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Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

| October 24, 2016 | 8 Comments
Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

  CONFESSION OF A GUILTLESS AND WELL-RESTED MOMMY   I have a confession to make and I know many of you will identify with what I am about to share with you. I, Julie Cloutier, lay down next to my 5 year old son every night to help him fall asleep. There, I said it […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

| October 18, 2016 | 18 Comments
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

  How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything   As a parent, we want the best for our children and that includes making sure they are eating a well balanced, whole food diet. Our children deserve to be as healthy and nourished as possible (as do we)! But what do you do when your […]

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Score Big This Hockey Season #ChurchAndDwight #Giveaway ~ 11/07

| October 17, 2016 | 68 Comments
Score Big This Hockey Season #ChurchAndDwight #Giveaway ~ 11/07

When you start hearing about about skates, helmets and tournaments – oh my, it must be hockey season! My son started playing house league hockey when he was 5 years old and stopped when he was 15. My husband also volunteered as an assistant coach and helped the players improve their hockey skills while having fun on […]

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Look & Feel Good with Gaiam Pro Apparel! #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 11/11

| October 6, 2016 | 52 Comments
Look & Feel Good with Gaiam Pro Apparel! #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 11/11

  I made a vow to myself to start getting in shape to make me into a better me this year. One of the methods I am using to achieve this goal is by becoming more active by doing yoga.  I realized that having clothing that fit well make all the difference in how well […]

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Focus on The Facts for Health and Wellness #FocusOnTheFacts ~ Giveaway 10/28

| September 30, 2016 | 167 Comments
Focus on The Facts for Health and Wellness #FocusOnTheFacts ~ Giveaway 10/28

Focus on The Facts Last weekend my family and I visited the Carp Fair, and played a game with the chance of winning free groceries! The Healthy Canadians booth in association with Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) were the […]

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Feel More at Home with Dyson! #Contest #DysonHumidifier ~ CAN 10/28

| September 29, 2016 | 174 Comments
Feel More at Home with Dyson! #Contest #DysonHumidifier ~ CAN 10/28

THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS PARTICIPATED!   Fall is here, and the temperature is beginning to drop. Soon, we will be turning on the heat to keep is warm cozy and at home. This creates dry air that can cause issues such as dehydrating skin and increase the chance […]

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4 Fabulous Benefits of Owning a Dyson Humidifier! #DysonHumidifier

| September 21, 2016 | 13 Comments
4 Fabulous Benefits of Owning a Dyson Humidifier! #DysonHumidifier

The dog days of summer have passed us, ushering in cooler days with dryer air for us to experience. The cold and flu season is also on its way. Now that all three of my kids are in school, there is the chance that more sick days will be had in or home. For days […]

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Self-Awareness = Happiness

| September 20, 2016 | 14 Comments
Self-Awareness = Happiness

  As my children are growing, so am I.  Feeling that what I am doing has a real purpose and meaning that matters to me makes a huge difference in my life. It makes getting up each day the most exciting thing in the world. Forget trying to force myself to work hard, it becomes more important to remind myself to […]

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See How to #BecomeAFriend with Dementia Friends Canada

| September 19, 2016 | 10 Comments
See How to #BecomeAFriend with Dementia Friends Canada

    Were you aware that three out of four people know someone living with dementia? I was one of them. I say this because someone close to me had lived with this condition and is no longer with my family. This very special person was my grandfather. I have so many fond memories of […]

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Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos

| August 29, 2016 | 5 Comments
Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos

    Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos For most moms, life is hectic. Shuffling kids today care, school, sports; running to the grocery store; making breakfast, lunch, and dinner; not to mention making a living. Stress abounds, and it is very difficult to keep your cool when your daughter is crying because […]

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Do Less, Be More

| August 8, 2016 | 7 Comments
Do Less, Be More

    Thanks to the Ottawa Mommy Club, I was one of the lucky ones to attend the pre-screening for the movie Bad Moms this week. Even though the story was laced with tons of humor, the message I came out with was, do less, be more. We are busy, really busy. We are working […]

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Thrilling Indoor Skydiving Experience at iFly Toronto #iflytoronto

| August 4, 2016 | 6 Comments
Thrilling Indoor Skydiving Experience at iFly Toronto #iflytoronto

    Thrilling Indoor Skydiving Experience at iFly Toronto On a recent press trip to Toronto with my daughter, one of the activities scheduled was a visit to iFly Toronto! Since I have back problems, I decide to forfeit the experience, but my daughter did have a blast!      iFly Toronto is an indoor […]

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3 Green Summer Thickies Recipes

| August 2, 2016 | 20 Comments
3 Green Summer Thickies Recipes

Sometimes it can be hard squeezing in enough fruit and veggies into our kids’ diet; particularly the green stuff! This makes green thickies a great way to sneak a load of nutrients into their diet (and ours). Green Thickies are a healthy drink alternative for busy parents.  They are a complete healthy meal drink including your daily […]

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Wakey, Wakey

Wakey, Wakey

I do  love seeing my kids’ shining little faces each morning. But sometimes, particularly lately where the early July sunrise means “it’s daytime, Mama” as of 5 a.m., it’s also nice to dream of a bit of time to come to terms with reality first. Wakey, Wakey! Every so often, I get a teaser. Nice […]

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4 Summertime Essentials with Boiron Canada #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 08/22

| July 21, 2016 | 70 Comments
4 Summertime Essentials with Boiron Canada #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 08/22

Summer is the time of the year when you and your family want to spend as much time as possible getting outside and exploring what the outdoors has to offer. My family is no exception. Whether we are in our backyard or we are on the road, there could be times when the unexpected happens. […]

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Get Healthy Eating Advice from a Loblaws Dietitian!

| July 18, 2016 | 13 Comments
Get Healthy Eating Advice from a Loblaws Dietitian!

Eating healthier is a goal many Canadians, like me, are trying to achieve. The problem: there is so much information being given about what you should and should not be eating that it can become confusing and frustrating to figure out what advice to follow. I was really happy when I was asked to see […]

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If Your Child Is Showing Symptoms of ADHD, There Is Help Out There!

| July 5, 2016 | 4 Comments
If Your Child Is Showing Symptoms of ADHD, There Is Help Out There!

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders related to children. It is often initially diagnosed in childhood but can also last into adulthood. In general, a child should not be diagnosed with ADHD unless the core symptoms associated with the disorder reveal themselves early in life (usually before the […]

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Have Confidence with #PoiseImpressa Bladder Supports

| July 4, 2016 | 4 Comments
Have Confidence with #PoiseImpressa Bladder Supports

Stress Unitary Incontinence (SUI). What is it? SUI happens when pressure is placed onto the bladder, causing the involuntary leak of urine. Did you know that 1-in-3 Canadian women keep quiet about this condition and that it impacts on their quality of life? SUI makes some women feel ashamed for having to constantly worry about […]

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Made in Canada Must-Haves for This Canada Day #ChurchAndDwight

| June 28, 2016 | 5 Comments
Made in Canada Must-Haves for This Canada Day #ChurchAndDwight

  Canada Day has become synonymous with family gatherings, fireworks and cross-country road trips. If you live in Ottawa, it can mean a trip downtown to join in on the fun and the festivities on Parliament Hill! And, while it’s a day of celebration, long car rides or one too many Beaver Tails can leave many […]

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5 Great Prenatal Fitness Options in Ottawa

| June 27, 2016 | 8 Comments
5 Great Prenatal Fitness Options in Ottawa

If you’re an expectant mom, you’ve likely heard that exercising throughout pregnancy can bring with it a host of benefits for both mom and baby: it can give you more energy, reduce your chance of developing gestational diabetes, help you stay more comfortable and pain free throughout your nine months, reduce stress and may help […]

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Ditch Diapers Easier with the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership Toolkit! #PottyPartnership #Giveaway CAN 07/25

| June 21, 2016 | 79 Comments
Ditch Diapers Easier with the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership Toolkit! #PottyPartnership #Giveaway CAN 07/25

Ditch Diapers Easier with the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership Toolkit! Potty training. It is a milestone in a child’s life that parents look on with fondness and with a bit of frustration. Each of my kids had a different experience with learning how to use the potty, so we had to use different approaches to get […]

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Change The Way You Feed Your Children With a Little Planning

| June 17, 2016 | 10 Comments
Change The Way You Feed Your Children With a Little Planning

  Change The Way You Feed Your Children With a Little Planning Families on the run today often find it difficult, if not impossible to make good food choices. One way to ensure that meals are as healthy as possible every day is to take time to plan. Menu planning is decidedly the most important […]

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How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

| June 14, 2016 | 14 Comments
How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

Do you want your child to live a life filled with joy, meaning, health and purpose? Who doesn’t want that for their kids?! What about for yourself? Here is the twist about parenting – in order for our children to live a life full of joy, meaning, health and purpose, we have to demonstrate it by living […]

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Pump Up Your Allergy Relief Contest with Nasacort Allergy 24HR!

| June 13, 2016 | 3 Comments
Pump Up Your Allergy Relief Contest with Nasacort Allergy 24HR!

Allergy season is in full bloom! Did you know that nearly one quarter of all Canadians suffer from allergic rhinitis? This statistic certainly does not surprise me as, unfortunately, I am one of those people with bad sinus congestion that inflame my sinus cavity up to my forehead, thus giving me painful headaches.  Nasacort Allergy 24HR is a powerful anti-inflammatory available […]

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