Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas Shopping Online

I found it was a difficult season shopping for Chrsitmas presents this year compared to previous years. I found going back to work made it very hard to find the time I am used to having to go out and shop the malls. I turned to Shopping Online which allows me to shop when it was convienient for me to do it. I was great to be able to shop when I got home after midnight.
For my kids it was a video game Christmas, my youngest got a Leapster, my next son got a vsmile motion, my daughter and oldest son got lot's of games for their systems. This year was a bit hard to shop for the Video Games they wanted. Every store I went to they were sold out of the games they wanted which made me turn to the online resources. The hardest title of all was Call of Duty which my oldest son wanted. With a little help from online shopping sites I was able to make this Christmas one of the best my families have had in years and they were all very excited with their gifts.

Take out Crisis

I have been trying to get back on track with my eating habits and we have re-introduced lot's of healthy foods back into the house, fruits, veggies, yogurts but I have certainly been struggling with take out cravings. It doesn't help that every fast food joint is sending out coupon booklets with lot's of great deals in it. Just yesterday I got offers from BK, MC'D's, KFC. It has been very difficult especially with working late into the evenings, when I come out I have to drive past all the fast food places on the way home and they call me as I go by. I am trying so hard to be strong and resist the urge but I have failed more than succeeded that last week.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Getting Active

Raising four children in today's society filled with video games, computers, TV and so many other sedimentary activities it is a difficult challenge to keep my kids active. Luckily I have been able to find ways to balance their lifestyles to be fairly active everyday at home and the schools have good systems in place to have the kids active in gym 3 days a week too. It's so very important to get our youth moving because as it is much easier for them to build an active lifestyle when they began young than trying to get active later in life. With the Olympic games coming up in Vancouver in 2010 there is a building movement to be more active. Initiatives like SOGO Active which is a project between Coca-Cola and participACTION designed to inspire the youth of our nation to get more active and healthy. ParticipACTION is the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada and have years of expertise in developing programs to work with kids. The SOGO site is unique because it is allows Canadian Children to create and control their own physical activity plan. The basis of the SOGO initiative is to get established community organizations to provide support for the youth of our communities through access to facilities, equipment and guidance that youth need for their programs. By joining Sogo kids can have access to the entire site and by navigating and using the site they can get ideas that will work specific for their individual likes and personality. One of my favorites parts is the sections hi-lighting Olympic Athletes and their love of physical activity. By using examples of Olympic Athletes to inspire the children to get out and get active it shows kids that there are real people in their peer group that have gone onto much success in their chosen sport.


Packing up

I have been working on packing up my Christmas decorations for days, it sure takes me longer to pack things up than it does to put them out. I was pleasantly surprised at one thing, the dog never got into any of our decorations. I expected her to try and eat everything but really other than chewing up a Christmas blanket that my Mom gave to her anyway she didn't destroy anything. Hubby is off for the weekend so I think I will send him outside to take down the outside decorations.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Bargain Hunter

I am what you might consider thrifty and I like to make the most of my budget. I'm all about saving money but still like to accessorise my wardrobe. I spend many hours shopping the malls for great accesories. Now that I'm working full time I don't have as much time to shop around so I have turned my time to shopping online to find all sorts of different things quickly. I found a great selection of Discount Jewelry from Holsted Jewelers. To my surprise what I found was a huge assortment of great quality pieces that any woman could use for any occasion. They have been in the business for over 30 years and have been delivering great products to millions of customers for years.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A New Year

Now that I am home from the Christmas/new year vacation it's time to get back on track with my weight. We went for groceries yesterday and have loaded the kitchen up with all sorts of good foods, fruits, veggies, yogurts and more good things to make up for all the bad stuff we've been eating the last few weeks. I am working on finding the motivation to get back on the treadmill and maybe even break out my new leg magic machine, wish me luck.

Friday, January 2, 2009

I've been away too long

I'm sorry to everyone on being away for so long, with work and Christmas it seems as though I have been away for months. With the new year now upon us I am trying to get everything back on track here on the homestead. I have been working the last couple of days on getting the Christmas decorations put away and cleaning out the junk and re-organizing the kids space. Somedays it feels as though I'm not making any headway but I know I am. It can be frustrating as I'm used to having more time than I do with work taking up a lot of time these days it has been more challangeing to get everything I want to done.