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: Amazon.com $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

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Jennifer Singer Anne Sweden Hannah
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Sugar Plum Sleep Co. A Mother’s Design Cloth Diaper Again
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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!

Happy Father’s Day

wishing my Dad a Happy Father’s Day! I would not be the person I am today with out you. Thanks for always being there for me and my family. I love you.

My wedding dance with Dad

My wedding dance with Dad

To my husband, you are a fantastic father…..Thumbs up from Lilly and a raspberry kiss from Hilary. Wish we could be together today but look forward to celebrating with you soon. Xo

Daddy x2

Daddy x2

Daddy and his girls

Fixing her bike

Fixing her bike

Keeping Hilary cool on a hot summer day

Keeping Hilary cool on a hot summer day

We love you, Lillian, Hilary and Anna. Xo