Where’s Summer?

It’s been a long, cold, and dreary winter here in Ontario. Mother nature seems to be content with a wet and chilled forecast and it seems like those hot summer days will never come. If your anything like me, you’ve been hibernating to stay safe from the bone chilling outdoors and dying to get out and smell the flowers. May is only days away and I’m definitely getting pumped for some adventure and outings.

Lets Rock’n Roll MS Away, is a great weekend outing for all ages to plan ahead and have something to look forward to. Hopefully by Sunday June 15th the sun will be shinning for Shombergs first ever Rock’n Roll car show. The goal of the event is the raise awareness for MS and to help those in the York Region living with MS. This old-fashioned fun filled event is perfectly themed for Fathers Day. Bring your fathers to enjoy the car show, live music, and BBQ. The kids will enjoy the bouncing castle, dunk tank, games, ice cream, cotton candy and so much more. From 11am-5pm you can help support those in need in the community and hopefully enjoy some sunshine with family and friends. For more information please visit www.letsrocknrollmsaway.com.

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, also called EQ, is the ability to be aware of and to manage emotions and relationships. It’s a pivotal factor in personal and professional success. IQ will get you in the door, but it is your EQ, your ability to connect with others and manage the emotions of yourself and others, that will determine how successful you are in life.

ImageWe have all worked with and listened to brilliant people. Some of them were great and… well, some were not so great. The mean and the meek and all those in between can teach us more than they realize. When we look at the truly extraordinary people who inspire and make a difference you will see that they do this by connecting with people at a personal and emotional level. What differentiated them was not their IQ but their EQ – their emotional intelligence.

Dr. O.K.Dugan DCC; BCETS; SWC(c) Psychotherapists, is presenting a one-day course on May 3, 2014, that will give you the EQ edge. If you are interested in learning more and/or attending the course please send in your information for registration or contact voiceofpossibility@gmail.com.

Some of the ways you will benefit:

– Understand what emotional intelligence means

– Recognize how our emotional health and physical health are related

– Learn techniques to understand, use, and appreciate the role of emotional intelligence in the workplace

– Understand the different emotions and how to manage them

– Create a personal vision statement

– Understand the difference between optimism and pessimism

– Validate emotions in others

 

What You Will Cover: 

– History of emotional intelligence 

– Definition of emotional intelligence 

– Optimism 

– The seven human emotions 

– Personal vision 

– Values, principles, strengths, and talents 

– Validating emotions in others 

– And much more!

The course is being held at 12-244 Brockport Dr. Etobicoke. If you are interested please send your name, address, phone number and email to: CENTRE FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT (POSSIBLE LIFE INC.)  voiceofpossibility@gmail.com. A $20 fee is needed for an information package.

Hope to see you there!

Creating An Adventure Filled Easter Basket

With the Easter bunny scheduled to be arriving this weekend, I’ve heard, the Easter baskets have had a makeover. This year, the baskets are all about, games, adventure and healthier choices.

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For the past month, I’ve noticed each grocery store and convenience store has been pushing the typical sugary candies and milk-chocolate. How can you resist Cadbury’s chocolate eggs filled with caramel or the Easter coloured jelly beans, when they’re strategically placed right at the till, staring you in the eyes. I can understand, it’s fun to have an easter egg hunt and to enjoy a few sweet treats, however, we know how toxic these sugar filled treats are for our bodies and it’s time to find new traditions and healthier treats to enjoy. Join in on the newest trend and create an adventure filled, nutrient packed, stylin Easter basket.

 

Step Outside and Enjoy the Sunshine (if and when it decides to show up)

images-71. Sidewalk chalk- Give your child a writing tool and I guarantee at some point they will draw off the page and onto the table. Or if your really lucky, they will find your favorite white furniture. Why not take these artistic minds and give them a canvas with character. SideWalk chalk is easy to clean up, especially with all the rain we’ve been having and it’s fun for all ages to enjoy.

2. Skipping rope- Why not get those kids off the couch and get them outside and active. When I was a child, we used to use baler twine or the water hose as a skipping rope. These days you can get Easter-egg coloured ropes which are bound to get those kids jumping like the Easter bunny.

 

Not-So Toxic Treats

Lapin_chocolat3. Chocolate bunnies- Don’t be alarmed, of course chocolate bunnies have made the list. Even for myself, being Miss.Health Conscious can’t leave them out of this holiday completely. However, I have found a delicious healthier find. Camino chocolates have come out with a bunny shaped dark chocolate.  This peanut free chocolate is not only a healthier organic choice,  it is also a Canadian based company  involved in Fair Trade. 

4. Real Fruit Lollipops- YumEarth Organics has created a “not so bad for you” pop so you can enjoy a little sweetness, without causing a tummy ache. These treats are packed with real fruits and veggies, and free of chemicals and artificial dyes. I gave these to my nieces last year for Halloween, and I to enjoyed the real fruit flavors, like Pomegranate Pucker, Perfectly Peachy, and Strawberry Smash (my favorite). I bet you can’t eat just one.

 

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5. Activity and Sticker Books- If there just so happens to be a thunderstorm on this holiday weekend it maybe a good idea to have some new inside crafts to enjoy. Walmart and many craft stores have spring and Easter stickers, colouring books, paints and much more for creative minds.

lemon-poppy-seed-bunny-cookies-gluten-free6. Easter Themed Cookie Cutters- A holiday weekend is a great time for family to be together and enjoy spending quality time with each other. I can’t think of a better reason for the family to bake healthy treats, and they can have fun decorating them too. Try Elanas Pantry for her gluten free lemon poppy seed bunny cookies. Yum, yum, I think I may go make some now!

 

Holidays are easy to push your normal healthy lifestyle onto the curb. Hopefully you can try some of these ideas and get your creative minds rolling so your little ones can have an adventure packed weekend. One that won’t give them a toxic sugar high. 

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Michelle Wolfe

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