The Healthy Canadian Cook-Off – New TV Series launches December 10 – Meet the Contestants

Who’s going to win the Healthy Canadian Cook-Off?

The ingredient sponsors provided the contestants with truly ‘Canadian’ ingredients sources and produced locally.

Creator of the new show, Tammy-Lynn McNabb

3 Contestants compete for the title of The Healthiest Canadian Chef in the inaugural taping of The Healthy Canadian Cook-Off TV show and competition.

Cooking with rich, delicious ingredients is easy. Cooking delicious dishes using healthy ingredients to make the dish taste rich….well that's just talent!”

— Tammy-Lynn McNabb

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, December 6, 2018 / — 3 Contestants compete for the title of The Healthiest Canadian Chef in the inaugural taping of The Healthy Canadian Cook-Off. A firefighter, yoga instructor and fashion designer jump into the kitchen to show their knife skills and knowledge of healthy ingredients and cooking. Host Tammy-Lynn McNabb of Health Wellness & Lifestyle TV works with three celebrity judges to determine who the winner of this exciting (and delicious) competition will be.

Meet the Contestants – Cecile Benac is a fashion designer, mother, grandmother and avid amateur cook. Benac and her husband came to Canada 30 years ago, leaving behind their native Peru for a safer future for their children. With roots in Peru and France, Cecile relies on skills she learned from her mother and mother-in-law to create comfort food using Canadian ingredients.

Zoe Green is a yoga and pilates instructor with a flair for adventure. This always on the go, self-employed instructor has clients all over western Canada who look for guidance in both their physical and mental wellness. Ranked as one of Vancouver’s Top 10 Yoga Teachers in 2017, students have described Zoe as “that instructor that cuts through the noise; a leader of the body, and also a leader of the mind and soul.

Ralph Ogilvie believes that age is only a state of mind and proves it in many things that he does. Deciding at the age of 40 to follow his dream to be a firefighter, Ogilvie joined the ranks of serving his community as a full-time firefighter with one of Maple Ridge, British Columbia's detachments. Like being a firefighter doesn't keep him busy enough, Ogilvie also runs a mid-size landscaping company that serves developments in his area.

So who's going to win Season 1 of The Healthy Canadian Cook-Off? Watch the teaser interviews here to find out more about each contestant and learn more about this exciting opportunity from the show's creator, Tammy-Lynn McNabb.

Platinum Sponsor: The launch of season 1 of The Healthy Canadian Cook-Off was made possible by Platinum Sponsor, Alligga Flax Oil and the show's Canadian Ingredient Sponsors: BC Ambrosia Apples –, The Canadian Birch Company, Jewels Under The Kilt, Splendor Garden, Rogers Foods, Nourish Vancouver, Pomme Natural Markets, Firma Energywear, Blackwood Apparel, Chef Laura

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Tiffany lamps, rare automotive factory-made models, and antiques lead Milestone Auctions’ Dec. 8 Winter Spectacular

1932 Hudson ¼-scale factory-made model of a 4-door sedan, 45in. long, one of 12 examples (in six body styles) made for display at 1932 New York Auto Show. Est. $30,000-$40,000

Tiffany Studios ‘Fruit’ leaded-glass table lamp, correctly marked on both 24½-inch shade and base. Est. $20,000-$30,000

19th-century running-horse weather vane, three-dimensional, copper with cast zinc head, as found on barn in Northborough County, Massachusetts; 30in. long by 17 inches high. Est. $2,000-$3,000

Featured: Berthelsen, Wiggins and Potthast art; 19th-century horse weather vane, coins, early political memorabilia including JFK-used magnifying glass with LOA

We make an extra effort to source ‘hidden treasures’ to include in every category, because more than anything, collectors love a new discovery.”

— Miles King, Co-Owner Milestone Auctions

WILLOUGHBY, OHIO, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 / — Milestone Auctions’ Winter Spectacular is always the Ohio-based company’s most eclectic sale of the year. Typically, it contains rare and exceptional items that have been reserved over the preceding 12 months to feature in the company’s big end-of-year event. This year’s 693-lot Winter Spectacular, to be held December 8 at Milestone’s suburban Cleveland gallery, is brimming with fine and decorative art; magic, circus, movie and travel posters; political and historical Americana; toys and Christmas antiques; and 20 lots of coins, from individual rarities to US Mint and proof sets.

“Because it is so varied, our Winter Spectacular attracts many types of collectors. We make an extra effort to source ‘hidden treasures’ to include in every category, because more than anything, collectors love a new discovery,” said Chris Sammet, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. The Milestone team travels far and wide to visit and assess estates and collections, a method that brings many exciting new finds to the marketplace.

On auction day the gallery will be aglow with the beauty of art-glass lamps by Tiffany Studios and other premier makers of the Art Nouveau through Art Deco periods. Tiffany offerings are led by a table lamp with a stunning 24½-inch leaded-glass shade in the ‘Fruit’ pattern, double-marked and estimated at $20,000-$30,000. A most unusual double-marked Tiffany table lamp in the ‘Lotus’ pattern has a 22-inch shade whose shape resembles an inverted blossom, narrower at the top and fanned out around the bottom. It is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. Yet another Tiffany highlight is a double-marked ‘Poinsettia’ leaded-glass lamp with 20-inch shade. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. The selection also includes lamps, bases and hardware by Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Bradley & Hubbard, Pairpoint and others.

European and American art in a variety of genres includes such highlights as a Robert Watson (British, 1877-1920) oil painting titled Highland Cattle, Western art, marine depictions, landscapes and genre paintings. Several works are already attracting strong pre-sale interest: Guy Carleton Wiggins’ quintessential New York snow scene titled 5th & 26th St, an Edward Potthast (American, 1857-1927) oil-on-board titled Beach Scene, and a Johann Berthelsen (Danish/American, 1883-1969) watercolor scene of the Brooklyn Bridge. Each of these three important works is artist-signed.

A handsome 19th-century copper and cast-zinc weather vane in the form of a three-dimensional horse is in all-original condition and exhibits a very attractive patina. Measuring 30 inches long by 17 inches high, the vane previously topped the roof of a barn in Northborough (Worcester County), Massachusetts. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Two rare and very special lots qualify as both automotive art and Americana. Each is a large-size, highly detailed model of an automobile created by engineers at an early 20th-century automobile factory. A 1932 Hudson ¼-scale factory-made model of a 4-door sedan measures 45 inches in length. It is one of only 12 examples (in six body styles) that were ever made at the Hudson plant, all for display at the 1932 New York Auto Show. Additionally, a 1919 Cadillac Type 57 Limousine, factory made in 1/8-scale, is 25 inches long and was created specifically to display at the 1919 New York Auto Show. Each of these extraordinary models is expected to make $30,000-$40,000 at auction.

More than 40 lots of early political memorabilia run the gamut of campaign collectibles, with a large selection of campaign buttons, pins and ribbons at the core of the grouping. The timeframe begins in the 19th century and runs through the post-World War II races that elected Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. A unique JFK item is a magnifying glass the 35th President used in the White House Oval Office and kept in his pocket when attending outside meetings. It comes with its original leather case and a letter of authenticity on White House letterhead hand-signed by Kennedy’s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

Other categories include Charles Lindbergh memorabilia, walking canes, silver, clocks and watches; amusement games and trade stimulators; pottery, porcelain and glass; beer steins, travel agency signs and airplane models; and more than 100 lots of vintage glass Christmas ornaments.

Milestone’s Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 Winter Spectacular Auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, with all forms of bidding available, including absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Inquiries: call 440-527-8060 or email Online:

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Breakside Brewery Hosts Giving Trees for Nonprofit Organization, New Avenues for Youth

Portland Oregon brewery collects donations for young homeless people in the area at its Slabtown location

We are grateful for Breakside and their continued dedication to our mission of ending youth homelessness.”

— Jessica Elkan

PORTLAND, OR, USA, December 6, 2018 / — Breakside Brewery, known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers, is hosting two giving trees for the month of December at its Slabtown location (1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210). Donations are being collected for New Avenues for Youth, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness.

Jessica Elkan, director of development and communications for the nonprofit said,
"We are grateful for Breakside and their continued dedication to our mission of ending youth homelessness. Their support extends far beyond our signature event Brews for New Avenues – they are stepping up and mobilizing the beer community to make a direct impact on the lives of youth through the support of their holiday giving trees. The donations collected are items that are critical to youth being able to stay safe and warm on the streets while they move deeper through our services aimed at helping them exit street life."

The mission of New Avenues for Youth is to work in partnership with the community to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. Breakside Brewery has supported the organization in the past with gift donations and special event, and is expanding support this holiday season with giving trees on each floor of its Slabtown location. Visitors can select tags and donate gifts to kids in need. There may even be a visit or two from Santa for kids and the over 21 crowd alike!

Breakside Brewery’s Slabtown location is open from 11 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, and closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Gifts for New Avenues for Youth will be accepted until closing on December 23rd. More information by calling (503) 444-7597.

About New Avenues for Youth
New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.

About Breakside Brewery
Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery is known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a 30 bbl production brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high-speed bottling line and a 24-tap tasting room. The brewery expanded to Northern California in 2016 and in 2017 Breakside opened its third location in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In addition to winning several national and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.


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Improve Adherence By Reducing Injection Pain – New Study Shows 74% Less Pain With Buzzy Device

Buzzy vibration and Cool-Pulse™ neuromodulation technology significantly reduced adult intramuscular injection pain

Hospitals & global pharmaceutical cos. are giving patients Buzzy to improve adherence. This new study showing improved adherence and pain reduction supports a simple intervention to improve health.”

— Amy Baxter MD, CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Pain Care Labs

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 / — Millions of adults suffer from chronic diseases that are managed with injectable medications. Many of those patients either skip injections or consistently delay injecting the drug as prescribed. Research by Frost & Sullivan shows that reducing pain is a key to adherence. A new study out in November demonstrates a fast, inexpensive device that is widely used for intramuscular injections in hospitals and homes may change that.

Buzzy, manufactured by Pain Care Labs, is a vibrating ice pack used in over 5,000 hospitals and clinics to physically block needle pain. Last year, the company won the prestigious Frost & Sullivan "Local Pain Relief" technology leader award. In large independent studies, Buzzy has been proven equivalent to both the leading topical anesthetic and virtual reality. Initially intended for children, Buzzy is twice as effective as cold spray at stopping needle pain, with the most pronounced impact for adults. A new adult study shows even greater promise for IM injections.

This new study by Şahin M and Eşer İ randomized 65 adult patients receiving diclofenac sodium intramuscularly to receive Buzzy or standard care. Buzzy reduced injection pain 74%, with significantly increased patient satisfaction. Pain in the Buzzy group (n=33) was 4.67, while pain in the control group (n=32) was 17.69, p=.000. Satisfaction in the Buzzy group was 94.82, compared to 85.06 in the control group, also p=.000.

Dr. Amy Baxter, inventor of the Cool-Pulse™ neuromodulatory technology that powers Buzzy, expresses hope that drug manufacturers will consider needle pain in the patient journey toward health. “Adherence fuels patient health, but patients may not directly mention pain or fear as a barrier. Offering Buzzy is a simple, affordable adjunct to any injection regimen. When patients become more compliant, you know pain and fear were factors.”

About Pain Care Labs

Founded in 2006 by pediatric emergency doctor and pain researcher Amy Baxter MD FAAP FACEP, Pain Care Labs is on a mission to eliminate unnecessary pain. Using the physiologic technique of “gate control”, the devices block pain by stimulating the motion nerves (like TENS units) and cold nerve feedback system. Instead of electric shocks, Pain Care Labs determined the frequency that naturally stimulates the motion nerves with comfortable vibration. Unique intense ice packs reduce inflammation and add a powerful inhibitory pain relief called Descending Noxious Inhibitory Control. The company’s award-winning first device, Buzzy for Shots, created a new category of pain reliever. In 2017 the company was awarded the “Industry Leader in Local Pain Relief” from Frost & Sullivan. Buzzy is used worldwide and has blocked pain from over 31 million needles. VibraCool is used for athletic and post-operative pain. New DuoTherm Vibrating Back Pain reliever will be introduced at CES this January. See other projects and company information at

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Salt Lake City Insurance Group to Launch New Website Revolutionizing the Online Insurance World

Salt Lake City Insurance Group, an insurance provider with one of the largest selection of insurance carriers in Utah, announced today their new website will be launching on December 5, 2018, as well as social media campaigns to follow.

Salt Lake City Insurance Group, an insurance provider with one of the largest selection of insurance carriers in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 / — Salt Lake City Insurance Group, an insurance provider with one of the largest selection of insurance carriers in Utah, announced today their new website will be launching on December 5, 2018, as well as social media campaigns to follow.

The site was built with the intention of not only being the leading online location for consumers to buy insurance policies in the Salt Lake City area but also being their primary source for educating themselves on the intricacies of insurance. In addition to selling insurance, the site will advise consumers on their top concerns related to insurance policies to ensure they’re adequately informed before they commit to a policy. The website,, will be the best source to find insurance information in the Salt Lake City area, and each page will have answers to frequently asked questions about the industry.

Salt Lake City Insurance Group designed their new site with the user experience in mind and ensuring the process of buying and learning about insurance is as easy as possible. Thanks to an incredibly mobile-friendly site, there’s no need to dial numbers – the site practically dials for consumers from their mobile devices. In addition to their website relaunch, Salt Lake City Insurance Group will be launching Facebook and Twitter campaigns in the following week to better reach and educate consumers.

Along with informing consumers about their insurance options, Salt Lake City Insurance Group’s relationships with the following providers ensure their clients have more choices at lower prices when they’re shopping for insurance:

– Bear River Mutual
– MetLife
– Nationwide Insurance
– Foremost Insurance
– Casualty Underwriters Insurance Company
– American Modern Insurance
– Hagerty Insurance
– Germantown Mutual
– CNA Surety
– Dairyland
– Civil Service Employees Insurance Group
– Kemper
– Gainsco
– Progressive
– United Insurance Group-
– Bristol West
– Safeco

Salt Lake City Insurance Group proudly maintains a 9.1 average consumer rating which reflects their efforts to ensure their clients come away with the best possible deal for the most comprehensive insurance policies for home, auto, commercial, health, life, and more.

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Brazilian Quality Management Expert Eduardo Cassano Correa publishes two scholarly articles in AdNormas Journal

Article by Eduardo Correa in AdNormas Journal

Article by Eduardo Correa in AdNormas Journal

Explanatory YouTube Video about Published article in ADNORMAS by Eduardo Correa

Explanatory YouTube Video about Published article in ADNORMAS by Eduardo Correa

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Correa of Brazil

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Correa of Brazil

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Cassano Correa giving a presentation on his Masters Thesis

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Cassano Correa giving a presentation on his Masters Thesis

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Correa teaches at UNIASSELVI university

Automotive Quality Expert Eduardo Correa teaches at UNIASSELVI university

Quality Management Expert Eduardo Correa continues his scholarly writings with 2 recently published articles in the AdNormas Journal


The competence is a requirement derived from ISO9001:2015 (item 7.2) and IATF16949:2016 (item 7.2.1), both Quality Management Standards and the last one specific for automotive industries. ”

— From ADNORMAS article of Eduardo Cassano Correa

LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 / — The Quality Management Journal “AdNormas” of Brazil has published two separate articles by Quality Management Expert Eduardo Correa. Founded by Veteran Journalist Hayrton Prado, a Member of the Brazil Academy for Quality, AdNormas Magazine offers professionals, researchers and students quality management information, process improvement, metrology testing, standardization, quality tools, statistical analysis and process improvement techniques that the country needs to improve quality and competitiveness in the world market. See

The article "The company's identity as a first step to the Management System" reviews the Management System of an Organization, be it quality, environmental or occupational health and safety, and that the first step towards its implementation is to build a strong identity and define clearly the organizational strategies. In particular, that means: build your mission, vision, values and policy, and in line with this establish organizational strategies through goals and objectives. In his published studies, Mr. Correa explains how to build this identity, clearly and directly, contributing to companies of any size to develop such Management Systems. The article is related to Mr. Correa’s expertise in Quality Management since Quality Management is part of the overall management of a manufacturer. Mr. Correa explains in the article that the beginning of any management system to be implemented, be it quality, environmental or occupational health and safety, begins by building a strong company identity and clearly defining its strategies. So that there is differentiation in this competitive market, regardless of its size or branch of activity, the company needs to know itself well, to define the purpose of its existence, to visualize where it wants to arrive and, finally, to establish strategies that guide it in the way intended. It is then about building your mission, vision, values and politics, and in line with this establish your strategies through goals and objectives.

The second article, "The KEY to developing competence", explains the concept of competence through the set formed by the individual's knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and environment. It is of fundamental importance for professionals who want growth and even stability in their professional career. The competence is a requirement derived from ISO9001:2015 (item 7.2) and IATF16949:2016 (item 7.2.1), both Quality Management Standards and the last one specific for automotive industries. In this article, Mr. Correa explains the concept of the KEY, he makes an analogy to the possibility of opening the door to success. The word “CHAVE” means “KEY” in english, but also, CHAVE is acronyms for five characteristics. (C) Conhecimento = Knowledge, (H) Habilidade = Skill, (A) Atitude = Attitude, (V) Valores (Values), (E) Entorno = Environment. In summary, all people must have the key to opening your own paths through the competence gained in your career.

Both articles have a bibliographic base referenced, and the use of systematic review is the scientific method used here, which leads the reader to have confidence in the use and application of the information and research results.
Mr. Correa’s publications have been judged are important contributions to the scientific discourse by university professors, and will continue to be read and pondered by academic students and researchers.

About AdNormas

“A country does not have global competitiveness without quality that depends directly on standardization and metrology. There is no quality if there is no specification of the inputs, the products and services, the methodologies of production and measurement of the key attributes. The raising of the global level of competitiveness of production is among the priorities of emerging world leaders, which implies in strengthening the basic industrial technology of these countries, and therefore the central role of activities related to metrology, standardization and quality is unquestionable. The AdNormas Magazine deal weekly with these issues, since there is a great concern with these subjects, from the first phase of quality management. From the inspection of the finished product to the management of processes – which aims to identify and meet customer requirements – some centuries of history follow. His knowledge is of fundamental importance for the understanding of the state of the art in quality, in Brazil and in the world increasingly interconnected with the internet. That is, the AdNormas Magazine offers professionals, researchers, students, etc. quality management information, process improvement, metrology testing, standardization, quality tools, statistical analysis and process improvement techniques that the country needs to significantly improve quality and competitiveness in the world market. It is also a guide to products and services that meet the current technical standards and aims to value and foster those that respect the consumer.” –

About Eduardo Cassano Correa

Eduardo Correa is a Quality Management Expert for the automotive industry, with particular expertise in Quality Management Systems (QMS) implementation. Specifically, he has substantial experience in Radiological Protection and Industrial Radioscopy. He implemented systemic and technical procedures to improve safety and quality issues at various manufacturing companies. Also, at one manufacturer as part of the corporate Steering Committee, he participated in the selection and approval for quality testing X-Ray equipment. His experience and competence in this area are expected to assist Alupress in implementing similar success strategies at its manufacturing site in South Carolina (USA). Mr. Correa is an expert in with particular experience in the aluminum die-casting process. He also holds numerous certifications and trainings related to manufacturing Quality. Mr. Correa holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a knowledge-based global community of quality professionals dedicated to promoting and advancing quality tools, principles, and practices in various industries.

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IT Governance launches GDPR Audit Service to help organisations validate their compliance

ELY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, December 6, 2018 / — IT Governance, the leading provider of cyber risk and privacy management solutions, has released its new GDPR Audit Service to help organisations ensure their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance project is on track. The service is an expert-led internal audit designed to identify any remaining vulnerabilities, as well as good practices within an organisation’s GDPR measures.

Conducting audits is crucial to demonstrating compliance with the GDPR, as the Regulation requires a commitment to securely processing data, which involves consistently identifying and managing emerging privacy and security risks. However, the process can be daunting for organisations to take on independently – a thorough audit of all processes, documentation, roles and responsibilities, to name a few, takes time and demands expertise that is not easily sourced.

Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, said: “GDPR compliance is not a one-off exercise. The Regulation demands accountability, responsibility and thoroughly monitored policies and procedures, as well as taking a risk-based approach. If you are not able to demonstrate that you have taken appropriate measures to protect the data you process, the consequences could be catastrophic.

“Our GDPR Audit Service can pinpoint what your organisation is getting right and where it can improve when it comes to compliance and data protection.”

IT Governance’s GDPR Audit Service provides an on-site compliance audit focusing on data protection governance, risk management, project resourcing, the DPO (data protection officer), roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, scope of compliance, personal information management, information security management and rights of data subjects.

Our privacy specialists will audit the adequacy and effectiveness of your privacy management and information security practices, identify areas of non-compliance and provide recommendations for improvement with a detailed report and executive summary.

The service is currently available to organisations with up to 500 employees, based at a single site, but larger organisations can request a customised quote.

IT Governance provides all-encompassing cyber risk and privacy management solutions tailored to the needs and demands of each organisation.

For more information about the GDPR Audit Service, or guidance on compliance and privacy solutions, speak to an IT Governance expert. Alternatively, please visit, email or call +44 (0)333 800 7000.

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10 Holiday Tips For Special Needs Parents

Enjoy The Holidays With Your Special Needs Child

Author Deanna Picon Provides Complimentary Parent Guide For Holiday Enjoyment

This holiday guide offers ten proven tips designed to help parents, not only survive and manage the holidays, but actually have a pleasant and memorable season with their family and friends”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, December 6, 2018 / — During the busy and event-filled holiday season, parents of special needs children are often depressed and isolated. Many mothers and fathers feel as though a spotlight is being shined on their lives, and that their families fail to measure up to the so-called “normal” families portrayed in ads, TV programs and movies. This can create feelings of guilt, loneliness and stress that can take all of the joyfulness out of the holidays.

“This complimentary guide offers ten proven tips designed to help special needs parents, not only survive and manage the holidays, but actually have a pleasant and memorable season with their family and friends,” said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. The guide is available at no cost by downloading it at

Parents can apply these tips from the Enjoying The Holidays With Your Special Needs Child guide:

•Don’t Isolate Yourself. Your family and friends don’t like or love you less because you have a special needs child. In fact, they probably admire and respect you more than ever after seeing how challenging it can be to raise a child with a disability. Don’t shut these people out of your life. Being with those who care for you will make you feel good and recharge your batteries.

•Socialize Where You’re Comfortable. Attend holiday functions and events where you and your family feel at ease. The same principle applies to entertaining at home. Invite those who understand your child’s condition and support your family.

•Seek Help When You Need It. This season is the best time for seeking extra aid. Many people have time off from work and are full of the giving spirit, making this the perfect time to ask for a little assistance. There’s no shame in asking for and accepting that help. Allowing others to assist you will also make them feel good about the holidays.

•Enjoy The Gift Of “Personal Time”. When family and friends ask what you want for a present, do yourself a big favor by requesting a few hours of “me time” or “couple time” to refresh and recharge yourself. Do something that you truly enjoy, or that you simply never get the chance to do in your busy life. Let them come over to take care of your child in your home. You’ll know your child is safe and well-cared for, and there’s no child care costs. Does life get any better than this?

•Give Yourself Permission To Have Some Fun. Special needs parents may feel guilty for a having a good time over the holidays, even if it’s only for a few hours. But there’s no reason to feel guilty. A bit of enjoyment is good for you, and believe it or not, beneficial for your child. So, make sure you’ve got child care arrangements you have confidence in, then go to that dinner with friends, that office function or that holiday party. It will do wonders for your emotional outlook to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

•Make 2019 The Best Year Yet! Give yourself a pat on the back for surviving 2018! Recognize and reward yourself for being the great parent that you are. Day in and day out, you’re taking care of all your child’s needs. You deserve a medal for all the heroic things you do on an everyday basis. In 2019, make your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself. It’s important to make your own needs and happiness a priority, along with everyone else’s. You deserve it. And most importantly, it’s the best gift you can give yourself, child and family.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. Deanna is the recipient of the 2015 “Top Life Coach Writer” Award from Autism Parenting Magazine.

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Australia’s Katrina McCarter Wins “You Take the Cake” Best Speaker Award At M2Moms®-The Marketing to Moms Conference '18

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Katrina McCarter, Founder & CEO, Marketing to Mums, M2Moms 2018 Best Speaker

Voted Best Speaker from A Program of More Than 30 Marketing Experts

Mums are the world’s powerhouse consumers. There has never been a more important time to understand these buyers and influentials to drive sales and profit in your own organization.”

— Katrina McCarter, Founder & CEO of Marketing to Mums

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 / — Katrina McCarter, Founder & CEO of Marketing to Mums (, a marketing and research consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia, was voted by the brand marketing and advertising executives who attended the 2018 M2Moms® as the best speaker on this year’s program. M2Moms® – The Marketing to Moms Conference ( is an annual two-day executive learning event designed to help brands build more business with today’s moms. It was held October 2 & 3 in New York City. McCarter will receive a personalized, engraved Simon Pearce Cake Plate honoring her achievement on next year’s conference stage.

“Fourteen years ago,” said Nan McCann, producer of M2Moms®, “we introduced the “You Take the Cake” best speaker award. It’s never an easy decision because every year the conference includes some of the world’s most accomplished experts ( in the mom & family space. We suggest the attendees use the following criteria to decide: ‘Who would you like to take back to the office with you to speak at your next marketing meeting?’, and this year they chose Katrina! She is the first international speaker to win the award.”

According to McCann, “Katrina McCarter is a marketing strategist who specializes in understanding mothers as a powerful market sector, through experience and research. She is also the author of the best-selling book, Marketing to Mums: How to sell more to the world’s most powerful consumer. She well known for her ability to negotiate strategic partnerships to increase sales and profits for her clients.

“This year Katrina ‘s presentation ( answered the question – How Can Your Brand Survive in an Age of Digital Savvy Moms? – with 5 smart and immediately usable strategies,” McCann added. “There’s such a ring of authenticity to her work. Because in addition to being an accomplished businesswoman, international speaker and regular contributor to business media, Katrina is also a mother of three. She knows what she’s talking about from a professional and very personal perspective.”

“Mums are the world’s powerhouse consumers,” said McCarter. “There has never been a more important time to understand these buyers and influentials to drive sales and profit in your own organization. I attend M2Moms® each year, a journey of more than 10,000 miles, to hear the latest research and strategies from the world’s best marketers to mothers. So, I am deeply honored and humbled that these same experts have named me this year’s Take the Cake Best Speaker. I look forward to the 2019 conference, to learn and share and receive this beautiful prestigious award in person!”

The 2018 M2Moms® proudly supported Save the Children. Sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor: Google; Associate Sponsors: AARP, What’s Up Moms, WongDoody; Showcase Sponsors: GfK, Fosina Marketing Group, Sylvan Learning, MOPS International, Famifi, Destination Maternity, BabyPage, Ask Patty, Strottman, Hillside & Knox, Foursquare, PlayWell TEKnologies, Response Media, GreyHealth Group, Raising Dragons, Marketing to Mums, Smarty Pants, Kids II, The Motherhood and Simon Property Group. Media Sponsor: MomTrends Media. Video Content Resource Sponsor: Snippies.

For information on M2Moms® 2019: or 860.724.2649 x13. M2Moms® is produced by PME® Enterprises LLC, 912 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 101, Wethersfield, CT 06109

Nan McCann
PME Enterprises LLC
+1 860-724-2649
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Source: EIN Presswire

DNA tests top holiday gift option for pet owners, discount codes to save when shopping

HARTFORD, CONN., U.S., December 5, 2018 / — HARTFORD, Conn. – Orivet, a worldwide leader in pet DNA testing and personalized veterinary medicine, is helping holiday shoppers save money and find the perfect gift for their pet or pet owner on their shopping list with new discount codes announced on Wednesday.

Holiday shoppers can save while picking out the perfect gift for nearly any pet, pet owner or breeder and give the gift of DNA insights for breed identification, DNA health screens and Personalized Life PlansTM.

Holiday shoppers visiting Orivet’s online store can enter the code HappyPet19 until the end of 2018 to earn $54.95 off the purchase price of Orivet’s dog Breed Identification DNA Test + Life PlanTM and will also receive a free Tap Tag smart ID. Shoppers using the code can also save $50.90 towards the purchase of Orivet’s dog DNA Health Screen + Life PlanTM, which also includes a free Tap Tag device.

Additionally, shoppers can save on Orivet products specifically designed for pet breeders. Until Mar. 30 shoppers using the code BreedHealth19 will receive $88.45 off the price of Orivet’s Purebred Full Breed ProfileTM, which includes breed-specific disease screening and color + trait analysis from Orivet’s extensive list of over 170 genetic tests, as well as free Tap Tag.

Orivet will offer additional holiday discounts through its Amazon store. Amazon specific discount codes and product bundles can be found on Orivet’s Amazon store.

In addition to discounted prices, the purchase of select products includes a free Tap Tag. Tap Tag is a unique, Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip and QR code identification tag that attaches easily to a pet’s existing collar. The device is capable of notifying pet owners of their missing pet’s location when it is scanned by any smartphone and can prompt the scanning device of a pet owners contact information or the pet’s medical needs.

Orivet offers comprehensive genetic screening for both dogs and cats through a simple non-invasive mouth swab that can be used right in a pet’s home. Once a pet’s DNA sample has been evaluated by Orivet, pet owners can check their results easily via a personalized online dashboard.

Orivet’s products are available in the U.S. and more than 40 countries worldwide. To learn more about Orivet and its services or request a free DNA collection kit, please visit

About Orivet Genetic Pet Care
Orivet Genetic Pet Care is a leading personalized-medicine organization offering innovative health care solutions for veterinarians and pet owners. The organization was founded in 2010, on the premise that each and every pet is unique, with its own set of specific traits, behaviors, genetic health needs and inherent risks. Orivet works with veterinarians, pet owners and responsible pet breeders to provide practical, evidence-based platforms focused on identifying risk and improving clinical outcomes.

James Judge
Judge Public Relations
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Source: EIN Presswire