United States of Motherhood

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Macy's American Icons: Support Veterans & Party On #Seattle #Portland #SanFrancisco #AmericanSelfie #supportourveterans

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Woot.  I'm super excited to be covering the Macy's American Icons this week-end in Seattle at Alderwood Mall at 2pm..

What's that?  You haven't heard of these events.  Well hello!  You are invited to join them for all the in-store excitement! As part of their salute to all the things that make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, Macy's is hosting multiple American Icons parties across America!

Did you know that Macy’s partners with veterans who served with GotYour 6? You know me.  Proud veteran and married to a veteran.  Daughter, niece, and sister-in-law of a veteran and aunt of a nephew actively serving. Serving runs deep in our family.  So for me, this is a no brainer! Macy’s is proud to partner with those who have served our country alongside Got Your 6 and so am I.

 Supporting veterans with family fun here we come!

Even better?  On Saturday during the party?  Give $3 to support  American veterans with Got Your Six and Macy's will thank you with 25% off all day.  100% of your donation will go to Got Your Six.

Each year, approximately 250,000 brave men and women return from service. Got Your 6 works to make sure they have the support and tools they need to become leaders at home in their communities.

And right down my and my teens' alley?  The party will include fun patriotic photo opportunities for us to take an #AmericanSelfie to also support our veterans.

Make sure to take an #AmericanSelfie in one of Macy’s patriotic photo opps in store!

Show Macy's your #AmericanSelfie and they'll give $1 for each one, up to $250K, to support America's veterans with Got Your 6. Plus, you could be a part of a spectacular moment in Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show on NBC! Click for details...

As for the party?  Read the deets below:

At Macy's Alderwood here in Seattle, Macy's American Icon Event will be based on discovering everything you need to put together a timeless, All-American ensemble at our fashion party hosted by style blogger Courtney Kerr. We get to join Courtney as she presents her fashion picks for Spring inspired by all things Americana!Afterwards, shop your favorites while jamming to Macy's live DJ,snack on yummy sips and sweets, and enjoy much morethroughout the store. Plus, you'll get to meet Courtney and have your photo taken with her! Before you go? Be sure to add a personal touch to any of your purchases at the DIY station.

For those in Portlandia, you've got your own awesome event. Head on down to Washington Square on Saturday at 2 PM to also discover everything you need to put together a timeless all-American ensemble at Macy's fashion party hosted by Grasie Mercedes of StyleMeGrasie. Join Grasie for a special fashion show celebrating iconic style from some of our favorite American designers. Afterwards, meet Grasie, shop the latest collections for spring, jam to our live DJ, and enjoy complimentary sips and sweets.  Space is limited, reserve your spot today at AmericanIconsWashingtonSquare.eventbrite.com.

And for my hometown?  Yeah I am talking to you San Francisco!  All you Bay Area patriots get a double feature at Union Square at 2PM this Saturday!  First Discover everything you need to put together a timeless all-American ensemble at our fashion party hosted by Pitch Perfect 2 costume designer Salvador Perez. Join Salvador for a fabulous fashion show celebrating iconic style from some of our favorite American designers. Afterwards, shop the latest collections for Spring while grooving to our live DJ. Enjoy complimentary sips and sweets, and before you go, be sure to pop into our patriotic photo booth to take your #AmericanSelfie!

Also at 2PM at Union Square? Lucky you!! Celebrate the diverse cuisine that helps make this country
great when Chef Azalina Eusope, the owner of Azalina's makes one of her Malaysian dishes in honor of American icons. Sample the tasty results for yourself and take the recipe home to make for family and friends! Chef Azalina Eusope is a 5th generation street food vendor whose culinary career was born from a hobby entertaining family and friends. Her talent became known through word-of-
mouth, which led to her own business in 2010. She was named one of Bon Apetit magazine's "10 Top Upcoming Chefs" for 2010, as well as a Women's Initiative for Self Improvements "Enterprising Woman on the Rise" in 2012. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, serving up good health! For more information living a healthy lifestyle, visit kp.org.

Not in Seattle. Portland or San Francisco?  

No worries!  There is plenty of patriotism to go around this week-end.  Check out all Macy's American Icon Parties in a ton of U.S. cities this week-end and don't forget to  take an #AmericanSelfie in one of Macy’s patriotic photo opps in store!

Remember every event is different! Check out macys.com/americanicons for more details.

5/15   Miami, FL (Aventura Mall)
5/16   San Francisco (Union Square)
5/16   Seattle, WA (Alderwood)
5/16   Costa Mesa, CA (South Coast Plaza)
5/16   Pittsburgh, PA (South Hills Village)
5/16   Tampa, FL (Westshore Plaza)
5/16   Miami, FL (Dadeland)
5/16   Miami, FL (Aventura Mall)
5/16   Burlington, MA (South Shore Plaza)
5/16   Bay Shore, LI  (South Shore Mall)
5/16   Albany, NY (Cross Gates)
5/16   Whitehall, PA (Lehigh Valley)
5/16   Minneapolis, MN (Ridgedale)
5/16   Indianapolis, IN (Castleton Square)
5/16   Columbus, OH (Easton Town Center)
5/16   Dallas, TX (North Park)
5/16   Littleton, CO (Park Meadows)
5/16   Memphis, TN (Wolfchase Galleria)
5/16   Fayetteville, NC (Cross Creek)
5/16   Atlanta, GA (Peachtree Mall)

Want to post your #AmericanSelfie on twitter, instagram and facebook?  Feel free to tag  Macy's at  @Macys !  Share your patriotism with the world and support veterans!

Find more information at  http://macys.com/iconevents

So support American veterans, show the world your #AmericanSelfie, and join the fun! So who is coming? 

I'll be there! Will you?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Furry Family Members Deserve the Best: Nudges® Grillers&Sizzlers #NudgeThemBack #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NudgeThemBack #CollectiveBias

If you've been reading along over the years, you know one thing that I am passionate about is pups. Our pups Seb and Grendel were family.


Nothing less than family.

They were my furry children before I had children.

Although we were luckier than most that they lasted 16-17 years, I was still heartbroken and am still mourning them to this day.

We all are...

After they passed, our hearts were not ready for another pup--and my husband was not ready especially--after years battling cancers and dealing with vet bills. 

So instead I set up a pet sitting side business to borrow puppies from others because my heart was not complete without having a furry head on my lap or curled around my ankle.

Watching pups means I get attached.  Really attached.  I hear pups I watch feel the same and are often sad for a few days. However they also get sooooo excited--and so do I--when they come back!

 I would do it for free, but don't tell my clients that.  Shhhh!!

Obviously, if you have seen my instagram page, you'll know I REALLY get attached.

I sobbed when I heard a regular pup client had passed on.

I worry for my elderly pups I watch and always wonder when I give them a kiss on their head before they go home, if it will be my last.

I know you all think I am crazy letting back pups that break toilets.

For opening my white carpeted home to sometimes eight pups.

...and then dealing with constant baths to protect those white carpets when pups love to roll in the mud up here in my swampy Northwest backyard.

Mud? What mud?  That was a spa treatment under the trampoline right?

For sharing our holidays,  birthdays, and summers with pups, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Christmas 2016

Walking in the 'hood!

So, to combat that worry, I spoil them with treats and love! Quality treats!

One of the dietary changes that I think helped my 90 lb pup last to the ripe old age of 17 years old was that I changed his diet.  No more wheat, soy, corn, or preservatives! As natural as possible.

So I was excited to stroll through my local Walmart the other day to pick up some yummy treats for them that I could feel good about and they would like from Nudgesdogtreats.com.

Super excited that I found Nudges® had two new products and different flavors: Grillers and Sizzlers. We loaded up. They also have new Jerky Cuts value size (36oz) at Walmart.

I love that the Nudges® brand is about rewarding the unconditional love your dog gives you with treats you can trust.

It's about celebrating the love you share, love that deserves to be rewarded.

And almost more importantly, while we watch the quality of our food, we should also watch our pups foods too.

We are what we eat…dogs too!

I love that Nudges® treats are:
  • Made in the USA with only USA-sourced protein
  • Have Real Meat as #1 ingredient
  • "Real food-inspired"
  • No artificial flavors or fillers (natural ingredients)
  • Real meaty texture, appearance & smell
  • High-quality treats

Besides they are really helpful for catching shots likes these below!  Heh!

Want to know more?  Check out Nudgethemback.com and nd let me know which one you think your dog would love the most! You can also find Nudges® on Facebook!

Now go have some fun with your pup!  I like doing a little creative styling with shedding pups!  

What do you think?

On Weight Loss: The Grazing Plate & Other Weight Loss Tips #Paleo #EatCLean #JERF

I made myself what I call a real food, paleo grazing plate today. What's a grazing plate you ask?

It's breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day--all on 1 plate!

I eat when I am hungry. I stop and throw it in fridge when full. 

It's FULL of organic greens underneath drizzled with avocado oil and  freshly squeezed lemon, sliced brightly colored peppers, crunchy grapes, and spicy sausage. 

Nibble, nibble. Crunch.

It avoids the clean plate mentality since the plan is to only to eat when hungry every couple of hours and tuck it away in fridge when not! 

No waste. No guilt. Conveniently ready so no temptation to grab less healthy, spur of the moment junk when a craving hits. 

Instead I have a delicious, colorful, pretty plate with veggies, fruits and protein and big flavors at the ready. 

Spicy. Sweet. Savory. Citrus. Salty. Crunchy.

I've found it prevents my tendency to eat EVERYTHING in front of me since the portion is so large and impossible to eat in one sitting.  Thus I nibble instead and actually listen to my body--rather than the portion served--with overeating unlikely!
Another tip?  I eat it with my fingers. Bites by hand tend to be smaller than a fork and I feel I am more conscious of what I am putting in my mouth.

I am pairing all of this with PLENTY of water and okay, okay copious black coffee with my favorite Stevia in the Raw products I just got my Mom 2.0 summit. Woot!

Try it and let me know how it goes?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

On Fitness: Getting Back on Track with a Great Mother's Day Gift for the Fitness Enthusiast @BestBuy #Modal #fitness

Remember when I used to post constantly about working out...and checked in daily on instagram?

My friends?  To be brutally honest, I fell off the fitness wagon in the last year.

Was this only last year?
So far off that track that I gained thirty pounds back. Most of what I took off in the last two years through hard work and sweat piled right back on as I missed work out after work out and ate one cheat after another in a fit of depression and laziness.

I allowed stress, work, and personal issues to throw me off my fitness track.

Can't remember the last time I went to crossfit
Let me take that back.  Those were excuses. I allowed myself to fall off -track. I need to own that. No matter my husband's cajoling, my trainer's gentle check ins, and my crossfit buddies asking when I would be back? 

It was up to me...and I ignored them.

It really showed when I needed to attend my latest blogging conference and had nothing that would fit.  NOTHING. I sucked it up, purchased some new clothes in a size I hope to be never again at a deeply discounted store and carried on.

I could have left it at there, but I didn't.  Mom 2.0 Summit was in Scottsdale.  Soaring into triple digits while I was there HOT Scottsdale!  My inner-Northwest girl went eek, but I made promises to myself to work out at every fitness event offered!

I kept that promise.

Yoga time and my socks almost match!

I woke my butt up early, ignored the so-called dry heat, and made the commitment to change right then and there.

I did yoga for the first time in TWENTY years on the lawn of a fancy resort and refused to compare myself to the svelte bodies that surrounded me.
The next day? I ran in that heat up hills, in the desert landscape, through a few gasps I thought would be my last and persevered.

The last time I ran?  Exactly eleven month ago for the Rock N Roll Marathon Half Marathon.

Mom 2.0 5k with the awesome Sugar Jones

I refused to quit.

Heck I even squeezed myself into a dress and danced at the Iris Award.  I refused to let a few pounds--or 80 really--hold me back.

Hitting the red carpet with the ever awesome Merlot Mommy

It didn't hurt that I had some pretty awesome roomies to keep me moving and burning even mohhhhhr calories!!

Dancing the Night Away at Mom 2.0 Summit Iris Awards

I returned Saturday and today was timing at my daughter's swim event--and inspired to see young athletes push themselves beyond their limits.Tomorrow?  I will be back at crossfit for the first time in what seems like forever trying to push my own limits.  Guess what?

It's easy to fall off that horse, but it just takes linking a mere two days in a row to start making a habit for the better.

So one thing I noticed that helped me feel good about myself at the fitness portions of the conference was having some new exercise stuff to feel good about myself even when I wasn't exactly feeling good about my body's health. New yoga capris that wouldn't squeeze or roll my bellah.  Loose tanks that let me move. The thought of squeezing into my old crossfit clothes made me procrastinate day after day.  I knew they wouldn't fit and viewed workout with dread.

Yet? There is something about having fun, colorful new workout clothes that fit that makes even the scariest looming workout something to look forward to, right?

So tomorrow? I am super excited to be taking something else new with me. Best Buy sent me this gorgeous cross-functional Modal Concept Tote Bag:

Isn't she pretty??

Modal  focuses on helping make life easier through cleverly designed products that feature crazy awesome functionality. It's designed to carry all my essentials in style with room to store my wallet and other valuables in discreet, water-resistant pockets.

There’s even space to store warm hairstyling tools. Hello curling iron!!  You are coming with me!

It’s all together in a convenient, portable tote bag that can go from the gym to the office:

  • Laptop Storage
  • Dedicated, secure &padded sleeves for both laptop AND tablet storage with quilted soft-touch lining
  • Fitness Gear
  •  Heavy duty, moisture-resistant fitness pocket has plenty of room for your workout clothes, including shoes, and is vented to promote air circulation along with straps for a towel or yoga mat.
  •  Thermo Pocket

Yep no more blaming work right?  Toss my laptop in the top, water bottle, yoga mat, and running shoes in that baby?  Mobile, no excuses blogger on the right path.  I can go straight from a work out to working my latest social event or hitting up Starbuck's wifi for a post deadline...all in one bag.

So you guys with wives, partner, girlfriends, sisters, or daughters that need a good idea for a truly thoughtful gift for Mother's day for the fitness enthusiast...or wanna be enthusiast again like me? 

You are welcome!!With functionality unlike any other, this bag would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for any busy mom that hits the gym before or after work. Many thanks to Best Buy to giving more inspiration to hit my fitness goals so I can be the fit, confident role model for my kiddos!

Happy Mother's Day, my friends!

Modal Concept Tote Bag. $ 59.99 
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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. As always, I only provide honest reviews about products I love.

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