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Healthy Summer Snacks (without the stress)

Healthy Summer Snacks (without the stress)

Kids are ALWAYS hungry, aren’t they? I feel like there’s always someone in the kitchen munching on something–morning, noon and night. I don’t have the time or the desire to be tethered to the kitchen, trying to make sure that my kids are choosing healthy options when they (incessantly) snack. It’s all about being stocked … Continued

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Sister Love and Body Image

Sister Love and Body Image

There’s something to be said about getting dolled up and treated like royalty. My sister, Joy, recently entered and won a contest for a sister’s photography session. The photographer was feeling lacking in sisterhood and wanted to honor sisters of all ages. I loved the quality one-on-one time spent with my sister (and the photos … Continued

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New Year, New You? Time for Changes

New Year, New You? Time for Changes

Did you make resolutions this year to eat better, lose weight, take better care of yourself? Losing weight is traditionally one of the most popular resolutions of all time. But more often than not, people tend to give up early in the new year. Have you given up yet? I hope not. Because while it’s … Continued

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The Power of Self-Discipline

The Power of Self-Discipline

I love to pick up a good book, but I don’t always have time to sit and read. Every time I do, though, I learn something new. About myself, business, life, relationships, you name it. I recently started reading No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy. This isn’t a new book, and the … Continued

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What Would You Do With 4 Days Alone?

What Would You Do With 4 Days Alone?

Between soccer tournaments and sleep-away camp, the kids were really busy this summer. And when Jeff left for a four-day work trip, I found myself at home—alone—for four full days. No kids. No husband. And no plans. I honestly don’t remember the last time I’d had time alone at home like that. Before Jack was … Continued

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A Trip to Israel

A Trip to Israel

If you follow me on Facebook (and if you don’t, why the heck not!?), you know that I recently spent two full weeks in Israel. My son Jack had the opportunity to represent the U.S. playing soccer in the 2017 World Maccabiah games (the Jewish Olympics) held in Israel. Jeff and I decided it would … Continued

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Don’t Worry About Belly Jelly

Don’t Worry About Belly Jelly

I recently posted an inspiring meme on my Facebook page, called Belly Jelly. If you watch, you’ll see that the purpose isn’t to poke fun at imperfections or to spotlight how we look. The video, to me, tells the story of loving yourself where you are, even if you’re on a journey to change. It’s … Continued

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Costco Food Hacks – Installment 2!

Costco Food Hacks – Installment 2!

Anyone else addicted to Costco? With six mouths in our family, I feel like we’re always there. But with the large quantities that come with every purchase, it takes some creativity to use everything in a unique way so meal time doesn’t get boring. Here, I have Part Two of my Costco “Hacks” for Busy … Continued

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To “Quit” or Not to Quit: A Self-Discovery Moment

To “Quit” or Not to Quit: A Self-Discovery Moment

I’ve been in business with Beachbody for 10 years, and back in 2009, I regularly made the short list for quarterly top coach by region (appearing in the top 5 each quarter but never pushing for #1). In fact, when the company started Success Club in January 2010, I hit SC 5 from the get-go … Continued

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The Heat is On – Our Summer Schedule

The Heat is On – Our Summer Schedule

Ahhh, Summer – school’s out, sun’s out and the pressure is on for parents (well, at least that’s how I feel). Summer in the Ratterman household includes the kids going to various day camps for most of the day, including tennis camp.  This is both fun and builds skills plus teaches sportsmanship, so it’s a … Continued