Baby eating toast

Fun Lunch Ideas for Fussy Toddlers

Whether you are sending them off to preschool with a packed lunch or just trying to find something they will eat at home, planning a delicious and nutritious lunch for your picky toddler can be a chore. Check out the list below for some fun lunch ideas that even the fussiest eaters ...
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Healthy Mason Jar Oatmeal

Eating Healthy for Busy Families

I am a working mom of two awesome kids.  One is six and one is four.  Sometimes I wonder if being a mom gets easier as they grow, or if the difficulties are just shifting.  One thing I know for sure; when I am at home with them all day, ...
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Baby with lots of toys

Holiday Alternatives to Gifts

Think outside the box and let others know early how you would appreciate other things over toys! Such as the following: RESP - perhaps they could start one, or make a contribution. Savings account - They could add funds for both birthdays and holidays. Sponsor a child-Teach the meaning of ...
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Toddler and baby

Introducing Toddler to New Baby

The joys of a a new baby can come with mixed feelings when it’s your second baby. All kinds of thoughts can creep in your head such as "how will I balance my toddler and baby when it comes to giving attention and love?" You may even feel tearful over ...
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Baby learning to crawl

Is Crawling Really Necessary?

There are many people who debate whether a baby should really crawl, but many parents know that this activity is one of the major milestones infants should (BE ENCOURAGED) to master. It's a key period when your baby becomes stronger, learns their surroundings, improves physical abilities, and ultimately gains valuable skills along ...
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Rocky Crest Golf Resort

This past August my family arrived from the UK for a visit and to explore Canada for the first time. We decided to book two days at Rocky Crest Resort in Muskoka having had friends recommend it. Knowing it was a family resort I wasn’t sure how it would suit ...
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Nursery Decorating

Soothing Sanctuary – Nursery Decorating Must-Haves

A nursery should be soft, tasteful and calming. An ideal place for mama to feed, and baby to sleep peacefully. Picture it now - what could be more peaceful than an elegant, delicate nursery; which of course can be gender neutral! Define the space with wainscoting painted in Mountain Peak ...
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Back to School Lunches, Kids Take Charge!

After the first few weeks of school, the novelty of making school lunches and coming up with new ideas is long gone and becomes another stressful task. Why not have the kids take charge of making their own lunch? Doesn't this sound like a parent's dream? Teach your children how ...
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Spring Foods to Keep You Healthy

We're all familiar with the things that signal the beginning of Spring - extra hours of daylight, budding flowers… and Cadbury Creme Eggs on display. Everywhere. But one Cadbury Creme Egg is the equivalent to an entire day’s worth of sugar (20g or 5 teaspoons of sugar) – shocking, right? ...
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Health Benefits Found in Your Spice Rack

Spices have been used by humans for thousands of years. They are precious gifts from the earth that make our food taste good, cure many human ailments, have supported many economies, and were even used as currency at some point in time. Unlike some foods, spices never go out of ...
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Is Your Baby Struggling with Reflux?

Is your baby struggling with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)? What are the best ways to soothe your baby's sore tummy? First, we should really look at what the most common symptoms of baby reflux and GERD are. Common symptoms include: Puking up Constant hiccups Very fussy Discomfort when lying on ...
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Planning a Family Vacation? Don’t Leave Home without the Basics

With March break around the corner, you may be planning a fun-filled getaway with your family. While sunscreen and an extra pair of socks or flip-flops are always handy, it’s important to remember the basics for keeping your family healthy and protected from illness. While vaccines are an essential part ...
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Super Bowl? No – Super Bowls!

Super bowls are THE best. They’re an easy, versatile and nutritious way to think about breakfast, lunch or dinner. All you really need to do to build a bowl without a recipe is to follow the basic formula: 1/3 cooked grain (about ½ cup), ½ cooked vegetables (about 1 ½ ...
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How to Avoid a Food War

Food glorious food! For many of us this is how we see food; a pleasure, a love affair with a bowl of your favorite food at your favorite time of day. If only babies and toddlers could feel the same way... I happen to think, and believe, that children and babies are ...
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Transition to Crib

Should you decide that co-sleeping is no longer for you, the transition to a crib can be quite stressful for both mommy and baby if  it’s not conducted in the correct manner. Often when co-sleeping I find many mamas breast feed their baby’s to sleep, you may wish to eliminate ...
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Stephanie Clairmont

Stephanie Clairmont is a registered dietitian, entrepreneur, regular guest on The Social, and mamma of one amazing little boy. As a previous IBS-sufferer herself, Stephanie helps people heal their bodies with real food and reduce awful and uncomfortable digestive symptoms. Whether she's writing on her blog, coaching other professionals, teaching ...
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Top 5 Reasons to Visit a Naturopath

Are you planning on making 2016 a healthier year for you and your family? Perhaps seeing a Naturopath is a great way to get started. As a Naturopathic doctor, I have found that in our society there are people who know that Naturopaths exist but they don’t know what we ...
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Healthy Pizza: It’s What’s For Dinner!

Pizza is truly a universal food that almost everyone enjoys. It has long been considered the ideal for any type of get-together or for a quick meal at home with family. In light of growing awareness around obesity and chronic disease, however, pizza is often presented as a food that ...
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Diaper Rash

Top 5 Solutions For Your Baby’s Diaper Rash

“Diaper rash” is a form of dermatitis or inflammation of the skin that occurs when the skin in the diaper area is exposed to wetness for too long. It results in redness, rawness, burning and oozing of fluid from the rash.  It can make a baby extremely irritable and uncomfortable, ...
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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana chocolate chip bread

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 Generously grease a baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper Whisk dry ingredients together (1st 4 ingredients on the list) Add wet ingredients and blend well with whisk or mixer. Let the batter sit for a few minutes and mix once more. Add ...
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Toy rule

The New Toy Rule

Does your child's bedroom look like a Toys R Us explosion? Are you fed up of the constant toys and often junk that hit you whenever you walk into the house? Maybe what you need is toy rule! Yep let’s make some ground rules after all the holiday season is ...
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trick or treat

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Although more and more families are handing out toys and wholesome goodies on Halloween night these days, the average child still can gather 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats (based on the nutrition labels on popular candies). To put that in perspective, a 100-pound child would have to walk ...
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Tummy Time

Tummy Time

New baby, new mom, and what an exciting time it is you both as you get to know each other. Here are some tips to help you on this new journey Tummy Time As a new parent, you’ve no doubt been told by your doctor to always put your baby ...
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Stimulating baby

Stimulating baby

Stimulating baby can take a little creative thinking, and patience However, infant stimulation is very important to help your baby and all infants grow. Stimulation helps stimulate an infant's brain, their smell, and visual stimulation is something your baby needs. Be sure to have your baby spend time with you ...
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Eczema

Top 5 solutions for your baby’s eczema

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that usually stars early in childhood. Approximately 8.5% of children aged 6-7 and 9.4% of children aged 13-14 have eczema in Canada.  Additionally, the prevalence of eczema is highest in developed countries such as Canada.  Eczema can be quite ...
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Bento Box Lunches

Ideas for Healthy Bento Box Lunches

By now, you have probably heard of Bento box lunches These are meals made up of small portions of different foods, packed in reusable containers and boxes that reduce lunch waste. Bento lunches can be appealing, healthy, and delicious alternatives to traditional school and work lunches. They don’t have to ...
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Immunization

What you need to know about immunization

The craziness of back-to-school may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can stop planning for the year ahead. Luckily, staying on top of the vaccines that your children may need this year is easier than keeping tabs on their new school stuff. To help keep you and the kids ...
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After School Snack

After School Snacks for Kids

Are you scrambling to find snacks that can be taken to after school activities or enjoyed while homework is being done? Do your kids come in from school and head straight to the kitchen to search for something to eat? Today, I’m sharing some tips to help you make sure ...
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Milk

Got milk? Not in my fridge!

What if I told you that you don’t need to give your child milk to meet his/her calcium requirements? In our society, we are taught that we need to drink milk and eat dairy products in order to get our daily calcium requirements.  The Canadian Food Guide tells us that ...
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Balanced Meals

I’m going to let you in on a little secret - planning a day of balanced meals doesn’t have to be complicated. No, seriously! All you have to remember is that each meal and snack should have some protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and a little bit of fat. This combination ...
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Raising a vegetarian child

Raising a Vegetarian Child

Maintaining your vegetarian diet or switching to one with children at home can be done in an smooth manner once you equip yourself with the right tools.  Critics of a vegetarian diet focus on a few nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian diet, but with proper education on ...
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Healthy Lunch

Easy, Fun and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Summer has come and gone by quickly and it's time to face...the (*dreaded*) lunchbox!  Many parents want to make food that is nutritious, easy to prepare AND tasty for their little students, but it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. Packing ...
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Farmers Market: A Healthy Way to Buy Local!

With interest in local foods growing, you might be wondering how to get the most from your farmers market this season.  Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you save money, find the best foods and make good relationships with your growers! Go Early! The best stuff usually goes ...
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Yes It’s Time For The Talk! My Bum Itches As They Come Out Of JK Talk”

Here are some tips on teaching your pre- schooler how to clean their bum prior to starting JK. We are not shy here at Nanny Robina’s Facebook we know its messy, it’s an unwelcomed job, but hey it’s your child and you gotta to do it! Seriously, of all the things to teach ...
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Natural and Healthy Summertime Essentials

Natural and Healthy Summertime Essentials: By Dr. Aida Martinez Chorro, ND Summertime is finally here with its excitement, fun activities and colourful energy come a few bumps and scrapes and hungry kids.  I’ve dedicated this post to sharing my summer essentials for healthy snacks and must-have products. Dapis gel by ...
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Outdoor Toy Storage Ideas

Organizing Garden Toys: There is nothing quite as magical as seeing your child playing in the water or chasing a ball or a butterfly in the grass. It’s so freeing. There are no carpets or walls to worry about, no one to complain about the  shrills of laughter and tears ...
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Easy Dinners That Won’t Break The Bank

If you’re reading this post its because you have the desire to check out budget-conscious meal ideas - welcome! I love finding recipes that are family-friendly, kid-tested and healthy for the whole family. Check out these tummy-filling meals that will leave everyone satisfied and your bank account intact! Spaghetti and ...
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Natural Options For Your Teething Baby

Natural Options For Your Teething Baby By Dr. Aida Martinez Chorro, ND When do baby teeth begin to appear?  Well, it can start as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months.  Some babies experience this process in a smooth manner and others can suffer quite a bit ...
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Make Your Weekly Meal Prep Easy!

Busy parents often ask me how they can find the time to prepare healthy meals at home for themselves and their families. I will be honest - with a full time job and preschool-aged twins, it’s not always an easy thing to do, and we definitely rely on convenience foods ...
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Make a Quick & Healthy Weeknight Dinner With Anything You’ve Got!

You know how it goes – you arrive home late after work. You’re tired. You don’t feel like cooking.  You start to contemplate having cereal for dinner or hitting the drive-through on the way home and calling it a night. But I promise if you have just a few things ...
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Reinforce Consequences: Sassy Pants Series Part 3

It is easy to lose control, it creeps up on you little by little and suddenly you see a disrespectful defiant child! Your once loving baby is now all grown up giving you so much crap your head is spinning. How did it get to this you may ask yourself? ...
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Getting Fit… Online

A few weeks ago, I was sidelined with a knee injury. I couldn’t walk without experiencing shooting pains, let alone run. At first, I took it really hard – I was so proud when I had started to consistently cover 40km a week. I felt defiant, and didn’t want to ...
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Curb That Sassy Tone! Part 2

Sassy Pants Parenting Series Part Two Children use tones, words, and roll their eyes, but where did they see that? Children are not born sassy, they learn to be sassy. Do you ever roll your eyes at your partner in front of your children, or perhaps answer each back in a sarcastic ...
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Out of Toddler Years and into Sassy Pants! Parenting Series

Once your toddler leaves the toddler years, discipline and guidance can take on a whole new meaning, and you may need a whole new parenting plan! What worked for your  then 2-3 year old, may no longer work for your now 4-5 year old! Around 4 years old of age, ...
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Let The Potty Training Begin!

Stage 3 Day 1 So once breakfast is over slip on an over sized shirt underwear and get started, Explain that he is a big boy/girl now and it’s time to wear underwear. Continue to take your child to the bathroom with you and tell him what you are doing ...
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Get set for a happy, healthy summer!

I know that it’s only May, but I find my thoughts are already drifting towards those long, warm days of summer! Thinking about all of the outdoor fun that comes with the summer months, it would seem like we should naturally lose weight rather than gain it. In reality, though, ...
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Barb Prud'homme

Barbara Prudhomme

Barb is a passionate certified holistic health coach and founder of Healthy Peas, Happy Pod. She is dedicated to helping her followers and clients – mostly young, busy moms - create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial! Barb holds a Bachelor’s degree ...
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Learning The Basics Prior to Starting

Stage 2 Potty training days seem to have become one the most difficult challenges for parents today. Gone are the days of simply sitting on a potty and waiting, the little people seems to have become wise on how to use potty training to their benefit! Potty challenges stem from ...
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The Signs That Signal Potty Training Ready!

Step 1 An appropriate age to start potty training is often put out by experts as around 18 months to 2 years; well this expert is here to say it’s not about age rather by sign. I have potty trained many toddlers and each is different as you all know ...
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6 Storage Tips for storing your children’s hand-me-downs

Keeping track of your children’s clothes, what no longer fits, what will fit another child, and what should be donated? This can all be overwhelming, complicated and time consuming.  Here are some tips on keeping it simple, maintain-able, and compact as possible: Keeping it simple: Don’t over categorize by size, ...
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Sleep Consultant

Nanny Robina Brings the Gift of Sleep! From nap time troubles to night waking, Nanny Robina has helped thousands of families across the world over come infant and young child sleep issue challenges.  As an expert sleep consultant she will provide you with an effective schedule and teach you techniques ...
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Teaching Kids How to Apologize

How are kids going to learn this great skill unless we model it ourselves? At one time parents considered an apology as a sign of weakness, today however we know better, or do we? I still come across scenarios where parents would rather change up the scenario over apologizing to a ...
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My Top 5 Remedies for the Allergy Season

Fresh crisp air, blooming flowers and trees, birds chirping and more smiles on people’s faces are are signs that spring is here!  Unfortunately, for 20-25% of the Canadian population, this time is not as pleasant as it is for most of us.  To this group of Canadians, spring means the ...
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Making Choices: Where Has Our Decisiveness Gone?

As a doula and childbirth educator I find myself part of one of the most important and private moments of someone’s life: birth. Much more than “just another day”, it’s such a key moment. It can catapult a woman into the bliss of motherhood, or sometimes the pits of despair ...
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Rules of The Pacifier

Parents often dread the day they need to take the pacifier away; it is really not as hard as your anticipating.Is it traumatizing? Well that depends on each individual baby, and if your baby has had a pacifier 24/7 over a long period of time, possibly become dependent on it for ...
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Don’t Sugar-Coat What Your Kids are Being Fed!

I am not a parent yet, but I intend to be one day – for at least 3 kids and I can’t wait to raise my kids with healthy habits that they have control over. This may be easier for me to say now. But what I do know is ...
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Learning Disabilities

What does this label “learning disability,” mean? To so many with this label, and to those parents, siblings, friends….close to them, it means so many different things. The professional world uses this label to describe a process by which an individual has difficulty learning. Often these difficulties arise within the ...
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My Doctor Says my Baby is Colicky What Should I Do?

Your baby could be reacting to the food you eat through your breast milk. It is often a good idea for a breastfeeding mom to get her Food Intolerances tested to prevent her baby from having digestive disturbances. The most common reactions occur when mom eats broccoli, cabbage, wheat or ...
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Lighten Up this Spring

My favourite way to welcome spring is to lighten up my eating habits. As the weather gets warmer, as more local vegetables become available and as I spend more time outside, I crave lighter, colder, more refreshing meals. I am still just as hungry, and eat pretty much the same ...
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I’m an A-Type and I’ve Just Had a Baby. OMG, Help!

You got straight As in school, graduated with Honors (from high school and university). You danced/worked/taught/insert-hugely-time-consuming-activity-here all throughout your younger years. You were probably on the student council, no wait…led the student council, sat on various groups in school, and likely represented your school at events. After school you got ...
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Homeopathy 101 for Nursing Mommies

Breastfeeding is an art that used to be passed along to the next generation of mothers verbally and through observation. Nowadays, in our modern societies, women are no longer intimately exposed to other women breastfeeding and therefore, when their turn comes, many women are left with many questions and the ...
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5 Storage Ideas for Families with Newborns

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Making room for baby and getting (and staying) organized when you’re a new parent can be straightforward if you start planning early, before he or she makes their debut. Creating solutions that allow for maximum efficiency and easy accessibility saves you time and ...
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How to Avoid a Food War

Food, glorious food! For many adults, that is how we see it. A pleasure, a love affair with a bowl of your favorite food is probably your favorite time of day. If only babies and toddlers could feel the same way! I happen to think and believe that children and ...
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March Fun

It has been a long winter! I am sure now that March break is here, you just can’t wait to get the kids outside! Here are some ideas that are little to no cost and are inside and outside fun! Create a fun in-door camp.  Yes, a great way to ...
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8 Steps to Keeping the Passion Alive in Parenting

So, you’ve been married for years and have a few kiddies under your belt that keep you on your toes (or raise your cortisol levels daily) and take up most, if not, ALL of your time, naturally. You are busy chaffuering them around to hockey games, dance classes, music lessons, ...
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Laurita Gorman – Holistic Social Worker

Laurita Gorman is a registered social worker, mind-body therapist, and yoga educator. She helps people transform their lives from places of pain and suffering, to journeys of growth, healing, and valued-living! For much of her life, she has been curious and intrigued by the human condition and the inherent resiliency ...
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My Baby is a Fussy Foodie!

I hear it all the time; my baby won’t eat her food! Now let’s be real mamas, if you have introduced sweet potatoes, then carrots, then peas, chances are the dreaded green beans won’t be welcomed!  Your baby has quite possibly developed a taste for sweet foods!  The introduction of ...
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Fun with Fiber!

If your initial reaction is to roll your eyes, I understand. For most of us the word ‘Fiber’ conjures images of raisin bran muffins, bran flakes, and possibly a tall glass of Metamucil. Mmmmm….exciting. Fear not. I’m here to tell you that fiber no longer has to be boring. Or ...
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6 Recovery Tips for Moms After a Cesarean Birth

Since about 1 in 3 of us will give birth by cesarean, it’s worth chatting a little bit about how that recovery is different than a vaginal birth. Cesarean births have become more and more common as each decade passes. It’s hard to believe that in 1970 the cesarean rate ...
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Natural Ways to Improve Your Breastfeeding Experience

Breastmilk is indisputably the best food for your baby. For those of you who have chosen to breastfeed, it may be disheartening when you encounter challenges in the process. Breastfeeding does not come easy to everyone, even if you have the strongest intentions of doing so. Unfortunately, too many women ...
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Sweet Loving Granola!

The sweet smell of granola baking in the oven is enough to make anyone  feel happy and hot!Even better – knowing the ingredients in your granola are wholesome, rich, and pure. My favourite kind of granola is nothing  short of one  that is homemade.  Of course, being the month of February, ...
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Marni Wasserman – Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist

Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the Author of Fermenting for ...
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Laughter

“It'll keep you alive for another 10 years if you get yourself a laugh once a day: either provoke it, or look around in the wildest laboratory in the world, the public.”― Jerry Lewis For those of you alive and old enough to have witnessed Jerry Lewis on screen, you ...
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9 Things to Consider BEFORE Baby Comes

So you’re expecting. Congratulations. A baby can be an exciting time in our lives, or can scare the heck out of us. The good thing is, millions of people have done this before us, so we have a good deal to base our thoughts that it’ll probably all be just ...
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Kristen Bedard – BSC Nutrition, ACE

Kirsten Bedard – BSC Nutrition, ACE ladylean.com (416) 859-8623 ...
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Roasted Peppers and Chicken with Smoked Paprika

This is spectacular – the roasted red pepper and smoked paprika make the dish. It's also a good way to add some excitement to often boring chicken. Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 sweet peppers 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp smoked paprika or paprika 1/2 tsp salt 1 ...
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Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea affects most pregnant women at some point during their pregnancy. The first 3 months are usually the worst as the system adjusts to the increasing hormone levels in the blood. After other causes are ruled out such as stomach ulcers and intestinal blockages most women can expect the nausea ...
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How to Have a Healthy Vegetarian Pregnancy

I am currently 9 months pregnant with my first child and have maintained my vegetarian diet throughout. I also plan on breastfeeding while continuing eating a plant-based diet. Many people act surprised that I can feel as good as I do and that my baby’s development has been optimal up ...
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“But it’s gluten free!”

I would be a very rich woman if I had a dollar for each time I heard that phrase. It seems that every other person I talk to has decided to go ‘gluten free’. If I inquire further as to why, I am given the impression that gluten is a ...
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Goodbye, Pacifier

Ahhh, goodbye to my dearest and bestest friend the soother, pacifier, num num. Yes, this little helpful tool has been given numerous names over time. Let’s face it mamas, at times it has been your best friend and tool, also! From my experience, more often than not it is the ...
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Depression and Stay-at-Home Moms

Experiencing some depression is common as a stay at home mom. Whether because you are transitioning from work, single life, life without children, etc., being a stay at home mom is a huge transition. For some it may feel like being isolated from the outside world, limited time to take ...
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The War of Getting a Child Dressed

Seriously, as a nanny for 30 + years, I can sympathize.   I too have felt at times like I have done a 12 hour shift by 8.30am, by dressing one child who does not want to get dressed! When you have a child that flat out refuses to get ...
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Christmas Sleep

The Christmas holidays are a wonderful time; it brings with it endless visits of long lost relatives, grandmas, aunties and cousins galore!  You should expect that keeping baby on a schedule is near impossible over the holiday time, so just how do you back track and get your baby back ...
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Black Kokoala Deluxe Giveaway

For both pregnancy and baby wearing, Kokoala's coat extension accompanies you during your most precious moments and allows you to keep on enjoying the comfort of your own jacket. The zip in extension is adaptable for short coats and long coats, and also has an added width adjustment at the ...
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Nanny Robina

Nanny Robina Skype Sleep Consultant Giveaway

- Meeting with parents/caregivers over Skype to address questions and concerns (60 mins) - Evaluation of the child's sleep, a 24 hour log will be required - Create a customized sleep plan - Follow-up emails - Unlimited support for 7 days - Feedings scheduled, assistance with weaning if needed - ...
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Love Links Giveaway

Sleepy Owl has collaborated with Erin Tracy in this beautiful creation of Love Links.   A classic piece for mommy that separates into a two pieces timeless keepsake.  The unique design allows you to share the pendant with your baby, allowing you to switch it from a necklace worn by you, ...
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Sleepy Owl Giveaway

Sleepy Owl Pure Baby Care products are made in Canada. You know I am going to love that! They use organic essential oils whenever possible.  Carefully selected combinations of age-old herbs like Chamomile, Lavender, and Calendula are renowned for their soothing and relaxing properties to calm your baby's skin. The ...
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Jolly Jumper Giveaway

Water Repellant Cuddle Bag:  The Cuddle Bag is great for any infant on-the-go who needs warm, soft, cushioned head and neck support. The Cuddle Bag fits in strollers and car seats and is designed to accommodate the car seat harness. It keeps your baby snug, warm and cozy, which eliminates ...
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Shoppers Drug Mart Giveaway

Masque Bar by Look Beauty ($9.99): With major influences from skincare industry leaders in South Korea, Masque Bar by Look Beauty offers unique skincare products to bring out the best in your skin. Each mask is soaked with high quality serums that are gentle yet effective for maximum absorption. Masks are ...
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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Giveaway

Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets are miles of learning fun! Each playset comes with different track shapes that let you reconfigure the playset or connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage your child's creativity. Plus, playsets are equipped with SmartPoint™ technology. SmartPoint locations recognize ...
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InnoTab® MAX Giveaway

InnoTab® MAX is the fastest 7" kids’ tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of our educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun! VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet has a variety of great new ...
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VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch Giveaway

The VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch is the smartest watch for kids! Perfect for young photographers, this durable smartwatch makes it easy to take photos and record videos on the go. They can also use the touch screen to explore their creativity with fun photo effects, frames and filters. The watch helps ...
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4 Actions to Reduce Risk of Autism

I had the pleasure of attending the Autism Canada Conference on October 9th and 10th, 2014 in Burlington. During those 2 days, a great wealth of information was shared by a brilliant set of speakers. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is of special interest to me in my practice, so I ...
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Mairlyn Smith – Professional Home Economist

Mairlyn Smith is the only professional home economist and food writer in Canada that is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe making her a popular TV and media food personality. A regular Guest Expert on the popular and award winning CityLine as well as Toronto’s Breakfast TV ...
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Isolde O Neill – Organizer and Productivity Consultant

Isolde O Neill is the founder and president of Getting It Together Organizing. As a professional organizer with over 13 years experience in business and residential organizing she has seen how cluttered environments affect your health and happiness, productivity and efficiency. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, executives, not-for-profit organizations, ...
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Stefanie Antunes – Birthing Doula

Stefanie Antunes has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002, after the birth of her second son showed her just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you. Stefanie is commonly referred to by her clients as a baby whisperer of ...
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Aida Martinez

Aida Martinez Chorro – Naturopathic Doctor

Aida Martinez Chorro is a naturopathic doctor and homeopath who loves working with children and their families. She uses safe and natural interventions to help children with autism, digestive conditions, as well as working with those who want to be proactive about their aging brain and who have family histories ...
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Jennifer De La Roca – Relationship Counsellor

Jennifer De La Roca MSW, RSW is a Relationship Expert who has been providing counselling to individuals, couples, and families for over 10 years from her Barrie practice. As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, mother of 4 and married for over 17 ...
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Parenting The Strong Willed Child

Often a strong willed child could be confused as a child acting out, pushing buttons, just plain naughty! A strong willed child is non of the above, they are however prone to power struggles. A demanding voice, will not get you what you want, however a little negotiating will go much ...
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Emotional preparation for JK.

It’s the first day of school and both you and your child are nervous and excited. Perhaps you have never been apart before.  If you were a stay at home mom or you were able to leave your child with a family member when you went to work, he or ...
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Buttons, Zippers, Shoes, o my!

It’s the end of a school day and the children come out of the classroom to meet their parents and your child is standing there, jacket unzipped, shoes on the wrong feet and backpack open with papers spilling out, you secretly wonder why the teacher didn’t help your child get ...
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Indoor Fun For Rainy Days

Spring is a little unpredictable this year, and is making  for more days inside than we would like! You need to think outside the box, the toy box, and keep your kids busy and entertained with simple things  that you can find around the home. A little imagination from you, will  ...
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Nursery Tips For Better Baby Sleep

There are many facts and some small changes you should look at when you settle your baby for good sleep. Your nursery If set up correct may make for better and more peaceful sleep , and if not set up correct, could also make for very poor sleep and constant waking's. I have conducted  thousands of sleep consults over the years, part of the ...
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Spoilt Brat Factor Fix

We are all guilty of over indulging the kids at some time, with too many holiday  gifts, birthday gifts, gifts for no occasion!!  There are ways you can give gifts that won’t have your child thinking money grows on trees. But more to the point you need to stop giving ...
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Activities for Your Kid’s Brain

Children’s learning experiences should not be over when the school bell rings. After all, when kids apply school lessons to life outside the school walls, they are for more likely to retain fresh knowledge for years to come. There is a direct correlation between the successes a student achieves in ...
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Curb The Sassy Attitude

Kids who talk fresh, are disrespectful, mouthy, and rude, are on the rise. We live in a different world today to the one our parents raised us in. We raise selfish children with-out realizing it. Your intentions may have been good intentions in the beginning, buying your child all the ...
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A Sleeping Baby is a Happy Content Baby.

Every day I receive hundreds of questions from moms who are dealing with sleep issues with their children, or their babies. This is a topic that I take very seriously because if you have a child that does not sleep it is likely affecting the entire family. So for parents ...
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Listen Up

Connect before you direct Before giving your child directions get down to your child's eye level and make that eye-to-eye contact to get her attention.    Teach her how to focus: "Sophie, I need your eyes and your ears"  Be sure when make your eye contact it is not sending ...
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How To Have A Sleeping Baby – With No Sleep Training Tears.

Many babies at an early age are capable of following a schedule. Routines and scheduling is a vital part of your baby’s day and will help your baby to establish a better sleep pattern. Sleeping through the night with out sleep training is possible if your able to avoid any ...
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Toddler Discipline & Challenges.

The toddler years are full of fun, but can also be very challenging,as many of you probably know.   I see many parents who expect their toddlers to act like a grown up.    Toddlers have very little sense, they live for the here and now. At three years they ...
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Kid friendly lunches

A packed lunch does not have to stress you out, keep the food simple small and fun!  Here are some ideas for you to try over the holidays and by the time September comes around, you will know  what works and what does not work for your little ones!   ...
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Four Kids And A Mama!

I am a mom of 4 young kiddos and you know something? I'm not perfect! I lose my patience, my kids have meltdowns & I even occasionally use the tv to obtain 5 minutes of quiet. It's been a long road to get to where I am at now & I still ...
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Separation Issues

To help your baby adjust to change when returning back to work follow these simple tips to make the transition a little easier and less painful for all. If you are planning to go to work between 9 and 12 months then it is important that your baby is left ...
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Is Daycare For You?

Newmarket/Aurora $35-45 per day Bradford $35 per day Durham Region (Brooklin) $30-$50 day Oshawa from $25 day Orangeville $35 per day Oakville $35 up per day 1) So the rule of the thumb if your kids are off sick, you keep them home but still pay fees to daycare. 2) ...
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Nanny And Employer Relationship

A relationship between your Nanny and your family should be a close and family like relationship, like that of an extended family after all, she is your children’s guardian when you’re not around, rather like a second mother weather you like that term or not it pretty much sums up ...
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Question’s To ask When Interviewing A Nanny

Why did you choose to become a nanny? What do you enjoy most about being a nanny? Can you tell us a little about your previous experience? What do you least enjoy about it? Do you have CPR certification or first aid training? If we were to hire you as ...
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The Basic Cost of Hiring a Nanny

Note: this is a guide line based on a live -in nanny for the year 2012- This plan is set out Bi-weekly Based on 40 hrs a week $10.25 per hr Bi weekly payments..How ever many Nannies depending on experience and location have their own fee and it can be ...
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Toddler Bed Time Shenanigans

As your baby grows and enters the toddler years, there will many changes and with those changes can come sleepless nights and a restless toddler that will not settle easily at bedtime. All kind's of bedtime shenanigans start to happen. Your toddler is learning so much at this time their ...
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Tips for Scheduling Your Baby.

In order to have your baby sleep well and through the night your baby needs to be scheduled. Sleep training is not just about sleeping your baby, or allowing your baby to cry or not to cry. Scheduling their naps and sleep times is a big part in getting your ...
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Is it time for you to take away the morning nap?

 Sometime between 13 and 15 months your Toddler is likely to outgrow his morning nap. Be sure to adjust the afternoon nap and your day when this happens.  Step 1: Take away the morning nap Now your toddler may not be able stay awake long enough to reach the usual ...
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Socializing baby and you.

As many new mothers start their journey as a parent, it can be a little frightening, and some times terribly lonely. You are not alone!  These feelings are quite normal! How you can feel lonely with a baby that keeps you so busy? And brings you so much joy? Oh yes, loneliness can creep in ...
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Are Family mealtimes a thing of the past?

Hey Mommas How often do you all sit down and eat as a family? Are family meal times important to you or does your household tend to grab and go? I was reading that a recent study carried out by Harvard medical school has shown that mealtimes as a family not only ...
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Is it potty time for you?

According to experts, an appropriate age to start potty training is between 18 months and two years. In my experience, the key to success is to look for the right signs – and not necessarily the right age. I have potty trained many toddlers and each child is different. Here ...
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Sleep, sleep please let there be sleep!

Sleep!!!! Oh let there be sleep! Sleep has to be the number one problem with babies worldwide.  We do in fact appear to have an epidemic of non sleeping babies.  You would not be alone in thinking “What did I do wrong?…what did I do to deserve this?.... Or even thinking, “Does ...
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Product Reviews

When it comes to their young ones, parents love to learn about What’s New, What’s Safe and What's Popular when it comes to the items they purchase. If you have a new or unique baby product or service that you would like featured here please drop me a line. Be ...
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The Secret is Finally Out!

For those who follow us on Twitter and Facebook, you’ll know that we have been waiting to announce this wonderful donation - and now we can! The Tachane Foundation has generously offered to pay for nearly 100 performances by Suitcase Theatre at schools, daycares, community centres and places where children ...
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One-on-One Coaching

Potty training, temper tantrums, fussy eating, clinginess and other common behavioral childhood shenanigans... Nanny Robina can help! It’s far too easy to reward our children for the wrong kinds of behavior. By learning to understand the dynamics of effective communication with babies and toddlers, it’s possible to stop cuing kids ...
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Parenting Expert

For product reviews, parenting advice and more, Nanny Robina is a witty and accomplished writer who brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to the table… or tablet even. Her columns have appeared in many familiar publications including Canada Parents Magazine, The National Post and The Pregnancy Magazine.  ...
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Television Appearances

Tony Robbins calls in Parenting expert Nanny Robina. Well-known as the bubbly parenting expert on television and radio, Nanny Robina's tips and techniques have inspired parents on hot button issues like discipline, manners, play time, meal time, and sleep time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odhITJ2RjgQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct_1LvE_tf0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8LidI6zsyQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezS5hXSLB4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpoXmEW8gI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ6f-Ezzdk8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doJAAB10oqg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRcf1uJdzB0 ...
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Business/Products

Are you a company looking for exposure for your product, brand, or service? As the Parenting Expert on CityTV’s Daytime talk show Cityline and go to expert for many media outlets,  I reach millions of mamas across Canada who are looking for parenting advice, a listing of recommended resources and ...
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Noha Guorgui

Noha-Christine is an elementary school teacher and a mother of two. After graduating from York University with an Honours degree in Business Administration and Political Science, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Education as well as her Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa. Noha-Christine is always ...
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Sharlene Henry

Sharlene Henry is a busy mom of 5 kids, creative ‘newbie’preneur, occasional product tester & reviewer, and lover of all things family, kid and pet-related ...
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Janice Shouldice B.A., R.N.C., N.D – Naturopath and Registered Nutritional Consultant

Dr. Janice Shouldice is a Naturopath who is a member of the The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy and the The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She was voted by the Era Banner as the readers choice number one Naturopath for 3 years. Janice was also appointed to serve on ...
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Lillian Benrubi, MSW, RSW – Social Worker Practicing Psychotherapy

Lillian Benrubi graduated from York University with a BA in Psychology and then went on to her Masters In Social Work at U of T for two years, graduating with MSW in 1992.  She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is an ...
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Emily Webb – Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Emily Webb is a Newmarket based practitioner who has always had a passion for food and helping others. She decided to combine her two loves by returning to school and becoming a RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist). With a whole food philosophy as her focus, she encourages those that she teaches ...
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