Mommy Needs a New Pair of Shoes-Reebok RealFlex Review

About two weeks into INSANITY, I began to feel my shin splints coming back.  It’s been years since I have had them but I won’t ever forget the pain.  I knew it was from my old sneakers and that I needed to purchase a pair of cross trainers ASAP.  I did some quick research and I basically had two choices:  the PUMAgility and the Reebok RealFlex Transition.  I don’t like buying shoes online (without trying them on first) so I went to Sports Authority.  They only carried the Reebok RealFlex Transition.  I LOVED them.  As soon as I was home, I placed my order through Zappos and received my package three days later.  Zappos, you’re awesome!

I was excited to give my new kicks a try.  I walked around the house in them for a day and knew I would feel a big difference when I put them to the test.  The Reebok RealFlex Transition cross trainers are lightweight and flexible.  I get the same amount of support, if not more, than with my previous sneakers.  INSANITY is a high impact, high intensity workout, full of jumps and lunges and twists and turns–sometimes I don’t even know how my feet can move so fast.  These shoes provide enough cushion and support for my feet without making them feel trapped.  When I am doing power and diamond jumps, I have a softer, pain-free landing. The notorious 1-2-3 Heisman isn’t as bad as before (just kidding–it’s still pretty tough, come round three!).

After a couple of days, my shin and ankle pain subsided.  That made me happy.  No one needs another excuse to skip a workout.

I got the silver, purple, and blue pair.  I almost ordered the white, pink, and gray ones but decided that purple trumps pink.  I read online that the tongue on the RealFlex bothered some people, so much that they returned them.  When I first tried them on, I understood the complaint but I have had this issue before.  For me, it is a matter of breaking in the shoe or cleat.  Sure enough, after one round of working out, it felt perfect.  I use an insert but that’s because I have flat feet.  Adding the insert didn’t change the feel or the integrity of the shoe.  I guess the only tiny complaint I have is that the shoelaces seem really long but not so long that they come undone and I trip over them.

If you are into programs and workouts like INSANITY, then I highly recommend the Reebok RealFlex Transition cross trainer.  Your feet will thank you!

It’s Signing Time With Alex and Leah!

I knew I wanted our baby to learn some basic sign language.  I just didn’t know where to start.  After a little research, we purchased Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs.  The jingles were catchy and our baby began to light up with excitement every time she heard Rachel Coleman’s voice.  Read about Rachel’s purpose behind Signing Time, online at Nick Jr.

At first, we weren’t sure if our baby was actually learning and then one day she just started signing along with Rachel, Alex, Leah, and the other children.  Some people worry about speech development but I have to say that learning the basic signs in this video has helped her with vocalizing the words.  At 14 months, she either says the word as she signs or sometimes she just says the word.  She rarely signs without saying what she sees or wants.  When it happens, I make sure I say the word and sign along with her.

I haven’t done extensive research on sign language and how it affects basic language development but our daughter loves to talk and her vocabulary is expanding daily.  She can say over 20 words.  Some are as clear and crisp as can be—like “turtle,” “soap,” and “baby”. Some still need work—like “yucky,” “thank you”, and “please”.  She loves to repeat what we say and it won’t be long before her babbling sentences come together and make sense to everyone around her.

I highly recommend Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs.    Be sure to check out games, songs, and more on the Signing Time website.