A few thoughts as we wrap up 2016…

The year 2016 has been interesting to say the least. And I know that I'm not the only one who is ready to kick this old crusty year to the curb and see what 2017 has to offer. Because for all of it's ups and downs - and let's face it, there have been some pretty tremendous down this year - it has also been a year when the dust settled on my own personal upheaval and brought some exciting twists … [Read more...]

Big News! And A Great Green Holiday Giveaway

First the big news: I am moving! After 12+ years in our current home in Virginia, my husband and I are packing up the kiddos (and dogs and cats,) and heading to Pennsylvania. I won't lie. This whole process has been bittersweet. My husband got a great new job that he is very excited about, this is a new part of the world for all of us that we can't wait to explore, and PA offers a lot of … [Read more...]

Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

It's here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here's a little backstory: On November … [Read more...]

Wednesday #Cinchspiration, #GoGreenGetFit Weigh In: Week Four

Yeah, um.  Ok.  Let me just go ahead and come clean.  I cheated big time this week.  My excuse: extreme sleep-deprivation. Last week started off so well.  I led 3 days of our local girl scout camp and each day I got up at 5:00am, worked until 6:30, then worked out until 7:30 so that I could spend the rest of the day leading little girls on hikes, playing silly games, and splashing in our local … [Read more...]

Wednesday Weigh In: Week Two

Week Two of my Go Green Get Fit / Cinchspiration journey is complete and I gotta say that I couldn't be happier with the results.  Here's the breakdown: Numbers are recorded: Current/Last Week/Start   Week Two Results Weight 125/128/130 Bust: 34/35.5/36 Hips: 34/34/37 Waist: 33/33.5 /34.5 Arms 11.0/11.5 /11.5   So after two weeks following the Shaklee Cinch … [Read more...]

Chimpanzee Caption Contest

All week long we've been talking about chimps as part of the blogger challenge for Disneynature's new film Chimpanzee, which hits theaters today.  Today, I have a special challenge for you.  Send me your best caption for the image above and you could win a Chimpanzee Prize Pack that includes one Oscar stuffed animal, one reusable Disneynature Chimpanzee Tote, and one Disneynature Chimpanzee, The … [Read more...]

What’s in a face?

Ok, by now if you've been following along, you know that I've been talking about chimpanzees all week long.  And no, I have not gone bananas.  These posts are part of a blogger challenge to promote the new Disneynature film Chimpanzees which hits theaters this weekend. If you haven't already checked it out, be sure to look at the Educator's Guide that Disneynature put together to accompany this … [Read more...]

CHIMPANZEE Challenge: Going Bananas for Chimps

Is there anyone who doesn't just LOVE chimpanzees?  They are sweet, social, curious, tender, caring, playful, and so much like humans it's beyond amazing.  I have always loved to watch them interact, but until now, my chimpanzee admiration was limited to zoo cages.  So I'm incredibly excited about the new Disneynature film coming out this weekend.  The star of the show?  You guessed it: … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Save on Your Prom Dress

by Andrea Woroch The official start of spring is just around the corner and though the end of the school season seems far away, prom is on the forefront of every one's mind. As guys schedule their tux fittings and plan out the stretch limo ride, girls ask themselves that eternal question: what should I wear? Modern teenagers have a strong grasp of the latest fashion trends thanks to the … [Read more...]

Lessons From The Lorax: How you too can protect the trees

It probably goes without saying that I'm a huge fan of Dr. Suess' uber-eco book, The Lorax.  I've been reading it to my girls pretty much since the first day they opened their eyes, and as many days after that as possible.  So I'm incredibly psyched about the new movie: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax coming to theaters on March 2nd.  And I'm even more psyched that I was asked by the good folks at Universal … [Read more...]

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

I've had these resolutions knocking around in my head since we first rang in 2012 a few weeks ago.  I decided to follow my own advice and write them down so that I can make sure they actually happen.  So without further ado, here are my top resolutions for 2012. 1. Spend more time on Facebook: I know most people head into the new year with aspirations to spend less time on social media sites like … [Read more...]

Monday Meditation: MLK

I've decided to launch a new series on this site entitled Monday Meditations. The idea is to take a minute before diving into the week to reflect on a quote, story, poem, or photo.  And what better Monday to start such an endeavor than this Monday - Martin Luther Kinh, Jr. Day.  There was no shortage of quotes to choose from for today's meditation.  In fact, the really hard part was in finding … [Read more...]

8 Toddler Pitfalls to Avoid on Christmas Morning

by Ashley Grimaldo Regardless of your nostalgic, Christmas-morning-frenzy memories, you'll quickly learn that a no-holds-barred approach doesn't go over well with your toddler -- especially on the most anticipated morning of the year. Don't wing it Christmas morning. Get a game plan together now so that your entire family can enjoy the holidays without going into meltdown mode.   1. Decide … [Read more...]

How to Host Out-of-Town Guests (Without Going Insane)

  by Ashley Grimaldo   Aunt Jean is coming to town. You've known about it for months, but you're days away from her camping out in your guest room with a plethora of denture accessories. And she knows just how to cook your turkey. Face reality and get a game plan, because compensating with bourbon refills can get pricey. Sharing your home can be an awesome experience, … [Read more...]

January Eco-Challenge: It’s a Wrap!

It's the last day of January and subsequently the last day of my January eco-challenge to adhere to the principles of The Compact.  Nothing new, other than food and medical necessities, for one month. So how did I do?  Well, those of you that have been following me all month long know that I cheated.  Once.  A bought a book for a little girl's birthday.  One of my readers emailed me to pat me on … [Read more...]