Staying Fit and Living Trendy – Here Are Some Tricks

6 Sep
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Photo by Matthew LeJune on Unsplash

In today’s world, one of the most difficult things is to be healthy and fit. With so many people working very long hours, often sitting at a desk for hours each day, and running personal errands every day, it’s not easy to keep your body and mind in the perfect condition. Still, it’s not impossible either.

Not only can everyone do something to improve their health, but we can also do it in a way that reflects modern trends when it comes to exercising and nutrition. Here are just some of the most popular tips that will help you boost your health and fitness.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

One of the hot tips is to include these sessions in your daily routine. Namely, you should engage in short bursts of activity, after which you’ll allow yourself a short period of rest or recovery. Such activities should not be performed over a period longer than 30 minutes, but the optimal regime should be established in consultations with your doctor and fitness expert.

HIIT activities help you burn more fat and put more oxygen into the body and they don’t require a lot of your time, which means you can do them every day. Whether you opt for bursts of running and jogging or working out in the gym is a matter of personal preference and recommendations, but one thing is for sure – it’s good for you.

Improving strength

Another popular option offered by probably every health club in the world is strength training or resistance training. You can choose to simply improve your overall strength or as the foundation for engaging in some other exercise format or sport. Since such activities require a certain muscular form, strength training is absolutely necessary.

One more benefit is that you lose body weight while toning up loose muscles. That’s why it comes as no surprise that those who lead a sedentary life are finding these exercises to be of great help. Again, you must not take up such activities without prior consultations with your doctor or fitness expert and you should always go through a proper warm-up session in order to avoid injuries.

Bodyweight training

The trendiest activity is probably bodyweight training, especially the kind that doesn’t require costly fitness equipment. Basically, it’s all about getting back to the basics, i.e. doing push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, sit-ups and full body roll-ups. The thing about bodyweight training is that people who can’t afford to go to the gym or are not keen or running can also improve their health and fitness levels.

Being active

If you can’t enjoy the benefits of exercising as such, you still have a chance to boost your fitness by changing some habits and routines. For example, avoid using the elevator whenever possible and use the stairs. Also, instead of using a car to get to a place that is walkable from where you live or work, put on some comfortable clothes, such as these women’s jeans for everyday activities, and walk. Try to introduce cycling if you already haven’t done that, since that’s one of the best fitness activities.

Nutrition

People are now more concerned about the food they eat than ever. They want to know how their food is made and where it comes from. Also, the idea is to spend as little time as possible preparing meals yet make the most of it. So, if you want to stay healthy and trendy at the same time, make sure you opt for organic, preferably locally-sourced food.

These are just some tips that should help you stay fit, but as you can see it is a relatively complex process, which involves several different aspects, all equally important. The most important thing, however, is to believe that you deserve a healthy lifestyle and that any major changes to your routine can only be introduced following consultations with medical and fitness experts.

by Georgia Selih, fashion consultant and author at highstylife.com

 

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Fall Reads for Adults and Kiddos

23 Aug

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For little ones:

“Mrs. Bumbleberry” series:
We like “Mrs. B. Substitute Grandma” by Kathleen Beining
Available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble

Join Little Ladybug as she journeys through Happy Peaceful Forest. Discover and learn as she meets other forest animals.

One day Catalina overhears the king planning to build a wall and fears her family will never be able to visit. Catalina tricks the king into building walls that droop, drip, swirl, and swoosh away. But now the king demands a wall that will outlast even a Twinkie. Luckily, Catalina has the perfect ingredients to bake up a family reunion!

When Neeka was very little, she loved watching the crazy squirrels play in her backyard. Now five years old, she doesn’t have time for squirrels, especially since she’s busy with school and her little sister, Gel. Neeka is happy with her family and her home, but she feels so far away from her school friends. She wishes she had a playmate, and Gel is much too young.

One day, she comes home from school and finds a furry surprise on her parents’ bed. What she thinks is a pair of brown socks turns out to be a sleeping squirrel! When the squirrel sees Neeka, he is terribly frightened and tries to find a way to escape. Neeka is scared, too, having forgotten how she used to love watching the cuddly critters play when she was little.

With her family’s help, Neeka faces her fears and sets the squirrel free–after he’s had a good time exploring their house, of course. Outside, the squirrel doesn’t seem so scary anymore. In fact, Neeka begins to think maybe the little squirrel took the path inside because he wanted a friend, too. Together, Neeka and the squirrel might not be lonely anymore.

“Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk” by Kathryn G. Evans

Sophie the Skunk is a funny, heartwarming story for young children, which emphasizes the importance of children trying new experiences and of their parents allowing children to investigate different avenues without pressure.

Sophie the Skunk is written for all those who hope to give their children the opportunity to find for themselves their talents and to have confidence in themselves as they learn that trying is good and winning is not everything.

In our world of competition, Sophie the Skunk stands out as a hope for simplicity and growth.

For Grown-Ups:

“The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook” by Aurora Satler

The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook is your guide to navigating this new world of prenatal nutrition, baby purees and picky eaters. Brimming with wholesome, satisfying recipes for every stage from the first day of your pregnancy to those tricky toddler years, this book eases your transition into parenthood and sets the foundation for your child to be a healthy and adventurous eater.

Chef Aurora Satler and nutritionist Allison Childress anticipate your every new-parent need, with recipes for stocking your freezer for those first days home from the hospital, nutritious foods mom should eat while nursing and methods for introducing your child to new flavors and food textures.

Delicious recipes like Tropical Tummy Mango Faux-’Jito soothe an upset stomach and satisfy intense pregnancy cravings, while Soba Noodle and Broccoli Rabe Buddha Bowls keep your energy up for sleepless nights filled with feedings. As your baby transitions to solids, nutrient-packed purees can be easily whipped up and repurposed into flavorful meals the whole family will enjoy, like Southwest Sweet Potato Cakes and Black Bean Salsa Fresca.

This essential manual will nourish your baby from the first day of your pregnancy through the toddler years.

“150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes” by Linda Stephen

A collection of recipes that is as versatile as your toaster oven itself.

Toaster ovens are versatile, compact and convenient, doing the job of both a toaster and a full-size oven while using far less space and far less energy. They can do so much more than just toast — they can bake, broil, brown and keep food warm. This updated edition includes 125 delicious recipes from Linda’s previous book, practical tips, and information on various toaster ovens, and, by popular demand, an all-new “Basics” section with over 25 easy recipes.

All of the recipes are designed exclusively for toaster ovens and include delicious options for any time of day. Some of the new basics include Deli Tuna Melts, BBQ Meatballs, Vegetable Bean Chili, and Chocolate Chip Muffins. Still featured are old favorites like Salmon Satays and Stuffed Baked Potatoes. With easy-to-prepare recipes and clear instructions, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes is perfect for students, singles and anyone looking to make a delicious meal in their toaster oven.

“Letting Go of Leo: How I Broke up with Perfection” by Simi Botic

People think you have it all together. What these people don’t understand is how exhausting it feels to make it look that way. The pressure to keep it all going is intense. You feel unfulfilled and don’t believe you measure up to others. You?re constantly searching for the secret to experience confidence in your own skin. Despite your have-it-all-together life, you can’t figure out how to accept or perfect yourself. You?ve tried diets, intense exercise, shopping, and stuffing brownies in your face. Yet nothing fills the hole deep inside, and you worry, Will I ever be enough? You?ve come to the right place. In Letting Go of Leo, Simi Botic gets personal about what she’s experienced and learned. She shares stories about eating a jar of peanut butter without choking to death. Stories about her thighs rubbing together. Stories of living a fantasy where she would marry Leo DiCaprio and win an Oscar. Stories of realizing that real life can be better than any fantasy, that she could show up for the good stuff and the hard stuff and, most importantly, for herself. Simi used to freak out about food, her body, and not being perfect enough. She freaks out a lot less now. In Letting Go of Leo, she shares how she broke up with perfection?and how you can too.

“Gone but Not Forgotten” by Jacqueline Brindle

From the Author: Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you a little about my book. Picture this: a young couple falls in love and marries. They experience a little heartache and soon start a family. Their love is strong, and life is wonderful until that fateful day that everything changes. Her fault? Maybe. His fault? Possibly. Does it matter? How do they cope? More tragedy befalls the couple. They endure it though, and eventually, life is great again until the unthinkable happens. How is it possible? Will there be peace? Will they have a happy ending or a new beginning? Perhaps . . . but then again, perhaps not.

“The Network Sage” by Glenna Crooks, PhD

Glenna Crooks’s inclusive and enlightening self-help book, The Network Sage, includes universally applicable instructions for cultivating one’s true potential by making use of networks.

Networking is typically a straightforward strategy, and is usually limited to professional, academic, or creative endeavors. Crooks broadens the notion, advocating for scrutinizing the potential in relationships with everyone from coworkers to a child’s dentist to a walking buddy.

“Treasures in Tragedy” by Kathleen Hathaway Mitchel

After Steven died, I began to read books about grieving, written by those who also had a child die. I could not get enough. I needed to feel like I was not alone. I needed to identify with somebody. I needed to know that I was not going crazy and that what I was feeling was normal — whatever normal means when your child has died. It helped knowing others had gone through what I was now experiencing. I learned that bereaved parents may do things that seem strange to others. That does not mean they are crazy or that they are not moving forward in their grief. They are coping the best way they can. They are trying to keep their child’s memory alive. Darcie Sims, a former grief counselor and bereaved parent, once said that as long as you are not hurting yourself or anyone else, then you are grieving exactly the way you need to do it.

Better dashboard dining: Hit the reset button on your kids’ nutrition with healthier on-the-go meals and snacks

20 Aug

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By Esther Blum, Integrative Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach

As an integrative dietitian, I hear people’s battle cries for help, especially when it comes to feeding their kids healthy foods. Parents today are busier than ever, working and hustling kids to and from activities. So, preparing meals with real food can feel challenging. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I want to help you tackle small but simple steps that can be game changers when it comes to ensuring that your children are getting all the nutrients they need to stay lean and healthy, emotionally well balanced, focused,, have strong stamina and performance in sporting events, and consistently get a good night’s sleep. The goal is to look at the big picture, and make small but effective changes over the course of a few months.

Nutrition School For Families

We live in a country with abundant opportunities to eat real food. Yet we often choose to buy junk foods with ingredients whose names we can’t pronounce and serve them to our children. Then we scratch our heads and wonder why our children have mood swings and struggle to get certain things done. Or why they’re already struggling with being overweight and having insomnia at night. Every day, I was hearing about struggles from parents whose children were suffering with ADD, ADHD, OCD, mood swings, insomnia, irritability and obesity. I had the tools to help people tackle these issues with simple meal and snack ideas, along with a few supplements. My 10-year-old son got wind of what I was building and he jumped on the bandwagon, too! And together we created Nutrition School For Families.

Nutrition School for Families is an online program that addresses the tough food and health challenges many of my friends, clients and family members are facing at home in their kitchens every day such as food battles, sleep issues, sensory issues, picky eaters, ADHD, gut issues, overweight children, body image issues and immune function. It is designed to help you and your family change the culture and the conversation around eating healthy food. The whole family should listen to the program together (it is in the form of daily podcasts, PDFs and videos) so you can start to create your new normal together.  

Better dashboard dining and other quick nutritional wins

The following tips give you a sneak peek into my Nutrition School for Families program and will help you get started one bite at a time:

  • Try this brain-boosting breakfast hack: Getting adequate protein in your child in the morning helps you win the day with mental focus and a happy mood. Ditch the donuts and cereal in favor of scrambled eggs and oats, a protein smoothie or a veggie omelet.

  • Use this fast fiber fix: We all lack fiber, especially the kids who won’t eat any vegetables. Soluble fiber is especially important to nourish the good gut probiotics, which supports good digestion and immune function. The solution? Add a scoop of gluten-free Sunfiber to just about any food, and you’re rocking and rolling! Unlike some fiber supplements which turn into gloppy messes when mixed with liquid, Sunfiber blends invisibly into foods without changing their taste, aroma or texture. And because it’s truly regulating, it helps with both occasional constipation and occasional diarrhea.

  • Keep Malaysian palm oil handy in your kitchen: Malaysian palm oil is preferred by many food manufacturers because it adds a creamy texture and it’s naturally free of trans fats. While using this sustainable oil for home cooking is a relatively new thing, it is catching on. Palm oil is heart-healthy and good brain food, and has a neutral flavor.

  • Try this for better dashboard dining: Even if you eat in the car, the food can be nutritious especially when you prep snacks ahead of time so that you can grab and go on the fly or have at the ready when the kids come home. Energize your kids with these high-performance snacks: cut up peppers with hummus; smoothies with bananas, cherries, wild blueberries, spinach, cocoa powder and almond milk (served in a to-go cup); apple slices with peanut butter; or half an avocado sprinkled with sea salt.

  • Here’s help for kids who are sleeping poorly: Tart cherry juice blended with sparkling water makes a natural melatonin mocktail that helps induce sleep. A simple and safe amino acid supplement called Suntheanine also helps improve sleep quality. It’s hormone-free, not addictive and won’t cause drowsiness the next day.

  • Picky eater rehab: Embrace smoothies! Adding ingredients that make the cut as healthy, which includes everything from bananas to greens to cocoa powder, will deliver a sweet and nutritious boost to your child’s day. Try introducing one or two new foods in a snack so your child won’t feel overwhelmed with a meal-sized portion. Give different versions of a food a whirl: Broccoli that is raw, steamed, grilled or roasted makes for some nutrient-rich variety that appeals to all palates.

  • Include your kids in the meal planning and preparation process. Ask each child to choose one or two meals for the week out of a cookbook, so there is variety with meals. Make it clear that not everyone in the family will be happy with every meal, but everyone has to take no-thank-you bites. Involving them with all aspects of menu planning and preparation, even if it’s just stirring something in a bowl, will help them to enjoy real food even more and give them confidence in the kitchen.

 

Hopefully you’ll find some or all these tactics helpful, whether you have a picky eater at home or just struggle with figuring out how to feed your family healthy food. All of us as parents are doing the very best we can with what we have, right? Keep learning and keep growing. You’ve got this!

 

About the author: Esther Blum, MS, RD, CDN, CNS, is an Integrative Dietitian and bestselling author of Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat; Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous; Secrets of Gorgeous; and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project. She currently maintains a busy private practice in Connecticut where she prescribes whole food diet therapy and supplement protocols to heal and reverse chronic illness.

Esther is also the owner of Esther Blum, LLC—a concierge wellness consulting firm that cultivates and curates boutique, one-of-a-kind, experiential events for both small and large companies. Her services have been in demand at corporate special events, wellness retreats, day spas, and private parties.

Widely respected as an industry expert, Esther was voted Best Nutritionist by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, A Healthy You with Carol Alt, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5’s Good Day NY, and Fox News Live. Esther is an in-demand authority frequently quoted in E!Online, In Touch, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, In Style, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, and Cosmo.

Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist. She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.

 

GIVEAWAY! “National Family Fun” month PANDAS IMAX ticket pack!

13 Aug

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”).

At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild.  This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire.  What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.  The film is rated G.

PANDAS – Opens nationwide in IMAX theatres starting August 17th for a one-week engagement.  Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3eaGCk2Acs&feature=youtu.be

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Qian Qian, a Giant Panda raised in captivity, eats bamboo, which represents nearly 99% of a panda’s diet, at her home in the Liziping Nature Reserve as seen in the new IMAX® film, Pandas, an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Drew Fellman

Leave a comment here AND email me at atlantamom930 (at) gmail.com to be entered in the contest and your code for four passes will be emailed so you can see the movie before it is out of the theaters.

Introducing the Most Compact High Back Booster Seat Ever. For Parents, By Parents.

1 Aug

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mifold Launches Second Booster Seat Innovation “hifold by mifold” With Crowdfunding Campaign

mifold, inventor of the ultra-compact car seat category, today officially introduced its latest product, and second crowdfunding campaign, ‘hifold by mifold™’. The highback Grab-and-Go Booster™ brings unparalleled compact portability to the car seat category for parents and caregivers who prefer a high back booster seat. The official Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will launch during the summer.

Starting today, interested customers can register on https://gethifold.com/ for updates and the chance to be the first to place pre-orders with the best early-bird discounts of up to 50 percent off the recommended retail price.

hifold is the first-ever highback booster seat that is compact enough to pack in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, relieving parents of headaches and concerns during travel and on-the-go situations.

hifold was created by parents for parents to make their busy schedules easier to manage. hifold ensures a child’s safety and comfort are priority, whether carpooling, traveling or during everyday situations. “We are living through a transportation revolution with a shift from car ownership to car usage,” said Jon Sumroy, mifold CEO and inventor. “More and more people are ride-hailing and ride-sharing. When you need to take your car seats to and from the car, they have to be lightweight, compact and portable.”

Sumroy continued, “Many people asked us to bring the benefits of compact portability to highback booster seats. After more than two years of intensive development, we created hifold. Children still travel without a child restraint in at least 25 percent of car journeys. Our vision is to have a child restraint for every child, in every car, on every journey, every time.  hifold folds up to be so compact, portable and convenient that parents no longer need to cut corners and take risks with their child’s safety.”

Highlights of hifold include:

  1. Ultra-Compact: Lightweight, foldable and portable; 3x smaller than a regular highback booster when folded and easy to carry around.
  2. Safety First: Designed, engineered and tested to meet or exceed the regulatory requirements of every country on earth. Eight ultra-compact impact protection zones, with four layers for protection, safety and comfort.
  3. Adjustable: The most adjustable high back booster seat – the height, lap and shoulder width, and head rest can easily be adjusted to grow as the child grows.
  4. Advanced: Patented design and engineering.
  5. Comfortable: A soft, comfortable PU foam with airflow washable fabric™, and energy absorbing, dense EVA foam layer for added comfort and support.
  6. Proven Success: hifold is the product of mifold, a trustworthy company with a record of success.

mifold is known for its flagship product, the original mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, which created the ultra-compact car seat category. Three years ago, mifold became the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a juvenile product: raising nearly three million dollars and delivering seats to customers in more than 150 countries. Since then, mifold has sold more than half a million seats around the world.

hifold will come to market in early 2019. It will be sold in the United States for $179.00 MSRP. BUT…AtlantaMom readers can get a HUGE discount with this special unique link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hifold-by-mifold-the-grab-and-go-highback-booster-kids?secret_perk_token=d9873a9c#/

Learn more about how to use the product here.

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit igg.me/at/hifold.

 

About mifold

mifold created the ultra-compact car seat category with the 2016 launch of the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat. Today the range of mifold seats is helping deliver the vision of a child restraint: for every child, in every car on every journey, every time.  As the leader in advanced, compact, portable and safe car seats mifold allows children to be safe no matter whose car they are in. Created by Jon Sumroy, a father of four, the original mifold seat and the new hifold highback seat are great child passenger safety options for families traveling, ridesharing, carpooling and more. Learn more at www.mifold.com

Back to School Advice From Renowned Parenting Expert Eirene Heidelberger

31 Jul

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Eirene Heidelberger is a certified parent coach and the President & CEO of GIT Mom, a full service parent coaching firm dedicated to helping Moms “Get It Together!”. GIT Mom is the only parenting company in the country that puts moms needs center stage –  as happy momma means happy kiddos! Here are Eirene’s 4 top tips to help you keep your cool going back to school:

Prioritize Sleep

Start moving your kids bedtimes back 15 minutes every 3 days to get to the bedtime that allows them at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Then rouse your child at least 15 minutes before you need him to function, and give him his own “Me Time.”  This is the most important part of school mornings because the more awake he is the more cooperative he will be.

 

Communication Is Key

Start casually talking about going back to school and what you expect from your kids to get them mentally prepared. All of us parents are psyched it’s here, but, for our kids it can be gloom and doom so talk about the positives, like seeing friends every day and new fall activities. Talk about what happens at school, many schools offer a meet the teacher day before school begins so go with your child so she can see her classroom, maybe even decorate her locker and help her take ownership over her first day of school jitters.

 

The Clock Waits For No One! Create A Strong Morning Routine

Determine with your children what is a doable morning schedule to accomplish in order to successfully leave for school on time. First, start with the time you absolutely must exit your house, then add 5 minutes on to it because nobody can achieve their goal every day. Then start counting backwards with everything the family needs to accomplish. A sample schedule is:

8:00 exit

7:45 Brush teeth

7:30 clear breakfast table

7:00 breakfast

6:45 get dressed

6:30 wake kids

Be honest and realistic on your timing because running late is the gateway to yelling at your children.

 

Plan After-School Activities Carefully

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses and enroll in every after school activity, pick one day to just be home as a family and don’t get Mommed out.


For more Back to School and parenting tips, visit: http://www.gitmom.com.

FIRST AND ONLY SPORTS BAR MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR KIDS SCORES HIGH ON NUTRITION AND TASTE

21 May

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The first and only sports bar made specifically for kids, called HEROFUEL, was introduced today nationwide.  My kiddos sampled them and gave them a thumbs up while playing basketball outside earlier today!

Specifically designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of kids who play sports, HEROFUEL kids sports bars are made with the Young Athlete Formula: simple ingredients that parents recognize and trust; 10g of protein to fuel growing muscles; and two delicious flavors that picky eaters love. HEROFUEL kids sports bars have 7-8g of fiber; 6-8g of natural sugar; and healthy fats derived from coconut and/or almonds.

“We want to inspire kids to dream big and fuel them every step of the way,” said HEROFUEL co-founder Reid Pearson. “With more than 45 million kids playing youth sports in the US, this is a huge opportunity to finally bring a nutritious option to parents, coaches, and concession stands nationwide.”

“Playing youth sports and practicing good nutritional habits should go hand-in-hand,” said HEROFUEL co-founder Kassidy Pearson. “HEROFUEL gives parents a healthy option they can feel good about giving their kids after school, on the way to practice, or before the big game. HEROFUEL sports bars are good for kids regardless of what sport, activity, or level they are competing at. As Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman said, ‘If you have a body, you are an athlete’.”

“It’s refreshing to see a bar made specifically for active kids,” said Kyla Channell, HEROFUEL Nutritional Advisor and Founder of Nutritional Revolution. “Until now, parents have had to choose between adult bars which often have too much protein and/or sugar, and typical ‘kids’ bars with little nutritional value.  With straightforward ingredients and adequate protein for growing kids, HEROFUEL should be every parent’s choice to fuel their athlete on the go.”

HEROFUEL was founded by Reid and Kassidy Pearson, a husband and wife team who were avid young athletes and now triathletes.  Understanding the importance of nutrition on performance, the Pearsons were surprised at the lack of nutritious, convenient snack options for kids playing youth sports.

HEROFUEL kids sports bars are available at www.shopherofuel.com, or on Amazon. 12-packs are available in two delicious flavors — Chocolate Chip Brownie and Cookies N’ Cream — for $29.99 with free shipping.

Center for the Visually Impaired a Vital Resource For New Moms

18 May

Teigan and Phoebe.jpg Around 4 million babies are born in the United States each year—that’s 4 million new mothers who celebrated Mother’s Day this year. As we all know, motherhood comes with its challenges—changing diapers, buying safe car seats, the right crib, the list goes on. When unforeseen circumstances, like the ones new mom Teigan Galloway faced, add to those challenges, new mothers can feel helpless.

At just over one month old, Teigan’s daughter Phoebe Galloway was diagnosed with Aniridia, the absence of the colored part of the eye (the iris). This rare genetic condition results in low vision, light sensitivity and cataracts. As a new mom, Teigan Galloway was overwhelmed by Phoebe’s diagnosis, scared to even imagine her daughter’s future and unsure of where to turn.

“At first my husband and I felt very alone, we didn’t know what to do, how to react, or where to go” said Teigan.

For Teigan, The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) provided her the resources and encouragement that she needed as a new mom. With CVI’s therapy and mentoring, baby Phoebe has learned to crawl and play with toys. Now 1 year old, Phoebe has developed a love for music in CVI’s BEGIN program —Teigan is even learning to play guitar for her. Most importantly, Teigan learned strategies to engage with her daughter despite her low vision. She can now envision a life for her Phoebe outside of a hospital room.

“When we started doing therapy at CVI, that’s when I began having hope for Phoebe’s future,” said Teigan. “One of the best things about CVI and the BEGIN program is the encouragement and the hope that they bring to Phoebe’s treatment.”

This Mother’s Day, hold your little ones tight and know that if it’s your first Mother’s Day and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, there are millions of other moms feeling the same way. If you or someone you know could benefit from the vision services offered at CVI, visit http://www.cviga.org/ to learn more.

Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned From My Mother

12 May

By Linda Adams
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My Mum is quite petite, gentle, and very Scottish. No drill sergeant or business card that read Household CEO, she was way more than just a mother. She was my first leader. I realize from my earliest days until today, almost every leadership lesson I needed to learn she taught me.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Books have been written about Servant Leadership and big ticket speeches given but from my earliest memories I saw my Mother live the very tenants of Servant Leadership. Mum built a home of warmth and love where I felt secure enough to risk striking out on my own but knew that I had a soft place to which I could always return. I knew that no matter what, I could always depend on her. She modeled what it meant to be a great mother, wife, daughter, and sister.

 

Teams need to feel connected and team members empowered to take risk but know that you have their back if it doesn’t always go according to plan. Team members also need to know what behaviors are acceptable and what good looks like.

 
HUMILITY

Maybe this was one of the tougher lessons for me to learn. My parents were visiting our home in Kansas when a massive storm blew through. I arrived home to find our back yard flooded and totally upended. My Dad, Hus

 

band and Mother were beavering away trying to fix the damage. I’m not sure exactly what I did when I showed up but my Mum threw her hands in the air and yelled, “Stop. Good news. Management’s here!”

Being the boss doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers or always be the one in control A little gratitude and acknowledge

 

ment of the hard work of others can go a long way. Letting others take the lead at times build their confidence and sets an important example of humble leadership.
ACCOUNTABILITY

I was a really good kid and rarely got into trouble but I knew if I broke the rules or disappointed in some way, it was going to be dealt with. The rules and expectations were clear. In my senior year, my classmates and I were going out for a farewell dinner. My Mum told me she didn’t want me drinking at the event. I went. I didn’t drink and I was not a happy camper. Looking back on it now, it was good advice. Yet if I had had a drink my Mum wouldn’t have known.

 

Accountability cuts two ways. The first way is that when there are rules and expectations, there have to be consequences if there is a miss. But the second most important element to accountability is that people choose to step up and do the right thing and hold themselves accountable even if it might be easier to let things slide.
COMMITMENT

My Mum married the man who was to be my Dad over 63 years ago. I’ve observed the ebb and flow of their marriage. There was more smooth than rough, but as in any marriage, there were some challenges. I never for a moment saw my Mum flinch from that commitment she had made for better or worse. I love watching them together now, as she still laughs at all his old jokes even when she hears them from the umpteenth time.

 

 

Team members value the stability of knowing where you stand and that when the going gets tough they can count on you to have their backs, stick with it and work it through. This doesn’t mean that the tough conversations don’t happen. They do. I’m not naïve enough to think all relationships whether business or personal work out but I know I have to work hard and commit to the best possible outcome.
ALWAYS BE OPEN TO LEARNING

When Facebook came into its own, my Mum took it on! She realized that through Facebook, even though she was some 5,000 miles away, she could casually stay connected with what the boys and I were up to. She had never owned a computer and had nothing fancier than a flip phone. In her mid-70’s she got her first p.c. and some 5 years later a smart phone. Unafraid to ask for help and lean into the technology, she fast became my number one Facebook “stalker.”

 

 

Leaders who have nothing to learn show up totally closed off. When you stop learning you stop growing. No matter how far along you may be in your career, you need to stay open to learning new skills, new ways of doing things, and new technologies. It can open up a whole new world for you.

 
CELEBRATE

Mum’s always been good at celebrating, but I saw it reach epic proportions when she became a grandmother. Watching her with my boys, I saw her celebrate every little victory and accomplishment even if it wasn’t quite perfect. They knew they had no bigger cheerleader than their Nanny. Her celebrating gave them confidence to always strive even against the biggest challenges. Having her cheer and making her proud was a driver in itself.

We often get so caught up in what lies ahead that we forget to celebrate accomplishments. Demonstrating pride in what others achieve provides recognition and incentive to continue to do well.
So to my Mum and all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day. Perhaps without even knowing it, you teach leadership better than anyone else in the world!

Linda Adams is a Leadership Development expert and co-founder of the Trispective Group.  he is the co-author of The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations. For more information, or to take a free team snapshot assessment, please visit, www.trispectivegroup.com.

Mother’s Day Mumbelli infant bed GIVEAWAY!

10 May

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At the recent Atlanta Baby and Child Expo I had the pleasure to meet with so many amazing folks and get to check out some cool products.  One of the most fun groups of people there were the folks from Mumbelli!  Initially I was intrigued by their product, then when they showed me how it worked I was sold.  They are a generous bunch, so they donated one of their display models to my Postpartum Doula and Infant Care business that I recently opened named Beyond Birth Atlanta.

And…they offered to send one directly to one of my readers for FREE!  Isn’t that exciting???  All you have to do is comment below about what feature of the Mumbelli you are most excited about!  Then, on Mother’s Day, May 13th at midnight, I will randomly select the winner and notify by comment on your comment…so check back so we can connect!

A little more about this awesome new product:

Mumbelli combines swaddling warmth with a unique cradling design highlighted by our Adjustable Foot Insert. This is key. Have you ever noticed your baby or someone else’s kicking fitfully? They do it because they’re desperately trying to find that snug, enveloping comfort they knew in the womb. Mumbelli’s Adjustable Foot Insert immediately provides this missing sensation of support. Babies immediately begin to relax. They stop crying. You can literally feel the sense of calm wash over them as those sleepy eyes close. And because babies come in all shapes and sizes, our Foot Insert is fully adjustable for a perfect fit every time… and every child if your family is still growing.

Every Mumbelli also comes with a special Wedge Insert designed to incline your baby’s head ever so slightly for a comfortable change of position anytime. It’s gentle angle also promotes easy swallowing and can help reduce the likelihood of infant reflux.

Mumbelli is super lightweight, comes with it’s own protecting carrying bag so it’s portable, and is great from birth until baby begins rolling over.  Mumbelli has been designed and perfected to give your baby a loving transition into the world. Every Mumbelli is tested and certified to meet the highest quality and materials standards. The plush cover unzips in seconds and can be tossed directly in the wash for ultra-convenient care.

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Good luck!  Can’t wait to see who wins!

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