Terri Coles
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Terri is a freelance writer, editor, and social media strategist with a particular focus on health, parenting, animal, and women's stories. She lives with her husband, infant son, and two cats in Toronto.

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Celebrity Weddings Of 2014: The Stars Who Got Hitched This Year

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:21 PM

We love a celebrity wedding, and 2014 offered some good ones. There was the big one, of course: the wedding of megastars Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, which included Instagram shots (the most popular one of 2014!) and multiple outfits and all the flash we’ve come to expect...

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Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back To The Christmas Party Next Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 2:24 PM

You were raised right, so you know to bring a gift when invited to someone’s home for a dinner party, cocktail party, or similar soiree. But what you don’t always know is what to bring.

A bottle of wine is easy but obvious, and nobody wants to give a gift...

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The Best Things About Christmas That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM

So many of the things we associate with Christmas have other origins. For example, while modern Christmas trees originated in Germany during the Renaissance, it’s thought that the trees are related to the symbolism associated with evergreen trees that predates Christianity.

And as the tradition of Sinterklaas — the...

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Stocking Stuffers: 20 Last Minute Gifts Under $20

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Between buying gifts, mailing packages, and writing Christmas cards, getting stocking stuffers can sometimes be forgotten. It can seem like a simple task, until you realize your ideas don't go beyond a clementine and scratch-off lottery tickets.

An empty stocking can even make adults sad Christmas morning, so don’t go...

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Cookie Exchange: 12 Recipes For Your Christmas Festivities

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Cookie exchanges are a great idea: make a batch of single cookies and head home with several different treats from others.

They’re a great way to get a variety of seasonal sweets without having to spend a fortune on all the different ingredients. Plan a cookie exchange party with...

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Cinnamon Could Be Truly Great For Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:42 PM

There are no shortage of ways to eat cinnamon this time of year: baked into gingerbread cookies, sprinkled on top of hot chocolate, or simmered into mulled wine. But maybe cinnamon has benefits beyond simply being delicious.

People around the world have long used extracts from cinnamon bark in traditional...

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Signs To Watch Out For

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:59 PM

The stats are sobering: there are about 70,000 heart attacks in Canada every year, or one every seven minutes.

Nearly 16,000 Canadians die each year because of a heart attack, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), and most people never make it to a hospital.

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Secret Santa Under $25

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 3:16 PM

A Secret Santa gift seems like it should be an easy one to pick out. Get something inexpensive, not too personal and keep it appropriate for Christmas. But it can get difficult to find a gift that strikes the right note between appropriate for co-workers or acquaintances and still thoughtful...

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Winter Sex: 10 Tips To Recharge Your Sex Life This Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:06 PM

It seems like winter should be full of excuses to ramp up your sex life. There are snowstorms keeping you inside, hot toddies, holiday cheer, nights by the fireplace, and plenty of reasons to cuddle.

So what’s the problem here? After all, September is the most popular...

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Christmas Desserts: 16 Easy And Tasty Recipes For The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:50 PM

The holidays are a very dessert-focused time of the year — not that we’re complaining, of course.

That said, it can be hard to keep up with all the requests for cookies for your child's classroom, treats for the fundraising bake sale at work, and homemade edibles for family...

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Holiday Quotes: 18 Sayings To Write In Christmas, New Year's And Hanukkah Cards

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Everyone loves to receive holiday cards, but getting them out in the mail during a busy time of the year can be a hard thing to do.

On top of that, how does one convey the sentiment of the holiday season on a 5-by-7 card? Unless you’re some type of...

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Christmas Books: 20 Classic Tales For You And The Kids

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:36 PM

This is the perfect time of year to curl up by the fire (real or artificial) with a good book and a mug of cocoa. The only thing missing? A classic Christmas tale.

These modern books featuring television characters and novelized versions of terrible holiday movies are all well...

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I Will No Longer Stay Silent About Sexual Assault

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:53 PM

One day, when I was in the sixth grade, a male classmate started grabbing my ass. I told him not to, and he kept doing it anyway. A teacher happened to walk in as I was telling him off; when she asked why I was mad, I pointed and said...

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Sex Tips: 11 Ways Busy People Can Have More Sex

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 4:17 PM

In theory, the colder weather is the perfect excuse to snuggle with your sweetie under a blanket, but if you can’t imagine when you’d have the time for all that unproductive cuddling, you’re not alone.

"The usual advice works — date night, making time for sex, etc.,” says erotica...

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Gift Ideas For Men: What To Buy For The Guy In Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Unless they have a particularly pronounced passion, or the need for a lot of ties, men can be kind of tough to buy for. Gone are the days when you could just pick out a soap on the rope and be done with it — and let’s face it, your...

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Motivation Quotes: 14 Simple Sayings About Health

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Good health is always important, but it tends to be on our minds more than usual during cold and flu season.

Coughs, aches, strep, you name it — it’s hard to focus on long-term health when you’re sniffling and sneezing along the way.

On top of that, bad weather and...

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Strep Throat Symptoms: 11 Things To Know About The Bacterial Infection

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 1:36 PM

As you gear up for cold and flu season by getting a flu shot, and stocking up on cold-fighting tea blends, don’t forget about the other illnesses that tend to strike during these chillier months.

Strep throat may be one of the most annoying winter ailments, but it...

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Preparing For Winter: 16 Ways To Get Ready For Hibernation

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:49 PM

We hate to break it to you, but winter is on its way. We know it doesn’t technically start until late December, but come on, we’re Canadian. Most of this country has to be mentally prepared for snow as soon as we head into fall months.

While the first...

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Poultry Seasoning Options To Change Up Your Turkey For Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Holidays like Thanksgiving are all about tradition — and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s comforting to know that your Thanksgiving meal is going to include long-time favourites like your aunt’s pumpkin pie or your father’s secret stuffing recipe.

But it’s also fun to mix things up once in...

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10 Healthy Seeds To Add To Your Diet

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Seeds are often an afterthought: they make up toppings for muffins or buns and are often salty or spicy snacks. But it's about time we start seeing seeds as a serious source of nutrition in our diets.

The growing popularity of foods like hemp and chia seeds should change...

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