Getting Nutritional Advice From A Dietitian is Easier Than You Think

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Have you ever wanted to book an appointment with a registered dietitian and figured it would be too costly? Well what would you say if I told you there is a place that offers the service where you already go for your groceries? Yes, it’s true.

The dietitian program I am speaking of is offered at many of the Loblaws stores across Canada. In fact, the Loblaws we shop at weekly has the service and I had no idea it existed or that many of the services were free to the public until recently. Now that it has been pointed out, it’s like, I see that sign all the time.

I was given the opportunity to have a consultation with an in-store dietitian at Loblaws and I wanted to share my experience with you. I did learn a few things I was not expecting.

As a bonus, I also got some great tips on how to make Thanksgiving leftovers a little healthier. Don’t worry, I know Thanksgiving for us Canadians is long gone, but I will include some easy ways to take some classic comfort food dishes and make them healthier.

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Need A Paw Patrol Birthday Party Fast? Just Yelp For Help

It’s Paw Patrol to the rescue for all your kid party needs.

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Our boys have always been big fans on Paw Patrol. Those helpful dogs have been a part of our lives for a good six years. So of course it is the perfect theme for a birthday party or end of school party or any party for that matter.

I was given the opportunity to try out a cool service that makes planning a Paw Patrol party a piece of cake, no pun intended.

I also was sent a box full of Paw Patrol party favors that I will get to in a sec.

First of all, the planning of the party. No job is too big as they say.

The fine people at Toys “R” Us wanted us to try out a cool way to set up, organize and send out RSVP and thank you messages to all guests.

The product is called PercyVites and it is an innovative line of personalized video invitations and thank you videos starring your kid’s favorite characters, your kid’s photos, and all the other party details. What I liked about the product on my first try was it was pretty quick and easy. I love being efficient when planning, so PercyVites was sure to deliver.

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All I had to do was go to a website, enter in the needed information for each step and the magic of the internet created a short video that was emailed to the people you invited to the party.

As we did not have an actual birthday party to run in the time frame of the review, we turned to a BBQ party we had with our neighbours. All the kids were fans of the Paw Patrol so it was perfect.

I had the invites done in 10 minutes and the email videos were being watch shortly after that.

That’s the first part done. On to the actual party.

On the day of the party we used a number of the party favours to decorate the table. Hats, plates, balloons, bracelets and more.

It was well received by the kids.

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Fast forward through the party and to the days after.

It’s time to send out a thank you note for coming. For those who host a birthday party, you want to send a thank you for any gifts as well.

Well, just like with the invite, you can easily make the thank you video using PercyVites. You plug in all the information, your message and a video is created that you can email.

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PercyVites is a cool option to really personalize your birthday with a theme your kids love. It shows up on a screen. It excited the child who gets to see it. All that is great. It also handles the RSVP part without having to buy physical cards and mail them or hope they reach the kids somehow.

All great for those who like that kind of thing.

Me personally, I still like old school invites that are hand written and delivered by snail mail or in person. It was a lot of fun to have all the Paw Patrol items to decorate our BBQ party and the kids have watched the video invites and thank you’s over and over. So it was a win in my books. Try it for yourself and let us know. Learn all about Percyvites here.

I want to state that I received the party pack for the purpose of a review but my review and opinions are still my own. Thank you to Toys “R” Us for giving us a chance to test out PercyVites and the box of party items. All kids were very happy.

Tour De Parkdale – Bike Riders Can Stop, But They Won’t Stop

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You noticed I called them “bike riders”. They are not cyclists in my eyes. To me a cyclist rides for exercise, sport and the love of having a fine tuned machine as their mode of transport. I also bet they follow the rules of the road.

Since the summer began, the amount of “bike riders” in our area has increased dramatically. Duh. It’s nice out. It’s better than being stuck on a streetcar and it’s great to get that breeze in your face. But….

It’s also a time for more annoying and somewhat dangerous experiences when walking.

The cross walk at the end of our street is a 3-way intersection with our street being a one-way. There is a bike lane of the main street we connect with. It’s just houses really.

So what happens is, bike riders like to cruise through the intersection without ever stopping. Honest. I watch and actually make a point of noting when a bike rider stops. It has not happened in many weeks. Hell I will take a slow roll or yield.

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