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5 entries from March 2012

On Creatively Exercising

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(our 14-year-old daughter, who stays fit through ballet)

For too many years, I put everything else in my life - building a website, homeschooling, being a mommy, home projects - above my health.  It's ridiculous, really, that many of us moms don't take the time to stay healthy.  We want to give our children an amazing childhood, and how can we do that if we are not healthy?

As part of getting my health back in 2012, I'm keeping track of what I eat and learning more about calorie input and calorie output.  In order to keep my calorie intake balanced with my output, I've realized that I have to actually move more (gasp!). 

I don't want our children to have to think about exercise as consciously as I must.  I would rather they move without realizing they're doing anything special.  We encourage active play at our house by keeping things here and there, from the Wii to the horseshoe pit, and from the kayaks to the Kinect.  One son plays basketball in the front yard every day, our daughters take dance lessons, and all three of the older kids jog a mile now and then.  As a family, we go on walks, canoe, or play the Kinect or Wii.

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Last week, our daughter helped me think of yet another way to exercise together.   She and her friend, who has a new camera, wanted to go on a photo shoot with me.  Without even thinking of it as exercise, I walked a few miles that evening while snapping photos around the bay, up the cliff, into town, and around the fountain.  It was the most pleasurable exercise a girl could have, and while enjoying the company of two young teens.

This week, I learned about Together Counts, a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living.  The purpose of the Together Counts campaign is to get more families eating and being active together, balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn.  The fun part is that we can join the Together Counts campaign to keep track of our progress. 


The Together Counts coalition brings together more than 195 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations.

How to Join Together Counts (& me!):

You'll find more information at Together Counts , including how to join the pledge (their blog has some great tips!). 

How to Enter to Win Some Great Prizes:

Together Counts is holding a fun sweepstakes on their Together Counts Facebook page to celebrate their first anniversary. Prizes include gift cards, George Foreman Grills and a membership to Anytime Fitness.

How to Enter for More Prizes (while having fun tweeting!)

Please join me and Together Counts as we celebrate Child Nutrition Month at a Twitter party on 4/3 from 8-9 PM EST. Prizes include $50 same-as-cash gift cards. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Together Counts Twitter Party page.

Other Places to Find Together Counts:

Follow Together Counts on Twitter and Pinterest.

Let me know if you join us, so I can look for you on the Together Counts map!   How does your family creatively exercise?


This is a sponsored post  written by me on behalf of Together Counts and the Global Influence Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Town Spiffed Up for This

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Every March, our little town spiffs up.  Roads are repainted, flowers are planted, windows are wiped, sidewalks are swept and then, on the third weekend in March, thousands of people come from all over the United States to visit our annual arts & crafts festival. 

The town streets are closed to white festival tents down every street.  Hundreds of them.  Food vendors are given an alley - since their food trucks aren't so pretty, I assume -  and a corner is reserved for live music.  The beautiful Southern belles come out to be seen, and every shop is full of merchandise in exchange for tourist's dollars. Even the weather cooperated this year, with puffy white clouds, against a Gulf Coast blue sky.

It's one of my favorite weekends, and a wonderful excuse to roam town with friends, eating kettle corn, sipping overpriced lemonade, and getting the first sunburn of the year.

A New Adventure

Our eldest daughter becoming a teenager has been such an adventure full of do-we-set-this-boundary-or-that decisions and mile after mile of going-going-going.

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Our eldest son is 16, so we aren't new to teens, but he is a laid back, easygoing kid who doesn't need to be out and about, could care less about his hair, and doesn't take ballet lessons. 

This girl, however, wants to move, interact, dance, visit, text, and shop.

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The remaining days of her as our own are less than the days we've spent with her, I know.  Even though I'm tired some days and confused most days (do we let her text that 17-year-old boy?), I am enjoying this teen-raising adventure. 

It's fun (and expensive) to see her blossom into such a beautiful young lady.