Category Archives: Healthy Living/Running

Fight Summer Brain Drain – Get a Trampoline!

Following summer vacation, the average teachers spends the first 4-6 weeks reteaching what kids had previously learnt. Whoa. Why am I talking about the first days back at school in February when we’ve just started Christmas holidays you may be asking? Well, brain drain is a very real phenomena of summer break. Kids (and parents) blob out, watch  more TV and in general just don’t have a regular routine for practicing reading, writing and maths.

Their are a ton of ways to build in educational moments to your day-to-day, and it doesn’t have to be taxing. It’s just a matter of turning the everyday into a learning moment, giving names to everyday objects so that your child learns new words, pointing out objects from the car on a roadtrip and turning it into a story. I know, I know, you probably do this already, but it’s just a reminder for the long hot days – after all they will be missing out on the daily reinforcement of concepts they would normally get at school.

Uh, Ghada…what’s this all got to do with a trampoline?

Getting Through the Silly Season

The lead up to Christmas is always chaotic – between shopping for presents, christmas parties and everyday life, the silly season can leave you tired and over it all by the time Christmas comes. There is something a little extra to this time of year that we call the “silly season” in New Zealand. Maybe its the glorious summer weather, I’m not sure, but somehow it seems that I am extra frantic and frenetic in these last few weeks before Christmas than I would be if I was in North America.

I think in North America, the snowstorms and chilly days at least force you inside sometimes. Whereas here, in Auckland their are endless picnics, Santa Parades, Carols on the Green and invites to boat rides and drinks outside at the local pub! Now hear me out. I am not complaining in the least at being able to sit outside til 7:30 at night chatting over glasses of chardonnay while the kids make themselves sick on the roundabout.

At our first of 2 Christmas parties this evening

I admit, during those times that I am not at the beach or just enjoying the weather from our deck, I’m stressed. Stressed that the Christmas is less than 14 sleeps away and I still have so much shopping to do. Stressed that we are hosting champagne breakfast at our house Christmas morning – yet we have no dining table let alone champagne glasses, stressed that the year is coming to an end and I feel not at all prepared for what 2014 will bring.

Why Coconut Water is Good for Breastfeeding Active Mamas

Image thanks to © Dmitry Ersler 

When I had Mr P I was scared about exercising and breastfeeding at the same time. I all but gave up exercise because I didn’t want to be one of those women who doubted her milk production after resuming exercise. Sure, I kept up a walking routine, but that was it.

This time around I’m better educated and know that it is totally possible to keep exercising  while breastfeeding, the key is staying super hydrated. I’m already drinking well above the recommended 8-10 glasses a day, but still it is important to make sure that I stay hydrated. Big Monkey fully supports my desire to stay fit even during these first few months of our daughter’s life, so he has done some research and found me the elixir to rehydration – coconut water. Coconut water is the liquid you hear swishing around when you shake a coconut. It is not to be confused with the creamy coconut milk often used in thai dishes. Coconut milk is the product of white coconut flesh all mashed up.

Tips for Rocking Your First Color Run

I finally ran my first color run this weekend, THE original color run. The one that I pinned years ago on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to do one day. The Color Run came to Brooklyn this weekend and originally I was meant to run it with a girlfriend. In the end she wasn’t able to make it, but in the meantime Mr BAM decided he wanted to run it and I discovered while reading their FAQs that kids 5 and under run The Color Run for free and strollers are allowed (the tips are starting already ya’ll, take note!).

Welcome to Yoga Month

In partnership with YogaGlo, Athleta is offering a series of free online yoga classes beginning on which are available for access at through September. By now you know that I am a passionate runner. But in order to become a better runner I have had to focus on my nutrition as well as what I do to help my body recover. Yoga is a great way to de-stress and relax, but it is also a good way to stretch out my muscles particularly after a long hard run.

I practiced Bikram Yoga for several years before kids and had the pleasure of participating in Mind Over Madness Bikram Yoga in Times Square this year for Summer Solstice. Now I am always on the look out for new sequences to complement my running.

Anyone can enjoy the classes by visiting and pick from the 3 practice levels available:

  • Level 1 class to kick start your day
  • Level 2 class for recovery after a busy day
  • Level 3 class designed as cross-training for athletes

Athleta will be hosting a special events at both the Upper East Side and Upper West Side stores throughout the month! Visit for details on events and free classes happening at both stores as well as the other NY locations in Scarsdale and Manhasset.

Shaklee 180™: Realizing My Best Self

disclosure: I am part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program but was under no obligation to post this post. I am posting because I would like to give my lovely readers a chance to experience Shaklee 180™ .  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. 

Hopefully you have been able to see my before and after photos which I wrote about a couple of days ago. I also wanted to catch up with you all one last time to encourage you to ask me questions if you have about Shaklee 180 and to keep being my support system. I am always willing to do the same for any of you if you decide to go down this important heath self-discovery with Shaklee 180™ .