Month: August 2015

Week Two Update: Onward and Upwards With My Healthy Living Goals!

Week Six: Healthy Living

My second week turned out a lot better than my first week with regards to my goals, for which I am quite proud of. My daily routine became much easier to stick to (thankfully) and I have begun to notice some differences with how I feel mentally (not so foggy brained) and my stomach feels lighter and not so heavy feeling. This has made attaining my goals that much easier to accomplish.

So here is how I did with last week’s goals:

  • 1-2 pound weight loss. I maintained my weight but did not lose anything extra.
  • Continue to maintain my vegetarian diet with a meal plan This is becoming easier and easier! 
  • Yoga fours times this week. Honestly, yoga has become my favourite new form of exercise. It leaves me feeling so refreshed from head to toe.
  • Daily evening meditation.
  • Daily squat, lunge, push up and crunch challenge with a fitness calendar. I posted my calendar on the fridge so now I have no excuses! I go through each day highlighting what I have completed.
  • Two litres of water a day
  • 10,000 steps minimum a day. I did it!! I am so proud of myself – all week I reached a minimum of 10,000 steps.
  • Daily morning detox tea I am using Purgo teatox which I love. 

This week’s goals:

  • 1-2 pound weight loss.
  • Yoga four times this week.
  • Daily evening meditation.
  • Daily squat, lunge, push up, crunch and plank challenge.
  • Two litres of water a day.
  • 11,000 steps a day (got to up my goal a bit!).
  • Two 3km walks.

Here is my big surprise: I am taking part in the Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk on September 26th! I am officially ‘in training’ mode as my team-mate would like to complete the 10km walk. You will find more out on my upcoming walk for this great cause this week.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a $50 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card!

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Back to School with Smithsonian Geography: A Visual Encyclopedia

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Learning about the world around us is important for so many reasons. It expands our children’s horizons, allows them to see the world through fresh eyes and understand how the world works and how far we have come. Geography captures your imagination and takes you around the world. The DK Canada Smithsonian Geography uses images to draw you into the encyclopedia, sparking a curiosity of the world around you.

Smithsonian Geography: A Visual Encyclopedia

Geography, a visual encyclopedia was created in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. The book is broken down into the following sections: Planet Earth, Rocks and Minerals, Water, Climate and Weather, Life on Earth, The Human World, Mapping the World and Country Factfile. There is literally something for everyone on your list and you can start anywhere in the book. Just pick it up and let the book take you on an exciting journey. If you turn the book on its side, you will notice each section is colour coded so if you prefer to jump to a specific section you can easily do so.

Each page contains many colourful photographs that help to bring the story to life. For example, in Crystal Cave, the photo covers both pages of the book and brings home how huge the crystals are in comparison to the miners working there. I found myself at times reaching out to just touch the page, not because I thought it may have a texture but because the photographs were so powerful and touching. It makes you want to travel the world.

My personal favourite section of the book was under Life on Earth where it examined the Moorland and heath. My kids loved learning about volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes. This book was not only perfect for my kids to enjoy together but I also learned so much about the world around me. Geography, a visual encyclopedia fits in perfectly with our home library.

Make sure to check out more titles at the DK Canada Back to School Boutique for more top titles from DK Canada.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Get Ready for Back to School with Raincoast Books {Giveaway!}

Raincoast Books Back to School Giveaway

Back to school time is always an exciting, nervous and hectic time. We worry about skills they may have forgotten, new supplies and new clothes. It is important to slow down the hustle and bustle of the back to school time to focus on relationships and bonding time. Which is why I love books! Reading a book with or to your child gives you much-needed quiet time to escape, to bond and to laugh over silly antics of characters. Raincoast Books brings you six of their best books that are perfect to add to your child’s book collection.

Back to School Giveaway with Raincoast Books

In Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, young Anna’s Mother takes her to the ballet and her whole world is changed. This begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, who inspires legions of dancers after her: the gifted Anna Pavlova. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, is the incredible, heart warming and inspiring story of a young girl not born to riches but who changed the world of ballet. One night changed her whole life, like so many children who see something for the first time. This book teaches children that every dream is possible with hard work and love. If you love something so strongly, you need to work hard and this love will show. I loved how the book showed Anna travelling the world to not only bring dance, hope and love to the rich but to the poor as well. She is an inspiration for so many.

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In The Wonderful World of Pascal the Very Brave, we are introduced to Pascal who is a very brave platypus. Pascal lives in a very incredible town full of interesting characters, recipes, collections and more. In this book we are introduced to not only Pascal but his friends Fancy, Cardigan, Zelda and Ringo. Unlike a traditional story where you read left to right, we found ourselves jumping across the page, up and down reading tidbits of the characters and the crazy town they live in. We had a lot of fun reading their funny antics and stories. The story is full of fantastic and humourous illustrations that will guarantee hours of fun.

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In The Bear’s Surprise, hibernation is over and Little Bear is ready for adventure! But where is Papa Bear? Never fear, Little Bear will find him! Follow Little Bear on this adventure through interactive cutouts on his journey to find Papa Bear. What will he find at the end of his journey? Join Little Bear in this third installment of the acclaimed series by Benjamin Chaud.

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In Big Bear Little Chair, author Lizi Boyd uses art and words to create a simple book for all ages to cherish. Lizi uses unexpected opposites to create a heart warming story about Big Bear, Little Bear and all the things that bring them together.

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In Pierre the Maze Detective, we meet master detective Pierre who is on a new case. Mr. X has stolen the Maze stone (oh no!) which has the power to turn the whole city into a maze! Can you help Pierre and his friends make it through the maze and stop Mr. X before it is too late? This book features fifteen full spread illustrations of magical mazes.

Leo A Ghost Story

In Leo: A Ghost Story, Leo just wants to find a friend. He knows he will make a good friend but everyone is scared of him. Why? Because Leo is a ghost! It is the young girl, Jane, who sees him for who he really is and together they become the best of friends. You can find my full review and book trailer here.

Raincoast Books Back to School Giveaway

Raincoast Books wants you to win your own Back to School book collection as pictured above! My Canadian readers can now enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck and happy reading!

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Disclosure: I received two of the above mentioned books in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Get Ready for School Numbers Memory Game #BTS

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Getting back to school is all about fun and the numbers! And what better way to introduce your child to their numbers with a fun game from DK Canada.

DK Canada: Number Memory Games
The Get Ready for School Numbers Memory Game is the fun way to introduce your child to the world of numbers and counting. This book helps to enrich your child’s educational development as well as prepare them for school. The box contains a booklet with games, cards and an instruction sheet.

DK Canada: Get Ready for School Numbers

This boxed book set is suitable for children ages three to five to help prepare and enhance their current education. It provides instruction for parents to help encourage their child, while providing bright colours and a fun way to look at numbers for children to keep them engaged.

The cards come in four different colours with instructions on where to start and what activities to introduce at each stage. Teaching your child important math skills can be hard (I like to learn myself by reading examples so I find it hard to explain lessons to my children). This book helped me get over my awkwardness and help me teach my youngest son, who is heading off to Junior Kindergarten this year!

Get Ready for School Numbers also helps you to relate the learning skills to real life (counting objects, opportunities to count together, etc.)

How do/did you introduce numbers to your child?

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product free of charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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My Highland Bride by Maeve Greyson

My Highland Bride review

In My Highland Bride, young Kenna travels through time to meet the womanizing Colum Garrison. Can they move past their judgements of each other to realize true love?

My Highland BrideAbout My Highland Bride

Kenna Sinclair seems like a normal young woman from Kentucky but the truth is she can read minds, erase memories and jump through time. These skills come in handy when her match making Granny sends her back in time in the hopes of falling in love.

When she meets the womanizing man at arms, Colum Garrison, Kenna knows he only has one thing on his mind and vows to steer clear of  him. But after one electrifying touch she knows that it will be much harder than she anticipated.

Colum is bewitched by the first woman who would refuse him and he would do anything to prove his devotion – even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage. He puts off all of his normal habits and traits to focus on Kenna to prove his love. Can the two be ready for a love that will last a lifetime?

My Thoughts

My Highland Bride was an intense, steamy romance novel but also carried an extremely interesting plot line that connected her first book in this series with the time travel. One of my favourite parts was the ability of the Sinclair family to travel through time and the history their family has. I mean who wouldn’t want the ability to travel through time?? I would love to!

The attraction that Kenna and Colum feel is so much stronger than a physical attraction. For Kenna, the hardest part is looking past Colum’s past (which has quite the extensive list of women) and she finds this hard to do. This is devastating for Colum who never really realized how his past could come back and haunt him. This is an important lesson for all of us that our actions can define our future. It took a lot of courage and patience for Kenna to move forward and it was beautiful to be able to witness the faith and hope they place in each other.

My Highland Bride is so much more than a steamy romance and will become a book you can re-read over and over again like I have! You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Maeve’s mantra has always been that no one can shatter you unless you give them the power to. When she is not at her full-time job at the steel mill, she is writing about sexy highlanders and the women who tame them.

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