Thursday, May 18, 2017

Don't miss Finding Neverland at the Fabulous Fox Theater! #BroadwayinAtlanta

My son and I had the distinct pleasure of going to see the Broadway in Atlanta production of Finding Neverland on opening night at the Fabulous Fox Theater. We have seen numerous shows there but after seeing this one, my son said “Thank you for bringing me, this one is my favorite!” I have to say I was blown away because he nor I had any expectations going in. I didn’t tell him we were going to the show until we arrived at the theater and I had was not familiar with the show. I actually thought it was a take on the classic, Peter Pan...and in a way it was, it is the story of the author J.M. Barrie and how he finds inspiration to write the play after a chance meeting with the Llewelyn family in Kensington Park. The family is composed of Sylvia and her 4 fun loving boys.

The music was phenomenal. On more than one occasion I found myself tapping my foot and wanted to dance along with the cast of characters. The show delved into the world of imagination and the visual effects were spectacular. This is a show the entire family can truly enjoy, my son will be ten on Sunday and this was a birthday treat (we attended the 7:30 show on a school night). He was attentive for the entire musical. It was filled with dialogue that could be appreciated by the young and innuendo for the adults in the audience.

We were entertained by the real life characters and there were appearances by Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. My absolute favorite scene was when Captain Hook entered the psyche of J.M. Barrie. Overall, this is a can’t miss show. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I realized this was a show about “the making of Peter Pan” because it was a totally new story for me. Finding Neverland is playing at the Fabulous Fox theater from now until May 21st. Be sure to get your tickets and treat your family to what is sure to be one of your favorite Broadway in Atlanta musicals! Tickets are available on the Fabulous Fox Theater website.

Disclosure: I was provided with media passes for this show. As usual, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Celebrate Mother's Day and help battle breast cancer #ProjectOm

Mother’s Day is May 14th and it is pretty low key around here. I rarely have any plans but I do know I will be hanging out with my son and perhaps we will take a visit to the zoo. One thing I have planned is to participate in the Project OM project, a collaboration between Susan G. Komen and Manduka the world’s most trusted yoga brand in yoga. Project Om aims to is a yoga class of One Million to battle breast cancer. This weekend there will be donation events nationwide and all proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen. You can find a full list of events on the ProjectOM website. I will be doing an online yoga class with my son on Mother’s Day to join in the event.

Today, at 5pm EST there will be a facebook live event that will be covering the Project Om Live Donation drive taking place at Bryant Park in New York. You can join in the viewing and also make a donation to help battle breast cancer. If you are in the market for a yoga mat, you can also purchase a Project Om yoga mat from Manduka and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen. I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day and I am looking forward to watching the event and introducing my son to yoga this weekend. You can help spread the word by posting a photo of you and a friend in downward facing dog, in a M for Million, donate online or participate in an actual yoga class this weekend!

image by fitmominspirations on instagram 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I've lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks with the Ladimax Lifestyle!

I’ve been following the Ladimax lifestyle program for two weeks now and you may remember that I started off with the Ladimax Lifestyle Hollywood Beatdown one week boot camp with some great results! It is time for an update on my progress and thoughts about what I’ve been doing thus far. I am enjoying living the Ladimax Lifestyle because it is an holistic approach to healthy living. Before I started, I had an intact call with NIcole Sanders, the trainer for the program and we talked about my goals and discussed things related to my personal training and diet plan. It went really well and I was soon on my way. There is a Ladimax website and community where I can track my meals and have guidance for my exercises. Since there is an app for my phone, I generally utilize that for food tracking and I do a good deal of interacting on the private facebook group for Ladimax Lifestyle participants.

In terms of my meal plan, for the first two weeks I ate the same thing daily. I personally like this approach because I don’t have to think about my meals. I try to do one big meal preparation day toward the beginning of the week and supplement with additional cooking as needed. After my first two weeks, my progress was assessed and if it is moving along nicely, my food options become more interesting. Based on my progress, the meal plan for this upcoming week has changed. I call that a victory!

My body has been changing each week and I have been really impressed by my results. To date, here are my numbers:

Weight lost: 18 pounds
Inches lost: 11.25
      Chest: 3 inches
         Waist: 5.5 inches
            Hips: 2.75 inches

Are my results the “norm” probably not, each of us have different body types that respond to changing diets and exercise differently. What I will say is this - I have done this in a way that is healthy, I am eating real food and I am exercising on average 30-45 minutes per day. I was totally strict about my diet the first couple of weeks but have had a few drinks and meal substitutions when I’ve gone out to dinner. This is life, things come up but I never stray far from my goals so I stay on track. I have been traveling this weekend so I have taken it off but I will back to exercising tomorrow! I have 11 more days until my reunion, I am still hoping to get into my jeans, stick around and see if I make it! If you’d like to join me and live the Ladimax Lifestyle, click here.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Ladimax Lifestyle program in return for my honest review of the program, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Woo Jr. Activity Books for Homeschooling and fun!

One of the things that I enjoy most is finding ways to make learning fun. When I was a kid I loved word searches, jumbles, logic games and brain teasers. In the midst of trying to figure things out, I also knew that I was learning too. As a parent, I have applied this tactic to the types of activities I expose my son too. Like me, he also enjoys completing word searches and to my surprise he also like crossword puzzles, which is something I didn’t start to enjoy until I was in college.

That is why I am so impressed with the series of activity books from Woo Jr. available on This series includes books for children ranging in age from 2 - 12. My son has the Word Search for kids from 9-12 and the Crossword Puzzles for kids 7 and up. I can’t even begin to tell you how much he enjoys both books. There are days when he is extremely quiet (if you are a parent you know this might not be a good thing) and I find him in his room working on a crossword puzzle or word search. I like this type of activity because clearly he doesn’t need me to direct him to do it, he does the worksheets because he has fun doing them.

These books are perfect for homeschooling and as a supplement to the things that my son does in school. I know that over the summer vacation I am going to have him using these for entertainment a few times each week! In addition to the books we have, there are books available with themes for Christmas, Halloween, and one that is specifically for Summer activities. The pages are reproducible and perfect for at home use and for educators looking for material for the classroom.

I highly recommend the Woo Jr. books and especially like the pricing  with the exception of the Word Search for Kids 9-12 ($6.79) all of the books are $5.99. You can find them on Amazon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

8.6 pounds down 4.75 inches gone thanks to Ladimax Lifestyle #HollywoodBeatdownAtlanta!

For the past year or so I’ve been in a rut. Life happened. I not making excuses, it is reality. And quite frankly, I just hadn’t been very focused on living the healthy lifestyle that I was accustomed to. For the most part I made fairly good food choices but exercise didn’t happen very often. My weight crept up but I was still in my personal “normal” range. But this January and the subsequent months, things just became really hectic in my world. I have been overwhelmed by stress in just about every area of my life and I totally fell back to my emotional safety net - eating. Well, I take that back, I really didn’t eat much but when I did......I had hot wings, red vines, ice cream, pasta, YOU NAME IT! I knew getting my health together would help me both physically and mentally but I just wasn’t ready.

I’ve been working on finding the joy during my challenges and slowly but surely began every day with a more positive outlook, didn’t let depression keep me down and became much more productive. I still didn’t get my health together but I was seriously thinking about it. And then, my friend Rene aka Good Enough Mother  hit me up in my inbox on facebook and asked if I was interested in the Ladimax Lifestyle Hollywood Beatdown Bootcamp Atlanta. It was led by Celebrity trainer Nicole Sanders and having watched Rene’s transformation, I knew Nicole was the truth and this opportunity was like a blessing from Heaven.

For five days, I along with 7 other women ate clean healthy meals (3 were prepared for us by the Ladimax team, WINNING!), woke up at the buttcrack of morning and made our way to 6am bootcamp. We worked out together, laughed and I am quite sure a few tears (the good kind) were shed as we all made a commitment to ourselves to do better! Well, I tell you what, it worked! I lost 4.75 inches, 8.6 pounds and 7.3% body fat. I am most proud of the drop in my body fat because when I started last Monday I was at 36.6% and anything over 30% puts you at risk for heart disease! My goal was to get below that number but I had no idea I’d do it in 5 days!

The Ladimax program is focused on dispelling the myth that you have to reduce calories and do cardio like it is going out of style to make a difference. The goal? Build muscle and reduce fat. Get off the scale and look at the inches lost to measure progress. All of the meals I ate were clean and healthy but I ate 5 times a day! The exercise was about 30 minutes daily. It works people. I am so inspired by my results and am feeling so great that I’ve partnered with Ladimax Lifestyle to be on their program. Ladimax Lifestyle is a virtual training program for women that works....if you work it!

Not convinced by my five day results? Well, watch me work as I prepared for my upcoming college reunion. Check back here weekly for updates on my progress. This is going to be good folks, I just know it! You can check out the program for yourself and join me here. Look out world, I’m feeling good! Here is a video...I just can't contain my excitement.

Disclosure: I partnered with Ladimax Lifestyle and attended the boot camp in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions. I think the results speak for themselves!

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