Together Counts™ Blog Condimentum non bibendum erat. Sed cursuss ultricies. Fusce ornare tincidunt .

Recent Entries

Start the New Year with 31 Days of Fun

by Together Counts Partner | December 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | comments

January can be a tough month: the holidays are over, the weather can be cold and dreary and finding fun activities to do as a family can be a challenge unless you plan ahead and prepare for it.So many of us make resolutions to get fit, get healthy, lose weight or be more active. What about resolving to have fun as a family and focus on staying active in that

…Read More

Top 5 Nutrition Myths

by Together Counts Partner | December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm | comments

Nutrition myths and misinformation are everywhere…magazines, the internet and even New York Times best-selling books. With that in mind, we decided to debunk five of the most common nutrition myths. Don’t be surprised if you learn a thing or two! Myth 1: Fad diets don’t work In fact, most research shows fad diets do work, and some of them quite well. The problem is they are short-term solutions to a

…Read More

The Culture of Food in the Holidays

by Ana Flores | December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm | comments

Food is a huge component of any holiday celebration, and adding a multicultural element to it just makes it that much more of a vibrant feast. The more cultures present in one blended family, the more traditional foods and recipes need to be included in the menu. For example, my husband grew up in Mexico and I grew up between El Salvador and the U.S. For him, Christmas can’t happen without

…Read More

Physical Activity in Schools: How Does Your Child’s School Compare?

by Together Counts Partner | December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | comments

Did you know that to meet the national guidelines children and adolescents need to be physically active at least 60 minutes a day? With childhood obesity at an all time high and students spending a large portion of their day in school, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) recently surveyed physical educators and other school officials across the country to find out how much physical

…Read More

Key to Successful Family Craft Projects: Keep Them Simple!

by Lindsay Ferrier | December 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | comments

The fall transition into winter is one of my favorite times of year. After a long, hot Tennessee summer, we revel in the crisp autumn weather and spend much of our time outdoors. During this season, I try to work nature into our craft times as much as I can. School and work keep us all very busy, and if I took too many cues from some of the family crafting

…Read More

Try Something New Together: BMX Family Edition

by Carrie Lundell | December 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | comments

My husband has been trying to warm our daughters to the idea of BMX racing for the last six months. With his motocross background and love of mountain biking, his enthusiasm is easy to understand. What appeals to me, is that BMX is a sport we could all do together as a family. But, as hard as he tried, the kids responded to all BMX suggestions with a roll of the eyes

…Read More

Activity Planning While on Family Vacations Abroad

by Ana Flores | December 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | comments

Before I became a mom I never quite understood what my mom-friends meant when they would complain about needing a vacation after the vacation. Don´t we all?  But, now I really understand at a cellular level what they meant. Vacations abroad can offer the most enriching cultural, language and horizon-expanding experiences for our children. There´s no way I would trade that right now just because it is too exhausting. In

…Read More

The Great Vegetable Battle

by Lindsay Ferrier | December 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | comments

Since becoming a parent, vegetables have been the bane of my existence. Personally, I love them, and I’ve found lots of great ways to cook them so that the 18-and-up members of my blended family all love them, too. My four and seven-year-olds, however, are another story. They hate vegetables. They’ve always hated vegetables, no matter how I’ve cooked them. And well-meaning advice from friends, doctors, magazines and websites hasn’t

…Read More