Stroller Strides on Halloween

We had a fun class today! All of the moms did a great job and the kids were awesome! It was too warm to dress up most of the kiddos this morning, but the costumes picked out are super cute!

Here is a slideshow from today! I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!



A REALLY funny mommy blog

Daniella has a playdate today after school so I don't have to go pick her up. What did I decide to do with my new found time (all 20 minutes of it)??? I visited the link I received from the Blogger Choice Awards.

***I had to take a break from writing. Obviously I should have used my 20 minutes more wisely! Riley walked in eating a cough drop (I didn't give her one) and Joshua had poop in his pants...and all over the toilet...and under his finger nails.

...but I digress (an homage to the Ryan's Steakhouse letter)

I found a very funny blog that was nominated in 4 different categories and placed pretty high all of them (even 1st for Best Parenting Blog) called "Because I said so". It written by a SAHM and mom of 6, Dawn Meehan. She has a sarcastic sense of humor that is awesome and is amazingly upbeat even after taking care of her six!

There are quite a few posts so I just skipped around and read a few. I will definitely go back when (if) time allows!

Here are a few of the funny links on her site I found:

**this one had me almost in tears!



Found a great site!

Stroller Strides received a great review from Bookieboo.com This is a website dedicated to moms who are into health and fitness! I love it!

To read what they had to say click here.

Soup's On!

OK, it's not exactly cold out, but October is a great time to break out the soup pot! Here is a soup recipe by Ellie Krieger that I found on food.com. It is hearty and healthy!

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional

In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans and the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.

Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional analysis
per serving
Total Fat
4 grams
Saturated Fat
0.5 grams
0 mg
310 mg
19 grams
8 grams
4.5 grams


Stroller Strides Pearland in the news!

The debut of Stroller Strides in Pearland was covered in an article in The Journal of Pearland! Congratulations Elizabeth!

Mom and Baby Exercises from Stroller Strides

Another YouTube Video demonstrating some of the exercises we might do in class!

Yoplait Kids Coupon

Found this on momspace.com...and by found I mean I got it in an email!

$1.50 coupon for Yoplait Kids


Thank You Ami!

Ami (owner of Stroller Strides NW Houston) was a guest instructor last Friday and my moms in attendance all had a great class! We are so fortunate to have super moms like Ami as part of the Stroller Strides family!

Thank You Shannon!

A great tip for you all, thanks to Shannon!...

If you have older Dr. Brown's bottles, can take the whole bottle to Toys R Us and exchange them for the newer bottles with the safer plastic for free!

I recently gave all of my Dr. Brown's bottles to a preggie friend and you'd better believe I'm sending her there!



Stumbled across this site and it definitely has my interest peaked! Click on the link here for more information! Would any of you gals be interested in going to the mixer on Oct 8th (7:00 - 8:30 @ Francesca's Collections - 6514 Woodway)?

NY Times Article: 6 Food Mistakes Parents Make

I found this article on another blog and thought it was post-worthy...

6 Food Mistakes Parents Make


Stroller Strides Memorial on Facebook

Ok, after this morning's talk I went into Facebook and created a group for us! Here is the link.

Seeing that I am more of a blogger than a Facebooker (is that a word), you gals can help by letting me know what to do next! If you are registered with Facebook, feel free to join! Maybe we'll put Alison in charge of this one! ;)

Our Members Join In on the Discussion!

If you are a member and now also a contributing author on our blog, please feel free to post away! You can also add your personal blog to our blogroll! This will be fun!


Finding Time for Fitness

Getting started with a fitness routine is no doubt one of the hardest things to do! Where do you squeeze in time for a workout when you have a full time job, kid's schedules, dinner, and laundry! Or maybe you are a first time mom and you are in the perpetual feeding stage and feel like you are half asleep and half awake most of the day! I know, I've been there! I remember thinking, "how can I find time to workout when I am lucky to get a shower in everyday"...which several days I was unsuccessful at getting to the shower!

Tough as it may be, getting started with a fitness routine after baby is one of the best therapies for motherhood out there! Women who exercise regularly after having children are less prone to postpartum depression, have more energy, and lose the baby weight faster.

You'll feel better, you'll look better, and if you exercise with baby in tow, you set the stage for a lifetime of healthy living for your little one!

It is super cute and heartwarming to watch you toddler(s) practice bicep curls with our exercise bands and put a baby doll in their toy stroller and get a workout in around the house!

On the note of helping with postpartum depression, here are a few pictures of what I call Granny Strides! These ladies are some of leaders and biggest proponents for fitness as a cure for postpartum depression. I was honored with the opportunity to teach a class at the postpartum convention for PSI (Postpartum Support International) this past Spring here in Houston!

This is Jane Honikman, founder of PSI

If Granny can do it, so can you!

As difficult as it is, Just try it! Find the time (even if it is only an hour a week) and get started! You won't be disappointed!