5 posts categorized " Fit Hip Healthy Kids "



I think that some of the best activities to do with your kids are the simplest ones.  Mars and I love chasing bubbles.  It holds his interest, keeps him active and I adore blowing bubbles and watching him chase the big "bouncy balls" around the house for hours.  What about you guys?  What are some of your favorite simple indoor/outdoor activities that you do with your kids?

Images of Mars via Lauren 

ME ON MONDAY (MY APPLE). 27 Jun 2013

Mars Goldenberg

I'm currently planning Mars's 2nd birthday party (July 30th), and I can't believe that I've been a mom for almost two years.  Two years!  Mars is a full-blown TODDLER!  These past two years have been the fastest, most challenging, and satisfying years of my life.  Actually, I feel like I'm just now getting the hang of being a mom; I'm no longer on edge, nervously second guessing myself, or trying to get the hang of my role.  It finally feels really good.  I can honestly say that I truly love it now.

Up until about two months ago, I could visibly see that Mars resembled me, but I would always wonder what kind of person he would be.  Would he be a thinker?  Funny like Jordan?  A creative?  Intellectual?  An athlete?  Would he be like me?  Would all that movement (Lithe) in utero effect him and shape him at all? 

Now that Mars is quickly turning into a little boy with a BIG personality, I have to say that I know for sure that he is happiest when he is active.  He dances whenever he hears a beat (even a Harley Davidson's cadence when idling), he stretches whenever he has the opportunity, and he loves music.  Jordan recently captured this impromptu photo of him in front of Athleta on Walnut Street.  Mid-walk he stopped to check out the mannequins and went right into Downward Dog.  This picture really warms my heart.  I guess the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree...

Image of Mars via Jordan via Instagram

IN A PINCH! 17 Apr 2013


Too busy to cook?  There's always time for a little something!  Try some of my "in a pinch" meals and sides that Jordan and Mars have been loving, too:  Lauren's Breakfast Melt (leftover turkey, Dayia cheese (or regular cheese), avocado and tomato on your choice of bread), Hasselback Baked Potato topped with parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese (or Dayia) and broccoli, and Pink grapefruit topped with coconut sugar. 

Images via LBG



On Sunday, Jordan, Mars and I spent hours walking all around Philly. I loved experiencing our city through the eyes of our 20 month old; everything felt so new and fresh.  Mars loved watching the skateboarders at Love Park (Philly, can we please just obtain a sponsor and make that a real skateboard park?), and he adored running through the water fountains and climbing the "mountain" in the Children's Discovery Garden at Sister Cities Park

Check out this video of Mars and watch him come *this close* to getting drenched.  He's so cute right now; he makes my heart melt!  Have you guys explored our city recently?  Do you remember what your favorite Philly spots were as a child?  If you haven't checked out our city lately you should; there are so many great places to explore.  



For all of you Fit Hip Healthy moms out there...

Mars loves watermelon.  Like, he's totally head-over-heels in love with watermelon.  It's way out of season, but I bend my "rules" and go to great lengths to find the most deliciously ripe melon for him.  It's not always an easy find during the dead of winter here in Philly, so I started thinking of new ways for him to eat the less than favorable versions of his favorite warm-weather fruit.  Bring on the Watermelon Basil Slushy!

Mars's Watermelon Basil Slushy Recipe

Ingredients:  2-3 cups of watermelon, 6-8 cubes of ice
, 2-3 tablespoons agave, honey or coconut simple sugar
, 3 basil leaves

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a blender (Vitamix) until smooth.  Freeze in an ice tray for a more frozen, icy consistency and eat with the spoon, (or your hands) like Mars does in the images above.

Images of Mars at 19 months via Lauren

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