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Nov 27, 2014 - st francis herb farm deep immune kids tinctureCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Ugh…wintry cold season, icky sicky feelings, runny noses, coughs, germs, you name it, it’s here. G R O S S. What more can I say? It’s no wonder then that, as a parent, I try to look for different ways to keep my child healthy and well despite the changing temperatures and influx of germie wormies. Sleep more, eat well, washing hands, coughing in to your elbow, you know all that stuff but if I can get some extra help, I will.

Enter St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids. Well, that’s quite the tongue twister. Now, I didn’t stumble upon this product on my own. I went to my local trusted health food store, asked a bunch of questions and St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids is what the staff recommended. It sounded simple enough to use and offered an extra immune boost for my child so I took it home with me. – Continue Reading

Nov 25, 2014 - lumiere de sel himalyan salt crystal lampCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

It’s dark out. It’s dreary. While I may love the winter holidays, I certainly do not like how doomy and gloomy it looks outside my window. Recently, our family picked up one of these Himalayan salt crystal lamps.

According to what I’ve read online and on the box, it sounds as though these Himalayan salt crystal lamps offer a lot of potential benefits. It’s a natural ionizer to reduce positive ions. It provides cleaner air and it even notes on the box that Himalayan salt crystal lamps help to reduce electro magnetic pollution.

All that in one lamp? – Continue Reading

Sep 29, 2014 pic - nature 2013Copyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Let’s face it, teaching isn’t an easy job. It never was and never will be an easy job. Every child, like every adult, is a unique individual and must be respected as such. As a teacher, you have to deliver a specified curriculum to a unique group of children every single year. Factor in all the other ‘uh oh’s that come into a child’s life and teachers really do have their hands full.

Traditionally, teaching takes place indoors. Sure, there’s recess but for the most part all the academic stuff happens at a desk with a pen and paper. More recently, there seems to be a movement towards more outdoor, nature based education and all the pros it can bring. – Continue Reading

Aug 21, 2014 - botanica omegalicious key lime twistCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Our family doesn’t eat a lot of fish. There are a number of reasons why fish isn’t often on our menu. We eat salmon occasionally but there are a lot of fish that don’t make it into our home. There’s no canned tuna or salmon (bye bye canned stuff) and we’re not big on eating the bigger fish at home. Tilapia is a sometimes thing. It’s no wonder then that a DHA supplement is in order.

Enter Botanica Omegalicious Key Lime Twist. – Continue Reading

Jul 25, 2014 pic - organic cornCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

My family tries to be conscious about what we eat but there’s a limit to our clarity of what’s good for us amidst the confusion of all the information that is out there about what we should and shouldn’t eat and all the intricacies of all those details.

The reality is, arsenic has been found in rice. But, which rice grains are better? Which are worse? There’s BPA lining tin cans but is it only found in tin cans? There’s BHT in a ton of cereals, but which cereals?

Then, you hit the topic of GMO and my brain goes into a tornado of confusion with a capital C. I mean, there’s genetically modified food and then there’s non GMO foods but where does organic fit into all of this? Are organic foods automatically not GMO?
*head scratch*

Correction: *severe head scratching*

What’s up with GMO?
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Jul 8, 2014 - bob's red mill whole wheat pearl couscousCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Our family likes to eat carbs. We love rice, bread, pasta, you name it, we like it. At the same time, I always like to add to that repertoire either by finding a new pasta shape, a new type of rice or a new grain.
Enter: Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous. We’ve tried Israeli couscous before but Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous intrigued me because it’s made with whole wheat. Wait until you see the ingredient list! – Continue Reading

Jul 6, 2014 - mother africa cocoa shea butterCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Does your skin need some love? The weather tends to do a number on our precious skin. In the winter months, it gets hit by that dry cold air. In the summer, you have to protect it from the sun.

Mother Africa Imports Cocoa Shea Butter is a product I found at my local health food centre a while ago. It was recommended to me by the staff for my big kid who has temperamental skin. With mild eczema that tends to flare up from time to time, I picked up the Mother Africa Imports Cocoa Shea Butter and hoped for the best. – Continue Reading

Jul 3, 2014 - stonemill sourdough multigrain breadCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Truth be told, I’m a bit of a bread snob. I mean, I’ll eat almost any bread that comes my way but I’ve also steered clear of certain brands of bread that have ingredients that I don’t need in my body. Remember the azodicarbonamide aka yoga mat fiasco? Yep, that stopped me from eating a number of breads and I have a hard time going back to those brands. That’s just the tip of the iceberg but you get what I mean.

So, it should be no surprise to you that I was really excited to try a new line of breads from Stonemill Bakehouse. I was recently asked to review their line of breads with vitamin D.

Say what? Did I just hear that correctly?

Yes I did and that’s exactly why I agreed to do this review because Stonemill is the first company in English Canada to introduce vitamin D into their breads.

How cool is that? – Continue Reading

May 26, 2014

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Sigh, our entire family wears eye glasses. Yes, it’s true.

I started wearing mine in grade 10 and boy did I get headaches when I first started wearing those eye glasses. As luck would have it, one eye is nearsighted, one eye is farsighted. Translation: that’s a lot of work for my brain to do to translate what I see. The hubby has terrible eye sight and just recently, my big kid has had to wear them too.

It should come as no surprise then, that the FDA would provide information on how to protect that two eyes you have or that I’d want to feature this on As I tell my daughter, we’re only born with 2 so you have to take good care of them. The more we know, the better care we can provide for ourselves and for those we love.

Questions: Is it true that eating carrots is good for your eyes? Is sitting too close to your computer monitor bad for your eyes? What about those over-the-counter eye drops?

If you’re not sure of the answers to those statements and more, you should really read this post from the FDA. Even though I knew some of the information, it was good to refresh my knowledge and keep the info current in my own brain.

Click here to visit the FDA site and learn more about how to better care for your eyes.


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May 16, 2014

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Ugh, I hate that word – allergies. I get them every year and it’s not fun. That itchy, scratchy feeling at the back of my throat. My eyes are red and itchy and no matter how much I want to scratch them, it never helps.

This allergy season, the FDA put out a post on: Fighting Allergy Season with Medications. If you’re an allergy sufferer, this information might be useful to you.

Here’s another idea: Quercetin. Back in August 2011, I reviewed AOR’s Quercetin as another support for those of us who have seasonal allergies. At that time, I raved about it and I continue to use it to this day and I’ve noticed a difference in my symptoms over the past 2 years.

So, if you do get seasonal allergies, be sure to read up, learn more, and be well equipped because it’s here!


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