Relaxing & Revitalizing With Family ~ Down Time and How We Decompress

Life is hectic and things can get so incredibly busy that you forget to slow it down and take care of the important things in life. We are only in October and our schedule consists of 6:30 a.m. wakeup calls, lunch preparations, work work work until the kids come home, dinner preparation, clean up, chauffering the kids to various extracuricullar activities, homework and then rushing the kids to bed. That’s on an average day and most days are above average.

Earlier this year I reached a breaking point and realized that I needed to start scheduling time for me and time for us. I want to emphasize on the “scheduling” because if it wasn’t a necessary part of our daily agenda, it wasn’t going to happen. Exercise is my lifesaver. It clears my mind, strengthens my body and gives me the stamina I need for the day. Recently, my girls and I joined a mom and daughter Zumba class which has been so much fun! Dancing with my girls instead of watching from afar has given them more confidence and for me it’s been such a great way to bond with them one-one-one.

My son is a whole different story. He LOVES his trucks, cars and trains. This boy lives for anything that you can steer or drive. Thomas & Friends is one of his favourite shows and he has a miniature Thomas the Train that he glides along the floor over and over again. Talking to him about these characters and playing “Car Car” with him is something that he lives for. It’s like giving him candy – he loves it! Thomas & Friends is a show that is near and dear to me as my siblings grew up watching the show and I always loved the characters and the story line. It’s a show that isn’t flashy or fast-paced, instead it delivers messages of values and kindness through storytelling and characters.

If you love Thomas as much as we do, you’ll be excited to hear that Fisher-Price’s Thomas & Friends collection has several new products. I wanted to mention in case you’re making a holiday gift list (we’ve already started!).


The new King of the Railway DVD takes you along for an adventure with a special guest that has recently arrived in Sodor. Bravery, suits of armour, coats of arms, legends and hidden secrets are all part of this new movie that released last month. It is also the inspiration behind the two new toys featured below!


The Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Thomas’ Adventure Castle Playset is a great choice for little travellers! As a portable play set it’s ideal for on-the-go play!


The Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Castle Quest Set features Thomas’ journey for the missing King’s crown. Kids can use the crane to swing the missing track in place so Thomas can continue on his journey as walls collapse around him. He needs to race through the castle before the gate drops down, then descend into the abandoned mine and escape with the crown!

All three are great picks for the holidays and offer a creative and adventurous “down time” for little ones!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”