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?

Review of the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike and Noodle Helmet

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I am thrilled to have been provided with a Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike for to facilitate this review. My little daredevil of a daughter mastered a scooter earlier this summer and has since been enamored with her brother’s bicycle. I have heard from other parents how much easier learning to ride a bike is when a child starts on a balance bike as opposed to with training wheels. And as we watch our older son on his bike with training wheels, we can see the value in balance bikes actually teaching the skills needed for bike riding – more so than training wheels.

Joovy wrote an article on  Balance Bikes vs. Training Wheels if you are still trying to decide what is best for your child. They also offer some great tips for encouraging your child as they learn to balance.

Have you Seen the #KmartBackToSchool Commercial

As part of the #KmartBackToSchool campaign, I am writing this post to introduce you to Kmart’s latest back to school commercial. Have you seen it yet? The commercial features Da Rich Kidzz, a group of kid rappers from Minneapolis ranging in age from 10 – 13 years old. They have teamed up with Kmart and Shop Your Way to make a hip-hop music video all about riding their school bus back-to-school in style. Hence, the name of the video “My Limo”. 

This commercial is a fun and creative take on back-to-school clothes shopping. Let’s face it moms, sometimes shopping for clothes with the kids can be hard, but in the end everyone enjoys rolling back to school in style when they look good. It’s a catchy little tune and the beat is still in my head as I write this. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.

Kudos to Kmart for taking a talented group of kids and making them the stars of the commercial. Their are some fun lines weaved in about how excited Da Rich Kidzz are about going back to school. My favorite is the boy who is excited when his mom buys him a calculator. Not only can these kids sing and dance, but they are reminding kids that school is cool.

DisclosurePresented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart #BackToSchool blogger, though all opinions are my own. 

How to Get out of a Running Rut #ReebokMom

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

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If you head out the door in your running shoes and go running for a purpose, then you are a runner. If you have been a runner for any length of time, then unfortunately you will experience the dreaded running rut. Going on the same route wearing the same shoes can sometimes start to feel difficult on your body both physically and emotionally. Finding it hard to get out the door in the morning? Or to even get out of bed? Here are tips to help you kick that running rut to curb! 

Win a $100 gift card and Wholly Guacamole® dip


With back-to-school just around the corner and my Little Miss starting at daycare part-time, I’ve been looking for new ways to make preparing school lunches easier. The Wholly Guacamole® brand wants to help you make lunch for you and your kids OMGuac -tastic! After all,Wholly Guacamole is the Offical sponsor of the OMGuac Lunch! Stop by for some great ideas, a coupon and a chance to win $100 gift card with FREE Wholly Guacamole products! Three winners are chosen weekly through Sept. 27. The One Lunch, Two Ways gives you inspiration on how to create two completely different lunches with most of the same ingredients!

Take a look and print out the shopping list for your favorite ideas.

disclosure: I was not paid for this post and was under no obligation to post. I will receive samples as a thank you for posting.

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