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Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 21, 2013

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  […]


The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes 2013

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 14, 2013

I don’t view recess as something that takes time away from my kids’ learning. In fact, I believe that physical exercise prepares kids’ minds for learning – and leads to better behavior in the classroom. A quick search will bring up dozens of research studies to support this.  As an ambassador for the Together CountsTMprogram, […]


Celebrate Summer Outdoors

by Together Counts PartnerJune 27, 2013

My kids have recently discovered the fun world of camping – even better, you don’t have to go far, to sleep under the stars. Backyard camping is a fun way to take a stay-cation this summer,and is also a perfect introduction to camping for young families that might not be ready to venture out into […]


Valentine’s Day: A Family Meal Occasion

by Together Counts PartnerFebruary 12, 2013

Valentine’s Day is often portrayed as a romantic holiday exclusively for couples. Others view the occasion as a retail holiday that doesn’t hold any true meaning. But fear not – neither one of these scenarios has to play out in your home. In fact, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express love […]


Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 11, 2012

Preparing holiday meals can feel stressful. There are times I’d rather my children play quietly somewhere so I can focus on the task at hand in the kitchen. While I love my little helpers, it often feels easier to do it all without the help of little hands. And though that may be true, I […]


Fall Fitness Starts with Family Fun Runs

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 5, 2012

I am so thrilled that fall is finally here! My favorite kind of exercise has always been spending time outdoors being active, and for me that is easier to do in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. Though we did spend a lot of time at the pool swimming this summer and in swim lessons, and […]


School Lunchbox Love

by Together Counts PartnerAugust 21, 2012

It’s getting close to that time again….back to school! My kids are super excited! We’ve had a fun summer, but I think they are ready for some structure and, of course, meeting new friends. We moved to Colorado at the beginning of the summer and will be starting at a brand new school this year. […]


Red, White and Blue Holiday Fun

by Together Counts PartnerJuly 3, 2012

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better opportunity to combine some fun family time and good food! Since we’ve recently moved out of state, I can’t wait to ask our neighbors and see what is happening in our community for this fun holiday. I have fond memories of red, white […]


Life Balance 101

by Together Counts PartnerJune 19, 2012

Transition is hard on our families and bodies. Even if the transition is a positive experience (like moving into a new home or having a baby), the stress that accompanies these changes is hard on us. The best thing anyone can do is to take care of their body and family during these hard times. […]