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HOME GROWN

INTERVIEW WITH

December/ January 2011/2012 - Issue #6 Volume 1

Parenting in the North

Christina Geddes HG


All Things That Grow Photography

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editors Notes

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Meet The Writers

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Attached Mama Connecting with Play

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Bellies and Babies VBAC

Christmas Recipes

34-37

8-11

Top Ten New Year Resolutions

38-39

Checklist Creating your Birth Plan

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Natures Recipe

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Living Green Have yourself a Merry Green Christmas

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Lady Of The House Simple Gift Giving

18-20

**Little Lady of the House

21-22

Pomegranate Scrub

Christmas Gifts Under $50

Sew Simple

42-45

Up-cycled Christmas Mittens How to Combat the Temptation of Holiday Cheer with Fitness in Mind

46-47

Birth Tales

48-49

Creative Living

50-52

Mom’s Going to be a What?

Product Review LUXbutt Organic Cloth Diapers

24-25

Interview of the Month Christina Geddes

26-30

Love and Learning What is in a Routine?

32-33

Calendars Jan/Feb

54-55

Treasure box of Links

56

Tax Tips

57

Christmas Cookie Recipes

58-62

From our writers.

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Editors Notes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year The snow has fallen and covered the north in a white blanket. We at Home Grown have been working hard, gathering our favorite cookie recipes as well as some great Christmas ideas. This issue is a combined issue of both December and January, Our next issue will be out in the new year February. This month we welcome both Sarah Blackwell and Jodi Lebrun, our new writers be sure to check out their columns. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Home Grown.

Kayleigh May,

-Kayleigh May As a Photographer, Mother, Wife, and the Editor of Homegrown- Parenting in the North. Kayleigh has many hobbies that include sewing, writing, photography and running after her two young boys.

Editor in Chief : Kayleigh May De Cecco Editor: Chantal Warren

Writers Top Ten - Christine South Christine.homegrown@gmail.com Lady of the House - Julie-Anne Mauno Julieanne.homegrown@gmail.com Living Green - Chantal Warren Chantal.homegrown@gmail.com Recipe of the Month - Diane Rochefort dchetimmins@gmail.com

Love And Learning - Tessa Morrissette Tessa.homegrown@gmail.com Child Care - Natalie Cloutier natcloutier.homegrown@gmail.com Sew Cool -Pamela Pilon pamelapilon.homegrown@gmail.com Bellies and Babies - Kayleigh May De Cecco Kayleighmay.homegrown@gmail.com

Interested in writing? Here at Home Grown we are always looking for Writers. If you have an interesting topic that you think would benefit the magazine please email either Kayleigh May or Chantal and we will be happy to review your idea.

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Meet

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Chantal is an eco-conscious entrepreneur who splits her time between being a mom

to two and operating a natural baby boutique in the City of Timmins. Her desires to live a more natural life have provided her the knowledge, experience and contacts to

reduce her family’s carbon footprint on the planet.

Chantal Warren Assistant Editor

Julie-Anne is a stay-at-home mom to six beautiful children in rural Northern Ontario. Her adventures include large family mothering, homeschooling, and rural living. As an experienced childbirth educator and doula, she desires to encourage other mothers, especially through the childbearing years. She also writes at www.fruitfulvines.blogspot.com.

Julie-Anne Mauno

Christine South is a married mother of 4 beautiful children. She is a qualified teacher and works occasionally with the NCDSB in Timmins. She spends most of her time with her family, enjoying the roller coaster ride of being a mother. Her husband works out of town as a Mechanic 4 weeks at a time, so she holds down the fort at home, juggling a 9 year old, a 5

Christine South

year old, a 2 year old and a newborn. If there's one thing this lady is good at it's multitasking!

Sarah Blackwell, M.H.S., B.A. (CYC) is a Parenting Consultant who lives in North Bay with her partner and 3 children. Sarah is a trained facilitator of the Make the Connection parenting class series and offers parenting classes, support circles, and individual parent coaching based on an approach to parenting that empowers both children and parents. Sarah is an activist, child advocate, homeschooling mother, breastfeeding advocate, knitter and yogi.

Sarah Blackwell

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Writers ! Pamela is a mom of one who juggles her work as a Graphic Designer with

her hobby as a seamstress. She is the face behind Bibmababy - an

online boutique that brings chic, funky and unique styles to babies and toddlers.

Pamela Pilon

Diane attended Canadore college and participated in the culinary management program, She is a young mother for a pie-in-the-sky 3 year old girl.

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Diane Rochefort Tessa is the mom of a beautiful 2 and half-year-old boy and is expecting her

second baby in January. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and Child Development with a specialty for children with special needs. Her greatest joy

is raising her son and spending time with her family and looks forward to the many

rewards and challenges her expanding family with bring to her life.

Tessa Morrissette Jodi is the lucky mom to 4 great kids. She is also in love with all things creative. She is currently studying to be a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach so that she can help others to follow their creative dreams. She is the owner of Creative Life By Design and also enjoys photography, making jewelry and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Jodi Lebrun

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Attached Mama Connecting with Play

By Sarah Blackwell

As we approach the holidays and children are home from school, it is a great opportunity to spend time together as a family. This is a great way to stay connected during the hectic preparations for the holidays. A family game night, or outside time after dinner for a game of tag, is a great way to stay connected, and makes the family bond stronger. You can do a web search for a variety of games that cost nothing, or you can also search for co-operative board games that encourage team work to solve a problem where everybody wins. Remember, to keep your own attitude positive. Here are some of the benefits of playing games as a family: 1. Communication – children will learn the importance of good communication through listening and talking at the right time with the proper attitude; 2. Emotional Intelligence – playing will develop the children’s emotional intelligence through the affection and care that parents show as they play together. They will learn to show respect and submission as parents guide them and lead them in the games;

7. Recreational Activities – playing is a good way to release tension and pressures. Indoor or outdoor games may lessen or ease the burdens, especially during the trying times of crisis.

3. Intellectual Intelligence – playing will develop their intellectual abilities as they integrate ideas and suggestions; 4. Behaviour and Attitude – playing will help develop the temperament of a child. As they play with the family, they will learn how to accept defeat and how to be humble when they win. The right attitude that parents show while playing will also be the attitude they will absorb; 5. Energy and Vigour – playing games together as a family will influence the children to become active and full of life, always willing to participate in whatever challenges or competitions they may encounter; 6. Sense of Self-Worth – playing will develop their sense of individuality. They will be confident to face adventures because they know that the support of the family is always there; and

Playing does not require much money to enjoy; with simple games and ordinary playthings, the family will be able to grow together, learn together and laugh together for a happier life.


Bellies And Babies VBAC

The term VBAC -Vaginal birth after cesarian - was coined by Nancy Wainer Cohen

By: Kayleigh May

If your previous birth was a c-section, depending on the reason for the c-section, you may feel as if you were cheated out of the labour process. You now find yourself pregnant with your second (or third…) baby and are wondering if it’s possible to have a vaginal delivery this time around. To begin, let’s debunk some of those c-section myths:

C-sections are safer than vaginal birth - This is the worst myth of them all, All studies support that the safest way to deliver a baby is by vaginal birth. “The more cesarians a woman has, the more the risks to her increase.” - Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to childbirth. C-sections cause less trauma for the baby Statistics report that babies born via c-section are more likely to have respiratory problems and spend more time in the NICU. Babies born via c-section are also more likely to have a harder time breastfeeding,

You need a C-section because your baby has the cord wrapped around its neck approximately one third of babies are born with the cord around their neck, it is rare that the cord is too tight or short that it will actually cause harm to the baby. For more c-section myth busting, be sure to read Your Best Birth, By Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.


Benefits of a VBAC • reduces blood loss; • reduces injury and risk of infection; • eliminates complications associated with surgery; • require a shorter hospital stay; • more rapid recovery; and • less painful recovery

So, your two options are have a repeat C-section or plan a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section). Some of the reasons that you may choose a VBAC delivery. 1. Planning A Larger Family. If you are planning on

having more children, a VBAC is a better option as with each delivery the risks decrease, where as the risks increase with each subsequent c-sections delivery. 2. Emotional Closure. For some woman, having a c-

section feels like you failed, or like your body failed you. To have a VBAC can provide great emotional closure. You get to participate in the birth of your baby, rather than have a procedure done to you. You will be able to hold your baby right away and breastfeed sooner than you would if you had had a c-section. 3. Recovery Time. With a vaginal birth you will have

a shorter hospital stay. You avoid the major abdominal surgery which will help your energy and stamina. The pain associated with vaginal birth is way less even if you do tear your perineum.

Chances of a Successful VBAC VBAC chances are affected by a few things, a major one being the care provider that you choose. Studies show that obstetricians have a lower rate of VBAC success, while family doctors have a higher rate of VBAC success and midwives have the highest rate of VBAC success. These findings may be due to the different practice style between the different care providers. Other factors that need to be taken into account are: • Maternal Age - as your age increases statistics show that the chances of having a successful VBAC decrease) • Gestation Age - according to statistics you have the highest chance of a successful VBAC if the baby is born between gestation weeks 37-41 Before or after that the chances are significantly decreased • Number of previous c-sections - the more csections had previously, the less likely a successful VBAC. • Health Concerns (Diabetes, Blood pressure etc.) • Location of Birth (home, hospital, birthing center) - Home births have the highest success rate of VBAC, this may be due to the hospital staff ’s need to intervene. • Drugs and interventions used during labour - the use of interventions to induce or augment labour, as well as the use of drugs to numb the pain of labour, can decrease the chance of a successful VBAC • Doulas - statistics show that births attended by a doula have lower c-section rates and lower a VBAC failure rate.

4. Less Complications, and Lower Risk of Infection.

You are less likely to get an infection and risk major blood loss (you can lose up to 1 liter of blood during a normal c-section) However if the VBAC fails and baby must be delivered via c-section you have a greater chance of infection than if baby was delivered via planned repeat c-section. Please discuss this with your care provider.

Nearly Eighty Percent of women who try for a VBAC have a successful VBAC delivery.


VBAC trials were statistically safer for mothers, and just as safe for babies.

Preparing for a VBAC • • • • • • • • • • •

Visualize your birth, this helps you plan your birth, take control over what you want. Join Facebook or other online VBAC groups, talk to other mothers who have successfully had a VBAC. Know your body. Avoid any medical induction of labour. Stay active. Be prepared. If a c-section is necessary, be prepared to deal with it when the time comes, however don’t dwell on this during your pregnancy. STAY POSITIVE. Talk to your care provider, let him/her know your fears/concerns, and what your wishes for your birth are. Write a birth plan Hire a doula Read Books, Such as Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Resources Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin www.powertopush.ca www.jogc.com/abstracts/full/ 200802_Obstetrics_2.pdf meds.queensu.ca/medicine/obgyn/pdf/ VBAC_Guideline.pdf http://iinformedparenting.blogspot.com/ 2010/02/vindication-new-vbac-study.html

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http://www.choicesinchildbirth.org/ choices/birth/labor

Movies The Business of Being Born Gentle Birth Choices

www.powertopush.ca

Your Best Birth- Rikki Lake and Abby Epstein Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper R.N. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin Silent Knife - Nancy Wainer Cohen

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Double Check ! By: Chantal Warren

Putting together a birth plan may seem like a high-maintenance momzilla thing to do, however, more and more moms are using this tool to ensure they have the opportunity to have the kind of birth they feel comfortable with. Taking a moment to determine your preference on some common birthing options is the first step, sharing these preferences with your partner and medical team are the second.

Options for your Birth Plan Starting Labour

Frequency:

Pushing

Natural (spontaneous)

No monitoring

Natural Labour Stimulation Techniques (

Intermittent

Directed (purple) pushing

Continuous

Spontaneous (mother lead) pushing

Stripping the Membranes Prostaglandin Treatments (cervidil or cytotec) Pitocin

Managing Pain Natural Remedies:

Interventions: Catheter IV Line Pitocin

Squatting

Perineal Care: Episiotomy

Labour tools

Hot compresses.

Relaxation

Water Other natural remedies Medical Remedies:

Labour Environment Location:

o Hospital o Home o Other Clothing

Narcotic Analgesics (nubain, demerol or fentanyl)

Hydration

Monitoring of Labour Types: Fetoscope Doptone Electronic Fetal Monitor Telemetry Internal Fetal Monitor

Hands & knees Toilet sitting

Cesarean When to start the surgery When to have family join

Epidural or Spinal Medication

Nitronox

Positions: Semi Reclining

Perineal Massage

Hypno or mental relaxation

Exhale Pushing

Breaking water

Change positions

Massage

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Medication used Support person Immediate breastfeeding Someone with baby during recovery

Newborn Care

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Cord cutting

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Don’t offer medication Music, lighting and door closed

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Living Green: Have Yourself a Merry Green Christmas By: Chantal Warren

The holiday season has a way of inducing an attitude of indulgence. We indulge in good food, wines & spirits, we indulge our children and family with gifts. We indulge our inner Martha Stewart and decorate our homes from the front step to the hearth. An increase of consumerism usually goes hand in hand with an increase in waste and carbon emissions. Is it possible to have your fruit cake and eat it too?

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Living Green: Have Yourself a Merry Green Christmas By: Chantal Warren

Support Locally Made. By shopping locally, you are reducing the amount of emissions used to deliver your purchases and you’re also supporting your local economy. Be sure to check out all the local craft fairs for unique, one of a kind gifts. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you will find. Not seeing what you want, a lot of local vendors may be open to custom jobs, so don’t be shy to ask for exactly what you’re looking for. Get Carded. Send out home made cards. This can become a fun tradition and is a great activity to get kids involved in. Reusing last year’s cards, comic strips or children’s artwork is a great way to customize a card for everyone on your list. Home Made. A great way to get into the holiday season is by decking out your home for the holidays. A great way to reduce your consumerism and reuse some things you may have laying around the house or yard is by making new decorations. Check out some of these simple, fun and elegant decoration ideas that will not only add to your holiday cheer but also make great gifts.

bows and mountains of curly ribbons. Some of the creative ideas that top the list are using comic strips or newspaper, brown paper bags or dish towels instead of wrapping paper. Check out Martha Stewart’s tutorials on repurposing ‘pre-loved’ ribbons and bows and use old cards to make new gift tags. Don’t forget to save this year’s cards and bows to reuse next year. Car Pool. or take a bus to visit family. If you can combine trips this holiday season, you will not only save time and money, but you will also reduce the emissions put out with each trip. Make a list, check it twice and hit up the local shops and vendors and try to get your gift buying done in as few trips as possible. If you are traveling solo this season, consider leaving the car at home and jumping on a bus. Having the opportunity to relax during the trip without having to deal with traffic should start your holiday off on the right foot.

Light Show. High efficiency LED lights are a great investment, especially if you are planning the light show of the neighbourhood. Not only are they more energy-efficient, but they also last longer, requiring fewer replacements year after year. Anyone who has ever spent time replacing bulbs in a string of lights will appreciate this benefit. LED lights are the one item that I would encourage you to purchase as a replacement for your current lights, even if you do not need new lights. All Wrapped Up. All the rage the last few years are beautifully wrapped gifts, topped with gorgeous

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Plan a sustainable meal. Try planning at least one meal this holiday season made from exclusively locally produced or organic foods. Eating local food helps reduce the fossil fuels used to transport food to your table and organic food is produced without pesticides and is healthier for you and your family. Recycle. You know it’s coming, it happens every year. The giant garbage bag that you turn a blind eye to on Christmas morning as it is stuffed full of all sorts of recyclable paper and cardboard. You may not be aware, but as most recycling programs expand, more and more products are readily accepted in your blue or green boxes. Styrofoam inserts, plastic wrap and tin foil are all recyclable products that often skip the recycle bin and end up in the garbage. Make sure to check with your community’s recycling program to find out exactly what is and isn’t accepted. Real or Fake. The biggest ‘green’ debate is whether or not getting a real tree is environmentally friendly. Do you reuse a ‘fake’ PVC tree (one of the worst offending man-made products) or opt for the ‘real’ farmed tree that may (or may not) be mulched and used for compost. For those that are die hard fans of the fresh scent that goes along with the real tree, they will be happy to know that generally, real trees are considered the more environmentally friendly choice. Although they are usually sprayed with pesticides, they have a smaller impact on the environment than their fake alternative.

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Lady of the House Simple and Fun Gift Giving for the Whole Family (and Surviving the January Doldrums) By Julie-Anne Mauno

Thirteen years ago, my husband had lost his job and I was a stay-at-home mom. We had 2 small children. Soon, it would be Christmas and we knew that we couldn’t afford to buy our little ones gifts. We decided to make the best of it. I began to sew a doll for my baby girl. My husband was hard at work building a rocking horse for our toddler son. A couple of weeks before Christmas I got a call from my friend. She was hosting a Jocus Toys party at her house. As she was explaining the party, my heart sank because I knew I couldn’t afford to attend. She soon phoned back to share with me her idea. As the hostess, she would receive a credit towards the purchase of toys based on how much her guests bought at the party. Would I accept her credit to buy toys for my children for Christmas? That Christmas we excitedly gave our children the homemade gifts we made with love and care. We also got to give them some very fun toys because of my friend’s generosity. Now that we have six children, brothers-in-law, a nephew and a niece, our gift list is long. It seems to grow every year! Every Christmas we look for ways to give great gifts without breaking the bank. Here are some great ideas to save money and still give generously:  A single gift for couples  Homemade food gifts for friends. We have given Finnish coffee bread rings or recipes in a jar – you can get mason type jars at second hand stores for cheap!  A group gift for siblings. Last year my sister gave our children a movie in a box filled with movie night supplies (popcorn, juice boxes, gummy bears). They loved it and so did her budget!  Homemade gifts. My favourite homemade gifts include heat packs-all sizes including mini ones to keep hands warm inside pockets or mittens- (with rice or grain in them), knitted ponchos or scarves, family photo collages.  Shop the sales year round for advance Christmas gifts. As a parent, not only do I have to plan my own gift giving, but I often have to help my children plan their gifts. My 13 year old daughter, Abbie, has become a pro at stretching her own budget and still managing to give great gifts! She has agreed to share some of her gift giving secrets for this issue’s Lady of the House column. We hope it can inspire you while helping your own children to plan their gifts this Christmas. Gift giving doesn’t need to become a boring act of crossing an item off someone’s list! As Abbie points out, using your talents to come up with gifts can be so fun and rewarding. You can come up with all sorts of clever ways to surprise your loved ones. One year, friends of ours patterned their gift giving according to the gifts the three wise men brought the Christ child. Frankincense symbolized a gift for growing in character, myrrh represented a gift for physical needs and gold represented a special, valuable gift. That year they bought each of their children three gifts. The frankincense gift was something to help them grow in character such as a devotional or book about manners. The myrrh gift was something for their physical needs such as new pyjamas, a special blanket or hygiene products. The gold gift was something fun that their child had asked for or wanted. They had so much fun planning their gift giving that year. It was much more rewarding then just crossing off a list!

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Lady of the House Simple and Fun Gift Giving for the Whole Family (and Surviving the January Doldrums) By Julie-Anne Mauno

There are other ways to make Christmas truly special for your family outside of gift giving. Creating family traditions is a wonderful way to make memories that will last a lifetime. Baking special recipes, decorating a tree and playing special music are all simple traditions that will make this time extra special for the family. It’s never too late to add a tradition. This year my daughter and I plan to make Christmas crafts together. We would love to turn this into a new tradition.

Sometimes the January doldrums are felt as a financial pinch after all the holiday spending. We always have a tighter budget in January. Thankfully, January is comfort food month around here. It’s an easy month to save money on your grocery bill as most people don’t mind eating lots of soups and stews. Living in the North also means we have easy access to inexpensive or free family activities like ice fishing, sliding or skating. If we do go shopping, January is a wallet-friendly month as most stores have great sales on all types of goods.

With all the pomp and circumstance of the Christmas season, it’s no wonder some people get the January blues! Once the holidays are over, it’s important to find special things to do as a family to help beat these blues. One year we planned a trip to visit out-of-town friends. We all had lots of fun and it was a much needed lift for our January-weary souls. Other simple things you can do include planning a weekly family game or movie night, taking the family sliding or skating, starting a special January tradition.

This Christmas season, beat the holiday stress by planning meaningful and fun gift giving and creating special family traditions. Don’t forget to plan some special activities for the January lull. You’ll be making memories and experience this time of year in a whole new way!

GIFTS IN A JAR

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SNOW BALLS IN A JAR INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped pecans

PREPARATION: In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and flour. Place into a 1 quart canning jar. Put the chopped pecans on top and close the lid. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Snow Balls, Makes 4 dozen. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of shortening and 1/4 cup of margarine. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and roll in confectioners' sugar. *Source: Homemade Gifts in a Jar e-book by Sheri Graham (www.school4jesus.com/)

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Lady of the House Simple and Fun Gift Giving for the Whole Family (and Surviving the January Doldrums) By Julie-Anne Mauno

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GIFTS IN A JAR

M & M'S COOKIE MIX IN INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups M and M's candies 2 cups flour mixed with 1/2 tsp. baking soda, and 1/2 tsp. baking powder

PREPARATION: Layer ingredients in jar in order given in a 1 quart ''wide mouth'' canning jar. It will be a tight fit when you add the flour mixture so be sure to pack everything down firmly.

Instructions to attach to jar: 1.} Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix. 2.} Add: 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter softened at room temp. 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 tsp. vanilla 3.} Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands. 4.} Shape into balls the size of walnuts and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2'' inches apart. DO NOT USE WAXED PAPER. 5.} Bake at 375* for 12 to 14 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies. *Source: Homemade Gifts in a Jar e-book by Sheri Graham (www.school4jesus.com/)


Little Lady of the House Christmas on a Budget By Abbie Mauno

How do you do Christmas on a 50$-150$ budget? First, determine if you’re going to buy gifts or make gifts or a mix of both. If you decide to buy gifts, here is a great way to keep your budget under control. Grab a calculator (or use your head if you’re good at this stuff) and determine how many people you are buying for. (I have 16 people on my list.) Next determine the entire amount of money you want to spend on gifts. Divide your budget by the amount of people on your list. (Example: 100/16 = 6.25$). There are lots of inexpensive, fun things you can buy, like puzzles, mugs, candles, play-doh (for kids), even favourite snack foods that you could get at Bulk Barn. But what I recommend is making gifts. Now, you might say, “I have no talent.” But let’s rephrase that so it becomes “something you like to do.” That “something” could be anything. Writing Poetry? Taking Pictures? Drawing? Painting? Knitting? The Possibilities are endless. I love photography, so I like to frame my photography and give it as a gift. You could also frame a poem, a drawing, a painting, or even lyrics to a favourite song. Here are 2 great DIY gifts that are really easy to make. The Hot Chocolate stir sticks are a really great gift that can be given to nearly anyone, while the crayons are perfect for little siblings and cousins.

Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks 1 pkg. Chocolate Chips Candy Canes (crushed) Wooden Skewers Marshmallows 1. Melt the Chocolate in the microwave, stirring as needed. 2. Cut the wooden skewers in half and stick a marshmallow on the end of each. 3. Dip the marshmallows in chocolate and sprinkle the candy canes on. 4. Place on a plate lined with wax paper and chill in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. 5. Package and give away with a mug (they have nice ones at Dollarama) and hot chocolate packets.


Little Lady of the House Christmas on a Budget By Abbie Mauno

Homemade Crayons: Old wax crayons (or new ones) Old tin cans Wooden Skewers (one per can) Candy Molds Frying pan 1. Pinch the cans on one side to make a spout. 2. Peel the paper off the crayons. Sort the crayons by into the cans. 3. Fill the frying pan with water and place over medium heat. Add the cans of crayons . 4. Stir the crayons with the skewers until they melt. 5. Pour the wax into the candy molds. 6. Let the wax harden. (You might be tempted to put it in the freezer, but my theory is that putting them in the freezer makes them more brittle.)

I could give so many more ideas, but to find some, go online to your favourite search engine and search “homemade Christmas gifts” or “diy Christmas gifts”. There are so many creative ideas online that don’t take up too much of your busy holiday schedule. Well, I guess that’s it for me. Merry Christmas and Happy Gift Giving!!

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Product Review: LUXbutt Organic Cloth Diapers

By Chantal Warren

As a cloth diaper addicted mom and the owner of a cloth diaper business, I have come across a lot of different brands of cloth diapers. My most recent discovery is Canadian brand LUXbutt Organic Cloth Diapers. I jumped at the chance to test out this innovative brand that is the first to introduce organic fabrics in a pocket diaper. Upon receiving my diapers in the mail, my initial reaction was: a. WOW this is trim. and b. OMG this is so soft. I popped them into the wash to see what these super trim, super soft diapers had in store for my tiny little bums. Being a mom to two kids, I was able to test out these diapers on both an almost two year old and a newborn. When it comes to fit, we had no issues fitting both a 28lb toddler and a now 10lb newborn. I was very impressed at the fit for my youngest; they were the first ‘one-size’ diaper to actually fit without looking ridiculously enormous on him. They also fit my active toddler with room to grow. Initially, I was a little skeptical that the organic cotton velour inside would stay as silky soft wash after wash. I’ve had other diapers made with organic bamboo velour that all start out as silky and after a dozen washes, the softness that once caressed my little one’s cheeks is replaced with crunchy, coarse fabric. I am pleased to say that this cotton velour holds up significantly better, keeping its LUXurious softness wash after wash.

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The Super Soaker Test: When it comes to diapers, no matter how cute they are or how soft they feel, the real test is: how much do they hold? My go-to diaper is a bumGenius pocket diaper so it was only logical to compare soakers to see just how much these thirsty hemp inserts really absorb. The test: 1 new prepped LUX hemp insert vs. 1 new prepped bumGenius microfiber insert. I tested to see which soaker absorbs the most, which absorbs the fastest and how they held up to compression. I poured 1 cup of water over each insert and they soaked up every last drop in the blink of an eye. I was able to pour another ½ cup over the bumGenius insert and it soaked it up no problem where the LUX insert struggled. The compression test results surprised me. At 1 cup of liquid in each insert, the bumGenius insert dripped with saturation when compressed, LUX didn’t give up a drop.


Product Review: LUXbutt Organic Cloth Diapers

So in this race, bumGenius wins out over quantity and we have a tie for speed. LUX definitely takes the point for compression. Considering the LUX insert is significantly smaller in size (and bulk), I am impressed with its abilities. So, in conclusion, unless your child pees more than a cup at a time, you will no doubt be happy with the performance of this diaper. Things I Would Change: Now, as much as I am pleased with the performance of these diapers, there are a few things I would change. The leg casing elastic is unnecessarily long; I cut an inch off each side without sacrificing sizing. The other thing I would change is the placement of snaps on the tabs. When snapped on, the tabs stick up a little. This doesn’t affect function in any way but aesthetically, the look isn’t as smooth as it could be. Final Thoughts: I am super impressed with their trimness without sacrificing absorbency and love the fact that they are organic in nature. I’m a fan and will be rounding out our stash of diapers with new LUXbutt diapers.


Interview Questions by: Chantal Warren Photography By: Kayleigh May of All Things That Grow Photography

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Christina Geddes

Interview Questions by: Chantal Warren All Photography By: Kayleigh May of All Things That Grow Photography

Community Volunteer Name: Christina Lynn Geddes Home Town: Timmins, ON Children (Name (age)): Chrislynn (24), Alysia (22) and Katelyn (20) What are your children doing now that they are all grown? They are amazing young women who are working hard, learning life’s lessons and helping others daily. Chrislynn works in telecommunications while raising her son Anthony 20 months old; Alysia works in daycare; and Katelyn works at a call centre. What is your favourite thing about living in the North? It is amazing to be able to jet to work in minutes and in the same amount of time boot out to a fishing lake or hunt camp. We can see the stars at night, breath the air, eat the fish and wildlife without worry and we have an awesome variety of cultures. You stayed to raise your family here, what benefits do you think that gave your children? Small towns even those as large as Timmins are safer as your children start to step out on their own – neighbours watch out for eachother, parents talk to the parents of their children’s friends. While we have to travel for some events, Timmins offers a lot for kids – we just need to look around and get involved. Work: What is your day job? I am a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial You are very active within the community, how did you get started? I always volunteered, I think because my mother – Lynda Geddes – was always helping out and we just tagged along. In highschool I liked volunteering as it helped me find friends and new jobs. As my children came along, the community work helped me ensure we knew what was going on for them. Now as an adult I just love knowing the bit of time I can offer will make a difference for someone else.

What are some of your favourite organizations to work with locally? I love working with Rotary, and a variety of non-profit organizations through the Dedicated Divas – we’ve worked with The Good Samaritan Inn, The Red Cross and The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Other groups I have enjoyed helping – Cancer Society, Timmins Learning Centre, Miners Memorial Committee and the Northern College Alumni Council. I’ve heard of the Dedicated Divas. Who are they? We are a group of local ladies ( and now a few Dudes too) who would rather organize a fund raising event to help an organization money wise and awareness wise over just cutting a personal cheque of a few bucks. The events are geared to social functions where people can network, socialize, be entertained and learn about a charity that might make a difference in their perception of their home town.

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Do you have any upcoming events planned? The Divas are organizing the second January Blues concert. The last weekend in January, 2012 – two different evenings will be available. Friday eve will be a high end, intimate evening with Layla Zoe. Saturday eve will be a high energy concert – local band Weaselbone opens for Layla Zoe and her band. Layla was our opening act last year, and won hearts across Timmins. This event is in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign – Tickets for Saturday night are $25, currently available at The Book Bin or through Moira Sargalis and myself. You are an active member of the Rotary Club, what are some of the benefits to participating? Rotary is an international, non-denominational organization that promotes those who have to help those who have not. Members help eachother on many levels while raising awareness and funds for the less fortunate. It fills my heart with pride when I hear of Rotary Projects all over the world, such as the PolioPlus program. As well there are some inspiring projects locally you can see every day – walking trails, pavilions, events. If someone wants to get involved in their community but isn’t sure where to start, what do you suggest? Great question! Probably the most comfortable place is non-profits that they have been involved with on any level. An example – if a family member relied on the Cancer Society for treatment or

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transportation, then offer time to the Cancer Society. Another example – if you have teenagers who complain there is nothing to do, get involved with the teen programs locally. Family: You are a first time grandmother, how is that compared to being a parent? I absolutely love being a grandparent – Anthony calls me Gigi. When you are not the parent, dealing with the day to day stresses, you develop a completely different relationship. He melts my heart every time I see him. Now that your kids are grown up and exploring the world on their own, what advice do you have for new parents who have only just begun on this path? First and foremost, trust your instincts – you know what your children need. When you put your own ego and the advice of every other person out there aside, you end up with an inherent knowledge of how to deal with situations, and how to comfort your child. The first 5 years are prime – when they need to know they can depend on parents, they can make decisions without criticism and they can depend on their own instincts. Self-confidence at that young age, results in healthy decisions as they grow.


What holiday/family traditions have you passed Other: on to your children? Holidays are family time but we If you could meet any person, past or present, always brought in friends, our extended family, as you who would it be and why? Only one? Ouch – I will. We decorate for Christmas with an evergreen tree would have to say Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Ní Mháille) full of new and old ornaments – some made by the and Irish Cheiftan who lead an army of men into battle, children, some gifts and others just pretty ornaments we was a strong female who didn’t want to just run a house. love. Years back when the girls were very young, we I do believe she’d have been a great leader today! Who would leave a snack and write letters to Santa Christmas inspires you? Why? Anyone who lives their life Eve after the Reveillon celebrated on their father’s side of authentically, being true to their own path while helping the family – The next morning, the snack was eaten and humanity as a whole. Thankfully there are more and Santa wrote back to each of them. Even as the girls more people who are walking the talk – being the most became teenagers and Santa was just a fun tradition, I amazing person they can be. insisted they write their letters – needless to say those letters were often sarcastic and very interesting. I wish I had kept them! The other tradition – stockings which became fancy baskets after they had their own homes. The contents are always a bit varied but some old faithfuls remain – toothbrushes, oranges, smoked oysters All things that grow% for one, canned beans for another and now vegan snacks Photography( for the third, socks, underwear and usually pj’s.

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Name: Chrislynn Hometown: Timmins, Ont. Children: Anthony (20 months old) What is your favourite thing about growing up in the North? The endless amount of possibilities! There’s such a sense of community that it’s always possible to make a friend or meet new people; possible to experience all 4 seasons; possible to experience the outdoors; to raise a family; start a business; or whatever else your heart desires! What is your day job? A representative in telecommunications at NorthernTel LP What are your Hobbies? I love to cook, being creative (scrapbooking, and decorating the house), and being outdoors along side my boyfriend Robert, my son Anthony and with family and friends (camping, fishing, walking, etc...) What is your favourite thing about your mother? That she’s determined. She’s always been determined to love and raise my sisters and I to the best that she could; determined to achieve success at work; determined to help others; determined to be there for me while raising Anthony; and the list goes on! She taught me that no matter what life gives you, stay positive- you can learn from it, overcome it, and be a better person for it.

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Now that you have a son of your own, what is the most important life lesson you have learned from your mother? Respect: I understand now how important respect is; respecting your parents for the decisions they’ve made and for providing for you; respecting others for their individuality even when you may not be able to relate to it; finding a partner who can truly respect you and you can respect in return; finding a job which is respectable; and respect the world we live on. If you could meet any person, past or present, who would it be and why? Julia Roberts. I think she’s an amazing person, she’s worked hard to become who she is now, she’s gorgeous and looks natural, she has no fear of putting her heart into a relationship or moving on until she found her now husband, I share her beliefs in religion and I think it would be interesting and inspiring to meet her.


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Love And Learning What is in a Routine?

By: Tessa Morrissette

As we approach the busy Holiday season many of us will give way to our everyday routines to be with family and friends. Maybe your family doesn’t have set routines or maybe you aren’t sure of the importance and impact daily routines can provide children. Life with kids can be chaotic on a good day; some basic routines can make life a little easier for the entire family. By providing our children with routines, we are setting the framework for their day and allowing them to predict what is going to happen next. With this predictability comes a sense of security and an understanding of the way their world works, it reassures them that their needs will be met. Children of all ages thrive in a well ordered and predictable environment, where mealtimes, sleep times, play times are dealt with consistently. Children don’t have the ability to arrange their days the way we do and they have little to no control over their environment. It’s in their nature to then try to find ways to control their surroundings, which often lead to challenging behaviours, the dreaded tantrum. Bath Time

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Security – children feel safe and secure when they can predict what’s going to happen. They feel safe knowing that someone else is taking care of things for them.

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Self-confidence – children’s confidence within themselves increases when they are able to predict what will come next.

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Independence – over time, kids will learn to take on some of the responsibility of these routines (brushing their own teeth, packing their backpack, dressing themselves etc..)


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Planning – with established routines, parents can better plan their day to accomplish their own tasks.

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Behaviour – children who have predictable routines are less likely to test limits when regular tasks are part of their daily activities. (If bath time is always followed by a story, and a kiss goodnight then sleep will come more easily).

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Eliminate power struggles – there is no “bossing around”, the children just learn that this is what we do at this time of day.

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Maintain consistency – with routines, parents are more likely to stick to healthy expectations and creating children who feel secure in their relationships and their environment.

A consistent routine will only be effective if you as the parent can also recognize when it needs to change or be adapted. A good routine should remain flexible and responsive to the individual needs of each child. Recognize that sometimes you may need to change the sequence of events. For example, for some children a bath before bed gets them excited so you might want to omit that from your bedtime routine. Be aware of the needs of your children. If your child always has a tantrum right before supper, consider adding an afternoon snack, maybe she’s hungry or maybe she feels she doesn’t have your attention, try including her in the food prep or do a one on one activity right before you begin preparing supper. Try to have smooth transitions throughout the day. Provide plenty of warning to prepare your children for change. Using a timer or special song can be helpful to ease some of the anxiety that children face when there’s a change in their day. Keep in mind that having routines within your home doesn’t mean being rigid with your schedule; children need structure but also need flexibility and so do parents for that matter (especially on weekends). Most families will find that things work better when everyday activities follow a predictable pattern. By observing your kids closely and by knowing your own needs as a parent you will be able to make a predictable, flexible and functional routines that suit your family.

TRY THIS AT HOME: When introducing your family to a routine or if you’re having trouble maintaining a family routine try using pictures. Children respond very well to pictures. You can draw out your daily routine and post it somewhere central in your home in the order that they occur. Show your child the pictures, as the event is about to take place and talk about the sequence of the day. With time, they will learn to predict what’s going to take place. This is also a great way to add a new event or transition; visuals can decrease some of the anxiety children face when their day is unpredictable.

REMEMBER: Not every routine works for every family so asks yourself some of these questions when implementing a few routines in your home: - Does the routine take into consideration how needs change and children grow? - Can you offer more choices to toddlers or more responsibilities to older children? - Does the routine factor in a child’s temperament?

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Christmas Recipe’s by: Diane Rochefort

Key’s to Better Tasting Food

1. Do your body a favour and listen to your mouth. Taking your time and tasting your food will make you happier and help your body know when you’re ready to stop. 2. We’ve all heard that too much of anything can be bad. Having a couple bites of every dish will make you more full and allow you to taste everything without overworking your taste buds. 3. Savour those bites! Take a bite and chew as much as you can. 4. Don’t smoke! Aside from the obvious health concern, smoke stops blood flow to the tongue and flattens the taste buds. 5. The French Paradox! Slow down and enjoy the experience. Sip and nibble your food and drinks this season. 6. Blow your nose! Chewing triggers your ‘olfactory sensory’ and if those sensors are blocked, your brain can’t receive those yummy tastes very well.

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Beef Tourtiere

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1 lb Tender beef small cubed 2 tbsp Cornstarch Onion Diced Glove Garlic Minced Sprig Thyme 4 tbsp Butter ( save 2 tbsp for brushing) Salt and Pepper to Taste Pie Dough (A simple recipe can be found on the back of a brick of shortening)

1. Fry all ingredients until nicely brown. 2. Roll pie dough out to ¼ inch thick. Cut dough with a large glass and place into muffin cups. 3. Fill cups with cooled meat filling until mounding up the cup. Place another cup layer of dough on top and pinch edges. Brush tops with some melted butter. 4. Bake at 350 F until shell is your shell is your preferred brown. Start off with 30 min and increase by 10-5 minutes for darker colours.

Temp 350 F Muffin pan, fry pan, 6” knife, wide glass, pastry brush (or fingers), rolling pin (or bottle of wine)


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Christmas Main Dish

Got a question? Email Diane at dchetimmins@gmail.com

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Dry Roast Beast INGREDIENTS: • • • • • •

Eye of Round Roast ( 2-3 lb to serve 6) 2-4 tbsp Dry Sage 2-4 tbsp Garlic Powder 2-4 tbsp Cracked Pepper 2 tbsp Sea Salt ½ tsp Cinnamon

PREPARATION 1. Preheat your oven to 500 F 2. Mix all spices together then rub all over the roast 3. Place inside a roasting pan and do not add water. This is a dry cooking method and liquid can make the meat tough 4. Reduce oven to 450 F and cook till med rare 63 C or if you prefer a little more cooked 71C. Estimate 1 hr 5. Slice beef and serve. For those wishing for more cooked or babies take sliced beef and add beef juice and roast until done. Baby food can be pureed in a blender. Temp 500 F – 450 F Roasting pan, 6” knife

You can purchase your local beef from www.goldenbeef.ca/ and also check out other beef recipe as well. You also may find one of my very first recipes.


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Christmas Side Dishes Roasted Rutabaga

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Rutabaga (AKA turnip) 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil Salt and Pepper to Taste

PREPARATION: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Slice a small piece of turnip to create a flat surface. With flat surface to tabletop slice vegetable in half and then in quarters. With a paring knife peel waxy skin off. Slice ¼ ‘s into wedges. Coat with oil and seasoning then into roasting pan. Roast at 400 F for 30-45 minutes until tender.

Temp 400 F Roasting Pan, Parking knife 6” knife, cutting board 30-45 min

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Herb Baked Potatoes

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4 Potatoes 4 tsp Butter Salt and Pepper to Taste 1 sprig Rosemary 1 sprig Thyme Small Bunch Parsley Small Bunch Chives

PREPARATION: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Slice ½ way down the potato every 1/4'” Smear 1 tsp on top of potato Chop herbs all together and sprinkle on top Cover potato with foil and fold into a pouch Bake for 30-40 minutes until you fully tender

Temp 350 F Foil, 6” knife, cutting board


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Christmas Dessert

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Split Bûche de Noël

Pound Cake

Icing

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2 cups Sugar 2 cups Flour 1 cup Butter ½ tsp Salt 1 tsp Baking soda 2 tsp Vanilla 5 eggs

• 1 lb white shortening • 1/4lb unsalted butter • 2 cup Nutella No Nutella? substitute: • 1 cup Cocoa • 6-8 cups Powdered Sugar

PREPARATION PREPARATION 1. Cream butter and sugar together 1. Mix all ingredients on med with a 2. Add eggs to the mixture one at a time large mixer until all is blended and 3. Add Mixed dry ingredients smooth 4. Bake at 350 F 1 hr in a loaf pan ASSEMBLY: 1. Place cake small side up onto your favourite festive plate. 2. Cut off the square edges to make a half round log. 3. Take icing and rough ice to make the bark. 4. Garnish log with real mint leaves and red cinnamon candies for holly berries. 5. Place a couple candy canes around for festive touch. 6. Mushrooms can be cut out of marshmallows for optional sugar or left out for less sugar.


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Unique Resolutions for 2012 By Christine South

10. Be On Time: This is a common pet peeve so I can't stress this change enough. Not only is being on time considerate to those around you, but it is a measure of quality and a sign of respect. If you want to get ahead in life, you have to be on time. 9. Consider A Mini Make-Over: Everyone needs a change every once in a while. Sometimes a hair-cut is all you need to get you moving in the right direction. Brush on some new make-up, maybe a new shade of eye shadow or a little darker lip balm and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel like a new person. Making a change in your personal appearance will help you to gain confidence. A little self-love is good for the soul. 8. Learn A New Skill: Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook? How to sew? Or maybe how to play a musical instrument? This is a great way to begin a new year! Look for other locals who share your goal and find classes that work with your schedule. Ask around, sometimes you can find a chef or a guitarist amongst your friends that would be willing to give you a few lessons. Go for something that you are passionate about and failure will not be an option. 7. Plan A Family Vacation: Everyone needs a little motivation once in a while, and what better motivation than a vacation! Start with selecting a location that will work for your family. Then tell everyone about it and allow

them to contribute in appropriate ways. Start a countdown of days until your vacation begins and use this as a way to encourage good behaviour and habits from everyone. Maybe start collecting coins in a glass jar so people will see it rise. Then, when the time comes, have a blast and remember resolution #6. 6. Take More Photographs: Having a camera there to catch those memorable moments will make you smile for years to come. There are many times that I remember something that happened and I wish that I would have had a photo to go with the memory. In this digital day and age, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to snap and store you photos for years to come. Put them on a USB stick and display in a digital photo frame, or use an online program to help you scrapbook your precious memories. Whatever way you look at it, there is no such thing as too many photos. 5. Let Go Of The Past: One of the biggest enemies of the future is the past. Try to learn from all of your past successes and mistakes. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold onto bad things that have happened in the past or you risk bringing it back in the future. It is important to acknowledge the past, and learn from it. Move forward with a bright and positive attitude and you will only attract success.


Top Ten: Unique Resolutions for 2012 By Christine South

4. Find New Ways To Save Money: Many people these days are struggling in this economy, but not everyone. You can be one of those people who can thrive in any financial situation. Try things like clipping coupons, trying new, less expensive brand names, eat the food that is already in your house (you’d be amazed at what you can find in the back of the pantry or in the deep freezer), shop sales and recycle. Being thrifty with your money doesn’t have to hard. Talk to other people and share ideas.

2. Donate One Item To Charity Per Month: We can all probably look around our homes and find things that we no longer need or use. Make it a habit on the 1st day of each month to find at least 1 item to donate to a charitable organization. Some of us may also want to consider setting aside a small box for these items that we come across on a daily basis. If you have children, get them involved! Have them donate 1 toy a month and help them learn about all the positive things that can come from donating.

3. Focus On The Future, Not Just The Present: We all have those moments where life just seems to be raining down bad things. Those moments that seem so incredibly stressful that you question your sanity. Try asking yourself, how will you feel in 10 minutes from now? 10 hours? 10 days? 10 years? When your child is 16 and asking to borrow the car, we’ll be longing for the days that we watched that Elmo movie 4 times a day for a month. Staying up all night with a sick baby won't seem so bad when I'm staying up all night waiting for them to come home.

1. Weekly Card Giving: I had heard of this a little while back and think that it’s something we can all do to let people in our lives know how important they are to us! Start with a list of people: family, friends, church members, teachers, pharmacists, bus drivers or maybe your mailman. It shouldn’t be hard to think of 52 deserving individuals. Prepare a card each week to send to one of these people to express your gratitude for being a part of your life. This will be fantastic way to bring smiles to faces all around.


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atures Recipes

Pomegranate is a wonderfully festive fruit that is eaten for its antioxidant powers. You can find double the amount of antioxidants in the peel of the fruit making it a great ingredient for beauty care products.

DIY Holiday Exfoliator Ingredients •

1 Tbsp! finely ground seeds

5 Tbsp ! raw sugar

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½ tsp! 1 tsp!

¼ cup! olive oil

cocoa powder aloe vera gel

Mix all ingredients together and use as a scrub in the shower. To increase the antioxidant properties and make a coarser scrub, add grinded peel to the recipe.

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Recipe taken from Whole Living Magazine, December 2011.


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HOLIDAY CHEER WITH FITNESS IN MIND. Eating and drinking is what do we do best during the holiday season and we tend to indulge more often than not and what tends to suffer the most is our exercise regime. So, how can we avoid the guilt trip while enjoying the holiday season? If there is a will, there is a way. Even though you may feel there aren’t enough hours in your day to fit in your exercise routine, once you plan ahead and commit yourself to exercising 2-3 days a week, it just becomes habit. Not only will you feel and look your best, but you will be surprised at how exercise will improve your sleep and your mood. Here are a few tips that can help you keep active and maintain your sanity during the holidays without the regret of over indulging. Don’t deprive yourself of food, but stay in control of your portion sizes. Besides eating your 3 regular meals a day, add a snack of good carbohydrates, fats and proteins in between meals. Some healthy choices for good fats are olive oil, almonds, avocados and fish oils. Poor choices of fats include fatty red meat, egg yolks found in egg nog, and foods rich in trans fats such as butter in desserts such as short bread cookies. Eating sensible portion sizes every 4-5 hours will maintain your blood sugar levels without the need to reach for the temptation of a short bread cookie.

We know that stress during the holidays can be paired with alcohol. But did you know that in each bottle of domestic beer, there is a cheese burger containing 374 calories. Stick to low calorie sodas and cocktails such as lite domestic beers that average between 67 – 100 calories. Champagne, with 85 calories, and Gin and Tonic, with only 103 calories are also better options. Keep in mind that alcohol dehydrates the body as well, therefore it is good practice to include an 8oz glass of water with every meal. Set realistic fitness goals, even if it’s just a 20 minute walk around the block on your lunch hour. Don’t plan for a 90 minute workout at the gym on Christmas Eve because chances are it’s not going to happen. Try sneaking in some more cardio whenever possible. So, instead of parking close to the mall entrance to make a quick dash into the department store for that last minute gift, park a little further than usual so that you can fit in an extra brisk walk. Deep breathing exercises or meditating in a quiet setting helps to clear the mind. Yoga classes are another fitness alternative to mental and physical health that can reduce high blood pressure while increasing clarity in your thoughts.


HOW TO COMBAT TEMPTATION OF HOLIDAY CHEER WITH FITNESS IN MIND. By Janet Law

When travelling for the holidays, pack exercise bands to maintain strength. They are light and compact enough to stow away in your luggage and quite effective in maintaining tone in a 15 minute routine. Exercising in the morning is best as it tends to continue to burn more calories throughout the morning rather than taking in an afternoon session.

To substitute a gym workout, if time is limited, this could include a 2-5km snowshoe walk, a cross-country ski on Christmas morning, shovelling the sidewalk before guests and family arrive, or it could be just a stroll around the block with the family dog. A little fresh air always helps keep the mind clear as well.

Another thing to consider is incorporating exercise on the day you plan to indulge. So when it comes time to sit down for that holiday meal, enjoy good, hardy foods that will help you recover from a workout. Power bars, protein smoothies, or chocolate milk are just a few of the recovery snacks that you could have on hand. The best protein choices are skinless chicken, turkey, fish or low-fat dairy products. By eating within 30 minutes after a workout, you will help reduce your calorie intake at the Christmas dinner or party.

So with all of these words of wisdom and encouragement to help combat indulgence and keep those few extra pounds off while enjoying the spirit of Christmas, I wish you the best in maintaining your exercise goals throughout the Holiday Season. I wish you nothing but happiness and the merriest Christmas that will carry on into the New Year! References “Exercise and ‘The Endorphin Rush’”. By K. Cossaboon “Top 10: Recovery Foods”. Ask Men Canada “A Week in the Zone”. Barry Sears, Ph.D.


Birth Tales Stories are told by local northern mothers or fathers, To submit your story e-mail kayleighmay.homegrown@gmail.com

3:17am – A pain whips through my midsection waking me from a peaceful sleep. After two previous false alarms, I was hesitant to contact my husband who was working nights. Two minutes later, another, stronger contraction. Another two minutes brings about another contraction that now has me pacing the hallway. I’m starting to think this may not be a false alarm. The text goes out: “owwwww”. Jason was home almost as quickly as the arrival of the next contraction and within 5 minutes the car was loaded and we were on our way.

3:40am – We pulled over at a friend’s house to drop off Cole, our almost 2 year old, who was excited at this late night adventure that had him out in his pj’s. By this time, I wasn’t even able to focus long enough to kiss him goodbye, off we went to the hospital. We were met at the front doors by my doula, Kayleigh and off we waddled to the maternity ward. 4:10ish – After ensuring the night nurse that Yes, I actually was in active labour and that no, it wasn’t early labour, to her surprise, she confirmed that I was already 7cm dilated. This baby was going to be here soon. Off we went to the delivery room for a quick set up. By this time, contracts had me holding my breath in pain until I remembered to focus and breathe through each wave.


Birth Tales Stories are told by local northern mothers or fathers,

5:18am – 10cm and my water breaks, it’s time, I need to push. WHAT?? Don’t push?? You can’t be serious?? The doctor isn’t here yet!!!! Get him here NOW!!! I can’t wait, this baby is coming. So now the nurse is suited up to catch this baby, one push with her and Dr. Ravee makes his appearance. 5:28am – Two more pushes and I got to witness this little man’s entrance into this world. “That. Was. Amazing!!” is the first thing that I said following his birth, and it was. I would have done it all over again right then and there.

We had an amazing experience and are so thankful to all those who shared in the birth of our little bundle: our OB, Dr. Raveendran, our Doula & Birth Photographer, Kayleigh De Cecco and all the wonderful nurses who cared for us during our stay at the Timmins Hospital.

- Chantal Warren

To submit your story e-mail kayleighmay.homegrown@gmail.com


Creative Living

Mom’s going to be a what?! By: Jodi Lebrun

I took part in my first teleconference on Aug. 25 and I loved it! I’m 39 and I had never taken part in anything like this. It was new and scary and I was on my own. Just me. Okay, let me back up a bit. I’m going to be a Creativity Coach. An actual Kaizen Muse. (http://www.kaizenmuse.com) This time last year I was an exhausted home daycare provider. I was also a photographer and a wannabe writer. I needed a change. Badly. I felt like I was going to explode. I made the decision to close my daycare and be happily unemployed until I figured out what my next move was. I really wanted to write more so in Sept. of 2010 I started my very first blog, Living Life Photographically. I then, in November, opened up my first Etsy shop and filled it with my best prints. I joined a few teams and held my breath. I’d never sold anything before and had no idea what I was doing. Time passed.

Fast forward to one morning in March 2011. I finally got my first sale from a stranger for one of my prints. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I hollered for my hubby to come downstairs to confirm that what I was looking at was my first sale. It was! I’d made my first $30 from my photography! I sold a few more prints after that and I continued to blog my butt off. My readership grew to in the 400ʹ′s and I was now lining up guest posters and conversing regularly with some crazy talented women. In the meanwhile I had come across Studio Mothers (www.studiomothers.com) and Miranda graciously said yes when I e-mailed her to see if I was Studio Mother material. I later discovered Goddess Leonie (www.goddessguidebook.com) and joined her forum. This is a great forum and the networking that I’ve been able to do and the connections I’ve made there are priceless. I now moderate the Facebook page that is linked with all of our Etsy shops, https:// www.facebook.com/GoddessCircleTeam.


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I know that sounds simplistic. I know that not everyone can quit their job tomorrow to pursue their dreams, but what if I could give them a gentle nudge to at least consider this possibility? And if they considered it, what if I could help them realize it? I was them. I’m still them. I could help them. I could help ease them into a creative life. I could help them realize that they are worth the effort.

I then got the itch to do something a bit more handson with my photography. I’d created my ‘Write’ print and it was selling fantastically. I wanted to be able to offer it to those who didn’t want it as a print. Long story short, I got into the jewelry biz. I shrunk down my images and made jewelry from them. My jewelry then started to outsell my photography so I closed up my photography shop and I re-opened up with Creative Life By Design, a shop where I could sell all different types of my creations, http:// www.etsy.com/shop/creativelifebydesign, I transferred over my favorite prints and sold them in this shop instead. It was the best decision. I maintain 1 shop and sales are steadily growing. I was officially making money from being creative! But something was still missing. I was using my hands to fill my creative need but my brain was craving more. I then found an online questionnaire that was designed to see if I was cut out to be a Creativity Coach. It was while answering these questions that I realized I wanted to do more for my fellow creative spirits. If I could, at 39, have so much sharing through and writing for my blog, www.creativelifebydesign.com, enjoying my photography and making jewelry, why couldn’t others have this same opportunity?

I needed some credentials. I was positive that “Mom to 4 who has dabbled in a thousand creative areas” was not going to get me clients. I hit my bookshelves. I waited for a sign. It came one day in the form of Jill Badonsky’s The Awe-Manac. When I opened up that blue and yellow book and read what was inside, I knew I’d found my calling. I could not get to her website quick enough! It had to be fate that she had a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching session coming up in less than 6 weeks. And then I stopped dead in my tracks. Unlike all the other courses online that I’ve paid for and taken, this one required that I email her and tell her why I should be accepted into the course. I sat and stared at my laptop screen. What in goddess’s name would I tell her to convince her? I had no background in this field and haven’t had a “regular” job in 7 years. I walked away from my laptop. Defeated. I moped all evening. I finally convinced myself to try again the next day — what was she going to do? Ridicule me? Not answer my plea? I wrote what was in my heart and she replied a few hours later.


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“You wrote a beautiful application and you are wonderfully suited for this training. I think you will be thrilled with it. You have a great experience in the creative process and I can tell, a full heart. This model combines the spiritual with the scientific and you seem to be dwelling in those realms as well.” I was in! I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t told anyone, my hubby included, in case she turned me down. Now I had to convince my hubby that I would be the best Creativity Coach that the coaching world has ever seen. Gulp. I turned on the charm and here I am.

I am now knee deep in homework, conference calls, creative writing and coaching sessions. I spend every free minute studying, filling Etsy orders, taking care of my kids and my house and dreaming of the day, very soon, when I’m a fullfledged Creativity Coach! Yep, I’m still exhausted, working from home is a full-time job, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m doing what I love and on my way to helping others to do the same. If I can do it, anyone can. You just have to believe in yourself and the things that you can accomplish will astound you!


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Our Treasure Box Of Links www.claus.com - Great site for kids, www.northpole.com - Christmas site for Kids www.noradsanta.org -Track Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trip around the world on Christmas Eve www.magicsanta.ca - Tell Santa a few things about your child and Santa will make you a video postcard and e-mail it to you.

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TAX TIPS Child Care Expenses

By Suzanne Lafond

If you require childcare to work or attend school, you may be able to claim some money on taxes. You or your spouse or common-law partner may have paid for someone to care for your child so one of you could earn income, go to school, or conduct research. You can claim the expense if the child was under 16 or had a mental or physical impairment. The general rule is only the spouse or common-law partner with the lower net income – even if it is zero – can claim the expenses. Childcare expenses include fees paid for: •

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For Christmas we asked our writers to submit their favorite cookie recipes. Some are very healthy, some, not so much. Enjoy and be sure to write to us to let us know what your favorite cookies are.

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These cookies are great as night and morning cookies. Tea cookies with no caffeine are great for night time, and the coffee cookies are great as a morning boost.

Kayleigh De Cecco’s

Kayleigh De Cecco’s

Chai Tea Cookies

Sugar and Spice Coffee Slice

Makes 4 dozen cookies

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2 Cups Butter 2 Cups Packed Brown sugar 3 Bags Celestial Bengal Spice Chai Tea ( Independent Grocery Store) 2 Teaspoon Vanilla 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 4 1/2 Cups Flour

2 T. instant espresso coffee powder 1 T. hot water 1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened 1/4 C. shortening 1 C. sugar 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed 1 t. baking powder 1 t. ground cinnamon 1/4 t. salt 1 egg 2 C. flour 1 t. instant espresso 1/4 c. sugar coffee beans (optional)

PREPARATION In large mixing bowl Mix butter on High for 30 seconds Add Brown Sugar, Chai Tea, Vanilla, Baking Soda And Salt, Beat until light and Fluffy, Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in Flour. Divide dough in 4 and store in Refrigerator for 1 hour, or until easy to handle Heat oven to 375° F On a floured surface  Roll out 1 package of dough, using a cookie cutter cut out dough, place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Both recipes taken from Better Homes and Gardens Ultimata cookies and bars Dec 2010 Home Grown - Parenting in the North

PREPARATION Combine the 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and water, stirring until dissolved. Set aside. Combine butter and shortening.  Beat on medium to high for 30 seconds.  Add sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Beat until combined.  Beat in egg and coffee mixture.  Add flour. Divide dough into thirds.  Shape each portion into a  7 inch log.  Wrap with plastic or wax paper.  Chill about 2 hours, or until firm enough to slice. Preheat oven to 375.  Mix 1/4 c. sugar and 1 t. instant espresso powder, pour onto a plate for dipping the tops of cookies.  Slice dough into 3/8-inch slices.  Dip tops and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Press coffee bean into center of each slice. Bake 7-9 minutes.  Let stand for 1 minute on cookie sheet.  Cool on wire rack. 59


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Christine South’s Blueberry & White Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies Photograph From www.eatingwell.com

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1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1 large egg 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup oats, quick-cooking or old-fashioned (not instant) • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped • 1/3 cup dried blueberries (or any other dried fruit) • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped (available in most baking isles)

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PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. Cream the butter and sugar in a standing mixer until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. 3. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract and mix for 1 minute. 4. Combine the white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and slowly incorporate into the butter and egg mixture. 5. Mix until combined then pour in the chocolate chips and stir. 6. Using a mini ice cream scooper or tbsp measure, scoop dough onto a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. 7. Bake for 12 minutes. 8. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove and place on a cooling rack. 9. Makes 5 dozen cookies. Freeze uncooked batter into cookie size portions to quickly bake a dozen cookies when the mood strikes.

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Crushed candy cane Crumbled Smarties Crumbled Oreo cookies – normal, golden or peppermint Skor Bits Crushed Peanuts Sprinkles

PREPARATION 1. Microwave the chocolate as directed on package. Let cool for 5 min. 2. Stir in the peanut butter and mix until smooth. 3. Dip the pretzels halfway into the chocolate mixture and swirl it around to cover. Shake or gently scrape off the extra chocolate. 4. Holding the pretzels over a plate-quickly sprinkle with topping of choice and place on waxed paper. 5. Refrigerate to set them and then store in the fridge.

Recipe from www.weelicious.com.

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PREPARATION 1. Beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. 2. Add about half of the flour, the egg, sugar, milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. 3. Beat till thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. 4. Divide dough in half, cover & chill for 3 hours. 5. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time 1/8 inch thick. 6. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. 7. Place cookies on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Cut out small shapes in the cookie centers. 8. Spoon some candy into each center to fill holes. 9. Bake in a 375 °F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. 10. When baked, cool cookies on foil; remove. 11. Store tightly covered.

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Tessa Morrissette’s Oat Delights/Chocolate Macaroons

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Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a pot on stove. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add vanilla, remove from heat and stir in coconut and oats. Drop by tsp onto wax paper and let set.

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