Monday, December 31, 2012

1000 Shillings

100Shillingscrane1000 Shillings is beautiful hand-made jewelry that supports a beautiful cause.  The artists that make the jewelry are all impoverished women in Uganda who are working to gain capital to start their own business. 

1000shillingsEach piece is unique and has a story behind it.  My favorite necklace is made by Elizabeth who wants to start her own small business selling posho (corn flour used for cooking).

There are currently six women working with 1000 shillings to produce the paper bead jewelry and each piece you purchase is a limited edition piece.

Every time you purchase jewelry from 1000 Shillings you are helping one of these women to become a self-sufficient businesswoman that is able to support her family.

Which piece is your favorite?

Mamavation Monday: Good-bye 2012!

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I hope you all had a great 2012.  I am happy to say that I have been really freakin’ proud of myself on more than one occasion this year.  I faced a lot of fears and learned that I can be a strong person if I just work at it.  I tried so many new things that I was scared of and learned that I loved them!

I always loved the idea of running, this year I made running a reality for me.  I participated in 6 different 5Ks and plan on doing 13 in 2013!

I tried kayaking, zip-lining, rock climbing, and cross-fit! I even climbed the tallest mountain…(in CT that is!) If I want my boys to be confident and open to trying new things, I have to set an example.  I can’t let my fears control me.  I learned that failing is okay.  Not even trying is way worse than failing. 

I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!

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What fears would you like to face in 2013?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

SHE campaign

Did you know that every year in developing countries girls and women miss an average of 50 days of school and work every year because of their period? A package of maxi-pads costs more than a days wages and they simply cannot afford them.  Their alternatives to pads include cloth rags, tree bark, and mud but, these not only do not prevent leaks, they also can lead to reproductive health problems.

SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) has developed a patent-pending, low-cost, and eco-friendly menstrual pad, the SHE LaunchPad, that makes an absorbent core (the highest material cost driver) for pads from agro-waste (i.e, banana fibers) without using any chemicals or super absorbent polymers. The SHE28 campaign launched in Rwanda in 2009, and girls and women, will now have access to a menstrual product that will be priced at 5 cents per pad.

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I encourage you to help the SHE campaign by donating $28, because a girl’s life doesn’t stop every 28 days.

You can also follow SHE on its website and blog or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Please share with your friends!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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I was doing really great last week.  I went and got fitted for running shoes and I was able to get lots of exercise in.  When I got back from the gym on Thursday night I started thinking about a fitness challenge I could post on my blog.   I went to bed excited to get started on it in the morning.

On Friday morning after I dropped my older son off at school I heard the news of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Sandy Hook, my hometown. I was in shock. This was only 20 minutes away from where I live now, a place where I have so many good childhood memories.  I spent the day pretty much glued to my tv and facebook.  I had to keep sending friends messages that were a mixture of, “Thank God they’re okay.” and “I’m so sorry for your loss.”

It was a tough day and it is still tough.  I have lost all my motivation, I haven’t been running and my house is in disarray. The shooting is always in the back of my mind, I feel sad and angry.  I wrote a post about growing up in Newtown and a bunch of the great memories I had, that seemed to help.  Writing this is helping, too.

It was hard to drop my son off at school this morning.  I gave him a big hug and a big kiss and I am counting down the minutes until he comes home (about 23 more.) I know we will all get through this, it’s just a matter of time and healing.  Things will be different but, I know I won’t feel sad and angry forever. 

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This post is sponsored Dole and Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Growing up in Newtown

For the first, almost 20, years of my life I lived in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, CT.  If you are from Newtown and someone asks you where you are from, odds are, they have never heard of it.  It’s usually described as a small town near Danbury, but it is actually the fifth largest town in the state.  It just has that small town feel. 

The doors to our house were never locked.  Our cars were usually sitting in the driveway with the keys in the ignition.   In the summer we would go to Dickinson Park and swim in the “pool” or play on funspace, the big playground built by the community.  Saturday mornings were for soccer games, with kids from all four of the town’s elementary schools and Sunday mornings meant breakfast at My Place with my Dad.

There was the Ice Cream Shop where it always seemed to be “Zebra Week” and you could try to find pictures of yourself or your friends on the wall while you waited for a cone or an avalanche.  If you drove by during the colder months you would see they were “Gone Fishin.”

I remember $2 movies, ice skating and trick-or-treating with my neighbors, the tree lighting, the Party Naked guy, basketball games with the New York Giants and trying to catch a stuffed animal at the Labor Day parade.  I remember when the Newtown Indians became the Newtown Nighthawks and how upset everyone was about it.  I remember the house with all the toilets in the front yard, hanging out at the town hall and then the center and all the secret party spots hidden away in the woods.

Although I did not attend Sandy Hook School, it was a part of my community.  I always thought it was so cool how they had the Jolly Green Giant’s giant green footprints on the road leading up to the school.

When I heard the news of the shooting on Friday morning at first I was shocked and then I thought, “Oh, it’s probably nothing, it’s Newtown.” But as the day went on and more and more details were released, I was just in utter disbelief.  My heart is broken for so many people and I just want to do something, anything to help.  But where do you even begin?

Now my little home town is on the map because of a tragedy. A tragedy that never should have happened and has so many people asking, “Why?”

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Home Brew Photo Dump

These are a bunch of the instagram pictures I took at different points during our latest batch of home brew!
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Pale malt, ready to be toasted.
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The grains after they were steeped and strained.
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Starting to bubble!
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Transferring to the carboy.
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Sterilizing the caps.
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Sterilizing the bottles.
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All bottled up!
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Ready to be tested!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free Advanced Screening of Parental Guidance in Plainville, CT

You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming release PARENTAL GUIDANCE!

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Screening Details:

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

AMC Plainville, CT

For your chance to receive screening passes, log on to WWW.GOFOBO.COM/RSVP and enter RSVP Code: Q74C8AU6

**THIS FILM IS RATED PG. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SUPPLY LIMITED AND AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS, SO ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE CAPACITY. TWO (ADMIT-ONE) PASS PER PERSON**

IN THEATERS THIS CHRISTMAS

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Find Your Total Fit™ with New Balance

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This morning after I dropped my big guy off at school, I headed off to my local New Balance store for a new pair of running shoes.  I chose New Balance specifically because I’ve heard great things about their shoes from other women in the Mamavation community and also because I wanted to get professionally fitted.  They offer Total Fit™ at their stores, which measures 88 points of fit. WOW. This is why they are better at picking out shoes for me than I am myself.

I stood on their special scale (not anything like those crazy foot x-ray machines from the 40s & 50s!) and had my stance analyzed.  I learned that I put most of my weight on the inner part of my feet and that I also have high arches.  This is what causes me to have knee pain during and after my runs.

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The salesman suggested a pair of New Balance 940s, which are designed to accommodate overpronators.  If you are like me and you tend to roll onto the inner part of your foot once you land on it, you could be an overpronator.  When this happens, it not only twists your foot, but your shins and knees too.  This could cause pain or injury while running – no good! He also picked out a pair of NB400 Performance Orthotics to support my high arches and distribute my weight more evenly.new balance 940

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When I first tried them on I felt like I was doing the awkward newborn horse walk.  But, I also felt like my posture was better (it’s terrible.) I wore them around the house for a little bit before taking them out for the ultimate test. A two and a quarter mile loop around my old New England neighborhood.  It involves inclines, declines, uneven terrain and cracks in the sidewalk.  Plus, it’s been wet and rainy lately and I didn’t want to run through any mud puddles in my new shoes!

I slowed my pace up a bit for the run so I could get used to running properly for the first time.  It took me about 30 minutes to complete and now, 9 hours later, I haven’t had any joint pain! What a difference a good fit can make.  I would recommend that everyone does this.  It is so worth it. I am thrilled with my new shoes and I can’t wait to wear them for all 13 of my #13in2013 races!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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Only 15 days left until Christmas and I’m starting to feel the time crunch! I only got to the gym one day last week, all my other free time was spent Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and going on an awesome Holiday House tour! If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw some pictures of the beautiful houses I toured. 

I joined a challenge group, #13in2013 with the goal of running 13 races in 2013! I’m so excited and it is definitely a big motivator.  So, even though I’m having a tough time finding time to run, I am so happy to feel motivated again! I will be going for a run tonight after dinner and hopefully on Thursday I will be heading to my local New Balance store to get professionally fitted for a new pair of running shoes!   (Yeah, that didn’t happen yesterday!!)

Are you all set for the holidays? When is your favorite time to sneak in some exercise?

This post is sponsored by Doctor G and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I’m Joining the #13in2013 Challenge!

I was so excited when I came across a challenge this morning to run 13 races in 2013! Last year I had set a goal to run one 5k a month but I hurt my knee in December of ‘11 and I wasn’t able to start running until May ‘12. I’m back on track for this year and it’s so encouraging to be involved with a group of people with the same goals!

I can’t wait to knock out 13 5k’s this year and hopefully set some new PRs! If you would like to join the group, the link on how to sign up is here!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Our Semester with Music Together

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Yesterday Ty and I went to his last class with Music Together of Fairfield County.  He of course had a blast like always, but I was a little sad that it was ending! I had so much fun each week watching him have fun and learning and growing through music.  But, he wasn’t the only one learning!

 

Our teacher gave us a sheet of paper on the last day that explained the parent’s experience with Music Together throughout different semesters.  I have to say, it’s pretty spot-on.

During the first semester….

  • You and your child share the joy of making music, learning a whole repertoire of songs, movements, and playful activities.  At home, you and your child look through the songbook and play with musical ideas.
  • You discover the pleasures of having a CD filled with music that both you and your child know and love.
  • As your child responds to your musical play, you understand the importance of modeling, regardless of your own musical ability.
  • You and your child begin to develop musical relationships with other families through ensemble singing and group dancing in class.
  • You enjoy sharing your child’s delight in his growing relationship with Music Together teacher – possibly his very first classroom teacher!
  • You discover a new place for music in your life: you and your child sing your favorite songs together, and incorporate lullabies into your bedtime routines.

As you continue with Music Together and attend more semesters, your experience evolves!  I’m hoping to enroll Ty in another semester soon!

If you are in the Fairfield County area, you can enroll now for the Winter 2013 semester!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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Happy December! I had a pretty great week, I made it to the gym three times, the baby is officially weaned and sleeping through the night and I also got to do some fun Christmas stuff! Actually, I’m pretty sure  have Christmas things to do every weekend from now until the 25th!

On Friday my oldest son and I went to a Holiday Light show at our local theme park and on Sunday the whole family went to a children’s Christmas party.  I definitely kept really busy and I’m excited to get back to the gym again this week.  I’ve been running on the treadmill and I hope to meet my goal of running one 5k a month for 2013! I hadn’t been running in awhile so I’m trying to build my endurance back up, it’s amazing how fast you lose it!

I hope everyone has a great week!

This post is sponsored by Eco-Foil and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce

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On Friday night I took my 4-year-old to the opening night of Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce.  He was so excited that we were going to an amusement park in the winter and in the dark. I was pretty excited, too!

I can remember going to Lake Compounce several times when I was younger, in fact it’s North America’s oldest amusement park – how neat! This time the experience was way different.  The park was beautifully decorated with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights! It was surreal.

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It was so much more than just lights though.  Many of the family and kiddie rides were open or you could take a train ride around the lake on the North Pole Railway.  You could watch ice sculptor’s in action or listen to carolers.  If you wanted to warm up a bit you could head indoors to grab a bite to eat, take a picture with Santa, decorate cookies, make a gingerbread house or get some holiday shopping done.  You could also help your kids write a letter to Santa and have him mail them a response back, right to your house!

Lake Compounce did such a great job putting this together, it was hard to believe that this was their first year hosting Holiday Lights!

 

 

I hope to make this a holiday tradition and I can’t wait to head  back next year with the whole family in tow!

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Disclosure: We received our admission into the park for free as a part of media night, as always all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The REAL Awards

Are you looking forward to the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards this year? I know I am! But, I am also excited to learn about a new type of award that is being handed out this year. The REAL Award. We see many of our favorite actors and actresses playing health care workers and saving lives on the big screen, but what about the people who are actually out there doing this?

This year, the REAL Awards will celebrate these people. Is there a doctor, nurse, midwife or other health care worker that inspires you? You can nominate them for an award by November 29th!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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Whoooo! What a busy week! We got the house all cleaned early in the week so we could bring all our Christmas decorations in.  On Wednesday night we got together with some friends and family and on Thursday – Thanksgiving! We spent the long weekend putting up all our decorations and just hanging out together. Oh, and some where in there we started sleep training the little guy (it’s going good, so far!) and I had hiccups for 24 hours (so annoying.)

So my goals for last week were to drink more water and get in 10,000 steps a day.  Although, I didn’t reach my goal for steps every day, I did wear my pedometer and I was more aware of how much activity I was actually getting.  When I got on the scale this morning, I was happy to see I lost a half a pound! I know it’s not a lot but it is so easy to gain weight during the holidays, so any loss pretty fantastic in my book!

This week I am still keeping with my water and step goals and I am also going to try to get to the gym 1-2 times a week and do an exercise DVD at home at least once a week.  I am also going to cut back on dairy & sugar.  Hopefully the scale will continue to move in the downward direction!

This post is sponsored by Hyland’s and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mamavation Monday: Let’s take this back to the start

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I’ve decided that my ancestors must have been bears.  When the cold weather hits you can find me rifling through the cupboards looking for any food that is available for immediate consumption.  I move as little as possible (to conserve my energy, of course) and all I wish for is to be cozy and warm and asleep.  I am in hibernation mode and I am having a tough time combatting it.  After all, I am fighting my innate instincts.

These behaviors are not good for someone that is trying to stay in shape.  I’ve noticed my ‘get-up-and-go’ is gone.  So I’m taking baby steps to get it back.  This week I’m focusing on drinking lots of water and getting 10,000 steps a day.  I’ve noticed already that all the water intake is curbing my need to eat incessantly.  I’m hoping by next week this will become a habit and I will easily be able to make another healthy change!

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This post is sponsored by Dole and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Friday, November 16, 2012

Celebrate #GivingTuesday

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The season of giving spending is upon us and this year after the dust settles from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I encourage you to join me in celebrating #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a day to prove that giving back to our communities is part of a great tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism that helps make this nation strong.  Just as the retail sector has benefited from coordinating national shopping days around the holidays, #GivingTuesday wants to do the same thing for giving by uniting under one common purpose – charity.

Please visit GivingTuesday.org to see all the different ways you can get involved, whether it’s working with an organization or signing up to be a social media ambassador.  There are numerous ways to give back.

Also, you can follow #GivingTuesday on their social media platforms:

#GivingTuesday is not a new giving platform, but a call to action.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

Kylie Minogue’s new album The Abbey Road Sessions features sixteen tracks, all radically reworked, spanning Kylie’s incredible twenty-five-year career. It was recorded in London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios with Kylie’s band and a full orchestra. The album features many of Kylie’s best-known hits and previously unreleased tracks. Over all sixteen tracks, one thing becomes very clear—stripped of her high-end pop production, the emotional resonance of Kylie’s songs has never been clearer, and her voice has never sounded better.

I love how “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was reworked for this album.  The pop song had a real soulful twist on it and was full of emotion.  The orchestra really added a lot of depth to all the songs and made this album not just another ‘hits’ album.

 You can purchase the album on:

iTunes

Amazon (Deluxe)

Amazon (Standard)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mamavation Monday, Monday, Monday!

I can’t believe it’s Monday again already, I was travelling and spending time with my best friend and my sister so the week flew by! The Nor’Easter that hit on Wednesday night ended up rescheduling our Halloween that had been previously rescheduled due to the hurricane.  It also unfortunately cancelled our flight out of New York City.  Luckily, my sister was able to reschedule it for later the same day and we only had to travel for 14 hours and visit 4 different airports to get to Phoenix! Sadly though, I missed my boys trick-or-treating when they were finally able to go on Saturday.

I had a great time in Arizona and I’m happy to say that we all stayed pretty active.  On Friday we visited the Desert Botanical Gardens and did tons of walking around the beautiful grounds.  They also happened to be having a Chiles & Chocolate festival, score!

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And on Saturday I jumped off a cliff went hiking.

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Most of the food I indulged on during my trip was also really fresh and healthy! My favorite was my dinner at a restaurant called Pita Jungle. I had a spicy coconut curry soup and a lentil salad.

I probably would have actually lost weight during this trip but we also indulged in some delicious beers. (:

This post is sponsored by Hoopnotica and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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Well, I am happy to say we fared well against hurricane Sandy.  Nothing was damaged except a few trees and we lost power for four days.  This set me back on the 2 week challenge but I am finally all caught up! Unfortunately, it also set me back on getting ready for an upcoming trip.  It’s causing me some major anxiety to get everything ready but I am trying not to freak out! Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, right?

I’m hoping next Monday I will be in a much more relaxed and calm mood - until then!

This post is sponsored by Bengay Zero Degrees and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chris Mann–Roads

I just got through listening to Chris Mann’s new album, “Roads” and wow! I had never heard any of his songs before and I was immediately impressed the minute I heard his voice.  It’s just flawless and timeless.  He sings with such emotion and heart.  My favorite song on the album was his cover of ‘Need You Now.’ He put his own classical crossover twist on it that really made it special.

 

As a finalist on the hit NBC television series “The Voice,” Chris Mann
captured the hearts of millions while drawing the respect of multi-
platinum talents such as Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo. Following one of
his many dynamic live performances on the show, Aguilera told him, “I
feel the heavens open up when you sing.” America agreed, and when
the series ended, Chris had not one, but two songs on the iTunes Top 10
Pop Singles Chart.

 

You can hear samples of the songs on “Roads” or purchase the album (which I recommend!) on iTunes or Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This is a review post from One2One Network. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.

Unjunk your Halloween with UNREAL

I know Halloween is over for most of you but here on the Connecticut shoreline it has been postponed until November 7th.  We are in the midst of recovering from Sandy and all of the downed trees and electrical lines have made it unsafe for us to venture out with the little ones.  Plus, many people are still without power.  We are going on 4 days, ourselves. 

I’m pretty excited that it wasn’t cancelled again this year because I have some UNREAL candy love to spread!

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Have you tried UNREAL candy yet?

It is delicious and my 4-year-old actually prefers it over ‘real’ candy.  He asks for it by name! (Well, okay he asks me for ‘on-rail’ but I know what he means!) Okay, so now you’re probably wondering what the heck UNREAL candy is, if you’ve never heard of it before! It is candy that contains:

  • No corn syrup
  • No hydrogenated oil
  • No artificial flavors
  • No GMOs
  • No synthetic colors
  • Responsibly sourced ingredients

Sounds expensive right? Not at all! It is comparably priced to all the other candy on the shelf!

Plus, you don’t need to travel to a fancy health food store to buy the candy, it’s only available where junk food is available!

So, if you are still waiting to celebrate Halloween, please join me for an #unrealhalloween!

Disclosure: I was sent a variety of UNREAL candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mamavation Monday

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I’m happy to say that I’ve been getting back on track with my exercising.  Plus, this week starts the newest Mamavation 2 week challenge. I’m so excited to be participating this time around because Mamavation has teamed up with Bob Harper!

This update is going to be quick as hurricane Sandy is approaching.  I’m trying to get all of the laundry and dishes done, get everything charged and of course check out the 2 week challenge workout for today while I still have internet and electricity!

If you are on the east coast please stay safe!

This post is sponsored by Omron Fitness and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Friday, October 26, 2012

Growing with Music Together

On Monday Ty and I attended our third class at Music Together of Fairfield County.  It’s so crazy, but after just three classes I can already see how much he is learning! It doesn’t always happen in class.  Like I mentioned in my first post about our Music Together class, Ty can be a bit shy at times (he may take after me!).  A lot of his class time is spent studying.  He likes to sit on my lap and watch everything that is going on, occasionally tapping or clapping along.  Once the props come out he loosens up a bit.  He loves the scarves and the drums! Who doesn’t love props? When we get home though, he is not shy at all!

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When you sign up for a Music Together class you receive two CDs and a songbook with all the songs for the semester.  It’s so cool to see him recognize the songs and mimic the actions from class even if he wasn’t doing so during class.  I have even heard him babbling to the tune of one of the songs, ‘Mississippi Cat’ while he was playing! How awesome!

I’ve really enjoyed watching him grow musically and honestly I’ve been learning a lot too! The teachers are really great at explaining why they do different things and they even offer suggestions on how to incorporate the things we learn in class at home.  It’s been such a wonderful experience so far and I can’t wait to see how much more he learns at his first semester at Music Together!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Picking at Jones Family Farms

One of my favorite places in the state of Connecticut is Jones Family Farms.  During the summer I rarely miss one of their Friday Farmer’s Markets which are held outside of their winery.  You can sample their wines with a wine tasting inside or buy a glass and sit outside on their beautiful patio and enjoy some live music… and of course buy local produce and products from several different vendors!

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There is also blueberry and strawberry picking to be done in the summertime! Which, by the way, got my son – the pickiest child in the world – to eat a blueberry.  However, the Jones Farms blueberries have ruined all other blueberries for me.  They. are. so. good.

I know, all this talk about farmer’s markets, wine and berry picking is making you wish it was summertime, right? But wait! There’s more! (haha) one of our favorite fall family activities is pumpkin picking at the farm! Jones’ has so much to offer.  Every year there is a different theme set up on Pumpkinseed Hill.  This year it was The Wizard of Oz!

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We were lucky enough to be able to go on a weekday this year.  It was quiet and peaceful walking around with the family, checking out pumpkins and taking in the beautiful view. 

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We took a nice long hay ride through their fields.  They have A LOT of land! Then we came back and made our final pumpkin decisions. 

Then we grabbed some cider and checked out their gourds. Oh my gourd, there were so many! They had these awesome boxes put together with a selection of different gourds and recipe cards, how cool? And, of course, we snapped a bunch of pics on their picturesque property!

I’ve always wanted to check out the farm at Christmas time; they have trees too!

And I’ve always wanted to check out one of their cooking classes or wine appreciation classes they have available in their Harvest Kitchen.

My kids absolutely love visiting Jones Family Farm and I think it’s important that they grow up having an appreciation for farms.

What is your favorite thing to do at your local farm?

Until next time!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Arctic Ease Giveaway!

Last month I posted a review of the awesome Arctic Ease wrap that magically made my leg feel all better. Yes, magically. And now, I’m giving wraps away to FIVE lucky readers! Yay!

But first, I want to tell you about a funny hashtag contest that Arctic Ease is having right now. Yes, more ways to win!
Arctic Ease and a number of athletes and celebs are calling Ice out for being messy, causing burn injuries and well, being dumb.
If you would like to enter their #IceIsSoDumb hashtag contest, just tweet out a joke about why ice is so dumb and make sure to include the #IceIsSoDumb hashtag!

Arctic Ease will select the best ones and award them with free product. People can send #IceIsSoDumb tweets through twitter or this specially designed app on facebook.

Check out this video for a little inspiration (or a good laugh!)
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Okay, now back to my giveaway!

If you would like to enter here and win an Arctic Ease wrap of your very own, all you need to do is leave a comment below and make sure it includes your name and e-mail address.

For additional entries:
Ends 11/2/12!
General Giveaway Rules: No Purchase Necessary. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Ends on 11/2/2012, at midnight EST. The email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and will never be given out to anyone nor sold. The winners will be randomly chosen and contacted via email. The winners will have 72 hours to respond. Only one winner per household. Please make sure you check your junk mail folder.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New York City Bagels–review and giveaway!

I was recently sent a box of bagels to try out from 1800NYCBagels.com.  I was so excited because I freakin’ love bagels.  They are so delicious and versatile and if you have never had a bagel from New York City, you are missing out.

bagels

I received plain, pumpernickel, whole grain energy (which includes raisins, cranberries & sunflower Seeds) and sesame seed.

They arrived quickly and were packaged really well.  They were in plastic bags and inside a nice green gift box with an optional note on the outside.  They even came with a sheet of helpful bagel hints!

I think these would make an awesome and unique gift for someone.  I would have loved to have received some when I was pregnant, bagels were one of the only things I could stomach!

I tried each flavor out a little differently and each one was delicious!

sesamehoneychia

 

 

I lightly toasted the sesame seed bagel, added a thin layer of butter and topped it with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chia seeds. – Yum!

 

 

egg sandwich

 

 

 

I made a good ol’ egg and cheese sandwich for my husband on the multigrain energy bagel.  - Another hit!

 

 

peanutbutterbanana

 

 

The plain bagel got topped with peanut butter, bananas and a dusting of cinnamon.  This one was easily my favorite, but I think it would have been even better had I toasted the bagel.

 

 

tomatocc

 

 

 

Last up is the pumpernickel, which I topped with cream cheese, cherry tomatoes and black pepper.  I was also going to add avocado to this one but my avocado went bad. –So sad, but still delicious!

 

 

They look good, right? How would you like to win your very own box of bagels?

All you have to do is leave a comment below and make sure it includes your name and e-mail address!

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Ends 10/31!

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