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...]

The A-Z of Getting Fit With Your Kids

Looking for fun news ways to get your kids up and moving each day? Exercise doesn't have to be a drag. But I know how hard it can be to get kids out the door when all they really want is to continue their slug-fest on the sofa. Some kids can't wait for an excuse to get outside and run around. But others need a little more encouragement, and that's cool too. The key is to make it fun and … [Read more...]

Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It's all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds - found in chocolate - are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a … [Read more...]

Solar water heating – what’s in it for you?

Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. … [Read more...]

You signed up for WHAT?

It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that's on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on … [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...]

Wednesday Weigh-In: #Cinchspiration and #GoGreenGetFit

If you checked out last week's post, you know that I crashed and burned big-time and had to crawl my way back on plan before the week was through.  I'm happy to report that other than a few minor slip-ups (like the two bagels that I ate immediately after I dropped my eldest off for her very first week of sleepaway camp) I did pretty darned good this week.  Especially considering the week included … [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...]

Tri Bike Ride: #Cinchspiration and the Go Green Get Fit Challenge

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Goal: Go Green and Get Fit. Will it be a Cinch?

I'm about to take a journey this summer, and I'm taking you along for the ride. If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I am very interested in health and fitness, and I try to make these two issues a priority in the decisions I make.  Unless, of course, the health and fitness at stake are my own and then I seem to make consistently inconsistent decisions that thwart my … [Read more...]

Are you ready to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge?

Team ENERGY STAR launched this week.  Have you joined the team?   Team ENERGY STAR is a very cool initiative conceived by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  It was brought to my attention by Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse, so I knew it was worth it's weight in green.  I joined up immediately and here's why you should too... You've probably heard of the ENERGY STAR program, which … [Read more...]

8 Shopping Tips for Dining At Home in a Dine-out World

by Andrea Woroch Remember all those tips saying you should cook rather than eat out? Well the USDA says we might just be wrong about that in the near future. A recent study by the government agency estimated the price gap between eating at home and dining out will narrow even further in 2012. Grocery prices are expected to rise 3 percent to 4 percent, while menu prices will likely go up 2 percent … [Read more...]

Energy saving tips for the laundry room

  Today's Meter Reading: 89691 OK, almost half of the month is over, so I wanted to take a minute to reevaluate how the month of energy savings is going.  Thus far, I am pleased.  I have consistently used less energy each day than I have at this same time of year in 2010 and 2009.  But I want to just do more than use "a little less" I want to see what it takes to really crank down … [Read more...]

Meter Reading: 89204

This morning's meter reading (89204 KWH) shows that we used 43 KWH of energy yesterday, which is not too shabby but not too great . If we keep up that rate, we'll use 1333 KWH for the month of March, which is more than we used in March, 2009; but less than we used in March 2010. Today, I'm making an effort to crank down the energy use by turning off the heat pump (it's 30 degrees right now but … [Read more...]