There are many abilities that you child needs in order to succeed in school. Good vision is definitely one of them. Much of a child’s learning is occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard / whiteboard / smart board work, and using computers are among a student’s daily visual tasks. Children are constantly using their eyes in the classroom and at play. When their vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer.

As children progress through school, the demand on their visual abilities increases. The amount of time spent reading and studying increases, but the size of print in schoolbooks decreases. This places a significant demand on the child's eyes. Unfortunately, the visual abilities of some students aren't performing up to the task.

When certain visual skills have not developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful, and children will typically:

  • Avoid reading and other near visual work as much as possible.
  • Attempt to do the work anyway, but with a lowered level of comprehension or efficiency.
  • Experience discomfort, fatigue and a short attention span.

It is important to have your child’s vision checked regularly during their school years, as vision may change frequently at this time.

Eyeglasses or contact lenses will correct many vision problems. If your child, however, continues to exhibit learning problems, a program of vision therapy may also be needed to help develop or enhance vision skills.

* Adapted from the American Optometric Association


It is mid January. The days are still short and cold. The ground is still frozen and covered in a blanket of snow, and there is still lots of winter ahead. With the warmth of the Christmas holidays now well behind us, some of you may already be starting to look forward to spring.

Enter the Amaryllis. Why the Amaryllis you ask?

It is Amaryllis blooming time and this plant, with its big showy flowers, is just the thing to help get you through to spring. The Amaryllis grows slowly – providing that excitement of anticipation. Then, it doesn’t disappoint when it blooms. Its brilliant tropical flowers brighten any home during the cold winter months.

The Amaryllis is fairly easy to grow and it will flower in the first year. Many Amaryllis plants are also sold preplanted in a gift pot, or sold as a bulb with a prepared pot. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.hing to help get you through to spring. The Amaryllis grows slowly – providing that excitement of anticipation. Then, it doesn’t disappoint when it blooms. Its brilliant tropical flowers brighten any home during the cold winter months.


We’re off to get our Amaryllis today.



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Weight loss or getting into better shape may be at the top of your annual list of New Year’s resolutions, but why wait until the New Year to start. By putting your work-out plan into effect before the holidays, you can help reduce your stress and increase your energy, thereby enjoying the busy holiday season even more.

Here are a few reasons to get started early.

1.    Reduce your holiday season stress. Exercise is a great way to work off your stresses and regain a calm and relaxed state of mind.  Exercise can help to lower your heart rate, help you to sleep, and increase your overall energy.

2.     Keep seasonal illness at bay. Eating right and exercising will help boost your immune system, so that you can more easily fight off any cold or flu bugs that are common during this time of year.  Don’t allow yourself to become rundown. If you think you can’t afford the time needed to get fit, then think about the time you’ll lose if you get sick.  So … eat lots of fruits and veggies and get your heart healthy with a regular exercise program.

3.     Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Beginning an exercise routine now will get you started towards your goal before the holiday eating sets you back. Putting it off until later only builds pressure and makes it even harder to start after the holidays.  It’s a lot easier to stay on track once you start seeing results, rather than starting off in a worse place than you were before (perhaps five pounds heavier).

4.     Take some time for yourself. The holiday season can be pretty hectic for most of us.  With fitting entertaining and shopping into our already busy day-to-day lives, we add stress and often end up neglecting ourselves.  Instead of putting yourself last, make an effort to do something that is good for you every day – whether it is going to the gym or taking a walk around your neighborhood to look at the decorations. It’s a Wonderful Life when you’re getting fit and feeling good.

5.     Strive to improve yourself. There are many reasons to commit yourself in a fitness plan, but the best one is because you will be improving yourself.  Starting a fitness routine today is the best way to be the best you.

For the longest time, the words “martial arts”, “karate” and “black belt” conjured up images of Bruce Lee single handedly fighting off the bad guys, or Ninjas leaping out of the dark. Of course, Hollywood still promotes this image, but in reality, martial arts classes offer a much more family-oriented atmosphere.

These days, we see parents and their children participating together in martial arts – learning side-by-side in an environment that is empowering, motivating and positive. Classes tend to be structured to develop not only the fighting techniques, but also a fitness program that the whole family can enjoy. In addition, a holistic approach helps to build strong character, discipline, leadership skills and … good manners.

Family oriented dojos (martial arts schools) do not just teach self-defense, but are interested in the complete personal development of each student. Focus, patience, perseverance and physical condition are developed through the practice of various katas (movement exercises), Kumites (sparring routines) and kihon (basic techniques).

In a society where we often juggle complicated schedules, martial arts classes offer the opportunity to combine our family and fitness time in an activity where family values, respect and responsibility are promoted.

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The holiday season is right around the corner! Are you planning some festive gatherings? Consider what you can do to make your home ready for entertaining your holiday guests.

You may not have time to undertake a larger remodelling project, but here are some suggestions for what you can do to spruce up your home in relatively little time.

Remodelling Ideas

  • Painting as a simple remodelling ideaPainting and wallpapering
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures, towel bars, bath accessories, etc.
  • Adding new or relocating current light fixtures to help brighten rooms
  • Replacing cabinet hardware
  • Replacing furniture, window treatments, decorations, etc.
  • New floor treatments – carpets, finishing, tiling
  • Replace trim, crown moulding and mantle
  • Fireplace renovation
  • Add or replace a kitchen backsplash
  • Rearrangement of living room
  • New bath towels, new bedding, organizational shelving, carpet cleaning, a new front door mat, etc.
  • Change your art or add new art.

Keep in mind how your home performs when filled with lots of guests and activities. Some things to think about:

  • Is there good flow from room to room?
  • How many people can comfortably be in the kitchen – dining room – living room at one time?
  • Is the kitchen layout efficient for preparing more food than usual?
  • The front entrance to your home is the first impression the guests will get of your house.
  • Don’t forget about the powder room and guest bedroom.
  • Is there enough space for the extra winter coats and boots?
  • De-clutter

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I’ve got a cold and my NeoCitran ran out yesterday. I sent my wife to the pharmacy to buy some more, but she came back with a different cold medicine. Apparently, there is a shortage of NeoCitran these days. Novartis, the manufacturer of Buckley’s NeoCitran, has shut down its Nebraska plant for maintenance and improvements. This is the plant that supplies Canada, hence the shortage. It isn’t just a shortage of NeoCitran either. These other products are also affected: Buckley’s, Excedrin, Maalox, Otrivin, Triaminic, and SlowFe.

Fortunately, the pharmacist was very helpful in pointing out which cold medicines would be a good replacement. We have found that it is always worth your while to ask your pharmacist for help. I can’t say that I like the taste of the new medicine, but it sure does the trick:

So it’s October 31st everybody! That awesome day where everyone can dress up and not care who is looking! Where the candy flows like wine and kids are happy and jumping.

Here are 10 fun facts that you may not know about Halloween.

  1. Halloween is believed to have began over 2000 years ago in Ireland.
  2. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
  3. Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
  4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  5. Samhain was a festival ofthe ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
  6. The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing up in white costumes with masks in attempt to placate these spirits.
  7. The carved pumpkin with a light inside was supposed to ward off evil spirits. The celts however, not having pumpkins, had to use their smaller, less tasty cousin, the turnip.
  8. To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.
  9. Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces.
  10. It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death.

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It’s almost the long awaited day for kids everywhere. Halloween! Where the candy is free and the kids don’t care what is it as long as its sugar!

Halloween is a very exciting time for kids. They are eager to get their sweets and with the distractions of other costumes, they are not very cautious when it comes to road traffic.

Here are some tips to keep your children safe on Halloween.

  • Know the route they will be taking and with who they will be.
  • Children under 9 should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your kids to stay on the sidewalk at all times, and to look both ways before crossing.
  • Make your children bring flashlights. Giving them flashlights or lights, will make them visible to drivers.
  • Pick brighter costumes to increase your children’s visibility.
  • Follow your children, either by walking or driving.
  • Inspect all their goodies before letting them devour them.

Staying safe during Halloween is not only up to the children, but the drivers as well.

Tips for drivers.

  • Always drive slow in residential areas.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and watch out for children crossing.
  • Stay cautious at all times, and look for children running or with reduced visibility due to masks
  • Remember to turn your lights on, so kids know you are there.

Halloween should be a fun night for everyone, especially children! As teenagers or adults, it is our job to look after these children. Avoid injuries by being extremely cautious. Stay safe and enjoy it.


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