Non-Toxic DIY Fingerpaint in 5 Minutes or Less

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I was so excited to have made our own bright and colorful fingerpaints using only yogurt and food coloring. It takes no time at all, and this DIY alternative to store bought fingerpaints is cost effective and quick to make. Plus its always great to be able to make the colors and quantities that you want. My Little Miss has just entered into one of those growth spurt periods where suddenly she is learning and exploring at an exponential rate. With this growth, Mama needs to come up with new ways for her to experience the world around her. I thought back to what Mr P liked when he was this age, around 20 months and my mind went to tactile activities like fingerpaint and play-doh.

Show How You Break A Sweat and Enter to Win

Join me in doing a 180

Hello, lovely readers! I have been sharing lots of tidbits and tales on how I am staying active, and in the meantime losing weight. Well, here is your chance to  share your tales by entering the Shaklee 180™ Break A Sweat Photo Contest ending this Friday, June 28.

Shaklee 180™ in partnership with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak want to see how you break a sweat in your busy day.

Upload a photo of you getting sweaty and you can win:

  • Harley’s The Body Reset Diet Book
  • Limited Edition pair of New Balance Harley Pasterna 997 kicks (sweet!)

Now I’m partial to kicks and I could definitely use some healthy diet tricks from a celeb trainer, so I’m going to enter with this picture below. Whaddya think? If you want the deets on why I’m doing Bikram yoga in Times Square, head over here.

Triangle pose in Times Square for Summer Solstice

To enter the contest, pictures must be uploaded by June 28.

And since you can’t vote for yourself, if you want to vote for me, just go here:

Check out the Shaklee 180™ page on Facebook for more details and to enter.

Now go get your sweat on!

disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post, but as a Shaklee 180™ Blogger, I was given information about this Contest and chose to post about it.

Summer Solstice with Mind Over Madness Bikram in Times Square

How’s everyone’s summer going so far? I know, I know it has only been 2 days. I can’t help but feel that they have been a glorious 2 days though. The weather has been great – hot, breezy and not too much humidity. It is the weekend and I took a day off work on Friday (Summer Solstice) and headed to the Crossroads of the Worlds, better known as Times Square! Mr BAM was on Summer Friday so I signed us both up for a Bikram Yoga class smack in the middle of Times Square. It was phenomenal! I mean if you can find peace and focus in Times Square, then you can find it anywhere.

Preparing for mind over madness Bikram Yoga in Times Square

Back in 2005, I discovered Bikram Yoga at a Women’s Expo when I was living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The woman at the booth was offering  a one week pass, come as many times as you wanted for one week for $12, normally that was the cost of one class. Somehow she convinced me with her talk of the medical benefits, weight loss and natural facial (I came to realize this last one was true – my face always glowed when I did Bikram!). My husband was going away on business that week, and I thought what the hey, I’d give it a try! I did 3 classes that week, slept like a baby each time, loss weight and was hooked.

My husband noticed the difference when he returned (yes, after one week!) and though it took a few months, he eventually came to classes with me. I ended up being a fantical Bikram yogi, turning several friends onto the practice and continuing to practice just shy of 2 months before Mr P’s due date of October 31, 2007. I did a few classes after his birth, but have never ben able to get back into the same groove. With classes lasting 90 minutes, plus final savasana “corpse pose” (final relaxation) of 5 or so minutes, plus showering time, that is 2 hours plus that I have had a hard time finding since kids. 

#Shaklee180™ Update: Truth is, Losing Weight is Hard

Join me in doing a 180

disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

Whoa, here we are rolling into just over halfway through month 4 of my journey on the Shaklee 180™ weight management program. If you watched my video from last month you’ll see that I was a little underwhelmed by my month 3 progress. To be fair, I was losing weight and trying to stay positive about this fact, but the numbers had slowed from 7 pound weight loss in one month to just a meager 3 pounds (insert sad panda face here).

This month, I decided to go a little Sigmund Freud on myself and examine where this anger towards myself was coming from. In a nutshell, this is what I decided…

Losing weight is hard, y’all!

I take part in what I consider to be a moderate amount of physical activity 3-5 times per week (depending on the week). But when life kicks me in the butt, I get really down on myself. I’m someone that doesn’t function past zombie level when my sleep is interrupted, and last month as well as the beginning of this month it was. You see  this beautiful girl, this beautiful ray of light, yes my Little Miss 19 month old ball of energy. She decided to go from a reasonably good sleeper, sleeping from 7:30 at night til anywhere from 6:30-7 in the morning. And then turned into waking in the middle of the night for hours at a time to then waking for the day anywhere from 5-6 in the morning! Aye, ay, ay! This was just not working for this mama.

Part of what I knew I had to do if Shaklee 180™ was going to be successful for me was to start to cut out the late nights on the computer and get to bed earlier. I was mostly starting to do this before Shaklee, but in the past 3 months I had gotten even better at it, opting to turn off the computer and either go to bed uber early or sneak in another metabolic boosting 15-20 minute workout. So her changes in sleep were setting me back.

Greek Yogurt Covered Strawberry Nuggets

Preparing strawberries for freezing

We’ve had a crazy stop start to spring here with memorial day weekend being positively cold. A couple of weekends ago the thermometer soared from mid 50’s to high 80’s in one day! My family loves strawberries. all. the. time! And when it’s that hot, I can add them to just about anything. I put them in cold teas, fruit salads, green salads and just pop ’em by the handful.

From little Miss to Mr BAM, we all love them. I thought how can we combine strawberries with Greek Yogurt from Cabot Creamery and this is what we came up with! Super simple, healthy, super easy and everyone looooves them.

Check out How to Make Greek Yogurt Covered Strawberry Nuggets by Ghada Vanderpool on Snapguide.

I received money saving coupons from Cabot as a thank you for entering a contest, which inspired me to create these little nuggets one day!


31 Ideas for Moms to Instagram Besides their Kids

Now, if you are following me on instagram, then you know that I am guilty of over-instagramming (is that a word?) my kids. And if you aren’t following me on Instagram, take a minute to go do so now, please. So, this list has been created for you as much as it has for me to help me diversify my instagram updates. But, who am I kidding…I know I will continue to instagram the wholly mole outta my kids cause they are just too darn cute!

Instagram is in the top 3 for social networks I enjoy and find pleasurable. Yes, you can  still ‘do business’ on Instagram, but it is also one of the more personal networks – not alot of spam, not alot of people pushing something with an agenda to serve. Even when an Instagram update is blog/review/sponsor related it is at least interesting because it is visual. I know many a people have taken to instagram quicker than Twitter because hey, for most people a stream of images is much more engaging than a stream of words, links and hashtag (hash what? Talk of Twitter, also in my top 3, for another time).

Snapshot of my instagram feed

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