Top Places in Canada To View The Northern Lights

Seeing the wonders of the Northern Lights is in my bucket list. So far, I have not really planned anything about viewing this celestial phenomenon because I want my whole family to be with me when that happens. I have initially checked the frequency of this beautiful northern lights appearance in the northern part of Europe but never really thought about checking Canada’s very own Aurora Borealis. And I wonder why I never thought of doing that?

What is the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis anyway? Well, this is a light display that Mother Earth gladly shows us amidst the dark skies. This happens when charged particles of the Sun reacts with the atoms and molecules of Mother Earth’s atmosphere causing streams of bright undulating light show in the sky.

Canada’s location in the northern hemisphere makes it a perfect place to view nature’s greatest light show – the Aurora Borealis. Although, Norway is a famous tourist attraction during the peak of the Northern Lights viewing in Europe, there are also places in Canada where you can see this light show.

If you want to check out the Northern Lights from parts of Canada with your family and friends then here are some great places to consider for better viewing.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Nunavut is an Arctic archipelago and will have no infrastructure (and probably even power!) to block the view of the Northern Lights. It is bitter cold in this place so you have to be prepared for the extreme weather when considering Iqaluit, Nunavut as your focal point in viewing the lights.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon is a great place to visit to view the Aurora Borealis from fall to spring. So if you want to visit without having to feel the biting, bitter cold, then consider Whitehorse in Yukon for your place to see the Northern Lights.

Northern Saskatchewan

Many parks are open most days of the year to cater visitors’ demand to witness Mother Earth’s famous light display amidst the dark sky.  Melfort, a Northeast city in Saskatchewan is famous for the regular light show display most part of the year.

 

If you have visitors coming to Canada to view the magnificent light show like your parents or grandparents, make sure that you secure proper travel documentations including their super visa insurance.  You can check other travel insurance they may require like these offerings from snowbird travel insurance. Getting secured while traveling to Canada is a must to ensure a stress free vacation.

 

Coping With Delicate Pregnancy

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I have always known that I would become a mother one day. True enough, I have been blessed with a child after trying for several months before I became pregnant. The road to getting pregnant was not an easy one due to many reasons, mostly due to my health. I almost thought I would not complete my pregnancy to full term due to my frail health.

I was born with a weak immune system. It is something I work on regularly up to this time. I have a frail health. My menstrual cycle is not regular. I easily get sick. I am asthmatic too. Many health issues posed as problems in conceiving because for one, it was difficult to tell if I was fertile or not due to my irregular menstrual cycle. I have had my hormones checked before and had it fixed with the help of hormonal pills to correct my irregular period. So, my hubby and I kept trying until one day, my mum told me that she thought I was pregnant and took me to the OB-GYN. There was no indication and I didn’t have any morning sickness. I couldn’t rule out the lack of menstrual period due to my irregular nature. I was just happy that I was going to be a mother.

My pregnancy was not a very high-risk one but more of a delicate pregnancy. I had to cope with it emotionally, mentally, and physically because it was taxing. I couldn’t say I was in my best form when I got pregnant but I knew I could handle it as long as I was not stressed nor exerting much effort.

I always had bleeding in all the trimesters of my pregnancy. I would always file a sick leave and take long bed rests at home. The slightest move would cause mild bleeding. My doctor had to give me some medications for my uterus to relax and for the baby to stick in the uterus lining properly. It was a constant struggle because I also had to work as we were just starting out that time.

Coping with a delicate pregnancy is not easy but it is also achievable, not without sacrifices. I almost quit my job to just take bed rest while pregnant but hubby and I found a way to make it work without sacrificing work and just being extra careful with my health.

If you are pregnant and you are having a delicate pregnancy but do not know how to cope, here are some tips to help you get by:

Speak to your doctor

I was really blessed to have a very nice OB-GYN who took the time to listen to my concerns, and provide lengthy advises to ensure I and my baby get through the pregnancy healthy and happy. My regular check up with her was a bliss because I know she actually cared.

Look for a doctor who would provide a compassionate approach to help you and your baby progress through a delicate or even high-risk pregnancy. Get recommendations from the hospital or from friends who have doctors they could highly recommend.

Take bed rests if required

If you can take a long sabbatical from your employer and they are cool with it, and if your finances can handle you being out of the company for a while, then take that opportunity to take care of yourself at home and do lots of bed rests.

Eating healthy food

Clean up your diet and fill it with fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich with vitamins and minerals. Check with your doctor about which food is best to help you cope with a delicate pregnancy.

Surround yourself with family and friends

Your family and friends can rally up beside you to help you cope with your delicate pregnancy. Their support will contribute to your well-being, giving you positive vibes especially at a time where your hormones can wreak havoc to your emotions. Aside from that, your family and friends will be good sounding board to air your concerns, fears, and worries about your condition. They can give your morale support

Educate yourself and your partner

Knowing how to deal with a delicate pregnancy by checking resources such as the ones in checkpregnancy.org will help you and your partner better understand the complications of the different types of pregnancy. It can also help you to decide on what measures to take to cope and improve the condition.

 

Egg Recipes For Easter

Easter is coming soon! Are you planning to have an Easter party or just a simple gathering to enjoy the solemn occasion? Do you want simple food to serve without having to break the bank, and your back with all the preparations?

Here are some recipes to make for your simple Easter gathering:

Chunky Egg Salad

(Photo and recipe from Foodnetwork.com/copyright Television Food Network, G.P)

Ingredients

1/2 medium red onion, chopped
12 large eggs
1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the eggs to the mayonnaise mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste. Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

 

 

Brunch Style Eggs Benedict

(Photo and recipe from Kraftrecipes.com)

Ingredients

4 Italian bread slices
4 KRAFT Extra Thin Swiss Cheese Slices
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Smoked Ham
4 whole eggs
1/4 cup butter
2 egg yolks
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves

Heat oven to 375°F.
Place bread slices in single layer on baking sheet; top with cheese and ham. Bake 10 min.
Meanwhile, poach whole eggs (See TIP.) While eggs are cooking, melt butter. Blend egg yolks, lemon juice and red pepper in blender on low speed 15 sec. or until well blended. With blender running, slowly add hot butter to egg mixture through feed hole at top of blender; continue to blend until thickened.
Cover toast slices with spinach just before serving; top with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

 

Spinach, Ham & Cheese Omelet 

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.incredibleegg.org/)

2 EGGS
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. butter
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (1 oz.)
1/4 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped ham
BEAT eggs and water in small bowl until blended.
HEAT butter in 6 to 8-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot. TILT pan to coat bottom. POUR IN egg mixture. Mixture should set immediately at edges.
GENTLY PUSH cooked portions from edges toward the center with inverted turner so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. CONTINUE cooking, tilting pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed.
When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, SEASON with salt and pepper. PLACE cheese on one side of omelet; top with spinach and ham. FOLD omelet in half with turner. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn pan and INVERT or SLIDE omelet onto plate. SERVE immediately.

 

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/ | recipe by Garrett McCord)

Homemade chicken stock is the best for this. Also, if you can’t locate any of the mushroom types indicated in the recipe, crimini (aka: baby bellas) will do just fine. Or, you can just leave them out all together.
Ingredients
3 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups of chicken stock*
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Scant 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger**
1 tablespoon of soy sauce*
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
3/4 cup of enoki mushrooms or sliced shitaki mushrooms
*If cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free stock and gluten-free soy sauce.

**Ginger is what makes the soup hot and spicy. Dial it down to 1/4 teaspoon if you want a more mild soup.
1 Make cornstarch slurry: Reserve 1/2 cup of the stock and mix with the cornstarch until dissolved.

2 Put stock, ginger, soy sauce, onions, mushrooms, white pepper in pot and bring to boil: Place the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, mushrooms and white pepper in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch and stock mixture and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer.

3 Stir in beaten eggs: Slowly pour in the beaten eggs while stirring the soup. The egg will spread out into ribbons. Turn off the heat and garnish with a few more chopped green onions. Serve immediately.

 

Enjoy your meal!

(Due credit to the owners of the photos and recipes)

Banjo vs. Ukulele

I have seen a rise in the use of ukulele, from actors and actresses of the big screen, to musicians, and normal citizens. I remember owning a cute ukulele when I was young. I never learned how to use it but had it anyway.

Ukulele is a small guitar with very cute tune coming form a hollow body. It is a smaller version of a guitar but still uses nylon as strings.

Banjo, on the other hand is a round acoustic instrument. We usually see banjos in movies related to the wild west or the hill billies. It is perfect for folk, bluegrass, and country music. It has a circular body with a membrane covered by either a plastic or sometimes an animal skin. You can also find electric banjo – guitarcenter.com if you preferred an electric banjo.

Musical Instruments and Accessories

Many people are getting hooked on playing various kinds of musical instruments and that is a good thing. I think it is better to engage in music rather than get into vices that are not worthy of one’s time and effort.

If you are in the process of joining a musical band in school or learn a new hobby, you can start researching about various musical instruments and the accessories that go with them. See if your mindset is ready to pick up a new skill and follow that gut feel.

You can visit http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ site and see the many musical instruments offered. Check your budget as well and purchase the one that is best for you.

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