Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, so don’t screw it up! Just joking, just please make sure to give dear old mom a phone a call to share a “thanks for having and raising me right kind of moment.”I’m not particularly picky when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. I mean, who doesn’t like to get something wrapped up all pretty with a surprise inside? Sure, around the Christmas holiday or my birthday I give The Hubs some suggestions in case any family member should ask what they should get me, but I very rarely hate what I get (though a few times I’ve had a good chuckle about items I’ve received!).
It’s been two months now since I started my Shaklee 180 journey to a healthier me! Earlier this week I shared my progress in a blog post you can read here or just click on the video below to get some different views of my progress so far.
Now it’s your turn to share. What motivates you to be healthy?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support, and incentives for participating. All opinions given here are my very own. 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.
A few weeks ago I shared how our family is trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. To this point we’ve been abiding by the simple mantra of reduce, reuse & recycle, but we are now starting to try to eliminate any chemicals we use in our home – whether it’s the household cleansers or products we use on ourselves.
I never had really thought about the types and amounts of chemicals that are in my various beauty products until I couple of weeks ago when I received samples of the Organic Beauty Now green + glam hair care line of products, their Purity shampoo and Intensive Moisturizer conditioner. Continue reading
Bubbles. There are songs, websites and even Pinterest pages devoted to them. Bubbles make me happy, whether they are in the wine or floating above my head. My kidlets love bubbles too. They can go through a huge bottle in one afternoon waving around their bubble wands, or should I say weapons since the kidlets always wind up smacking them into each other in their bubble blowing frenzy!
With the weather finally getting warmer, we were able to have some backyard bubble fun this past weekend. The kidlets had lots of fun and giggles trying out their new Little Tikes Boubly Hippo Bubble Bellies II bubble machine.
I know that spring is in the air and that summer can’t be far behind when my driveway starts looking like this, a massive piece of graffiti art! The family is trying to taking full advantage of the warmer weather here in the Northeast by spending as much time outside as possible.
Both of my kidlets are budding artists and one of their all-time favorite things to do is draw with chalk on our driveway. Sidewalk chalk is a great addition to any outdoor play and is an inexpensive activity that the entire family can enjoy doing together. I love how playing with chalk promotes my kidlet’s imaginations, creativity and even helps with their basic elementary school skills (writing numbers, letters & words).
Counting is a huge milestone for any child as they are starting to learn and grow. Now counting to 10 is “easy breezy,” according to my five-year-old kindergartener son, but what about counting to 30, 50, 80 or even 100? Aside from learning how to count by 1s, my boy is also learning how to count by 5s and 10s all the way to 100. Sometimes he gets confused trying to remember how the larger numbers progress so I’m always looking new ways to help him to practice his numbers.
One of my most vivid memories of high school English, particularly my junior and senior years, is not the teacher or books/plays I read, but a brightly color brochure that hung on the classroom’s front bulletin board. When someone would forget their homework or answer a question incorrectly, this teacher would point to the brochure and tell us that if we didn’t shape up, the only institute of higher learning we’d be accepted into would be Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College!
Despite my teacher’s attempt to dissuade us, in class I often daydreamed of what it would be like to actually run away and join the circus. It would be adventurous – working closely with wild animals and dancing high above the crowds on the high-wire without a safety net! It would also be exotic – performing under the big top and traveling the world, a different city every week! As much as this life seemed appealing to me, reality set in and I realized that I am in no way a “performer” and would be much better off as a career gal and mom!
Well, I got to be that daydreaming circus girl once again this past weekend when the entire family went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built To Amaze!” at the new beautiful Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, which is running there now through April 1.
Photo courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Today I’m lucky to have another entry from The Hubs aka @DadandMarried. The Hubs is a kid at heart and he loves doing hands-on activities with our kiddies. So when the Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs showed up in our mailbox he immediately asked me if he could be the one to review them. As my blog title says, I am the “Harried Mom” so anything to help this gal out, who am I to argue!!!
Which came first-the chicken or the egg? It’s a question that’s vexed mankind for centuries, but luckily for my five and three-year olds, they couldn’t care less – it’s all just part of the pageantry of Easter!
My family is expecting to get some exciting thrills and chills when we go to see “The Greatest Show On Earth” next week! That’s right — Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey’s new show “Built To Amaze!” is coming to the NYC area with 23 shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center from March 20 – April 1, 2013.
“Built To Amaze!’ is based on a child’s natural curiosity of how things all around us work and takes the audience through the stages of creating an actual circus. More than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled, creating never-before-seen, heart-pounding performances.
My kidlets love to get mail. They run down our long driveway and stand on their tippy toes to reach into our long black mailbox with the bright red flag. As I sort thru the litany of bills, department store mailers and junk mail, my kidlets always ask if there’s anything addressed to them. Occasionally there is – a birthday or holiday card from relatives or a thank you note from a friend for attending their birthday party & gift. I love seeing the look of joy on their faces when there is a piece of mail for them, it’s totally priceless!
The other day my son got a big surprise during our daily mail call, he received the first issue of his very own subscription to Humpty Dumpty magazine. Humpty Dumpty is a bimonthly magazine for kids aged five to seven years old, who are learning to read independently. It comes from the same publisher behind Jack & Jill, which I remember reading in elementary school and loving as a kid.