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.

New Adventures in New Zealand

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll notice that I haven’t updated in quite some time. Some of you already know that our little family has made the journey back to our second home – New Zealand. See I was born in Canada, so I consider it my first home. I met my husband in New Zealand, had my first child here and even obtained my citizenship so I consider it my second home even though I’ve probably spent the majority of my adult life in this country.

Packing up your life and flying with 2 kids to the other side of the world is no easy feat, especially when the change happened quicker than expected – can you say less than 2 months?! I’m gonna save the details around our move for another blog post…or maybe even for a book, yes the details are that crazy that I  am seriously considering spinning it all into a memoir.  You see everything from the time I decided to spend a year in New Zealand way back in 1999 pre-birthing hips fresh out of University til now could easily fit into a book. From moving to Auckland from Christchurch just a month shy of the first devastating earthquake to moving to New York city and giving birth to my daughter and then returning to hospital with her just days later, the many celebs I met in New York and now the return back to the land of the long white cloud, there is a book in there somewhere!

the kids exploring their favorite rock on St Heliers Beach

My eldest said,

Mom, I like our new home. There is so much more room here than in New York.

And that is when I knew without a doubt, even though we all miss so many faces and places from New York, our little family is going to be just fine in our new home on the other side of the world.

Their will be some changes around here while I look at rebranding and sharing my new adventures in Auckland, but most of all I’m excited about just writing again. Besides running, writing is such a release for me!

In the meantime, seeing as the holidays are coming up I’d love for you to share your tips for traveling with kids.

Heck knows I’ve got a ton of tips after several 32 hour journeys with one toddler and then this most recent trip around the world with 2, but I’m sure you’ve got your own as well for train, bus and car.

Welcome back dear readers!

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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 www.Athleta.com/YogaMonth 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 www.Athleta.com/YogaMonth 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 www.Athleta.com/Stores 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™ .

2 Fun Places to go With Kids this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day as a child always signaled the start of Back-To-School. As Mr P enters grade 1 and Little Miss starts her first days at daycare, I can’t believe how late we are going bback to school in New York – September 9! We are enjoying our last days of summer on our entire family’s first trip to Disney World. But if you are looking for something closer to home, check out these fun places to visit/things to do with kids.

Visit Sesame Place

Labor Day BBQ

Celebrate Labor Day with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends!  Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday BBQ in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion! After a fun-filled dinner, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Labor Day weekend truly memorable.

September 1 at 5:00 PM in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion 

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks

Don’t miss the ALL NEW fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music! Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Be sure to watch us paint the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park.

September 1 (8:25 PM - 8:35 PM) Fireworks will begin immediately following the 8:00 PM performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Night Parade.

Monsters University

If you missed it the first time around,  Monsters University is returning to theaters this Labor Day Weekend just in time for school to start back up! Check your local listings and check out this funny clip!

Happy Weekend friends!

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