Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is promoting play through the Procter & Gamble LeapFrog LeapBand Back-to-School offer at Shop ‘n Save. Although I received some of compensation, all opinions remain my own. Dear Diary, In the Hopson household, we don’t have a lot of structure (according to my mother!) I’m not considered a homemaker and don’t enjoy cooking and cleaning. I would rather eat out and step over toys on the way out the door. Or trip over the toys, depending on how high the pile is on the floor. Despite this, we have developed some healthy habits. When dining out, we select delicious and nutritious options off of the kids menu. And we get in our power hour–60 minutes of physical activity. Often, I’m watching Caitlynn run around on the playground from the bench, so I still need to work on increasing my movement. Even if Mother Nature rains on our parade, we find somewhere to play. Like last week when it stormed, we stormed to the indoor playground at a local shopping mall to play and get in some back-to-school shopping. To track our activity, I strapped a Leap Frog LeapBand on Caitlynn’s wrist. The gadget encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges and a free Petathlon Games™ app. Caitlynn hopped like a kangaroo, wiggled like a worm and leaped like a frog. Each movement built points to unlock more play. We even customized her watch. You can pick one of eight pets, including a unicorn, robot and dragon—and then choose its name and color. When school starts, we won’t have as much downtime, but I want to make sure our power hour isn’t cut from our schedule. To ensure this, we’ll do the following activities. Skip We’ll skip parking near the front door of our apartment complex. We park on the street, so instead of circling the block in search of prime parking, we’ll walk a bit further. Hop We’ll hop to the park, which is across the street. There are swings, slides, monkey bars and more. Plus, there’s an open play space near the fountain where Caitlynn can ride her bike. Leap When I lived in the Cayman Islands, I ran most mornings. It was a mile from my doorstep to the end of the street. I haven’t ran much since then, unless you count chasing Caitlynn. It’s time to leap into action again! Caitlynn loves to race other kids. As a matter of fact, the day we went to the indoor playground she left another kid in the dust during a game of tag. So, I can burn calories and reduce stress by strapping on my running shoes. We’ll get a helping hand to hit our wellness checkpoints using our Leap Frog LeapBand. You can join in on the fitness fun! By purchasing $30 in P&G products, you can receive a Leap Frog LeapBand by mail. You can also enter my contest to win this prize pack! Just comment below, and let us know how your family stays fit. If you live in Pittsburgh, be sure to visit Shop ‘n Save during your back-to-school shopping trips. 6 Responses Denise August 28, 2015 This is a wonderful tool! My family could truly benefit from having these. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Reply MJ August 28, 2015 Look at your little lady enjoying herself while getting in exercise. So cute. I love that Leap Band. My daughter would love it as she is constantly trying to wear my sports watch when we are out on our walks. She always reminds me to take it so this would be perfect for her. Reply Cynthia August 28, 2015 My boys would love this. Especially, considering they ate always leaping and jumping. I’ll be sure to share this with my mommy support group! Reply Farah August 29, 2015 That’s great info! Reply Erica August 29, 2015 Hi, We like to stay fit as a family by walking the dog twice a day, and going up to highland park and walking around the reservoir. Reply Kristin Goodson August 31, 2015 My family stays fit by going hiking and bike riding. My son loves to explore around town so we end up walking a lot on the weekend. During the summer we do sport camps and go swimming. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.