi-vitamin every day. And …

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Learn About Cord Blood and Tissue Banking with LifebankUSA and Enter to Win One of Two mamaRoo Bouncers Worth $260

I am so lucky to have two wonderful, healthy children to fill my days with their energy, and even though they often wear me out and sometimes drive me crazy, I treasure every moment I have with my rambunctious boys. So when one of them gets sick, my entire focus is on helping my sons …

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Get Healthier with Herbal Magic Sensible Weight Loss Programs and Natural Supplements

When it comes to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle, it seems there are two main challenges that most people encounter. The first is developing an appropriate eating and exercise plan. The second is finding a way to battle the cravings that tempt dieters to overindulge in unhealthy foods. Herbal Magic tackles both those …

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Beat the Heat! Four Tips for Exercising Safely When the Weather Gets Warm

Spring took a long time coming, but the weather is finally warmer and the season for outdoor activities has arrived! Exercising outside can seem like a no-brainer. When the sun is shining and there a fresh breeze blowing, who would want to be closed away indoors? But hot days bring their own challenges when it …

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Three Easy Food Substitutions for Healthier Family Eating

While New Year’s Resolutions may be popular with many, in my opinion there’s no better time than spring to make healthy changes to your family’s lifestyle. Kids are getting more exercise, fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance and an increase in sunshine has most people feeling positive and motivated. Getting healthy has never been …

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Reduced Allergen Ford Canada Vehicles are Nothing to Sneeze At!

There aren’t many people that don’t suffer from allergies in my family. My sister and niece have eczema, my brother reacts to certain animals and my oldest son and myself suffer from seasonal allergies. Minimizing exposure to allergens has always been something I care about. But I didn’t realize that about 30% of Canadians suffer …

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Three Tips for Surviving March in Good Health with IronKids and Adult Essentials

March has to be one of the most difficult months to stay active and eat right. After long days of winter, the only thought in the minds of most parents is when the snow will melt, the sun will shine and the stores will be filled with fresh, flavourful fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, in most …

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Seven Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Child’s Sweet Tooth

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 …

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