Cookin' from Whatcha Got on a Busy Schedule

Cookin' from Whatcha Got on a Busy Schedule

Our family is ridiculously busy, and some nights it’s hard for me to figure out how to feed the kids before, or even after, their activities. With two kids with autism in the house, we have more than the average load of activities and appointments after school, making it hard to find healthy meals that are quick, easy, and not too messy. Here are some of the ways I keep up. Plan Meals Ahead of Time I’ve developed a two-week…

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Vegetarian Spinach Lentil Stew

Vegetarian Spinach Lentil Stew

This stew is one of our favourite meals in the wintertime. While it REALLY doesn’t work in the crock pot, it cooks up fairly quickly, and you can prep some of your ingredients the night before so when you’re on a tight timeline you can throw it all together and it’s ready in no time. I usually do a double or triple batch and freeze the extra portions for lazy or crazy nights. 1/2 c chopped onion 4 garlic cloves…

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Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

I don’t have the largest kitchen in the world, so cupboard space is at a premium; but I have some must-have kitchen gadgets that I absolutely refuse to do without. Herb Mincer This is a rolling herb mincer. You can also get other types of herb grinders, but this little guy takes up very little space in my kitchen, cost around $12, and does the job even with rosemary and thyme. I buy fresh herbs, mince the whole bunch, then…

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New Autism Treatment Funding for Ontario!

New Autism Treatment Funding for Ontario!

In Ontario in the past, in order to get IBI or ABA therapy for your child with autism meant getting on the ridiculously long waiting list with a qualified, health-care plan funded organization, commonly children’s hospitals. The long-awaited option to seek out therapy with private sector providers has finally been announced, with changes set to roll out on January 15th, 2018. Key Facts Everyone is extremely fuzzy on the actual details, including providers, and even the Ontario Government website is…

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Spending Money to Save Money

Spending Money to Save Money

  With the new year in sight, and resolutions being made all around about anything and everything, I thought that this year I’d offer up a resolution that can be easy to achieve, and actually save you some money. There are a LOT of things you can do in your home to save money, but here I’ll stick to the low-cost changes. 1 – Light bulbs in a nutshell: An incandescent bulb can last about 1,000 hours, compact fluorescents (CFL)…

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Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Being a twice-divorced Catholic with four kids, I’ve had plenty of time to take pause and reflect on the world around me, and it’s left me wondering – does anyone truly think about anything or anyone anymore before they act? I’ve always believed that you could make a marriage work if only both parties are willing to WORK at it. The same goes for parenting. Yet we have higher divorce statistics than ever, and more parents fighting to the detriment…

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Asperger’s/ASD and Learning Disabilities Diagnoses – What Now?

Asperger’s/ASD and Learning Disabilities Diagnoses – What Now?

  Photo by Rawpixel Congratulations – you’ve made it through the maze of doctors, psychologists, psychometrists, and perhaps even psychiatrists to the testing phase, and have received feedback on the diagnosis/es stemming from the testing. You have a nice, big report to read through, recommendations to the school system for learning aids if a learning disability is involved, recommendations for therapies such as IBI or ABA for ASD/Asperger’s diagnoses, or anything else that turns up in the report. You may…

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Why We Run: Because I Deserve to be Empowered

Why We Run: Because I Deserve to be Empowered

  I hated running my whole life. I never understood why people did it. I used to see people running in the rain, the winter, in the middle of nowhere and think, ‘gosh, that is so hard, why would anybody do it?’ I started running about 15 years ago, but it was strictly for me. I had started teaching Physical Education at a University, and realized that I had to be able to walk the talk. While I was active…

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To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

  Photo by Roseanna Smith View it as published at The Good Men Project I hate that this marks the first article that I’ve written in a while. I’m writing this today for all the parents out there who have ‘lost’ beloved family members to life and its winding, sometimes dark, path. For my best friend, whose two sons walked away from their mother. For all the mothers and fathers whose children were lost to drugs or alcohol, and may still…

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Snow and Woes: a Man’s Guide to Preventing Injury and Medical Problems in the Snow Season

Snow and Woes: a Man’s Guide to Preventing Injury and Medical Problems in the Snow Season

View it as published at The Good Men Project   Every year with the first few snowfalls, there is an increase in injuries and heart attacks resulting from the added strain put on our bodies of shoveling or snow-blowing, and even walking in the snow and ice. Men are less likely to seek treatment for injuries, and one study of New Yorkers showed that of 187 heart attacks, 57% of women called 911, while only 28% of men did. Here are…

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