March 19, 2014

The Color Run In Omaha + Promo Code

Have you tried a themed 5K run yet? Here’s one you’ll love to try with your friends! The Color Run is bringing its 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour to Omaha on July 19. This is the kind of race you want to round up a bunch of friends to run with you.

It’s also kid-friendly being non-competitive by nature, so if your friends are bailing on you, bring your kids and show them how fun being active can be.

The Color Run comes to Omaha July 19, 2014.

The Color Run comes to Omaha July 19, 2014.

What makes this run so fun? The paint, of course! You can’t help but but smile when you (and everyone around you) are covered in bright colors. Add to that music and what promoters are calling “crazy race attractions,” and you’ve got yourself a little party. It’s not called the Happiest 5k on the Planet for nothing.

Another draw? The swag.

Co0lor Run swag

All registrants get a sweet T-shirt, headband, wristband AND a sling bag. You know you want a headband and wristband to complete your race day costume, amiright?

OK. So are you ready to add this 5K to your race schedule yet? Save $5 off your registration with the promo code COLOR5OFF. Use this code at the time of registration – it cannot be retro-applied. Register here.

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Register today and I’ll see you at The Color Run!

Disclaimer: The Color Run has provided me with complimentary race entries to the race.

March 11, 2014

Kid-Friendly Zumba Classes In Bellevue

A friend of mine over at Liv Laugh Love swears by this Bellevue, Nebraska, class, so I’m helping her promote it.

Logo-unisex-purple-green-on-whiteBellevue Dance Academy offers kid-friendly Zumba classes. Bring your kid, don’t bring your kid! It’s up to you. No daycare fees are necessary. Your child can play with toys in the comfortable waiting area or come in and shake it with you!

Instead of paying high dollar for gym memberships that don’t always included classes, drop into Bellevue Dance Academy and try a Zumba class for only $4!

Love it? Then your first class fee is on BDA when you buy a punch card after your first class.

Pay $32 for a 10 class punch card, but the first one was free. . .so that’s 11 classes for only $32!

There are plenty of chances each week to dance and burn calories!

Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Thursdays from 6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

On March 18, BDA is having a Grand Reopening of Kid-Friendly Zumba! They are celebrating with KMTV “Up Front at 4” who will be showcasing the 9 a.m. class on Tuesday, March 18 and coming back for a live broadcast at 4.

What a great time to try your first Zumba class!

Camera shy? Come check BDA before the Grand Reopening!

RSVP for the March 18 event here! See you there!

Bellevue Dance Academy is located at

11800 S. 25th Street
Just south of HWY 370 on 25th Street

Like BDA on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, though I have received some reciprical support from Liv Laugh Love.

March 10, 2014

Vino Van Gogh In Omaha Night Out + Promo Code

You remember that one time when I painted and had some wine and wrote about it?

If only wine improved ability.

If only wine improved ability.

Looked fun, didn’t it?

It was.

I’m going to another Vino Van Gogh class and you all ought to join me. Maybe not ALL of you since I’m fairly certain the place we’re going to has some space limitations.

If you’re looking for a girls night out, this is the real deal. I’ll be there with some friends – why don’t you grab a few friends and join the fun?

Here are the details

When: Thursday, March 27, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Vine + Branch, 1125 Jackson St. (in the Old Market). Specials for Vino van Gogh attendees include $1.50 off any glass of wine or $5 off a bottle.

We’re going to paint this (or an approximation since I’m terribly inartistic)

The painting I'm going to attempt to make at Vino Van Gogh on March 27.

The painting I’m going to attempt to make at Vino Van Gogh on March 27.

Cost: $38 for a fun night out and a painting you can bring home.

But wait!

There’s more.

There’s a Promo Code

You can get $8 off your registration when you use the promo code OhMyOmaha at checkout!

So $30 for a fun night out (not counting the cost of drinks, because you know you want them).

Use OhMyOmaha for $8 off your registration.

If you do go out, I promise I won’t make you paint next to me. Just stop by my table – I’m the one with the big camera – and say hi!

Disclosure: I am being compensated with registration to the class. All honest opinions expressed in this post and related posts are mine.

February 18, 2014

Lies About The Most Relaxing Song Ever

I’ve been thinking about music and my kids lately.

I wrote a guest post at Liv Laugh Love about my daughter’s obsession with one song, “Downtown,” that’s slowly driving me insane: http://ow.ly/tHIy8

This is the only song that seems to sooth her. I’d like a backup. Something to add to the mix so my eye stops twitching.

What I need is the most relaxing song for a toddler. What is it?

Have you heard about “the most relaxing song ever”? There was a real study done about it. They concluded this was it:

It works on me. I play it for my kids some nights (and on some road trips) hoping to get them to zonk out and it only succeeds in turning me into a drooling mess. A relaxed, drooling mess. We can’t play it while we’re driving in the car anymore.

My kids, meanwhile, seem impervious to the tune.

So, I want some ideas from you. What relaxing songs do you play for your toddlers and preschoolers?

I’ve found what works on my 4-year-old, Farley.

As with most dealings with my kids, he always seems easier to figure out than his little sister.

A little Beatles music and this kid can fall asleep.

A little Beatles music and this kid can fall asleep.

I highly recommend the Rockabye Baby series (Check them out at Rockabye Baby! CD List). I usually play this Beatles CD for Farley at night.

The only song that seems to get Mooch to slow down is “Downtown.” I don’t think I can take much more Petula, so please share some soothing tunes!

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February 17, 2014

Teaching My Daughter About Fitness + Jillian Michaels Giveaway

I recently listened to a Jillian Michaels podcast. A co-worker of mine is a Jillian podcast devotee and talks about how motivating they are. Since Jillian’s coming March 12, I figured I should check it out too.

I picked a good one for parents – she talked about teaching her daughter about health and fitness. And how she wanted her daughter to know the benefits of being active – how being active will build her confidence. She wanted her daughter to know it wasn’t just about being skinny.

Jillian really hit close to home on what I’d been worried about. I know first hand how a girl can obsess about a size. Or a number on a scale. That was me. It has taken me a long time to not give those numbers much credit and instead pay attention to how I feel, how my body feels when I run – that’s a better indicator on whether or not I’m slacking.

Mooch on spinner

My darling force of nature, Mooch, at the playground.

I don’t want number obsession for my daughter. I want her to be active for health’s sake, and because it’s fun. When I describe my daughter, I love that fitting words include determined, tough, agile and beautiful.

When she’s with me, I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to be the kind of woman I want her to become. I eat my vegetables. She’s seen me running, she’s seen me sweaty after a workout. I play with her and her big brother. If a negative feeling about my body pops up in my head, I keep it to myself.

I’ve always respected Jillian, the trainer and the wellness expert; now it’s neat to see her in a new light: The mother. I think she has a lot to teach me.

So, I’m really excited that she’s coming to Omaha in March!

Want to see this amazing woman in person?

JM_Promo PhotoOmaha Performing Arts is presenting Jillian Michaels on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The show is part of Jillian’s “Maximize Your Life” tour, and it will feature Jillian, of course, as well as an audience Q&A. How cool would it be if she answered your question?!

You can get your tickets now at TicketOmaha.com.

OR try your luck!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway for FOUR (4) tickets to attend Jillian Michaels show on March 12 – so think of your three closest friends you want to bring along! One winner will be drawn randomly on March 2 at 11:59 p.m.

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Disclosure: I work for Omaha Performing Arts; all opinions in this post are mine, though. Bloggers co-hosting this giveaway were compensated with tickets to the performance.

February 4, 2014

Homemade Cleaners Review + Giveaway

A while back, I went on a budget kick and tried making my own cleaning supplies. Pinterest was both a blessing and a waste of time – an all-purpose cleaner recipe worked well, the dish detergent not so much.

What is the secret to making a natural cleaner that actually works?

9781612432762.02In the new book “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes,” authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford go into detail on why some ingredients work better than commercially made, potentially toxic, cleaners. The book reads with authority of a biologist (turned stay-at-home mother) and a fan of natural parenting. What I mean is, they write for parents, addressing concerns of ours (keeping surfaces clean and toxin free, especially the ones our kids tend to lick…). And they back it up with chemistry explanations and eye-opening facts and statistics. A lot of facts. I’ll admit I skipped ahead after a while because I wanted to get right to the DIY stuff.

The best part of the book is the great variety of recipes using simple ingredients a lot of us have at home. The frugal mom in me is rejoicing! There are 150 recipes to try out.

From bathroom cleaners, to laundry detergent to air fresheners, this book covers most household needs. As a parent, I’m happy to find a resource to help me make affordable, toxin-free cleaners, one that isn’t hit-or-miss like the random recipes I find online.

Want to try out a recipe?

All-Purpose Cleaner

Simply mix 1 part white distilled vinegar and 1 part water.

Put it in a clean spray bottle.

Boom. You’re done.

Want ALL the recipes? Win the book! Enter our quick and easy giveaway to win a paperback copy of “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-And-Easy, Toxin Free Recipes.” One winner will be randomly drawn on Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

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