When Play Meets Exercise… *Sponsored*

 

I have never liked to work out.  Don’t ask me to take a spinning class, go for a run or anything like that.  Not only will I give you the side eye but I might forget to return your calls.

Yoga though has always been the exception.  I love the stretching, bending and challenging your body to do just a bit more.  I love the peace that comes with each yoga session.  Sadly, since Minime has been around I haven’t done much yoga.

At first it was because I’m lazy.  And lately because she wants to be part of all I do but a real yoga session is too long to keep her interest.  That is why I jumped at the chance to review Yoga Spinner from Think Fun.  I mean who doesn’t like free stuff?  Especially when it gets you to be able to get back to an old love.YogaSpinner-1842-LoResSpill

Minime loves games and I love Yoga.  Yoga Spinner makes this a match made in Heaven.  And it is.  Minime might actually love yoga more than me now.  Of course she is still a bit young to really get the poses perfect but it is fun watching her try.  And it is fun watching her try to make everyone else do them too.  Even though it’s not the rule of the game I do all of her poses with her and she attempts to mimic mine as well.

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It’s so much fun she had her almost 60 year old grandpa playing too.  Did I mention that my nephew snuck into the game shelf so that he could play when I wasn’t looking?

The game is easy enough that my three year old can explain the rules to her older cousins and they can understand.  It’s also compact enough that it doesn’t take up too much room.  I love that the cards get stored inside the spinner.  And the bright color makes it hard to lose.

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I think the best part for me is watching them exercise without even realizing it.  We’ve only been playing a few days but right now Yoga Spinner is getting more playtime at home than Shopkins and that says a lot!

#MommyMondays – The Leaky Boob

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The mom I am featuring today is the reason so many women continue on their breastfeeding journey.  She offers advice, wisdom and humor around what can be a beautiful but challenging experience.

I really enjoy her account on Instagram and think you will too.  It is informative, educational and humorous.  Also, she has a beautiful family.

You can check out the blog and Facebook page as well.

Here’s a bit of what she shares.

 

As always, if you have a mom you want featured in a future #mommymondays email me at justabxmom@gmail.com with her name, Instagram and why you think she should be featured 🙂

3 Years And Still Going

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Minime isn’t ready to stop.  Most days I am.  Some days I think how strange it will be when she no longer looks for her “baba.”  I will have to learn new ways to soothe her fears and tantrums.  Some days I want to rush her to wean and some days I pray for another day of her needing me and my milk.

Whatever you believe about breastfeeding is your prerogative.  Just know that it will be Minime’s choice when she stops breastfeeding and I don’t need anyone else’s opinion.

Mini Me Turned Three

I’m sure every parent can relate to the emotional rollercoaster I have been on.  We want our babies to be healthy and grow yet part of us aches as they get older.  I’m not sure why this year has been so rough.  Minime turned three this past Saturday (1/23) and I never before thought of THREE as a magical age.  Yet, her birthday made me really reflective.

My little is growing up.  She is not a big girl yet but also not quite my itty bitty baby anymore.  She has always been quite independent but daily she voices and acts a bit more like she doesn’t quite need me like she used to.  I know, at three years old she won’t be moving out anytime soon.

The saying goes that time flies when you’re having fun and these three years as her mommy have been the best of my life.  I cannot wait to see who she will become.  I cannot wait to watch her set and meet life goals.

I only pray that I am the mother that she needs.  I only hope that I supply her with the resources and necessities to become who she is meant to be.

Looking forward to spending decades more celebrating my gift from above.

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Minime through the years!

 

Financial Literacy – Easy As 1,2,3

By now I’m sure you have heard of the 52 Week Savings Challenge.  You might be like me and have even participated in it.  If by some chance you have missed it here is what I’m referring to:

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As you might know I am a firm believer in teaching children financial literacy as well.  I was sent this version of the 52 week challenge for children.  I think it is AWESOME.  I also think it’s a great lesson for remembering that EVERY penny counts.

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Move Over Beyonce!

This week I decided to add something different to my Youtube page. Instead of sharing story time I thought I would share my little super star. I figured I would share it with all of you too 🙂

Here’s Mini me’s first dance recital

I still can’t stop laughing and I must have watched in 1,234,353 times.

She definitely made me a proud mama.  I love how fearless this little girl is.  She is in tuned with who she is and what she wants.  I pray that never changes.

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Thumbs Up to Target Wonderland

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I was really worried.  If I had done this review last night I would have come from a very Grinchy place.  I would have written of long lines and no pleasure.  I would have said that Target Wonderland looked just like it’s name a wonderland but sadly it’s staff was wonderless.

I attempted to do what most New Yorkers know better than to do.  I attempted to visit a holiday experience on the weekend.  Yes, I should have remembered from my Rockefeller Tree incident a few weeks ago to know better.  I tried taking Mini me to this amazing place yesterday afternoon and after spending one hour and twenty seven minutes in line got turned away because of closing time.  I was devastated and defeated.  I was angry that while warned I wouldn’t have much time inside I wasn’t warned I might not make it.

Mini me was sad and asked me if we could go back today.  I wanted to refuse but didn’t want to be the Grinch again.  I even tried to talk her into going somewhere else.  Happy she stood her ground because by the time we left there today she told me that it was the best day ever!  And that she LOVES Target Wonderland.

I know by now many of you already know that this is a WONDERFUL place to take your littles but if you didn’t go you still have one more day to experience it.  The popup shop closes on Tuesday, December 22nd.  Do be warned if you’re going there to do shopping items are sold out.

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Entering Wonderland. 

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Can you spot the Mommy and Mini Me Tsum Tsums?

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Who doesn’t want their picture on a huge etch a sketch?

And you can’t miss Minime’s fun in the ball pit.  Check it out on my Instagram page.

Youtube StoryTime – Ten Gorillas

This week’s #Youtubestorytime is very very rough.  It’s one of our new books that I bought during our Book Friday sale.  It’s a great book for teaching counting by tens.  It even throws in a random number to make sure you are paying attention.

We recorded a little before nap time this week which meant we only got one take.  It’s rougher than usual but Mini me insisted that I post it and didn’t want to try again.

Just a reminder moms and dads, life doesn’t always have to be perfect to be just right.

Hope you enjoy our rendition (and my mispronouncing words) of Ten Gorillas.  Get your copy today on my Usborne Books site, Shop Bradshaw.

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