How to prepare for (and get through) the drinking season

How to prepare for (and get through) the drinking season

It starts somewhere around Thanksgiving and gains momentum, culminating in a blaze of glory during the festivities of New Year’s Eve. This is the time I like to call ‘The Drinking Season’.

It affects every one of us, whether you are a drinker or not, due to a few important factors of life during this time of year.

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Our six secrets for stress-free travel with children

Our six secrets for stress-free travel with children

Travelling with children can be stressful, especially on long road trips or if you're stuck in an airport. I've travelled long distances with my daughters since they were six weeks old and we have certainly had our fair share of meltdowns - admittedly, I've had my moments too - but it never ceases to amaze me that at least one fellow passenger comments every time about how relaxed we all seem to be. But with help from experts like Dr. Pamela Smith, ND and lifestyle and wellness expert and nutrition coach, Michal Ofer, and the Moms at Calmmother I know we're in good hands.

Here are our top six tips to help make traveling with children stress-free regardless of whether you're on a road trip or an airplane with a newborn or a five year old (or both!).

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5 important tips for maintaining health while traveling

5 important tips for maintaining health while traveling

Traveling, whether during the summer or winter months, can take its toll on our immune system. Even an expected fun-filled family vacation can be a bit stressful which can leave our immune systems vulnerable to pathogens in the environment. In practice, I have found this time of year a busy season for colds and flu’s; families are just as run down now as they are in the wintertime with activity changes, eating patterns shifting, and later bedtimes. 

Below are five tips to ensure you and your family stay healthy this summer.

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DIY Decorative Tree

DIY Decorative Tree

My children thoroughly enjoy arts and crafts, especially when it involves gluing things together and getting sparkles everywhere! This activity is great when it's too cold to play outside during the winter months. This craft has almost no prep, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour to complete (depending on the decorations you use) and you can choose any theme you want. 

These decorative trees are a nice complement to our other holiday decorations! 

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Bittersweet Nanaimo Bars

Bittersweet Nanaimo Bars

One of my fondest memories from childhood is baking treats with my Mom over the holidays, and I have continued this tradition with my own children (sometimes with Grandma too!). Nanaimo bars are one of my favourite desserts at this time of year but I find that most recipes are too rich.

The bittersweet chocolate topping and unsweetened dark cocoa bottom layer in this recipe complement the sweet center perfectly.

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