Archive for June, 2010

Summer Vacation is Almost here!

Only 2.5 more school days left! YAY! I can’t wait to have Natalie home with me for the summer! We don’t have anything planned as of yet, she does have a summer day camp, but other than that we are just playing it by ear. I know we’ll be at Wonderland a lot! She is looking forward to summer vacation too. Especially being able to sleep in. In that respect she definitely takes after her Daddy and Nuna. She is a night owl! She can easily stay up until 10pm or 11pm! At least


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Well, I did something today I thought I’d never do. Seriously. I bought a bikini, and not a tankini. An itsy bitsy teeny weeny little black and white bikini. I actually think it looks good. Yay me!! Call it temporary insanity. Hopefully it’ll serve as motivation to keep working on my abs. I’ll keep you posted.

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It’s important to be Flexible

Flexibility in life is important. Natalie has been taking this theory to the next level. She has been working diligently at improving her flexibility, specifically her middle splits. Tonight she jumped and landed in splits. In a parking lot! Sensei challenged her to train her splits on chairs. As soon as we got home she tried it. I took a photo of her first attempt. OUCH!

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Olive Oil Challenge :: Day 30

Eczema sucks! It is dry itchy and sometimes painful. I have been dealing with eczema on various parts of my body since Natalie was born. I have tried every cream on the market, nothing really worked. I have cortisone creams, but don’t want to use them long term. After stumbling on a website touting the amazing things you can do with olive oil, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I’d give it a try. I have been applying olive oil to my damp skin skin after every shower for the last 30 days. My eczema diminished to the point where it no longer bothers me. If you look at the pictures, you can still see remnants of where the eczema patches were, but they are no longer itchy or raised. In fact my skin has never been softer. I highly recommend olive oil to anyone looking for softer, smoother skin. If you have eczema, try olive oil for 30 days!



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We finally did it! We bought season’s passes for Canada’s wonderland, and the kids are stoked!!! We visited the park for the 2nd time this season on Sunday and we all had a blast! It wasn’t very busy so we managed to get the kids on quite a few rides.

Natalie’s new favourite roller coaster is the Vortex. I forced her to go on with me last time, knowing she would love it. At first she cried “I’m scared, I don’t want to go on” blah blah blah. Finally she agreed and we got on the ride. Welllllll, it was way faster then I anticipated so I was a bit worried about her after the first drop. I was trying to catch a glimpse of her face (no small feat when you’re strapped into a roller coaster) when I heard her cry “This is totally awesome!!!” When we got off, she was grinning ear to ear. She loved it.

Nicholas discovered the bumper cars, a ride designed for little boys. Seriously what little boy doesn’t love cars, and crashing those cars into others. A dream come true.

The only thing that I don’t like about going there is the cost of food. $11 for a kids meal. SERIOUSLY!? Not happening. We’ve warned the kids we’ll pack a picnic lunch and go out to the van to eat. I’m nopt paying $50 for a crappy meal. The high cost is made worse by the fact that you are not allowed to bring any food or drink (save bottled water) into the park with you… CRAZINESS.

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Help stop the Spread…

I realize that many times, a person infected with a stomach virus is contagious before they know they are sick so they are sure to unknowingly infect others. What I don’t get is the number of individuals who will “fight through it” and go to work while they are sick, or send their child off to school after they vomited their breakfast.

Maybe the public is just unaware that they are still contagious even after the vomiting has stopped, for as long as 2-3 days. That means if you (or your child) has been ill, you shouldn’t resume normal activities until minimum 24 hours, preferably 72. What people also may not realize is that the virus lives in the vomit and feces of an infected person. If you take your sick child out to run a few errands and said child vomits in the middle of the grocery store, you have all but guaranteed that many of the people around you will wind up getting sick. Now at this point you may be thinking “big deal” and you’re right in many cases it isn’t a big deal. BUT to the mother quickly picking up some crackers for her daughter who is going through chemotherapy, it IS a big deal. To the middle aged couple with their frail 91 year old parent, it IS a big deal. To the young woman beside you who underwent open heart surgery 3 weeks ago, it is a VERY BIG DEAL.

Please, please, please, keep your kids home if they are sick. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go out and spread the infection to everyone else.

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