I hope everyone had a great long weekend. For some of you, I’m sure it was just that – a long weekend to enjoy, a Monday off and a shortened work week as summer comes to an end. For parents of school aged children, the Labour Day weekend brings sadness and excitement as well as an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. It triggers endless checklists, wishlists, agendas and goal setting. Kids are attending new schools, or new classes looking to make new friends, find their way and bond with a teacher. Fall and winter team tryouts are already in full swing with some kids looking to sign up for something new, perhaps a new sport or instrument, art class or extra curricular activity. Carpools start to fall in place, schedules, and mealtime. It’s always a process. I’m wishing everyone a smooth transition into the new year and the ability to fulfill some goals set forth for the kids. I left a note in my kids lunches today. As much as it was a sense of them knowing I think they are great kids and wishing them a healthy and successful year ahead – my main message was simply to “Be Kind, Be Open”. It’s a simple message and one which I hope sticks.
Late last week I filmed some segments with Holistic Nutritionist Natasha Villeneuve who is also the Lead Educator for Natural Food Pantry. We talked a lot about back to school lunches, meal prep and snack ideas. We also hit on the vitamins and supplements that play a huge role in our kids’ energy levels, focus and sleep. By the time I left NFP I had purchased a multivitamin that Natasha refers to as “insurance”. When all else fails with the food we are giving them, the multivitamin is there to help pick up some of the pieces. The two segments will be posted over the course of the month.
For those of you who have had the opportunity to listen to my podcast with Alexander Shelley – you may have a different appreciation for the arts and classical music. Alexander and the National Arts Centre were generous in offering two tickets for opening night (Thursday Sept 13th) at the NAC which is also the launch the Beethoven Festival. If you are not following me already on Instagram please do! Here’s how to get in on the contest. Head to my Instagram page and be sure to be follow me and the NAC. Last week I posted a picture of Alexander and I from our podcast. Please like the picture and tag the person you would like to take with you to Opening Night! We will be drawing for the winner on Wednesday. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to catch the podcast you can listen here!
Coming up this week on Living Your Life with Lianne Laing is my episode with Naturopathic Doctor and the founder of “Self Love Mom” Dr. Kristy Lewis. While the title of “Self Love Mom” does come into play, this is really meant for anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with burnout, exhaustion and trying to be everywhere and pleasing everyone at all times. Something has got to give and it’s about giving ourselves permission to let some things fall through the cracks. She has some great recommendations for those currently struggling and tips on when to realize you are in trouble. Her podcast goes live as always on Thursday.
I would also like to give a shout-out to all of you who are listening and sharing the podcast segments. Over the weekend I saw some analytics on Soundcloud which shows the podcast making its way around the world. Check out some of the countries tuning in! 😊
Last but not least, this week through social media I talked about a new product called Fré Skin Care which has been designed for women who work out. I usually go from sweaty, blotchy skin from my morning workout to shower, makeup and camera ready in no time. This three-step system has done wonders for my skin this summer. 123Fré specializes in combatting skin damage and the signs of aging that are accelerated by the combination of sweat, intense exercise, sun, pollution and environmental factors. If you are looking for some information about the product, check out their website and if you’re thinking of making a purchase use the promo code LIANNE25 for a 25% discount.
Thanks everyone for your continued support! For those of you waiting for your kids to return from school today, I truly hope they are smiling and feeling good about the year ahead. I think we are all crossing our fingers!