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Happy November Mamas! One thing I love about FIT4MOM is that no matter where you go, you can find your village. Our November Motivational Mom of the Month can attest to that as she just recently moved to RVA from Denver! Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Pando!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I have been apart of a FIT4MOM for 3.5 years. I joined my local...

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Where did September go!? It’s like you blink and it’s over! I know I’m in full on Halloween costume mode so I always look forward to October! I also look forward to learning more about one of our amazing moms and this month we have Melissa!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

During the summer of 2016, I went to a class in West Broad Village with Natalie and I had...

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How is it already September!? Hope everyone has had a good week so far getting back into the swing of school again! Take a midday break and welcome this month’s Motivation Mom, Karen!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

A good friend and I did Stroller Strides with our first children (9 years ago!) and loved it! It helped get us back in shape and gave a structure...

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Happy August Mamas! We’re holding on to the last little bit of summer. And one of the ways we’re doing that is with our super fun play groups with water, and ice and sharks...OH MY! Amanda is our Southside playgroup captain and she’s our August Motivational Mom of the Month.

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I've always heard great things about FIT4MOM from my...

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Can anyone else believe it’s July!? This month’s Motivational Mom started with FIT4MOM in Body Back and has now joined us for the summer in Stroller Strides!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

Fit4MOM was recommended to my by a friend of mine when I was pregnant. I thought about joining over my maternity leave time but I was too overwhelmed by being a new mama....

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Hey Mamas! Please join me in welcoming our June Motivational Mom of the Month, Katherine Agelasto! If you’ve had the privilege of meeting Katherine you know how warm and welcoming she is. She is the definition of motivational as she shows up to Stroller Strides and powers through her allowed exercises...but I’ll let her elaborate on that...

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Our May Mom of the Month is our first client to ever participate in all 3 of our programs! Lulu started with us in FIT4BABY, spent her maternity leave with us in Stroller Strides and has now transitioned to Body Back.

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

It was just over one year ago in March 2018, when I was expecting my second daughter that I came across FIT4MOM...

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Happy April Mamas! This Motivational Mom has been with us for close to 2 years! She always has a smile on her face and is one of our most dedicated members to Stroller Strides! Join me in getting to know Stacey Gray a little better :)

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? I started going to Stroller Strides when Robbie was 12 weeks old so almost two years now…I had just...

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Meet our February Motivational Mom of the Month and NEW Playgroup Captain, Sydney!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? I was a member of the Falls Church-Vienna-Fairfax Village until my family moved here in October 2018. The first thing I did after moving was join this Village!

What do you love most about being part of this community? The support of...

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We may be half way through January, but don't worry, we haven't forgotten to introduce our Motivational Mom of the Month! Meet Stroller Strides mama, Lindsey Brown!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

Ever since becoming a mom I have struggled with finding time to workout while not feeling guilty about not spending time with my son, so I had been looking for a way...

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Meet our December Motivational Mom of the Month, Blair Lauver!

Blair is one of our Body Back instructors and joined our team not that long ago. We're so happy she's a part of Our Village and we hope that if you haven't had the chance to meet her yet that you pop into a Body Back class sometime to say hello!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I have been a...

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Happy November, Mamas! Today we get to learn more about one of our favorite Stroller Strides members and soon to be mom of two, Megan Collins!

Hi Megan! How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? When I decided I was going to leave my full time job, I started searching for all the mommy and me activities I could find and that’s when I came across FIT4MOM...

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I know today is Halloween, but I'm already looking ahead to November, a month when we focus on family, food and, for some of us, on growing ugly mustaches. It's also a great time to reflect on all of the good things in our lives.

Between all of the daily posts on social media, and the multitude of videos, articles, and books on the subject, it's easy to feel like gratitude is just...

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I'm guessing by now you can all tell that Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. Between the creative costume ideas, the scary movies, the fall weather and the pumpkin-flavored everything, what's not to love?? Even if Halloween isn't your favorite, you won't be able to deny the cuteness and fun of the activities, recipes and crafts below.

15 Halloween Crafts, Recipes and Activities To Try Today

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Halloween is just around the corner! Even if you're not obsessed with the holiday like I am, you have to admit that seeing your adorable child looking even more adorable than usual is a ton of fun. Nowadays my kids won't let me dress them up in any costume I choose, so if you have a baby or toddler, you have to take advantage of these years while you can! I miss those days!

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You don't have to resign yourself to The Wiggles and Kidz Bop for the next 10 years! There are artists out there who make music designed for kids, but still mindful of their parents who may explode at any moment if they have to listen to Pink Fong's Baby Shark one more damn time!!!

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Because our amazing and talented Playgroup Captain, Devin Pilson, is a lover of all things Fall and Halloween, it just made sense for her to be our October Motivational Mom of the month! If you're not already in love with Devin, you will be when you read her funny, honest thoughts and see her as a baby skunk! Read on!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? I have been with...

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Good Morning, GORGEOUS people! Last Monday I posted a video of Rachel Hollis with a link to her #Last90Days Challenge. I'm posting on a Monday this week because the challenge starts today, October 1st. I'm really excited to share it with you, and hopefully simplify what you need to do, so you can all jump right in and get started this morning! Sound good? Ok, here we go.

The premise of the challenge is that we humans often throw in the...

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Last weekend, I took my kids on an 8 hour road trip to go visit my mom in Ohio. I really love my mama, and the kids are getting older, so these trips aren't a total nightmare, but I still always feel like I'm living dangerously when I take them that far from home by myself. I've been making this trip for the past 4 years though, and I've learned some hard lessons on the open road, lessons I want you to avoid learning the hard way. These tips...

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Reading to my kids has always been one of my favorite things. Snuggled up on the bed or couch under a blanket, staring into their excited faces as I read, that's a pretty great way to spend an afternoon, even if they do sometimes demand that I read the same book ten times.

While you're reading (and rereading) that favorite book, did you know that you are also teaching your child early literacy skills:

  • Tons of new vocabulary!...
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Kids are messy, and spills happen, but don't resign yourself to years of never having nice things. Use our guide to remove stains and keep your carpet, furniture and clothes looking as good as new!

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Happy September, Mamas! Who's ready for fall? Not me, but that's a post for another day. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Stroller Strides instructor Katie: awesome, enigmatic and mama to one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. Seriously, have you seen Mora? Read on to get to know more about the newest member of our FIT4MOM team!

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Hey All, anyone dealing with the joy and the rapture of excessively picky eaters? My kids were the WORST, but they're finally all at a point where they are willing to try new things, even if they are green! I credit following these five food tenets with helping my kids to become more adventurous eaters:

1.) Expose kids to as many foods as you can, with a variety of colors, shapes and textures. Start...

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I try to limit screen time in my house as much as possible, especially for the threenager, but sometimes I need to do something really important, like take an uninterrupted 5-minute shower or hide in the pantry to eat Twizzlers.

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The summer is winding down and I've been trying (and trying and trying) to get myself and my kids organized for the new school year. I've also been busy in the kitchen preparing meals for all of my friends who've recently welcomed new babies. This got me thinking about the baby gifts that I've loved receiving and giving over the years. With so many newly expecting mamas in Our Village, I thought we could all use a list of ideas for all of the...

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Happy Hump Day! How has your week been going? This week has seriously got me like:

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Obviously, we all love our kids. They are beautiful, lovable gifts and the sun rises and sets with them and all that. However, they are also serious, all-consuming, time-suckers! If you catch me in the morning, you'll find a mom full of grand plans and maybe even a sprinkle of energy, but by 3 pm you'll most likely find a blob, sort of resembling me, being smothered on the couch, still trying to finish her morning coffee. It's amazing how...

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Hey Mamas,

If you've been to Stroller Strides lately, chances are you've met the awesome Windsor Lineback and her adorable blondie, Hillan! She just welcomed the equally gorgeous Windsor Kate at the end of June, and somehow she's already managing to get out of the house with both of them, looking fantastic! I loved learning more about her and finding out how she's been handling motherhood times two.

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I don't know about you guys, but I've had enough of all of this rain. I know it's important and all that, but it's really gotten in the way of our pool, beach and amusement park plans over the last few weeks. We've spent a lot of time in the house, and I'm not gonna lie, many hours on screens. Here are some great activities to keep your kids active, learning and having a great time, even when you can't escape the house!

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It's a basic truth of parenthood: Kids are freakin' expensive! After our third child was born, we realized that between twice weekly trips to the grocery store, preschool tuition, doctors visits, and too many Target clearance binges, we were spending more than we were earning. It was time to make a budget! Once we committed to it, creating a budget was actually quite simple and painless. If we can do it, so can...

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After kids, date nights are a bit of a crap shoot. It's tough to keep the romance alive amidst all of the sleepless nights, diaper changes and spit up, not to mention how terrifying it is to leave your child with a sitter for the first time. However, taking the time to connect, even if you don't leave the house, is more important than ever.

In a study conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, W. Bradford...

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Before I had three children, and the exhaustion that comes along with them, I was an avid reader. These days I can count on one hand the number of books I read in a year. Five pages in, you'll usually find me passed out, or I may start awake when I drop the book that I was holding onto my face. If I'm going to get through a whole book in less than three months, it's gotta hold my attention. Here's a list of eighteen books that do just...

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Happy Summer! I hope you're relaxing by the pool with a cold drink in your hand, not stressing out about packing everything you need for summer vacation like I am. However, if you are stressing about that first beach vacation with kids, you've come to the right place.

Check out the guide below for all of my family beach vacation must-haves, as well as what to leave at home:

Don't Burn Baby, Burn!

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Happy July, Mamas! I can't believe it's almost time for fireworks already! This month I had the privilege of interviewing Jenna Miles whom many of you know as one of our newest Stroller Strides instructors. She is such an accomplished woman. Not only is she a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she became an instructor while pregnant with her second child! Talk about motivating! Read on to learn more about what makes this inspirational mama...

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Summer is officially here! Richmond is an amazing city, full of things to do all summer long. From parks to pools to outdoor concerts, there is something for every interest. Look at all the summer activities we've collected below and start planning your family fun today!

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Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the official start of summer! For me, summer brings back memories of barbecues with my grandpa's barbecue chicken, sliced, home grown tomatoes and corn on the cob. I love how fresh, local produce is so easy to come by this time of year. It is the perfect time to fall in love with vegetables! If you have a picky eater or if you yourself have a vegetable or two that you won't eat, I challenge you to try...

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Ah, the family summer vacation! Traveling with kids is certainly an adventure. At times it can be wonderful. There is nothing like seeing the world through the curious eyes of a child. However, sometime after that second bathroom stop and first meltdown, that wonder begins to fade. We've put together a collection of travel hacks to simplify your trip and hopefully create a more pleasant environment for everyone.

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Good morning, ladies! Father's Day is just over a week away. If you're looking for a sweet gift for those special men in your life, look no further. We've got some fun and creative gift ideas that they are sure to love!

  • Classic Framed Keepsake: These gifts are especially great for a guy's first Father's Day as a dad or grandfather....
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