Mental Wellness

The ABCs of RESPs

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Post secondary education in Canada has always been was pretty inexpensive compared to our neighbours south of the border. Historically, the provincial governments across Canada subsidized schooling to such an extent that there wasn’t much need for our parents to…

STI/STD: Breaking the Taboo!

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Before getting cozy under the sheets with your partner, remember that your sexual and reproductive health is essential for your overall well being. Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI/STD (sexually transmitted infection/sexually transmitted disease). STI’s can be detrimental…

Is there really a summer learning gap?

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Summer is just around the corner and the debate about whether kids should take the summer off and have fun, or whether they should be enrolled in an academic enhancement or remedial program is at the forefront of Mom conversations everywhere.

The Importance of Validation

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My name is Stephanie Mitelman, and I am a certified sexuality educator. In this blog I will be addressing readers’ questions on sexuality, health, and relationships. Please don’t be shy to send me a question you have! I will be…

How to begin a running routine

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The nice weather has arrived and you’d like to get outside in the fresh air to get some exercise, you’d like to start running but you don’t think you can do it.  As long as your doctor hasn’t advised you…

Oh no, not my bum!

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We all seem to shy away when it comes to talking about colorectal cancer screening.  Something about having our anus under the microscope makes us feel uncomfortable, but some quick and easy steps can help you take a proactive approach…

Holding on to my little boy

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Last week my 14 year old son, Aidan, called me from school to bring him his rugby uniform. He had a practice that afternoon and he’d forgotten his stuff. I was really aggravated. It wasn’t the first time I’d have…

What does being fit mean to you?

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When you think about of being fit what do you think of? I know many people have the misconception that being skinny equals being fit.  That is definitely untrue.  I have trained many many unfit thin clients. I can also say…

Keep Calm and Keep Waiting…..

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There are so many quotes about patience and waiting…..   “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” happens to be a favorite of mine.  Perhaps this  is because I spend so very much of my time waiting for people and…

Would Have…

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Today is Brandon’s 38th birthday. That is, it would have been Brandon’s 38th birthday…had he not gotten Leukemia…had he not died four years ago at age 34. I miss my love every single day. But it is on these anniversaries…

Welcome Spring!

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In Quebec, spring has been long-awaited and it seems we Quebecers have had a long hard winter this year.  Although I’m certain every year we feel this way. At  0 degrees , I’ve seen people outside shivering in t-shirts as…

A little rant about sports bras

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I dislike going to the dentist. Well, going shopping for bras, especially sports bras, is a not so distant second. Usually after spending a few hours and a lot of money on one…

Grandma’s back!

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Hi Everyone! I’m finally home from Florida and right back in the swing of things. I was lucky enough to have visits from all those grandkids of mine – two weeks with the older ones and a whole month with…

Women and Friendship

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‘There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” -Linda Grayson I definitely feel that when it comes to friendship, quality trumps quantity. My friends are a VERY important part of my life.  I can count…

Do you suffer with acne?

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Rest assured knowing that you are not alone and there is help! A considerable amount of people suffer from acne problems; in fact one in five women aged 20 to 40 suffer from acne. If left untreated acne may lead…

30 Day Challenge

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Take a look what 30 days can do… We all get into a rut. It happens to the best of us, even someone like me whose profession is all about staying F-I-T. Try as I might, there are those moments…

Bikinis, Facebook and Feelings

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Last summer, I posted this picture on my Facebook wall: I’d been on vacation in Bermuda with my family, and we were just winding up an awesome day spent snorkelling and kayaking. We all had that sun-weary, sticky, salty skin…

This Is What I Have Learned

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  There are moments in motherhood that take our breath away.  There are the lovely moments, like when we hear our children giggle, when we feel the warmth of a hug and a wet sloppy kiss or just the everyday mother-child…