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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss would have been 111 today! He continues to have an impact on children and adults and is the inspiration for National Read Across America day.

Dr. Seuss not only inspired reading but has great insight for all of us in life, fitness, body comfort and happiness. Don't let it be just a quote on paper. Live a Seussical life and you may just find that that you will move mountains! Oh, the places you'll go! Here are some of our favorite quotes...

What are some of your favorites?

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Parents:

Check out these new exercises to incorporate into your next walk or run! This is another great collaboration between BOB Strollers and FIT4MOM. Give them a try...

See more great ideas at the BOB Fitness Center!

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What parent hasn’t dealt with picky eaters, refusing to eat their flavorful fruits and leafy green veggies, or even taking a daily vitamin? Or how about a little or big kid that refuses to drink enough water to stay hydrated while busy playing? These obstacles are usually easier to deal with than a child suffering from a cold, flu or unwelcomed stomach bug.

Now parents and kiddos can take advantage of tasty and organic options at home with naturally occurring electrolytes to help replenish lost nutrients. Just in time to add into your pantry, the Ella’s Kitchen® brand has launched two new product lines available at Target in partnership with the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target™ campaign. You can find their new drinks in the formula aisle.

New from Ella’s Kitchen®, tasty and certified USDA organic nutritional shakes and electrolyte* drinks tha tare made with real ingredients with naturally rehydrating properties to help replenish lost nutrients . Perfect from park to playground, and easy to pack in lunchboxes, free of...

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Are You Looking For Life Balance? If you are, then you should stop. It doesn't exist and it wouldn't be that great if it did. Now I'm not saying that you should accept a life of overwhelm. I'm just saying that balance is fictitious.

What you want isn't balance. You want a life with purpose, where you feel recharged and fulfilled. And you can do just that.

First off, stop multi tasking. It doesn't work. We've talked about it before. Moms all think that they are good multi taskers. Only 2% of people can multi task. So unless you think you are part of that 2%, it's time for you to get focused. Do one task at a time. You will get any project done much quicker if you focus on it. The average person is interrupted at work every 11 minutes. I can only imagine how often the average mom is interrupted. Do your best to choose one task at a time to focus on and turn off any interruptions that you have control over (facebook, email, phone, etc).

Balance means you are trying to live in the middle. Well that's no fun. Life happens in the extremes. That's where the magic...

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Recipe Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 lb Broiled organic BBQ tofu, cut into 1” cubes

q6 tortillas Organic corn or low carb whole grain of gluten-free tortillas

1 cup Shredded purple or green cabbage

1 cup Fresh pineapple, cored and chopped

3 tbsp Fresh cilantro

1/4 large Red onion

1/2 tsp Black pepper, ground

1 Fresh Lime, juiced plus 1 tsp zest (reserve 1 tsp juice and combine with nonfat yogurt)

1 tsp Olive Oil

1 cup Black beans (rinse beans before using; low sodium if available)

3 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek yogurt with 1 tsp juice

Recipe Instructions:

Pineapple Salsa

1. Dice fresh pineapple into small pieces or use pineapple canned on juice (not syrup).

2. Chop red onion into small pieces. Rinse onion over hot water if you prefer a milder onion taste.

3. Chop cilantro.

4. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until ingredients are well mixed together. Refrigerate.

Tempeh Taco

1. Warm corn tortillas for 5-10 minutes in a oven pre-heated at 350F, or on a skillet over...

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I spent the better part of the day yesterday on the couch watching the Academy Awards. I watch it in real life with my kids and virtually through text with my mom and my sister. We look forward to this day all year long.

Do I really care that much about the Oscars? Not really. I have barely seen any of the movies. I think I love it so much because it's a family tradition. I remember being a kid and staying home that Sunday and watching with my mom on the couch. It was just something we did together. I'm sure it wasn't intentional at the time; but it has become a family tradition.

Time passes no matter what but time can be made more special when it becomes a tradition. For instance, you make breakfast most days of the week. Why not make Sunday a pancake fun day? Or make the first day of Spring a day for a family outing? Traditions can be big or small. But they become special because they are done routinely and engage one another.

We all want to belong. Traditions help create a sense of belonging to your family. Some...

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New moms experience so much, from hormonal changes to a neuro-musculosketal shifts...it is truly a challenging time! One of the main changes, and yet often NOT talked about, is the weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. While there are some highly heated talks about how, why and where pelvic floor exercises should be done, the bottom line is that the contraction of these muscles is of the utmost importance. The pelvic floor is a set of muscles not unlike any other set of muscles. Your either use it or lose it and kegels are crucial to pelvic floor engagement and restoration. Here is a start:

  • Start with stopping the flow of urine the next time you urinate to feel what it feels like to contract those muscles
  • Then commit to do so at every red light

Use it or lose it, moms! #KEGELS

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NurturMe, the family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks for little ones, announces the launch of the first ever pure quinoa cereal in the baby food aisle. A new healthy alternative to traditional rice cereals, NurturMe’s Organic Quinoa Baby Cereal offers parents a weaning option that is rich in nutrients, gentle on the tummy and supports baby’s growth – making it a perfect first food for infants.

Pronounced “KEEN-wa”, quinoa is a protein-packed ancient grain with a nutritional profile similar to breast milk, along other superior benefits – including all essential amino acids, natural fiber, choline and antioxidants. Made from 100 percent supergrain, NurturMe’s new infant cereals are a complete and balanced protein, iron fortified, easily digestible and gluten-free.

According to Dr. Laura Jana, a nationally recognized pediatrician, parenting expert and award-winning author of Food Fights and Heading Home with Your Newborn,...

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I told my son it was Random Acts of Kindness Week. "Is that another Hallmark holiday?" he asked. No, this may be one of my very favorite initiatives of all time. A little spark of kindness can put a huge burst of sunshine in someone's day. Kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on each other. Get out of your normal routine and attempt a new random act of kindness each day. This blog doesn't need any more words. I think the pictures will be enough to inspire you!

Show your kids how their kindness can have a ripple effect on the Universe! Please share what you do and tag #RAKweek2015 along with #FIT4MOM

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For the Guacamole

Ingredients

3 ripe Avocados

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely diced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon smoked sea salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions

1) Slice avocados in half. Remove stone and scoop out flesh with a large spoon into a medium sized bowl.

2) Mash avocados with the back of a spoon or a mortar and pestle and add in lime juice and mix until well incorporated.

3) Add jalapeño, cilantro, onion, zest, garlic and remaining seasonings; adjust to taste.

For the Baba Ganoush

Ingredients

4 Japanese eggplants (the long, skinny ones)

1 Tablespoon raw coconut oil

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/3 cup tahini

1/4 cup parsley, roughly chopped

Smoked sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 450F. Cut off eggplant stems and slice down the middle lengthwise. Brush with...

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After 2 c-sections, 18 months apart, each time with an extra large belly full of a large baby (each was over 9 lbs) and excess amniotic fluid, I was eager for my 12 week post-op clearance to resume exercise and start working on re-shaping and strengthening my body. When that time came, I was not seeing the results I wanted from working out on my own, and the kickboxing class I used to attend only held evening classes, conflicting with precious family time and bedtime. A fellow mom friend invited me to try stroller strides, and it was clear that this was the group for me.

Share where you are in your fitness journey

Since joining stroller strides nearly 6 months ago, I have also gotten help from a health coach and a meal plan, and have lost almost 35 lbs, and gone from size 14 pants to a size 2!!! I'm smaller than I was before kids, and much stronger! I had a setback with some severe foot pain problems, but continued to show up and focused on arm strengthening while the group did exercises which I could not do. Now I absolutely LOVE my...

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Parents, do you know that you hold the key to health and wellness in your family? At FIT4MOM, we live and breathe the very important message of moms taking care of themselves. We know that when a mom is happy and healthy, those around her tend to be, as well. Spouses, you fall into this scenario too! Create a "family culture" of fitness within your home and watch your children blossom in their own lives. Families with really young children can start this culture between spouses and as your children grow, you can bring them into the healthy fold. Want some ideas?

  • Family Meal Prep: Involve the kids in the prepping and cooking of your family meals
  • Family Workouts: Go on walks together, do a mini circuit workout in your living room or at the park, etc.
  • Family Goal Setting: Decide where you want to take your health and fitness, write it down and share with each other for that extra accountability and support

Your “Family Culture” can be whatever you desire – How about one where health and wellness are purposely pursued?

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Spicy maple sriracha wings are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy! It’s a great appetizer option during the fall season. Heat up the grill and tantalize the whole family’s taste buds!

2 pounds chicken wings, halved, tips discarded

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup from Canada

2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

2 tablespoons real butter or coconut oil melted

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon lime juice

½ teaspoon grated lime zest

In a large plastic bag or bowl combine wings, salt, coriander, cinnamon, cumin and olive oil. Stir until well blended. Chill 1 to 4 hours.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine maple syrup, sriracha sauce, butter, ketchup, lime juice and zest; set aside.

Place wings in a single layer on a large foil-lined greased rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes until cooked through and crispy. Remove from pan. Toss in maple mixture. Return to baking sheet....

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Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

· 1 cup roasted hazelnuts (soaked and drained to make it smoother)

· ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

· 1 tablespoon coconut oil

· 3 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of choice)

· 8 dates

· 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (or other unrefined sugar)

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

note: You can omit the oil if you aren’t eating oil however the consistency may change. I soaked the nuts to make it easier to blend but it isn’t necessary, especially if you have a high speed blender. You can also use more dates and omit the sugar or use more sugar and omit the dates. I liked the taste of the combination of the two. If you prefer your spread sweeter, you can also add more dates and/or sugar. Also, depending on the type of cocoa you buy the taste may vary. Some cocoa is more bitter than others so make sure to taste as you blend and add more sweetener if need be.

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. If...

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With just days away from Valentine's Day, it seems like a good time to talk about dating our spouse. When I speak to most moms, they tell me that their marriage is definitely taking a back burner to parenting. However, rekindling that romance may be one of the best gifts you can give your kids.

How do you want your son to act towards his wife? How do you want your daughter to act towards her husband? Or partner? If we want them to know support, romance, love, then we need to show them how it's done.

Think back to when you first started dating.

Remember flirting?

Looking for ways to surprise them?

Deep kisses?

Looking in to their eyes?

Seems like a long time ago huh? Totally get it. This parenting stuff is exhausting at any age. Here are 10 ideas to get that spark going...

1) Give him a ten second kiss.

2) Put on your prettiest panties and let him know.

3) Leave a surprise note for him in the car.

4) Write him a randy text.

5) Cook his favorite dinner just because.

6) Put a date night on the...

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Makes 72

Filling (turtle version):

· 1 package pitted dates (about 6 oz or 170 grams)

· ¼ to ½ cup almond milk depending on desired consistency

· dash of Himalayan pink salt

· ½ cup pecan pieces

Filling (peanut butter version):

· 1 package pitted dates (about 6 oz or 170 grams)

· ¼ to ½ cup almond milk depending on desired consistency

· dash of Himalayan pink salt

· ½ cup peanut butter

Outside:

· 5-6 cups vegan chocolate chips

· 3-4 teaspoons coconut oil (optional to thin out chocolate)

note: You can sub any milk or type of chocolate chips depending on whether you want vegan and/or free of refined sugar. Also, the more coconut oil you use to thin out the chocolate, the less stable the chocolates will be at warmer temps. However if you don’t put any in, the chocolate will be thick and harder to work with. My suggestion is to start with a tiny bit and see if you need to add more. The less you use, the more likely you...

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