Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick and easy holiday treats

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

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is marijuana use safe when pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

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?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 places to go with baby when the weather is bad

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family

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

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Great gifts for babies and toddlers

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

How to stay hydrated during the cooler months

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

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know

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

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Emergency situations often occur when we least expect it and with no time to plan. They are unpredictable events that can leave your family without electricity, clean drinking water, and transportation.  You may not be able to cook, prepare food, or access grocery stores.  Your normal life is disrupted. These events can be the result… Continue reading Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Parenting · Pregnancy

Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

A friend of mine recently mentioned that he and his wife of 4 years have talked about when they should start having a family.  His wife’s 29th birthday was just around the corner and he was now 37 years old.  They intentionally delayed having to make this decision since they had started new jobs and… Continue reading Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?