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Month: March 2016

Springing Into The Summer Body I Want! #IfYourClothesCouldTalk

Spring in here!  I love that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining, however it’s also a reminder that I need to get my butt in gear.
The winter months in New England are cold and dull and it is so easy to fall into a mommy slump of comfort food, sweat pants, and messy buns.  We rarely go out in the cold months besides to the grocery store and Target.  So my closet full of clothes just hang there unused and it is easy to not realize that all those beautiful outfits wont be fitting very nicely come summer time because I’ve spent 6 months cooped up watching movies and sitting in the mini van playing chauffeur to different sporting practices.

However spring brings out a sense of new beginnings and fresh starts.  There is something about the weather change that brings out a new sense of energy and ideas.  That new energy and my closet full of clothes that don’t fit are telling me it is time to trade in my sweat pants for work out gear and my comfort food for refreshing fruit and yummy salads.
The first change I make when I pull myself out of a mommy slump is to start taking daily walks.  I can usually build myself up to walking a good 3-5 miles within the first week.  Walking gets me into the mood I need to change my living habits.  It clears my mind, de-stresses me, and just gives me time alone to blast my headphones and sweat out the winter months.
After I get my daily walk locked into my schedule, I add some workouts in a few days a week by either hitting the gym our using some awesome home videos.  Luckily once I start my daily workouts I am able to slim down fairly quickly especially when combined with some healthy food choices.
  However, I have had three kids, and like most mothers I have those stubborn areas that don’t slim down or tighten up as easily as the rest.  A lot of my mommy friends complain about their tummy area and that no matter how many crunches they do nothing seems to change.  However for me, it’s the love-handle area.  I have tried everything from yoga to hula hooping and nothing sheds the inches.
I spend so much time taking care of my husband, my children, my family, friends, home, and work.  I don’t think it’s to much to ask to want to feel good about myself in my own clothes and to be able to sit down without worrying about a big bulge hanging over my pants.
So I decided to start researching some non invasive ways to help me look better in my clothes which in turn will help my self esteem and SculpSure looks like the perfect option!
About SculpSure:
  • SculpSure is a non-invasive body contouring treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. 
  • The 25 minute procedure destroys up to 24% of treated fat cells without surgery.
  • SculpSure is the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen.
  • SculpSure is ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.
  • Patients may start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to evacuate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks.
This sounds like exactly what I need!  As moms our bodies go through a lot and the fact that SculpSure is a noninvasive way to help us along on our journey to get the body we want, sound perfect to me!
Here are some great before and after pictures:
This is definitely something I am interested in trying, if you are too, click here to find a doctor near you for a free consultation to discuss whether SculpSure is the right option for you.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Save on Luvs Diapers with Ibotta! #ShareTheLove

 This is a sponsored campaign created with Luvs and iConnect. All opinions are 100% my own.
Diapers are expensive!  When Anthony was in diapers I learned quickly that Luvs was going to be our diaper of choice.   Luvs diapers prevented leaks, were soft on my baby’s skin, and they were the most reasonably priced diapers available.

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The Discovery Museums in Acton, Ma. ~ Hands on Minds at Play!

On Saturday we were invited to explore the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts.  My mother has talked about how great this place was when my brother and I were younger, however I never made the trip over to check them out with my kids before Saturday.  After visiting the museums as an adult, I am now regretting not becoming a member when the kids were little!

The Discovery Museums consists of two separate museums that are located next to each other, the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum.  For the general cost of admission you receive access to both museums!


The first museum we explored was the Children’s Discovery Museum.  This museum is created for toddlers thru early grade school age.  It is designed within a large Victorian house, and every room has a different theme.  Each time we walked through another doorway we were greeted with an exciting adventure, from a train room, to a bubble and water room, to a full diner set up, and of course Aidan’s favorite the camping themed room. 
There was so much hands on fun in every nook and cranny of this house and the kids had so much fun exploring.

I loved how this museum was also very low-key and relaxed.  It is the perfect place to take the little ones and just get on the floor and have fun.  
I remember countless days feeling trapped in the house with twin infants and wishing there was a place I could take Anthony and the babies on my own.  The Children’s Discovery Museum would have been absolutely perfect.

Once we finished up the Children’s Discovery Museum it was time to head over to the Science Discovery Museum.  

This was what Anthony was excited about, he is obsessed with everything science related right now and this museum was perfect for him.

Everything at the Science Discovery Museum was hands on, from magnet exhibits, a mist tornado exhibit, and an inventors station.  This museum really encourages kids to use their hands and minds while learning and discovering.
I really like how this museum is extremely child friendly,  this is NOT a museum where you walk around and look but don’t touch.  At the Science Discovery Museum the kids got to jump around from exhibit to exhibit, laughing and experiencing all there was to learn.

  This meant Aidan really got to enjoy his experience, and I was able to relax knowing he was less likely to have a meltdown.  This in turn meant I got to really watch my science lover Anthony in his element, which was incredibly heart warming for me.

Anthony’s favorite exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum was the harmonograph drawings.  Lilly’s favorite part of the museum was all the magnet exhibits, while Aidan couldn’t get enough of all the sound studio and musical instruments.

The Discovery Museums also offers an amazing Autism program.  During certain times of the month the museum closes to the public and families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to visit the museums for free and enjoy exploring the exhibits with other families that have similar needs.  

Museum staff can usually direct visitors to a quiet space in each building for children that may need to take a break from stimulation.  
Also food, including gluten-free options, is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton!  

The 2016 event calendar is available here along with more information.

Need an unique place to host a birthday party?  The Discovery Museums have you covered with customizable birthday party packages.  Party packages include unlimited time at the museums, invitations, activities, goody bags, and more.

They can host more than just birthday parties too!  
Check out their venues for family functions, meetings, and even wedding receptions.

The Discovery Museums offers annual memberships starting at $90 for 2 family members and $140 for 4 family members.  This is a great option for families with young children who are looking for a safe and educational place to explore through out the year.  This option would allow you to escape the house during the cold winter months for a change of scenery and enjoy picnics and outdoor play once the nicer weather arrives.
The Discovery Museums
Where:
177 Main Street
Acton, Ma 01720
Cost:
Child and Adult: $12.50
Seniors: $11.50
Children under 1 years old are Free
Teachers are Free
Disclosure: We received free passes to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Healthy Timeless Hair with Living Proof! #AgeWisely

This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
As a busy mom, it is hard to schedule a large slot of time to dedicate to my hair.  Every time I visit the salon to get a color and cut, my mind starts making lists of all the things I could be doing with those hours lost sitting in my hairdresser’s chair.

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