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Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (also known as before I had a baby), I exercised twice a day and cared about things like visible panty lines and air drying most of my clothes. My, how times have changed. I’ve only written two posts in 2017 and they’re both about my baby. …

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Dear Mom Friends

Dear Mom Friends, I came upon a photo recently that made me smile and laugh: This was summer 2010 and you were gathering your small children for a photo at my request. As you can see no one other than me was cooperating. At the time I remember thinking something along the lines of “what cute babies …

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Hello Baby

Happy New Year a month late! I’ve taken time away from all things Hello Wellness as I’m a new mom and, well, I don’t think I need to explain any further. Early in January my daughter, Audrey, was born and so my days and nights have been consumed with breastfeeding, changing diapers, taking cat naps, and …

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December 2016 (Oh What a Month!)

As this last month of the year winds down many of you might be thinking about New Year resolutions or goals or intentions. While you might have an idea of how you want to start 2017, have you considered how you want to end 2016? Why not start now instead of later? We all know …

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With Thanks

This time of year can be stressful and people often lose sight of what’s truly important with the mania of the holidays. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because its focus is never on material goods but rather the good things in life – friends, family, and food. I am lucky because I have …

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You Said What?

As someone who has worked in the wellness (or well-being as it’s now called) and fitness world for about 14 years, I have heard a lot of comments and questions about various topics in this industry. Sometimes when things are really quiet random thoughts will come to me and so I’ve decided to write them down. …

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POUND (Yeah, Yeah!)

It’s that time of year. The mornings are cooler, winter clothes are everywhere in the stores, and the kids are going back to school. All of this means one thing: POUND is starting! As you might know, I teach through DSM Public Schools Community Ed. I really enjoy teaching for Community Ed because it gives people …

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Crosswords and Life

I’ve always been a lover of words and writing. Spelling tests were my favorite days in school because sounding out words and figuring out whether the I came before or after the E was such a fun challenge. Word searches and crosswords were always favored over anything that had to do with numbers. The only …

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Morning Moves

As I’ve noted in previous posts, I am an avid YMCA member and love going to early morning fitness classes. Working out in the morning is like a huge shot of caffeine. At least that’s what I think a huge shot of caffeine would feel like since I’ve never tried 5-hour Energy or espresso, plus I don’t drink …

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Off The Grid

With the exception of my POUND posts I’ve been pretty quiet for the past ten months or so. I could write an entire post about why I’ve been less motivated than usual to keep up with my writing but if I’ve learned anything in the last year I’ve learned that explanations that feel obligatory usually …