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Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

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My girls and I went to Italy and San Marino last summer on a whirlwind tour of Como, Milan, Rimini, Florence, Venice, Pisa and Montecantini over ten days so that PickyKidPix could play soccer against Italian girls’ teams. It was an interesting cultural experience as soccer is very popular for boys in Italy but not as much for girls. The Italian girls tended to be very technical players but they didn’t have the same fitness regime that we seem to do in the United States.

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Leaning Tower of Pisa with PickyKidPix’s soccer team on the 4th of July. Read more…

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

I started a new class that combines yoga and boxing. You might think this is a weird combination but they are more alike that you’d think:

  • Both yoga and boxing focus on the breath. When you are in the ring, it’s essential to be cognizant of your breath. Some boxers even breath out with a weird sound to remind themselves to breath because no breath = no energy.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

  • Both boxing and yoga build a strong core. Side plank, chair pose, plank, vinyasa are all poses that I regularly do in boxing. Weird, isn’t it? But these poses also are essential to strengthening your core and you need strong abs to absorb punches. I got hit in the core once and it knocked the wind out of me, but because of endless planks and sit-ups, I was able to continue.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

  • Both boxing and yoga use body weight to build strength. On very rare occasions, I will warm up with 2 pound hand weights if I can find the lone pink pair in the bin; otherwise I struggle with 3 pound weights, but most of the time I train in boxing just with my body weight. This results in long, lean muscles. And yoga with boxing means supple strength and less injury.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

I’ve been marketing YogaBox™ to an email group weekly and I typically send out two memes as part of my email campaign just to make it more interesting. I find the memes on Instagram and pull two that speak to me each week. Some weeks the message is motivational. Some weeks when I am tired, I just want something funny.

Here’s my collection from the past year. I hope they amuse you!

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Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

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What is stress incontincence? It’s a leakage of urine from movements and activities such as coughing, sneezing, and lifting that greater abdominal pressure on the bladder. Contributing factors include weak muscles in the pelvic floor (from pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation or menopause). Ah … I’m three for three and with three children, to boot! No wonder when I started boxing, my nemisis was jumping rope. It wasn’t just because I wasn’t fit enough to jump for two minutes. The jumping motion itself caused embarassing incontinence. Because I boxed with a group of moms and we were going through the same physical challenges, we could laugh at this, but it’s annoying! Read more…

Papa John's Pizza Fuels After School Activities with #BetterIngredients

Papa John’s Pizza Fuels After School Activities with #BetterIngredients

Is pizza healthy? I think that depends on what the pizza is made of and how much you eat. But for my kids, a slice pizza with a side of fruit is a healthy mini-meal after school snack they need to fuel up before heading out to a sports practice.

My kids typically come home from school ravenous which puts them in a terrible mood. They need to eat immediately and they need something hearty and healthy because they are usually gone for 3 to 4 hours for their practice. There’s also that weird time slot that one of my kids will usually get for their school lunch. An early lunch slot at 10:50 am will consistently result in a tired, hungry and cranky kid after school. Read more…

#HorizonSnacks Bento for #CuriousKids

Bento Box Snacks for Volleyball Tournaments

Northeast Junior Volleyball Championships

This is the view from my hotel. It was mostly urban blight except for this garden oasis.

We spend a lot of time at kids’ sports games. This past three-day weekend was spent at Grasshopper and Sensei’s first big volleyball tournament, the New England Youth Volleyball Championships in Hartford, Connecticut. She stayed in a rooming group with her teammates and I had a room (for one) to myself. But we needed to bring food for the weekend — breakfast, lunch and snacks — with no refrigeration.

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Feeding Kids' Imaginations with Food as Art

Feeding Kids’ Imaginations with Food as Art

I was never the mom to make food art though I admire it greatly. I’m always scrambling to figure out what to feed my picky kids and the added pressure of food as entertainment is beyond me.

radish art in Italy

Food as art came to us by way of a radish in Italy. But it turns out that food as art has a long and distinguished history. Giuseppe Arcimboldo was one such master artist to play with food.

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Recipe to Grow Adventurous Kids

Recipe to Grow Adventurous Kids

I wasn’t the most adventurous kid growing up though I read like crazy and admired from the pages of books, kids who went on marvelous and scary adventures. Nancy Drew and friends tackled bad guys without blinking an eye, even if they were rescued from time to time by their boyfriends or her father. Encyclopedia Brown was never stumped by any crime going on his neighborhood. I also admired the smart aleck kids who got away with mischief like The Great Brain. But I never realized that in my own way, I was adventurous … that is through food.

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RESCUE Coupon and Prizes

RESCUE Coupon and Prizes #StressLess2BMyBest

I was a party at my English friend Lydia’s house where I met her Irish friend Aoife, who is a homeopath. I really believe in homeopathy; many miracle medications used today are derived from plants. Homeopathy has an ancient and respected history in Ireland.

When Rescue asked me to introduce Rescue to my readers, I agreed. I think alternate forms of healing are part of the arsenal we all should have in our medicine cabinets and my boxing Olympic Hopeful friend Amanda Pavone came to mind for a few reasons:

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Body Armour sports drinks

BODYARMOR Sports Drink Coupon

My son plays soccer for Valeo Futbol Club and every practice ends with a mock tournament of four on four. These teams are formed in nanoseconds by the boys themselves; usually the same group tries to reform each week, especially if they have had success in the past.

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