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Start the New Year with 31 Days of Fun

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 29, 2011

January can be a tough month: the holidays are over, the weather can be cold and dreary and finding fun activities to do as a family can be a challenge unless you plan ahead and prepare for it.So many of us make resolutions to get fit, get healthy, lose weight or be more active. What […]


Top 5 Nutrition Myths

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 27, 2011

Nutrition myths and misinformation are everywhere…magazines, the internet and even New York Times best-selling books. With that in mind, we decided to debunk five of the most common nutrition myths. Don’t be surprised if you learn a thing or two! Myth 1: Fad diets don’t work In fact, most research shows fad diets do work, […]


The Culture of Food in the Holidays

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 22, 2011

Food is a huge component of any holiday celebration, and adding a multicultural element to it just makes it that much more of a vibrant feast. The more cultures present in one blended family, the more traditional foods and recipes need to be included in the menu. For example, my husband grew up in Mexico […]


Physical Activity in Schools: How Does Your Child’s School Compare?

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 20, 2011

Did you know that to meet the national guidelines children and adolescents need to be physically active at least 60 minutes a day? With childhood obesity at an all time high and students spending a large portion of their day in school, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) recently surveyed […]


Key to Successful Family Craft Projects: Keep Them Simple!

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 15, 2011

The fall transition into winter is one of my favorite times of year. After a long, hot Tennessee summer, we revel in the crisp autumn weather and spend much of our time outdoors. During this season, I try to work nature into our craft times as much as I can. School and work keep us all […]


Try Something New Together: BMX Family Edition

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 8, 2011

My husband has been trying to warm our daughters to the idea of BMX racing for the last six months. With his motocross background and love of mountain biking, his enthusiasm is easy to understand. What appeals to me, is that BMX is a sport we could all do together as a family. But, as hard as […]


Activity Planning While on Family Vacations Abroad

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 6, 2011

Before I became a mom I never quite understood what my mom-friends meant when they would complain about needing a vacation after the vacation. Don´t we all?  But, now I really understand at a cellular level what they meant. Vacations abroad can offer the most enriching cultural, language and horizon-expanding experiences for our children. There´s […]


The Great Vegetable Battle

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 1, 2011

Since becoming a parent, vegetables have been the bane of my existence. Personally, I love them, and I’ve found lots of great ways to cook them so that the 18-and-up members of my blended family all love them, too. My four and seven-year-olds, however, are another story. They hate vegetables. They’ve always hated vegetables, no […]


Join a Team for More Family Time

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 28, 2011

I’m a huge fan of kids participating in team sports. Not only is it a great excuse to get your kids outside and active, but teams are a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills, build self-esteem and so much more. Unfortunately, after signing our own kids up for team sports, we realized just […]


Done with Thanksgiving Dinner? Get Up and Move!

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 23, 2011

Here in America, Thanksgiving is all about the meal. Sure, we spend time with family and think about the things in life we’re thankful for…but really, we’re all just waiting for supper. Every year we sit down to a table laden turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. When it’s all […]