Because Scrapes, Booboos, and Emergencies Happen

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Each of the four seasons call for different “tools”, clothes and activities. There is one common accessory we should not forget. That’s a first aid kit!

Yes, I carry one of those super mini ones we get at the Health fairs, even the uber basic ones for my kid’s backpack.

I want to share with you the one I recently bought at:

Now when you look at it, it might not seem like much. Or maybe it looks like all the others.

It is waterproof- big plus because that means it’ll be ok in the rain, snow and pool/beach splashes.

So let’s open this pack up!

Very well packed!! Time to dig a little deeper….

So, I love the mini scissors and the safety pins. Would have never expected the tourniquet!! Wouldn’t have even thought about it if I was going to create my own kit. Let alone have it this compact and handy. The clip is a bonus!!

Glad I bought this, and I’m probably going to grab another one too…. just in case.

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It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Resolution

We all want to live more purposeful lives, be healthier and more active. And every to start to the New Year rings of resolutions made world wide. Then comes week two I to week three and the fading begins .

Why? Well, many factors- the biggest is “life happens”. So I want to share this great article that was sent to me not to preach, but to help find solutions to stumbling blocks we may encounter.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

5 surprising mistakes that may
prevent you from living to 100

Make these smart lifestyle changes to help increase
your lifespan as well as your healthspan

What separates physically active, mentally sharp people in their 80s and 90s from the rest of us? While good genes certainly play a role, our lifestyle may be even more important to our health and longevity than our DNA. For many of us, just making a few simple changes to our daily routines could influence whether we’re still around to play with the great grandkids. 

Top health experts now talk about the term healthspan as opposed to just their lifespan. “A person’s healthspan is the length of time that the person is healthy: the length of time they will spend on this planet in optimal health, not just alive,” explains Functional Medicine Practitioner Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS.

Nutrition Mythbuster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, adds, “Our goal should be to postpone the age-related decline in health so we can enjoy an improved quality of life. We don’t just want to live longer, we want to be stronger, smarter, more energetic and more resistant to disease.”

Join the “live to 100” club

While most of us know we should be exercising frequently, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables, there are some surprising ways you may be sabotaging your efforts to live a long, healthy life. The good news? There are simple fixes to each of these. 

Mistake #1: Not making your happiness a priority.  

“It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity of social media, the nightly news and people who view life as a series of problems,” says Wylde. “These things can shorten your lifespan and your healthspan. Our attitudes influence how fast or slow we age, and happiness is linked to achieving old age with optimal health.”  

The fix: “Become more aware of the people and circumstances that are robbing you of your happiness. Dump some toxic relationships. Spend more time around happy people. If necessary, take a vacation from Facebook and Instagram a few days each week. And find something to be grateful for every single day,” Wylde advises. “At first, having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ may seem like a lot of effort. But it will soon become a habit.” 

Mistake #2: You’re still eating a low-fat inflammatory diet.

“The low-fat diet craze led millions of us to get used to filling up on carbs,” says Bowden, the author of “Living Low Carb.” But now there’s overwhelming evidence that dietary fat is not the enemy to our health. Restricting fat has not helped us lose weight. In fact, obesity rates have skyrocketed since low-fat diets have become popular. A recent 12-month study out of Malaysia evaluated the diets of 577 healthy people who were non-drinkers and non-smokers. The researchers found that a high-carb diet is far more inflammatory and far more likely to increase heart disease risk factors than a higher fat diet. Fat had very little impact on risk factors,” stresses Bowden. 

The fix: “Add healthy fats back into your diet,” advises Bowden. “Toss the pro-inflammatory canola, soybean and corn oils. Instead, use chia oil or extra virgin olive oil for cold applications such as salad dressings. For high heat cooking, palm oil is ideal. It’s cholesterol-neutral and rich in heart-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. Because there have been some concerns about palm oil and the environment, always choose Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, which is environmentally friendly.”       

Mistake #3: You aren’t monitoring your health while it’s still good.  

 “Most people don’t want to run to the doctor for wellness tests that may or may not be covered by insurance. That’s how some illnesses can creep up on you,” says Wylde. “Pay attention to symptoms while they’re still whispers. Don’t wait until your body starts yelling at you.”  

The fix: “Here’s one free test you can take every day: Ask yourself how you feel. That’s the biggest “tell” of all. How’s your energy? Are you waking up feeling tired and toxic? Does that change if you take a walk? What happens if you cut out sugar for a week? Start paying closer attention to those things,” Wylde advises.


Mistake #4: You’re not taking heart-healthy omega-3s because you don’t like fish.

“Omega-3s are probably one of the most important nutrients you can get from food,” says Wylde. “For example, ALA is the only omega-3 that is considered biologically an ‘essential’ fatty acid because the body can’t make it on its own. Historically, fish oil has been the largest source of omega-3. But, not everyone wants to take fish oil or eat fish several times a week.” 

The fix: “The health community is excited about newer plant-based sources for omega-3s, specifically ALA. But be selective and choose the most nutrient-dense options,” Bowden advises. “For example, of the best-known ALA options, flax contains only antioxidants and polyphenols. Hemp and borage oils have only antioxidants. SunChia naturally has the largest range of bioactive components: antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamin E tocopherols and sterols.” 

Mistake #5: You’re barely getting by on poor-quality sleep.  

Wylde says sleep is one of the most restorative things we can do, yet most of us still aren’t getting enough. “It’s not just clocking eight hours on the pillow that’s important. It’s getting deep, restful sleep. All kinds of essential things happen during sleep. Neurochemicals are replaced, bones and joints are repaired, waste products are washed away. Yet too many of us have trouble calming our minds so we can fall asleep more easily.” 

The fix: “Avoid drinking caffeine after 3 p.m., including energy drinks,” Wylde advises. “They can interrupt your REM sleep cycle, which is the dream state and is imperative to waking up feeling refreshed. If you have trouble falling asleep, take a product 30 minutes before bedtime that contains Suntheanine, a pure form of the amino acid L-theanine. Suntheanine does not induce sleep. It’s not a tranquilizer or a sedative. But it will put you in a calm, relaxed state so that you can enter sleep more rapidly, sleep deeper and wake up without grogginess.” 

Reaching old age as a healthy, active adult requires making smart choices that work with your body to help slow the aging process. Bowden and Wylde acknowledge that some of these fixes may require stepping out of your comfort zone. That may feel unsettling at first. But the more you stick with them, the stronger your new, healthier habits will become.

Biography: Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS, Homeopath

Bryce Wylde BSc (hons), DHMHS is a leading health expert specializing in integrative and functional medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, and supplementation. As associate medical director at P3 Health in Toronto, and director of My Health Report, he blends the latest in science and technology with traditional and ancient remedies. Wylde is the author of three national best-selling books, previous host of CTV’s Wylde on Health, and regular guest health expert and medical advisor on “The Doctor Oz” show. 

Biography: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Heath, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications. 

Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”.

Baby it’s STILL cold outside!

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Been one of those winter seasons again. My area may not have snow…..yet. But we do have the low chilly temperatures.

We bundle up and we later to stay warm. But does that mean we can’t be fashionably fun? Of course not!!

Which brings me to this cute long, faux fur coat that I found at

Yes, purple!! Not to fret, they do have other colors. From the universal beige to a fun orange or teal!!

I have to say, it is super soft!! Comfy and warm, too. It does have side pockets that are deep enough for your phone and keeping your hands warm. The inside is a quilted lining, while the hood is lined with the same material as the outer coat shell- great at keeping your ears warm.

How comfy is it? Comfy enough for my daughter to say she likes the way it fits her!!!

Oops! This one is mine!!! Will she get her own? We’ll see….

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Second One?

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Yup, had to get another message board!


I fell in love with the lighter background and the fancier stand. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the best of reasons to purchase another message board.

I wanted to add a little more creative touch to places that I wouldn’t have ordinarily.

We all love reading those cute inspirational messages. So why not share them in different rooms of the house, like the kitchen or family room.

Maybe post a chore request or reminder… so versatile that you can use it for many purposes.

Thinking it could make a great gift? I going this one at:

Let your imagination and creative juices flow……

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Have Something to Say

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Teens and preteens love all the memes! What would you say to “posting” it in their room for fun and laughs.

How? With a personal size message board of course!

I found this one at

It came with a great amount of letters and pre-made words to use. The work area is a felt background, and yes it also can with its own stand.

Super easy to place the letters into the board. No pins, tacks or tape needed.

Message boards like these can also be used in the office to put inspirational sayings, or just even a meme for the day.

Thanks to Tomoson promotions for the chance to try out this fun product!

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Snacking Through the Holidays

During the Holiday season we tend to snack a little more than usual. It goes with the season, but it shouldn’t be the reason for resolutions.

Why? Because you can switch what you snack on. Yes, there are products out there that have the crunch you look for with amazing taste and quality.

“What products would that be?”, you ask. Well, I recently was fortunate to have been chosen the have a Tryazon party sponsored by Laiki Rice Crackers, along with Roots Hummus!!

Can you serve them at a gathering or party? YES!! Or, like myself, I work a retail job and sometimes in the hustle and bustle you just need a little bite to make it through.

With that in mind, I brought my Tryazon party to work!!

Laiki rice crackers blew my coworkers away!! So much so that a couple of them may have do sappy mysteriously….

Not to be out done, once they dipped into the hummus by Roots….. now we know why they are the Microbrew of Hummus! Taste and texture like no other.

I’m so lucky and appreciative to have had the opportunity to try these great products through the Tryazon party. And, if you like to try new products you should join too at

Would like to know more about the products I featured?

Allergy- Free Halloween is Attainable

I’m loving the idea of the Teal Pumpkin this Halloween geared toward the little ones with allergies to be able to enjoy the festivities without being worried ability their allergies.

But, if you’d like to do a little more, or are having a little party and need some tips; I’d like to share an article from a fellow blogger:

Popular TV contributor Carolina King has green, allergy-free tips for trick-or-treaters and Halloween parties.

“When did Halloween get so complicated? The days of just buying oversized bags of individually wrapped candy are disappearing. Today, there are concerns about everything from food allergies to how Halloween festivities affect our planet. Carolina King is helping take the anxiety out of Halloween for parents. “You can have a healthy and sustainable Halloween without taking any fun away from the holiday,” states King, founder of Mama Instincts and The Mama Instincts Podcast. 

For example, the candy industry is starting to do the right thing. “One common candy ingredient that no longer needs to spark concern is palm oil,” she points out. “We can finally enjoy chocolate that is not tied to rainforest destruction. Today, major candy manufacturers including Mars and Nestlé are using only certified sustainable palm oil. Much of that palm oil comes from Malaysia, which is a world leader in progressive environmental policies. The Malaysian palm oil industry is a huge contributor to wildlife conservation.”

King’s ideas for keeping the little goblins and our planet healthier while trick-or-treating 

King hears from parents who choose to use Halloween as a time to teach their kids about responsible choices. For those families, she offers the following tips and ideas: 

  • Conventional, budget-friendly treats: “While candy will probably never be considered healthy, it can be more earth-friendly by choosing brands made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, such as Kit Kats.”

  • Organic treats: GoOrganic Fruit Chews are Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic. The chews are made with Fair Trade-Certified sugar, and the bulk candy comes in home-compostable, cellophane bags.”

  • Allergy-safe treats: “Dots, Skittles and Starburst are all free of the top 8 allergens. For healthier options, consider these Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit individual packets, or MySuperCookies which are organic and nut-free. 

  • Low-sugar candies: “Candies made with xylitol help to fight cavities. Tasty, individually wrapped options include Xyloburst Lollipops and Dr. John’s Xylitol Sunkissed Fruit Candy.” 

  • Novelty Toys: “These are very popular today as parents move away from giving out candy. Kids love such things as

  • Glow Stick bracelets and scary Eyeball erasers. You can also get 48 Halloween-themed Slinkys for less than $15.”

Creative, sustainable food ideas for Halloween parties  

King says friends and families can have a frighteningly good time with these Halloween treats. 

  • Do-it-yourself popcorn bar. “Start with freshly popped Malaysian popcorn (recipe below) or try some Tiny but Mighty popcorn which has really cute tiny kernels without the annoying husks that get stuck in your teeth. Set out a seasoning station with different toppings. In keeping with the Halloween theme, include these Surf Sweets Gummy Worms which are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. They are also free of the 10 most-common allergens.”  

  • Instead of punch, prepare flavored fruit-infused water enhanced with Regular Girl. “Some kids eat more junk food than usual and are probably not so regular this time of year. Regular Girl is a good source of fiber plus probiotics. This is so easy to make! Press fresh fruit at the bottom of a jar to release the flavor. Top with water. Add one scoop of Regular Girl for every 8 ounces of water. It blends invisibly without changing the taste, aroma or appearance of the water.”   

  • Make a platter of cheese ghost sticks or ghost bananas.Use a permanent marker to draw a ghost face on an unpeeled banana or on cheese sticks. This is a fun activity to do with the kiddos and a fun way to turn a healthy snack into a Halloween snack.” 

  • Serve witch finger carrots sticks. “Turn baby carrots into creepy fingers by using a paring knife to give the carrot a finger shape. Shave one end of the baby carrot to make a fingernail bed and cut some grooves where a knuckle would be. Cut a small triangle piece of red pepper to use as nail. Dip one side of the pepper in honey and place on the carrot. Serve the fingers on a platter and watch your guests’ amazement!”

Hope you got some great ideas from the article!

Have a fun and safe Halloween!!