Saturday, April 30, 2016

National Infertility Awareness Week (May 12-20) - Tips from Dr. David Greenberg

Starting a family and having children is something that most couples dream of and often plan for. But the reality for many is that conceiving a child does not come as easily as they would have thought.

In Canada, the incidence of fertility issues have risen in the past several decades, with one in six Canadian couples now experiencing fertility-related problems. What is supposed to be an exciting and happy time, can become a significant source of stress and pressure for the couples who experience challenges along the way.

With National Infertility Awareness Week around the corner (May 12th – 20th), Dr. David Greenberg, Family Physician at St. Joseph Hospital, has some tips to help start the family planning.

Don't Try-

For couples "trying" to conceive, each month can be filled with anxiety and worry. Chill out a bit, live in the moment and just enjoy your partner. 

Live Healthy-

Don't wait until you find out you're expecting to start making changes to your diet or exercise regimen. Once you decide to start trying to conceive, start behaving like you're already pregnant by eating right, taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking and exercising sensibly.

Know Yourself-

Improve your odds of conceiving by having sex on the days when conception is likeliest to happen. Every woman's body is unique and, when trying to become pregnant, your individual cycle should be taken into consideration. The First Response Digital Ovulation Test detects and tracks your personal daily baseline levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) to detect your personal LH surge, unlike other ovulation tests that use a preset "average" level to determine an LH surge.

 Know When to See an Expert-

Most couples who are trying to conceive will become pregnant within a year. For others it can take longer. If it is taking longer than you expected to conceive, it's always a good idea to speak to your doctor about what you should be doing to improve your chances of conceiving.

For those who know someone trying to conceive, the most important thing is to be supportive and understanding.

*I am a brand ambassador for the 2016 year with Church & Dwight. As part of this program I receive monetary compensation, as well as products to review and giveaway. The opinions expressed belong to*


Friday, April 29, 2016

Epic Made Easy with the Brewster Summer Pass + A Giveaway! #ad

You may have driven by this sign on the Trans-Canada highway...

You may have even heard the radio ads.

But now it's time for me to tell you all the reasons why you should

 purchase your very own Brewster Epic Summer Pass!

In fact, I have five world-class reasons:

Banff - Sulphur Mountain Gondola (open May 1 - Dec 31)

Banff  - Lake Minnewanka Boat Tours (open May 6 - Oct 9)

Jasper – Maligne Lake Cruise (open May 21 - Oct 2)

Jasper - Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (open April 15 - Oct 16)

Jasper - Glacier Skywalk (open April 15 - Oct 16)

The Brewster Epic Summer Pass pays for itself in just three visits to any of the five listed attractions above and allows its user unlimited entries for the season. The more you use it, the more you save! The Epic Summer Pass is not only cost-effective, but it offers pass-holders the unique opportunity to reconnect with our province, our mountains and each other. And… with the Alberta economy struggling right now, a lot of us are looking for ways to escape the daily grind without breaking the bank. 

Purchase your Brewster Epic Summer pass now. 

$130 for adults


$70 for children (ages 6-15)

(Children 5 and under are free, when sharing a seat with an adult on the Banff Lake Cruise and Glacier Adventure. It is required to check in at the ticket desk for each attraction to obtain a free ticket for all children under 5.)

Sales ends May 31st, 2016 or while supplies last!

Only for Albertans.


We have one Epic Summer Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children)
 to giveaway to a lucky Albertan family.

Follow the rules in the giveway widget below.

All entries must be residents of Alberta over the age of 18.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email,
or another winner will be selected.

Giveaway ends May 22nd, 2016 at 12:01am MST.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Get Your Essentials Covered with Esurance & A Road-Trip Giveaway

What makes for a good road-trip?

Is it the car you drive, the route you take, the music you listen to, or the people who join you that makes a road-trip exciting? 

On this particular road-trip, we were reviewing a car that had Wi-Fi!

We travel back and forth to our cabin on a regular basis (3 hours from door to door), and have become rather adept at the road-trip. We make sure to have a movie to enjoy (the kids), we bring snacks (no food for at least an hour on one stretch of road), we have a book to read... but we also have snow-pants and boots (in the winter season we do not leave home without them), shovels for digging, tow-straps, tire chains, first-aid kits and the list goes on!

Sometimes... we get stuck.
Sometimes... we get stuck multiple times.

Whether you are driving across Canada or cruising to your local watering hole, casual road-trippers and driving enthusiasts alike all have one common road-trip need... INSURANCE

Driving towards Castle Mountain, Banff National Park

Introducing... Esurance!

Esurance is an online auto insurance company that recently launched in Alberta, Canada. Esurance is all about providing insurance for the modern world, meaning that the whole auto insurance process has been streamlined -- from quote to managing the policy -- available online 24/7 (with customer service agents available by phone if you need them).

To celebrate Esurance coming to Alberta, they have graciously offered one of our readers a Road-Trip Essentials Kit (arv $175). Follow the rules of the giveaway widget below to enter.

*All entrants must be Canadian residents over the age of 18 (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.*