Homeschool was only 1/2 great today

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

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

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

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

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

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...]

Is breast cancer on the rise in young women?

It is uncommon for a young woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer.  But a new study has found that it is becoming increasingly less uncommon than it used to be. According to research conducted by researchers at the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at Seattle Children's Hospital, the rate of advanced breast cancer has almost doubled for young women in the U.S. over the last three … [Read more...]

Taking a Facebook Vacation

  Have you ever considered taking a break from Facebook?  Last week, I wrote a post on Mother Nature Network about a dad who paid his daughter $200 to stay off of Facebook for five months.  It was an interesting move that's prompted even more interesting conversation around the web. Apparently, the "Facebook Vacation" has become the latest trend in social media, with folks hopping off … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] Team #Cinchspiration: It’s a Wrap!

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Shaklee – It’s a Wrap!

                    Has it really been six months since I started my Cinchspiration journey?  I cannot fathom that just six months ago I was at my heaviest weight ever and had fallen so far off of the fitness track that I couldn't even find my running sneakers.  Yet, here I am just 6 months later at my post-baby weight … [Read more...]