Working Out While Pregnant

The first few weeks after finding out I was pregnant, I worked out normally, just removing abs from my regime. And then I got sick. Really sick. And tired. Once I started treating my chronic sickness with Zofran, I was able to jump back into a regular (ish) routine. 4 workouts a week- cardio, back/triceps, shoulders/biceps, and legs. ...more

We Said Yes... to Competitive Gymnastics

(Editor's Note: Some kids are natural athletes who dream from a young age of winning Olympic medals. Others are not so athletically inclined and need a little push when it comes to competition. As parents we think we know what's best for our kids but it's sometimes difficult to know when, and how much, to push. Kelli, from Minivans are Hot, recently struggled with the decision to begin gymnastics training for her young daughter. Read on to see how it worked out. ~js)...more
Let me give you some encouragement…. I was that girl. I started classes at 3, was competing by ...more

For Profit Races: Good or Bad?

(Running in an organized race can be a lot of fun and many times the race benefits a local cause or non-profit organization. Lately, more and more for-profit companies are displacing those charitable races with themed runs and highly produced events. Is that good or bad? Somewhere in the Sun takes a look at the latest incarnation of races and lets us know what she thinks. Do you agree? ~js)The Color Run by The Pug Father via Flickr...more

3 Ways a Running Buddy Will Change Your Workout

Editor's note: As someone who runs solo, I've always wondered what it would be like to have a running partner. Would their presence push my workout to new heights, or drag me down? Would I appreciate having someone to chat with, or get annoyed listening to their heavy breathing? When Melissa's husband proposed joining her on her runs, she wasn't sure how she'd react. Now, she's thrilled to have him along, and here's one reason why. – Judy ...more
I agree, Running buddies def. push you harder than you would alone!more

A Tale of Two Soccer Games

(Editor's Note: This weekend was packed with big league play-offs. Both the NBA and the NHL are winnowing the field of teams in a battle for the championship. While the pro teams get all the press, the pure joy of sports is most readily found on makeshift fields and in parks across the country. In this post, InspiredRD chronicles the last game of her kids' soccer season and the pictures tell quite a story. ~Jane)...more

Kentucky Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Editor’s note: The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and for many of us, that gives us an excuse to don a fancy hat and drink a mint julep. This year, I’m going to make this Kentucky Derby Pie from Stephanie at Plain Chicken. With a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top and all. --Jane ...more

10 Tips for Postpartum Running

I didn't run much when I was pregnant (was more of a swimmer which is also a great pregnancy workout) but it seems I have at least six friends who are now pregnant, or have recently had babies, who are determined to run right through this phase in their lives. For those ladies (and countless others), here are some specific tips from Running Peanut for postpartum running. ~js...more

Homemade Protein Powder (It’s Cheap & Easy)

[Editor's Note: Like Cassie, from Back to Her Roots, I have a hard time finding protein powder that I like (and protein bars for that matter). Tired of the questionable taste, price and texture, Cassie took matters into her own hands and perfected a homemade version of protein powder that's cheap AND easy! ~js] ...more
wow! I have to try that!more

Brackets and More: March Madness with Meg

Are you into the whole March Madness thing? Thankfully Sophie's Talking Sports has a guest post from a March Madness die hard friend. We’ll call this friend Meg. It may or may not be her real name. Either way, she’s got some good stuff for those wanting to know what all the fuss is about. Have your brackets been busted yet? ~js...more

The Tennis Match That Wasn’t

Grand Slams are great. But Wimbledon and the Australian, French and U.S. Opens are not the only places to see great tennis with big stars. Whether you're a hard-core fan or a casual player, Debbie, who blogs at Live From La Quinta, gives the low-down on attending a top tier tennis tournament.  ~js...more