Health and Fitness - Celebrating Family

My New Fitness Addiction – Indoor Cycle (Spinning)

After I got hurt running, I vowed to run again someday. I knew that this time, my exercise routine would have to include cross-training. Everyone, including my physical therapist, kept telling me that cycling is the perfect cross-training activity for a runner. I also kept hearing my sister-in-law Wonder Woman, I mean Holly, talk about her amazing spinning classes and how much they rocked. So when I saw that my […]

Mommy, Why Do Girls Wear Makeup?

The other day my son came into the bathroom while I was applying my mascara. He looked up at me with his big blue eyes and asked me “Mommy, why do you wear makeup?” I tried to brush him off with a comment about trying to look my best, but he was looking for a […]

Abbreviate an Embarrassing Problem with Abreva (Giveaway – 01/09)

I can still remember my first cold sore. I was so embarrassed and I was sure that the whole world could see it and that it was the topic of conversation for everyone in my school. Over twenty years later and I am still dealing with an occasional cold sore. I only get about one cold sore a year, but it almost always comes at a stressful time […]

World Preemie Day and RSV Awareness

One thing I love about being a blogger is being able to share important facts and issues with my readers. Recipes and crafts are fun, but every once in a while we need to get serious and talk about the big things in life. We all love our children and have a desire to keep them safe.  November 17 […]

Diabetes and Oral Care – Creating a Healthy Tips Oral Care Basket With Colgate Total

Several people I love have diabetes.  Chances are that you know someone with diabetes, too.  I have always felt that I knew  lot about diabetes but I did not know that it could affect a person’s oral health. It makes sense that it could.  In fact, if you have diabetes, you are two times more likely to develop gum disease.  Colgate is working to spread awareness of this connection […]

How to Run Faster Than That Voice in Your Head

These are my big ol’ size 9.5 feet. These feet have taken me far as an athlete. They have helped me land gracefully when I ran hurdles, helped me stay balanced on rocky hiking trails, and begrudgingly helped me cross the finish line in my only half marathon run.  But these days the hardest work they do is help carry around my extra 20 […]

2012 US Olympic Swim Trials – Healthy Family Fun

Last week I mentioned that the US Olympic Swim Trials are this week.  We have been watching them both on NBC and on nbcolympics.com. The kids are really loving it and they have actually improved in their swim lessons this week as a result.  It sure helps to see a perfect model of how a stroke looks. We […]

U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials and a Useful Tool for Families

Swimming is near and dear to my heart. As I have shared before, my sweet niece drowned before she even reached the age of 18 months. This tragedy greatly affected my life and I have become a huge advocate of teaching children to swim . I started my own kiddos in swimming lessons at an […]

Running Motivation Memes

I ran this week after a 2 year hiatus from running. My last run was a half marathon in which I messed up my knees. But after a lot of physical therapy I am proud to say I am running again.  Okay, I ran one mile twice this week, but hey, that’s a start!  I am feeling […]

No More Excuses Fat Girl!

Okay, I admit that calling myself a fat girl is not exactly the kind of self-talk that makes one healthy. Well, maybe it is. I mean, if calling it like it is gets me up and moving then maybe that kind of talk will make me healthy. Of course, there are many who would say […]

Old Fashioned Tree Climbing

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Chances are it as when you were a child.  Or maybe you climb trees with your children? Or maybe you are one of those parents that does not allow tree climbing. To me, there is not much that is more disappointing than seeing a large tree […]