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Staying at Home vs. Assisted Living

Done & Done Family Concierge Services

Part Two: Elders at home

Most of us enjoy the surroundings of our own home, and seniors are no exception. Assisted living has its benefits, but can be an expensive and unwelcome change. There is help available, but many find that existing home care services are limited in their ability to assist. A ride to an appointment, help with groceries, and tackling yard work could result in 3 different people in & out of the home. It can be difficult to fill all these needs.  Homeowners prefer full service from a familiar face.  Helping our clients solve these challenges is what we love to do. We are always on the lookout for Great Clients!


Refueling Your Relationship for Valentines Day

Chocolates, flowers and dinner are wonderful ways to wine and dine your love one on Valentines day, but even more importantly how are you carving out some well deserved quality couple time on an ongoing basis the other 51 weeks a year? In today’s multi-tasking world, it is easy to get caught up in the have to’s, must do’s and should do’s of a busy schedule.

What often gets forgotten or taken for granted is making the time to cherish each other in our every day interactions. It’s strange as we don’t seem to forget to give our cars a tune up and fill them up with gas on a regular basis, yet so many of us forget to take the time to pause and remind our beloved how much we care and love them. Being a couple in a healthy relationship requires time, effort and energy…why not begin refueling this month!

LOVE is in the AIR and SO Many Other Things!

Those other things – toxins, allergens, cold and flu viruses are NOT what we are going to talk about. Welcome to LOVE Month! It is symbolized with a heart. Well, how is your heart? A month has passed since you made those New Year’s health resolutions. How are you doing? Since this is LOVE month, how is your Love life with yourself? Loving yourself, gives you the energy to love others and make the world a better place! When you love yourself, you dream BIGGER dreams; you possess more confidence and courage; and emanate positive energy!

Loving yourself is different from arrogance, self-centeredness and air of entitlement. Loving yourself is perceiving your value as a person including your gifts, talents, personality, values and vision that you are willing to share with the world. Truly loving yourself is more about giving than getting, more about investing in others than trying to collect. Fall in LOVE with yourself and choose HEALTH! You deserve it!


Book Club: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia and Eat, Pray, Love.

With humour and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable.

Gretchen Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Clean Eating: Winter Warmer Red Lentil Soup


1 tbsp Olive oil

1 tsp garlic, minced

pinch of Hing (if you have it)

2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

½ cup celery, finely chopped

½ cup carrots, finely chopped

1 cup spinach or any leafy greens

2/3 cup red lentils

6 cups water or vegetable broth (if using water add 2tsp vegetable Bouillon powder)

2 cloves

3 whole peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (for garnish)

Squeeze of Lemon or lime


In a large pot on medium-high, heat oil. Add garlic, and ginger and sauté for 1 minute. Add celery and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add lentils, water, and all other ingredients except salt, pepper and cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid, and cook for 20-25 minutes, until lentils are soft. In the last 5 mins add the leafy greens. Removed cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with cilantro and lemon if you wish, and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Submitted By: Kalee Mund, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Getting Well Today and Staying Well in the 21st Century

Ask a dozen people or more what “wellness” means to them and you will get as many different answers related to alternative therapies, natural medicines, fitness, nutrition, and even spirituality. For Rick Thiessen, ‘wellness’ means all of these in addition to no small amount of pride in being behind one of the most successful health and wellness expos in Canada for the last twenty years. This annual consumer show features approximately 100 companies with thousands of products and services that are designed to promote a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle as well as enhance or improve a person’s quality of life.

The Wellness Expo is all about choice: treatments, products and more. People should have a choice but they don’t even know what’s out there. Unfortunately when consumers are looking for answers, it’s usually under duress. As a visitor to this event, the Wellness Expo offers people to try products and services in a safe and less costly environment.

The 21 annual Winnipeg Wellness Expo comes to the RBC Convention Centre, February 20 – 22, 2015. Admission is $10 for an all-day pass that includes access to the trade show, displays and demonstrations as well as all of our seminars.

For full program details, see

Smile…It’s Toothday!

Actually, it is Tooth month here at the Animal Hospital of Manitoba and we are having a pet dental special. If your cat or dog has bad breath, it could be time for a professional dental cleaning. Bad breath can be a sign of anything from gum disease to organ damage.

The same bacteria that can destroy your pet’s teeth can also enter the blood stream and damage internal organs. Bleeding gums and broken or rotten teeth can affect your pet’s appetite and behaviour. Keep your furry friend happy and healthy have a dental check done today!

This New Year…Discover Hidden Treasures!

Not everyone feels they are creative in the traditional sense.  Yet somewhere deep inside we all have creativity to be expressed in our own personal way. We encourage you to share our passion for re-purposing items, simple crafts that celebrate nature and responsible healthy living. Candle making, soap making, glass fusing and bottle slumping are great hobbies to help de-stress and calm the mind….washing away tension and stress easily and naturally!

Try your hand at making your own or choose a hand crafted item that we have made. Do it yourself projects (DIY) gives opportunity for all levels of creativity! Add “get more creative” to your New Year’s Resolutions list and join us to discover what creativity is hidden deep within!

Hidden Treasures
519 Osborne St.

Fighting the War on Winter

Are you living in the Realm of W.O.W (War on Winter)?

It seems the older one gets, the more extreme it gets. We all know that we should eat vegetables and fruit, sleep well, drink more water, exercise, increase our Vitamin C and decrease our sugar intake. Some say we should get the flu shot. But is there some more solutions to the War on Winter and being Flu Fighters?

Try to maintain a healthy diet, eat quality protein, and implement Glutathione into your diet. Glutathione, is a naturally occurring protein that protects every cell, tissue, and organ from toxic free radicals and diseases. The supplement contains three amino acids: glycine, glutamate (glutamic acid) and cysteine. Glutathione helps repair damaged cells caused by stress, radiation, pollution, infection and a host of other ailments. Enhancing your body with glutathione supplements increases your natural immune boosting potential!

Rachel Silva, Quality Living Network

Smart Pulse

Early detection and prevention of heart disease is achievable. Heart disease is currently the number one killer among both men and women in the world with an estimated healthcare cost of well over $500 billion annually. There is an affordable way to check your cardiovascular system, stress levels, blood circulation and more.

The Smart Pulse is designed to provide objective data to help diagnose depression, sleep disorders, poor concentration, mental and physical stress, chronic fatigue and blood problems. This FDA approved medical device is user-friendly and non-invasive. It uses a finger probe to observe the changes in pressure, blood flow and velocity throughout the entire pulse wave. This specialized device and analysis can also detect cardiovascular disease and the functioning and age of the heart. Your health is the most important factor in life!

Christy Kim

Product Showcase: Cardio for Life

Voted the best health product on the market for the past 3 years along with winning the Nobel Prize in Health, this amazing product is not only helping save lives with its cardiovascular plaque cleansing but also for several additional health reasons!

It protects and strengthens the heart, lowers cholesterol levels, improves circulation, supports healthy blood pressure, increases energy, speeds up wound healing, regulates blood sugar, improves memory, assists in kidney repair and so much more!

The key to this incredible product is the 5000mg of the remarkable amino acid, Arginine. Arginine increases Nitric Oxide levels which in turn nourishes almost every cell in the human body. There are also an abundance of necessary vitamins in this product that assist the Arginine benefits. Mixed with a glass of water, the ease of this product is simple to incorporate into your daily health routine.

Christy Kim