Back To School Means Back To Healthy

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After a Summer filled with barbecues, festivals, parties, and vacations, your kids are finally back to school. If all that summer fun has wreaked havoc on your daily health regime, fear not! Follow these easy 5 tips to get your life, and health, back on track.

1) Watch Your Wording

When laying out your lifestyle goals and objectives (for yourself AND your family), be careful not to express too vaguely. Rather than saying, for instance, “I will be more organized,” try, “I’ll spend 15 minutes of each day de-cluttering part of one room.” Likewise, in lieu of “I want to lose weight,” shoot for “I plan to drop 1 pound a week by cutting out late-night snacking.” Hoping to eat in more often? Commit to whipping up a home-cooked meal just three nights a week.

2) Build Your Case

To help clarify your goals and pump up your motivation, make a list of pros and cons. So if you’re aiming to exercise more, for example, pros would include as many reasons as possible to support that (e.g., you’ll lose weight, sleep better, boost your immunity, and lower stress). The cons would identify anything that might stand in the way of your success – say, a packed schedule or money issues. Don’t even attempt to tackle that resolution until the driving factors dramatically outweigh the obstacles.

3) Set Up Incentives

The urge to return to your old ways is going to be pretty powerful at times, which is why it’s critical to regularly galvanize and even reward yourself. Brought lunch from home for the entire work week? Treat yourself to a lipstick or some new songs for your iPod. For high-tech encouragement, turn to websites like habitforge.com and stick.com. They’ll send you emails with inspirational messages and even let you wager on your accomplishment: You can arrange for your hard-earned cash to be given away to a friend if you don’t meet your goals. How’s that for motivation?

4) Rally Support

Research proves that people who make healthy changes together are more likely to succeed. The more similar your objectives are, the better you’ll all do-so if your spouse isn’t up for the brand of self-improvement, keep looking. Check out sparkpeople.com to find a compatible diet comrade, ask someone in your HR department about getting a Weight Watchers at Work program going, or locate a running team in your area through the Road Runners Club of America (rrca.org).

5) Plan Ahead For Slip-Ups

Setbacks are inevitable. But you can improve your chances of a quick recovery by visualizing the fallout in advance. Imagine yourself reaching for a cigarette or biting into that forbidden piece of devil’s food cake. What will you do to avoid smoking the whole pack or scarfing down every sweet in sight for the rest of the day? Sometimes it’s as simple as reminding yourself that a small misstep is just that-a pause in your progress rather than an excuse to throw in the towel-and that you can pick up right where you left off. Enlisting a “backsliding buddy” (a person you call whenever your resolution mojo is faltering) also helps. The only difference between people who reach their goals and those who don’t is that those who succeed didn’t give up.

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BB Waters Launches Innovative Must-Have Accessory for Beach-Bound Babies!

ImageBB Waters announces the launch of a new accessibly priced luxury item, to put the ease in getting your stroller though the sand! BEACHBABY TOWA’ ROUND is a universal stroller accessory made to attach to the front of any stroller. Whether your little one is in the stroller or you are loaded down with everything in tow, BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND makes rough terrains stress-free! The best part is this handy accessory can also be used to pull wagons, coolers and more!

Versatile and trendy.

Now everyone can be beach-bound with their baby in a stroll of comfort, because BB Waters’ BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND is made to be compatible with most popular stroller brands. “Why struggle with pushing your stroller through the sand, especially when a trip to the Beach is supposed to be fun and relaxing,” says Anna Blazevich, the President and Founder of BB Waters. “Typical strollers are not sand and grass friendly, and may be rough on the back when trying to take all the necessities on your outing, this is an easy resolution.” Parents can now ENJOY their trek to the beach without leaving the stroller behind!

About BB Waters:

BB Waters is a product company that started along the Ocean shores of Southern California and a place where creative creation is the main ingredient involved in every endeavor. Each project is approached by taking the road less traveled in order to provide a tangible solution through innovative concept and remarkable design. We are dedicated to providing fresh, relevant and unique products to our customers. Our goal is to create vibrant, social marketplaces that empower local and national designers, suppliers and communities.

All products are parent tested and approved ‘For ease of mobility.’ For more information about BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND or BB Waters, visit http://www.bbwaters.com.

Top Kiddie Carriers Make Workouts Even Easier

Most people realize that exercise and a healthy lifestyle are important. Moms want to be around to meet their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and we have a better chance of that if we take care of our bodies now. For years, we’ve all been told that keeping active will give us more energy to play with our kids. Let’s face it – more energy is a pretty enticing offer for most parents. Possibly even better, it will teach our children to lead more healthy lives.

With these amazing accessories, what better way to work out than with your little one in tow! The newest crop of kiddie carriers makes working out with your child safer and comfier than ever before.

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Run Plus One: Best Running Carrier

You can lock the front wheel of this BOB Revolution SE Stroller ($450; rei.com) in the forward position to increase stability while you’re jogging!

 

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Stride Right: Best Walking Carrier

The cushioned straps and waist belt on the Britax baby carrier ($130; britaxusa.com) help distribute your tyke’s weight evenly to maximize comfort on long walks.

 

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Take a Spin: Best Bicycle Carrier

Your precious cargo will be safely guarded from win, rain, debris, and insects in this Schwinn Spirit Bicycle Trailer ($139; walmart.com).

 

 

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Hit the Trail: Best Hiking Carrier

A five-point harness in the Kelty FC 3.0 ($250; kelty.com) keeps a tot up to 50 pounds secure on hikes, while the removable canopy protects from sun and showers.

Top Strollers for Your Family

Shopping for a baby stroller can be a complicated task, comparable to shopping for a car. When choosing the proper equipment, there are many things to consider. Before you begin the shopping process, make decisions about the specific features you are looking for to suit your family’s lifestyle. Are you looking for an easily folding, space-saver? Do you require cup holders and lots of room for snacks? Will you be jogging with your stroller, calling for particular tires and lights? Will you be bringing you stroller to the park or beach? Below are the top strollers of 2013, based on particular characteristics.

Top Classic Stroller

The Maclaren Triumph is a practical, functional, classic stroller choice for active parents. It is lightweight, easy to fold, and has simple, but efficient features. The stroller is durable and great for storing away in trunks of cars and closets. You can find the MacLaren Triumph at BabiesRUs.com for $185.

Top Techie Stroller

Technology is constantly evolving, even for baby strollers. For all you techies out there, the 4moms.com Origami, an easily collapsible stroller, is an incredible machine. With the push of a button, the Origami folds down instantly. It has a weight sensor to avoid folding while your baby is strapped in and is equipped with lights for nighttime strolls. Additionally, this stroller is equipped with an LCD screen that monitors speed, pace, and temperature. Lastly, you can even charge your phone! The $850 price is a little steep, but not for the incredible features offered.

Stroller for Two

If you have twins, you can do one of two things. If you’ve got an extra pair of hands, you can buy two single-seaters for each of your kids; however, it might make more sense to buy one with two seats. The best baby stroller for twins of 2013 is the Orbit Baby Double Helix. The $750 stroller has rotatable seats, so your twins can either face towards or away from each other. This stroller can also be transformed into a single -eater for outings with just one of your children. The Orbit Baby Double Helix is fashionable and functional for your twins.

Top Lightweight Stroller

If you are looking for something light and easily transportable, with less features but more mobility, the Quinny Yezz is a wonderful option. The Quinny Yezz weighs only 11 pounds and is designed to easily fold and store. This is an excellent stroller for a very active lifestyle and won’t break the bank at $279. Complement the Quinny Yezz with BeachBaby Towa’Round, a universal stroller accessory that attaches to the front of your stroller, making it easy to pull the vehicle over rough terrain or through sand.

Top Jogging Stroller

If you love to run, job, walk, or engage in exercise and activities with your child, the Baby Jogger City Elite is an excellent option. The larger wheels make for a smooth ride and can hold up to 75 pounds. With roomy compartments for snacks, toys, and anything else you can think of, the Baby Jogger City Elite is practical for active parents and kids. It costs $812 and can be found on Amazon.com.

Whatever amenities you seek, comfort and safety for your child are always priorities.  Make sure to do your research to find the most practical, wonderful stroller for your family.

Resources for This Article:

“Top 10 Strollers.” The Bump. n,p,, n.d. Web. 18 June 2013.

 

Blog written by Rebecca Eisenberg. View more of Rebecca’s work here.