Monday, 17 July 2017

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Thanks to WE’RE THE KAHLERS for sharing their day at the beach!

And, if you’re interested in the Room², you can check it out here.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Latham Triplets have arrived

On June 9, Christian and Brittany Latham added three new members to their family with the addition on Beau, Olivia and Jack. The two boys and girl join big sister Emma in rounding up to four kids for this military family! The couple had discussed adding another baby so big sister Emma would be close in age, but the triple pregnancy came as a BIG surprise. Brittany always wanted a big family and even said she wanted four children. They were thrilled at the timing of the pregnancy and really surprised by the news of triplets. 

Christian is a sergeant in the Marine Corps. The Lathams were stationed in Hawaii when they learned they would be adding three new babies so the decision was made to move back to north Texas to be close to family. They knew that Christian would be deploying for the fourth time close to the triplets arrival date so they felt the support of family and friends would be essential.

Friends showered the expectant mother and Joovy was excited to be a part of this celebration. “It was everything and more at beautiful place with lots of amazing desserts. Filled with love and family just as excited to meet Beau, Olivia and Jack as we are. We are so overwhelmed with all the love and support we have from all over. Today was such a beautiful day. And thank you to everyone that sent blessings but couldn’t make it. Thank you to everyone that helped put together the most amazing, sweet treats filled baby shower,” said Brittany after the shower.

Christian was able to get home about ten days before the babies were born and was deployed on Father’s Day. He is expected to be home in January, 2018. Brittany has said that staying busy will help the time go quickly. She has tons of support from family and friends to help change diapers and keep up with feedings!

Brittany and her mother-in-law, Wendy, were able to attend the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower in Dallas where they were introduced to Joovy, among other baby brands.

This is the first triplet birth at Texas Health in Allen.

The babies are doing well! Beau is 5lb 9oz, Olivia 5 lb 6oz, and Jack is 4lb 9oz. were delivered at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Allen, Texas. 

We are so excited to share this story and hope to bring you updates as often as possible. Congratulations to the Lathams!
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Will Baby Boxes Keep Babies Safer?  

An idea borrowed from Finland is being tested in New Jersey. This cardboard box is serving as a bassinet and crib for new babies in a new program designed to for newborns in New Jersey. Three other states have started similar programs since this program launched in January.

As crazy as the idea sounds, people are catching on to the idea, especially when new parents don’t have room for a crib or bassinet. The free box is decorated and recipients are invited to learn basic parenting skills, especially on safe sleeping for infants.

The box is typically filled with baby clothes and baby care products that help parents get started with caring for the newborn.

While there is an ongoing debate about the overall safety of baby boxes, many are praising the positives of these programs and ASTM International has assigned a task group to look at expanding the current standards for bassinets to include baby boxes.

Surely we will be hearing more about this product and its use over the coming months. Certainly the upside is the educational opportunity to get in front of new parents, teach them about sleep-related infant safety, SIDS and this is a good thing.

New mom Maisha Watson uses one of the 20,000 cardboard boxes given out so far in New Jersey. She’s glad to have a safe spot for her son to sleep. But some question the boxes’ safety and effectiveness.

Read more….

Source: Will Baby Boxes Really Keep Children Safer? : Shots – Health News : NPR

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Living with Multiples

I remember when my husband and I found out that we were pregnant with twins, it was a feeling of excitement, anticipation and of course overwhelming too! We had a 14-month-old at the time and had just gotten past buying all the baby gear and with the news of the twins we quickly realized we needed double of everything! We were so happy to find Joovy products and that they have designed a number of thoughtfully designed twin products to make juggling two babies at the same time possible. Full hands and full hearts has been our motto around our home and Joovy’s twin products have been a lifesaver in helping keep our babies safe and comfortable with their well-thought designs and functional products.

We have found that the Room2 and the Big Caboose have been amazing options with our young family.

Our first trip with our Big Caboose was taking our three boys to the hospital for a nursing consult. Getting out the door with all three was so intimidating and we were so glad there was a stroller out there where all three kids could be sitting and contained. Our two-year-old is so fun and so busy so buckling him into a seat was an essential must when looking for a stroller. I did my research for months looking for the perfect stroller for our situation and the Big Caboose kept coming to the top of my list and I am so glad I chose to go with that one in the end, it has been so functional and convenient.

We use the stroller almost daily. For instance, today I met up with friends and took the kids on a walk around the neighborhood. We also have used it to go on family adventures downtown Dallas (anything outside of the house right now we call an adventure!), we have taken it to many doctors appointments, to a museum, to the park and of course to the grocery store where we always create quite a stir with pushing three babies in one contraption. One bonus while using it at the grocery store is that I can fit a surprising amount of groceries in the bottom storage area. It was laughable how many bags of groceries I pulled out of the bottom storage at the checkout and I was so thankful for it because pushing a stroller and a shopping cart by myself was not and will not be happening anytime soon!

We have also loved the Room2 Playard. I love the genius, oversized design it has as well as the Room2 Twin Nursery Center. We have loved using the Room2 Playard in our living room so that we can know the babies are contained and safe while we live life alongside them being busy cooking up dinner, chasing our two-year-old or changing diapers. The Room2 Twin Nursery Center is also so sensible and well thought. You can change your baby, have your baby sleep in the bassinet portion and play in the playard area below. It has a lot of great options.

If you’re pregnant with multiples, have multiples or have multiple children that are close in age I think Joovy has some amazing options out there to make living life with multiples much more functional!

Cheers,

Heather, mom of Dax & River

Heather Fujikawa, @heatherfujikawa, website: www.heatherfujikawa.com
Photographer: Whitney Lauren Photography, @whitneylaurenphotography, website: www.whitneylaurenphoto.com

 

Monday, 13 June 2016

The Importance of Quiet Time In Your Summertime Routine

 

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We all need quiet time. Whether it be a nap, reading time, or simply turning off the TV. Quiet time allows our brain to rest and reflect from our hectic lives.  It’s important for families to incorporate quiet time into your schedule, even a daily summertime “quiet time” routine. Sometimes the noise and chaos of everyday occurrences can wear you down. Quiet time allows your mind and body the break it needs. Both adults and children need quiet time.

Reminding your children the importance of quiet time and making it a regular occurrence can be extremely beneficial. It often seems like with growing kids, busy schedules, and prevailing technology quiet time is unobtainable, but even just 30 minutes a day can help.

While your children’s brain is growing and developing every day, quiet time becomes more and more important. Quiet time serves as a time to wind down and caters to creativity and imagination.

If your child has trouble napping, have designated quiet time each afternoon. Everyone needs a break from the hustle & bustle, your child included. Quiet time with a good book can restore energy. Telling toddlers that they don’t have to sleep but rather give their body a break to refuel itself is a positive message of self-care.

Sometimes getting a toddler to agree to quiet time when all they want is to run around and use those legs of theirs is tough, but who said quiet time had to be boring.

There are a variety of ways to spend quiet time. Here is a list of some ideas:

  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • Writing in a journal
  • Write a letter
  • Napping
  • A walk outside
  • Puzzles
  • Activity books
  • Picture books

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Boob Baby Bottle Has What You Need for Consistent Feedings

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Choosing a baby bottle is one of the most personal decisions you’ll make in regard to the products you’ll use with your new little one. Let’s face it, this is a product you are going to put in your baby’s mouth so considerations are important. There are several reasons why the Joovy Boob should be on your list of bottles systems to consider. First and foremost, the Boob is intended to promote a consistent and enjoyable feeding experience for your baby.

Why consistency? Consistency is important because you want baby to have a pleasant and enjoyable meal whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding. Bottle fed babies count on you to deliver their meals on time and to their liking. It’s nice when they know what to expect as the nipple comes towards their hungry mouths! And, consistency for you in an easy to use, clean and reassemble bottle.

Nursing babies have a consistent experience. When babies nurse at the breast, they typically latch on, nuzzle down and have the perfect meal by mother, herself. Latch, check; temperature, check; flow, check.  The experience is consistent and babies know they are getting the same satisfying meal each and every time they latch on.

We’ve thought this through and feel the Boob is the best baby bottle for babies, for exclusively bottle-feeding or transitioning between bottle and breast. All babies deserve a pleasant, enjoyable and consistent experience.

What are the reasons I should consider the Joovy Boob Baby Bottle over other baby bottles?

1. New advanced nipple design PLUS the new Natually Nood Nipple that introduces texture
2. CleanFlow Vent.
3. Choice of bottles/material types
4. Custom Insulator and
5. A complete set of accessories that complete the feeding solution

So, what’s so unique about these features? Let’s delve a little deeper into the details to help you determine if this is the bottle for your little ones’ feeding time.

Nipple Design. The Joovy nipple design helps promote natural latching so your baby doesn’t have to relearn between bottle and breast each time they transition. It is also uniquely structured to be soft, yet prevents nipple collapse when the baby is feeding. This allows busy parents (and babies) to easily transition from breast to bottle. We’ve also made the nipple to a European standard as there currently is no U.S. baby bottle nipple standards in place. What this means is that the Boob nipple walls are thicker which helps prevent nipple collapse, a frustrating experience for babies. Also, per EU standards, nipple flow holes are molded rather than punctured or cut giving them consistency in flow rates. We offer 5 flow rates, from preemie for newborns to an X- Cut for older babies.

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Naturally Nood. The introduction of the Naturally Nood Nipple shows our commitment to breastfeeding. We know babies love the shape of the Boob nipple, and now, with the introduction of texture, babies will have one more consistency during their bottle feeding. The Naturally Nood Nipples have added wrinkles, bumps and ridges. There is also a moc areola. 586__41076.1438817379.1280.1280

The CleanFlow Vent. This is the advanced technology we’ve introduced to the Boob. This is currently the only quad vented, internal vent system available in a baby bottle. It is high tech and simple at the same time and you won’t need to spend time cleaning and assembling multiple vent parts. Plain and simple, venting is important because you want baby to take in milk or formula, not air. TheCleanFlow Vent is a plastic ring vent with a silicone liner. The four notches on the ring fit perfectly into the rim of the bottle (female side) to create quad vents. This allows properly venting, no matter how the bottle is held.  It is extremely easy to clean and you don’t have to touch any part that will come in contact with the liquid.

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Bottles choices. The Boob Baby Bottle are available in a high quality Polypropelene (PP) plastic and an ultra-premium Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) plastic. The ultra-premium PPSU bottle stands up to repeated sterilization and, like glass, will not absorb odor or stains. The gray tint makes milk look whiter in the bottle, offering great appeal. The high quality PP bottles are the same exquisite design and offer excellent value. All of the materials used are BPA, BPS, PVC, phthalate and lead free.

Insulator. The custom fit insulator is intended to maintain the desired temperature longer while feeding baby. It is clinically proven that feeding at body temperature provides a better nutrition absorption. The average feeding takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes and the insulator will help maintain a consistent temperature while baby nurses on the bottle.

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Accessories. The Joovy Breast Pump Adapter and Sealing Cap make it quick and easy
to pump breast milk directly into the bottle and then go straight to refrigerated storage. Moms love the convenience of pumping directly into the container rather than having to transfer after pumping. Less handling means efficiency. The Boob Breast Pump Adapter fits most breast pumps.

Cleaning. The Rotating Brush makes cleaning quick and efficient. All components are dishwasher safe. Reassembly of the Boob is easy and effortless.

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Now that you know a little more about the Boob Baby Bottle, what do you think? Do you have any questions about ease of use or functionality? If so, please comment here and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

Next time we’ll talk about the Glass Boob Baby Bottles!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Blog Post: Babysitter Questionnaire

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Finding the right person to babysit your child can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Making a list of questions and being organized can help you decipher and choose. Does your potential sitter pass the approval test? And, most importantly, is this sitter a good fit for your child?

In order to do find the right person,  you have to ask the right questions and do your homework. Start by writing down the things you want to ask and know about this person you’ll be trusting with your precious little human. We suggest you approach this as you would for any job-for-hire. Watching your children is in fact a super important job and you want to be sure you’ve covered all your bases.

Before you go into full force hiring a person to watch your child, schedule a meet and greet. This can be a good time for you to meet the potential sitter as well as have them meet your child, and ask important questions to make sure it’s a good fit.

Here’s the start of  some questions you might add to your list when interviewing a potential sitter. Take a look and be sure to add your own questions:

What is your schedule?

  • When finding the right sitter it’s important to make sure that their schedule will work with yours. Provide to them when you’ll most likely need them the most (Friday evenings, weekday mornings, Sunday afternoons, etc.)

What experience do you have working with children?

  • This is an important question to ask. If you need someone to watch your infant, and your potential babysitter has only watched her seven year old brother from time to time they may not be the best fit for your baby.
  • Ex. changing diapers, experience with bottle feeding, burping, age range, etc.

Do you have your own transportation?

  • It may make it more difficult to have a dependable babysitter if they don’t drive or have a reliable way of getting to and fro
  • It may be a good idea to have a sitter with their own wheels, especially in the case of an emergency

Why do you like working with kids?

  • Make sure your potential babysitter actually enjoys being around children. Hey, it’s not for everybody!

What activities do you like to do with kids?

  • Ex: crafts, music, outdoors, board games
  • It’s nice to know your child won’t be glued to the television screen the whole time you’re gone, especially if you’re gone for several hours.

How do you deal with stressful situations?

  • Depending on how old your child is, it’s important to ask the right questions to get a good understanding of how your babysitter will deal with stressful situations that are likely to present themselves especially working with kids
  • Don’t be afraid to give them tips and pointers as well, you know your child better than anyone for all!
  • Ex: Crying baby, arguing siblings, having the ability to say no

Ask them about themselves:

  • This is a really important step in the interviewing process, because it allows you to really get to know them.
  • Ask questions like: Where are you from? What do you like to do for fun? What are you studying in school?
  • It’ll put your mind at ease when you’re gone the more familiar you are with your babysitter. Asking them about themselves will make them more comfortable around you and your child, and it’s good to have a better understanding of the person you’re trusting to watch your child especially if you’d like to have them around for the long run.

Things to observe during a interview:

  • How many times the person checks their phone
  • Lets face it, we can all be glued to our phones at times, but it’s important to find someone who is more enthusiastic about interacting with your child than checking their social media
  • Their personality
  • Trust your gut, vibes don’t lie
  • Someone could answer all your questions correctly, but if you don’t click with them, then chances are your child won’t either
  • How they interact with your child
  • Like we said, someone can look great on paper but that doesn’t always mean they’re the best choice
  • Make a point to observe how they interact with your child

Most importantly, ASK FOR REFERENCES and follow-up here.

  • Ask for at least 3 references. Get phone numbers and email addresses
  • Call each and ask what they liked best about the potential sitter
  • Ask, “is there anything you think I should know about”

Other tips for finding the right sitter:

  • Social Media
  • Nothing can reveal a person’s personality quite like their social media can
  • Don’t be afraid to ask if they feel comfortable if you friend them on Facebook or twitter. This may seem a little invasive to some, but it can go a long way and is really not a big deal. Make it casual and fun.
  • Find them in the right places
  • When your kids are young it may seem difficult to find someone to watch your kid when your social circle includes your close friends and their fellow three years olds, but others recommendations can sometimes be the best
  • Make a post on Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many people have connections with college kids who have great experience in your area looking for an opportunity
  • Use credible websites like:

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Blog Post: Developing Self-Esteem In Girls

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Developing self-esteem in girls is so important to begin at a young age, because that foundation is something you carry with you throughout your whole life. Self-esteem not only affects the way we see ourselves but it can also play a role in the goals we set for ourselves and our ability to achieve those goals.

We live in a tough day and age as photoshop and filters prevail. This idea of “perfection” is something girls think is obtainable because they see it in magazines or on the television screen, but let’s be realistic, it’s not.

It’s important to shows girls their self-worth from a young age. Of course, it’s important to show boys as well, but especially in today’s world girls become more subject to low self-esteems. This stems from a young age.

Girls see this false image of perfection, whether it be in a Disney movie or their favorite fashion doll, it creates a sense of desire to obtain the unobtainable. Now we’re not saying, don’t let your daughter watch her favorite fairy movie or play with dolls, but it’s important to establish real beauty versus what we see on TV.

Real beauty is what’s on the inside. Having a kind heart, being honest, brains. This is what matters. Beauty can go far, but brains can go even farther!

  1. Every day tell your daughter how proud of her you are!

  • Sometimes we forget what an impact acceptance plays in self-esteem
  • The way we see our child becomes the way they see themselves, as long as you remember to remind them how special they are
  1. Avoid using terms that speak negatively about outer appearance like “fat” or “ugly”

 

  • According to the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) website “40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.”
  • Starting negativity spreads negativity
  1. Drop comparisons

 

  • Once we start comparing ourselves to others we tend to lose sight of all the great qualities we possess
  • Try to not compare your daughter to others
  1. Be active

  • There is no doubt that leading an active life is both beneficial for the body and mind, starting this at a young age is important
  1. Plan date days doing things that your daughter enjoys

  • Setting aside time during our hectic lives to enjoy quality time with your daughter will help boost their self-esteem
  1. Listen

  • It’s so important to teach young girls that their voice matters
  • Taking the time to hear what your daughter has to say will help develop her self-worth at a young age
  1. Give them freedom to make choices

  • Don’t become a helicopter when parenting
  • Of course it’s important to teach her but let her make certain decisions for herself, on their own
  • Making wrong decisions is how we learn
  1. Encourage her dreams

  • Young girls are capable of anything!
  • Remind them of that

We love the Always campaign from a couple years ago #LikeAGirl empowering young women to believe in their ability. No one should feel hindered in their capabilities because of their sex. Check out this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs

And this from GoldieBlox “A toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.” :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGyVa5Xftw

Remember, Girls Rule!

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Do You Have A Child That Is Afraid of Something?

child-1099770_640We all have something or many things we fear. I am afraid of sharks and am certain that if I go into the ocean, a great white will find me. To handle this, I simply stay out of the ocean which is an easy solution. Avoidance of something you fear is not always possible. Panic overtakes me when I think of flying and travel is part of my life. If you are sitting next to me on a plane you will see me grasping a charm with my eyes closed and reciting a prayer for the first 15 minutes of the flight. My faith also helps me with my fears about my children getting hurt or making good decisions. As we get older we learn how to deal with our fears (or not) or to bury them very deep.

It is a different story for our children. Childhood fears are developmentally normal. In a way they help to keep children safe by causing them to avoid some dangerous situations. From a very young age children can be afraid of a broad range of things from darkness, toilets, monsters, being alone, animals, some movies, separation, strangers, bad dreams, to weather, to name a few.

All of my children have been afraid of things from germs to darkness to strangers. Our recent struggle is with our daughter who is afraid to go downstairs to her bedroom alone; even for a moment. I have to admit, I was beginning to get frustrated with her fear. I needed to get to the bottom of it so I sat down with her to have a conversation. She began by telling me she was afraid of scary things. Digging a little deeper, I discovered she was afraid of a bad person, a stranger in her room. She had seen a show on TV where this happened and had started to dream about it. Now she says she thinks about it whenever she is alone in her room and especially when it’s dark. That night when it was time for bed, we looked in closets, under beds, in the garage, and in the hall closet near her room. I showed her that there were no strangers in any of those places. We made sure there was a flashlight by her bed if she needs to come to me at night. I am hoping this will help her to overcome her fears but realize it may take time and more steps.

Here are some general steps to help your child with their fears:

  1. Acknowledge their fears are real. Do not tell them that monsters are not real or that there’s nothing to be afraid of in the dark. Tell them something about your own fears.
  2. Do not make them feel ashamed of their fears. If you discount their fears, they may shut down and not share with you. You do not want them to be embarrassed.
  3. Share stories of fairy tales or heroes. Read them an age appropriate book about characters who overcame their fears. (As a starting point, try looking at the chapter on courage in The Book of Virtue: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, ISBN: 0-671-68306-3, since it contains some selections for different ages with good introductions to each selection.) Watch a movie together that deals with putting fears to rest, maybe Monsters, Inc.
  4. Be honest.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The 7 Best Reasons to Get Fresh Air with the Kids

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The birds are singing. A whiff of freshly applied sunscreen as kids run by tingles your nose. The sweet sound of laughter echoes from every angle. The prickly green grass encompasses your barefoot toes. It’s summertime.

Some of our fondest memories are being outside during the summer months. The long days seemed endless. Yes, it gets hot. Yes, we get sweaty, but there is a certain importance to allowing our kids to roam free in the summertime. The value of fresh air is something we hold important as adults, but may be even more important for our children. According to the National Wildlife Federation the average American child spends 30 minutes or less outside each day yet seven or more hours in front of an electronic screen.

The outdoors can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It’s time to put down the electronics and bask in the beauty of mother nature. Here are seven reasons to value the fresh air with your children:

7 Reasons to Get Fresh Air with the Kids
  1. Imagination/Creativity

The outdoors caters to our imagination. You get to explore new ideas and places. Create inventive games. The outdoors provide endless opportunities that help to sculpt a child’s imagination.

       2. Health Benefits

IMG_8968Fresh air equals a fresh mind. Getting outside offers a variety of health benefits. For one the sunshine boosts Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is having healthy calcium and phosphorous levels which are essential in building and maintaining strong bones. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! Even just 20 minutes of fresh air a day can reduce stress and improve overall health. Fresh air is good for the body, and in particular the brain. NPR journalist Jon Hamilton discusses how child’s play outside can help build the brain and teach your children valuable lessons:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336361277/scientists-say-childs-play-helps-build-a-better-brain

 

 

 

 

 

  1. No Mess!

With lots of playtime indoors comes lots of clean up time as well. Time outside is good for the mind and also good for keeping mom’s living room clean. Enjoy some summer treats like watermelon or popsicles without the worry and frustration of making a mess that mom will have to clean up later.

 

  1. Change of Scenery

Yes we all love the time we get to spend relaxing on the couch and in the comfort of our homes, but there is beauty outside of our comfort zone as well. A change of scenery is good for the body and the mind. A nice hike or a quick dip in the pool can refresh the brain and release the stress we carry in our hectic world, plus your kid’s will love that valuable time spent with them in the fresh air.

  1. Fitness

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ke seriously. Like we mentioned before, even just 20 minutes a day can improve your overall health. Gyms get boring, especially with the same routine every day. Getting outside can provide a fun outlet to your static workout routines and also is a great way to keep your children healthy and active. Teaching your children the importance of a healthy lifestyle is a trait they can value and carry on into the rest of their lives. Jump rope, swim, gardening, walking, or kayaking – there is an endless amount of opportunity to keep you and your family fit while still having a lot of fun!

 

 

  1. Spirit & Soul

Have you ever walked outside after being cooped up on a long day, and felt immediately re-energize and overall better? It’s the magic of the outdoors. The sunshine can provide our bodies with energy and happiness. It actually releases endorphins that help to keep us happy and healthy. By incorporating the sunshine and fitness you’re participating in two activities that release endorphins. Good for the mind and body!

  1. Helps build a Strong Relationships

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Contributed by Emily-Jane Cosgrove

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National Wildlife Foundation http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx

NPR – Jon Hamilton “Science Says Child’s Play Helps Build a Stronger Brain”

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