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Cancer — sucks.


Kim Hill dies at 44; woman’s childhood cancer battle inspired creation of Ronald McDonald House

It’s always interesting to learn about the origins of things that seem like they have been around forever. Hannah, along with some of her friends, raised money for the Ronald Mcdonald House a few years ago – but I never knew how it was founded. Very tragic, sad story — pediatric cancer is more heartbreaking than any other cancer to me. Those precious kids – having to deal with the pain and sacrifice, quickly being asked to grasp concepts that they shouldn’t have to know about —

Kim Hill, the daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles player Fred Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3. Ronald McDonald Houses, now in 30 countries and regions, offer families of young patients a place to stay near hospitals.

Washington, DC: Newseum Day Trip


Tomorrow is Washington’s Birthday aka President’s Day. In honor of the day, here is my favorite presidential quote and it’s by Abraham Lincoln…

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

I try to remember that often — because its way too easy to get caught up in rushing through life that you don’t stop to really enjoy it.

Another Fun Mommy/Daddy Family Day: Yesterday, we headed into DC to visit the Newseum. I had heard from some friends that it was a really great experience and they weren’t lying. I had the best time and want to go back. We didn’t arrive until almost 2p and the museum closes at 5p. The great thing is the tickets you buy are good for 2 days — so you can go back the following day if you can.

We bought the tickets via a Groupon sale — kids under 6 are Free though!

Hannah B loved it too. The only thing that I didn’t really consider was how to handle her very inquisitive mind about all the highlighted news events. If you stop and think about it, they highlight a lot of bad historical events and crazy ass people — unabomber, gotti, mississippi burning, hearst kidnapping, 9/11 — and you have HB asking what those were all about — it makes for a ‘i’m so scared’ to go to bed experience for an 8 year old.  So keep that in mind —

We then of course in true Scott Hoaglund fashion, headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. It was crazy busy but Scott is a VIP there — so we got seated right away.  Oh the joys and benefits of a commercialism lovin’ husband.

We really had a great day — started off with a great workout, headed to a great museum, ate dinner at HRC with no waiting, and everyone asleep by 9P.

Today – is rest day. My body hurts from that ‘great’ workout and the kids have lots of plans on their docket. Hannah will be at AC Moore in Ashburn this morning starting at 1130A to sell Girl Scout Cookies with her Girl Scout troop.  So if you are in the market for some delicious cookies to eat – in moderation of course – then stop by. They are pricey but the money does go for some important programs helping young girls around the country.

First Lady Sets Sights on Global Waistlines


First Lady Sets Sights on Global Waistlines | TakePart – Inspiration to Action.

One year into her ambitious “Let’s Move” campaign to fight obesity in America and encourage the country to make better choices in the kitchen, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her crusade to the world stage.

In an interview to mark the one-year anniversary of the campaign, Obama said that she’ll now take the “Let’s Move” message with her everywhere she travels, inspired by world leaders’ interest in her famous White House garden.

“What I find internationally, and Barack says the same thing, is whenever he meets with a world leader, one of the first things they ask him about is the garden,” Mrs. Obama said. “Obesity is becoming an international issue. Many first ladies have begun to think about how they’re going to deal with this issue.”

The First Lady also announced that she has been working—quietly, so far—with the National Restaurant Association to give the nation’s eateries a “Let’s Move” makeover: smaller portions and kids’ meals that feature carrots and apples instead of French fries and chips.

The new targets follow a year in which the First Lady used the East Wing bully pulpit to usher in significant changes to the nation’s grocery stores, fast-food outlets and school cafeterias.

Parenting Taboos – Great TED talk!

1 publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

CSPI helps mom sue McDonald’s over Happy Meal toys


Here’s the article to go with my post from yesterday:
Parents and Mcdonalds

The Checkup – CSPI helps mom sue McDonald’s over Happy Meal toys.

The D.C.-based nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has helped a California mother file a class-action suit against McDonald’s, demanding that the burger chain stop marketing toys to children.

Not Even Kids on Sports Teams Get Enough Exercise


Not Even Kids on Sports Teams Get Enough Exercise

So relying on your child’s sports team to ensure they get enough exercise may guarantee that they are getting in their 60 mins of activity because of instruction time! We parents just can’t win! What are we to do — think about encouraging or finding additional ways to get in activity in addition to the team sports they are doing. Where to find the extra time — ??

A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine questions that assumption, finding that just 24% of the 7-to-14-year-old soccer, softball and baseball players studied — who wore accelerometers to capture their movements — got in their 60 minutes during practice. The average was 45 minutes, not so far off the mark. But the study also found that less than half of the practice time was actually taken up by exercise.

The disparities seen in the study, which included 200 kids, are interesting. Older kids (those aged 11-14) got an average of 7 fewer minutes of exercise per practice than 7-to-10-year-olds. “With older kids, the competition is heavier so they’re probably doing more skill drills and strategy,” speculates James Sallis, lead author of the study, psychology professor at San Diego State University and director of the school’s Active Living Research program. Younger kids are also more likely to run around rather than stand quietly taking instruction, he says.

There were also big variations by sport, with soccer practice providing an average of 17 more minutes of exercise than baseball or softball practice. Fewer than 2% of the girls who played softball met the 60-minute recommendation. And girls in all sports exercised for 11 minutes fewer than boys. Sallis guesses that again, girls are doing more skill-oriented drills than the boys.

The study authors say that the health effects of youth sports could be boosted by encouraging more physical activity during practice and emphasizing participation rather than competition, among other things. Sallis also says that parents looking to get their kids off the couch should “consider multiple options” beyond traditional sports teams, including fitness and dance classes. And research suggests that younger kids, he says, benefit from just running amok on the playground.

Art Camp for Kids – Thinking Outside the Box | K12 Blog thinktank


Art Camp for Kids – Thinking Outside the Box | K12 Blog thinktank.

We all know parents who continually share stories about their kids’ talents and how they have a prodigy in the making. I am totally not one of those parents who goes on and on about their children’s talents – I swear — but my 8 year old daughter, Hannah, appears to have a talent for art– no really, she does, and I am NOT one of those parents…

I always look for ways to encourage my kids to explore different things that spark their interest. Hannah has always been creative – since she was a toddler and even today, she always has a sketch pad in hand. In the past, she has attended various types of art classes, but something about the structure of it turned her off. Sometimes as a parent, you have to almost force your kids to keep at something but with this, I was worried that if I strongly encouraged her to keep going to the classes, it would turn something that she loves into something that felt like a chore, so she took a break from any sort of structured art class. I just began to look for ways to encourage her to just sketch, draw and create when the inspiration strikes so she doesn’t lose the inspiration.

Great American Backyard Campout


National Wildlife Federation: Great American Backyard Campout – Home.

Join National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout®. Create lasting memories by connecting with family and friends in the great outdoors. It’s something simple you can do to promote happier, healthier children.

In the Zone Mothering


I keep hearing how Kobe Bryant is in the zone right now – game face ready to win the NBA championship.  In the zone – allows an athlete to focus completely on the task at hand and not worry about anything else but the next shot, play, etc. I  was thinking about this and how to learn and apply it to my workouts. I give up so easily and it gets super frustrating – I want to have that mental grit that helps me carry on but there are times when I just don’t find it within me.

It never occurred to me but you can apply this zone thinking to motherhood too. Trying to focus completely on the task at hand — and using the athlete mentality to roll with the punches.

Another reason why it really is a great thing to participate in sports growing up.

Mother Like a Champion

What athletes can teach us about going the distance as parents.

Sports psychologists help athletes reach their potential by teaching them how to harness their mental grit. Top competitors follow a disciplined regimen to build strength and speed and rely on a team of coaches and nutritionists to keep them at their peak. Yet often in motherhood, we assume our responsibilities come with constant self-sacrifice. We go it alone, don’t ask for help and put our needs aside. Instead of elevating the physical, mental and emotional demands of our care giving duties, we are dismissive about what it takes to get the job done. We slog through, promising ourselves that tomorrow we’ll get more sleep, take time to meditate or stretch, or pack ourselves energy boosting snacks (while we’re making lunch for everyone else).

I’m exhausted


Today was a crazy day – I took the early morning off to take care of lots of those Mommy things to get ready for the end of school – 8a dentist appointments for both kids, end of year Kindergarten conference with Nate’s teacher, Target run, First grade registration, and finally camp registration all before 1p. Then as I mentioned before, my job is super crazy with back to school marketing stuff so calls the rest of the afternoon. Then I picked up the kids and took them for dinner and some play time in an outdoor fountain at the local town center. Phewww — I’m exhausted!  End of school year is just as busy as back to school time in my life it seems.

How about you? What did you do today?

Here are some tips about things you can do at your job to make it healthier for you:

10 Ways to Make Any Job Healthier – US News and World Report.

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