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Champion for Kids:: Odwalla® Game Day Challenge Pt.1 {Sponsored Post}

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Part of what I have talked about with Project Totus is the importance of finding whole foods that fuel my body and learning to appreciate physical activity and fitness that makes me feel good. My struggle with food, weight, and health began as a child... so when I heard about the chance to participate in the Odwalla® Game Day Challenge with Champions for Kids, #OdwallaCFK, I jumped on board! I got really excited about involving my kiddos in a SIMPLE service project that was based on healthy choices! SIMPLE as in: 1) pick out fun athletic equipment to donate to our favorite charity and 2) introduce young athletes to a better choice- Odwalla® juice! Childhood is the foundation for forming healthy habits for life, so when it comes to teaching our kids about nutrition it is helpful to have brands like Odwalla® backing us up! I've been fan of Naked® juice for years and only just discovered Odwalla®. One trip to their website and their initiative with Champions for Kids left me thoroughly impressed.

The kiddos and I headed to Wal-Mart® to pick out some athletic equipment to donate and also checked out our local Odwalla® selection while we are at it. I knew right away where to find Odwalla® juice. I've seen it in the refrigerated section before. We schlepped around for awhile...



I perused the  shelf stable juice aisle and was not shocked to find that nearly ALL of the juice items marketed to children are full of High Fructose Corn Syrup and ingredients that aren't great for little bodies!

But Odwalla® has whole food purees as their main ingredient. THIS is a perfect alternative to the sugar laden juices we are giving our children.

You can check out my Google+ Path to Purchase Experience HERE.

Health, Physical Activity and Whole Nutrition go hand in hand! If you haven't already, consider making the switch to a juice like Odwalla®  take the plunge!

To check out more about Champions for Kids go to their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter



We are going to donate our items to the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter (where our beloved co-author SADIE works !) and we are going to go the  soccer field in town to record some Odwalla® ambushes (but you'll have to tune in to our next post for that)!




This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias ALL of my opinions are my very own.

World Breastfeeding Week: Go Read This

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It is world breastfeeding week. OKay so it is the END of world breastfeeding week... I am late on my post, I have a great excuse. I totally just had a baby, y'all! Obviously, I am not shy about what I think about breastfeeding.


Anyway. I wanted to send you over to THIS blog. I wonder what you think about it. Shawn is a local momma in NWA and I think she is great. Check it out! 


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Shiver me timbers. There be a youngin' in there!


I went to my risk assessment today. For all those who don't speak "homebirth" a risk assessment is when you are cleared for take off. I met with our local CNM (certified nurse midwife), the amazing Paula Hill and got my green light. Baby is in position, health is optimal and we are ready whenever Tobias is ready! Hooray.

This conversation happened while at my appointment:

Me: "I have been all crampy and stretchy do you mind checking my cervix to see if I am just totally crazy or if something is actually happening down there?"

Paula: *Big long explanation about how even if I am dilated I can go for weeks, blah blah* "Sure I can.... <KY application and medical finger insertion> MERCY! You are as soft as butter!!!"

Husband: *muffled giggling*

Me: "Um... should I take that as a compliment?"

Paula: " Absolutely! Your cervix is effaced. Now you get to wait for those contractions to open your cervix 8.5 more centimeters!"

Me: "I am still stuck on the butter thing...."

Husband: "I LOVE buter."

So we had some good news today. Now if we can get this damn air conditioner situation fixed! It was supposed to be fixed today. "Fixed" currently means running full blast with the house at 84 degrees and not moving. I will be a raging bitch if I have to birth at home in 85 degree heat. I mean... I know women in Africa and around the world and bladdy friggin' blah. I admire those women. I also have not spent my life tolerating this heat and um... I am a pansy. I want to birth my son in a pool, in my front room, in a nice temperament 70 degrees. And those heatwave birthin' ladies get a fucking gold star in my book. I am lighting candles tonight, praying to Jesus in His tiny golden fleece diaper, calling on Buddha, dialing the Mormon hotline, and whatever else I have to do to have some sort of divine intervention so that his A/C situation gets resolved with a quickness. Flying spaghetti monster? I'll totally pray to him or her. Does anyone know Tom Cruises' number? I hear he can use his Vulcan mind meld to make things happen (why else would Katie STILL be married to him, duh)