Hanes Partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r)

Komen-Pink Flag LogoMarking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hanes is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r) and actress Sarah Chalke to join the fight against breast cancer. America’s No. 1 Apparel Brand Launched the Pink Collection and Passionately Pink for the Cure(r) T-shirt Design Competition to raise awareness and support for breast cancer.

Hanes is donating $250,000 ($100,000 in cash and $150,000 in kind) to Komen for the Cure

Tips to get involved in the fight against breast cancer:

*Get involved: Passionately Pink for the Cure is a grassroots movement supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and an easy way to mobilize your friends to join the fight. Passionately Pink events can be hosted anywhere from backyard barbecues to book clubs, schools to offices – get creative and plan the perfect event to inspire your friends to save lives. Visit www.passionatelypink.org for tips on how to plan your own Passionately Pink event and don’t forget to show your support in matching pink apparel, now available on Hanes.com! *Give comfort in comfort: Lace up your shoes, throw on your favorite T-shirt or hoodie and join one of the many Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K runs/fitness walks. But don’t forget to dress comfortably so you’ll feel good as you do good.

Lastly, Hanes recently created a separate tab on their Facebook page (http://facebook.com/hanes ) for all Hanes and Komen related information.

Tip of the Day:

Glass of waterDrink a glass of water! If you are not a big fan of water, like myself, then this will truly be a test for you. I am going to replace one can of soda for one glass of water today. What I am going to do is get some of the WalMart brand lemonade sweetener and put that in my water. It is sugar free so that is a healthy option for me. I think if I am able to ‘mask’ the taste of plain water with that of lemonade, then I will be able to down a whole richer of water.

Putting it all out there…

It’s been just about 5 years since I gave birth to my third child. *yikes, where has the time gone?* It is now time to face the music. I need to lose weight. Not just a pound or two, but more along the lines of 30+ pounds. I don’t know when or how I got to this point, but for me, being the skinniest, thinnest family member, I am sadly no longer that person. Chalk it up to age, lack of energy, lack of time, what ever, the point being, I need to start making time for me so I can lose this weight. I may not eat the best foods so I will have to make small changes until I am back to eating fruits and veggies daily. It can be done! Then with exercise, yikes, I hate to exercise. Running hurts my feet, walking is boring, but I did find two activities that I enjoy, swimming and spinning…oh and I guess pilates. I’d really like a personal trainer but can’t afford one so I have to figure out the best plan of attack. With overweight family members it might be a struggle, but I have to do this.

Here’s where you come in. I need to be held accountable for my actions. I need support and encouragement. I have a tendency to do great for a week or two, then slack off completely. I can’t let that happen and I’d love for your help in making sure I don’t give up on myself. If you have any weight loss tips, suggestions, advice, dvd suggestions, routine planning, I would love to hear it. If you have any cooking ideas for someone who can’t stand anything fishy and doesn’t eat raw veggies, please share your recipes, food shopping tips, etc… I would love to hear from you as well.

My personal goal is to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday which is in November. It is doable, so it isn’t completely out of reach. Do you think I can do it? Do you think you’d wanna help me? Ugh, that means I need to shop for work out clothes, gym shoes and socks…maybe even one of those exercise things you see people wearing on their arms or waist…. so much to plan and prepare for.

My start date: June 25, 2009! I will have to weigh myself first and will edit that in here so I have a starting point. Not thrilled about posting it, but if it’s out there…I really need to just suck it up and do it already. I am certainly not getting any younger and it isn’t just ‘falling’ off like it used to. I’ll be back in a few hours to report my starting weight. Yikes, how many calories do I need to stay within!?!?!?

Join the Wii Twit Fit club – have fun while losing weight!

If you have a Wii and are looking to have fun while you lose weight then the Wii Twit Fit club is for you! There is a catch though. You have to be a member of Twitter in order to take advantage of the process. The group, which you can join at WiiTwitFit will allow you to keep track of your progress, share success stories, tips and tricks, photos and yes, videos if you wish.

The group is currently seeking companies to sponsor the Wii Twit Fit chats and monthly round ups. All a sponsor is asked to do is provide a product or products to be used as giveaway items for various categories and incentives. Some group members will be vlogging their weightloss journey and would be more than happy to give your company props for donating items as well as tweeting about it on the fantastic social networking site, Twitter and following the hashtag #wiitwitfit.

Back to Twitter. You don’t have to have a Twitter account but that is where all the chats and meet ups will be taking place so it is a lot easier if you do have one. It is easy to set up and best of all, it’s free. It is like a huge online instant messaging service, and I must say, it is rather addicting. So, go right now to twitter.com and set up your account. Once you do that, go to the WiiTwitFit site and join there ( that is free too ) and start your online fitness journey while having fun with your Wii, in the comforts of your own home! No gym is required just you and your Wii and computer!

More information will be coming soon, so join up now so you can be kept up to date as information becomes available! If you would like to sponsor or donate your product, please email us at support@momswithaview.com


MWAV is on a mission and we need your help!

Moms With A View is on a mission and we need your help! You may be out of the baby stage, but that doesn’t mean you cannot assist us as we venture on to a new mission. We cannot give you too many details, but the next time you go into a fast food chain take a peek in their bathrooms and see if there is a changing station in any of the stalls or anywhere in the bathroom for that matter.

If you go into a fast food restroom that does not have a changing station, please use the form below and let us know all about it. By filling out this form, it will allow us to move forward with our mission to make it mandatory that all fast food chains have a changing station in at least one of it’s stalls or main customer bathrooms.

Think of it this way, as I was watching my nephew, I took my child and him to the local fast food chain for lunch. Guess what happened! Oh no, the baby pooped, as I would have expected from a newborn. I had to go and change him because I just couldn’t let him sit in it right? On to the bathroom. When I get in there, guess what! There was no changing station anywhere to be found. What is a mom to do at this point? Where does she change her baby? Well, I took my nephew and laid him out on the bench at the table and changed him there, 1. because I was pissed that there was no where to change him, and 2. that in order to change him in the car or what have you, that would require me to pack up, get my daughter together and force her to stop playing. While I was doing this changing, I was wondering how many other parents or caretakers were forced into this unhealthy and unsanitary procedure. I began to start taking notice of just how many fast food places do not have changing stations. Why is this? They simply are not mandated so in efforts to, I don’t know, cut costs, they omit this important station. What happens if your child picks up an e coli bacteria from unsanitary changing procedures? Don’t you find it unhealthy and gross to know that you cannot even change your baby in this place or that place? Don’t you feel that all food establishments should be forced to have a changing station, especially those places that are geared towards and target children of all ages?

Please help us with this mission by taking notice yourself and reporting back to us. We are taking this very seriously because we do not want any more children to be harmed by this disgusting, and unhealthy changing practice.

Please take a moment and fill out this survey form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email.
MWAV Fast Food Survey Form

Anxiety and You

Do you suffer from anxiety attacks or panic attacks? I have suffered all my life with bouts of anxiety. They usually come out of no where and last about 10-25 seconds however, those seconds feel like hours to me. I have been having them more and more frequently with in the last couple of weeks. The cause? I am in belief that it has a lot to do with the financial state in which we are currently living in. There is always an answer as to what to do or how to make things work, but for the first time in my life, I have no plan. I have no clue as to what to do or how to make things work. I am, shall I say, clueless and that scares me.

I started reading the book, “Ask and it is Given – Learning to Manifest Your Desires” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I just started reading it last night and I am enjoying the read so far. I don’t have much to share at this point since I just started to read it, but I can share more on that later. I am hoping that by reading again this will help to place those anxious feelings on hold long enough for me to do some planning and budgeting.

I started to meditate yesterday as well. I am thinking that it will do my body, mind, soul good to just sit and be. Let my mind go in a relaxed and calm state and when the time is right, the answers to my questions will be answered. I was relaxed so much that I actually fell asleep! LOL

Today I will write all my hopes, dreams, desires down and hide it. I hope to check back later in life to see if I have reached those hopes and dreams. I will also do what Cilla posted about and that is to write a short term and long term budget and just leave it there for God. Release it and let the universe take over.

For now, I will stay off the expressways (since that triggers it a lot of the time) and I will no longer concentrate on my breathing when I am driving, lol. I will let it go, let it pass and move forward with my life. I have three children who depend on me for being there for them and being in one piece and that is what I intend on doing.

The other question I have yet to answer is how to manage my budding business and my family life. How can I not do it all? I am a mom…mom’s just always do it all. That is what we are taught, isn’t it? My husband is working as much as a human can, so I am left day and night to handle the household and baths, and homework, and cooking, cleaning, laundry, work, phone calls, emails, etc…how can it not all get done? What can be done to ease the load? Perhaps I can find an intern for the summer? Hmmm…more thinking is needed for this one!

Gee, can’t imagine why I have anxiety!

Hanes.com enjoyment for the whole family!

On Friday I received a wonderful package containing a great selection of Hanes products.  Now I know from shopping for three children, Hanes makes great underwear, socks, under shirts and I remember awhile back buying sweat shirts,  but that is all I pretty much knew of them.  I was so excited to see that they have a nice sized clothing line as well.  There is stuff for anyone, any size, any age.  Ok, so back to my package of clothing.  My youngest who is 3 spotted her goodies which included Tinker Bell underwear, which she was ever so thrilled with along with some socks, two shirts and a matching skort.  Of course she tried everything on, one right after the other and instantly formed her favorite, even though I loved them all on her, she is her own self and has already developed her own sense of style.  She particularly loved the Monkey Tee and Tinkerbell Underwear.

Girls Tee

Tinkerbell underwear

¬† When my son, who is almost 7 heard the commotion, he came in to see what he can score.¬† He was thrilled to find new socks, new underwear, a zippered hooded sweatshirt (in red…which he happens to be playing on the Red Sox in this seasons little league, so it was as if it was meant to be!), a long shirt tee, short shirt tee and sweatshirt.¬† He tried everything on and was really happy, as much as a boy could be, about his new clothes.¬† The one thing I noticed, he didn’t really ever take off that red zippered hooded sweat shirt, which may warrant a good washing by now!¬†

hooded sweatshirt

long sleeved shirt

 My oldest, being a girl, age 9, going on 19 loved to see her new tees.  She wore one yesterday and loved it because it was a longer style; everything according to her style needs to be long and semi-fitted. 

long tee

¬†For me, as a mom, actually getting to see at first hand the quality and style of the clothing is what impressed me the most.¬† They were able to hold up well with three kids, different ages, different sizes, different styles.¬† That right there is a huge task to tackle.¬† We all really enjoyed our Hanes clothing and you can to by simply going to http://www.hanes.com¬†and checking out the different links for girls and boys.¬† (And, if you have time, find a few things for yourself!) ¬†One big contributing factor for our family is cost of clothing and I was happy to see that Hanes was priced for perfection! ¬†With Hanes, in my opinion, you just can’t go wrong. ¬†Style + cost + quality = One happy mom!


 When you go to the hanes.com website, be sure to check out the articles posted.  You will find some really good tips on getting your children involved in physical fitness and provide them basic fundamentals for making healthy life style choices.  

Kathy Kaehler, expert fitness trainer stated,

“Lack of time is one of the biggest reasons that people, especially children, don‚Äôt exercise regularly; between school and extra-curricular activities, the days sometimes don‚Äôt feel long enough! So, when there isn‚Äôt enough time for a full work out, do a little at a time. Shorter periods of exercise can also help hold your younger children‚Äôs attention better and keep them interested. The ‚Äúone minute workout‚ÄĚ is a great way to put fitness into your children‚Äôs day, at the beginning, middle and end, if possible. With your kids, do 10 punches, 10 march-in-place, 10 jumping jacks, 10 touch-the-floor and jump-up, and finish with 10 run-in-place. You‚Äôre done in just one minute and best of all, you can do it anywhere in the house and at any time! I also encourage your family to walk more. Even if it‚Äôs just once or twice a week, 10 minutes of brisk walking will get everyone‚Äôs collective heart rate up, and you’ll be spending quality time together, too ( no cell phone allowed!) which fosters closer relationships and better communication.”¬†

  And here is another great idea that Kathy makes, have the kids help carry the groceries!!!   

Best of all, busy moms can create a customized family calendar with different icons for all the different activities in their children’s schedules such as soccer, homework, movie night, dance class, etc… just drop and drag.¬† Wonderful, easy tool that can help keep your whole family fit, and organzied!¬† Take a peak at the whole Kathy Kaehler article by visiting her page at¬†Hanes.com – Kathy Kaehler