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At D1 they say it takes 8 weeks to see a change in your body. When I started that seemed like an eternity. I also didn’t know what they meant by a change. I was hoping it would be a miraculous change as in wearing size 4 jeans again. I admit that was an ambitious hope, but hey a girl can wish.




This is a photo of me at the end of my 8th week at D1. I think I now know what they mean by change. I have a long way to go to the size 4 but man I’m really happy with the results so far! Let me tell you a few things I have learned in the last 8 weeks. I should also clarify that life happens, I have not attended 8 weeks consecutively,  I missed a few weeks due to travel and illness, but I jumped right back in when I could. I now average at least 4 classes per week.

  • If you modify your diet along with the workout you will see better results. This seems like a no-brainer, but when you are working out hard you are hungrier. I mention the food piece of this because this is my improvement without modifying my diet. Now that I can actually see that this is working, I am making diet modifications to hopefully see even better results in the next eight weeks.
  • You don’t have to lose weight to see results. I weigh more in my after picture than in my before picture. This was so frustrating to me, but now I realize muscle weighs more and my clothes fit better. As you can see, my major issue is my gut!
  • You can and must make working out a priority to see and maintain results. What I like about D1 is that they have multiple class times and you can bring your kids with you. They offer classes for kids too. Check out their schedule here. 
  • You will feel like a loser at times. In my case, I kept thinking this workout was something I would master. You don’t master it. It is challenging every single time. That is a good thing. It is the pushing every session that continues to shape your body.

We have a group of moms from My719Moms that tried out our first boot camp and we would love to see more. D1 is offering two weeks of free unlimited classes to anyone who mentions My719Moms and hasn’t been to D1 before. Give it a try, I think you will love the results!



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The US Food and Drug Administration is warning caregivers to stop using Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets on children, as they continue their investigation of 10 seemingly related childhood deaths and over 400 adverse events associated with the tablets.




The warning came Wednesday, and CVS pharmacies have removed the products from their shelves in light of the statement. The FDA has stated, “the relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review.”

The FDA is now taking claims seriously after reports of death and illness have been piling in over the past 6 years. They are warning caregivers not to use these homeopathic teething products until they fully investigate the claims and figure out the link.

Symptoms related to the deaths and adverse reactions seem to include fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability and agitation.

The FDA is warning parents who use these products to take their child to the doctor immediately if they exhibit any of the above symptoms.

Hyland’s, the maker of the homeopathic teething tablets issued this statement to CNN:  “Hyland’s has not been made aware of any data that supports the claims in the warning against our teething tablets and gels. Our understanding is that the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of these products is still ongoing. The fact is that we have not been made aware of any medical or statistical evidence to support a causal link between homeopathic teething tablets and adverse outcomes at this point. We continue to request any available information and statistics from the FDA.”

Despite their confusion about the product having any adverse effects, they have stopped distributing the product in the United States until the product is fully investigated.

As an alternative to teething tablets or gels, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents “massage the child’s gums with a clean finger when a baby is in pain; use a solid teething ring or clean, wet washcloth that’s been chilled in the freezer; frozen bananas, berries or bagels.” Parents can also give their child a weight-appropriate dose of acetaminophen.

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As mothers and consumers of baby products, we trust that the products we buy are safe and reliable for our children to use.  Which is why two moms were recently very startled to find that the baby formula they had purchased was tainted with maggots.




First time mom, Taylor Seyler from Independence, Missouri breastfeeds her two month old son exclusively but was in need of a supplement, so she purchased some Similac baby formula. After feeding him 2 ounces she began to notice worms swimming in her baby’s bottle.

“Two ounces down I noticed the worms and I was like oh. That’s great,” she said. “Took it from his mouth, went and put a napkin over the faucet and we poured it down the drain and we saw the maggots on it.”

She contacted Abbott, the company who manufactures Similac and they responded with this statement:

“We take all concerns about product quality and safety seriously. Parents can be confident that our Similac infant formulas are safe. A third-party entomologist has reviewed the photos and concluded that based on the life cycle, and the age and size of the Indian meal moth larva in the photos, they entered the product after it left our facilities and the safety seal was removed. Our products pass rigorous safety and quality checks, including numerous steps to check for foreign objects and ensure proper packaging.

Indian meal moths are very common and can often be found in kitchen pantries inside flour and cereal. To prevent contamination, caregivers should inspect products before use and practice safe handling with powdered formula, including washing hands, closing containers tightly after each use and storing products in a dry, cool, clean place.”

Unfortunately, Seyler is not the only mom who has recently noticed maggots in baby formula.

Helen Williamson is a mother of four who recently noticed worms in Nutramigen formula.

“I went to burp her like normal. I happened to glance over at the bottle and saw you know waves. I pick up the bottle and hold it in the light and I see worms like inching up. Pick up the can and looked in it and saw pieces of the formula moving inside the can. So I was like oh my gosh,” said Williamson. “I just feel like they’re not doing something right because there wouldn’t be, I’m sorry they look like maggots to me. There wouldn’t be maggots crawling around in my baby’s bottle.”

Mead Johnson is still investigating this incident but did release this statement:

“We can share with you that we have not received any similar complaints on this batch of Nutramigen.  As we understand the situation, the can of product had been opened by the consumer the day before it was used.  It is important to note that the introduction of foreign matter into any Mead Johnson product during the manufacturing and packaging process is extremely unlikely given our numerous stringent safeguards and quality control procedures.”

The moral of the story is to fully check all cans before purchasing to make sure they are properly sealed and have not been tampered with. Also be sure to properly store and seal containers upon bringing them home to ensure freshness and safety. After mixing formula with water, be sure to check it before feeding it to baby. Although harmful contaminants are rare, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.


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It’s that time of year when viruses are bound to hit your family at one point or another. Some viruses are impossible to avoid, between kids bringing home lovely germs from school, and flu season being at it’s peak, but there are some surprising origins of viruses that you can avoid. About 76 million people get sick each year because of food-borne illnesses. Most of these may be from restaurants and public restrooms, etc, but many are caused by culprits hanging in your own home.



According to the Center for Disease Control, kitchen and bathroom towels pose a big threat to you and your family. Most of us wash our bath towels and dish towels, but you may not be washing them often enough. Damp towels are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and if you’re using a used towel to dry off with or especially to dry your hands off on during meal prep or dish washing, your chances of getting sick go up tremendously. The CDC says food-borne diseases cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,200 deaths in the United States each year! So it’s something that should be taken seriously.

So, the simple way to keep the family more healthy? Just wash your towels, hand towels and dish towels/rags with hot water and soap. “If everyone is otherwise healthy, a few times a week for a kitchen towel and once or twice a week for a bathroom towel should suffice,” Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, told the Wall Street Journal. If you use kitchen towels for food prep or cleanup, don’t reuse them, wash them right away.

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A month or two after going back to school is a prime time for the sickies to hit home. Kids are around hundreds of people and the weather is changing. Ear aches, strep throat, colds, the flu, sinus infections, and even lice are just some of the things our kids can bring home. Studies show that American businesses lose 2.8 million work days per year from unplanned absences with the average sick day costing companies approximately $200 per employee in lost productivity.  When kids are sick, they lose valuable time in the classroom, and typically parents have to stay home from work to take care of them.



You can’t always stop avoid viruses from coming into your home, but you can do some things to help keep you and your children healthy this back-to-school season and into the Fall and Winter months. Here are some tips to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Wash Your Hands. This is always underestimated! Make sure to use soap and warm water. Remember to scrub all over your hands and wrist. Don’t substitute hand sanitizer when you can use soap and water. Visit the Scrub Club for fun ways to teach your kids about proper hand washing and germs.
  2. Don’t Touch Your Face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs on your hands can infect you through these places. Teach your children this important habit as well.
  3. Cover Your Mouth. Teach your kids to cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze. If they don’t have a kleenex handy, sneezing into the crook of their elbow and away from others is a good way to go. It keeps the germs off their hands. A sneeze can spray thousands of infectious particles into the air at 200 miles per hour, and they can travel 3 feet!
  4. Clean Well. This is where cleanliness comes into play. Make sure to wipe down the most used spaces and places in your home. Make sure to disinfect backpacks, door knobs, bathrooms, light switches, the kitchen and other heavily used areas. I keep Clorox wipes handy in my car, kitchen and bathroom. They are easy to use and convenient.
  5. Hydrate. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated can help flush out your body.
  6. Eat healthy. Eating vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods can build up your immune system and help fight off sicknesses.
  7. Get plenty of sleep. A well-rested body can fight off sickness better than a tired one. Try to maintain a healthy sleep schedule, even on weekends.
  8. Take your vitamins. Some doctors suggest taking more vitamin C to help increase the immune system. Other immune boosting supplements are Echinacea, Goldenseal, Schisandra, L-Lysine, and Astragalus.
  9. Stay home. Don’t send your kid to school sick! If your child has a temperature higher than 100 degrees, body aches, and extreme sleepiness or is coughing or vomiting, you need to keep him home until he is free of those symptoms for 24 hours.
  10. Use a humidifier. This is especially important in our dry climate. It makes breathing easier because it keeps your lungs and airways moist and keep your lungs more elastic.

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It’s that time of year again when kids bring home more than a sun burn after a day in the sun! I’m talking about the wonderful world of itchy, burning, painful bug and spider bites… and with three kids, I have seen it all. We’ve had bee stings, spider bites, fire ant attacks, and mosquitos using my kids as buffets on more than one occasion, and it’s not a comfortable experience for our little ones. I’ve talked with many moms about remedies they follow for bug bites and most of these ideas can be found easily in your pantry or bathroom. Some swear by them!




Make a paste out of baking soda:  this is supposed to take the sting/itchiness away. Simply add enough water to some baking soda to make a thick paste and apply it directly to the bite site. Let it dry. It should help relieve some of the discomfort.

Meat tenderizer: Add water to any brand of meat tenderizer to make a paste, this is also said to help take away the itchiness.

Ice it: if swelling is a problem, don’t forget the ice! Just like with other wounds, ice will help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Witch Hazel: soaking a cotton ball in Witch Hazel and applying it directly to the bite can help with itchiness and help to “shrink” the bite. Witch Hazel is also associated with helping to reduce hemorrhoids, so this makes sense!

Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is said to work best. It’s said that vinegar can help neutralize the venom of a bee or wasp sting.  Worth a try!

Banana peels: the skeptic in me giggled a bit at this, but there are actually studies showing that banana peels have antimicrobial properties and antioxidants that can benefit wounds/bites, and help reduce the chance of infection. So, the next time your child comes in with some nasty bite, grab a banana!

What are you go-to remedies for bug bites at your house?


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A yoga enthusiast named Valerie has almost 90,000 Instagram followers and she is on a mission. Her hope is to change how people view body image, and to instill confidence in people of all shapes and sizes so they can follow their dreams and achieve anything they want to.  Her poses are impressive and she wants to help others see that size doesn’t have to effect ability and strength.




Her website is called Big Gal Yoga and it’s gaining lots of attention.  Valerie started practicing yoga four years ago and is now encouraging others to use and strengthen their bodies regardless of their size.  Her goal is to study Yoga arts in Sedona, AZ so she can become a professional teacher herself.




Her site contains a beginner-friendly guide to Yoga, as well as a list of fitness-gear brands that include products for all shapes and sizes.





Visit her Instagram page for more inspiring poses, where she encourages conversation from supporters and naysayers!

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Many of us have Kraft cheese slices in our fridge, they are a quick go-to in my family when the kids want a grilled cheese sandwich, but recently certain batches have caused concern.





From the FDA: “The Kraft Heinz Company is voluntarily recalling select code dates and manufacturing codes of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.”

The recall only applies to 3-lb. and 4-lb. sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product with a Best When Used By Date of 29 DEC 15 through 04 JAN 16, followed by the Manufacturing Code S54 or S55.

These are boxes you would buy in bulk, not the 12 – 16 slice packages you buy at the grocery store.

There have been 10 consumer complaints so far about the packaging, including three reports of people choking on the product.

Kraft says, “We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed. Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can also contact Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations for a full refund, at 1-800-432-3101, Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm Eastern.”


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Having three children of my own, screen time has always been a constant struggle.  I did my best when they were younger to limit the amount of time spent in front of the TV, but they sure loved their kid movies! How much is too much?  And how can the amount of time they spend in front of the TV when they’re young effect them when they’re older?  The answer may surprise you.




The average time a child spends watching television on a daily basis is approximately 1.5 hours.  According to a recently published study, every additional hour added to this, a child increases his chances of being bullied by 11%.

The study, which is published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics combined data from 991 girls and 1,006 boys from Canada. Data included the amount of time spent watching TV and the behavioral characteristics of the child. Years later, when the children reached 11 or 12 years old, the researchers asked them how much bullying (physical and verbal) they received.

The results showed that children who spent more time in front of a TV screen were more likely to be bullied in their preteen years than children that pursued other interests.

Professor at the University of Montreal and author of the study Linda Pagani believes that the reason may be due to the children’s lack of socialization skills. When children are glued to the TV they miss out on socializing with siblings and parents. “Excessive viewing time during the early years can create a time debt for pursuits involving social play,” she said.

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics children over two years old should watch no more than two hours of quality TV shows a day.

It is recommend that toddlers engage in these age appropriate activities the rest of the time:

Play. Engage infants and toddlers at play. “It’s the primary way by which children should learn to make sense of the world they are in.”
Interact. Visual stimulation is important. Babies should be presented with activities requiring movement and interaction. “Children should get real-time reactions from people and things which TV cannot provide because it’s a one-way medium.”
Read your baby storybooks. Remember to also let him quietly play by himself by giving him a board book or soft blocks.

How much screen time do you allow your children?








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We’ve all been there.  It’s been a long day at the pool, and your kids come out looking like they’ve all come down with a case of pink eye.  They also complain their eyes are burning. As parents, we’ve just come to accept it’s because of the chlorine, and since chlorine is necessary to keep the water the clean it’s a discomfort we endure.






However, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s not the chlorine in a swimming pool that makes your eyes burn after a swim – it’s the pee.  Are you thinking twice about wearing goggles now?

Chlorine actually binds to urine and sweat (and other waste) in a pool, and the chemical by-product of this reaction is what irritates us.  The reaction also carries to the surrounding air of indoor pools which can cause coughing and wheezing in some people, and can also create sensitivity to fungi and bacteria.

These reactions can be managed with better air turnover and well maintained ventilation systems throughout the pool area.  Something that many indoor pools can improve on.

Does chlorine kill all germs? Yes and no.  “Any germs present in the pool can actually take some time to be destroyed in the presence of chlorine. While the parasite Cryptosporidium, which can cause diarrhea, can take over 10 days to be killed off, the bacteria E. coli is completely eliminated in less than a minute.”

This is why it’s so important to shower before entering a public pool.  Associate director of the CDC’s Healthy Water program Dr. Michael Beach reports that disease outbreaks from public pools are on the rise and stems from those suffering from diarrhea.  They don’t have to physically defecate in the pool to infect others. Simply having germs anywhere on their body potentially spreads it to everyone else in the water.

If we haven’t scarred you for life, and you still want to hang out at public pools this summer, here are some more tips to keep you and your family safe!