Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top 3 Tips for Winter Health & A New Western Canada Partnership! #Giveaway

We can deny it all we want, but the fact is... winter is here to stay. Protecting our skin and lips from the elements is just as important as staying healthy to fight off cold and flu, and Rexall has everything you and your family need to keep healthy this winter -- all while earning Air Miles -- a new partner in Western Canada.

Top 3 Tips for Winter Health:

1. Water - 

The importance of water cannot be stressed enough. In fact, most of us are terrible at getting our daily ounces in (including me). Drinking water will not only work from the inside out to moisturize skin, hair and nails, but it will also help you process and ward off flu and cold. 

If you are having trouble drinking enough water, there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Carrying a reusable water bottle with you at all times will lend you access to water when you need it. If you are the type who doesn't like the way water tastes, adding lemon, lime, cucumber, mint or berries will infuse your water with refreshing tastes for more enjoyment. (My favourite is adding frozen berries or grapes!) 

Finally, most of us carry a cell phone these days, so if drinking water is something you struggle with remembering, there are many free apps that allow you to log your water intake. Going through this process is valuable, as you'll notice how easy it is to go through a whole day without drinking enough.

2. Sunscreen - 

Cold temperatures often give us a false sense of not needing sunscreen; however, many -20c days in Alberta are accompanied by endless blue sky and glorious sunshine (the lack of ceiling keeps temps extra cold). Winter play in the snow is an easy way to obtain a sunburn, so don't get caught slipping off your goggles at the end of day skiing to find you forgot something. Whoops!

3. Preventative -

Handwashing - Lather up with soap and water for 30 seconds, then rinse.

Vitamins - Taking a multivitamin, Vitamin C or Vitamin D can help you maintain a proper level in your system for good immunity.

Herbal Remedies - Products like Oil of Oregano (in capsule or liquid format) can help boost your immune system naturally, while Cold FX is a ginseng-based herbal remedy that cuts the frequency of illness, the duration and the severity. *Purchase Cold FX at Rexall until Nov. 27th for 30% off and 30 Airmiles*

Flu Shot - The flu shot can be obtained at most pharmacies across Canada, to those over the age of 9. If you have young kids, a nasal flu shot can be obtained at your public health office. Plus, if you head to Rexall for your flu shot, they'll donate a shot to a person in need in Northern Uganda with their 'shot for shot' program.


To celebrate this new Western Canada partnership, Rexall and Air Miles have graciously offered up an awesome 'Winter Health Kit' to one lucky reader of!  (Giveaway items may differ slightly from photo.)

Follow the rules of the Rafflecopter below to enter! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All entries must be over the age of 18 AND a resident of Canada to qualify. Giveaway ends Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 12:01am M.S.T.

Good Luck!

*While Rexall and Air Miles provided the prize for giveaway, they are in no way responsible for the administration of the giveaway. As always, the opinions expressed belong to*

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ode to Ketchup Chips

First posted online, Tuesday December 15, 2009 -

Ketchup chips,
how do i love thee?

Let me count the ways.

I love how your vinegary overtones,

Cut the smooth sweetness,

Setting up the expected saltiness,

For glorious potato chip delight!

I love how you stain my fingers,

a radiant red,

and that licking them off,

one by one,

is the ONLY way to clean hands.

I am not so in love with ketchup,

but ah, as chips,


Wishing I could only make,

each bag last forever,

but alas, Frito-Lays slogan,

"Betcha can't eat just one!",

has me chipless,

once again.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Are you there God, It's me Margaret? Judy Blume revisited.

"Are you there God, it's me Margaret?

Do you remember those words?

Beebo has been blowing through our stash of books and after having read a series of hers four times in a row, I offered up a few from when I was young. She grabbed for the 1987 edition of "Just as long as we're together", which immediately sent off memories of 'What's in that one?'

We are eight and a half... definitely dabbling with the tween stage, but she hasn't really asked about Mom's special drawer or what comes next in life? To be honest, we've had more questions regarding the authenticity of Santa than 'how are babies made?' I know that we'll one day need to discuss these things and we will --- but for now, I am happy to lay low just enjoying their capableness and not worry about what I'll need to equip them with next.

Can't we just have a few moments?

I digress...

She chose the book and immediately I wondered, if this is the book that will spark the chat? However, I read the book over two decades ago... I think this one may discuss breasts and bras, but it definitely is not the 'period' book. 

I think.

Any ways, I ask Beebo to please come and chat with me if there is anything in the book that we need to discuss. Because, you know, there have to be a few words or things that come up that she could ask questions about (Hello? Most of my puberty knowledge came from Blumes books!). 

A few days into the book, Beebo taps me on the shoulder and says she has a question regarding her Judy Blume book. OH FUDGE.

"Mommy, what's ... nuclear war??"

Surprised (and muffling a chuckle), I realize how incredibly lucky this child is to actually be able to ask this question? What is nuclear war?  Well Beebo, it is pretty much the kind of war no one wants to be involved in, because we likely won't survive. 

Perhaps, this book didn't name our pre-pubescent necessary chat, but it definitely reminded me that reading a book leaves more to be answered than just those life questions I am not ready for yet.

Parenting #101.

Wow. This is not going to be easy, right?

Monday, November 10, 2014

We #DareYou

We try to give as often and as much as we can during the year, but when it is all tallied up, it never quite seems like enough.  I like to make our acts of volunteerism a family venture, as it is important to me that my children understand what they have versus what others may not. I want them to feel compassion; most importantly, I want them to realize that no act of kindness is too small and that giving to others is our duty as good citizens of this Earth. 

One of the main reasons people decide to give is simply because they are asked.  The idea is put in their head.  Adding a dollar or two on top of the grocery bill is an easy and effective way to raise funds, because if you ask, often the answer is yes.  Donating a little muscle to haul potatoes out of the ground for the food bank – DO IT! Take your old magazines to the local community centre/docs office/senior centre for renewed enjoyment – DONE!  Fund a small business with a starter loan (like Kiva), or offer up dog walking time at the local animal shelter—OF COURSE!  

Near and far, big and small – we can all do something to brighten, heighten and enhance someone else’s day.

So… you can be nice about it and ask your friends, family and community members to get out there and donate their time/blood/money/food—or, you can DARE them to!  (See also:  a good way to get things done!)  Double the giving impact by taking the two-for-one approach and DARE-2-GIVE! That's what the Dare2Give by the My Giving Moment Campaign is all about.

I’ll do it, if you do it!?

Who would I dare to make Canada better by giving with me?
·         Home To Heather
·         Doing All The Things
·         Steadfast Ahoy

Making Canada a better place starts with baby steps. Just imagine if every Canadian challenged others to donate or volunteer with them? Group activities share the load and there are so many places where assistance is needed.

“There are two Latin words on my coats of arms: Contemplare Meliora.
In case your Latin is a little rusty, here is the translation:
To envision a better world.”

 David Johnston, Governor General
– key inspiration for the Dare2Give movement

By daring your family, friends and colleagues, givers will have a chance to win for their favourite charity by entering dares online. Visit the Dare2Give website or see below to enter now! Contest ends December 14th!

Help make Canada a more giving nation!

*Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.*

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shave and a Haircut - Two Bits! #Movember

Movember enters ours lives every November, raising awareness and funds for the health of men-- specifically, prostate cancer. Now, I am all for raising funds; however, the facial hair grows long and soon, the mustache takes over the top lip of faces familiar and stranger everywhere.

Let's face it, most women just aren't cool with the 'stache. Most women like a clean shaven man. November has become one incredibly long month and frankly, by the time we're 22 days in, I am over your act of kindness.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Even though I do not have a personal attraction or love for the mustache, I can be fair on the subject. There are a few who do look mighty fine sporting a mustache, but perhaps they'd just look fine any way? Who knows?

For example,

We only know this guy with a mustache.
 It has almost always been a part of his famous face.
 It suits him.

But Brad Pitt... 

Sorry Angelina, I'd tell him to shave it. ;)

Maybe not this mustache in particular, 
but JD's mustaches are always character worthy. 
He has mucho intrigue.

Then, there is this.

Ron Burgundy- Oh my! Nuff said.

We can simply wash this mustache off.

Got Milk Harrison?

Good efforts Men.

(How many days are left until Dec 1st?) 

We'll happily celebate celebrate your efforts... when they're over.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie - It's What's For Dinner!

We love pie! Fruit-filled or meat-filled, its hearty warmth fills the belly just right. I pull out two ready-made frozen pie crusts (it is totally fine if you want to make your own), fill with a pan cooked chicken/beef/veggie concoction, cover and bake in the oven.

Start by thawing the pie crusts at room temperature while making the chicken mixture. Using leftover chicken (2 chicken breasts worth), add chicken stock or broth, carrots, celery, corn, peas, potatoes and a teaspoon of flour. Cook in a pan until the mixture thickens.

Fill one pie crust with mixture and cover with the other. Rub the yolk of one egg on the pastry with a small brush. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, then turn down to 350F for remaining 20 minutes.

You don't have to use chicken -- any meat, or no meat will do too!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

McDreamy Fans Listen Up - Grey's Anatomy is now exclusively on Netflix! #StreamTeam

Starting today, fans can now soak up all 10 seasons of the popular drama Grey's Anatomy on Netflix! 

Watch it as fast or as slow as you like... watch it over and over!

Click HERE for details



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