Employment = Flexibility + Family

Wait…what?!  It’s June and the kids are out of school for the summer?  Where has the time gone?

I have three great kids: Jonah, Myah and Eva.   This summer, I have to find a way to get my kids to their practices and camps for wrestling, cross country, basketball, soccer and gymnastics.  Then we will need to do something fun like trips to Adventureland, Altoona Aquatics Park pool and maybe a mini vacation to a nearby city.  Locally, we will also plan to ride bikes on the trails with a stop to the library and probably grab some ice cream.  Then of course we plan to have friends and neighbors over to play.

How am I able to get my kids to where they need to be, keep them entertained over the summer and still be able to do my job?  That […]

Employment = Flexibility + Family2020-12-09T12:54:38-06:00

APRIL Smorgasbord

April brings a variety of events.

March madness pours on into April with the final four set for this weekend with the championship on April 8, 2019.

Baseball has begun. Opening day was technically in March, but April means baseball is HERE!

Spring has sprung.  There is an old saying “April showers bring May flowers” and judging by the amount of rain we have had, we should have great May flowers.   As I drive by different businesses, I see they are getting their garden centers put together.  Some, such as Lowe’s already have their plants out.  I think it might be a little early as we could see some lows in the 30’s next week.  Many people will be gardening as soon as it turns nice.  Gardening does provide good exercise for our bodies.

April also means TAXES!  You have until April 15th to […]

APRIL Smorgasbord2020-12-09T18:26:45-06:00

March Madness

This is my favorite time of year.  March Madness.  I love college basketball, I hate to admit it but I try to watch as much as I can during the year to prepare for the Tournament challenges.  Teams get one chance to get into the tournament of 68 teams, and one chance to win it all.  It is a time of underdogs and upsets.   Each year, I fill out a bracket in at least a few different groups (brothers, friends, work etc.).  Every year, I root for my Cyclones, and then I just want to see upsets.  It is so cool to see the underdogs take down the Kansases or the hated Duke Blue Devils (sorry Cole).     When I think of this time of year I think of two things, underdogs, and madness.


I can think of two examples of Madness […]

March Madness2020-12-09T18:26:51-06:00

Parenting Choices

Parenting Choices at its Finest

Do you ever feel that being a parent is one of the hardest, most frustrating, challenging and best times in your life? Really it doesn’t make sense does it? One minute “AUGH you’re driving me crazy!” and the next minute “Get over here I want a hug from my bestest buddy in the whole wide world!” I was not prepared for the level of emotions that came with being a parent. As if that wasn’t enough, I wasn’t prepared for all of the advice I would receive from other people, which was well-meaning 9 times out of 10. There always seems to be pressure coming from all angles: use this toothpaste, only feed your child at this time of the day, lay your child to sleep with their toes pointed north, only wear clothes made from […]

Parenting Choices2020-12-09T18:26:56-06:00

Twelve Things You Must do During the Holiday Season

There’s nothing better than a checklist to keep you organized. Am I right? It feels so good to check things off as you go, and feel like you really accomplished something. Is it normal to go so far as to write things down after you get it done, just to check the box? I mean, I’m just asking for a friend.

At any rate, the holidays get so busy, from Thanksgiving meal preparation to New Year’s Eve plans of staying up to ring in the New Year, so I thought I’d get your personal list going by giving you my top 12. We’d love to hear what you’d add to your family’s list!

1. Talk about everything you’re thankful for.

Thanksgiving is such a good reminder that even if it hasn’t been our “best year ever,” it’s still nice to reflect on […]

Twelve Things You Must do During the Holiday Season2020-12-09T18:27:02-06:00

The Raw Lows and Highs Leading to Fitness Success

There’s no better way to connect people together than a pure, real, success story.  Every journey, no matter what the journey, has its ups and downs and that’s what it makes it relatable no matter who you are.


“When I met my boyfriend in 1996 (who is now my husband) I weighed the heaviest I ever had at that time which was 180 pounds. Fast forward to 1998, when we got married, and I weighed approximately 240 pounds.

We had our first child in 2002. Due to my obesity, it was a struggle for me to get pregnant and we did have to use infertility medication to help us conceive her. I always thought after she was born I’ll lose the weight. Needless to say, that never happened and I continued to […]

The Raw Lows and Highs Leading to Fitness Success2020-12-09T18:27:07-06:00
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