11 going on 13.1

This summer, my eldest daughter - at the ripe old age of 11 - will attempt to complete her first half-marathon. She is not new to running.  She has run numerous 5K and 8K races and in 2012 ran her first 10K at 10 years old. She is also not the … [Continue reading]

Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

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 … [Continue reading]

Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

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 … [Continue reading]

Music helps kids with cancer connect and cope

  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 … [Continue reading]

4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

[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 … [Continue reading]