Fitting in Fitness: Make it a lifestyle and be amazing

Jen Bonar is a local Mom who applied to carry the Olympic torch, in its recent pass through Kamloops.  She wrote, “In order to create stronger communities, and encourage my friends and family to live an active lifestyle, I will demonstrate to those around me the active lifestyle I live with my husband and young daughter, and will encourage those around me and the clients I work with and train, to live active, healthy lifestyles.”

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Take A Train Trip: Kamloops Heritage Railway

I don’t quite know how it happened but my son got hooked on trains. We don’t spend any time watching TV to see Thomas the Tank Engine (is there one?) and we don’t have a lot of Thomas paraphernalia but somehow he got hooked on trains.  Whenever we go for a playdate he beelines for the train table and will not be parted without complaint.  He just loves them!  So, of course, we ended up getting into it with him.  We have a train set and found some Thomas trains second-hand.  We located some Thomas videos and he likes to watch them, on occasion.  We have been given the BINGO game on DVD.  We have found some Thomas stories on tape (well, CD, actually).  We “play trains”; building tracks and routes all over the house.  And the highlight… two summers ago, we went on the Kamloops Heritage Train.

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(photo from Kamloops Heritage Railway)

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Rhubarb Marshmallow Crisp: Kidz in the Kitchen

The kids and I were admiring our rhubarb, the other day, and decided that it needed picking and using.  So, we pulled some stalks and cut the leaves off and ventured inside.  We had marshmallows lying around because, well.. to be honest, we usually do, and the kids and I were snacking on them.  Healthy, I know…

Anyhow, as we were inventing our rhubarb crisp, we thought… “Hey, why not add these?”  So we did and WOWZA!  Yummers!  So, I’m sharing that sweet deliciousness with you, too.  Keep in mind that this was a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants invention so everything is approximate.

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FAN-tastic: Crafting With Kids

Dawnica Flatt is a local Mom, entrepreneur, Early Childhood Educator and Stampin Up demonstrator that is a frequent contributor of kid-friendly crafts, here on KamloopsParents.Com. Dawnica hosts regular craft nights where you can learn to make really cool cards and other paper creations.  As well, she hosts open craft nights that are free and kid-friendly if you are interested in getting out and trying some of the paper crafts that she has put together on the site (or anything else, for that matter).  My kids and I love to go Stampin’ at Dawnica’s and feel free to contact her at dabsanddots@gmail.com if you would like to, too!

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Chicken Manicotti: Kidz In The Kitchen

This recipe has me drooling just looking at the pictures and remembering the meal!  I love this one and so do my kids.  I confess that they don’t usually help me make this dish except for the part where they get to drop stuff into the food processor – under very very close supervision.  This is a time-consuming recipe but it makes a lot and it is well worth the work!  It is also a great leftover for lunch and freezes well.  I got this recipe from my favourite cookbook: Crazy Plates.  I have yet to cook something from this cookbook that I don’t love.

Six-Million Dollar Manicotti

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

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