Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.13.02 AMWelcome to the Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project.

Thankfully recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins on the streets. But what about the bigger items that we no longer need? Take for instance, breast pumps. Besides throwing them in the rubbish bin, what can we do with them once our breastfeeding experience is over?

Introducing Medela Recycles

Medela has heard the voices of us Mothers and taken the initiative to create Medela Recycles. Medela Recycles is a program which takes old breast pumps and uses each one to support the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breast pumps for charities. Mothers who have babies who need to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) are given breast pumps while in the hospital but once their time is up, they often move on without a pump. Medela wants to help change that. Medela are giving Mothers one less thing to worry about, during an already stressful time.

Personally I love this idea, I have had my Medela pump sitting in the back of my closest for 3 years now, collecting dust. I just could not throw it away to go into a land fill. I plan on recycling mine to this program as soon as possible.

If you also have a breast pump lying around and want to donate it, you will be happy to know that sending in your used pump to the Medela Recycles program is free. And, it gives you peace of mind that it has been properly recycled as well as knowing that you are helping support other Mothers on their breastfeeding journey.

Want to recycle your old breast pump? Click Here! 

To help promote this amazing program, Medela has graciously offered to giveaway one Medela Freestyle Breast pump!

Introducing Medela Recycles + Medela Freecycle Giveaway

The Freestyle is a compact, lightweight double electric breast pump with a rechargeable battery. Developed with the 2-Phase Expression technology, the Freestyle works more like breastfeeding babies to help you get the most milk.

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends July 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST

To enter, use the entry form below. Good luck!

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Plum Print for all your child’s art work

Sometimes ideas come along that are pure genius, and Plum Print is one of them. Plum Print is an extremely easy service to use, which combines all of your child’s art pieces in a beautiful coffee table book to keep for years to come. If you are drowning in your child’s artwork, and you are running out of room on the walls, then Plum Print is going to be like the most amazing thing ever to you!

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After my Son turned 1 year of age, I figured out pretty quickly that we were going to accumulate a lot of art pieces. At first I started tacking them inside our pantry on the walls, and when I ran out of room the art pieces moved to inside cupboard walls, and eventually I just started putting them in a big bag in his closet. I tried throwing some of the art pieces out, you know the ones that were a few scribbles on a piece of paper, but I could not bring myself to do it.

Does this sound familiar. Ah yes, the art struggle is real. It happens to many of us parents out there. What are we going to do with all these creations that our children make?

And, then I found out about Plum Print!

How it Works

  • First you go to the website www.PlumPrint.com and for a $39.99 deposit (which is deducted from the price of your final product), a big box is sent to your door
  • Now this is the hardest part, choose and fill the box with your child’s artwork. You will also add a blurb and a photo here for the introduction to the book. This took me awhile, as I had to gather my Son’s pieces from the various places around our home, and also had to decide which pieces we wanted in the custom art book – decisions decisions!
  • Pack up the box and stick the enclosed prepaid shipping label to pop it back in the mail and return to Plum Print
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I started with this!

  •  Once the Plum Print design team receive your box, you will be sent an email to let you know that it is safe and sound. At this time, the company will suggest what size book will work best, in relation to the amount of art pieces you sent, as well as other options to customize. You can choose either a soft cover or hard cover, add captions, order more than one book, and decide whether you want the original artwork returned to you, or not
  • Not too long after that, Plum Print will email you a link to a proof of the book for you to approve or make changes too. See below.

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  • Once all that is organized, all you have to do is wait for your book to excitedly arrive on your doorstep – too easy!

I was very impressed with our custom art book, it is beautifully made, and Master 4 is so proud of it. Everybody who has looked at his book, is really impressed. And, of course now we want to have additional copies made for both set of Grandparents. Graciously, Plum Print offer 50% off the price for all duplicate books.

Thinking outside of the box, my husband plans on gathering all of his artwork from when he was a child and having it made into a book too. Yes, this is not just for Little Ones, Dads can get in on the action too.

We are a BIG fan of Plum Print, besides producing an impressive keepsake of my Son’s life, this is also because of how easy and streamlined the process was. Being a Mother is constant with never enough time in the day, and honestly if this process was not as straightforward, I do not think I would have such a beautiful keepsake of my Son’s artwork.

** Using code SUMMERFUN you will receive 10% off all orders placed before July 4th

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8 baby shower gifts (under $60) for the eco-friendly mum-to-be

Deciding on a baby shower gift can be challenging, especially if you do not have a lot of  money to spend. It is nice to remember that thoughtful gifts, will surely be more appreciated than spending additional money on something a Mother may not use.

Think Green, with our 8 baby shower gift ideas, all priced under $60 USD. If you are looking to spend a little more money, you can always mix and match and make a baby hamper instead.

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RRP $22 USD
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green –  All of the Greenpoint Brands soft toys are BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalates free, and are made from child-friendly cotton. This means, cotton not sprayed with harmful pesticides, and with exposure to these chemicals killing thousands of people in developing countries a year, this is not something to shy away from. Little ones explore shapes, textures and tastes by putting things in their mouths, so providing safe toys is incredibly thoughtful on your part. Not to mention, they are adorable! My Son, loved these toys when he was a baby, Victoria the Bunny was his favorite.

Teething Bling Donut Shaped Pendant Necklace
RRP $20 USD
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Keeping it Green – This Teething Bling pendant is a helpful gift which is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, and federally approved silicone, designed for a Mother to wear as a necklace to sooth a teething baby. Generally, a baby will start showing teeth around 4-7 months of age. However, on the rare occasion a baby may be born with a tooth! And, on the other end of that, as with my Son, a baby may not start showing till a lot later on. Personally, I always had one of these around my neck when my Son was teething, they really work!

Sesame Street Reusable Bags
RRP $45
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green – Single use plastic bags, even the recyclable ones, are clogging our water ways, and killing millions of innocent wildlife every year, and that is just to start! However, with more and more people becoming aware, hopefully, one day soon they will be a thing of the past – fingers crossed. In the meantime, a Mother on-the-go can never have enough bags, with all the “stuff” we have to cart to and fro, and we love these child-approved Sesame Street themed pack of 5 pack reusable bags.

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Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel

RRP about $18
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green – Not only is making baby food more economical than buying commercial brands, one can be assured that their baby is eating only the freshest and organic ingredients. And, let’s not even get into all the package-waste that commercial foods come are sold in!
With a newborn, there are going to be many moments when a Mother will be waiting for the baby to wake, or waiting to feed the baby etc., and this book will be an inspiring read while preparing for a baby’s first meal. Full of helpful information, it is sure to please with quick and easy recipes for healthy and happy meals.

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il_570xN.667229557_afc6Organic Reusable Baby Wipes
RRP $34
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green – Disposable wipes, even if a brand claims to be eco-friendly unfortunately, are not. Many “green companies” use the  controversial chemical polysorbate 20 as an ingredient, and once you do a little research you may change your mind about encouraging such use on a newborn’s untainted skin. Give these beautiful reusable wipes from Etsy designer Curly Monkey instead, and really get the baby shower conversation going about the steps we can all take to live a kinder life on our precious Planet.

Starstruck Organic Swaddle
RRP $26 USD.
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Keeping it Green – Okay, maybe we are bias also being Australian, but Aden + Anais surely have the most beautifully designed and soft swaddle blankets out there. We chose this one as it is made from 100% organic cotton muslin. Once baby is not a little baby anymore, they also double as a perfect bathing suit cover-up by the water. 5 years later since having my little boy, I live in mine at the beach and pool during the warmer months. Love them!

Wearing one of my Son's Aden + Anais swaddles at the bean

Wearing one of my Son’s Aden + Anais swaddles

Newborn Cloth Diaper Bundlecloth diapers
RRP about $58 USD
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green – Unfortunately mainstream disposable diapers are NOT biodegradable, which means that they sit in landfills forever. And, with it said that an average little human can use up to 6,500+ diapers before they are potty trained, this is a genuine concern for an eco-friendly Mother.
These cloth and reusable diapers are designed for a newborn, and are a perfect introduction to the world of diapering the “green” way.

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 5.49.42 PMUnscented Body Cream
RRP $19 USD
Buy HERE
Keeping it Green – Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make plant-based personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. Besides this decadent body cream, they craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm.

We hope you enjoyed and are inspired to buy eco-friendly baby shower gifts in the future, small steps will manifest into big change, and together we call all work towards living a more sustainable life here on Mother Earth. Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum!

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Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

If you are entertaining the idea of changing to a plant-based diet, but not quite ready to go 100% vegan yet, the book Everyday Vegetarian: 365 Days of Healthy Recipes is a wonderful resource to start out with. And, even if you are already following a vegan diet, this book has simple and nutritious diary-free recipes to inspire you to create a new dish, or a new take on an old dish.

11425486_836310473112835_2526933421710912207_nThankfully, for our environment and for our precious animals, an increasing number of people are turning to vegetarianism or veganism, embracing either lifestyle for all kinds of reasons. Surely, there are many health benefits to eating just a diet rich in fruit and vegetables; increased energy levels, lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, longer life expectancy, clear skin, stronger hair, lower cancer risks and low cholesterol levels. If you are so inclined, you can read more HERE.

However, it is not always easy creating something delicious and nutritious to eat, when you start out on this journey. I understand, growing up in Australia, I traditionally ate “1 meat and 3 vegetable” meals most nights for dinner, and because of this it was really hard when I first converted to vegetarianism 18 years ago. For the most part, I ate a lot of processed carbohydrates because I did not know any better. However, fast forward to 2015, a few years into my new vegan way of life and I am in a way healthier place. Why?

I have my overflowing bookshelves of cookbooks to thank for a lot of it. They have been an eye-opening and educational resource. Take for example one of my favorite breakfast dishes – sautéed kale. Before, I always made it with olive oil and garlic, however now, after spending some time reading Everyday Vegetarian, I have added a fennel seed and ginger variety to my family’s menu, and it is delicious.

Everyday Vegetarian provides you with an entire year’s worth of tasty and healthy recipes. Divided by season, the recipes and suggestions within each chapter are focused on using fresh seasonal produce, that said, this book is a perfect foodie-accessory to accompany you to the Farmer’s Market next time. From kale to asparagus to this simple rice noodle dish, you can make the most of nature’s prime ingredients all year round.

Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

Rice Noodles with Shallots and Garlic

What You Need (Serves 4)

  • ½ pound dried fine rice noodles
  • 4 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

What To Do

  • Soak the noodles in cold water for 20 minutes, then transfer to a colander to drain
  • Peel and slice the shallots and the garlic
  • Mix the sugar, mirin and soy sauce together in a small bowl with a tablespoon of water
  • Warm the oil in a wok and sauté the shallots and garlic for a minutes, stirring constantly
  • Add the soy sauce mixture and the noodles, and stir-fry for about three minutes, until the dish is heated through
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper

Rice noodles are popular in the cuisine of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia and are generally only lightly cooked to retain a slightly chewy texture. Remember to check food labels if you want a vegan variety, as some noodles contain egg and thus are not suitable.

Mirin has a distinctive sweet-sour flavor and is easy to find in supermarkets and speciality food stores. If you cannot find Mirin, you can achieve good results with a splash of sweet sherry, or apple cider vinegar that has been sweetened with a little sugar.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, we hope you enjoy this recipe.

Everyday VegetarianExcerpted from Jane Hughes book – Everyday Vegetarian; 365 Days of Healthy Recipes, by St. Martin’s Griffin. Jane has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She is the editor of Vegan Life magazine and author of The Vegetarian Travel Guide.  She has been a member of the Vegetarian Society since the 1980s and is currently Secretary of The Guild of Food Writers

 

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The Vegan Banana Bread Special

I came up with this recipe wanting a vegan banana bread to sell at my Son’s school bake sale this week. Additionally, I had my fingers crossed that if Master 4 liked it, I could add it as a new healthy staple on our family menu. Well, I was actually really surprised at how wonderful it turned out! My prototype is delicious, includes nutritious ingredients, is gluten-free, has no added sugar and is quick and easy to make.
When my little boy first tried it he said “Mum, I don’t like it…… (My heart sank) ….. Mum, I LOVE it! (My heart lifted)”. Mum Score; this one is definitely a keeper.

Vegan, sugar free, gluten free banana bread

Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free banana bread

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal mixed in 1/4 cup of simmering water, I used Bob’s Red Mill. This ingredient is used as a replacement to eggs and is also known as “flax eggs”
  • 3 medium-sized, very ripe, brown-skinned, mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of raw maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg combined
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts chopped finely
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup of hemp hearts, I used Manitoba Harvest
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free homemade wonderful bread mix
Ingredients for vegan banana bread

Ingredients for the banana bread (hemp hearts not shown)

What To Do

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 fahrenheit (176 celsius)
  • Make your “flax eggs” and set them aside to cool for at least 10 minutes
  • Line or oil your loaf tin if needed
  • Next up, you want to mix all the ingredients together really well, I did this just by using a wooden spoon. I firstly, added the maple syrup, and then the flour, with the cinnamon & nutmeg, baking soda and sea salt. Next up the banana, then the ground flaxseed mixture, hemp seeds, walnuts, and lastly the melted coconut oil and vanilla essence. Make sure the coconut oil is entirely melted, as you want it to be evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
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Maple syrup down the bottom, then dry ingredients on top

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Make sure everything is mixed together really well

  • Pour mixture into baking loaf, evenly distributing the mixture with a knife, and then tapping loaf tin on bench to remove air bubbles
  • Place in oven and cook until ready, for me this was around 40 minutes
  • Remove from oven, and when able remove from pan and let cool
  • Cut and serve, or cut and store for school lunches
Vegan Banana Bread out of the oven

Vegan Banana Bread out of the oven

 

This banana bread is even more amazing if served warm, straight out of the oven,  with a little bit of coconut oil on top – just like butter.

Or just plain, as my Son likes it!

 

 

What Is A “Flax Egg”

A “Flax Egg” is basically a substitute to using a chicken’s egg in baking. Besides being a healthy substitute without the fat and cholesterol found in eggs, there is also no chance you are contributing to chicken cruelty. Unfortunately, unless you are buying eggs from a reputable farm, where chickens are out on the land all day, eating insects like they should be, chances are things are not as they seem all-happy-like on the egg cartons!

A “Flax Egg” is made from flaxseed which are small, dark brown or yellow seeds power packed with nutrients. They have a nutty butter like flavor, with human consumption dating back thousands of years throughout history.

Consumption is said to help with a variety of health concerns; heart disease, digestion, cardiovascular health, reducing inflation throughout the body, providing energy and improving hair and skin health … among other beneficial reasons to incorporate more of flaxseed into your diet.

A “Flax Egg” is flaxseed that when added with water takes on an egg or gel like consistency.

If you want to read more about this in great depth, the website Vegan Baker really gets into the nitty gritty of it all.

Plant based substitute to eggs - Flax Eggs

Plant based substitute to eggs – Flax Eggs

Besides our apartment smelling so homely and delicious when making this healthy snack, I am happy to report that it was a HUGE hit at the bake sale, it all sold in a New York minute, and I have to wonder if half the people who bought it even knew that it was vegan, without dairy products in it, probably not!

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I just want to add, that I prefer to use organic ingredients when available, as the thought of eating pesticides, herbicides and insecticides on food is very frightening. While not always possible to buy ingredients as organic, even if you can substitute just a few, it will be better for you and all who eats your amazing banana bread!

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How to run a half-marathon with no training

I ran a half marathon last weekend, and I have to say running 13.1 miles or just under 22 kilometers is tough, I have a new-found respect for all the marathon runners in the world. I did not train at all, and although I am not advocating this kind of behavior, I did cross the finish line in a reasonable time, considering. Here are a few things that I pulled out of my back pocket to help me through the experience.

I have been a “runner” for about 20 years and when I say this I mean, I run sporadically, sometimes nearly every day for weeks on end, and other times I will not run for months. I usually run in the 5 mile mark each time, and have run 9 miles twice in my life, and that was 2 years ago. The last time I actually ran, pre-race day, was 2 months ago in Australia.

My last run, before the half marathon, with my Son, nephews and nieces meeting in Australia

My last run, before the half marathon, with my Son, Nephews and Niece meeting me

Running in the snow with my husband

Running in the snow with my husband

About 10 weeks ago, my husband mentioned to me that there was a half-marathon coming up and that we should run it, together. Why not, I thought. I have always dreamed of running the New York City Marathon, so this was kind of the same thing, well at least on my way to it, right? Well, even if I was dreaming on that one, it sure would be nice to create a milestone together, and what a wonderful experience for our 4-year-old Son to watch us accomplish, crossing that finish line. Talk about gold-star role model behavior. So, I went ahead and signed us both up, with the joint expectation that we would start training for it straight away.

However, that 10 weeks passed in a New York Minute and alas that training did not happen!

The week before the race, mild panic set in, especially when the official emails starting coming from the race organizers. I entertained the idea of not running the race, but deep down I knew that I would be really disappointed in myself, so I made a decision to run it with the notion that no matter how long it took, I would cross that finish line.

Here are a few things that helped me during the race –

  • Sleep –  I made absolutely sure I slept 10 hours the night before. I achieved this by taking a natural plant-based melatonin sleep aid, which is a hormone said to help regulate sleep. You can buy over the counter at any pharmacy here in the USA. There are many vegan options, just make sure you read the labels. I like to take Fast Dissolve Advanced Melatonin – it works!
  • Coffee – I woke up to a double espresso to get me out of bed, 2 hours before the race started.
  • Breakfast – I ate a bland breakfast of quinoa porridge. Protein and Carbs. I was told by an experienced runner to avoid fats and fiber as they may cause digestion issues while running. I also drank a fair amount of water.
  • 30 minutes before – I drank my go-to pre-workout energizer drink from Vega. It tastes great, and provides immediate and lasting energy. I follow a plant-based diet, and Vega provides all kinds of wonderful vegan products to help me be a plant-fueled athlete.
  • Electrolytes – I took Endurolytes Fizz tablets, on the hour before running and during the race. These tablets help keep cramps at bay by replenishing levels of minerals in your body that you otherwise lose through sweating.
  • Energy gel – I took one at the start of the race and one each hour that went by during the race. It was my first time taking these and they actually taste okay. They help raise your sugar levels fast. See HERE, my favorite Espresso of course!
  • Music – I have a running playlist on my iPhone. Although it was beautiful upstate New York where I ran, I just do not think I could have done it without listening to my favorite tunes throughout the race.

Thankfully, the weather was mild for the race, it was raining slightly and there was a nice breeze in the high 50 degree mark. I really cruised to the 10 mile mark, however after that it all went down hill. I developed a strain in my upper leg and I was on and off, walking-stopping-running the last 3 miles. Which is a real shame, as I was running at a great pace.

Attachment-1I crossed the finish line at 2 hours, and 31 minutes, with my little boy there to greet me and to hand me my medal of accomplishment. Running a half marathon was a humbling and a surely elevating experience. I am very proud that I was even able to run, and I really think it is a testament to living an extremely healthy and active life that I was even able to complete it in the first place.

The next one half marathon my husband and I have our eye on (yes, now we want to do another) is for Autumn, so in 3 months. I haven’t signed us up as yet…… before I do that I am going to make sure we both have a clear understanding of our training schedule first, as I would really like to knock at least 20 minutes of my time!

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5 ideas for relaxing Mummy Me-Time

As a Mother of an energetic preschooler, I barely get time to for just me. And, I am not really complaining about that, as I am a very hands on mother who very much enjoys nearly every minute of being a full-time Mother. However, I know it is important to take some time to just zone out and be alone with my thoughts. Here are 5 activities which help me achieve that.

Spend Time with the Animals

I am a true animal lover and I am not biased – from cockatoos, to wasps, to horses, to dogs to snakes – I love them all. Thus, spending time alone with animals really helps me to relax and really appreciate the life around me. Even if I get a few bites here and there, it is still worth it. Take this photo, of me hanging out with wild cockatoos in Australia, which was such an enlightening experience, especially as they were so at ease with me and okay with me taking a bunch of selfies.

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Go To A Movie

Going to a movie by yourself is a really liberating thing to do, especially if your local movie theater is in a basement, where shock horror there is no cell phone service (like mine)! Not sure what movie to go and see? I know I am looking forward to watching Pitch Perfect 2, just because it looks like such a fun, happy movie. And, they are my favorite kind to watch! Laughing does wonders for the soul.

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Take A Bath, and shave your legs!

A relaxing hot bubble bath with therapeutic essential oils is another past time I enjoy immensely. And why not, hot baths whisk away body tension and stress, and are an effective way to take a break from a busy life. Having a bath is also a perfect time to maintain my shaving regiment, as you know, multi-tasking is a must when you are a Mum-on-the-Go.

Schick Women’s Shave are the sponsors of Pitch Perfect 2. Pick up a limited edition Pitch Perfect 2 packaging which is currently available in stores nationwide for Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Intuition®, Schick Quattro For Women®.

Take a bath
Just Lie There


Find a chair, lie down and enjoy the view. No matter where you are!

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Go for a runRunning

I love to run, just me and the road, no matter what kind of weather!

Sometimes, getting out of the front door to exercise is difficult. Either my motivation is low, or the thought of the miles ahead is not that appealing. However, fast forward to when I am walking back in my front door – mission accomplished – I am in such a better place emotionally.

Running gives me such clarity, and I always feel so accomplished, and this just makes for a really positive outlook for the rest of the day.

Promotion and Giveaway

To celebrate the USA, Friday May 15th movie release of Pitch Perfect 2, Schick® is running a generous promotion giving away FREE tickets to see it. Head over to your local Ahold store, (which includes Stop and Shop, Giant’s Food Stores, Peapod and Martin’s Food Market), and purchase any 2 Schick women’s shave with a total value of $10. Once at register, you will be given a printed code to redeem your movie ticket. **Yay**. This promotion is available from 26th of April until the 23rd of May.

Want to win a trip for 2 to Hollywood in sunny California, as well as a chance to wind a bunch of other prizes? Well today may be your lucky day. Watch the Rock Your Legs music video featuring the a cappella group, The Basic Pitches, perform “Ready, Shave, Shine” HERE. Then, continue to learn more about this contest, and how to participate at www.RockYourLegs.com. It’s time for you to vote for America’s best varsity a cappella groups. Brought to you by Schick, Skintimate and Pitch Perfect 2.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick. The opinions and text are all mine.

Stylish NYC Mom

Warmer days are finally here in northern hemisphere, and my little boy and I could not be happier. It’s been a long winter here in New York, which seemed never-ending. However, excitingly, today really marked that moment & that realization, where jackets, thermals, scarves, balaclavas etc are being packed in boxes and put away for the next 5 months or so. Woo Hoo, my heels, hats, and one-piece rompers are back in business. It is going to be a beautiful summer.

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Rock Your Legs

I am a Mother (like many of us), who likes to look my best, no matter how busy I am chasing my energetic 4-year-old around. It’s important to me, to always feel beautiful, clean and refreshed, mainly because it makes me more focused, positive and happy.

Happy Mum = Happy Child

And, with this warmer weather comes a lot less clothing, which is inevitable here – it goes from literally freezing cold to extreme heat. Yes, here in New York City, there is no in between. Of course, wearing less means, us stylish NYC Mummies are showing more leg!

Here are a few things that I engage in, and you can do too, to keep your legs looking hot to trot.

Exercise More
I’d love to write that I was born with the legs I have, but alas I work really hard for them. I exercise at least 5 days a week, with a combination or crossfit, kickboxing, running, tennis and the occasional horse riding. If I cannot make the gym, I will sometimes do a workout at home. Exercises that target legs include calf raises, lunges and squats – all things you can do without a gym or equipment.

Additionally I walk a lot, usually pushing my Son in his stroller. If you are not from New York City, you may be excused to think that people here either get taxis or catch the subway everywhere. That is true to a point, but New Yorkers also walk a lot and I am up there with the best of them. I will happily walk the 5 miles to Central Park from where I live in Brooklyn, and home again. If you ask me, it is a fantastic way to keep up with a city that is constantly changing.

Rock Your Legs

Rock Your Legs

Rock Your LegsSt. Ives® Apricot Scrub for Exfoliation
The skin is our largest organ, and also responsible for getting rid of around 25% of your body’s toxins, releasing up to a pound a day! Exfoliation aids this process by removing dead skin cells, and stimulating blood flow. To have great looking legs and smoother looking skin, exfoliation is a must. I use St. Ives® apricot scrub, which I have been using for many years. Love it!

St. Ives® Body Wash for cleaning and moisturizing
The Oatmeal & Shea butter hydrating body wash is the next best step to exfoliation. It contains nourishing oatmeal and conditioning shea butter. Besides being a wonderful moisturizer for the skin, shea butter, is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is an anti-inflammatory and is helpful for skin blemishes, sunburn, frostbite and helps diminish wrinkles.

Being a green mom, it is important to me that whatever products I use on my body, like St. Ives® products, are –
• Made With 100% natural ingredients
• Paraben Free
• Hypoallergenic
• Dermatologist Tested

Those Colorful Nails are very becoming on you
A good pedicure really complements the look of healthy looking legs. Besides making you feel great, having regular pedicures (manicures too) help keep bacteria and dirt at bay, prevents ingrown toe nails, and keeps foot odor away.

My 4-year-old insists on choosing the colors I have my nails painted each time. This week, he was feeling a rainbow sprinkle kind of look! So adorable and very suiting for the current Spring weather.

Spring time

Spring time in NYC

Adding these routines into your day to day life, will have you Rocking Your Legs in no time, just like a New York City Mom like me!

St Ives

St Ives

If you want to pick up your own St. Ives® products you can find them nation wide in Ahold Store’s, which includes Stop and Shop, Giant’s Food Stores, Peapod and Martin’s Food Market.

While you are there shopping, check out this great deal. Buy any Schick women’s razor, (disposable or refill) + St. Ives® Skin care and Get a FREE St. Ives® Body Wash.

Go You! Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® & St. Ives® . The opinions and text are all mine.

The 7 Days of Mother’s Day Giveaway Competition

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the patient, strong, diligent Mamas out there. Our job is not easy, and it never ends, but it is one we do with such love in our hearts.

To celebrate, and because Mother’s deserve more than one day, we created the 7 Days of Mother’s Day Competition where one lucky Mum will be taking home a variety of natural products from these wonderful green companies.

1

Dr. Fedorenko True Organic Bug Stick and Bug Bar Tick and Mosquito Repellent

drf_ad1_bugstickbugbar_600x350Dr.Fedorenko True Organic Bug Stick and Bug Bar Are designed to protect and nourish skin to keep it looking and feeling healthy while keeping mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, horse flies, black and biting flies away. Works quickly to protect you and the whole family.

Luxurious botanical butters infused with pure essential oils help to hydrate your skin. Powerful blend of pure essential oils keep biting insects away for hours. Aromatheraputic properties of our advanced formula energize and elevate the soul.

Buds and Scrubs Facial Serum

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Crafted using Rosehip Seed Oil, our facial serum is a vitamin for your skin.

What is Rosehip seed oil? With its amazing healing properties and ability to moisturize with a non-greasy, oil-free feel, your skin will look and feel hydrated and revitalized. This unique oil not only penetrates dry skin, it has also been known to heal scars as well as treat wrinkles and premature aging.

 

 

It’s the Balm Lavender Gift Box

ItstheBalmThis Lavender Gift Box is filled with everything the Mom in your life needs to indulge herself. Made with pure lavender essential oil, these products are truly luxurious, therapeutic and relaxing. Packaged in a beautiful Damask Gift Box filled with soothing, relaxing treats.
Included in the Gift Box is 4 oz Lavender Body Scrub, 4 oz. Lavender Body Lotion, 8 oz Lavender Foaming Body Wash, 2 oz Lavender Body Mist , 4 oz. Serenity Aromatherapy Spray, Lavender Lip Balm.

Wythe and Berry Apothecary

Wythe and Berry ApothecaryWythe & Berry Apothecary, offers botany-based, natural, handcrafted wellness products, rooted in genuine aromatherapy.

This package contains a trio of oil-based creams including Cedarwood; Lavender & Chamomile, and Lemon & Eucalyptus. These creams are handcrafted, completely natural and packaged in glass as to avoid toxins from plastic leaking into the product. Each 4 ounce is a base of ingredients, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Apricot Kernel Oil.

 

Sudsy Dough

sudsy-dough-moldable-soap-surprise-toySudsy Dough™ is a new interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap! Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom-shaped soaps! Sudsy dough shapes will dry to become scented soap shapes when left out in open air. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside! Sudsy Dough is infused with Shea butter & Coconut Oil and is Paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free.

Giveaway Time

We are giving away a gift package, with prizes from all of these fabulous companies, to one lucky Mother. Just use the entry form below to enter. USA only, ends Saturday the 16th of May, midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Dr. Fedorenko 7 days of Mother’s Day Giveaway

Shout out to media partners Organic Sunshine, Green Scene Mom and Creative Green Living
who are all helping to spread the word with this giveaway..... keeping it green!

Stokke Stroll into Spring with Momtrends

The annual Stokke blogger event which NYC-based, Momtrends host, is something that I have attended for the last 3 years. I am not so much a stroller reviewer, and surely I have never actually used a Stokke on a day-to-day basis. However, I do find the Scandinavian design to be innovative, unique and very appealing to a modern-day Mum living in New York City.

From left to right with fellow bloggers - Stroller in the City, Mom Confessionals, Willy B Mum and Chirping Moms

From left to right with fellow bloggers – Stroller in the City, Mom Confessionals, Willy B Mum and Chirping Moms

A stroller is a huge investment and something that a parent really should research before investing in one. Like a new bag, it will define you as a Mum. It will be one of the biggest baby purchases you make and definitely one of the most expensive, and you want to be sure you are 100% on board with your decision. After all, you are going to be pushing it around a lot! And, if you live in a city like New York City, you will experience all kinds of weather from snow and freezing cold, to the extreme heat and humidity, thus your stroller has to be adaptable to your situation.

Here are a few questions you may ask yourself;

  • How easily does it fold away. Does it stand alone, or will it need to lean on something. And, how long will it take you to put up and down?
  • Can you travel with it?
  • Can you exercise with it?
  • What kind of accessories will you need, and are they available for the Stroller you want? Umbrella, cup holder, fitted sheets and blankets, are a few items that come to mind.
  • What is the weight limit on it, will it last as long as you want your child in a stroller for?
  • Can you add a sibling seat addition, if you have another child?
  • Does it manoeuver well, and will the wheels travel well in your environment. For example, very small wheels on holey NYC streets can tend to be difficult?
  • Is it lightweight and easy to carry?
  • Will you be able to see your baby?
  • Is the cover UV protecting?

Let’s have a quick look at a few of the features 2 of the Stokke Xplory and the Stokke Crusi.

Stokke Xplory 140103-4154 Red bThe Xplory
RRP $1099
Buy HERE

The Xplory is Stokke’s star stroller. Introduced to the USA 8 years ago, it has surely made a lot of Mothers out there very happy campers.
It can be configured into 5 different facing positions – 3 facing the parent: sleep, rest and active, and 2 forward facing positions: rest and active.
The reflective material for high visibility on night-time walks makes for safer travel. And, if you need more space underneath you can maximize the storage by using additional bags from the Stokke accessories. We also love that it has an SPF 50 cover!

 

Stokke Crusi

The Crusi

The Crusi
RRP $1249

Buy HERE
Low riding strollers can get dirty in the muddy streets, not so with the Crusi though. We love that it is high positioned seat, giving you eye contact with your baby and making it easy to hold his hand. It is also very easy to lower up and down, to adapt to say, the perfect height at a restaurant you eat in. Very helpful.
The space underneath is roomy, able to fit in all the added extras Mothers need when on-the-go with a little one.
The Crusi also offers an addition for a new baby to cater for your growing family. And, as it can be lowered it can be pushed by the oldest sibling, under supervision of course!

These are just a few of the pros of investing in a Stokke Stroller, and only 2 of the designs on offer. Additionally, there is the Stokke Trailz and the Stokke Scoot. Not forgetting that Stokke also make innovative and functional Baby Carriers, Car Seats and High Chairs.

If you want to know more about Stokke you can check out our review from the 2014 event HERE, and the 2013 event HERE.

Whatever stroller you decide on, make sure you stroll with confidence and are happy with whatever you choose.

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