Posts tagged ‘Danielle Hinson’

February 19, 2013

Bad words….

Bianca asked me the other day, “Mommy, when will I be old enough to say bad words?”…of course my reaction was, “NEVER!”…LOL….and then my sweet little Bianca said, “well sissy says S-up, and upid”…which is code word for shut up and stupid…both “bad words” in our house. 

But it got me to thinking…at what age do we really start to be come less conscious of our word choices. I am not an avid cusser (sorry if that is not a real word), and I certainly try not to drop a bomb in front of my children or mixed company, however, I am not going to lie and say that I do not curse. I do. And when I do, I typically don’t feel any judgment or value associated with it. When did that happen though?

So, my question is, how do you handle cursing in your household and what do you consider a bad word? Here are a few of my thoughts. 

1. in our house we have words that are bad…beyond the obvious, such as stupid and shut up. 

2. there are words that are completely unacceptable in our house like retarded, dumb, idiot, moron…anything that basically is hurtful to another person and their intelligence

3. while its not always right, we kind of follow the do as I say not as I do principle on this one…meaning there will be times where we get angry or upset and slip..and its important for our children to understand that does not give them an automatic hall pass to use inappropriate words. 

4. have an open and honest relationship with your children so they can come to you openly when they have questions about words they have heard at school, on the radio, on tv etc. Because we live in a world where its normal to hear inappropriate language and I feel if your kids hear it , but can talk to you about it, then they most likely won’t use it. 

 

The more we can arm our vocabulary with positive words, the less bad words we have to use, and in turn our children will use. No need for washing the mouth out with the proverbial soap!

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February 12, 2013

An early delivery….

If you are reading this on the day it was posted, then today is February 12, 2013. Exactly 7 years ago today I was blessed with my second daughter, Bianca Elle. She was born at 6:10 am weighed in at 6lb 2 oz. She was perfect. I can remember holding for a quick second while the nurse snapped a picture and whisked her away. I thought to myself, wow, this is new since my last child. What I didn’t realize is that they were giving me the picture because they were not allowing her to stay with me. Bianca, while a healthy weight, and breathing on her own, and seemingly perfect, was born 6 weeks early. Let me take you back….

Before I got pregnant with Bianca I had gone for my yearly check-up and the doctor discovered some pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. We did a procedure called a LEEP, which removed the part of the cervix that was affected. When I became pregnant with Bianca, the doctor told me that this could cause me to have a condition called an incompetent cervix. He said I could go about my pregnancy as normal, but when I reached 16 weeks, they would start to do transvaginal ultrasounds every two weeks to monitor the length of my cervix. If it shortened each week, and reached a certain number, I would have to go on bed rest. I thought to myself, no way that will happen. At the time I was still an elementary school teacher and I bartended one day a week. But, as the story goes, I indeed did have to go on bedrest from month 5 of my pregnancy on. It was tough…I had all these grand plans of writing books, scrapbooking, showering…lol…but mostly I watched television and tried to not worry about my butt growing larger and larger. One night , February 9th, I woke up in the middle of the night to wet pants. I thought, geez Danielle, did you really just pee on yourself. But, as I examined closer I realized that it was clear and odorless. In a panic we called the doctor and he informed me to go directly to the hospital as it seemed my water was leaking. Oh no! Please no. Its too early..my baby wasn’t ready yet. The doctors decided to hold my labor off some…they gave me steroids to strengthen Bianca’s lungs, and then induced me on February 12th at midnight. 6 hours and a few pushes later, there she was. Perfectly healthy and a really great weight. They said at that rate she could have been 11 lbs had I gone full term (my theory is that she was just crowded in my belly, because I am a pretty small person, and decided it was time to come out). They took her to the NICU and for the first time in my life my heart was completely broken. Matter of fact, as I write this, I am overwhelmed with the memory of that feeling. To all you mothers out there who did not go home with your baby right away, or ever for that matter, my heart hurts for you. Because Adrianna was 4 at the time, I knew I had to go home. I asked to be released the very next morning, which they agreed to. I saw a lactation specialist and pumped and pumped and pumped in hopes of producing enough milk to bring back up to the hospital each day. I called the nurse every hour, and she was happy to talk to me and tell me how Bianca was doing. I would drop Adrianna off at daycare in the morning and sit with my Bianca all day until it was time to pick Adrianna back up. I would just hold her against my skin and when it was time to go, I would cry and cry until I had no tears left. She was only in the NICU for a week, but that week seemed like an eternity.

But here we are, 7 years later! Bee is such a unique kid. She loves Harry Potter, and dinosaurs, and garage sales. She has never a met a paper clip or a piece of paper that she didn’t want to put up for safe keeping. She plays volleyball, loves animals, and makes my heart melt with every smile and funny joke she makes.

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February 4, 2013

Time away….how to handle anxiety over a childless vacation….

I don’t know about you, but my husband and i have not traveled much without our children. Last year was the first time for both of us to be away from them at the same time. Yes, I travel for work, but I don’t blink an eye, because they are safely at home with my husband, their daddy. And last year, when we went to the Bahamas for 3 days, I was anxious at the though of leaving them. I of course managed to get over it as I sat beside the crystal blue water and clean white sand and was able to enjoy some much needed alone time with my spouse. But this year, actually in just a few days, I will be traveling to Argentina and Uraguay for 8 days. 8 days!!!! And 8 days with limited phone access due to the cost of international calls. And, to top it all off, my daughter’s 7th birthday is while we are away. Talk about major mom guilt! So what is a mom to do. I firmly believe that as a parent you should not lose your identity simply because you have children. Yes I love my children, and they are a top priority, but especially when you are married, you have to have some quality alone time to continue to build and nurture that relationship. 

So, how does a mom deal with anxiety over leaving their children for a much needed vacation? Here are a few tips that should help.

  1. leave your children with someone you trust without question. I know that seems like a given, but the last thing you need to worry about is the well being of your kids. 
  2. write out notes for every day that you are gone for their lunch boxes. Just a little reminder that mommy loves them. 
  3. use face time or skype to your advantage..instead of just calling the kids to check in, get in a video chat for a few minutes so you can hear about their day
  4. don’t spend your whole vacation talking about the kids…use the time away to renergize your marriage
  5. Choose a special and meaningful souvenir to bring home as a surprise. 
  6. remember that this only one week out of their entire lives. You get to be their mommy forever. 

 

I know its tough…when we become a mom we always want to put ourselves last and our families first. But you can’t…you are important, and if you are in a relationship, your relationship is important. You are modeling for your children, hopefully, what a healthy, loving  relationship looks like, which in turn will set them up for healthy relationships when they get older. 

 

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January 29, 2013

Family photos

Family photos are often a treasured item that last a lifetime. Except for my family, the stress of coming up with what we wanted to do for them stopped us from doing them. I didn’t want the kind of photos you see on that site awkward family photos (if you ever need a good laugh and have a few free minutes, you should totally check it out. http://www.akwardfamilyphotos.com). We are not the blue jeans, white shirt, barefoot, walking hand in hand in the forest kind of family (and if that is your family, that is totally cool and I bet your photos are amazing, that is just not us).

So my husband kept saying, “think of something honey!” I went on Pinterest, and I asked my friends on Facebook, but nothing felt right. I saw some pretty cool ideas on Pinterest (a social media tool I am finally start to use more…did you know the HH have a Pinterest account now? http://pinterest.com/healthywives/). So I finally just said, “everybody get dressed in whatever!” I figured, let’s just let our personalities shine through and see what happens. 

We went to a park near our house and did just that. Bianca was throwing sticks and we were yelling (you know, gentle encouraging) at her to put them down. Adrianna was throwing out ideas that totally involved her being the center of attention (not sure where she gets that from! just kidding). I was ticked off because it was windy and my hair was messing up, and Jason kept reminding me to chill out. The photographer just kept clicking. And what we got were some of the most awesome, authentic, shots of our family. We even did one with our phones (as an inside joke of how hard it is to unplug these days) and one pretending to be zombies (our families obsession). 

So what is the point of this article? To remind you to be you. When you look back twenty years from now on your family photos, do you want to see stiff hands, in genuine smiles, and looks of terror as your family is posed awkwardly? Or, do you want to be able to look at that picture, tilt your head back and smile, easily being brought back to that moment in time?

Family photos don’t have to be painful. In fact, they should be just the opposite!ImageImageImagehttp://www.facebook.com/pkphotography2013

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013. I am excited to be the first blog of the new year. So what should we talk about? Resolutions? NAH! I know you are setting goals. Let’s talk about the gym! Hey, we are the Healthy Housewives right?! If you are a gym rat (I used to be, but now actually I do a lot of my workouts at home), then you know January at the gym can be a nightmare! There will be tons of new people at the gym…their New Years Resolution was to get fit and healthy, so there they are taking up your parking space and your favorite treadmill. Here are some tips for January at the gym:

1. Get there early: if your favorite class starts at 10, get there at 9:30. Group exercise classes are always popular for resolutioners and your spot in the room might be taken if you don’t get there with time to spare. Also, if you are bringing your kids, the kids club line might be long.

2. Be friendly: a lot of people are completely clueless of typical gym etiquette and may just need a friendly face to tell them where the locker room is, or how to re-rack the weights. Instead of getting frustrated, try to think back to your first time at the gym and offer a helping hand.

3. Change up your routine: you may find it harder to get your workout in as efficiently if all the machines are being used…you may just want to come in at a different time or work a different circuit to maximize your efforts.

4. Be patient….by mid February a lot of the resolutioners will have given up on their new goal. Only the serious and dedicated will make it and the gym will eventually thin back out.

November 20, 2012

Giving thanks!

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a turkey place mat and some things she was thankful for on each of the feathers of the turkey. They read a story in class about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and the Thanksgiving feast. But…I got to thinking….do most kids really know what it means to be “thankful”? Do they get that they should be thankful for the blessings everyday, not just one day of the year? Do they understand that Thanksgiving goes beyond just a week off from school and eating a ton of food? If you were to ask your kids a simple question of,”what do you want to give thanks for?”…could they answer that with a little more meaning then their Xbox and Ipod?

 

In a world where so much is handed to our children, its hard for them to really grasp the meaning of being thankful for all they have. If you were to ask my 11 year old daughter, she would tell you she is so unlucky because I won’t allow her to have a cell phone yet. “But all the other kids have one mommy. This is so unfair.” In my personal opinion, she does not need, nor will she get a phone until she goes to middle school, and even then it will be for contacting me purposes only. My child is sweet and loving, don’t get me wrong…but I think its become a hard concept for the children of today to realize that there are people out there less fortunate then them and that we should really give thanks for all that we have in our life, not be sad for things we are missing.

 

Sit down with your children this Thanksgiving season and really have a conversation. Talk about all the wonderful things in your family life that they should be thankful for. Take the opportunity to really express gratitude for one another and the love and warmth your family possesses. Then, moving into the holiday season, choose something charitable that you can do together as a family. Go volunteer in a food kitchen, get an angel off a tree, buy the extra grocery bag at the grocery store that feeds a family, do a charitable fun run together,  go to a clothing drive, toy drive, etc. Take the time to teach your children the meaning of giving…its a lesson that will last them a lifetime and will trickle forward through further generations.

November 13, 2012

Only TIME will tell…

We live in a very digital society…and these advancements in technology, for the most part, are an incredible thing. However, there is one area that it is slowing down the learning process for our children in a very basic math skill. Are you ready? TELLING TIME! I want you to think of all the clocks in your home. The microwave, the television, the computer, the cable box, the ipad, ipod, iphone, etc etc etc. Where or where is the ANALOG clock? Matter of fact, if you say they word analog, children, and even adults will look at you with a puzzled look on your face. ANALOG? What is that?

 

 

Telling time is a skill that all children learn in elementary school, but don’t often get to practice in real world settings due to our technological advancements. When I was teaching math, one of my suggestions to parents was to purchase their child an analog watch. The more familiar a child is with telling time this way, the more their math skills sharpen in other areas. It helps them learn their multiplication facts quicker. (ex: if they know that the 12 on the clock represents sixty minutes and that each number is a multiple of 5, they now know 12×5=60). Also, you will notice that a lot of children cannot express that “its a quarter past three” or its a “quarter til 5” because they are not familiar with the visual representation that a clock can also represent fractional parts. The thing with math is that its all building blocks…and many skills intertwine and build upon each other.

 

So as you are headed into the holiday seasons and trying to think of a gift to get your child, why not get them an analog watch! First of all, kids think watches are cool…they really do! Secondly, you will be promoting higher level thinking throughout the day. “Hey, can you tell me what time it is?” or ” How many more minutes until football practice?”. Math is everywhere, and the more you can show your children that its an integral part of their everyday life, the more important they will see it and take it seriously in school. Give it a shot…only TIME WILL TELL if it will work!

November 11, 2012

HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES

The cast of the Healthy Housewives

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES FAMILY!

Last year on 11/11/11, I launched my brand The Healthy Housewives. I am so proud to see how far we have come in 1 year. The Healthy Housewives mission is to help women live healthier lifestyle through fitness, nutrition, beauty, fashion, home, garden, and pets.

As a life coach and fitness trainer for the past 10 years, I have helped hundreds of women balance their busy lives and be in shape at the same time. Through my passion of helping other women, I was inspired to create The Healthy Housewives. I love helping women transform for the better. Everyone of of my clients and fans inspire me too. I love the synergy we have together. I think women work better in groups. I love having a great support group who you can lean on when you need it and vice versa.

I wake up everyday with the intentions of being a better person and to help build people up mentally and physically. I like to surround myself with like minded peeps too. Each and every Housewife I picked for my project had to fit the part. They had to love health & fitness as much as I do and practice it in everyday life, they had to fit the specialty I was looking for my HH team, and they had to be good honest people with good intentions on wanting to help women lead a healthier lifestyle.

From the time I started the HH brand, it has definitely changed. But changed for the better. I love the 5 women I work with. They are just as pumped about helping other women as I am. We have  ton of stuff in the works for you guys: workout DVD’s, eBooks, giveaways, clothing, eco-friendly products, and of course our Healthy Housewife of the month covergirl. This has been a hit over the course of our year. We love our HH covergirls! Amazing women with amazing stories.

Send us your story! This could be you!

We have been working hard to motivate you and give you our health tips that work for us. We are 6 different women with 6 very different healthy lifestyles. No one’s healthier lifestyle is better than the others. We do what works for us. We have 6 different body types that range from short, tall, athletic, and the model type. But regardless of our body type, we don’t make excuses, we stay in shape. All of us have different health & fitness journey’s. We are here to share them with you.

The cast of the Healthy Housewives

Our specialties:

Me-health and fitness

Shelly-beauty

Kathy-fashion

Sandy-outdoor living

Danielle-family health

Brooke-pets

We have more to offer than just that, but that is our passion.

Our brand has taken off in just 1 year (wow time flies when you are having fun!) and I am so excited to see what is to come in 2013! So, I just want to thank the HH friends, family, and fans for supporting us and sharing your stories with us. We love you all. We wouldn’t be successful without you! I can’t thank you enough for your likes, post, feedback, questions, and rants. We love it all! Keep it coming.

Love you guys!

Marzia

November 11, 2012

OUR CHAMPION FITNESS APPEARANCE

THE HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES AT CHAMPION FITNESS EVENT

Happy Sunday and Veteran’s Day friends, family, and fans!

I am getting a late start to my blog this week, but nevertheless, I am doing it. I wanted to blog about our appearance at Champion Fitness Gym.

I have been a fitness trainer for about 10 years and I usually train at small independent gyms. In my 10 years, I have worked at 4 gyms. Trust me, that is not bad. (The turn around for a gyms trainers are pretty fast.) I have loved each and every gym I have worked at. I have so many great memories!

Anywho, I have been at Champion Fitness since July this year. Our beauty expert Shelly Mac told me about this new gym that opened at the Shops of Legacy (the HOT SPOT of my city) with  brand new state of the art equipment s0 I decided to check it out. When I went to check it out June 2012, I learned that it had opened in Sept 2011. I soon as I saw it, I instantly fell in love with the equipment. As a trainer, it is always fun to have new equipment to train on. (Even though you can workout without equipment, it is always fun to have variety.)

I specialize in training pageant contestants, fitness bikini competitors, models, and future Healthy Housewives. I needed a classroom to practice posing and walking. My old gym did not have a classroom, this one did. I was sold! So, I moved gyms that very next week.

Being at Champion Fitness, I got to reconnect with Danielle Hinson (our new family expert here at HH) and we have become really good friends. Danielle Hinson teaches group exercise fitness classes at Champion. You guys really need to take her class. She teaches Tabata and Insane drills. Both are pretty tough. If you live in the Frisco, Plano, or North Dallas area, here is the schedule. She will have you coming back for more!

Danielle Hinson and I

A couple times a year Champion Fitness throws a member appreciation party. They have wine, fruit, and cheese and even hire a DJ. They even had a raffle and gave away a free ipad. This event they asked the Healthy Housewives to make an appearance and chat with the members since 4 of the HH girls workout there. It was such a fun event. There are members I see everyday that I say hi to, but it was nice to get to know them on a personal level. After the event at Champion, we all moved to Blue Martini (down the street from Champion) to celebrate some more. It was so much fun, we are definitely looking to do it again!

Members chatting it up

If you live in the area and would love a great gym with fun motivating people, come check out Champion Fitness. I promise you will love it!

Your in Health,

Marzia Prince