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Minnow Hamilton is half of the Savvymom.ca team that has been bringing helpful tips to moms since 2005. Minnow says that their aim at Savvy Mom, a weekly email and e-sine, is to “tackle mothers’ to-do lists”. Savvy Mom has grown from being a Toronto-based site to having 50,000 subscribers. They have articles tailored for Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and a national edition so that moms (and dads) everywhere can get their helpful tips delivered in their trademark style. How did you get started? My background is in marketing and Sarah (Morgenstern) is in business and I was home with kids, but Sarah was working full-time and we kept talking about...
Get To Know Your Neighboursnoel
You may live just a few metres apart, but how well do you really know your neighbours? This spring, as we start to come out of hibernation, why not lead the charge in helping develop a sense of community in your neighbourhood. Here are five easy ways: Planting party! Gather neighbours and their families to pick up litter, plant flowers, rake old leaves or remove snow from an elderly neighbour’s driveway. You’ll have the prettiest street on the block in no time. Tip: Ask a local hardware store to donate work gloves—wearing them will help protect your hands against certain items like fertilizer or salt and will lower the risk...
Danone Danacol Ginger Pear Cake
When you serve this pear cake, no one will know the sugar and oil have been cut in half. Adding a grated pear makes this cake moist and supple. Using fresh grated ginger keeps the flavour vibrant. Dress this up with a dollop of low-fat whipped cream or just have it on the counter as a banana bread alternative for everyday. Serves 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Bake Time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients 1 ¼ cups (310 ml) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda 1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon ¼ cup (60 ml) sugar ½ tsp (2 ml) salt 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh grated ginger 1 pear, peeled...
Adopting The Mediterranean Diet
We’ve been hearing about the Mediterranean diet for quite some time. Is it a miracle diet that helps you lose weight? Or a diet that’s good for your health? What are the benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet? Does it prevent you from enjoying the pleasure of eating by limiting your food choices? Is it a healthy diet? Let’s take a closer look. There are several types of Mediterranean diet. Each country bordering the Mediterranean Sea—such as Greece, for example—has adapted the Mediterranean diet to its culture and traditions. The basic principles, however, remain the same and foods are rated according to how often they should be consumed. Here’s an...
Vanessa and Alex
Vanessa Parlette and Alex Holton recently completed a bicycle ride across Canada (Vancouver to St. John’s) which raised over $33,000 for the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. Their motivation? In 2006 when Alex was just 23 he had to have his aorta replaced with a plastic shunt and a badly damaged heart valve rebuilt. The recovery was so physically and mentally challenging that he and Vanessa decided to raise funds and awareness for cardiac rehab while completing a dream bike trip across Canada. Why choose bike riding for the cause? Vanessa explains that, “We learned that life post-surgery isn’t defined by what you can’t do, but by learning to do...
Trip Ideas
If you’ve ever been bitten by the travel bug, like I have, then this post will definitely hit home with you. When I first started travelling after finishing my studies, I would reward myself with a nice trip after a long year of work. Because really, there’s nothing I enjoy more than losing myself in a faraway land, ready to make a million and one discoveries. So today, I’d like to share with you five trip ideas, destination Mediterranean, that will leave you dreaming of a getaway of your own, or so I hope. Croatia Because it’s the first trip I took after finishing my studies. Good balance of sea...