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I was excited to see this article from NPR posted on the page of my Friends over at GroupExPro titled “Stand up, Walk Around, Even for 20 minutes”

It builds on a few conversations I have been having both around the blogosphere and IRL (I had to throw in the “in real life” slang there, since I am soo geeky) about the difference between ‘Health’ and ‘Fitness’.

A fitness friend posed the question. “Are 15 minute workouts worth it?”

She received a slew of responses from “yes, as a busy mom, sometimes its all I can do” to “No, people are fooling themselves if they think 15 minutes do anything”

I freely admit that the former avid exerciser in me often will skip a workout if I can’t make it a long enough one. But the problem with that mentality, is that over the last 4 years, I have skipped more workouts than I have done…

I have had to change my attitude about what it means to be healthy and now fall firmly in the any-exercise-is-good-for-you camp.

I strongly suggest you go and read the NPR article, but here are my favorite points.


  • Research shows that people who stand up for every 20 minutes of sitting have a lower rate of diabetes than people who sit for the full workday.
  • Walking may be the single best exercise on the planet
  • Warm up prior to exercise, but don’t stretch, it sends a signal to your brain your muscles is about to be damaged. But warming up the tissue with a warm up IS important.
  • You can become healthy with much lower time and intensity of exercise than it takes to become fit
  • Chocolate milk is a great recovery drink!


Lets change our attitudes about what it means to be fit and lets focus on getting healthy!  Now, if you’ll excuse me…I am going for a walk!


One of my favorite mother’s day gifts


Mother’s day, Mother’s day….

Mother’s day was founded in 1914 by Anna Jarvis and by 1920, according to Wikipedia, she was already disappointed in its commercialism.  And I have to agree.  I feel like there is so much pressure on Mother’s day to get the right gift, send the right card, think of all the details, that is loses some of the meaning…to celebrate each families mother.

I think most moms agree, it doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to be fancy.  We just want someone else to think about it!  (but one mommy friend pointed out, if you have newborn twins or 2 kids under 2….it needs to be big and fancy!)

I took a little poll of my mommy friends and the resounding request for Mother’s Day???  No surprise here….alone time!  I mean, we all love those little rugrats that gave us the title of MOM in the first place, but we spend ALOT of time with them already.  A few quiet moments (or a few hours) to collect your thoughts and drink an entire coffee while it is still hot…priceless.

Here are the other things that made the top 10 list of MOST WANTED MOTHERS DAY GIFTS

1.  Sleep in until 10am (with no one else in the house)

2.  Vanilla Latte (or hazelnut!)

3. Handmade Card

4. Mani/Pedi  and a trashy magazine (alone!)

5. Engraved “mothers” necklace

6. Flowers (never a wrong time for flowers!!)

7.  A family picnic (that dad organizes and packs for, after mom gets to sleep in and drink her coffee)

8. Kids Artwork (check out some ideas here)

9. Favorite take-out dinner (no negotiations)

10. Framed Favorite Family Snap Shot

What is your most wanted mother’s day gift? Is it on this list??

My (soon-to-be) two chatter boxes!


This morning, Rylan and I were sitting on the couch before anyone else was awake and she was playing with my iPhone.  She pressed the button long enough to prompt Siri, the phone’s ‘personal assistant’ to ask; “how can I help you?” to which Rylan replied with a growl.


Siri contemplated, her little purple line spinning around and she said, “I didn’t understand Rrrr”


It made me laugh.  That, Siri sure is whitty!  But it also made me think about Rylan’s language and word count at 14 months.  Which is pretty small…and not only does Siri not understand her, but really no one else does either.


I admit, I was a little worried that Rylan wasn’t speaking too many words yet, especially since the baby we share care with has a whole slew of words!  But then I remembered that our baby friend is 17 months and I thought back to Brady and his big language surge right around the same time.


Babies all start to talk at different rates with a big explosion between 18-24 months.  Also, I learned with Brady that the “word count” also includes gestures and sounds that mean specific things.


Rylan’s first word was “Dada”- its fitting since they are both wrapped around each other’s fingers.  And she has a handful of variations on Dada…to only the trained ear of her mother.  She says “didi”…which indicates a dog is walking towards us.  And she says the cutest version of thank you – “Dee doo”.  When ever you hand her something, she is so polite for 14 months!  I’ve heard her say “Agua”, thanks to her Spanish speaking nanny and “mama” has slipped out a few times.


One of the questions the Pediatrician asks at the 15-month well baby check up, is how many words the baby is using.  I remember panicking at 14 months with Brady that he only had 1, and by his actually check up, he had 6 words, 4 gestures and could identify a handful of body parts.


So just because I am the only one who can understand her now…I know she’ll be bossing Siri around in no time.





While out for a walk with the kids this morning, we saw another family out for a stroll!  Those babies were SO cute!

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