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Supporting Local Farmers Markets in West Ottawa

Ottawa and its surrounding areas are known for their breathtaking views, trails, parks, and diverse ecosystems. As a response to a growing desire to support sustainability and healthy living, Farmers Markets have become a staple throughout various parts of the city, especially in our rural townships. In providing farm-fresh produce, organic alternatives and featuring community vendors selling their hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items, these friendly shops are highly anticipated by people living in every corner of the city.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has everything looking differently, Farmers Markets have opened for the season with reasonable restrictions, and we could not be more
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Spring Cleaning For Mental Health: Getting Your House, Mind, and Body in Shape

While the new year may trigger many people to write out a list of goals, or start working out and eating healthy, it’s the spring that really symbolizes new beginnings, life, and a growth mindset. As the snow uncovers the green grass and perennials start sprouting their heads above garden soil, many of us feel a natural motivation to clean our homes, enjoy the fresh air, and organize our lives. Fortunately, these activities also allow us to spend time on and improve our mental health and wellbeing, which is undoubtedly important in the current climate. Here are some ways that
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Fun Winter Activities: Making The Most Of Your Time At Home

Winter this year has been, for lack of a better word, unusual. Temperatures have been quite a bit milder than what we are used to in Ottawa, which has been a welcomed change, but with stay-at-home orders, we may not have been able to enjoy the colder months the same ways we have become accustomed to. What is good, is that this has offered many of us the chance to get creative with entertainment in times of lockdown, and while staying away from both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Many people are eager to engage in physical activities, embrace family time,
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Shopping Local in 2021: Small Businesses Still Need Us

The past year has been a difficult one for many people. Small businesses in particular have suffered, with many of them having been forced to modify their operations or close down altogether in order to comply with the restrictions set out by the government of Ontario. While it is convenient to shop at big box stores or use services like Amazon to buy what we want, supporting these large companies does not really help our neighbours, family, friends, or to support the local economy.  People everywhere rallied together in 2020 to lift up our small business owners by shopping local
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Coping with Pandemic Stress – Make a Plan, any Plan

COVID-19 Strikes Canada Just a few short months ago, none of us knew the incredible impact that the arrival of the COVID-19 virus would have on all of our lives. It has affected all community members, from children, teenagers, parents and grandparents.  Many of us have lost our jobs, lost hours of work, had to look after our children at home, worry about older parents and have missed our friends and family.  When many were able to return to work, there was still a concern about catching the virus from a co-worker or fellow student. COVID-19 is the most significant
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The Back to School Covid Self Care Code

It is a whole new COVID world out there and throughout this long crisis, many of us have come to recognize that our homes have become our safest haven. September has arrived, however, and while some kids are accessing home and remote schooling, the majority are back in school full time. What remains true for all families, no matter where the learning takes place, is that self-care will be of the utmost importance during these times. Students attending school in-person will inevitably need some downtime once they are home to decompress and then, finish up any pending homework assignments due.
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How to Move Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moving is a task that few find pleasure in, as it requires countless hours of organizing, packing, and lots of heavy lifting. Unfortunately, when doing this through a pandemic with travel restrictions in place and physical distancing measures still active, it may feel like there could not be a more inconvenient time to relocate. However, with closing dates getting closer, putting off your move may not be an option to your avail, but you should consider a few things before you go: Is your new town a hot-spot for COVID-19? Will you be coming into close contact with others during
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Self Care – Keeping Yourself Entertained

Entertainment Keeping yourself entertained while you’re at home is a challenge that not everyone is used to. But with all this free time, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or catch up on some projects you’ve been putting off.   Hobbies: Not everyone will enjoy the same things when it comes to hobbies. But there are no wrong answers! Grab a paintbrush, some clay, or a hammer and some nails and find a hobby you didn’t know you loved. Painting Grab the paint your have laying around in your spare room Find
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Self Care is More Important than Ever

The events of the last few months have sparked and unprecedented change in our daily lives. For essential workers, stress is at an all-time high. Working on the front lines to fight the virus and make sure that everyone is able to get the essential services we need. Those working from home have had to deal with the sudden change that comes with shifting to an at-home office environment. Remaining productive while juggling children, pets, and distractions that are ever prevalent in your home environment. Those who have been laid off or otherwise are not working due to the virus
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Mother's Day from a Distance

  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while many of us generally take this time to visit and surprise our Mothers with gifts of appreciation, good food, and laughs with the family, the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic still has us practicing social distancing measures, limiting our interactions. While this certainly isn’t how we thought we would be spending Mother’s Day this year, there are still ways we can adapt and celebrate; With accessible technology, plenty of local and online buying options, and a touch of creativity, there are still lots of ways to brighten the day
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