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4 ways to wake up and move with your family in the morning

by Lisa Gulley | June 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm | comments

Wake up and GO!! The hardest step out of bed in the morning is the first one. My children however, have yet to learn this concept and bound out of bed with endless energy. As both a Together Counts ambassador and a mom of boys, I have learned this energy is best when used for good, so the first thing we do in the morning is move our bodies! Here are

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3 Activities To Launch Your Family Into Outdoor Summer Fun

by Jeff Bogle | June 24, 2014 at 9:26 am | comments

“Is it almost time for salmon on the grill?” asked my nearly-7-old daughter. And thus it has begun: outdoor season, when food tastes better because the fibers of your favorite t-shirt have inhaled the pungent aroma of charcoal smoke and the sound of joyous kids fills the spaces left in the warm air by the radio play-by-play announcer who rightly gives the baseball game ample room to breathe. Early summer

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10 Fun Ideas for Backyard Camping

by Holly Homer | June 19, 2014 at 9:24 am | comments

June 28 is the Great American Backyard Campout in association with the National Wildlife Federation.  The goal is to get families, neighbors and friends outside connecting with each other and nature. What an opportunity for family fun! No matter what age the kids might be, backyard camping can be a real option.  No worries if it doesn’t go as planned, the house is steps away! Camping can also lead the way to

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How to Teach Kids the Importance of Staying Fit

by Together Counts Partner | June 17, 2014 at 9:59 am | comments

Anyone who has spent some time with kids, or has little ones of their own, knows that children can be very active and involved in play at a young age. As they grow older, they may have too many other responsibilities at school, lose interest, or worry that they aren’t as good at sports as their peers. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, Bumble Bee Foods has tips

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Three Simple Ways to Make This Father’s Day Count

by Jeff Bogle | June 12, 2014 at 9:54 am | comments

It’s nearly impossible for my wife and kids to do the traditional ‘breakfast in bed’ thing for me on Father’s Day. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast, quite the opposite actually – give me a Swiss cheese, caramelized onion and grilled asparagus omelet any day. It’s that I’m usually awake hours before them, out for a run and back for a shower, all while they blissfully snore away the

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Yoga with Children

by Mariah Bruehl | June 10, 2014 at 9:32 am | comments

Yoga is a sanskrit word that means “union”—union of mind, body, and soul. Not only does Yoga have wonderful physical benefits, it can also help calm the mind, and soothe the soul. As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have had a blast exploring ways to get active and the benefits various activities offer. Below are just a few benefits of Yoga: Improved Posture Building Strength Balance Bodily

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10 Ways to Bring Outdoor Family Activities Inside

by Holly Homer | June 5, 2014 at 9:00 am | comments

Playing outside is definitely a family favorite, but there are times when it just isn’t possible.  As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I stand behind the importance of active play – even if a gloomy day keeps us indoors. We are stealing a decorating trend of bringing the outdoors inside with these simple and fun family activity ideas! Indoor Garden – Planting a terrarium is an easy family activity.  I love

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Family Camping Trips

by Together Counts Partner | June 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm | comments

The quintessential outdoor trip for every family is the camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a total newbie, you’re going to want to take a tip or two from The Balancing Act, as camping with kids can be complicated – but it’s definitely worth it! Be Kid Friendly: Make the trip kid friendly. If you have to drive a far distance to make it to the camping location,

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