Toddler proofing your home

Toddler proofing your home

Watching your little one progress from crawling to walking is a milestone to be celebrated.  The world suddenly opens up and within it are a plethora of things to grab, climb on and stick in your mouth!  Toddlers are naturally curious, adventurous and depending on their age, can be a little bit sneaky.  In other words, this is not the time to let up on childproofing your home!  The older children get the higher they can climb to reach the things they want to get their hands on.

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Tips for running postpartum (and for first time runners)

Tips for running postpartum (and for first time runners)

After my babies, I slowly reintroduced myself to running. It is not only a great way to burn calories but you can do it with or without baby, anywhere, anytime, and without having to brush your hair or change your stained t-shirt. Sounds great already! Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jada Pinkett Smith and Halle Berry have all been reported to shed their baby weight with the help of running. Granted, not all of us have the luxury of a personal trainer and tons of time and energy to train for a marathon to get us back into shape. The good news is that you don’t have to. 
 
We asked personal trainer and fitness expert Megan Tank how to start (or get back into) running after having a baby and these are the tips she gave us: 

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Exercising postpartum

Exercising postpartum

Feeling tired, overwhelmed, insecure or downright exhausted after pregnancy are all valid reasons to avoid getting (back) on the exercise train. After all, the thought of punishing ourselves with copious amounts of crunches in hopes of regaining some assemblance of a waistline sounds like the opposite of fun, right?   
 
While it may seem like the last thing on your mind, there are far too many benefits from exercising postpartum to ignore. Aside from getting back into your skinny jeans, getting active promotes cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and toning, can boost your energy level, improve your mood, relieve stress and help combat postpartum depression.

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Baby proofing your home

Baby proofing your home

Preparing your house for the arrival of your baby can seem like a daunting task. You only need to crawl around on your hands and knees for a few minutes to see all the potential dangers that exist. We cannot possibly protect our kids from every bump and bruise, despite our best efforts, but thoroughly baby proofing our house can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury. While your eagle-eyes are by far the best baby proofing you can do, don’t underestimate how tired you are likely to feel the first year and how quickly things can happen. What should you do before baby arrives and what can wait until they show signs they are ready to crawl? Here is a list of ideas to get you started.

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Healthy banana carrot loaf

Healthy banana carrot loaf

As a Mom, I feel like I’m constantly trying to find nutritious and tasty snacks that my kids will actually eat and enjoy.  This is a favourite recipe in my house and a wholesome alternative to store bought loaves filled with unhealthy fats and sugar.  And the bonus is that the kids think it is a “treat” (it actually is that good!).

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