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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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Sept. 23, 2013 12:35 p.m.



I admit that our family is busy as bees.  We are here, we are there we are always moving and going someplace.  I have three very active girls and they don't let you rest for long.  Typically we ride bikes or walk.  When we are at the park, we play games like tag or "wood chips" (which is like what I used to play as a kid called Blind Man's Bluff).  This summer we chose to rollerblade or jog or swim.

But what do we do when winter sets in?  As a stay-at-home home schooling Mom, I am concerned about how much time we will be inside not moving.  I have considered that we could still go for walks, and instantly my mind goes to dressing three girls in all their snow gear, walking two blocks down the road and then going home because they are whining and crying about being cold.

So, some of our other ideas as follows:

Dancing to music

Dancing video games

Yoga

Balance games

Stretching

Jumping from pillow to pillow on the floor

Jumping rope (only for kids, our ceilings aren't THAT tall)

Sit ups and push ups

Excercise bike

Jumping jacks

Stretching to music

I hope that winter doesn't pull out all the stops and forces us inside, but if it does, then please utilize this list all you can to get a move on and put a little spice in your winter excercise routine!

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