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A Letter to Myself Before Becoming a Mother

health By November 21, 2017 No Comments

I remember finding out I was going to be a mother. I headed straight to the store for Every. Possible. Book. Surely hours of reading would prepare me for pregnancy and then the years ahead with children. I was freaked out. My body was changing and somehow I thought that if I owned the most popular baby products and got on the Mother Goose registration list early, then everything would fall into place and be PERFECT. This was not the case.

Looking back now, I wish I had been able to read a letter of guidance from an older me.

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Healthy Life Hacks

health By November 8, 2017 No Comments

Why do I need a ‘hack’ to live a healthy life? Because life is far too busy, and if I want to do something the long, hard, laborious way – I want it to be something I am truly passionate about. Regretfully, I like cooking better than sleeping, and I like reading to my kids more than measuring every nutrient I consume. ‘Hacks’ are trendy for a reason – they are a fast and effective way to reach the goals that matter. While I value my health and enjoy exercise – a few ‘hacks’ help me to focus on what matters most.

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5 Solutions to Common Holiday Season Health Woes

health By November 6, 2017 No Comments

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Christmas is coming – it’s coming up so fast! Pretty soon your calendar is going to be full of parties, dinners and time with family and friends. It’s easy to get caught up in the all the “stuff” that comes with the season and lose track of the things that really matter – like our health. There are many things that can get in the way and put our holiday bliss at risk.

Here’s what to watch for and some tips to help you stay on track:

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Silken Laumann: The Spectrum of Love

EAVESDROP, FAM, health, Overheard By October 25, 2017 No Comments

Many children on the autism spectrum have robust and complicated emotions that they simply can’t express to others in typical ways. Sometimes people around these kids don’t get the normal smiles, hugs and eye contact received as part of typical communication. There are a million ways people can show love – a huge spectrum. I spoke with Olympian and mother of four, Silken Laumann about her experience parenting a 21-year-old daughter named Kilee who is on the autism spectrum. In the podcast below, we speak about self-care, parenting, sport, and how technology can not only teach, but help family connections. Technology can help children discover new ways to express themselves. 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Cold and Flu Season: Simple Solutions

health By October 2, 2017 No Comments

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

It’s back – the dreaded cold and flu season is here, but it doesn’t have to take you down with it. Every year, we do battle with coughs, cold and fever during cold and flu season. Even when we try really hard to stay healthy, we still have to climb under the covers sometimes and admit defeat.

If you’ve caught a bug, here are some things you can do to get back on your feet again as soon as possible and back to living your best life.

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Sometimes You Need Support To Be Wonder Woman

health By September 13, 2017 20 Comments

I thought learning to sail would be my biggest worry.

At the age of 40, I began a journey to fulfil a dream I’d had since being a little girl. Together with my husband, we enrolled in ‘Basic Cruising’ sailing lessons, and then subsequently completed our ‘Coastal Navigation’ certification with the Canadian Yachting Association. It became something of a competition on the exams, but where I lagged in navigational prowess, I made up for with a natural feel for the wind and comfort with a tiller.

Filled with pride and tenacity, we purchased a boat. Then, I thought owning a boat would be my biggest worry.

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Getting Ready For Getting Older – Aging Vibrantly

health By September 11, 2017 No Comments

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

It’s unavoidable – we are all getting older. The good news is we are learning new things and becoming the people we want to be. There is so much change. Perspectives, priorities, likes and dislikes as we gain experience. What else changes is our health and wellness needs change. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be prepared for what your body needs now and what it’s going to need in the future. 

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Why Friendship Matters

self By August 2, 2017 No Comments

From an early age, we learn that friendships hold such importance. Through play we are taught about sharing. We take turns in games. Friends tell each other secrets and celebrate different events together.

But what happens as we grow older to keep those unique bonds going? Our range of friends extends to all different personalities. How do we talk so that our friends listen and more importantly, how can we determine what we want out of a friendship?

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How To Get Your Body Back After Baby

self By July 28, 2017 1 Comment

I am newly postpartum, not quite awake, standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, shush-shushing a 4-litre jug of milk and rocking it back and forth, soothingly, the same way I’ve been rocking a screamy baby for what feels like a week straight. Through bleary eyes, I read the headlines jumping out at me from the glossy magazine covers featuring impossibly beautiful women.

“How to Get Your Body Back!” Like I’ve disappeared so far into motherhood that I am no longer here. My body grew a tiny, furious human. It laboured for two days and birthed nine and a half pounds of gumption and tenacity. But now, as my belly is no longer satisfyingly rotund but instead soft and sagging, I have ceased to exist. How to Get Your Body Back. How to Erase the Parts of You We Don’t Want to See. How to Look More Visually Appealing so We’ll Acknowledge Your Existence. 

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