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When shopping for fruits and veggies, every mama wants the best for her family, especially her little(s).

Farmer's markets are a great way to connect with your local community, shop farm-to-table, and learn about seasonal produce from hands that grew it with love and hard work.

Before beginning your local farmer’s market adventure, take note of the Environmental Working Group’s 2017 “Dirty Dozen” list, which are fruits and vegetables that have been tested positive for the highest pesticide residues. These are the produce items you always want to shop organic whenever possible.

Every family is on some type of budget, and shopping organic isn’t always in the cards for everyone....

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I went home to Wisconsin for two weeks while my husband was still away and essentially had a nervous breakdown. My body, mind and soul knew they could finally take the bench now while my mom and friends cared for Ava.

I had to get help for myself and realized that if I didn’t, I really couldn’t be a mom to Ava at all. So I started a low dose of an antidepressant and they sent me on my way. And ya know what? It really, really helped me. It was astonishing actually. I could slow my thoughts and work through them rather than get all wound up in them. I could spend time with my daughter and not obsess about feedings, naptimes, bedtime and if she was developing appropriately. I started to sleep. I had my family with me and I started to think, maybe I can do this…

After returning home, I realized that once again, I was without a support group. I desperately needed to get out of my house and couldn’t bear the thought of becoming a recluse again with my baby. I went online and started to look for activities and groups I could take my daughter to while meeting other...

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I've wanted to get the FIT4MOM blog up and running since I bought the franchise last September. Among the other tasks of running a business and a household, this one only ever made it to the B list and - let's face it - it's difficult enough to even make a dent in the A list. Now I have a two week old who so sweetly nudges me to stay awake nursing for cumulative hours every night, and I can only take so many rounds of Panda Pop. So, I present to you the launch of the FIT4MOM Santa Clarita Valley blog. I intend to use this space to connect with other moms, share tips and tricks from the experts on how to keep your family healthy, and help other moms feel like they're not alone in their battle - whoops! I mean journey - through motherhood.

Speaking of this journey, where it begins is not always a rainbow. For some reason, we mothers often feel ashamed of our struggles. Like if we aren't aces then we are flopping. At the beginning, we are expected to immediately fall in love with this tiny, squishy little stranger. We are to take him or her home and know exactly how to...

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Moms, do you see (REALLY see) your strength? Your power? The ABUNDANCE in your life? It's there...but where, you ask?

Your abundance is in your LEGS - Those strong pillars of muscle which connect you to earth and move you through your world with your children in tow. You squat, lunge, sit and stand with such grace and power each and every day. See your strength now?

Your abundance is in your ARMS & SHOULDERS - Your "mom muscles" which hold and carry your beautiful babes. In your arms, they grow, wiggle and experience this beautiful life from the viewpoint you give them. See your strength now?

Your abundance is in your CENTER - Your incredible core is the center of your power, your stability and your launching point. Your world is about physically reacting with your children (in fun and in safety) and your center provides the place where your strength stems from. See your strength now?

Your abundance is in your HEART - You feel so...

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I was first introduced to Body Back and its amazing transformations when I started doing Stroller Strides. I remember seeing these moms and in what seemed like a blink of an eye, (but was really 8 weeks), seeing them get stronger, faster, toning up and being in amazing shape. I kept thinking, “I’d love to do that, but I don’t think I have the will power”, or thinking, “Well, I have twins, so it would be impossible for me to miss two bed times a week.” Once my twins were a year old, my husband and I had a good routine going for bed times, and the bed times were becoming a bit easier, so I asked him if I could do Body Back and he said I should go for it. I signed up for the next session. My goals walking in were to tone up, lose inches and get stronger. I told myself I was not going to focus on losing weight because I didn’t really have any weight to lose.

Body Back started and immediately I fell in love with the workouts. I had been very lucky with pregnancy in that it kind of reset my body, and my weight was below my pre-pregnancy weight, so for me, Body Back wasn’t as...

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