Lifestyle

Lifestyle
A bit of everything -- parenting, fitness, humor, health.

Hopewell Boro shop and dine local events to benefit HES

Two great events in April will support Hopewell Elementary School and local businesses. Great win/win! And a great way to go-local! Shop Local April: The Bear and the Books The April Shop-Local partner is The Bear and the Books located at 45 West Broad Street in Hopewell Boro. The Bear and the Books has a standing 10% discount offered to all HES families. During the month...

Pain-free play ideas for Spring

It's SPRING BREAK which is essentially a literal warm-up for a long entertainment-free summer. Remember when I wrote: How to look like you're playing with your kids? I wrote that in the desperation of winter snow days when I could not muster another flicker of playful energy. This time I'm sharing with you how to PLAY with your kids but without the...

SMART goals and fitness without the craziness

I am pleased as can be that my weight loss competition is over but, without it, I'm floundering for direction, routine, and accountability. GymTrainerVanessa is obsessed -- I mean obsessed -- with setting "SMART goals" and I appreciate her insistence on me setting some. "SMART goals" are a management-oriented acronym in which SMART stands for: Specific – target a specific area for improvement. Measurable – quantify...

The Stampede is Coming!

By now you've probably "herd" of the Stampede, or seen one of the life-size, white, fiberglass ox around town -- at Pennington Quality Market last weekend, in Stop & Shop on Denow Road or in front of Brick Farm Market in Hopewell. As the first major initiative of the recently formed Hopewell Valley  Arts Council, the Stampede is a public...

The shame in talking about diet and fitness

People don't talk about diet or fitness. I mean... they DO if you're reading the cover of trash magazines on line at the supermarket. But in that case, it's about fatness or lack of fatness. It's fat-shaming. They DO if you're watching daytime television in the eat-this-not-that instructional way. But, in that case, it's offering you "duh" advice, stuff that...

Food Truck-festivities at Mercer County Park

Food Trucks unite for the 1st Annual Food Truck Fiesta at Mercer County Park! The event, taking place on March 29th, will be a smorgasbord of traveling culinary treats for all ages and palates. There will be about 12-13 different gourmet food trucks (2 sweet and 10-11 savory), a beer and wine garden, live entertainment by DJ Jim Smith and the band, Kindred Spirit,...

How I Survived an 8 Week Diet: Conclusion

How did I survive this 8 week diet? Adequately. With more complaining than I should have. And with less success than I hoped. And please note that the prior sentence is a complaint. I'm even complaining about complaining. Unless a miracle happens at my weigh-in this morning and I've lost more, I'm down 9 pounds in 8 weeks. It's not...

Celebrating Nowruz on the First Day of Spring

Today at 12:57 p.m. was a celebration. Not only because the sun was shining and temperatures were in the 50s for the first time in a looooong time, but for many Iranian families around the world it was time to celebrate Persian New Year at the vernal equinox. The first time I celebrated Nowruz, or Persian New Year, was...

It’s Finally Spring – 8 No Excuses Fitness Apps to Get You Ready for Summer

So long, winter.  Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.  It been a long one, right?  I feel like it’s been the longest winter ever.  So I’m welcoming today’s vernal equinox with open arms.  The tulip bulbs are peaking through, the snow has melted (but for the largest mountains in the Target parking...

School District Brings Learning Specialist to Speak to Parents, Staff

Don't let the term fool you. "Executive function" does not refer to one's ability to lead meetings in a boardroom, hire and fire, or plan a budget. Rather it is a newish term coined to encompass all the critical self-regulation skills people need to accomplish everyday tasks. From planning, organizing, making decisions and controlling emotions and impulses, the brain's executive...