Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Cake With Crumble Topping

I love the combination of fresh blueberries and lemon in cakes, muffins and loaves. The sweetness and tangy flavours of blueberry and lemon together are fresh and summery. Here’s a simple gluten-free blueberry lemon cake with crumble topping recipe that’s sure to fill that craving. Serve it to guests as a summer dessert, or to have with your afternoon coffee.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Cake With Crumble Topping


1 ½ cups gluten-free flour (I use a mix of almond, sorghum, brown rice and tapioca)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon xantham gum

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 ½ cups blueberries


1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup light brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss together the blueberries and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, xantham gum and sugar together. Add the melted butter, then eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Spoon the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the blueberry and lemon mixture over the batter.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, sugar and butter to make the crumble. Mix with your hands until crumble forms, and then sprinkle over the blueberries.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden on top, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy!

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Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families

Right in the heart of Muskoka, Deerhurst Resort is a year-round retreat to Ontario’s famous cottage country. Deerhurst is a popular escape from the city’s bustle where families can find fun and adventure, and relax and retreat in Muskoka.

I headed with my two kids and my mom to enjoy and explore this beautiful family-friendly resort in Huntsville for a few days. How did we like our visit? We loved this gorgeous and fun Muskoka retreat for families and wished we could have stayed longer! The cherry on top was bumping into not one but two friends and their families who happened to be vacationing at the same time!

Here’s why Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families.

The Resort

The main Pavilion has the charm of Ontario’s iconic Muskoka region. The Compass restaurant features gorgeous murals of the Muskoka lakes spanning the walls of the restaurant. The high ceilings and fireplace invite you in, making you immediately feel connected to cottage country. Artwork by Canadian artists adorn the walls, and handcrafted pieces and sculptures are displayed throughout the Pavilion.

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Wall murals Compass restaurant Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort Eclipse Art Gallery

Tom Thompson Eclipse Art Gallery

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There are several types of accommodations to choose from; hotel rooms and suites located in the main building where all the restaurants (except the steakhouse) are located. The rooms at Bayshore are conveniently located right at the beach offering an excellent view of the lake and steps from the waterfront activities. There are also Resort Homes and vacation rentals with kitchens or kitchenettes, dining areas, and living rooms with fireplace.

The resort also hosts weddings and conferences so you know that the resort can accommodate large groups.murals

Lakeside Lodge

Lakeside Lodge is perched on the site of Deerhurst’s original lodge built in 1896. This brand new accommodation building offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom resort homes with cottage-inspired décor – ideal for a family retreat in Muskoka. Lakeside Lodge is a stunning addition to Deerhurst, offering a feel of luxury on the lake.

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Lakeside Lodge path

Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families

We stayed in a modern and spacious two-bedroom, two-bath condo equipped with a full kitchen, dining area, living room and a balcony with a stunning view of the lake and pool. The décor is modern/contemporary with a splash of Deerhurst charm; loved the Deerhurst pillows in the bedrooms, and the barn wood mantle and furniture.

One bedroom had a king-size bed with a full bathroom (shower and tub), and a TV with lake views, while the second bedroom had a queen-size bed. The main living area had a large comfortable sofa and two armchairs with a fireplace and a wall-mounted TV.

The condo features a modern, full-sized kitchen with stainless steel appliances – fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave, as well as a kettle and coffeemaker. Cabinets are also stocked with drinking and wine glasses, dishes and cutlery. There is also a kitchen island with two bar stools and a dining table with six chairs.

There is plenty of space for a family, which separate rooms for privacy and downtime too! After a full day enjoying the resort amenities, my boys rested in one bedroom, my mom in the other, and I had the living area to myself. We also took full advantage of the balcony of our corner unit, which wrapped around slightly, offering beautiful views of the lake and pool.

The Lakeside Lodge does have an elevator, which is wonderful for travelling with kids (strollers) and grandparents; my mom recently had knee surgery so having accessibility was super important.

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Pool, Lake Activities and Water Sports

Deerhurst Resort features an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool and children’s wading pool, plus three seasonal outdoor pools located throughout the property. Seasonal pools are open July through mid-September. Guests are encouraged to bring their favourite beach towels, but if you forget (which can happen!), there are pool towels available for guest use.

Deerhurst offers a variety of waterfront fun featuring a newly expanded sandy beach, Splash Zone, water sports & boat rental centre. There’s also a beach area for swimming and plenty of chaise lounges and Muskoka chairs for relaxing.

Once you arrive, make your way to the Heritage Cottage Waterfront Shop where you can receive wristbands for the Splash Zone and towels.

Splash Zone is an inflatable waterpark on the lake, open July and August from 10-6 daily. The boys had an absolute blast playing on the inflatables, and I felt comfort in knowing they were wearing life jackets (mandatory) and lifeguards were on duty.

Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone


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Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone inflatable lake fun

Also included in the nightly resort fee are canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks (late-May through early October). It’s first-come-first-served but even on a busy day (which it was during our mid-week visit), you didn’t have to wait for boats. The boys went on the kayaks a few times!

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Deerhurst Resort lakeside beach water activities

There are also other activities available for purchase including water skiing, wakeboarding, jet ski rentals, tubing, flyboarding and the Cable Park.

The new pool at Lakeside Lodge has beautiful views and sits right by the lake. The pool is shallow (no diving allowed), and there is a lifeguard on deck. My boys enjoyed swimming and switched from the lake to the pool throughout the day. I enjoyed lounging by the pool, and taking a few dips – the weather was so hot! There is also a hot tub.

I would’ve loved to see a few umbrellas for shade by the pool; my mom can’t handle the sun for too long (neither can I really), and on a hot day, it’d be nice to have some shade. A poolside bar offering refreshing drinks would also be an amazing addition.

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Even More Activities

There are many activities to choose from, so you’ll never hear “I’m bored” from the kids. Aside from the water activities included with the resort fee, there is also rock climbing, a toddler room with a play gym, and an arcade in the main building. There is also an Escape Room to enjoy with the family. After dinner, the boys enjoyed visiting the arcade and playing a life-size game of Pacman.

There are also a ton of scheduled activities throughout the week. Some activities require advance booking, some require payment. There are early morning guided paddles, sunset yoga, guided hikes to the lookout, arts and crafts, kitchen tours, family lawn games, boat cruises, campfires, kids fishing on the dock, and more.

For golfers, Deerhurst Highlands was named one of ScoreGolf’s top public courses in Canada again this year. Families wanting to connect with mature can head to on-site Stoneleigh Farms to go on horse rides on the trail or visit the petting farm.

Deerhurst also offers Amba Spa, a full-service spa which offers guests treatments, manicures and pedicures, couples’ massages, steam room and whirlpool. If I can manage a getaway with the girls, I am definitely going to treat myself to a treatment!

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Deerhurst Resort has four restaurants to enjoy, and all have plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options.

Eclipse Restaurant has a breakfast and dinner buffet. I enjoyed the made-to-order omelette station at the breakfast buffet which also included fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage cereals and bread, fruit and pastries. The dinner buffet offers antipasto, salads, smoked fish, seafood, and meat entrees that change nightly.

Compass Bar & Grill offers a variety of tapas. I tried the Roasted Chicken Ballotine stuffed with quinoa, kale and goat cheese, along with sweet potato puree, roasted cauliflower and asparagus. It was delicious!

Maple Pub & Patio has your casual Canadian fare with burgers, pressed panini sandwiches and fresh salads. I tried the gluten-free pizza which was surprisingly delicious! The patio overlooks the lake with a lovely view of Lakeside Lodge and the golf course.

Maple Pub and Patio at Deerhurst Resort

The Antler Steakhouse is not located in the main pavilion but just a few minutes away. We didn’t have an opportunity to dine here this visit – hopefully next time.

Helpful Tips

I’d recommend staying at least three nights; two nights honestly wasn’t enough for us. With a 4:00 p.m. check-in and an 11:00 check-out, we really only were able to enjoy a full day-and-a-half.  While we came early and left late so we could enjoy the pool and lake a little longer, it would’ve been nice to have an extra day to try some of the other activities the resort has to offer.

If you need a spot in the shade, I’d suggest you secure some lounge chairs under a tree by the lake early. The lake and pool get super busy in the summertime and might have trouble finding a spot.

If you plan on visiting, pack some bug spray, especially if you plan to sit by the lake at night. Even from our fourth-floor balcony, the mosquitos managed to be a nuisance!

Bring a few beach towels from home, and don’t forget goggles! It might also be a good idea if kids wore swim shoes on the inflatables to give their feet better grip. By the time we left, the boys formed blisters on their feet from all the climbing!

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Disclosure: We received a complimentary visit at Deerhurst Resort, in exchange for our honest review.  As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

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What Did Anne of Green Gables House Really Look Like?

Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world visit the site which inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables.

Located in the Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables is a popular tourist destination. You can’t visit PEI without visiting Green Gables in Cavendish, about a 30-minute drive from Charlottetown.

What did Anne of Green Gables house really look like?

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery) in 1908. Many little girls growing up fell in love with Anne Shirley, the 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to help Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. While they expected a boy, the novel recounts how Anne grows up with the Cuthberts, in school, and in Avonlea. The classic story quickly became beloved in schools and turned into films, TV shows, musicals and plays.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

– L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables House

Green Gables

The Green Gables farm was owned by the MacNeill family, who were cousins of Montgomery. Its name is derived from the rich dark green paint of the gables on the farmhouse.

Montgomery visited the farm as a young girl and based the location of her best-selling Anne series of books on the Green Gables farm. She drew romantic inspiration from the house, as well as the surrounding area, including the “Haunted Woods”, “Lovers’ Lane”, and “Balsam Hollow.”

When you visit Green Gables, you can enjoy a guided tour at the of the Heritage Place, take a walk in the Haunted Woods and stroll down Lover’s Lane. You might just bump into Anne Shirley herself! Here is a closer look of Green Gables.

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Green Gables Home

What did Anne of Green Gables House Look Like

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Green Gables Cavendish PEI

Haunted Woods

The Haunted Wood Trail has a fun trail to explore, bridges to cross and woodland vistas to discover.

The trail is east of the house and connects the Heritage Place to the Site of Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. You must walk the trail, as it’s described in the Anne of Green Gables novel, and is the setting for many of Anne’s fictional adventures.

Don’t forget to stop in the Anne of Green Gables Store’s website, dedicated to the much-loved orphan Anne Shirley and her creator Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Green Gables is open May 1 through October 31.


Anne Museum

In addition to the Green Gables House, several museums and sites invite visitors to learn more about Anne and Montgomery. A popular musical version of the story runs every summer at the Charlottetown Festival.

The Campbell home, that L.M. Montgomery called the “wonder castle of my childhood”, was built in 1872 by her Uncle John and Aunt Annie Campbell. The first Campbells settled here in 1776 and it is still in the Campbell family after over two hundred and thirty years.

Since you’re in Cavendish, a visit to Cavendish beach is also a must-see thing to do when visiting PEI.

What Did Anne of Green Gables House Really Look Like?

This is Why Moms Shame Other Moms

Well before social media, women would get together with other moms over coffee and talk about their children, compare notes, and give each other friendly advice. Sure there were some women who’d quietly judge other women’s parenting choices, and certainly many would whisper things behind others’ backs in disapproval.

Today, thanks to social media, we see it well too often – moms shaming other moms boldly.  There are too many public forums on which to share unsolicited opinions; Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter. At least back in the day, the mom-shaming wasn’t right-in-your-face! Today, Ms. Shame-y McJudge-y can hide behind a computer screen or mobile device, spewing nothing but mean-spirited, snarky comments, and never have to worry about a real-life confrontation.

Just recently, Chrissy Teigen was mom-shamed over her daughter’s first trip to the dentist at three-years-old. The mom shamers said she should have taken her daughter to the dentist much earlier.

Hilary Duff was also recently mom-shamed for piercing her 8-month-old  daughter’s ears. Mom shamers came out in full gear to question Duff’s parenting choices.

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So why do moms shame other moms? If you have a differing view, why go through the trouble of spreading hate on social media? What is the root cause of women feeling the need to tear down others? This is why moms shame other moms.

1. They are insecure.

Carole Lieberman M.D. a psychiatrist/parenting expert and author, says moms who shame others do so because it makes them uncomfortable to see a different type of parenting.

“Moms who shame are insecure, and don’t like to be made to feel that maybe they are doing things wrong – and these other moms know something they don’t. They worry that they have damaged their kids, or are damaging them, by doing things a different way – so they have to put down these other moms.”

Some moms only feel good about themselves when they are able to try to make other moms feel bad about themselves,” says Shelley Meche’tte, Certified Life Purpose Coach and Women’s Change Agent.

“Secure moms don’t put one another down for different parenting choices, rather, they understand that no matter what…being a mom can be tough and every mom needs the support of other moms to lean on.”

“Until insecure moms understand their own greatness, they will continue to deflect that self-doubt onto others.”

2. They have a sense of entitlement.

Perhaps these women feel a sense of entitlement, which makes them feel they have a right to share their “best” ways of parenting, forcing them to judge women who parent differently. They’ve become self-titled “parenting experts”.

“Everything from bottle vs. breastfeeding, to co-sleeping and whether or not to work outside of the home becomes fair game for criticism in their opinion when others’ way of raising children differs from theirs,” Meche’tte says.

“The truth is…no parent can be the expert on how to raise someone else’s child.”

3. They are part of the mean girl club.

Let’s be real – there are people who are simply mean. They’ve maintained the high-school mentality of being a part of the “mean girls” club, and feel a sense of connection with like-minded women when they’re able to put others down (also ties into the feelings of insecurity and entitlement).

Anahid Lisa Derbabian, Counselor and Coach at, says women can come across as too strong in communication their views.

“They may feel strongly about their views on a particular topic and may come off too strong in communicating them. They may go into the energy of aggression, believing that it helps them communicate their point.”

For others, there could be a deeper root of the issue. “They may have been raised with shame and guilt, and thus they may knowingly or unknowingly use these same tactics on others,” Derbabian says.

Instead of shaming other moms, these women should take a healthier approach by communicating their thoughts in assertive ways, rather than becoming aggressive or passive.

“Instead of them maturing and growing into womanhood, they became stuck in an adolescent mindset refusing accountability when it comes to properly expressing themselves without verbal harm,” Meche’tte says.

“It’s a hurtful and unnecessary cycle. Women who are responsible for the productive upbringing of children, shouldn’t spend their time trying to tear down other moms who are trying to do the same.”

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This is How We Watch Entertainment Now Thanks to Ignite TV

We’ve had Rogers Ignite TV for almost a year now, and I have to say that it has changed the way we watch TV in our family. Rogers Ignite TV integrates the best content into one place. Since Ignite TV is Wi-Fi based rather than cable, we can search live TV, On Demand, YouTube and Netflix all the same time, and on all televisions that have Ignite TV. Here’s why we’re hooked:

No More Bulky Boxes

The Rogers Ignite TV box is small and doesn’t take up much space on your entertainment console. Since it’s small and lightweight, it can fit perfectly into any TV setup, especially if you have your TV mounted above a fireplace or on a wall. No more bulky eyesores!

Practice Your Theatre Voice

Who wants to watch their kids tackle for the remote just so they can see who has the best British accent?  The all-in-one search in voice remote is so convenient. You don’t need to scroll anymore; simply use the voice remote to name whatever it is you’re looking for; whether it’s your favourite sports team or reality TV show, you can simply say “Real Housewives” and Rogers will pull up all of the options for you to watch… and there are many. For example, Rogers will pull up ALL of the series; Beverly Hills and New York are my faves! What the BH gals did to Lisa Vanderpump still irks me!

Or even if you want to search a video on YouTube, or a movie on Netflix, the remote will search its database and find what you’re looking for. Switch in between apps; YouTube, Netflix, TV and all into one search… which makes planning family movie night so effortless! Since we have easy access to so many options, the only problem is deciding!

Pause – Gotta Pee!

We love that we can pause a movie or show for a bathroom break, or to get snacks, and continue watching when ready. Once you begin watching a show, you also have the ability to rewind if you’ve missed something… like when the kids suddenly burst into the room and you can’t hear the most important line of the episode!

Forgot to Record My Show!

It’s easy to set up shows and movies to record with the PVR; with a click, you can record one show or the entire series of new or all episodes. If you’ve recorded something and are late to start watching, you can easily watch from the beginning and catch up while the show is still being aired. Plus, you can easily fast forward, rewind and pause.

But what happens if you’ve forgotten to record your fave show? Ignite has the ability to pull up all episodes including ways to watch the one you missed. After a long day, I love crawling into bed and pulling up some of my recorded shows to watch, and I love that I can fast forward through the many commercials of The Young & The Restless, and some of the boring scenes on The Bachelorette… I don’t really care that the two are being serenaded by some country singer and slow-dancing in front of hundreds of fans!


Stuff the TV Into My Pocket

With Ignite TV, you can also record movies and can download them on the Rogers app to watch later from your mobile phone, even without Wi-Fi capability. For example, I downloaded a few episodes of my show so I could watch on the airplane to Costa Rica. Also, the kids can download and play movies offline while on road trips. Simply download the content and Rogers will store into the cloud PVR so you can watch later.

For the Little Unruly Kids

For younger kids, the exclusive Kids Zone is curated and protected programs for children only; you can also set up parental controls to keep content safe. Plus, there is plenty of programming for them to be entertained while you’re trying to cook dinner or clean the house!

My kids are older and use Ignite TV for watching sports, Netflix and YouTube primarily. When my kids aren’t playing video games, they use the Ignite TV YouTube app to pull up their favourite YouTubers to watch THEM play video games. Wait, what? This is truly a phenomenon among Generation Z that us Generation Xers can’t comprehend!

Watching TV has become so convenient, the only problem now is choosing from all the available content! Rogers Ignite TV has revolutionized the way we watch TV and enjoy entertainment.

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I’m a Rogers ambassador, and as always, the opinions written here are my own.

Let’s Celebrate All Students at the End of School Year

The end of the school year means a time for celebration! Finishing yet another school year comes with a variety of emotions for children and parents alike.

I always am flooded by an oxymoron of emotions at the end of a school year; both joy and sadness in seeing my kids grow and mature, as well as an immense sense of pride for all that my boys have accomplished. At the same time, I feel frustrated with the way society recognizes achievements.

As lovely as they are, school awards acknowledge all the hard work and effort of our kids throughout the year. I can’t help but think of the kids who sit through the applause and congratulations, peer after peer, waiting for their own name to be called. What happens when it isn’t?

You see, not every child is on the honour roll. Not every child will receive a math or science award. Not every child will win the best athlete plaque. Not every child will win an award.

Sure, schools keep the focus on academic achievements. But these kids are so much more than grades and test scores. Winning school awards have absolutely no bearing on our children’s worth as human beings. Every child is gifted and talented in their own, individual way.

Then there are the awards for personality – who is the nicest? Who is the funniest? Wait, what? Why are we celebrating the most outgoing child without acknowledging the brilliant yet shy introvert?  Since when it is appropriate to publicly applaud the child who always makes grand entrance instead of the one with quiet confidence?

Why did one child receive four awards and there are other kids who received none? Alienating kids is not the way to instil confidence and pride in our impressionable youth.  These types of awards send the message that the teachers value some students more than others – and not based on any academic or athletic merit.

It saddens me that some students who have worked their butts off won’t be acknowledged publicly.

The child who struggled but kept persevering.

The child who wanted to quit but muddled through.

The child who worked with a tutor all year to improve from a C to a B.

The child who was bullied incessantly and forced to switch schools.

The child who barely passed but managed to finish the year.

The child who worked through anxiety, or a learning disability, or depression.

What do our youth really need? Not all achievements come with trophies or medals. Rather than a crooked ink-jet-printed certificate, a simple acknowledgement for all the small success and things they do well every day would make a huge impact.

To the child who struggled to finish the school year, congrats!

To the child who finished all assignments done on time, kudos to you!

To the child who made strides in listening skills or self-regulation, amazing!

To the child who made new friends, we are proud.

For some children, these achievements aren’t a big deal; but to others, they signify jumping over hurdles.

So let’s also be proud of those kids who came home empty-handed, feeling like their accomplishments didn’t matter. Because their own achievements are enormous and don’t need an award to be celebrated.


It’s Summertime and Head Safety is Important

With the weather finally feeling warm and sunny, and summer break upon us, kids will be playing outside endlessly. Parks, sidewalks and trails will be flooded with children on bicycles, scooters and rollerblades.

Kids may be off to summer camps where they’ll do fun activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, or playing sports. On evenings and weekends, families might take to bike riding the trails as a family, or taking part in a game of baseball.

My first question before the kids head out on their next adventure is, “where is your helmet?” To be frank, getting my 12 and 14-year-old to put on a helmet has recently become a challenge. It seems once grade 6 hits, it’s no longer “cool” to be wearing one. My message to my own kids is, “how cool would it be to fall off your bike and hit your head? Not so cool!”

I’ll see many kids riding their scooters or bikes in the neighbourhood without helmets, and as a mom, I worry for their safety. All it takes is one wrong turn, or a large rock in a path to send that bicycle flying.

Since my boys play hockey too, concussions are a real concern. A concussion is an injury to the brain and can be caused by a strong blow to the head or neck, a fall, or by any other impact. A concussion can affect the way a person feels, behaves and remembers. Here are the signs of a concussion.

Signs of a concussion:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Sensitivity to noise, light, motion and odours
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling emotional or irritable
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Neck pain
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty remembering facts or events from earlier in the day

Scouts Canada and Hydro One have launched Head Safe

Head Safe

Scouts Canada and Hydro One have partnered to launch Head Safe, a hands-on educational program for youth and families to raise awareness, prevent, identify and manage concussions and head-related injuries. Helmets are important safety equipment that can help prevent many injuries, including concussions.

Launching in the fall of 2019 through Scouts Canada Groups across the country and in communities across Ontario, Head Safe will offer free training to educate young people. Youth will learn head injury first aid, safety measures to protect against head injuries, and how to respond to real-life scenarios. They’ll learn how to recognize the signs of a concussion, what to do, and the six steps of when it’s safe to return to play.

Free Community Events

Scouts Canada and Hydro One will also offer free public community events planned across Ontario. Locations and details will be announced this summer at!

It's Summertime and Head Safety is Important


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

How to Bring Back the Heat Under the Sheets

This post is sponsored by Bonafide® and SHE Media. 

Many couples with children are leading hectic lives, running ragged, and possibly having less sex. Between work, household chores, and raising children, parents often have little time left for intimacy! That said, as kids become older, couples have more time to rekindle their relationship and hopefully bring back the heat under the sheets.

It’s important for a couple to keep their relationship hot and spicy! Having an active and fulfilling sex life can improve physical health and fitness, reduce stress, and even lead to improved sleep. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that women between the ages of 40 and 65 who place greater importance on sex are more likely to stay sexually active as they age.

The reasons that sex may slow down for women as they age are due to hormonal changes including menopause. When the ovaries stop making estrogen, a woman may experience physical symptoms including a decrease in vaginal elasticity, muscle tone, and lubrication. And for some women, arousal takes longer. As a result, women may experience difficulty with lubrication, pain with penetration, a decreased libido, and difficulty or inability to climax.

In addition to hormonal changes, some women may also have sexual dysfunction because of stress, anxiety, and relationship issues. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If there is something that could help bring back the heat under the sheets, why wouldn’t you try it out?

Introducing Ristela™

Ristela™ is scientifically validated to increase arousal and orgasm, and increases desire over time with daily use. Taken orally, Ristel is plant-based and hormone and steroid free, with ingredients clinically shown to be safe and used by women in Europe for over 20 years.

The ingredients in Ristela – which include French Maritime pine back extract, antioxidants and naturally-occurring amino acids – are designed to increase blood flow and enhance sex drive and sexual satisfaction.

Ristela Clinical Trials

In three clinical trials, women using Ristela saw significant improvements after one month, and even further improvements by month 2. The women in the studies were premenopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal. In all three trials, Ristela demonstrated significant improvements in arousal, orgasm, desire, and overall satisfaction.

How effective is Ristela?

The results are impressive; women experienced greater arousal, orgasm and sexual satisfaction after one month of taking Ristela, and higher results after two months:

Women saw a 62% increase in arousal at month one and 75% by month two1.

Women saw a 62% increase in orgasm at month one and 74% by month two1

Women saw a 61% increase in sexual satisfaction at month one and 75% by month two1

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How to take Ristela?

For best results take two tablets every day and use consistently for one month for best results. Ristela can be purchased exclusively online at, and is also available for a monthly subscription at $45 per month plus free shipping.

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1Stanislavov R, Rohdewald P. PACR (Pine Bark Extract, L Arginine, L Citrulline, Rose Hip Extract) Improves Emotional, Physical Health And Sexual Function In Peri-Menopausal Women. J Women’s Health Care. 2014;3:6.


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Top Reasons to Purchase a Huawei MediaPad T5 (with Giveaway)

Whether you enjoy being entertained on-the-go, check emails, or scroll through social media, tablets are ideal because they’re lightweight and easily portable. I had the opportunity to try the Huawei MediaPad T5 – here’s what I think of this affordable Android tablet and the top three reasons to go buy one today.

Top Reasons to Purchase a Huawei MediaPad T5

The Look & Feel

The Huawei MediaPad T5 is designed just as I would want a tablet designed, with great features and ease-of-use top of mind. It’s has a great screen display, good battery life, and is user-friendly. It’s also light-weight so it can easily fit into a purse, briefcase or backpack.

The display is 10.1 inches, and with a full HD resolution, you can watch entertainment with crisp detail. The Eye-comfort Mode comes in handy as it reduces harmful blue light when reading or watching videos in a darker room. The two-stereo speakers provide rich sound quality thanks to the HUAWEI Histen audio technology.

The MediaPad T5 runs with Android 8.0, and with 2GB of RAM and 2.36 GHz processor, this tablet is speedy! You can easily browse online, open numerous tabs and watch videos and movies without loading wait times. The MediaPad T5 comes with 16G of memory but if you need more, you can insert a memory card to expand the memory with another 256GB.

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Perfect for  Work

Whether you need to check emails, edit documents, or read news articles, the Huawei MediaPad T5 can help you get your work done easily anywhere. I know I can’t do certain tasks on my phone, and my laptop is bulky to lug around with me to meetings or the hockey rink. But the MediaPad is perfect for working on-the-go as it can handle much more complex tasks thanks to its ease-of-use and large screen.

One small feature that I love is the back button. Yes, such a simple thing but it totally helps when I’m trying to work in between documents or web pages. Other devices I’ve tried have frustrated me because it’s difficult to toggle back and forth.

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Ease of Use for Kids

Parents will probably agree with me when I say that tablets can be life savers! The Huawei MediaPad T5 makes for great distractions during long car rides or long waiting times at the doctor’s office. The large screen means that icons and apps are easier for those little fingers to navigate.

Children’s Corner is a built-in app that offers a fun place for kids to play and learn. Parents can manage what apps kids can use, and how long they spend on the tablet by adjusting the settings.

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  • Android 8
  • 10.1 ” Screen Size
  • 1920×1200 pixels Screen Resolution
  • 1080p Full HD touch screen
  • 16 GB Memory Size
  • 2.36 GHz Processor Speed
  • 5.0 MP camera and front camera 2.0 MP
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Memory Card reader
  • Headphone jack


For the price of $360, the Huawei MediaPad T5 is a bargain! Where to purchase? The Huawei MediaPad T5 is available exclusively at Rogers in Canada!


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