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Coffee & Snacks, The Healthy Moms Card Way

Coffee & Snacks, The Healthy Moms Card Way

Being a Healthy Mom doesn’t mean you can’t eat out when you want a treat or you’re on the go!  It’s not just online orders that work for cardholders, it’s brick-and-mortar stores too. One of the wonderful things about being a cardholder as a Healthy Mom is that no matter where you are in the city, or what you’re hungry (or thirsty) for, there’s probably something nearby for you.

We have two posts highlighting all the great food and drinks you can use your Healthy Moms card to get discounts on. For instance, if it’s morning and you’re craving some quality coffee, or perhaps a treat, here are a few places you can check out:

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All I Want For This Holiday Season Is...SLEEP!

All I Want For This Holiday Season Is...SLEEP!
I love this time of year. The changing colors, the crisp air and the sound of fallen leaves crunching under your feet when you go for walks. It’s boot and sweater season, and the shining sun on a beautiful fall day makes for a really special time. But along with the changing season and the first snowfalls, the craziness of the holidays begins to set in.

This can often be a stressful time of the year, with work parties, family gathering obligations, and endless amounts of food to make and eat! Schedules and routines often get thrown out the window. That's ok. I’m here to tell you how to enjoy the holidays while ensuring that your sleep schedule doesn’t get off track.

Sleeping at someone else's house

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A Giving Project – The Reverse Advent Calendar

A Giving Project – The Reverse Advent Calendar

We’re just a few days away from December, and if you’ve been in virtually any grocery or department store, you’ve likely seen Advent calendars for sale. Yay! My kids are just finally getting to the end of their Hallowe’en stash, and now I’m being coerced into giving them a chocolate every morning? Happy holidays!

We’re not remotely religious but we’ve fallen into the habit, as our kids have gotten older and more excited by the Christmas season, of getting each of them an Advent calendar to count down the days until Santa comes. The result has been consistently crappy mornings in December, and the expectation that candy in the morning is always okay, once the season is over.

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Dealing With Tantrums – Minus The Mom Guilt

Dealing With Tantrums – Minus The Mom Guilt

No matter how many times I show moms the research-based evidence that indicates it is not how much time we spend with our kids, but how we spend it, mom guilt abounds. It’s the quality not the quantity that matters, though. Children are resilient and as long as we address the meltdown (whether it’s ours or our kids’) most of the time and as soon as possible, they’ll be fine. We’re not scarring them for life. This includes us losing our temper, not knowing what to do, regretting our decisions, saying one thing and doing another, breaking our promises, and all the other scenarios you can imagine.

Here is what neuroscience teaches us:

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World Prematurity Day – Why It Matters

World Prematurity Day – Why It Matters

At my 30 weeks prenatal appointment, I confided in my nurse that for the last two weeks I couldn’t seem to control my bladder anymore and kept having accidents! We laughed over pregnancy woes and discussed kegel exercises. I then causally admitted that in my desperation, I Googled my symptoms and learned about women whose waters broke early in their pregnancies. I laughed nervously because that wasn’t happening to me, right?

An immediate and quick pelvic exam confirmed that I had indeed experienced a Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PPROM). I was leaking amniotic fluid. Everything after that was a whirlwind. My doctor explained that I was at high risk of infection that could endanger both my baby’s life and my own. I’d have be admitted to the hospital right away, and that, very likely, my baby would have a preterm birth. After a week of bed rest, steroids, monitoring, drinking copious amounts of water to maintain proper amniotic fluid levels, tears, and praying I’d make it seven more weeks, I went into labour and my son was born prematurely at 30 weeks and five days. I now had a preemie.

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