I'm writing about the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign as a paid spokesperson by BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK and FitFluential. All content and opinions are my own. I'm not sure if I've made this abundantly clear or not, but I have a serious - and we're talking serious - obsession with all things chocolate. So when I heard that drinking lowfat chocolate milk is actually a way that athletes are refueling and rebuilding their bodies after strenuous workouts, you have to know that I was excited. The first time I heard about this was during one of my early summer workouts - back when I re-joined Lifetime Fitness. They had these big banners up Read more [...]

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Ricky’s Birthday: Cowboys, Ponies and Trampolines Galore

So I went a little all out for Ricky's birthday this year. Given how difficult the spring and summer were - and the fact that we barely had any barbeques this year - I just wanted to have a fun little celebration for my little guy turning two. So...I may have ordered some ponies. But just for the day! Not to keep. Much as my husband would like to have a pony in the backyard. And yes, that's true. A hobby farm is definitely on his bucket list. But that's a story for another day. So, we had a great time. Ponies, catered food, the cowboy hat. Oh, and he got a little trampoline, the perfect size for a two year old, as his big gift. And Read more [...]

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Hair Video: The Quick Mom Up-do For Everyday Life

So, I have this thing during the week. I rarely wear my hair down, because it bothers me when it gets in my face while I'm working. I also have issues with actually styling my hair during the week, because...well, I'm short on time. To help fix that, I've come up with several quick hair dos that make my mornings easier. And also prevent me from looking like the mom who literally just rolled out of bed to take her kid to school. And because I love ya, I'm sharing one with you today. Also, apologies in advance for the crappy sound level - my GoPro has been acting up this week! Read more [...]

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Parenting Toddlers: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

So summer is winding down, fall weather is starting to take hold, and while we probably still have a taste or two of summer left (it's going to be in the 80's this weekend here in the not-so-frigid tundra!), it really is time to start thinking about the colder months ahead. And with that comes...cold and flu season. Yes, I know. NOT something you want to think about right now. But nonetheless, as parents, it's time to start preparing for our most dreaded of days: when the little ones are sick. Because the worst thing ever is when you run out of something you NEED when your kiddos are feeling under the weather. Since I recently went through Read more [...]

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I am thrilled to have found Cortney and The Mommyhood Project; having resources as a new Mom is the key to finding our way through our own journey of Mommyhood. I guess I am what you would call an ‘experienced’ Mom, my 3 daughters are now 8, 10 and 12 and I am well into my 40’s! I have the benefit of reflecting back and seeing if the choices I made when my babies were small have paid off as they enter their teen years. I am happy to be able to share some of that wisdom with you. My personal website is called RaisingHealthyKids.co as that is what I am passionate about. We all start raising our kids ‘healthy’ the day each of them Read more [...]

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Cub Foods Days – Gift Card #Giveaway!

If you're local to the Twin Cities - like me - then I know you've heard of Cub Foods, one of the biggest local grocers. And if you've been keeping up on the news, they recently bought out several of the old Rainbow Foods locations around the Cities to open up some new stores. In honor of their new stores - and in appreciation of their loyal customers - Cub is throwing a big, month long party called Cub Days! Beginning this week through Oct. 11, Cub shoppers will be able to save big with aggressive promotions, and experience in-store fun with free samples and food demonstrations, major prize giveaways, local brand mascot appearances, and much Read more [...]

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Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Breakdown Point

I think I'm finally starting to realize just how much of an impact losing Addison is having on this pregnancy. The last month was such a whirlwind - it's been so packed with doctor's appointments, work transitions, events and chasing after my rambunctious toddler that I really haven't had a lot of time to think about things. Or how anxious I am to get through every little milestone that I set up for this pregnancy. I've been super behind on reading my favorite blogs lately. This morning, I sat down and read Hyedi's birth story of her son, Charlie. During pregnancy, sweet Charlie developed a rare heart tumor, was delivered about ten weeks Read more [...]

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Exhaustion. And Going to the Shooting Range While Pregnant.

Have you ever had one of those moments - those days, or maybe those weeks - where you're just so burnt out, you don't even know what you should do next? That's how I felt on Saturday. I hate that feeling. Mostly because you never know how long it's going to last. It's funny, because my doctor's visit on Friday really precipitated the whole...unproductive afternoon. On Friday, I was talking to one of the nurses about how this pregnancy has been so different - between the nausea, the fatigue, the headaches - it's been intense. And she turned to tell my very type-A, activator/achiever brain that, "oh honey. That's your body telling you Read more [...]

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When I'm not pregnant, I'm honestly not much of a snacky person. Being pregnant makes a whole different side of hunger come out - I'm basically ravenous all the damn time. I also have a toddler in the house, who LOVES snacks - and needs easy access to his favorite things. Because of this, I've had to come up with a stockpile that goes beyond the goldfish crackers to keep us both happy and full (have you ever seen a hungry, crabby toddler? Imagine the same thing in a grown woman with a baby belly when hungry. It's not pretty.). And if we're being honest...well, I eat a lot like my toddler anyway. Hey, it's just easier than not! And here are Read more [...]

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8 Weeks Pregnant: What it Feels Like This Time Around

With my previous pregnancies - especially in the beginning - I would sometimes forget that I was pregnant. Just a slip of the mind, I didn't always feel pregnant, so I just...didn't always remember that I was pregnant. This time around, even at 8 weeks pregnant, it's so much different. I can barely go five minutes without thinking - has another day passed? Because I've been so worried about doing this pregnancy right, there's not a moment that's gone by that I don't remember there's something growing in my tummy. It's a little weird, because I've never been quite this hypervigilant about anything before. In some ways, that's a really good Read more [...]

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