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Are Your Kids Outside Enough? 10 Reasons They Should Be!

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HOORAY FOR OUTDOOR PLAY! I was a pretty active child. In middle school and high school you could find me playing sports year-round. I still have nightmares of field hockey practice on hot August days. For a few weeks we had double header practices – one at the crack of dawn and the other later in the afternoon. I don’t know how I survived! I’ve always loved being active and would spend countless hours riding my bike, playing with neighborhood kids, swimming or and participating in jump rope contests (I was pretty good!) – my childhood in one word could be described as ACTIVE. When my daughter came into the world I wondered what pieces of me and her Dad would live on inside her. Her Dad was pretty active too, so I hoped she would also love getting outside and getting moving. Well…she hasn’t stopped moving since she started walking! Being car-less has it’s pros and cons – but a BIG pro is that it encourages us BOTH to be active and get moving. And it’s no surprise that we’re currently training for her first kids Triathlon in a few weeks. Yes, my 8 year old daughter is participating in a Triathlon! And let me tell you – she is kicking butt during our training sessions!

I want to encourage her to always desire the simple pleasures of playing outdoors – with so many kids sitting inside playing video games – my daughter craves time outside – hiking, at the beach, on the bike path, at the park – and I couldn’t be any happier.

It’s pretty disappointing that so many kids don’t get outdoors, and the following benefits show the endless benefits to living a healthy lifestyle:

Thank You to PaperKarma for these images

Thank You to PaperKarma for these images

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How do you encourage your kids to live an active life?



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A Better Pharmacy Experience with Target Pharmacy & $50 Target Giveaway #TargetSponsored

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

CONGRATULATIONS TO TABITHA B FOR WINNING THE $50 TARGET GIFTCARD!!!

Over the past six months my relatively healthy kiddo has had one health issue after the other. We’ve been back in forth to the hospital and Doctor’s office trying to come up with a treatment plan to nurse her back to good health. This has also meant we’ve spent time in our local pharmacies waiting for prescriptions to be filled and talking with the pharmacist about dosage amounts and side effects. I’m a worried mom and customer service especially with new prescriptions is important to me before I leave and go home. And that’s why our family visits our local Target Pharmacy – they make feeling better, better.

Whether you’re dealing with a sick child or refilling your monthly prescriptions, Target Pharmacy is committed to making your pharmacy experience more efficient, easier and overall a better experience. Often times when I visit other smaller pharmacies I feel like just a number in a sea of impatient cashiers who is rushing to get to everyone in line. I want to leave feeling confident that I understand my new medication and how and when to take it. Customer service is crucial and they were recently ranked “highest in customer satisfaction among mass merchandiser pharmacies by J.D. Power.”

So why choose Target as your primary pharmacy? The features are impressive – and for the entire month of April their focus is “Fill once. Earn twice. During Double Credit Days.” Read below for more ways Target Pharmacy is bringing you a refreshing approach to pharmacy:

  • Flip the Script makes it easy to transfer to Target Pharmacy and can be done in-store, online or on your mobile device.
  • Experience Pharmacy Rewards like never before. April is the perfect time to fill your scripts at because it’s Double Credit Days where you can earn rewards on stuff you love is quick and easy. Here’s how:
    • Fill once. Earn twice. During Double Credit Days (entire month of April), you can earn rewards twice as fast and get 5% off the entire store—for a whole day!
    • Guests earn 5% off certificate after filling 5 scripts.
    • Fill your 5% shopping day faster by getting vaccinations. In fact, you can add family members to one account to get to five, faster.

If you are like me I go into Target with a short list and end up filling an entire truck with bags and things I didn’t know I needed or wanted! While the prices are affordable, I love to save a few dollars – and that is exactly what’s happened since I began filling my scripts at Target Pharmacy. By simply making the switch I’m getting rewarded, and it couldn’t be any easier!

I loved Target before – but love it even more now…I wasn’t even sure that was possible! For those of you who have Target’s close to you have you used Target Pharmacy before and/or would you considering “flipping the script”?

And now a special treat for my fellow Target lovers – a chance to win a $50 Target e-giftcard!

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Happy Target Shopping!



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Co-Parenting 101: Finding Your Own Tribe

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My guest post on The Cubicle Chick

Over the past seven years, I’ve gone through the ultimate lows while engaged in a high conflict co-parenting relationship. Feelings of inadequacy, isolation, depression, and severe anxiety have plagued me the majority of the time. I only exacerbated the situation by shutting down physically and emotionally, at times feeling unable to process all that I was going through myself. A ball of fury at most times, ready to explode or break down at any moment; my emotional sanity drowning. Not able to process the feelings myself, I refused to talk with anyone about what I was going through and how it was affecting me. Scared that if I were to open my mouth and share my truth I wouldn’t be understood.

When you have to literally fight for your child, have to fight for what they deserve, in front of a stranger in a robe, it changes you. When you look at the father of your child and realize you don’t know him and never did, when he reminds you of your own deadbeat dad – it changes the person you are. I guess it only changes you if you let it. My experiences have hardened my already dense exterior. They don’t understand. They can’t understand. They don’t know my ex. They don’t know my struggle. This is what I told myself over and over and over again.

I grew up with a fierce sense of independence, which hasn’t made it comfortable for me to ask for help or open up to anyone. Even with my core group of friends, I found myself opening up and then instantly regretting it. Afraid that they’ll see too much of my mess. Afraid that I’ve exposed too much of myself. Afraid not of their reaction, but my inability to move past my own grief of a failed relationship. Grief that my daughter’s father will never be what she needs.

I didn’t value having a tribe for a long time. That fierce sense of independence got the best of me – I could do it all on my own. Or so I thought. I struggled for awhile finding my tribe – worried that my instincts were off and I would trust the wrong people, again. Finding your tribe and people you can open up too isn’t easy. I needed to find my tribe because I realized I couldn’t continue attempting to be a good mother or good friend without having emotional support, especially when I was in and out of court with my ex.

Read the rest of “Co-Parenting 101: Finding Your Own Tribe” over on The Cubicle Chick!



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Boston Families: Enjoy a Stay-cation at @SeaportBoston during February Vacation!

It’s February….when did THAT happen? As much as I’d love to whisk my daughter off to somewhere warm and tropical with clear blue water during February vacation we’ll be here in Boston. With the snow. Sigh. As a working Mom, I’ll be working through my daughter’s school break, which means she’ll be at camp making 9 million rainbow loom bracelets. Its hard juggling working full-time and spending quality time with my daughter, that’s why our weekends are usually jam packed with full itineraries and adventures. This can often be difficult because so many activities (especially during the colder months) are expensive! And I’m a single mom trying to budget, which means we have to limit how many fun activities we can do per month.

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I’m always on the hunt for affordable and most importantly FUN local activities where my daughter can really enjoy herself. This February vacation, the Seaport Boston Hotel is providing that kind of experience – fun and affordability – all close to home! Did I mention the hotel is pet friendly? I encourage my local families to consider a stay-cation at this lovely hotel during the school break! Located on the historic waterfront at One Seaport Lane in Boston, there is local access to ice skating on the Frog Pond, the Children’s Museum, Science Museum and historic Fenway Park and more!

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The Seaport is making February vacation (February 17th – 23rd, 2014) at their hotel the PLACE to be for families with their School Vacation Getaway Package, for 2 adults and 2 children. For a special rate of $159/night (plus taxes & fees) your family can relax in a deluxe room along with several family-friendly options to make your stay memorable:

  • A $30 Seaport Gift Card at check-in (for incidentals, not the room rate)
  • A welcome toy for each child from Seaport’s Treasure Chest
  • Complimentary use of Wave Health & Fitness, including the indoor pool
  • Free family flicks daily with complimentary popcorn (two shows: 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm)
  • In-room use of a DVD player and a family movie
  • Access to Seaport’s Lending Library – offering books for kids of all ages to borrow during their stay
  • Complimentary wireless internet access

My daughter would be all up in that pool! And that’s not all. Guests taking advantage of the School Vacation Getaway Package can take advantage of several food and beverage options at each of the hotel’s dining spots:

  • Seaport’s Bakery Café: a breakfast package for $12, a lunch special for $8 and cookie decorating for $5
  • Aura restaurant: a breakfast buffet for kids for $8 (kids under 5 are free)
  • TAMO bar & lounge: a family lunch/dinner special for $30, which includes a cheese pizza for four and four non-alcoholic drinks of your choice

You and your family get full access to all of the above for just $159/night! That’s a steal in Boston and provides you the chance to “get away” and enjoy fun activities in the heart of Boston! You won’t want to miss out on this amazing deal, so be sure to book your stay today online at seaportboston.com by entering SOCIAL in the promotional code box, or by calling 877-SEAPORT.

Does your family stay local during February vacation or do you go away?



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Dinner Made Easy with Bing’s Smart Search! #sponsored

Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring today’s discussion. As always all opinions shared on my blog are my own.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to cook the same recipes over and over which makes cooking not so much fun anymore. In addition to having a maid and personal chef (a girl can dream) I also wished I had easy access to recipes I’d actually use! Anyone else guilty of ripping out a recipe in a magazine, filing it away and never using it? Yup, that’s me. Or saving a ton of recipes in my recipebox on Allrecipes, never to be referenced again. Yup, that’s me. I’d love an easy way to find new delicious to make at home, recipes full of flavor and personality that will get me reinvigorated about cooking again! I’ve recently gotten Windows 8.1 and decided to use Bing’s Smart Search tool to find some yummy recipes for my family.

I’ll be honest – I hadn’t used Bing before and I was nervous. I’m a girl that likes her routine. I like going to the same grocery store because I know exactly where to find everything. Bing was like a new grocery store at first – I didn’t know where to begin! But thankfully Bing’s Smart Search wasn’t difficult to navigate. Bing’s Smart Search in the new Windows is a faster way to find what you’re looking for and get things done on your touch device. One search brings you information from across your device, the cloud, apps, and the web. Visual results designed specifically for touch make it easy to find what you need. There’s no need to open a browser—simply swipe and tap to start searching. Cool, right?

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More accurate information at the tip of my fingers? As a busy Mom that is exactly the assistance I need to make my life a bit easier – especially during the busy holiday season. It’s easy and anyone with a PC or tablet with Windows 8.1 can use Bing’s Smart Search.

So what did I use Bing’s Smart Search for? To search for a yummy stick to your bones latin dish full of flavor and all around yumminess. For my search I opted to use “arroz con gandules recipe” and “pollo guisado” and boom I was connected with so many recipes to choose from accompanied by a hungry tummy!

Now you can find what you need with one search. Want to get the latest on your favorite band? With just one search you’ll see saved songs on your laptop, recent music videos from the web, and popular songs you can stream directly from Xbox Music. Take action right from the search results. Launch apps, open files, call a friend, change settings, and more, all with a single click. Web previews help you see at-a-glance what the web page looks like behind each search result. That means fewer clicks to find the right link.

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My search to find the perfect recipe was fun and the end result was amaaaazing! My daughter and I both had seconds and have saved the recipe we found and we sure will be making this again. Dinner made easy with Bing’s Smart Search!

Have you used Bing’s Smart Search to help make your life easier?



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