Something funny I just found out is that when asked "What makes you smile?" just thinking of that question actually made me smile! I know you're trying it yourself now and I am asking you "What makes you smile?" Bet you're smiling! Weird, I know!!! And I hadn't even thought of anything in particular yet.
But now that everyone is all happy, I am thinking of what makes me happy and now I'm crying - Wow! Clearly this is an emotional day! My daughter makes me smile. Your children make you smile too! Her toes make me smile, her giggle makes me grin and her hugs make me ecstatic. My family makes me happy. Happiness makes us all smile. Our health, our home, our dogs, our little life in a little town with our little girl - that makes me smile! As most of my readers know, I have a 21 month old daughter and she did the cutest thing today at her gymnastics class so now that I'm writing this post, I get to share. It wasn't some spectacular tumble or anything but her and another classmate decided they liked each other best. As Moms, we all make playdates and kind of force the you're going to play with these kids and like them cause I say they're your friends but today she picked her own friend. They walked around together, they gave each other kisses. The other girl is slightly older and more fearless than my daughter but when she tried something my angel tried it too! They even climbed onto the balance beam and walked across together! That made me smile! Hopefully you've smiled today too!
And speaking of things to be happy about, what's better than making someone else happy and seeing the smile on their face! So right now there is something called the Snack Pack Smile Campaign and they are trying to reach a goal of $20,000.00. Sounds like a big number but with all of your help, it should be pretty easy to do because we're all just good people like that!
Here’s how it works. Log onto Facebook, visit the Snack Pack Canada page, Like the page, Share a Smile and: • A $1 donation will be made on your behalf to Food Banks Canada. You can also opt to Share a Smile and Snack Pack will make the donation on behalf of one of your Facebook friends. • You’ll receive a ballot into their weekly prize draw (for those who have registered for the contest) • PLUS You’ll earn a point towards one of the fun Smile badges! Remember, the more often you smile, the more donations, ballots and badge points you’ll collect. It’s no surprise that Smiling everyday would have its perks.
To find out more about Snack Pack products (including Juicy Gels and low-fat puddings), visit them at Snack Pack Canada
Also, if you're interested in spreading the word about this great campaign on Twitter, you can always do so by using the hashtag #SnackPackSmile
Disclosure - I am participating in the Snack Pack program by Mom Central on behalf of Conagra Foods Canada. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
What does wellness mean to you? These days that seems like a loaded question of sorts as people have so many varying opinions on health and wellness. They range from the free-spirited people who approach life without hesitation and basically play it day by day to those devout people who obsess over organic products, calories, fat counts and gym memberships.
As part of the Quaker Journey to Wellness, I was asked to write a post and comment on my family's lifestyle and the changes I would like to see all of us make in a quest to become healthier. Well, I'm a self-confessed health junkie, I do workout, I do practice yoga as though it were a religion and I do like raw foods and trail mix. I even like broccoli! I'm healthy and active, both indoors and out and I like to think that I'm doing a pretty good job transferring that message and lifestyle to my daughter who is almost 21 months old. Hubby on the other hand, well that's a different story. He doesn't like food that is green. He only recently started incorporating foods he considers out of the ordinary into his diet. And really, they're not so out of the ordinary at all, they're just items his meat and potatoes family never ate while he was growing up.
So what's a girl to do? Every day, I try to get him to try something new and to make a commitment to our family so that we will be around to see our daughter grow. I've recently gotten him hooked on the Quaker Weight Control oatmeal that not only tastes fantastic, but also helps you stay fuller longer, excellent for those looking to shed a few extra pounds! So really I suppose what my ideal for my family is would be that we experiment with food, good healthy food, that we spend as much active quality time together as possible and that we get outside and do stuff to take part in nature and just enjoy life and each other!
Quaker realizes that wellness is a goal for many families, which is why they’ve invited Lynn from Walking With Scissors to document her family’s journey as they challenge themselves to make lifestyle improvements.
For the past month Lynn has been blogging from her new home at Quaker Journey. The Quaker Journey to Wellness blog follows Lynn and her family as they make simple changes in a quest to live a healthier lifestyle. And the awesome thing is that when you visit this site, you have the chance to take part in a lot of different ways and even have the chance to win some terrific prized! Some examples of ways you can get in on the action when you visit Quaker Journey are comment on the blog, vote in weekly polls, engage with the blog or even suggest a tip for Lynn. In addition to the weekly prizes, there are even bigger monthly prizes to be won by voting on the challenges that you’d like Lynn to take on.
You can even visit Quaker Journey to Wellness on Facebook - I'm sure they would love you to stop by, like their page and even leave a comment!
Disclosure - I am participating in the Quaker Journey to Wellness program by Mom Central on behalf of Pepsi Co. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I'm a mom and loving every second of it. I'm an infertility survivor and made it through the very worst of days. We had given up on the whole thing until July 18, 2008 when I found out that our dreams were going to come true. My husband and I now have a precious baby girl who was born on March 11, 2009 and three dogs to round it all out. We work hard to try to give our family the very best and at the end of the day still can't get over just how blessed we truly are!
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