Getting Back Into Shape With A Newborn

This blog is sponsored by AfterShokz and PTPA Media. As always, all opinions and views that I have expressed are my own.

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For those of you who have been following along on my pregnancy journey, you know that we welcomed the newest addition to our growing family on April 2 - little Boston Novak. He is a little bundle of deliciousness and spends the day sleeping and cuddling. I’ve been soaking up every second of newborn bliss, but with the warmer weather around the corner (and pool season!) it’s time to get back into shape! Finding the time, energy and free hands to exercise with a newborn is not easy. I thought I would share some of my tips and recommendations for getting into shape and feeling better about your postpartum body!

For starters, you don’t need to go to a gym to start losing weight. There are SO many programs online that you can download on your phone or watch on YouTube that make working out at home a breeze. There are programs that last as little as 20mins/day or ones that give you a full-body 1 hour workout! I totally recommend starting slow. Don’t be too hard on yourself and definitely start with a reasonable goal. It took 9 months to put the weight on, so don’t expect it to come off over night!

Make sure to stay hydrated, get a good quality yoga mat so that you don’t hurt your knees, take it slow, and I recommend getting a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! Let me tell you why: They use bone conduction technology so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you. It’s no fun and it’s definitely not motivating to work out in silence, and you most likely will be working out while your newborn naps! Using AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones means that you can blast your favourite songs while being able to hear when your baby wakes up. You can also answer calls with it so when you’re in the middle of a work out and your phone is ringing, you don’t need to stop and break your momentum!

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With nice weather around the corner, I also recommend going for walks whenever you can. The fresh air will do your body wonders and walking is a great way to start being more active. You’ll also be able to do it with your newborn and pushing a stroller will give you great added resistance while not putting too much pressure on your joints! When we go for walks, I always have my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones. I can listen to music, answer phone calls, catch up on podcasts and hear oncoming traffic. Traditional headphones don’t allow you to hear what’s happening around you which can be dangerous when you’re with a baby and can’t hear danger coming your way.

Overall, my biggest piece of advice to getting back into shape after having a baby is to be patient. Equip yourself with the right tools and the weight loss will come. In no time you’ll be feeling better about yourself and will be fitting back into those jeans you thought you would never wear again!

I find that my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones have really helped me during my workouts! Have you tried them before? I would love to hear about what must have product you use during your workouts!

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2 Months Later and We're Still LOVING Purina ONE®

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A few months ago we took the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge. We immediately noticed improvements in our dog Rambo and can’t wait for more of you to experience the same benefits with your pets! We felt so good about making this change in Rambo’s diet because because Purina ONE® is made with 0% fillers and 100% nutrition! They’re highly digestible so your pet will feel just as good! We immediately noticed Rambo was more excited around mealtime (and this hasn’t changed!). We can barely walk through the door with his new bag of food without him begging for some! This is, no doubt, because of the crunchy bites and tender, meaty morsels. After the first week, we noticed that he seemed happier overall and had so much energy! He was even able to keep up with our 2 year old son (and he never stops moving). And with summer just around the corner, I’m so thankful we made the switch to his diet because he’ll be able to keep up with us on all of our outdoor adventures!
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By week 3, we noticed Rambo’s eyes were sparkling, his skin looked SO healthy and his coat was glistening! It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise given that Purina ONE® is made with omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which support the eyes, skin and coat! The benefits of switching your pet’s food to Purina ONE doesn’t stop with the outside - their immune system will be supported by the change as well due to the unique antioxidant blend of vitamins E & A and minerals zinc and selenium. What really sealed the deal for us was a vet visit at the end of our challenge. Rambo’s vet IMMEDIATELY commented on his teeth and gums (which he previously had issues with). She confirmed what we had already noticed - the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge was definitely great for Rambo. Besides supporting healthy teeth and gums, it has high-quality sources of protein, including real meat as the #1 ingredient which helps support all of your dog's muscles, including a healthy heart.

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We were so impressed with the improvements in Rambo that we haven’t switched his food back since finishing the challenge and we’ve now incorporated other Purina products into his diet, such as their treats! Rambo is obsessed with the Purina ONE® True Instincts Bites With Farm Raised Chicken Dog Treats. I invite you to take the Purina ONE® 28-DAY CHALLENGE Give your pet the high-quality ingredients that help them reach their lifelong potential! With Purina ONE®, you could see visible differences in just 28 days–like strong teeth, vibrant energy, sparkling eyes, and a radiant coat. Make the switch today and save $3 on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at www.Walmart.com/PurinaONE. What differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential. Save $3 on one (1) 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend® dry dog food, any variety, or 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® dry cat food, any variety. Limit one per individual, household or e-mail address. While supplies last.
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A Mom and Dad's Best Friend - And It's Not Who You Would Think

This blog is sponsored by AfterShokz and PTPA Media. As always, all opinions and views that I have expressed are my own.

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Mom life is all fun and games until daily responsibilities and chores come knocking at your door. There are a million and one things I would rather do than fold laundry… but unfortunately no one else has volunteered to do it for me (if you find someone, send them my way!). My hands seem to always be full with groceries, laundry, lunch, toys (and the list goes on and on). Thankfully, it’s all become a bit more enjoyable thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! I’ve been using them now for over 3 months and keep finding new places to bring them and use them! They allow me to blast my favourite music, catch up on podcasts and even answer phone calls without needing to compromise hearing everything going on around me.

They use bone conduction technology, which means so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you. It means that I can hear the daycare call, hear the doorbell and hear my son when he wakes up from a nap.

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Until the baby arrives, you can find me dancing around my house, folding laundry and preparing the baby’s room with a HUGE smile on my face thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air. They make everything more enjoyable because mom life can be isolating… so I’m especially excited to really put these headphones to good use when the newest addition to our family (baby boy #2) arrives next week! They are part of my hospital bag essentials (if you miss my post, click here to read about why I’ll be brining them with me). I remember newborn life with Zane as being very isolating. He slept all day, so I was home alone a lot, and then he was awake all night eating and crying. This meant lots of nights in the dark, feeding him alone and trying to not do things like watch TV so that he would fall back asleep after. Thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones, I have a feeling the nights will be a lot more enjoyable for me! I’ll be able to sit back and still hear the adorable newborn noises and grunts while also enjoying relaxing music or even talking to a friend!

I’m also not the only one who has been making good use of my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! My husband has them EVERYWHERE he goes. He loves playing sports and has found them especially useful when he’s with our son, Zane! They often go for runs and thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air, my husband can hear if my son needs anything, can hear what’s happening around him (such as cars), but can still keep a beat going and listen to music! More importantly, he can hear me call when I need him to stop on his way and buy me some donuts! They’re sweat resistant, making them perfect for every workout - even the more intense ones! And with no cord, you can move freely and really push yourself to the max.

AfterShokz Trekz Air come in so many gorgeous colours - whatever your style is, you’ll find a pair for you! I have the Canyon Red and love that they stand out, but aren’t too flashy. They’re the perfect accessory to every outfit and the colour is great for my husband too! I would love to hear about your experience with AfterShokz Trekz Air. Tell me about it in the comments below!

The Truth About Pregnancy Pillows

The truth about pregnancy pillows: THEY WORK.

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I didn’t buy any when I was pregnant with Zane… mostly because I was skeptical and not really sure why a pregnancy pillow would be that different than the 20 pillows I had on my bed already. I remember with Zane, I had 1 pillow under my belly, another between my legs, 2 behind me so I wouldn’t roll on my back and a few others depending on how uncomfortable I was. They didn’t really help for long periods of time because they always shifted, moved out of place, or when I eventually had to get up to go pee, it was mission impossible getting them all back into place.

I got my hands on 4 different pregnancy pillows from Boppy and am here to tell you: Don’t make the same mistake I did. Their pillow are affordable, amazing quality and will save your sanity by allowing you to comfortably sleep during your pregnancy! Go. Get. One. Now.

Total Body Pillow: It supports your head, shoulder, belly, legs and ankles. It really is a support for every part of your body. You can use with while lounging or sleeping and it really is the ultimate solution. I LOVE my regular bed pillow, so this full body pillow I would mostly use while lounging. I asked a friend for her opinion and after her first night sleeping with it, she told me it was the best sleep of her pregnancy! Even her husband asked why she didn't get one sooner!

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Support Pillow: It supports your Head and Shoulder, Baby Bump and Shoulders, Baby Bump and Legs, or Back and Legs. It allows you to use your own bed pillow (which I love) and is compact enough to bring anywhere! I will definitely be packing it in my hospital bag!

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Side Sleeper Pillow: It supports your Back and Baby Bump and is especially helpful for women who are used to sleeping on their backs but need to learn to sleep on their sides during pregnancy. It gently cradles your baby bump and sits behind your back, preventing you from rolling over! The stretch panel will grow with you throughout your pregnancy!

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The Wedge: It supports Knees, Back or Baby Bump. This is probably the most underrated product out there. I would have NEVER thought a tiny wedge could make such a difference… but it’s incredible. It alleviated so much pressure off my hips and back during my pregnancy!

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I sleep with the wedge under my belly and the support pillow between my legs. Whether you are pregnant, know someone who is, or are currently trying to conceive, pregnancy pillows will save you and I would definitely consider them a must for every pregnant woman!!! I love my pillows from Boppy because they are durable, affordable and you can remove the covers to easily wash them. I wish I would have tried them sooner!!!!

All of Boppy’s pregnancy pillows have removable covers, making them super easy to wash and reuse pregnancy and pregnancy. I regret so much not investing in one for my pregnancy with Zane! Head over to Boppy to check out all the other amazing products that they have for pregnant and nursing mamas!

Outings With a Toddler? Contours Bitsy Has You Covered!

As a soon to be mama of 2, lightweight, durable and practical have become my 3 fave words to describe children’s products (and it doesn’t hurt when they’re over the top gorgeous too!). Carrying around a 2 year old and a diaper bag isn’t always easy (ok it’s never easy) so I’ve turned to light weight travel strollers to save the day 🙌.  

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As we prepare to go to the hospital to deliver baby #2 in just a few days, our Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller will be an item we don’t leave behind. It will make navigating the hospital hallways much more enjoyable for Zane (and my husband) and it’s lightweight enough that we can easily carry it too If my son decides he wants to walk!

Whether it’s for hospital visits, park visits or just lunch at the mall, the right stroller can make or break an outing!  I always look for a few MUST HAVE features in strollers and the Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller checks off every box!

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1. Easy to open and close. If you have groceries in one hand or a yelling toddler (much more probable), the last thing you want is to be battling with a stroller that’s complicated to open. The Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller opens with the squeeze of a button and you can do it with 1 hand because it’s so light! 

2. Large compartment underneath. A lot of the travel strollers make you compromise storage for a lighter weight which means you’re carrying a diaper bag on you (kind of defeats the purpose of a stroller.... no?). The Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller can fit my large backpack diaper bag underneath with ease along with my wallet and water bottle, making it the perfect companion anywhere we go!

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3. Durable. No one wants to replace a stroller everytime your child spills something or everytime you hit a bump on a sidewalk, so a well made stroller is KEY. The Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller has durable and soft gliding wheels that work on pavement and grass. The material is soft but wipeable and easy to clean so it will last spill after spill.

4. Comfort. Nothing will ruin an outing faster than an uncomfortable toddler. Believe me. So when I get a huge smile or my son BEGS me to get in a stroller, I know it’s a keeper! I also look for strollers that can recline, which allows my son to take a nap on the go 🙌.

if you’re on the hunt for an affordable, practical, durable and GORGEOUS stroller (that comes in an array of colours!), have a look at the Contours Bitsy stroller! It’s available at Contoursbaby.com or Toys R Us.

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Who Says Diaper Bags Have to Be Boring?

One of the fun things about baby #2 is that so much of what we need, we already have, which leaves a bit of room for splurging on the things that matter the most - like diaper bags! I probably used my diaper bag more than any other baby item I owned. Whether it was to doctor’s visits, park trips or dinner dates, a stylish, practical and roomy diaper bag is a MUST. I probably went through about 3 of them with Zane and this time around decided to spoil myself with one that I had been eyeing for a while - The Glam Goldie Backpack from KidzDistrict.

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It checked so many must haves off my list, I can confidently recommend this diaper bag and know you’ll love it as much as I do!

  • It’s a backpack - meaning your 2 arms are free to hold your toddler’s hands, hold your baby, push a stroller, grocery shop … and the list goes on. With Zane I had a few over the shoulder bags and they were just impossible to use when he was younger. They swing when you bend down, get in the way, will give you a back ache, and are just not practical. The bonus? IF you’re a die hard over the shoulder type of diaper bag girl, it comes with a detachable strap so you can easily convert it!

  • It comes in the most BEAUTIFUL colours. These bags will catch EVERYONE’S attention. Whatever your style is, these bags will fit in perfectly. I chose Anthracite!

  • It comes with EVERY necessary accessory that you need. Much more than any other bag I’ve seen. To name a few: a water-repellent changing mat, an insulated, removable bottle holder, a removable compartment for baby food jars, a cell phone compartment, key ring, shoulder bag strap and stroller straps so it doesn’t take up room under your stroller!

  • It has SO many compartments. you can literally fit EVERYTHING you could ever imagine in this bag and still have room. 

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This bag checks off every requirement as a mama of soon to be 2! Click here to visit KidzDistrict and to learn more about the Goldie Backpack!

Pamper Yourself With Dearfoams!

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With a million and 1 things to do before the baby arrives, I’ve been sneaking in some “me” time as often as I can. Thankfully, every moment feels like a pamper session thanks to my new slippers from Dearfoams! My Ashley Cable Quilt Bound Clog style slippers are made with Dearfoams’ StepFoam, their famous memory foam! You read that right, MEMORY FOAM SLIPPERS. Does it really get any better than that?

With my new Dearfoam slippers, even folding laundry can be fun!

With my new Dearfoam slippers, even folding laundry can be fun!

Mom life at its finest: laundry and donuts LOL. But at least I’m comfy in my new slippers!

Mom life at its finest: laundry and donuts LOL. But at least I’m comfy in my new slippers!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I can’t think of a better gift idea than a pair of gorgeous, comfy slippers from Dearfoams! They have styles and colors to please any mom… no matter what her style is! Check out my faves below! They have moccasins, slipper socks, booties and ballerina slippers! They even have amazing styles for men and kids!

Spoil your mom, sister or bestie with an amazing pair of slippers from Dearfoams. You won’t regret it! I already have a Wishlist ready for my hubby this Mother’s Day, and since I’ll then be a mom of two, I think I deserve more than 1 pair (or at least that’s what I’m telling my husband). And make sure to tag me in a picture so I can see which style you chose!!! Click here to visit the Dearfoams website to see all their gorgeous styles!

Weighted Blankets - What's the Hype?

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

If you watch my stories, then you know that I haven’t had a proper sleep since finding out I was pregnant. I’m either too hot, too cold, stressed, overwhelmed, tossing and turning and the list goes on. I asked for your help in my stories for solutions and I got an overwhelming number of responses suggesting a weighted blanket! After reading LOTS and LOTS of reviews online, I decided to try a 15lbs weighted blanket from HUSH.

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Their reviews are stellar, the blanket is gorgeous and looked so cozy , it comes in 4 different weights (10lbs, 15lbs, 20 lbs and 25 lbs) AND their blankets come with a risk free 100 night trial! You can try the blanket for 100 nights, and if you aren’t 100% satisfied, you can return it with no strings attached. Weighted blankets from HUSH turn stress and anxiety into calm by helping to lower cortisol levels and increased serotonin levels.

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

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I won’t lie… I was a bit skeptical. I couldn’t understand how a blanket could really help me stay asleep! But I gave it a try with an open mind. At 9 months pregnant, I wasn’t sleeping longer than 20 minutes at a time and I needed nothing more than to feel rested.

NIGHT 1: I went from waking up every 30 mins to sleeping a solid 4 hours

NIGHT 2: I slept 6.5 hours, which is the longest I managed to stay asleep in 9 months!

NIGHT 3: I was a new woman. I slept 9 hours without waking up once!!!!! - I was now a believer and needed to order a blanket for every room in my home.

Use code TOVAH20 for $20 off your purchase at HUSH

HUSH weighted blankets should be a staple in every household. It’s incredible to me how something so simple and affordable could be so life changing. Your only regret will be not having purchased one sooner. You have no risk because of their satisfaction guaranteed, AND they’re having a sale right now, so don't wait another second! Get your sleep on with HUSH blankets :)

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