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Celebrating Thanksgiving All Year Long

by Katie Goodman | November 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm | comments

We often associate being thankful with the month of November as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year round. Acknowledging the things in my life that I am thankful for, not just during Thanksgiving, most definitely makes me a happier person.  The Together CountsTM program serves as a great motivator to gather around the family table,

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The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes 2013

by Katie Goodman | November 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm | comments

I don’t view recess as something that takes time away from my kids’ learning. In fact, I believe that physical exercise prepares kids’ minds for learning – and leads to better behavior in the classroom. A quick search will bring up dozens of research studies to support this.  As an ambassador for the Together CountsTMprogram, I know the importance of an active lifestyle. Just think about it from an adult

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Celebrate Summer Outdoors

by Katie Goodman | June 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm | comments

My kids have recently discovered the fun world of camping – even better, you don’t have to go far, to sleep under the stars. Backyard camping is a fun way to take a stay-cation this summer,and is also a perfect introduction to camping for young families that might not be ready to venture out into the full wilderness. Logan and Madeline have already camped out in the backyard this summer

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Valentine’s Day: A Family Meal Occasion

by Katie Goodman | February 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm | comments

Valentine’s Day is often portrayed as a romantic holiday exclusively for couples. Others view the occasion as a retail holiday that doesn’t hold any true meaning. But fear not – neither one of these scenarios has to play out in your home. In fact, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express love and gratitude to everyone in your family! With a little thought and creativity, you can

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Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition

by Katie Goodman | December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | comments

Preparing holiday meals can feel stressful. There are times I’d rather my children play quietly somewhere so I can focus on the task at hand in the kitchen. While I love my little helpers, it often feels easier to do it all without the help of little hands. And though that may be true, I look back on those moments in the kitchen from my childhood with fond memories. I

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Fall Fitness Starts with Family Fun Runs

by Katie Goodman | October 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm | comments

I am so thrilled that fall is finally here! My favorite kind of exercise has always been spending time outdoors being active, and for me that is easier to do in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. Though we did spend a lot of time at the pool swimming this summer and in swim lessons, and while swimming is a great exercise, we’re looking for new activities now that the pool

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School Lunchbox Love

by Katie Goodman | August 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | comments

It’s getting close to that time again….back to school! My kids are super excited! We’ve had a fun summer, but I think they are ready for some structure and, of course, meeting new friends. We moved to Colorado at the beginning of the summer and will be starting at a brand new school this year. We toured the school while out on a house hunting trip so the kids would

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Red, White and Blue Holiday Fun

by Katie Goodman | July 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm | comments

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and what better opportunity to combine some fun family time and good food! Since we’ve recently moved out of state, I can’t wait to ask our neighbors and see what is happening in our community for this fun holiday. I have fond memories of red, white and blue desserts, bike parades and sparklers from my childhood.  Red, White and Blue Desserts

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Life Balance 101

by Katie Goodman | June 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | comments

Transition is hard on our families and bodies. Even if the transition is a positive experience (like moving into a new home or having a baby), the stress that accompanies these changes is hard on us. The best thing anyone can do is to take care of their body and family during these hard times. Here are five tips I learned that helped balance our family life during our big

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