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Top Mommy Blogs

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I'm super excited to announce that my blog has been accepted into the Top Mommy Blog community!  This is a community of top mommy (and daddy too) bloggers.  There are a slew of categories that people are blogging about so it's easy to find the different categories of blogs to suite your interests.

My blog is a Family Life blog.  I don't focus on a particular topic such as fitness or being a SAHM.  I blog about things we do or that I'm passionate about.  I tend to get my hands into too many things so that's another reason I can't just stick to one topic!

This is perfect timing to start the new year with a new adventure.  On my to-do is to update the look of my blog, I haven't changed it since I started it in 2010!

Each time you visit my blog I'd be forever grateful if you could click the badge for voting for Top Mommy blogs.  I need your help to stay up in the ranks in the blogging community. You can use the link on the image below or the badge in the …

Staying Healthy In The Winter

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In the Chicagoland we've had some pretty inconsistent weather this fall/winter.  As I put my Christmas light outside after Thanksgiving we still had leaves on the bushes.  I had just told my husband that I remember as a kid we would stuff old jeans and flannels with leaves to make scarecrows for the fall and Halloween outdoor decorations.  This Halloween there weren't any leaves on the ground.  As of December 1st they were still on the trees and bushes!

We've had days close to 60 and days that were 30 so it's no wonder people are dropping like flies with sickness.  Moms and kids in all of my different groups were MIA for at least a couple of weeks as it went through their houses.

This year it actually hit us.  For only the 2nd time in 4+ years we had a cold.  For me all that happened was that my voice would come and go and for a couple of nights I slept propped up because I'd get a dry tickle.  I felt no different than any other day.  Then my husband got it.  His…

Minnie Mouse Digital Download

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The other day I was finally going to check an item off of my list and create the Minnie Mouse digital come inside door sign.  It happened to be the day that a bunch of sites were taken down for a while due to a cyber denial of service attack.  Etsy, Pinterest, Twitter and a bunch of sites were down.  Ok, well I guess I won't get my Minnie Mouse done.

Well, now my son is taking a nap which is not going to be good for us come bedtime, but he fell asleep in the car after we were at a friends football game and stayed asleep on the way in.  Yesterday he fell asleep in the car too and I carried him into a store and got him back into the car, went to the mall and got him into the stroller, did what I needed to at the mall and got him back in the car and he woke up as we pulled into the driveway.  He got about a 2 hour nap in while I did all of that.  He must be growing again because that is unusual.

I always seem to digress while I write but I guess you get more insight into my life!

My…

Cancer

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October is a month of breast cancer awareness.  It's also a month for liver cancer awareness.  Just about every month has some kind of cancer awareness because cancer seems to be WAY to common these days.  One of the things I am passionate about is prevention of all cancers.  For several years now I've educated consumers on how to have healthier homes.  We started our journey looking for safer, more effective and budget friendly household items and I have learned so much over the years.
I get excited sharing and helping others on their journey to better health!

Today's post is focusing on an ingredient, formaldehyde.  This is a known human carcinogen as cited from the American Cancer Society.  Most people think ok whatever I don't use that.  I'm going out on a limb and saying that unless you've already switched brands and stopped shopping at mainstream brick and mortar stores you do actually have it in many things around your house.

The problem is that you wo…

End of an Era

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A few weeks ago I got an email and the subject made my heat race for a brief moment of panic.  It was notification that in 30 days my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification would expire.  For anyone that isn't familiar with project management it's like an accountant letting their CPA go.  When I quit working my 'go to an office job' I knew I would not renew when the time came so this did not sneak up on me or catch me by surprise.  However, seeing those words was a little surreal.

I did enjoy my job for the most part, the people, the company overall were really great.  The pay was pretty darn good too.  Of course you have days from H E double hockey stick but that's anything in life.  I do not miss my 'going to an office job' it at all.  I don't miss the commute, I don't miss long hours, I don't miss working on someone else's schedule and terms.  The only thing I wouldn't mind doing again is working with Microsoft Project. …

Summer Olympics

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I love watching the Olympics.  Growing up I remember going through phases where there was a sport I wanted to grow up and do at the Olympics.  The first was gymnastics.  I never took gymnastics but my mom taught me basics and I even had that leotard that Mary Lou Retton had that looked like the flag.  Later in life volleyball was my sport of choice so that was always a favorite.  I was never a swimmer but my husband was and there were exciting races this year.  JP is becoming quite the swimmer so I wouldn't mind steering him that direction instead of football.  My husband played football through college and yes, he does recall a time he likely had a concussion but was sent back in and never received medical treatment but it's not just that as to why neither of us are sure about the sport.  It's the broken toes and other bones and dislocated shoulders and bad knees from the years of abuse.  We'll see, I tend to over think things too early!

For my Stroller Strides and Fi…

Train 3rd Birthday

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It's no surprise around here that this year was a train birthday party.  JP loves any train, not just Thomas so I wanted to make sure it wasn't a Thomas party but we aren't really 'vintage' style people either so it actually took me a while to figure out how to make the theme work.  I was super excited with how it turned out.  As usual my husband thinks I'm nuts but also understands that I enjoy doing it.

I toyed around this year with making the cake because there were some cute things I found that were totally doable for a complete amateur but realize that I can't go crazy with party decorations and do the cake too so I will opt for the decoration part!

This is our front porch.  I made the Rail Road Crossing signs myself because we are going to re-do his room one of these days and do a train theme.  I'm going to pick neutral bedding and decorate the walls etc. with train things so we can easily switch and he won't outgrow bedding and the more exp…

Growing my Etsy shop

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I will slowly be adding items to my shop and will likely focus on downloadable printables.  I love crafting and hand making items for parties and things like that but I want time for that to be my own hobby and not having the only time I do it to be for 'work'.

JP has started pre-school already, I can't believe it!  It gives me a little time each day to get something done in peace.  It's just like when he used to nap but I don't have to stay home!  That may sound like I'm thrilled he's in school and part of me is.  He is so excited each day to go and comes out with a big smile saying he had fun at school today.  That makes me happy.  The first day was not good for me.  I held it together until I got back in the truck but then I cried.  Luckily I had scheduled a meeting that first day to keep my mind off of it so time passed and we were all good.  Now that I know he's happy I can be a little more excited to have some time back ;)

I've had requests f…

Macaroni Day

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There is a day for everything!  I actually really like that there is because it helps with ideas on things to do with the kids.

Supplies needed:
-noodles (any kind you can thread through)
-rubbing alcohol
-food coloring
-paper towels
-cookie trays
-baggies
-rubber/plastic glove
-yarn
-tape
-paper cups
-pipe cleaners
-hole punch

This list seems long but it's likely a lot of things you already have.

The directions I found for dying noodles was a capful of rubbing alcohol and 5 drops of food coloring in a baggie then add in about 10 noodles at a time for the best color.  Having never done this before I followed directions.  After I had the first batch of noodles in I realized this wasn't going to be very clean or efficient.  You can't just dump the noodles because there's still a lot of liquid left in the baggie.  So, I found myself a glove to pull them out.  The next issue was getting more noodles in the bag...you have to hold the baggie open, still have a glove with fo…

4th of July Star Wand

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It's the 4th of July and a lot of these kiddos are probably a little young for sparklers and other fun but potentially dangerous activities that come with the holiday.  Something for them to shake and catch their eye was what I was going for.
Supplies needed: -popsicle sticks -festive garland -white craft paper -foam stickers -glue
The first step is to cut the garland in the length that you need.  I just wrapped it tightly around the popsicle stick and it didn't slip around.  I did cut  off a lot of the stars of the garland that were to be under the white star.  

I cut out a bunch of white stars with my Sizzix Eclips.  It worked best to glue the tips of the stars together.  The garland was a little too thick to actually glue the star to the popsicle stick.  Once the glue was dry the kiddos can add on the foam star stickers.  I was trying for a nice centered star on each side but JP had other ideas and when I wasn't looking started adding more to where ever they would stic…

Father's Day

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This was a tough one for me.  I had scoured Pinterest and just wasn't finding anything that was really catching my interest for a good project for all of the little ones we have in our Fit4MOM community.  I sat in the kids craft isle at Michael's just staring blankly.  This is the idea that came to me.  
Supplies needed: -8 1/2 x 11 foam sheets -foam stickers -letters for 'daddy' -glue stick -picture -scissors
The D's are cut out of foam sheets.  I made my template and just traced it backwards on what would be the back side just so my cutting didn't have to be perfect and the front wouldn't have the traced lines.
I trimmed the picture so it was the same width as the D and didn't hang over.  JP loved the stickers.  I had to keep them out of his reach or he would have put stickers on everything!  I'm glad he has fun with them now because he went through a brief phase where he was really scared of them.  He would cringe and bring his hands to his body…

Chocolate Ice Cream Day

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June 7th is Chocolate Ice Cream Day.  Who needs an excuse to eat ice cream though, certainly not us!!  
Supplies needed: -brown paint -foam paint brush -full sheets of paper (in colors that brown paint will show up on) -paper for ice cream and cherries -brown marker -glue stick
For this craft I cut out the ice cream shapes and cherries from one of the Sizzix Eclips cartridges I have.  JP's foot is so big I had to kind of merge a couple of the melting layer to make it fit right across the 'cone'!  
It's easiest to get the best and most even coverage on the foot to use a foam paint brush to apply to the foot.  You need to press down especially in the arch area.  You can see that I didn't do that good enough so I just used the paint brush to fill it in.  
While the paint is drying you can add on the ice cream and toppings.  Once the paint dries you can use a brown marker and make the 'waffle' effect on the cone. 






Fit4Mom Mother's Day Craft

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This week we are doing a big celebration of moms all week.  The best thing is that it's a week of free classes for people to try out.  Every class...Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, Body Back and the running club.  How great is that!  There have been a bunch of new moms out this week too!

This is a great group because there are options for having your kids with you.  Moms are great at taking care of everyone else and often tend to forget about taking care of themselves.  In order to take care of everyone else you have to be healthy yourself.  Physically, emotionally and all around balance for yourself makes taking care of everything else being a mom demands much easier.  When you find a group who welcomes you, ponytail and sometimes uncooperative kids with no judgement just open arms its such a relief.  It's your own little support community for advice, play-dates, moms night out oh and don't forget the whole point of the group...fitness!

It's also great to teach the kids …