1 Month of Instagram Ideas

How To Get Your First 2,000 Followers On Instagram

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I reached my goal this month of 2,000 Instagram followers!!!  When I first started this site, I set up all my social media accounts, but I didn’t give much attention to Instagram. BIG MISTAKE!!  Instagram has been an amazing source of traffic to my website.  I soon realized that I was missing out on what Instagram had to offer.  I really started focusing, researching, and experimenting with how to be successful.  I gained most of my followers in the past few months! Continue reading

Get Faster! A beginner's guide to running form.

Get Faster! A Beginner’s Guide To Running Form

Form. Form. Form. Running form is soooo incredibly important!!  I cannot emphasize this enough! A lot of running pains occur because of improper form!  Whenever I run, I keep a mental checklist of what my body should be doing.  Sometimes I slip, especially when I’m tired, and my body lets me know if I’m not running properly. Yes, knee pain, I feel you, I’m heel striking again aren’t I?

Keeping proper form is not complicated, but sometimes it doesn’t come naturally.  My natural tendency is to over stride and heel strike.  This is a waste of energy, puts the brakes on every step, and is really hard on the knees.  I had to train myself to have a mid foot strike.  It was so awkward at first, but with lots of focus, it’s now second nature.  I even bought special shoes that encourage a mid foot strike.  They are a zero drop shoe, and I cannot recommend them enough!  They are wonderful!

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Summer Schedule For Sanity

Summer Schedule For Sanity
Summer Schedule For Sanity

Kids are out of school, summer is officially here. I’m excited and slightly terrified, ok, I’m a lot terrified.  I’ve never done summer with 6 kids before. Yikes.  I now have older kids who have activities they want to do and a baby who kind of complicates some of those activities so trying to find the balance is a challenge.  Deep breath.  I’ve learned that summer NEEDS a schedule- plans, routines, the works!  I’m trying to find a way to keep everyone happy so fighting is nonexistent (is that even possible?)  I also don’t want to plan too much and exhaust the kids because that creates grumpy and melt down prone children, ahhh the balance.

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10 Ways To Calm Down The Raging Child

10 Ways To Calm Down The Raging Child
10 Ways To Calm Down The Raging Child

Emotions are so BIG, especially when they are coming out of a small uncontrollable body.  Even as an adult, I have a hard time controlling my emotions sometimes, and being a parent brings out the best and worst in you.  So expecting my kids to control their emotions is like expecting my dog to be toilet trained.  I believe in teaching and providing tools for our children so they can learn to control their emotions, same as adults.  Sending children to their rooms to calm down or giving them time out is not teaching them to control their emotions.  Children need to learn to recognize, name, and tame their emotions.  Sending them to isolation may temporarily give you relief, but does not solve the problem long term.Continue reading

Choose The Best Running Shoes

How To Choose The BEST Running Shoes

Let’s talk about one of my favorite things, SHOES!  And not just any shoes- running shoes.  When it comes to running shoes, there are millions of options.  How in the world are you supposed to know what is best for YOU?  The perfect shoe has more to do with your running style and the shape of your feet than the design or logo.  A little advanced knowledge of your running style and feet will help you narrow in on the perfect shoe with just a little bit of trial and error.Continue reading

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis- Prevention And Treatment

Heel pain, one of THE worst running pains ever.  Many runners are WAY too familiar with the ligament known as the plantar fascia.  While training for my second marathon, I suddenly started feeling that pain in the heel on the bottom of the foot.  I didn’t realize what it was at first, so I initially ran through the pain.  BAD IDEA!!  Once I realized what the pain was, I stopped my training and let my foot heal. When the pain went away, I started running again, but the pain started to come back.  I knew that I needed to find what was causing the pain. Then, I learned an easy trick, and the pain was immediately gone and has never been back.  I share this trick with every one I know, and so far 100% success rate. Continue reading

How To Prevent Side Aches

How To Prevent Side Aches

One of the worst things that can happen on a run is a side ache!  No matter what your distance, side aches can creep up and attempt to sabotage your run.  With a few strategies, you can prevent side aches and learn how to get rid of them mid run.Continue reading

Creamy Dairy Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

EVERYONE loves chicken noodle soup, I mean, really, have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love a hot bowl of comforting chicken noodle soup on a cold rainy day or on a sick day?  There’s just something so soul satisfying about a bowl of delicious chicken noodle soup. 

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Half Marathon Training

Half Marathon TrainingGoals

Here’s to half marathon training, sort of.  Ha ha.  I don’t have a race selected, there are none in my town and travel right now is out of the question, but I’m still training.  I’m really trying to improve my speed to qualify for Boston and since I’ve hit my goal for the 5K, I’d like to focus on the half marathon next. Which is kind of a big jump, but I’m going for it!Continue reading

Lessons From Moana

I absolutely loved the movie Moana.  I was so happy that Disney finally made a movie that didn’t involve the parents dying in tragic deaths, they were actually good parents, and it wasn’t a love story.  Seriously, Disney really broke the mold with this one-in a good way.

There were a few things that really stood out to me in the movie that I will be discussing with my kids- love these learning moments.

Find Happiness Where You Are

In the first song, Moana’s parents are trying to teach her to find happiness where she is.  While she ends up leaving the island, I still think this is a good message.  Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to- everyone has trials and disappointments.  Despite this, we can still find happiness where ever we are.  We can choose to focus on the positive in life, we cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control our thoughts.  This is a really hard concept to teach young kids- to change your thoughts and focus on the positive- so I’ll take any chance to reinforce this concept. (The Trolls movie is another great show that teaches that happiness comes from within, not outside sources).

Along those same lines, when Moana returns the heart, she sings, “This is not who you are, you know who you are.”  What happens to us does not have to define who we are, we can choose who we are.  Again, this reinforces how important it is to have positive thinking and not to dwell on the bad things that happens to us.

Understanding Your Past To Know Who You Are

Can I say Family History?  Ha Ha.  But seriously, it wasn’t until Moana learned about her ancestors that she understood herself better and why she felt so strongly about the ocean.  Family History doesn’t have to be researching back generations ago, it can be learning more about your grandparents.  My kids are always fascinated to see pictures of their grandparents when they were kids or even young parents.  You may find that your kids have similar personalities to their grandparents.  I’ve definitely noticed that my son is a lot like my dad- who knew!!

Follow Through, Never Give Up, And Chase Your Dreams!

Life rarely works out the way we plan, and at some point everyone has to reconcile reality with their dreams, but I still want my kids to have the courage to chase after what is important to them, stick with it, and overcome obstacles. Every child needs to learn to not give up when tasks get hard – like homework, school projects, friendships, relationships etc.

 

What are your favorite parts from the movie?

 

lessons from Moana