Category Archives: Video

Conversation with Olympic Swimmer Amanda Beard

Me, mi mini-me and Amanda Beard

Thanks to TheMoms.com 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.



Julep Maven Box March 2012

March 2012 Julep Maven Box

March 2012 Julep Maven Box

It’s spring and as such it’s time to kick off the gloves and put on the strappy sandals and turn your hands and feet to the sun. What better time to take up a subscription with Julep.com to receive over $40 worth of mani and pedi products for $19.95 a month. Not a bad deal to help stock up on new spring colors. But it gets even better…

Use the discount code “SHAREONMARCH” to get your first box for 1 cent! Don’t forget to choose the free shipping and it will truly be only 1 cent! Read through how the subscription service works once you are logged in and take note of the dates you need to go into your account to either change which style box you want or to put your sub on hold for the month (between the 20th and 24th of each month). Otherwise, your box will be delivered to you automatically each month.

If you click here to get to Julep Maven, I will be on my way to earning a free month’s subscription. And don’t worry, once you’re signed up you’ll also get your referral link if you want to share on with your friends.

Watch the video below to see what I got for my uber reasonable 1 cent. Pretty cool, eh? I’ll follow up with a bit of nail art when I get a chance.



What’s in a Name

I have a name that people are never sure how to pronounce. If you watch the video, you can hear the pronunciation and how I came to be named Ghada. I was so close to being named “Nadia” as thousands of little girls born around the same time as me were. Nadia Comaneci was the first female gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. This all happened the day before I was born at the Montreal Summer Olympics. Montreal is where I was born.

In the 4 months since my daughter was born, I’ve realized that I’ve given her the same fate – a name that people have trouble pronouncing.

Did you have your child’s name all figured out before they were born?



Lost in Translation

In this video I discuss a few words and expressions that I use every day that are not used the same way here in North America as they were in New Zealand (for example in New Zealand we say “nappy” as opposed to “diaper”).

I describe some situations where my use of Kiwi English confuses people here…especially with my ‘accent’.

And finally I go over how lost in translation I am with the weather, still needing to convert Farenheit to Celsius in order to really know what the temp is going to be.

You’d think being born in one English speaking country (Canada), living for nearly a decade in another (New Zealand) and then relocating back to North America wouldn’t cause so much confusion.

Have you ever had a lost in translation moment while on vacation or after relocating? Are you aware of a phrase or word that is relevant only to where you live?

Check out past videos from the Mama



No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

This is Monkey #1’s favorite song/book at the moment and so I just had to share. I walked in on him and his pre-k buddies dancing and singing along to this. I had to explain to him that it wasn’t “Banana’s House” and I think since then he understands the song even more :)

I haven’t really said anything about Black History Month, but seeing as it is nearly coming to an end, I thought this would be a goodie to share with all of you.

The book was written by Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a talented all female gospel acapella group. I promise, after one listen you will have this song in your head at least for the day, if not longer. Though it was written with a black child in mind (“And I didn’t know that my nose was flat”) I think its a relevant message for any young child encouraging them not to be obsessed by the “beauty” in the mirror, more the beauty of their inner personality. Of course it also touches on nana’s unconditional love – priceless.

If you haven’t heard this before, I hope you enjoy!

What’s your child’s favorite book at the moment?



February Confessional – Update on 3 words and running goals

Here’s a video update as to how things are going at the moment with my running goals for the year. These basically need a whole new post, they’ve changed alot and need a revamp! Look out for that next week.

I’m managing my blog goal to create video at least once a week and really enjoying it. I’ve already got some ideas of where I can take the video to do something a little different, so watch this space! If you’ve got a video you’d like to see me do, let me know in the comments.

My 3 words (to grow, to be present, to love) are something I continue to remind myself of everyday and I still feel this is a good way to continue to grow into the person I want to be.

So fess up, how’s your year going? Leave me your confessional in the comments.

You can watch more of my past videos here.