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Get Outside: Fitting In Fitness

Sabrina Sinclair of Fit By Design, writes

I am so excited to be writing a few articles for you parents out there who want to get & remain fit over this crazy holiday season.  Here is a great suggestion to help you Survive The Holidays Through Physical Activity.

Okay, so this is the time of the year where I hear the most excuses not to keep up or even start a exercise plan and I am not buying it.  This is the time that we all need to keep some regular physical activity, and I am not talking about racing through the mall for the perfect gift.  With all the extra pressure these festive times bring, school concerts, staff parties, gift exchanges etc. this is when you feel more stress in your everyday life.  Rather than give into it by sitting on the couch with those sweet treats, why don’t you get up and move around.  Playing outside with your kids is an excellent way to burn calories and spend quality time with the whole family.  It is so easy to feel burnt out at the end of a chaotic day and simply give into the couch.  Why not take 20-30 minutes, get the kids geared up and go outside, build a snowman, shovel the driveway, have a snowball fight or just go for a walk?!  Be sure to include your neighbors and spread some holiday joy.

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The Misadventures of a Kamloops Momma

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”– Bette Davis

I came across this quote the other day and I had to laugh. I recently had my second child and, according to Bette Davis, I think I’m a parent now. Okay, perhaps the term ‘hate’ is too dramatic. Actually, I’m pretty sure my 3.5 year old is incapable of hate (she’ll save it for the teenage years), but since the arrival of my second, I think I’ve lost my place as her best friend.

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HayStacks: Kidz In The Kitchen

Kerry C, Epicure Selections Consultant, shares this holiday goodness made with a 15 month-old cherub as her helper!!

1/4 cup Epicure Pure Cocoa
1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar/splenda
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter1 tsp Epicure Pure Vanilla
3 cups quick oats
coconut/nuts if desired ( about 1/2 cup- or to taste )

In a large mixing bowl add peanut butter, Epicure Pure Vanilla, quick oats and coconut/nuts.

In a med pot bring Epicure Pure Cocoa, butter,sugar and milk just to a boil. Add the liquid to your oat mixture ( caution! it will be HOT at first, keep away from little fingers for a couple minutes for this stage ).

Mix well and drop by the tbsp onto ( in my case ) your Epicure Silicone Baking Mat, or parchement on a baking sheet.

Cool in fridge for about 30 min. minimum.

Once cooled they will firm up great. They keep great in the fridge and also freeze really well!!

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Were You Raised In A Barn?: Crafting With Kids

A woman after my heart… cardboard is one of the greatest household treasures!!

Miranda, homeschooling Mom to six wonderful littles and a bun in the oven, writes this week’s crafty experience.

“The memory of the beautiful and happy home of childhood is the richest legacy any mother and father can leave to their children.” – B.G. Northrup

By the looks on my little ones faces their fort was better than Continue reading Were You Raised In A Barn?: Crafting With Kids

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Paper Pumpkin: Crafting With Kids (bonus)

Dawnica Flatt, Stampin’ Up demonstrator, has prepared this fantastic little Halloween craft for you as a special Crafting With Kids bonus!!

Happy Halloween!

1) Take a 8 ½ x 11 sheet of cardstock, cut strips ½” thick widthwise so your strips are 8 ½” long. You will need 12-14 for a large pumkin or 5 strips cut in half at 4 ½” for a small pumpkin.

2) Next take half of your strips in a pile and using the Crop a Dile, punch a hole through all layers, both ends. Now take the rest of the strips and do the same.

3) Take all strips and put a brad through the end and fasten (open back). If you are doing the big pumpkin, put a brad in the other end as well but in the opposide direction. Next separate each strip one by one and start shaping your pumpkin until you like it.

4) If you are making the small pumpkin, after attaching the first brad, fan out all of the strips to create a ‘sun/circle’. Next take a brad and hold it stem up above the centre of the ‘sun’ and place one strip at a time on the step, then fasten brad shut. I find it’s easier to put the brad in this way that to work ‘inside’ the sphere.

5) COIL – Cut strip of green ¼” thick and desired length. We used 4 ¼” long. Using a spray bottle, dampen the strip slightly. Next wrap strip around pencil and let dry for a few minutes. Slide off pencil & use a glue dot to attach to the top of pumpkin where the brad is flat (open). Attached a stamped leaf.

6) VOILA – Cute with flameless tealight inside and great for home decor.

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