While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a great idea for keeping all those cute sayings that your little one’s say. You can take a plain recipe box or one that is decorated already, and with recipe cards, instead of your favourite recipes, put your child’s sayings. Separate them by child and be sure to write down the date and age. It’ll make you laugh, cry or smile, and better yet, always good ammo for when they are older!
I told myself at 11:59 December 31st 2011 that the year 2012 would be my year. 2010 left me bruised, 2011 almost left me broken, but 2012 was going to be my year and so far it has (knock on wood, cross your fingers, all that superstitious stuff.) I was promoted at work, I started this blog and was given the chance to talk and share stories with all you fine folk, and now I am training to run 5 & 10 kilometre races this year in Toronto!
I never considered myself a runner, in fact the mere thought of running left me almost dizzy. Why anyone would want to run and run and run for hours, pushing their very bodies to the brink was beyond me, until this year. Call it a Forrest Gump moment, but I just had to get up and run. From the moment my foot hit the pavement, my mind was clear. All I focused on was breathing, the pace and the road ahead of me. I wasn’t thinking about the pile of laundry waiting for me, or the stack of dishes. I wasn’t worried about clients or deadlines at work, all I needed to do was run. I came home elated, relaxed and blissful. I gave my hubby a kiss on the cheek, smiled and said “I think I like running.”
I have since joined a gym and my friend who ran a half marathon last year has graciously accepted to help train me. She is teaching me the proper technique (who knew that one foot in front of the other repeatedly wasn’t enough) and how to breathe properly (isn’t it simply inhale and exhale?) But there are other things she has shown me; Endurance, Determination and Persistence. Endurance for taking me that extra step, Determination to complete a race and Persistence to get up everyday and train. I thought I had all of these qualities simply from parenting, after all, isn’t persistence needed for potty training and bed time wars, endurance for raising a child from birth to forever and determination to parent our children right. I am learning now that there are many more correlations between running and parenting that I had previously thought and I feel like come 11:59 December 31st 2012, I will be a better parent (and runner) for it.
One of my favourite holiday’s is St Patrick’s Day. What started off as a university tradition of “Beer Quest” with my good friends, has now evolved into a fun holiday with the family. I found this recipe for Shamrock Toasties on the Disney Family Fun website and not only is it simple to make, but it is a healthy after school/daycare snack.
1 Bell Pepper
1 English Muffin
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1) To start, slice 1 green bell pepper crosswise near the pointed end to get a small, three-leafed shamrock shape. (If the pepper has 4 leaves, you’ve got yourself a lucky clover!) Cut a small slice for the stem.
2) Toast half an English muffin, then top it with the shredded Cheddar and the pepper shamrock. Place the muffin on a tray, then broil it until the cheese is melted.
Check out my latest book review on L.M. Stull’s debut novel “A Thirty-Something Girl.” Reminiscent of Sex and The City, a 30-chic story of self-discovery and female comradery, this novel is a fresh, fast and easy read. Here is an excerpt of the full review and select my book review tab for the full review.
“Maybe hidden under the dark & heavy layers of despair and doubt lies a shred of Hope.” L.M. Stull’s debut novel “A Thirty-Something Girl” is a story of self-discovery, life & death and true friendship. The protagonist Hope, a newly turned 30 year old, has had a string of bad luck that would cripple the best of people. With the aid and support of her close friends, Hope begins on a journey and stumbles across someone who will end up helping her along the way. Old wounds will be healed, new ones will be inflicted, but the true gem is the mantra “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going…”