Getting Fit · Uncategorized

Fitness Friday + Kindness in Demand team up

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With a holiday weekend and travelling, it isn’t always easy to stay on track.  I tried my best and even when I didn’t make the best of choices,  I still made sure I tracked it so I wouldn’t fall so far off the wagon that I couldn’t find my way back.  Monday, I started with a clean slate and hauled myself back to the gym.  Hey, everyone is allowed to fall of the wagon once and a while, it is only human nature.  You just need to be sure to get up, brush yourself off and get back on track.

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This week,  This Messy Season and I have teamed up (Team #fabFITbloggers) and participating in the July #Didsomething Initiative with Kindness In Demand.  For the month of July we, along with 3 other teams, will be focusing on our health and fitness.  Each week we will calculate our points, using the preset point system.  The team with the highest ending points will be the “winners” for the week.    We will be using to hashtag #DidSomething as part of this campaign so you can follow along and cheer Team #fabFITbloggers along this month!

Photo courtesy of @kindness.in.demand (be sure to follow them on Instagram)
Photo courtesy of @kindness.in.demand (be sure to follow them on Instagram)

This whole fitness/eating right and losing some weight has really gotten real for me now.  Between teaming up with all of the #fabFITbloggers for our weekly fitness posts and now being a part of the Kindness In Demand #DidSomethingCampaign,  I am not only accountable to myself, I am accountable to anyone who reads my blog and anyone else’s blog who is involved.  I definitely don’t want to fail publicly so this is GREAT motivation.  Doing it on my own behind close doors, it is so easy to push it all off to tomorrow.  Now, there is no escape.  Thanks everyone for helping me out this with journey!

I have definitely noticed that I actually stop and think about what I am making for my meals these days and if I have to stop while I am out to get something to eat, I am making better choices.  For example, the other day, I had forgotten my lunch and instead of hitting the drive thru, I went to our local Farm Boy and picked up this amazing Detox Salad.  If you haven’t tried, it is a must!!!!

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And with my fitness, again, I am making better choices.  Earlier this week, the hydro went out at my office building.  Not sure how long it was going to be off, I decided to make the best of my time and walk on the spot and get my steps in while I was waiting.  Before I knew it, 40 minutes had past.  In doing that, I got my 10,000 steps in shortly after noon.  On a work day, that is nearly impossible for me.  I am truly trying to adopt the whole #DidSomething attitude.

Once again this week, in the spirit of accountability, since my last post:
Exercise:  2x gym visits, 1- 40 minute walking on spot in office, 2- 20 minute walks
Food Management:  Stayed on track 7 of the 7 days (Not always the best choices but stayed in calorie range.)

Hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to cheer on Team #fabFITbloggers!!!

Parenting/Life · Uncategorized

Kindness In Demand – #Didsomething Campaign

I was thrilled when Kindness In Demand asked me to be a part of their #didsomething campaign.   It was such an easy request, there was absolutely no way I could say no.  They asked me to take my son out on a one on one date and just talk and learn about him.

As a single Mom, my son and I get quite a lot of one of one dates.  I try and have one of at least twice a month.  Life is so busy and parents need to take time out with each of their children so that they can have quality, uninterrupted time with them so that they can hear what they have to say and learn more about them as individuals.  They grow up so fast; we need to make the most of every minute with them that we can before they’re too old to want to spend this kind of time with us.   Children want feel like they have a relationship with their parents, too.

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Yesterday, I took my son out for breakfast before taking him to his Dad’s for Father’s Day.  We talked about his upcoming birthday and summer.  We talked about making a “bucket list” of sorts for the summer and things that we wanted to do.  I often make plans for us, but wanted to hear what sort of things he wanted to do.  The places he wanted to go.  I was surprised at some of his answers.  They weren’t things I had expected.     I was glad I had asked the question, so I could make plans accordingly.  I want my son to know that he has a voice in the things we do.  It’s important to make your child feel valued.

I propose to all the parents out there to take part of the #didsomething campaign.  Take your child out on a date and listen to them.   Let them have a voice.

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Parenting/Life · Uncategorized

Live, Laugh, Love

Untitled design (1)Louis Armstrong crooned “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”.

Sadly, at times like this, I do not think it is so wonderful.

After spending a large majority of my weekend enjoying life and somewhat oblivious to things going on in the world, I came home to turn on the news to update after update of tragedy and hate.  Regardless if this horrific tragedy was based on hated of peoples sexual orientation or based on hatred for a race/population of people, it was base on hate.  This shooter felt such hatred that these people were so different from him that he felt it was okay to end their innocent lives.  There was no tolerance, there was no acceptance, there was nothing but pure hate.

Prior to this, last week it seemed like every time I looked at social media, I was bombarded with report after report of the horrific acts of a male who seemed to blame everyone but himself for forever changing the life of an innocent young women.  He was upset that he perceived his “20 minutes” of wrongdoing should not ruin the rest of his life. Seriously?  Did he ever think about how that “20 minutes” would forever change the life of that young woman?  I read an article about how he blamed his “poor decisions” on alcohol and the college drinking culture.  I am completely sickened.  If this person can’t take ownership of brutally raping an unconscious young woman, then what else is he going to do in the future and blame everyone but himself?  He feels that 6 months in jail is too much punishment?  This poor girl is going to relive the horror for the rest of her life.

Where am I going with this?  I wish I wasn’t going anywhere.  I am wishing that people in this world wouldn’t think that their lives are so much more important and that their beliefs were so much more important than everyone else.  I wish people would stop thinking that they can hurt others and not face any sort of consequences.  I wish people would take ownership of wrongdoings and instead of placing blame on others, fix the problems.  I wish people would accept, tolerate, and support others differences.  I wish that my son and all other children weren’t being brought up in a world like this.   I wish we didn’t have to teach them “tolerance” and “acceptance”, it should just be a given!

What I wish for is everyone to live by 3 easy words:  Live, Laugh, Love

I have had a decal on the wall of my home for many years with that exact phrase.  My son once asked me what it meant.  My explanation to him was:

Live: This is your life, no one else can live it for you, so you need to make the best of what you have and not dwell on what you don’t have.

Laugh:  You only get one life, so laugh as much as you can.  Laugh at even the small stuff.   Happiness is what makes life great.  Try not to let sadness and upset take over your life.

Love:  Regardless of what material things you have in life, nothing will ever amount to what Love can give you.  Love long,  love hard,  love often.

Your definition of each of these words may be different than mine but if everyone lived by them, the world would be a much better place.

 

Travel

Our Treewalk Village Adventure

Have a little one that loves adventure?  Love getting out into nature and enjoying the warm weather and fresh air?  Head on over to TreeWalk Village located Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville.

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TreeWalk Village is an amazing playground of tree-houses connected by rope bridges and hammock net pathways.

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My son is a bit of adventurer and can’t wait until he is old enough to do the Treetop Trekking and zip lining, which is also available at this location.  But until then, this is a great option.

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I am sure some parents are thinking this isn’t a great option if there children are of the younger crowd.  Let me reassure you, when I was there, there were children as young as 2 years old there and they were having a ton of fun too.  In addition to the rope bridges, there is a group of tunnels for the kids to the walk/crawl through which would be ideal for the younger crowd.

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There is also a small rock wall for the kids to take a turn climbing on.

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Reservations are required and are for 2 hours at a time.  This is a perfect amount of time to enjoy the entire park area.

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There are picnic tables located throughout the park, so be sure to bring along snacks and lots of water.  Even though the area is shaded, it is a bit of a workout maneuvering the bridges between each of the tree-houses.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our adventure and will be returning soon.  It is a great day out for families of all ages.

You can get more information about TreeWalk Village but visiting their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

**Although admission was provided to me, all comments, opinions and pictures are mine.**

Parenting/Life · Uncategorized

What I learned being a boy Mom.

Growing up, I always envisioned myself with 2 children – a boy, and a girl.  I would play Barbie and dress up with the girl and the boy would play cars and Lego with his Dad.  Obviously, my vision didn’t quite end up that way.

Being a single Mom to an amazing little boy, I have definitely learned a lot of things that I probably would have never known.  And there are things that I sort of knew, but my son has definitely confirmed them for me.   And I am thankful for this.

I would have never known……

  1. Pokemon is not just a bunch of trading cards; it is actually a card game. The rules are somewhat complex and this is an entire community of adults out there that take it very seriously. 20160320_152741_HDR
  2. Lego isn’t just a bunch of blocks you make random things out of. There are many different box sets and series to collect. Eg. Ninjago, Chima, Nexo Knights.  And the minifigures themselves come in series and range in common to rare.
  3. Not all little boys are obsessed with sports. My son loves arts and being crafty.  He’d much rather be creating things than throwing a ball around. 20160320_153441_HDR
  4. Stuffed animals aren’t just a girl thing. Boys love them too. My son has way too many and is always wanting to add to his collection.
  5. Jumping in puddles and getting dirty in the mud isn’t all that bad. It’s actually kind of fun. 20160320_153226_HDR
  6. The older they get, the more they want to look “cool” in front of their friends. But get them home and behind closed doors, a Mommy’s hug and kiss are always wanted.
  7. Boys actually do sleepovers. I thought it was just a girl thing.
  8. Over the age of 5, the knees in pants last about 2 weeks tops. I swear they walk around on their knees all day.
  9. The slimier, the dirtier, the grosser, the better!
  10. No male will ever love you as much as your son will!

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Having a boy and only a boy has shown me a complete different side of life that I never really knew existed.   I am sure other Moms’ of boys will agree with me and love it as much as I do!

**This post was originally featured as a guest post on #Lifewithboys **