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Third Street Non-GMO Organic tea (giveaway)

The benefits of drinking the ancient elixir of tea are rumored to be many, being an efficient way to take in nutrients & antioxidants from plants we share this Planet with. From helping with diseases, weight-loss, and comforting the soul, it is a wonderful addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

My 3-year-old and I enjoy drinking tea. My Son especially likes fresh-cut mint tea, from our garden upstate New York, with some local raw honey. Personally, I am a big fan of Red Clover tea at the moment, which I wild-harvest from our land. However, the warmer months will soon pass, the snow will visit again, and we will not have the option to make straight-from-the-garden cold iced tea. Sure we can still make it from dried herbs, but if we are on-the-go we need a brand we can trust to get our tea fix. A brand who is making a good product which we agree with. And, that means; made with organic and non-gmo ingredients.

Third Street – a Colorado-based maker of premium, sustainable beverages – just introduced a line of organic, fair-trade, non-GMO and gluten-free ice teas which is right up our alley.
Available in 14 oz. sizes, these single-serve, ready-to-drink beverages include refreshing black and green teas from the lush region of Nilgiri, India, which are then micro-brewed in Colorado.

Serving tea to your children is a way better option than sodas for sure, and juice too (dependent on the situation). As a mother, sometimes I do not want to give Miles Storm fruit juice because of the sugar (natural or not), and water seems like it may be a little boring for him?

Third Street Tea has a few pros to help navigate through this; all of their beverages are either sugar-free or low in sugar content. The lemonade does not contain caffeine and the iced teas are very low in caffeine, between 10-30 grams per serving. To put that into perspective, there is anywhere between 34 mg – 55 mg of caffeine in a 12 ounce can of soda. By adding iced tea to a majority part of sparkling water, you can cut the sugar and caffeine even more. We also love the fun leopard packaging! So adorable.

GIVEAWAY TIME

Want to win a delicious 4-pack tea sampling from Third Street to try out for yourself? Well today is your lucky day! Enter below to win four 14 oz. bottles of Unsweetened Green Tea, Unsweetened Black Tea, Slightly Sweet Green and Half & Half Lemonade. If you are the winner, Third Street will ship you the prize, direct from their warehouse, as soon as possible.

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Ice-climbing; not for the faint hearted

Ice-Climbing having evolved out of rock climbing is not for the faint of heart, and surely ascending a vertical surface of slippery ice does exhilarate the soul. Ice-Climbing is an adrenalin-rushing extreme sport, demanding your whole attention, which is rapidly growing as a Winter activity.

Being part of an active family with my husband, has its perks; I am healthier, fitter and stronger than I have ever been in my life, and I love that! We have also bonded, on a new level as a couple seeing our love of exercise as a daily necessity.

This winter just past, as a Christmas present, I organized a full day ice-climbing expedition for my husband. Having skied since he was a child, he enjoys nothing more than to be out on the snowy slopes. A friend suggested the idea; to develop his survival skills in such conditions. Lately he has been hiking by himself, up mountains in the dangerous off-limit areas, to ski down again, so this kind of experience was only going to compliment the time he spends doing so.

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What Bra Size are you?

What Bra Size Are You?

For many years I have thought I was the same bra size. Excuse my naïvety, but I thought that one, pretty much, stayed the same bra size always? But, I was wrong.

Last week, I attended an event by New York City based, Momtrends which was hosted by and at the stone and mortar; Intimacy on Madison Avenue, on the Island of Manhattan.

Intimacy is a national lingerie chain, here in the United States, who, besides selling the most beautiful lingerie, excel as bra fit stylists. You can find stores in 11 states across the country; Georgia, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C and Florida.

I was fitted by a wonderful woman by the name of Angela, who taught me so much about wearing a bra. First of all, a women’s bra size does change. Women lose weight, and gain weight especially during pregnancy and breast feeding, and it is important to be fitted once a year to make sure you are wearing a bra which is supportive to your current size.

To put into perspective; for so many years I have thought I was a size 36D but I am actually a 32DD at the moment – which was news to me!

 

Let’s talk Sport Bras

I am an extremely active Mother, with most mornings being dedicated to exercise. Whether that be crossfit, kickboxing or running I am always on the go. At the moment, I have a chest injury and have to limit movement for the upper part of my body, so I am running a lot and far. On average 5 miles a day! Or, 8KM for the Aussies out there.

I have always worn sport bras which I have bought at a local active store. No brainer right, this is what I have always done and really I have not known any better? While I was at Intimacy, I was fitted for a sport bra. And, wow, what a difference it has made wearing it out on my morning runs. Before hand, while wearing one of my conventional sport bras, I was flopping around everywhere and squashed flat, but with my new sport bra my breasts stay nice and snug and do not move at all! This is a whole new experience to me. So much so, that as I only bought one fitted sport bra when I shopped at Intimacy, I now rinse it out in the shower post run to make sure I can wear it again the next morning. I will never buy conventional run-of-the-mill sport bras again, that is for sure!

What I used to wear…. colorful sure but not that supportive.

And, what I am wearing now…. such a difference.

If you are interested in getting fitted by a professional in-the-know bra stylist, Intimacy offers a complimentary fitting which you can sign up for HERE. With over 90 different bra sizes available for women, it is worth a visit, as there is a lot of room to move there (no pun intended)!

I just know that you will leave the store feeling a lot more beautiful in the chest area, and as a result more confident; just like me.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. We hope this posting has made you think, and lead you on to a new discovery!

Let’s talk Hoo Hoo, and how to have a healthy one!

Okay girls, let’s have a little chat about feminine hygiene! Personally, I feel like it is an issue that I only pay attention too when there is something wrong down there. I tend to spend more time on other areas of my body. Maybe that is because my parts down there are always hiding; you know, out of sight out of mind. It is not like my face or the hair on my head which is always on show and I like to look its best!

Right?

Being a Blogger, I am graciously sent products to review for Willy B Mum, constantly. And taking it one step further, as I am a eco-conscious blogger, I only ever review products which, in my opinion, are worth reviewing. Products, services, events and opinions that are helpful to leading a better life environmentally. If I am writing about it, you know it gets my seal of approval and something that I would also use.

Hoping a healthy Hoo-Hoo can be as easy as looking after my face and hair

Most recently, I was sent a package from Healthy Hoo Hoo, a taking-it-back-to-basics company making revolutionary simple chemical-free feminine cleansing products! I know, I know, how dare they make healthy products for us? Outrageous; with no scary sulfates, parabens or phthalates. What are they hoping to do; make us all live a long time by protecting our well-being? Sarcastic yes, but maybe not. Companies, are openly making bleach-riddled products, chock-a-block with chemicals that are slowly contributing to the deaths of women. The horrendous disease cancer is on the rise, and still some people wonder why? It is my belief, that we cannot keep exposing ourselves to so many toxins and not expect our bodies to start failing. Of course, there are toxins that we cannot always avoid like air pollution. However, we can all make an effort to read labels and buy products that are safer, to reduce our exposure to these things, and with companies like Healthy Hoo Hoo it is a lot easier to do so.

Did you Know? 99% of breast cancer tissue contain parabens. It takes only seconds for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your blood stream. A woman’s vagina and the skin around it are some of the most absorbent parts of the female body. — Healthy Hoo Hoo.

Healthy Hoo Hoo

So just a quick lesson in the nasties found in most feminine products;

  • Sulfates are a harsh detergent with irritates and damages the skin, it is what we know as suds
  • Phthalates or fragrance are endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimics, they are also absorbed super fast by our skin and are responsible for a range of adverse health outcomes. Phthalates are also used in plastic to help with flexibility (wait what?)
  • Parabens or preservatives is a broad term which can include hundreds of chemicals, parabens are linked to various cancers, and are mainly man-made. Parabens are inexpensive for pharmaceutical companies to help stop bacteria

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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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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.

Raw Juicing is the Way to Go

I love to juice fresh raw organic fruits, herbs and vegetables. During the winter months I do not do it so much but during the warmer part of the year when our vegetable garden upstate is blooming, I juice a lot! It is a great way to get your daily dosage of fruit and veggies right off the bat and a wonderful way to start the day. I like to throw whatever produce we have in the house into the Juicer (including scraps like apple cores and kale stalks), and hope for the best! For my little boy I have to be more predictable like giving him mango or carrot juice… you know, keep it simple or else he will not drink it.

Last November in the USA it was found that 10 percent of apple juices tested had total arsenic levels greater than the Food and Drug Administration standard for drinking water. The harmful arsenic found was inorganic, which is a human carcinogen. According to the FDA web page the reason it is being detected in apple juice is because arsenic-based pesticides were commonly used in United States up until 1970, and it is still showing up now! You can read more about that HERE.

I mean, I cannot say that this surprises me, but it was still slightly shocking. What effect will this arsenic have on children, being smaller in body size and still developing, who are innocently drinking juices tainted with arsenic?

My husband and I have always been concerned about commercial juices mainly because of the sugar levels, and all the unnecessary additives. As a result we only let Miles Storm drink water, which he loves. Sometimes he has juices that are raw with no added preservatives or sugar (like from an organic juice bar) or juices we make ourselves from pesticide-free food. He does not drink sodas, but you probably already knew that one! As far as milk he is still being breastfed, however if need-be we give him organic goat milk or coconut milk because he is allergic to cow milk.

With bought meals/drinks, it is so hard to really know what you are entirely eating so it is always best to make your own if you can. We know that cooking foods or pasteurizing drinks means sacrificing nutritional value so by juicing the produce raw you keep all the vitamins and minerals intact.  Also, making your own juice keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and cuts back on food-waste being produced by your kitchen.

As an occasional special treat (as it is high in calories) & when I do not have time to juice, me and Miles Storm love love love the Blue Print Cleanse Cold-Pressed White Cashew Water Vanilla Cinnamon Agave drink! It is so yummy. We fought over the last bottle I bought…. literally. He won as you know being a Mummy you give your children everything to keep them smiling.  You must try it if you can! Blue Print Juices are freshly cold-pressed, raw, organic and unpasteurized. Amazing!

Me and Miles Storm fighting over the last of a drink of the BP cleanse Cashew Milk.

“Willy B” – Let’s Run a 5KM for the charity *Girls On the Run*

I have run, for exercise, close to 15 years now. I enjoy running. With this in mind, today I decided to do something I have always wanted to do on a professional level, and that is properly train to run a 5KM. I am very excited about it, especially as the 5KM is for children’s charity – Girls On The Run. It also helps that I can take my Son with me to the preparation workouts each week.

As a charity, Girls On The Run encourages positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. The 5k Run is the “bees knees” of this program, where girls learn to stretch themselves — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This particular race is for 18+ women Only, unless you are parent/legal guardian of one of 300 girls from the ages of 8 – 13 years participating in the event. GO ESTROGEN!

Jody Cammara (who heads the local Williamsburg/Greenpoint Baby Boot Camp Group) is training local Mummies for the race which is being executed at Ashphalt Green on the UES on Sunday June the 10th at 8.30AM!!!! Starting next week, the 6 week training is in McCarren Park every Tuesday and/or Sunday morning at 11AM with a flat cost of $75. There is an extra $25 charge to register and take part in the race.

Jody says – “As a postpartum mom, you are more susceptible to injury due to the dramatic physical and hormonal changes you have been through, regardless of the age of your child. Your joints (hips and knees) are most susceptible, both of which endure significant impact and possible injury. By incorporating walking intervals, this training program helps you build to your goal while also preventing injury”.

Besides being under the guidance of an expert who has designed the program specifically for Mummies, this is also a great opportunity to meet other like-minded souls in the area (and, of course, to get out of the apartment).

Are you a local Williamsburg/Greenpoint Mum? Are you interested in signing up too? If so you can email jody.camarra@babybootcamp.com for more information.

Sepascot Home Farm – Rhinebeck

My family is very fortunate in that we live upstate NY in Dutchess County every weekend, and in the bustling city of Williamsburg during the week. We have been doing this for close to 6 years now.

Upstate, we live very close to Sepascot Home Farm and buy as much food as possible from them. The animals are treated kindly and are very well looked after. They are also out on open pastures and are only fed organic feed, other than what they find in their environment. My husband makes raw milk yoghurt from the dairy cows milk and we buy all of our eggs there too. We never buy eggs from a supermarket!

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