As a mom, I seem to have an endless to-do list. From taking my kids to their daily activities, to making dinner, feeding the cats, the dog, the lizard and more. But while trying to keep my family members happy, oftentimes I forget about taking care of myself.
For me, the one thing that always seems to fall by the wayside is my weight, While I try to go to the gym on a regular basis, I can be known to come up with a host of excuses as to why I can't make it there each morning. So when I'm not hitting the cardio machines or trying out a grueling pilates class, I've discovered five painless tips to lose weight. Give it a whirl and let me know if it works for you!
1. Don't diet: Yes, dieting is not a solution. Instead, add healthy food items like crunchy snow peas, juicy grapes, deep-red cherries, etc. Many a time, mommies opt for dieting and end up falling sick. This is because there is no proper food intake and the heavy schedule is still on their back. So, don't cut down on your food intake. Add healthy goodies to your diet.
2. Dance moves: No need to take out a membership for a regular dance class. Just play some of your favorite music and start moving! Just five or ten minutes a day of dancing and you can be burning calories the fun way. If you want to buy some good dance music CDs, chameleonjohn.com can be a helpful source to get great discounts. It offers coupons for the latest music CDs at the cheapest possible rates.
3. Hydration: Drinking water at regular intervals is good for your health. It enables mental alertness, stronger immune system and improves digestion. At the same time, it serves a hidden purpose; you eat less. If you drink some water before your meal, you won't hog down everything and anything because you will not be so hungry. At parties, grab a low-cal drink and sip it at intervals. It will help you stay away from the buffet as well as from having endless cocktails.
4. Avoid high-calorie food items: You may love cheese and ice cream, but if you want to avoid weight problems the best solution is to opt for lower-calorie food items. Try low-fat ice cream and reduced-fat cheese. That way you will trim down your calories, without compromising on the deliciously tasty items. Did you know? Pizza with reduced-fat cheese tastes exactly the same as with regular cheese. So, get rid of fatty items and buy low-fat items. Chameleonjohn.com lists a discount coupon for your every need. In fact, the site offers online coupons, promo codes and deals for your favorite online stores with over 100,000 coupons available!
5. Save it for tomorrow: While trying to lose weight, the biggest challenge is to resist the temptation to have such goodies, which add on to your weight. The simplest option here is to save it for tomorrow. Every day you need to tell this to yourself; 'Not today. I'll have it tomorrow.' However, reward yourself with that delicious goodie once in a while.
These painless tips will help you lose weight without any intake of supplements or harmful items. So, start today and lose weight the painless way!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Chameleonjohn.com.
I made a big batch of buckwheat the other day but added too much water in my rice cooker by accident! It came out soggy and mushy. Instead of tossing it, I decided to turn it into a pilaf and give it some more texture by frying it up and adding some interesting ingredients. The results were a delicious scramble of sorts. I hope you like it as much as I did!
2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
4 cups cooked buckwheat
2 medium sized carrots, shredded
1/2 cup golden raisins, soaked in 1 cup water for 10 minutes and then drained and chopped
1 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
In a large pan, heat up oil.
Add in the cooked buckwheat and stir until heated through.
Add in the grated carrots, soaked raisins and spices and stir to fully combine.
Top with the seeds and serve warm or hot.
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Written by Role Mommy Wing Mom Danielle Feigenbaum
Last week my family and I had a taste of the fantastic Great Wolf Lodge right in New York City. Great Wolf Resorts is the world's largest chain of indoor water parks which owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge brand. Even though we were in a hotel ballroom, we were transported to a magical land with holiday celebrations galore. There were crafts, delicious food, cookie decorating and of course the famous wolves, Wiley and Violet. My husband, kids (ages 10 and 7) and I all thought the food was really good, especially the desserts. The kids decorated howl-o-ween bags that they will use to trick or treat next week and my daughter and I were transformed into princesses and treated to some pampering at the "Scoops Spa". Here is an idea of how much fun you can have around Halloween at any of the Great Wolf Lodge locations...
Great Wolf Lodge - North America's largest family of indoor waterparks - presents Howl-O-Ween, a Halloween celebration dedicated to providing "spooktacular" fun for the whole family with rates starting at $199 per night. Available at all twelve Great Wolf Lodge locations spanning Kansas City to New England throughout October, families can participate in a bevy of seasonal thrills and chills when noting the HOWL promo code at time of booking. During Howl-O-Ween, children are free to join a trail of trick-or-treaters as they collect ghostly goodies along a spooky path, don their most frightening costumes for a parade, attend a monster-themed dance party and end the night with some boo-bit scary stories.
Most families are looking for something fun to do during the holidays when the kids are out of school. Look no further...
Snowland, Great Wolf Lodge's month-long winter celebration (available at all Great Wolf Lodges spanning Grand Mound, Washington to Williamsburg, VA), offers up festive activities from visits with Santa Clause to indoor snow showers to a Polar Wolf Walk. For a truly delectable experience, visitors are invited to dine inside the resort's life-size gingerbread house. Great Wolf Lodge has partnered with Just Born, makers of PEEPS, Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales, to create the edible gingerbread house. Featuring more than 5,000 candies, 600 pounds of gingerbread dough and 1,320 pounds of sugar, the gingerbread house will be baked, iced and candied to perfection, providing the setting for a memorable holiday feast. The appetizing walls of the lodge-baked abode have as much heart as taste as the proceeds for each meal go to charity.
From our little peek at what Great Wolf Lodge has to offer, we are looking forward to visiting a location near us soon!
To avoid the extra weight that I always seem to put on in the winter, I am switching my pasta to a healthier ad more delicious one. I discovered black bean pasta at Costco and am now a convert! 2 out of my 4 kids will eat it as well as my husband and that speaks volumes about it's pleasing texture and flavor. Look for it in health food stores or google it. Try it with whatever you normally eat pasta and you be the judge!
Quick Leftover Pasta with Roasted Squash and Sausage:
8 oz cooked black bean pasta (cook according to instructions))
2 cups already roasted butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cooked chicken sausage , diced into 1/2 inch chunks
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium sized frying pan, heat up the oil and butter and saute the minced garlic until wilted.
Add in the butternut squash and coat with the oil and garlic.
Add in the pasta and chopped sausage and stir until heated.
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This coming December will mark the 1 year anniversary of when my wife and I adopted our third child. And similar to how it was when our daughter and son were born 15 years and 12 years ago, respectively, my wife and I have found it difficult to go on vacation without the little one. My two kids might take exception with me referring to our dog Santana as our third child, but it's hard to argue that the amount of time we put into caring for our amazing canine is much less than what we did and still do for our son and daughter. It's not just the basic requirements of providing food and shelter, cleaning up waste and seeking veterinary care when needed, its the countless hours I spend with Santana playing outside, mostly at our amazing nearby dog park. I like to put on a good front for the family that taking Santana to the dog park is a choir and not leisure. The truth though is that I get tremendous joy in seeing the unbridled energy and excitement Santana displays every time she steps foot inside the wide open space of a dog filled playground. So the thought of going on vacation and leaving our little one in the hands of someone or someplace thats does not share the same enthusiasm is an uncomfortable one.
But sooner or later, it's going to be time for me to let go, pack the bags with the wife and kids and leave Santana behind. As much as I love having Santana with me at all times, the reality is that having a dog with you on vacation does limit the number of activities you can enjoy, not to mention the costs of traveling with an animal. Fortunately, we found a service that can put my mind at ease, DogVacay. For pet owners like me that don't want to use kennels, DogVacay allows your dog to stay in a loving home while you are away with the comfort of knowing that you will receive daily updates on how it is doing so you never have to worry while you're gone. And unlike other companies that might offer similar services, DogVacay provides free pet insurance during the stay at the host's home as well as 24/7 customer service.
The part about the service I find most appealing is the ease of use. Pet owners can simply enter their zip code and find a Host nearby who will care for your animal. Despite what the name says, cats and other animals are also welcome. There are over 20,000 hosts in the DogVacay network and all of them must maintain a 5 star review in order to stay in the program. So while there might not be someone out there that can care for my dog the way I do, at least I know its pretty close. And if you are inclined to be a part of the host community yourself and meet the rigorous standards of care that are expected for other people's pets, DogVacay can be a fantastic way for dog lovers with flexible schedules to make some extra money. Watching just a few pets each month can translate into hundreds of dollars in extra income which isn't too shabby.
I'm not quite sure when our next family vacation is going to be, but I think it has to be one where I take a break from the local dog park at the chosen destination. Santana, I feel very guilty for even thinking that way. But I know your DogVacay vacation is going to be just as fun as mine and when we get back, we can talk about the great time you had getting those non-stop belly rubs. On second thought, maybe I'll join you.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by DogVacay.com. However, all opinions expressed are 100% are own!
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