EA SPORTS Active 2- Good Idea for Dad!

 Hey there and welcome to Daddy’s Corner!  For any of you new readers, that means that this post is by daddy- me!  But Mom says to mention that this is a GREAT idea for Father’s Day- and I concur! 
EA is one of the biggest most well known video game publishers out right now.  They make some great titles, including: Mass Effect, John Madden Football, and SSX ( I personally can’t wait for the newest installment of SSX, I love this game, go Kaori!!)  One of their newest franchise is EA Active.  Active is EA’s jump into the exercise/ self help genre.  It acts as both and exercise program as well as a life-style tool.  The exercises are varied and go from simple warm ups and stretches to running/biking/squats.  Also the graphics are very good, you can very clearly see exactly what should be done next, and your personal trainer (I picked Devon, seems like a cool cat) is quite good at showing you how to do each workout properly.  The backgrounds are also varied and gorgeous, from sprawling deserts to flowing waterfalls.  What I enjoyed about the workouts is they are varied.  Warm ups are just that, to stretch you out before burning those calories.  They also vary in intensity and length, from a quick 10 minutes cardio burn to longer 45 minute sessions.  You can pick a mountain to conquer on bike, pumping your feet and doing squats to do jumps and tricks or maybe off road skateboarding, with balancing and speed controlled by how deeply you squat and jump.
A great tool included in Active 2 is the calender, not only does this game help you workout but also helps you figure out when you should be working out and helps you fit exercise in your schedule.   
 
There are also tips on eating and life style changes.  An exercise routine isn’t the only portion of a healthy life as you all know.  Burgers for three meals a day and EA Active will still lead to problems down the line.  As you work out and progress through your routine, number one you feel better, and number two it actually rewards you with medals and trophies, Even PlayStation trophies so all your on-line buddies can see how well you are doing. 
There are lots of features included in Active 2.  One of the most prominent ones is the new body tracking feature and heart monitor.  (Both of which are included.)  These looks like arm bands with small mp3 player on them.  Very easy to put on and hardly noticeable once in place.  The sensors are very responsive and pick up your motion easily.  Even in the most cardio intensive workouts, where you are running in place, pumping your arms and hoping up and down doing squats. 
I know this is a minor feature but still one I really like, custom playlists.  You can rip your mp3s off your cd’s or copy them off your mp3 player, you can import a playlist into the game.  Don’t like the hip hop or electronic music included?  Change it up.  Get pumped with some classic Queen, or maybe some rocking Live, according to the wife.  The choice is yours.  I found myself building my next playslist as a cool down after my workout more often then not.   🙂
 
We have the PlayStation 3 version of EA Active 2 and I can definitely see myself using it regularly.  It looks like it could be a nice change of pace from blowing up alien space ships and saving the world.  Saving myself from an early demise sounds like a good idea as well.
Until next time- Daddy

Cocochia

We all want to live healthy, get in shape, and feel great.  But what happens when we get that  craving for something sinfully delicous?  Well here is a good solution, coconut.  Well Living Fuel thought of this first.  Living Fuel Cocochia Ultimate Snack Mix is a mix of raw organic coconut, chia seeds and probiotics.  This mix is both healthy and delicous.  It has a touch of sweet, a touch of crunchy and of course that wonderful coconut flavor when you need to indulge.  But this snack mix is actually VERY good for you.  It is rich in Omega-3’s, medium chain triglycerides and fiber while still being a low-glycemic snack.  I personally love coconut and thought this product was very good- but it’s so high in fat I gave it all to Little Man, who doesn’t need to worry about such things!  🙂 

We also tried out the CocoChia Sustained Energy Bar.  This bar is not like those other almost inedible bars you find on store shelves.  These are very good.  Almost too good.  The flavors are spot on.  Not only that but this is a raw food bar which includes: chia seeds, a great source of energy, omega-3s and omega-6s, Agave Syrup, which adds the sweet that is safe for diabetics, and non-GMO rice protein, which adds the raw fuel your body needs.

Another fun product line Living Fuel has is their protein shake mixes.  These were quite good and very filling.  As a meal ont he go these worked perfect,  Just two scoops a quick shake and you have a healthy fast meal without the ‘fast-food’ grease.  The blends are: SuperBerry, SuperGreens, and LivingProtein.  The hubs likes these a lot. 

All products made by Living Fuel are organic, which rules.
Disclosure- got this product for free to review- but my review is honest, and yours may differ  🙂

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Stover- a book with good eating habits for your kiddo!

Stover is an interesting book written by Kathy Brodsky.  For starters it stars a pig who goes by the name StoverStover is not a big fat pig, but features a pig who is trying to eat better, stay fit and in general be a little healthier.  I think a very interesting point in the book is when the main character is happy with not seeing an real difference in the way she looks.  This is a very realistic interpretation of what happens when working out for the first, even up to the third-forth week of working out.  Any difference will be slow and steady, but well worth it.  Most exercises for kids books would show a dramatic change quickly, but is unrealistic and when kids actually do try to be healthy they expect fast change right now!  (and reminds us of the same- and helps kid understand healthy eating habits and the importance of being active.)  Thanks, Stover for showing kids how to live healthy by eating right and exercising , not crash dieting.
AND- good thoughts for the kids, and good reinforcement if you are (like me) trying to be healthier, and improve your life and the life of your family  🙂 

Learn more at
http://www.KathyBrodsky.PressKit247.com/ and www.Helpingwords.com.

Disclosure- this was a book I was given to review- but my opinions are my own and honest, if you want to know more- click on “I Disclose”  🙂  

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Cardio Barre- weight loss and toning

I have a secret weapon. I do.
So, I have been talking about my weight loss, and I am still trying to lose about 30 more pounds. Since January, as you know, I have lost just over 22 lbs. Lately I have been posting about more things that I have been doing, using, and posting progress pictures. But- this is (so far) my #1.
The most fantastic weight loss and toning product- I love it so much. It’s called Cardio Barre!

I have been using it at least twice a week since February. It is not so easy, though! You will have to work. It’s not wild and bombastic, like some of those over the top (for me) videos you see- flying all over the place and rolling all about. BUT- it is really, really difficult, because it works muscles you may not often use, and you will work on your balance as well. Even if you do yoga, like me- it’s still a new bunch of movements, and you may have trouble finding your center at first. Take your time! I totally didn’t do the whole video the first few times, and I still don’t look graceful, LOL.
All the people in the video are ballet dancers- and look it. I HATE THAT! I wish fitness producers used more “real” people instead of perfect ones, it always makes me feel inferior and kind of puts me off. The good news? Even though you may not be a size 0- you can do this. You can! I was a size 16 when I started. Yep! I’m a real person. I have never taken a dance class, either. Not even as a kid.
I don’t have a perfect body. But, I want to have a body that is perfect for me, that I am happy with. My goal is not to be a size 0. I like to eat. 🙂 And I don’t want to be hungry and cranky all the time, LOL.
I just want to look and feel good!
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Pambras- Don’t miss this review and contest!

 Ladies- this one is ALL you!  Don’t miss this one it’s amazing, and will make your daily life better.  This is one of those little things that will just make your daily life better.  As a large-chested woman, I have often had issues with bra sweat.  It’s gross, I know- but I shove paper towels or washcloths into my bra to absorb some of the sweat and keep me less sticky.  Someone, though- is smarter then me!  They created these bra liners to be placed under your bra (it also is between your breasts) to keep you comfortable, even while working out and in the hot summer sun.  I have tried it out in all sorts of “sticky situations”- yoga, spinning, at the pre-k, visiting my mother  (Ha!) and you know what?  I can honestly tell you that these are comfortable, they stay put, and THEY WORK!  And if you get all sweaty?  Yank it out and put in a new one!  Whooopeee!  This is a no-brainer. 
Summer is HERE, and with it?  Comes sweat and gross-ness!  Make your life oh-so-much more comfortable with Pambras- there are several to choose from, so there is one that you will like!

You all know how I have been in fitness mode?  Well- Pambras have stood up to the test,  I am pleased to say.
Every once in a while, a product comes along where it is so great, and I love it so much, that words fail me.  I am there now.
It’s a small thing- but, I really do HATE that under-bra sweat and the rashes that accompany it.  I am so much more comfortable with the Pambra on, it makes all the difference in the world.  I personally can’t recommend them enough- and I have told every woman in my life about them.  If you get only one new wardrobe piece this summer- make it a Pambra- you will not be disappointed!
By the way?  Women owned, made in the USA, AND they give to  the Susan Komen for the Cure foundation.  Company that cares- AND is all about women!  I’m super down!  🙂
Some more products they make?

AND- 3 of you will win a package in your choice of style!
Yep, that’s right!

Here is how to enter!
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– Please leave me the link to the item you like best- and let me know why it speaks to you  🙂 

– Like Pambras on FaceBook – Feel free to tell them Have Sippy Will Travel sent you!  Never required, always appreciated!  🙂

– Follow Pambras on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway
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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June 21, 2011.

Flabs 2 Abs DVD Contest (Health and Fitness!)

Brothers Craig and Matt want to help you lose weight and get fit quickly, while staying healthy and feeling strong.  With this in mind, they created, Flabs 2 Abs, a new fitness video. They personally lost over 25 lbs in 30 days, and want to show you how to do it as well.  I have not been using it for 30 days- but I will let you know how that goes!  (I have been losing weight, but you know I am all about moderation and exercise and a balanced diet- I have not followed their diet plan at all.)  A cool thing?  You can make it fit your needs, and literally- you can take a walk in the park  🙂
Take what you want, and leave the rest.  The goal is to get up to 3.5 – 4 miles per hour over 30 days- you can do it!  LOL. 
They call this plan a “no frills, straightforward, no nonsense approach” to losing weight. 

“Flabs 2 Abs was not created by a corporation
The Flabs 2 Abs 30 day body transformation DVD was created by two regular middle class brothers from Indianapolis, IN.
We wanted to give people the truth behind fat loss so they can lose as much fat as possible in the shortest amount of time.
We’ve went through the struggle ourselves, for years, trying to separate weight loss facts from fiction.
We’ve tried many different products & programs, read a lot of information, & talked with multiple fitness professionals.
After years of trial & error, we’ve created our own weight loss program that finally puts every REAL fat loss secret onto 1 DVD.
Once you know the truth, weight loss isn’t even a concern & there’s no reason to spend any more money on anything else.

Flabs 2 Abs will work for you
If you can follow a proven “sure thing” nutrition plan, Flabs 2 Abs will work for you.
Our nutrition section & tips are crucial to your weight loss success. Nutrition is the most important part of the program.
 Our cardio section is customizable & shows you exactly how cardio can significantly help your fat loss efforts.
Our abdominal routine is the ONLY routine you’ll ever need to get rock hard abs.
Our weight training section is an optional strong weight loss aid & muscle toner
for those who enjoy or would like to start weight training.
We use dumbbells, a bench (or floor), & an optional pull-up bar.
If you’re unable to perform a particular move or don’t have the equipment, don’t worry.
Just do what you can & want to do. Your weight loss will NOT be hindered.
The nutrition plan, alone, & especially when combined with cardio, will give you unbelievable results!
So don’t stress about the weight training if it’s not for you!”

Want to try it out with me?  You can buy it here, or win a copy below!  Here is how to enter-

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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June  18, 2011.

Swanson Contest

What’s up, all?  What is more fun then being healthy and happy?  Being healthy, happy, AND having soft skin of course!  There are some great products at Swanson health products.  First we cover the healthy, with Resveratrol 100.  Resveratrol is a powerful herbal anti-oxidant.  What this means is, when taken it helps naturally slow down the aging process of cells.  Meaning it helps you feel younger/be younger one cell at a time.  This product is all natural and also important, isn’t a giant pill that is difficult to swallow or tastes bad an hour after eaten, I’m looking at you multiple vitamin.  It just makes you feel a little better.:)
Now some fun stuff.  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil & DMAE Hand & Body Lotion is a wonderful lotion.  The lotion is based on surprise olive oil and also soybean oil.  This lotion is very smooth and rubs right in getting your skin silky smooth.  Works especially well right after the shower.  Now something for the everyday skin care, Red Elements Daily Moisturizing Creme.  This cream not only moisturizes but also protects with spf 15.  I’ll say this right now i think all daily facial creams should have spf at least 5 in them.  The higher the better, and spf 15 is just the right number to get a little warm glow without burning or glowing in the dark from your lack of pigment. 
Alright all one more before your bed time rituals, this one is Vegecol Facial Toner Alcohol-Free.  This toner acts as a cleanser, soother and light moisturizer.  What I like about this is, no alcohol burn.  Just a light pleasant fragrance and an effective toner.
Okie dokie so there you have it, some great healthy products that won’t break the bank and work really well.  By the way if you order now, there is a flat rate $4.99 shipping promotion going on right now AND buy 1 get 1 on most products.  Enjoy everyone!
One of you will win a 10$ gift certificate to use at Swanson.
Here is how to enter-

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-Add me to your blogroll, with a link back to me

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– enter another one of my giveaways 

– comment on a non-giveaway post 

OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck! 

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June 12, 2011

Little Update- Weightloss

I lost 2 more pounds  🙂
This is a picture from the DoubleTree pool in PA last weekend- I know I have a long way to go- but YAY!  I kinda-sorta have a shape!  (You can see it, right? LOL, please?)
I have another fab fitness contest for you guys tomorrow- so stay tuned!