Monday, April 19, 2010


EC is going to be a big brother! Thats right... I'M PREGNANT!!!

I'm going to have fun with this pregnancy. Come and join me for some fun events. Through these next 9 months I will be featuring maternity items that I love!

Grab the button and enjoy the giveaways!

If you are a company that would like to feature your item please contact me

Also once we find out the gender of the babes stay tuned for a baby shower! Oh my... I can't believe it! We're BEYOND excited!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tips for jogging with your baby!!!

As a past track athlete, I've always told myself I would continue to run my entire life. After having my first baby I quickly figured out how important it was for me to be able to load up the babes in the jogger. More than losing the baby weight, I needed it for my sanity. And honestly, now that my "baby" is almost 3 he loves it just as much!!! Ahhhh... what a relief! Its taken some fine tuning and I've learned some tricks along the way to make my runs relaxing with a happy baby. Maybe I'm lucky? I have heard of babies hating their stroller. I couldn't imagine? My little guy sits quietly and loves to get out. Take in the scenery. And if its even close to a nap time he will take his entire nap no matter where we are. I love it. Here are some things I've learned along the way.

Some tips I personally recommend:
  • Timing- Choose to go for your run when your baby is happiest. After a full belly and before nap time. For us, morning runs were always the best. They are the perfect way to start the day! He was relaxed and happy.
  • Make sure they have all their comforts. My son is a binky and blankie baby and we figured this out by trying to make him happy on our runs. A few runs without his brown blanket and the light went off! Ahhh... he only wanted his brown blanket! So we don't leave the house without either. Although, we would like to get rid of the binky real soon! Any tips? I'll take any advice! haha.
  • Snacks. Make sure to be armed with a full sippy cup and snacks for the toddler/baby to munch on.
  • Keep the weather in mind. Dress them comfortably. If I was about to sit for the next 30-60 minutes I wouldn't want to be bunched up in uncomfortable jeans and such would you? Keep in mind the weather. Dress them cool if hot and bundle them up when cold. There is nothing worse then a screaming baby because its cold out. That just makes me stressed and feel awful. When its hot don't forget the hat and sunblock! They're just sitting out there. Exposed to the sun.
  • Purchase a high quality stroller. Really do some shopping for the right fit. For us, comfort and the swindle front wheel were MUSTS! I highly recommend the B.O.B. stroller (which I don't have right now!) Trying to hold off until we have another baby, and the double BOB is the first purchase we will make! I'm excited!!!
  • Chose the proper route. When your baby is younger try to pick the smoother surfaces. I tried to keep the shaking minimal when EC was younger.
  • Use all the safety harnesses. Make sure the baby is buckled in correctly and that you use the leash. Especially around busy streets. It would be horrible if you ever tripped.
  • Don't expect to run your usual pace!!! This was a biggie for me until I changed my mind set when running with the jogger and the extra weight. I now treat it as a totally different workout. Yes you will run slower (at least one minute per mile slower than your normal pace), but you're burning more calories and doing resistance training. Now that my son is almost 3... HE IS HEAVY!! The more you run with the extra weight the easier it will get. And plus on the days I run without the jogger I feel so light and fast!!!
  • Have fun!!! It should be fun for you AND your baby! Sometimes I chose routes that end at a park. The boy especially loves that. What a great reward for being patience in the stroller for mommy!

Monday, February 1, 2010

EA SPORTS Active MORE workouts Wii Review!

The hubs and I are fairly new Wii owners. I'm not usually a fan of video games at all. I've always said I don't want video games in the house. Its just me. I don't like them. But when I started to see all the workout options you can do on the Wii I was all for it! I love finding other fun, and creative ways to workout. Some of you may not know that I'm heavily involved with Mamavation. Mamavation is a social experiment and weight loss campaign. I'm the head cheerleader of the program and love encouraging other Moms to achieve the healthy lifestyle they want. EA SPORTS Active is one of the awesome sponsors. So when the Mom's were always excited and eager to share their EA SPORTS Active workouts, I was very interested in giving it a try.

We first purchased the EA SPORTS Active personal trainer Wii video game and totally loved it. Its so much fun. My hubs, the fitness buff even enjoys it. So when I got the opportunity to review the newest EA Sports Active More Workouts fitness game for Wii I was very eager to try it.
The EA Sports Active More Workouts guides you through pre-set workouts, just like a personal trainer would in the gym. One of the features I loved about the original EA Sports Active is the 30-day challenge. Their pre-set workout kept me accountable and made it a fun game to get those workouts in for 30 days. Now EA Sports Active More Workouts contains a 6-week challenge, a “total-body structured fitness plan that works out all major body parts, adapts to your level of fitness and lets you track your progress week by week.”

I just started this challenge and love it even more!!! I love how they added more core workouts! The More Workouts emphasizes on abdominal exercises which is what I sooo need! One thing I have discovered is that it's difficult to cheat the game. The sensors pick up every movement! For the game you enter your profile and you can either follow a 6-week challenge program or pick from a selection of training sessions.

The new More workouts is also compatible with EA Sports Active Personal Trainer. These new workouts will transfer your data from the Active Personal Trainer and carry over your previous goals and trophies from four previous weeks of working out with the Active Personal Trainer.

I highly recommend both the EA Sports Active personal trainer game AND the new MORE workouts for Wii. But I do have to say the new MORE workouts is my favorite. Its much more challenging for me and targets the areas I would like to focus on. Such a fun new way to get in workouts!! Thank You so much @Active_Girl for the opportunity!!!

*Disclaimer- The review was made possible from @Active_Girl and EA SPORTS Active. I received the More Workouts Wii game for my review. This product was given to me to review and I did not receive any money compensation. This review is strictly MY opinion. For more details, my disclosure policy is located at the bottom of my blog*

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Words to Sweat By -motivational workout towels!

NO EXCUSES!!! My favorite workout mantra! My motivational phrase that keeps me moving! On days when getting a workout in is hard I tell myself..."NO EXCUSES!" When I got the chance to pick out a witty motivational workout towel from Words to Sweat By I knew this one was the perfect one for me!

Dana from Words to Sweat By is giving one reader two workout towels. She is hoping the winner will keep one and give the other one away to a workout buddy or friend in hopes of inspiring others. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!

Check out my review of this fun towel and enter the giveaway HERE!!!