Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Wishes!

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year I look forward to 2012!!!!!

Weight Watchers Tips

Had a few too many holiday cookies? These four tips can help you get back on track after an indulgent season of party platters, cocktails and comfort foods.
Post-Holiday Gain? 4 Ways to Recover

How to get back to your healthy habits after the holidays. Painlessly.

Article By: Erinn Bucklan

"By adding just 500 calories per day, or three homemade sugar cookies and a glass of low-fat milk, you could gain two pounds in two weeks over the holidays," says Jenna Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Now the merriment has ended, here's how to get back on track to healthier habits in the New Year.

Don't get discouraged by weight gain

Even if you overdid it, it won't destroy your health goals. In fact, you may unconsciously reduce your intake as the holiday season winds down. "When you don't realize you're eating all those cookies, that's automatic eating," says Wendy Wood, Ph. D., professor of psychology at Duke University. But when those cocktail party invitations stop coming, so do the temptations.

Up your fruit and vegetable intake

Ideally, you should consume at least five fruit and vegetable servings per day now. These vitamin-rich foods boost your fiber and antioxidant intake and help you feel full. A tip: Replace that midafternoon 16-oz. cola (200 calories) with an orange (65 calories) as a nutritious snack.

Pre-arrange exercise time

You'll stick to a regimen if you schedule exercise ahead, says Brad Cardinal, Ph.D., associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Oregon State University. Try to get in 30 minutes almost every day. Wear a low-cost pedometer (it counts footsteps) or sign up for a charity walk/run to stick to a plan.

Resist depriving yourself

Focus on what you're going to eat rather than what you're not. "It sounds indulgent," says Colleen Thompson, R.D., a nutritionist at the University of Connecticut. "But concentrate on ways to feed yourself now. It helps you to stick to healthy eating habits." For example, don't skip a nutritious, fiber-rich breakfast, like oatmeal or a half of a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter. It can help prevent overeating later.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rent the most popular Blu-ray™ Discs of the year! at Red Box
The Fighter
Transformer: Dark of the Moon

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toy Packaging Icon & Symbols Survey

Take this brief survey and you could win

one of twenty $50 gift cards

With the holidays almost over and with shopping fresh on your mind, if you are a parent of a child age 12 or younger, One2One Network invites you to take a brief survey about toy packaging icons and symbols.

This survey is only activated through this Thursday, December 29th until 11:59 pm so quickly seize the moment to take this survey now.

For those who complete the survey and are eligible, One2One Network will draw twenty winners from the combined toy packaging surveys and those twenty winners will receive a $50 gift e-certificate.

The the survey now.

Winners will be chosen and notified the week of January 9, 2012. Eligibility: Open to U.S. Residents only. Must be 18 years of age and the parent of a child ages 12 or under. One entry per person. Void where prohibited

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Parenting Newsletter Tips

Make Sure Those Toys Are Safe

After your kids have ripped open every last gift (and you've taken them out of those impossible-to-open boxes), you might want to check our recall finder to be sure they're safe. Some popular toys have recently been pulled off the shelves for safety reasons.

• Top Child-Proofing Products

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• Most Popular Toys for Kids

• Build the Best Library for Your Child

Monday, December 26, 2011

Enter the: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol in IMAX Sweepstakes

Starting December 16th, a full five days before its North American premier, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will be shown in a mind-blowing IMAX experience in 300 theatres across the country. Join Ethan Hunt and his team of rogue IMF agents, in this awesome spy adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. With 30-minutes of scenes shot with IMAX cameras, fans will be able to enjoy certain sequences of the movie in larger than life proportions. You will be right in the action as Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) scales the world’s tallest building; the Burk Khalifa Tower in Dubai, as this and other thrilling moments expand to fit the entire IMAX screen. As an added bonus, IMAX will offer the first previews of the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, prior to Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I wish everyone a blessed Day! Going to gather around our Christmas Tree and open presents drink hot chocolate and watch a Christmas Story a Classic!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Office Chritmas Party!

My company is very family friendly when it comes to the Holiday's one of the many benefits of my job I get to share my office X-Mas party with my two girls!

Holiday Hits!

Here's some great movie's you can find at your local Red Box to enjoy with the Family and especially those of you with kids on Winter Break...
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About that! Told from the Cold
The Smurfs
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Find a Red Box

Have the Best Christmas Ever!

These are some great ideas from the Parenting Weekly Newletter:

Christmas is already one of the most fun days on the calendar, but this year take it up a notch with these silly, active games the whole family can play together