A Few of My Favorite Things

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The holidays are a time to give back to those you love – and how better than with the gift of fitness! Check out my top 5 list of hot gift ideas for that special person in your life; help him or her look good and feel better in this season of decadent treats and fit resolutions.   1. Health club gift card (I’m partial to Equinox Health Clubs.) Get your guy or gal’s routine on the right track for the New Year with a month-long membership to a venue designed to keep them in line with their fitness goals. They can sign up for…

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My New Morning Obsession

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It’s official.  I’m obsessed . . . with Greek Yogurt. Not a bad thing to be obsessed with, considering it has “40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt” (according to U.S. News & World Report). When I was on vacation this past week, I mixed greek yogurt with some of the amazing granolas Maui had to offer, but prior to that, I had found the most amazing recipe in one of my favorite cook books 4 Ingredient Kids: Simple, Healthy Fun in the Kitchen. I tried it because it had muesli…

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Simple Sides for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here!  The tradition of the Thanksgiving meal is near and dear to everyone’s heart, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up a bit.  In preparation for this delicious holiday, my favorite mama chef, Wendy Williams, is sharing some of her favorite unique side dishes you can make for your Thanksgiving table OR create with your Thanksgiving left overs. My favorite part about them? They are quick and easy, so you’ll have plenty of time to spend time with those you are most thankful for!  This way you get to do a little bit of WHAT You Love…

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I Love Me Some Stirrups

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I think I wore stirrup pants everyday in third grade, so it’s no wonder I love Vimmia Active’s Compression Stirrup Leggings.  If you’re looking for something that’s going to hold you in tight and feel good on your skin, they are definitely worth checking out. I rarely wear anything but a capri, when I workout, because I hate when it looks like I have floods on or if the pant leg doesn’t stay down while I’m exercising. The stirrups definitely help with that (not hiking up) and the leg warmer look adds a fun touch and keeps your calves warm in…

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My Own Personal Super Hero . . . You Have To Meet Her

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To be honest, I don’t really know how to begin this post, except to say that I’ve been wanting to share this story for a long time. Paula was diagnosed six years ago, when she was pregnant with her second son, at 35 years old, with Stage IIa Breast Cancer and then four years later with Stage IV. I’ve known Paula, who I affectionately call “P,” for a long long time (since I was eighteen). First of all, she’s one of the wittiest, quirkiest, hilarious and fun women you’ll ever meet. P was one of my first mentors. She groomed me into…

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The Best in Halloween Media

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As I mentioned in The Halloween Countdown Chain post, Halloween is a huge deal in our house.  We probably do something “Halloweeney” every single day ALL month long. Everyone always asks me which Halloween books and songs are my favorite.  It changes every Halloween, but here are this year’s top 3 Halloween media pics, all of which are available at Amazon or hopefully at your local library (that’s where we find most of ours).   1. In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2)   Remember all those ghost stories you grew up with?  “The Green Ribbon”…

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The Halloween Countdown Chain

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If your kids are anything like mine, they can’t wait for Halloween to be here. My three-year-old, Landon, knows that Halloween is October 31, but rather than having him ask me every day if it’s Halloween yet, we made The Halloween Countdown Chain.  I thought I would share it with you, in case you need something to get yourself through the rest of October. How To: You’ll need orange, white & black construction paper, scissors, and a stapler.  Cut 31 strips of paper (or however many days you have left in October), alternating orange, white, black. Make a loop with each piece of…

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The Best Breast Cancer Prevention Foods

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Meet fellow blogger, Susan Messenger.  Susan and I met on Instagram admiring each other’s progress in our postnatal journeys with Baby #2.  Susan is a Registered Dietician, so with this month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I invited Susan to share her suggestions on the best foods to eat in hopes of preventing  breast cancer. As a dietitian, I know a thing or two about healthy eating, but as a mom of two little ones, I also know healthy eating can sometimes be tough. I just had my second baby girl this past May. I remember there were days (mostly…

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Sometimes I Cry . . . and I Don’t Know Why

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So I actually started writing this blog a few months ago, around mid July.  I was about six weeks postpartum and yes, as many new moms do, I felt like I was crying ALL the time.  I would just start crying randomly.  Not that I don’t ever do that now (I’m an emotional person as it is, so it even happened before I was a mom), but this was a lot more than usual. Of course, I had completely forgotten, as we do with many things from our first pregnancies, the fact that this also happened after I had my first son.…

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Skin, Skin, Go Away . . .

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So Liam turns 4 months today . . . that means he’s due for another round of vaccinations, and I’m due for a postnatal update. My work is definitely not done yet, but I do have good news:  I have several pairs of pre-pregnancy pants that I can pull up and actually button!  Whoohoo! I don’t know numbers.  I have yet to get on a scale since the 2 month mark.  My goal has simply been to be able to feel comfortable in my pre-pregnancy clothes again, and that has slowly but surely happened.  Does everything fit yet or look great?  No, definitely…

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