Getting Fit

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.

Take better are of YOU this summer by getting fit and working daily exercise into your life. I’m back in the saddle. After last summer’s workout fest and getting discouraged that my body had not changed one itty bitty bit, I got really lax over the winter months, more and more so over the last […]

Having Patience While Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Having Patience While Parenting a Child with Special Needs | Life as MOM

Are parents of children with special needs automatically patient? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares about having patience while parenting her daughter who has Down Syndrome. Does having a child with special needs automatically guarantee that you are given the gift of patience? I recently heard someone griping about this. That they had a child […]

30 Recipes for a Whole 30

30 Recipes for a Whole 30 - Interested in taking the Whole 30 Challenge? Here are 30 family-friendly, budget-minded recipes that will help you pull it off.

Interested in taking the Whole 30 Challenge? Here are 30 family-friendly, budget-minded recipes that will help you pull it off. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps […]

A Guide to Curing Thank You Note Writer’s Block

A Guide to "Thank You Note" Writer

Cat got your tongue when it comes to writing thank you notes? Here are some ideas to help you say thanks in a real and honest way. This post is sponsored by Hallmark. All opinions are my own. The end of the year is a great time to say thanks. Whether you homeschool or send […]

Do They Know You Love Your Life?

Do your kids know that you love your life, specifically your life with them?

Do your kids know that you love your life, specifically your life with them? Sometime in the last week my eldest son, almost 17, said, “You always seem sad and depressed these days.” He said this with a little sadness in his own voice. It was just the two of us in the kitchen, early […]

Juices for Kids: Q&A

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Why juice? Isn’t juicing messy? What do you do with the pulp? Your Juice Questions Answered – Today I thought I’d address a handful of questions and comments that I’ve received about making juices for kids. These are my “off-the-cuff” answers to some pretty common questions.

Improve Your Family’s Diet

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A few years ago, on an initial visit to a new GP, my husband was told that he had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He’d had some blood work done prior to the visit, but this was the first time he’d met this doctor. Within 15 minutes of meeting him, the doctor was writing a prescription for blood pressure meds. For my 47-year old husband.

FishPapa — who wasn’t all that crunchy or health-foody (That’s my job. And my made up word.) — said, “Well, don’t you think I could try some diet changes, first?”

The doctor was stunned. Literally stunned. “Well, sure. Most people are hesitant to do that. They just want a pill.”

Helping Kids Help Each Other

Helping Kids Help Each Other

I think there are times that I should cheer Carter on. Yelling for him to run FASTER and encouraging him to reach his full, running potential. He has a gift, and he should use it!

And I love when I get one-on-one time with Addison where I can step slowly alongside her, relishing the extra time to notice little details along our walk. She shouldn’t be rushed to match Carter’s slow speed all the times.

But then there are times that we should all meet somewhere in the middle and walk as a family- creating a speed of family unity- where we’re all watching out for each other.

The world doesn’t need faster runners of more brilliantly gifted people. The world needs more hand holders, encouragers, teachers. I hope to model this for my children- one walk at a time.