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The Importance of Play

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 31, 2011

Autumn brings so many welcome changes — it is the season of nature’s beautiful color show, aromas and tastes of pumpkin and apple are abundant, cooler air sets in and the promise of new learning and fresh starts are brought by the school year. With this fresh, new season upon us and the humidity and […]


Family Fitness Challenge

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 28, 2011

As a mom to four and seven-year-olds and stepmom to 18 and 20-year-olds, I have by no means been a perfect parent. But I am proud of the fact that my husband and I have managed to integrate fitness and a balanced diet very naturally into our kids’ lives. We decided very early on to be an […]


Green Time for Sleep Time

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 26, 2011

Many U.S. parents are surprised to learn that their children suffer from persistent sleep deprivation – as much as two hours per day. While there is no single reason for the cause, their lack of rest may be due to busy schedules, addiction to television and electronic games and lack of knowledge about the amount […]


Semi-Homemade Meal Magic

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 24, 2011

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was fortunate enough to grow up in New Orleans with a family that gravitated towards the kitchen. I was practically packing meatballs by the age of three and understood the “Holy Trinity” of Creole cooking before I knew the phrase in its original context. Clearly our family loves […]


Together Counts for Family Halloween Costumes

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 20, 2011

As a family of six juggling school activities, church activities, a small business and a lawyer dad’s long hours, we often feel pulled in four different directions at once. Amid the crowded schedules, we desperately try to maintain enough “free time” to enjoy personal interests and quality family time. It’s not an easy task, but opportunities […]


Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 18, 2011

Nearly one in three American children is either overweight or obese. At the current rate, experts predict that without intervention this generation of children will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It is a serious situation. In the short term, overweight children are more at risk for bone and joint problems and often suffer […]


Defining the Family Meal

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 13, 2011

There is a strong perception that dinner is the one, true family meal. While it’s a wonderful moment to come together and share news of the day, it’s not the only game in town. Between school activities, sports and various work schedules, every family can define the table time that works for them. For as […]


Surviving the Dressing Room with Positive Thinking

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 11, 2011

As the season changes, finding fresh fall fashions is on the minds of many women wanting to update their look. While shopping and trying on clothing is often a taxing experience, this season you can go into it with a new, positive outlook. Let’s face it, size variations can often feel overwhelming. Some women even […]


Finding Your Fall Fun

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 7, 2011

Summer may have ended, but just because you won’t be sporting your swim suit doesn’t mean you should be any less active. With cooler winds ready to replace the summer heat, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a new outdoor activity. Whether it’s as simple as an early evening walk around the block or as […]


Dining Out (with a Growing Family) Can be a Piece of Cake

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 5, 2011

I’m a busy working mom and have three (almost four, due in January) small children ages six, four and two. Between trying to balance schedules and my general pregnancy fatigue, we’ve started to dine out more. Going out to eat as a family has quickly become our way to reconnect and spend quality time together […]