Sunday, 30 March 2014

MapleFest-Signs of Spring

MapleFest 2014

One of my favourite signs of spring is Maple Fest! It means the weather has warmed up enough for maple trees to produce sap to make maple syrup. Maple fest is a great family activity. If there is a maple farm in your area, I definitely recommend checking it out. It demonstrates to kids when maple syrup comes from and gets them outside.

Maple tastes great in many foods. I adore maple sugar candy- it is basically maple syrup and sugar. It is very delicious and I am sure very bad for you! Another is maple toffee! Basically, it is heated maple syrup on snow. It is really neat!!

 There is nothing like traditional maple syrup. I love it with pancakes. Did you know maple syrup comes in different colours, from light to dark (amber). The darker the syrup, the stronger the taste. I know some people enjoy maple syrup in their coffee. The best thing is that maple syrup is gluten free! :) Another favourite food is maple fudge, but sometimes wheat flour is added to thicken it.  So definitely be careful when you go to purchase it. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

International Doula Week

It is World Doula Week (WDW). It is a week to celebrate doulas and the amazing birth week they do. Doulas have many positive effects on women and their family, including fewer c-sections, breastfeeding assistance and the chance of postpartum disorders is reduced. 
Thank a doula today!

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I am really excited to be a postpartum doula student and hope to complete my birth doula certification.  I really belief that doulas do good things. If I had the opportunity to have a doula with my son, I would have definitely agreed. Postpartum support is so important! I am grateful I had my family and fiance to help me- otherwise finishing school would have more difficult. A postpartum doula would have just been added encouragement, especially as I learned about breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Doulas can help moms research important topics, especially things they may not have thought about before. 

Birth support is important as well. Sometimes, the husband or significant other cannot be there so a doula is a great birth partner. Other times, the significant other needs help and a doula can help them as well. Even if it is to go grab coffee and water so their clients can stay together. Quite simply, a doula is as worthwhile investment as a birth or newborn photographer. 

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

International Women's Day Inspiration

This international Women's Day, I am inspired to write about a woman who has been an all powerful force in my life.  My mother is one of the most amazing people I know. She taught me to read, to love, to cook and to be present in my relationship with my son. She is not the same person she was 20 years ago- but we all change. That does stop the fact that she is a great parent. She has gone through so much-- divorce, almost dying from pneumonia, her mother's severe illness, my grandpa's heart attack, my brother's accident and traumatic brain injury, my Celiac diagnosis and raising my youngest brother by herself. It is not easy being a caregiver, especially the sole caregiver.  This is most definitely the role she is in now as she helps my brother with his settlement, home-schools my little brother and has to watch out for my grandma who is showing signs of dementia/ Alzheimer's - much like her mother (my great grandmother) did.

I am reminded of a lesson that she taught me when I was young. Words hurt. Even unintentionally, words can do harm. I was watching Stars Wars and commented that looked weird compared to the first movie. Of course, I meant different and wasn't trying to be mean. However, my mom told that he had been in a very bad car accident. Not only is it sad, it shows how saying something can be so hurtful. 

I know it is popular to say sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. However,  this is not based in fact. Emotional abuse is horrible and stays deep within you. Many people have committed suicide because of this.
This is an important thing to realize and to teach. Words have meanings. Be mindful of the effects your words have on your children. Children learn from these phrases and internalize them. 

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Must Love Otters

Welcome to my tour stop for Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon.  This is an adult romantic comedy and  the tour runs February 24th- March 7th and will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews and more. You can find the full schedule on the tour page.

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
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My Review

Must Love Otters is the charming story of Hollie Porter. She has a mediocre life and boyfriend. After a hard time at work and her boyfriend forgotting to record her favourite show, she decides to change her life. First, she tells her boyfriend to move out. Then, she has the grand idea of travelling to Canada to gain some new perspective on life. It is romantic comedic at its finest. It is really a sweet story. It is a nice read after some of the heavier themes I have read recently. I enjoyed watching Hollie grow throughout the novel.
I really like Hollie's character. She is someone you can relate to. This is a story that could happen to anyone. Plus, her quirks and attitude only make her human. I could see fans of Stephanie Plum like this novel. I also love how fond she is of wildlife. It is a great passion.
I was also fascinated by Hollie's father acting as both father/ mother. Probably because I was raised by a single mother in a similar fashion. As well, he truly cared for his daughter. 
Ryan was really sweet. I enjoyed watching him battle it out with Hollie.  He was more than your typical romantic comedy male lead. 
About this author

Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.


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