Category Archives: Cross Blogging

Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

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Writer Road Trip: Ever Wonder What My Typical Day Looks Like?

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Writer Road TripFor the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.

6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.

7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.

7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)

7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.

8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)

8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.

8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.

8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.

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Writer Road Trip: Our New Home and Where I’ve Been Writing About It

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Writer Road TripGuys, life is CHAOS. We are so busy there are some days when I don’t even know which way is up. I am dealing with some health issues on top of other things so blogging has had to take a backseat… well… blogging HERE has had to take a backseat. I promise I’ll get more great pieces up soon but in the meantime, head over to Mumbling Mommy where I talk about moving and our new house.

Practical Moving Tips from a Mom that Just Did It

The Surprising Way Our Family Grew Closer in a Bigger House

And just because I really like you guys, I’ll leave you with a picture of our new beauty to hold you over:

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P.S. If you have been following me on Instagram you saw this picture months ago 🙂

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30 Day Challenge – Running Style

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I need a good jump start to my routine. Now that we have moved and are settling in, running needs to become a priority again for my health and mental well being. I love running but have had to push it aside. I’m excited to be joining in on this challenge to get my muscles back in the game. Princess Daddy is accepting the challenge with me, will you?

Journey To the Finish Line

Admit it.

You’ve completed tried at least one of those 30 day challenges.

The ab challenge. (yup)

The squat challenge (kinda)

The plank challenge (kinda)

The arm challenge (nope – I get enough arm challenge carrying twin toddlers thank you)

I follow quite a few fitness and running fanatics on twitter, one of which is Kinetic Revolution. He offers a free 30 day challenge that he claims will change your running. Run Faster. Run Stronger. Or so he says.

Historically, I am not very flexible. Yoga has helped this some, but even my once a week practices start out pretty awkwardly. I’m stretching almost every day, but I’m told by my chiropractor at every visit that I’m still too tight (ugh). Since I’m really focused on trying to keep running without injuring myself again, I thought I’d give this a try.

The first week focuses on Basic Mobility and…

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Guest Post: Effective Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Self Esteem

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by Erika Schmidt

SelfEsteemI can’t” is a statement that signals low self-esteem. If you happen to hear this coming from your child’s mouth, it is a sign that he might have low self-confidence.

This is not just a minor issue. It is something that, if not corrected, may lead to the child’s inability to do what he is potentially capable of doing.

As a parent, it is our duty to give our child a self-esteem boost, especially if he or she is not quite confident at school. Here are four effective ways to enhance your child’s self-esteem. Read the rest of this entry

When You Fail Your Own Challenge

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When You Fail Your Own Challenge

A reminder that we all have good days and bad days (or bad weeks. Or months) The most important thing is to refocus and keep pushing forward.

I myself had a GREAT first week in the challenge, an okay second week. And then, here we are at June and I don’t even remember making goals for weeks 3 and 4. Oops.

We are human. We fail. And then we get back up.

May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week Two Complete)

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May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week Two Complete)

Another week down! My goals last week were much the same as the previous week but I definitely didn’t do as well.

That’s life though folks. Health is about the overall impact. Each day matters, yes but we are all still human. We did yoga on Monday as planned but did no other workouts this week. It WAS still a great week though in the end because we ran our second 10k and both had personal records. (Blog coming soon.)

My focus this week is going to be biking and nutrition. Giving the running a rest after a strong finish. Have a great week!

May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week One Complete)

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May Health & Fitness Challenge (Week One Complete)

Week 1 is complete! My goals for this week were:

1. Complete 1 long run. DONE
2. Complete 1 long bike ride. DONE
3. Complete 1 yoga session. DONE
4. Complete 1 combo bike/run. DONE
5. Complete power walking video once. DONE
6. Drink more water. DONE
7. Try to limit post workout snacking. DONE

I am really excited about my progress this week. I have felt better this week than I have in a long time. Princess Daddy and I have been really supporting each other and getting control of our time management to make sure we each get our workouts in. (We did the powerwalking and yoga together after the girls went to bed.)

It’s amazing to me also how this extra energy and more positive mood has come across in other aspects of our lives. The house is staying cleaner. Our patience is more apparent. Things are just… Happier!

This weeks goals are going to be very similar. Next weekend we are running in our second 10k which will take the place of a long run. I am going to only plan for a short bike ride instead of long this week so I am race ready. And same for bike/run combo. I’ll skip that for an extra day of yoga 🙂

Writer Road Trip: Therapeutic Limit Setting Part 1

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Writer Road TripLast month I compiled together some notes from a seminar I attended through Orange’s school district on Therapeutic Limit Setting. This is something we’ve started practicing in our home ever since I took the class. I am absolutely hooked. It has a very natural feel and has been correcting a lot of bad habits and unwanted behaviors while still keeping everyone happy inside the home. Is there anything better than that? The seminar was first recommended by Orange’s teacher. I have such great respect for her and this is just another reason why. This was a major game changer for us.

My notes turned into a wonderful blog post that I send over to Mumbling Mommy to publish. Mumbling Mommy features over a dozen moms that write on a variety of parenting and life experiences. There’s literally something for everyone over there so when you are finished reading my post, stay awhile and look around.  Read the rest of this entry