Fall is here but it definitely doesn’t feel like it here in Santa Monica! Even though the leaves aren’t falling, I’m reminded of my favorite fall activities growing up in the midwest. I created these exercises when I was living in Chicago and pregnant with my oldest, Landon. Hence, my sister modeling all the exercises. I decided this fall to put them into a full workout for you.  There is a PDF/JPG at the bottom so you can print out the workout or save it to your phone. It’s also available on Pinterest HERE if you want to pin it…

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Best Time-Saving Websites (Apps) . . . Especially for Moms


I’ll be honest. One of my least favorite things to do with my kids is to go shopping. Yes of course because you never know what might happen but moreover, because there are so many things I’d rather be doing with or without my kids. That’s why I swear by these websites, which are also apps. So if you’re looking for some ways to be more time efficient, not have to take a single step into a store, and still find what you want (and maybe even save some money), I recommend giving these a try. Instacart   Instacart is the shopping site…

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Why You Should Eat More Watermelon


So yes today is National Watermelon Day, but really it’s just an excuse for me to share a fun recipe and some health facts with you. Watermelon Slushie Recipe First off, I don’t know about you all, but sometimes, especially during the summer, I’ll buy and cut up an entire watermelon, but won’t finish it in time (mostly because I forget about it). So the other day, when I realized our watermelon was looking a bit mushy, I took all of our left-over watermelon (probably at least 2 cups), a handful of mint & a cup, of ice, blended it all…

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I Will Miss My Friend


I was going to go to yoga tonight. Yoga has become my therapy, but I was pretty sure I would start bawling my eyes out in class . . . I decided to write instead. I wrote an article on my blog about two years ago where I interviewed my friend Paula Hess who was a mom surviving with terminal cancer. Paula passed today, August 2, 2016. I’ll be honest, I’ve been sitting here for the past hour rereading the blog I wrote, or rather she wrote, where she shares her cancer journey, what happened, how she mothered through it…

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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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