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Manage Your Family’s Health with the Free Care4Today App

Care4Today App

When I was asked to try out the new Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager app, I jumped at the chance. You see, in my family, there are a couple of us who take daily medications that are vital to our health and well-being. A missed dose could be very problematic and forgetting to get a refill in time could cause a missed dose.


Care4Today Adherence


The Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager is a free mobile app available in the App Store and Google Play. Its purpose is to simplify the process of managing medications for individuals, families and caregivers in this fast paced, busy world.

Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager is designed to help Canadians manage their medications from their mobile phone and computer. It helps in the following ways:

  • Medication reminders, encouragement and incentives
  • Refill reminders
  • Progress reports that can be shared with your healthcare team
  • The app’s Care4FamilyTM and Care4CharityTM features are designed to provide an extra level of support and motivation to help people stay on schedule by connecting users to their loved ones and linking them to a bigger cause.
  • Family members who are connected via Care4FamilyTM can share their progress with one another, an additional feature that could encourage them to take their medications as prescribed.
  • Care4CharityTM allows people who take care of their own health to make a positive difference in the world by selecting a charity that will receive a donation for each day they indicate they have taken all their medications.

USING Care4TodayTM

As mentioned, I take two daily medications; both are imperative to take at the same time every day. Missing a dose could wreak havoc on my system. My biggest struggle is not necessarily remembering to take the medication daily but to take it at the same time everyday and to stay on top of refills.

Refill Alerts

I can’t tell you the number of times that I have found myself panicking that I hadn’t requested a refill in time and was at risk of missing a dose. This is perhaps my favourite feature of the Care4Today™ app.

When you enter the details for your medications you can turn on the Refill Alert feature and set it up to send you reminders when it’s time for a refill based on quantity or date. You can customize the alerts to include:

  • Your refill interval (14 to 90 days)
  • Your Remind Me interval (1 day to 1 month)
  • The message you receive when receiving your alert
  • And a cool feature where you can even include your pharmacy’s phone number via your Contacts


To keep track of the number of refills you have available for your prescription, I recommend that you enter that information in the ‘refill reminder message’ and then update it each time you use a refill. This will help you to remember to follow-up with your doctor to request more if needed.

Add Medication

Adding your medications is really easy as well. You can search for it alphabetically, search for it by entering its name or add a custom name which is great to use as a reminder for things like drinking water, taking a walk etc.


Once you find your medication, you have lots of options. You can:

  • Choose your particular dosage e.g. 25 mg, 50 mg etc.
  • Add a picture of what your medication looks like (if it’s not already included)
  • Add a nickname e.g. Diabetes
  • Enter your dose e.g. 1 tablet
  • Enter the frequency at which you take the medication e.g. Daily
  • Add the interval at which you take your medication e.g. Everyday
  • Customize the message you want to receive for alerts

Home Screen

After you have entered all your medications and set up your Refill Alerts you can view them on your Home screen. It is here where you will manage your intake of your medications. The options available to you here include:

  • Notifications of missed doses
  • Enter a dose taken
  • Edit your medications
  • The ability to view medications still to take for that day
  • Medications taken
  • Add a new medication



Care4TodayTM also provides a Reports feature that shows your progress in taking your medications. It will track doses taken and missed. You can also email your report to your family or healthcare providers.



Care4TodayTM also makes it really easy for caregivers such as those caring for aging parents or children. You can help and encourage family members to stay on schedule with their medications. Members that are connected through the app can even receive notifications of missed medications.

Imagine the peace of mind in helping a loved one who may live far away from you all from the comfort of home or work through your phone or computer?



The last feature (and perhaps my favourite) is the Care4CharityTM program. Care4TodayTM will make a donation to a charity of your choice when you reach 100% adherence for the day. How great is that?

For full program details visit: and select Charity from the top menu.

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but I think this phrase can be extended even further to say it takes a village to raise a family. With tools like Care4Today TM it makes it so much easier to keep track of the important task of managing medications for yourself and your family.

Be sure to visit to learn even more about this great, free tool! Give it a try and share your thoughts on it. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

This post was generously sponsored by Care4TodayTM but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit

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LittleEcoFootprint Coupon Code

LittleEcoFootprint Box

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about LittleEcoFootprint and for good reason. Everyone (including me) seems really excited about the opportunity to have nontoxic, Eco-friendly items for mom and baby delivered right to their door.

The feedback I’m receiving shows a common theme that parents across the country like the idea of having the “work” done for them. Many of us want to make the move to implementing more environmentally friendly items into our homes but we don’t know where to begin.

Many like the idea of being able to test out the products before deciding if they are right for their family. And others love the fact that LittleEcoFootprint contributes to the chemical-free regimen they already have going on at home.


For whatever reason you’re excited about LittleEcoFootprint, you’re not alone. And here is one more reason to add to your list:

When you sign up for your LittleEcoFootprint membership* on or before February 10, 2013, you will get $5.00 off the first month’s fee. That means that instead of $25, your first month will cost $20.00.  Use coupon code LITTLEECO20.


And there’s one more reason (like you needed another) to join now; when you become a member before the launch, you will automatically become a founding member.

What does that mean?

Well, as a founding member, you will receive special gifts and rewards throughout your subscription with LittleEcoFootprint.


Each month’s delivery is tailored to the season and the age of your child but the rest is a surprise. Here are a few hints about what to expect in LittleEcoFootprint’s first ever delivery.


* Please note that this is a referral link

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Bartonella a.k.a. Cat Scratch Disease


Recently a friend of mine found herself in the emergency room dealing with an unusual issue with her one of her eyes. During  the previous few months she had been experiencing a scary explosion of colour in her left eye. After a number of episodes she went to see a doctor to find out what it was.

At first they tested her for all sorts of possible eye-type issues to no avail. Next they thought it might have something to do with high blood pressure and/or hypertension. She was scheduled to go back for some more tests and what they ended up discovering was that it wasn’t related to any of the above mentioned illnesses but a bacterial infection called Bartonella.


Cat scratch disease is a bacterial infection (Bartonella) that is usually caused from the scratch lick, or bite of a cat. More than 90% of people who contract it had contact with cats or kittens. Source:

The first signs and symptoms of Bartonella are very similar to that of the flu. That is why it can be particularly hard to detect in children for moms and dads. Any parent knows there a many times throughout the year that a child can exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms. And we become quite used to it and don’t get particularly alarmed.

Most people who suffer from Cat Scratch Disease don’t recall being scratched by a cat. A number of days later a cut or bump may form where the body was in contact with the cat, but these are often mistaken for insect bites.


  • fever
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • poor appetite
  • an unusual, streaked rash
  • swollen glands especially around the head, neck and arms
  • lower abdominal pain
  • sore soles of the feet
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • sore throat
  • soft, firm, tender, or painful lumps under the skin


If left untreated, Cat Scratch Disease can show itself in the following forms (these are very rare):

  • infections of the liver, spleen, bones, joints, or lungs
  • a  lingering high fever without other symptoms
  • eye infections
  • a small sore on the inner eyelid or lining of the eye
  • redness of the eye
  • inflammation of the brain or seizures


The good news is that many of the symptoms of Cat Scratch Disease will go away on their own. Diagnosis can be done through a blood test and there are antibiotics that can be prescribed for some cases.

Children with a history with cats and exhibit these symptoms will likely be tested for Bartonella so be sure to tell your doctor if you suspect this could be the case.

Image: Carlos Porto /

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Seventh Generation For Your Family {Giveaway}


Seventh Generation

I must admit that before having children, I wasn’t too concerned about the products I used for myself or in my home. If I liked the product, I would use it.

Today as a mom, things are very different. Now I read labels, research before buying and I care to know more about the companies that make the products I bring into my home. I make my decisions based on health, safety and eco-friendliness before anything else.

That is why I’m so excited about the Seventh Generation  products that have come to Canada. Each product is safe for your family and good for our environment.

Free & Clear Diapers

  • Hypoallergenic, fragrance and latex-free
  • Absorbent core is processed without chemicals containing chlorine
  • Free & Clear Baby Wipes
  • Free of dyes and fragrances
  • Hypoallergenic with a plant-derived cleaning agent
  • Made with a soft cloth that hasn’t been processed with chemicals containing chlorine

Natural 2X Liquid Laundry & Fabric Softener

  • Non-toxic, biodegradable formula
  • Plant-derived cleaning agents
  • Chlorine-Free Bleach
  • Non-toxic peroxide formula without chlorine bleach or optical brighteners

Natural Dish Liquid

  • Hypoallergenic, non-toxic and biodegradable
  • Automatic Dishwasher Gel, Powder & Pacs
  • Phosphate and chlorine-free

Natural Household Cleaners

  • Non-toxic and biodegradable without harsh fumes

Paper Products

  • Made with 100% recycled paper (minimum 50% post-consumer)
  • Whitened without chemicals container chlorine
  • No added dyes or fragrances

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions
on the next seven generations.” – From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy


Seventh Generation believes their products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home – and for the community and environment outside of it. They want their products to make a difference – from their development through to their production, purchase, use and disposal.

I like Seventh Generation because of their environmental consciousness and their concern for my family and yours. I like that they make the decision process easy and provide lots of good information on their products. Bottom line, I feel good about bringing these products into my home.


Come join me in the Seventh Generation Nation. As a member you’ll receive coupons (there’s a great one now for free wipes!) and special offers and you’ll be able to create your own member profile where you can interact with other eco-conscious moms. You’ll be able to share tips and info on the forums and participate in research panels.


Whether you are a new consumer of Seventh Generation products or a long-time fan, you’ll love today’s giveaway opportunity.

One reader will win a 100% organic cotton Seventh Gen Eco lunch bag as well as coupons for a FREE package of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers, Free & Clear Baby Wipes and dish washing products. Note: the Seventh Gen Eco lunch bag and Coupons are provided by Seventh Generation.


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Disclosure – I am participating in the Seventh Generation program by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Back to School In Style – Green Style


There are just seventeen days until the first day of school. I can’t believe how the summer has flown by; it’s time to start preparing for back to school.

New clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases are just a few of the items on the back-to-school-lists of many busy moms and dads. Some children are excited to return for a new school year and some are dreading the day. Nonetheless we must send them off prepared.

Little S has a litterless lunch rule at her school. That means that whatever she brings in her lunch bag (which also must be garbage-free) must be reusable or edible – no garbage left behind. So to comply with this rule, we use reusable plastic containers for her snacks and sandwiches, but they have their flaws.

Plastic containers don’t last forever and crack under pressure. They also have dangerous chemicals like BPA in their makeup that worry me. That is why I was eager to try the stainless steel food containers from Steeltainer.


Steeltainers are eco-friendly, leak-proof containers that are a good choice for many occasions, namely school lunches. They have also been tested by a certified U.S. lab for BPA, lead and phthalates and passed with flying colours. This gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m not only being considerate of the environment, but also providing little S with the safest possible products.

The Steeltainers come in two convenient sizes: snack size and sandwich/salad size. In addition to safe and eco-friendly, Steeltainers are also economical. Snack containers retail for $11.95 and sandwich containers for $14.95; when you compare that to the cost of sandwich bags or disposable containers that’s a huge savings.


Steeltainers help to minimize food contact with plastic and eliminate wasteful single-use baggies. They’re also leak-proof with a silicone seal so you can send a wide variety of foods, this opens up the lunchtime options.

The snack-size container comes with an adjustable and removable separator and both sizes come with see through lids so you can see what’s inside and cleaning is a breeze. They’re freezer and top rack dishwasher-safe.

Steeltainers have an easy-clip lid that snaps open and alternatively snaps closed. The clips can be a little difficult to maneuver for small hands but little S, who is 3.5, had no problem at all taking the lids off or putting them back on.


Steeltainers are available in a variety of retailers and online stores as well in Canada and the U.S. Check out the full listing here.


The Big Carrot
iQ Living
Kol Kid
Mom Knows Best
The Ninety Ninth Monkey
Planet Kid
Simply Green Baby
Sip With Style


Bio Terre


The Good Planet Company
Pebble Baby and Children’s Store
Polka Dot Pond


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