Healthy Living

Fitness Friday

I was thinking about how much my blog has changed since I started it the other day. When I first starting blogging, it was mainly just a personal space for all of my random musings. In high school and college I took an interest in music reviews given that I was a huge music lover and that became the focus of my writing. When fitness became a huge part of my life, I quickly discovered the world of fitness blogging, where my blog blossomed and became a much bigger part of my life as well. Now that I’m a mom and fitness isn’t the focus of my life, my blog has taken another direction again. I always wanted to maintain the healthy living aspect and not have the blog taken over by baby talk, but inevitably, that’s more or less all I know these days. Of course healthy living and fitness is still important to me, and I will continue to talk about it on this space but it’s just not the main focus anymore and I guess I just finally was able to admit that to myself. Anyways, enough of my rambling.

I’ve fallen off the workout bandwagon again. Hard.  Are you surprised? It’s a never-ending cycle for me. This week was my climb back on, albeit a slow one. I want to restart the 4 week waistline program from Reflexion Yoga and get back into headstand practice.

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Monday
For some reason I had the worst headache lasting from lunchtime until I went to bed. I was bound and determined to hit the yoga mat, but the series I had planned was too intense for my poor headache so I had to try something a little more gentle.

30 minute yoga flow via Reflexion Yoga

Tuesday
Off

Wednesday
30 minute chaturanga form via Reflexion Yoga
Afterwards I made my return to hanging upside down with some headstand practice. I’m motivated to learn forearm stand and eventually scorpion after watching my yogi/running/work buddy Natalia make amazing progress from learning headstand to nailing scorpion in a few short months. She’s my inspiration for sure!

Thursday
Boats and Floats via Reflexion Yoga. This video was focusing on floating from boat pose into high plank and back again. I’m not going to lie, I was a complete mess. I don’t have the strength yet to lift my hips high enough for my legs and feet to float through, and I kept getting caught on my super sticky mat. This entire video felt a little rough because I’m feeling tight all over.

Friday
60 minute core series via Reflexion Yoga

I’m hoping this weekend to find time for a good run, although it will most likely be with Liam in the stroller since his dad isn’t home this weekend.  I also hope to fit in lots of yoga in the evenings, focusing on opening the shoulders and hips. I’m definitely feeling the effects of the stress I’ve been experience the last couple weeks in my body and it isn’t pretty. I was hoping to be able to treat myself to a stress reduction massage at a local salon, but will have to save that for the next time Liam is with his dad.

What’s everyone up to this weekend?

Healthy Living

2015 Mud Hero Blog Meet Up

One of the best parts about blogging is connecting with other like-minded people across the province, country and even the world. I’ve made so many great friends within the blogging community and love every opportunity I get to meet bloggers in real life. Lately, it’s runs and races that connect me with new bloggers in real life, which is so fun! Races are always better with friends, new or old.

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When I posted my Mud Hero recap earlier this summer, many of you guys mentioned wanting to run it next year. I think it would be so fun to get a big group of bloggers together for the run and maybe some lunch and drinks after. Would make a great weekend for sure!

They just announced the dates for next year’s race, August 7, 8 and 9, 2015. I believe registration opens in November and know that the days will sell out quickly. If anyone is interested in travelling to Red Deer for that weekend to run the race, let me know in the comments and we can try and figure out a day/time that works best for everyone! Typically I find that the Saturday morning is the best time to go so will probably plan around that. Also, you don’t have to be a blogger to join! Everyone is welcome, no matter your fitness level. It’s about making new friends, having fun and getting muddy!

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This run is so much fun and I know you guys won’t regret coming to run it with me!

So, who’s in?!

Family Healthy Living

Feeding a Budding Artist

I received product from Kellog’s in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

One thing about Liam is that he is such a gentle little soul. There are many days where all he wants to do is draw, colour or paint and will spend all day doing so. I love this part of his personality because it provides a good contrast from the moments where he’s running around with his trucks or picking up rocks at the park. Not to mention the fact that art plays a big part of our family’s life.  I am so proud every time Liam brings home art work from the day home or creates a cool finger painting at home (while I try not to let my type A personality freak out about the mess).

Now that Liam is clearly no longer a baby, I want to redecorate his bedroom. I’ve been looking for new bedding and decor items from the Pottery Barn and want to plan out a gallery wall with some photos and some of his artwork framed. This means lots of time with the paints we received as part of our package from Kellog’s!

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Of course, any budding artist needs to stay fuelled properly. Liam’s favourite snack of late are a bowl of the new Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes with some berries, raisins or other dried fruit. I don’t regularly buy cereals or other processed snacks for Liam but was actually pretty impressed when I read the ingredient list of this cereal. It has no artificial colours or flavours and contains an extra kick of Vitamin D, which is especially important for kids. The fun shapes can also provide a little extra inspiration for Liam’s next masterpiece. This is a good option for those rushed mornings where a quick breakfast is needed, or a snack to satisfy your kids.

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I look forward to seeing what other creations Liam will make with his new paint set and sketch pad and can hopefully show them off to you once his new bedroom is complete.

What is your go-to snack? 
What is your kid’s favourite activity? Lego? Colouring? Dolls?