An in-home workout & Canada Day!

The other day I was putting off working out…well, I’ve been putting it off for a few days because we were traveling with both girls for the wedding. Getting both girls back on their normal routine has been a fun challenge. Maybe I am making excuses but at the end of the day all I could do was make sure the house was somewhat tidy and relax/go to bed early. I was exhausted too.

While wasting time on Facebook I came across a workout from Bess. I’ve been following her blog, Bess Be Fit for over a year and love the workout’s she posts. However, I’ve yet to try one until this was posted. I like that I can so this while the girls sleep and IN my home, which is key for me lately. Plus NO equipment is needed….just your hot bod!

Give it a go. It kicked me in the ass, but I’ll do it again and again because it’s a good one!


Happy Workout!

Tomorrow is Canada Day, woop woop! I love celebrating Canada Day with my little family. In previous years, we gone to a local community event where my husband used to work a few years ago. They have music playing (bands), a magic show, a massive slip and slide and bouncy castles which Lilly can play on this year!!! Sure hoping we can make it again!


What’s your favourite blog ? (besides mine, of course!)

What are your Canada Day plans?

(Or those in the US, July 4th plans?)

Another challenge: 30 Days of Cardio

Another month is ending and we get to ring in July starting with Canada Day! (At least for us Canadians).  I’ve shared Jodi Higgs 30 Day Abs Challenge and 30 Day Arms Challenge, so I thought I would share her next challenge.

30 Day Cardio Challenge.

You can follow/subscribe to follow her on Facebook here for tips and motivation.

Jodi Higgs 30 Day Cardio Challenge

Jodi Higgs 30 Day Cardio Challenge

Jumping Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Jump Rope and Skaters!

Please note: I did not create any of these workouts but am sharing them on this blog. Piper’s Run is about trying to balance it all and for me working out at home is how I balance my family, work and staying/getting in shape. You may want to consult a certified fitness trainer and/or Doctor before taking on a new physical activity/challenge. 

Are you up for this one?

Start this on July 1st – Canada Day!

Canada Flag

A Little Planning For A Lot of Fun {guest post}

It’s summer time which means V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!! Who doesn’t love  a vacation especially with your family?  Today I am hosting a guest blogger – Kendra.  She has some great tips on planning for your vacation and keeping it simple. Enjoy her great tips and happy vacationing this summer 🙂 


Every year I look forward to our family vacation.  My goal is that everyone has a good time without sacrificing the good habits we practice at home.  There are some tricks to ensuring a good time and healthy habits.


1. Family Friendly Hotels

I do not want to spend an afternoon dragging cranky kids around a theme park.  A good night’s sleep is key to making sure everyone has a good time.  While I am all about saving money, sometimes it is worth spending a little extra to stay at a family friendly hotel that offers quiet hours and ensures a good night’s sleep. I enjoy using Gogobot to sift through authentic reviews to find really beneficial information. I found a list of so many great reviews about Orlando hotels and resorts that have free continental breakfasts for kids and quiet hours policies at night!

2. There’s No Place Like Home

When I travel with babies and small children, I always bring their favorite blanket, pillow, or sheets.  If they have a favorite night light or book, I bring that as well.  Pack anything that is part of your established nighttime routine, so the child feels more at home.  I have found it easier to keep them on their routine if the hotel room feels like home.

3. Sweet Treats

The best way to avoid sweet cravings is to reward a child with a small sweet treat.  I always carry a small treat like pudding or cookies to fend off a sweet craving.  Usually, we celebrate “we’re halfway there” with a small sugary snack to stave off any big craving.  This is a great way to avoid the candy machine at a rest stop or airport store.  If you have to grab something fast, you should know what some of your healthiest fast choices are!

4. Keeping Those Hands Clean

Germs are everywhere.  Anytime you visit a public space and touch something like a doorknob, ATM, or that cute little Minnie Mouse purse in the gift shop, you are picking up germs.  I always carry a small container of an alcohol based sanitizer in my purse or carry on to make sure that we do not spread any of these germs to our mouth, if a bathroom to wash our hands is not readily available.  Can you guess the worst place for germs?  A bathroom on an airplane is the worst.

5. Time

I have found the best thing I can take on our family vacation is time.  My children love to explore, stop and stare, talk to other children, and use every bathroom they pass.  They do not enjoy being told they have to hurry to make a flight or be somewhere on time.  I have noticed when I factor in plenty of time; the little things do not stress me out.

As I start to plan my family’s vacation, I want everything to be perfect.  There are always unexpected things that come up, but with a little preplanning they do not seem so insurmountable.

Thanks Kendra for sharing your tips on traveling with a family!

You can find Kendra on Twitter and her website:

Kendra Thornton

Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!

LAST Operation “Get Fit” Week 8 Workouts 16/6/13 – 22/6/13

This is what my last week of Operation Get Fit looked like:

Sun – Rest Day

  • No major workout but I did walk around the Zoo with some cuties.
Funny, how they both look a little grumpy! We had an awesome day.

Funny, how they both look a little grumpy! We had an awesome day.

Monday – Walked 30 & Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen this: Not really feeling motivated to workout tonight, good thing I have my gear on already. #noexcuses #sweatpink Off to workout.


  • And then this: Happy I pushed through that workout, the sweat is a drippin’#workinghard #feelinggreat Did you workout today?


  • Clearly working out is good for me; puts me in a better mood and I always feel great afterwards.

Tuesday – Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • Good workout but ready to be done and move onto something else.

Wednesday – Walking 40 minutes

  • Hilary and I went for a walk for 40 minutes – beautiful day to be outside.

Thursday – “Main Event” by Brad Gouthro Live Lean Workout (30 minutes)

  • Talk about an intense workout! This is what I wrote on Facebook after I finished it: Feeling like I am getting in shape; all these workouts are paying off. Done Ripped in 30. Did #liveleanmeltdown Brad Gouthro Fitness (main event) tonight. So much better than my first attempt 2 months ago. #feelinggreat #hardworkpaysoff
  • I did this workout about two months ago and was dying after the workout…actually I was dying during the workout. This time around it was a lot easier…not to be confused with it being easy because it wasn’t, but it was easier and I felt stronger and I have improved my fitness over the last eight weeks.

Friday – Nothing!

  • Lilly was home from Day Care so we had a busy day with both girls.

Saturday – Nothing!

  • Really, I should say I did nothing.  We went to a birthday party mid day…a pirate birthday party for Lilly’s best friend. Then I spent any free moment I had packing for the wedding. I had to pack for all of us, well, my husband took care of himself.
  • We also stopped our TV connection today! WHAT????? Your probably thinking, why would you do that? Well, we rarely use it and thought the $50 could be spent somewhere else…or saved. My husband and I sat outside on our deck to watch the “Super Moon” in its glory. It was so bright and we solved 95% of the worlds problems by talking for 2 hours! No wonder why I didn’t have time to work out!
Rrrrrrrrrr! Pirate Lilly!

Rrrrrrrrrr! Pirate Lilly!

Not the best week’s of workouts but I had a lot going on especially with my husband away for 10 days, I feel like I got as many workouts in as I could.

You are probably wondering (if you’ve been following my last 8 weeks) if I fit into the dress. Well…’ll just have to wait for the “revealing post” coming up in a few days.  Common’, a girl’s gotta keep you hanging…just this once!

If you are just reading this for the first time, you can read about the other week’s here:

Why Operation Get Fit

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 

Week 4

Week 5 

Week 6 

Week 7 


A child’s influence

You know the saying “Like Mother, Like Daughter” ? Well, yesterday it was the other way around.  For the last week, Hilary and I have been taking Lilly to daycare in the mornings. Some days we are lucky to get out the door at 8:10 am but most days it’s more like 8:30 am. Each morning Lilly tell’s me what vehicles she see’s as we are driving the less-than 4 minutes to our sitter’s.

Nee – naw truck Mommy! (Fire truck, police car, ambulance)

Trash Truck: say that 5 times fast and you can picture her saying it once! I love it!

Car’s Mommy, lot’s of cars e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.

But my all time favourite is “Mommy, SCHOOL BUS”! SCHOOL BUS. Hilary and I will go on a SCHOOL BUS when she is bigger, right Mommy?”. Yes honey you will, I reply.



Yesterday was no different. One SCHOOL BUS, two SCHOOL BUS. Wow Mommy, two school buses! Cool Lilly, I reply.

We dropped Lilly off at the sitters and kept going to Hilary’s appointment in one of the most beautiful spots in Nova Scotia: Kingsport. If I didn’t have other things to do, I could have spent the whole day out there.


On the way there I saw not one but two school buses. Can you guess what I did????????

I saw the school bus and yelled SCHOOL BUS with great enthusiasm of a 3-year-old! Yup, not once but twice and then I had a good laugh at my self. Poor Hilary was a little confused as to why I was yelling out “SCHOOL BUS”.

You never know how your own child can influence the things you do.

Bet you’ll either yell or think “SCHOOL BUS” the next time you see one. Wait and see!

What has your child/children done to influence you?

Have you ever caught yourself off guard at the expense of your offspring and had a good laugh? Do share….

Thinking Outside The Sandbox Family – Giveaway

As I mentioned in my last post I am now contributing to Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family. My first post was about Feeding a Family Multiple Meals. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’d know my husband is a vegan and my daugther’s and I are not…..which can make for interesting meals….sometimes.

TOTS – Family is having a little giveaway and I know you all like giveaways, so here are the details. You can see my profile at the bottom in the “Family Team” and can read my bio there 🙂 Good luck!

Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family Launch Giveaway

June 14 – 28th 2013

Prize: Ju Ju Be Giga Be Laptop Bag – Fuchsia Blossoms – Retail Value $100.00 Entry form (link) at bottom of post.

I have this exact bag and it is great. The shoulder strap is very comfortable (even with my 17″ laptop in it). The frond pocket holds my power cord, mouse, pens and water bottle with no problem.


Product Description: Look extra smart while you’re on the go with the Ju Ju Be Giga Be Laptop Bag – Fuchsia Blossoms. The most intelligent laptop/tablet/smartphone/portable workstation carrier around, this bag handles everything. Gusseted tech pocket holds your wireless mouse, cell phone,business cards, pens, SIM cards, thumb drives and lip gloss just to name a few. There’s a handy spot to clip your keys so you never leave them at the coffee shop again. And when it comes to your electronics, this bag stays cool. BeCool Venting Technology is a perforated foam and breathable lining that lets your laptop breathe when it goes in there hot. Corners are cushioned with an extra layer of shock absorbing foam. A unique zipper lip actually holds your computer in, even if you forget to zip it up… oops! In any case, Giga Be is super smart!

Prize: $50 Gift Card


Nothing is more convenient then online shopping. Whether you need a new Mickey Mouse Face Shape Cookie Cutter, Xbox One Console or Kindle Fire. Amazon has you covered.

The Thinking Outside The Sandbox Team

jennie jessica mohammed

Jennie Bryant

Jessica Davis Mohammed Gandhi
Selkie Mum Bella and Charlie Designs Lil Helper
stephanie becky your modern family kerrie
Stephanie Kandray Becky M Kerrie McLoughlin
Housewife Mama Your Modern Family Make Money From Home
Jennifer Singer Anne a monthly contributor at Thinking Outside The Sandbox hannah
Jennifer Singer Anne Sweden Hannah Zephyr Hill Butt-Ons Cloth Diapers

Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family Team

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Rebecca Earl Kelly J Melissa M
Sugar Plum Sleep Co. A Mother’s Design Cloth Diaper Again
kelly r jennifer ripel erinn s
Kelly Reci Jennifer Ripel Erinn S
Kellys Thoughts On Things White-O-Coccoli 3 Sons Have I
anna sherwood tessa w
Anna Sherwood Tessa W
Piper’s Run Faithful One Designs
Click this Entry-Form for the Giveaway.
Good Luck!

Operation Get Fit Week 7 Workouts 6/9/13 – 15/9/13

Week 7 all done! It was a good week but ended with few workouts….the party life of a three-year old got in the way. It’s all good. Sometimes you just need to slow down and realise you can’t do it all. We had an awesome weekend even with my husband away; Lilly turned 3, had a birthday party for her, went to the zoo on father’s day (without Sai) and had a picnic. Week 8 began last night and I didn’t work out….my body was just too exhausted from the weekend festivities. Can’t wait to wear my dress next week at my friend’s wedding!

Don't forget to Hydrate!

Don’t forget to Hydrate!

Sunday 9th- Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • Second day at doing Level 4 and was really happy I moved on. I think this is my favourite workout of all four levels.

Monday 10th – Rest day

  • I was on my own all week with both girls and knowing that I decided to take Monday as my rest day and focus on getting them on a routine. We had a good night, slept okay and snuggled together in the morning for an hour….who cares if we were late for day care on Tuesday 🙂

Tuesday 11th – Ripped in 30 Level 4 & Walking

  • I took Maclean and Hilary out for an afternoon walk (2o minutes) and we got caught in a little rain shower.
  • Ripped in 30 Level 4 after both girls were in bed. I was at the third rotation before I knew it. Again, I’m really enjoying level 4.
  • Trying to figure out what I’ll do next provided that I might only have 20-30 minutes at night to workout.

Wednesday 12th :  Ripped in 30 Level 4

  • Again, I did level 4 and was starting to feel stronger. The only “move” I haven’t been able to do is the scissor jumping jacks. When I was pregnant with Hilary my pelvis was separating and causing excruciating pain; I went to physio and got taped up and then had to wear a brace. Six months later you’d think I would be recovered – nope! Na da. So, instead of scissor jacks I did normal jumping jacks for that cardio session all week.

Thursday 13th -Ripped in level 4 during & Walking

  • Oh baby Hilary – thank you! You slept while Mommy worked out AND showered, you even let me dry my hair before you woke up to cuddle with me. Thank you.
  • And we walked Maclean for 25 minutes later in the afternoon.

Friday 14th – Lillian’s 3rd birthday

  • a.k.a. rest day

Saturday 15th 

  • After surviving Lilly’s birthday party I thought I would use my time at night to clean up with my Mom *thank you mom for your help*, visit with her and go to bed early.

Even though I was on my own with both girls all week I am happy with the amount of workouts I managed to get in. Not what I normally would do but it was a long, hard week and to top it off I had to prepare for a birthday party, host it and then get through the weekend.

If you missed the beginning weeks, here you go:

Why Operation Get Fit

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 

Week 4

Week 5 

Week 6 

What are your favourite workouts to do at home?

How do you manage your workouts each week? (Stay the same or switch it up?)

And in other news……….I’m excited to be a guest blogger on TOTS – Family, you can read my first contribution about Feeding a Family Multiple Meals. They also have a GIVEAWAY going on, click on this link:  Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family!