Caroline Fernandez: Activity Mummy


Five Simple Ways to Make Every Day Special

The Delicious Moments of Life

My friend used come over to my house (weekly) to snuggle my newborn son. “You don’t understand how delicious this is!” she would say. Ok, chocolate is delicious — but babies?! It made me realize that there are everyday moments that provide such pleasure…it’s like a "Daily Dose of Delicious."

HALLS Vitamin Drops has asked me to share my "Daily Dose of Delicious" with you. I have many moments like this is my life—and here are my five favourites, my five ways to make every day just a little bit more special

My "Daily Dose of Delicious" #1:

In university I read William Shakespeare, and now I read Robert Munsch (Romeo and Juliet please meet The Paperbag Princess). Rocking in our glider every night before bedtime, with my toddler on my lap, reading aloud a story book is absolute deliciousness! I could go on and on about how it’s a good family activity, how it encourages literacy, how it connects family, but really, reading a story together every night is my guilty pleasure.

My "Daily Dose of Delicious" #2:
Text messaging

Every afternoon, my husband and I partake in a quickie. Quickie text that is. “How’s your day,” “Baby napping,” “Boring meeting,” "Looking forward to seeing you tonight.” Delicious one-line texts which boost my day. We don’t always have time for phone calls, and we never have time to talk when the kids are awake (seriously, my kids won’t let me get a word in edgewise!) so our mid-day texts are a great way to connect — and just show the other “I’m thinking of you.”

My "Daily Dose of Delicious" #3:
After-school conversations

I steal a few one-on-one minutes after school every day (when school bags are being unpacked and homework being spread out) to check-in with my tweens. “What’s up?” I’ll whisper and they know this is their individual time (while the other tween is busy bag-unpacking) to tell me any pressing news. Yesterday, it was my oldest getting 100% on her math test. Then, my middle one took her after-school conversation time to talk about Gr. 4 boy/girl drama (*sigh*…Gr. 4). Our after-school conversations are like their antioxidant for the day; helping them develop decision making skills while making them feel better.

My "Daily Dose of Delicious" #4:
Healthy bodies

I am so thankful to have healthy kids. Our family routine is, in fact, designed for healthy growing — sports for everyone (except me) and well-planned meals (except for me). Explanation: I enable a healthy growing. I do the driving, the shopping, the food prep and packing…and sometimes while doing all those things, I don’t take care of my body as well as I take care of theirs. Because I want to keep up with my active family, I take a vitamin supplement. I munch on a great tasting vitamin — generally while I’m packing school lunch — knowing that is a little moment I take for my own health.

My "Daily Dose of Delicious" #5:
Après-kids-bedtime snack

*right hand up and confessing right now* I eat the good snacks after the kids go to bed. After dinner it’s fruit or yogurt (must set a good example n’est pas?!). But oh how I love a brownie after the kids go to bed. Or a cookie (or three). Or even a ridonkulous, over-sized scoop of ice cream (some days just need ice cream). Total indulgence. Absolute delish!

I now understand my friend and how she would say holding my newborn son was “delicious” — there are delicious moments every day. I think any daily “thing” which makes you happier and healthier is delicious. Moments which rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit — like holding a sleeping newborn baby. There are opportunities all around us for a daily dose of delicious…we just have to recognize them.