As I walked through Costco this past August, I couldn’t help but notice this season’s holiday gear making its way onto the shelves. Everything from gifts to decorations, cards, and wrapping paper – ‘seriously’ I asked myself? How can we be thinking of the holidays when we’re still supposed to be soaking up the summer… Continue reading Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season
The holiday season brings me back to some fond childhood memories. The smell of delicious goodies baking in the kitchen and the feeling of joy while eating them. For me the kitchen is the heart of a home. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time there. During the holidays you want… Continue reading Quick and easy holiday treats
Do you find your baby comes on and off the breast several times during a feed, leading you to believe that you may not have enough breast milk to satisfy your baby? Is your baby very fussy or cries a lot when trying to breastfeed? While breastfeeding can you hear your baby loudly gulping breast… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may help
New Canadian laws will be coming into effect in 2018 to legalize the use of marijuana. But just because marijuana is being legalized, does it mean it is safe to use in pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy? What is marijuana? Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant and contains over 700 chemicals. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is… Continue reading Is marijuana use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
As a Public Health Nurse, I’m often asked by parents of newborns for ideas of where to go with a newborn for a walk when it is cold outside. In fact, when my daughter was born in winter I asked myself the same question. The easy answer is to go where you are comfortable going.… Continue reading Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 places to go with baby when the weather is bad
This nutrient-rich beef chili recipe is wholesome, easy to make, colourful, and can warm you up on a chilly day! Make a pot on the weekend and pack some lunches during the week, or have for dinner after a long day at work. Enjoy this nutritious, healthy, easy to make chili recipe! Get your kids… Continue reading Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family
My favorite gift for a baby or toddler is a book. Even though my kids are teens now, I still have some of their favorite books from those early days. Those books have been enjoyed so many times they feel like part of the family! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!!… Continue reading Great gifts for babies and toddlers
The heat has long left us behind and now the thought of a warm drink is comforting during the cooler months. Cold temperatures make it hard to remember to drink and keep up with fluid needs in pregnancy. Although we sweat more in the summer we still have the same needs in the winter. Consider these… Continue reading How to stay hydrated during the cooler months
Most parents imagine a strong, healthy bonding and attachment phase with their babies after birth. They are aware that babies need love and attention, as much as they need food, in order to thrive. An infant forms a secure attachment with their caregiver when the caregiver consistently responds to the needs of their infant. I… Continue reading Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know
“What was THAT?! Discharge? Did I just pee myself? Is it supposed to smell like that?!” Pregnancy comes with many changes in the body and one of the not-so-fun changes is increase in vaginal discharge. As a nurse, I am often asked by pregnant clients if an increase in vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy… Continue reading Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?