Fitness

I know this is the time of year for the New Year, New Me resolutions. I get it. I love the fresh start of the New Year. I probably should eat a little better in 2017. Cook a little more. Drink less wine & I legitimately am going to try to read more. But as far as fitness goes I’m in a pretty good groove. In 2016 I ran two half marathons (the Long Island Half Marathon and the AmeriHealth Atlantic City Half). I ran countless 5Ks, the Bellmore Striders 4th of July 4 miler, and the New Hyde Park 8K. I consistently worked out at least three times a week.

But it’s taken me years to get into my workout groove. And today I am going to share with you my NUMBER ONE tip for staying active.

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My #1 Fitness Tip to help you stay motivated and on track for your fitness goals! mommatogo.com

My #1 Fitness Tip

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About Me, Travel

Recently, I have seen some other travel bloggers putting together both 2016 travel recaps and 2017 travel resolutions, and I figured what a fun way to look back at the year and all of the great trips we have done! And of course I have a few adventures I am excited about in 2017! I only just launched this blog in October, and did not get an opportunity to write about everything we did in the first three-quarters of the year! So without further adieu… I give you the Momma To Go 2016 Travel Recap!

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2016 Momma To Go Travel Recap! Florida, Maine, North Carolina, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Two Half-Marathons and a look ahead to 2017 mommatogo.com

2016 Momma To Go Travel Recap

 

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48 Hours in..., Travel

My mother-in-law lives in Maine. Up in an area called the Mid-Coast. Her house is up on a hill, and down below is the beautiful town of Belfast right on the Penobscot Bay. Belfast is about 2 hours northeast of Portland and about an hour due east of Augusta. A few weeks back, we drove up that way for a wintery 48 Hours in … Belfast, Maine.

48 Hours in... Belfast, Maine. Explore the mid-coast of Maine. Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in this quaint New England town. mommatogo.com

48 Hours in… Belfast, Maine

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Travel

In case you haven’t realized, we love to travel! And the question I often get is how we can afford to do so many great things? Especially with regards to our three-week trip to Hawaii.

Although Hawaii is part of the United States, it is not a cheap place to visit. As you can imagine, flights are expensive, as are fancy resorts. But even simple things, like Doritos ($5.99 a bag, anyone?) are marked up due to the expensive costs of shipping goods to the islands.

But I found there are some legitimate ways to save money when visiting Hawaii. Simple things that anyone can do to save a little here and there! Here are my tips:

 

Hawaii Money Saving Tips

Tips for saving money when traveling in Hawaii. Help booking the best place to stay, rental car, activities and inter-island flights! mommatogo.com

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Travel

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I love a good road trip.

Seriously, I keep saying that in my next life, I’m coming back as a truck driver.

It’s true. I love the adventure of getting in the car and just going. Freedom.

And a Cracker Barrel along the way.

But even for the most seasoned driver, and road tripping family, there are long stretches of time that need to be occupied in some way. Now of course we live in modern America. The default car ride activity for my children is movies. We have this portable DVD player, which I love! There is one movie and two screens that strap around the front row headrests. It plugs into the cigarette lighter-type outlet in the car.

 

PRO-TIP: Take out movies from your local library. That way you can have a ton of options on a long trip. Just check the discs before you leave to make sure they are not scratched.

 

But when the movie runs out, and there are still miles to go, we do have some favorite family road trip games that I am excited to share with you!

 

Family Road Trip Games

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The best road trip games your family will love! No planning or assembly required! mommatogo.com

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Stuff I Love

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I know I keep saying this, but I literally just sat down to write last month’s post and here it is time for a November Stuff I love!

November flew by. I was exceptionally busy trying to settle into my new role as Stay-At-Home-Mom, and Work-at-Home-Mom/blogger. I also got back on the educational horse so to speak and starting subbing at the awesome school I worked at 10 years ago. I also picked up a tutoring student who I am with three times a week. So yeah, keeping busy!

 

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Stuff I Love: November 2016. The Mom Hour (podcast), Under Armour fleece running headband, Bath and Body Works Balsam candle and Chateau Saint Michelle Chardonnay. mommatogo.com

Stuff I Love: November 2016

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48 Hours in..., Travel

This fall, I’ve had such awesome adventures. Short getaways to Las Vegas (with the hubby), Atlantic City (for the half marathon) and Minneapolis (with #thegirlfriends). A few weeks ago I found myself on the road again, and strangely without kids, as I headed down to Baltimore for another friends trip (different group of girlfriends)!

The purpose of this trip, besides meeting up with friends from Washington, DC was to see Amy Schumer’s live show on Saturday, November 12. However… about 30 hours before show time, we received an email that the show was… postponed until March! I think the official statement said Amy was “under the weather”, but we had our post-election speculations. Honestly, my thought was she had to rewrite her whole show which was probably based on an HRC win. Who knows, but we still had a great (slightly less than) 48 hours in Baltimore, and will return when Amy actually takes the stage!

48 Hours in... Baltimore. a trip to see Amy Schumer, Kimpton Monaco hotel, Helmand restaurant, Metropolitan Wine Bar, fun weekend girlfriend getaway, mommatogo.com

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48 Hours in..., Travel

I love traveling with my kids, it is so fun to experience new places and old stomping grounds through their eyes. I love those rare trips with just my husband, but the other type of travel I love – girlfriend trips. I will admit, sometimes I feel guilty that I hold this group in such high regard- but I’ve been with them, and traveling with them, longer than with the other travel companions.

I went to college in Washington, DC. Which, for better or worse, attracts students from all over the country, and world. It was a great experience as an 18-year old sheltered Long Island girl,  to roll up on campus and make friends with people who were very different from myself. But the downside of attending college far from home, and in such a transient city like DC, is that after college most graduates eventually move away.

My true group of friends stemmed from my time playing collegiate rugby. These are the group of girls I started playing with some 20+ years ago. As we moved on through our college years, new students joined the team, and hence our group of friends. Immediately after graduating, we started taking trips to get together, usually in one girl’s hometown. On New Year’s 2002, we started an annual trip, with the first host city being Las Vegas. Subsequent NYE trips included Tampa, New York City, Hawaii, San Diego and Chicago.

During our twenties, there was at least one wedding a year, prompting large get-togethers with our expanding clan. We came to add in significant others, spouses and eventually kids, so we now have quite a contingent. In fact we have 15 kids between us!

Our alma mater women’s rugby team hosts alumnae events each year. As a group we traveled back to campus for the 10 year anniversary of the team’s founding, and in 2016, its 20th. Basically we find any excuse, or none to get together! And the fun usually involves some mix of activity, sightseeing, eating, drinking and dancing.

With weddings behind us, we have now entered the next phase of get-togethers- 40th birthdays. We celebrated our first one last September, in the birthday girl’s hometown of Minneapolis.

48 Hours in... Minneapolis, Minnesota, where to stay, where to eat, what to do. mommatogo.com

48 Hours in… Minneapolis

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Stuff I Love

 

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I feel like I keep saying this but the fall is flying by! I feel like I was just on the beach, and now we are done with Halloween! Between half-marathon training, trips to Minnesota and Las Vegas, and working a few odd jobs, I have not had time to be bored! I still have so much great content I want to share, and the actual writing is my favorite part of blogging. Despite not working full-time, I still have to deliberately carve out time to write. It’s a week into November already, and I am just (finally) sitting down to write my Stuff I love: October post! This post is the second in this series, where I share a few random things that I am loving lately.

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Stuff I Love: October 2016. IKEA, imomsohard, Trader Joe's, Jergen's Natural Glow #momlife #momproducts #lists #family mommatogo.com

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Travel

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Our family vacations tend toward the more laid back. We are a sit-on-the-beach and relax kind of family rather than a sightseeing clan. Our trip to Hawaii was no exception. Pre-trip we did outline some cool things to see and do, but our intention was to Live Like A Local for three weeks in the paradise that is Hawaii. The only big activity that we planned was driving the Road to Hana.

Years ago, I had heard about the Road to Hana from my friend Susan, who drove it with small kids in tow. From her description, I had pictured it as a windy road amidst waterfalls and the canopies of the rainforest.

And it is.

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Itinerary for driving the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Tips and tricks to know before you go. Accommodation recommendations. #travel #hawaii #family #maui mommatogo.com

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