Friday, January 29, 2010

3 Free Things

Bring the family for an "ARMCHAIR ADVENTURE" about LIVING IN SPACE. Find out what it's like to wear a space suite and eat like an astronaut. NASA speaker Bill Crell shares the basics of flight as well as a space suit, astronaut food and other authentic space shuttle artifacts! At the West Woods Nature Center on Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the West Woods, Kinsman Road in Russell Township. For more info, go to:

St. Paul Catholic Church in North Canton is hosting a Wellness Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday January 30. Some of the information that will be offered includes fitness, fiscal frugality, "ask a phramacist", Marriage Encounter, "laugh till it hurts" humor therapy, visit with master gardeners, personal prayer ministry, information on mental illness family support, hospice and much more!! There will be activities for kids and something for everyone. ( Joan Spieth, member of the planning committee for the Expo says: “We were inspired by the words of Jesus in John 10:10: ‘I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.")
The Expo will be located in the Parish Life Center in the rear of the St. Paul's property on South Main Street in North Canton

The Wilderness Center off U.S. 250 near Wilmot is hosting a winter geocaching event from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your GPS, extra batteries and a plate of cookies. Dress for the weather. For more information, go to

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Go Nuts!

One of the things I look forward to each day around 1pm is my Nut Break. Nuts may be high in calories and most of the calories come from fat...but it is the "good" fat, so a fist full of nuts is a wonderful addition to any diet. The flavor of walnuts and raisins or whole natural almonds and dried cranberries satisfies me for hours and even removes any cravings for candy bars. Healthy, delicious snacks like these are easy to transport too so keep them in your car, purse or desk drawer and GO NUTS!!!

Check out these two websites for more nut worthy news! You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Perfect Purse Search is Over

So you go to the store to find that perfect purse, and even after hours of searching you have found one that "will do", but it's not perfect and you end up wishing you could just design your own perfect purse. Well that day is here. Cindy Bags to the rescue. This company has over 25 styles, 155 choices of material and yarn and 25 different ribbon trims to choose from. Not to mention various beads and trim to accent your bag. You can choose your handle length, you can customize your bag to fit your needs, want more pockets, want a zipper, just about anything you want can be done. And it is so much fun to design YOUR PERFECT BAG. Check out the their wesite at And you brides to be, you can even design that bridesmaid gift that is customized for each of your ladies.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bridal & Beyond and David Tutera!

95.5 The Fish and the Mom Squad are excited to partner with Bridal & Beyond for upcoming workshops, their Winter Bridal Fair, and a chance for you to win an exciting prize! Take a listen as Mom Squad member Paula interviews Margo and Pina!

Paula also had the exciting opportunity to interview David Tutera from "My Fair Wedding". He visited Catan Fashion's and will be giving away a wedding gown (one of his own designs) courtesy of Bridal & Beyond! Check their website and 95.5 The Fish for upcoming details!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Children and tragedy stress disorders

Everywhere you turn there is stressful news about Haiti. I know we are all praying that their suffering will be met with compassion and organized help.

Be careful however, to remember that your child is watching your response to the crisis. Children are like hidden cameras. They are always watching their parents. Even when you don't think they are paying attention or listening to what you say - they are recording information. When there is a disaster, parents need to be aware that their children are watching even closer. Until a child has practiced how to properly process distressing information, there is a potential for great fear, misunderstanding and in some cases stress disorders. It's important that parents use the following method to help their children feel "safe".

1. Your child will process information first by listening and watching your body language. Be careful to stay calm, make sure your child sits close to you or even on your lap and make sure your "energy" in the situation helps your child feel safe.

2. Even when children are a bit older, information about disasters can be distorted. Watch your child's face and body language for any signs of distress.

3. You are your child's interpreter. When your child hears newscasters going on and on about suffering, they may wonder if they are going to be required to suffer as well. Don't try to hide the news. Instead, accept it in a calm manner and interpret or explain it to your child. As interpreter, you need to explain where the suffering is in relation to your child, why it may not happen to him, what caused the suffering and how the relief efforts will ease their suffering. For example, explain how and why earthquakes happen and how people can survive them. Once your explanation is over you will need to bring your child back to a place where he can feel safe and yet also be compassionate about others.

4. Be diligent in pointing out the good. Help your child look on suffering with compassion but also see the good that can be accomplished by those who choose to help with the relief efforts. Point out all the items that are being sent to that area and how it will help those in need.

5. Empower your child. Help them to do something to relieve the stress they might be feeling. Help them write a card, send a donation or simply pray that others will be able to relieve the suffering.

To read more on this subject, go to

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Mom Squad "Gets Fit"!

A big thanks to personal trainer Sonia for leading a kickboxing class for the moms today! We came, we sweat, we burned calories and had a great time! Here is a little snippet for the fun-filled session. Please contact Sonia if you are interested in a personal trainer or if you have any questions.
Thanks to Louise, Paula, Charlotte, and Susan for lacing up and working out. Go moms!

Click here for the video

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mommy Detective Clues

What a fun week of fitness! But while you are kick boxing to improve your waist, why not kick a little rebellion out of your home.

Clue: Why does any adult rebel clench his fist and assume the stance for a fight? He feels that "fairness" is threatened and that he will be treated differently from everyone else. There's something in his life that he feels is missing and someone who's blocking the path for him to acquire what he wants or needs. do you stop rebellion in your home?

The first clue is to make sure you can be trusted. Make sure that as a parent your child can believe what you tell him and trust that you will follow through with fair judgement of him and the situation. Once he feels "safe" and "supported" within his own home, rebellion will receive the kick it needs to start heading out the door.

For more on this subject....check out

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tummy Tips from Trainer Sonia!

Sonia Maranville is a local personal trainer who we have enlisted to help the Mom Squad for "Get Fit" week! She will be joining us at 95.5 The Fish on Friday for a kickboxing class and tips to help care for the one and only YOU!:) If you are interested in participating in the class, please e-mail for more details.

In the meantime, Sonia has some information for easy ways to help the dreaded belly zone!....

"I always tell my people (a.k.a. clients) you don’t need to do a ton of sit-ups… “What? You’re not having me do sit ups today?” NO! No more!! Done with the sit-ups! Why you may ask? Well, when you do your exercises correctly, you don’t need to! You are activating your core muscles more by contracting them during your regular workout than doing a crunch.

Everyone has muscle in their stomach – for some people you just have to find it. Pregnancy and hysterectomies have led some women to be completely out of touch with their ab muscles.

To find them again, just say “shhh” or “Hah” then you are contracting correctly. So here’s a bonus… when you are yelling at your kids to “shh” or laughing with your kids, “hah”, then you are contracting your core muscles correctly. (You’d think we’d all have super-model flat stomachs then wouldn’t you?!?)

But it’s more than that to get rid of the Jelly Belly…

A University of Virginia Study found that women who did high-intensity workouts had significantly less belly fat than those who worked out the same amount of calories but at an easier level. For those who don’t get how intense “High intensity” is, it’s not a “La La La” stroll in the park. It’s a suck in the oxygen, feel the lungs burn, kind of exercise..

The study is a great study, but what do I have to say to it from a Personal Trainer’s point of view? The harder you work, the less belly fat you’ll have. It took a study from a major University to tell us that? I’ve been telling my clients that forever. Well, at least now I have proof!

Want to read more about the study… check it out here.

So here are my tips for the day:

1) Keep your abs tight during everything you do! (And quiet those kids if you’re not sure how.)

2) Don’t just workout. Workout HARD!!!

3) Honey, it’s cardio……not a ton of sit-ups!!!!"

For more information on how to get rid of that jelly belly roll, check out, or contact Sonia at 330-806-2452,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fitness Does Not Have to Cost A Lot

Comfortable clothing is best for indoor workouts (several layers for outdoor workouts) and you probably have something around the house already that is perfect. But one thing I recommend you invest in is a good pair of walking/workout shoes.

My favorite walking/workout shoes are made by Avia and run from $35 - $100. Danskins (Toneups), Reebok (Easytones)and Sketchers (Shapeups) all make a walking shoe that is designed to help burn more calories while toning legs and thighs. I can attest that I truly feel the difference in my legs after wearing these during a walking session. I even have a walking sandal for the warmer months. These walking/workout shoes and sandals give you the support you need and the protection your feet and joints deserve. Price Range $25 - $125.00. But of course there is a variety of brands, styles and price ranges to choose from and sales take place often.

Don't have weights yet? Use something around the house, i.e. gallon jugs of milk, detergent bottles, books, candlesticks, THE KIDS. haha.

(BTW, if you haven't visited The Good Will I think you will be pleasantly surprised to see the many wonderful donated items. I've seen walking shoes, workout clothes and equipment from $5.00, furniture and electronics in new or like new condition. You just can't beat their prices!)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Do You REALLY Want To Lose Weight or Just Feel Fit or Be A Size....

I believe the first steps in making a change regarding your body is to determine why you want to make a change, to think about comfortable but concise ways to initiate the change and to incorporate food and fitness changes gradually. Five years ago I was a size 22. I felt fine, I felt attractive but I just did not feel like myself. My comfortable adult weight had always been 140 but I had not weighed that for 15 years. Once I made the decision to approach fitness in several ways I was determined not to rely on the scale but to just stay as faithful as possible to the plan I devised for me and to see where it leads. Today I am a size 10 and I feel better overall. My joints no longer hurt, I am a bit more flexible and I have more energy all of which helps me in caring for my Mom. Here are a few of the gradual changes I started with and believe me, I am still constantly changing, adding and deleting different things just because I can and it opens my mind to all sorts of possibilities, new experiences and wonderful flavors!

1) Walking - One of THE best exercises ever. Even Dr. Oz says walking just 30 minutes a day can change your life. Outdoor walking is best as the combination of oxygen and sunshine helps burn calories and balances Vitamin D deficiencies. (I went from casual short-distant walking, to brisk walking, then added music, later leg weights and really pumping my arms and got up to 6 miles a day.) This is also a wonderful stress reducer.

2) Water - 32 to 64 oz per day. This helps the digestive system, lubricates the body and flushes out toxins. At first you will eliminate a lot but it tapers off once your body gets used to it in about 4 days.

3) Reduction/Elimination of red meat. - It takes 3 days for red meat to leave your system. The longer it takes for your body to eliminate, the longer it takes for your body to deal with fat calories. The longer fat is in your body, the easier it is for fat to become stored which increases your weight.

I'll share more as the week progresses...much of which you will know but maybe I can add a tip or two that might help. I learned what I will share with you via many books, websites, trial and error and believe it or not, mostly from my Mom! She was truly into fitness throughout her entire adult life and I have no idea where that came from. She loved Paige Palmer, who recently passed away, and Jack LaLaine,, both considered the first fitness gurus. My Mom worked out daily with them and it was her mission to retain her high school weight and she did! At 93, except for Alzheimer's, she is pretty healthy and extremely strong.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


This week is Fitness Week at The Fish. And what better way to start then to tell you about some terrific affordable pants that you have to check out. It is The Balance Collection by Marika. I found these great pants at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, in the active wear department. They fit like a dream, they are great for work, church, shopping, anything and even for exercise. They run between $12.99 and $16.99, and if you are lucky you can find them on sale for $10. You can check them out at, but you have to buy them at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls to get the great prices. So run don't walk out to your nearest T.J. Maxx or Marshalls and grab yourself a couple pair.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Clutter in the Home or Office = Clutter in the Mind???

I tell my children this all the time. Have you ever thought of it like that? I truly find when I have my bills organized, my clothes hung up and the dishes washed everything else just seems to roll along smoothly. But which came first, the clutter in my mind or the clutter in my home? Kind of like which came first, the chicken or the egg. It is a hard puzzle to figure out. I think when I am going through a difficult time, things seem to fall by the wayside that I normally take care of and that disarray builds if I don't get a hold of myself and/or the situation. Prayer is a wonderful tool for me in taking whatever is out of order and putting it in place. So I recommend asking God to help you see whatever unpleasantness there is in your life, (whether it is a relationship gone bad or a job lost, a sink full of dishes or a pile of mail that you have not been able to focus on) as a storm that you need Him to calm. From there, take things a little at a time. Toss away the insignificant, put away things you may need again and make an Excel spreadsheet or even notations in a notebook of important reminders. Don't let the entire job overwhelm you...just take each matter bit by bit.

Organizational Tool - Try using a clear plastic, door shoe storage as a general organizer. It is great for batteries, pens, mail, tools and most things you would normally toss in a junk drawer!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Getting Organized

Getting organized is more than just labeling your stuff or buying containers to store them in, it starts with getting rid of stuff and making it a priority to NOT replace it with more stuff. Its also more than getting a calendar so you can track your many appointments and your kids appointments, it is also prioritizing things and dropping those things that are not adding value to your life or your families. Getting organized is a process and it takes time, and consistency. It is not easy but it is well worth it. Take it one thing at a time, one day at a time, and go easy on yourself if you get a little disorganized. Enjoy life, and sometimes you can even enjoy a little chaos. Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Weekly Meal Plan Organization Can Be Easy, Nutritious and Fun!

If you find yourself scrambling to come up with something quick and tasty for dinner, here are a few suggestions:

1) Create a Meal Plan for each day of the week.
2) Check websites like and to add variations.
3) Check cabinets and fridge to make sure you have all ingredients and supplies needed to expedite your Meal Plan for the upcoming week.
4) Make it easy on yourself. If there are certain things you wish to make ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze til needed, do so.
5) Make it a family affair. Show your children how to follow a recipe. Cooking is a wonderful tool to teach children fractions and to educate them about nutrition.
6) Don't be afraid to try new things. There are so many delicious fresh veggies out there that you can just cut up and add directly to a recipe to add color, flavor and nutrition. This makes it easier for those that may not necessarily enjoy veggies.
7) Have theme nights. Dress for the theme, add a tablecloth or a piece of your favorite fabric to the table, have your family and/or friends make crazy hats to wear for dinner that night!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Those 16 little words can change your attitude. I encourage you to write it down a number of times and post it all over your house, office, cubicle, car, where ever you spend time to help you keep your focus on the positive and to remind yourself that you need to choose to rejoice and be glad in it. No matter what the world may throw at you just keep repeating This is the day the LORD has made, I WILL rejoice and BE glad in it.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Take Advantage of Your Cable Television

It has been years since I had cable TV. I cancelled it one summer when I realized we just were not watching it, at least not enough to compensate for the monthly fee. But recently I took the plunge and am making the effort to get familiar with my channel selection. I truly am benefiting greatly from the variety. I recommend you:
1) Take note of all of the various channels and what they have to offer.
2) Don't allow yourself to get in the rut of watching the same channels all the time. Try channels now and then that you normally would not watch.
3) Take advantage of special programming on the various channels.
4) Make an effort to learn something new via your cable each day. FitTV not only has wonderful workout programming with GREAT variety, but also cooking shows that I have found phenomenal. Burn fat right in your home.
5) There are some wonderful spiritually based programs. The history and musical programming is enlightening and uplifting.
5) Some channels, like R & R do not list specifically what their programming is for some reason, but I tried it the other night and enjoyed two fabulous shows on travel and dining at several new and unique restaurants throughout the United State.
6) Check out the on-air Guide for future times and dates (or if possible your Guide Booklet). I think I can view 3 days out on my on-air Guide.
7) Make viewing your cable channels a family learning and sharing experience. Channels like The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, etc. can open up a dialog for you and your children.
8) Put what you learn from cable into action. Last week I cooked with fresh Ginger for the first time, gained some writing tips, practiced Nameste Yoga and reaquainted myself with Chicago. I feel like a new woman!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Keep in Touch with God

Blessed is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly...But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law he habitually meditates by day and by night. Psalm 1:1-2

Here is is January 3, 2010, what a perfect time to make it a priority to keep in touch with God. Pray continually, listen for His voice, continue to learn to be lead by His leading.

If you are surrounded by snow, take a moment to really look at the beauty of that scene, the artistry created by our heavenly Father as He covers a bleak landscape with a beautiful blanket of white, just as he covers our bleak lives with a beautiful blanket of forgiveness, love and neverending mercy.

Make this a great day.

Friday, January 01, 2010


Psalm 94:18
Each day this year remember that when 'your foot starts to slip', your attitude starts to go downhill, your temper starts to rise, your outlook turns bleak, whenever you start to move into the negative, look to the Lord to hold you up. He is always there, just waiting for us.