Summer – The Cheapest Time to Get Fit

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Working out consistently is probably one of the harder things to accomplish, especially as a new parent, or a parent in general, or even just a human.

The winter, in Canada in particular, makes it that much harder to get motivated and get fit. Plus the added pounds around Christmas is a pre-determined kryptonite of New Years resolutions.

Summer however, is the perfect time… We have some tips on what makes summer the best, and cheapest, time to get fit!

 

 

Beach Body Motivation

This is a no-brainer. During the summer everyone is constantly reminded by the beach and the abs and the tans. Of course, most of these bodies are unattainable in the short amount of time we have in the summer, but that doesn’t mean they are not a goal you can strive to reach!

 

The Weather

Another obvious factor… Jogging outside is way more enjoyable than a treadmill. Our suggestion is to find a local trail, and run through the woods. Bring bug spray though. Also, it’s a perfect time to play with your kids outside, that’s technically exercise! My Mom and I used to play badminton in the backyard or go bike riding. Find an active summer activity and do it with the kids!

 

Less Stress

Summer is often way less stressful. The weather is nicer, the kids aren’t in school, people are laid back and their minds are on a permanent vacation. Great time to make some healthy fruit smoothies and go work out! You can add some other liquid in afterward!

 

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Gym’s have deals!

This is the most underrated of them all! Gym’s the most expensive institution ever created (alright not really, but they are not cheap!) usually have deals in the summer. Trial memberships are awesome! Or you can get a free month if you sign up with some friends! So grab a buddy or the hubby and hit the weights… Make sure you stretch!

Alternatively, there are lot more gyms popping up that are lower in price, For example, Fit 4 Less which is a subsidiary of Good Life offers memberships for as low as $9.99 a month! Now that’s cheap.

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All in all, the sun, the warmth, the lack of stress, all point to summer being the best time to get fit, and hey… judging by weather patterns, the warmth might be extended into October!

How to Save Money as a Stay at Home Mom

save money as stay at home momIf you have decided to stay home with the kids (so you won’t have that second income), you might be looking for methods to save money. Even if you’re financially comfortable, there’s no harm in reducing your spending and cutting down on waste. Here are some ways you can save money as a stay at home mom.

1. Clip coupons.

Have you ever seen one of those couponing shows on TV? The subject of the episode will create an in-depth system of tracking coupons, store policies, and sale items. They’ll go into a store with a binder full of coupons and a plan, then manage to buy hundreds of dollars worth of products for pennies.

I’m not suggesting you go to those lengths, because even the people on the show will admit that such an extreme habit is full time work. But it’s a great example of just how powerful coupons and careful shopping can be if you pay attention to the sales and deals available.

2. Use cloth diapers.

In the western world, we potty train our children later than anywhere else. Over the course of the diaper wearing years, a family could spend $1,500 to $2,000 on disposables alone. Also, the impact on the environment of disposable diaper use is substantial.

3. Develop a meal plan.

Opening the fridge to see what’s available for dinner is a costly way to eat. If you use half an onion today, will you be able to use the other half before it spoils? You might forget that it’s there or be forced to use it for a meal you ordinarily wouldn’t so it doesn’t go bad. By building a meal plan each week, you can make sure you only buy the things you need and that everything you buy gets used.

4. Go on free outings.

It isn’t necessary to take your kids to the movies, the arcade, or the go-kart track every time you want to get them out of the house. There are plenty of free activities available in our communities that your kids will enjoy if you approach them correctly. Take them to the playground, the library, or a local event.

5. Give out homemade gifts.

Holidays are a tough period when you’re trying to stick to a budget. You want to give awesome gifts that people will remember, but those can be costly. Come up with something clever and personal you can make for your loved ones that doesn’t cost much. You might have to come up with these ideas a few months before the holiday to give yourself time to make it.

6. Attend a mom swap.

If you can’t find one of these, you might have to start one, but they’re worth it. A mom swap is when moms meet and bring their old toys and even some gently used clothes. They put all their contributions in a pile and take home something different. This way they get to bring home something “new” without spending a penny.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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How to Get Quality Baby Products at Low Cost

save money on baby gearIf there’s one universal truth about babies, it’s that they can be super expensive. We want them to have the best of everything, but that can cost a fortune. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money without breaking the bank. Here are some tips on finding quality baby products at a low cost.

1. Wait to buy

The best plans are always the ones that are made in advance. One of the best ways to save money on baby’s things is to wait to go shopping until after they are born. Although you should make a list of things you think they will need, you aren’t going to know exactly what will be needed until they are born. You can save money by waiting and not buying things that won’t be needed.

2. Research

It’s best to research all of the things you need before you buy them. You can get great deals on things if you search around. Make a list of what you need and go online searching for the best products and deals out there. When researching you should also see what people are saying about the product and see if there have been any recalls recently.

3. Stick to the essentials

If you have a strict budget you have to stick to, only buy what you really need. A baby needs diapers, a car seat, clothing, blankets, and a few other obvious things. You don’t need to buy every new baby gadget on the market. Stick to buying the essentials and save your money for what is needed, not wanted.

4. Hand-me-downs

A great way to save money is to buy your baby’s things either used or get from friends. If you feel uncomfortable buying something used for your baby, ask a friend whose children have grown if she has any baby things still around.  Friends and families are great resources when looking to save money.

5. Buy on sale

Now that you are a mother, you are going to have to learn how to shop sales. Parents who don’t buy on sale or use coupons can spend up to 25%-30% more than parents who do. If you find a coupon, use it!

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

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12 Ways Moms Can Be Greener in 2014

eco friendly momThese days it’s easier for parents to live a greener lifestyle and teach their families to be environmentally conscious. There are so many ways that you can make a difference and make small lifestyle changes in order to help save and protect the earth. For moms this includes buying products that are eco-friendly, making your own natural products, and making the effort to do things a little differently than what you’re used to. Families can start by making one simple change for each month in 2014. By introducing these changes into your families’ lives gradually, it makes the transition to a greener lifestyle easier for kids and parents so everyone will be excited to adopt these changes.

 1. Buy organic baby/kids products and clothing

Parents should be paying attention to the materials that make up the products they buy for their kids. Often these products contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that are not safe for children. Always check the labels when purchasing baby and children’s products.  Avoid items containing polyurethane foam which is often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals.  Look for eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and non-toxic products made from organic materials with low-impact dyes.

 2. Car-free Saturdays

Every weekend parents can make the decision to not use the car at all and opt to walk or use their bike. Many times parents rely on their cars for every little trip, even if it’s just to drive a few blocks away to a friend’s house or to the park. Making the sacrifice to not use the car one day a week encourages families to go out into the fresh air and get some exercise. Plus it saves money on gas while reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

 3. Ditch the Ziplocs and use reusable bags

Instead of using plastic bags that can be dangerous to the environment and have chemicals that can leach into food, opt for glass containers or reusable bags. Use bags that are eco-friendly, washable and BPA and Phthalate-free. Reusable bags are much more convenient and safe for storing lunch and snacks for kids when they are chemical-free. These bags can also be used for all kinds of storage to organize clutter and can be washed numerous times while remaining durable.

 4. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergent

Using green cleaning products for the home ensures the safety of your family and pets. These cleaning products contain no harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your health and can cause allergies and skin rashes. You can even use some items you already own at home to make your own natural cleaners. Use eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents that are super-safe for your home, are all-natural and great for those with sensitive skin.

 5. Use motion sensor lights or light dimmers in your home

Motion sensor lights can detect when someone enters and leaves a room so they automatically turn on or off. With these lights you will never forget to turn the lights off again so they automatically save energy for you and they’re great for kids who can’t remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. Light dimmers also save energy while they are in use by using less electricity and they can save you money in the long-run.

6. Be smart about your paper/plastic use

You can reuse all of the paper in your home for kids’ art projects, wrapping paper and more. Use old magazines to make fun collages and old memos and note paper for kids to draw on. Make a printing mistake?  Don’t throw the paper away!  Have a bin nearby for recyclable paper.  When ordering take-out, let the restaurant know that you do not need them to send napkins, plastic utensils, condiments or anything else you already have. Finally, opt for dry-erase boards for writing down messages and notes to the family so you don’t have to use memo pads.

 7. Donate old clothes, toys and books

If your kids have gently-used clothes and toys they have outworn, donate them to a local thrift store or Salvation Army store so another family can use them. You can donate all sorts of items to these stores,  so clean out those closets and pantries, and make one big trip to the store. This is a great family activity and teaches children the importance of giving back.

8. Line-dry your clothing

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill.  It can use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down on costs and electricity. Did you know that in most homes in Russia and France they only have washing machines?  Everyone hangs their clothes to dry all year round.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and it’s healthier for you. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and farms with eco-friendly practices.

10. Set up recycling bins in your home

Get your kids to practice recycling regularly by setting up different colored recycling bins in the home. Teach kids which types of items go in each bin and what is not allowed in the bins. Show them the labels on items that indicate the item is recyclable and make a game out of it so kids have fun learning.  And recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the grocery store and placing them in the appropriate bin. Buy and use recyclable shopping bags for your grocery runs.

11. Choose products with an Energy Star label

The Energy Star program is sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy and it rates different household appliances and items. An item with an Energy Star label guarantees the item is energy efficient. By using Energy Star products you use about 30% less energy than the average household.

12. Plant your own garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can save you a lot of money and provides your family with healthy, nutritious food. You don’t need a big space to grow a garden and it has an immensely positive impact on the environment. Use eco-friendly methods to maintain your garden, like composting and collecting water in a rain barrel.

nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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