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™ .

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!

Shaklee 180™ Update: End of an Era, Beginning of a Better Life

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. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

I can’t believe that the 6 months journey on Shaklee 180 is coming to an end. Six months ago, I started on this program excited and nervous as well as a little unsure of how successful I would be. Afraid to disappoint myself, I thought 10 or 15 lbs was all I needed to lose. Apart from my fear of not meeting my goal, I also had unrealistic view of my health and what I looked like.

Somewhere early on in this journey I realized that I am stronger than I thought I was.

I became more conscious of what I was putting in my mouth. I became more confident in all parts of my life – personal, family and career. I got my love for sugar under wraps, and I realized how even something so simple like constant snacking was affecting not only my weight, but my mood, which in turn affected the whole family.

Driving in New York is Easy with Kia Rio

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I had the pleasure of test driving a Kia Rio SX 2013, the latest sporty addition to this family of compact, fuel-efficient cars. Over the space of a week, I was able to see how a car could fit into my daily routine. Though Mr BAM and I have toyed with purchasing a car in the past, in this city of fast drivers and heavy traffic we are always a little unsure about buying a car while living in Brooklyn.

In our family of 4, Little Miss is in a front-facing carseat and Mr P has a booster seat. We like to travel around the 5 boroughs most weekends, and have actually still not visited many of the city’s best kid’s attraction because, well, we don’t have permanent access to a car! Heading the Bronx Zoo for example would take well over 2 hours by public transport. See why we need to seriously consider a car?

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