Sleep Smarter Book Review

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of “Sleep Smarter” written by one of my absolute favorite people in the world of health and fitness, Shawn Stevenson.  You may know Shawn as the creator of the number one rated Fitness and Nutrition show on iTunes, The Model Health Show.  Along with his co-host Jade, Shawn shares an insane amount of knowledge in all things health and wellness each week, topped off with an enthusiasm that is sure to motivate and inspire.

I’d go as far to say that he is the single most motivating person I’ve ever listened to, and y’all know I love podcasts!

So when the opportunity to review the book came along, I jumped at the chance.  I may even have broken out some old school cabbage patch/running man hybrid dance when I read the email.  Ok, I totally did.  For like a solid minute, at least.  Have I mentioned that I’m a huge fan?

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Time to dig in!  Breakfast Salad and Sleep Smarter. 

 

Sleep has been a major struggle for me for the last four years.  Neither of our children are what you’d call “good sleepers” or even decent sleepers.  I’ve spent the last four years walking in a fog, supplementing my lack of sleep with caffeine (and chocolate, no doubt) and wanting nothing more than to wake up feeling refreshed.

I’m not even slightly exaggerating that I lost my keys at least four times a week.  Do you know how stupid that will make you feel?  Once, twice, or six hundred times it’s funny.  Nine hundred and fifty-two?  That stops being a cute quirk and becomes a real problem.  I’m surprised no one forced me into an MRI machine for a brain scan.

But how could this book help with that?  How could this book possibly help a sleep deprived mother?  It’s not like you can change the way your kids are sleeping so you can sleep better in turn, right?

Wrong.  The tips and tricks in the book aren’t just for adults they can be applied to help everyone in the family sleep smarter, and wake up more rested.  (I mean some are, but I’m fairly sure most of our kids aren’t hitting the booze bottle before bed!)

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Look at these well rested, happy faces!

Today is the last day to pre-order the book and receive some amazing bonuses:

  • $25 Thrive Market Gift Card + 1-Month Free Membership
  • Free one year (10 issue) subscription to Men’s Health or Women’s Health Magazine
  • Free Sleep Smarter Video Series ($49 value)

Check out the full list of bonuses for purchasing more than one copy, and give a copy to a friend or family member who needs better sleep.  That’s all of us, right?

Bottom Line:

The book is well-written and comes across more like a conversation with a friend than a “How To” book.   If you know Shawn, you’ll hear his voice in your head as you’re reading along…and if you don’t know Shawn you’ll still enjoy the jokes and stories.  The information is concise, practical and applicable.  The 14 Day Plan included is a game changer, and will help you to improve your sleep and in turn improve your life.

Buy it.  Buy it now!

 

 

I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Pirates and Princesses Adventure – Disney Junior Live: Review!

What did the pirate on Wheel of Fortune say?

“I’d like to buy an AYE!  Then an Arrrrrrgh!”

Not kidding, that’s one of my favorite jokes.  It cracks me up every time.  I’m like a five year old when it comes to jokes.  If it could potentially be found on a popsicle stick or in the back of Highlights Magazine, I probably adore it.  I’m pretty much just a giant kid in an adult sized body pretending that I’m an adult doing adult things. somehow tricking everyone that I’m a real adult.

That’s one of the best things about having kids, I can totally rock out to Disney Radio and watch “Jesse” and “Good Luck Charlie” and pretend that I’m just a super awesome mom who gets into the things her kids love.  Except, you know, my kids are both under two years old, so I’m not really tricking anyone, am I?

I mean, Bree is all about Disney Junior and the princesses.  Sophia the First is like her favorite thing ever.  EVER.  EVER!  (Except Doc McStuffins, but really, no one can compete with Doc, amirite?!)

So when we saw Disney Junior Live: Pirates and Princess Adventure was coming to a town near us, we happily snagged three tickets.  I, opps, I mean She was super excited!  We watched Sophia The First then  Jake and the Neverland Pirates like it was our job!

After what felt like 647,102 days, it was finally Pirates and Princesses day!  I, opps, I mean She was super excited!

We took a princess bath, complete with bubbles and pink water!

And then we had a nap, and a Disney princess lunch:
We donned our princess and pirate gear and dropped little brother off at Grandma and Grandpa’s, stopped for dinner and headed to the Sun National Bank Arena.

We bought our cotton candy ($12! Ouch!) and foam Sophia The First Princess Crown, and took our seats in section 108, row G.

And ten minutes before show time, we heard a familiar voice!  Was it? Could it be?  Is that?  It is!

Doc McStuffins!  An adorable pre-show that certainly got us excited and interested in what was yet to come!  We got to sing a song with Doc, and she diagnosed a toy car with “Too-excited-itis” and wrote it in her big book of boo-boos!  So cool.

Mickey and Minnie hosted the show, appearing before each act and at the end.

Next up, Sophia the First!  I loved that the show used the actual voices of the characters, so it was recognizable for the kids.  From the moment the show started, and the theme song was sung, it was lots of action and tons of fun!

 The storyline was cute, and the costumes were fun.  Some familiar songs were song, like “You Can Always Count on Baileywick” and the fairy godmothers Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are featured.  Cinderella even made an appearance when Sophia’s amulet started flashing!

A short intermission and it was time for Jake and the Neverland Pirates! It was late (the show started at 7pm!) and I wasn’t sure she’d make it through the whole thing, but she was super into it!

And so were we!  Captain Hook had the coolest outfit of the night, there was swashbuckling and swords, and FLYING.  Like for real (harness) flying, y’all!  Peter Pan flew and danced, and even Jake and Izzy got to use the pixiedust and fly!  Say wha?!

It was amazing, seriously.  Smee was just as loveable.  Scully was there!  It was overall just an awesome show and we all loved it.

When Feld Entertainment does Disney, they do it big and they do it right.

I may have (totally did) cried more than once from happy tears!  It was such a fun night and I, opps I mean she had the best time ever!  EVER!

                                                         Leaving was kinda sad, actually.

The New Man in My Life

You read that right!  There’s a new man in my life and I am in LOVE!  He’s good looking and a total beast.

Luckily my husband is totally cool with him, too.  Is that weird?

I’m talking about my amazeballs double stroller, the Bob Revolution SE Duallie.  Weighing in at just 34 pounds, it’s everything I wanted in a stroller and then some.  

        Choose orange, navy or black

The front swivel wheel locks into place for safety when running, and it pushes like a dream whether it’s locked or unlocked.  It feels super light, and it’s easily controlled with one hand when running (and walking, obviously!)
The shocks are super awesome, and something I didn’t even know I wanted in a stroller.  Both kids are super comfy and barely even move on bumpy roads or off-roading.  We pretty much ruled the pumpkin farm this year!
With an additional adapter I’m able to use it with Nathan’s Britax B-Safe car seat.  The Britax specific adapter utilizes Britax’s Click and Go system, so it literally clicks and snaps onto the adapter.  There’s an additional safety strap that buckles across the child for added security , but it’s still really stable and secure without it. (By all means, use it though!)

          Yes, he is in ‘jams. Shhhh.

The adapter (sold separately) has a tray on Aubrey’s side that has a really deep cup holder. It’s seriously deep, the cup won’t fall out unless it’s thrown by a toddler whose favorite game is “Make Mama Fetch,” in which case, buy a sippy leash. Trust me, it’ll improve your quality of life, quickly and a lot. 

          Cup retrivial not included

So let’s get into the meat and potatoes. The “Is This The Right Stroller For Me?” questions that I had before making the final decision.  (Picking a stroller is hard y’all!) 
Is the stroller big?

It’s a double stroller, it’s big. BOB, literally Beast of Burden, doesn’t try to hide it.  
Ok, but is it too big?

Nope.  I had a near panic attack when we first put it together (super easily btw) when I saw how wide it was.  We lived in a little apartment at the time, and I was certain it wouldn’t fit through the doors. It didn’t look like it would, but it did.
And it’s fit through every door everywhere else too. Stores are no problem!  

    Huge canopies with large window

Is it heavy?

It’s not light, but it’s not super super heavy.  I mean, again, it’s a double stroller.  We can’t expect it to be light, can we?  I can pick it up and throw it in the back of our car with no problem!
Will it fit in my trunk?

I drive a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0, and honestly, the trunk space isn’t much more than it was in our old Sonata.  It’s an SUV, yes, but it’s not a ton of room.
     Remove wheels for more space
We were able to pack two suit cases, a pack and play, a rock and play and a bag of toys along with the stroller for a recent trip.
Is it easy to fold?

Yes!  Remove the red safety strap from along the lower bar, pull the red rip cord and it folds down.  Pull back and the whole stroller will tip back to you.  Attach the buckle located on the wrist strap to the bottom buckle and it’s secure and ready to be carried or stored. 
Pro tip:  Flip the stroller when putting it in your trunk so the wheels are up and avoid unnecessary clean ups!

Is it worth the money though?

Yes!  Yes! Yes!  Let me say it again, yes!  Yes!
It’s not cheap, but it’s also not cheaply made. The canvas fabric is thick. The shocks are awesome. The wheels are large. The foot brake is easy to operate and metal.  The seats are padded, have pockets, include lumbar support and even have padding on the sides where kids rest their heads when sleeping. 
     Padded sides = comfy toddler
For us, it has replaced three singles.  It’s our every day use stroller, our jogger and our “good” stroller for longer outings.
And most people I know have multiple strollers, so it’s not that expensive when you start adding them all up!
We all seriously love our BOB! I was thinking of calling TLC to let them know about our love affair and My Strange Addiction, but then I realized it’s not strange at all. There are a ton of rabid BOB fans all over the globe!
Word of caution though, you will be stopped and asked about the stroller all the time.  It’s a good looking stroller and people want to know all about it.  I’m not kidding.