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Do it for your daughter/son

I'm busy at home with a newborn everyday. Exercise is the last thing on my mind sometimes. But saying " My daughter needs some fresh air" is no longer about me and my health, but hers. So I force myself to go for at least a 30 minute walk.

- Submitted by LUVLEEME11 1/2/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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I remind myself of why I am really doing this

Sure I want to look good in a bathing suit and have my clothes fit great... but really I want the longest and healthiest life I can give myself and my daughter. I want her to grow up knowing limits and how to eat healthy. And I want the energy to enjoy every moment with her now!

- Submitted by ALEX29JAB 10/17/2012 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Shoe organizers are for more than shoes!

i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!

- Submitted by MRSBAILEY921 8/10/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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No time to exercise...make it a family affair!

I am a mother of 7 children, and I don't always have time to get in a workout. So instead of skipping, I take the kids and off we go! Sometimes we explore a neat trail, or we make an adventure by going on a hike. Whatever we do, we not only are ALL getting in a good workout, but we're spending time together as a family! And I'm teaching my children good habits as well! It's a win all around!! :-)

- Submitted by CM_GARDNER78 5/6/2012 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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What to do with free return-address labels

You probably receive hundreds of return address labels in the mail. (I had enough to wallpaper a large room.) While watching TV, I cut my name and address off the labels and then give the remaining images to children in my family or leave them in the break room at work for others to take home. I keep ones I think won't interest them, but pass on images of flags, animals, flowers, and other colorful designs to the kids.

- Submitted by STORMY724 10/30/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Walk Kids to School

I started the year off walking my son to school. Time spent in the carpool drop-off lane is now spent walking with my son. Great conversations, teaching him healthy habits, sparing the air of carbon emissions and a bonus workout. I didn't realize I had grown afraid of the rain. Not anymore. Walking in it is an adventure through the eyes of a child, or an adult who is relearning how to really pay attention.

- Submitted by KATEYBOBATEY 9/8/2011 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Wet & Cold Bathing Suit?

Want to go back in the water but dread putting on a wet, cold bathing suit...dryer and second suit not an option?

Rinse the suit with nice warm water, squeeze the excess & put it on...don't forget to SMILE!

Children will appreciate this too! emoticon

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 7/27/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Just in Case

How to loose it

- Submitted by STRIKE_NOIR_23 6/20/2011 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Stop eating my children's leftovers

Sure, the kids may have left a little on their plate but all those little leftovers sure add up! So I stay away from them. I don't feel guilty about throwing them out. My body is not a dumpster for leftovers!

- Submitted by MEOWER 6/11/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Trying to get that weekend workout in? Go play with the kids!

Playing with the kids is a fun family activity, which is not only good for bonding, but it's exercise, too! SparkPeople has all sorts of activities listed for you to log, including the general "Playing with the Kids" activity. Go play as your cardio!

- Submitted by ANITA_NM 6/11/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Easy Slicing!

If you have a child that likes "crust-less" sandwiches or if you are just looking for an easier way to slice them, try a PIZZA CUTTER!

I have to make sure my toddler has bite size pieces to avoid choking and I found myself spending a lot of time trying to cut things with a knife.. this is a real time saver PLUS it's a lot "neater"!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 5/9/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Kids Play With Their Food and Eat Less

My child has to be coerced to eat--there are certain foods she enjoys eating herself, but she runs off & plays between bites. I stretch out my meals so I'm taking bites when she is. I eat less & feel more full. My portions are bigger than hers, but my bites are, too. Plus, I've learned the value of making finger foods fun, healthy, & kid-friendly at the same time. I want her to eat healthy, & it's impossible for me to cook healthy for her but not for me, because she wants whatever I have!

- Submitted by MOMMACASSEY 4/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Great gift for kids

A few years ago, a friend of mine made each grandchild a jar she had decorated to match the child's interests. For their birthdays, she gave a jar with change amounting to the dollar amount of their ages. Of course they could spend the money if they wished, but she told them that if they saved the money & added more to the jar, any time she visited she would double the money & deposit it in a savings account for them. Some children saved nothing, but... (click title for more info)

- Submitted by STORMY724 3/29/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Sneaking in the good stuff

I sneak in good food like veggies, flax, nuts, and beans when I cook. It means I'm eating good things but not having to think about it so much. For example, add zucchini, mushrooms and green pepper to spaghetti sauce. Or add nuts and ground flax seeds to a salad. "Supersize" your nutritional intake!

- Submitted by OFFICELADY321 2/2/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Teach your children good money habits

When I was young, parents (at least MY parents) never discussed money. It was only when I took over my elderly mother's finances that I discovered they had paid cash for cars, rented from inlaws while saving to buy their modest home for cash, invested in stocks, & paid all credit cards in full each month. When my father's salary increased, he saved the extra until he had enough to buy a $1000 CD (certificate of deposit) several times/year. It took decades for me... (click title for more info)

- Submitted by STORMY724 1/11/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Involve Someone Else

My son (who is 13) and I are doing the Couch to 5K program together. What better way to be a role model? I certainly don't want to let HIM down, so I have no excuses not to lace up those running shoes!

- Submitted by RUNCRISSIERUN 11/12/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Be Generous

Let your children eat off your plate, but don't eat off of theirs.

- Submitted by JANELLR72 9/30/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Snacking is Encouraged!

As I try to eat healthier, I encourage my family to do so as well! We try new things - through snack time! It's a great time to introduce new fruits or vegetables, especially with my children, because they are hungry and know it's not a whole meal....they can try a bite and be done! Get exotic, try something new, be healthy, and be amazed!

- Submitted by BIKURGURL 9/28/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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More reading, less screen time!

My 8 year old loves to play video games (who doesn't right?) but before she allowed to play she has to read for the amount of time she wants to play for the day. Her game time is cut off at an hour each day. That way if she wants to play for an hour she has to read for an hour first.

- Submitted by KINDRED2U 9/20/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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"Not my favourite"

Rather than saying they "love" or "hate" foods, our kids use the expression, "it's not my favourite," to describe foods that they would rather not eat.

- Submitted by FSDRUMMER 8/22/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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What Kids Don't Know.......

will make them healthy. I started giving my younger son some of the same foods I eat. He drinks ff milk and 100% whole wheat bread, ff mayo, ff italian dressing and he doesn't even know it. Plus we started going to the park on a regular basis so he and I both can get some exercise.

- Submitted by BIGBABYMAMMA 8/14/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Play with your kids! hard!

Go outside and play hard with your children for 15, 20 minutes. I know if i chase my toddler around and play, after a few minutes im winded and sweating. Your burning calories and having fun with your babies at the same time!!

- Submitted by TASHA4085 7/22/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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7 Sets of Clothes

Each season we wear different types of cloting. For these different seasons I mix and match 7 peices of each type of clothing. Example: I have seven long sleeved shirts, 7 short sleeved shirts, 7 pairs of jeans, 7 pair of slacks, 7 pairs of shorts, 7 special occassion outfits, 7 pairs of socks, and

- Submitted by MSROBY 6/4/2010 in Organization | 11 Comments
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Child's Play

When you go for a walk or a run, take your kids or dogs (if you have either!) My kids yell to me 'faster' and my dogs tell me the same by pulling on the leash. They are better coaches than even Mickey was to Rocky Balboa!

- Submitted by BETAY21 5/15/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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The love it takes to stay motivated

My secret to success? My boyfriend and my kids! = ) My children are my main motivation in life & fitness. I want them to be healthy so I have to stay healthy to set a good example for them.

- Submitted by AJS_MOMMY_1985 5/3/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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