Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing women in my life!
I wouldn’t be the woman / wife / mama that I am today without these beautiful & strong women who I look up to. I love you so much, Mom, and Grammie too. Thank you, Mom, for always being there for me and loving me no matter what. You’re my best friend and my little BFF and I are both so lucky to have you as our Mom / Grandma.
Now with that said, please, please, please, please take back that wish that I’d have a daughter just like me someday because we both know how screwed I will be once she’s a teenager, ha ha!
And a special ‘thank you’ to my absolutely beautiful and wonderful little girl who made me the luckiest Mama in the whole wide world.
I hope all of you have a really special day and make sure to celebrate all the special moms in your life!
Last night I worked my ass off on the elliptical and could feel sweat dripping down my body into all sorts of places. It was totally disgusting and invigorating at the same time. I was proud of myself. I really stepped it up a notch and worked hard.
But then when undressing for the shower I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and it was depressing. Like seriously, it was bad. I saw bulges that I never noticed before and rolls that a baker would be envious of. It was awful. How did I allow myself to get to this point? Why did I not stop eating when that first 5 or 10 or even 15 lbs was gained? Why did I wait till I gained 30 freaking pounds?! Last summer at this time I knew I needed to lose 15lbs and now 1 year later, did I lose it? No I went and gained another 15lbs. Freaking crazy…
I could sit here all day and make excuses for my weight gain — sitting down all day at a desk job; I am a stress eater / celebration eater / bored eater (see a pattern here?); not nursing anymore (god, I miss being able to eat so much extra, lol); etc. But excuses won’t help me lose this weight and fit in all my old super cute skinny clothes. Only hard work and proper eating will get me where I need to be. And I will be there, God dammnit. The excuses are stopping here and today is THE day that I will start. Well, actually, I did really good yesterday so technically it was yesterday, but it sounds better to say today, ha ha!
I want to set a good example for my daughter so she will follow in my strong & healthy footsteps. And I want to set a good example for myself. I want to be the best me I can be. I want to be happy with myself inside and out. I want to shop for fun clothes again instead of dreading shopping because nothing fits right. I lost 80lbs about 10 years ago and managed to keep it off all this time with the exception of these 30lbs that creeped up over the last couple years. If I can lose 80lbs then I can sure as hell lose 30lbs and I am gonna do it by my 30-something Birthday in August.
Every week I will be posting my weight loss updates — maybe actual weight, but probably just amount lost for now. And I might post before pics too depending on how brave I feel. There’s no better way to actually stick to something then just putting it all out there for the whole world to see, right?
Who’s down with me for the challenge? Let’s face the naked truth together!
Hey guys! Just wanted to formally announce the winner of the “Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow” contest. It was, drumroll please….Amanda!
Congratulations Amanda! Hope your little one enjoys her super cute and comfy colorful shoes!
And everyone else, please keep reading this blog because there’s another really special and delicious contest coming up soon!
Back when I was young and carefree AKA not a mama, the definition of a perfect day would’ve been sleeping in late, hitting up the gym, shopping for a bit, lunch out, my fave day spa to relax & be pampered, and then ending the night out on a date w/ the hubby & some bubbly, ha ha. Sounds heavenly even now.
Wanna know what my perfect day is now? Try not to laugh… Getting up wicked early before everyone else so I can jump on the elliptical, a long hot shower w/ enough time to shave my legs, spending the whole day somewhere fun like the Zoo / museum / park w/ my little BFF tantrum free, dinner as a family at one of our fave local restaurants, and then my little BFF being so exhausted that she passes out by 9pm (I can dream, right?!) and catching up on my shows / watching a movie w/ the hubs before passing out too. Funny how things change, isn’t it?
I’m pretty blessed though as all last weekend was almost like my ‘perfect’ day as the weather was beautiful and I spent 24/7 with my precious girl. Of course she didn’t pass out before 11pm and I’m honestly not sure which one of passed out first — I’m guessing me though. But overall it’s been awesome and I am so excited Spring is here as the sunshine just makes everything feel perfect.
Tell me what would your perfect day be like?
All week long I’ve been sitting here at this computer screen trying to think of something silly and creative and clever to blog, but nothing comes to mind. The blank screen stares back at me. There is nothing to say. So much has happened to my city over the past week and it’s senseless, tragic, unexplainable, and downright frightening. I am a proud Bostonian who was born and raised here. I always felt safe here and at peace. But then last week happened and everything shifted upside down. What should have been a fun day for everyone as it has been forever, instead turned into a day of horror that will forever be remembered. Hundreds of innocent people were severely hurt and three lost their lives. I left my work in fear for my own life and didn’t return back until 2 days later.
Once I returned back to work more drama happened at the Courthouse right by my work as a bomb threat was called in. Again, I was terrified.
And then just when I thought maybe things would be alright, again fear took over our whole entire city and the surrounding suburbs when we were ordered into lockdown. Hundreds of SWAT team members / Police / FBI swarmed my baby brother’s neighborhood looking for the terrorists who killed a 4th innocent person, a police officer who was on duty trying to protect our community, and these madmen were now on the loose armed and dangerous. We were ordered to stay under lockdown and no one had a clue where / when these crazy terrorists would strike again. It was beyond scary and all I could do was hold my precious beautiful baby girl and give her kisses and hugs. Her little face is so innocent and precious. So trusting. One of the poor victims who was a little boy a few years older than her. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering his poor family must be going through. It’s unbearable and beyond tragic. His little sister also lost a leg during this bomb explosion and his mom was severely injured too. It’s horrific. Those are just examples of one family’s pain, but there are so many more people going through this. There are hundreds of victims from this day…these days…and they will forever live with this pain.
My little girl vaguely knows the situation as I explained there was a bad guy who the police arrested and she is safe. She only knows that much of the story as I needed to give her some reason as to why we were skipping school last Friday and yet couldn’t play outside on a beautiful sunny Spring day. It scares me to think that something awful like this could happen in the world that my baby lives in. I want to protect her forever and keep her safe in my loving arms as I know all parents do. It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about the craziness in this world. What is wrong with people? What goes on in a person’s mind to make them want to committ these horrible acts of violence and invasion to other humans?
All throughout Boston everyone is saying “Boston Strong” and I completely agree that we are a strong community and will overcome this together. But honestly, I am Boston Scared too…
That is all that I have for today… I promise my next post will be more uplifting, but today I just needed to get that off my chest.
With all that’s been going on in the world lately, Boston particularly, it’s nice to have a special day to celebrate the earth and just feel at peace…
But what do we do to celebrate such a holiday? We all know how important the Earth is and how vital it is to our health and well-being, but what steps do we / should we be following to ensure the Earth stays healthy too? Well, as a parent, I feel it’s my personal responsibility to do all that I can to help keep the Earth clean so my children and following generations can enjoy this beautiful world. And it’s also my responsibility to ensure that I instill these values into Isabella so she can teach her children the same — it’s all about working together to preserve our Earth by reducing, re-using, re-purposing, and recycling.
Here’s a few tips that we follow on an everyday basis:
1.) Recycle all of your plastics / papers / glass
2.) Recycle your soda cans / bottles
3.) Hang your clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer
4.) Buy products with minimal packaging. For example, a water purifier on your home faucet along with a re-usable water bottle instead of a case of plastic water bottles.
5.) Shut lights off when you’re not using them.
6.) Cut down on your amount of time in the shower.
7.) Water your lawn / flowers / garden less frequently. Or even consider putting buckets out when it rains which you can then use for watering — crunchy, yes, but hey it’s a good idea!
8.) Stop buying plastic lunch bags for your kids’ snacks and instead use re-usies or tupperware that you can wash out again and again.
9.) Make your own homemade cleaning solutions free of harsh chemicals or buy earth friendly products.
10.) Bring your own re-useable shopping bags when you grocery shop. Stop and Shop says this one switch alone saved approximately 15 million plastic and paper bags last year alone!!!
11.) Shop at yardsales or even host a yardsale — by recycling old items you’re helping to cut down on the amount of waste sent to the landfills every year.
12.) Check out Pinterest for ideas how to re-purpose items you have laying around your home. Trust me, I am not the Martha Stewart type, but even I have found cute ideas for cookie tins and oatmeal containers that are super easy if you have fabric and a hot glue gun.
All of these tips are super easy and if you’re frugal / budget conscience like me then you’ll see these will also help you save lots of money in the long run! I hope this helped inspired you so you too can get out there and do your part to help preserve our Earth!
Important Disclosure: All of the opinions expressed abover were solely my own. However, I am working with Stop & Shop to help spread the word about Earth Day.
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This spring, ChopChop Magazine, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, and Boston-based New Balance, have teamed up to promote the benefits of “the rainbow” through their “Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow” contest. In celebration of healthy kids and New Balance’s brand-new 890 Rainbow shoe, ChopChop and New Balance invites all of you to enter the contest for chance to win a monthly prize pack, including a pair of Rainbow shoes, a one-year subscription to ChopChop, and a grand prize of a $400 gift card to a local grocery store. Visit http://www.newbalance.com/rainbow to enter! The contest is live now and will run through May (entrants must be 18 years or older).
About the Campaign:
“Eat the rainbow” helps kids get in the habit of eating a balanced palette of fruits and veggies —and, because different colors are associated with different nutrients, it is an easy way to color your world healthy. What better way to eat multiple colors than with a rainbow fruit kabob? Here is a simple and great-tasting recipe for Rainbow Kabobs!
· KITCHEN GEAR: Sharp knife (adult needed), Cutting board, Bamboo skewers
· INGREDIENTS: Purple grapes, Blueberries, Kiwis, peeled and cut into chunks, Pineapple chunks, Cantaloupe chunks, Raspberries
· INSTRUCTIONS: 1. For each kabob, thread the fruit onto a skewer in rainbow order
Kids will also have a chance to “run the rainbow” in the colorful brand-new 890v3 Rainbow shoe by New Balance. These stylish sneakers feature synthetic/mesh upper, offering lightweight comfort and support with solid rubber outsole to provide long-wearing durability for active kids.
Now that all that’s outta the way, guess what?! Isabella was gifted with a pair of these freaking AWESOME sneakers!!!! Seriously, you all know we’re a New Balance family (hellooooo, they are Boston based so we have to keep it loyal, right?!) so can you imagine my excitement when she received a pair of these hot sneakers?! And wanna know the best part? Little Miss Fashionista is absolutely in love w/ her cool sneakers too. She refuses to even take them off — no matter what color outfit / dress she’s wearing she insists on sporting them, ha ha. Yes, they are a little bright, but after the depressing and freezing winter we’ve had they are perfect! And she’s convinced they make her run faster and ride her bike better too — she’s just too cute.
Honestly, I wasn’t so sure about the brightness, but after a trip to the Children’s Museum I instantly fell in love with them. My anxiety runs high at crazy crowded places like that, especially when Isabella is climbing around inside that death trap AKA the indoor crawly-thing (what the heck is that called?!) and there’s like soooo many kids. Well thanks to those awesome sneakers I could easily spot her the whole entire time. It seriously helped ease my nerves a little…
And you wouldn’t even believe how many compliments we get on them. Everyone is absolutely in love with her sneakers! We went to the New Balance outlet over the weekend (Mama needs some hot new kicks too!) and the salespeople there were freaking out over them — they looooved them too, lol.
So are you totally jealous of her new sneakers? Well, don’t be because New Balance would like to share this special chance for one of my loyal readers to receive a pair too! AND ChopChop would like to offer you a chance to win a subscription to their magazine too. Awesome, right?!
Honestly, I hate entering contests that have so many rules and stipulations I am gonna keep it super simple to enter this contest. Just leave a comment below letting me know your child’s sneaker size. And for a 2nd chance to win become a subscriber to Minnie Mama’s blog.
That’s it, totally simple!
Contest Rules: Contest is open to all residents 18+ in the US. All entries must be submitted by Monday, April 29th, 2013
Important Disclosure: All opinions expressed were my own. I did receive complimentary shoes and a magazine subscription, but no cash was received.