Mom, formerly Momma

April 22, 2022 | Reagan

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This Mother's Day, I'd like to acknowledge the mental health roller coaster that happens when becoming a new mom. Somewhat like a job promotion, I don't think you can truly appreciate the role of being a mom until you're actually in it. In this blog I'll take a panoramic view...

Plant Parenting

March 14, 2022 | Reagan

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Who doesn't love a green, leafy houseplant? I recently took my love of houseplants to the next level by tattooing a sentimental Heart-Leaf Philodendron on my forearm. My husband's grade one teacher gave each of her students a single leaf cutting of their classroom plant and he (with my help)...

Black Mental Health Week 2022

February 18, 2022 | Rachelle

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In March 2020, the City of Toronto hosted the inaugural Black Mental Health Day, spearheaded by Taibu Community Health Centre. What started out as an awareness campaign, quickly swelled to become a time to highlight and reflect upon the effect that inequity and anti-Black racism has laid upon Black Torontonians....

Parenting Books Worth Your Precious Time

January 31, 2022 | Reagan

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Being a new parent and a librarian meant that I spent the majority of my pandemic maternity leave reading and listening to parenting books. I did a deep dive into all types of philosophies because I was genuinely curious and because my kid's superpower was sleeping so I had some...

World Diabetes Day 2021

November 12, 2021 | Reagan

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World Diabetes Day (WDD) is on November 14, 2021. According to the WDD's website, the campaign is marked annually on November 14 for the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best over 100 years ago in 1921. The campaign is represented by a blue circle...

How to Beat The Heat

August 20, 2021 | Reagan

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As someone who prefers cold weather, I wanted to put together a cheerful blog on ways to beat the heat this summer. The books may be a bit kooky but like a nice beach read, you're sure to delight in their pages! Here you'll find out what to wear, eat...

A Guide to Self-Care

July 19, 2021 | Reagan

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Self-care is not selfish! According to the World Health Organization, self-care is “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” Basically, what we do to care for ourselves...

Fitness At Home

June 4, 2021 | Reagan

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Is anyone else feeling unmotivated about doing at-home workouts during the COVID-19 pandemic? Personally, I miss the gym. I miss packing my bag, donning my overpriced workout gear and going to a fitness class where I would have a brutal workout surrounded by other competitive, sweaty humans. My dog Lennon...

May is Vision Health Month

May 14, 2021 | Winona

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May is Vision Health Month! Did you know: 1.2 million Canadians are living with vision loss, and over 8 million, or nearly 1 in 5, are living with an eye disease that could cause sight loss? Vision Health Month is a chance to think about your vision health and learn...

"I love you too, Billy": Books about Dementia and Family

May 14, 2021 | Bill V.

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Bill V. and Mom both in masks. (Mom's the pretty one) My Mom is 90 and living with dementia. This isn't a unique or even unusual story. It breaks my heart to see her decline. But I've come up with some coping mechanisms that helped me through this. I batch...