First Time Mom and Losing It: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

MAM Learn To Drink Cup Review

I received the Learn to Drink Cup from MAM to review. However the opinions are 100% my own. 


I have been using MAM baby products since my daughter was a newborn. I have used their bottles and pacifiers and now we use their toothbrush. MAM has been creating baby products for over 35 years that are both functional and stylish.

Being a first time mom I have really tried every sippy cup out there. Some have worked really well and some were just a nightmare. For it to be a good sippy cup it has to be easy to drink out of, spill proof, easy to hold and most of all easy to clean. I hate when sippy cups come with a million little pieces that you have to put together and wash with tiny little brushes. Who has time for that?

I was super excited to try the MAM Learn To Drink Cup with my toddler.


First of all I love the simple design with the curved bottle that makes it easy for my daughter to hold. Second the valve makes it spill proof. Even when you turn it upside down it doesn't spill. Best of all it is super easy to clean with a few big parts that don't need tiny brushes.


My daughter loves drinking out of it and since it has a cap it is our go-to sippy cup when we are heading out the door.


You can learn more about the Learn To Drink Cup here: http://www.shopmambaby.com/bottles-1/learn-to-drink-cup-6oz. and check out http://www.mambaby.com/us/products/ to learn more about their other awesome products.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Dreambaby® Furniture Anchors and Television Straps

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

As a first time mom I am always concerned with the safety of my toddler. One of the best gifts I got at my baby shower was a big child proofing kit. When my daughter became mobile I started childproofing all over the house with corner bumpers, socket covers, etc.

I never thought about furniture anchors until I heard about the Dreambaby® products. I see my daughter more and more interested in her dresser drawers and the knobs. I always tell her "don't touch" but as a toddler there is always the need to explore and experiment.

I feel so much safer now that we used the Dreambaby® furniture anchors. I placed the furniture straps behind my daughter's dresser.


Then I placed the furniture anchor behind my own dresser.


I will also be reviewing the Television Straps as soon as they become available. We have our flat screen TV on a TV stand so I always make sure to keep an eye on her when she is in the living room next to the TV. I was actually considering mounting the TV on the wall for extra security but now I don't have to because of the Television Straps by Dreambaby®


Placing the furniture straps and anchors definitely helps give me piece of mind. They were so easy to install and are really inexpensive. According to a 2013 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The number of children injured by a TV tip-over has increased 125 percent between 1990 and 2011. Each year, more than 17,000 children are treated in hospitals for TV-related injuries. That's one child every 30 minutes, and children ages five and younger are at the highest risk for injury”.

For useful safety tips & advice from Dreambaby®, check out http://www.youtube.com/dreambabytv
Visit the Dreambaby® web site at www.dreambaby.com.au
Become a Dreambaby® fan: http://www.facebook.com/Dreambabysafety

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Move & Groove Toddler Game by ThinkFun, Inc

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


My daughter inspired me to start my weight loss journey because I want to be a good and healthy role model for her. I try to keep her active by taking her on walks, taking her to the park and just running around with her in the house.

I was super excited when I heard about the Move & Groove Game from ThinkFun, Inc. It is super easy and super fun to play for adults, kids and toddlers. I say adults because I had such a fun time playing with my little toddler.

You get a big plush cube with different colors on each side and a deck of cards. Each card has a color and an image and text of a different dance move. You roll the plush dice and draw a card of that color and follow that dance move. You get 48 cards with different moves such as air guitar or the funky chicken dance.

At first my daughter just loved playing with the plush cube and saying the colors out loud. Then I showed her how to play it and she laughed at how silly I looked. She even got my husband involved when she went up to him with the cube and said "Dada dance".

I highly recommend this game if you have a toddler or young child. It is a fun way to get your child active and interact with them.

You can find more information and order you own Move & Groove here: http://www.thinkfun.com/moveandgroove

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Raspberry Ketone from Pure Body Naturals

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


I first heard of Raspberry Ketone on the Dr. Oz Show. It is what gives raspberry their aroma. It is said to help the body burn fat more efficiently and increase your metabolism. Raspberry Ketone is all natural so it is safe and effective. To get the same dose of Raspberry Ketone in their natural form you would have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries!

Whenever I take a supplement I make sure that it is of high quality and free of any fillers or binders. I was happy to try the Raspberry Ketone from Pure Body Naturals because their products are made in the USA and manufactured under strict quality controlled measures in an FDA certified facility.



I started taking the Raspberry Ketone in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before dinner. I did feel less hungry and noticed that I was snacking a little less. I felt no side affects and will continue to take them as I continue on this weight loss journey.

You can purchase your own bottle of Raspberry Ketone from Pure Body Naturals on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/pure-suppressant-supplements-recommended-ingredients/dp/b00ffr59vs

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

4 Months and 2 Weeks Down and Eating Right with the Mira Kitchen Scale

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Weigh In:  No weigh in this week. I am trying a new scale that gives you the option to only tell you how much you lost. It also has a pretty cool techy feature! Review to be posted in a couple of weeks!

Sunday was my daughter's birthday and birthday party so I was too busy to go to the gym. I didn't prepare for all the errands and preparations for the party so I ate out a lot. I didn't take the time to make healthy choices so I pretty much ate what was convenient. I did do a lot of walking and moving around but did not get to the gym, do strength training or restart the plank challenge.

I am not upset that I didn't make the goal of 50 pounds by my daughter's birthday because I decided to just have fun at my daughter's party. The house was full of family and friends and my daughter had a blast with her cousins.

Today I am starting the Skinny Jane diet and have planned my three days at the gym. I have also planned when I will do my strength training and plank challenge. I have set reminders on my phone so that I can stop what I am doing and get it done.

In order for me to be successful in my eating plan I am pulling out the awesome Mira Kitchen Scale that I got to review. The scale is so sleek and thin that it takes no room at all in my kitchen cabinets. I am the type that has tons of kitchen tools so space is very limited.

I love that the light up LED is huge! I remember using a dial kitchen scale and the numbers were so tiny that I had to go right up close and guess what the number was.

In order to be really successful when you are on a diet plan that is strategically set in place for you, you have to weigh your food. The Mira Kitchen Scale makes is super easy because with the Tare feature you can zero out your measuring container and only weigh the food.

You may think that it is tedious to weigh your food. If you are really serious about weight loss and are having a hard time losing weight you may be eating more that you think. I used to always take just handfuls of nuts without knowing exactly how many calories I am eating. Now I weigh my snacks ahead of time and place them into containers to eat for the day. When I finish my snacks I know exactly how much calories I have consumed.

You can get your own Mira Kitchen Scale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FF1728M

Last Weeks Goals: 
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times + a long walk (or exercise video) 
  • Intermediate Resistance Band workout 3 times
  • Restart Plank Challenge
  • Try a Quinoa Jar Salad
  • Make a healthy dessert
This Weeks Goals:
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times + a long walk (or exercise video) 
  • Intermediate Resistance Band workout 3 times
  • Restart Plank Challenge
  • Complete 10 days of the Skinny Jane Diet
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chike PB - Enjoy Peanut Butter without all the Calories and Fat


I used to love to snack on Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches before I went on this weight loss journey. I have since cut back on sugar and carbs so I started snacking on an open face peanut butter and fresh strawberry on whole wheat bread on occasion. I love the protein you get with peanut butter but am not a fan of the calories or fat content.


I recently heard about powdered peanut butter and got to review the Chike PB brand. By eating Chike PB instead of regular peanut butter you save about 140 calories and 14 grams of fat per serving.

First I used the peanut butter in my morning protein shake and made a chocolate peanut butter shake. Since the peanut butter is in powder form it mixes really well in a shake.

My daughter loves peanut butter sandwiches and bananas so I finally made her banana "ice cream" and added some of the Chike PB. The bananas were so sweet that I didn't even have to add any sweetener. I popped a scoop on a cone and my daughter loved it.

You can also reconstitute is with water to make a spreadable peanut butter. All you have to do is mix 1 tblsp of water with 2 tblsp of the Chike PB until smooth. I had it with some fresh apples as a healthy snack.

If you want to find out more about the Chike PB and purchase a bottle of your own you can check out their website: http://www.chikenutrition.com/buy-chike-pb.html

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Made Sweet With Sweet Stevia Gold

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.



With a lifetime of weight loss journeys I have tried every kind of sweetener. Splenda was the only one that I could tolerate the after taste. After reading about all of the harm the chemicals of artificial sweeteners can do to your body I stopped. I recall getting headaches and feeling hungry after consuming products with artificial sweeteners. I even gave up any kind of diet drink too. I then tried the little Stevia granulated packets and didn't like the bitter taste it gave my coffee and drinks. Then came agave nectar which I love but didn't love that it still has calories to it. Since I am careful as to how I spend my daily calorie intake I didn't want to waste calories on sweeteners.


Since I have been hearing so many good things about the stevia drops from my buddies at SparkPeople I decided to give Stevia another try. I got to try the Sweet Stevia Gold and was surprised that it didn't give my coffee and drinks a bitter taste. The drops are so concentrated that you only have to use a drop or two. You can use it in your drinks or even in baking. I substitute about 3 drops per tsp of regular sugar needed. Only using a couple of drops at a time means my little bottle will last a long time.


I have been seeing the overnight oatmeal on Pinterest for a while now and have been wanting to try it. I went to this website to find out how to do it and try the different conbinations: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal. I tried the Cocoa Banana and Coconut Pineapple and both were so delicious and filling. I used the Sweet Stevia Gold drops in place of the sweetener in the recipes.


You can purchase the Sweet Stevia Gold drops on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/substitute-gold-management-appetizers-guaranteed/dp/b00hi1x4ny/

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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My Easy Morning Bathroom Routine That Leaves Time for a Morning Workout

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their fresh care flushable cleansing cloths is all my own! 



I love to get my exercise in the morning and get it over with. The night before I have my gym clothes, gym shoes, heart rate monitor and gym bag all ready in the living room. I have my water bottle full with fresh water waiting for me in the fridge. I also purchased the Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper at CVS to get a fresh clean bum in the morning!


My daughter is the first one to actually get up so as soon as she wakes and calls for me my husband and I are up. I go and get her and put her on my bed with my husband and they cuddle for a bit while I go to the bathroom. I sit and do my business then I use the Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper for the wet + dry combination. Let me tell you I have just started using these products and will never go back. You feel really fresh after using them. We use wipes on babies after they do their business so why shouldn't adults be just as fresh?


Then I am off to the kitchen to cook my husband and daughter a fresh and healthy breakfast. I make my breakfast smoothie and sip on it while the breakfast is getting ready. I serve my husband and daughter their breakfast then I am off for a quick shower. I put on my exercise clothes, get my HRM on, get my water from the fridge dump it in my bag and try to sneak out before my daughter realizes I am gone. (She is in super mommy mode right now so just the sight of me putting on clothes makes her cry.)

I take a nice stroll to the gym and get myself pumped with my workout music which is usually the Zumba station I recently found on Pandora. Four blocks away and a flight of stairs up and off I go for 10 minutes on the Arc Trainer, 25 minutes on the elliptical and a 30 minute hill routine on the treadmill.

I truly believe that if you have your clothes and bag ready the night before and get your exercise in early you will just do it and get your exercise in. Procrastinating just gives you the time to come up with an excuse not to go.

When you shop for your Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper, be sure to head over to CVS like I did. And, you can save $1.50 just by downloading this exclusive CVS coupon.



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