Jumpstart with Canadian Tire

Support from businesses in the area is so important to the community, especially when children are involved. It’s a sad reality that not all families are financially able to enroll their children in sports and activities that are so wonderful for growth and personal development in a child. According to Vision Critical (2011), 1 in 3 families cannot afford to enroll their children in sports and recreational activities and I think that statistic is especially true here in New Brunswick. Canadian Tire decided to help with that and created Jumpstart.

Canadian Tire

I was very fortunate growing up to come from a family that was able to afford any sports and activities I wanted to take part in. From a young age I played softball, gymnastics, basketball and hockey as well as being involved in Girl Guides. Those things taught me a great deal about team work, self confidence, coordination and life in general, not to mention keeping me fit and healthy. I have met many, many friends along the way through sports and I’m so grateful for those experiences. Sports gave me the confidence, stamina and fearlessness that I have used many times in my life since childhood.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart sign at the west Saint John, NB location

Canadian Tire started Jumpstart in 2005 and has been growing steadily ever since, thanks to generous donations and fundraising activities such as the Pedal for Kids campaign. This worthy program helps pay for enrollment fees, equipment and transportation for children who otherwise would not have been able to participate in sports and recreational activities. Here in New Brunswick, Jumpstart’s Pedal for Kids has helped 23,000 children from $2.8 MILLION in funds raised! In all of Canada 781,501 children have been helped. That is amazing!

Pedal for Kids

Pedal for Kids is a 5 day, 500km bike ride which takes place every year in a different Canadian city. This year’s ride takes place from September 15th to the 19th starting in Ottawa and ending in Quebec City. You can follow Pedal for Kids on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on event information and news. You can also follow along by searching for the official hashtags #JSPedal2014 and #BDPédalez2014.

You can help sponsor a team or individual in this year’s ride by donating here or you can donate directly to Jumpstart here. 100% of all donations and money raised goes to the kids who need it most.

I am taking part in the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Pedal For Kids blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.

Planning Planners

I’ve never been a very organized person but I have been making a real effort since becoming a mother to plan things out more and be more organized in general.

I have a large dry erase calendar on the wall in our computer room/office which would be great if I could just remember to keep it up to date. It has been stuck in the month of May since … well, May. I also have 3 different planners that I would love to merge into 1 if I can swing it. I have a Polestar Family Calendar which I love. The layout is great, there’s lots of room for writing and making lists, a place for meal planning, and even pages to keep track of items you’ve borrowed or loaned.


I keep 2 small notebooks which I struggle to stay current with. I know that if I figure out a way to somehow integrate them with my planner, I would be much more productive in those areas. One is for blog post ideas, information, and planning and the other is for my Shaklee business, keeping track of customers and product information.

I’ve noticed that many bloggers use and enjoy their Erin Condren planners which are absolutely beautiful! I’m just not sure I can justify the cost of one if I won’t end up using it. Up until this point, I haven’t minded spending in the $20 range for a planner in the hopes that I could make it work. I’m wondering if I shell out the money for a gorgeous planner from Erin Condren’s shop, that it will motivate me to get good use out of it. They are just so pretty! 

So I’m looking for a bit of advice from some organized ladies out there. What organizational system works for you? How do you manage your household effectively and efficiently? Do you have any recommended planners or products? I’d love to know!

Pregnancy Cravings This Time Around

Pregnancy in itself is so amazing! I also find it amazing that every pregnancy can be so different! I’m much more relaxed this time around which is no surprise, but I’m also feeling much better. I am very tired but my sickness is on and off. With Ben I was pretty much sick all day, every day during the first 15 weeks or so. I’m much healthier this pregnancy because of the great supplements I have been taking and my diet and activity are much better. I’m working on a post about a healthy pregnancy which I’ll share with you very soon!

Another thing I’m finding really fun are the different cravings I’m having. Some of the old wives tales to determine gender are based around cravings so I’m interested to see if my cravings say I should be having a boy or a girl. For comparison sake, were my cravings for Ben, followed by my cravings now!


Cravings During Pregnancy 1

  • Beer
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Dill Pickle Chips
  • Ginger Ale

Cravings During Pregnancy 2

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Chips & Dip
  • Wine

Now that I’m looking at the lists, it seems like an awfully odd assortment of foods haha! Both are a mixture of salty and sweet and I haven’t really eaten much of those craving foods from the last pregnancy this time around.

What do you think these lists say about the gender of this baby I’m carrying? We’ll have our anatomy ultrasound in October so we won’t have too long to wait to find out!


Lovely Lashes with Lancome Grandiose Mascara

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.**

I know you’ve heard me go on and on about my love for Influenster many times before but I just can’t help it! What else can I say about a company that sends me awesome products for FREE just to ask my opinion on them? I’m always happy to find out that they want me to try something new.

I may not get to wear it every day anymore, but I love playing around with makeup. I’m not very good at it, but I love to try different products and have fun with colours. There are a few products that I am always sure to use, no matter what the occasion for putting on makeup. The basics, if you will. Good moisturizer, mineral powder foundation, lip gloss, eye liner, and of course, mascara.

There are 2 things that I pay close attention to when I am using a new mascara: the brush and the consistency. As soon as I started to apply the Lancome Grandiose Mascara, I loved the consistency. It is nice and thick so that it coats each lash completely, but not goopy so that it doesn’t clump. Not only that, but after a full day of wear, it doesn’t feel dry or flake off. It took me a few applications to get used to the brush but I quickly got the hang of it and now I can make my lashes look the way that I like them with ease. I love, love, LOVE the curve in the wand which makes reaching every lash very easy.

Not only is the product itself really nice,but the packaging is beautiful! Lancome has taken care to create a product that feels and looks luxurious. Even though I am a wife and a mother, I sometimes have a difficult time feeling like a grown up. The mascara has an almost decadent feel and look to it which gives it a very feminine and womanly vibe without being matronly. I had no idea that I would ever describe mascara this way!

Beautiful Days and a Baby Bump

We’ve been having such a wonderful and busy summer, I’m getting sad when I think that it’s almost over already! June and July were full of family fun and events and it seems like we had something going on every single weekend. Birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, to name a few. As soon as August hit we finally had a chance to get up to our summer getaway spot, our trailer on 64 acres of trees, toys, sun and family. Last fall before we closed things up, we started a bit of an Extreme Makeover: Trailer Edition and removed the bathroom and kitchen from the trailer to give us some more living space. We don’t need those things in our trailer because there we’ve got the Cookhouse there which has a kitchen, full bathroom, and bedroom for guests. Over the past few weekends, we’ve been painting and generally sprucing up our little trailer so I’ll share some photos when it’s finished!

Ben in the sprinkler

My favorite thing about going to Famland, as we call it, is that Ben gets to run around and play with his cousins. He absolutely loves it there and there is so much for the kids to do. We’ve got a pool, trampoline, bouncy castle, sand box and some bigger toys like a tractor that the kids have fun riding on. It’s paradise to them! We’ll be heading there again tonight after Nick gets home from work for another fun weekend with lots of food, laughs and fresh air. I love these pictures so much! The joy on his face makes the whole week long wait worth it.

Ben enjoying the sprinkler

I haven’t shared any bump pictures yet so here’s one that I shared on Instagram. It is a few weeks old and I believe I was 9 weeks at the time. I am 11 weeks, 5 days pregnant now and am feeling great! More on my Shaklee powered pregnancy later, but it is such a difference from when I was pregnant with Ben. Before anyone asks, yes I’m sure there’s only one baby in there! Unless the second one is a ninja baby and managed to evade being seen in the ultrasound!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I’ll catch up with you next week!