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The other day my daughter told me “You know what mom? I think I want to quit all my other activities and just focus on cheerleading.” HA! Nice try my dear. I told her if she really wants she could take a break from art class. But that she’d still be in piano (she enjoys it and it’s just 30mins a week). And that her tutoring for reading is a must right now too. I’m glad she’s passionate about cheerleading right now but I want to make sure she continues to do her best in school. And I’d like her to stay involved in music.

She is a busy girl and I definitely don’t want to overbook her. Our homeschool day (on our good days that we don’t sleep in too late or get too distracted) we’re done before lunch. Then she has an hour or so before we head to piano or tutoring. Then her cheer and tumbling practices aren’t until the evening. Some days though, it feels like we are running from one activity to the next all day. On these days it’s easy for me to go without eating until dinner. I know, it’s not healthy but sometimes it happens. I just forget. My daughter is less-likely to forget meals, but there have been times she’s scarfing them down on the way to an activity.

I imagine we aren’t the only parents who struggle with how to plan meals and snacks for our kids who have after school activities. I finally decided it would probably be best if I make some kind of easy grab and go container with things like CLIF Kid Zbar filled, fruit, and crackers. That way they can grab healthy snacks through the day. And have easy-to-take snacks when we are rushing out the door to a sport.

She has a handful of things she likes to do before her practice to get ready. Here are the main things I like to make sure she does:

Getting ready for cheer practice

1. Finish her schoolwork: It’s definitely a requirement for her to be totally done with all of her school work before practice. All her school work is homework so sometimes it can feel like it’s never-ending. But she’s pretty good about making sure her tasks for the day all done well before practice.

2. Eat dinner:  It used to be we’d be in a hurry before dinner then I’d make her something quick when we got home around 8pm. Now I’m trying to get her in the bed earlier. So we’re making sure the kids eat around 5 and have time to digest before going out again.

3. Get changed: There’s a lot to remember–Bows, the correct shoes and uniform. The earlier she gets dressed the better so we’re sure we don’t forget anything.

4. Stretch and warm up: This is optional, but days we have extra time to kill I’ll watch her while she warms up or help her stretch before so she can offer and get the most out of her practice.

5. Drink lots of water and have a snack: Like I said before I make sure we have something quick and easy she can take in case it’s going to be a long practice night. There are some evenings she’s out more than 2 hours. I’ll keep her bag packed with water, fruit and CLIF Kid Zbar filled so she has what she needs to stay fueled all night.

She also recorded and edited her own little video on our YouTube channel showing how she gets ready for cheer practice in her own words.

Is your child in an after school sport or activity? How do you guys get ready?

I’m passionate about getting my kids outdoors to play, and making meaningful memories together. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures of being active as a family. CLIF Kid Zbar® Filled is crafted with creamy, delicious nut butter filling and a blend of nutrients for energy to help keep your kids zipping and zooming along. Their products are free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.  You can learn more about this product here

In parenting it can be terrifying to see our children trying something new, or being pushed to their limits. This month we partnered with Clif Kid to take on something that once seemed impossible. I watched my daughter face numerous fears and compete in a challenge I honestly didn’t know if she’d try, much less finish. My blog post today is sponsored by Clif Kid, the makers of the delicious CLIF Kid Zbar Filled snack. However, the story I’m about to share and all opinions are my own.

Kids Adventure Games Review

We woke up early partly because of nerves and partly because I didn’t want to oversleep. My youngest sister recently turned 12 and my daughter just turned 7, today they’d be competing in the Kids Adventure games in Vail, Colorado.

Up until then they’d been preparing themselves mentally by watching the preview videos of kids mountain biking over hills and ziplining across creeks. They prepared themselves physically with little exercises, and runs. Between my husband’s bootcamp-style workouts, completing a mud race, and cheer practice I wasn’t as worried about Lil’ J’s physical readiness as much as her mental readiness. She doesn’t like heights, tunnels, fast things, or really anything new. She likes to dip her toe in versus diving head first. It’s just her style. So I knew today could be a challenge, on many fronts. Lil’ J said this race would help her face her fears. Something she’s been trying to do more with stunting on her cheerleading squad.

For breakfast I offered leftovers, breakfast tacos, and lots and lots of water. My daughter munched on an apple almond butter flavored  Clif Kid Z-bar filled snack and fired off a round of questions about what was in store for the day. I reminded her she’d seen the videos and that she could do this. My little sister, a tween and motivated by few things other than food and sat mostly quietly. If she was nervous she didn’t show it. I asked her to please keep an eye on her niece.

Kids Adventure Games Review

Of course this was a team race, so every obstacle would be done together. Aunt Kimmie is my daughter’s biggest fan, and this was their chance to do an adventure together. We knew going into this that it wasn’t to try to win, or get the best time. It was never about winning, but to work as a team and finish together.

After we arrived on the race grounds, got their bikes situated and harnessed up, the girls went into a “kids only” meeting where the adults had to wait outside while the racers got their maps and details about the race. I scoped out a map with Kristen, a Colorado native and as far as I was concerned, a pro at all things adventurous and outdoorsy. We made plans for where I’d stand and take photos throughout the race. I told her I had no idea what to expect, but that the girls would likely surprise me.

As soon as they emerged from the meeting my heart sank. My daughter was in tears (already) and saying she didn’t want to do it.

“They said there’s a dark tunnel!” She nearly sobbed. “And that we’d be completely under water!”

Kristen explained she’d be able to see out the other side. I encouraged her, told her she could do this, and after we’d celebrate. I also mentioned that I’d be nearby taking photos along the way and that adults would be at every obstacle to help her if it was needed.

Surprisingly (seriously, when this girl decides she doesn’t want to do something it’s really hard to change her mind) this calmed her down a lot. She agreed and asked to go wait at the starting line.

I’ll spare you the step-by-step rundown of each obstacle but I will say this… They blew me a way. Particularly at three moments.

The hill

Kids Adventure Games Review

Kids Adventure Games Review

I first spotted them rounding the top of a huge hill, pushing their mountain bikes. It wasn’t an easy trek. I told them they were doing great. I interpreted the look on my daughter’s face as exhaustion and I encouraged her, saying this was the most difficult obstacle.

“This isn’t even hard!” she shouted back.

Ok then. Things were already going better than planned.

The tyrolean traverse

Kids Adventure Games Review

Ahead I watched kids cross a creek hanging upside down, pulling themselves across a rope. I waited thinking there was no way my daughter would do that. But she watched as kids her size, then her aunt made their way across. She stood talking to the man in charge of connecting the kids to the rope. I could see her shaking her head, then taking a few deep breaths, nodding, and eventually climbing up herself. I couldn’t believe it, and I was so proud.

The river

Kids Adventure Games Review

This was the hardest part according to my daughter. She and her aunt had to fit on a raft together and paddle down a few hundred yards to where they’d get out. Problem was my sister is about twice the size of my daughter and she took up most of the raft. Doing this they flipped over after a little dip and both took a swim in the freezing water. Lil’ J screamed for me, and for help (she had a life jacket on and was fine). Kimberly hung on to her and helped her teammate through to the end, which made me so proud and thankful.

But the my favorite part of the whole experience was likely what happened after that, when Lil’ J, came shivering from the river. She told me how scary that was and I explained rock climbing was next, and asked if she would be able to do that and the last few obstacles.

I all but expected her to be like “nope, I’m done.” And really, I couldn’t blame her. But she looked at me with her eyes that had just been crying, after likely the most terrifying experience of her life and said “Yea, I think so.”

The finish

Kids Adventure Games Review

The girls both (sort of) attempted the climbing wall, crossed a mud pit, and the final challenges with great relief.

The announcer handed the girls their fancy medals at the finish line, and my daughter wore it proudly for days, and still shows it off to friends who come over.

“This is my favorite because it was the hardest to earn,” she told me as she hung it up to the rest.

It was a challenge, and she cried a few times, but she never gave up. She may not have won, but she earned her prize.

Months ago when I knew I’d be taking my daughter to the Kids Adventure Games I had no idea how it would go. If you had told me a year ago that she’d be completing something like that I probably would have laughed. But she’s taught me to never underestimate her and that she is truly capable of anything she puts her mind to. Funny, because I tell her that all the time, but now we’ve witnessed that it’s truly possible.

Kids Adventure Games Review

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Kids Adventure Games Review

Kids Adventure Games Review

Kids Adventure Games Review

Kids Adventure Games Review

I’m passionate about getting my kids outdoors to play, and making meaningful memories together. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures getting out and playing together as a family. CLIF Kid Zbar® Filled is crafted with creamy, delicious nut butter filling and a blend of nutrients for energy to help keep your kids zipping and zooming along. Their products are free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.  You can learn more about this product here

This blog post is sponsored by CLIF Kid, a brand we love encouraging families to get out and play. The story I’m about to share and all the opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that believe in us.

“I didn’t realize you were so fast!” I told my daughter.

“Well, I did,” my husband said. And he gave her a high five.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

The truth is they’ve been running and exercising together for years. This is how our babies play with their daddy. Lately my daughter spends less and less time in the garage with him. She’s busy with audiobooks, dolls, or cheer practice. Aware of this, I was so grateful to witness some of this tradition they’ve had going on.

When it comes to working out I find my motivation comes in waves. I either have a goal to shed some pounds and look good, or I’m feeling totally ok with all my extra cushion. I make all kinds of excuses for why I don’t have time to work out. I’m busy with the kids, homeschool, so much work, and then driving my daughter to her various activities. But when I do make the time to work out, I notice a difference. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

We canceled our gym membership late last year but thanks to my husband we have a garage gym and a ton of workout equipment. See, he’s the real fitness guru in our family. It used to annoy me when he’d bring home a new piece of workout equipment every other week, or when he’d spend hours upon hours in the garage. But I’ve come to really appreciate it.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

Last week he loaded up a bunch of equipment and drove over to a local park. He brought weights, a couple of sleds, battle ropes, a box jump, and a cooler with drinks, CLIF Kids Zbar Filled filled to keep the kids fueled and other snacks. He also brought our son’s balance bike.

I could tell our daughter knew the drill. She stretched out and got pumped for some racing. Then the three of them lined up. Our son on his bike, our daughter with a sled tethered to her, and my husband loaded up with weights and a heavy sled.

I deemed myself official referee and photographer to capture the race. My daughter surprised me. Fast. Even while pulling a weight behind her. And she won!

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

She didn’t jump and celebrate like I would have. She was ready to turn around and go again, even asking her daddy to time her so she could race against herself.

This is their jam. And it was beautiful.

“Your turn,” my husband turned to me. He startled me out of my admiring gaze. I laughed but he was dead serious. So I put my camera down and pushed the heavy sled he was using (after he took the 40 pound weights off).

As I set up, the kids looked at me with wide eyes.

Mom is going to exercise?”

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

Their look of shock almost made me feel worse than I felt pushing that thing.

But it’s true. I haven’t been setting a great example of staying active. I guess I can’t blame them.

They cheered for me as my husband had me do a couple more runs (and really, this was nothing compared to the workout he or my daughter got) and they didn’t laugh when I nearly passed out, which I appreciated.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

Getting out to play looks a little different for every family. We love pool time, tossing around a football in the backyard, water balloon fights, and working out together… Well, some of us.

Being together is what I love most. Getting a little exercise in the process? Well, that’s a nice bonus.

What does getting out to play look like for your family?

I’m passionate about getting my children outdoors to play, and making meaningful memories together. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures getting out and playing together as a family. CLIF Kid Zbar® Filled is crafted with creamy, delicious nut butter filling and a blend of nutrients for energy to help keep your kids zipping and zooming along. Their products are free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.  You can learn more about this product here

How we exercise as a family and the importance of getting out and playing together.

We did it! We survived our first family race! Today, CLIF Kid is sponsoring this story about how it went.

Earlier this year when I began my partnership with CLIF Kid we set a family goal to do a race together. I’ve done a couple of thematic races before. One was a wipeout style event where I ran through all sorts of hilarious obstacles, and another was a Color Run where people chuck paint at you as you run through.

Both were fun but I really wanted to do a race together, as a family, or at least as mother and daughter. I saw an ad for a Kids Obstacle Challenge coming to Austin and I knew this was our chance. I was so excited. And I thought she’d be too. Boy was I in for a surprise.

I pulled up the preview video of the race on my phone and showed it to my daughter her eyes got wide with horror as kids ran, jumped and crawled through the mud.

“Mud?” She exclaimed. “I don’t like mud!”

“Oh it’ll be fun!” I tried to convince her. “And mommy can run with you. And Aunt Kimmie too!”

I thought tossing in her aunt as a participant would up her excitement level. It didn’t really work. It took weeks of coaxing and motivating and encouraging for her finally to get a little bit excited about it.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

I learned 3 important lesson after our first family race together:

1. Be prepared

Both mentally and physically. Drink lots of water, and make sure you have a power snack on hand. CLIF Kid was there with some free CLIF Kid Zbars at the ready. And if you have a child who is reluctant to mud, or racing, take some time to talk about it beforehand, even practice a little and find ways to get excited about it.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

2. Remember it’s a race, but not really

The most important thing is to have fun. My daughter got worried about being last, and at one point people in the wave behind us were catching up, but that helped her to not feel “last.” I realized part way though that she reacted better when I (jokingly) talked to her like a drill sergeant. She was laughing and working harder at all the obstacles when we made it our own game.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

3. (From my daughter) You might fall, but it’s still fun

There were several times where we slipped and she fell a couple of times. But she got right back up and kept going. One of final obstacles was a rope swing and while I plowed into the muddy water, she practically cleared the entire pool.

“The rope swing was easy, most were easy but some were hard,” my daughter adds.

I asked her what advice she has for kids or families who are thinking of doing an obstacle course like this: “You think you won’t like it but then you do,” she said. “So give it a try!”

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

Our stronger bond

Seeing her gritting her teeth and powering through new obstacles both physically and mentally was really something to witness. Having that experience together and running that course hand and hand was really a one-of-a-kind bonding experience. Something I’d never had as a kid, but I’m glad I was able to share with my daughter.

In our latest vlog I dive more into this.

I think she would have had even more fun had my husband joined us so next year my goal is for the four of us to try this together.

But first, we are going to start training for our next event. In a couple of months we are flying out to another race sponsored by CLIF Kid: the Kids Adventure Games in Vail, CO.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

My daughter is a little nervous about zip lining but now that she has one race under her belt, she’s getting more confident in what she can do. I’m so impressed with her. And I admire her drive and courage to try something new, even if she’s a little afraid.

I’ll keep you posted as we plan some summer activities to prepare for our next race. My husband may even chime in here with some family workout tips!

Have you ever done a race alone or as a family? How did it go?


I’m passionate about getting my children outdoors to play, and making meaningful memories together. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures together as a family. CLIF Kid ZBar Protein bars have 5 grams of protein and are now gluten free! You can learn more about this product here

My kids love playing outside. For us the issue has never been prying devices out of their hands and forcing them outdoors. The thing for me is, my kids like me to play outside with them. And I don’t always want to.

For one, when my kids are playing together it’s a break for me. I can try to get things done, read a book or just relax. But when we’re all outside together, they could really be out there all day.

I thought about ways to make being outside more fun for me. For one, I like taking pictures of them playing together. They love it because they’re all “hey mom, watch this!” and I can take a photo. But I wanted to get in on more of the fun too.

I thought about it, and told my husband I really really wanted a bike for Mother’s Day.

“Are you actually going to ride it?” He asked. I’m not sure he was convinced.

It took me awhile to talk myself into finally getting one too. I was concerned about it taking up space in our garage, if the kids and I could keep the same pace, and of course if we’d actually use it. But let me tell you, if you’re looking for a fun way to get outside more with your kids, definitely consider getting a bike.

I looked at several bikes online and in the store. A mint green multi-speed cruiser-looking one jumped out at me. My daughter gave her stamp of approval before I rolled it to the register. On our way we picked out a couple new helmets for them as well.

We reached our first major speed bump when we got to my car and I realized it wouldn’t fit along with my kids and their carseats. So my mom had to come and drive the kids home. Needless to say, I see a new bike rack in my future. But as soon as we got home and took the bike out of my car, my kids were ready to take our bikes for a spin.

And we’ve hardly stopped since.

We ride to our neighborhood nature trail, the playground and the pool. My daughter recently learned to ride on two wheels and my son manages to keep up with us on his balance bike.

Sometimes we make a whole afternoon of it. I’ll load up my basket and backpack with a blanket, water and a few snacks, my kids love the gluten-free CLIF Kid ZBar Protein bars (ok, I do too). We’ll ride half a mile, play for an hour or two, then ride back.

This summer I suspect there will be a lot of riding to and from the pool, and hopefully in the fall some more riding in different parks around town, once I get that bike rack.

My kids love being outdoors, they love it even more when I’m with them, and I’m kinda digging it a lot more now too.

A guide to biking with children and what to pack on your outing. #familyoutings #biketrails #bicyclesafety


I’m passionate about getting my children outdoors to play, explore and stay active. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures together as a family. CLIF Kid ZBar Protein bars have 5 grams of protein and are now gluten free! You can learn more about this product here

“When do you use your imagination?” I asked my daughter this week.

“At playgrounds and pools, riding bikes, playing with chalk, playing with water balloons…” Her list went on.

It probably would be easier to say when she ISN’T using her imagination.

“With water balloons? Really?” I ask. “How do you use your imagination when you’re playing with water balloons?

Without skipping a beast she replies, “The water balloons are fire bombs. And if I get hit by it that means I just got fire bombed. And if I catch it, that means I get to throw it back and if daddy misses it he gets burned.”

Intrigued by her response, I wanted to know more.

The power of a child's imagination. Encouraging them to play outside and have fun.

“What do you imagine when you’re riding a bike?” I ask.

“We pretend we’re a character from a movie, like Lightning McQueen or Chick or Francesco from Cars,” she said. “Or we pretend we’re dinosaurs and one is trying to chase the other.”

Now this is really something.

“What about when you’re swinging?

“When we’re swinging on the swing set we pretend we’re flying somewhere. Like to Utah or a football game, Australia.”

“What about in this picture? What were you doing?”

The power of a child's imagination. Encouraging them to play outside and have fun.

“I was imagining that I was on the moon jumping, seeing how the gravity is.”

“Do you ever just play or are you always imagining stuff?”

“I ALWAYS use my imagination.”

“Why?”

“Because one of the things I love to do is imagine because it’s fun and it makes games fun.”

“What about something like cleaning your room?”

“How could I use my imagination for that?” She asked.

“You could pretend to be Cinderella, ordered to clean a room.

She thought about this for a moment then decided that was a pretty good idea for completing her task. She asked me to help by acting like the Evil Stepmother giving a command.

I’ve always seen my daughter as a having an extremely wild imagination. This often leads to her sneaking into our room at night, fearful of the monsters or witches that may come into her room.

My son isn’t much different. Sometimes he pretends to be a vicious predator like his favorite dinosaur toys. Other times he’s meowing as he tries to curl on my lap like a little kitten.

The power of a child's imagination. Encouraging them to play outside and have fun.

As a kid I played outside for hours, imagining scenarios from cops and robbers to lost princesses, to super heroes. Watching my children run around the neighborhood with their own little pretend scenarios takes me back to that age and stage where anyone could be anything.

They run from scene to scene only breaking for a quick sip of water, or to scarf down a snack. Sometimes even incorporating it into the game. A gluten-free CLIF Kid Z bar Protein, for example can become a long awaited meal after walking for days through a hot desert.

The last thing I want to do is stifle their dream world.

“Do you use your imagination mommy?” My daughter asked me. The question caught me off guard. I didn’t want to say no, but I was having a hard time thinking of an example. I told her sometimes I imagine I have secret super powers (this is actually a truthful, but very rare occurrence). I also sometimes imagine I’m racing an important clock when I’m trying to clean the house. My imagination also sometimes gets the best of me when I picture worst-case scenarios when we are hiking through a park.

“Do you think you’ll always use your imagination? Even when you’re a grownup?” I asked her.

“YES!” She said. “Because it’s one of the things that makes me, me!”

I hope it always will be.


I’m passionate about getting my children outdoors to play, explore and stay active. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF for 2017, to share our adventures together as a family. CLIF Kid Zbar Protein bars have 5 grams of protein and are now gluten free! You can learn more about this product here.

The power of a child's imagination. Encouraging them to play outside and have fun.

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