Resolutions That Will Bring You Joy (Rather Than Guilt) - by Christina L. Moreland First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday break and 2017 is your best year yet… A few years back when confronted with the upcoming New Year, I did something revolutionary… I completely changed the way I approached New Year’s Resolutions. While it’s true that you’re 95%…

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Get Organized! Handle Back-to-School Paperwork - by Christina L. Moreland What happens the minute your kids start or go back to school? PAPERWORK! And loads of it! The inundation of homework and papers sent home from school the first week, and then throughout the year, is enough to drive even the most level-headed Super Mom up the wall! Here’s my secret…

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Cool Tools for Setting Media Limits with Kids - We are plunging to the end of the summer, and if your kids are like mine, they are having a harder time entertaining themselves WITHOUT begging to be on the iPad or Wii all day long! As a parent it gets exhausting to continually say “No” without feeling like a drill…

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Should You Send Your Child To Summer Camp? - by Christina L. Moreland Sunday my husband and I drove a total of 6 hours to take our oldest son to camp. This was a big decision, for all of us, and for many reasons… Just a few months ago the idea of him considering going off to overnight camp for a week was unthinkable.…

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Lean, Delicious Kid-Approved Lettuce Wraps and Brussels Sprouts - by Christina L. Moreland Looking for a leaner, healthier option than eating delicious lettuce wraps at a restaurant? I’ve got it! This recipe is fantastic AND kid-approved! Best of all it only takes about 25 minutes to cook at home. Enjoy!! Please SHARE if you love it. INGREDIENTS: 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast,…

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Why Sleep for Moms is a Matter of Life and Death - Why Sleep Is A Matter of Life And Death by Christina L. Moreland Ask any new mom if she’s getting sleep with a baby at home and she’ll look at you with hollowed tired eyes and say optimistically, “We’re getting 4-hour stretches now!” It’s no secret parents with a baby anywhere from newborn age to…

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How Much Sleep Do Babies Really Need? - How Much Sleep Your Baby Really Needs by Christina L. Moreland It seems simple enough. Baby is tired; Baby should sleep, right? Well, unfortunately, it’s not that simple. See, what parents do or don’t do to facilitate sleep within their home can and will have a direct impact on Baby’s sleep patterns, which directly impacts…

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Stuffed Bell Peppers and Arugula Salad - by Christina L. Moreland Hey Moms, in case you’re looking for something delicious mid-week to try that’s easy and super healthy for your kids, this recipe is perfect. It’s delicious, lean, and only took about 10 minutes to prep — once prepped, it took about 45 minutes to simmer. So allow a full hour from…

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Super Mom Tips: WATER! - by Christina L. Moreland Most of us know we need to drink lots of water if we’re trying to lose a little body fat. But do you know how to calculate HOW MUCH you should be drinking every day? Watch this video to learn some great Super Mom Tips for how to make your water…

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SuperCool Product Review: Sunscreen - by Christina L. Moreland How many of you moms are like me and pretty much have to tackle and pin down your child every single time you need to apply sunscreen? Is it just a boy thing or do the girls do this, too? I’m willing to bet there’s not one of you with a…

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“I Spy Good Readers” — Super Mom Tips to Create Good Readers at Home - by Christina L. Moreland Last night was Kindergarten Roundup for my youngest. The teachers all stood up and showed highlights of some of the fun things he will do in kindergarten. Then they went through the long list of year-end goals they have for these 5- turning 6-year-olds. Thankfully, my son is currently in an…

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How To Fix Accidental Bad Words! - by Christina L. Moreland We’ve all done it… you jam your pinkie toe into a hard piece of furniture and let the words fly. Or possibly even worse, a “family-friendly” movie reminds you that you should have reviewed the content first before allowing your kids to see it, taking you quite by surprise. Well, take…

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Nighttime Diapers: Marketing Fluff, or Totally Necessary? - by Christina L. Moreland Have you ever wondered whether or not nighttime diapers are actually useful, rather than another large baby brand finding another way to keep your child in diapers for as long as possible? (Ages and Stages, Nighttime Diapers, Diaper Doubler, Little Swimmers, Pull-Ups, etc. It’s a wonder we ever got our kids…

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High Protein Yogurt Crunch - by Christina L. Moreland Hi Moms! As many of you have probably seen, I’m in serious summer preparation mode with my workouts and my meals right now. Only 8 weeks until the kids are out for summer and I want to be bikini ready! That means I’m constantly on the lookout for healthy, lean meals…

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“Brussels Sprouts Make a Delicious Healthy Side!” - by Christina L. Moreland   For more Super Mom Tips and Secrets, check out this video. For More information about how to get your baby on a healthy Sleep Schedule, CLICK HERE. About the Author: Christina Moreland, author of Secrets of the Super Mom, is the Super Mom of a bright, spunky nine-year-old and sweet…

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What to Say to Your Demanding Child to Defuse His Demands - by Christina L. Moreland What to Say to Your Demanding Child to Defuse His Demands “Mommy, I Need My Yogurt / Vitamins / Socks On / Drink!!!!!!!!” This morning I couldn’t get three breakfasts, two lunches, pack backpacks and food for the dog ready fast enough. My 4-year-old, who had his complete breakfast in front…

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107 Daily Affirmations to Speak Over Your Child - by Christina L. Moreland Words are powerful! They can literally create or destroy. According to Psych Central online, Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, authors of Words Can Change Your Brain, say “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” They say, positive words,…

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Organizing School Paperwork, Part 3 - by Christina L. Moreland Hi Moms! Christina Moreland, author of Secrets of the Super Mom here, and yesterday I did Part 3 about this new binder system that I’ve come up with to help stay on top of all the school paperwork that comes home and help me stay up with my son’s studies, because…

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Navigating Transitions with Toddlers and Preschoolers - Helping your toddler or preschooler navigate his or her emotions can be challenging! But little ones need our help to learn healthy coping skills. Here’s a little cheat sheet you can print out and pin on your wall as a helpful reminder for what solutions to offer in the midst of a conflict. 🙂 I…

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Back to School Organizing Tips, Part 2 - by Christina L. Moreland Hi Moms! Christina Moreland, author of Secrets of the Super Mom here, and yesterday I did a short video about this new binder system that I’ve come up with to help stay on top of all the school paperwork that comes home and help me stay up with my son’s studies,…

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Super Mom Back to School Organizing Tip - by Christina L. Moreland Hi Super Moms! Christina Moreland, author of Secrets of the Super Mom here, and I just had a quick tip to offer you that you’re going to love.  You know, right now we just started back to school, and what’s the the one thing that we get when school starts?? For…

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5 Tips for Less Stress, More Happy Time In Families - by Christina L. Moreland As we enter a new school year, I thumb through my friends’ photos of their kiddos all dressed up, excited about the first week of school — most of them with backpacks larger than themselves. And I can’t help but think back to two years ago, when Ashton was in first…

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Top 5 Things Parents Must Know Before Their Children Start School - This month I’m happy to introduce a special guest to you — a very experienced teacher from a large public school district in Texas, who, before she began teaching second grade, had extensive experience with kindergarten students and has seen first-hand the struggles new kindergarteners and their parents experience that first year. Her sage advice…

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Super Mom Secret: How to Order Leaner at Asian Cuisine Restaurants - by Christina L. Moreland Click For Recipes!! For those of you who don’t know, I’m kind of a fitness fanatic and I’m always looking for ways to make something healthier, more nutritious and leaner — yet still tasty. The other night my husband was craving Pei Wei, so we went and I discovered you can…

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5 Essential Vitamins & Supplements - Have you felt lethargic despite getting enough sleep (an average of seven to nine hours per night)? You may be iron-deficient. Have you had extendedMUSCLE SORENESS or severe spasms or cramping? You may need a calcium supplement. And if you’re even considering getting pregnant in the next few months, you may need to start a…

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Savory Summer Sangria! - by Christina L. Moreland Ok, sound the alarm now, because I’ve just found your perfect summer cocktail. And it’s so simple to make, your guests will rave about it and think you spent more time than you really did on it. My husband threw this together for me when I said, “Man, a pina colada…

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Restaurant Quality Salmon! - by Christina L. Moreland If you’re in the mood for some good food, you must try this recipe. Simple, fast and delicious, every time my husband or I order salmon at a restaurant it doesn’t compare to what we can do at home. SUPER MOM TIPS: Salmon is a fattier fish than say, cod or…

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Super Mom Challenge Success Story: Jackie Martinez - by Christina L. Moreland A year ago, Jackie Martinez was in a very different position. For one thing, now she’s 10 sizes and 94 pounds lighter. She’s blasted through several goals and surpassed them. And she’s still setting more… Exactly one year ago Jackie, a mother of a six-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy, decided to…

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Style Trends for 2015 – Aztec Patterns - by Christina L. Moreland Recently, I had the privilege of emceeing a style show at my son’s school for a fundraiser. We highlighted 12 of the hottest trends for 2015 and the Aztec pattern was one of them. I’m super excited to show you this video sneak peek from our style show and how we…

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Delicious Pesto Pasta! - by Christina L. Moreland Hi! This is one of our staple recipes in my house. Both boys love it, it’s quick and easy, and I use lean chicken breast, so it’s packed with good protein as well. And who doesn’t love pesto?? SUPER MOM TIPS: My husband invented this recipe one night when he was…

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Learning to Ride a Bicycle (Super Mom Tips Included!) - by Christina L. Moreland As of this weekend, my son is the proud bike rider on two wheels! This is a huge parenting milestone for many, and my husband and I watched him with tears in our eyes. At the same time, our neighbors enjoyed the process as they looked out their back window and…

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Dark Meat Chicken vs. White Meat Chicken - by Christina L. Moreland DID YOU KNOW???…. Simply changing from eating dark meat chicken to breast meat without the skin can help you lose body fat. According to SELFNutritionData nutrition facts, dark meat chicken that’s roasted contains 249 calories per serving and 110 calories from fat, which translates to 44% fat. Generally when trying to…

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How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes -   by Christina L. Moreland Buying a new athletic shoe can be intimidating. Do you mostly run with the occasional weight-training workout? If so, you’d be better suited to buying a running shoe. Are you more into kickboxing or CrossFit? In that case, search for a cross-trainer because you’ll be doing so much more than…

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Super Mom Challenge Fundamentals (Part IV) - Adapted from Secrets of the Super Mom, Part II by Christina L. Moreland Take Advantage of Class Cycles and Seasonal Changes at Your Local Gym This is something interesting you’ll notice: gym class schedules are designed to fit into ninety-day intervals or two- or three-month sets before the gym changes them up. And here’s why:…

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Super Mom Challenge Fundamentals (Part III) - Adapted from Secrets of the Super Mom, Part II by Christina L. Moreland Form Proper form is extremely important. You can lift a lighter weight with excellent form and still hit the muscle in a way that is very effective. I know that sounds like I’m contradicting what I just said about the necessity to…

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Super Mom Challenge Fundamentals (Part II) - Adapted from Secrets of the Super Mom, Part II by Christina L. Moreland Group Weight Training One strategy I used successfully as a new mom and recommend for you is to attend group weight training as you’re trying to ease back into exercise. It’s a huge help for new moms to go to a class,…

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Super Mom Challenge Fundamentals (Part I) - Adapted from Secrets of the Super Mom, Part II by Christina L. Moreland The Workout Break your week out over the course of seven days and aim to fit in a minimum of three – four workouts per week. If you can fit in five, that’s even better, but you want to try to fit…

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Starting a Super Mom Lifestyle — Five Key Tips for Being a Super Fit Mom -   by Christina L. Moreland When I became a new mom I was concerned I might not be able to maintain the healthy and lean physique that I had created pre-baby. Many of my friends and acquaintances would complain with how little time they had with the added responsibilities of being a parent. As newborns,…

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15 Simple Things You Can Do with Your Elf on the Shelf… - by Christina L. Moreland Figuring out what your Elf on the Shelf will do doesn’t have to be major stress. The truth is my kids are happy if our elf, Fred, simply moves. He doesn’t have to be doing elaborate things and making huge messes for them to be happy and to feel the Christmas…

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8 Tips to a Stress-Free Holiday - by Christina L. Moreland What is it about the holidays that can drive this Super Mom to near tears every year? I know, it’s the stress! Now, this time of year really is my most favorite — the weather is cooler, our family likes to snuggle in the living room and watch Christmas movies, I…

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8 Tips to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays - HOLIDAY-HEAVINESS? NO WAY! BANISH OVERINDULGENCE WITH THESE 8 TIPS by: Christina Moreland – Posted in: Eat Clean, Fat Loss, Fitness, Lifestyle, Motivation The holidays are coming! The air is getting cooler, leaves are changing colors, and the weather is crisper. This is my absolute favorite time of year, and with the improved weather comes the…

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“Zucchini Squash Bake” - Notes by Christina L. Moreland This is a really easy way to make zucchini and squash and a great way to get kids to eat it. This recipe was modified and adapted from the cookbook, “Easy Everyday: Simple Recipes for No-Fuss Food.” A few Super Mom notes: they used all zucchini and no squash —…

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Why H.I.I.T. Works! -  by: Christina L. Moreland – Posted in: Fat Loss, Fitness, Workouts      A FEW MONTHS AGO I changed my fitness routine fairly aggressively to slim down my legs and lower body. I had been doing a rigorous Body Pump class for several weeks, and the heavy lunges and squats had developed more mass than I…

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Save 15 Minutes Every Morning With These Tips! - by Christina L. Moreland Do you find yourself getting out the door later and later, or just barely making it to school or work on time? You’re not alone. So many parents find themselves in this daily trap, but the good news is you can do a few simple things the night before to smooth…

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Healthy Eating Tips for Moms - Christina L. Moreland Hi! Christina Moreland here, and I just wanted to give you a quick tip on a healthy meal… If you’re looking for something FAST, this is a great meal to put together. I’ve got it right here and it’s my lean chicken breast — I’m sorry if I’m not doing the camera…

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Going Crazy? Why You Hear Your Baby Cry, Even When He Isn’t - Christina L. Moreland Among the millions of things on the list of “Things No One Tells You When You Have a Baby” is the Phantom Cries you’ll hear when your baby or child is completely silent. Let me back up a little bit… My sons are now 7 and 3, and I admit I’ll probably…

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Savory Shrimp Salad (and Fat Free Dressing Recipe) - Creating a healthy dinner can be overwhelming and stressful, but it needn’t be either! This gorgeous shrimp salad took about 15 minutes to prepare, and the dressing is FAT FREE and delicious! Ingredients: 1 Pound Jumbo Shrimp Butter Lettuce Purple Onion Cherry Tomatoes Avocado Shredded Cheddar Cheese Dijon Mustard Balsamic Vinegar Salt and Pepper to…

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Encouragement for Moms - Hi! Christina Moreland here… And I was just inspired to shoot this video for you. I’ve just been thinking a lot about Gratitude, and how that can really help us in our lives, especially as mothers. And the way this all came about was the last three weeks of the summer my youngest son was…

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Does Exercising Impact Breast Milk Supply? - This question pops into almost every new mother’s mind, particularly if she plans to exercise and breastfeed her baby simultaneously. It’s an interesting topic, not only because you want to maintain a healthy milk supply from a practical standpoint (who wants to have to supplement formula at every meal and still not know if your…

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Having a Safe Summer! - School is almost out for the summer, can you believe it! Seems just like a few weeks ago we were starting first grade for my oldest and getting my youngest enrolled into his preschool. Now a whole new type of planning begins!! Summer can be a great time for you and your family to take…

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Easing Back into Working Out After Having a Baby - By Christina L. Moreland, Adapted from Secrets of the Super Mom  Getting back into shape after just having had a baby may seem impossible, but on the contrary, it is very possible – and in my opinion, highly necessary, in order for you to perform at your optimum level as a parent. Look at it…

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Positive Motivators for Children - by Christina L. Moreland You’ll often hear pediatricians and other child experts say positive motivators help with a multitude of behavioral factors at home, such as your child’s confidence, mood, motivation and desire to succeed, etc. Here are some of the positive motivators we’ve implemented with Ashton and Luke, but primarily Ashton since he is…

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My Smart Kid Can’t Read! (Part I) - by Christina L. Moreland The next few blog entries will be dedicated to the Super Moms with children who may be dealing with the common challenges of elementary school. From a personal standpoint, we’ve been going through some real struggles related to these posts that I’ll share with you, and my discoveries and conclusions as…

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Welcome to Secrets of the Super Mom! - “Eat your dinner, Ashton, I made something just for you that I know you like!” I said brightly. “No, Mommy, I don’t want it,” came the response from my three-year-old son. And that’s how it went, until my husband suddenly got up from the table, walked to the pantry and came back with a Lazy Susan and…

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Funny, Precious Moments - Whenever my oldest (now 6) was around the age of 3, we started a weekly tradition of taking a shower with Daddy on Sundays. He always looked forward to it, and every Sunday before we started our nighttime routine, he’d shout, “Shower Time!” He’d run into the bathroom so fast and peel off his clothes…

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