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Celebrities that Talk About Menopause

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You know that Menopause has gone mainstream when celebrities are talking about it and they are. From Oprah to Doctor Oz to Jane Fonda to Meg Matthews and Mariella Frostrup, to Gwyneth Paltrow it seems that a subject that was once taboo for the media is now being broached with increasing superstar power.

Every star mentioned above has addressed a variety of concerns and issues that arise during menopause and perimenopause. It is a wonderful starting point and hopefully more women will bring more media attention to the many topics that need to be discussed more openly.

We need to have more mainstream conversations like menopause weekly columns in the media to allow the many topics associated with these years to be commonplace and available on a daily basis.

may

Its Exam Time-here are some great parenting Tips

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Its that time of year again when exam time occurs at High School level in Canada. It’s a time of high stress, tensions and strong feelings. Here are some tips for helping your teen and yourself through these times.

Make sure plenty of good food is available for them to make good choices from. Try to get them to have a better sleep schedule if at all possible. Make sure they are doing some form of exercise or fun activity to help alleviate stress. Try to talk to them about a plan for studying if possible. Have a white board at home to indicate which exam is on what day so they can try to plan for it. Perhaps give them the opportunity to schedule a small study group to make it less intense for them. Have alot of patience and make sure you can listen to their concerns at this time of year as exams are a struggle to get through for both the teens and parents.

Jamie Oliver gives some great Brain Fuel food tips for exam time here

The Bright Network offers some Real Top Tips for just before the exam

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Springtime in Canada

Springtime

Well this year, Spring has sprung at its usual late April -May time and the blossoms on the trees are not disappointing with their beautiful pink and white shades of perfumed petals.

I love this time of year as the tulips reveal their bold colours and the gardens come alive in emerald green hues. The first trees to blossom are the magnificent petaled magnolia trees whose ancient lineage is legendary. Soon after the cherry trees and apple blossoms follow and these are for such a short week or two but so long awaited by us Spring time lovers and the bees and butterflies of course.

Spring time in Canada is such a colourful scent filled short space of time and I am enjoying it even when the rain comes down its still a step closer to warmer days and light filled evenings that we can enjoy.

Here is a list of just a few places in and around Toronto that have splendid trees to see;

1.Niagara on the Lake and the Niagara wine region

2.Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

3. Botanical Showcase https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/nature-garden/floral-showhouse/

4.High Park and the Nature Centre

February

Its a Snow Day!

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This month, like most years in Canada, we have what we call Snow days when the schools are closed due to extreme winter weather conditions.

Snow days can be fun if you live near a hill that has the right conditions for sliding (tobogganing). So, what else can you do on a snow day? Well, I asked alot of children recently and they said they like to play with their friends since their friends also have a snow day to fill.

For parents, snow days can be tricky unless of course you also get a snow day at work due to unfavorable weather in which case you can all go sliding together and have fun outdoors. But, if its a freezing rain sort of snow day then staying indoors and playing with your pets eating storm chips (as done in Nova Scotia), baking cookies with your parents and friends may sound like a better idea.

So enjoy your Snow Day if you get one this year and go make some snow angels if you have some fluffy snow.

February

Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Pig. It is a fact that over a billion people are currently celebrating this Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Pig. The twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac.

It all begins on Feb. 5 and they say if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019, its said to be somewhat of a lucky year ahead. The Chinese New Year celebrations are also known as the Spring Festival and has no fixed date as it is based on the lunar calendar. Firework celebrations are omnipresent and its a very family oriented holiday. Red is the colour of luck and lucky red envelopes of money are often given to children.

In Canada, there is a very famous pig called Esther the Wonder Pig who I absolutely adore. She and her owners show a very human side to the world of pigs and makes us all want eat a plant based diet and send her cuddles everyday. Optimism is one of the traits of the Year of the Pig and she sure embodies that.