Archive for November, 2010
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Are you kidding me!!! Wow! Technology has come such a long way. If you have kids you HAVE to send them this personal message from Santa! Yes it’s free. Only costs if you want to make your message into a keepsake… if not you can watch it again and again and again for free!
Go to THE PNP – PORTABLE NORTH POLE!
PNP – Portable North Pole console will be online throughout the Holiday season, allowing you to send personalized video messages FREE to your children, parents and friends.
PNP Portable North Pole TM is a trademark of UGroupMedia inc.
Your kids will LOVE this!!!
Bonus Code SANTA
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Getting my 3 year old son to eat is like torture… for me not him! When he was a baby he loved vegetables and fruit… but he was never very keen on eating meat. So now it’s a battle… or at least it WAS a battle.
I searched, what felt like, the WHOLE World Wide Web. I couldn’t really find anything in the form of recipes to help me with my VERY picky eater. Some of the recipes said to make the food fun for your child and make him mini baked potatoes and turn them into cute mice with ears made of radishes and eyes made of raisins. Well guess what… I DON’T HAVE TIME TO MAKE MY POTATOES INTO MICE!! Who does really? I just want him to eat something… at this point I’ll take the jam sandwiches instead to the Sheppard’s pie the whole family is eating!
Then I came across this idea… my son has recently learned to recognize his name. And now whenever he sees a word with the letter H in it he thinks it’s his name. (Hudson). And I just happen to have an “H” cookie cutter. So now I cut everything into the letter “H”. But the best discovery was deli meats! He won’t eat a piece of chicken, or beef or ham, but he WILL eat the letter “H” when it’s cut into a thin slice of deli meats! Okay… we’re on the right track here. So I’m going to keep all my findings and try to put it into a book… if I have time.
Oh, one other thing that I DID find helpful was this study…
If you nag your child about the food on their plate, it could make them into a fussy eater, according to a new study.
Researchers also say parents who strictly control what their children eats could turn them into over eaters.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association looked at 213 mothers of seven to nine year olds.
According to the study, the more the child enjoys food, the less their mother was pressuring them to eat it.
Sounds good to me!!!
Bonus code PICKY (good until midnight Sunday Dec.5th)
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Waskada Manitoba got it’s shot at fame when David Letterman propped up a copy of a Winnipeg Free Press story this week to show his audience a picture of the mayor of Manitoba’s tiniest incorporated municipality. Dave told his audience that Waskada Mayor Gary Williams “kinda looks like me.” And he does! Check it out for your self! Click here!
Gary Williams doesn’t know who sent Letterman the article, but he’s tickled-pink about his first appearance on the Late Show.
Bonus Code : LETTERMAN (good until Midnight Sunday Nov.28th)
Friday, November 12th, 2010
There’s a great article from Chatelaine Magazine about making the right food choices. To be honest with you, I never used to think much about what I was eating… but now that I have to make choices for my kids, I’ve started to really pay attention to it.
Here’s the article from Chatelaine.com
Five unhealthy foods you think are healthy
You probably think these items are good for you, but they’re not. Get back on track by tossing them today!
What hidden calories lurk in the staples you reach for every day? You might be surprised: these common grocery items seem like they’re good for you, but they’re actually full of hidden fats, sugars and sodium. Edmonton dietitian Brenda Arychuk gave us the lowdown on the five products to trash from your cupboard.
100 percent fruit juice without added sugar is healthy, right? “Pure apple juice has the same glycemic load as pop – up to seven teaspoons of sugar per cup,” says Arychuk. Plus, it’s high in calories. To easily cut out a few hundred, replace juice with water. That’s probably what your body is craving, anyway.
It might seem like the start to a nutritious dinner, but half a cup of prepared tomato sauce could contain a whopping 500 to 800 g of sodium. “With prepared foods, something that doesn’t seem super salty can be loaded with sodium,” adds Arychuk. “You’re better off buying plain tomatoes and making your own sauce.” Intimidated by the time commitment of homemade? Don’t be. Our 20-minute, three-ingredient tomato sauce couldn’t be easier.
Cereal and granola bars
You’re already avoiding sugary cereals – or are you? “Granola is a red flag for added fat and sugar,” cautions Arychuk. Sugar could be half the total carbohydrates, and the same goes for granola bars. “A lot of these are glorified cookies,” she adds. Look for those high in fibre and protein, and avoid coatings – they’re just fat and sugar.
Those quick prepared soup cups chosen that look like a sensible work lunch are actually the opposite. “You’re looking at 500 g of sodium in one small serving – and the wrong kind of fat,” says Arychuk. Instant ramen noodles also tend to contain palm oil, high in saturated fat. “You’re better off just getting rid of them.”
Salad dressing and marinades
We tend not to think of calories when we reach for condiments or marinades, even though they’re a triple threat: high in sugar, fat and salt. Make your own dressing with 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp olive oil, and make DIY marinades as well. Or, if you’re going to store-bought, be picky: Arychuk suggests reading the label closely, since amounts vary widely between brands.
Bonus Code is HEALTHY. Good until midnight Sunday Nov.14th.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
On Thursday, thousands will take part in Remembrance Day Services. It’s a chance to recognize the sacrifices made by all our Canadian soldiers. Here’s a list of some of the services happening in Calgary, and some of the surrounding communities, on November 11, 2010:
Services in Calgary
The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail S.W. Service begins at 10:45.
Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue N.W. Service begins at 10:30
Memorial Park Cenotaph, 12 Avenue & 4 Street S.W. Service begins at 10:30
Services at Royal Canadian Legion Branches
Bowness Branch, Bowness Sportsplex, 7809 43 Avenue N.W. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Branch No. 1,116 7 Avenue. S.E. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Centennial Branch, 9202 Horton Road S.W. Service begins at 10:45 a.m.
Chapelhow Branch, 606 38 Avenue N.E. Service begins at 10:40 a.m.
Forest Lawn Branch, 755 40 Street S.E. Service begins at 11 a.m.
Millennium Branch, 2828 28 Street S.W. (Killarney‑Glengarry Community Centre). Service begins at 10:45 a.m.
North Calgary, 1910 Kensington Road N.W. Service begins at 11 a.m. (Members only)
Ogden Branch, 2625 78 Avenue S.E. Service begins at 9 a.m.
Jubilee Branch, 6208 Rundlehorn Drive N.E. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Services in southern Alberta communities:
Cochrane High School, 529 4 Avenue N. Service begins at 10 a.m.
Canmore Legion, 834 7 Street. Parade begins outside Legion at 9:30 a.m.
Lethbridge Exhibition Park, South pavilion, 3401 Parkside Drive S. Service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Medicine Hat Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, 401 1 Street S.E. Service begins at 10 a.m followed by ceremony at the town cenotaph at 11 a.m.
Banff Elementary School, parade begins at town cenotaph at 10:15 a.m. Service begins in school gym at 10:30 a.m.
Okotoks, Foothills Centennial Centre, 204 Community Way. Service begins at 10 a.m.
Strathmore Civic Centre, 120 Brent Blvd.,Seated by 10:30 a.m. Colours marched just before 11 a.m.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
My 1 year old son is GRINDING his teeth! It makes me cringe every time he does it. I don’t know how to make him stop. I’ve yelled NO! I’ve given him all kinds of things to teethe on. Including toys and frozen teethers! The one mistake I made was letting him teethe on a red freezy… he has 4 teeth and he bit right into that!!! Red freezy EVERYWHERE! (See attached picture!)
What do I do? Moms? Dads? Anyone? What do you do to stop a 1 year old from grinding their top 2 and bottom 2 teeth? It probably bothers me more than it does him! Any suggestion will help. You can click the comment button to let me know your thoughts.
Bonus Code = GRIND (good until midnight Sunday Nov.7th)