***This is a sponsored blog post
Be sure to check out MomMe’s favorite blogs
Pier To Pier
Salt + Nectar
MomMe Lifestyle Blog by Anya Sarre
Most Awesome Parent Education Programs: Los Angeles & Chicago!
***This is a sponsored blog post
Happy Mardi Gras MomMes!
Fat Tuesday is always a day that makes me miss all of the wonderful things that my hometown of New Orleans has to offer. I miss the flambeau marchers and the pinging sound of parade watchers tossing coins to them as they light the way for Endymion to roll down St. Charles Avenue. I miss the aftermath of the parade season where you can’t tell if a tree on St. Charles Avenue actually has leaves on it or not because it’s covered in so many beads. I miss the sounds of the marching bands and everyone dancing as they go by. But most of all, I miss the food and family.
Mardi Gras to a true New Orleanian is all about family. We plan for weeks on where we will meet along the parade route to watch as the parades roll by, what we’ll eat, what we’ll wear and even where we’ll park and use the bathroom (yes, there is truth to the song “There Ain’t No Place To Pee on Mardi Gras Day).
Since we are in Houston this year and still on “baby watch” we’re celebrating Mardi Gras by watching Rex streaming live on WWL-TV online and enjoying our own homemade red beans and rice (although they still don’t hold a candle to Granny’s recipe).
You can join in on the Mardi Gras fun and enjoy a few of my ultimate favorite recipes from home. Some are a bit far fetched (like Turtle Soup), but others are simple and easy to make for dinner tonight. Happy Mardi Gras!
Commander’s Palace Turtle Soup
Arnaud’s Shrimp Remoulade (note that you need to purchase Arnaud’s Remoulade Sauce)
Dooky Chase’s Shrimp Gumbo
Emeril’s Grillades and Cheese Grits
John Besh’s King Cake (this will not come close to ordering a king cake directly from NOLA, but it will satisfy your sweet tooth for now)
Truth moment, as a former fitness competitor and a current fitness/nutrition specialist, I was very afraid of what getting pregnant and becoming a mom was going to do to my body and career. Being active was not just about how I looked, it was my career. How could I lead boot camp if I can’t even bend over or how could I continue to work if I had a little one at home who needed me. I was truly afraid until I saw that first ultrasound and our little one jumping around in it’s pod. I was instantly in love and all my fears were pushed aside. In the past, my Pre/Post Natal Fitness Certification was used to help others, now I have to practice what I preach. My pregnancy has opened up a whole new world for me. I plan to be a hot mommy-to-be and a hot mommy afterwards and would love if I can help others in their journey.
Eating well and staying active is very important while expecting. Below are some exercise guidelines to help you stay safe while working out.
This list includes some recommended Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to exercising while expecting by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As a trainer and nutritionist with a certification in Pre/Post Natal Fitness, I added a few extra things to the list. Remember that every woman AND pregnancy is different. Most importantly, make sure you get a green light from your doctor before beginning any nutrition or fitness program.
Physical activity has many benefits for mommy and baby. Whether you are planning to start a new regimen or continue the exercise plan you are on, speak with your doctor first. There are some pregnancy conditions and risks that outweigh the benefits of exercise so make sure you are in the clear before moving forward!
By Linda Okwor – CN, CSN, CPT
Fitness and Nutrition Specialists
Pre/Post Natal Certified
Linda is a results driven fitness and nutrition specialist with over 15 years of experience and extensive education and certifications. She is a successful certified fitness and nutrition specialist, pre/post natal fitness specialist, life coach, author, an entrepreneur, a top trainer and nutrition for Red Bull North America and Equinox Health Clubs—and a MomMe-to-Be. She owns Bod-E-logix, a company that combines the latest in nutrition, fitness, corporate wellness, and lifestyle techniques and modifications you can begin applying immediately.
Linda resides in Los Angeles and is available to assist you with your nutrition, fitness and health goals. For consultation, contact Linda or call 877-319-1133
With just four days left until we become a family of four, time with our little guy is limited before the chaos begins. Last night, tired of eating leftovers, I decided to look for a quick and tasty recipe that everyone (even the adults) would enjoy and that could cook on its own during litte guy’s bathtime.
Here at Club MomMe, we’ve been working a lot with Catherine McCord, the fabulous author, chef and Mom behind Weelicious. Naturally, I looked no further than Catherine’s book for a new recipe to try for dinner and settled on Mexican Lasagna.
I made one subsitutions to Catherine’s Recipe (baby brain prevented me from picking up a few ingredients at the market on a busy Sunday afternoon) and used flour tortillas we had on hand at home instead of corn tortillas, but it was still divine. We’ve added this to our recipe rotation and look forward to trying a few more of Catherine’s recipes soon!
By Michael Pines
With summer around the corner, parents everywhere are eager to introduce swimming to their little ones. On the other hand, some moms and dads are cautious to allow their children in the pool due to the understandable fear of accidental drowning.
But despite their anxiety, a new study reminds parents that supervised swimming or “Mommy and me” classes are a safe activity for children as young as 4 months. And the study also reveals yet another hidden benefit: it may increase your child’s intelligence.
Researchers at the Griffith Institute for Education Research in Australia found that children under the age of 5 who learned swimming skills were stronger in visual motor-skill development and more skilled at intellectual tasks like counting, listening or following verbal cues. In other words, swimming lessons may be crucial to the development of your child’s cognitive and physical development.
So here’s to a summer of fun in the pool – but not without the necessary precautions to make sure your little one stays safe.
0 to 2 years
When it comes to safety, children of all ages need pool rules and safety guidelines. And by making safety a priority, you can reduce your child’s risk of poolside accidents. Here’s how.
Babies should not be carried in slings or unapproved devices as they are dangerous in the water and can trap infants. Walking children must always have your physical presence available at all times. Even if your little one is a strong walker, do not allow him to use shallow baby pools without you by his side. Because infants can often prove unpredictable, it’s important to always remain within an arm’s length of your child.
2 to 6 Years
Toddlers and small children are often seen with floaties around their arms, eagerly splashing in shallow waters. While it’s generally fine to allow playtime in shallow water, you must always provide uninterrupted, adequate supervision at all times even if your child is a strong swimmer. Always require the use of a coast-guard-approved lifejacket during water playtime. Never forget that a floatie, tube, air mattress, noodle or other floatation device is NOT safety equipment and cannot be depended on to keep your little one afloat.
6 to 10 Years
Swimmers in the 6 to 10 years old category need adult supervision at all times, especially when they attempt to swim on their own without any assistance from floatation devices. Always be available on deck for your child, and do not allow your little one to swim into the deep end unless he is wearing his coast-guard approved lifejacket.
10 Years and Up
Many public pools require swim tests to ensure your child is able to swim without adult assistance. This includes your child’s ability to hold his breath under water, swim front crawl from the shallow to the deep end, tread water, and float on his back without assistance. You should always accompany your older child to the pool and never leave him unattended even if you consider your child a strong swimmer.
Michael Pines founded the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, in San Diego in 1992. He is an accident and injury prevention expert in San Diego, on a campaign to end senseless injury — one blog at a time.