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Since the end of June, Craig and the girls have been away camping. I should probably say RVing since my friends like to remind me that camping is supposed to be in a tent. Either way, I only see them on the weekends.
We have a membership to a campground just across the US border between Lewiston, NY and Lockport, NY. So not only are they away, but they are in another country.
When we first got the membership a few years ago, we would keep in touch with our loved ones using the camp wifi. The campground does their best, but on a busy weekend, getting on the wifi is hard.
Last summer was the first summer that Craig and the girls were away all summer-long. They were gone for 68 days. Craig can work as long as he has an internet connection and can work from camp. I only get so many vacation days so I join them on the weekends.
Juggling SIM cards while going back and forth across the border and trying to get on the camp wifi gets really frustrating. Before I left I would need to log into the company’s website and add a plan to my account and set it up to start at a certain time. I would get to the Duty Free on the Canadian side, text Craig to let him know where I was, change the SIM card and head across the border. When I got across and the US signal was picked up, I would then stop and text Craig to let him know where I was.
This year we have Rogers Roam Like Home. One SIM card, one account and no hassles.
Roam Like HomeTM now includes over 100 destinations around the world, so if you’re on a Share EverythingTM plan like Craig and I are, you can use your phone just like you do at home. If you’re not on a Share Everything plan, check out our Travel Packs, which cover you in over 230 destinations!
It uses the same calling minutes and data plan that we already have with our Share Everything plan, just no scary roaming charges that show up on your next bill. For $5 per day to a maximum of 10 days per bill, we get to use our phones in the US. It’s that easy.
Rogers Roam Like Home is available in so many places!
It truly is comforting knowing that I can keep in contact with Craig and the girls while they are away. Craig and the girls will share photos on Instagram or Craig will comment on Facebook. The girls and I can text back and forth. I can’t be there during the week so this helps me make it until the weekends!
And over the next few weeks, we’ll be able to keep in contact with our families at home when we go on a big road trip! We’ll be using our Roam Like Home to the fullest extent!
We’ll be sharing a lot of great photos of our journey and lots of info about Rogers Roam Like Home.
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I’m not very creative in the kitchen, so I was very happy to see that Fortino’s (and the other Loblaw’s properties) have an amazing recipe section. I found the chili recipe in the “Heathier Choices” section. And you can narrow you search even further to suit your needs.
The Hearty Vegetarian Quinoa Chili is a one-pot meal that was easy to prepare and full of stars!!
It could have been a 12-star meal, but they were out of Quinoa, so I went with the Bulgar & Quinoa which was 1 star less.
When they say “hearty,” they weren’t kidding!
I had left out the jalapenos that the recipe called for because I was worried it would be too hot. But I think a little would have given it a bit of added flavour.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Guiding Stars Blogger Outreach program by ShesConnected. I have been compensated in exchange for my participation in the campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Since start this campaign with Loblaws, I have learned so much already! The Guiding Stars program makes choosing better products easier and when you meet with the Loblaws Dietitian, you will learn so much more!
Each store with a Dietitian will have Free services available. Appointments or registration may be required, so check your store!
Here are some of the services available at my local store:
I called my local RCSS and made an appointment to meet with the Dietitian. If you are in the Oakville or Milton area, I highly recommend that you meet with Karolina! She is very knowledgeable and personable and we had a great time!
Karolina Otto serves as your In Store Dietitian and supports all health and nutrition initiatives. Karolina brings 20 years of experience with an extensive background in foodservice management, nutraceuticall sales and marketing, child health and senior nutrition education. Karolina is a culinary enthusiast with a passion for making healthy eating fun and delicious. Her mission is to provide customers and associates with inspiring health as well as value-oriented solutions they can incorporate into their shopping experience and everyday lives. Karolina is a graduate of McGill University holding a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a member of Dietitians of Canada. She is recognized for her passion for nutrition, health and wellness.
It all depends on you! Each appointment with the dietitian is customized to you and your health needs. You will learn how to shop and eat based on any diet needs that you have — diabetes, food sensitivities or allergies or sport training requirements, just to name a few.
She will give you all the information you need to make good food choices to keep you healthy.
After Karolina told me all of the great services she and Loblaws provide to Loblaws shoppers, took me for a tour of the store.
After she understands what her clients’ nutritional needs are, she shows them around the store, teaching them about food choices, how to read labels and how Guiding Stars helps them make better choices.
Since most produce doesn’t have a nutritional label on them, the Guiding Stars book lists everything you need to know. She explained that this is particularily important to diabetics who are concerned about their caloric intake. She also explained that since stars are give based on higher levels of fiber and lower levels of sugar, some fruits won’t get many stars, if any at all.
As I mentioned above, those food that have a higher level of fiber and lower levels of sugar, will get a higher number of stars.
This was an eye opener for me. I thought that I knew a lot about reading labels, but there were some key factors Karolina taught me.
The number of the nutritional label isn’t one serving. It is the weight of the food that is around 100 calories. So even tho the label says that 8 crackers are 100 calories if it is over 35 grams, that is more than one serving of that food group.
Armed with my new knowledge about serving sizes, Guiding Stars and labels, I am ready to make better nutritional choices for my family! I really recommed meeting with a Loblaw’s Dietitian!
(And if your’e lucky enought to be in the Milton or Oakville area, you’ll meet with Karolina who is fantastic!)