Work, Play and Fun!

Work, play and fun – do those words really go together? Oh yeah! As a Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, I sometimes get to “play” for my job. This week I attended a workshop with some awesome people from around Nova Scotia. Some I work with and some I’ve never met before BUT, we all have the same mandate – getting people more active.

So what happens when you put us in a room to listen to someone speak ? Well…a little fun happens! The workshop had two topics: Programming to Attract AND Retain Inactive People and Active Play Through Ages and Stages. As you can see by the photo, our “Happy Face” developed some other features throughout the day and we may have blown some bubbles, had sword fights and played with stickers while listening to presenters. Hey – they put the stuff on our tables!

PR Birthday 2014

Mr. Happy Face got a face-lift; Oh She Glows Cookbook and my Doddling the information we were learning.

Now, I could write a long, very detailed post about these topics – maybe I will some day – but for now I’ll leave you with a few things I learned…random facts if you must:

  1. Rats prefer the sugar in Oreo’s more than Cocaine.
  2. Unstructured play is critical to children’s development.
  3. We need to normalize “Silly Play” and just go with it. When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler with your clothing on? Me, last weekend with  my girls and neighbour 🙂 Don’t be afraid to be silly AND play!
  4. If you are competent and confident with an activity then you are more likely to continue participating in the activity. Example: if you have never been taught the skills in lacrosse…how to hold your stick, throw and catch a ball then you are not competent or confident to join in a game.
  5. The Helicopter Parent vs. the Hummingbird Parent – LOVE THIS!

It was also my birthday yesterday…the big 3-4 🙂 I got to spend the day with 50 ish people, played tag {silly play} during our lunch break for 30 minutes, had numerous Facebook messages AND Twitter (Thanks Salt!) and message on my phone.

I came home to the three people I love the most with lots of hugs and kisses. We had a great dinner (home-made Indian Dahl – yum) and some cake too! And yes, I got the “Oh She Glow’s” Cookbook for my birthday – I’ve wanted this for a while and couldn’t put it down last night. Oh my, I see some GOOD eats ahead of us!

So I worked a little, learned more about play and had a fun birthday! See: Work, Play, Fun CAN go together 🙂 I plan on having a little more FUN this weekend in a soccer tournament … yeah, I’m #pumped

Have you heard about the Helicopter Parent or Hummingbird Parent?

Which one are you more like?

When was the last time you just played and didn’t care about the risk ?

Weekend plans?


Silent Saturday

First Pony Tail…….


Pj Day/ St. Patrick’s Day Fun (@Day Care)


Happy Weekend!!!


Long weekend, Sciatic Nerve Pain and a 5k Run

It’s looking like a nice warm weekend here in Nova Scotia!

Saturday +20C and sunny

Sunday +21C (Bluenose Marathon) and sunny

Monday +20C  and sunny!!!!

Can’t complain about that….nothing but sunshine and I am sure a few freckles to come 🙂

I took off a few weeks of running not too long ago but managed to get a few runs in this week and last week. I have decided that my 5k at the Bluenose Marathon this weekend will not be my weekend for a personal best – under 29:16 … and I am okay with that. I set a goal back in March about which races to run and what distances – you can read more about that here.

I’ve recently (1 week ago) started to have sciatic nerve pain on my right side. Now, the only way I know this, is because I have this pain before. When I had this pain I was pregnant with Lilly – it was excruciating pain on my LEFT side and I would never wish anyone that kind of pain.

Maybe it’s because  I need new runners in the worst way possible. [That’s on my list of things to do this weekend.]

Last Friday, I took a step in a little divit in the ground and all of a sudden I could feel the pain on my right. It comes and goes all week but during today’s lunch run it was in full force. Ah well, what’s a girl to do – I’ve got a race to run…I’ll rest later.

This weekend I’ll be out  running with a friend who’s never run in an event like this before. It’s going to be fun and I hope to learn a few things from Jennifer’s experience. I hope I can keep up with her.

I’m really looking forward to seeing my family and just spending some time with them. Family BBQ on Sunday evening after my run (my 5k is at 8:10am) is going to be sweet!

I love long weekends. Hope you all have a good one!

Have you run through sciatic pain before? (Any suggestions?)

Anyone running in the Bluenose Marathon this weekend? Or Another race?

If so, GOOD LUCK and have FUN!

(I’ll post a 5k race recap sometime next week….and maybe a guest post from Jennifer too)