10 Backyard Must-Haves to Help You Survive the Summer

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Now that it's nice and warm, my kids and I have been outside as much as possible. After way too many months of being cooped up indoors, we're pretty much always slathered in sunscreen and enjoying the sunshine. We eat on the back porch, play on the swing set, splash in the water table. We ride bikes …
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For the Biker Mama: Weehoo Bike Trailer and StaySharp Commuter Cuff

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When I was 12, my dad used to take my brother and me on these long bike adventures. We'd pack a snack and just ride our bicycles. Once we even ended up riding to my aunt's house about 20 miles away. I was young and tired, so I caught a ride home with my mom. I loved those days of just riding. My son …
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Ibitz Pedometers For the Whole Family

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When it comes to activity and my fitness life, I value accountability. Instant feedback is very important to me, and I like being able to see in numbers what my hard work looks like. I'm a big supporter of heart rate monitors and pedometers, so when the team at ibitz by GeoPalz asked us to try their …
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Working Out Like a Dog, a Sled Dog

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Over on Fit Bottomed Girls, the girls and I frequently share workouts we did to give readers an idea of what we regularly do, and to share fresh ideas so you're not getting bored popping in that same old workout DVD all the time. We also like to do it to prove that workouts don't have to mean being …
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Get Ready to Bounce With This Ball-to-the-Wall Workout

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Have I mentioned that occasionally I get called back to the gym's daycare and my workouts get cut short? I think I have a time or two --- or a million. So sometimes I have to be creative with my workouts, adding a few sprints in the gym or shooting some hoops while the kids run around and roll …
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3 Tips to Get the Kids on the Move

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It's hard to believe that in some parts of the country kids have already been in school for almost a month. Because here on the East Coast, kids just started this week! My daughter starts preschool today, SNIFF, so I figured I'd add to the "back to school" bonanza I've had going on today with more …
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8 Playground Games That Can Benefit Your Health

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Why is it that when we grow up, exercise all of a sudden becomes a workout? Kids can run around all day --- and they'd never call it work! As adults, we need to think outside the box when it comes to workouts and make them as fun as possible. There are tons of ways you can stay active at the …
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5 Best Vacations to Get the Family Moving

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I'll be writing over on Babble several times a week, so check out my posts over there, too! Here's one of 'em! 'Tis the season for family vacays! And vacation is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family active together. The best part is that everyone will be having such a blast that …
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Hitting the Trails This Summer? Hiking Tips for the Whole Family!

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Now that it's warmed up outside, many families hit the trails to hike. Whether you're hiking on vacation or simply heading to a nearby trail, it's best to be prepared---especially when kids are involved. A little bit of preparation can save you a lot of headaches and ensures that everyone has a good …
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