I Tried P.volve. It Made Me Reconsidering The Way I Workout

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Thank you to P.volve for sponsoring this post.

A great workout has been one of the tools in my self-help arsenal since my teen years. I feel my best with consistent visits to the gym. Functional fitness methods have been buzzing around the city for years. I’ve been curious about P.volve since seeing their adds on the subway and recently took a class at the new P.volve Soho flagship NYC studio.

P.vovle is a low-impact, functional movement fitness method that merges functional science, physical therapy, and small hip-opening movements to sculpt hard-to-reach body areas while eliminating bulk. It’s in no way a grueling workout that makes it impossible to walk down subway steps the next day. Through a series of smooth and effective small micro-movements, along with P.vovle’s proprietary fitness products (including the p.ball),hard-to-reach muscles are activated. Unlike traditional weights, the p.ball (which straps onto the top of your legs) targets the upper and inner thighs and the inner-glutes to create long, lean muscles.

P.volve’s new Soho flagship studio is bright, beautiful and thoughtfully designed to motivate. Aside from all the perks that come from working out with friends or strangers riding on collective energy, proper instruction is helpful when trying anything new. During class, I moved into a booty squat (I suppose out of habit), when P.volve’s movement was more like a subtle knee bend. No worries, because a P.vovle instructor hightailed it to my improper form, directing me into the micro-movement with her quick corrections. Inside the studio, I found myself present in closely watching the instructor’s technique since many of the movements were unlike any class I’ve taken prior. For example, rotating the hip slightly inward (in a pidgeon-toed position) is definitely not in my usual workout repertoire. The studio experience and expert instruction made me all the more comfortable with the small, smooth, controlled movements before beginning the journey of streaming workouts at home.

A P.vovle class left me energized and determined to add P.vovle to my workout rotation. It’s been a while since something made me reconsider the efficiency of time devoted to lifting (somewhat heavy), pounding the treadmill, and plowing through a spinning class. P.volve’s approach certainly changes things up.

Ready to try P.Volve? Take advantage of these great offers:

  • Register for a 15-day free trial HERE with code PVOLVEMOM (expires: 11/8) 
  • Get 15% off of 1st product purchase HERE with code PVOLVEMOM  (Code auto-populates discount in cart. Discount code expires on 11/8 ).

All images via Lauren Kara Photography. Big thank you to Brianne at Stroller In the City for event hosting.

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Volunteer Opportunities for Kids, Teens, and Families with The Central Park Conservancy

I’m always on the lookout for avenues to give back and for solid volunteer opportunities for kids, tweens, teens, and families within our community.

The Central Park Conservancy, here in New York City, is hosting Youth and Family Volunteer Day programs this fall – with a range of opportunities for kids of all ages and their families to volunteer and help keep Central Park beautiful. 

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Their Family Volunteer Day program provides a wonderful way for families to spend meaningful time while making a difference by helping to keep Central Park green. 

Volunteer Projects are on Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am on the following dates:

  • Oct 5, 19, 26
  • Nov 2, 16, 23
  • Dec 7, 14, 21

A Teen-specific program (for ages 13-18) allows teens to collectively contribute to their community and promote good stewardship by helping out with seasonal projects in Central Park during Teen Volunteer Day

Teen Projects are on Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, on the following dates:

  • Oct 5, 19, 26
  • Nov 2, 16, 23
  • Dec 7, 14, 21

Hope to see you there!

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Add a Touch of Loveliness to Your Home This Summer

Big thank you to our sponsor, Air Wick©.

Summer brings a significant exhale. And I suppose I work hard to preserve the peace that comes with the early morning light, salty water, and hanging with kids who are built for the fleeting warmer months.

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We’re already deep in a new travel-baseball season and will soon add surf camp, trips and a few other things to our days. It’s all good and fun – but hopefully, the wetsuits and towels make their way from multiple bags to the wash – along with all those uniforms and gear. It’s tricky to balance the conflicting layers of loving life outdoors and not frazzling when rushing home to host friends and family.

I didn’t think I was the home-fragrance type until being introduced to the new Air Wick© Freshmatic© Pure© Automatic Spray. With three different settings built into a sleek, minimalist device, the lowest setting feels subtle enough to add a light touch of loveliness to our space – while making me feel like the home is covered 24/7 with continuous odor neutralization in every corner (for up to 60 days).

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It’s the little things that give me peace-of-mind when rushing from beach to baseball to back home again. I’m currently crushing on the Air Wick© Ocean Breeze scent (one of more than 15 Air Wick© scents available) – along with Gabby Bernstein, who I had the chance to meet and learn from at the recent Air Wick© mobile meditation event.

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She taught me a simple (and beautiful) mantra to do with my children. Begin by touching your thumb to pointer finger – working your way down to thumb to pinky finger, while repeating:

Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.

Wishing you all peace and joy in the summer days ahead!

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JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour Comes to Forest Hills + Ticket Giveaway!

Hello, tweens! JoJo Siwa’s first live-concert tour, D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, produced by Nickelodeon and AEG presents, kicks off this week – and one of the 25 scheduled U.S. stops is right here in Queens, NY. We’re excited to partner with D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, to giveaway a family four pack of tickets to our local show at the Forest Hills, Stadium on July 21, 2019!

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I’ve been to several concerts at the Forest Hills Stadium (with and without kiddos!), and it’s a really special venue to experience with pint-sized fans. With tons of different food and beverage vendors – and a sprawling green area to hang with friends – make sure to come early to take in all that the Stadium has to offer. We usually grab dinner, treats, and drinks inside the venue. That said, Station Square in the heart of Forest Hills, NY has just been beautifully restored and there are lots of local spots to explore and dine-in as well!

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Get all the scoop on JoJo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. The Tour tickets here. And head on over to our Facebook page to enter our ticket giveaway.

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I may not have been able to make my big kid’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest dreams come true – but I will be at the Forest Hills Stadium with her and a gaggle of tweens! Hope to see you there!

  • JoJo Siwa
  • D.R.E.A.M. The Tour
  • Forest Hills Stadium
  • July 21, 2019

Tickets at foresthillsstadium.com

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The Scottish Granny Comes to NYC + Barnes & Noble Gift Card Giveaway!

Thank you to our partner Barnes & Noble! 

I adore reminders of all the goodness in the world, and it doesn’t get much better than a granny with a heartfelt, infectious laugh (AKA“The Scottish Granny” or “The Laughing Grandmother”) who went viral for merely being her delightful self while reading a book entitled The Wonky Donkey to her grandson.

Janice Clark has become quite the YouTube sensation, and Barnes & Noble recently brought her to their New York City – Union Square – location for fans (both big and small) to enjoy an exclusive live reading of the Craig Smith book.

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Image via Barnes & Noble. 

More than 100 kids came to the event, and Janice could barely contain her laughter while reading The Wonky Donkey. Naturally, the kiddos laughed along with her and eagerly asked questions after the reading.

Janice Clark

He was a honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.”

Image via Barnes & Noble

I learned that the Wonky Donkey was out of print, and Barnes & Noble worked with the publisher to reprint copies for both their stores and online orders after they noticed a spike in searches of the book on BN.com when Janice’s YouTube video went viral. Thanks to this sweet Granny, the book has become a national bestseller!

Win It!

We are so excited that Barnes & Noble is spreading the love with a giveaway of a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card just in time for the holiday season.  Enter via the below widget. U.S. addresses only please, and all entries are verified. Don’t forget to check back to see if your name pops up as the winner!

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Check out the Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guides and find out where to catch a Barnes & Noble Storytime in stores nationwide every Saturday at 11 AM. Also, be sure to join their Kids Club for rewards and special offers throughout the year.

View the Scottish Granny in action here!

 

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Not One Type: A Closer Look At Breast Cancer

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Thank you to Genentech for sponsoring this post.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 236,968 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2014, and (not counting some types of skin cancer) breast cancer in the U.S. is the most common cause of cancer in women – across all races and ethnicities. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer, among Latina women. Like so many others I know, breast cancer has impacted my family profoundly and the trajectory of my loved ones. That’s why it’s important for me to join in sharing the Not One Type campaign, merging messages from a trifecta of champions – Genentech, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and ThirdLove.

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I recently joined New Yorkers in exploring the Not One Type Studio – a SoHo pop-up experience, encouraging women and their loved ones to take a closer look at breast cancer. Upon stepping into the ThirdLove Studio, women curious about bra shopping were visually halted by ThirdLove’s bra installation – challenging prevalent breast cancer misconceptions – with uniformed rows of suspended bras that were only one size, and only one color. Just like ThirdLove creates uniquely tailored bras to a women’s specific size, shape and color preference – Not One Type is sharing information about the ways in which breast cancer is a very complex and not-one-size-fits-all disease.

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The Not One Type website explains how breast cancer is classified into different types – determined by the unique characteristics of each tumor, including subtype, lymph node status and stage, among other criteria. Understanding the uniqueness of each diagnosis helps to empower women and their loved ones to engage in helpful conversations and make more informed treatment decisions with their providers.

I know first-hand that family and friends often step in as patient advocates – and according to Not One Type, women facing the early stages of breast cancer rely on three or more people to help them process treatment options. An incredibly valuable tool on the Not One Type website is a checklist of questions to help women facing this diagnosis and their supporters be as well-informed as possible in conversations with doctors.

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In addition to all of the visual messaging, a lovely tribute wall, “boobie pins” in all shapes and sizes, and ThirdLove discount cards – the campaign’s spokeswomen Giuliana Rancic was on hand leading the discussion with women currently living with breast cancer as well as drawing from her personal experience.  According to Giuliana “understanding your unique diagnosis is critical to receiving the right treatment for you. And it’s not just important for those diagnosed to know about the different types, but for those who love them.”

Armed with new-to-me facts and insight, I’m grateful that I can now help better support a loved one. Have a look around notonetype.org, I’m sure you’ll learn something too.

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