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After School Snacks So Yummy Your Kids Won’t Realize They’re Healthy

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by Jill Shepherd Anderson at Foodie.com

My kids come home from school every day with the same refrain. “WE’RE STARVING!!” I know they need a snack, but don’t want to fill them full of junk so they don’t eat supper. Sure I can go spend a bunch of time and money at the store finding something in the healthy genre, but it really isn’t hard to make my own snacks and have them on hand.

I put together this compilation of healthy snacks over on Foodie (have you checked it out yet? LOVE) and can’t wait to get some made up to get us started this school year. I might even get crazy and let my kids make some themselves.

What do you like to serve your kids after school?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie.com

Healthy After School Snacks

Preparing Your Wardrobe for Fall With Look Good, Feel Better

I hate to wish away even a second of summer because we sooo earned it after last winter. But I must say, fall is my most favorite season. Especially when it comes to fashion. So even though today we hit 90, I am already starting to think about sweaters and boots.

I find the change of seasons is the perfect time to reassess your closet. I always do a thorough walk through and pull out the things that don’t fit, are out of style, or simply just aren’t being worn anymore. It takes time, but it is one of my favorite projects.

Then the difficult part starts. What to do with all the stuff I pulled out of my closet. Last year I piled them up and saved them for a garage sale. But I am so tired of garage sales. There are some great consignment shops here but I can just never seem to get my stuff there during the right periods of time. So often times they end up in a bin in my basement in limbo.

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I have recently found out about a great program that helps me clean out my closet and benefits some of the most deserving women in the process. Look Good, Feel Better is a program that helps women living with cancer to feel better about themselves and the appearance issues they face while battling this awful disease. They provide free workshops and other educational resources that teach beauty and styling techniques to women who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and in that time, more than 900,000 women have participated in the program, which now offers 15,800 group workshops nationwide in 2,400 locations. Amazing. 

Recently they have partnered with women’s fashion retailer C. Wonder and Fashion Project, the leading online clothing donation and resale destination. Through September 18th, you can donate gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories in a donation bin at participating C. Wonder locations or online at Fashion Project. When you donate in store, you will get 20% off a C. Wonder purchase of $100 or more. The items you donate will be sold online by Fashion Project and 55% of the proceeds from each online sale will be donated to Look Good Feel Better. You can also shop for clothes at Fashion Project. I had never heard of this site before, but it is FABULOUS. Full of designer items at a fraction of the price.

There are 11 C. Wonder stores participating in the clothing drive. In addition to providing drop off bins, there will also be in store events on Wed. Aug. 27th from  6-8pm to celebrate the Look Good Feel Better initiative. There will be light bites, sips and styling tips. Ten percent of the sales during the events will be donated to Look Good Feel Better and any guest attending will receive 20% off their purchase during the event and a free tote with purchase. Participating stores include:

The Summit, Birmingham, AL
Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
SoHo, New York, NY
The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA
King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA
The Gate at Manhasset, Manhasset, NY
Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY
Walt Whitman Shops, Huntington Station, NY
The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Indianapolis, IN
Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA

Don’t forget if you aren’t near these locations you can still donate online.

Please join me for a Twitter party tomorrow, August 26th at 1pm EST to learn more about this great program and win some fun prizes. You can follow the hashtag #LGFBFashion4Good or RSVP on Twtvite. I can’t wait to chat with you more about this awesome initiative.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Motherhood and Look Good, Feel Better. As a daughter of a cancer survivor I was thrilled to share this program with you. All opinions are always my own. 

Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Facebook has been so fun for reconnecting with friends from high school and college. One of those friends has recently started a blog (although she hasn’t blogged in a while- AHEM!) and I found this “taking stock” post and loved it. I thought now would be a great time to give you all a little update into my life.

Making:  Plans for all that I will accomplish once the kids are back in school. If I even accomplish 1/3 of it, I’ll be happy.

Cooking:  Up all of our CSA veggies before they go bad. Tonight the hubby made a big batch of veggie soup.

Reading:  Just finished The Art of Fielding for one book club. Just started The Rules of Inheritance for another

Drinking:  Lots of water. Trying to up my intake. Thankful for the Water Your Body app.

Wanting:  Less clutter. Always.

Playing:  The new Taylor Swift song. On repeat.

Wasting:  too much time on Facebook

Wishing:  School would start. Oh wait, that is on Tuesday!! (Did you catch this super fun video?)

Enjoying:  Friday Night Lights. It is almost over and I am so crazy sad.

Liking:  A day spent at the pool with family and friends.

Wondering:  What having a middle schooler is like #holdme

Loving:  Our dog. He is a snuggler!! I call him my baby and he follows me everywhere I go. I am becoming one of “those people” about him.

Needing:  Discipline. In every possible area of my life. The lazy days of summer are over.

Wearing:  My new Old Navy drapey pants. On repeat.

Hoping:  For some happy news in the world news

Worrying:  See “hoping”

Waiting:  For our family vacation to ORLANDO!!

Knowing:  A little less every day. Seriously, where did my brain go?

Thinking:  About getting another tattoo……

Feeling:  Blessed

Noticing:  There may not be anyone left in my Facebook stream who hasn’t done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Marveling:  That we are a few days away from September and another school year. That I have a preschooler, third grader and sixth grader. Wow.

So fun. Let me know if you play along in the comments!!

Kindess Counts With Netflix

Every year in August it surprises me yet again. Summer is winding now and my kids have had their fill of each other. And they are bickering all the live long day. And mama is losing her mind.

I know this is natural. They are missing routines and schedules and school friends. And unlike the beginning of the summer where we had lots of camps and family trips, we now have wide open calendars with a whole lotta nothing filling up our days. Apparently my children have decided to fill up their days with bickering.

So I was thrilled with this month’s Netflix Stream Team update that they were focusing on kindness. We could use a dose or two!!

 

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For your little ones:

1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Vol. 1 Ep. 6: Friends Help Each Other (this is the greatest show!! I reviewed it before on the blog)
2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 3, Ep. 4: One Bad Apple (so funny that this is back. My kids are obsessed with this show!)
3. Arthur, Season 15, Ep. 8: Muffy’s Classic Classy Club / Best Enemies
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5. Super Why, Season 1, Ep. 61: The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan
6. The Fox and the Hound

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For the bigger kids:

1. Rudy (random trivia: the reader in our wedding was his college roommate)
2. Mulan
3. A Mile in His Shoes
4. Radio
5. 
Good Luck Charlie: Down a Tree (my kids current favorite show)

For the grownups:

Don’t we need a reminder to be kind too? One look at my Facebook stream says yes. One of the things I keep reading about in the last few weeks is story after story about Robin Williams acts of kindness. What an incredibly generous man. And some of his best movies, not coincidentally, have kindness as a theme. Make sure to check out The Fisher King and The Birdcage.

So tell me. Are my kids the only ones trying to kill each other at the end by the end of August?

Disclosure: I am a Netflix Stream Team Ambassador. I received a free year subscription to Netflix and a Roku. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

What Being a “Superhero Family” Means to Me

SuperHero Family Last Friday we celebrated my dad’s 65th birthday early since we’ll be enjoying ourselves at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel with Mom It Forward on his actual birthday. It was a simple dinner, but afterwards we went to an empty lot nearby and played a few rounds of pick-up baseball. Kids ranging from 2-65 all cheering each other on as we rounded bases. Encouraging each other when we swung and missed. Letting the little ones steal bases from time to time.

Last week we went bowling on a chilly day. They put the bumpers up and we made a rather lame attempt at knocking down those pins. But the kids cheered on their siblings every frame. We all wished for the ball to swerve to make the split. We jumped up and down for every spare and strike. We celebrated every. single. success and patted backs for every disappointing attempt.

Last year at Family Forward our family participated in a “minute to win it” type challenge. It was teamwork on steroids as we raced the clock and other families to win. Where one of us was weak, another stepped in and filled in the gap. We encouraged each others’ strengths and didn’t let anyone get down on their weaknesses. And we celebrated our victory together.

To some, a super hero saves the day because they have super powers. To me, we need superheros because we need to know someone always has our back. We all need to know that there is a safe place that is only a call away. That is what we try to instill in our kids. Our family isn’t perfect. We CERTAINLY don’t always get along. But when push comes to shove, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we’ll be there for each other.