First Time Mom and Losing It: July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rock Your Workout Event Sweepstakes

As a first time mom on a weight loss journey I know how important the right workout clothes are to get the maximum calorie burn. MPG is an amazing brand of workout clothes that come in so many cute designs!

Welcome to the Rock Your Workout Event Sweepstakes

ABOUT MPG

MPG is a brand of clothing which fuses fashion sensibility with performance function.

In our drive to develop the ultimate active apparel, we have achieved garments that feel and look so great on, you will want to wear them for everyday use. MPG has effectively blurred the lines between fashion and performance.
Truly powerful action is the result of an equally passionate vision and drive to achieve. Behind the energy for perfection surges the will to attain it. In recognizing this balance, MPG has developed a line of clothing that seamlessly blends fashion and function, design and performance. The results are richly detailed pieces with a technical edge — an entire collection unparalleled in conception and construction. MPG, inspired by the smooth, strong movements of performers such as athletes and dancers, celebrates the drive, dedication and perseverance of these phenomenal individuals. MPG applauds their unyielding pursuit of excellence, through sacrifice and discipline, with respect and admiration. The brand’s versatility allows for more than just function; it embodies style and comfort by offering a range of clothing to suit any activity in any environment, at the apex of vision and vigor. We welcome you to experience the World of MPG.
go HERE to check out MPG's website!
MPG has offered not 1 but 3 prizes of YOUR choice of top, bottom, jacket and tote! This prize is available for both MALES and FEMALES ! Prizes are also open to USA/CAN!!!
RULES:
  • MUST reside in USA or Canada (void where prohibited such as Quebec)
  • ONE entry per household
  • ends august 14/14
  • you have 2 days from when I send the winning email to claim prize or another winner will be chosen!
  • fill out form CORRECTLY ( I will be checking all entries)
  • facebook, twitter, etc are NOT liable in anyway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: MPM was compensated for this giveaway. ALL other participating bloggers DID NOT receive any compensation for this giveaway. MPG is the ONLY one responsible for the prizes. Facebook, twitter, pinterest etc is NOT responsible or liable in ANYWAY for this giveaway! If you want to work with Mom Powered Media (MPG) or have any questions please message Natasha at natasha@mompoweredmedia.com ! Good luck guys!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System #MC #UrbiniBaby

I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


I remember when I was making my baby registry and I picked a really big 3-in-1 stroller that came with a car seat. My sister warned me against it but I still went with it. I wish I would have listened to her because it was so bulky and so heavy that I barely used it. Even though I live on the second floor and it is only one flight of stairs it was still inconvenient to carry up and down while holding my infant in the car seat.

I was super impressed when I heard about the Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System debuting at Walmart. I love how it grows with your baby. It goes from an infant car seat, to relaxing in the cozy bassinet, to riding forward or parent facing in the convertible stroller seat. With the system being so stylish, light and versatile I can see how it sold out in just one month of first being released.

  • The Omni 3-in-1 Travel System offers a variety of stroller options with its numerous capabilities. 
  • Babies can lay comfortably in the detachable Petal Infant Car Seat or stay cozy in the built-in bassinet. 
  • Toddlers can ride forward or parent facing in the convertible stroller seat.
  • Urbini products are sold exclusively at Walmart stores and Walmart.com. 

You can check out the Urbini website to find out about the Omni 3-in-1 Travel System and two of their other products. The Hummingbird which is the world’s lightest full-featured stroller with a one handed closing capability and the Touri which includes a stroller and Petal Infant Car Seat creating the ultimate on-the-go travel system. You can connect with Urbini on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Click on the link to order your own Omni 3-in-1 Travel System!

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Crunchy Baked Zucchini Chips w/ Sriracha Ketchup


I was craving something savory and crisp like mozzarella sticks or onion rings. I had some zucchini in the fridge so I went over to Pinterest to get inspiration. I came across the delicious looking zucchini chips from Jo and Sue's blog and had to try them.


This is how I made them:

Ingredients:
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup panko 
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Goya adobo (you can use salt instead)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tblsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha (more or less to taste)
Directions:
  1. Mix together the panko, spices and Parmesan cheese. Place in shallow dish and set aside. 
  2. Slice zucchini into 1/4" inch thick chips. I used a mandolin. 
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a medium bowl and add the zucchini slices. Then add the zucchini slices to the panko mixture and press it onto both sides of the zucchini slice. 
  4. Place some parchment paper onto baking pan and spray lightly with oil. Spread breaded chips onto baking pan and make sure they are not touching each other. 
  5. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Flip chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. 
  6. While chips are baking combine the ketchup and sriracha. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sprint Sound Session Event and the Amazing HTC One

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Session. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”


As a mom I use my smartphone for everything! I check the weather, my emails, get work done with it, make notes, but most of all to listen to music. I take it with me to the gym or on my long walks and just let the music get me into workout mode. The BPM of a song can make you move faster and work harder or work slower to cool down. I would be lost without my smartphone!

I was so honored to be invited to the Sprint Sound Session right in Time Square at The Lamb's Club. They treated us #SprintMoms to an awesome event with food, music and a special performance by Season 2 winner of The Voice, Jermaine Paul!


We got to speak one on one with two amazing women from Sprint. It was nice just sitting down with them and just picking their brains about the latest Sprint devices and their plans. I am a Sprint costumer so I definitely am thinking about switching over to the Framily plan to get more for my money. I love that you get more and more savings as you bring in family and friends.


After we got to learn all the features of their new smartphone the HTC One, their innovations in #SprintMusic, and the Framily plan we got our own personal concert by the awesome Jermaine Paul. Not only does he play the guitar beautifully and sing amazingly, but he is also such a down to earth and funny person. He sang some beautiful songs, made us laugh, took pictures with us and autographed a picture for me. Amazing artist!


The main star of the event was the new HTC One Sprint Smartphone which comes with all the newest features to give you the best music experience.

  • Clari-Fi - Gives you restored sound from compressed files. 
  • Live Stage - A more lifelike listening experience that makes you feel like you are at a concert. 
  • Sprint Live - A command center for everything music related that allows you to see music news, purchase and stream music, etc. all in one place. 
  • Sprint Music Plus - Sprint’s official music store and player for music tracks, albums, ringtones and ringback tones.
  • Spotify - Free access to it's premium services for Sprint customers! 
  • NextRadio - Allows you to stream FM stations right onto your smartphone. 

When I got home I quickly got into the box that held my new HTC One and Harman Kardon headphones! I was so amazed at how great the music experience is. I thought I had good sound with my old smartphone and headphones but I really didn't. I remember working out with my old smartphone and getting distracted by the TVs or the people around because I could hear everything beyond my headphones. With the HTC One Harman Kardon edition and headphones I get pulled right into the music and totally concentrate on the music. My workout was over before I knew it because I wasn't focused on what was going around me.


The HTC One had so many features that I am still playing around with. It has duo speakers on the front of the phone as opposed to the bottom. Great when I am cleaning the dishes!  It also has an amazing camera! 

If you love music like me or use your smartphone for everything I highly suggest taking a look at the HTC One. Check out the following website to learn more about the HTC One and Sprint's amazing music features: www.sprint.com/music

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 27 Weeks Down!


Weight: I lost 0 pounds for a total loss of 53.2 pounds. After two gains in a row I am OK with seeing a zero instead of a gain.

Nutrition: I ate out a lot again due to a busy week. I made sure to choose some healthy options. I went to Chipotle's a few times and had the burrito bowl. It was so big that I split it during the day and even had left overs the next day.

Exercise: On Tuesday I smashed my foot with the storm door at my house so all week I was nursing an injured foot. After a day of rest and icing it down I was able to wear some flip flops so I at least got some walks in. I took my daughter to a couple of events so I was pretty active. I have major brusing on the top of my foot so I was unable to put my sneakers on.

Last Weeks Goals:
  • Gym 3 days
  • Strength Training 3 days
  • Continue Plank Challenge
  • Yoga or Stretching
  • Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan for 7 days
This Weeks Goals: 
  • Gym 3 days or Exercise DVD
  • Strength Training 3 days 
  • Restart Plank Challenge 
  • Yoga or Pilates 1 day
  • Track calories and water

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Heroes of the City Baby App Review


I received a cute little Heroes of the City package for my review and honest opinion of the app. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I was excited with the company that created the cute characters from Heroes of the City came out with a Baby App.

The Baby App is a cute little app made for the youngest little ones that may just be starting to use a tablet device. (Recommended age of 0-2+). The app is jam packed with many fun things to do.

1. Cute Movies - My daughter loves the characters so these short clips are awesome to keep her entertained when I am picking her up from my mom's. I love that you have to the option to download them onto the iPad when you don't have access to WiFi.

2. Shapes Sorter -  There are three shapes that must be placed on top of it's matching pair. A sound of clapping, that my daughter enjoys to hear goes off when they have all been correctly matched.

3. Piano - Your little one can play the piano on a cute colorful keyboard with lively beats playing in the background.

4. Paint -  You little one can let their imaginations run wild while the paint with different colors.

5. Pop the Balloons - Babies and toddlers will have fun popping the balloons that float up.

The best part of the app is that is completely free with no advertising or in-app purchases. You can download it for apple devices or android devices.

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Tie-Dye Toddler T-Shirt Nightgown Tutorial


Since most of the t-shirt material I use for my daughter's nightgowns are white from my husband's old undershirts I wanted to be creative and add a little color. I saw this easy tie-dye effect on the Martha Stewart show years ago and decided to give it a try.



Materials:
  • T-shirt Nightgown
  • Sharpies in different colors 
  • Eyedropper
  • Alcohol
Directions:
  1. Make the base of the nightgown following these instructions: http://ftmlosingit.blogspot.com/2014/06/easy-toddler-t-shirt-nightgown-tutorial.html up to step 8. 
  2. You can place a piece of cardboard inside nightgown so that the Sharpie doesn't bleed through the back of the nightgown. Draw dots anywhere you want the tie-dye to be. I drew the dots on the neckline and hem. To get a flower like burst I drew a bigger dot in the middle and smaller dots around the big dot. 
  3. Take out cardboard and place something inside nightgown like a baking pan to catch the alcohol. Place alcohol inside dropper and add drops on top of each Sharpie dot and let the tie-dye take affect. 
  4. Allow the nightgown to completely dry. Use a hot iron or clothes dryer to set the design.
  5. Continue the steps on the nightgown to complete it. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Healthy Berry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


Ice cream is one of my favorite treats. While I have been enjoying frozen pops as a dessert lately I have been craving a spoon of creamy delight. I just purchased a frozen fruit dessert maker and decided to have fun trying different recipes. This is what I came up with.



Healthy Berry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Mix yogurt, stevia and vanilla and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  2. Alternate placing berries and yogurt cubes into dessert maker. 
  3. Add most of the chocolate chips and fold in. 
  4. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. 


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