I Am Pooped!

Wake up at 7 AM - Check. Bikram Yoga at 8:15 AM - Check.

Sweat buckets - Check.

Head home and drink yummy berry Vi-Shake and LOTS of water - Check.

Clean and tidy-up the house - Check.

Make lunch (grilled cheese and avocado sandwiches) for family - Check.

Cut up fruit and veggies for party - Check.

Change outfit 4 times for Stella & Dot Trunk show - Check.

Have an awesome afternoon of girlfriends, little princesses, and pretty, sparkly things - Check.

Clean up after said afternoon - Check.

Make dinner for family - Check.

Eat dinner - Check.

Take dog for a walk - Check.

Wash said dog's gunky ears - Ewwww and Check.

Wash hands thoroughly - Check.

Nurse the girl and give cuddles to the boy - Check.

Write Summer Blog Challenge post - Check.

Have long, hot shower and get to bed.......Soon.

Natasha~

P.S. Drool over this awesome necklace that I am SO getting just once more - Check.

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Summer Blog Challenge posts for August 28, 2011

 

 

10 years later... and It's True!

I did something today that I have not done in about 10 years. And the fact that I have not done this thing is ten years, kind of makes me lame.

But hey, life happens, you move on, you forget your past....

...and then one day it happens.

You are sitting at the dinner table with your family and your precocious 4 and a half year old (the 1/2 is very important to him right now) comes up with what he thinks is a brilliant idea.

"Mommy, we should all go for a bike ride after dinner."

And really, it is quite a good idea.

Ever since Mommy started to work out on a more regular basis and eat better and talk about how we can all keep our bodies healthy, Little C has really has taken to this. He talks about how he is exercising (Sportball) and eating all his food and getting a good night's sleep so that he can grow and be strong too.

So going for a bike ride after dinner fits right in with our family's healthy living commitment, except for one thing....

....Mommy and Daddy do not own bikes!

At least not until today!

And after a little bit of a shaky start (10 years people!), and a few different test rides, Mama found herself a new baby!!

Ain't she a beaut!? I have yet to name her (because I name all my modes of transportation), but she is an Electra Townie and practically perfect for me! I am not going to be doing a whole heck of a lot of hard-core trail riding and the likes (way too jarring on my joints even if I had some wicked suspension), and I am in LOVE with the look and feel of a cruiser bike!

Natural Urban Dad picked up a nice Specialized Crosstrail bike for himself and then we went to Toys R' Us and got Little C his first pedal bike too. C has been cruising along on a running bike this past year and has great balance so he just needs to work on the pedaling aspect now! His running bike will be passed on to Princess L so that she can get the hang of the balance part as well.

So we have the bikes and now we just have to get ourselves all ready for our first family bike ride...

I am thinking tomorrow!

Natasha~

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.  ~Albert Einstein

 

 

It's all about ME! {at least for today}

Please forgive me, but today's post is all about shameless self-promotion!!

It is turning out to be a great week at Natural Urban Mamas and for a lot of really awesome reasons.

1. As I mentioned before, Natural Urban Mamas is now the Exclusive Canadian Retailer for the Cosy Baby Happy Mommy 3rd Generation Mei Tai. These are amazing and beautiful baby carriers that are custom made-to-order! I am so excited to be able to offer these to our customers and I am working on some great new and exclusive prints for you all as well!

2. I started the Summer Blogging Challenge! 31 posts in 31 days (this is post #3). I have done something similar before and I will get it done again. I just have so much to write!! I really hope my typing can get a bit faster so that it can keep up with all the posts floating around in my head! Check back daily for your dose of Natural Urban Mama and a nice diverse list of other fab bloggers too!

3. Yours truly has entered into a 'VOTE for me please' contest! The lovely folks at Modern Mama are having a contest to find out who the best Alberta Mama Blogger is and I am in the running! The prizes are quite nice and something I could really use to spiff up the site and the blog (especially the EPIAR SEO Site clinic!!). All for your reading pleasure of course!! And there is the sparkly crown that comes with winning too (or at least that is what I have heard!) So...you see that purple button over there to your right? CLICK ON IT and head over to vote for me.........

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Did you vote yet?

OK, good.

{And thank you!}

4. Tomorrow morning (August 11, 2011) at 9:30 AM, I will be on FusedLogicTV on the show Mommy Talk with Narissa Singh. FusedLogicTV is a web-based television network that produces LIVE and on location programming. On tomorrow's program I get to talk all about BABYWEARING!! What it is, why it is so awesome and why every parent needs to know more about it! And we will also do some live babywearing demos as well! After the show has aired tomorrow it will be archived and made available for viewing on demand, but I would really love it if you could all watch it live! You can even participate in the live chat room and I promise, I will try not to bugger it up too much! Tune in tomorrow at 9:30 AM to watch us LIVE on the.... umm, little screen! Past guests have included the likes of Tanis Miller, AKA The Redneck Mommy and local entrepreneur Melanie Schmidt of Little Belties.

5. I am contemplating doing a couple of challenges right now as well. One of them is a personal fitness goal, beyond the usual weight/inch-loss ones. I want to find something that really says to me and to those around me that, after all the crazy things that happened to me earlier this year, I CAN DO THIS! I have a few ideas, but for now I have to think more on what exactly that goal and challenge should be. Your suggestions for what this challenge should be are appreciated and will be considered.

6. The other challenge is a little something called Pecha Kucha Night Edmonton. Now, yes, I know, I am no architect or urban planner or designer, but I think that this is OK. Pecha Kucha has evolved since it's inception and is described as,

"...a grown-up “show and tell”. The presentations allow the audience to learn, expand their perspectives, and leave the night with something new on their mind. It’s food for thought."

It is also an incredibly challenging presentation to pull off, especially for someone as wordy as me! 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds! I am still pondering this idea and wondering if I am up for it or just kind of crazy to even think about it? I would love to know what you think....

And that is it for tonight folks.

Off I go to prep for tomorrow morning's show.

Toot, tooting my own horn all the way.....

Natasha~

P.S. And a BIG Thank You! to all of you for your support, whether you are near or far, for all the crazy and not so crazy things that I do!

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This post is part of the Summer Blog Challenge.

31 posts in 31 days.

Please take a moment and peruse the other participants entries as well!  Thank you!

Zita of Ignite Strategic Solutions Cliff of Peer Pressure Works Tammy of Tam I Am Peter of Crazy Wookie Cookies Shaun of Expedition of Truths Chad of The Daily Grind Vlad of Analog Coast Kim of Nature Baby Bloggings Liam of ln The Now Earl of My Name is Earl (J. Woods) Brad of Kick Me Out Soon