Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run

Last Saturday Lilly did her first run – 400 m at the Valley Harvest Marathon in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We’ve been talking about this run with Lilly for weeks and even running with her when we take our dog out for a walk. She loves to run and she loves that Mommy and Daddy run to. She actually thought it was my job to run….god love her. Before the race we hit up our local farmers market and met my parents there: Grandad a.k.a. videographer and Grammy a.k.a. babysitter for Hilary.

I talked to Lilly about her run and that mommy wasn’t allow to run with her but she would run around the red track all by herself…with her friends of course. She was fine with that. I even talked to her about falling…that if you fall, you can get back up and keep running. Well, thank goodness we had that talk because about 85% into the run she fell after another girl stopped right in front of her without any warning. Poor girl. Good thing Grandad was near by, he got her up and then I ran with her to the finish line.

Pre-Race:

She was really excited and was having lots of fun playing with her friends.

Lilly valley harvest pre race

T-shirt and bib on…ready to go. Little sis hanging with Grammy and then she was a little unsure at the start!

But she has these awesome socks from one of her boy-friends to make her run FAST!

SONY DSC

Lilly was super excited to be running and to run with her friends. However, the organizers broke them up to boys/girls for their run. Lilly’s friends were really upset that they couldn’t all run together. And to be honest, at this age (under 5) I wasn’t too happy they were broken up into boys/girls. They have a life time of being in gender specific groups and fighting for equal opportunities, why at this run? {little rant, sorry}.

valley harvest 2

Once the race got underway it was hard to keep up with her and take pictures. She runs like her father; tall posture. Happy as can be. Go Lilly Go!

PicMonkey Collage

Left – before race = Happy.

Middle – after race checking out her medal and a little upset that she fell.

Right – Lilly and Mommy

LILLYS medal valley harvest 2013

And then the medal!!! Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run 400 meters for Lilly and a pretty cool T-shirt that she’ll grow into.

We asked her after the race if she would do it again next year…she said “No”!

However, later that night she changed her mind and said yes.

How was your weekend?

What was your first race like?

What was your child(ren)’s first race like?

 

Calling all Toddlers: Sprout Food Review

I’m very behind it putting this post together but it’s better late than never, right?

Back in July…okay, maybe more like June (28th) I received a box in the mail from Sprout Foods! When I opened it up, all I could think about was how I was going to hide them from Lilly and keep them for myself…..kidding. Well, kind of.

I knew that I could find some great taste testers who wouldn’t turn away from these treats. We got together with Lilly’s best friends since birth! Yeah, they are three years old and have been hanging out since they were born – we are so lucky. With approval from their mom’s (my friends) I dished out the samples we had.

Fruity Yogurt Bites:

  • Orange Carrot Yogurt
  • Raspberry Yogurt

Fruit & Veggies Crispy Chews:

  • Tropical Fruit & Pumpkin
  • Red Raspberry and Beet
  • Orange Fruit & Carrot

Don’t those sound delicious? It was hard to only taste a few ūüôā

Little taste testers - Sprout Foods

Little taste testers – Sprout Foods

There first noises were: yum and then mmmmmmmmmmmm! These are yummy! The gobbled them up and were looking for more before I could even open the next package. One mentioned they were a little hard to chew but agreed that she wanted more and liked them.

In the end, I ate a few of each to taste them and see what all the fuss was about. The flavour was very powerful in all of them and quite a refreshing taste as a new treat.

Would I buy these? Yes. It would be awesome if I could get them in a local store. You know, in Nova Scotia, Canada…hint hint Sprout Foods ūüôā I was amazed at how much product was in a little pouch. We kept a package for home and Lilly only wanted half. They are great for sharing with a friend or sibling!

I’d love to try the baby food…well, let me rephrase that. I would like Hilary to try the baby food as the combinations look really tasty: sweet potato and white beans, cherry quinoa cobbler with corn and ginger chicken! Oh my taste buds are hurting. Oh right, I mean, Hilary’s taste buds would be if she was reading this.

Sprout Foods has some great products including organic baby food, squeeze pouches (amazing for traveling),  and toddler meals, purees and snacks. You can find more information on their products at their website and their social media sites too.

Where to buy: looks like for us Canadians the best place is to go to Sprout Foods’ website and purchase them online via one of the stores that carries their product line: Walgreens, ToysRUs, or Amazon.

Thanks Sprout Foods for providing Piper’s Run with samples to test out. Please note: I was not paid to do this review. These opinions are simple mine shared on this blog.

 

 

Guest post: Chocolate Banana Pops!

Today’s guest post is from Jen at The Fit¬†Housewife. The Fit Housewife has some amazing (healthy) recipes and awesome workouts to try. (I can’t wait¬† to try these when I get back from vacation.)

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Hi, my name is Jen and I blog over at The Fit Housewife.  I’m so glad Anna asked me to do a guest post for her because I want to share one of my kid’s favorite summer snack with you.  These Chocolate Banana Pops are so easy to make.  Plus, the kids love them but have no idea they are getting a nutritious snack.  Enjoy!

What’s better than a cold treat on a hot, lazy day?!  I don’t know about your kids, but as soon as the weather gets warm, my kids start asking for popsicles.  Last summer, I bought a ginormous box of assorted popsicles at Costco.  I gave the popsicles to the kids as an occasional treat.  I say occasional because the sugar in store-bought popsicles is high.  And the last thing my kids need is sugar!  Not only does processed sugar cause a sugar high, but it also causes a sugar crash…which, when you have 3 little boys, ain’t pretty.

So this year, I have vowed to make my own ‚Äúpopsicles‚ÄĚ for the boys.¬† And since I‚Äôm always looking for ways to sneak¬†some nutrition into my kids, these Chocolate Banana Pops are the perfect summer treat.

Not only are these extremely easy to make, but they are also nutritious.  They include a full serving of fruit, as well as omega-3’s, fiber, and antioxidants from being rolled in dark chocolate, Mila, and unsweetened coconut.

Ingredients

  • 8 wooden or plastic popsicle sticks
  • 4 bananas, peeled and halved
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp light margarine
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 scoops Mila (or 1/4 cup flaxseed meal)

Instructions

Insert a popsicle stick into the flat end of each banana.

Place the chocolate chips and margarine in a small bowl and microwave for 40 – 50 seconds on high until the margarine and chocolate chips are melted. Stir to combine the chocolate and margarine.

Mix together the Mila and coconut on a piece of parchment paper.

Dip the bananas into the melted chocolate and immediately roll in the coconut topping. Place the bananas on a large sheet of parchment paper.

Once all the bananas are dipped, fold the paper in half to cover and wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze until solid, about 1 hour, before serving.

You can wrap them individually and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.

My kids loved these Chocolate Banana Pops!  Of course, I loved that they were eating something yummy yet nutritious.  And, since they only take 10 minutes to make, I highly suggest you make them for your kids…and even sneak one for yourself when they aren’t looking.

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Happy Father’s Day!

First to my father.

Thank you for being such a great dad.

Thank you for taking me (Laura and Paul) to all of our soccer games, building snow forts with us, sledding down the front lawn in winter and on our make-shift slip and slide in the summer, for opening/closing the pool year after year, family ski trips *oh shit*, for teaching us how to downhill ski, for cleaning up our cuts and bumps, for being patient and teaching us right from wrong. ¬†Thanks for the money here and there – cause we all know parents give their kids money to help them out – it’s much appreciated, thanks for dog sitting Maclean when needed – she LOVES you. Thanks for your guidance¬†and assistance in steering me down this career path that I love, thanks for your handy man skills, even if they are over the phone *clogged toilet at Kelly’s in TO a few year’s back*.

I love you Dad. xoxo

My Dad and Lilly, Summer 2011 (1 years old)

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To my husband, Lilly’s (plus one) Dad.

Thank you for being such a great Dad to Lilly.

For getting me through the first 5 days in the hospital with Lilly, your support around our breast feeding challenges, your mad swaddling skills (I hope you remember those, we are going to need them again), diapers changes, shopping for clothing for your little girl, reading books with Lilly, teaching her as many British terms you can, and more recently – teaching her how to ride her balance bike.

My husband, Sai and Lilly. June 2012 (almost 2 years old)

There is no doubt that Lilly loves you. Daddy home?, Tiss Tiss Daddy, her hugs and cuddles in the morning.

She’s head over heals for you….and so I am.

Love you. xoxo

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and my husband….and to all those Dad’s out there.

Up’s & Down’s of Toddlers

Life with a toddler is forever changing, forever fun, forever challenging.

Lilly was a really happy infant and now happy toddler….but she has her moments…as I am sure they all do.

Down’s

  • An obvious one – the tantrums.
  • More recently – she HATES the bath now. We have no clue as to why, help.
  • Not wanting to eat what’s for lunch/dinner and then having a tantrum.
  • I want now, now, now.
  • My single parent stint (7 months while my husband was away at school).
Would I trade any of this for something else ? Hell No!

Up’s

  • Teaching her how to properly eat an ice cream cone (on Mother’s Day)
  • Teaching her that it’s okay to walk in the grass without shoes on your feet (last night)
  • Teaching her how to bite grapefruit, oranges and even lemons off the rind.
  • Trying new foods and flavours (lamb samosa’s and pakoras – oh yum)
  • Peeeaass and Sankhou (Please and Thank-You’s)
  • Mommy, I hug you.
  • Tiss Daddy, Tiss. ¬†(Kiss Daddy as he leaves for work)
  • Her attempts at bringing Maclean her food bowl and picking up the food to get her to eat it.
  • She know’s that a banana peal (and other foods) go in the compost not the garbage
  • Seeing her sleep at night and look so content/relaxed.
  • Waking up every morning to this little monster that I still can’t believe is all ours. Every time I see her, I can’t believe how much I love her.

What are some of your Up’s and Down’s with your Toddler?

 

 

Bucket List for Kids

Today, while on Facebook, I came across my friend Colin’s post on Take Me Outside. Last year, Colin ran ACROSS Canada!¬† Yes, you read the right, he RAN ACROSS CANADA to raise awareness about getting children (students) outside to play in nature. Check out his awesome story at the Take Me Outside website.

What I came across today was an article from The Globe and Mail – called Bucket List¬†for Kids!¬†(I can’t take any credit for the title of this post). As I read through the list, I realized that:

  1. I don’t have a bucket list for myself!
  2. Should I start one for my daughter, who is 2 in June ?
  3. That I have done 90% of these 50 listed activities as a child and some as an adult!!!

What’s the harm in having a bucket list?

[A bucket list is “a list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term “kicked the bucket”.]

As I looked through this bucket list for children РI realized I had accomplished most of these things as a child. The bigger moment was when I realized that children are NOT experiencing these activities for themselves РTODAY.

Sad.

I chose to share 12 out of the 50 examples on  this bucket list:

 

The list

1. Climb a tree                                                       

2. Roll down a really big hill

3. Camp out in the wild

4. Run around in the rain

5. Eat an apple straight from a tree

6. Go sledging

7. Take a look inside a tree

8. Hunt for bugs

9. Discover what’s in a pond

10.Go on a nature walk at night

11. Cook on a campfire

12. Canoe down a river

How many of these activities did you do as a child? Or, as an adult?

Do you have a bucket list? Share some with us in the comments below.

Would you create a bucket list for your child? Or, WITH your child?

 

Playground Fun

What toddlers can get up to when they go to the playground.

Lilly to Mom: I’m going to pick up Jack!

Jack to Lilly: How do we ditch our Mom’s.

Lilly to Jack:

Quick, jump out, lock the doors – the child proof locks are on!

Jack to Lilly:

Quick  Lilly, run before they figure out how to work the doors!

Lilly to Natalya: We got ’em where we want ’em.

Natalya to Lilly: I think they had more fun than us ūüôā

Mom, can we take this one home?:

Great day outside had by all!