How Single Mom’s Get in Shape the MaxiClimber, Slendertone Ab Belt, Simply Fit Board Workout

The single working mom’s workout 


MaxiClimber, Slendertone AB Muscle Toner Belt and the Simply Fit Board.  All you need to get in shape.  I am writing this article because this really helped me.  I was really depressed about my weight and after struggling with it my entire life, I found something that really worked.  I’m not getting paid to write about these companies, but I want to share my story because I may be able to help someone else.  I know what it feels like to be overweight and unhappy, like your living in someone else’s body, wishing I to be in shape.  If this article helps one person, then I would be happy.  Here is my story.


Losing weight is hard and losing weight after having kids can ever be harder. I was always chunky growing up.  I always wanted to be thinner, I felt like my friends could eat junk food and pizza and not gain weight and I couldn’t. I felt life wasn’t fair.  In my early 20’s I decided to really do something about it. I knew that there is no pill, no magic that would make me lose weight.  I had to exercise and eat right, that is the only way.  I had to change my lifestyle.   So, I cut down on my carbs, walked 3 miles 5 days a week, drank only water and stopped eating after 7PM.  I stuck to it, and the weight started coming off.  I was able to lose close to 30 pounds in 3 months and kept the weight off.

I started going to the gym regularly.  I didn’t lose more weight but it helped me maintain my weight and I got toner.  In my early 30’s I got pregnant with my first child.  I gained 27 pounds, which was in the recommend amount.  I lost 18 pounds of it, in my first couple weeks of having her.  I had her in the winter, it was cold and snowed a lot.   I mostly stayed on the coach watching t.v, sleeping when she slept and trying to figure out how to be a mom.  While on maternity leave, I gained 15 pounds.  I was unhappy.  I couldn’t go to the gym anymore because my gym did not have child care and I couldn’t afford the fancy gym.  One night while I was up doing a late night feeding I saw the infomercial for the MaxiClimber.  It was very intriguing.  It was a skinny machine that didn’t take up much room and it was a very reasonable price.  I decided to give it a try and it changed my life.

In my opinion, the MaxiClimber is the best machine out there, especially for the price.  This skinny, tall machine gives you the best workout.  Here all the reasons why.


It’s tall and skinny.  I was living in a small space.  On top of that, it was filled with every baby item you could think of.  The Maxi Climber was a perfect fit for me as, when I was not using it I could can fit in a tall closet or in a corner of the room.

Easy to put together.

When I ordered my Maxi Climber, I was afraid that I would never be able to put it together.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received it that it took about 10 minutes.  It is very lightweight and easy to move.


At under $200, you cannot find a better home, full body workout machine.


As a parent of a baby, you have little to hardly any time to work out, especially if you are a working mom like me.  In the beginning, they recommend 10 mins.  In that 10 minutes, I burned 225 calories.  When I used to use the elliptical I would burn about 100 calories per every 10 minutes.  I was burning more than twice that with the MaxiClimber.


Overall Workout

This simple machine gives you some workout.  When I got it I said to myself, 10 minutes will be easy.  I can do this for 10 minutes.  Well, I could, but it was not easy.  If you don’t move the machine, it doesn’t move, for that reason I believe you get the best workout.  I was sweating and out of breath, but I did it.  Happily, I can say that I started at 10 minutes and have slowly built myself up to using it for 25-30 minutes 4 days a week.  I burn anywhere from 400-600 calories in that short of time.  That’s another reason why I love this machine.  You can move at your own pace because you control the movement.  It was made to move your body the same way you would while rock climbing.  You will notice that your butt, thighs, abs and arms will get toner.  If you stick to it, you will see results and you will feel good too.  It has an adjustable height and has a weight limit of 240 pounds.  Using this machine, I dropped the baby weight.  I highly recommend the MaxiClimber.

Key features:

Burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

Slim and lightweight for easy storage

Adjustable height

Comes with a timer that also counts your calories

Easy to assemble

Great price

MaxiClimber - The original patented Vertical Climber, "As Seen On TV" - Full Body Workout with BONUS Fitness App for Apple and Android
MaxiClimber – The original patented Vertical Climber, “As Seen On TV” – Full Body Workout with BONUS Fitness App for Apple and Android
I was so happy with the MaxiClimber but wanted to add something else to my workout.  This is when I came across the Slendertone Abdominal Muscle Toner Belt. Again, I was this on an infomercial. It’s claims that it’s the only FDA cleared ab belt for toning, strengthening and firming abdominal muscles.  It also said that you can see results in a couple weeks.  Yes, I lost weight but I never had a flat stomach.  One can dream, right? So, I decided why not give it a try.  Now, honestly, I didn’t think this ab belt would work. Who would think that you can put a belt on and it would tone your muscles. But, I must tell you, it really does.  Now, if you have rolls, it won’t make your stomach flat, because it doesn’t burn fat, however, you will start to see more toned abs. While using that belt, you will feel your ab muscles tightening.   I used if for about 6 weeks before I really saw results.  I started to see ab lines down the sides of my stomach, something that I never saw before.  I was so excited.  In my 30’s and 10 months after having a child, my stomach looked the best it has ever looked.  They also have an arm belt, I haven’t tried that yet, but I might.

Slendertone Abs7 Abdominal Muscle Toner – Core Abs Workout Belt

You receive a belt that covers your core, 3 gel pads, a controller and charger.  The controller has 10 toning programs that has 150 adjustable intensity levels.  You simply place the gel pads on the belt, wrap the belt around your core and use one of the programs at the highest intensity level that you’re comfortable with.  It is recommended that you wear it for 30 minutes 5 days a week.  I did it longer than that, but you do what is comfortable for you.  You do need to replace the gel pads monthly.  You might want to buy a 3 month supply at a time, so that you are always ready.  It is recommended for men and women.  One of the best reasons why I love this ab belt is because I can wear it around the house while cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.  It doesn’t take any time out of my day which is great for a single, working mom.  They also have great costumer service.  I was having trouble with my ab belt and contacted costumer service at Slendertone.  They were extremely helpful and able to fix the problem.   One of the best reasons why I love this ab belt is because I can wear it around the house while cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.  It doesn’t take any time out of my day which is great for a single, working mom.  If you do decide to purchase the Slendertone Ab Toning Belt, make sure you buy the real one.  Other Ab belts do not work as well as the Slendertone brand.

Slendertone Replacement Gel Pads for All Slendertone Abdominal Belts, 3 Sets (9 Gel Pads)
Key Features:

FDA cleared for toning, strengthening and firming ab muscles

See results in about 6 weeks, feel results immediately

You can wear while doing other activities

Fits weight sizes 27-47 inches.  They do sell belt extenders

Slendertone has great customer service.


I was doing great.  I had my MaxiClimber and my Slendertone Ab Belt and I was in the best shape of my life at 34.  Then one day while watching Shark Tank, I saw the Simply Fit Board.  It was designed to tone your legs and core and trim your waist while twisting on a board.  It looked fun and easy, so I decided to purchase one.  I must say, I love it.  You just stand on the board, slightly bend your knees and twist using your waist.  If you find yourself twisting in a circle, stop, balance yourself and try again.  It may take some getting used to.  I do mine 20 minutes daily.  Sometimes I have to break my time up because of the kids.  So, if I can’t do the full 20 minutes at one time, I will do 10 in the morning and 10 at night.   The board comes with a workout video (I didn’t use the video) for additional workout ideas.  You can also hold weights to increase difficulty.

Simply Fit 30043 The Abs Legs Core Workout Balance Board (Green)
Key features:

Easy to use just stand on the board and twist

Tones core, legs

Very low impact

Weight limit of 400 pounds


Easy to store, can fit easily in a closet or under your bed

Helps improve balance

Comes in four colors Magenta, Blue, Green and Orange

Additional accessories: You can use the Simply Fit on any floor type. If you have hard wood floors I would recommend getting the workout mat to protect your floors

Simply Fit Board Workout Mat Official As Seen On TV

Gaiam Neoprene Hand Weight, Blue, 10 lb
So recently I just had baby number 2.  I now have to start my routine over again, but instead of looking at it as a long road ahead, I’m excited to feel good about my body. Here is my current routine MaxiClimber 4 days a week, Slendertone Ad Belt 5 day daily (except during my period and you have to wait at least 8 weeks after having a baby or until your doctor says you can go back to full activity) and the Simply Fit Board 20 minutes 7 days a week.  I also only eat between the hours of 10AM-6PM and only drink water.  Cutting out sugary drinks and alcohol alone will help.  Remember before starting any diet or exercise program consult with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for activity.  If you have any questions or want weight loss support please contact me at

Unicorn’s of the Sea, Narwhal Facts for Kids

Narwhal Facts for Kids

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  • Narwhals are a marine whale and belong to the cetacean family, which include all species of whale, dolphin and porpoise.
  • Narwhals are mammals and breathe air to survive.
  • They can stay underwater for up to 25 minutes before coming up for air.
  • Narwhals live in Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia.
  • There scientific name is Monodon Monoceros which means one-tooth, one horn.
  • They are nicknamed the unicorn of the sea due to their long tusks.
  • Did you know that their “tusks” aren’t horns or tusks at all?  It is a long-left tooth, that can grow up to 10 ft long and weigh 22 pounds.
  • Male and females can have tusks, but they are found mostly in men.
  • Some narwhal’s do not have any tusks at all and some males on rare occasions have grown two.
  • Scientists are still not quite sure what this “tusk” is used for.  Some believe that it may be used during mating, others believe it is used to fight off rival narwhals and some believe that it is used to detect changes in water temperature.
  • Narwhals eat squid, shrimp, halibut and other fish.
  • They eat more in the winter to store a lot of food, they eat significantly less in the summer months.
  • They often stay close to the water’s surface but can dive down 5,000 ft.
  • They live in groups of 10-100 narwhals.
  • They are social and communicate with each other using a variety of sounds and clicks.
  • Baby narwhals are called calves.  Calves are born around 5ft long.
  • Babies are darker in color and lighten as they age.
  • Adult narwhals can be 12-20ft long and weigh 3,500 pounds.
  • Predators include polar bears, orca and whales.
  • Climate change is also a threat.


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How to Throw the Best Nightmare Before Christmas Party

How to Plant the Perfect Nightmare Before Christmas Party for Kids

So, my daughter Janelle was turning 4 and she really wanted a Halloween Christmas birthday party.  She was talking about that theme for over a month. Her birthday is in the beginning of December.  After thinking about how to go about planning this Halloween Christmas birthday party, I remembered the movie Nightmare Before Christmas and thought that it would be a great fit.  We watched the movie together and she became an instant fan, so much in fact that she wanted me to call her Sally.  This is when the planning began.  Now, The  Nightmare Before Christmas is not a popular birthday theme among toddlers. They don’t have decorations, down the party aisle at Party City, so I knew I had to get creative. We talked about what she wanted to have at her party and we made a list:

Make gingerbread houses

Treat or Treat ( I had to convince her that we could not walk around the block knocking on our neighbor’s doors for candy in December)

Have a photo booth with Jack and Sally

Have Zero

Play Games

Face Painting

Have Christmas and Halloween decorations

Play the song Thriller at the party

Goody Bags

She was very precise on what she wanted at her party.   Now that I had the list, I could start the shopping.

Ginger Bread Houses

OK, now time to get creative.  Since we started talking about this in mid-October.  The gingerbread houses would be the first thing to work on.  I thought how about Halloween/Christmas gingerbread houses.  I waited until the day after Halloween and hit the store to purchase the left-over Halloween gingerbread houses.  I saw them at Wal-Mart, A.C Moore and Party City.  It turned out that they were the cheapest at Party City.  They cost me only $2.75 each.  I needed 12, they had 9 in the store and I was able to purchase the rest on-line.  So, I had the Halloween houses and I wanted the kids to decorate them with Christmas candies.  I went to Wal-Mart and picked up gingerbread men, candy cane, mittens and Santa Claus little sugar cupcake toppers and white cookie frosting.  I also purchased Red and Green M&Ms, candy canes and used left over Smarties candies from Halloween.










Decorations and Favors

Shopping for a Halloween party right after Halloween is the best, everything is on sale.  I was able to get things for up to 80% off.  Even if you are not having a Halloween party, it is definitely worth it to shop after Halloween and save everything for next year.  I purchased some orange and black cookie icing and sugar black cat cupcake toppers for the gingerbread houses.  I also purchased some decorations and a lot of the glow bracelets and necklaces (they were .10 for 4).  I was able to get face paint on clearance.

I did not see any Nightmare Before Christmas table cloth or plates, so I purchased black and white table cloth, black and white plates, napkins and cups.

Trick-or Treating

At A.C Moore I purchased 2 cardboard pumpkins that I was going to paint as Jack and Sally. I used a black sharpie to draw Sally’s stitches and Jack’s face  They had an opening in the middle, I used this to place candy.  I was going to use the pumpkins to hold candy for trick-or-treating at the party.














Photo Booth

I knew finding a backdrop for the photo booth was going to be a little tricky. After a Google search, I found that there are many Nightmare Before Christmas themed shower curtain’s on the market.  I also found Nightmare Before Christmas fabric sold by Joann’s by the yard, but I wasn’t sure how much I would need.  I decided to go with the shower curtain.  I purchased a Nightmare Before Christmas Shower curtain on-line at Target.  I used the shower curtain hooks to attach to my curtain rod.  I purchased black table cloth and placed it on the floor.  I bought a Santa Claus Jack Skellington (Walgreens) and placed him on wrapped cardboard box.  I also added some other Christmas decorations to place in the backdrop.  I also used fake snow sheets that I purchased from A.C Moore, to make it look like it snowed in Halloween Town. The photo booth came out great and was a huge success with the kids.









Face Painting

We set up face painting in the corner of the room.  The kids got to choose from Sally stiches, Jack’s face, pumpkin, Christmas tree or a black cat.


We played Freeze dance and did the limbo (I purchased a limbo stick at Party City).  We created a You Tube play list that included songs from the movie plus thriller (my daughter loves Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and some Christmas music. The kids got to trick-or-treat from the Jack and Sally pumpkins after each game.


I served pizza, juice and water to the kids for lunch.  For dessert, I made Jack Skellington cookies.  I made the cookies, then I made cookie icing to make them look like Jack (recipe listed at the end of this post).









I also made Jack and Sally cake pops (recipe listed at the end of this post).  I painted 2 baby formula cans one to look like Sally and the other Jack.  I purchased Styrofoam balls to stick in the cans to hold the cake pops.  I also purchased Jack, Sally and Zero cake toppers from Etsy.  I used the Jack and Sally as part of the decoration for the cake pops.








I ordered a Jack and Sally cake.  I used the zero cake topper to put on the cake.

















To make Zero the dog I bought a large Styrofoam ball for him head and a cone shaped piece for his nose.  Using a hot glue gun, I glued them together.  I bought 2 yards of white cloth and wrapped it around the head and nose and secured it with a rubber band.  I hot glued a large googly eye on his head and a red pom-pom ball on the tip of his nose.  I used the extra cloth to make his ears.  I cut long ear shape pieces and sewed them to his head.  To hang Zero, I made slits on each end of the cloth where his legs would be and tied thread around it, I made more slits on the top of his head and on his ears.  I taped the thread to the ceiling to make him hang.








Goody Bags 

I purchased pumpkin goody bags, on clearance after Halloween.  I filled the bags with a Jack and Sally cake pop and a Jack cookie.  We also added Christmas themed bubbles, glow bracelet and necklace








Jack Skellington Cookie Recipe


1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

3oz cream cheese

1 tea spoon vanilla

1 cup butter

2 ¼ cups flour


Cream the sugar and butter, add the cream cheese mix well.  Add the egg yolk, vanilla then slowly add the flour.  Roll the dough into a ball.  Add a small amount of flour onto some parchment paper.  Roll dough out evenly, use circle cookie cutter.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is a light, golden brown.  Let cookies cool


To make the icing

Place one cup of confectioners sugar into small mixing bowl.  Add two tablespoons of milk, mix until you get a shiny smooth texture. If it’s too thick add more milk, if it’s too runny add more sugar. Make again the same way but add black food coloring to make Jacks’s face.  Coat all of the cookies with the white icing.  When it is completely dry, place the black icing into a plastic piping bag, cut off the tip and use to draw on Jack’s face.  Wait at least one hour before stacking the cookies


Cake Pops

1 box cake mix

1 can icing

Melting chocolate ( I used white for Jack and  teal for Sally)


Make the boxed cake mix according to the package.  Bake the cake.  Once the cake has cooled crumple it up into tiny pieces.  Place one cup of store bought caking icing into the crumbled up cake.  Using your hands mix the icing and the cake together. Make tiny ½ -1 inch balls out of the mixture.  Place them on a cookie try lined with parchment paper and add a lollipop stick to each ball, refrigerate for 1 hour.  After an hour melt colored chocolate with a double broiler or a chocolate melt.  Dip the balls into the chocolate and place back on cookie sheet place back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.  If you are in a warm humid climate, I would keep them in the re

Can Sugar Gliders be pets? Fun Sugar Glider Facts for Kids

  Sugar Glider Facts for Kids      

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  • A sugar glider is a marsupial.
  • A marsupial is a mammal that has a pouch to develop and carry their babies. A kangaroos and koalas are well known marsupials.
  • The scientific name for a sugar glider is Petaurus breviceps which is Latin for short-headed rope dancer.
  • Sugar gliders are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in trees.
  • Sugar gliders are also nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night and sleep during the day.
  • Sugar gliders live in the forests of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tasmania.
  • Sugar gliders can also live in the United States and other countries as exotic pets.
  • They are sometimes compared to flying squirrels however, they are not related.  Sugar gliders are in the Petauridae family, which consists of possum.
  • Sugar gliders can glide from tree to tree using patagium membranes of loose skin that is attached from their finger and stretches to their toe on each side.
  • Sugar gliders have been known to glide up to 150 ft.
  • Sugar gliders are small animals. They are about 12-13 inches long from the tip of their nose to the end of their tails.
  • They weigh on average between 3-5 ounces.
  • Their bodies are between 5-6 inches long.
  • They have thick fur that can be a range of colors between blue-grey, yellow and tan.
  • Their tummies are an off which cream like color.
  • They have a long black strip that runs from their nose to their back and have black rings around their eyes.
  • Females have a pouch in the middle of their tummy to carry their babies.
  • Baby sugar gliders develop in their mother’s pouches. Once they are fully developed they come out of the pouch.
  • Baby sugar gliders are called joeys.
  • Joeys are born without fur and with their eyes closed. Their eyes will start to open in 12-14 days.
  • Joeys stay with their mothers for about 4 months old, they go out on their own.
  • Sugar gliders are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals.
  • They eat insects, small vertebrates, bird eggs, small lizards but prefer the sweet sugary taste of sap and nectar from eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees.
  • Sugar gliders are social animals and live in groups called colonies.
  • Colonies can have up to 7 adults and their young.
  • Sugar gliders in a colony share a nest. Sharing a nest keeps them warm in colder months.
  • Members of the colony work together to keep each other clean.
  • Sugar glides use different sounds to communicate with each other. The sounds include squeaks, barking, and hissing sounds.
  • Some predators to the sugar glider include: owls, large birds and some snakes.