The Power of A Mommy Group

You know sometimes Mommy’s groups get a bad reputation of just being an excuse to get together, gossip and complain about their lives but it’s not always the case.

While at the park you see mom’s (and some Dad’s too) hanging out while their children run around, climbing on the playground equipment and you think “it’s a walk in the park for those parents”. Well, it’s not always the case. Sometimes it can take hours for a family to get their stuff together and get out the door to meet up with their friends and children. The stress of trying to arrive on time, juggling nap times, meals and oh – the potty too can make you want to stay home on your own turf because it’s just easier. And on top of that there are tantrums…I’m just going to leave it at that.

Best friends since birth!

Best friends since birth! (2.5 years old)

A Mommy group isn’t just a play date for kids. It’s more than that, it’s full of:

  • an opportunity to learn from other mom’s experiences (not to compare children)
  • a chance to leave the four walls of your house for a few hours a day and escape daily tasks that keep piling up because we don’t have enough time to “get to it”
  • it’s social …. no, not like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. It’s LIVE, IN-PERSON socialization and personal interaction
  • it’s laughter when you need it most
  • it’s refreshing, inspiring. and can sometimes include really good food.

When I was on maternity leave with our first daughter Lilly, we started a play group from our prenatal class. There was 4-6 women and babies that would get together weekly. We called it our “Monday Funday”….oh yeah! The weekend was over, our husbands were back to work and it was time for us to get together. We would rotate from house to house each week and would always have a pot luck lunch. These were some of our best meals of the week….I’m not kidding. And if you hosted, sometimes your husband was lucky enough to have a little taste of what we ate for lunch. There was also the “field trips” that we took to farmer’s markets, the zoo, the park, the beach and the cookhouse for lunch.

The babies were born within 6 weeks of one another and have grown up together for the last 3 years. Each June and July we have a birthday party almost every weekend. It’s a fun time of the year because the kids get so much play time together. I’m talking about the kids here….not the Moms. Okay, maybe I am talking about the Moms … and the Dad’s too.

This time around with Hilary who is 6 months old, we have a few mom’s and babies that we get together with. Sometimes a big group and sometimes just a few. The best part is that the babies are getting exposed to other babies and the mom’s are able to connect, get support and enjoy each other’s company for a few hours.

A Mommy group of friends is a powerful group. It’s supportive, encouraging and inspiring. I know there are days that I can count on my group of Mommies for support; whether that’s a play date, a meal dropped off, last-minute pick up arrangements at day care or a simple phone call.

Mom’s or Dad’s – do you go to a play group?

What’s the best thing about your playgroup?

The weekends over and I didn’t run

Going into this weekend I had planned on going for a 5k run, sadly that did not happen. But a lot of other great stuff did!

First off we had a visit from my sister…. a.k.a. Auntie Laura. We played with every toy in our house, went for a walk to the playground watched Lilly run the length of the soccer field, and we both climbed on the playground equipment and had a lot of fun. My a$$ even fit into the kiddie slide so I didn’t get stuck 🙂 We had lots of laughs.

Playground Fun

Playground Fun

Then three young girls about 10-12 years old, showed up in their pajama’s. Note to self: never let daughters wear pajamas as everyday clothing unless it’s pajama day at school. I figured they went to the school attached to the playground since they were very familiar with the new upgrades to the previous broken equipment. As Lilly and I were playing I heard all of a sudden ….“This slide SUCKS”!

My first thought was “oh man I hope Lilly doesn’t say that and then won’t play on it”.

My second thought was “now I understand why my Mother didn’t like us saying the word “SUCK”.

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As I mentioned, I wanted to go for a long run (5k for me these days) but chatting with my sister took over once the girls were asleep and time slipped away from me.  I was pretty bummed out Sunday when I realised I should have taken the opportunity to get out of the house for a run while I could (my husband’s been away a week). Oh well, you snooze you loose.

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We also hit up a really cool craft fair called East Coast Momma Collective! It’s all Mama’s who make some pretty cool things:

Heading to the ECMC Craft Fair

Heading to the ECMC Craft Fair

We bought some Halloween and Thanksgiving barettes for Lilly. Then we hit up Open Farm Day (in Nova Scotia) at a local market/farm. They had lots of little games for the kiddies and best of all a bouncy castle.

Open Farm Day

Open Farm Day

Even though I didn’t get my run in on Saturday I had a nice visit with my sister and managed T25 (day 3) workout Sunday night.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you support other mama’s creative passions?

Whoops Mommy! and a Workout

Yesterday while driving Lilly to daycare I realised we forgot to brush our teeth. Eewww, gross, I know. I thought about not saying anything to Lilly and then I changed my mind. BIG MISTAKE!. Our conversation went a little something like this:

Me: “Lilly, don’t worry about it but Mommy forgot to brush your teeth (mine too) this morning”.

Lilly….replied in between bouts of crying …. “Mommy, I wanna brush my teeth,…I don’t want them to fall out”.

Me: “Don’t worry Lilly, it’s okay. We can brush our teeth twice tonight”

Lilly: “Ahhh, okay mommy. I don’t want cavities like you and Makalya” (Lilly’s older friend). You didn’t brush your teeth that’s why you have cavities, Mommy”.

Me: “Yes dear, you are right.”

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Last night I decided it was time to get back into my evening workouts. I kinda took a little break. My excuse: I was finding it too hard to manage both girls (dinner, bath, bed), dishes, the house etc., in the evenings. To find 20 minutes to work out….let alone get a shower on top of that too wasn’t going to happen. Poor excuse Piper, poor excuse. 

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I recently go a copy of T25 from a friend and have been putting off trying it. Why, I dunno. Last night I decide it was the night to start it. As muggy as it was in Nova Scotia yesterday ( it got up to 27 and felt like 35 degrees C), I went to our basement in shorts and a sport bra.

I started the workout and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. My calve muscles hurt after a few minutes and then the sweat was dripping down my face. I only had to do the “modify version” a few times but I felt really strong at the end. Bonus!

I liked how you could see the time counting down, a little time laps bar to show low much longer on that particular move and flashing above both of those was the move that was coming next. It wasn’t too hard or overwhelming and I like that.

The the sweat was dripping down my arms at the end of the 25 minutes … a sign of a good workout. I sure earned my shower 🙂

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Then this happened this morning (Friday the 13th) as I was taking out the trash in the rain I noticed my passenger side window was OPEN. Frig!

It rained heavily last night…….in my car. My seat wet, the maps in the door soaked and my ERGO baby carrier that I leave in the car for easy access…..wet.

What a bummer 😦 

Man, I am forgetful these last few days. I’ve also forgotten my wallet in my car, not once but twice this week. I may be loosing my mind or maybe I’m just doing too much and I need to slow down a bit. Or start using a purse and not relying on a diaper bag as a purse.

Who knows………all I know is I have a wet car and had an awesome workout last night.

At least we can dress up and still have a good day:

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Rainy day playing

Here’s to mess up’s, sore muscles and the weekend ahead of us!

What are your weekend plans?

Did you ever leave your window open over night in a rain storm?

Do you ever forget where you put something?

SL3S Compression Sock Review

Since I started blogging (1.5 years now) I’ve had some neat opportunities come my way and feel pretty lucky to be able to take on a few. Recently, I was sent a pair of SL3S FXC (Active/Recovery) Compression Socks in Azure/White with some pretty cool butterfly’s on them.

SL3S Compression Socks

My first impression when taking them out of the box was that they were extremely soft, like kitten soft. I wasn’t convinced that they would be as tight as other compression socks I’ve tried because they felt so soft.

The company: SLS3 started in 2004 by a couple in love….awww….cute. No seriously, that’s what their website says. They are pro athletes who have a tone of experience under their belts. You can read more about the company at their website here: SLS3.

A few tidbits of information about their Butterfly Compression Socks: (you can find more details about the SLS3 compression socks here)

  • They allow you to work longer and harder, delaying the onset of fatigue.
  • They offer more targeted, significant support to the achilles tendons, tibias, calves and ankles, thus boosting the ability to reduce common ankle and foot injuries.
  • They can reduce your recovery time.

Product Features:

  • 20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
  • Seamless TekWeb Technology
  • Muscle Stability
  • Increased Bloodflow
  • Web knit for more support of arch
  • Cooling effect and UV protection! 🙂

My experience:

I went for run a few weeks ago and then put them on after I got back to help “recover” my muscles. Again, with them being so soft I wasn’t convinced they would be what I had expected. My husband had good laugh at me trying to put these “soft” socks on, commenting: “not so easy after all”. They were tighter then I expected yet soft to the touch. I wore them two more times after running to see if I noticed a difference with sore legs and I had the same positive results both times.

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I stand a lot at home these day these days; doing dishes, at my stand up desk where my lap top sits and with Hilary in my arms. Really, I only sit when we eat a meal or I’m play in with Hilary on the floor. We had been away on vacation for a few days and I took a little break from the computer and relaxed more than normal; with my feet up. However, upon my return home I was yet again standing most of the day between various tasks. My legs were killing me and I decided to put on my butterfly compression socks when I went to bed to see if they would help. After 4 hours of sleeping with them on, I decided to take them off so I didn’t sleep in them all night long. My calve muscles actually felt great when I took them off….almost rejuvenated!

Right now I am focusing on getting in a few runs each week; with and without baby H in a jogging stroller and taking my running to a new level. This means longer runs, harder runs and tired muscles. I know these compression socks will be a staple piece of equipment when I start training more; during my runs and after to help my muscles recover. I like that I can use these socks after being on my feet all day at home and after a Zumba class (1.5 hours) to help my muscles recover sooner. They also recommend this socks for running, cycling, walking, triathlon and skiing. I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought to use them this winter when I cross-country ski or downhill ski but I think they’ll be on my list of gear to pack now!

What I liked:

  • I liked the colours and butterfly’s – something a little different and fun…..common the butterfly wings will make you run faster 😉
  • The soft fabric was great.
  • Easy to wash and dry fast.
  • They fit my not so skinny calve muscles.
  • How they made my legs feel better after a few hours of wearing them.

What I didn’t like:

  • A little long for my legs; I had to be careful not to pull them up too high or they would be over my knees. I had a size 8-10 / S/M and I think I could have gone smaller.
  • That’s it.

Please note I was not paid to do this post. SLS3 provided this product for me to try out and provide a review in return. Thank You SLS3 for the opportunity….you got some great socks here!

Do you use Compression Socks after running or after a long day) ?

What do you look for in a pair of compression socks?

What’s your favourite compression socks out there? 

Have you tried SLS3 socks yet?