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Here Are 6 Expert Ways To End Bedtime Problems In Young Children

Written by: Dr. Pamela Mitelman and Dr. Nicky Cohen

 

Bedtime problems are a common complaint among parents. Many children between the ages of 3 and 6 will resist bedtime – doing anything and everything to delay the process! If you are a parent of a child this age, likely you are familiar with ‘curtain calls;’ those times when you thought you were finally out the door only to be called back for water, one more hug, food, or a variety of other creative requests. Curtain calls – once in a while – are to be expected and perhaps likely tolerable. However, when one becomes many and once in a while becomes all of the time, bedtime can become unpleasant and delayed, and a source of stress.

What can you do to end bedtime problems? Here are 6 expert ways to end bedtime problems in young children.

6 Expert Ways To End Bedtime Problems In Young Children

Develop a set bedtime.

Decide on an age-appropriate bedtime and be consistent about it. When deciding on the bedtime, you want to consider factors such as the age of your child, presence or absence of naps, and your child’s individual biological clock. For example, some children have a difficult time with an early bedtime while others have a difficult time with a later bedtime. If your child is napping, it is fine to have a bedtime that fluctuates within a 1-hour period or so, depending on when the nap ended. Bedtime is best based on what time a child woke from the nap and how long he/she needs to be awake, in order to be tired enough at bedtime. To avoid early morning wakings, be sure that your child is not going to bed too early at night.

Develop a calming bedtime routine.

A consistent and predictable bedtime routine will prepare your child’s body for sleep. A bedtime routine is best when it includes calming and enjoyable activities such as bath and storytime. Avoid screen time in the 1-hour period before bed. A bedtime routine should be done in the room where the child sleeps and in low-level lighting.

Ensure an optimal sleep environment.

A sleep environment that is conducive to good sleep is essential for a healthy night of sleep. Children (like most adults) will sleep best in a dark, quiet room, with the temperature on the ‘cool side of comfortable.’ If your child is requesting a light be left on, be sure to allow only 1 source of very (very) low-level lighting as too much light can be a sleep disrupter.

Set limits on unacceptable bedtime behaviours.

Children benefit from limits, during the day and at night. It provides them with a sense of security, understanding, and mastery over their environment. If a child’s bedtime process does not have structure or predictability, a child is likely to resist, stall, or delay going to sleep. Most children are still developing self-control and benefit from the structure of the limit setting that parents offer. A visual bedtime chart can be helpful if a child is having difficulty following rules around the bedtime routine.

Limit or eliminate napping.

Most children stop napping between the ages of 3-5; however anecdotal evidence suggests it may be closer to age 3-3.5 years. If your child is napping and having difficulty falling asleep by 8:30 pm or so, it may be helpful to limit or eliminate the nap. In some cases, preschoolers are scheduled to nap, even when their bodies may no longer require it. In a daycare setting, for example, preschoolers may be placed to sleep as part of the daily curriculum. As a result, the child may not be tired enough to sleep at their bedtime. In such cases, a later bedtime is recommended.

Address nighttime fears (if present).

Some children show signs of being fearful at bedtime. Nighttime fears are common at this age and are usually just a normal part of development and becoming more aware of the world around them. Common fears at this age include fears of the dark, fears of monsters, and fears of harm to themselves or loved ones. Listening to your child’s fears, offering reassurance, using a very low-level night-light, and introducing a security object to sleep with (such as little blankies) are some of the recommended strategies to help your child cope with their fears.

Pleasant dreams!

 

Dr. Pamela Mitelman is a Montreal based Licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice. She received her Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Her interest in pediatric sleep disturbances was peeked while assessing children for learning difficulties and was further solidified after having children of her own. Dr. Mitelman is passionate about educating families on the importance of healthy sleep practices.

Dr. Nicky Cohen is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University and developed an interest in parenting issues related to children’s sleep disturbances after having her first child. She is active in the community disseminating information on healthy sleep practices and increasing awareness of the importance of making sufficient sleep a family priority. Dr. Cohen’s book PARENTING YOUR CHILD TO SLEEP is now available in Kindle ebook format and paperback on Amazon.

 

The information provided by Dr. Cohen and Dr. Mitelman is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Individuals are encouraged to speak with a physician or other health care provider if they have concerns regarding their child’s sleep and before starting any treatment plan. The information provided by Dr. Cohen and Dr. Mitelman is provided with the understanding that they are not rendering clinical, counselling, or other professional services or advice. Such information is intended solely as a general educational aid and not for any individual problem. It is also not intended as a substitute for professional advice and services from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts.

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What is Your Word For 2020?

Another year – and decade! – well lived and now a distant memory.  As we begin 2020, a new year and decade upon us, a renewed sense of hope and wonder takes over.  What will 2020 bring? But also, what will the next 10 years of our lives look like?

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I like to take some time during the first half of January to reflect on the past year. What did I accomplish in all aspects of my life including home life, career, relationships, health and wellness? What goals are left-over from 2019 that can carry on through 2020?

While I don’t like to make New Year’s Resolutions, I do like to set an intention for the upcoming year. While the intention doesn’t necessarily signal a written list of goals, creating a WORD for 2020 can help start the new year off on the right note. That word is a theme word to easily remind you of your intention throughout the year. Sure, a list of goals on a whiteboard or a creative vision board can also be helpful. But a single word can help keep you focused on your goals or overall state of being – your MANTRA.

What’s your word?

Choosing one word to sum up a theme for the upcoming year seems daunting! Is it possible to choose one word that encompasses all of the things you hope to be, do, and accomplish?

In 2014, my word was flourish – a time to see my business grow and expand. In 2015, I couldn’t choose one word so I opted for three theme words for the year. In 2016, my word was nurture; I felt that I had the foundation for my career, and new relationships formed, that it was time to nurture them. In 2017, my word was manifest; working to make my dreams materialize. In 2018, I chose three theme words as I couldn’t narrow down to one. in 2019, my word was pivot.

What is your word for 2020?

Do you have a theme word for 2020? Narrowing your goals for the year to just one word can be a challenge. But what would your word be?

My word is a simple one this year.

OPEN
(Adjective)

  • Not closed or fastened
  • Not concealed
  • Not yet settled or decided
  • Honest and frank
  • Receptive to ideas or opinions
  • Giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation
  • Approachable in demeanor
  • Able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances
  • Left to personal choice

I’ve done the work on my inner self over the course of the past two years. I’ve opened myself up to self-reflection, dissemination, analyzation, scrutiny, and criticism. Once you’ve taken a good, honest look at your deepest self, you’re able to recognize the negative, often subconscious thoughts that wear you down. Things you’ve held onto for so long that prevent you from being your best self. The negative things we tell ourselves that hold us back.

Some of us float through life making the same mistakes over and over again, and wonder “why does this keep happening?” Why don’t we listen to ourselves and learn from those mistakes, and make the necessary changes so they don’t happen again? Because we haven’t done the work. We haven’t taken a hard look at ourselves to understand where those negative patterns and thoughts and emotions are coming from because they’re too painful to face. But once we face them, analyze them, and accept them, then we can move forward. Until then, we’ll forever be stuck in that same negative pattern of self-destruction and self-loathing.

Once you have done the deep inner work, you can stop the negative patterns of self-ruin and re-wire your brain to be more positive, more self-loving and nurturing. I’ve accepted some things in my life and about myself, I’ve healed some wounds, I’ve embraced some characteristics, and I’m happy with the person I am today. With that inner work and acceptance comes self-love and a sense of openness.

I am open to my breath.

I am open to spiritual guidance.

I am open to my instincts.

I live with an open heart.

I am open to opportunities.

I am open to love and friendship.

I am open to change.

I am open to the universe.

 

What is your word for 2020?

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How to Make Christmas Magical for Your Kids

The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year… for many Despite some of the stress involved with all the preparations and family gatherings (and family politics), the holidays are exciting for kids. They have no clue what’s involved in making Christmas special but that’s why we run around like mad the weeks leading up to the big day – to make it magical for them. Every family does what it needs to do to make this time a memorable one. Kids bring joy and a new perspective to the whole Christmas season which is why we try so hard (including getting sucked into the whole Elf on the Shelf shenanigans – or not) to make Christmas as wonderful and magical for them as we can.

Here are some ways you can make Christmas magical for your kids this year.

How to Make Christmas Magical for Your Kids

Build a snowman.

If you experience a good amount of snow where you live, start the holiday season by heading outdoors and building a snowman together with your kids. Dress them warmly, carry some decorations and help them create a cute snowman. The experience itself will be something you are going to relive the next year and you will have made a magical Christmas for the kids.

Go see Christmas lights.

There are some neighbourhoods that go all out with Christmas lights. Remember the Griswolds?!?! Take the kids for a drive in the areas where you know you’ll have a magical light show. Every house you come across will be twinkling and sparkling with beautiful lights and decorations that turn the whole neighbourhood into a beautiful art of bickering lights.

Visit a Christmas Market.

Carry on with the outdoor activities by taking the family to an outdoor Christmas market.  Quaint shops, twinkling lights, hot chocolate and festive crowds will spark Yuletide joy all around! Here are some of the 50 best Christmas markets in the world. CNN also named their favourite 17 Christmas Markets and included the Toronto Christmas Market as one of the best in world. Canada’s Wonderland magically transforms into a Winter Wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer during WinterFest!

Engage the kids in Christmas decorations.

Kids love to decorate and this is the perfect time to let them take control of the Christmas decorations (to a point – little ones should likely stay away from glass ornaments!) Start a tradition of driving to a tree farm and choose your own fresh tree! Make it an afternoon with hot chocolate and Christmas carols. Go to the store together and shop for a new ornament to put up on the tree – make it an annual tradition.  Or if you’re crafty, allow the kids to create their own fun Christmas ornaments.

Write a letter to Santa or go see him.

Prompt your kids’ creativity flow by having them write letters to Santa. Let them tell Santa what they have been up to the whole year and tell him what they would like to have for Christmas. You can keep these letters and present to them as a gift much later when they are all grown up. In addition, take them to visit your local Santa. Some families like to visit early in December and use their cute snaps as their family’s Christmas cards.

Bake cookies together.

Spread the Christmas cheer by letting the kids join you in baking some cookies. Sugar or Gingerbread cookies are a fabulous choice because they can use their creativity to decorate them all by themselves. Then, put together some care packages and let your kids deliver the cookies to their neighbours and friends/family. What a great opportunity to begin teaching them the joy spreading Christmas cheer to other people.

Wear matching pyjamas.

On Christmas Eve, dress the whole family in matching pyjamas and let the excitement settle in! Throw on a favourite Christmas movie  – or a not-so-Christmas movie and snuggle with some hot chocolate. Make sure to snap some fun photos and videos as the kids await Santa Claus’s visit down the chimney.

Create homemade cards.

Instead of buying Christmas cards, you can let your kids showcase their creative side by creating DIY cards. These cards have a personal feel that will bring beautiful emotions to those who receive them. There are also some local charities that accept handmade Christmas cards to send to senior homes and those in the military – check your local legion or town hall for info.

Have a family photoshoot.

A family photoshoot every Christmas would be a lovely way to track your kids’ growth over the years and create a wonderful memento! Make the occasion even more enjoyable by dressing in ugly Christmas sweaters or standing in awkward poses.

Donate toys.

Teach your kids the kindness of giving by bringing a smile to another child’s face this holiday season. Shop together for a new toy, and deliver it together to a local toy drive. Make this an annual tradition so they can grow to love giving back.

How to Make Christmas Magical for Your Kids

Go Skating outdoors.

Bundle the family up in snow pants, hats and mittens and visit a local pond or outdoor rink for a family skate! Skating outdoors at night under twinkling lights and Christmas music playing in the background will make the season more magical for kids. Top off the evening with hot chocolate with extra marshmallows!

See a Christmas musical or play.

The theatre is always a good idea any time of the year but during the month of December is much more magical! Book tickets to see a holiday-themed play at your local theatre, or a large musical production in the city. This month I took my mother and niece to see Bend it Like Beckham – The Musical in Toronto; not a seasonal show but the magic of live theatre still put us in the holiday spirit! The musical was fun and entertaining with feel-good dance numbers, moving songs and heart-warming family moments.

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The Hottest Holiday Gifts for Kids 2019

The holiday season is here! Shopping gifts for kids is always the most enjoyable part of the holidays. Seeing the excitement on their faces when they unwrap their gifts from mom, dad and Santa is all worth the stress of wrestling the crowds and line-ups.

That’s where my hottest holiday gifts for kids 2019 list comes in handy! I have compiled the most sought-after, top gift choices for kids right here for you – PLUS a giveaway!

Here are the hottest gifts for kids this year:

The Hottest Holiday Gifts for Kids 2019

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Samsung Galaxy A20

Perfect first phone for your tween or teenager, the Galaxy A20 is designed for the way that our youth are connecting today – sharing, capturing and consuming live content and at an accessible price-point.

With a slender body that fits comfortably in your hand, your kids can stream live, watch videos and post on Snapchat easily. The Galaxy A20 features a 6.4″ Super AMOLED Infinity V-Display with Super AMOLED Infinity-V Display offers an enhanced viewing experience. Dual cameras let them get creative and capture fun moments. The long-lasting, fast-charging battery means they can enjoy their phone longer before charges.

$299 at Samsung.

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Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock Cross Collision Battle Set

3-2-1 let it rip! Ride the rails with Beyblade Burst Slingshock tech! The Cross Collision Beystadium features a quadruple rail system that propels tops through the rails and into the Battle Ring for intense head-to-head clashes. Bladers can keep the Performance Tips in Battle Ring Mode to defend their position in the Beystadium, or convert them to Slingshock Mode to ride the rails and rush into battle.

Ages 8 years & up. $79.99 at Mastermind Toys. 

The Hottest Holiday Gifts for Kids 2019

 

Nerf Ultra One Motorized Blaster

Nerf Ultra blasters have advanced design and performance to deliver extreme distance, accuracy, and speed. They include ground-breaking Nerf Ultra darts — the farthest flying Nerf darts EVER, featuring an innovative flight tip, Aerofin technology, and Nerf Ultra foam. Take your game to the next level with Nerf Ultra blasters and darts! Nerf Ultra blasters work only with Nerf Ultra darts.

Ages 8 and Up. $69.99 at Canadian Tire.

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Sesame Street Love to Hug Elmo

Now kids can celebrate hugs and friendship with their favourite cuddly pal from Sesame Street. Elmo loves to give hugs, and he loves when YOU hug him, too!  Squeeze Elmo’s tummy and he raises his arms and asks for a hug. Give Elmo a hug and he’ll respond with a phrase, song, or kiss. With fun phrases, songs, and plenty of hugs and giggles, it’s a great toy or gift for kids ages 18 months and up.

$39.99 at Amazon.

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Play-Doh Stamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven Playset

Kids can host their own pizza night with the Play-Doh Stamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven playset. Stamp a pizza crust in the oven, and then customize each pizza as they like. The cheese crank shreds Play-Doh compound into grated cheese, and the oven playset has plenty of molds all around it to make pretend pepperonis, silly veggies and other fun toppings. Kids who enjoy getting creative with squishy materials will love this set.

Ages 3 years & up. $27.99 at Walmart.

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Baby Alive Happy Hungry Baby

Baby loves to eat! Kids can choose baby’s food and mix it with water to make doll food that looks like the real thing! After you’ve mixed up her food, put on baby’s bib and sit her at her feeding tray. When you give the baby her spoon, she opens wide and really eats her doll food! She also giggles, moves, and ask for more! When she’s “all done!” give her a drink of water from her sippy cup. Uh-oh! Time to change the baby’s diaper! With adorable doll movements and over 50 sounds and phrases, this sweet baby doll makes feeding and changing time so real for little mommies and daddies! Available in blonde, brunette and black hair.

Ages 3 years & up. $69.99 at Toys R Us

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Disney Frozen Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset

Inspired by Disney’s Frozen 2, the Ultimate Arendelle Castle is a feature-filled fashion doll playset for young fans of the movies! Open the gorgeous gates and explore the castle’s 4 floors consisting of 7 rooms: kitchen, music room, and throne room on the first floor, a vanity room and bedrooms for Anna and Elsa dolls (not included), a library on the third floor, and a lookout tower on top. The Frozen castle is 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and includes 14 accessories to fill it up, like a piano, throne, banquet table, vanity, sofa, and more to play out fun scenes in each room.

$269 at ToysRUs.

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Disney Frozen Fashion Dolls Anna and Elsa

Kids can recreate scenes from Disney’s Frozen 2 with these classic dolls, complete with removable outfits inspired by the movie. Move them into different poses to play out scenes from the film or imagine their own with each doll’s 5 points of articulation. Collect Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf!

Ages 3 and up.  $19.99 at Hudson’s Bay

 

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Ms. Monopoly Board Game

Ms. Monopoly is Mr. Monopoly’s niece, a self-made investment guru! Instead of buying properties, players invest in groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history. From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies to space station batteries and coffee filters, MS. MONOPOLY celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories.

Players can build business headquarters to collect even more rent. Zoom ahead with ride-shares, and purchase utilities — such as solar heating — invented by women. In the MS. MONOPOLY game, women get a higher payout at the start of the game and more money when passing ‘Go’, but who you are is up to you!

Ages 8 years & up. $24.99 at Chapters Indigo.

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The Good Egg & The Word Collector

The Good Egg’s Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten). $21.99 Indigo.

In Peter H. Reynolds’ The Word Collector, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him – short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.  $21.99 Indigo

 

furReal Cubby, the Curious Bear, Interactive Plush Toy

furReal Cubby is a fun, adorable companion for kids and one who’ll excitedly take part in all their adventures! Cubby is curious and eager to be picked up and held – and he hugs you back! Play peek-a-boo, dance together and then at the end of the day, get ready for some snuggles

Ages 4 years & up  $129.99. Now $99.97 at Walmart

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Holiday Gift Guide For Self-Care Love

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know how often I tend to write about the importance of self-care and making it a priority to nurture your mind, body and soul.

Self-care is about putting physical and mental health as a top priority in order to live a more fulfilling life. And since its popularity has increased in the past few years, more and more people are making self-care a buzz word. Despite the “trend”, self-care is critical to our well-being.

Instead of makeup or jewellery, why not treat your loved one with some gifts to promote self-care? Here are some great self-care gift ideas for your loved one this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Guide For Self-Care Love

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1. CBD Oil

There are many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the ones you’ll most commonly hear about are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis that makes you feel “high” while CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has been found to help reduce inflammation and act as a natural treatment for many ailments including depression, anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

The Feel CBD Full Spectrum CBD Drops contain hemp CBD oil and infused with lemon and lime essential oils to help improve mental clarity and block out distractions. Each bottle contains 300mg of CBD, with each full dropper measuring out to 10mg of CBD. You’ll have to start with one dropper and increase to find the right dosage for you. The CBD drops seem to help with feelings of anxiety, helping to calm the mind and body.

$49.99 at Birch + Fog

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2. CBD Topical Cream

As someone who suffers from arthritis and muscle pain, the Herb Angel Heat topical cream helps relieve join pain, inflammation and muscle soreness. It combines the deep painkilling properties of cannabinoids with the tingling, soothing sensation of heat, for intense localized pain. After using this cream for a few weeks now, I’ve noticed it does hep to reduce the pain in my neck and upper back!  Contains 150mg Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil.

$34 Birch + Fog.

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3. Vitamix Venturist V1200

A key to good self-care is also nourishing your body with a healthy diet. I love to cook and always looking for appliances that can help me prepare my recipes more efficiently. For many years, I’d heard people rave about the Vitamix and wondered, what’s all the hype? It wasn’t until I received one myself that I realized how awesome this blender is. It’s not just for smoothies, guys! So far, I’ve made pie crust, pizza dough, salsas, and pureed soups in my Vitamix. And right now, Vitamix is having a sale on their units – you don’t even need to spend a ton to purchase brand-new; Vitamix also sells reconditioned blenders for half the cost!

The Vitamix Venturist V1200 is currently only $369.95!

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4. Gravid Weighted blanket

If you have restless or light sleep, feel anxious and can’t relax in bed, then a weighted blanket from Gravid might be your answer to a good night’s sleep! According to studies, people who used a weighted blanket “had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning” and “had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning”.

The Gravid 3.0 weight blanket is heavy enough to make you feel calm and cozy but not constricted. I usually wake up several times a night but with the blanket, I seem to get into a much deeper sleep and haven’t been waking up! I definitely have been sleeping through the night without waking (unless to visit the bathroom). My 12-year-old has trouble settling down to sleep, often tossing and turning for almost an hour before falling asleep. I had him try sleeping with the blanket, and found comfort much quicker and hardly tossed and turned during the night.

Starting at $129, Gravid.ca.  Use MARIA10 for 10% off!

 

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5. Bright Eyes Set (AluminEye Eye Cream + Retinol Eye Gel)

Let’s face it – we want our skin to look its best especially as we age. The AlumierMD skincare line is one of my favourite skincare brands because their science-based formulations use the best medical-grade ingredients The Bright Eyes Set is a must-have product duo, specially packaged together as a set, contains our Award-winning AluminEye® eye cream which hydrates and illuminates and Retinol Eye Gel which firms, rejuvenates and refines the look of the delicate eye area.

Special $160.00, AlumierMD.ca.

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6. A Yogic Path Oracle Deck and Guidebook

Author Sahara Rose and illustrator Danielle Noel created this beautiful deck and full-colour guide to help access your yogic intuition. Meditate on a single card or select several cards for a reading and uncover sacred meanings and receive cosmic intuition from the universe.

$45 at various retailers, DK Canada.

Holiday Gift Guide for Self-Care Love - Yogic Path Cards

7. Hurom Juicer

I try to make a point of getting enough Vitamin C especially through our long winters, and one way is by squeezing fresh oranges. But every juicer I’ve used has been a bit of a pain, either leaving too much juice behind, or making a mess, or not preventing seeds from being added to my juice. The new Hurom Citrus Juicer is perfect for your simpler juicing needs, whether it’s juicing large oranges for a breakfast OJ or small limes for your seltzer water. The 1-size-fits-all finned juicing cone will help you single-handedly squeeze any citrus fruit and yield the maximum amount of juice, leaving the rind completely empty.

$209 Hurom.ca.

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8. Scentuals Holiday Essential Oil Set

An effortless way to create a comforting atmosphere – and to ease some stress and anxiety – is to diffuse essential oils. I can’t live without my go-to scents like lavender, lemongrass and rosemary. But it’s also nice to add a few holiday scents to your stash, and scentuals has three new expertly blended essential oils to fill your home, mind and body with the aromas of the festive season and the holiday spirit. Each set includes 10mL each of Poinsettia Bouquet, Vanilla Mint, and Winter Wonderland.

$35 Scentuals.ca.

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9. Instant Hydrating Mask

Treat your skin with the Instant Hydrating Mask by Beauté Pacifique, a Danish skincare line that just launched in Canada. This mask features moisture-retaining ingredients to hold hydration and includes Vitamin A to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

$62 Beauté Pacifique

Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide Beaute Pacifique Mask

 

10. Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel

Hot yoga can be a bit of a sweaty mess! A regular yoga mat won’t do, and a yoga towel doesn’t stay put. So what’s a yogi gotta do?

Try the Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel from Aurorae! As a special hot yoga mat, Synergy combines the best of both worlds all wrapped in one unique yoga mat. This unique super deluxe non-slip hot yoga mat-towel bonds our 5mm PER yoga mat with our lush, ultra-absorbent non-slip microfiber towel to create a 72” long by 24” wide mat specifically designed with hot yoga in mind. With this hot yoga mat, the more you perspire on your hands and feet, the better grip you will have on your mat.

From $59 AuroraeYoga.com.

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11. Moccasin Slippers

During the winter months especially, a good pair of cozy slippers are a must. These moccasin-style suede slippers from Denver Hayes are lined in plaid fabric for softness and warmth and have tough outsoles that will hold up well, even when you need to step outside.

$29.99 Marks.

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12. OctoVie FACE Mini

The OctoVie FACE Mini skincare brush delivers an at-home spa experience with 3-in-1 beauty benefits for clean, baby soft skin that leaves you “feeling good in your skin”. Use it wet with your cleanser, or brush dry before showering. Use as a beauty tool to apply moisturizer, makeup, masks and foundations.

$16 OctoVie.

Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide OctoVie FACE Mini

 

13. Breville Smart Tea Infuser

Nothing is more comforting than sitting by the fire with a warm cup of tea. The Breville Smart Tea Infuser Compact knows the right temperature and steep time to bring out the best in your favourite teas. Set the timer to tell you when steeping is complete then it automatically keeps warm until you are ready to drink. Makes your perfect cup for you or your guests.

$199 Breville.Holiday Self-Care Gift Guide Breville Tea Infuser

14. Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

As the years pass, I’m convinced that I’ve inherited my mom’s love of gardening. Spending time outdoors surrounded by flowers and plants is calming and peaceful. The Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers is an updated edition of the best-selling highly illustrated garden plant reference, featuring more than 8000 plants and 4000 photographs. Find all the inspiration and help you need with this gorgeous, full-colour photographed monster book that will have undoubtedly be a permanent fixture on your coffee table.

$97 at various retailers, DK Canada.

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For New Moms – “Oh Baby!”

Last but not least, I have to include my own book, “Oh Baby!  A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”! My book keeps the focus on moms because you can’t draw water (or breastmilk, for that matter) from an empty well. My straight-talking, no-nonsense approach will give new moms everything they need to survive as they embark on the journey of motherhood. $21.99 Available at Indigo.

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Donate Your Aeroplan Miles this Holiday Season

The holidays are quickly approaching! This is the time of year when we’re all a little busier shopping for holiday gifts for loved ones. The “gift list” seems to become longer as our children get older. Suddenly you’re not only shopping for family members but also friends, teachers, admin staff, coaches, even the bus driver!

I don’t know about you but as our children get older, the holidays become less about giving extravagant gifts to our loved ones. Sure, we want to ensure there are abundant, festively-wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree. The joy in seeing the surprised faces of our kids tearing through presents is always priceless. But stronger becomes the desire to give back to our communities and helping those people who are in most need.

Luckily, giving back is even easier if you’re an Aeroplan member – you can choose to donate your Aeroplan Miles this holiday season to over 300 charities!

Aeroplan Donation Program

Since 2006, the Aeroplan Donation Program has been helping hundreds of Canadian not-for-profit organizations. Aeroplan and its members have donated over 1.1 billion miles to Canadian charities that help improve lives and assist communities locally, across Canada and around the world.

Donated miles are accumulated and used to offset air travel costs for charities, volunteers or for families with medical or other emergency travel needs. In addition to travel, miles are also used by the organizations for hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise such as laptops and even raffles to help raise money.

These are some of Aeroplan’s core partners:

  • Air Canada Foundation
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • MusiCounts
  • Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Veterinarians without Borders
  • War Child Canada

Aeroplan will match

From December 2 – 8, 2019, Aeroplan will match all miles donated to the Air Canada Foundation up to 500,000 miles! Through its Hospital Transportation Program, the Air Canada Foundation helps sick children reach medical treatment not available in their community allowing them to receive the best medical care possible.

One-time donation

Feeling extra charitable with your Aeroplan miles? Aeroplan Members can make one-time donations and can also choose to automatically donate 2% of all miles accumulated during each transaction to a number of charitable partners. Members interested in donating 2% of their Aeroplan Miles can simply visit their profile page on aeroplan.com, select the donation opt-in, and the partner to which they would like to donate their miles.

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5 Ways Traveling Alone Can Change Your Life For The Better 

Are you looking for a reason to travel alone? Going out to explore the world alone can give you priceless life experiences. Traveling solo can open a whole new world for you of food, culture, independence, and happiness. The world is enormous, and traveling solo can set you on a wonderful journey full of adventure. 

Solo travel can transform your entire life. To name a few; you can unplug from technology, recharge your batteries, give you a chance to celebrate your solo freedom, and so many more. Keep reading to find out 5 ways traveling alone can change your life for the better. 

5 Ways Traveling Alone Can Change Your Life For The Better

1. Traveling alone can improve your quality of life 

Traveling alone allows you to observe. Observing others and how they live can make you humbled about your own life. We can often take little things for granted such as shelter and a warm meal. Your quality of life will improve when you travel alone because you are exposed to new situations and challenges. Traveling solo can also broaden your worldly knowledge of different cultures, food, and different communication styles. Traveling alone can also give you a chance to change your perspective about other people’s circumstances; making you a more compassionate, loving and well-rounded individual. 

2. Recharge your inner batteries 

You are constantly moving in a forward direction in a familiar routine. Your life is fast-paced with very few moments of rest. Family, friends, children, work the list can go on forever. It is hard to find downtime in a chaotic life. Wouldn’t you agree? Your internal light starts to dim and your batteries start to weaken when this happens. You will eventually run on empty. 

Traveling alone allows you time to recoup, recharge, and rekindle that inner joy that has slowly dwindled. Traveling alone gives you a chance to have the downtime your mind, soul, and body so desperately need. 

3. Celebrate being alone 

Solitude is not easy to come by when you have commitments from your everyday life. Traveling alone can give you an unknown freedom of making your plans, exploration on your terms, without time limitations. Doesn’t that sound amazing? You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. You can make up the rules as you go. Celebrate being alone by giving yourself the best time ever. Party for one, please!  

4. Unplug from the technological world

In a world where technology is king, wouldn’t it be nice to unplug? Technology is a very influential part of our lives. Computers, phones, tablets, screen time, in general, can take up a big portion of our day. Whether it is personal, work, or a mixture; your devotion to your device can stop when you travel alone. No alarms, meetings, or important affairs are dinging to remind you that you have stuff to do. You can take time to unplug when you travel alone and you will be thankful later. 

5. You will learn your strengths and weaknesses 

When we go through the motions of life we often lose sight of who we are. Traveling alone you will face unknown territory. You are in a strange place with a confrontation of being outside your comfort zone. It may seem scary, but this will give a chance to discover things about yourself you have long forgotten. Traveling alone gives you an opportunity to discover what you are good at, what you are bad at, things you may or may not like. Traveling solo gives you a chance to take a journey to explore your strengths and weaknesses. 

 

How has traveling alone changed your life for the better? 

 

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How Diabetes and Hypos Affects the Entire Family

Since I met my husband in our 20s, he has always been a gym buff, exercising regularly and striving to always be in the best physical shape possible. I’ve always known him to watch his diet as well, eating healthy for the most part, but enjoying fast food and sweet treats in moderation.

In the back of our minds, we knew he would need to watch for signs of diabetes – his father had diabetes, and the risk increases if your parent or sibling is a person living with diabetes. My father-in-law first took prescription pills to manage his diabetes but didn’t turn his unhealthy lifestyle around. Eventually, he was forced to go on insulin to control his high blood sugar levels. Over the years, he developed long-term complications, and eventually suffered irreversible damage to his vital organs. We lost him in 2013.

Seeing his father suffer from complications due to diabetes has fueled my husband to be even more vigilant with diet and exercise. Despite his healthy lifestyle, my husband was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Even with his diagnosis, he can continue to make healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent complications.

Diabetes is a public health epidemic in Canada. Every 3 minutes a Canadian is diagnosed with diabetes and currently, 11 million are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can lead to a variety of complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation.

People living with diabetes are not the only ones impacted by the condition. According to a new international study of 4,300 family members of people with diabetes, worrying about low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia or “hypos”, can place a significant burden on them too. Hypos may result in a variety of symptoms including sweating, feeling hungry and weak, shaking, clumsiness, trouble talking or confusion.

I remember my mother-in-law always worrying about my father-in-law’s blood sugar levels when he was at work because he wouldn’t eat at regular times. It would be frightening when his blood sugar levels would suddenly drop.

When my husband starts to feel weak and shaky, I know his blood sugar must be low; so he’ll have to quickly eat something to get his blood sugars normalized. It’s a scary feeling to suddenly feel like you might faint! It can also be dangerous when blood sugar drops too low – a person can lose consciousness or have a seizure.

Until now, there has been very little research into the impact of low blood sugar on the family members of people with diabetes. The results from this new international TALK-HYPO study, published in Diabetes Therapy, show that up to 64 per cent of family members of people with diabetes are worried or anxious about the risk of low blood sugar, highlighting the significance of this burden for the whole family.

Family members feel the impact that hypos can have on their own lives. Seventy-four per cent of survey participants said they spend less time on, or completely forgo activities such as hobbies, holidays, or being with other friends or family. A majority of the study participants (76%) said they believe that having more conversations about hypos can lead to a positive impact on the life of their relatives living with diabetes.

I know first-hand how frightening diabetes can be and feel it’s crucial to keep the conversation about diabetes and hypo open. A simple conversation about your fears, feelings or experiences related to hypos with your family or with a health care professional can help. TalkAboutHypos.ca has some helpful conversation starters for people with diabetes, family members and health care professionals.

Let’s keep the conversation going.

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Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by Novo Nordisk. As always, the opinions written here are my own.

Yes to Me! Feel Your Best at Any Age

This post is proudly sponsored by Allergan Canada. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

No matter how young or old we are, we can agree that we all want to look and feel our best. Luckily with remarkable advances in science and medicine, people are living longer and looking younger in the process.

Thanks to some technological advances in skincare, women can unapologetically achieve a refreshing look on their own terms. Many women want to look and feel their best for their own age. Looking your age is less about trying to be someone younger, and more about being comfortable and confident in your own skin.

Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Dr. Mauricio de Maio, an internationally renowned facial aesthetics expert, who has pioneered an innovative way to fight aging that focuses on feelings first. De Maio coined the term, MD CodesTM, which considers the full face and recognizes that individual areas of the face are inherently linked to specific emotional attributes.

Now, many dermatologists are using Dr. de Maio’s MD CodesTM in determining the course of treatments with fillers like Juvéderm. The MD CodesTM consider the emotions women would like to achieve:

Dr. de Maio’s MD Codes

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to offer one of my readers a visit with Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology, who utilizes Dr. de Maio’s approach. We visited Dr. Carroll’s office for a consultation to discuss the possibility of treatment with fillers like Juvéderm. The goal of fillers is to plump and lift for natural-looking results; you can still look like yourself, but a slightly refreshed version.

Consultation

Lindsay is a mom of two and in her early 40s. She doesn’t like her frown lines and says she doesn’t look happy even when she smiles. She doesn’t want to look angry or unapproachable. Also, she doesn’t like the lines around her eyes, and wears glasses to hide them and how she looks tired.

Dr. Carroll asked Lindsay some questions about her medical history, and lifestyle choices – including whether she ever smoked, if she wears sunscreen or spends a lot of time in the sun, and how her own mom aged. As studies have shown, smoking, sunscreen use, and genetics all play a factor in aging.
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Then, Dr. Carroll presented the MD CodesTM to Lindsay, and asked her to choose her top three goals; her reply:

• Less sad
• Look more feminine
• Look less saggy and slimmer

After the consultation, Dr. Carroll proposed a course of treatment that would help achieve Lindsay’s goals. Dr. Carroll suggested using some wrinkle reducing injections to release some of the tension to relax the muscles in between the eyes and muscles. She also suggested using Juvéderm to fill part of the face by Lindsay’s cheeks, temple and jawline to help make her face look slimmer.

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Lindsay Dr. Carroll

Dr. Carroll explained what the treatment would entail, how to prepare for the treatment, and disclosed the potential side effects of using fillers. Once Lindsay’s questions were answered, Dr. Carroll’s assistant took her “before” photo, and we booked the treatment visit date!

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Treatment

Dr. Carroll first drew out where she would apply treatment. Then, her assistant applied numbing cream to Lindsay’s face to help reduce any discomfort. Dr. Carroll then proceeded with the treatment, which lasted about 30 minutes. Right after the treatment, we could both see some results immediately. We noticed that Lindsay appeared refreshed, and eyes brighter.

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Lindsay felt minimal bruising on one cheek, which went away within a couple of days. Lindsay felt the shape of her face appeared slimmer, and her eyes more widened. Her husband noticed her youthful appearance, saying she looked 10 years younger. Other friends complimented Lindsay on looking great but couldn’t quite pinpoint why! Lindsay’s results were quite subtle and natural-looking; she still looked like herself, but a slightly refreshed version.

We followed up with Dr. Carroll after two weeks when the facial fillers had settled. Dr. Carroll’s assistant also took Lindsay’s “after” photo as a comparison.

Juverderm facial fillers before and after

Juvéderm is a family of facial fillers used by your cosmetic doctor to refresh your appearance by smoothing away unwanted lines and wrinkles bringing back the natural contours of your face. Each product serves its own unique purpose, whether it’s to restore volume for a gentle lifting effect or to reshape and redefine the lips, ultimately hoping for a subtle younger look.1

There is a misconception about this treatment because some people have overdone the use of fillers and end up looking different; but when expertly injected, filler should look natural. The ultimate goal when considering a treatment is not only to look your best but feel your best – at any age.

To learn more about the Juvéderm family of facial fillers, and to find a qualified doctor in your area, visit http://www.juvederm.ca.

 

 

[1] JUVÉDERM.ca. What is JUVÉDERM? https://www.juvederm.ca/en/faqs. Last accessed on January 23, 2019.

Halloween Oreo Pops – Jack O’Lantern and Jack Skellington  

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. I love decorating the house, figuring out costumes, and seeing all the kids out trick-or-treating. I also enjoy making fun Halloween cookies and cupcakes for the kids. As a Rogers ambassador, Ignite TV has an adorable app for Halloween that includes an Arts & Crafts section featuring some fun and easy recipes. Inspired by the recipe which originally appeared on Delish, I created my own Halloween Oreo Pops.

I had to adjust the recipe slightly as white chocolate doesn’t melt very well. Instead, I opted for melting wafers you can find at a bulk foods store as they are easier to work with (I went to Bulk Barn). Here is my recipe:

Halloween Oreo Pops – Jack O’Lantern and Jack Skellington

Ingredients

1 cup white chocolate melting wafers

1 cup orange chocolate melting wafers

1/4 cup dark chocolate melting wafers

16 Oreo cookies

4-5 spearmint gummy leaves

16 lollipop sticks or paper straws

Toothpick

Halloween Oreo Pops Jack Skellington Jack O'Lantern Cookies

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Method

Fill a pot about 1/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and fit a stainless steel mixing bowl into the pot. The bottom of the bowl should not reach the water with a few inches in between.

Add the white chocolate wafers and stir until melted.

Take the Oreo cookies and pierce a lollipop stick or paper straw (press flat) into the Oreo cookie filling. Using a spoon, pour melted chocolate over an Oreo pop until covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place onto a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Continue to dip 7 more cookies.

Cut spearmint gummy leaves into thin slices. Melt the orange chocolate wafers. Before cooling, place a spearmint gummy leave as the pumpkin stump.

Place dipped cookies in the refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes or until set.

Melt dark chocolate in a bowl. Using a toothpick, design faces on Oreo pops. Place back into the fridge to set.

Use the same idea and use green melting chocolate to make Frankensteins and witches!

Enjoy!

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