Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tasty Tuesday!

Today's Tasty Tuesday is going to be a little different as todays is a quick and easy way to get some fresh food into your meals.  Guess What!  You do not even have any prep work with it!

I recently bought the President's Choice Broccoli slaw and loved it.   As Presidents choice says directly on their website:
"We’ve done all the prep work for you so you can enjoy fresh, nutritious vegetables in a matter of minutes. Our PC® Broccoli Slaw is a ready-to-serve blend of crisp shredded broccoli, carrots and red cabbage."
It is fabulous and a quick and easy salad to make all you need is your coleslaw dressing and if you are like me and would like to mix it up sometimes feel free to add some dried berries or seeds.  Normally the most common ingredients I have added are raisins and/or sunflower seeds, but have added almonds and cranberries as well.

You definitely do have time to add this into your weekly meal planning and its a nice way to mix up your meals this summer!

Definitely must be the last week of school...

I hope you are all having a fabulous Tuesday!  Mine definitely could have been better.  We had a slow start to the morning which meant Miss J was 15 min late for school.  Then to top it off I received a phone call at 1130 from her teacher as Tuesdays for a treat we had normally gotten her Pizza at school as it was a treat for her.  We had it on our calendar that today was the last day.  Guess what we were wrong.  So I had to quickly get a lunch put together to run over to her school for her to eat.  This did not go over well with Miss K my two year old.  She was eating her lunch and did not want to be interrupted!

So as you can see as the day progresses I hope it will only go up from here!  So Thankful there are only 2 more days after today.  Clearly I need the break lol

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inspirational Monday

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. "

Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Own a vehicle or looking at purchasing? A definate must read!

We recently were in the market for a new vehicle.  I had owned a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 and for those that are not familiar with vehicles it is a 2 door sports car and having two children and two dogs it clearly lacked in the space compartment.  I loved my vehicle and everything about it so trust me when I say I was not the happiest when I got my new vehicle.  The most common comment I heard from others was how quick I could get the girls into the vehicle with just the two doors.  The funny thing is when its all you know you do not think anything different of it.

We ended up taking my blue sports car and trading it in for a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan.  I joke with people that I am now driving a bus so I have space to bring a whole team around with me Ha-Ha.  A few weeks after buying the vehicle we had to take it in on a  recall.  This was completely to my surprise.  I was thinking I just bought this vehicle and already a problem!?!?  I do not remember ever having to take my other vehicle in and if I did it definitely was not just after purchasing it.  Though I guess in all fairness it was the previous years model and I would rather be safe then sorry.  I just wish I would have known about this great site called repairpal.com before be bought.

With checking out my vehicle 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan I was able to see reviews on the product, recalls, problems and questions and answers.  This is a great resource for anyone who is looking at buying a vehicle and who needs to get their vehicle repaired.  You can check out what other consumers have had issues with or thought about the vehicle and post your own thoughts and experiences.  The details posted about my recall and had I know about this site and had I known about this site I would have known about the recall before buying.  The funny thing is that I had bought it after the date that it was posted on the website.  Although, we would have not changed our minds I would have felt like a more informed shopper knowing this piece of information.  I guarantee the next time I buy a car I will be using repairpal.com to check out the vehicle lines history!  If you are in the market for a new vehicle or known someone that is this website is definitely not something to keep to yourself!

Save time with Comparison Shopping!

If you have been following my blog for sometime you know that I love saving money and I love saving time.  Recently we were in the market for a new laptop in our house and a friend suggested that we tried to compared online before purchasing.  Normally I just follow the flyers and try to see what is on sale in the stores when I am shopping for electronics.  Though I thought if I do the online comparison shopping for clothes and other items why not for electronics as well!

I have been told by many to check out the Canada Post online comparison shopping as they found that was the best comparison website when they were shopping for their laptop.  When I was looking for asus laptop I was very surprised at how many pages of options and how many stores came back in my search.  I was able to select what price range I was looking at and it would narrow down my search in my budget and also shows all of the options that were currently discounted.  So I knew if the store was having a sale or if it was regular price I was looking at!  Plus, if your a sale searcher like I am you can also select the discount range so if you only want the 20% off items or more it narrows that down for you!

 I thought this was great and recommend if you have not checked it out yet to give it a try!  You'll love it as well!!!

Free E Books!

I love reading and I love it even more when I am able to save some money and try out and read some books for no cost at all.  Right now Harlequin is allowing 16 of their e books for free.  Its a 60 USD value!!

Be sure to check them out and stock up on some summer reading!  You know I have them already and will definitely check them out once I finish my current reads :-)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Save your money and enter for a chance to win with Walgreens

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have not always had seasonal allergies.  This has been something that I have developed when I was older and more specifically after I had children.  So you can imagine I am not always prepared when my allergies are about to act up.  The worst is when this happens when you are away on holidays!  As you may have noticed through my posts I am always about getting the best deal when I make a purchase.  Even when I am away on holidays!   120x30_WalgrensTransparentLogo

No matter where I am I always compare the prices of brand name products to  store brands and factor in if I have a coupon to use.  Whichever product comes out to cost less is the one I purchase.  Although we do not have a Walgreens in Canada when I was in the US last I of course did not have a coupon, but I did find  I saved  money purchasing Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products

I have read  positive reviews from others about Walgreens Brand Health and wellness products so I was confident that I would not be disappointed.  After using Walgreens Brand allergy medicine and found no difference in the quality.  The only major difference was the savings!  If that was not more then enough with every purchase of  Walgreens Bran Health & Wellness Products supports brining preventative wellness service to ones local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™.

The Walgreens Way to Well Fund™ provides preventative health tests as well as other educational and health and wellness services in ones community.  Just a few of these services will include preventive health tests through the National Urban League Health & Wellness Tour and vouchers redeemable in select stores. Plus Walgreens is set to contribute up to $3 million annually to this fund!! Is that not awesome!!!!  For additional details on this visit walgreens.com/waytowell.

As always I love sharing giveaway with my readers even if I am not personally offering them I love it if it is because of myself or my blog that one of my readers gets a little richer. :-)  Be sure to check out the giveaways  and let me know if you are a lucky winner :-)!

Definitely the next time you are shopping and you head into Walgreens check out Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products you will not be disappointed!

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Fabulous Friday!!

Welcome to another week of Fabulous Friday!  This song is another one of my favorites right now.  A coworker was talking about this song and how it speaks for the times right now and truly for any time when it gets hard in your relationship.  I could not agree anymore I seem to know so many people who are facing situations where their love and faith is being tested.  This song is just a reminder of how important it is to turn to the ones you love through the hard times as they are truly the ones that will help you through!




Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heading to Toronto Zoo??

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Wiggles Giveaway for Toronto

Did you know that the Wiggles are coming to Toronto again and I am pleased to let you know that one of my lucky readers are going to win some tickets to see their new show!

Anthony, Sam, Murray And Jeff Proudly Invite YOU To Join Them For….

THE WIGGLES! BIG BIRTHDAY! TOUR
COMING TO RICOH COLISEUM ON
SATURDAY, JULY 23RD AT 11:00 AM ; 2:30 PM AND
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH AT 12:30 PM; 4:00 PM


It’s time for a party…The Wiggles Big Birthday party! Come
along and “Sound Your Funky Horn,” “Clap Your Hands With Dorothy,” and do the “Hot Potato.” Join The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers as they celebrate their Big Birthday in Toronto!

The Wiggling commences at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday, July 23rd for shows at
11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, and Sunday, July 24th at 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM.

Tickets for Toronto are on sale now and are available through all Ticketmaster
locations (www.ticketmaster.ca) or by calling 1-855-985-5000 and the Ricoh Coliseum
ticket office (no first day sales). Prices range from $25 - $85 (additional facility fees and
service charges may apply). $85 tickets in the Wiggles VIP section are limited, and will
include the best seats in the house, an exclusive gift, an activity sheet and a chance to
dance along with The Wiggles themselves!

Plus you can UKULELE to receive $10 off your tickets. Note: The Discount is valid through July 22 on $35.00 tickets only. Fees may apply.

My family and I love The Wiggles.  Last year we took our girls to the show and they had so much time singing and dancing during the whole show!  This is definitely a show that you'll cherish for years to come and I know your children will not stop talking about it!

For a list of their other Canadian Tour stops, please check out their website.  Plus there is so much more you can do with your preschooler on their site! You can also keep up to date with The Wiggles on their Facebook Page if you adore Facebook like I do!

Win It:  One of my lucky readers is going to win a Family 4 pack for  Sunday July 24th  at 12:30pm to see The Wiggles LIVE!!

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Contest Ends July 5th at 23:59 Eastern Time. Open to Canada!! Must have valid photo ID to pick up tickets at the location. Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced soon after the contest ends. Winner will be notified by email then has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Inspirational Monday

"We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching. "


Roy L. Smith

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day from Two Children and a Migraine and Disney!!

Dad's are leaders...
 Dads are teachers....









Dads are Best Friends...







Celebrate Dads this weekend with CARS 2, WINNIE THE POOH and THE LION KING 3D!               

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Cars 2 (in theatres June 24th)·         Choose from four Cars 2 Father’s Day cards·         Give Dad his “World’s Greatest Dad License”







Winnie the Pooh (in theatres July 15th)·         Choose from 5 Winnie the Pooh Father’s Day cards·         Bake some Hoot Owl cupcakes·         Give Dad a Father’s Day coupon book


The Lion King 3D (in theatres September 16th)·         Choose from 4 Lion King Father’s Day cards·         Start the conversation with Lion King’s “Conversation Starters” activity·         Give Dad the greatest gift, a memory book





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Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Making Media Accessible For All!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Accessible Media Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

There are many things that I take for granted in my life and I know I am not alone in this.  The thing is you do not realize this always until it is taken away from you. Your eyesight is one of those things.  If you have it you do not think anything more about it, though imagine having it for 13 years of your life and then no longer.  Reality is not everyone is going to have their eyesight and and other faculties throughout their life and the earlier we educate ourselves and improve the services for all with impairments the better for us all.

Accessible Media has a great video out right now on YouTube video about Jeff Berwick. He was blind since age 13, and this video allows you to share his day with him. It's an a great perspective and allows you into the world of someone that is visually impaired.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who wants a chance to win tickets to Cars 2???

If your in Canada and would love to have tickets to see Cars 2 before it hits theaters then you definitely need to go and check out Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada on Facebook!  They posted today that they are giving away tickets for the following cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.  So if you know anyone that would love to go to the show and lives in any of the above cities be sure to head on over and check out what you need to do to win! Hurry up and enter as you only have until Fathers Day!
Plus as we approach June 24th they have themed days to keep our engines revved!!

·         Mater Mondays: Photos, clips and facts dedicated to the cheerful tow truck we all know and love.
·         Trivia Tuesdays: Questions to test our fans CARS knowledge.
·         Win-it Wednesdays: A chance to win weekly CARS 2 giveaways.
·         Thunder Thursdays: Lightning match-ups between our favourite race car Lightning McQueen and his competitors.
·         Fun Fact Fridays: Exclusive facts about the upcoming film.


Did You know????

Did you know that my daughter only has two weeks left until school is done??!  Wow, someone please tell me where the time has gone?  I honestly can not believe how fast the time goes once you have children.  This is the period of my life when I would not mind it dragging on, but it seems to zoom on by! 

Tuesday she came home from school and as we were in he car driving home she says to me "Mommy, Jordan is 5, Cassia is 5 and Julia is 5.  I want to be 5 too." The children that are in JK and SK at my daughters school have a separate school yard that they play in at recess.  As the SK students will be in Grade one next year they have started letting them do recess in the other school yard and that means some of her friends are not going to be around for recess for the remainder of the year.  Of course all of the girls she mentioned will be, but clearly she is worried that they are all going to leave her behind :-( Plus she mentioned that the teachers have been talking about classes switching.  This has to do with them getting ready in advance for next year.  I know it is a part of growing up, but it just breaks my heart that shes sad about her friends going. 

My eldest will be starting SK in the fall and no longer be the youngest in the school and on the opposite side my 2 year old will be old enough to start preschool.  So really what I am going to do with myself.  HaHa!

Tomorrow she has her graduation at school and it is my husbands birthday so we are all heading over to her school tomorrow for the certificate ceremony!  Busy and exciting day for us tomorrow

Now I have summer holidays to figure out what we are going to do!

Artistic Letters Review and a FREEBIE!!




Photographer Jodi Gerber of ArtisticLetters has created an entire catalog of black & white letter images throughout the past 3 years – all by taking photos of objects in nature that resembled letters of the alphabet. She recently decided to offer her ENTIRE catalog of 250+ letter images to the public on CD or Download so that anyone could create their own designs!

It’s a truly original way to make artwork for your home - or even for scrapbooking, greeting cards, and digital designs consisting of wedding invitations, baby’s birth, etc.).  Endless possibilities for whatever the mind can imagine!


Jodi and I have teamed up and my readers have Exclusive Discounted Pricing of up to $6 Off!  Please visit her website www.BuyAlphabetPhotos.com and browse the images, testimonials, and ideas. 
Then check out the Exclusive Pricing and Freebie by clicking on this link:
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This link is only accessible here for my readers – you won’t be able to find it on her website.  ;-)

This is truly a great opportunity for those who love to dabble in the creative side and as well it is user friendly for those of us who are not so creative.  There is even a tutorial online to help you through your creations so you can start creating your own images, scrapbook pages and more from home.  I know everyone will love it and just think of all the money that will be saved that you can put towards whatever you wish!

FREEBIE ALERT:  Jodi also offered my readers a Freebie alphabet set (with purchase) as a Bonus!  And here’s the great part – you get to choose a Damask set from 6 different galleries!  More info is available on the special link above.
 The exclusive pricing and freebie offer expires Saturday, June 18 at midnight so be sure you take advantage of this great deal while it lasts.

You can also visit Jodi’s face book page and click “Like” to find more info, freebies, giveaways,  and receive future promotions. 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday!

My little Asian Princess!!

We have a winner!!!

The lucky winner of the Road Kill T-shirt giveaway is lucky #11.

 


Congrats!! If I have not heard back within the requested amount of time a new winner will be selected!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Enjoy Lighting Flamesless Candles: Review and Giveaway

I love candles, I always have from the time I was younger and my mother allowed me to have some in my room up until now.  I love everything about them their look, smell and the ambiance they create once they are lit.  For myself there is nothing more relaxing then my feet up reading a book or listening to music and having a candle on.  I absolutely love how relaxed I feel during those "me time" moments.  However, now that I have children this is just memories from the past and until recently I honestly do not remember the last time I had lit a candle, that is until Enjoy Lighting Flameless Candles.

I had stopped buying and lighting candles because I was worried about the safety issues with having small children.  Sure I teach and tell my children not to play with certain things and about how dangerous other things are.  Though reality is they are 4 and 2 and I would be surprised more if they listened to me when I asked them to do something then the opposite. I am not a careless parent just realistic.  It is in their nature to test and experiment and even though they may come to me after with the same result I told them would happen, they still have to go out and experiment on their own.

However, when it comes to ways that I can keep them and my house safe then I will do that as I have control over that.  So I had made a conscious effort to stop lighting candles and buying them.  I knew as soon as the candle was lit or they could smell the candle they would be like bees to a flower, drawn to it.  Even perfect parents, if they even exist, can not have their eyes constantly on their children.  So as I have enough things on my plate daily I figured this would be a simple sacrifice I could make in order to keep us safe.

I do not have to tell you how excited I was when I was on the internet one day and came across a friends blog and saw that she was reviewing this fabulous product that allowed you to have the smell and the ambiance of fire lit candles with the ease and safety as and battery operated item.  I though this has to be too good to be true can this really be the best of both worlds???

The answer is simple,  YES!!  I was lucky enough to receive two candles to try out for review purposes and I have to say when I opened the package they smelt FAB-U-LOUS!  I was excited as a tween girl getting to meet Justin Bieber.  Okay, maybe not as excited as I was not crying, but you get the point!!

Turning on the candles they did not disappoint either.  They honestly look as authentic as a fire lit candle that if you did not know better you would think they were! Plus here are some additional benefits right from Enjoy Lighting!

• Wax candles have a classic fragrance to provide freshness and ambiance.

• 75% annual cost savings when compared to traditional wicked candles.

• Colors and textures to match any d├ęcor.

• Safe to use all around the home. No exposed flame or fire risks. No melted wax on carpet or furniture. No soot build up on walls or ceilings.

• LED bulbs will last over 100,000 hours!

• 3 LED's and a computer chip built into the candle produce multiple points of randomly shifting light, creating a glow that flickers, rolls, and casts dancing shadows, just like a real candle flame!



BUY IT:  Check out Enjoy Lighting and all their candles and to find out where to buy and be the talk of the town!!

WIN IT: Enjoy Lighting has been very generous and are giving one of my readers two candles to start off their own flameless candle collection. However, Enjoy Lighting will not give or send candles to winners of past Enjoy Lighting blog reviews and giveaways.


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Contest Ends July 9th at 23:59 Eastern Time. Open to Canada/US!! Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced soon after the contest ends. Winner will be notified by email then has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: Either the company or a PR firm is allowing me to host this giveaway to help promote their products and website. Enjoy Lighting will be responsible for prize distribution after I provide the shipping information of the winning entrant. I received a shirt for review purposes, No monetary compensation was received for this post. 

GRIPSTIC Review

Having children I think it is quite obvious that in my pantry I have a lot of snack packages.  I also love to make smoothies, so my freezer I have packages taking up space that are not resealable.

Most of the time I end up using rubber bands to keep these packages closed, but half the time I can not find an elastic so they end up being put away not sealed which I hate.  This mean that not only are they not going to be fresh, but majority of the time I'll find food laying all through my pantry due to the way someone picked it up.  Reality is even though they spill it, it is going to be me that has to clean it up.

I was so pleased when I was given the chance to try the GRIPSTIC.  I can definitely say I have one less worry and I can close my packages with ease and not worry if the food will be fresh the next time I have it.  If it has been put away with a GRIPSTIC on it then I definitely know it is going to be!

 The GRIPSTIC was so easy to use and I have to say I LOVE the colours that it comes in.  They are different and bright so they'll stick out from all the other utensils you have in your drawer guaranteed.  So there is one less thing you need to search for.

In 3 simple steps you can seal pretty much any bag that you have and even use them outside to seal any outdoor bags.  They will last through the variations of temperatures so if you have freezing cold winters you do not need to worry about them breaking while sitting outside!

If you are like me and try to do everything without reading the directions, this is one product you'll want to make sure you follow.  It is easy to do when you know what you are doing.  If you do not it may take you a bit.  ha-ha!!  Which is great as I know my children are not going to be able to break it and so far they have not figured out how to get into a package that has the stick on it! Which I see as a win win!

The GRIPSTIC is available starting $3.99 at major chain retailers including Albertson’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Giant stores, Stop & Shop, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, and Winn Dixie.  They have variations in options for sizes and quantities and of course the more you get the more the price and deal will be

Definitely this is one way this mom is going to have one less Migraine!




Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a package of GRIPSTICS for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tasty Tuesday!

I do not know what it is about warm weather, but I always find I crave fruit more and love having a great variety!  I do not know if its the taste, the colours or that thanks to The Wiggles my girls love singing while we are making it! :-)

This is one of my favorite fruit Salad recipes and its super easy!!!


                            Fruit Salad
  • 1 small watermelon (or half a large)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can canned diced pineapple in juice, drain juice and reserve
  • 1 pound seedless grapes
  • 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 bananas, cut into bite-size pieces (you may want to do 3 as my kids seem to eat up one banana before we even finish making the dish :-) )
Cut everything into bite size pieces and add into the same bowl one at a time.  I like to put the pineapple juice over the salad when I am complete in cutting, but you can discard.  Mix up all the fruit and  serve or put in the fridge to chill if you prefer your cold.

Enjoy!!

Dr Oetker Panebello Pizza Review

Recently I was given the chance to try out Dr Oetkers Panebello Pizza's  You can find them at your local grocery store and there is a very diverse variety of pizzas that you can choose from.  In their Panebello Pizza line they have Vegetables and Goats Cheese, Country Pepperoni, Classic Canadian and Bruschetta.  All of the pizzas looked yummy, but as my girls love pepperoni I decided to get the Country Pepperoni.

The crust was great it was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside so there was no worries of having a soggy crust.  I personally can not find anything worse then trying to pick up a piece of pizza and all the toppings slide off as the crust can not handle the toppings.  If you do prefer the thin crust pizzas, like my husband then you may want to stay away as the crust is more of a thick crust.  However, it is more of a fresh bread crust so you may find you love it like I did!

I definitely recommend on checking out their new line of pizzas the next time you are at the store and I know I am looking forward to trying the Vegetables and Goats Cheese just for myself :-) 

 Suggested retail price is $5.99 to $6.49, but I was able to find one on the lower end of $5.00 so be sure to check it out and why not try it for your next take out day!

Disclosure: Received a coupon to enable me to get a pizza for review purposes.  Thoughts are based on my family and I trying the product. No monetary compensation was received for this post. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Inspirational Monday



"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. "


Albert Einstein 

 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabulous Friday!!

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday!  I hope you are having a great day like I am and even if you are not just think...tomorrow is Saturday!!  The song I have picked this week is what my youngest calls the "Monkey Song" and it is   her favorite right now.  We literally drive some days listening to her over and over asking for the "Monkey Song"...I guess it is obvious what itunes song I bought this week :-) 


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spring into SHAPE!!

As a part of spring into shape I have been trying some new recipes.  A friend had mentioned a few weeks back she had made a watermelon cucumber salad.  I personally have never made it before so decided I would give it a try, especially since it sounded so yummy!!!  Its a quick and simple dish to make and good for you :-)


Cucumber Watermelon Salad

  • 6 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 4 cups cubed English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Place the watermelon and cucumber cubes in a large bowl, and gently toss with the salt and sugar. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then gently toss one last time before serving.  

1/2 cup I found to be a lot for the recipe, so I would say add it slowly and use only what you feels tastes right.  You can always add more, but if your pour the whole thing over and you find it too strong you could ruin a perfectly good meal!



Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday!

Miss J is a lover of water.  She was so proud of herself that she floated on her own.  Can you tell? :-)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Spring into SHAPE!!

I missed yesterdays post as I was busy with family as I mentioned my sister is in town visiting and we ended up going to my in laws for supper!  I did get my work out though it was again another day of full body workout on the Wii!  Gosh I thought I hated lunges, but I seem to hate pushups and planks just as much.  Oh and jumping jacks is there not an age limit on those??? ;-)  I don't know why I liked doing them as a kid, clearly I was misinformed back then thinking they were fun :-)

I am wondering if it is always going to hurt or if one day I might actually like doing them ;-). 

Today is another Wii workout day and again I am hating the Wii Biggest Loser, but as they say good things will come to those who wait!

Inspirational Monday



"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

William Shakespeare




Saturday, June 4, 2011

Spring into SHAPE!!

So I managed to work out again on the Wii.  So it has not been working exactly how I planned, but I am happy that I am still doing some sort of a workout.  Originally I had said that I was going to do the Wii daily then other exercise on top.  Clearly I was a little too eager ;-)

The funny thing is my sister arrived today and I made her do the Wii workout too.  She commented had she known she was going to be working out on her vacation she would have brought workout clothes lol...

My exercise today on the Wii was a half hr of full body training.  What I love the most about the Biggest Loser Wii game you really do get a great work out just using your own muscle and doing repetitive motions.  I would have thought you always need some sort of weights, but the repetitive motions get you toning as you work out.

BTW did I mention I hate lunges...will it ever not hurt to do them??

Friday, June 3, 2011

Spring into SHAPE!!

Today I had a weekly challenge with my Biggest Loser Wii game.  It was pretty neat though for a change in my workouts.  I do have to admit I was a bit confused when it was telling me I was going to have to crawl across the wire in a pool and release some balloons.  I seriously was looking at choosing another workout as I don't own a pool.  Haha  Then I realized it was going to be just in the game.lol

The good news is I did not get disqualified and I came in first (shhh don't tell anyone else that it is just me doing the Wii game lol)

I have to say I have never done the mountain climber and that was an awesome workout, but definitely gets you sweating.  I was trying to find a video to show but all I could see were ones on the ground whereas they had me doing it standing up.

Looking forward to what I will have to do tomorrow :-) No Seriously I am!! ;-)

Fabulous Friday!!




I happened to have the right radio station on at the right time a few weeks back and heard this song. It is very beautiful and a good reminder for all that life is short and that it is important to do the most with the time we have been given and appreciate all!

I hope you make the most out of today and every day! :-)

Survival of the Smartest E Book Review


I was recently given the opportunity to read Aaron Turpens latest E Book which is Survival of the Smartest: The First 72hrs.  This E Book is a guide for everyone giving them education on getting through any disaster no matter if it is natural or man-made.

This guide aims to educate its readers on various topics such as:

  • Keeping Your Head During Emergency Situations
  • Making a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Family
  • Shutting Off Your Home's Utilities In An Emergency
  • Dealing With An Evacuation (whether you go or not)
  • Specific Disaster Situations like:
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes and Tornadoes
  • Nuclear Incidents, Tsunamis, and even Volcano Eruptions!
  • And Much Much More
I loved the look of the cover  it is very eye catching and definitely gets its goal of building intrigue.  Reading the book it did not disappoint!  It was very well written and does open up the reader to a new view point on a very diverse set of topics all with the goal to keep the reader and family alive.


Some of the points I have heard before and clearly this points out to how important it is.  I can remember from when I was young in school the fire department asking us to draw up a plan of our home and how would we escape in the instance of a fire.  I am sure I am not the only one who was educated on this.  Reality is have I done this in every house or building I have been in? Nope.  If you are wanting to always be safe you have to be prepared no matter when it happens.  This means when your in a shopping mall do you know how to get out, your nearest exists.  Probably not.  Though at the same instance do we want to live daily thinking that something is going to happen?  I guess there truly is a fine line between fear and being prepared.



A few years back our city and a large portion of the province around where we live lost its power.  During the hot time of summer there was no electricity for anyone.  Which means anything that needed electricity could not be used.  Food spoiled and people who did not have bottled water may not have had anything to drink outside.  I have heard before about having a emergency preparedness kit.  Even the government was giving ideas and pointers for everyone as clearly no one was prepared for something of this nature to happen.  Just imagine if there was weather issues added to it!  I am sure just like the fire plan recommendation like myself many of us have no kit in their home.


Clearly after reading this guide I realized that there is a lot that I knew already, though knowing and acting on it clearly are two different things.  I think this is a great educational read for everyone, but if no one takes action you really are no further ahead.


If your looking for a small guide to keep with you then this would be the guide for you, but expect to be paying at least $20.00 for the guide and it is under 50 pages.  For myself even though I know it is for the benefit of myself and my family I found the price a bit much for the size of the guide, especially as it is an E Book.  I just wish the book was a bit longer with more information and then I would have no problem with paying the price  As I am comfortable on the web and a lot of it I have already been made aware through different avenues such as government or Red Cross I personally could not rationalize paying that price.  However, for individuals not as comfortable with getting around online OR may not be aware (I am thinking of my parents or their generation) then definitely it would be worth the price for them.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spring into SHAPE: You are not alone!


 Through the next  two weeks of the Spring into SHAPE event I will be having some guest posts from various individuals that are involved in making lives around them happy and healthier!  Along with the guesy posts I thought it would be great to interview these fabulous individuals so you can put a face to the name and know they are truly just like you and I!

Meet Sarah!!
1.   What is the name of your company/business and where can it be found?
I am a nutrition and wellness specialist and coach. I work with people, mostly busy moms, to get healthy and lose weight. I have partnered with a top-tier nutritional company, Usana Health Sciences. My website is www.sarahrutka.usana.com.  

2. How long have you been in the health and wellness industry and what brought you into it?
I stumbled into the wellness industry almost five years ago. At the time I had a busy career in public relations but soon discovered that my true passion was in helping people lose weight, get healthy and reach their goals. 
3.  What would you say is your specific area of expertise?
My area of focus is on coaching people through weight loss with low glycemic eating coupled with optimal cellular health.  We tend to focus on exercise and diet, that we sometimes forget the importance of nourishing our cells with the right balance of nutrients and antioxidants. It helps increase our energy, boost metabolism and fend off colds and flus.  As busy moms, isn’t that exactly what we need?!

4.  What would you say you love most about what you do?
Helping people reach their health goals is incredible but part of my job is coaching people to build a business in the wellness industry. I find it so inspiring to work side-by-side with amazing moms who are balancing a career and motherhood. 

5. What can you tell my readers about a typical day in your business?
I’m a mompreneur so I usually jump into my yoga pants, drop the kids off at daycare and start my work day. I’m at my home office most days with my glass of water and chlorophyll, talking to clients or setting up my next coaching program. If my day is too busy for a workout, I’ll pick the kids up from daycare and walk them over to the park for a little playtime. 

6. Tell us a bit about yourself outside of your business.
When I’m not working, it’s all about the kids. Or maybe it’s the other way around…when I’m not with my kids, I’m working! I have two amazing children – Lilly is three years and Joshua is 11 months. They make me laugh, smile, scream and sometimes cry!
I also play in a women’s recreational hockey league, am a fair-weather runner and most recently an avid bootcamper. I have always been active, but I gained a lot of weight after my pregnancies. Through some hard work and perseverance, I lost close to 30 pounds with diet and exercise. I know how it feels to be the frumpy, chubby mom but not have the energy or willpower to do anything about it. Here is my before and after pic: 
7. What advice do you have for someone who is looking at getting into shape, but does not feel there is enough time or can not afford a gym membership?
Exercise is only 20% of the game. It doesn’t matter how much you work out if your diet is poor. If your goal is to lose weight or inches, try eating low glycemic. A low glycemic diet means eating foods that won’t spike your blood sugar and cause your body to store fat. Avoid “white” foods at all costs i.e. baked or mashed potatoes, white rice or paste, white bread or sugar. Chose whole foods and avoid anything processed. The bulk of your carbohydrates should come from nutrient rich fibrous fruits and vegetables.

8. What do you find is the greatest motivational factors for your clients and what advice do you have for someone who is having issues staying motivated in quest to become healthier?
Staying accountable to someone other than yourself is the biggest motivator. As women we hate to disappoint others and we don’t like admitting we’ve failed a task.  When you stay accountable to a coach or a friend, you are more likely to think twice about eating that brownie or skipping the gym.
·         Be selective. Invest in a wellness coach or enlist a friend who isn’t afraid to challenge you.
·         Set Ground Rules. Make it clear how often you are going to check in with your coach and what you are going to report i.e. a food journal or exercise log.
·         Set Goals. Saying “I want to lose weight” doesn’t cut it. How much? By when? Is it a realistic timeframe? Be crystal clear on what you want to accomplish.
·         Try setting an activity goal instead of a weight loss goal. Focusing too much on weight loss can be demotivating. Try “I want to run 10km” or “I want to play on a women’s soccer team”
·         Tell the world. Check your pride at the door and put yourself out there. Tell your family and friends what you are going to accomplish. Post it on Facebook or Twitter. It may be embarrassing but it will be more humiliating if you have to admit at the next family barbeque that you gave up on your health goal.  

9. Is there anything else that you would like us to know?

Every few months, I host a 14 and 30 Day Health Challenge that incorporates low glycemic eating, top notch antioxidants and moderate exercise. It’s a great program for women who want to lose pounds and get healthy. Anyone who has been through the program loses weight, feels lighter and looks and feels amazing. The program includes free online coaching so that those involved have the tools and knowledge to maintain their weight loss even after the program has ended. I’ve interviewed some incredible wellness professionals, including top trainers and nutritionists and incorporated their “secret tips” into video emails that come right to people’s inboxes. It allows moms the flexibility to participate in the program even with their hectic schedule. My next program is starting mid-June, just in time for bathing suit season. I’ve included a short video message that details a bit more about the program and anyone interested can email me at sarahrutka@usana.com. 




Thanks so much Sarah and be sure to stay tuned for her future post!