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25 Family Activities for Black Friday

by Allison McDonald | November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am | comments

When I first moved to the United States (I was born and raised in Western Canada) I had vaguely heard about Black Friday but never experienced it. Now after living in the United States for over 10 years, I spend the day with my kids, who are home from school, and use this day together as a mini break from our everyday routine. As a Together Counts™ ambassador, I’m always

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Family Thanksgiving Activities for Together Counts

by Holly Homer | November 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm | comments

I love Thanksgiving because everything surrounding the holiday supports family togetherness and the spirit of gratitude.  And while much of the preparation may be over the family meal, as a Together Counts™ Ambassador I know the memories will be made all day. Adding a little play into the mix can get everyone active and giggling.  Here are some activities that can be added into the mix.  You never know which

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Now, About All That Candy…

by Together Counts Partner | November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am | comments

Well, it’s over. Halloween has come and gone for another year. Time to put away the plastic jack-o-lanterns, take down the make-shift graveyard you constructed for the front yard, and try your best to get the overly large cobwebs from the front hedge. Once all that is done, there’s still the matter of all that candy. In the National Confectioners Association’s recent consumer survey, 81 percent of parents said that

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Achieving Moderation Before, During and After Halloween Night

by Jeff Bogle | October 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm | comments

Halloween may not be known for moderation – or balance, for that matter, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy “smart sweets” during the spookiest season of the year. For many parents, including a certain Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador who shall remain nameless, this is an extremely difficult time of year to get the concepts of balance and moderation to cut through the non-stop spooktacular festivities. Fear not!

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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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10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Great Outdoors

by Anna Luther | May 8, 2014 at 9:41 am | comments

I’ve only been a mom for six years now, but that has been enough time for me to figure out exactly what I want to do on Mother’s Day. Here’s a hint: It’s not spending the morning trying to wrangle my kids into dress clothes so that I can try to convince them that it would be fun to stay in their seats while we try to eat brunch at

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Lucky Charm St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

by Small Fry | March 13, 2014 at 9:58 am | comments

One thing we love about holidays is that they offer us the chance to learn and teach about topics and events in history that would normally never come up around the dinner table. Even better, our kids are so excited about the upcoming festivities for each holiday, they seem to be extra inquisitive and excited to learn as well. This scavenger hunt is a nice little nudge and reminder to

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3 Active Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | February 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm | comments

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and when you’ve got children, there’s no better time to show them that family togetherness = LOVE. As a Together Counts Energy Balance Ambassador, I’m always looking for ways to keep my family active together, and a holiday like Valentine’s Day is as good of an excuse as any! We’re not particularly athletic in our family, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have

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