Summer Chat, Ladies Lunch and a Review of Wendy’s New Salads #NewSaladCollection #Wendys

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A week ago, I took my best running friend Juliette out for a nice relaxing (kid-free!) ladies lunch at Wendy's to try out their new salads.  They have three new salads that are 50% lower in fat grams, 29% lower in sodium, and 61% lower in saturated fat.   Wendy's new salads are: Asian Cashew Chicken, BBQ Ranch Chicken and Taco Supremo Salads.   Wendy's is a leader in the salad business - they were the first restaurant to bring the salad bar to quick service customers more than 30 years ago!  So when I heard continue reading →

Winter is in the air… Have You Started Your Holiday Shopping Yet?

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Winter is in the air... While Halloween is only slightly behind us, many retailers are already stocking their shelves with holiday items. Last weekend, I received the Shoppers Drug Mart "Give Beauty" gift guide in the mail and found it chock-full of great gift ideas. I wasn't really planning on starting my shopping, but there are so many exclusive gift sets and products at Shopper's Drug Mart that I couldn't resist putting together my holiday shopping list: My big girls love to play spa, so they would totally love this exclusive continue reading →

The Swim Suit – A Post About Body Confidence

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I originally posted this in April of 2008 on my other blog: Mom On The Run.  It came to my mind this week after having 6 of my girlfriends over.  We ALL have daughters turning 8 this year and they're even more aware of the messages we send them now, then when I originally posted this 5 years ago. As Spring and summer are approaching, I felt it would be worth re-posting because my thoughts remain the same today. I got an email last week from a friend: Well, I did it.  I bought a bathing suit.  My first one in, continue reading →

Natural Easter Eggs – A Project For Kids

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Hurray! It's Spring! You know what that means? It's time to celebrate the re-birth of man with EASTER! And with Easter comes Easter Egg Hunting! Why do we hunt for Eggs? Two reasons: The egg shape is very similar to the shape of the tomb that Christ arose from. Because eggs  were a symbol of the re-birth of earth in Pagan celebrations. Egg hunting is a welcome tradition in my family as we celebrate both the re-brith of earth and the re-birth of man.  This is why every Easter we decorate eggs NATURALLY, then continue reading →

Birthday Drama… Can You Help This Mama?

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My daughters, Sierra and Brooke are like two peas in a pod, despite being two years apart in age. They pretty go everywhere together, and do everything together: This also means they share the same circle of girlfriends on our street. They have one friend in particular who is the oldest of the group (there are a total of 6 of them who hang out together every weekend, and in the evenings when the weather is nice). This little girl is 1 year older than Sierra, and THREE years older than Brooke. Anyways, this little girl is having a continue reading →

Confession: Sometimes I Just Don’t Feel Like Working Out

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I have a kick butt awesome employer who lets me come in earlier/stay a little later so I can work out on my lunch hour. (Side note: My employer rocks!). While I 'm really thankful that they realise the value and benefits to both me AND them for allowing me this flexibility, there are certainly some days when I just don't feel like getting my sweat on. OK †" there are actually MANY days when I don't want to work out… The other day I looked outside at lunch time, and this is what I saw: Dark, dreary, COLD, snow, continue reading →

I Remember…

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For those that may not be familiar: Poppies represent Canadian soldiers who died in the World Wars, hence their significance for Remembrance Day. The reference goes back to a poem titled Flanders Fields, and attributed to John McCrae. Many World War I soldiers lie in unmarked graves in the region of Flanders, Belgium, where a great deal of fighting took place. For some time after the fighting, red poppies grew profusely on the battlefields, due to the soil becoming rich in poppy-growing nutrients from all the war-zone rubble. In Flanders continue reading →

The Life of a Working, Breastfeeding, and Running Mom

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I owe, I owe… Off to work I go with my running shoes and breast pump in tow! On Tuesday, when I went to go express milk for Amber (I express for her at 10 am and 2 pm), I found myself facing a BIG problem… I had forgotten the little â€Å"rings” that screw into my breast pump horns to hold the bottle liners* in place, so that I can express milk directly into them. Basically, this means I couldn't pump and absolutely HAD to find time in my day to buy either 2 of these rings, or 2 Playtex continue reading →

My First Day Back to Work

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So yesterday was my first day back to work after my maternity leave.... What was I thinking?  Who goes back to work on HALLOWEEN?  Crazy me!! It was a very busy day.  First I got up at 6 am to CURL my poker straight hair with this kick ass curling iron I was talked into buying: Then, after getting the girls all ready, and scraping ICE off of my van, I dropped Amber and Brooke off at daycare pretty early in their halloween costumes - Brooke was Rapunzel, and Amber was a flower: When I dropped Amber off continue reading →

A New Mile in the Marathon of Life

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This past year I was lucky enough to be blessed for a third time - Sweet little Amber came into our lives on November 2nd and showed us that there is far more love in our hearts than we ever imagined. We were very pleasantly surprised to have another daughter join our family and we welcomed her with open arms: Being a Canadian, having Amber also meant that I could spend a wonderful year at home with my daughters on Maternity Leave. (Trust me, I'm very aware of how fortunate I am for that opportunity, and I definitely made the most of it). continue reading →

I Finished My Half Marathon!

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Hey guys! This is just a quick post to let you know that I finished my half marathon today! The weather was cool and very windy, but all in all I did well, actually VERY well... I set a new post-babies personal best! My finishing time was 2:00:30! I'm so excited! I was hoping to break two hours, as I have quite a race history of FLIRTING with two hours - 2:01, 2:04, 2:06, 2:08 etc... Those results are from almost ten years ago while I was still in my late twenties, so it feels really good to know that this mom of 3, who is closing in on 40, continue reading →

The Training Run That Almost Didn’t Happen

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With only two more weeks until my half marathon, I decided to go to bed super early Friday night.  I figured this would be the best way to ensure that I got up early enough to get my last LONG training run in.  By long I mean 16k  (if you're following along with my training you may remember that last week I ran 14k - the longest training run that I've done in a good 7 years). Let's just say I had the best of intentions when I went to bed.... What I wasn't counting on was the number of times that the little people continue reading →

Where Does Your Brain Go When You Run?

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I recently posted about the longest training run that I've done in years. It was a fantastic run where my brain disappeared to my happy place. Reminiscing about the past, dreams about the future and also enjoying the moment - soaking in the beauty of the world, feeling the sun on me and enjoying the colours of the leaves. For 90 min I was able to forget about all of my mommy responsibilities and to really feel like ME again. I felt like the little girl in the school playground running free without a care, enjoying the feel of my heart beating continue reading →

Let’s Use Our Social Media Power to Feed The Children

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5 Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography Thank you Fitness Cheerleader and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week. A hungry child in East Africa can't wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we'll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a continue reading →