5 Reasons to Join the #BAMFitPhotoADay Fitness Challenge

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I am just 10 days into the July Photo Fitness Challenge and I am really excited and inspired by seeing others joining me! I decided to make my own photo-a-day challenge this month to not only help me stay on track, but also to help me connect with others that are working, struggling, pushing through the same fitness and eating challenges as I am. I purposefully made this first month as a “get-to-know-you” kinda month. Those that have joined me are posting pictures of their breakfast, style and the people and places that inspire them to keep fit.

Willpower is great, but support is also an important part of weight loss, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I know this firsthand from the experience I am living now with Shaklee 180™. The support I am receiving from the other women in the group as well as from family and friends has been tremendous. So, when this experience as a Shaklee Blogger ends on August 31, I want to make sure that I still have that support network I need to maintain my weight – or maybe even have grown it!

Gorgeous Handmade Bags for Little Adventurers

Living in Brooklyn without a car, our little family does alot of subway travel as well as travel on foot. My Little Miss and Mr P love to travel with little action figures, sketch pads, pencils and crayons. Part of our get ready to go routine involves the kids picking out 2-3 items that they want to bring with them, and we want to help keep them entertained on the road. As Mr P has just finished his first year at school (kindergarten graduate ya’ll!) he is becoming ever more and more independent – in other words, he likes to carry his own stuff.

So when my friend Jacqui  from Mee a Bee offered to send us her beautiful handmade bags, one for each I said, yes please! I met Jacqui virtually several years ago as we are both entrepreneurial moms linked by New Zealand. Jacqui is a Kiwi (New Zealander) living in Japan,  and I was living in New Zealand at the time. I have always loved Jacqui’s bags!

Little Miss loves wearing hers everywhere from the park to around the house.

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I am blown away by the quality of the bags, as has been everyone who compliments the kids on them at the park. Handmade, made with love and care, these bags rival any big manufacturer.

Mee a Bee is for children and parents who love adventure. Created by hand in Japan you can rest assured you’re buying something different and very special. Each bag starts with a base of natural cotton or linen. To that I add a specially selected whimsical printed fabric flap. The finishing touch is the soft colorful strap chosen to really make the design pop!

- Jacqui, meeabee.com

You can catch up with Jacqui through her etsy store and choose a pattern to suit your child’s personality. I also like seeing more of her handmade bags and Japan adventures with kids on her instagram @meeabee.

PishPosh Mommy: Organization for the on-the-go Mommy

I remember being pregnant with Mr P and trying to build my baby registry. It’s all so foreign and the best way to find products that work is to ask the advice of moms who have gone before you. The diaper bag was one item that no two moms will give you the same advice on. Some moms want function and don’t care about fashion, some want a bag big enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink, others don’t want their diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. I remember settling on a backpack style diaper bag, reasoning that function definitely trumped all other features of a diaper bag. When I actually started carrying my diaper bag backpack, I was disappointed. I wanted the leather handbags I used to carry – in rich purple and blue faux leather, not this horrible school kid like backpack in bright green – yuck! It absolutely clashed with everything.

I recently met PishPosh Mommy at the Brookly Baby Expo and was introduced to their Quickzip Carryall Organizer. Now this, this is the perfect solution for keeping your handbag identity while still having it function as a diaper bag. With several internal pockets, an internal zippered pocket as well as external pockets, the carryall makes it easy to store diapers, wipes, creams, toys and bottles and sippy cups – zip it all up and then drop it in your normal coveted handbag. The pockets inside a diaper bag are what make them necessary – but with the PishPosh Mommy Carryall, you carry these internal pockets with you from bag to bag – no need to sacrifice style!

In My Closet: Runners Shoe Choices for Everyday

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Running is known to take a toll on the individual’s body. Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t pick up running. Running is a fantastic sport that you can practice on your own, as part of a team or both. But, it is important to remember that if you are going to take up running regularly, you should find out how to run. Sure, just wanting to head out the door is important, but you do need to have a proper runner’s gate, work on a proper heel strike, etc…otherwise you will quickly suffer foot pain – trust me, been there, done that! Some other ways to minimize foot pain are as follows:

  • work on your core (yes, work those abs!) that will help your posture, which will in turn help the way you run.
  • make sure shoes fit correctly, both running shoes and everyday shoes
  • increase your mileage gradually. Don’t start day one running 5 miles at top speed, get your body accustomed to the new activity. Try the Couch to 5K program from Cool Running, that’s how I went from zero to half marathon runner in less than a year
  • Don’t live in high-heels, they may be cute but not great for your feet

I’ve become very particular about point number 2 above. My everyday shoes and running shoes have to be super comfortable. The image above shows some of the shoes that make up my everyday life and though all functional, they are all also very cute!

Delivery Man Movie Puts a Twist on Family

Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt and will be in theaters November 22. Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father.

Wowsers! Can you imagine? When I think that 2 little people look up to me and look to me for guidance…the power and importance of being a mother is at once energizing, and a heavy (but happy to have) burden. Will I scar them with my own “baggage” and issues? Will I always be able to provide for them and nurture their natural talents and abilities? Will they want and need my love, affection and opinion?

I’m sure we will have our ups and downs as a family, but between 3 countries, 4 cities and 2 continents since I first met Mr BAM in Auckland, New Zealand and since we had our son Mr P in Christchurch, then moved to Auckland and then New York while I was 6 months pregnant with our now American Little Miss – phew! I couldn’t imagine living this adventure without one of these kiddies. My kids are super special, Mr P particularly to move from New Zealand to New York and to have enjoyed every minute of it and to continue to thrive.

Best Use of a Canadian Passport

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I remember when I first started really traveling and meeting people from other countries. I sometimes jealously thought to myself, I wish my passport allowed me to stay indefinitely in such and such country or enter bladibla country and to work with little paper work. It was a silly thing to feel jealous about, seeing as I never really had the means (or money) to say stay in a tropical paradise like Mallorca for an indefinite amount of time. But, hey I couldn’t help but grumble when my Canadian passport didn’t even make it easy for me to work here in the US. Now a European passport, that’s a key to the world…

Well today – on Canada Day – I read about this pretty cool use for a Canadian Passport – to open a fully stocked beer fridge. Yes, you read correctly. If you are Canadian, or have ventured to Canada, then you know Molson Beer, it’s a staple to my brothers and sisters north of the border. Molson is the Canadian beer brand famously know for the I AM CANADIAN campaign.

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