Exercise, Movement, and Learning

Here is one of my most favorite studies of all time.  The Naperville study demonstrates the powerful connection between movement and learning.  I originally wrote this article on the Naperville study on January 2, 2010, and I am republishing this content because it is so important.  Enjoy!

Exercise and the Brain

If you’re involved at your child’s school, you may want to print this one out and take it to your next parent meeting to support the inclusion of effective Physical Education in schools.  School administrators need to read the astounding body of research surrounding the connection between exercise and learning…..and remove the coke machines, but that’s another article. Continue reading “Exercise, Movement, and Learning” »

The Health Benefits of Stevia and Xylitol

Do you use stevia or xylitol?  I hope so because both of these sweeteners have some pretty neat health benefits.  Besides, they make life a little sweeter.


Stevia is all over the place these days, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.  It tastes great and even has some major health benefits.  Stevia can help control blood sugar AND insulin levels.  This is exciting news since both are closely connected to health and longevity.  In fact, controlling your blood sugar and insulin levels after meals is a powerful way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a few other age related disease processes.  In a recent study on subjects diagnosed with diabetes Type II, stevioside reduced after-meal blood glucose levels by 18%.  That’s powerful stuff.  To think that you can decrease your chances for any of these disease processes while possibly improving your health and longevity by using stevia is pretty sweet.
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EmWave™ | The Best Health Technology on the Face of the Planet

Do you ever wish that you could enter “the flow” or the “athlete zone?”  You probably already know this, but the flow is that magical place where you lose time and activity becomes effortless.  What would it be like to live in that zone?  If you could train yourself to get into the flow and stay there all day long, what would your life look like?  What would you be able to do that you never thought possible?

You CAN do that.  There is a cutting edge piece of technology available to you today that can help you train yourself to enter the zone.  Are you familiar with the EmWave™?  If not, you will be in a few minutes.  Read on, my friend.

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Not Bad for a February Afternoon…


We decided to hit the beach after school yesterday, and I captured three of my favorite things in one photo:  Savanna, beach, beautiful sunny day.  Now you’ll never have to guess why I choose to live in sunny Florida.

She forgot to turn away from the camera like she usually does lately and flashed me a smile instead.  When I saw this picture I wondered, My God, where does the time go? Continue reading “Not Bad for a February Afternoon…” »

The Key to Joyful Living

Last week, I wrote about the year 2011 and how to move forward in 2012.  I also wrote briefly about perfectionism and the importance of trusting your intuition.  Just a few days later, I found a great little book which happens to tie all of these thoughts together perfectly.

Meet Sylvia Ferraro, two time world fitness champion.  She is clearly a natural born leader, a fitness icon, and an inspiration to all who meet her.  These are just a few of the reasons I jumped at the chance to take a sneak peak at her new children’s book based on her own true story,  The Gratitude Girl.  If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, other peoples’ expectations, perfectionism, or all of the above, her book is for you.

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Blue Jean Baby Queen

Whenever someone meets my daughter for the first time, I usually hear them say, “Oh, are you shy?”   Of course not.  She’s 5.  On top of that, she doesn’t like talking to total strangers any more than you or I do.  Kids have a keen sense of intuition that most of us learn to tune out, and that intuition is much, much smarter than our left brain (the reasoning part).  If she doesn’t like someone, it’s OK.  I trust her intuition, and she should, too.

However, she does happen to be a pretty neat kid.  If I could get a snapshot of her personality in just one photo, it would look like this:

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Kick Perfectionism to the Curb

I found this fabulous gem on one of my new favorite blogs, The Joyful Mother. What a fabulous quote to keep in mind as we start the new year!  Did you know that perfectionism is a form of self abuse?  It is.  The whole “striving and never arriving” thing is the perfect recipe for frustration and later, helplessness (code verbage for depression).

In fact, it’s a very unhealthy standard to set for our kids.  I’m telling you this because I am constantly reminding myself.  I never want my own daughter to strive for perfection-just her personal best.

Enjoy!  That’s all for today from this cold mom, folks.  It was a brisk 40 degrees here when we woke up this morning.  What??!!

Top 10 Savanna Quotes This Week

Last month, I wrote a post on Savanna’s top ten one liners.  She’s full of them, and this is a great way to make sure that I never forget the best.  Enjoy!


10.  Mommy, you know what’s cool about the moon is that you can jump on it.


9.   It’s OK, Mommy.  Sometimes it just takes some tiiiiiiiiiime! (These words spoken to me when I got pissed because a car turned at .005 mph)

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The Little Tooth That Broke My Heart Twice

Last week, we found Savanna’s first loose tooth.  We were sitting in the movie theater watching Happy Feet, and she kept pointing to her mouth.  I didn’t know why she was doing this until finally, I took a closer look and realized that she had a loose tooth!

It shouldn’t surprise me that she has a loose tooth.  I mean, she’s 5 years old now.  That’s what happens when kids get older.  I just didn’t expect her to start losing teeth now.  Losing teeth means losing another piece of babyhood and growing up just a little bit more…..and that means that I have to let go a little bit more.

I’m not normally the cheesy, sentimental mom type, but teeth seem to tug on my mommy emotions for some reason.  I remember when Savanna got her first tooth, which happened to be the same one that she’s losing now.  I remember feeling a little bit heartbroken that I would never see that gummy grin again, and now that same tooth is wiggly.  Damned tooth.

I think it was Maria Shriver who said, “motherhood is a constant practice of letting go, starting at birth.”  Those may not have been her exact words, but you get the idea.  I will always remember these words because they touched my heart.  I guess this is the reason we get teary eyed when our kids start kindergarten, spell their name for the first time, or loose their first tooth.

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Deputy Director of CDC Charged With Child Molestation and Bestiality

Just wanted to help make sure that every mom out there is aware of this story.  This is one of the top leaders with the CDC.  Though Dr. Lindsey is Deputy Director for the counter terrorism department at the present time, she played a big role in pushing swine flu immunizations during the “swine flu epidemic.”  You can formulate your own opinion about the reality of that whole scare, but are these the types of people who should be making important decisions about your child’s health?

What a joke.  Moreover, what a gross embarrassment for the CDC.

Deputy Director of CDC Charged With Child Molestation and Bestiality

That’s all for today, folks.  Cheers to the physician who alerted the police to these scumbags, and on to happier things tomorrow.  Remember to turn your clocks back today!