*this date was sponsored by Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant. All opinions and wording are our own.
This past weekend my husband, Doug, and I managed to go out for a date. Other than work related night's out, I can not remember the last time the two of us actually went out without the children. In the past we have always relied on family to babysit, but our oldest is perfectly capable to babysit now, so we decided it was time to have an evening together, out of the house, and away from the kiddos!
This post is sponsored by Jack Frost Children's Winterfest.*
Our Weekend Wanderings took us to Charlottetown, PEI, in late February. We packed up the car with our family of 4, and were on the road to the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest. Only a few hours from Moncton, this was the perfect weekend adventure. For this particular adventure, we left Moncton around noon on Friday, and arrived back home Sunday at suppertime. Our VIP Package included hotel stay for 2 nights, welcome bag for the kids upon arrival, snacks each night (if you are at the hotel at the time), breakfast with various kids show characters and early access to the sites each day.
Winter Road Trip Check List
We are trying harder this year to enjoy more time outside in the Winter. In Eastern Canada, we tend to get a large accumulation of snow most years. This is great if you are into skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or other snow related activities.
As I have been planning activities this Winter, checking out festivals (such as the Jack Frost Festival in PEI), looking for activities to do as a family, or seeking venues to visit within a few hours of our home, I got to thinking about what to take with us. Packing the car up for a Winter Road Trip is a little different than what I pack in the warmer Summer months.
In our vehicle, we pack a Road Trip Kit, and now have different seasonal lists of what to pack. You can find these printable lists for Summer or Winter, as well as a Basic Car First Aid Kit, and Emergency Car Kit right here on this site.
Wild Lights at the Magnetic Hill Zoo
Our family have been Magnetic Hill Zoo patrons for years. We have had season passes several years, attended birthday parties and zoo camps and always try to fit in at least one Spring Sunday opening each year. Now, we have a new yearly event to attend. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing the Wild Lights display, but really had no idea just how well it was done.
My #80lbJourney - On The Road and On Track
When life gets busy, it can be so easy to derail oneself while trying to make the right food choices.
Family activities, busy schedules, and traveling can all wreak havoc on your plans to eat healthier. I will be the first to admit, the last few weeks have been a struggle for me when it comes to planning ahead. If I don't take time on Sunday's to plan my meals and my snacks for the week, at least my lunch and snack options, then I get off track very quickly.
Today I am in Halifax for the day and I took the time last night to plan my food options in advance. If I hadn't done that, I can honestly tell you, I probably would have stopped for a burger or something worse along the way. Instead I have healthy options in my cooler in my car.
Knowing I would be in the car for at least 6 hours out of my day, I decided that the first thing I had to do was to make sure there was water with me. When I drive I need coffee to keep me going, so in order to counteract that coffee my body needs water. Let's not forget, I still have to get my normal water intake for the day (about 3 ltrs). Because I am drinking so much today, some of it is flavoured. I usually do not drink flavoured water,so it is my treat.
The next thing I planned for were my snacks. I packed pre-measured bags of almonds and a couple clementines for my morning snack. In my cooler I have a chicken wrap, cheese, Greek yogurt, apple slices, peanut butter and a boiled egg. Plenty of food to get me home without stopping for muffin or donut!
Sure, I am stopping for coffee, but that is it. I am stocked up on healthy prepared options. Everything is easy to grab in the car and leaves me no excuse for cheating.
It is not easy, and yes, spending all the prep time on myself seems selfish at times. But I am worth the effort, my good food choices today will continue to lead me on a path to a healthier life. Planning ahead for these type of situations makes a huge difference. I used to think that I made fairly healthy choices when eating meals, but when you're busy,you don't always make the best choices. When planning ahead, you can have healthy options available and easier than ordering a cookie to go with that coffee.
Have a great week, and remember...plan, plan and plan some more!
Check out my other #80lbJourney Posts here:
Summer Road Trip Check List
Road Trips are so much fun and our family have always enjoyed road tripping in the summer months. Most of our road trips are within our home province of New Brunswick, and some others into Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
In our vehicle, we pack a Road Trip Kit, and now have different seasonal lists of what to pack. You can find these printable lists for Summer or Winter, as well as a Basic Car First Aid Kit, and Emergency Car Kit right here on this site. (more…)
Day Tripping - Kingsbrae Gardens in St Andrews, NB
Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews NB is a beautiful place. I have been to St. Andrews many times over my 40 + years and only last summer did I get the opportunity to visit the gardens.
Our family took a day trip from Moncton, with my kids and nephew, and headed to St. Andrews to visit the Huntsman Marine Science Center. On the way, I was looking at the NB Tourism Guide and trying to figure out what else to do when we got there. (more…)
Day Tripping - Fundy Trail Parkway
The Fundy Trail Parkway is the perfect spot for families with any age children. There are hiking, biking and auto routes, making this ideal for anyone to enjoy.
We went and explored a few trails, down to waterfalls, across the suspension bridge and also drove the length of the trail. We also visited the interpretive center at Great Salmon River. My history loving hubby and older son have to read all about everything! We will be headed back this summer to check out the beaches and the extension to the route since we last visited. (more…)
Day Tripping - Fort Beausejour
Do you like history and exploring historic sites?
Fort Beausejour is one of our favourite spots to visit. It boasts an historic site to explore, open fields, picnic area and museum. It is a beautiful spot on the top of a ridge near the fundy coastline in Aulac, NB.
Day Tripping - Cape Jourimain Nature Centre
Looking for a beautiful view, eco friendly site, walking trails and educational experience for the family?
Cape Jourimain is such a gem. We only discovered it in the past few years and have visited 3 times already.
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre is located just at the start of the NB side of Confederation Bridge. You turn off for the Tourist Information center just before going onto the bridge. Once parked at the tourist info center, you go through the back doors onto the wooden boardwalk that takes you to the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre. (more…)