Lucky Leprechaun 5k

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Published: 03/14/2016
(Recap: My 2016 New Years Resolution was to run a 5k every month.  You can read more about that resonation and the races I selected here. Want to go with me? It's not about the time, it's just about finishing, so if you want to try a 5k but need a cheerleader, join me- I'll be happy to cheer you on!)

This past weekend, I ran the PR Race Series Lucky Leprechaun 5k at Reston Town Center. This is a really great race for those of you who haven't done a 5k before.  It's mostly flat, it's well marked, and it's mostly flat.

I'm sorry, did I repeat myself? My bad.  I just hate hills.

 Because my middle son had a hockey tournament in Ashbury the same day as the race, my sweet hubby drove up with me so we'd only have one car instead of two.  He was massively bummed that we couldn't stay for the after-party, which was, of course, at a bar.  It was a St. Patrick's Day race, after all!

  I got new headphones for my birthday, and I love them. This is me putting them in, because my husband takes awesome pictures :-/
I also got this new matching purple outfit from my son, which I tossed my really nice race shirt over.  You can't see from the picture, but it's a "technical" shirt, so the fabric feels amazing.  
What's wrong with all this fab new racing stuff is that it's not green.  And man, did people get into this race and the St. Patrick's Day Spirit!! Next year I'll definitely go a little harder in the costume department. I am seriously lacking in tutu ownership, so I'm going to have to watch for a sale.  Side Note: Does anyone know where you buy adult sized tutus? Or maybe you make your own? IDK. 
Also, the kilts.  For the win.

There were a good couple hundred (maybe even a thousand?) of my closest running buddies at the race, so plan to be with a crowd.  Again, the beginning is very flat, the only real "hill" and I use the term loosely, is a slow grade the last mile.  It's nothing you can't handle, even if you don't like hills, evidence: I finished in less time than my last 5K! Whoohoo!

There was also a short kids run at 9:30, which we didn't get to do because, again, hockey.  However, I did get a giant green bagel that I could only eat half of, and it sounded like the after party was going to be a good time.  I did not require the services of a porta potty, but there were plenty of them for those who did.

The only downside to this race was for drivers who didn't notice the ample signage that the roads out of the town center were going to be closed for the race.  There was one woman who had gotten out of her car to scream at a police officer directing traffic (who was not in the least concerned) because the race was blocking her getting out to wherever she was going.

The irony was that she was wearing a shirt that said "Run", so she's probably blocked some traffic herself.

And honestly, exiting wasn't hard.  There was plenty of free garage parking when we arrived, and since they require you to keep a 20 minute mile pace (which you can walk), by the time I got my snack and we got back to the car, we were able to exit quite easily and get to our first hockey game of the day on time.

Glorious :)

I'd definitely run the Lucky Leprechaun again next year, and next time, I'll definitely wear more green!

Thanks for having me PR Races!!

Stage Door Dance Studio Meetup

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Published: 11/25/2015
My daughter, who I thought hated anything traditionally "girlie" (see also: failed experiment at ballet) loved the reader meet up at Stage Door Dance Studio so much that she and her little BFF signed up for class!

With bedazzled leotards!! (I am so excited!)


So excited.

Anyhow, our reader meet up was fantastic.  The kids got to try several different types of dance, and I think everyone had a really fun time.  Kelly, the director and Dance Teacher of the Year according to 2015 Best of Prince William, was so fun and excited to get everyone dancing, tumbling, and having a great morning!

Stage Door offers classes for ages 2.5 and up in various classes including:
Hip Hop
As well as specialty classes in leaps and turns

The studio is large, well maintained, and inviting, and they even offer birthday parties! Also, they apparently win a lot, too...

Right now, when you register by December 1st, you can get your Dance Shoes on them! Classes are offered on both weekdays and weekends, and there's a little bit of something for every age and every level of dancer.

Thanks again to Stage Door Dance Studio for hosting our November Reader Meetup!

Reader Meetup/Giveaway: Center Street Pilates

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Published: 09/28/2015
I am really excited to invite you for our next reader meet up, which is going to be grown-ups only :) 

Lesley from Center Street Studios is inviting us out to enjoy a few sample workouts and end the evening with snacks, drinks, and some giveaways!! 

I have 16 spots available, so I'll give them out in sets of 2.  (So if you win, you can bring a friend).  If you'd like to come alone, no worries, I'll give the second spot out to people further down the list!! 

You'll be able to enter on Facebook to win a spot- just comment on our post about the event (look for the logo for Center Street Studios).  

Here's the schedule: 
Saturday night October 10th: 6-8pm
6-6:15 Get everyone set up with mat/equipments
6:15-6:45: Sample Barre Class 
6:45-7:15: Sample Pilates Class
7:15-7:45: Sample Yoga Class and Cool-Down
7:45-8: Prize Drawings, Drinks and snacks

Resolution Run 2015!

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Published: 12/17/2014

The Resolution Run Fun Run and 5K
Thur. Jan. 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. The Resolution Run – 5K
11:00 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – click  for more info


Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
9100 Freedom Center Blvd. Manassas, VA 20110

Race Theme:

“In 2015, I Resolve To…….”
This family friendly event is a fun and festive celebration of New Year’s Day.  We start the race at 10:00 so you can sleep in a little bit.
As with all Fun Run Races, we emphasize the FUN.  You will receive a race bib that says, “In 2015, I Resolve TO…”  the rest of the bib is blank and entirely up to you if you want to write in your New Year’s Resolution.  Have some fun with this!  We will give out multiple Best Resolution awards for: Most Sincere, Funniest, Sappiest, Most Creative, Most Disturbing, Most Likely to Warm the Hearts’ of Your Loved Ones, and many more!
Stay Warm! The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center has graciously opened its facility so participants and spectators can stay ‘warm’ both pre and post race.
A DJ will play music from 9:00-11:30.

Charity and Community Partners:

Fun Run Racing is proud to have raised over $12,400 for local charities and non-profits!
Fun Run Racing is proud to work with our charity partner the Manassas Bull Run Rotary Club.  A portion of all race proceeds support the Rotary and all the numerous local charities they support. Read More.
Fun Run Racing is excited to partner with the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center for our upcoming race series.Read More.

Participant Costs:

Early bird registration: (Through Dec. 1)
5K-$30, 1 Mile-$12.50
Regular registration: (Dec. 2 – Dec. 16)
5K-$35, 1 Mile-$12.50
Procrastinator registration J: (Dec. 17 – Dec. 26)
5K-$40, 1 Mile-$12.50

Packet Pick Up:

Tue. 12/30 10:00-7:00 p.m. & Wed. 12/31 10:00-3:00 p.m. at The Running Store
7343 Atlas Walk Way Gainesville, VA 20155


Top 5 men and women receive Running Store Gift Cards – $100/$75/$50/$25/$25
Fun Run Racing’s world famous (yeah right) “Golden Ticket Awards” will be given randomly to race finishers – good luck!
Best Resolution Awards
Age Group Awards: Top 3 male & female in each age group receive awards — Under 12,13-15,16-19,

Cool Race Swag:

All 5K participants receive an awesome long sleeve race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.
All 1 mile participants receive a cool cotton/poly race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.

Giveaway: Girls on the Run 5K

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Published: 10/30/2014
Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia has an upcoming PWC Race! (Plus their colors are fantastic!)

Pfitzner (Potomac Nationals) Stadium
Woodbridge, VA
Saturday November 22, 2014
8:30am Race Start 

Runners of All Ages and Abilities are Welcome
5K shirts for all registered participants. 
Medals for all race finishers.

Come run, walk, skip, or roll across the finish line with us and support 2,000 girls in Northern Virginia as they achieve their goal to complete a 5K.  It's all about setting a personal goal and doing our best to achieve it! 

Want to join the fun? Enter to win Free race entry for you and your running buddy, plus a swag bag of Girls on the Run branded merchandise! Can't wait to win? Register online HERE. 

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As always, our giveaways are provided by the sponsor and governed by our giveaway rules, which you agree to by virtue of entering to win. 

Giveaway: Majest Martial Arts

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Published: 10/29/2014
Our friends at Majest Martial Arts are bringing you this weeks' giveaway! Check it out below! 

In a society that likes to glorify violence, the idea of enrolling your child in a martial arts training class may seem crazy. The image of martial arts instructors as the over the top "Karate Kid" Cobra mental cases makes the prospect seem totally insane. Contrary to popular image, martial arts is actually extremely beneficial for children.  Led by Master K.B. Kim of Korea, Majest Martial Arts - Montclair is dispelling these myths, helping develop our students in both body and mind.  Tae Kwon Do helps children by increasing respect, developing skills in listening and self-control, encourages teamwork and support, helps children learn to set and achieve various goals, and fosters increased self-esteem and physical fitness. 

Our programs are geared for students ages 3 to 99, with a variety of special classes, including our brand new HOME SCHOOL Tae Kwon Do Program!  Whether you are young or old, looking for self-development, or helping your child set and achieve personal goals; Majest Montclair has a fit for you. Programs include:

            Ø  Tiny Tigers (Ages 3-5)
Ø  Evening Color Belt Classes
Ø  Family Classes
Ø  Teens and Adults Classes (Ages 12 to 99)
Ø  Demo Team
Ø  School Break Camp Programs
Ø  *NEW* Home School Program (Ages 5 and Up)
Ø  Leadership Team
Ø  *NEW* Silver Tae Kwon Do (Age 55 to 99)
Ø  Olympic Style Sparring (Gyeorugi)
Ø  *NEW* Cardio Kick Class
Ø  School Age Child Care Programs (Serving Pattie, Henderson, and Ashland Elementary, as well as  Saunders and Graham Park Middle School)

Enter to win 3 Free Classes and a FREE Uniform (a $90 value!).  To win, visit the Majest Facebook and click "like".  Then, check out their reviews and pictures from class.  While you're looking, watch for the picture where PWCMOMS is hidden and comment on the photo to win! You must comment AND like to win! If more than 25 people enter, two winners will be chosen.

Want to check out Majest? They've got an open house coming up, too! Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10am-2pm. 

As always, giveaways are governed by our giveaway rules- and by entering you agree to be bound by them.  Good luck! 

FREE Admission- Community Appreciation Week 2014 at the Freedom Center

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Published: 10/18/2014
This week is free admission week at the Freedom Center! We love our membership at FAFC- it's great for taking the kids swimming, my husband's actual workouts, and me pretending I can do Zumba with rhythm.

I can't.  But nobody laughs at me!

Below is the full schedule, but here are a few highlights!

Monday October 20th-
Eating for Weight Loss and Cooking Demo- 7pm

Tuesday October 21st-
Complimentary Breakfast in the Lobby- 6:30am and 9:30am

Wednesday October 22nd-
Les Mills Body Combat Class at 10:30am

Thursday October 23rd-
Technogym Orientation in the Weight Room 8:30am

Friday October 24th-
Family Movie Night in the Pool! 5:30pm (We plan to be there! Find me!)

Saturday October 25th
Family Fun and Fit Day 4pm-6pm

Sunday, October 26th-
Babysitting Certification (Registration Required) 9am-4pm

FREE Family Events at Freedom!

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Published: 10/18/2014

Featured Organization Friday: ACTS iWalk

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Published: 09/19/2014
Fall is around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for the 4th Annual IWALK for ACTS on Saturday, October 18. ACTS of Prince William and Image Church are excited to team up with the Potomac Nationals to host this year’s event at our new location Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. This year’s event is shaping up to be a day of fun, fellowship, and fundraising that you won’t want to miss!

The details …
4th Annual IWALK  for ACTS
Saturday, October 18 
Pfitzner Stadium * Home of the Potomac Nationals
7 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Registration @ 9 a.m., Walk @ 10 a.m.
Free community festival – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$20/person or $50/family
Register now at

We are encouraging groups to sign up together and create a group fundraising goal. This year, the highest group fundraiser and the highest individual fundraiser will each win a prize! This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and help our neighbors in need.

Funds raised through this year’s event will support ACTS of Prince William. ACTS provides relief, fosters hope and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence. By joining as a participant, your support will help:
... keep ACTS' Help Line open 24 hours a day so that our community members in crisis have somewhere to turn.
... give individuals facing abuse resources and reassurance that they are not alone.
... keep the doors open at our shelters so that families have a place to call home until they are back on their feet
... feed hungry children in our neighborhoods through the ACTS Food Pantry.
... families keep the lights on through Emergency Assistance and provides resources for making ends meet.

Thank you in advance for joining us. With your help, we can make a difference, one family at a time.

Giveaway: Rock n Stroller 5K

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Published: 09/09/2014
The Rock N Stroller 5K ( is the ONLY event of its kind!! It is designed for families and strollers so they aren’t banished to the back of the pack, they are the pack!!

This event takes place in ALEXANDRIA VA

The Rock ‘n’ Stroller 5K is so much more than the most family-friendly run/walk this side of Sesame Street…it’s also the Best Playdate Ever because of the Freakin’ Fabulous Family Fun Festival that will be in full swing when the participants return from the course.  Things to look forward to at this year’s Freakin’ Fabulous Fun Festivals include:
  • A kids concert with Rocknoceros live on stage
  • Free stuff your kids will love (and that doesn’t need batteries, talk or make noise)
  • Creative crafts
  • Skills challenges
  • Freeze dance
  • Air guitar competitions
  • Scooter and stroller test drives
  • Red light green light
  • The chance to create your own tie-dye RNS5K shirt (an extra fee applies for this activity)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Lots more fun stuff we haven’t even come up with yet
This is one 5K where the finish line is only the beginning, so we hope you’ll join us on September 21 for the Best Playdate Ever!
 We are offering a registration special, enter code GUITAR for $10 off each adult! Its going to be so much fun and we would love to have you play with us!

Want to win a free registration? When you've finished reading this post- head over to Facebook and leave a comment with what type of stroller you run with! 

As always, this giveaway is governed by our giveaway rules, which you agree to by entering. 

4th of July 5k!

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Published: 06/30/2014
Freedom Firecracker 5K : Fun Run Racing is excited to partner with The Freedom Center for this family friendly celebration of July 4th. Feel free to wear your patriotic themed gear. As with all FRR races, this will be a festive affair – music, fun race giveaways at the start line, ‘in-race’ awards for best costumes, and FRR “surprize” awards in the finish line chute – including our ‘Golden Ticket’ awards {just hope fora “Willy Wonka-like” golden ticket}. :)

Kids 1K Fun Run also available. 

Guest Post: Fit Mommies

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Published: 04/09/2014

Max Muscle is an advertising sponsor of  You can find them in the Harris Teeter shopping center at the intersection of Hoadly and the PW Parkway.  Owner Corry Matthews is happy to provide fitness consultations, product recommendations, and more.  It might be called Max Muscle- but the store is designed for people at any point on their fitness journey. 

Readers Recommend: Gymnastics in Prince William County

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Published: 01/13/2014
We recently had a momma looking for gymnastics and Prince William County, and, as always, you all had plenty to say on the subject!!  If you'd like to add your thoughts, please leave a comment on the bottom of this post!! Love to hear from you! 

Apollo Gymnastics x12- "Apollo Gymnastics right off of Hoadly and PWPkwy." "APOLLO especially if they are serious and want to compete." "3 of our 4 have gone to Apollo and we have really liked it a lot.  My one daughter had a teacher one session we did not like, but other than her the experience has been great." "My son does gymnastics at Apollo.  He has had great coaches." "Apollo is great, but there are some instructors who work better with different kids.  The parent area is great to watch and ask around about instructors (and can be visited before you sign up to research)." "I am a former gymnastics coach and currently a personal trainer.  I highly recommend Apollo.  My daughters love it and have improved by leaps and bounds.  It is expensive, but one of the best around here." "Very well run"
Apollo is located at 12700 Apollo Drive, Woodbridge and offers classes for ages 18 months and up, and birthday parties for ages 4-12. Their phone number is 703-580-9144.  45 minute classes are $80/month at the time of publishing. 

Dale City Rec Center- "My daughter does tumbling at the dale city rec center and loves it! All the 
instructors are great!"
The Dale City Rec Center is located at 14300 Minnieville Road, Dale City, and offers classes through the Prince William County Park Authority.  They offer tumbling for ages 1.5-4 years.  703-670-7112. Classes range from $42-$68 for a 6 class session.

Freedom Center-  If you're just looking for a quick intro class to see if your preschooler/toddler likes it at all, Sally at the Freedom Center funds a great class and the sessions are short and inexpensive"
The Freedom Center is located at 9100 Freedom Center Drive in Manassas, and offers classes through their recreation department.  They offer classes for children ages 3.5-12 years old, and classes appear to be $10 per class in 4 or 5 week sessions at the time of publishing. 703-993-8444.

GMS x4- "GMS in Manassas off Balls Ford.  They have beginner and rec classes and stuff for girls that want to compete in a team.  Great all around gym." "GMS by 66 in Manassas great for competitive and has brand new facility for rec classes." "GMS is the best around!! They have been around for years and years and the owners are amazing. You can't find anything better for sure."
GMS is located at 7226 Newmarket Court, Manassas and offers classes for ages almost 3 and up.  1 class/week is priced at $150 a month at the time of publishing.  703-369-7800.

Novaks x6- "Off stage coach rd Dumfries" "We've done Youth Sports and both" "Novaks is great" "Affordable, with a world championship to back them up."
Novaks is located at 17535 Old Stagecoach Road, Dumfries.  They offer open gym, play gym, classes, competition team, birthday parties and camps for ages 5 and up, with a special play gym for ages 5 and under.  Class prices are not listed. 703-221-5833

World Gymnastics- "I love coach Isben at World Gymnastics.  I can't vouch for any others.  He has figured out how to work with five kids on the autistic spectrum and it is better than any OT."
At the time of publication, their site was down.  

Youth Sports Gymnastics x 11- "Love youth sports gymnastics near BJs in Wdbg!" "We checked out quite a few and really liked Youth Sports....the coaches there are really great." "I've heard great things about Youth Sports, we did not have a good experience with our children at Apollo." "We've done Youth Sports and both" "Great for girls and boys." "Most have a free trial class; however, Apollo does not.  I did not want to sign up for a class without trying it first.  We have been at novaks, world, and youth sports.  Most impressed with youth sports. It is clean and does not smell like feet!" "My daughter goes to Youth Sports.  She loves it." "My son has been at Youth Sports for 6 years.  Clearly we love it there."
Youth Sports is located at 14023 Noblewood Plaza, Woodbridge.  They offer classes in tumbling, cheer, rhythmic gymnastics, jumprope and regular gymnastics starting with parent/tot.  Sessions are 5 weeks, prices aren't listed online.  They also offer birthday parties, camps, and special events. 703-590-8400

Distance recommendation- 
Dulles Gymnastics Academy- "Dulles gymnastics academy is great.  For under 5yo, $8, 11-12pm on Fridays.  It's great because your kid can try everything out and they have two instructors present." 

Sponsored Post: Hockey for Homeschoolers

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Published: 11/03/2013
Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge, will be offering their HomeSchool Hockey Skills class again!  We had several friends that took advantage of this PE option last year, and had a great time!

This class is specifically designed to give home school children the opportunity to experience and learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun environment.  Rental gear is available- please arrive 45 minutes prior to the first lesson to be fitted for gear.

$147/7 Weeks, StickNShoot following the class is included in the fee (Stick and Shoot is typically $15, so that's a $105 value right there!)

Wednesdays, November 6-December 18
Classes 11/6 and 12/4 will be 10-11am

Not a homeschooler? No worries! Prince William Ice Center has various classes for kids who'd like to skate or play hockey on weeknights and weekends, too!

Fitness Standards in PWCS

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Published: 10/22/2013
Awhile back on Facebook (click on "Facebook" to read the conversation), I shared a news story about the new fitness program that took over for the Presidential Fitness Awards.  Now called "The Presidents Challenge" the program includes some things I considered questionable, including a pinch test to determine BMI. The article itself was about a girl receiving a letter that she was overweight- and looking at her, I'm not sure I see it.  In fact, I know I don't.

Anyway, we finished up the conversation with me promising that I would hound email PWCS and get some firm answers.  Took awhile, but I was put in touch with their head of Physical Education, who provided me with the following documents.  PWCS does not participate in the President's Challenge, but they do have their own similar program.  It DOES include a skin fold BMI.  Now, we had teachers respond that they did not believe PWCS would ever do a BMI on a kid, and that might be true at individual schools, but this is the policy I was provided, so I'm sharing it with you.

Here's the info:

Featured Organization Friday: FARE Walk for Food Allergies

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Published: 09/13/2013
For more information, or to register, click Here.

Meet Corry Matthews

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Published: 09/10/2013

Normally when I introduce a business, I introduce the business by name, but this time, I’d rather you start off by meeting the owner.  You’ve met Corry before, actually, she’s the one who introduced me to protein powder that tastes like Nestle’s Quick, which is actually a godsend right now, because post-radiation I hate food. (It’s very sad).  Anyway, Corry is a local business owner, mom, fitness and nutrition expert, and author, and I really want you to meet the “mom behind the magic”.

I had a chance to chat with Corry the other day about a few of her passions, including her kids, fitness, and her nutrition businesses.  Here’s a little of what we chatted about.
Being a mom is really hard! I know we all have a million hats in the air.  How do you find time to do everything that you do on a daily basis and help your family stay healthy?
I feel like the key is that too many times moms think “as long as I take care of the kids and their needs, it’s fine”, but they never take care of themselves.  Moms, we’re just tired all day long and it’s always give, give, give.  Even I am tempted (and I do) to just run through the drive through sometimes, but what kind of example is that? I think it’s about little changes, mom being able to cook something for dinner that can go in the car to soccer and gymnastics is a big help!

It is always give, give, give! We started our “school” schedule and we’re running constantly from scouts to soccer to hockey to art…How do you find time to take care of yourself in the midst of all that?
There is a discipline to it.  As far as exercise, I do get up early and get on the treadmill before my kids wake up, I use the preschool time at the gym to both network and sneak in a workout, and I get my real “me” time after the kids go to bed.  It would be great to have more of that “me” time, but I try to schedule my day with all the things I need, including time for myself, and really keep to it.  I’ve found that keeping to a schedule really allows me to have more down time for me.  It’s not, by any means, perfect, sometimes I have to really tell myself “do what you’d tell your clients to do”. 
I think that’s what makes working with you as a fitness coach or nutrition expert really easy, is that you are a real person, a real mom, so you get how it is.
My favorite part of the book (Corry is co-author of 9 Months In 9 Months Out) is actually the birth stories at the end.  All of the authors had a connection to health or fitness, but here I was and I needed an emergency C-section, basically any kind of medical everything you could possibly need, I had to have it.  I think that as moms we need to have some reality with each other so we see there’s some light at the end of the tunnel, even when it doesn’t go the way we plan.
That’s so true- I think there’s a lot of pressure on moms in the media, on Pinterest, even just standing around at preschool.  How do you meet moms where they are and help them with health and fitness without it being more pressure?
When moms see Kate Middleton four weeks postpartum in a size zero, it’s hard, but I try to tell people, look, this is her role in life, to look a certain way.  You don’t see the six hours of physical training, you don’t see the restricted diet, and the constant pressure.  What it’s really about is you and your goals and who you are.  Are you a size 14 and unhappy? Where will you be happy- if it’s size 10 jeans, great, let’s do that, but if it’s more energy and feeling healthier, let’s do that, too. We can lose weight and be healthier, yes, but at the end of the day, let’s be happy.
I’m so about that- let’s be happy.  How can you help moms on that journey to happy- whatever it looks like? I think it can be a little intimidating, I know the first time I came to your store (Corry is the owner of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition’s Manassas and Springfield locations) I was worried there would be a “Must Be This Buff to Enter” sign!

(Laughs) You know, Max was actually the Founder's dog, and that logo is from his cultural heritage.  What it really is about is sitting down with me or my staff, and I only hire people who really care.  My Manassas store manager used to weigh over 300 pounds, so when you talk about compassion, he’s got it! If the store scares you, we have a Starbucks right next door, and I’ll meet moms for a nutrition/fitness consultation anywhere, even over the phone while baby naps! I’ll come speak to moms groups, I’ll come to school events, you can even bring a buddy with you.  I like to just sit down with people and talk about what their reality is right now, and then I always ask about what three things I can’t touch.  For most moms, that’s their morning coffee with half and half and their afternoon chocolate fix!

Well, you’re not helping anyone if mommy snaps and is screaming at everyone from lack of caffeine!

Right!  From there, it’s little changes that anyone can do without it being a burden.  This isn’t “no sugar” or “no carbs”, it’s small changes versus big sacrifices.
If you think you might be ready to make a few small changes in your life towards whatever your goals are, whether they’re pre-pregnancy jeans, feeling more energetic, or just getting happier, Corry is happy to meet with moms for free nutrition consultations.  She’s certified in pregnancy and post-partum nutrition, as well as in kids nutrition (think about your student-athlete who is living off Doritos), and she’s happy to meet you in her store, or at Starbucks.  To set up your appointment:
Corry Matthews 703-772-7113
Or, you can call the store for manager Stephen at 703-897-6299 (or just walk in, I promise you don’t have to be any particular shape or size to walk right in! Heck, they let me in!)

Featured Organization Friday: Chelsea's Epilepsy Walk for SUDEP Awareness

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Published: 09/06/2013

Join other walkers at Old Bridge United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 22nd for a walk in memory of local hockey dad Jeff Beaupre.  Register online now at, or you can mark your calendar and register day-of.  I'm giving you plenty of time to find a friend to walk with! 

Prince William Ice Center Camp

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Published: 07/03/2013
Guys, we've been friends for awhile, right? And, if any of you were serial killers or something, you'd have figured out my kids' names already, because it really wouldn't be hard.  It's mentally taxing for me to keep referring to them by ages or birth order, so let's just get real about it.

This is Savannah.  She's 5 and she enjoys pink, sparkles, soccer, math, kicking butt and taking names, swimming, and ice skating.  She does not enjoy dresses, tights, mosquitos, or when people do not realize that she is Lord and Master of the Universe.  Especially her brothers- they should know better.

Savannah checked out the Ice Stars Fun Camp last week, and I thought I'd share her feedback with you.  We thought about doing a video, but then I realized that not everyone speaks rapid-fire five year old, so typing her responses would be easier.

So, kiddo, tell me about camp.
Camp?  Camp was good.  I was just awesome and I skated and one day we got to do the slip and slide. Daddy let me buy lunch from the cafe and I got chicken fingers AND tater tots, which is a lot of food, but he let me do it.

What was your favorite part about camp?
Um, we did lots of different stuff. It was all good. I made a t-shirt, do you want to see it? (this is another good reason not to make a video- she just runs off.  For the record, I've seen the tie-dye shirt at least 20 times)

Was there anything you didn't like?
I thought we were going to skate too much, but we didn't, we just did it more times.  And now, I can skate while I jump.

You mean jump while you skate?
No, I mean skate while I jump.  And, I can do a spin on two feet.  And, Mrs. Marina (her coach) says I'm doing a good job.  Also, I liked the teachers.  When I grow up I'm going to be a camp teacher at the ice rink.  How old do you think I have to be to be a camp teacher at the ice rink?

I'd imagine you have to be a teenager.  Would you go back to camp again? Should I tell people their kids would like skating camp?
Oh, sure, I'd go to all the weeks.  They can come, too. We'll have fun.

That's Savannah on the far right- this picture is from the site. 
So, there you have it.  Savannah liked camp, and thinks we can all have fun together.  I was a little nervous the first day because it looked like many of the kids were older than her, but she informs me that this made it more fun because she got to hang out with the big kids.  Also, they mix the hockey camp kids and the figure skating kids together during some parts of the day, so there are plenty of people to play with. You can pack your child's lunch, or they can purchase lunch from the rink cafe.  Camp runs from 9am-5pm, but there is a before/after care option if you need a longer day.  For us, since we're not typically a daycare family, Savannah SLEPT after camp each day.  She also had a wicked crush on one of the hockey coaches.  In any event, she had a great time.  The mixed age group was probably my biggest concern, but she seemed to have a great time and came home talking about friends every day, so it worked out fine! Each week there are different off-ice activities, if you need to know about anything (like bringing a swimsuit for the slip-n-slide or a shirt to tie-dye) they'll let you know.  Also, the kids are on the ice several hours a day, but they break it into chunks so they're not bored or over-stressed about skating.  There is some outdoor play time, so we tried to dress in light layers so Savannah would be comfortable on the ice and outside.  It's a challenge, but you can do it :) Also, there's a form to sign if you want to leave sunscreen.

If you'd like more information on hockey or figure skating or learn to skate camps, you can find it here.

Disclosure: Prince William Ice Center is one of our sponsors, but they didn't ask me to write this, nor was I compensated.  We paid for camp just like everyone else, and all opinions are my own. Yours might vary, but I'd be happy to hear them in the comments if you want to share.  We had a great week at camp, but are not responsible for your experiences as we don't control the ice rink. 

Guest Post: Fitness in Motherhood

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Published: 06/16/2013

Motherhood is one of the most physically and emotionally demanding experiences a woman can do. The physical demand of pregnancy and labor forever changes a woman’s body. During pregnancy is when major posture changes begin. As the fetus develops and grows larger a Mom’s pelvis tilts forward, lower back begins to curve more and shoulders slump forward, which can all lead to back and hip pain. Throughout the course of motherhood, posture can continue to be negatively affected.

It takes a great deal of strength - both physical and emotional - to be a Mother. Getting the kids in and out of the car, carrying the diaper bag, picking up the stroller, loading and unloading groceries/shopping bags, and carrying a car seat and/or kids. As mothers we are constantly squatting, lunging, reaching, stretching, and sprinting. Sometimes those are all within two minutes.

In order to be able to squat, lunge, sprint and remain uninjured and energetic throughout our day requires Mom to physically train for the tasks of Motherhood. Exercising on a regular basis will provide Mom with the strength and energy to keep up with our kids.

FIT4MOM has programs designed for every Mom at every stage in motherhood. There is the pre/postnatal program Fit4Baby/Stroller Strides classes that include cardio and resistance training. Mom works out and interacts with the kids in the stroller through a variety of exercises and songs. Classes are lead by our team of trained instructors in pre/postnatal fitness. We also offer Body Back, an 8-week program of personal fitness coaching and nutrition education. Body Back is taught by our Fitness Director Caitlin Sharp. No matter what stage you’re in, there is a program at FIT4MOM that can help you reach your fitness goals. 

FIT4MOM PWC offers more than just a workout. We offer a community of Moms who care and encourage each other. Once a week after class we offer a special playgroup with a craft or activity for the kids. After most classes Moms and kids stay after class to play and talk. We hold a Mom’s Night Out event once a month to connect with the group and get a much needed couple of hours away from the kids.  We are an understanding group that knows that some days getting out of the house is what made it a success. We provide the emotional support that we all need when we have felt challenged in motherhood.  

Please come join FIT4MOM for a Stroller Strides class (view the schedule here). Your first week of classes are FREE! Or, if you'd like a little longer, enter our giveaway for 2 months Free! That's an $80 value! 

This sponsored post is brought to you by FIT4MOM PWC.  Visit them online to learn more about these fun, friendly classes that are designed for moms to get in shape! has not visited a class, and you should consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. 


4 simple ways to sneak exercise into your day!

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Published: 04/14/2013

4 simple ways to sneak exercise into your day!

 Gone are the days when I had hours to spend at the gym or time for long runs through the neighborhood. Now that I am a stay at home mom with 4 small kids, I have to make sure to grab all opportunities to sneak some 'fitness' into my day! Here are 4 simple ways to help you fit in fitness:

 1. Dance parties! My kids love when I put on loud music (especially Gangham Style, of course!) and we dance all around the house. You are guaranteed to work up a sweat if you do this for 30-40 minutes.

 2. Lunge, squat, lunge. Whether we are at the park or just playing in the basement, I practice this one. I lunge, I squat, I lunge. Repeat as many times possible. Do this 4-5 times per week and you will notice firmer and stronger legs.

 3. Make use of your stairs. I don't have a gym membership, but who needs one when you have a built in stair master in your house? Here is a stair workout that I love to do 2-3 times per week. Quick and intense!

4. Races! My boys are very competitive and love to race Mommy. Sometimes, I even let them win! ;) Either way, we do this over and over for 20-30 minutes and I'm exhausted. The extra bonus is they are usually exhausted too!   How do you squeeze fitness into your day?  

Lisa is a stay at home mom of 4 boys (ages 7 and under). In her life before kids, she was a personal trainer and marathon runner. Now she blogs at Workout Mommy to provide motivation, inspiration, and ideas on how to fit in exercise, fitness, and health in your busy day. She firmly believes that exercise is what keeps her (somewhat) sane and it's a lot cheaper than therapy! Workout Mommy can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Summer Swim Teams

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Published: 03/01/2013
Prince William County Summer Swim Teams are so much fun!  We swam on the Barracudas last year, and our kids had a ton of fun.  If you have multiple ages and ability levels, look for a team with a developmental program, and be sure to sign up early! Some teams give preference to returning families, and spots can fill up quickly!

Here's a list of teams, along with tryout and/or registration info for 2013, if I have it from them! 

Ashland Stingrays
    Open registration will open in the beginning of April.  No try outs are required. 
Ben Lomond Flying Ducks
Braemar Blasters
Bridlewood Waves
Brookside Hurricaines- 
Open registration February 15th through April 30th.  Swimmers must be able to safely make it 25 meters across the pool on the first day of practice, Tuesday, May 28th. 
Dale City Frogs
Registration will begin March 1. We accept swimmers  regardless of their speed, as long as they are able to swim the length of the pool without assistance. 
Dominion Valley Sharks
    Open registration from March 1st through March 15th, or when all spots are full. 
Kingsbrooke Sea Lions
Lake Manassas Blue Dolphins
Lake Ridge Lancers
Meadowbrook Makos
Montclair Seahawks
Old Bridge Breakers
Piedmont Tsunamis
Ridgewood Barracudas

    Try outs are required to ensure a minimum level of confidence in the water.  Date TBD. 
Southbridge Fighting Seals
Stonewall Park Swim Team
Sudley Seahorses
Urbanna Otters
Veterans Park Marlins
Victory Lakes Piranhas
Virginia Oaks Sea Devils
Wellington Dolphins

    Try-outs will be held March 17th to ensure a minimum level of confidence in the water. 
Westridge Waves

Occoquan Frigid February 5k Run/Walk

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Published: 02/02/2013

This 5K run/walk, on Saturday, February 23, weaves through the historic district of Occoquan, Virginia, a town founded in the middle of the 18th century along the banks of the Occoquan River. Today, the town is an eclectic mix of historic sites, and dining and shopping options. Promptly after the race, participants will be able to enjoy breakfast at one of several town casual dining establishments. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Optimist Club of Occoquan-Woodbridge-Neabsco, which is dedicated to helping children in surrounding elementary schools. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and is limited to 250 participants. The first 100 participants will receive a race t-shirt. To register, please click here.

Review: Skate N Fun Zone

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Published: 01/17/2013
If you've been reading my site for any amount of time, you know that we're huge fans of "Mommy Dates" and "Daddy Dates" in our family. (If you haven't been reading my site, then welcome.) We truly value having one-on-one time with our children so that we can really have time to know their hearts and how they're doing.  We try to make sure that each child gets individual time with one of us at least once a month.  Sometimes it's a big deal and we take them out to do something that costs money, but other times it's a walk, or a trip to Starbucks, or a walk around Target and something from the $1 section.

On New Years Eve Day, our boys were invited to go play with friends, which left our daughter home alone.  I needed to do some lesson planning, so she and daddy decided to capitalize on their alone time by heading out to Skate N Fun Zone, which offers a New Year's Eve Party at both mid-day and midnight.  Brilliant!  They actually offer special events both weekly and monthly, including a homeschool skate, rock-n-stroll for parents who have infants and older children, and more.

Skate N Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road  Manassas, VA 20109 (for those of you who always like to have an address listed) 

$10 per person covered their admission, glow cups, a balloon drop, party favors, and glow sticks.  With just two of them, it was definitely workable, although they also offer a discount for purchasing a "super pack" with 4 admissions.  For a special event like New Years, I would say that's worth it. 

The actual building is behind a few other buildings, so while there is a sign from the road, you have to "do kind of a u-turn thing" to get to the actual location. 

He's an engineer, guys, not a writer. 

For this particular event, there was no parking available, and my husband ended up asking a local Liberty Mutual agent if he could park in his lot, and he was very nice, since it was New Years.  However, inside my husband heard there's overflow parking (somewhere) so be sure to check on that if you find yourself in the same situation.

After they rented their skates, they found a spot to drop their stuff, which was slightly challenging since there were so many people.  Lockers are available to rent for your valuables, which is probably a good idea especially on a special event day.  He had this recap:
"Everything seemed relatively clean, but definitely used.  The floor was definitely well-worn, but it didn't impede our ability to skate.  There's a jungle gym included in the price, a little food area where you can buy food, and an arcade area similar to Chuck-E-Cheese where you can pay for games and get tickets to trade in for lame prizes."
"I'd say what I liked most was that they had a large variety of things to do, and even with the skating they'd shift between a game (like Limbo or backwards skate) and regular skating, and there was the arcade and the gym, so we were able to rotate a lot and stay for a pretty long time considering our daughter is 4.  We were there for several hours.  We got there just as they were finishing the balloon drop, and it was loud, so she wasn't a huge fan of that becuase everyone was popping balloons and that was "scary" for her.  I'd go again, we had a great time. I also liked that their rules included the ability to kick people out who were not dressed appropriately, were cursing, or appeared to be under the influence of anything."
I tried to grill him about something negative to say, but the hard part about reviewing things in our family is that we, generally speaking, have fun, and decide that it's a good time :)

My daughter also said that she had fun and would go again.

Especially with her daddy.

Not a paid or solicited review, hubby and DD went and paid just like everyone else. 

Giveaway: New Year Jumpstart

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Published: 01/11/2013
Local Mom Cindy is offering a New Year Giveaway for those of you looking to get fit and healthy.  She used this program herself and is also a Certified Health Coach.  I have not used her program, and I'm not a doctor.  You should find one of those and consult them before making lifestyle changes or engaging in a fitness program (and whatever else they say as a disclaimer on TV.  We clear? Awesome). 

From Cindy: 
Do you want to lose weight, get healthy or have more energy? Then, join Certified Health Coach, Cindy Santa Ana, for the only weight loss plan you'll ever need! Join the Get Fit - Get Healthy 6-Week Jump Start starting Jan. 16. One lucky fan will win her cutting edge program!

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