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Recent Entries

Routines Feature

Rediscovering A Routine Just In Time For Back To School Season

by Jeff Bogle | August 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm | comments

No jury of my peers could possibly find fault with my decision to make sleepy time a sort of free-for-all during the summer months, right? I mean, after 44 weeks of rigid routine and hectic mornings rushing to get into the school drop-off line on time, the idea of allowing later PMs and stress free AMs is, quite literally, the least I can do for my two daughters. There’s only

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Family BBQ Feature

Grilling With the Entire Family

by Holly Homer | August 19, 2014 at 7:22 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ ambassador, one of my favorite things about summer is that it just seems easier for families to be together.  Without the schedules of the school year, finding time to sit down as a family and share a meal happens more often. Some of that summer family togetherness can be extended into the next month or two while the weather is still warm by firing up the

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Water Activities Feature

Five Fun and Creative Ways To Use Your Kiddie Pool For Active Play

by Allison McDonald | July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and as a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to stay active while staying cool. You don’t need a beachfront estate or even an adult sized pool to have fun and get active with your kids this summer. All you need is a simple kiddie pool! Here are five fun ways to splash and move with your little (and not so

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Summer Festivals Feature

Making Balance Count This Festival Season

by Anna Luther | July 24, 2014 at 8:10 am | comments

Summer is in full swing, and our family is taking advantage of every opportunity to be outside. We’re taking trips to the pool, joining in backyard barbecues and attempting to attend as many summer festivals as we possibly can. While it’s tempting to celebrate summer by enjoying goodies roasted over the fire and attempting to eat at every single food truck in town – as a Together Counts™ Ambassador, I’m

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PE Weekend Feature

Active Weekend Ideas for Families

by Together Counts Partner | July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am | comments

Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents set have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. Parents can teach wholesome cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice. The work week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families

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Community Impact Feature

5 Keys to Community Impact

by Together Counts Partner | July 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm | comments

Want to create sustainable, healthy changes in your community? Learn from our panel of 2014 Smart from the Start PTA Council Grant winners. It’s true that one person can move mountains when their mind is set on it. But what if there were 10 minds? And what if each one is backed locally by dozens of stakeholders and nationally by a proven platform loaded with free tools to inspire and engage

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Summer Recess Feature

Recess in the Summer – Fun Ways to Keep Your Family Moving

by Anna Luther | July 10, 2014 at 7:00 am | comments

School may be out for summer, but I still try to incorporate a few school lessons in every part of our day. We do a little reading, a little writing, a little bit of fun math (like how many popsicles has the 3 year old eaten today?) – and of course – RECESS! It’s all too easy to spend our days in the air conditioning rather than running around and

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Summer Salmon Feature

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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Backyard Camping Feature

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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Bee Fit Feature

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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