Teen with type 1 diabetes monitors her blood sugar

Tips to Help Teens Manage Type 1 Diabetes

FAM, health By December 13, 2017 No Comments

Communication is key for us all. It enables growth, self-confidence and drives our ability to live an enriched life. As teens transition from childhood to adulthood it can sometimes be difficult to maintain open lines of communication. But when a teen is living with a chronic disease, such as type 1 diabetes, it becomes critical to keeping them healthy.

Many teens with type 1 diabetes are often in denial. They don’t always manage their condition optimally because they just want to be normal teenagers. I interviewed Deirdre Brough, National Director, Corporate Partnerships at JDRF. Brough is a parent of a young adult who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teen. In speaking to Brough about what life is like for parents of teens with diabetes, it became abundantly clear that friend-to-friend and parent-to-teen communication and respect can be very helpful for all involved. 

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Taking a family photo for the best holiday photo gifts

Best Holiday Photo Gifts To Unwrap This Season

tech By December 7, 2017 No Comments

I love taking photos of my family and of all the exciting things we do throughout the year. I love sharing them with my friends and family on social media, but for really special photos, I love the idea of sending the best holiday photo gifts to share our memories in a lasting way. Some moments are just too good not share and having something tangible to hang onto is special. These are some great ways to “think outside the screens” this holiday season and turn your digital images into the best holiday photo gifts. 

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Rocking My Babies (with SNOO)

baby, FAM By December 7, 2017 30 Comments

My kids are big and active, but it seems like not so long ago they were just babies. I listen to their excited voices talking about the holiday season and I remember before they could speak, when I would delight in holding them close and rocking them in my arms to help them off to sleep. Bedtime can still be challenging some days, but I remember how they felt in my arms, how their skin smelled, what it felt like to feel their chests expand and contract as they breathed deep in slumber. I recall looking at their perfect little faces and thinking, “I want to remember this.”

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German Omelette

Connecting through Food: Holiday Giving

EAT, holidays By December 6, 2017 No Comments

I never met my husband’s mom, and it makes me sad every day. I wish I could thank her, cherish her and appreciate her in person, but the family lost her to cancer before we met. I have seen photos and heard stories, but that’s not always enough. There is, thankfully, one holiday tradition she began that I can continue. Every Christmas morning, we make her special German Omelette recipe. Through the flavours of this delicious strata, I connect with her on special occasions every year, and am able to share in some small part of the blessings she bestowed on her family.

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How to make chipotle ketchup

Video: How to Make Chipotle Ketchup

eat, EAVESDROP, LIVE, Seen By December 1, 2017 No Comments

Wondering what to with all the ripe and delicious tomatoes you harvested from your garden this year? Tired of canning your tomatoes whole or making the same old boring pasta sauce? Making the same thing all the time with tomatoes can get boring, but when you live on an island like me, you need to be able to maximize the produce from your gardens.

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Ideas for SIMPLE Weekday Eggs

EAT, family meals By November 30, 2017 1 Comment

My sons do sports and run around every chance they get, and most of the time, are so passionate about play that they are too distracted to eat. Our family has tried so many things in order to give them continuous energy on school days, but the very best solution has been to make sure they eat eggs in the morning. (We’re still working on finishing school lunches but at least they have some sustained energy from breakfast!) The only problem with this lofty egg goal is that Mommy doesn’t always hear her alarm…. The truth is that eggs aren’t just for weekends. Sure – you can reheat ‘weekend eggs’ during the week, but it’s amazing to make them fresh – and fast – every day. I’ve come up with  easy ways to ensure they get this amazing protein each day – even when we all have a wee sleep in.

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Baby recently bathed with Johnson's

The Memories that Raise You

wash By November 29, 2017 No Comments

There are a few reminiscences I have from when I was small that always give me comfort. I remember watching soap operas while sitting in a laundry basket when my Mom ironed clothes. I remember the yellow plastic mugs that always held hot chocolate on chilly days. And I remember the smell of JOHNSON’S® baby lotion after my nightly bath.

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Real estate for sale sign in front of a house

Finding Your New Home

Contests, home, tech By November 29, 2017 1 Comment

I must admit that I am one of those people who ‘chills out’ by scanning real estate listings and dreaming of décor, lifestyles and adventures in different locations. Now, in an exciting new rebranding of REW.ca, now Real Estate Wire, I can search to my heart’s content across Canadian neighbourhoods on rew.ca. The searches are incredibly comprehensive, and allow me to include parameters like square feet, the age of home I am coveting, and the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. The site also lists open houses and new developments. If you don’t have an agent, it will also get help you find one! You’re on your own when it comes to packing your grandmother’s china, though.

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