Date Night With Sting

You Can Have One Too

by: Erica Ehm

Date Night With Sting


I'm so freaking excited to go see Sting live in Concert next week at Massey Hall!! When I worked at Much, one of my most memorable moments was interviewing Sting. Now I have a chance to relive my new wave youth with my cute hubby on DATE NIGHT. Can you tell I'm just a little excited?

I scored my tickets through Amex Front of the Line program after spying a huge ad for tickets in the newspaper. If you have an American Express card, you get access to great seats before the general public does. This ticket also allows me drinks at the special Amex Lounge. Membership does have privileges!

I also know that starting October 24th, American Express will be giving away complimentary tickets to some of the hottest concerts and theatre productions all across Canada on Facebook!

If you go to their Facebook page, check out the tab marked Front of the Line Fridays - that's where you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the “Sting: Back to Bass” tour in Vancouver!

Apparently, they're going to be giving away tickets to all kinds of shows twice a month until December 23rd, so if you like winning free concert tickets, like their page!

And if you're going to the Sting concert at Massey Hall, please cross your fingers that he'll play Fragile. I. will. melt.


Top 20 Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

Do You Have These Products In Yours?

by: Erica Ehm

Top 20 Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

This weekend was my time to clean out all our medicine cabinets and drawers. Admit it - how many expired bottles of medicine and creams are fermenting on your shelves?

I spent half an hour going through our bathroom and kitchen cupboards looking for anything with expired labels. I found a bunch of prescription pill containers, assorted liquid medicines and all kinds of antiseptic gels which were way past their due date. I was about to throw them in the garbage until Sharon told me you can bring expired pharmaceuticals to pharmacies to be properly disposed of.

When I dropped my bag of expired medicine at the pharmacy counter, the pharmacist explained how medication can actually get into the soil, creating an environmental hazard. If you're thinking of flushing medicine down the toilet, think again. In fact, traces of certain medications have actually been found in water supplies.

He also told me that keeping medication in the bathroom or kitchen can be a problem because the heat and humidity in those rooms can affect the stability of the medication. Also, keeping prescriptions in an overheated car can compromise the medicine. Who knew?

Since we were already chatting, I asked him for his recommendations for the top twenty must-haves for every family medicine cabinet. I scribbled the list and picked it up in one quick shop.

Here's the list so you can use it too!

Ibuprofen (tablets or syrup) for pain and fever in adults and children
Acetaminophen (tablets or syrup) for pain and fever in adults or children
Antihistamine (tablets or syrup) for allergies, bites and itchy rashes
Oral rehydration sachets like Pedialyte or Gatorade
Cream or spray for insect bites or stings
Steam inhalations or vapour rub for relief of cold symptoms and stuffy noses
Antibiotic cream like Polysporin
Saline or something similar for cleaning cuts prior to bandaging
Bandages, gauze and tape for minor wounds
Cough medicine (*Interesting note that the pharmacist told me cough medicine is not meant for children under 6. Ask your pharmacist to recommend alternatives.)
Thermometer - either ear, forehead or mouth/underarm/bum
Measuring spoon, cup or oral syringe for kids
Tweezers for splinters
Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream
Aloe gel for soothing sunburns
Instant cold packs
Warm compress for strains and sprains

Am I missing anything? What are the must-haves in your medicine cabinet?


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The Ultimate Breakfast Recipe for Mom

Killer Pancakes

by: Erica Ehm

The Ultimate Breakfast Recipe for Mom

Seven years ago my daughter was diagnosed with severe nut allergies. Since then, I've been trying to find a replacement for my beloved peanut butter for breakfast. I've tried this french toast recipe which my kids have every morning, and this healthy chocolate breakfast spread.

My good friend Amber Mac, who is such a healthy eater, suggested I start my mornings with cottage cheese, but it fell flat for me.

But now I have this new recipe to add to my breakfast arsenal from my cousin Dana and her husband David. I made it this morning and it really hit the spot.

When they sent the recipe they didn't name it, so I'm calling them...

Killer Pancakes

1/3 cup quick oats
2 tablespoons cottage cheese
8 tablespoons of egg whites (buy them in the carton)

• Blend all together with mixer or magic bullet
• Spray pan and cook like a pancake.
• Great with fresh fruit on top.

Makes one large pancake or two smaller ones. I slathered mine with apple butter this morning.

They're really filling and keep you going for hours. If you make them or come up with a yummy variation, let me know!!