Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Sep 142014
 
The Favorite Child is Less Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol

At book club recently, we discussed what it’s like to be the favorite child. I wish I’d seen this research then – it shows that parental favoritism is linked to drug and alcohol use (and if you’re using drugs and alcohol, you’re flirting with addiction). If your parents have a favorite child, they may be

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Sep 042014
 
Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers - From Hummingbirds to Horses

These gift ideas for animal lovers range from beautiful hummingbird pendants to a hands-on day at a horse therapy ranch. I’ve also included animal print duvet covers, Grumpy Cat gift ideas, and other gifts for animal lovers that will help you choose something perfect and meaningful. Hummingbird necklace. A Carnevale Sterling Silver Blue Mix Hummingbird Pendant Necklace with

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Sep 022014
 
Dog Cancer - Signs and Treatments

Here are the most common signs of cancer in dogs, treatment options for dogs with cancer, and how to prevent your dog from developing cancer. You’ll also learn a few tips from the “dog cancer vet”, Demian Dressler. In The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity, veterinarian

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Aug 262014
 
17 Bereavement Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

These bereavement gift ideas will help you show your sympathy when a friend experiences the loss of a mother. The first bereavement gifts are for close friends, and the rest of the gift ideas are for people you don’t know well. Whether your friend is a water-cooler acquaintance or a best friend, you’ll find something in this list to help

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Aug 252014
 
10 Tips for Finding a Washing Machine Repairman

Learn how to find a good washing machine repairman and ensure his work will last, based on my experience getting a Whirlpool washer fixed. These tips on how to protect yourself from a bad washing machine repairman will help you protect yourself from a shady repairman. The washer door seal on my Whirlpool washing machine popped

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Aug 242014
 
20 Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery Gifts

After breast cancer surgery, the best gift promotes healing. These breast cancer surgery recovery gift ideas range from healing yoga for breast cancer to mastectomy bras, and all the gift ideas for breast cancer surgery recovery are based on an oncologist’s instructions for post-mastectomy healing. The Yoga for Breast Cancer DVD for Patients and Survivors is very

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Aug 212014
 
How to Help Your Mom Move to an Adult Group Home

Whether your mom is coping with dementia or schizophrenia, these tips for helping parents move to adult group homes might help you survive the transition. My mom has schizophrenia, and is facing a difficult move to a group home. This is the first time she’s lived with other people, and it won’t be easy. If

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Jul 192013
 
How to Meet People When Travelling Alone

Meeting people has never been a problem for me when I travel alone, so when one of my readers asked for tips, I jumped at the chance to write this article! I enjoy travelling with friends and family, but there’s something about travelling alone that perks me up in a special sorta way. I love

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Jul 172013
 
How to Become an Independent Teenager

Here’s a list of ways to stop your parents from being overprotective so you can become more independent. I wrote this for a teenager who asked for help with her mother. Here’s what she said: “I am 14 years old and my mother in particular is very controlling. I have to live with her, and

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Jul 152013
 
How to Find Health Information for Refugees in Vancouver

A Vancouver-based website provides health information for refugees from other countries, to make it easier to get medical care in British Columbia. “Refugees already have so many barriers. There’s the barrier of language, cultural barriers, living below the poverty level,” says Dr Martina Scholtens, who created RefugeeHealth.ca. “Refugees generally come from a huge background of

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