Nutrition

Feeding Local Families with Produce for Kids

Feeding local families in need is often something we don’t consider. If you’re in a small, safe town in the suburbs, like me, we often think about hunger in other countries or “bad” inner cities that may not even be in our state. However, hunger is happening a lot closer to home than you may

Organization

2016 Planner

2016! Yikes! Part of me thinks I’m jumping the gun by posting this; the other part reluctantly realizes that it is indeed that time of year to start talking about organization, and calendars/planners for the new year that begins in less than 2 months. Eeeek! Two years ago I purchased my first big-girl, grown-up, old-school personal planner. And

Life in Photos

#IloveNH

The blog has been quiet since I am on a lovely vacation in my original home state of New Hampshire! We are so fortunate to have family with houses on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith (my namesake) and Wolfeboro. I am also feeling thankful about being in  homes instead of a hotel, because it means constant

Video

Monday Video Update!

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.

Clean Eating

Ditch the ‘Fish Update

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

Gluten Free

Almond Pesto & Chicken on Zoodles

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

Gluten Free

40+ Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy snacks are often promised on the label, but what’s truly inside? An impossible to pronounce ingredient here, a GMO there—it can get overwhelming in providing healthy snacks for your kids! 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

Gluten Free

Clean Jigglers

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.

Healthy Living

PFK Series 1: Sample Meal Plan

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

Clean Eating

Produce for Kids

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

Inspiration

Comparison is a THIEF of JOY

“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

Fitness

Re-Igniting Motivation

I’ve been thinking about motivation a lot lately. Mostly because I’m lacking it. Do you ever have days where life feels like one big obstacle course? Maybe it’s just par for the course when you’re in the throws of raising little ones, but distracted is way too common a feeling I have right now and I

Opinion

Product Review: Squeez’Ems

I’m keen on making homemade baby food for my 9 month old, but as with all my cooking adventures, I like things simple, quick, and healthy.  Thanks to my NutriBullet, D has unintentionally been on a raw foods diet. Why bake, boil, and cook when I can just make a greens- and fruit-packed smoothie, thicken

Life in Photos

Instagram Round-up Week 2

After a year of being a stay-at-home mom, I started a new part-time (quarter-time?) job this past week at a health club! I had seemingly outrageous criteria, and they were able to meet it all. It’s only about 10 hours per week, but I am loving this sweet taste of adult conversation again! And, of

Opinion

Magic in Simplicity

One of my friends posted this Huffington Post article a couple weeks ago and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. “I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical” is of course an attention-seeking headline at first glance, but the content of the article nails exactly what’s been going off-course for our plugged-in

Healthy Living

Eating Clean on a Small Budget

I recently read a couple articles whose titles promised tips for eating clean on a small income, but they then proceeded to suggest buying organic everything. Umm…I don’t know where these authors live, what their other bills are, or really what they’re even considering a small income but in the realistic land of inflated prices

Gluten Free

Mickey Mouse is Gluten-Free!

My family and I just enjoyed a wonderful, week-long vacation at my parents’ home in Celebration, FL, which of course included 5 fun-filled days in Walt Disney World! Over the past 26 years, I have been to Disney about 12 times; however, this particular visit was the first time I was hitting up the house

Goals

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 4 ~ Just Breathe.

It’s Monday, so I should be posting a very positive congratulations to those who accomplished their goal last week (myself included) and motivating others to take on a new challenge at the start of this promising week. But alas, today has been the worst day I’ve had in a long time. My goal for this

Healthy Living

Farmstand Fresh vs Budget

Today I was reminded what an apple is supposed to taste like. One bite into an organic, locally-grown apple, fresh from the farmstand, and I was immediately transported back to my childhood in the apple orchard town of Londonderry, NH. Apples in that town are such a delicacy that I vividly remember on many occasions