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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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Dual #PGMOM Giveaway! Conquer the Cold with Great P&G Products + Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Prize Pack

I’ve mentioned it before, but I will say it again, I am SO excited to have That Mom Tammy as a part of the blog now. We will be making some changes to the look and feel of it soon, but thought we would start with a huge double giveaway! There are TWO prizes to be won here!

When I received my latest products from Proctor and Gamble I knew that some of it would be perfect for my hair, and some of it for hers. I’m the one with the over dyed, dried out but really fun blue hair, and Tammy has those tight curls I’ve always lusted after. Of course, we both run into our hair issues, and were happy to try some new products to see how they would work for us.

Below you will find information about these products, why they are so awesome at combating some major hair and skin issues, and also what we thought about them. All I can say is that we’ve both been rocking some pretty awesome hair the past couple of weeks!

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The products I tried out: That Mom Karen

As much as we love the beauty of a fresh dusting of snow, Canadian winters can be unforgiving. In addition to battling the snow and chilly wind, the subzero temperatures, layers of warm clothes and dry furnace air can leave our skin feeling dry and itchy and our tresses in a tizzy.

Some common issues during the winter months are…

Delicate Hair

The Cause: Blow-drying and heat-styling tools can contribute to more breakage during the winter. Blistery snowy weather also tends to wet and freeze hair in the cold leading to additional breakage.

The Solution: To help avoid winter breakage, it’s important to get regular trims every eight weeks. Split ends split upwards, so the less one trims, the more breakage they will experience. It’s also important to practice a good at-home daily hair routine in between cuts to avoid breakage and keep hair moisturized. Protect hair against damage from the cold outdoors and styling heat by applying a moisturizing mist that’s designed for daily use.

Products to Try: Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist (ARV $5.99 each) strengthens dry fragile hair against damage and preps it for styling. Try the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal line (Shampoo, Conditioner and Silky Moisture Whip) for added damage control.

Why I liked these products: My hair is drier than dry. Maintaining my fun blue colour does bad things to my hair, let alone the cold. I am also almost always strapped for time with how busy I am and most days I’m walking my 4yo to school with damp hair. The Pantene products have really made my hair feel much softer, and look way healthier than it has. I really hooked on the Silky Moisture Whip for styling. 

Parched skin from Old Man Winter

The Cause: Dry furnace air, wind burn and warm clothing can lead to dry, flaky and itchy skin. 
The Solution:  In the winter months you should moisturize at least once a day (more if you’re prone to dry, flaky skin). Look for moisturizers with petrolatum or mineral oil to prevent evaporation and water loss from the skin.
Products to Try: For an immediate burst of moisture, try Olay Ultra Moisture Lotion (ARV $10.99). This lotion contains petrolatum, which replenishes and nourishes skin’s moisture barrier to break the cycle of dry skin. In one week, your skin will feel noticeably soft.
Why I like this product: My skin is always ultra dry and I can’t stand it. For me it stands out even more than others because of all of my tattoos. Keeping my skin looking hydrated is something I’m always trying to stay on top of. The Olay Ultra Moisture Lotion keeps my skin looking moisturized all day long. I love it! 
Kinky, Curly, Wavy & Unruly Frizz
The Cause: Some hair types, like curly and coarse tresses, are just naturally prone to frizz, but more often than not, frizz is a sign of damaged hair. The combination of outdoor air and indoor heating can do a number on your strands, causing frizz, fly-aways and dryness.
The Solution: Moisture. Start by using a shampoo and conditioner designed to fight frizz. Don’t be afraid to skip washing daily – it’s unnecessary and hard on hair. Try to air-dry your hair when possible to help reduce split ends from heat damage. And always use heat-protecting products before heat-styling to help protect your hair from high temperatures and unnecessary breakage.
Products to Try: Herbal Essences None of your Frizzness Shampoo and Conditioner‘s serum-infused formula moisturizes hair with the right amount of conditioning ingredients for lusciously soft and shiny hair. (ARV $4.49 each)

The products Tammy tried out: That Mom Tammy

Do your locks long for the next visit to the salon? Not because their ends are a little split or colour is fading, but because they want to be spoiled—to be lathered and styled with thick, creamy and fabulously scented products that only hair dressers seem to possess? Now you can end your locks’ yearning! Fifty years after Vidal Sassoon transformed how women wear and care for their hair, P&G Beauty & Grooming is making salon genius available to all with the NEW Vidal Sassoon Pro Series colour, care and styling line. Perfected by experts, the collections offer quality products for creating effortlessly beautiful, real life styles at home at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Vidal Sasson Pro Series Giveaway

To introduce Canadians to the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, P&G shares a few of its favourite products and tips from the experts.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Lock Shampoo aids in conditioning the cuticle while hair is in its wet shampoo state to make styling after washing easier.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Lock Conditioner helps to seal in moisture and prevent dry or damaged-looking hair, leaving it noticeably smooth and irresistible to the touch.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse was created after learning that consumers want touchable volume that will last and won’t weigh hair down. It uses an exclusive foam technology that helps control unruly hair while providing up to 24 hours of flexible hold and volume that is easy to comb out.

TIPS FROM SASSOON STYLISTS: Hold product upright to pump out a tennis ball size amount into your palm then evenly knead into towel dried hair. Blow-dry or let dry naturally and freshen-up your style throughout the day by applying a small amount to dry hair.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray helps seal in style and tame flyaways with Glycerin that significantly helps reduce friction and mechanical damage caused when combing or brushing hair.

TIPS FROM SASSOON STYLISTS: Spray 6-8 inches away from towel dried hair, dry and freshen later.

Vidal Sassoon The Mega Firm Hold Gel uses a professionally inspired formula offering a customizable and strong hold that helps lock out style-stealing frizz for up to 24 hours.

Why I like these products: I have really curly hair and it’s very hard to find a good shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t dry it out. I was very impressed with how soft and moisturized my hair has been since using these products.  The frizz has been cut down compared to my previous shampoo and conditioners. It’s also very hard for me to find the right curly hair product cocktail – if you have curly hair you know what I mean. The Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse and the Mega Firm Hold Gels keep my hair in a firm hold for the day. My favorite product of the bunch is the moisture renewal mist which is the perfect finish of my curly locks.

We will be giving away TWO prize packs here. The first (ARV $44) will give you your chance to conquer the cold with the right arsenal of hair, face and body products to defend and repair winter-withered skin and hair:

  • Olay Body Ultra Moisture Lotion
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Silky Moisture Whip
  • Herbal Essences None of your Frizzness Shampoo
  • Herbal Essences None of your Frizzness Conditioner

The second prize pack (ARV $56) is for those of you who want to treat your luscious locks to the new Vidal Sasson Pro Series experience with:

  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Lock Shampoo
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Lock Conditioner
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray
  • Vidal Sassoon The Mega Firm Hold Gel
To enter for your chance to win either of these prize packs, click the link below, or on one of the images above! This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

ENTER HERE! 

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.


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Craft fun: Glitter Snow Globe

We love doing crafts in our house so I thought I would make a glitter filled snow-globe with my 3yo, ‘S’. What child doesn’t like to have some fun with glitter? This was a really easy and fun craft that she could help a lot with.

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Glitter
  • Foam Stickers
  • Paint (optional)

 

Step One: Paint the lid of your Mason Jar
This step is optional, but we love paint in our house.  The kids love any excuse to get their paints out. You can also sprinkle some of the glitter on while it’s still wet to add a bit of sparkle.

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Step Two: Apply stickers

You can place stickers on both the inside, and the outside of your jar. If you use the 3D stickers from Michael’s they tend to stick a bit better in the water.  The foam ones from the dollar store will sometimes come loose, which isn’t always a bad thing –  S loved watching them ‘swim’ around in the sparkly water!

Step Three: Add your water

Fill the jar with water leaving a little room at the top, then add a drop or two of vegetable oil. The oil will help the glitter settle slower and keeps it from clumping together.

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Step Four: Add your glitter

Sprinkle your glitter in the top of the jar. We had a variety of glitter and some worked better then others. The larger flakes seemed to work a bit better then the little ones. You can also use fake snow.

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Step Five: Seal and Shake! 

Seal jar really tight and shake away.

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I would suggest using a mat to do this craft on so that glitter and water don’t end up everywhere. It will help make for an easy clean up. S loved this little craft and plays with it often.  It also works  for time outs – Shake it up and once all the glitter is settled time out is over. We also use this when the kids are having trouble sharing toys. Same idea as the time out, once the glitter settles it’s time to trade.

 

Happy crafting,

 

Tammy

 

 

 

 


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Day one of 6am a success. #MyBetter

Yesterday I challenged myself with starting to wake up at 6am so that I had no excuse to not have time to workout. Not only did I challenge myself, but I challenged That Mom Tammy too. Last night, (while doing the stairs – go US!) we vowed that we would message each other in the morning and make sure we were both up, starting the day right.

As hard as it was to initially roll myself out of bed, I’m glad I did it. It was the perfect way to start the day. It was quiet and I didn’t once get interrupted by a “Mom, I need this NOW”. I think I can actually do this 6am thing. Maybe I will even become a ‘Morning Person’. Maybe. 😉

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Proof 😉

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Motivational Monday – Week 61 – Hello 6am??

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that it’s always been important to me to share both sides of my weight-loss journey. The good and the bad. The successes, and the falling short. Put it all out there because this is what’s real. It’s not always easy – sometimes it’s down right hard. There are moments when I want to throw in the towel, go back to my old ways of not caring. Luckily it doesn’t last long, because I know that even during these down times, these bad moments, I can do it.

I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a slump the past few months. While there have been little losses here and there, there have also been gains. I go from doing really well with eating healthy and tracking my food one week, to stuffing my face with chips and not paying attention the next. It’s just so easy to not pay attention. My biggest problem is not finding the time to work out and be more active. I’ve been so busy in every aspect of my life that I just don’t make the time. Excuses, excuses, right? I miss running. I miss having that drive to get myself moving. I know that all it will take is to jump back in, so that is what I’m going to do.

Time is definitely an issue with me right now, I’m swamped. Really, really swamped. I can only come up with one solution, and even though it’s something that makes me cringe, I know it’s what needs to be done. I need to start waking up early. Like 6am early. To workout. I am probably one of the worst morning people you’ll ever meet, so this is not going to be easy. It start’s tomorrow.

I think this will be a big step into finding that groove again. Remembering how amazing I felt when I was being active and seeing the results I’d been looking for. I had more energy. I was happier. I was always reading and willing to take on the world. I need to find this Karen again:

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So here is to another week. Wish me luck with the 6am wake-ups!

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