Monthly Archives: January 2013

Getting my Juice on AGAIN, and the benefits one (that is you) can obtain!

Look how clear & healthy my skin looks.

Last week, after being fed up with the way I was feeling physically, I decided to do another juice cleanse. The holidays – Thanksgiving through New Years are tough as far as all the foods on offer – and I was feeling sluggish, bloated and just unhealthy! I needed a kickstart to be better with my routines, and not eating for a few days really helps me to take the time to be still, reflect and focus. This cleanse was the third one that I have done in the last ten months! Obviously, I am a big fan of juicing. I love the benefits and the way I feel doing it. I also like the discipline of making a decision and sticking to it.

I always use the same company; NYC based Blue Print Cleanse (launched in 2007). I love their juices which are cold-pressed (which preserves a higher nutritional level compared to the traditional heat causing kitchen blade juicers), and are 100% organic. Love that!

Additionally, it is personally convenient as it is delivered straight to your door on ice, in six 16-ounce juices per day numbered bottles so you know when to drink them. The 5 day cleanse cost around $250, which includes instructions, phone support, online support and a really nice cooler bag!

The last 2 cleanses I did for a total of 3 days each which is the minimum prescribed by Blue Print Cleanse. I was also still breastfeeding my Son when I did both of them. However, this cleanse was different as I extended it to 5 days and I was not breastfeeding anymore. I took it up a notch, I was capable of handling the 2 extra days as I knew what to expect.  I chose t the highest level of BP cleanse being Excavation, there are 2 other lower levels being Foundation and Renovation. The Excavation Cleanse consists of 4 green juices, a spicy lemonade and a serving of my beloved cashew milk daily.
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The Day I was Born, written by my Mother!

The other day, Babes and I were talking & we stumbled into a conversation where I realized my husband did not know much about my younger days growing up. He did not know the name of the High School I went too, the suburb I lived in, the primary school I went to and how old I was when I first flew on a plane? At first I was really annoyed, until I realized I was in a similar situation. In particular, something that really bothered me, was that I had no recollection of what happened on the day I was born. I mean, I am sure my parents had told me many times growing up but like I said I had no recollection. So, I asked my Mum to put it down on paper for me and this is what she wrote. Read More Willy B Mum

Let’s make a Pine Cone Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

With our Pine-Cone Peanut-Butter Bird Feeders

During the cold winter months upstate NY, where I spend weekends with my family, when the land is covered in snow it can be extremely difficult for ground birds to find food. If the snow lasts a long time, birds can die. Also, insect abundance decreases during the winter so birds that rely on this as a source of food may also struggle.

As most of you know, I am very mindful of the Earth and OUR Animals and it saddens be deeply to know that any living creature may be suffering. This is a great way to help the little birdies to keep flying in your yard, and for them to have nourishment through the colder months. After all, the sounds of birds chirping is a beautiful thing!

Last year, at one of Miles Storm’s story time and craft groups at the Rhinebeck Starr Library, the activity was how to make a pine-one peanut-butter bird feeder. I had never heard of such a thing, which is apparently a very popular nature craft in these parts. They are very simple to make, very messy (I suggest making them outdoors), and a lot of fun for little ones.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Peanut Butter
  • String
  • Pine Cone
  • Bird Seed

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Gather some pine cones that have fallen from the trees
  • Spoon peanut butter into the crevices of the pine cone until completely covered
  • Roll generously in bird seed
  • Tie string to top of pine cone
  • Hang in tree, preferably near a window so you and your Little One can watch the birds when they come to feed

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Can I lose 10 pounds already…..PLEASE – My 2013 Fitness Goal!

Jan 1st 2013, 140 pounds, exercising 6 days a week, eating healthy but drinking a lot.

I can personally say that it is a lot of work getting your body back once you’ve had a baby, I am still vigorously working at it.

When I first became pregnant I was around the 130 pound/59 kilogram mark. Definitely not the smallest I have ever been, but I was healthy and running around the 5 mile mark at the gym at least 5 days a week on a treadmill. During my pregnancy (with my now 2.5 year old Son) I put on 26 pounds/12 kilo, which I do not think is a lot? Maybe this was because I did not really get any of those weird cravings you hear pregnant women talking about like pickles and ice-cream! Either way considering diet, genetics and age, pregnancy weight gain varies from Mother to Mother. I have one friend who put on a mere 12 pounds and another who put on 90 pounds!

I have always been an active person. I like to be good shape, and try to live a healthy lifestyle to the best of my ability. I have spent the time post-pregnancy doing so, but my insanely fit husband always tells me that I have to take my exercising to the next level if I want to see further results. He says I have plateaued and am stuck in the same place not going anywhere fast etc. Yeah, well his words were falling on deaf ears because as far as I was concerned I was in great shape… besides my tummy area which obviously after having a baby is a BIG trouble spot for most of us Mummies.

This was up until a few weeks ago, around the 1st of January, when I jumped on the scale and weighed myself. I honestly was shocked to see that I was 140 pounds having put on 10 pounds I do not even know when! And, I totally understand that some of you my not think that this is such a big deal but – Wow – for me it is a very big deal. It is a lot for my 5’7″ frame and something that I am not used too, and I do not like it not one little bit.

To explain, I exercise a lot, on average around 6 times a week. Actually, I do not know another Mother who exercises as religiously and as much as I do. Call me crazy! I engage in a variety of high intensive kickboxing classes, the controversial Crossfit, yoga, horse-riding and long distance running (between 5 – 8 miles at a time). I work really hard. I follow a predominately vegan diet, meaning I do not eat meat. I rarely eat cheese. I do not eat eggs or consume milk or yoghurt products. I do sometimes eat seafood. My family is also very anti weight gaining carbohydrates so we do not eat cereal products, and only eat bread & pasta once in a blue moon. We eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains.

So why the weight gain you ask? Well that is what I am trying to figure out. I have a range of theories. One thing that I know is that my husband and I have drunk a lot of wine of late. In fact, I would say, wine every night since before Thanksgiving back in November! Don’t judge. It did not help that we were away together over New Years Eve on a family holiday and piña coladas and the like were a plenty either. I also just stopped breastfeeding, 8 weeks ago, and I have been told that your body holds onto a little weight for a while after you stop, I am not sure if this is true but either way a lot of Mothers swear by the theory? Additionally, I have been told by various physical trainers that muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe I have gained more muscle. Either way, I want to  be back to 130 pounds, and one of my 2013 resolutions is to up-the-ante and lose 10 pounds.

One way I am kick starting this process is by doing a 5-day organic vegetable, fruit and nut juice with Blue Print Cleanse, which I have done twice before. If interested, you can read about my experience HERE. Today is the end of Day 1 for me, and I have felt mild discomfort in the hunger pain area. I am doing fine, and very much looking forward to all the benefits that come with a cleanse like; losing a few pounds, giving my digestive system a break from having to process alcohol and processed foods, clearer skin, mental clarity and increased energy. Yep, true story take it from me all these things really do happen when you commit to a cleanse, I know what I am talking about.

I took the picture above of my side, front and back body view of how I now look physically. Each month, moving forward, I am going to take the same photos to post on my BLOG and write about the progress of my fitness goal. I am determined, very determined.

How about you. Do you have a fitness goat for 2013, or maybe you have some advice you can offer to help keep me motivated?

One of my husbands crazy crossfit workouts he made me do while away on holidays, with a 30-pound helper named Miles Storm.

MomTrends bringing 2013 in with a Mummy Blogging Bang!

My newly Retro Hollywood Glamor waves

Starting the New Year with a Blogging Bang, on the Winter Eve of January the 14th, I was picked up by a car service en route to Manhattan to the gorgeous space at the MPE Penthouse for another wonderful MomTrends event being a Party for Pantene Pro-V’s New Expert Collection.

The Night’s theme was all about hair, and I learned a lot about my trusses that I take everywhere with me! Did you know that your hair has an age? My hair is apparently 2 years younger than my real age, so I figure that is a good thing!

Besides cocktails, great company and hors d’oeuvres being served, we heard from resident expert in attendance Dr Jeni Thomas who, as well as having great hair, works for Pantene as a scalp and hair Scientist.

In particular, Jeni spoke about Pantene’s Age Defy line, which I have tried and can personally write made a huge difference to my hair in the way of it feeling fuller and looking shinier. Age Defy targets the various signs of aging like breakage, split ends, flat color, dryness and grayness. Yes, all those things that we just do not want to see happening to our hair. Thankfully with the Age Defy line we have options which can help. There are are various products, besides shampoos and conditioners, like a split end fuser, hydration masque and a thickening treatment. Yep, Pantene thought of everything! They have us covered.

Just as a special shout out to Pantene, being a Green Mummy, I want to note that I am happy that the company has taken a big step in helping towards improving and protecting our environment from future harm. Starting last year, the Nature Fusion packaging is now made from 59% plant-based plastic being mainly sugar cane, and that puts a big smile on my face. Good job!

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Why I perservered with starting a Brooklyn Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network

Without getting into too much detail, when Miles Storm was first born, it took a huge toll on my husband and my relationship. While family and friends were worried about me developing postnatal depression, it was actually my husband who took our Son’s arrival the hardest. As a result, during the majority of the first year I spent a lot of time upstate NY in Rhinebeck (at our weekend house) with our 2 dogs and our newborn Son. My husband works in New York City, so we would see him on the weekends. It was rough for me for sure, although I hate admitting that. I saw a therapist on a weekly basis and tried my best to navigate through all the changes.

What also helped me was the discovery of the Holistic Moms Network Dutchess County Chapter which is based here in Rhinebeck. There are other Mothers groups in the area, but for me being “Green Inspired” this was a God Send. I found support, encouragement and answers to many questions that I had as a first time Mother. On top of that, there was acceptance and interest in some of my “wacky” ideas. And, I say “wacky” tongue-in-cheek as to me it is normal, however in comparison to traditional parenting, it could be considered so. “Wacky” ideas may include bringing a child up vegetarian and not vaccinating your child. Or maybe, you are considering a water or home birth, not to mention hypnobirthing (now that is really wacky – ha).

At the Holistic Moms Network, our mission is to generate national awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and green living by providing nurturing, open-minded, and respectful local community networks that encourage families to share these ideals and learn from each other. — Holistic Moms Network

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ParaSailing, and realising that it is not just about me anymore — Turks & Caicos

Babes & I para-sailing on Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies.

A few years ago while Honeymooning with my husband in the beautiful Fijian Islands, we both parasailed – meaning we were towed behind a speed-boat, high in the sky, across a gorgeous sea, in a parachute, for a considerable amount of time! We both went up individually, without a worry in the world and no questions asked. I admit it seems crazy looking back now and it may sound scary to some, however I remember LOVING it! It was one of the most awesome, awakening experiences I have ever experienced, and I very much looked forward to doing it again.

Fast forward to this week, and here we are in the British West Indies on the Islands of Turks and Caicos……..

Yep, we are in Paradise, with all these wonderful unassuming safe mellow sea-venturing offerings like parasailing! Gorgeous settings, and all this free time together AGAIN as a couple. How You Ask? Thankfully, we are traveling with Miles Storm’s grandparents, and they love spending time with their Grand-Son. Mystery Solved!

If my husband could avoid ANY activity in the world it would be parasailing… and here I am on the opposite end of the scale… pushing him to go parasailing with me! Babes is not the best up-there high-in-the-sky kind-of-guy, and to a certain point I realize I am somewhat scared of heights too.

Regardless, as a morning activity we booked a tandem parasailing adventure together!

Once on the boat, everything was going great right up until when we were first lifted up into the sky, well for me anyway, but apparently my husband, not so much. It was a speedy take-off with limited instruction. I made up for that by laughing a lot, enjoying the view and just trying to assure myself we were going to be okay. However, once I saw my husband struggling mentally, I started to get scared; it was a chain reaction. It did not help that I knew he was only doing the activity to make me happy!

The boat pulling us, started going really fast, and all of a sudden we were many miles from shore, and very high in the sky. It was a very windy day and we were being swayed from here-to-there like a feather in a hurricane… around this time my self-confidence turned South. I turned white and was having a hard time speaking. It was really scary – like I said, a feather in a hurricane kind of feeling!

In those 15 minutes up there in the sky, I wondered why I was so scared this time around when I had LOVED my first time parasailing in Fiji! I was very confused! Until, I posted this same picture on my Instagram feed and another Mother wrote back saying – “It’s funny what becoming a Mum has done to me, one of the things is I get butterflies from going on the swings at the park”.

And, with those few posted words it all made sense to me.

I am a Mother now, and it is not all about me anymore. I have to stay alive to look after my beautiful Little Boy. Before, Miles Storm was around it was just me, and if something happened to me…. well it was just me! But now, I cannot be so risky and if I put myself in similar positions, like I did before I was pregnant and did not have a care in the world – it is never going to feel the same.

I have a responsibility to make sure I am safe and healthy so I can be around for my Little One. If anything happened to me he would be devastated. It was clearly an epiphany moment, and I totally understand now, in retrospect, why I felt sick and so scared up there in the sky this time around parasailing. It was all because of Miles Storm, my little munchkin, who I want to be around forever. For me now, it is Health and Happiness all the Way.

Ain’t being a Mummy Grand!