Summertime Blues

  Growing up, I spent a lot of time outdoors.  Especially during the summer months. My brothers and I were outside for as many hours as possible each day, playing with all the other neighborhood kids. We took swimming lessons in the morning and then spent the rest of the day at the community pool, by ourselves, just like all of our friends. My mom dropped us off and picked us up when we were ready to leave (usually when the pool closed for the day). We had a couple of dollars each to pick up something (candy) from the snack bar when we got hungry. After we installed a pool in our backyard everyone would come over to our house first thing in the morning to swim for pretty much the entire day. …

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog [Review]

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.  If you didn’t already know, this past Saturday (September 6th) was Fit Made Fun Day! “What is Fit Made Fun Day?” Well, I’m glad you asked! LeapFrog declared Saturday, September 6th Fit Made Fun Day to recognize the importance of active play and to coincide with its launch of LeapBand, an activity tracker your kids wear on their wrist. It’s a great little device that makes fitness fun for kids! LeapBand encourages kids and families everywhere to jump into motion to experience the fun of an active, healthy lifestyle. In Santa Monica, California on Saturday LeapForg and CLIF Kids sponsored a fun day out for over …

Life, Hope, and Walking

I walk for my future granddaughters so that they may wear pink ribbons in their hair, and not on their shirts. Did you know… in the United States one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes (I say person because men develop breast cancer too!). And 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Those are some pretty startling statistics. No one should ever have to face this disease, so in order to create a future without breast cancer, Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. For me, the breast cancer movement started …

Why I Walk pt 2

Read part 1 here When I tell people that I am participating in the Susan G. Koman 3 Day for the Cure they look at me like I’m crazy; ESPECIALLY when I tell them that this will be my 4th walk. Some people even tell me that it’s impossible for them to walk that far in 3 days, so they aren’t even going to try. But I know it’s all in how you punctuate it! It’s not “Impossible” it’s “I’m Possible”. I know that’s a little corny, but it’s true. On my first walk I discovered I can accomplish the impossible; I just have to believe in myself. The way that I explain why I walk, is like this… This is my “one thing” I do for myself every year. I know, …

Join me in the fight against breast cancer

As you may know from reading previous posts, I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure the past 3 years (Washington DC 2009, San Diego 2010, Philadelphia 2011). The 3-Day is an adventure beyond description. I always meet amazing friends, see many wonderful sites and discover that when I put my mind to something I can accomplish it, no matter what. I remember my first walk vividly… Washington DC. I didn’t train as much as I should and it showed! I wasn’t able to complete the entire 60 miles because of a pinched nerve in my foot, I walked nearly 21 miles on Friday, 10 miles on Saturday and the full 18 miles on Sunday. The last two miles I kept the mantra “Margaret, Jackie, Lilly” …