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February 2016 Blog Posts (9)

Meal Planning Tips

Cooking has never been one of my favorite activities, but I learned that deciding what to cook was more of a chore than the actual cooking. It could take me forever to come up with a list of meals I'd want to make for the week before I could make my grocery list and head to the store. Recently I moved into a monthly meal planning routine and it has changed the way I…


Added by Beth Keklak on February 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Show and Tell: Use Education and Experience to Help Kids Make Healthy Choices

I’ve been doing this for a long time, so certain things are now second nature to me: Eat right. Stay hydrated. But as kids are young and still learning the value of their choices, it’s our job to not just lead them, but guide them toward that place of self-reliance bred from experience, education and healthy decision making.

When it comes to educating my children, I’m a believer in “showing,” not just “telling.” If my kids are feeling sluggish and not 100 percent, I’ll ask them, “Why…


Added by Christie Rampone on February 24, 2016 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Feb. 29th: A Great Day to Pay it Forward

February has an extra day this month, as we all know. It might just feel like any other day and could possibly fly past you without any fanfare. With a golden opportunity of an extra 24 hours, why not use it to have some fantastic pay-it-forward fun? Sure, April 25th is the official Pay-it-Forward Day according to the Pay it Forward Foundation, but I don't think they…


Added by Cindy Dudas on February 24, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

What I Know Now As A Mom That I Wish I Knew Then

Seriously, I could go on and on regarding this topic that looks back at the much younger, and dare I say it, very naive version of me as a mom. I started motherhood with a colicky baby (possibly the worst colic ever!!!), who turned out to have a sensory disorder. This child did not eat solid foods until he was two and a half because of the sensory disorder, and the doctors were stumped for over a year as to why he would gag every time he tried to eat any food with a consistency…


Added by Maria on February 19, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Creative Date Night Ideas With Your Spouse

I will be honest: we don't do many date nights. But we SHOULD.

I am definitely one of those wives that likes to do things besides plain-old-dinner-and-a-movie for when we get to go out sans kids. My husband playfully makes fun of me when I counter his "Where do you want to go out to dinner next Friday?" with, "Hey, how about paintball or mini-golf?"

I loathe boring date nights. I like to do fun, creative, interesting, out-of-the-box things...probably because…


Added by Alix Hayes on February 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Dealing with Mid-Winter Stress

No matter how much the temperature…


Added by Cindy Dudas on February 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Hitting My Stride

Life is funny – just when you hit your stride, it throws you a curveball. Sometimes its minor. Sometimes it’s a doozy.

I’m not just talking about running. I’m talking about life. Every part of your life has a…


Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on February 6, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

"Me Time"

This year, in an attempt to devote more time to taking care of myself, I bought a planner. When you are the default parent, creating “me-time” can be nearly impossible. My youngest son started full-day preschool a little over a year ago. There were many reasons that this was a HUGE transition for me. For the first time in almost 13 years, I would not have anyone to take care of six hours a day. Also, my youngest has special needs, so I went from an intense 20 hours a week of…


Added by Maria on February 2, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recovery in Action

One of the most important parts of staying on track toward long-term health goals is paying attention to cues from your body. If you’re in pain or sense a possible injury, it’s time to see a doctor. If you ignore the signs, you’re not helping yourself or your family, and you’re not being the best mother you can be.

An injury that takes three weeks to recover from might only take a week with the proper care and attention from a doctor. It’s up to you to maintain a dilligent recovery…


Added by Christie Rampone on February 2, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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