A Day of Skiing at Glen Eden With My Girl

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All school year long my oldest daughter, Sierra, has been super duper excited about an extra special trip... Ski day!  Every other year her school takes the two oldest grades on a ski trip to nearby Glen Eden.  She has talked NON-STOP about how excited she was to learn how to ski with her friends.  Now Sierra doesn't get excited about very many things, her two younger sisters are better known for that (Amber has been planning her 5th birthday party since about 2 days after she turned 4).   Finally the permission slip continue reading →

5 Reasons to Hug a Runner #GOHARD

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* This is not a sponsored post. I came across this event on my own and felt that this was important and that I had to share it. Today is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka GOHARD.  It's a real thing, I didn't just make this up just to get hugs (though if you want to hug me then go right ahead :) ).  GOHARD is a virtual run/event that raises money for Girls on the Run.  Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum continue reading →

Lessons in Never Giving Up From My Daughter

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A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter Sierra was excited for her very first cross-country meet. She “tried out” for the team, which I’m pretty sure consisted of listening to the school announcements and showing up at the proper time and place to sign up. I’m really proud of her for doing that part alone! Then, she and her team mates spent their school nutrition breaks running a few laps of the school “track” (a paved path around the perimeter of the school yard, softball diamond and “soccer fields”) to practice. When I was young I remember doing continue reading →

My Thanksgiving Weekend in Pictures

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First things first, I must warn you that I didn't take many pictures of the food I ate because Thanksgiving is about so much more than just the food (though trust me, I definitely ate my share of food!).  Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday of the year - the weather is usually decent enough to get out and enjoy fall and the weekend is about everything that Christmas should be about: celebrating friends & family while being grateful for everything we have. This weekend I was lucky enough to spend the entire weekend with my husband and my continue reading →

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #6 Training Recap

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I know this is a little late but I'm on vacation this week with the hubby for our 10 yr anniversary. I started writing this on Sunday and am just now getting around to finishing and publishing, sorry! Wow!  Has it been 6 weeks of training already?!?  Man - I better bust out some longer runs over the next few weeks otherwise this marathon will be brutal.  While I love running 8 to 10k, anything over that scares me and I tend to procrastinate doing those longer runs.  The funny thing is that I KNOW very well that whether I continue reading →

Family Fun at Flamboro Valley Camping Resort

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Every summer I try to exchange the hustle and bustle of the suburbs for the quiet and tranquillity of nature in the form of a nice family camping trip. Life is about making memories and unplugging and creating camping memories are some of the best moments I've ever spent with my daughters, so this weekend I unplugged, packed the girls up and headed out to Flamboro Valley Camping Resort to make some memories. Ahhhhh fresh air, memories and FUN! Last summer, my friend Tracy invited myself and my two older girls to continue reading →

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon #STWM Week #5 Training Recap

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Happy Monday everyone!   After a good training week last week, this week turned out to be a bit of a recovery week, and the kickstart to a 4 week crash triathlon training cycle. A week ago I decided to add the Iron Girl triathlon to my race schedule.  You see I have this disease that causes me to say "When and where?", when someone mentions a race.   I started the week by recovering from last week Sunday's trail race, threw in some swimming mid-week, and then ended the week with a fun camping trip with my continue reading →

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Recap Week #2

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Two weeks of #STWM training down, 16 weeks left to go! Six weeks ago I was bummed out about how slowly the recovery was going from my ankle sprain and that weird shin splints/compartment syndrome/peroneal strain thing that I just couldn’t shake. I was angry, frustrated and worried that I’d never get back to running. I was ready to call it quits and to start body building or joining crossfit to take my mind off of the fact that I keep on injuring myself while running. I had completely lost faith in my body.   I’m not sure I continue reading →

Sierra’s 9th Birthday Run or Dye Race Recap

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9 years ago, my hubby and I had the shock of our lives, at only 8 months pregnant my water broke as soon as we got home from work, and within 20 minutes I was in labour. It was 4 weeks too soon for our baby... or so we thought. My first step was to call my friend Tracy, she had birthed two kids so she was my source of all things pregnancy and baby related. Our conversation went a little something like this: Me: Hey Trace, I... I.... I think either my water broke or I peed my pants, except the pee keeps coming every time I move. Tracy: continue reading →

Reasons Why I Run

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So today is National Running Day, and as y'all know, I'm Canadian (eh!).  Although there's no INTERNATIONAL Running Day, I'm a runner no matter where I live so I decided to celebrate right along with all of you and ran a nice easy 5k at lunch.  It wasn't completely pain-free, but my leg certainly felt MUCH better than it's been in a LONG time, so yay!!!  This morning I asked you WHY you run.  To which my friend Jenny (that I happened to have met through running and triathlon) said, "I run for my health, continue reading →

Lessons in Being Grateful

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This weekend was supposed to be MY weekend.  The weekend where 3 months of running 40km/week, doing two days of strength, watching my nutrition, and getting enough sleep was supposed to pay off with my first sub 1:50 half marathon.  But it didn't happen - I didn't even make it to the start line because I was a bonehead and badly sprained my ankle playing lacrosse two weeks ago.  Since then I've been pretty nasty to be around, and not the least bit grateful for the things I do have.  All I can think of is how much of a continue reading →

Somewhat Wordless Wednesday: My Favourite Activity as a Child

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This is Day 5 of the March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Blogging Challenge. Please feel free to join in and share your blog post in the comments below and visit the other blogs that have linked up. For a list of suggested topics, please visit this post. My mom says my love affair with running started 35 yrs ago... She's been trying to catch me ever since. Now it's your turn... What was your favourite activity as a child? Participating in the March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Blogging Challenge? Then continue reading →

My 3 Favourite Olympic Commercials

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Hooray the Winter Olympics are here!!! The Winter Olympics always remind me of the trip hubby and I took to Las Vegas 12 years ago (back before we were married there). We went with another young couple during the Winter Olympics and had to nag several bars to put on the Olympics (in particular any Canada/US match up: Men's & Women's Curling & the Men's & Women's Hockey). In one small bar we taught the locals all the rules of "shuffleboard on ice" (curling). It was a fantastic trip!Here we are 12 years later and the Winter continue reading →

Merry Belated Fitmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone! I'm sorry for seemingly dropping off the face of this planet. If you were worried about me please know that I'm ok (and happily typing out this post on my new Christmas toy :grin:). Things around here have been rather interesting since the last time I posted... Ice storm! I'll tell you more about the ice storm that hit here in another post later this week, as this post to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Almond cookies for Santa! Christmas here was fantastic and full of all the wonder and excitement continue reading →

What’s More Important? Paying for Extracurricular Activities or Saving for Education? Is There a Way To do Both? #BeyondTheBlueLine

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 (She shoots..... and Sierra saves it!)   Ahhhhhh this is such a good question -  one that every parent is faced with, myself included. When my oldest daughter turned 6 she asked us if she could play hockey. Her babysitter's son played hockey, and many of the other kids at school did as well. My husband also plays hockey in a Men's league. I 'm all for my daughters playing sports, and developing the confidence and physical literacy that comes with it, but up until that time Sierra had only been involved in sports that were continue reading →