Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?
February is one of the most trying months in the Great White North. The winter chill has fully settled in, and the warmer temperatures of spring are more than a month away. While many Canadians use this as a time to escape to the warmth of Florida, the Caribbean, or Mexico, others look within the country for winter carnivals, festivals, and other anticipated annual events. These four February festivals across Canada will encourage you to embrace the best of winter in the Great White North.
Winter has come to Mayor Gregor Robertson's Vancouver. And the city's lack of preparation has become its own sort of George R.R. Martin epic. The land is frozen under a thick layer of snow and ice. Travel has become treacherous. Hundreds swarmed local fire halls like white walkers, trying to get some free salt.
Canada is synonymous with red. This colour evokes a warm nostalgic feeling and works for everyone! Add to this some golden oak, winter white, woodrose, cabernet, snowy ice, grizzly brown and celestial blue and you have the perfect mix of colours that you can dress in and it also paints the perfect Canadian landscape!
Pregnant moms-to-be rejoice! Never before have there been so many options for stylish winter maternity coats. Designers have caught up with demand. You no longer have to sacrifice fashion for function during pregnancy. I've found the best stylish winter maternity coats to keep you and your inside baby warm and toasty this winter.
When "Winter Is Coming," these spots do not fret about the chilly air -- they are armed with amenities and offer guests plenty of coziness such as wool blankets, robes, roaring fireplaces, and patio heaters. And let's not forget about specialty cocktails and comforting treats that are sure to warm you from the inside out.
As the temperature continues to plunge this winter, many Canadians will turn to scarves -- and more recently necktubes -- to keep their necks and faces warm. These swatches of fabric ensure those areas left open by jackets and coats are kept safe from the prevailing winds and wayward flakes of snow. Yet, they may serve another purpose as protectors of our health.
The coats, snowsuits, boots and hats of an entire family can take up a lot of space, especially if you have an entryway that is on the small side. I recently had a reader send in some pictures if her organizing dilemma. She has a small vestibule, the closet feels messy and disorganized and the bench she designated as a place for people to sit and put on their shoes always has stuff piled on top and below. Here are the organizing tricks she gave me to get through the winter.
It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because our immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.
With a teenager at home, learning to drive, and her driving lessons extending into the winter months. I'm naturally concerned about her safety on the road, and the safety of others. While I'm looking forward to her being able to drive to her own hockey games and practices, I do worry about certain factors.