Top Summer Family Vacations

Check out my latest post over at Lifetime Moms where I share my favorite picks for top summer family vacations. We’ve got something for every traveler so get ready to start taking notes and get ready to make reservations!

How to Throw an Outdoor Movie Party

FunFlicksParty-268.jpgSo I just got through planning my daughter’s tween birthday extravaganza and now it’s my son’s turn. While we trekked into Manhattan with 13 kids for a dinner at Planet Hollywood, my son’s birthday will be close to home. In fact, he’s decided that he wants us to host an outdoor movie under the stars.
And so, after the theme was selected, I hopped on my computer and started to do what I do best – googling. I googled Outdoor Movie projectors and screens and became pretty frustrated after scanning through dozens of AV rental stores and came up empty. I tried to get more specific with my choice – Outdoor Movie screen rentals in New York and Bam! I hit paydirt.
Bet you didn’t know this, but there’s a brand new franchise called Fun Flicks where you can actually arrange to have a technician come to your backyard, set up a screen, projector and sound system and while you’re busy giving the kids pizza, popcorn and cake, your movie technician takes care of your all your outdoor movie viewing needs!
Now if you’d like to try a cost cutting measure and potentially start a community outdoor movie initiative, then check out this deal from Costco where you can purchase a projector and movie screen for $600 and then, rent it out yourself whenever someone in your neighborhood wants to show a film. Or, pool your resources and chip in with your friends and then do a movie night once a week in the summer at someone else’s backyard! Something tells me I may be heading to Costco.
Either way, I am so psyched we’re going to be throwing an outdoor movie party and will report back soon on how it went. Now on to the goody bags…

Becky’s Corner: A Quick Upper Body Workout

Want to gain muscle, lose fat but have no time to spend hours at the gym! No problem! Push Ups are the answer! This exercise will sculpt your arms, back, chest, shoulders and core, help you gain strength, build muscle and burn fat! All you need is a few minutes a day, practice, patience and you will see changes within a few weeks! In addition, push-ups can be performed anywhere, anytime with no equipment and most important- no cost! It is a great form of exercise when traveling, or just trying to reach your goal of a healthy fit body!
This is a simple exercise to perform – and there are modifications if you don’t have the strength to perform one full rep (with legs out in plank formation) when you begin. Follow these simple instructions and set your goal for maximum reps!
How to perform a push-up:

  • Place your body in the plank position; toes tucked, heels pressed back, legs straight and activated, abs tight, hands placed on the floor, palms down, directly underneath your shoulders.
  • Be sure to keep your neck straight and look ahead of you while you bend your elbows and slowly lower your body to the ground; your goal should be to touch the floor with your chin.
  • Now, press out with your breath, exhale and push back up – making sure to maintain a straight back and proper form. You will have to flex your quads and abs to help assist you with the motion.
  • Repeat the movement to failure (as many reps as possible)


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  • If you are new to exercise or do not have the strength to perform full out push-ups – you can modify this exercise by dropping your knees to the floor. This will decrease the amount of your body weight that you are lifting.
  • Be sure not to be intimidated! Practice and patience will have you stronger than ever and doing more reps then you ever imagined possible! Try mixing it up with walks, jogging, biking or other exercise to get a full body blast in a quick amount of time!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below! Remember, the pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret! Eat, exercise and be happy! That is what life is all about!
Stay Focused Until the Miracle Happens!
To Your Success & Health,