Reconnecting with a Lost Hobby

As parents we tend to put our kids first and everything else goes on the back burner.  Most of the parents I have talked to has given up at least one of their hobbies that they enjoyed in their younger years.  Did you once love to play the guitar, cook pastries, or do ceramics?  I asked some friends on Facebook this question… Read more →

Geocache Diet – Day 44

One of my main concerns when I started the Geocache Diet was wondering if I had enough time to fit in the amount of exercise I wanted to include into my routine.  I had chosen hiking and geocaching for the exercise portion as I enjoy it and I always seem to get a boost of energy after I return from… Read more →

Our First “Gardening” Attempt

We went to the garden supply store a week ago and bought all kinds of seeds for the garden.  The kids had fun picking them out and we tried to keep it under control, really.  Since then the weather has been quite rainy and cool and all we’ve managed to do is some more yard clean-up.  Thankfully what we did… Read more →

BPA – Still a Hot Topic

Back in 2008 we remember the panic caused when we first learned about bisphenol A (BPA) and its presence in baby bottles and other plastics and the potential for serious health problems.  In Canada many products that contained BPA were pulled from shelves and have since been replaced by BPA free items.  So is BPA gone from our food supply? … Read more →

Geocache Diet – Day 41

I have now been geocaching for 41 straight days and in that time I have found 126 geocaches.  If I include the caches found prior to starting the Geocache Diet, I have now found 257 different geocaches.  This number is far from impressive compared to long time geocachers and I definitely have not seen everything, but I am starting to collect… Read more →

Importance of Sleep and Rest for Parents

You shouldn’t be ashamed of resting or relaxing.   For parents of young kids it’s sometimes hard to get in the rest that you need to function properly.  There is a great article from Australia that goes into more detail about it, called “Sleep for Parents”. When we had our first baby I slept when she slept, just like everyone tells… Read more →

Geocache Diet – Day 37

I knew I would experience a large variety of emotions during my weight loss challenge.  There would be all the positive emotions involved with getting outside, exercising, exploring, and feeling better.  I knew that there would be days I would not feel like going out and I would have terrible cravings wanting to eat something I shouldn’t.  One emotion that I did not think would come… Read more →

“Found” Art Materials

I don’t want to sound like an old lady but, whatever happened to being creative when choosing art and craft supplies?  The craft stores are full of ready packaged crafts, just empty the bag and assemble.  Some days that is great, with no thought involved I can give the kids something semi-creative to do.  Usually, however, I prefer to make crafts that are special… Read more →

Surviving as a One Car Family

Guys like to talk about cars right?  Our love affair with the automobile is a part of the male identity, correct?  Well, not for me.  I never understood the fascination for cars as in my view they are just a method to get around and a necessary evil for the ultimate road-trip.  I don’t like spending money and for all the many options we… Read more →

Geocache Diet – Day 35

Thursday was my biggest day of caching ever.  Lisa and I have decided to give each other a full day to themselves while the other gets a full day with the kids.  I was going to make the most of this opportunity so I woke up at 6am and was out the door by 6:15.  My destination was Qualicum Beach which is… Read more →

Lisa’s Garden Challenge

With Martin doing the Geocache Diet  weight loss challenge Lisa thought she needed a challenge of her own.  True to her nature Lisa decided not to do some competitive quantitative challenge, instead an abstract, creative, ‘feel good’ challenge is more her speed.  Lisa’s challenge is to make her garden look beautiful and productive.  As other novice gardeners will tell you, this… Read more →

Geocache Diet – Day 32

906 Geocaches – 2284 km on foot – 85lbs – 333 Days! Back in Day 20 of the Geocache Diet I gave my thoughts on how I gained the weight in the first place by analysing my eating habits.  Weight loss and weight gain is a formula of input and output and although I was guilty of eating too much… Read more →