We're what....10 months into this pandemic? My social life is nonexistent, and I miss hanging out with my favorite girl gang from FIT4MOM Ann Arbor. The winter blahs are getting to me and it's time to have a memorable Mom's Night In to boost morale. Did someone say CAKE? Cake fixes all, right? Add a challenge, a prize, and some laughs; it's a recipe for a successful night.
FIT4MOM Ann Arbor Team
Now that snow seems to be sticking around, we wanted to share some ideas and helpful hints on making the most out of playing outside!
FIT4MOM Ann Arbor Crew
We had such a positive response from our Halloween movie list that we decided to break down a list for the December holidays as well. We’re trying to be inclusive of all holidays, but be sure to add one in the comments if there’s one we forgot.
Every winter, as Thanksgiving ends, a war starts to wage on social media. It is brutal, and polarizing, and can tear a friendship apart. No, not the war on Christmas…that’s not a thing. I’m talking about the battle between the pro and anti elf on shelfers.
FIT4MOM Ann Arbor Team
Your FIT4MOM Ann Arbor team put together a list of some of our favorite recipes that also happen to be child approved! There are a lot of parents and kiddos who are dealing with allergies or other restrictions, so we tried to include a list where at least one recipe would work. The last thing we want to be doing as busy moms is cooking for hours, so also notice that every recipe is also fairly painless. What is your favorite recipe??
Alyssa Dembek and Elizabeth Wilkinson
Since Halloween is quickly approaching, we figured it was the perfect time to share some classic movies for all ages. This list is broken down by age-range and includes where you can find each one. Whether you’re looking for something silly or something scary, this list has it all. Grab some candy corn and start watching! Have something to add to the list? Share it in the comments below!
I'll start by acknowledging that I am extremely competitive. If there's a scavenger hunt, I will find everything; a workout challenge group, I'm in; the least competitive children's game, I will prevail.
It seems like years ago that we were in BC times…you know…Before Covid? On March 12, Ann Arbor Public Schools (along with most other schools across the country) announced they would be closing for three weeks. Three weeks! Okay…cool. I was pregnant with my fourth child in my third trimester running a business that was 100% in person. I could handle three weeks….right?! I made a ‘lesson plan’ and told myself every morning “you got this!” We all know how this story goes. 3 weeks turned into the end of April, then May, then through the 2020 school year, and now we are all living in TBD purgatory.
Pregnancy itself hasn’t always been an easy topic for me as I have dealt with infertility since my husband and I began trying to have children. It took 2.5 years, multiple hormone treatments and tests, and three rounds of IUI before we got pregnant with our first child.
First, let me preface all of this by saying I know I’m blessed that this is the struggle I am having. I know that these issues are nowhere near as dire as the life and death decisions and grief that others are dealing with. I know I’m one of the lucky ones to still have a job, still have a family that is healthy and that despite the challenges that we will face with virtual learning, I know we’re lucky that we are not worrying about the potential risk of in-person learning, not yet anyways. That being said. This is not easy. None of this is easy.
Over the course of the next month, we will share a series of experiences we had during the Coronavirus pandemic. This first one is my experience moving. We were lucky enough to move in July, so not right when the shutdown was at its worst, but the changes to seeing other homes and dealing with all that comes with that in the current situation was wild.
FIT4MOM Ann Arbor Team
As the weather is getting hotter and hotter, we need to spend time outside while also staying cool. Whether it's a cold beverage, a stylish hat, or some good old fashioned water play, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to keep the family cool.
I’ve seen different versions of the above on Facebook. I’ve commiserated with other moms about how freaking hard it is to be a parent right now (even given that I am privileged, employed, and not an essential worker). I’ve also compared notes with friends who are not parents, and there are some differences that repeatedly surface.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one day a year that all of society is forced to express their undying love for others in the form of gifts.
Nothing screams “me time” like snuggling up on the couch with some hot chocolate and a comfortable blanket and watching some classic holiday movies. Not sure which one to start watching? Would you love to get a good laugh? No problem. You want to hug the tissue box and wallow in self-pity? I’m here for you!