Stressing Over Traveling with Kids?


Some of us shudder when we think about traveling with our kids and, for others, it’s no big thing… I think I probably fall somewhere in between. I will say that, as with anything, planning is key to traveling (a little less) pain-free. From in the airport to on the plane, I’m here to offer you some tips to help your trip go as smoothly as it possibly can and relieve a little of the anticipation you might be feeling. In the Airport: Bring transportation. This is going to sound totally crazy but taking the scooter to the airport has SAVED…

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an alarm clock and a chalkboard with the text summer time on the sand of a beach

Summer is officially here! Our summer is pretty short this year, due to preschool going til the end of June and kindergarten starting mid-August, so I’m determined to make it my happiest and healthiest summer yet. I made a list of the things that really help me get through the summer, so I thought I’d share them with you too! 1. HAPPY & HEALTHY SKIN So in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a redhead, which means the key to a happy and healthy summer in the heat and sunshine is . . . did you guess it? SUNSCREEN!  I have…

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Summertime Pool Workout

Young woman swimming in pool

With the crazy heat here in Los Angeles, and yesterday being the official first day of summer, I thought I’d better get this pool workout up quick. Believe it or not, one of the first classes I ever taught in New York City was an Aqua Aerobics class. If you’ve never worked out in the water, it’s so fun and so effective. It’s a low impact exercise that increases muscle strength, builds cardiovascular endurance, increases flexibility, burns calories, reduces blood pressure, and like many forms of exercise, it relieves stress. Here’s a pool workout I had featured in the Chicago…

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Must-Have Items (and more) for the Kitchen


When it comes to cooking in the kitchen, I do a pretty good job of getting the job done, but I definitely couldn’t do it alone. The items in this list are ones that I canNOT live without, with a few exceptions (some closer to the end are definitely luxuries). These items specifically apply to the Healthy Choice Food Challenge that I am launching alongside my friend, Chef Kara Gambrel, on June 20. Honestly though, if you are in the kitchen a lot, or want to be, these items will just make your life easier. 1.  Water Let’s face it…

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I was a little afraid . . .


I’m not going to lie. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve always been really skeptical when it comes to essential oils. I guess the idea of dabbing a little peppermint oil on my feet to calm an upset stomach always seemed a little incredulous. That said, over the years, especially due to social media, I’ve seen a lot of friends swear by them, recommend them, and of course, sell them. So when Jennifer Abbott of Oily Babies approached me about giving them a try, I thought why not? After all, I’d seen Facebook posts about lavender and/or chamomile oils helping babies…

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Marilyn Monroe Truly Was Wise Beyond Her Years


“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe Before moving to Santa Monica in 2011, I spent almost ten years living on the east coast, and six of those years were in New York City. All of those years were with my husband, Sean, and the one thing he always said to me was something like: “You just never seem content with what you have going on now. What is it that you keep searching for?” Part of that feeling, I knew, was just from the ambitious and competitive energy of NYC, but I also…

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My Baby is Two!


My baby boy, Liam, turns two today. As most moms do, I keep asking myself where the time has gone and how this is possible, but here we are 2 years later. My baby is now a real boy who races on a scooter, roars like a dinosaur and has the appetite of a teenager. So to celebrate, as I did when Landon turned 4, I wanted to share my 2 MOST favorite things about Liam on the day he turns 2. My Little Lovebug. . . As with most people we love, the things that we find frustrating at…

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How to Dress For the Bump & Beyond


I’m so excited to introduce this trendy mama to you. Just like I was inspired to create my Expecting MORE pre & postnatal workout programs, after becoming pregnant and needing a fitness program to meet my needs, Maegan Watson of the blog My Dear Watson, a wardrobe desinger, was inspired to help mamas after struggling with what to wear through her pregnancy and postnatal recovery. If you’ve ever been pregnant or had a baby, I’m sure her story will resonate with you.  Big thanks to Maegan for sharing her tips for dressing the bump and beyond . .  . Dressing the bump…

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Let’s Make Every Day Earth Day!

Celebrating Earth Day reminds me of making New Year’s Resolutions. It comes around every year and we all think about the Earth for a few minutes and promise ourselves that we will try to do our part a little more or a little better. It’s really sad, isn’t it? I would really love if this year were different. Since I work so hard at being a good role model for my kids, I thought to live as eco-friendly as possible should be part of this. So, of course, I made a video with some easy things you can start doing to…

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Calling all Pregnant & Nursing Mamas!


Pregnancy & nursing have their challenges for sure, but thanks to Belabumbum we can all be a little more comfy without looking too frumpy at the gym and in the bedroom. Their undergarments, pajamas, and activewear celebrate, as they say celebrate “women’s enduring beauty: belly,boudoir, and beyond.” As you know I’m a huge fan of doing what we can to help us feel strong and sexy during these exhausting (yet rewarding) times in our lives. so I’ve teamed up with Belabumbum for their #GlowOnFitMomGiveaway. From now until April 17, you can enter to win my Expecting More and Expecting More: The 4th Trimester DVD sets and three…

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