Mothering Ourselves on Mother’s Day

Dr. Andie discusses the actual roots of Mother’s Day and how we can recapture its essence and have a wonderful day ourselves by taking care of ourselves.  Dr. Andie is the author of More than Saying I Love You.  This show is just what you need to make Mother’s Day great for yourself.

This book is so good, we had to post this podcast again! Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day

Can You Hear Me Now that You had a Baby

Did you know that having a baby could ruin your hearing?  It’s not from the screaming child.  Listen and learn how Tricia learned about otosclerosis and how having 4 children helped her to lose hearing in one ear.  And learn how a doctor solved her problem.  Can She Hear Us Now?  Listen and find out!

For more information on otosclerosis, check out this site.  As soon as Tricia meets with her doctor for her follow-up and gets more information about other resources, we will post them here.

 

 

Our Top Picks

We discuss our top picks for products and stores and more.  Here are the links to the products discussed:

Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.  Sorry that some of the references are pre-Christmas.  The products are still amazing and some of the same deals can be had.

Postpartum Health

Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby?  What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby to avoid chronic back pain or pelvic dysfunctions that can appear later in life.

Is it Your Hormones?

Nancy has been struggling after her hysterectomy with her hormones.  So we are bringing back a show from Babies and Moms Birth and Beyond for those moms who might be struggling with weight and not know it could be hormonal (despite what your GP will tell you).

Dr. Vaughn Johnson shares how our hormones can affect us and how even young women can have hormone issues (this is not JUST a menopause issue).  Millions of women are misdiagnosed and live with symptoms of miscarriages, depression, tiredness, irritability, weight gain, hair loss, and more just because they have a simple-to-fix issue. Nancy has a lot of experience with this topic!

 

 

Green Cleaning

After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the last 4 months have changed her family.

Learn more about Norwex cloths from Tricia  greenwaytolive@gmail.com
See her site or watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvKE8dGNqOI

The BEST Day Ever! Skiing in 2013

Today was the start of Sundance Ladies Day and I can’t say enough about what an amazing day it was!  The snow is SO much better than last year and skiing on snow instead of ice is really amazing.

But, I get ahead of myself.  I checked my kids out of school and we headed up the mountain.  Living 20 minutes from Sundance is really a blessing.  When we got there, we found that my neighbor had come up for her very first time on skis in her life!  We had not expected to see her there, but it was fabulous that she is starting–and can I tell you–she did way better than moi on my first day.  I did not get off the bunny hill and she made it to the first stop (and down safely)!

The excitement continued to build as we headed for Ski School.  My kids went to meet their teachers and I greeted my friends Cody and Linda Hale and saw a few familiar faces from last season.  But, I did not see Lindsay, our co-host, who was supposed to be at the class and learning to ski for the first time (she snowboards so I was hoping she would be in the same group as me).

We took the lift up to the first stop so the instructors could see our skiing levels and divide us into groups by abilities and desires.  Of course, I knew I would be in the beginning group (not the new skier group, but one step up).  I did not embarrass myself, but I could see that the other ladies were much better than me.  But that is OK because this is my second season!

I was so excited to find out that Linda Hale would be my instructor for Ladies Day.  We were joined by Rachel, a mom from Australia who had not skied in 10 years and wanted to get her technique better.  We started our class by discussing what our goals were for the season and where we feel we were at.   I wanted to get myself out of the wedge and into parallel skiing with more ease.

Linda is an Amazing instructor (as they all are) and she quickly knew what skill drills we needed to start with.  At first, it was a bit difficult, but soon all those skills I tried to learn last year came back to me and they were actually working on REAL snow.

I can’t say enough about the day.  It really was my best skiing day EVER so far.  I started out hoping that by the end of the 4 weeks, I would be parallel skiing to actually being able to parallel ski on the first day!  Working with other women is fabulous because we all support each other.  I could see what Rachel was doing that I had done previously and I could quickly give her a pointer that I had learned.  She could help me and was patient when I was having issues.  Of course working with Linda made it so easy too because she knows how to teach other women to ski.  Like she told me 6 years ago–she has never lost a student!

Closer to the end of the day, we found Lindsay and my friend skiing with their instructor.  Since Lindsay had snowboarded before, she was more comfortable with skiing and she joined us in our beginner class.  It was so much fun to ski with her.  Something about skiing together with other women makes skiing more fun and easier to learn–I am not sure why but it is better than a 1 on 1 lesson by far.

I was able to see my kids enjoying themselves and I even saw Alex skiing backwards!  He really rocked the mountain!  The kids had a fabulous day and loved everything.  Their instructors were both fabulous and I am excited to get them up on the mountain again!

LOVED LOVED LOVED everything about today’s Ladies Day!  It feels so good to conqueror the mountain! I promise to post a video next week.  I was so nervous that I forgot.  But I did get a picture!  Check our smiles out!

For more information on my experience this year and last, check out my Sundance Ladies Day  page.

Lunchbox Love with Real Food

Making lunch for your kids seems daunting sometimes, but giving them wholesome real food for lunch is one of the best things you can do–especially since school lunch programs in the US are very unhealthy.  Before you get overwhelmed and throw in the towel, listen to some great ideas that will have you making stellar lunches.

Idea Tips:

Tool Tips:

  • Use your Cookie Cutters/Sandwich cutters at Wal-Mart/Dollar Store, Lunch Punch
  • If you have a Japanese store near you, they have cool stuff (Daison and Itchi Ban Kan); shape cutters
  • Get a few types of containers (Ziploc three compartments, KlipIt Sandwich and Salad at TJMaxx, get small containers, save food-safe containers)
  • Create a place for all your lunch supplies in one place (containers, cutters, love notes, little treats)
  • Silicone cupcake cups make great dividers
  • Dress it up with toothpicks (you can make or purchase)
  • Good cookbooks: Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef
  • Here is a list of good supplies http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/08/24/my-favorite-school-lunch-supplies/

Time Tips:

  • Think Ahead: dinner into lunch; cook on weekends
  • Make Ahead: freeze muffins, oatmeal bars, cut out bread and freeze, freeze complete sandwiches; cut out cheese shapes, eyes,  applesauce, spaghetti, meatballs, even cupcakes and cake pops
  • Buy/Make your love notes ahead of time ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com has the cutest lunchbox notes; file by topic
  • Buy/store staples you can use in a crunch (sugar free applesauce; crackers, fruit leather, etc)

NOTE: If you are looking for a GREAT site with tons of wonderful ideas, ItsWrittenOnTheWall.com is my new Go-to site for fun ideas.  The site has the best lunch box notes and way more–all the best ideas on the web are here! Check them out!

And here is a sampling of the lunchbox notes:

Learn to Ski or Take On Any New Challenge

Nancy chose this as the winter to challenge herself and learn to ski.  She and Shelly discuss taking on a new challenge in life and learning how to do something new and exciting.  They discuss the specifics of being successful at skiing but also the general principles of learning anything new or succeeding in life.

Nancy learned to ski at the Sundance Resort Ladies Day.

Here is a video of Nancy skiing–not bad for a true beginner who has only had four lessons.

Shelly suggested the following book: We Can Do, by Moshe Kai Cavalin

Other Post on Skiing

Making Time for Your Passions

As moms, we put our needs last.  But making time for our passions can make us better moms.  We share how we have found time for our passions and what we have done–it just might inspire you to take up an instrument, pick up your tennis racket or lace on tap shoes!

Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

We’ve all seen the shows where a hypnotist makes a guy cluck like a chicken, but can hypnosis help you?  Licensed Therapist and Hypnotherapist Shanna Gwilliam tells us what hypnotherapy can do to help you overcome defeating thought processes you have and help you conqueror your fears.  Maybe you sabotage your own weight loss, feel like you can’t get that new job, or feel inadequate as a wife and mother.

Ideas for Lunches

We share ideas for how to make nutritious lunches your kids will eat and not throw away as well as ways to keep the environment healthy with less lunch waste including green alternatives to lunch bags and juice boxes as well as fun ways to make your kids interested in lunch!

Great containers we LOVE:

Lunchskins: Reusable sandwich and snack bags made from cute pastry bag fabrics–they saved more than 12 million plastic bags from being in landfills last year.    These can be washed in the dish washer or washing machine.

Other options are available from people on Etsy, but they may not be made of food grade materials.

KlipIt by Sistema: A cool container that holds a sandwich in one place and two sides in the other side.  Available at The Container Store or in Old Navy stores for a limited time.  They also make other cool containers you will want to check out.

Recycled Sandwich Wrap (Original idea from Family Fun)

  1. Find a sturdy food grade bag (Large cereal bags, candy bags, cracker bags, Pirate’s Booty bag).  The best bags are thick and have some silver lining in them–or they may be completely silver like the cereal bags inside the Costco Kirkland brand cereal boxes.
  2. Cut the bottom from the bag, open the side seam, and clean the bag.
  3. Cut it into a 10 or 12-inch square.
  4. Attach self-adhesive hook-and-loop dots at two opposite corners of the square, one on the front and the other on the back of the bag.

Love Notes for the Lunch Box:

You can write your own notes for your kids lunches, get some online, or get these totally cute ones with great kid-fun facts along with your note.  We like “Did you Know that a Turtle breathes through is Butt?  OThey are called Lunchbox Love by SayPlease.com.

Ideas for Great Lunches:

Remember to think power snack instead of full lunch since they don’t have time to eat a large meal.

  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Bagel sandwich
  • Rollup with cucumber, bell pepper and salad dressing
  • Tortilla, spread with PB, wrapped around a banana—can add a drizzle of honey
  • Tuna salad and crackers
  • Quesadilla (just cheese, or add some ground beef) serve with salsa
  • Hard boiled egg, roll, fruit or veggie
  • Fruit smoothie: I love this trick—make several smoothies, freeze in 8 oz containers and pop them in your child’s lunch. They will defrost and be ready to stir or spoon up by lunch
  • Cold pizza
  • Baked chips (whole grain/healthy versions)—dips or sauces if you like
  • Pretzel, cheese stick, apple/grapes
  • Crackers, lunchmeat, cheese (homemade lunchable)
  • Waffle
  • Plain tortilla (dip in salsa or spaghetti sauce—or nothing)
  • Bagel (loads of different flavors), apple
  • Granola bar and a piece of fruit or a vegetable
  • Muffins and a fruit smoothie
  • Soup in a thermos
  • Pasta. Fun bite sized shapes. Toss with parmesan cheese, include some sauce to dip it in. Eat like chicken nuggets!
  • Dry cereal (not the sugary stuff—how did that EVER make it to our breakfast tables?)
  • Biscuits and jam, stick the two sides together.
  • Cookies: make with smashed beans instead of butter, applesauce for half the sugar, add raisens and nuts. Keep in freezer)

If they have a microwave:

  • left over dinner
  • Macaroni and cheese (add a little milk in the container so it won’t be dry when reheated)
  • Soup (homemade or from a can)
  • Pizza

Sides:

  • Nuts
  • Cheese sticks/slices
  • Snap peas
  • Canned fruit
  • Carrot sticks
  • Dried apples
  • Broccoli and ranch
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Bell pepper slices

DRINK:

Water. Really. No fruit drinks. It is a lot of money and they really need to rehydrate with some good old water.  Check out the Kleen Kanteen or the SubZero Stainless steel containers instead of the plastic ones.

Cowboy Cookies (with healthy alternatives)

1 c butter OR 1 cup mashed white beans
*1 c sugar
*1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla or 1/2 t almond extract
**2 c flour
**2 c oatmeal
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 c chocolate chips

Mix butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla or almond extract.  Add dry ingredients, then chocolate chips.  Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.

* You can decrease the sugar or alter with sugar substitutes. If using agave, you will need to increase the flour and oatmeal until the batter is not too runny.

**For Gluten Free cookies, use gluten free flour, xanthum gum and gluten free oatmeal.  Follow the instructions on your gluten free flour for quantities.  I found that I had to add another 1/3 c to the recipe to make it work.

If you use beans instead of butter, you are created a “perfect protein” mix with the oatmeal.  My kids could not taste the difference in the cookies and I felt less guilty about giving them something tasty.

I make a separate batch for me and lessen the sugar, use agave or xylitol and add some protein powder to make a protein cookie.

Live the Life Weight Loss Highs and Lows Part 1

Losing weight is hard and sometimes we stop trying for reasons that may or may not be worth it.  Hear how to overcome stinkin thinkin and get back on track.  Stacey kindly shares her struggles and lets Kristi lead her in a Breakthrough.

Want to try the Free 7 Day Trial?  Go to Free 7 Day Trial

Look for Part 2–some incredible material is in Part 2 as well!

Fit Moms: Live the Life

It’s been three weeks now so how is Live the Life going for Nancy and Stacey and what have they learned? Have they lost any weight?  Do they feel better? Listen and learn to the tips and advice that they have after using Live the Life for a while.

If you are interested in trying the free 7-day trial, click here to get connected!

Get Energy and Lose Weight for Good

The creators of Kristi Approved, a program that includes all of Stacey’s rules for getting healthy and losing weight, chat with us.  If you are struggling to get back you body, listen up and learn how to Live the Life.  This show is packed with 7 Keys for Success and how you can start right now using the Life the Life FREE 7-day start plan.

The MOM Podcast hosts will be using this program and will be reporting on their successes in upcoming shows.   If you are interested in this topic, email us and join our Fit Moms discussion by email.  We email to each other with results every Friday.

Also–looking for the link to that site we mentioned–The Frugal Girls?  Here it is http://www.thefrugalgirls.com/ (don’t forget the “the”).