March 2011

Designing Moms: Weekly Blog Roundup

by Cat on March 31, 2011

It’s time to roundup some of the fun things going on with some of the Designing Moms’ blogs…

1. Designing Mom Liberty’s son, Zane, had a genius idea of hosting a hoopathon to raise money for Japan relief.  Please give him a shout out and support by clicking here!
2. I saw this on my FB from Designing Mom Jenn and couldn’t resist.  Her hubby, Brad, has a great blog dedicated to family and wrote a jubilant Birthday Letter to their daughter Grace on her third birthday. Won’t she be so lucky to be able to look back on these letters (even the ones about her terrible two tantrums)?
3. Designing Mom Carina is going to have to tell me if this is a Swedish thing or just a fun made up thing…check out her cool mashed potato hot dogs on her blog!
4. Designing Mom Mari shows off some fun monkey pants at Small For Big.


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Shop: Sobu Bed

by Cat on March 30, 2011

Please pinch me…  When Sobu sent this over I had a moment: a stylish kid bed + storage? Before having Zilla, I had notions my child might sleep in a bed of teak and shaped like a sailboat.  Now I dream about storage and simple lines.  They had me already with the simple orange piping, but then add in storage and it’s a done deal.   In fact, it’s the first bed with pullout storage at the foot bed…genius.  Visit Sobu here!


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My favorite alphabet poster as of late?  This one, a limited edition print by illustrator Helen Lang.  The print has been screen printed by hand and available at Keep Calm Gallery.


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What’s your secret to getting you up and spinning all of the plates in your day? One of mine happens to be a good workout. I thought this would be a burden to carve out those extra few hours in the week but instead it has been opposite…I find myself increasing my workouts when I have big deadlines so get the extra energy and mental focus. I have the workouts taught by my friend James Hidalgo of Infinite Taekwondo to thank for.  He has recently opened up a studio in the Cow Hollow neighborhood where he works with clients and kids.  And I am very excited that he will be joining us as a fitness guru for both mom and our little ones (don’t be afraid to send in questions about getting in shape to him!). Please help give a welcome to James!

From James:

My name is James Hidalgo and I have a black belt in Taekwondo and specialize in personal fitness and training. After two decades of experience and a former Marine, I’ve established myself as one of the elite personal trainers and Taekwondo experts in the Bay Area. I recently decided to take my passion for fitness to the next level and open up my own studio. I love training kids, adults and competitors in the art of Taekwondo and so it was the next logical step for me. I currently live in the San Francisco Marina neighborhood and have opened up my studio to serve the community in which I live and value.

My clients have experienced lasting success with their personal training goals because my methods are all-encompassing. I train clients by incorporating challenging cardiovascular and muscle building workouts during our sessions, but I also school them in their choices made outside of the sessions, namely diet and nutrition. I have an understanding of individual needs and am able to push people to their maximum fitness level to help them obtain the results for which they strive.

I also have a passion for teaching and training children in the practice and techniques of Taekwondo martial arts. The martial arts programs I’ve developed are high-energy, fun and interactive. The overarching goal of the children’s Taekwondo program is to build the student’s self esteem, which is done by acknowledging, recognizing and rewarding not just the student’s accomplishments and successes, but their efforts as well. Learning martial arts is a physical endeavor, involving all muscle groups to help develop a student’s physical fitness. But the emphasis goes far beyond just learning physical moves and martial arts techniques. The use of martial arts is implemented as a mechanism to develop positive character and life-improvement skills in students such as increasing self confidence, improving focus and concentration, learning respect for others, developing self discipline, and optimizing physical fitness.

If you are thinking about introducing martial arts to your child, here is a short list of traits that martial arts like Taekwondo can develop in a child:

  • Self esteem
  • Focus and
  • concentration
  • Self discipline
  • Physical fitness
  • Self confidence
  • Positive attitude
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Patience
  • Goal setting
  • Manners
  • Strong work ethic


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Friday Roundup: Kick Around

by Cat on March 25, 2011

• Stick around…or shall I say “kick around” on Monday as I introduce a new Fitness Guru here for all of us (and your little ones) at Mom Inc Daily!  IMHO…nothing clears an overtaxed mom’s mind than a good workout.(above): I am wondering if my Nikon counts as a barbell…

And more odds and ends for this Friday…

• I’ve been trying to retrain ‘Zilla on his sleep habits lately and was thankful for this app that came across my desk the other day.  Patuto Press has put out a fun app for parents called “My Voice Lullaby“. You can record lullabies or shushing sounds in your own voice to play in the room when you’re gone.  It will check the sound levels in the room and taper down volume…hopefully putting your little one into a deep, wondrous slumber.

• April is national poetry month and if you are in the NY area: Charles P. Rogers and Writopia Labs is hosting “Ready. Set. Write: The Poetry Edition” for children aged 8-18.  The workshop offers a chance for children to work with a published poet.  An open mike performance for parents will conclude the event.   This special workshop is Sunday, April 10 from noon to 4pm at 55 West 27th, New York City.

Have a Happy Friday and weekend everyone…see you all Monday!

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