Monthly Archives: January 2011

Team in Training

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 leukemia.


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 a cure.


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.

Mid-Valley Feb/Mar issue

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 it?

Kelly Robinson's Manly Quiche Recipe

Breathe easy - The truth about respiratory illness - Healthy MOM

Get Moving


Diets: Fad diets vs. food diaries

Birthday Parties

Facebook safety

Crowd pleasing recipes


What was your favorite article this issue?

Disney Live Winners announced

Congratulations to the following people - you each won a family 4 pack of tickets to Disney Live!


From the blog giveaway:

Becky Thompson



From the Facebook giveaway:

Charissa Burnside

Mickey's Magic Show

Mickey Mouse is bringing his magic show to Oregon! And MOM Magazine is giving away tickets to see the amazing show. Just comment on the question below for a chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets.

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Favorite Disney Characters and World Class Illusions Combine in Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show

Eugene show at Matthew Knight Arena
Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets priced at $55.00, $45.00, $34.00, $27.00 and $22.00

Portland show at Rose Quarter (Theatre of the Clouds)
Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m
Tickets priced at $58.00, $45.00, $34.00, $27.00 and $22.00
(877) 789-ROSE

In a captivating combination, favorite Disney characters join a professional illusionist live on stage in a performance that will excite and delight children of all ages. From Feld Entertainment, the producers of Disney On Ice, Disney Live! 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 section:

Who is your favorite Disney Character?

Coment below. Winner will be contacted via email, so be sure your contact info is correct and current. Contest ends at noon on January 20th, 2011.

Rainy day hike

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:

rainy day hike

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?


What's for dinner?

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 offer!