Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

florida 5K

A few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run. If you're not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K. But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It's a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how … [Read more...]

Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

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What do you think of when you see the term, 'natural?'  Healthy?  Organic?  Made from wholesome ingredients? The Google definition for 'natural,' is "existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind."  So it's no wonder that millions of Americans are fooled by the word 'natural' when they see it on food packaging. But the truth is, that the word 'natural' is not regulated on … [Read more...]

Music helps kids with cancer connect and cope

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  It's hard enough being a teenager these days and trying to relate with family and peers.  Throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix and many teens report feeling overwhelmingly isolated, even within their main support group.  Could music videos break down this wall of isolation for teenagers and young adults with cancer?  A new study suggests that they may help teens cope with their illness … [Read more...]

4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

Marathon Collage

I did it.  I DID IT!! Last year, around this time, as I was heading into my 40th birthday, I set  goal to run four marathons to commemorate my 40th year.  And despite an injury that sidelined me for two months - and forced me to defer entry into one of my planned marathon runs - I am happy to say that I did it.  Last weekend, I ran the Richmond Marathon and made it my fourth marathon of the … [Read more...]

Homeschool was only 1/2 great today

Hard at work doing math

I realize that it has been a while since I have blogged.  My world has been a blur of homeschooling and marathons as of late and while I have composed numerous blog posts in my head, none of them seem to actually make it to my keyboard.  In retrospect, the reason for the dearth of blogging seems to be that everything was going so well in both regards that I chose to spend more time enjoying these … [Read more...]

Homeschool: Four weeks in and going strong

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Tomorrow the girls and I will begin our 5th week of homeschool.  Not bad considering most of the kids in our area haven't started school yet.  So I thought this was a good time to look back at our first month and give you an update on what's working and what is definitely not! Things we <HEART>: Flexibility. Generally, we start our homeschool days at 8am.  But last week when the girls … [Read more...]

Starting Homeschool

First Day of Homeschool

Allow me to rewind the clock... Two weeks ago, my girls and I started homeschool.  This is our first go at the whole learning-at-home thing, and our first day was so incredible that I wanted to be sure to capture the moment in a post.  But as luck would have it, life got in the way and I have not had a chance to post anything until today.  Still, that first stay is still fresh enough in my … [Read more...]

How not to get hit by a truck while riding your bike

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If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, you might have seen this gnarly picture already.  Apologies in advance for tossing it out there again but it seemed as good a time as any to talk about bike safety, or "How Not To Get Hit By A Truck While Riding Your Bike." So here's the deal, last week, I was riding my bike down a fairly busy street when I was runoff the road by a truck … [Read more...]

Running like a dog

Running with my dogs

As many of you already know from my work with Shaklee last summer, I am a runner.  Well, most of the time I am a runner.  Lately, though, I really haven''t felt like much of one.  What used to be fun and freeing has become a real drag. This past spring, I ran the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach with the goal of making this the first in my "Four for Forty" attempt to run four … [Read more...]

Watch: How to escape education’s death valley

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If you have a vested interest in education - ie, you have kids - then you will love this talk from creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson.  Robinson challenges the irony of "No Child Left Behind," and outlines the ways that the current educational system is working against learning rather than promoting it.  Most importantly, Robinson shares how we can nurture our youngest generations with a climate … [Read more...]