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One fun way to keep our fitness goals in check during the holidays is by signing up for one (or more!) local fun runs. My daughter, who ran a 5K Reindeer Dash with me last December, is totally hooked. She’s already told me that she wants to run the two-mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning – even if the race course is covered in snow.
I'm going to be very real with you all for a second: I am a preservative craving, junk food eating, non organic-using, toxin wearing kind of girl. And I do it all without an ounce of guilt... The way in which I willingly abuse my temple reeks of hypocrisy when it comes to making decisions for my children. Everything from cloth diapering and reusable wipes to organic home-made baby foods....you name it, if it's better for my kids, I've done it. They depend on me to do what I can to keep them safe and healthy. Even with my efforts, we have battled our fair share of sickness. And in keeping with the "only the best for my babies" theme, choosing which medicines to give them was an easy decision.
"Eat your broccoli... eat your peppers... eat your banana..."  The struggle to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables (F & V) is constant.  We recently asked our pediatrician to get in the battle, asking him to very clearly point out how important fruits and vegetables are to eat.  While his recommendation helped, ultimately it is still up to me and my husband to get our four year old, Elsie, to eat well.  So, I have enlisted some of my favorite kitchen gadgets to make F & V more appealing.
Taking Time for YOU

Taking Time for YOU

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We all need a brief “break” from being a mom to help us remember who we are so we can continue to love ourselves and then love our families. While it’s easier to have a break away from home, here are some things I have been trying to add into my life on a regular basis in an attempt to keep my sanity household running smoothly.
I will let you in on a little secret.  I am the chaotic mom in this story.  Between work, school, baseball, golf lessons, swimming lessons and a traveling husband, life is chaotic.  As strange as it may sound, Costco understands my chaos and helps make life easier.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be partnering with Ink to the People to offer our readers an opportunity to join us and more than a dozen City Moms Blog Sister Sites across the country in raising funds for Look Good Feel Better.  This organization teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer, helping them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetic techniques, and wigs and turbans.  The goal is to help people find some normalcy in a life that has ceased to be normal.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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Keeping Halloween Safe What’s the first thing you think about when you think Halloween? Pumpkins? Costumes? Trick-or-Treating? Candy? What if your child couldn’t eat candy? That would take away a HUGE chunk of Halloween. This was the problem Becky Basalone, a mom...
I Wear Pink for Her

I Wear Pink for Her

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Pink is my favorite color. Especially in October, but this wasn't always the case. 8 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following months and year are, truthfully, a blur to me. I lived every day in fear. I am fortunate to have an extremely close relationship with my mom. She is my best friend. So, when she was diagnosed, naturally fear consumed our lives. I hated seeing her sick and wished I could take all her pain and worry away. There are many forms of breast cancer, and my mom had one of the rare ones. During her journey, I was consumed by every lab test and result that came in. I scoured the Internet for information. I read every website on every treatment and drug they gave her. In those moments, I often failed to step back and admire my mother's strength and courage. Fortunately, my mom defied odds and is now a breast cancer survivor. It took me eight years, but I am now able to reflect back on that time and find good from our situation.
I consider myself a fairly indecisive person.  I am always the last to order when I go out to eat.  When I go grocery shopping I pick up and put down products multiple times before putting anything in my...
My Weight Loss Journey

My Weight Loss Journey

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Currently I am on a weight loss journey with my best friend, my husband, Kevin. We have been married for 18 years and have been through many ups and downs in our marriage including the ups and down of...

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Guide to Fall Colors

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The leaves are changing to their vibrant hues of yellow, orange, and red and it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy them! ...
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