I love my MAC Book PRO! After putting up with an 8 year old desk top and 6 year old laptop - it was time to move on from HP and take it to the next level with MAC. Much more productive.... although, the first night I had the MAC I could not figure out how to do many things.... like turn off the voice that says everything I keyed! Or even how to minimize a window, or better yet - how exactly do I turn off this awesome computer? I remember the humiliation when my husband asked his dorky World of Warcraft friends if any of them knew how to minimize a window on a MAC..... chances are if they are playing that game they are on a PC and don't need a computer to help run a business - BUT we can save that rant for a different post. Four months later and I can not imagine life without my Mac! I even bought a really pretty bag to carry Mac in - to take him everywhere (thanks Vera Bradley!) Now that my work productivity has increased due to this amazing computing machine - I have decided to branch out into the blogging world - as I had started to this time last year but stopped because it would crash my other two archaic models when I tried to up date or add a post. I also return to the blogging world with a mission - to utilize this blog as a local resource for moms both new and experienced. Please stop by to see new design and content soon!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I put together a cute Stroll or Treat themed Stroller Strides Class. Our location was the Crystal Mall and the kiddos were all dressed up in their costumes and were sweeter than candy! Our exercises were a lot of fun - 'mummy' lunges, pumpkin passes, and jack o jumps. I used our cones as 'houses' and we placed healthy snackers under the 'houses' for the kiddos to Trick or Treat after our workout. A Good time was had by all.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Our Luna Mom’s Club, powered by Stroller Strides were able to meet for a sunny, early afternoon play date and walk through the apple orchard and play on the pumpkins. This meeting was actually a rain date as we originally planned to do this a week before but the rain and cold had us reschedule. It was well worth the wait as the weather was cool and the sun was shining bright!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I have fond childhood memories of taking long bike rides to a strawberry field and picking strawberries with my family. I believe I ate more than I actually managed to bring home. Although I was a late bloomer in my athletic abilities (as in my mid 20’s!) I was fortunate enough to have parents who would offer encouragement and support to participate in sports while growing up – they would be there in the bleachers cheering me on. They would also offer their time and support (and in my teenage mind what I thought was nagging) to go above and beyond and practice on my own and become more conditioned, stronger, better. We seemed to always be doing something fun outdoors – even if it was as simple as renting a paddle boat at a local park.
As a mother, I want to create opportunities to pass the same memories and hopefully passion for personal fitness that I have to my children. I look around however, and see the ‘Now Generation’ in a world of enticing video games that demand hours of one’s time to make any satisfying progress. I worry that my children will be among many other of their peers that will have a shortened life expectancy due to the more sedentary lifestyle our nation is leaning towards with every video game system release? Every toy that disables a child to slip further away from their imagination.
October is one of my favorite months of the year. Fall weather, no wait, FOOTBALL weather! October is also Family Health Month. One component of health is fitness! Even the network Noggin gets in on the month long event and shuts down the 24 hour preschooler television network for an entire day to encourage children and their families to get outside and play.
As a family we do quite a lot of active and hands on activities. This past summer, my daughter learned how to ride her bike with training wheels. I am anxiously looking forward to her growing stronger so she can ride her bike with me as I run. One day we went hiking in a state park and Meredith asked me if we could go kayaking. I have a memory to look forward to creating with her now as I promised her we would go as soon as she was strong enough.
Meredith also started dance classes last month and is learning about muscles and energy at school – bringing about an actual awareness of her body. As a mother, I feel protective of her – I want her to grow up with a healthy and positive body image. I wont be able to shield her away completely from those video games and negative media outlets that tend to ingrain images of what a girl or a woman is expected to look like – but I can encourage a healthy family lifestyle.
Tips from our house to yours:
· Eat at least one sit down meal together as a family DAILY– it enforces good eating habits and establishes a reconnection.
· Have the children help prepare meals. When they feel apart of the meal making process, they are more willing to try new things when prepared by them! Meredith tried broccoli and asparagus because she cooked them.
· Plan a fun active family event often: Go hiking, biking, skating, kite flying, build a fort, swimming, have races. Silly things that that get you moving – but mean the world to your little one. I often ask Meredith when she is holding my hand in a parking lot if she wants to skip to the store. If you ever see us skipping into Target – please honk!
· Clean together! We have Cinderella Saturdays. We all clean until the house is spotless – then we go get cleaned up ourselves and go play! Cleaning burns calories – and I think we burn a little more in our house because we jam out to booty shaking music while we dust and clean windows and squat to wipe baseboards.
· Be a good role model – our children look up to us – it all starts with ourselves. This goes for our actions as well as our words.
At Stroller Strides and Luna Mom’s Club of Southeastern Connecticut, we have a few special playgroups this month in support of Family Health Month. This Tuesday we will meet and let our toddlers show us what they know. After all, they watch our every moves. Members share with me that their child showed them a special stroller strides exercise – so come and show us your skills! We will also be hosting a stability ball soccer match next week. This is an event you don’t want to miss – my abs are hurting just thinking about how much laughing there is to be had. Get out there and ‘move it move it’ with your kids!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Meredith's Preschool class took their first field trip today. Trevor and I had the opportunity to tag along. It was at at Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch here locally - Wittle's. It was quaint and we covered just the right amount of area for their little feet to roam. As a mother I really enjoyed the experience and I am so thankful I am in a position to be able to take time out of my dat to attend her school activities. Her class had been preparing for a few weeks to attend the field trip. They are currently observing what happens to a pumpkin - decomposition. They also participated in a classroom apple tasting. Meredith also seems to grasp the concept that it take time to grow plants and to make food. Not too long ago we picked apples and tomorrow we are going to can them and make apple sauce for Trevor. Meredith is very excited and I find it fantastic that I am able to grab onto the shirt tales of what she is learning at school and bring it into our home.