Looking to Start New Traditions??

My kids are older now. Yes, one is even off to college. But I feel so…deflated. I don’t feel like I have made much of an impact on them as far as traditions. So, I went on the hunt for some from waaay back when.
It was very interesting, the things I found out…
Take a look for yourself? What traditions do you practice and which would you like to adopt?
http://simplyshawnnjenn.com/2012/12/start-new-christmas-traditions-by-embracing-the-old-ones.html

Encouraging Imagination

As a girl, I loved to dress up and just play. Act out whatever I wanted. Today, I am a writer and have a very creative mind.
When I had kids, I incorporated a costume box into our household. Needless to say, my sons are all very creative kids. I have a couple of writers, well, three out of four…and readers. A couple are very good at drawing and two love the theater.
Did I play a part in flexing their skills? I like to think so…
http://familyfocusblog.com/the-magical-costume-box/

Does Taking Advantage of the Web Help You Plan Parties?

I can remember not so long ago when I was always filling out invites to my kids’ birthday parties. Then came the envelopes, calling everyone for their address, stamps…how I have grown to hate stamps.

Today, using social media outlets for planning events has made things so much easier…or perhaps impersonal?
What do you think?
http://www.orato.com/home-family/party-planning-using-social-media

Do you celebrate December Birthdays?

Okay.
I have four sons who are all fall and winter babies. Needless to say, we are flat broke from back-to-school until early spring.
I also grew up with a brother who has a mid-December birthday. He deserves a birthday too, right?
I think so too. As a parent, I do try to take the extra steps to make the holidays separate from all the birthdays. I don’t know how many times I was tempted to get one large gift or ask them to wait for Christmas, but in my mind, they all deserve to feel special on the day they blessed me with their special little spirits!
What do you think?
http://makingofamom.com/do-you-feel-that-christmas-season-birthdays-are-as-important-as-the-rest/

Guest Post: 4 Great Reasons to Visit Canada

Nearly ten million square kilometres of gorgeous lakes, rainforests, mountains, and beaches await you in Canada – not to mention a collection of world-class cities, a unique and lively nightlife, and an arts and cultural scene that’s unlike you’ve ever experienced. Read on, and learn why the road north leads to some epic vacation adventures.

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From the sandy beaches of Vancouver Island, to the infinite countryside of golden Saskatchewan, Canada is nationally renowned for its friendliness, beauty, and incredible size. Whether you’re exploring the nightlife in downtown Edmonton, or heading for a swim at Mooney’s Bay beach in Ottawa, you’ll experience a country that’s rich with adventure and fun – including a selection of one-of-a-kind festivals and celebrations that would be perfect for your next Flickr slideshow.
Here are four outstanding reasons to consider Canada for your next vacation.

1. The Calgary Stampede

Every July, Calgary’s world-famous Stampede Park fills with spectators from all across the continent. They’ve travelled to the stunning plains of Alberta to attend “the greatest outdoor show on Earth”. The Calgary Stampede has assembled an incredible variety of events to entertain its fortunate visitors. There’s a rodeo, a parade, a raceland derby, an Indian Village, at a market that holds nearly half-a-million square feet of vendors. The whole city shows up for this party, and some of them even take it home – neighbourhoods host Stampede pancake breakfasts, retirement communities hold charity events and fundraisers, and large groups of volunteers provide an incredible variety of carnival-esque fun all across the city.

2. Quebec

The distinct architecture and artistic vibrancy of Quebec can’t be found in any other place in North America. Home to several of the continent’s oldest settlements, this geographically striking province offers some world class recreational options for tourists and residents alike. From the freshwater fishing and old-world small towns of rural Quebec, to the astonishing nightlife of Quebec City, this French speaking province also boasts some of the finest shopping in Canada – thanks in large part to the splendid consumer districts of metropolitan Montreal.

3. Canada’s Wonderland

When Canada’s Wonderland was first opened in 1981, the 330 acre park cost a then-gargantuan sum of 120 million dollars. Countless new attractions have been added in the decades that followed, resulting in an amusement park that is without a doubt the largest and most impressive in the entire country. Located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada’s Wonderland draws over three and a half million visitors a year – who are drawn to the parks fantastic waterslides, wonderful dinosaur exhibit, and absolutely staggering assortment of enormous roller coasters.

4. The Winnipeg Folk Festival

Since 1974, international folk artists from every walk of life have been congregating just outside of Winnipeg. Every July, Birds Hill Provincial Park hosts the Winnipeg Folk Festival – a fantastic summer celebration of folk music, food, artistry, and camping. The celebration attracts a consistently impressive marquee of A-list performers, drawing nearly a hundred thousand fans annually.

Josh Byer is a blogger and copywriter residing in Vancouver, BC. His article appears courtesy of SeniorsZen.com, a complimentary retirement resource for Canadian seniors. SeniorsZen can also be found on Twitter and Pinterest.

What about the Paleo Lifestyle?

This post is very near and dear to my heart. I have been in the process of converting my family over to eating more of the Paleo way. With the amount of processed foods on the rise and illness as well, I felt it was time to make some changes. Whether they are right or wrong, no one really knows. It is more of how you feel. I have enjoyed changing my diet up and I do feel better for it.

Now my goal is to help my mom…

Take a peek! This is a really neat article, even if I do say so myself. lol

http://holisticlifestylecommunityblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/some-benefits-of-paleo-lifestyle-as.html#.UMn-UINQW_x

Taking Care of Yourself…

So with the holidays here, it is more important now than it ever has been to avoid some of those foods that might tend to bog you down and create the “catch up” phase in January where you resolve to chase health and feel better. In this article, I wrote about how the nutritional requirements change for your body as you grow older and a manipulation of your diet should happen. However, many tips can be applied to anyone reading. Happy Holidays!

http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2012/12/10/seniors-friendly-tips-ultra-healthy-diet