God's Miracle of the Week – What happened when a sober guy came clean

Lately I’ve been saving my deep thoughts from you all. It’s nothing personal, frankly I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a cocoon with my faith and sobriety and am just in here learning and waiting to share when I can wrap my head around the amazing things God does every day. Sometimes I need to just sit and be with God…apparently for long periods. I’m funny like that. Sometimes I get all hyped up and feel this deep, niggling need to get my fingers flying over the keyboard to share with you all and then other times my internal Julie is screaming at me to wait…that something is coming. I’m like that with laundry too…I type as I ignore the kabillion towels that need to be washed because my children don’t reuse towels…

So now I’m here amidst a house in chaos, with boxes piled around me from the trailer we emptied, my parents moving and oh and yes the bathroom renovation which is underway. Why would now be the time to share a story of faith with you when my life is in upheaval? Because God said so and no matter how much I’m bucking at His task (like a toddler) he’s telling me to pull up my big girl panties and write a weekly post telling you all about one of the many miracles I get to experience weekly. This is a commitment to give to you all a bit of me weekly, to stop going entirely silent when it comes to heart matters. Sigh..yeah add something else to the list God…growth right?

Here we go, The Miracle of the Week

To begin a long story in a shorter way I’m going to summarize some of it cuz we all know I can lament when I’m comfy in my yoga pants, with a coffee at the computer. We have a friend who we’ll call Chuck whom we’ve suspected has issues with alcohol and drugs over the past few years. We have gently tried to mention it but believe me when I say that the fastest way to end a friendship with someone struggling is to be an openly recovering alcoholic who they think is judging them…so it’s been a delicate process. Rather than confront him, we’ve been open with my life hoping he’ll see the amazing changes in it.

So the day came just a little while ago when he rang us up and asked if we could all have a chat. Sitting on my deck with his partner we listened to him pour out his heart with those ugly tears, telling us that he needs help and he’s an alcoholic. This is never an easy situation but within our hearts we were singing praises to God. Keep in mind these folks aren’t Christians so we couldn’t exactly jump up immediately and grasp them in prayers of thanks..funny how non-believers think public praying while in a hug is odd..ha.

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So Chuck has been sober for over a month and rang me up yesterday to fill me in on his week. Earlier this week he’d gone back to a job which he’d been absent for during the beginning of his recovery. He’d had to take a lesser position and held some resentment about it, but knew he was lucky to have a job at all. His week rolled along, he was getting used to the routine again but still there was a feeling in his heart that he was alone while at work and being punished for being “different” .

When you’re newly sober this is a pervasive feeling, you can feel so isolated and alone because you’ve just killed your best friend. No longer can you turn to the bottle/drugs to help you deal with stresses or disappointments and Chuck was feeling emotions he hadn’t felt clearly for years. Each day he talked himself out of being angry the best he could and showed up to work, performing his job in his usual professional manner while stewing inwardly.

Chuck was doing the right things, he wasn’t drinking, was going to meetings and trying to pray. It was a tough week and he was really down by the time it was drawing to a close. On Friday he arrived at work feeling dejected and as he was entering the building his manager who had been away called him over. The manager is a friendly guy and they had a good rapport so when he asked Chuck what had been going on, Chuck let loose for the very first time and told him the whole situation. He didn’t gloss things over and said to me that it felt “freeing” to tell someone outside of his family that he’s an alcoholic, that he’s getting help and showed off his one month sobriety chip. Of course as soon as the words were out Chuck realized that he’d put himself in a frightening position, one where he could have been judged but God had his back.

God’s Miracle

His manager put his arm around Chuck’s shoulders, took the chip from his hands and said “Yeah, it’s a bitch…I have enough of these chips to decorate a Christmas Tree!” Turns out his manager is also a recovering alcoholic and offered his help to Chuck anytime at all.

Now my friends if that’s not an example of God’s miracle I don’t know what is! Chuck took a very big leap of faith by being vulnerable (something he had not done in YEARS) and sharing his truth with another person. He chose to live in the light, not knowing what the repercussions could be. When I asked why he did this after years of hiding, Chuck simply said he was tired of being that guy and it felt like it was time to finally begin to trust his Higher Power.

The miracle here is that leap of faith, trusting that he could face anything as long as he is sober and willing to do as God guided him to.

The joy in Chuck’s voice on the phone was palpable, gone were the resentful undertones and the sarcastic comments. He could truly feel joy for the first time in ages…because he was willing to actually feel and see God at work.

That’s God’s miracle for this week…do you have any to share?

 

 

Learning to Live Drug Free – A Reader's Story on Sober doesn't Suck!

Sober doesn’t Suck! is a safe place for people to share their stories of being an alcoholic, addiction and recovery openly and honestly. There is no requirement of sobriety for posting, if you’re concerned about your using I want to hear from you too.Sober

I recently received the following article from Pete Giannini.  I’m honored to share his story, hoping someone will find comfort, tools and hope in it.

If you’d like to tell your story, your feelings about your own addiction or that of someone else in your life please head over to the Sober doesn’t Suck! page. Addiction affects the people around us, I’m interested in sharing all sides.

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The mind, body and spirit. They love you more when you’re drug-free.

I’m not going bore you with all the details, but it wasn’t that long ago I was a complete mess. Back in 2004 I decided to open a small business and was doing quite well for the first two years. The money was coming in and I didn’t have a worry in the world. Didn’t think much of the occasional drug use either. Until someone (my dealer) thought he would let me know he also had some crack for sale. Bad, bad, bad idea! Honestly, I knew it wasn’t a good idea considering I had done it 20 years prior and it had actually landed me in prison for a short stint. But, of course, I bought some. Great idea! NOT.

The Ride Down

I’m going to skip past the graphic details of the next two years and give you the end result: $60,000.00 roughly spent on crack. Business: Gone. House: Gone.

So now let’s turn this around. Surprisingly enough, my awesome family stuck with me throughout everything. I have the absolute best wife in the world and she knew I was better than my addiction. A dear friend, fellow musician, and current Chaser Eight band mate, Aaron, who over the years has become my best friend became an “on call” rescue centre. As it goes, it all ended with an arrest and I’m truly glad for that. It meant I had to go to counselling and develop tools to get away from and stay off drugs.

This may not be a very detailed story (which will be in my book) but I’d like to at least give some of my tools and advice on how I got, and stayed, clean.

Tips for Living Drug Free

One: (The most important!) The people who are with you when you use are not your friends.

Two:  The ones that turn their back are the ones that don’t know what to do to help you.

Three: Seek immediate therapy; your head is a mess. No matter what you think, you’re not thinking straight.

Four: (This is a tough one.) If you have someone who stuck by you, and doesn’t use, give him or her your finances. Sorry, but you shouldn’t handle your money, you can’t be trusted, and you know it.

Five: You need to be productive. It can be writing, drawing, art, or my personal favourite, music.

Six: Surround yourself with positivity. Whether it people, places, or things. Positive, positive, positive!

Seven: A spiritual or religious belief is a great thing. I myself have chosen the Buddhist practice because I found it was the most peaceful path for me.

Live Excited in Sobriety

That is a little of my to-do list that you would have to make fit in your life. Through my entire list, something that really and truly pulled me through and lifted me up was my music. Letting the brain fire up and the muscles get a good work out was great to for keeping me clean and sober.

Aaron and I had played together for a long time with many musicians, but I don’t think I ever truly felt fulfilled.

It was until an amazing singer and front woman approached me about being a full time drummer for her band that things changed for the better again. Being involved in a structured band that has clear goals, great song writing, and the opportunity to be creative has been a huge part of me staying clean. My head spins with ideas for songs, beats, and is so occupied with what we’re doing the thought or desire to get high doesn’t take up space in my head anymore.

I was very lucky to be asked to join Chaser Eight and for me it is one of the biggest parts of my sobriety. The point is if you have nothing positive to take up your time, like Chaser Eight, you can easily fall. Alone and bored is not good! Get help if and when you need it. It will be the best thing you ever do. Don’t live like there is no tomorrow, live excited because of tomorrow!

 


Pete Giannini (@chasereight) is the drummer for original, female-fronted rock group Chaser Eight. He is a recovering drug addict and struggles everyday with staying sober and keeping his mind on positive thoughts. Living where the band is based in West Haven, CT, Pete has been sober for over 4 years and with Chaser Eight he is currently working on their second studio album to be released in late September. You can find out more about Pete and Chaser Eight at www.chasereight.com

 

WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender & Berry Smoothie Recipe #KADiamondBlender

Blenders have become the bane of my existence! There is nothing more frustrating that trying to whip up a Mocktail or smoothie only to have the ice caught in the blade of a blender. Usually I have to unplug the thing and begin prying the ice out to get things moving. It’s definitely a first world problem but one that could easily raise my blood pressure far too high. KitchenAid recently tasked me with testing out the new KitchenAid Diamond Blender and I was amazed to see that I just couldn’t jam this sucker up!

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As of today I’ve made 3 smoothie recipes, 2 Mocktails and many purees using ice and not once did it jam. This is a gorgeous machine and it performs wonderfully!

Recipes Made with KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Last week I shared two recipes 20 second smoothie recipes with you which I made using the KitchenAid Diamond Blender. The first was the Energy Boost Smoothie which was in the recipe card which came with my blender. It is a gorgeous blend of fruits to fuel you up!

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 The second is the Good for You Green Smoothie, this recipe also came with the blender and I must admit I wish I’d tried a green smoothie sooner because it’s delicious!

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Today I’m happy to share yet another recipe which I made using the diamond blender, I know you’ll all appreciate the fact that it only takes 20 seconds to make and it’s oh-so delicious!

Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Ingredients:

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  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup of water

 Preparation:

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Toss all of your ingredients in, turn it on for 20 seconds and it’s ready. That easy; no prying ice out of a blade or any fuss.

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KitchenAid Diamond Blender Review

The KitchenAid Diamond Blender, with exclusive diamond blending system, provides the ultimate blending performance to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquify, with pulse 1-5 settings and crush ice mode.   A robust motor, unique one-piece, BPA-Free diamond pitcher, stainless steel blades and electronic controls combine to create a powerful vortex that is fast and thorough for exceptional blending results.  Additionally, Intelli-Speed® Motor Control senses contents and maintains optimal speed to power through all ingredients. Retails for $199. 

What I love:

  • Looks beautiful (yup that matters!)
  • Crushes ice in seconds EVERY.SINGLE.TIIME.
  • Has a 60 oz BPA free shatterproof, scratch proof, stain proof, dishwasher friendly pitcher
  • Rubber feet on the base to hold it in place when I twist off the pitcher
  • Evenly blends ingredients by using the pulse option.
  • Five blending settings—stir, chop, mix, puree, and liquefy

Final thoughts:

This blender has renewed my faith! It hasn’t failed me yet and has been actively used by myself and my kids on a daily basis. There is no fuss and even better no splatters on my counters, this blender is worth every single cent in my eyes.

WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Today I have the pleasure of announcing I’m giving away one KitchenAid Diamond Blender a very lucky Canadian reader!

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The #KADiamondBlender giveaway will run until October 20th, the winner will have 48 hours to respond via the email they enter with. All entries will be verified so please take your time and enter properly. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!

To check out other amazing KitchenAid products, recipes and connect with the folks there check out the KitchenAid Canada Facebook page where they’re active and very FUN.

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Disclosure: I was provided one KitchenAid Diamond Blender to perform this review but as always all opinions are my own.

 

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Good for You Green Smoothie Recipe

Listen I may be a smoothie lover but somehow up until now I’ve avoided trying one of the many green smoothie recipes which I’ve come across. I would love to tell you it’s because I just haven’t had the time but honestly it’s because the colour turned me off. I have this innate reflex to turn my nose up at any food that is good for me and generally speaking green foods are just that. Put me at a table with lovely carbs, fatty cheeses and a bunch of lean meats and bed and my inner foodie screams for the not -so good for me choices. Thankfully I have a smarter side, one which is health focused and much braver than weak Julie. This week I took the plunge and made myself my first green smoothie recipe.

I found this green smoothie recipe in my KitchenAid Diamond Blender package which I’m reviewing…yup she’s a beauty and so is this simple, healthy recipe.

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup water

Preparation:

Just like my Energy Boost Fruit Smoothie this one is simple!

Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on medium/high until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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Don’t forget to come back to see what else I’m making with my KitchenAid Diamond Blender…..pretty soon there will be a giveaway for my Canadian readers…..

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LuLuLemon Lovers will Dig Ivivva Athletica for Kids! $50 Prize Pack Giveaway

As the parent of 2 girls who are very active I can tell you I’ve learned that the quality of their athletic clothing matters! I don’t know how many pairs of capris, shorts and tanks I’ve had to throw away because they lose their shape, get holes or are just “too hot”. In the past I’ve push-poshed higher price tags but after doing the math on the money I’ve thrown away on cheap products, these days I seek out quality rather than a low price tag. Cue music and lights because Ivivva Athletica has come in to provide me with the perfect products for my busy girls.

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Ivivva has Lululemon roots

For many of, the name LuLuLemon is associated with quality, fashionable activewear we adore. Ivivva is the sister store of LuLuLemon, specifically geared to the needs of active 4-14 year old girls. As members of the lululemon athletica family, Ivivva shares the same DNA. That means they use the same high-quality, technical fabrics in all of their clothing and that everything Ivivva make is designed for active girls who love to move and aren’t afraid to sweat.

This to me is an awesome find, not only will I have to purchase less over time but Chelsea immediately fell in love with the clothing and accessories. Ivivva kindly offered us some of their hottest products to review and as usual it took far too much time for Miss Chelsea to make her choices…picture me sitting with her on the laptop, repeatedly going from item to item until finally I had to give her a 1 minute countdown to make her choices. Oh how I love my fashionista!

Ivivva Stores are Unique

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Ivivva stores aren’t your average shopping experience, Ivivva really caters to their customers. Within each change room there is a whiteboard where the staff will write the child’s name and their favourite activities, this really personalizes the shopping experience for the kids. The kids love strutting their stuff on the “run-way” which is located near the change rooms and how about a free dance class? You can sign up for free classes in many different forms from jazz to hip-hop!

Ivivva Quality

The difference between the quality of Ivivva in relation to the too-cheap items I’ve purchased in the past was apparent the moment I touched the first garment. The fabrics are thicker, the seams are flat, they are pre-shrunk, zipper garages protect little chins, fabrics are reversible which gives 2 different “looks”, the tags are placed within pockets so as not to irritate..honestly I was impressed. They have even pre-planned for growing kids by designing products with hems which can be let down and seams which can be let out in store as your child grows.

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Chelsea’s Ivivva Choices

After much deliberation Miss Chelsea decided on 3 items; the Back 2 Basics headband, the Perfect Practice Jacket and the Rhythmic Short II.

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Each are of amazing quality and as Chelsea says “super comfy & fashionable”. I was really pleased to find that the Perfect Practice Jacket has an extra hair elastic on the zipper for those moments when we’ve forgotten to bring one with us!

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WIN a $50 Prize Pack from Ivivva

Ivivva Giveaway

The kind folks at Ivivva Athletica have provided me with 3 items which value over $50 to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader! Within the pack is the Back 2 Basics Headband,  the Village Chill Scarf and the Drink Me Up H2O Bottle. Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, contest ends October 16th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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 Disclosure: We were sent the items within the review but opinions are our own.

Energy Boost Fruit Smoothie Recipe

As the weather has changed here in Ontario and I’m resentfully pulling out socks every morning I’m feeling more and more tired. Is it simply resenting the feel of these thicker clothes or does the reduction in sunlight actually have this affect on everyone? I don’t know but I do know that I cannot rely upon coffee to get me going in the mornings so I was on a quest to find a great smoothie recipe to give me the boost I need in the mornings.

Recently I was provided a GORGEOUS KitchenAid Diamond Blender for a future review (make a note to come back for that one!) which had a recipe from KitchenAid which is jammed with fruit to fuel me up! It’s their Energy Fruit Smoothie Recipe and I’m going to share it with you all simply because I prefer to think that I’m not the only one who is lagging these days. There is beauty in shared challenges right?

Energy Fruit Smoothie Recipe (serves 4)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium orange, peeled
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice

energy fruit smoothie ingredientsPreparation:

You just cannot get more simple than this! Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on medium/high until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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There it is friends, a lovely smoothie which will get that fruit into your daily diet and help keep energy up!

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Don’t forget to come back to see what else I’m making with my KitchenAid Diamond Blender…..pretty soon there will be a giveaway for my Canadian readers…..

WIN $75 Kit for Chicken Fajita Friday with Old El Paso #YouMexiCAN

Our house often feels like it’s overrun with kids, thankfully the gaggle of children who live on our street are pretty amazing! As Friday sets in the kids all arrive home from their respective schools and begin planning the weekend fun they will be enjoying together. This bunch spans in age from 5-15 and each have very different tastes in food but the one meal that we’ve found works across the board is an easy Chicken Fajita. My love for Mexican food is no secret, it’s simple, nutritious and makes me look really good to the kids in the ‘hood. Given the choice between supervising this gang in the pool or spending hours prepping dinner, I’ll choose hanging with the kids every time. The Old El Paso Fajita kits are fantastic when I want to whip up dinner in a pinch.

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Chicken Fajita Recipe With Old El Paso

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips (600 grams, frozen works fine)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • Old El Paso Fajita Kit

Preparation:

Add oil into a pan and cook the chicken strips until they are thoroughly cooked. Throw in the onion, peppers and Old El Paso stir in sauce and sauté.

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Sizzle away, stirring or tossing until the chicken is browned keeping the veg crunchy. To warm the Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas pierce the packaging and microwave on full power for 35-40 seconds (cooking time may vary depending on microwave). To heat in the oven, remove packaging, separate tortillas and wrap in foil. 10 minutes at 200°C (180°C for fan assisted ovens), gas mark 4 should do it. Keep them covered and warm until ready to serve. Serve with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, salsa or guacamole!

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Our crew loves a good Mocktail with it, my Limeade recipe is always a favourite for Fajita Friday!

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In just 20 minutes I go from frozen chicken to a lovely meal that becomes a Fiesta! Check out the Old El Paso Facebook page for more inspiration!

WIN an Old El Paso Kit worth $75

Old El Paso wants you to enjoy a Fajita Friday or Taco Tuesday and are providing me a kit filled with bowls, a cookbook and of course some Old El Paso kits worth $75! Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, this is open to Canadians and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Giveaway ends October 7th. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Why Do You Need Renters Insurance #RentersNeed2Know

When my husband and I were first together we rented an apartment for a few years while we saved for a home. I can remember the feeling of pride as we purchased our first few pieces of furniture and began decorating. We were living on a tight budget and weren’t exactly worldly when it came to realizing all of the responsibilities involved in renting. Sure, we knew we had to pay our rent on time but when my Dad asked us if we had renters insurance we were a pair of deer in headlights.

Why Get Renters Insurance

After a bit of research we were shocked to learn that we were responsible for anything that happened to people who were visiting us. For example if we had a guest who happened to slip and fall at our apartment they could actually sue us! WHAT?

As soon as we realized that we would be held responsible for this we decided to go ahead and get renters insurance. There were more benefits of course…these may seem obvious to you but for many of us renters insurance is something which we don’t think of.

Benefits of Renters Insurance

  1. As a tenant, you are liable for ANY harm caused to any part of the building and to others who live or visit there. This was HUGE for us; we had an incident when I had forgotten I was making something on the stove. Thankfully we caught the pan in time before a fire actually began but the reality of the situation certainly became clear to us.
  2. Your possessions have value. When we had that conversation with my Dad we laughed when he mentioned the value of our possessions, come on we had almost nothing right? Wrong. Once he began listing everything which was in our bedroom we began to see how much money it would take to replace it all. Just our wardrobes alone would be out of our budget. Renters insurance would help us recover the cost of any replacement items.
  3. Lawsuit protection. As I said above we were in no position to payout if anyone ever sued us for an accident at our apartment, knowing we’d have this kind of protection was important to us.

These are just some of the reasons why I’d recommend getting renters insurance to anyone who is renting a house or apartment. It’s not an expensive endeavour; Statistics Canada says tenant households that bought insurance spent an average of $309 on it last year — less than half the amount spent by those who owned their homes.

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To learn more, head over to the IBC website where you’ll find everything you need to know.

Isn’t your peace of mind worth it?

Disclosure:  Although this post has been generously been sponsored by IBC, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect The Insurance Bureau of Canada.

 

Swim Parent of the Month With @ChickenFarmers

When I was a little girl our next door neighbours had a pool which we were in from sun up to sun down when allowed. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life, swimming lessons were a constant until the age when I became a qualified lifeguard. Now this has extended to my daughters who are either in our pool or in a lake in Muskoka during the warmer months. Swimming is a healthy past time, all of that exercise creates hungry children who are often in need of meals high in protein to keep them going. Chicken Farmers of Canada and Swimming Canada have teamed up to honour swim parents in Canada the swim parent of the month contest.

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Are you that Swim Parent?

Do you go above and beyond to make sure you prepare nutritious, healthy meals in preparation for swimming? Swimming Canada and Chicken Farmers of Canada are jointly hosting a Swim Parent of the Month contest in recognition of parents who encourage eating well and being active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

To become one of our Swim Parents of the Month, all you have to do is email nutritiousrecipes@swimming.ca the information below:
  • The title of your favourite recipe at chicken.ca that you would prepare to fuel your swimmer(s)
  • The correct answer to this skill-testing question – What lean meat is “the official protein of swimming in Canada?” and
  • Register your child to join Canada’s Swim Team HERE 

Prize:

The name of the monthly winner & their favourite chicken recipes will be posted on the Swim Parent of the Month webpage, and included in a National Swim Team Digital Cookbook to be published in December 2014. A “selfie” .jpg photo of the contest winner may be requested (but not required) for promotion of the contest and digital cookbook.
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Enter the contest by September 15th and one individual will have a chance to win this food safety cutting board and BBQ utensil set.
To get more information and view the rules and regulations, go to the Swimming Canada website.

Twitter Chat:

Join Chicken Farmers of Canada on Twitter Friday September 20th at 1 pm ET for a 30 minute chat to kick of the parent of the month contest.  There is no RSVP required, just follow the #ChickenChat hastag.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own

Limeade – A refreshing drink recipe

Here in Ontario, Canada we are in a bit of a late heat wave. It’s just plain gorgeous outside! It’s September and we’re here cleaning out our gardens and working up a sweat. Believe me when I say we aren’t complaining, after a very cool few weeks we embrace the warmth!

This heat had me looking around for a refreshing drink recipe and I found what I was looking for in one of my recipe books, Tacos, Tortas & Tamales by Roberto Santibanez. I took his Mexican Limeade recipe and changed it up a bit by adding in more ice and blending it with the recipe.

Limeade – A refreshing drink recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, rinsed well, quartered and seeds flicked out
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups of water
  • Ice cubes for glasses
  • 1 lime for garnish

Preparation:

Place the lime quarters (with skins) and sugar in a blender. Add in 3 cups of water and blend until very smooth.

Fill your glasses with ice and pour the mixture into each glass. Garnish with lime wedges and add extra sugar to taste.

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