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  1. I can only imagine how you felt when you got it but I’m glad that it doesn’t matter what others think!

  2. You look fantastic next to your “Mom Van!” And in no way do you look like an “old Mom,” trust me (this is coming from a true “old Mom”). What kind of van did you get? I’m facing the same decision myself, so any input is good. :-)

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Thanks! We end up getting a Kia Sedona. We were torn between the Kia Sedona and the Dodge Caravan. We liked how the Dodge Caravan looked but when we actually sat in it, it didn’t have as much room as we would think. Before we had a Dodge Journey but quickly ran out of room with our growing family. It didn’t seem much bigger than the Dodge Journey. We sat in the Kia Sedona and it had a lot more room. It is also good on gas which is always good. It has a lot of features that we like to and the kids love it. They are much more comfortable.
      Thanks for your comment!

  3. I have done so many planks this week in hot yoga, I think my arms are about to fall off. I would say your article is right on, except that if you’re a “Hippie Fat Mom” (like me) and not a “Hippie Fit Mom” (like you), you may want to ease yourself into the planking. My front deltoid muscles feels like they’re going to fall out of me today, they hurt so bad. But I didn’t know they were good for my abs! Thanks for telling me, now I’m even more motivated to “chaturanga.”

  4. My boyfriend and I are pretty transparent in discussion with each other in regards to what’s going on with our social lives and who we’ve been talking to, what about, and so on and so forth. I don’t know every detail of his social life, and he doesn’t know every detail of mine, but the important stuff definitely gets talked about on the regular.

    For me, a hard privacy boundary is my computer and my phone. I rarely ever let anyone, even my boyfriend, use my computer or my phone short of for a few minutes while I’m present. I consider these devices to be akin to a personal diary.

    Sharing passwords to major accounts like email, Facebook, IM, voice mail, etc. really weirds me out too… largely because I consider that to be an area where it could be a major breech of trust for my friends. I know if I found out that the husband/wife/significant other of one of my friends was reading along with what I was led to believe was private communication with my friend, I’d be absolutely livid.

    In the end, I trust what my boyfriend is telling me is the truth. I don’t need or want to have the transcript of every conversation.

  5. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this post with me, I LOVE it! Let me know if you are ever in writing a guest post :)


  6. Curry Nicolini

    Hey Amber,
    I met you & your hubby this weekend at the lodge. To be honest, I had no idea what your blog would be about, but while talking to you at breakfast, I was pleasantly suprised that you are so down to earth and easy to talk to. So I decided to check it out. Your page is adorable and your blogs are great! Wonderful to meet someone that shares lots of the same current life situations. I wish you luck and will be back here frequently to check your posts.

  7. I’ve been looking into doing a detox, but I never knew where to even start looking for one. Especially one that is natural. I’m HORRIBLE, 100% horrible with my diet, I eat so much junk. I just love it, but I’ve been trying REALLY hard to change that.. it’s just SO hard for some reason. But I’m sure once I do it, and stick to it.. the benefits will make it WORTH it!

  8. My partner and I are pretty transparent. Our phones are always left there, our passwords aren’t a secret.. we talk about A LOT. Sure we don’t know everything about every minute of the day, and usually we don’t tell eachother things just for the sake of keeping the other updated. We just love to talk to eachother about everything that happens, or that’s going on in our lives when the other isn’t around.
    Also , even though we have eachother’s passwords, I can’t remember the last time I went into one of his accounts, and he is the same. I can’t even remember the last time he even looked at my facebook page!
    He’s REALLY not interested in other people’s lives, and he knows if there is something important I need to tell him, that I will. Not just that someone from highschool sent a message saying hello.
    Overall I feel like we’ve come to a point where we communicate well.. and know what we would like to hear from the other, so if that comes up in our own lives, we will make sure to fill the other in.

  9. Thanks for the toner idea! Have you ever used matcha green tea powder? It has 10x the antioxidants.

  10. Hey Amber,

    I have used bentonite clay many, many times! It’s completely neutral, which means it acts like a sponge for all other gunk in your system. Great post. Good recommendation.

  11. Hey Amber :)
    I totally know what you mean about having a love hate relationship with gluten! I have so much more energy without eating gluten, but when I traveled to India, I just couldn’t resist that fresh naan! Anyway, over the past year I have found some really great substitutes. For pasta a really good substitute is Andean Dream quinoa pasta!

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Thanks. I haven’t tried that. I have tried brown rice pasta but it didn’t cook right….could have been operator error though or should I say cooks error. I will definitly give it a try. Thank you so much for the suggestion :)

  12. ivette jefferson

    I would love to.know.more about this. I go to the gym twice a fay most days and I always seem to feel bloated.

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      A lot of people seem to think that being bloated is just something their body does for no reason but usually there is a reason. Food sensitivities are the reason for a lot of it. I had to eliminate food groups and see how my body responded. Also, toxins will leave you bloated too. For me I had to detox and eliminate foods that I was sensitive to relieve being bloated.

  13. I love this, theres so many great blogs now for us crazy dairy free- gluten free individuals. I was like you… minus the whole pregnancy thing but 2 years ago they both crept up on me like a ninja in the night…. Is it hard YES! i must admit its easier than the pain that comes with messing up and eating the junk :D


    I wash my hair with baking soda!!

    I agree, it such a great product!! It can be used in so many different ways!!!

  15. Kimberly Monroe

    You go girl!!! Just don’t show up your big sis…that would not be real sweet. =) Looking forward to seeing your times! Congrats to you both!

  16. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog (from YML). I really need to try this, do you take it daily or is it just something you do for a short period of time?

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      I take it daily but in small doses. It helps me a lot. But one thing I have found out when taking it daily is that it not only clears the bad stuff but it takes away the good stuff in your gut too. So if you take it daily, taking probiotics is necessary. Good bacteria is good for the gut too so you have to find a good balance for you. You can do it for short term use too. For short term use, the bottle says take 1 tablespoonful every two hours. Drink lots of water. I have seen good results from daily use.

  17. So true. And I love the picture.

  18. Lol and she did show me up too! Under 30 minutes…yeah “she got this” alright.

  19. Lol I know how you felt when you saw the 1 mile marker and when we went around that first loop, I thought it was time to go back to the finish line but nope…we had to make that right and go to the end of the road then head back lol. I’m very very proud of you and that was out of almost 200 people!

  20. Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

    lol. I thought the same thing! I didn’t know we had to make that right….gosh but we pulled through. Sister power!

  21. I Love you. I am so proud of you. You have grown so much from when we first meet and you were nervous to go to the gym alone and now look at you. You amaze me with all that you can juggle. I am so lucky to have you as my wife.

  22. These are great exercises to do, and the kids won’t look at you too crazy when you do them! I’m going to try these out when my nephew is in town. He’s always asking me to play with him, and sometimes that includes chasing him around the backyard or playing with his cars on the floor. Now I have another reason to, besides the fact that I love him, haha.

  23. Congratulations Amber! You rocked it. Having family at the finish line is a sure shot way to keep it pushing. I hope my husband will be able to cheer me on for my first 5K. I think staying positive and thinking positive is the best way to keep going. I’m working on that for my road to running too.

  24. Oh, yes, I love natural pb, too!! What is it with active women and the pb obsession?! :) Great review. And thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

  25. I love peanut butter too! You are so right about those calories.

  26. This was just what I needed to read. So far, I’ve been doing good with my health and fitness goals. But when it gets rough in other parts of my life, I have to try my hardest to keep my goals in the front of my mind.

  27. I am a huge fan of the Maranatha no stir creamy organic pb. And lately I’ve started putting PB into my almond milk shakes, with a scoop of protein powder. It’s tasty.

  28. Hey Amber. I love the sense of accomplishment after doing something that is really intimidating or challenging too. It sets you up do to even bigger and better things! Great post :)

  29. I enjoyed this post, especially the part about the need to recognize that we all come in different shapes and sizes and the idea that there is not a universal ideal weight. However, I find the BMI virtually useless. It doesn’t take into account body composition. At 5’9″, 215 lbs, 5% body fat, NFL running back Thomas Jones and I are both obese, a ridiculous notion, considering you can’t be obese at 5% fat. On the other side of this is skinny fat, a dangerous condition that elevates one’s risk for heart disease and diabetes. Check out my post on skinny fat at and the problems associated with it. I look forward to your comments, but more importantly more posts. Keep up the good work.

  30. Wow HippyFitMom! Great post. It could not have been said better. I want to post this to my blog :) Support is so important, not just in fitness but in life and spiritual goals as well. I saddens me to know there are many out there on a mission to get in better health/shape but are lacking that support system at home. All it takes is a little encouragement, words of affirmation to let your significant other know “I support you”, or “keep up the great work!” to produce amazing life changing results.

    Great topic!

    Very Respectfully,


    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Totally agree! Sometimes sabotage of our goals can start at home because certain people in our lives do not want us or themselves to have to change up his or her lifestyle. Thanks for commenting!

  31. I used to hate cottage cheese, seriously I’d rather eat anything but.
    Then my boyfriend introduced me to cottage cheese, and spinach leaves, and honestly, I’ve been hooked ever since. I can’t go a DAY without.

  32. I get stressed out a lot. I used to stress at work when I was full time but not too much. Lately, I stress at the lack of work, so it brings it into the home.

  33. Love love this post! I’m so glad that we all got to do it together. I love my niece so much – she makes me laugh especially with the trash talking lol. I love you too! I can’t wait to do another one as a family – even if I have to make a trip and also get J.T. involved as well :)

  34. Thanks to all that serve. And thank you HippyFitDad for your service and post.

  35. Thank you for sharing part of your journey. You are exactly right – “healthy habits are learned the same way as unhealthy ones – through practice.” Thank you for reminding me of that today!

  36. I’m so proud of you lil sis! Miss you all today – it wasn’t the same :(

  37. Marcus drinks his coffee black with ice. I tried to do the mocha thing and i couldn’t do it so I figured I cant do coffee. But I heard a lot of good stuff especially in diet plans as allowing coffee just as long as its black.

  38. Love this article. When Izaydah came to stay with us for the summer, I tried to remember to not lose focus on my goals regardless if he is here or not. I think I like this new routine and will probably continue once he is gone.

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Thanks Tiana. You are so great! It is hard…for all of us. As women, we always put everyone else before ourselves. But we can’t do that because we won’t be the best that we can be….

  39. I haven’t heard of taking a shot of B-12. Where do you get it from? I take the B-12 needle shot. Another thing that helps me too when I feel low on energy is Biotin. I used to pop those pills in the morning when I was teaching…I would feel so sleepy and then one of those would perk me up.

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Hey Sister! Yea I got B-12 in liquid form from Walgreens and you take it like a shot. I heard of using biotin for nails and hair but not for energy. Thanks for sharing. I tried it once and didn’t do to well with me. I might need to give it another shot. :)

  40. Yes yes and yes! I just stumbled across all the web info on being an HSP a few months ago as well. I never understood why I am the way I am. And it’s tough to be this way while being a Mom. It was nice to find out I’m not alone!

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Thanks for commenting. We as mothers, for whatever reason, usually don’t speak of our feelings and emotions. I didn’t talk about my feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious at all because I thought people around me would think I am crazy. Now, I think it is important for us to talk about it so that we know that we are not alone in our feelings. Because for a long time, I thought I was.

  41. I thought people would think I’m crazy too. I even doubted myself and thought that maybe I was! I think it’s brave of you to come out and talk about it. Thank you for sharing. :)

  42. Being a Military Spouse is not easy, especially when you have children and Dad cannot be around because he is gone so much, or is tired when he is around. What I found in my life as a Military spouse and Mother of 2 girls was to find something for me to do, such as volunteer work and joining a wife’s club that gives me some time with other wives to share stories and get advise. Knowing that you are not alone with all of your feelings makes a difference. As the kids got older I was more involved with volunteer work for the Military Community and helped bring some changes about for the good of everyone.
    I wish you a long and happy marriage and enjoy the military life. Find something to do outside the home which you enjoy is the key to happiness being married to a spouse who is in the Military. When Uncle Sam calls, he has to follow.
    Our children, now adults, are still proud today to have been Military Brats and Overseas Brats since we spent much time Overseas.

  43. I LOVE my van! We decided to get a van shortly after having baby #2, knowing that we were not done yet with kids. We drive from SC to NY every summer, and wanted something large and comfortable. Cannot believe how much my hubs and I both love driving our Honda Odyssey!

  44. We don’t have a van now, but we did when my daughter was little. It was SO much easier getting her in and out of the car seat than our little two-door hatchback had been, and it was great for my husband to carry all of his tools to work (he is a tree surgeon).

    Vans are cool.

  45. Believe or not I’ve always wanted a minivan!

  46. My 12-year-old daughter is going straight to mini van! She loves them!

  47. Hahaha….Hang in there Hippy Fit Mom, I’m pretty sure you’re just a little bit self-conscience….honestly 85% of the time the majority of people working out are focused on their routine. Which probably leaves 15% of those who are their in the gym just seeking attention or kooky-loos…..LOL! ;-)

    Keep up the good work!!!

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Yea that is true lol. I just think it is funny because being in such positions in front of people (even if they are not looking) just feels a little awkward. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :). I appreciate it!

  48. I love the suggestions. Very simple and it makes a point that being fit is a mental aspect as well. When you feel good, your vibration is raised and you are motivated in all aspects of your life, including fitness.

  49. “Apart” means separate. “A part” means to be part of something. Kudos to you as a military wife and salute to you as a military wife And to your husband for his service.

  50. Restate: salute to u as a military wife and mom and to your husband for his service. :)

  51. Exercise and healthy food are very important to improve health and fitness. Go for running, walking, push ups, chair squats, bench press and push ups to make strong muscles and improve physical performance. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, drink fruit juice and plenty of water that are really good for health and prevent from many diseases.It improve mood, make strong bones and muscles, boost energy, improve heart functions and mental health.

  52. Jerry– you make me proud to be a guy! TOO FEW husbands are willing to be so open and public in their love and respect for their wives– and I bet she REALLY appreciated it!

    Amber– thanks for touching on such good stuff– don’t forget to remind your military folk about the Strong Bonds resources (for however much longer they’ll last– who knows with budgetary stuff these days!). And don’t forget to all your readers, you probably all have friends who are also struggling to find time away from the kids too– trade kids for a couple weekends! Couple A take all kids for a big sleepover one nite, and couple B do the same the next week– it’s a beautiful thing!

    Keep being a blessing!

    Jim Lewis– Author of Faith Sex and Marriage Bible studies:

    “Marriage SOS: Spiritual, Obcordate, SEXY First Aid for YOUR Marriage!”
    “You’re Welcome to Date My Daughter IF…”
    both at

  53. Amber this was a great blog on Shea butter, I lost 160 pounds and had so much loose skin, between exercising on my floor with those 5 pound leg weights and the Shea butter…well lets just say I thought I would need surgery for all the wrinkly skin, today I am happy with the results, you just have to keep at caring for your body, it just doesn’t happen overnight…just like with the results of exercising the same goes for skin care, of course all natural skin care, give it a few weeks and you will notice a difference in your skin! Best wishes to you…Love you blogs!
    Lorey Brown

  54. I wear makeup even though it’s bad for you! I’m only 13!

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      I love makeup especially makeup with sunscreen in it. It can very beneficial in protecting your skin from the sun. I always have to make sure I take off ALL of it before bed. Gotta give our skin a rest some time right! lol

  55. These are cute! I’m a dentist in Raleigh and love it when kids are excited for their first visit. Something else that we found helps toddlers / young kids get comfortable is to sing songs about the dentist and also show them that their heroes like Elmo go to the dentist too! We even have Elmo’s Brushy Your Teeth Song on our blog:

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      Thanks for your comment Rebecca! Yea it can be definitely be an experience. I am getting ready to take my second one to the dentist for the very first time too. I will definitely incorporate this as he gets so frightened so easy. Thank you for the tip!

  56. Baking soda and coconut oil (not sure I’d try them together lol) are my best natural friends!

  57. I haven’t tried anything gluten free. I’ve heard it doesn’t taste good.

    • Avatar of Amber, the Hippy Fit Mom

      When I first went gluten-free, I must admit I was not a fan. But now there are so many great and yummy products that use alternative ingredients. I noticed that I am better able to focus now than before. Thanks for your comment Kellye and your advice on LinkedIn :)

  58. As a parent, every mother and father understands the need for good dental care in their child’s life. From an early age it is important to encourage your child with their dental hygiene. A trip to the dentist should not be feared so make sure to be very upbeat about the visit if you have to take your child there. Try taking your child to the dentist when they are as young as possible and at least once by the time they are two, this makes them familiar with the environment and gives them proper time to get comfortable with the dentist. Dentistry expenses can be expensive so think about taking out an insurance plan; to know more about benefits related to a dental care plan you can check this page extra rebate on insuring you small ones smile.

  59. I am a mom, grandmother, out-of-shape. I am a nursing home volunteer, a family-finder (for adoptees in NY whose records are sealed) researcher, organist, happily married 53 years to Art, who is a professor emeritus @ SUNY Potsdam. I am a bread-baker, sometime hiker of mountains (NOT high peaks), a knitter of mittens. Grad. of U of Maine ’68.

    Anne Johnson
    Potsdam family-finder

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