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My husband and I are on a weekend getaway without kids for the first time in almost 4 years. I just had to share these photos from our run on the gorgeous Hudson River Walk in New York. It’s a pedestrian-only bridge connecting both sides of the river together. Beautiful views!  It was also the inaugural run for my new...
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Turning vitamin-packed fruit into a cracker-like consistency with no added ingredients?! Sign me up!! One of my kids’ new favorite snacks! Maintains the fiber and nutrients, satisfies the craving for a crunch and/or sweetness and it’s no mess, so you can put it in a snack cup and send them off toddling.  Just be sure to check the label as...
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Because sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to type out a full blog post, so here’s my attempt at a video! It’s nothing fancy, but I hope you enjoy If anything, it’s a chance to see the woman behind this blog....
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It’s been 12 days since I announced to my household that we are ALL supporting Produce for Kids in embracing healthier eating habits. I’ve been referring to this mission as Ditch the ‘Fish (Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, that is) because we have been focusing on replacing processed crackers and pretzels with healthy snacks in addition to our already healthy meals. That’s not to say...
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For the past two weeks I’ve been singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!” No, it’s not Christmas, but it’s an even better time of year—when the grass is green, the tulips are blooming, my patio furniture comes out, and the kids are running around outside! Another reason I absolutely love this time of year is my herb...
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In teaming up with Produce for Kids to support the fight against childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating habits, I’ve been compelled to overhaul my own kids’ snack options as well. As mentioned in my previous post, we had gotten into a very bad habit of Goldfish and pretzels. No more though—it’s time to Ditch the ‘Fish! I’ve compiled a list of...
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I may be late to the party, but I finally tried La Croix sparkling water a few days ago and now I’m obsessed! Trying to kick a soda habit or have issues with getting in enough water? You need to try this! La Croix is sparkling water with the ingredients of carbonated water and natural flavor. No sodium, no chemicals, no...
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I am excited to team up with Produce for Kids and their healthy eating-focused campaign with ACME Markets that will raise funds for local Feeding America food banks, including the Food Bank of Delaware, Food Bank of South Jersey, and Philabundance. The Produce for Kids campaign offers ACME shopper in-store and online meal solutions, recipes, and tips for families looking to...
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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. If you truly are what you eat, then my oldest son would in fact be a cheddar Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. I’m not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not as disgusted by it as many of my fellow health/fitness bloggers. Mostly because I grew up eating Fishies, and they’re just so...
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Yesterday I grocery shopped from my outdoor patio while my 1 yr old slept. This morning, I received my order at my doorstep by 9 AM and we went on with our day. Pretty magical to say the least! I posted a photo of my delivery this morning on my Instagram (@belowthefork) and Facebook pages, and have since received several...
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My experience with essential oils is still in its infancy—about 5 weeks—but I really did my research months prior to purchasing, and the benefit of introducing oils into our daily lives has been immediate. There is so much more to learn and benefits to reap, which I am hoping to share with you along the way! While I’m mostly just...
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When your heart screams “dessert!!” but your head says “no!” This is that perfect treat you’ve been looking for. No artificial-crap packaged substitutions that programs like Weight Watchers always seem to conjure up (anyone else a former abuser of 100 Calorie Pack fudge stripe cookies? Ugh.) No, this is clean eating at its finest! Proof that nature has already given...
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The very base of every healthy smoothie is greens; such as kale, baby spinach, and/or Swiss chard. What happens too often though, is when the green mixes with the reds, blues, and purples of other fruit mix-ins, the result is an unappetizing grayish, thick liquid that sends any discerning child running in the other direction. It’s delicious and jam-packed with...
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I attempted to make homemade granola once before. I literally set off the smoke detector. And because we have The Nest, it texted a message to my husband at work that there was “smoke detected in the kitchen.” Thanks for telling on me, Nest. Today I was inspired to try making my own granola again by this simple recipe from...
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I’m on Day 12 of being sick so I finally broke down and ordered a diffuser and essential oils. I’ve been considering it since this past October but cannot afford Young Living or doTERRA oils so I’ve put it off. After researching like crazy, I have finally found an affordable company that still promises pure, non-diluted, properly expelled essential oils....
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Saturday morning was the big day…I got to co-teach my first group exercise class! Last March, I began my journey of becoming a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The material is no joke, and I pulled heavily from the anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology knowledge I learned in massage school. I took the computer-based ACE certification...
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This is totally more for me to re-read down the road if I ever feel blah about this career path, but it’s the eve of my very first class (teaching only the first 20 mins, but still! Eeeek!) and I want to remember the excitement, anticipation, and most of all, the passion I feel about getting to teach fitness to...
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I recently read a VERY convincing, and thoroughly researched article on Mamavation about the cancer-causing toxins found in mainstream deodorant and anti-persperant, like Degree and Secret (check now to see if yours says “active ingredient: aluminum” on the back.) She got me right at the first and second paragraph, when the author, Gina Badalaty wrote: What sort of toxic chemicals do lurk in...
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One of the best things about being a Sweat Pink ambassador is getting to participate in fun giveaways like this! Take the Leap 30 Day Yoga Challenge is an opportunity to pause a few moments each day from February 2 – March 8, 2015 and connect your mind to body. Just a pose or two, or a full class, will do!...
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“Comparison is a thief of joy” –unknown. This may be the truest quote I’ve ever found. It makes me think of two kids—the first is thrilled about the carrot sticks and ranch dressing she’s been given as a snack….until she looks over and sees her brother was given a cookie. Suddenly, her snack is an insult, a physical representation that...
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