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Mamalete Monday: Meet Christine of Love Life Surf!

Happy Mamalete Monday!  Each week we are going to feature a fabulous Mamalete and learn a little more about what makes her amazing!  This week is Christine of Love, Life, Surf, who I was able to get to know during Reach the Beach! Yet another reason why teaming up with this amazing group of inspiring women was awesome! 

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So without further ado … Meet Christine-

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Fellow RTBR runner, writer, Mom, Yogi, Runner, Wannabe Surfer. In her blog, Love Life Surf, she shares stories about life, family & fitness and to inspire others to embrace their choices to be happy and healthy.

In your latest post you wrote about slowing down the rush. What are your top 3 “how-to” tips for slowing down?

YES. And its so important!  Stepping away or getting “unplugged” from technology. For me, this means putting my phone, computer, and iPad away and being fully present to the moment.  Its even more important to do this if you rely heavily on technology but even more difficult! Sometimes, we need to slow down to speed up. For me, my running and yoga practice simultaneously speeds me up to slow me down. Whether in warrior 1 or running across the bridge, this time allows me to touch back and reconnect with me. Because I am free of most distractions, I am able to practice mindfulness. And my children (as much as I complain)! Our days have become so filled with drop offs, pick ups, and extracurriculars that spending even 5 minutes talking and catching up with them re-centers me. 

How do you incorporate a healthy lifestyle with parenting?

After having my first child, I realized I needed to make sure I had the time for ME. Fortunately, I have a supportive husband who steps in when I to take some ‘me’ time. But it’s always been important to me for my children to see me exercise. More so, we also try to be as active as possible with them. They’ve even surfed! My oldest is a part of Mighty Milers (running program led by NYRR) team- such a proud mommy moment. 

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You mentioned in your blog you aren’t about to drop everything and surf the world- but it looks like you’ve visited some amazing place. What’s your favorite?! 

My instinct is Costa Rica- thats actually where we learned to surf. But I love Australia and Hawaii too. I joke with my husband that I’d drop everything and move to Sydney

4. What is the biggest piece of advice you’ve passed along to your boys?

Probably the best advice I ever received and what I try to teach my sons is the power of friendship. It is so important to surround yourself with good people. 

5. Its your ideal weekend- what does this entail? 

QUIET! Just kidding. Boys are so loud! It involves going to the beach, surfing. Absolutely no computer- and it involves having time with friends. Not being inside- except for making muffins. Both of the boys are loving cooking right now. Our favorite is zucchini muffins. But yes- as we often get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC, I am always so grateful to have quality time with friends and family. 

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FF Toddler Toiletries

Friday Favorites: Toddler Toiletries

Happy Friday :) In honor of the twins upcoming birthday, I’ve put together a list of the five Toddler Toiletries we can’t live without! 

FF Toddler Toiletries

1. Waxelene:

This natural petroleum jelly is made of only 4 ingredients- organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and organic rosemary oil. Think all in one dry lips, diaper rash, wind burned cheeks, rough elbows and scraped knees.  We use this for EVERYTHING and love it. 

Pro MAMALETE Tip: The ultra-moisturizing formula protects skin as an anti-chafer, with a breathable barrier, instead of trapping toxins inside open pores after you get your sweat on. 

2.  Boogie Wipes :

When kids have a cold, nothing is worse then the dry crusted boogies that form around the edges of the nose. Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist provide a quick and effective clean-up with gentle saline.  I have used these since infancy and I think there is a pack in every bag I own.  The Gs especially love that they are grape scented!

3. Mason Pearson Children’s Boar Hairbrush:

G1 inherited my hair- and the knots and tangles that go along with it. After trying numerous other brands, we finally discovered the Mason Pearson Children’s Boar Brush and PHEW.  No more brushing tears.  I will say that  this brush is a pricier investment, but it will last you forever and is a great gift! 

4.  Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion

Winter skin is itchy skin.  The G’s skin in sensitive – especially G1 and we have been down the line of all lotions, potions, oils and gels.  Curel Itch Defense is the ONLY one that leaves their skin hydrated and not itchy.  This safe and effective formula is gentle enough for babies 6 months and up.

5. Baby Buddy 360 Toothbrush:

The innovative, round design of the 360 Toothbrush is genius.  The 360 Toothbrush offers a better and more efficient approach to the eternal battle of making sure The Gs brush their teeth well.  (Its very hard to explain to a child to rotate the toothbrush and get the top teeth!)

  • removes almost 2X more plaque 
  • round shape: Gently yet efficiently brushes teeth, tongue, and gums simultaneously
  • no edges for a more comfortable experience
 What do you have to add to this list!  I am always on the look out for another great find!
Fall Reading

Friday Favorites: Fall’s Must-Reads

Happy Friday readers! Carrie Here :)  I don’t know about you, but this cooler, fall weather has made me want to curl up with a blanket and a good book. After rummaging through Gia’s book collection, I’ve chosen my 5 favorite fall reads.

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1. Clear Skin Detox Diet, by Lauren Talbot: 

Whether you’re 15 or 50, few things are worse than a big, red zit on the face. After reading this guide, I discovered the beautifying secrets and solutions for clear skin. From foods to avoid to foods to indulge in, this must read will help you discard those pills and creams and find the secret to a glowing complexion!

2. The Perfect Stride, by Thomas Reckmann:

If you’re anything like me, you invest more in the gear you wear and the food that fuels you and less in perfecting your stride. Well, sometimes, according to Reckman, we need to slow down to speed up! His manual to running assumes a holistic approach and gives step by step instructions to running more efficiently. Training for an upcoming race- well this must read may be your guide to a PR! 

3. The Plateau Effect, by Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson: 

This morning I was getting dressed and as I put on my fave sweater, I thought, “yikes, this is totally last season and not in fashion anymore.” I got over it and continued my morning routine keeping in mind Sullivan and Thompson’s description of the plateau effect. This book shows how scientists, athletes, and companies alike are turning off the natural inclination to acclimate in order to turn on their potential. Have you reached a plateau? Well, this book will show you how to turn on your inner Ferrari. 

4. The Elimination Diet Workbook, by Maggie Moon: 

Your body is absolutely the most magnificent machine you are ever going to operate. Just as you wouldn’t drive a car without learning the rules of the road, we shouldn’t fuel our bodies without knowing what makes YOU function at YOUR best. Now I’m not saying we should all get out there and become nutritionists, BUT Moon’s workbook can be done safely at home to help you determine what foods are causing your symptoms. 

 5. How Toddlers Thrive, by Tovah P. Klein, PhD:

I may not be a mom just yet, but after reading How Toddlers Thrive, I have learned that parenting is not a one size fits all. Klein’s provides moms the DL for cracking the toddler code and seeing the world through a toddler’s eyes. The director at a reknown preschool here in NYC, Klein’s book provides the inside scoop as to how all parents can troubleshoot day to day challenges. 

 What’s top on your “must-read” list?! 

Stayed tuned for next week’s edition!