Wacky cold remedies from around the world

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Published on: January 25, 2019

“In Canada, the peak times for colds are at the start of school in the fall, in mid-winter, and again in early spring. Adults catch approximately 2 to 4 colds a year, and children catch even more.”


Coughing, sneezing and fevers- oh my! ‘Tis the season to get sick, no matter how hard you try to prevent it, the winter cold takes no mercy. Between chugging cough syrup to eating nothing but lozenges it can feel like nothing will work. Ready to try something a little different? Take a world tour of some weird and wacky cold remedies from around the globe.

Snail Syrup, Germany 🇩🇪

A little different to maple syrup, snail syrup is used in Germany to soothe sore throats. The syrup is made of snail extract (not the whole snail), just the slime from the trail. You’ll never know if it works if you don’t try!  

Raw Garlic, Russia 🇷🇺  

If you are about to go on a date, then maybe don’t try this one! Eating raw garlic or having plates of chopped garlic around the house is a common cold remedy in Russia. Parents will put garlic cloves in their children’s pockets to fend off colds (and vampires, of course).

Salty Liquorice, Netherlands 🇳🇱

The Dutch have a special salty treat called “salmiak liquorice” which has surprising healing powers. The salt and the liquorice root mix together to make a soothing throat lozenge. Plus, if you like liquorice then you’re basically just eating candy while curing your cold!

Dried lizard soup, Hong Kong 🇭🇰

What do you get when you mix dried lizards, yams and dates? You get a popular cure for the common cold in Hong Kong. The catch is you have to both genders of lizard in one soup for it to work. Would you give this a try?

Turmeric Milk, India 🇮🇳

This is like hot cocoa but different in almost every way. Add turmeric, ginger, honey and peppercorns to some warm milk and say bye-bye to your cold. Turmeric is a super food so if you like the taste sprinkle it on pretty much everything (maybe not ice cream but you get the idea).

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Healthy eating is as easy as 1-2-3!

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Published on: January 2, 2019

 “According to a recent Ipsos poll only three in 10 Canadians will set a New Year’s resolution, and of those, 73 per cent eventually break them.”*

Every year it’s always the same struggle of setting goals, losing motivation and then inevitably your goals slip by the wayside. If you set goals, the best way to achieve them is to make small changes over time to ease into your new healthier lifestyle. Stay on track by planning, prepping and cooking meals for the week.

Follow these 3 step recipes for healthy and quick dinners that everyone has time to make.  

Veggie Tacos

No one can say no to tacos! These healthy tacos are packed with all the good stuff to keep you looking and feeling good!

Prep Time: 10 mins     Cooking time: 40 mins 

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (diced and drizzled with cooking oil)
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can navy beans
  • package of 8 taco shells (hard or soft, you decide) 

Garnish: avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, shredded cheese (anything else your heart desires)


1. Cook sweet potatoes in the oven at 425°until they are soft and cooked.

2. Fry onions and mix in beans and sweet potato

3. Serve in taco shells and garnish as you wish 



Turmeric Chicken Salad 

Turmeric is a superfood that will keep your immune system up this winter. So shake a load of it on your chicken and fight those colds!

Prep Time: 10 mins      Cooking time: 15 mins 

Ingredients (serves 4): 

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • cooking oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bunches of spinach
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red pepper  

Salad Dressing: 

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (a sprinkle)


  1. Sauté chicken in oil and sprinkle with turmeric
  2. Once chicken is cooked all the way through, let it cool and mix the remaining ingredients in a salad bowl.
  3. Mix together the salad dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and bonne appétit! 



Portobello Mushroom Burger

Show off to your family and friends with this healthy twist on a classic!

Prep Time: 10 mins            Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • Pesto
  • Burger buns (to be extra healthy switch out the bun for lettuce)

Garnishes: lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheese (anything else your heart desires) 


  1. Coat mushroom in pesto
  2. Broil in the oven on high for 5 minutes each side (be careful not to over broil as they cook quickly)
  3. Remove from the oven, bun them, garnish and enjoy!


*Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/2429731/less-than-a-third-of-canadians-make-new-years-resolutions


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Holiday DIY Decorations

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Published on: November 28, 2018


Get creative this Christmas and try making your own holiday decor/gifts. These three DIYs are easy and quick to make, plus they will make you look a Pinterest master! Are you ready to impress your friends and family? Let’s get started!

1. Homemade wrapping paper 
With wrapping paper this cute, you could wrap up a lump of coal and people will still love it!

  1. 1 roll of craft paper (whatever colour you like but we recommend brown for a rustic look)
  2. Potatoes (we will explain later)
  3. Paint
  4. Any stencils or designs you would like to use ( leaves, doilies, etc.)


  1. Lay out your craft paper on a long table or on the floor
  2. Cut potatoes in half and the cut out the design you want on the potato so it acts like a stamp (stick to simple designs like stars and hearts)
  3. Choose your paint colours and dip the potato stamp in the paint to decorate the paper
  4. Get as creative as you like, you can write messages on the paper or just do simple designs
  5. Wrap up your gifts and don’t forget a cute bow!

(Image: https://blog.etsy.com/en/make-your-own-potato-stamp-gift-wrap/)


2. Mitten Advent Calendar
How is it that, by the end of winter, you somehow end up with at least 5 mismatched mittens? This idea let you take all these sad, single mittens and put them to good use.

  1. Collect all your old mittens (with any luck you won’t have to buy a few more pairs!).
  2. Once you have your 24 mittens, number them and hang them along a railing or bannister.
  3. Put a little gift or chocolate in each mitten for an advent treat each day! 

(Image: https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod482007)


3. Wine Bottle Holiday Lights 
This cute wine bottle light makes for a beautiful decoration– plus it is a great excuse to drink wine!

  1. Peel the labels off an old wine bottle and clean the bottle ( we recommend using a mix of green and clear bottles as it looks very festive).
  2. Place battery operated fairy lights in bottles
  3. Group the lights together and enjoy a beautiful, cheerful glow.

(Image: Image by Tim Mary Vidra)



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Holiday Chore Countdown

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Published on: November 26, 2018

Week One:
The countdown is on and this week is all about prep! The more you can do to prep for the holidays the more you can sit back, relax and enjoy time with your family.


Send out Cards/gifts: Before everything gets too crazy, send your holidays cards out to tick one thing off your to-do list.  Prioritize which gifts to send off based on how far away they are, send out all international gifts this week to make sure they arrive on time.


Food Prep: Save yourself a lot of stress and plan your meals for the next few weeks. Plan meals that can be made ahead of time and can be frozen for a few weeks. Then all you have to do is thaw, reheat and enjoy, giving you more time to binge on Christmas movies!


Festive Finishing Touches: The time has come to deck those halls and get your house looking holiday ready. Dig out those dusty decorations from last year and get everything set up just how you want it before the guests pour in!

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