Thursday, 5 September 2013

How is the New Clean Eating Plan Working?

I hope many of you are having better luck than I am!  It’s only been 3 weeks and I wasn’t expecting a miracle but some movement on the scale would’ve been nice.  The first week I was so careful about what I ate, didn’t drink anything but water and my two cups of coffee, and I exercised.  At the end of the week, I stepped on the scale and I had lost zero pounds.  This wouldn’t have bothered me so much but my husband lost ten pounds!  And he didn’t even exercise!  How is this fair?

 

Feeling completely discouraged, I went on vacation for a week to the East coast.  I grew up on the East coast and I always get excited when I go back. I miss the air, the lush green trees, the small town vibe and the FOOD!  I decided  to truly vacation and eat what I want and most likely have limited exercise.  The first four days I was there I had a Boston Crème donut and a regular coffee from Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.  Most days involved a lobster roll, clam chowder, ice cream, steak tips and more.  I really enjoyed my time eating my way through New England.   When I returned home, I was ready for a five-pound weight gain.   I stepped on the scale and to my disbelief I weighed exactly the same!  Now I was really confused.  I spent one week eating well and exercising and another week gorging myself on childhood favorites and the same number was on the scale.

 

I need to regroup.  I will not give up.  I will lose this extremely stubborn extra weight.  I have completely eliminated my morning favorite, French Vanilla Coffeemate, from my diet.  I tried milk and I even tried half and half in my coffee but its not cutting it.  I need to make a switch to tea.  This has probably been the toughest change for me.  I’ve also limited myself to drinking wine only three nights a week.  I’ve cut down on second servings and I am not eating dessert.  We are just finishing up the processed food at home and the kids are really missing the sweets and snack foods.  They do not agree with me that fruit can be a dessert.  I’m doing ok with the food changes; it’s the beverages that are difficult for me, especially the coffee and wine.

 

I think the only way to see the pounds start to drop is to amp up the exercise.  I like to exercise once I am finished but I just find it really tough to get started.  I’ve spoken with some friends about joining a gym thinking that will help motivate me.  But is it realistic?

 

How do you find the time and the motivation to exercise?

 

What is your favorite way to burn calories?

 

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Korean Baby Expo & Joovy

Looks like Joovy fever is sweeping Korea!  Attendants were introduced to the latest products by Joovy including the Groove Ultralight, ScooterX2 and Loo.

Here are some photos from the recent Baby Expo held in Korea.  These shots feature the Joovy booth! Look at the excitement!

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Look What’s Happening in Singapore!

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Joovy Spotting In Madrid, Spain

Look what Kevin Cosgrove saw today in Madrid!  A Joovy Groove out for dinner!

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Joovy Roo: A Simple Solution

With my first child I had a very clunky travel system for getting out and about. Don’t get me wrong – it worked and served its purpose. But for my second child I wanted something easier, something that I could use in a pinch while managing my five year old and newborn at the same time. I found this in the Joovy Roo. I can’t tell you how happy I am with it.  I’ve had it for just a few short weeks, but I’m sure giving this thing a run for its money and it is holding up beautifully. The Joovy Roo is light as a feather and I can open it up with just one hand – which is a godsend. I feel as if it gives me the freedom I always wanted because I’m not dreading the big hefty stroller from my first round of motherhood.

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And in Los Angeles where a thing called stroller envy actually exists, the Roo provides just that – an envy inducing smooth ride compatibility with a variety of different car seats, and a superb sleek design. The compartments are perfect for easy access to cell phones, coffee cups, keys and more.

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Contributed by Christina Montoya Fiedler

BabyCenter, Cafe Mom, Mama to the Rescue (http://mama2therescue.blogspot.com)

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Lunch Box Ideas…What to Pack and Will Your Child Eat It

When my children were young, it was easy.  I would put together a snack box with a yogurt, fruit and maybe some cheerios and they were happy.  Today, it is a completely different story.  All of my children (including my preschooler) are very opinionated about what goes into their lunchbox.  For years I would pack what I thought they should be eating.  Last year I tried something new.   I would take them grocery shopping and let them pick items to pack in their lunch.  I figured at least they would eat lunch and it wouldn’t end up in the trashcan.  This experience resulted in many items that turned my stomach like prepackaged snacks and Lunchables as well as a high grocery bill.

 

This year my kids are in for a shock.  We are changing our eating habits to “clean eating.”  I will not banish all treats and ice cream but will make every attempt to save them for special occasions.  My plan is simple.  It is to cut processed foods.  So the question is, how do I get my kids excited about these new “clean eating” lunches? Well, a new lunch box is always exciting and I hope that will work.  I love the bento lunch boxes that are popular now.  They encourage healthier eating.  Check out this website.  Not only can you purchase the bento boxes here but they also have 365 days of lunch ideas.

 

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There are many ideas out there in the blogosphere with creative ideas.  These can be good but I still like to empower my kids to pack their own lunches but with guidance.  I believe every lunch should have a fruit, veggie, protein, drink and a treat.  I plan to brainstorm a list with the children with fruit, veggie, protein, drink and treat options.  I want to stick with the items that they like so I know they will eat their lunch.

 

A great children’s book that discusses one picky eater and lunch box meals is “Bread and Jam For Frances” by Russell Hoban.  This book is worth picking up if you have not read the book,

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/bread-and-jam-for-frances?store=allproducts&keyword=bread+and+jam+for+frances

 

What do you put in your children’s lunchboxes?

 

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Friday, 23 August 2013

A Joovy Story…..

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Marsha Thomason Debuts Role as New Mom & Joovy Star!

Joovy met actress Marsha Thomason in New York City in May at the Biggest Baby Shower event hosted by the Big City Moms.  She was scoping out all the latest baby gear for her bundle on the way. Her adorable daughter Tallulah was born in early June and, like mom, she’s a Joovy girl! Marsha  is known for her work on  the NBC series Las Vegas, ABC series Lost, and currently starring as Diana Berrigan on USA Network’s White Collar.  

“I’m so grateful to have discovered the Boob Baby Bottle. I am a breastfeeding mum and I was worried about nipple confusion when introducing the bottle, but my daughter has switched back and forth with no issues. The pump attachment is genius and the sealing caps make it great for storing in the fridge. I’m a fan!”

We are delighted to have her as our newest Joovy Star!

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

When Volunteering Becomes a Full Time Job

I received an email from AYSO soccer and they are looking for coaches.  Immediately, I thought I might coach my 7-year old daughter’s team if I could get a friend to assist me.  When I mentioned it to my husband, he said, “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”  I don’t really blame him.

A few years ago I was volunteering for everything.  I had two leadership roles; as a mom room for one child’s class and the Girl Scout leader for another child among the many other volunteer jobs I was doing, all with a small toddler at home.  By the end of that year, I was a disaster.  While I enjoyed being with my children and getting to know their peers, there were many parts of the volunteer jobs that were not a lot of fun.  Plus, I still had all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, paperwork, etc. to handle at home.

One of the reasons that I stay home with my children is so that I can provide an organized and calm home life for my children and for my husband.  I want to decorate for every holiday.  I want to have a home-cooked meal on the table most nights.  I want the kids to come home to the aroma of cookies baking in the oven.  This was not happening.

In recent years, I still volunteer a lot in my children’s classrooms but without taking a leadership role.  This allows me more flexibility.  I am also focusing on my children, their academics, extra-circular activities and sports.  Oh, did I mention school projects.  As your children get older, you will see the projects they are assigned and realize there is no way they can complete this projects without help from you and many trips to the craft store.

Kudos to all the moms that step up and take the leadership roles.    It is great experience for moms that are out of the work force because you can put it on your resume if you decide to re-enter the work force one day.  I am sure that I will again take on a leadership role but for now, I will enjoy being a a worker bee instead of a queen bee.

 

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Winners Announced! Labor Day #WorkforceGEAR Giveaway!

You all labored well over the course of this giveaway and we thank all for your efforts!  Here is a link to the winners on our partner’s site Kanga Care  Stay tuned for the next multi brand giveaway!

 

You work HARD and deserve a Labor Day Giveaway worthy of your efforts!  In your honor, we are partnering with some of the hippest baby gear companies to bring you the #WorkforceGEAR Labor Day Giveaway with 3 grand prizes totaling almost $4,000!  Check out the 25 GEAR companies represented and enter below.  Contest starts on 8/20/13 at 7 am MST and winners will be announced on Thursday, September 5.

 GOOD LUCK to all you laborers out there! Enter the Rafflecopter below and PLEASE SHARE!

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