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Be a Parkbridge Resorts Summer Hero – Win a Mini Stay – RSVP NOW for April 26.

This summer be a summer hero with Parkbridge Resorts. There’s a lot to love about summer. Longer days and better weather, plus so many long weekends. But what should you do if you haven’t started any of the planning for all those long weekends yet? Well don’t worry we are going to tell you just why you still have time and really should consider a gorgeous rental at Parkbridge Resorts as your summer backdrop to a lifetime of great memories.

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The Lakes of Wasaga cabins are heated, safe, clean and family friendly. You can easily spend a week or two there as many have fully stocked kitchen areas. A family could easily sleep 5 to 6 in some of the cabins. At Lakes of Wasaga there are many nearby stores if you need to run out and grab some food to cook in the well equipped kitchen.

 Parkbridge has options to purchase a cabin as well. You can rent, or buy which makes this a really appealing way to manage a yearly family vacation or an entire season of glamping. There are options for people of all ages and each Parkbridge community is unique. Stay a week, a month, an entire summer or longer.

Part of the beauty of a Parkbridge vacation is knowing you can rest all summer long.

If you have ever contemplated cottage ownership but worried about upkeep, well here you have much less to worry about that way. At Parkbridge your home away from home is taken care of when you are away.

You can learn more about Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities this week at our Linked Moms twitter party April 26 at 8 p.m. EST. There are more than $1200 worth of prizes!! RSVP now for the possibility of winning a prize. The grand prize will be a three night stay at Lakes of Wasaga. There are 3 VISA gift cards as well.

Follow along right away with #ParkbridgeLife hashtag on Twitter.

Follow Parkbridge Resorts on Twitter too.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm EST
  • Hosts@ParkbridgeLife
  • Co-Hosts: @LinkedMoms Star  @Inkscrblr  Star   @DownshiftingPRO
  • Questions@LinkedMoms
  • Hashtag: #ParkbridgeLife
  • Prizing eligibility: Star Canada Only Star Over $1,200 in prizing
  • ONE 3 Night MINI STAY at Parkbridge’s Lakes of Wasaga Resort and 3 $50 Visa Gift Cards will be awarded.
  • RSVP NOW.

We are working with Parkbridge Life again this year to share their great accommodation options with readers. As such we are compensated. Please join us for a great chat on Wednesday night!!

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Save the Date for World Vision Canada #WorldVisionWater Twitter Party Tuesday, May 3 @ 8PM ET

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  The year we are once again partnering with World Vision Canada to discuss another important issue: Water.  Globally 663 million people do not have access to clean water.  We take for granted how easy it is to access water in our daily lives.  We go to the bathroom, the kitchen even out outdoor taps in the summer to access water quickly and easily.  That is not the case for millions of families around the world.   World Vision Canada has taken on a 5 year project to invest $400 million to help tackle the global water crisis.  The goal is to provide accessibility to clean water!

World Vision asked a few Canadian influencers to take the World Vision Water Challenge and see if their families could go with minimal use of water in one day… one day.  You can read more about how Merry Spooner Kuchle of Merry About Town did the one tap all day challenge with her family or how Tammy of In R Dream did the World Vision water challenge with her family of six! Read more about her experience here: Opening Our Eyes. A couple more will also have stories to share before the part

We all have the ability to make a change even in incremental ways.  We would love for you to join us to learn more about The World Vision Water Challenge May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Time:  8 pm ET

Hosts:  @inkscrblr @WorldVisionCan @linkedmoms and @DownshiftingPRO

Guests:   @Merry120 as well as @MOMEO and @INRDream.

Hashtag:  #worldvisionwater

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A few more facts about World Vision Canada Clean Water gifts:

  • Clean Water gifts range from $25 to $50 a month and they make a dramatic impact.
  • Every minute a child under five dies from diarrhea related to contaminated water.
  • Children lead healthier lives and child death rates dramatically decrease due to a decline in diseases caused by unclean water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene
  • When children and families have access to clean water, it transforms every aspect of their lives. Together with improved sanitation and proper hygiene, clean water brings real change.
  • Sustainability is a goal for WVC projects.
  • World Vision provides more people with clean water than any other NGO.

We hope to see you there May 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. And please take a moment to visit http://www.worldvision.ca/

Please join us May 3rd for a #worldvisionwater @worldvisioncan twitter chat. 8 p.m. EST.

Remember the hashtag #worldvisionwater and stay tuned for more information about this important topic. Please consider how you can make an impact on someone else’s life with the gift of clean water.

Save-The-Date for World Vision Canada & @LinkedMom #MeaningfulGifts Twitter Party–Wed. Nov.18 at 8 pm

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They are here, they are here.  I could not be more excited about my special gifts.  I have once again given my family Christmas gifts (#MeaningfulGifts) from World Vision Canada and I could not be any happier!  I wrote last week about deciding to making my donations count by working again with World Vision Canada. I love the idea that my donations will be matched by the Government of Canada and other partners to make them bigger gifts than what I just contributed.  So I wisely chose my gifts and donated money toward the Helping the Syrian Crisis, Textbooks for Children and Feed Children and Families for 30 days.  

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Today I received the Christmas cards and the gift cards that I can put under the tree or mail off to my family to let them know that this is how I chose to gift them this year.  I love that each donations comes with a card that I can personalize as well as an explanation card that lets my recipient know what the donations is. 

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The card lets me know that I have given the gift of knowledge, hope and so much more!  This gift impacts thousand upon thousands of children and families in over 50 countries.  You can make a lasting impact when you decided to give a meaningful gift.  Did you want to learn more about the work that World Vision Canada is doing?  You can join us for a Twitter Party where we will be discussing the different gifts and their impact on communities throughout Canada and the World.

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Make sure to follow all the Twitter handles below and follow the #MeaningfulGifts hashtag!  See you in a few weeks.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm EST

***DATE CHANGE*** Conceivable Dreams–Keeping the Conversation going on Infertility (IVF) funding in Ontario–Twitter Party Thurs. Oct. 1, 2015

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I am reminded yet again the beauty of being part of a family.  With the kids starting to get settled into their routines, I am reminded how much I love being a mom.  I am blessed to have three children that bring nothing but joy to my life.  I really cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a mom.  I never considered a life without children.  It perplexes me when people don’t want to have children and it saddens me when I meet people that do want to have children and cannot.  I have come to understand a few truths: dealing with infertility is not about ‘making the wrong choices’ or ‘delaying the decision’.  Often infertility is due to other causes like cancer treatment, PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.  Couples don’t choose to go the long road. It still amazes me to know that 1 in 6 couples struggles with infertility and there are thousands of women and men who have been unable to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments they need due to inequitable of often prohibitive funding barriers.

As an supporter of those Canadians seeking help with IVF treatment, it’s important to see that some of the milestones in the progress to get public funding continue.  We, as a country, are new to the publicly funded formula of to help with infertility treatment. Acknowledging that infertility  is a legitimate health issue and medical condition, is a step in the right direction for publicly funded IVF solutions.  Infertility treatment In Canada is mostly privately funded with people having to pay between $10,000 –13,000 per round of treatment.  This can be taxing on any couple or young family so the need to have a publicly funded program continues to be a priority for both patients, doctors and clinicians. Currently, New Brunswick has some funding ($5,000 grant), Manitoba has a tax credit and Quebec still has a plan (although it is under review and likely to be dramatically altered). Over a year ago, the Government of Ontario had promised a program and we anxiously await the announcement of what that will look like in the near future.  As Canadians we need to ensure that there is a continued dialog to create funding for infertility treatment across the board.  If you want to further understand where we are in this landscape nationally, I encourage you to read this great post by Paula Schuck at Thriftymomma’s Tips.  She gives you a better perspective on where each province is in this mouse trap.

Continued advocacy from patient groups, like Conceivable Dreams gives us hope that the input that they were able to give during the building process of the Ontario Infertility program is time well spent.  It is not easy to put together a comprehensive programs that will be beneficial and equitable.  We do know that experience from around the world show that established IVF funding programs provide consistent health and safety standards, positively impact the mental and physical health of those affected by infertility  and significantly reduce the rate of higher multiple births. This leads to improved health for mom and babies and will also reduce the cost to the healthcare system.

Important Events in the next Two Weeks

  • In the next two weeks there are events bringing greater awareness in the infertility world.  The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) annual meeting/ conference takes place Oct. 1-4 .  The CFAS is the recognized Canadian multidisciplinary authority in reproductive science and medicine.  They will be discussing is the merits of public funding for IVF.
  • At the conference (in conjunction with IAAC) the Family Matters Challenge will take place.   For the last two years, IAAC supporters have been successful in raising their voices to say that family does matter.  You can join in as they are still looking for volunteers.

 

  • IAAC  is also launching a new web site (they are the national support for infertility patients.) They will now be called Fertility Matters.  You can follow them on twitter @FertilityMattrs.

It’s time to take stock of what’s happening for infertility patients in Canada.  Please join Conceivable Dreams, the Ontario Infertility Patient Advocacy Group,(@IVF4ON), Paula Schuck (@Inkscrblr), myself (@DownshiftingPRO) and our @LinkedMoms community for a Twitter Party on Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm ET

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IVF4ON

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/

DATE:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015

TIME:

8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @IVF4ON

LinkedMoms website

HASHTAGS: #IVF40N #ONPOLI

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott

RSVP – Join @LinkedMoms September 2 To Learn More About #TrymesterAPP – Grand Prize is An iPad Mini

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At LinkedMoms, we have been big advocates of facing fertility and infertility issues head on.  Being able to have frank and open conversations about fertility and infertility issues faced by Canadians is important to us.  We are happy to keep adding to the conversation with a new APP.  Trymester is an app that contains tools that will help you on the journey to becoming a parent.  It has an ovulation tracker, calendar, reproductive health facts and terms, a fertility journal and a clinic locator.

We are in 2015 and the ability to use and app to help you track important information that would help with you be a parent should not surprise you.  What may surprise you is the ease of use and intuitive functionality of this app.  When you make the decision to become a parent the road can be easy, challenging on hard but there is no question, having an app that keeps track of all those important elements that you need to keep track of, is important. 

We are all about sharing new and interesting tools to deal with infertility and we are happy to be hosting a Twitter Party for the #TrymesterAPP on Wednesday, September 2 at 8 pm ET. 

RSVP BELOW and then don’t forget to leave your handle for a chance to win an iPad mini to be given away after the party itself. Trymester App is one of the best fertility apps I have seen for Canadians.

So this coming September 2nd at 8 p.m. Join us for more information and for a great twitter party about Trymester APP and there might be a few fertility facts thrown in there too. You must be present and engaging during the party to win. You can’t win if you don’t participate. Follow the hosts twitter handles below, and don’t forget to follow the hashtag #TrymesterAPP to win on Sept. 2nd.

Download it here on your iPad which makes sense because you take your iPad with you when you visit the doctor, right? Most people have a smart phone or iPad with them at the doctor’s office. In the future Trymester will hopefully be available for Android or smartphone but for now it is on the iPad:  http://apple.co/1I7XBXG

In the mean time follow @Linkedmoms @downshiftingpro and @inkscrblr and our guest@TrymesterAPP.

 

You can RSVP here and now:

Conceivable Dreams Twitter Party–What’s Next? Looking to support our efforts #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

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Spring has sprung. The flowers are in bloom. It’s a beautiful day to have a baby!  It seems that on my Facebook feed there is an ever present feed of baby announcements, baby sonogram pictures and baby arrivals.  Its is the time of year that we think of birth, re-creation and celebration.  It is the time of year that we look at life with the glass half full.  That is what so many of us see but for many, this particular time of year when we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, can be difficult if you are a couple waiting to conceive your bundle of joy.  You have been counting the days since that historic announcement.  The joy of celebrating is diminished by the fact that you have patiently been waiting for the Government of Ontario to roll out their plan for IVF treatment.  What is it going to look like? Who will be able to access the services? What do those services and treatments look like?

In 2014 budget the Government of Ontario committed $50 million dollars to patients seeking infertility treatment.  Promising patients access to one round of IVF with a single embryo transfer funded by OHIP. 

As we wait for the roll-out many are frustrated with the delay in program details and implementation.  Although there has been consultation with medical and patient groups, it is important that we get this funding model right.  There are lessons to be learned from other provincial programs that were not as successful.  As we review the Quebec government-funded IVF model, we can see the demise of the original program (and, currently, its almost unattainable requirements to qualify for treatment) are pitfalls that we need to avoid here in Ontario. 

We must ensure that the Ontario model is manageable and sustainable for all patients.  We do not want this to be a one-shot deal that cannot be renewed because the costs were too much over the long haul.  Consultation is necessary so that we can plan better and continue to keep IVF at the top of mind as a means to save tax-payers money. 

As you well know, if you read my blog and that of Paula Schuck (community manager for Conceivable Dreams), you are aware that proceeding with IVF treatment and dealing with the possibility of multiple births creates a greater strain on our healthcare system. Taking care of mom and multiple babies can be a high-risk affair not to mention the increased chance of pre-mature birth. All very costly. We need to continue to support IVF funding in Ontario BUT it needs to be rolled out correctly with proper consultation. 

We want to ensure that the patient groups are covered throughout the program and not just for short period time.  The future of the program depends on the success of families.  It’s important that we continue to share our stories of creating Ontario families with the help of IVF. 

How can we help?  We need to support the MPPs and let them know we appreciate the efforts that they put forward for the benefit of families in Ontario. The Ontario patient group continues to be really active and success based.  We need to continue to share the success of IVF treatment and not just the frustration with the roll out.   

We have to talk about what we should be looking for in the latter part of 2015 and then 2016.  We are hosting another Twitter Party to talk about the role for the patient group in Ontario.  How do we keep the group relevant.  Strategies on how to keep the role for infertility patients in 2016.   We can look to see how we can remain focused, positive and supportive.  We need to continue to be engaged while understanding that programs like these must be accessible to as many patients as possible. 

Join us this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST when we discuss ways that we can support our patient groups during this waiting period.  All patients in Ontario need to be here for this special twitter party event.

  Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook.  Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.

Website: Conceivable Dreams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConceivableDreams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHIP4IVF

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ohip4ivf/conceivablebooks/

Please join us for this very important hour on #OHIP4IVF:

DATE:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015

TIME:


8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:

@Linkedmoms , Conceivable Dreams @OHIP4IVF

LinkedMoms website

HASHTAGS: #OHIP4IVF #ONPOLI

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr  on Facebook
@inkscrblr  on Instagram
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPROMargarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook

@DownshiftingPRO on Instagram
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

Help Advocate for Public Funding of IVF #ABHC4IVF #ABpoli–Join the Conversation on LinkedMoms Wed. Oct. 8 at 8 pm

In the last year, #Linkedmoms has been an active advocate on helping public funding for IVF be a part of the conversation in Canada.  One in six people is affected by Infertility in our country.  One of the most important messages that I made last year during the OHIP4IVF campaign is that YOU may not have been affected by infertility issues but infertility issues affects us all. A report by the University of Alberta (The Assisted Reproductive Technologies report)  found that the province of Alberta can save up to $97 million by coupling public funding with single embryo transfer for those who need IVF.

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Last spring we were happy to see that public funding for IVF was added to the Ontario provincial budget.  Ontario has joined Quebec and Manitoba in funding partial or providing a tax credits.  We are continuing to support the conversation of publicly supported infertility treatments and look to Alberta to be the next province that will join the movement to create healthy families in Canada.

Generations of Hope #ABHC4IVF #ABPOLI

On Wednesday, October 8th at 8 pm, Linkedmoms chat will focus on how you can become an advocate for public funding for IVF.  Hosted by Generations of Hope, during the chat, we will be illustrating ways that you can keep the conversation going.  We want to help you advocate and petition your MLA.  You can read Paula Schuck’s and Brooke Berry’s post on how you can take steps to advocate for Invitro Fertilization treatment in Alberta.

Join the conversation using the

#ABHC4IVF and #ABPOLI hashtags.

Website: Generations of Hope

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/generationsofhope

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gensofhoope

Please join us for this very important hour on how to advocate for public funding of IVF in Alberta:

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014

HASHTAGS: #ABHC4IVF and #abpoli

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms and Generations of Hope @gensofhope

MODERATORS

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

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