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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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Seven Reasons Why #MomsLove MichelleObama!

December 17, 2014
There are so many legitimate reasons to #ThankMichelleObama, schools and the USDA this year! Here's a countdown of some of my favorites: 7. #MomsLoveMichelle for prioritizing kids’ health! One in three kids in the U.S. is at increased risk for nutrition-related diseases like Type II Diabetes. (1) If promoting healthy eating is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 6. #MomsLoveMichelle for supporting the charge to improve school meals and snacks! A new poll shows that 90 percent of Americans want K-12 schools to have a role in reducing obesity in their community. Am I in that group? YES I AM. (2) 5...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food and Fitness with @SaludToday

December 12, 2014
With the New Year just three weeks away, we're excited to host a Food and Fitness tweetchat that will jump start your healthy resolutions TODAY! Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we chat with @SaludToday on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1pm EST /10am PST. Food and fitness go hand in hand. You can't lead a healthier life by ignoring one or the other. This week, we'll discuss how food and fitness work in tandem to help you create a healthier and more fulfilling life. Ask questions. Share resources. Invite a friend. Connect with others. Together, we will get the year off to a great, healthy...
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Making Simple Holiday Wreaths: yes, you can do this!

December 11, 2014
I love making DIY holiday gifts for friends and family. I can put a personal touch on items, make something meaningful, and learn a new craft too. It's a win-win. I get a lot of my crafting know-how from my mom, who set the bar high early by making things like puppet invitations for my first birthday (seriously: little wooden puppets with the party details written on their stomachs) and kid-sized dolls for my second. In addition to deploying her as a secret weapon at my own kids' parties (if fed properly, she'll even stay up most of the night sewing superhero capes with you!), I took...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Save School Lunch!

December 4, 2014
Have you heard the news? Congress plans to roll back school lunch while parents and families prepare for their winter break. They're hoping we'll be too busy to notice. But, they have underestimated us! This #FoodFri, Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1pm, EST/10am, PST, @MomsRising and @CSPI will be discussing the attack on healthy school foods. Join us! To date, more than 90% of schools are serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The changes establish, and support, a healthier lifestyle. This is HUGE! Yet, Congress wishes to turn back the clock on this progress when they reconvene for...
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URGENT: Congress plans pre-holiday attack on school lunch!

December 3, 2014
While many parents are focused on the holidays, some members of Congress are trying to roll back nutrition guidelines in school lunch!! Setting our kids up for more nutrition-related diseases is not the way for Congress to wish families Happy Holidays. We need your help again today to protect the progress schools are making to improve the nutrition and quality of school lunches. Please ask your members of Congress to reject efforts to roll back healthy school nutrition . School lunches are getting better. More than 90% of schools are serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. But some...
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Good Food Force Weekly Update: Reasons Why We're Thankful

December 1, 2014
Happy holidays! We're sharing a few inspiring bits to get the holiday started off on the right note! As well as some reasons why we're so thankful for YOU, Good Food Force! 1. THE HOT LINE * This Month: 1000 Moms Encouraging Schools to Keep It Up! We're so inspired by the almost 1000 moms who signed up to deliver storybooks in support of healthy school foods to their local school! The books contain testimonials from moms on why the new meal and snack standards are such a big deal, and helpful tips for school staff on how to make the changes a big success. Sign up to join us! And if you're...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Join the Healthy Holiday #Recipe Share!

November 28, 2014
Got a favorite veggie dish? A scrumptious recipe for a holiday roast? Savvy ideas for leftovers? Healthy desserts that keep people asking for more? Join the #FoodFri healthy holiday recipe share! We're having a virtual holiday potluck and you're invited! On Friday, November 28, 2014, at 1pm EST / 10am PST, @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder are hosting a healthy bilingual holiday recipe share. Join in and share your favorite dishes. Bring your healthy recipe dish to our virtual kitchen table so we can all take a bite of it's goodness. Don't have a healthy dish to share? No worries! Feel free to...
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Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy

November 26, 2014
Editor's note: This post, Thanksgiving Feast and the Lunchroom Economy , written by A Leanne originally appeared on Zomppa. Last week I skipped out of work and joined my sons for their school cafeteria’s annual invite-your-adults-to-lunch event. The flyer that came home (squashed and half shredded by the grueling backpack ride) boasted this fine spread: How could I say no to that? I found myself waiting with a handful of other parents, all with looks of comingled confusion and eagerness, outside the cafeteria doors. As our second graders came trooping up the hallway in their very best wiggly-...
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Healthy German Apple Cake Recipe

November 25, 2014
Kids crave sweets all the time especially in the winter. But in all honesty, in my house, the adults crave it just as much as the kids. As the days get shorter, and colder, our natural instincts kick in: eat more carbs and pack on more fat so you can survive the long cold winter (there are actually studies showing we crave more carbohydrates in the winter). Unfortunately, our genetic makeup has not yet caught up with the fact that the grocery store around the corner will have all the food we could possibly need and much more all winter long. The sweet cravings do not get any better while...
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