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For my lovely followers:

Have you noticed you are not being updated anymore when a new post goes out? Sad right? We have some exciting things happening on the blog, but we are now SELF HOSTED! If you want to continue getting updates, please head over to http://ThatMomBlog.com and subscribe there! (In the right sidebar!)

We have lots of great content coming, a Biggest Loser Challenge starting AND some great giveaways on their way.

We hope to have our posts landing in your inbox again soon!

 

xo

Karen & Tammy


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A Lego Birthday Party

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Growing up my parents always made a big deal about birthday parties. This is something I want to do for my kids. It isn’t always about the money you spend on the party but the little details that make it special. We have a note book for each of our children. Each birthday we get all of the guests to write or draw a little something. My parents did this for me and I love to look back at my birthdays as a child.

This year our son really wanted to have a Lego birthday party. It was difficult to find any Lego decorations or games. Here are a few things that we did to make his Lego birthday a exceptional one.

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Loot Bags

-  Use a 1” circle

punch to cut out 6 circles for each bag. Attach with foam adhesives to the coloured paper bag so they are raised. Write Lego on each circle. You can also make name tags with the Lego font to attach to the bags.

Lego Activities

-  Each child received a 3 in 1 Car Lego kit. We set up a ramp in our backyard for the children to race their new Lego cars down. This was also a part of the loot bag to go home.

-  Give the children a large bin of Lego and see who can build the biggest tower in a 1 min. This is one of those games everyone can participate and really enjoy.

- Give each child a plate of Lego and vote for who made the most imaginative creation, best animal, and most creative vehicle.

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Lego Snacks

- Marshmallow Lego men heads. Cut a small marshmallow in half height attach to a larger one. Dip in yellow melted chocolate. Use a food colour pen or fine tip icing to draw the Lego men faces.

- Primary coloured smarties always makes for a yummy snack and goes along with the colour scheme

- You can find

 Lego candies at your local bulk store.

- We used a lego box our son made for all the utensils

- Purchase yellow cups and used black permanent markers to draw on different lego man faces. Each one was different so the kids knew which cup was theirs.

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I had a lot of fun organizing this party for our son. It was a great colour scheme of 4 primary colours, which made it easy to find coloured plates, forks and na

pkins. Our son really loved helping out in making the decorations with his Lego. I hope this gives you some Lego ideas for your little ones special day.

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Tammy


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Motivational Monday + Our fun morning at Wizard World!

Our first week of challenge was great. We stuck to our goals, and both lost some weight. I am down 2.6lbs, and Tammy is down 0.9lbs, which means I’M WINNING!! I’m looking forward to dropping my kids off at her house for the day next month ;)

We are looking forward to another week of it, though I’m sure with two decent losses for me, she will probably do better when we weigh-in next Monday. And while I may be taking her down when it comes to weight-loss, she took me today today Jousting while we visited Wizard World!

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We had SO much fun this morning at Wizard World in Hamilton. The bouncy castles, the rides, magic show and of course at the Petting Zoo. I even got to pet an OWL (that is something I’ve always wanted to do!) If your in Hamilton, it’s happening all week long for March Break at the Careport Centre. The kids will love it, and you will have a lot of fun too. Check out their website for more information, and see all our fun photos below! We really had a blast :)


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Five tips for getting started with a Lifestyle change. #MyBetter

Last month I did my very first guest post on the Momstown Hamilton Blog. If you are in the area, pregnant, or with young kids, you should really check them out! If you are not in the area, check to see if there is a Momstown community near you.  I’m really excited to be doing monthly guest posts over there, and wanted to share one I recently did. Please go check out their blog. :)

2012 was a huge year for me. I finally made the decision to take control of my life, loose weight and get in shape – I need to keep up with these 2 boys after all! Not only is it important for us as parents to lead a healthy lifestyle, but for us to teach our children to as well.

If you’ve been on the cusp of wanting to make a change, I’ve put together a few tips to help you get started. I hope they can help!

  • Be ready. Be committed.  Before starting any lifestyle change, you need to make sure you’re ready for it. If you’re not in a place where you’re ready to commit to something new, it can make it difficult and easier to give up. Write a list of goals. Start off slow, and work your way up.
  • Find a fitness routine that you enjoy. Finding a fitness routine or workout that you enjoy will make things easier. If you really dislike jogging, it may not be the exercise of choice to start with. Of course, you may be thinking right now “Are there exercises that are enjoyable?”. I guarantee you can find one. It might be going on walks, doing ‘Just Dance’ on the Wii, or sweating along to a good looking guy on a simple exercise video – they are out there! Once you start seeing the changes you’ll be more willing to push yourself into other routines and exercises.
  • Find an accountability partner. Starting such a huge lifestyle change alone can be hard. Try finding a friend who is willing to take this journey alongside you. Plan to work out a couple times a week together, come up with meal plans and set like minded goals. If you have a large group of people who are looking to make changes think about starting a private support group with weekly check ins and weigh-ins.
  • Get rid of the junk. Take a good look at what’s stocked in your kitchen. Clear your cupboards of all the cookies, get rid of the tubs of ice cream in your freezer. Not having unhealthy snacks available makes it easier to reach for the good stuff. Stock up on fruits and veggies, and low calorie snacks.
  • Take a before picture. There is nothing better than having a before picture to compare yourself to once the weight starts coming off. Not everyone thinks of taking one because they don’t necessarily want to remember themselves that way. It doesn’t have to be for anyone’s eyes but your own, but something you will really appreciate having once the time comes. Personally I kept one of the worst pictures of me as my desktop background for a year, it helped remind me why I was making the change, even on the bad days.
Remember that any lifestyle change can take time, and again lots of commitment. There are ups and downs, and slip-ups along the way but you will get there. Mostly importantly? You need to believe in yourself, and that you can do it – because you can!
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New Logos!

I need to take today to give a huge shout out to Kudi Art, the fabulous designer who did our avatar selves. We just got Tammy’s done, as well as our joint one, and we LOVE them! If you are looking for a commissioned illustration I would highly recommend her! How awesome do we look??

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Thank you again Christa!!! xo

 


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Motivational Monday – Challenge accepted!

A new month, a new blogger, a new challenge! That Mom Tammy is officially on board for Motivational Mondays. While I will still be writing the posts (for the most part) she will be weighing in each week. For our first month we decided on a bit of a competition as our challenge. Our goal is to workout 5 times per week. We will be recording both our exercise and points progress online each day and there’s twist – for any day of a skipped workout, or not tracking, you get a .5lb disadvantage added on to your total. WHOA. And the prize? The one who looses the most weight at the end of the month gets to drop their kids off at the losers house for an entire day. I am SO winning this challenge!

March Challenge So far I’m ahead, I’m down 3.7slbs this week (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and Tammy is down .2lbs – still a loss! I have to remember though that when Tammy wants to bring it, she does. Our last challenge that we set for each other she dropped the weight way faster than I did.  It’s going to be a fun, tough and challenging month, but something I think we both need to get back on track.

Who do you think will take it?

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