First Time Mom and Losing It

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Weight Loss: 6 Weeks

In 6 weeks I lost 18.6 pounds. I successfully completed this week by eating on plan and being super active. I was so busy this week with going to different events and having my in-laws come in from out of town that I didn't get a chance to continue with the D28 Workout Plan. I also have missed lots of days of taking my multi-vitamins and probiotics. 

Since I was out a lot of the days of this week I stuck to the plan by eating keto-friendly foods outside. During the morning I didn't have time to cook and I couldn't find keto foods at the events so I just sipped on some water until I had the time to get something for a late lunch. I am loving that while on keto you can go the morning until the late afternoon without getting hungry. I guess I did a lot of intermittent fasting this week. I ate bun-less burgers, salads, Chipotle and snacked on moon cheese and sugar free coffee while I was out. 

I didn't have much time for exercise but I did do lots of walking in Manhattan with all of the different events I had to go to. If you have ever taken the NYC train on the weekends you know how crazy alternative routes, schedule changes and track work can be. At one point I counted 6 rounds of going up and down staircases at the train stations while trying to figure out a way to get home on Saturday. I was pretty surprised that I wasn't winded at all. I have also had lots of energy that I used to organize and deep clean my entire apartment. Something that would have taken me hours took minutes because I didn't have to take any breaks. Unfortunately I lost my Tushi Activity Tracker so it was back to my Fitbit to track all of my steps.

  • Restart the  D28 Workout Program.
  • Take my multivitamin and probiotic every day. 
  • Try to make at least 7000 steps a day with my Fitbit
  • Try a new cauliflower recipe. 
  • Finish reading the Keto Clarity Book

How do you stay on plan when you don't have time to cook at home? 
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Kids Academy Preschool Education for iOS and Android

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!

Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center for iOS and Android!

Now that my toddler and I are well into her PreK-3 homeschooling I wanted a fun way to supplement our curriculum. I am glad I found these fun apps for her to learn with.

Kids Academy – the team behind some of the top educational apps for kids with over 10 million downloads worldwide just released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center. As the name suggests, Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method the app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play.

I was looking for an app that by toddler could have fun with while she learned. The Kids Academy fit the bill with its colorful characters and fun animations. I love the letter and number tracing. It really helps when it reinforces the writing by making the kids do it over and over. My daughter loved the animations with the alphabet. Cute app that I highly recommend for toddlers.

Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but today's release makes it finally available for Android device on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

Get the app free on Google Play!


iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets. - The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it. - Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Grab your free copy of the update on the iTunes App Store!

free worksheets

BONUS! Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated). Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to to the Kids Academy to get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS and get your kids busy!

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The MOMs Aladdin Diamond Edition Release MAMARAZZI® event

**My family and I were invited to the Moms Aladdin Diamond Edition Release MAMARAZZI® event. All opinions are 100% my own.

A few weeks ago I decided to pick Princess Jasmine as my daughter's costume this year when she was indecisive on which princess she wanted to be. I picked Jasmine because she is the princess that most resembles my daughter. It was a happy coincidence when I was invited to the Aladdin Diamond Edition Release Mamarazzi event. They asked that the kids come dressed as their favorite Aladdin character so I was so happy that the costume was almost done.

Of we went to West 23rd Street to the Bow Tie Cinemas to watch a screening and then chat with the voices of Aladdin and Jasmine, Scott Weigner and Linda Larkin. As soon as we got there is was cute seeing all the other little girls dressed as Jasmine. My daughter proudly walked around with the Jasmine costume I finished just in time.

Into the screen room we went to watch Aladdin. It is so much fun to have a little girl who is just as much a Disney Princess fan as I am. I remember when Aladdin was first released in 1992 and I went to go see it as a 13 year old. We have all of the Disney Princess DVDs so my daughter has watched it hundreds of times but it was so special watching it on a big movie screen with her.

I brought along my nephew and mom and I was kind of nervous that my nephew who is 5, would react badly to seeing a Disney Princess movie. He loved watching it and thought that Aladdin and the Genie were pretty cool. I love that Aladdin can be a boy movie too.

After the movie we got to ask Scott Weigner and Linda Larkin questions. I was surprised to hear that they read all of the script of movie before the cartoon was drawn. Scott Weigner also mentioned that he took "DJ" (Full House) on her first date to see Aladdin.

The Aladdin Diamond Edition Release features a deleted song "Proud of Your Boy", movie secrets, games and more. Available to purchase on October 13, 2015.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Play All Day Elmo is a Hit with My Toddler!

**The toddler and I were invited to the #PlayAllDayElmo Event and received a gift bag for attendance. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

When I received the invitation to attend the #PlayAllDayElmo Event by Hasbro I quickly RSVP'ed! My toddler has been an Elmo and Sesame Street fan since she was an infant. I have bought her every big Elmo toy for Christmas and they have always been a big hit. As soon my toddler woke up in the morning she yelled in excitement because today was the day! I might have told her a few days too early about the event! We took a long train ride to Spring Street and headed to the Crosby Street Hotel.

We went down to the event space and was greeted by an amazing staff. They took the care to decorate everything in cheerful colors, balloons and Elmo decorations! Cookie Monster and Grover was there to take pictures with the kids and then my daughter got escorted to a huge play room full of amazing Sesame Street toys.

We got to play with the Play All Day Elmo and given a little demo on it. The Play All Day Elmo has two modes, one for toddler play and one for a preschooler. This was perfect to use with my toddler because once she became an expert on that mode and becomes a preschooler next year I can switch up the mode and she has a whole new Elmo and games to play with. The Elmo has 8 different modes of play and 150+ play responses like turning him upside down and tickling his tummy. It also has a Nap switch when you are done playing with him where he will sing a song and go to sleep.

After playing with the toys we went to a screening room and the real Abby Caddaby and Elmo were there! All off the kids (and parents) squealed in delight when we saw them. We got to watch the new Play All Day with Elmo DVD while the kids jumped and clapped and did what the DVD asked them to do.

The Play All Day Elmo is the perfect holiday gift for kids ages 14 months to 4+. The Play All Day with Elmo DVD would be an amazing stocking stuffer too.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: The Toddler and the Play All Day Elmo

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Weight Loss: Month 1

So I am super proud and happy to say that the first month of my Fall Weight Loss journey was a success. I lost a total of 14.4 pounds and am so energetic and peppy. My husband and I have stayed on plan the whole month without any cheats. We went to the Poconos Camelback Resort &Aquatopia and it was the first time I stayed on plan while being on vacation. I even lost 2.2 pounds when I weighed myself after coming back home. 

I have stayed on plan with my Keto way of eating. It is so easy to stay on plan even if I am away from home because I can always find things I like to eat like bun-less burgers with a side salad. I have also treated myself to some Chipotle salads when I didn't have time to cook. I was really amazed that I stayed on plan when I was on vacation. I went to the Build Your Influence Summit while at the Poconos and I made do with what they offered us for breakfast and lunch. I passed over the pastries and went with a unsweetened coffee with a couple half and half little cups. For lunch I had a salad with lots of dressing that was really good. 

Our room at the resort was so far from the Indoor Water park and conference rooms that I logged thousands of steps going back and forth. The whole time I was on vacation I logged over 10000 steps a day. I was so happy that after the conference days I had the energy to run around and have fun with my toddler at the water park. It was fun to stay at the Water Park until it closed and then go to the arcade to have some more fun. I have also been doing the D28 workout plan on the days that I was home. A lot of the exercise were difficult for me to do but I stuck with it and got better and better. I plan on doing the exercise calendar again for the month of October.

  • Continue with the D28 Workout Program.
  • Make sure to take my multivitamin and probiotic every day. 
  • Take more walks with the toddler. 
  • Try to use up what's in the fridge without buying new food. 
  • Finish reading the Keto Clarity Book

How do you stay on plan when you go on vacation? 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

D28 for Life Home Fitness Program

**I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have been continuing with my Fall Weight Loss Journey and am happy with my eating plan. I wanted something more structured with motivation and exercise so it was the perfect timing that I got to review the D28 for Life Home Fitness Program by Robert Brace.

I was so excited when I got my box of goodies from D28. You get supplements, protein powder meal replacements, a book full of recipes and nutritional guide, menu calendar, exercise calendar, fitness DVDs and a Strategies For Success Guide. I love that this is not just a program that tells you eat this and do this exercise. With the Success Guide and Motivational talks from Robert Brace, it makes it easy for you to continue and change your life. The program doesn't just end after the 28 days either, included in the program are strategies to continue on the weight loss journey and maintain your weight loss.

I was really impressed at how well thought out the program is. All you have to do is put up your calendar and follow it from there. It tells you what to read and do in the success guide, what exercise to do and what motivational video to look at day by day. I put up my Exercise & Motivation: Roadmap to Success up on my Weight Loss Command Center and I was ready to go. There is also a menu calendar that tells you what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks day by day.

The exercise DVDs were a bit challenging for me because I have been just walking a lot and doing the treadmill at my gym on occasion. I love the challenge of doing the workouts so I kept going at it and did as much as I could. I felt very sore the days after the hard workouts but I know that my muscles got a good workout.

I have been on the program over almost 3 weeks now with my own meal plan and I have lost over 14 pounds! My favorite part of the program is the Strategies for Success guide. I feel like I have homework and it is really helping me with the emotional and mental side of dieting.

Click on the link to try the D28 for Life 28 Day Challenge for yourself and use the code MFELICIANOFL. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the program you can just call customer service and you will only get charged for shipping costs.

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