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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 […]


5 Reasons for Family Dinner Time

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 21, 2011

Today’s families are spread thin. Between soccer games and track practice, jobs and choir rehearsal, and the many meetings, appointments, homework assignments and work responsibilities, parents and children are, quite simply, busy. It can be challenging to find the time to be together and connect as a family, but this time is so valuable. Families […]



by Together Counts PartnerNovember 18, 2011

As the air turns a tad bit cooler here in Atlanta I am happily renewing our family’s commitment to outdoor family exercise. Atlanta is most commonly referred to as “HOTlanta” and with good reason! During the summer we average in the 90’s on a daily basis and although last year I trained for a half-marathon […]


Cooking Together Counts

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 16, 2011

Looking back on my childhood, many of my favorite memories revolve around our kitchen – it truly was the heart of our home. Family dinners and Saturday morning breakfasts were important meal times, not just because we ate together – because we also cooked together. Helping my mom prepare meals for our family represent some […]


One Mediocre Campground + 40 Years of Family Tradition = Priceless

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 14, 2011

The first year my husband came to my annual family camping trip I remember him being a little disappointed in the whole experience. He didn’t have a bad time, it just did not live up to the expectations I had set by my inability to stop raving about it for months beforehand. I couldn’t understand […]


Trying A New Workout on the Trapeze

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 11, 2011

Although I love having a workout routine, I’m prone to boredom. I feel like a robot going to the gym, getting on an elliptical machine and lifting weights. If my mind and body aren’t challenged, I’m not getting the most out of it. I’m currently on the hunt for ways to mix up my workout, […]


Choose Your Meal

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 9, 2011

My entire family gathered around the dinner table… it’s a reoccurring dream I have often. Talking, laughing, passing food to one another – really and truly enjoying one another’s company. Unfortunately, busy schedules make it nearly impossible for us as a family to eat together every night for dinner. Like most families we are juggling […]


New Eating Habits for a New Lifestyle

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 7, 2011

Friendship is essential to the soul, and I can speak from experience and honestly say my friends are a special and unique breed. While I’ve relied on their support in more ways than I can count, soliciting support for my eating habits hasn’t been one of them. Quite the opposite, actually, with remarks like, “Nakea, you […]


Finding A Balance through Group Activities

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 4, 2011

I’ve never been a fan of exercise. I’ll wake up one morning and tell myself I’m going to start going to the gym every day. I’ll be so diligent for about a week and then just get bored. It’s always been a challenge for me. Then I moved to Chicago. And what happens when you […]