If you are looking for something new in your life, something
that is challenging and fullfilling and rewarding , I suggest you
check out Team in Training. Team in Training and The Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society work together to create awarness and raise
money for blood cancer research.
I joined Team in Training for many reason, initially for
personal reasons like getting in shape and crossing triathlon off
my bucket list. Then I got to know the people involved with
Team in Training and learned just how much blood cancers like
leukemia and lymphoma touch so many people. My unlce is one
that lost his battle…he had lymphoma that then turned into
My goal is to complete an Olympic Triathlon in SunRiver,
OR. An olympic triathlon consists of a .9 mile swim, 28 mile
bike, and 6 mile run. Training has been exhuasting but worth
every second when I think about our real hereos, the ones battling
blood cancer, day in and day out. As a team, we meet 3 days a
week for training, run on Saturday, swim on Sunday, and bike on
Wednesday. It is also recommended that each one of these is
done "on your own" during the week as well with one rest day.
I'm a single mom, I work full time, I take a night class and yet I
still find time, better yet, I make time for this amazing
organization with the hopes that I can help in the race to finding
The other part of my training is also raising funds for The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Right now, my fundraising
consists of a Miche Bag Fundraiser on February 11, 2011 and a Yard
Sale Fundraiser scheduled for February 12, 2011, along with letters
to friends and family. For more information about those
fundraisers, please check out my webiste. From there you can
also donate directly, learn more about Team in Training, how you
can get involved, and learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society. Thank you.
Have you seen the Feb/Mar issue of MOM Magazine in the
Mid-Valley? You can find these stories, and a lot more!
Cover MOM Kelly Robinson- How does she do
Robinson's Manly Quiche Recipe
Breathe easy - The truth about respiratory
illness - Healthy MOM
Diets: Fad diets vs. food
Crowd pleasing recipes
What was your favorite article this issue?
Congratulations to the following people - you each won a family
4 pack of tickets to Disney Live!
From the blog giveaway:
From the Facebook giveaway:
Mickey Mouse is bringing his magic show to
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Favorite Disney Characters and World
Class Illusions Combine in Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic
Eugene show at Matthew
Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30
Tickets priced at $55.00, $45.00, $34.00, $27.00 and
Portland show at Rose Quarter
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Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m
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In a captivating combination, favorite Disney characters join a
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presents Mickey's Magic Show brings audiences into a world
where Disney magic takes on a whole new meaning.
To win tickets, answer this question in the comments
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your contact info is correct and current. Contest ends at noon on
January 20th, 2011.
Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can get you down for
sure. We spent all day yesterday with the kids cooped up in the
house, trying to figure out what to do. They were bored and let
their energy out by fighting with each other. This made us realize
once again that our kids really need a good amount of daily
exercise, and we decided that no matter what the weather, we were
going to go on a hike today.
It was pouring when we woke up, but we were determined to go on
our hike. We prepared with rain jackets and hiking shoes and hit
the trails. The rain was really warm and refreshing, and the kids
loved having permission to get soaked and muddy. It felt so nice to
get some fresh air and exercise, and the pace that the kids kept
reminded us again how much it was needed.
We hiked one of our favorite trails in Corvallis -
the Homestead Trail loop from the Oak Creek parking lot of the
McDonald Forest. It's about 1.5 miles of relatively flat terrain (I
truly believe my kids end up doing an extra mile with all the
zig-zagging and back tracking they do, though), and ends with a
bridge perfect for throwing Pooh sticks.
Here they are, soaking wet and having a blast:
If the winter weather has you and your kids down, make the extra
effort to get out and get some exercise. What is your
family's favorite way to get exercise in the winter?
Sick of hearing the groans when dinner was served, I recently
told the kids that they were responsible for making dinner the
following night. I told them that I'd take them to the grocery
store and they can pick out what they want (meeting certain
nutritional requirements) and prepare it themselves. They
completely loved the idea, and decided on pizza and fruit cocktail,
with caramel apples for dessert. They had a lot of fun and were
quite proud. When dinner was finally served, we had a little talk
about how hard they worked, and how bad they would feel if I
groaned and complained. Alex replied, "Anytime you guys are tired,
we can just make dinner!" I think I might just take him up on that
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