2011

2011 Kids Expo

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16th Annual Kids Expo

It’s June and while that can mean a lot of different things to different people, to me and my family and most Londoners, it means festival season has arrived at Victoria Park.

Seriously, we live for this time of year. The winter is okay in the city, there’s skating at Victoria Park and lots of good tobogganing hills nearby, but it’s the summer festivals that make living in the city such a fantastic thing.
This weekend marks the first official festival at Victoria Park and it’s the most exciting festival for young children; it’s the 16th Annual Kids Expo!

 

THE DETAILS

From June 17 to 19, there will be over 100 fun exhibits, rides and shows to entertain the whole family. Free activities like bowling, arts and crafts in the Crayola Tent and mini golf ensure that you can have a fun and inexpensive weekend with your kids.

Carnival rides like the fun house and train ride cost extra but you can buy a $15 All Day Ride Bracelet and parents can ride for free. There will also be an entertaining game show performance that kids can participate in as contestants. You just need to register your child a half hour before show time.

The weather looks unpredictable at this point but it’s still early so keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine and warmer temperatures on this fun festival weekend.

And a big shout out to all the dads out there. Here’s to a very happy Father’s Day and what a great way to spend your weekend with the kids.

For more information and show times visit Canada’s Biggest Party.

Image: Louisa Stokes / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

City Mom

The Secret To Your Success

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losing weight

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We are now three whole days into 2011.  Likely an uneventful three days in terms of taking action on your New Year Resolutions (NYR).  After all, the unofficial start of the New Year doesn’t start until the holidays are over mentally.  And that happens to be today, for most.

Have you made a New Year Resolution for 2011?

Personally I don’t make NYRs.  I find them hard to stick to.  In order to make a life altering change (which resolutions often are) I need to be fully and wholeheartedly behind the idea.  Saying I am [behind it] just because it’s a new year doesn’t work for me.

Since almost half of us do make NYRs, there’s a good chance you are one who does. And it’s important to learn how to increase the odds of your success in achieving them. 

Increasing Your Odds

  • In order to achieve a goal, it should be very specific.  For example, if you want to lose weight consider the details.  How much weight do you want to lose?  When do you want to reach your goal weight?
  • Put a plan in place.  A specific goal is a great thing, but you need an action plan to get to completion.  Let’s say you have decided to quit smoking in the New Year.  In what style will you do so?  Will you quit cold turkey or follow a nicotine replacement therapy?  How will you manage cravings or lapses?
  • Be realistic.  If your goal is next to impossible to achieve, it is very unlikely you will stick to it.  Suppose you decide to get a gym membership this year.  How many days a week do you really think you can manage at the gym?  Don’t aim for seven days a week at the gym if you know that your schedule will not allow for it.  Setting yourself up for failure is a sure-fire way to fail. 
  • Share your goals.  Your chances of success will soar if you share your plan with your family, friends, coworkers, heck anyone who will listen.  Being held accountable for something is the best way to stick to it.  Imagine your best friend calls you one day and asks how the money-saving is going.  Imagine the feeling when you have to tell her that you blew the funds on a new pair of jeans you just had to have.  Picture rationalizing the purchase…feel the shame before you take the blame!
  • Under estimate and over deliver.  Being realistic is one thing but knowing yourself is another.  It is realistic to spend less time at work and more time at home.  But don’t fool yourself by stating that you will not work a single day of over time all year if you know your job just won’t allow for it.  Start small.  Make an effort to work no more than two days of overtime.  If it turns out you managed to only work one day a week of extra hours for the first few weeks, then you are ahead of the game.  You will feel more motivated about your continued success.

So let’s go over that list again:

  1.  Be specific
  2. Create a plan
  3. Be realistic
  4. Share your resolutions
  5. Under estimate and over deliver

And remember, should you waver in your plan, don’t give up.  You are only human and getting off track is natural.  Pick yourself up and get back on the horse.  Try, try again!

City Mom

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! 

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday and all the best in 2011!

Ho ho ho!

Photo by: jscreationzs

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