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Beginner Mother Runner Tips

Guide for Moms: Keep your sanity, start running

Have you ever wanted to call yourself a runner? I think everyone defines what being a runner is differently.

For me, when I took that first step out the door, put one foot in front of the other and continued to do it regularly, I considered myself a runner.

It didn’t matter that I started with the Couch to 5K plan and I was only running for 2 minutes at a time with 2 minute walk intervals in between. The intention was there to run and within 9 weeks I was running for 30 minutes straight. Running is my go to activity to stay happy, healthy and sane. Every mom needs that activity that helps reset and realign, what’s yours?

Conversation with Olympic Swimmer Amanda Beard

Me, mi mini-me and Amanda Beard

Thanks to I had the opportunity to be part of an intimate conversation with Amanda Beard as part of the launch of her memoir In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.

The 7 time Olympic medalist was very candid about life growing up and how her parent’s divorce and their communication methods (or lack thereof) impacted her own way of dealing with stresses. I can’t wait to read this book, as Amanda goes into detail about what was really happening behind her megawatt smile as she was enjoying life as a talented athlete.

Feeling complete in marriage and with a child, she decided she wanted to share her story about low self-esteem and toxic relationships. As a motivational speaker to young children and teens, she often comes across kids who have these same issues – she wanted them to know they are not alone.

Though Amanda mentioned not being a “great communicator” she is definitely well-spoken. She captivated the room, and as we sat around on yoga mats laughing, 10 stories up with the most gorgeous New York landscape behind us, I felt as if I was at a slumber party with my best gal pals.

Watch as Amanda discusses what it was like when her parents were divorced and how her relationship with her parents has affected her.

Thanks to Melissa and Denise for moderating this totally fun and inspiring event at Equinox.

If you want to get more insight into Amanda’s training schedule, recipes she makes with her son, music playlists and life as an athlete and a mother, visit her blog Swim Like a Mom.

Find out where she is going to be on her book tour.

Check out more pictures from the event on my Google + Page.

How Do I Love Thee New York, Let Me Count the Ways

It’s hard to believe that 6 months ago I packed up my life in boxes, boarded a plane in Auckland, New Zealand and headed off to start my new life in New York City. I was nearly 6 months pregnant, living in Manhattan, sending my husband off to work in SoHo everyday, missing family and friends far away in New Zealand, adjusting to being closer to family and friends in Canada (but still 11 hours away by train!), and adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom (again!) with a 4 year old monkey.
So much has happened in such a short amount of time. From our family growing from 3 to 4, moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and trying to establish my new normal. The last 6 months have been some of the most memorable months of my life, in part because I brought my daughter into this world in November and in part because of where we are now calling home – New York.

It is not all been a bed of roses, by far. Their are some things that I definitely do not like (yes, I’m giving the side eye to you grumpy MTA bus driver. Most of you are super nice, but when you’re mean, boy you are mean).

So without further ado, to celebrate 6 months in the Big Apple, here are some of the ways I love you New York.

Super Easy Parmesan Kale Chips

Awhile ago I did a huge amount of research on green smoothies and playing with what different veggies and fruits I could put together for the biggest punch and best flavor. Along the way I discovered kale. Kale is one of the healthiest greens around, though probably one that takes a little getting used to in the taste department. I’ve had good success with it in smoothies, mixed with bananas and flaxseed, but I’ve heard so many good things about kale chips I’ve wanted to try them. Funny thing is they are pricey, yet they seem so easy to make – so I thought I’d give it a go.

Cool Mama Tip

I’ve found that kale can wilt pretty quickly if not used within 3-4 days. The great thing about making kale chips is that you can use wilted kale and the chips taste just as good as the ones made with fresh kale. You get all the same nutrients and best of all you don’t waste any food!

Because kale chips come out so fine and are so crunchy, it is difficult to dunk them in anything without them crumbling to bits. So if you find that you want any extra flavoring, you need to add it into the baking stage (the way I’ve added Parmesan). My little guy is a pretty adventurous eater, he ate these and gave them a thumbs up. But, if you’ve got a little dude that doesn’t like veggies you can experiment with a flavoring that might entice them to try these.

wilted kale on the left and fresh kale on the right