Sisters are Like Fat Thighs

When I think of my sister there is not much that she hasn’t been around for to experience in my life. We had a few rough patches back in our late teens when somehow we just couldn’t gel. But once we got through that awkward phase, we’ve always been there for each other – well at least that is how I feel about her!

Even during one of the scariest moments of my life in recent times, she took leave from work and hopped on a bus from Ottawa to New York city to be with me and the family, to help us through and make sure we were ok.

This National Sister’s Day, I send big fat squishy hugs to my sister. Mwah x

Shaklee 180™ Update: I Reached My Goal Weight, Now What?

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.

If you watched my month 5 video update, you’ll know by now that I have reached my goal weight! So now what? Well with one month left on the Shaklee 180™ blogger program I figure I have one month left to kick butt, tone up and come to grips with my new body. I took the pictures below on July 26 and today on August 2 a week later I am down another 3 pounds for a grand total of 27 lbs lost since March 1. I have to admit that my original goal 5 months ago was pretty modest, I think I was afraid that I wouldn’t lose the weight so I didn’t want to aim high. But after a successful first month where I lost weight and instantly felt the positive effects from my healthy eating,  I decided to get real. That is when I set a healthy goal range, as opposed to a finite goal weight. I figured life had its ups and downs and surely I could allow myself 2-3 pounds leeway. The thought of reaching a specific goal made me think I’d go nuts if ever I gained even half a pound.

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For August I have family visiting from New Zealand as well as our family trip to Disney World at the end of the mont! So I figure it is a good a time as any to start to add back in another meal per day so that I am down to only 1 shake/bar per day. It will give me the chance to get accustomed to healthy meal options for every meal of the day, not just dinner.

I’m excited that I have this last month at my goal weight, and even more excited that I did it the right way – slow and steady with proper nutrition and exercise.  

Weight and Inches Loss Since March 1

  • Weight 187lbs/160lbs
  • Waist 5 inch loss
  • Butt 2.5 inch loss
  • Leg 3.25 inch loss
  • Arms 2 inch loss
  • Chest 5 inch loss

Total weight loss 27 lbs and 17.75 inches

Have you ever loss weight? How did you keep it off?

11 Reasons to Stay at Family-Friendly SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne

I recently had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday at the SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne. I can’t thank them enough for the complimentary stay and for being part of an unforgettable birthday. With just an hour and a half drive from New York city, it makes for a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is not always easy to find time for an extended vacation with the family, so getting away close by to the closest hotel to Sesame Place is a pretty good idea for a nearcation for a family of four with 2 kids under 6.

Elmo was waiting for us with a bouquet of flowers!

Here are just a few reasons why I’d recommend SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne for your next family-friendly stay.

1. Complimentary 24 hour valet service. This may not seem like a big deal when you have kids and are not likely to be out and about at all hours of the night, but trust me this valet service is more than meets the eye. As our very first point of contact with the hotel, the valet were helpful, almost like a mini-tourist desk. It is also nice to have free parking. The front desk staff was equally as friendly, but you don’t normally expect that level of service from the valet staff.

2. Did you catch what I said above, yep that’s right SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne is the closest hotel to the ever popular Sesame Place. Just park your car, put on your bathing suit and follow the path less than 10 minutes from the front desk to the Sesame Place gate. So convenient if you need to duck back for an afternoon nap so the kids can stay awake til the night time parade at 9PM and close the park with their favorite furry animals. We were happy to be able to stroll over to bed rather than deal with the traffic of everyone driving home. Less travel with kids that late at night, means less chances of a meltdown!

The heart marks the spot! That's how close SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne is to Sesame Place

Month 5 Update on Shaklee 180™

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 am so excited to share some great news with you this month! You’ll have to watch the video to find out what it is. Only 1 month to go on this amazing program and amazing journey. I’m feeling good! I’m feeling strong!

Crayola Get Out and Create Giveaway

Can you believe that August is already here! In no time our summer travels and family summer fun will come to an end, but before it does, Cheap is the New Classy has organised the Find Your Paradise giveaway hop full of great  giveaways from great bloggers.

Mama Goes BAM readers have a chance to win a Crayola “Get out and Create” pack which includes: A large pack of Washable Sidewalk Chalk (pictured below), 1 Color Wonder Mini Stow and Go, and 1 Color Wonder Mess-Free Glitter Paper and Markers. This is a perfect kit for the last days of summer fun in the playground or to keep your child happy when you travel. Check out my review here for more info on this great prize and thanks to Crayola for providing a pack to giveaway to one lucky reader.

This giveaway ends on August 15 at 11:59PM EST. The only required entry is your email address so that I can get in touch if you win. Of course, the more entry methods you complete, the more chances you have of winning! Good luck, this giveaway is open to US Only, but once you’ve entered for this great gift pack from Crayola, don’t forget to hop down the linky to check out the other giveaways.

Create with the Crayola Get Out and Create Pack

Thanks to Crayola for providing my son with the Get Out and Create Pack to help him continue to nurture his love to create – from the playground, to quiet time at home or even on the road.

Much to my husband’s delight, my son is a natural artist. In a former life when he was much much younger Mr BAM was a celebrated artist selling paintings from his traveling adventures and inspiring interest in his paintings that took up entire walls. Once upon a time it seemed to us that Little Mr P would never progress beyond the scribble. As first time parents we didn’t realize that he was on a totally normal trajectory and now, he definitely has an eye for detail, color and is a born artist.

See that chalk art below. Yes our Mr P drew that in the playground with Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk. See, the eye patch…It’s a ninja. Pretty good I think, but then again maybe I’m just biased cause I’m his mama.

As parents we all get caught up in molding our kids into the image we want them to be, not necessarily what they naturally are trying to be. Mr P loves to create, play with paints, mix colors and figure out the exact detail that will bring his drawings alive. I like Crayola products because they let kids be kids – mix, match, draw and erase and as mom I don’t have to worry about a huge mess.

Because we are in a rental house, I am always a little hesitant to use sidewalk chalk out the front of our house – our landlord can be picky. But with the Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk simply spray away with water and it’s gone!

We recently took a roadtrip through Connecticut to Rhode Island and the Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow and Go was the perfect carry case and drawing table for him while in the back of the car.

The markers color only on special paper and not on skin, furniture or carpets. Bonus! The last thing we need is for him to leave his mark behind in a rental car.

Before we even took off, he had popped open the storage and started on his first of many creations.

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