I hope you have been able to take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside more hours than none. Pumpkin patches have been popping up, salmon running, and the Saturday markets still go until the end of the month. The Laity Pumpkin Patch in Maple Ridge is a sure favorite, there is both the North and South on either side of Abernathy Road to ensure everyone is taken care of. If you can visit during the week be sure to go, weekends get quite busy. Read More→
Bittersweet feelings as we head into the homestretch before the school bell rings again.
Enjoy these last weeks of summer, but of course, no one wants the stress of scrambling to get things together right before school starts. Here are a few tips to get you and your children ready while still enjoying the rest of summer. Read More→
Berry season is here and there are so many to choose from. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are the main ones, but there are also salmonberries, huckleberries, and blackberries. Many of them you can find out in the wild and save yourself a fair amount of money. Berries are a very healthy food that we should all be consuming regularly. They are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Berries help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and oxidative stress.
Berries can be costly in the winter months, so may hear people say they cannot afford them. To avoid the high costs I suggest, picking them local in the summer, that way you can store up enough in your freezer to get you through the winter months. If you don’t pick enough of then buy them frozen at the grocery store as they will cost less. Here in BC you can find salmon, thimble, and blackberries out in the wild. My family and I do our best to pick as many blackberries as we can so we can store up for the winter its a fun family outing.
The best ways I like using them are on top of oatmeal, eating them raw, and adding them to smoothies.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness
When the pandemic began, I got eager and planted a variety of vegetables, we made gardens, started most of our seeds indoors got busy. Due to where we live between the birds and the deer, they found it all. We were not successful. Part of me wants to try again, and part of me says stick with herbs and flowers. For those of you that want to try and do a few easy things here are a few of my tips.
Gone are the days when we all packed out in a fitness studio. We were arm in arm, mat to mat, ensuring we got a front seat spot in our favorite bootcamp class. I remember many nights at my favorite hot yoga studio when we were fifty people plus sweating it out. I was so close to my friend I could touch her. Well we truly hope those days return, but many of us have had to find other ways to keep exercising and connected to a fitness community. The virtual fitness community has sky-rocketed.
April is about helping to find ways to protect our environment. April 22nd is Earth Day! There are many initiatives that you can find in your community that you can take part in. I have compiled a list of ways you can make a difference. If everyone does their part, together we can make a change.