Handling Health and Hygiene

As the summer vacation winds down ensure that school aged children have the proper immunizations before school starts. Check the immunization card for each child or make a quick call to the doctor's office for an update. If  you haven't already done so, schedule immunizations or annual  checkups for doctor, dentist, optometrist or any other specialists. Ask for an appointment before Labour Day or book on school Professional Development Days so the kids won't miss school.   

Before the kids head back to school, now is a good time to reinforce basic hygiene in terms of proper hand washing to prevent spreading germs. Emphasize that combs and hats shouldn't be shared in order to prevent lice infestation.

Have you purchased dishes, utensils, lunch bags, thermoses and water bottles to tote lunch to school? Demonstrate how to sanitize these dishes to prevent contamination by bacteria.

Finally, introduce new foods to the family menu that meet your requirements for  approved lunch selections. Don't wait until school starts to discuss nutritional advice.  Many schools or individual classrooms have been declared nut free due to severe allergies, so adjust the snacks listed on your grocery list accordingly.

Tackle it Now Day

Tackle it Now Day


Do you feel overwhelmed by obligations and priorities that never seem to end?

Are you bogged down by clutter and piles of paper?

Don't worry, everyone occasionally needs a push in the right direction.

Semi-annually, on the Sunday designated for the change to Daylight Savings Time, Havoc to Harmony will provide simple shortcuts to inspire you to tackle whatever action items that you've been procrastinating about.

Listen to the message that was featured on Wave 94.7 FM.


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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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