We all have that bucket list, the things we want to do that are top experiences for us that push our boundaries, create memories and take us out of our normal day to day lives. So far my completed list was go to England, swim with manatees, try parasailing, see James Taylor in concert and most recently added my dream to be a honorary member of Cirque du Soleil. Since that requires years of training I’m starting with aerial hammocks.
I have always been a larger person, but I’m active, I keep up with my kids, walk, bike, challenge my Fitbit friends to 10k steps a day. I’m not the running type, yoga is too slow paced for me and a gym membership? Just not my thing. My favorite types of workouts include doing things where I don’t realize I’m working out actually. So swimming, dancing, chasing children in a rousing game of playground lava monster… you get the idea. I found out about hammocks 2 years ago while newly pregnant with my youngest child. “Well, guess I’ll wait since it’s not recommended for pregnant women.” Then I found myself a few weeks ago revisiting that idea of aerial hammocks and the mind game that also ensued. I’m not in shape, what makes me think I can do this? Will it even hold me? My good friend Elizabeth who happens to be the owner of Safe Haven Cat Sanctuary and also a new instructor tipped me off that there was a new studio opening on Broadway called Aerial Roots and that was it. I committed. I went online, downloaded the MINDBODY app and bought a starter pack.
What I loved- It’s every level friendly. But for the first timers here is how my mindset went…
The first move I learned took me 15 mins to get the move then 2nd class all of 30 seconds. Now it’s 2nd nature. It’s a full body workout but you are so focused on the trick you forget you’re using every muscle in your body but don’t worry, a day later. You’ll feel it.
I don’t feel like I’m working out. I am too busy challenging myself to flip this way, or pull this down, enjoy the stretch, or celebrate the completion of a move to notice what is happening. Add that to a fun atmosphere and great tunes and the hour flew by. They offer multiple packages or just try it once! But I truly feel you need to do it more than once because of a little word… CONFIDENCE.
Beyond aerial hammocks they also offer Silks (Kaukauna location only), Pole Fitness, Barre, Pilates and Yoga.
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Fall is such a popular time for everything pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters and updating that family photo for Holiday cards and gifts for the family. I often hear how overwhelming it can be to set up and pay for a studio session, you get overwhelmed with options and want ALL the photos only to then have them sit on a computer and not on the wall. Mini Sessions are budget friendly and get to the point, a few great photos to cherish and share.
I’ve made this simple- here is the complete guide to Fall Mini’s offered by some amazingly talented local photographers:
Mother’s day is filled with brunches, free admission for mothers to family events and adorable handmade presents from school and daycare. But what about some alone time too? Here are my top three ways you can refill your cup in Green Bay by supporting local and spoiling yourself!
801 Hoffman Road
Green Bay, Wisconsin
If you haven’t heard of this brow magician you are truly missing out. Hope is a lovely person with a talent for making you look your best. She’s offering a limited edition Blackberry Vanilla Bean Facial available only the week of Mother’s Day! Savor the bursting fruit scents of blackberries followed by soothing vanilla bean aromas with this anti-aging, hydrating, and firming treatment.
For $65.00 ($80+ value), you’ll be treated to a mimosa (or sparkling cider), a 60 minute limited edition relaxing facial, a complimentary brow wax, and a special gift to take home.
Available by appointment only May 14-May 18. To schedule this special, please TEXT Hope at 920-403-0013 or EMAIL email@example.com
Mother’s Day Spa Retreat May 16th
I can’t even describe my excitement when I heard that Mom Tribe, Stephanie, and Lodge Kohler were teaming up! Take the evening to yourself and indulge in some serious SELF CARE! Join Mom Tribe along with the Green Bay Area Mom’s Blog & Stephanie Rudolph to chat about the importance of community & self care all while enjoying some R&R.
We have a special block of appointments from 4-8pm
Book your appointments directly with Olive Galiano at
(920)327-4605 or OLIVE.GALIANO@kohler.com
ENJOY 20% OFF your booked service for the event!
Never been to the Waters Spa at The Lodge Kohler? Well, you are in for a treat! Book any service to have access to the entire facility from 8am-8pm (remember, book a service during our event and also score 20% OFF)! Would like to attend the event but skip a service? For only $40 you can enjoy all the amenities and mingle with the ladies!
Check out the menu of services here: https://www.lodgekohler.com/menu-of-service
Weiler Academy – You have heard me talk about the float pods but did you know there is more waiting for you? Great gift options for you and a friend or spoil yourself! They look all the hard work have selected our favorite services designed to let her rest, rejuvenate and relax. Their spa services utilize award-winning natural and holistic products and services from top European and domestic spas to create a special oasis here in Green Bay.
Happy Mothers Day to all of you!
Fall Family Fun: Activities that Emily’s family does each year:
Fall is my favorite time of the year and for most of us also the busiest! From getting
back to school, to fall activities and Packers Games, there is never a dull moment. I’m
the type of person who works hard to play hard, so I’m always out and about. Here are
my family’s top 6 fall activities!
This is my “quick, we have a morning free or an afternoon, any day of the week and I
wanna enjoy this crisp fall air” go to place!
Petting Zoo, pumpkin bowling, hay slide, corn box (sand is overrated by this time of year) and corn maze. I can grab my pumpkins, apples, seasonal veggies, decorating gourds and corn stalks. They also have a hay ride that runs at select times.
When: Now through Halloween
Where: 2556 School Ln Suamico, Wisconsin, WI 54313
Cost: Free Admission, corn maze is $4.00
Delzer’s Pumpkin Farm
When my husband and I met in Madison we went to all the pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Halloween activities we could. When we moved back to Green Bay I wanted to make sure we still had a pumpkin patch to visit and I found Delzers. I can’t say how much I love this place! You pay a fee when you arrive and receive a punch card, each activity takes 1-2 punches. From haunted hayride, to tracker train pull, haunted granary
and the corn maze. If you have leftover punches that equals $1.00 to put towards the pumpkin patch! This will be our 5th year and it’s one we look forward to!
When: September 30th - Halloween 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Where: 9581 Delzer Cir, Oconto Falls, WI 54154
Cost: $7 / Ticket (2 years and under is FREE) - Includes 4 Punches (Hayrides are 2 punches / All other activities are 1 punch)
15th annual Spooktacular
Another great indoor activity for all ages, from live performances to a pumpkin carving
competition, decorate your own pumpkin and other crafting stations, balloon animals and face painting. Come for an hour or stay for the day. The photo ops were impressive!
When: Saturday, Oct. 7th 2017 9 a.m. to 3 P.M.
Where: Lambeau Field Atrium
Note: Those who attend the event are also encouraged to bring new or gently-used winter coats to Lambeau to donate to the Coats for Kids program.
Bellevue’s Trick or Treat Trail
Walking in the woods of Josten park on a beautiful fall day just can’t get any better, or can it? There are local businesses and resources set up through the trail for your littles to get some treats! Photo ops, pick your own pumpkin and so much more. Registration is required so don’t wait on this event, it’s one of my favorites. Learn more and sign-up for the event here
When:Saturday, October 21st (registration ends Friday, October 20th 4:30 P.M.)
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 P.M.
Where: Josten Park (sign-in at shelter upon arrival)
Sweet Street is an indoor halloween focused event where weather dependent activities
aren’t even a problem. It’s the largest and most popular Halloween events in Northeast Wisconsin. You are able to see local resources and participate in kids activities like: bounce houses, box maze, fire trucks, petting zoo and live performances, all while your child trick or treats to each booth.
When: OCTOBER 27, 2017 11:00-8:00 P.M. and OCTOBER 28, 2017 8:30 - 4:00 P.M.
Where: Shopko Hall
Cost $5.00 advance or $6.00 at the door.
It’s a Magical Halloween at Heritage Hill
Every year is a different theme with two things I love, history and candy! Explore the buildings, go to story time in the church, enjoy a bonfire, apple bobbing and lots of spooky fun. Plan accordingly, there are shuttles and street parking. It’s a lot of walking so come prepared, but oh so worth it! This year witches and wizards are taking over the park!
When: Saturdays October 21 & 28 @ 3-8 P.M.
Where: Herritage Hill State Park
Cost: $7 admission, Children 3 and under are FREE. Members free for Traveler level and above
We hope to see you out and about this fall season celebrating family and creating memories. Happy fall everyone!
Emily Jacobson is a certified doula and owner of Green Bay Doulas. Her certifications include; Labor Doula, Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, and Certified Childbirth Educator.
Celebrating You This Mother’s Day
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Whether you want to give a gift or receive a gift, we have rounded up a few of the many events happening to honor that special woman in your life or yourself! A mix of family based or mom’s only, you can’t go wrong with these offers.
Elite Wellness and Spa: Gift certificates work but so does their “My Amazing Mom Packages” which includes a Himalayan Foot & Leg Treatment, 90 min Aromatherapy Massage, Goddess Body Wrap w/ Facial and Spa Lunch!
Pure Barre: Bring your mother, or your child to a class this weekend and it’s complimentary for them! Sign up today, these will fill up fast!
Weiler Academy: Their Mother’s Day WOW MOM Package includes a Soothing Hand and Foot Treatment, Weiler Academy’s exclusive energizing Chromalift facial and an Au Naturale makeup touch up! Only $199.00!
YMCA Mother’s Day Yoga: Sunday at 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Free Class at the East Side YMCA S. Huron Rd. Contact: Sarah Voet 920-436-1250 or Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother’s Day Out Event: The Heritage Village Shoppes
Seroogy’s Chocolate will be giving $10 gift cards with every $30 purchase and other great deals like build your own baskets!
Zesty’s – Free custard for Mothers with any purchase.
Brunch at Hagemeisters: Enjoy downtown Green Bay!
Brunch at Thornberry Creek : The menu is nothing short of amazing so check this one out!
Reservations Required: 920-434-7501 Ext.101
Out of Town
In Kohler, they will be hosting a Mother’s Day weekend with toddler yoga, mommy and me tea and we can’t forget to mention the American Club for an amazing Mother’s Day Brunch.
Free Admission for Mom
Green Bay Botanical Gardens: Mother’s get free admission and the tulips are in full bloom! 250,000 blooming flowers cannot be missed and are perfect for those family pictures to celebrate the special women in your life.
DeYoung Family Zoo: This zoo is a must for those who like to be up close and personal. I love the animal encounters where you can meet and hold some of the newest members of the zoo. Where else can you feed a Hippopotamus? It’s only about 25 minutes north of Marinette in Wallace, Michigan.
Mulberry Farms: Baby animal, baby animals…. Did I mention baby animals? This is an all day activity for anyone to enjoy! Milk a cow, take a tractor ride, cuddle with some kittens, and enjoy this amazing farm.
N.E.W. Zoo – Another family outing and close to coming is at the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, mothers get in free and also will get free gifts and family-friendly fun. Feeding the giraffes is one of the many highlights!
If you want a family day or a day to yourself, there are a plethora of things to suit your individual taste!
Happy Mother’s Day from the Green Bay Doulas.