The Eggland’s Best Pink Dozen

Egglands best_icon_v5 (2).jpgIn honor of breast cancer awareness month, Eggland’s Best has selected yours truly to be one of their “Pink Dozen” ambassadors. What does that mean? Simple, I’m hear to help spread the word about Eggland’s Best and their efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The brand will display Komen for the Cure’s running ribbon logo (along with a pink version of the “EB” stamp) on select egg varieties and they’ve pledged to donate $50,000 to support Susan G. Komen for the CureĀ® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
While Eggland’s Best are a staple in our home, they can also help you lead a healthy lifestyle because the eggs contain all-natural and highly digestible nutrients that are critically important for improving overall health and antioxidant protection. It’s great to know that my favorite weekend omelets are not only good for me, but could protect me in the long run.
As part of the breast cancer awareness campaign, Eggland’s Best is hoping you’ll join Susan G. Komen today on twitter and facebook. Visit 69-Seconds.org for more information on how you can help break a Guiness world record for Most Widespread Social Network Message in 24 Hours. According to the website, “Every 69 seconds, a woman dies of breast cancer globally. Don’t wait 69 seconds to make an impact.”
I hope you’ll join me this month as we turn the spotlight on breast cancer awareness with the help of Eggland’s Best. Be on the lookout for inspiring stories of breast cancer survivors, fabulous omelet recipes and a brunch party hosted by a mom who sadly lost her own mother to the disease. If you would like to share a story or tell us your favorite breakfast dish, please comment and join us as we support Eggland’s Best and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
For more information, visit the Eggland’s Best website. Plus, if you “Like” the Eggland’s Best Facebook fan page, you can receive coupons for your next purchase.
Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best.

Chris Evert’s Advice to Moms: Play One Sport!

IMG_0377.jpegI recently had the chance to interview tennis legend Chris Evert for our Role Mommy on the Run show on Blog Talk Radio. Evert is the spokesperson for Simply Smart Milk and
I had the great fortune of meeting her in person this summer when she was in New York City for an event hosted by the brand. What struck me about her – aside from the fact that she looks absolutely amazing, is that at the heart of it, she’s a mom who has managed to balance an incredibly successful professional career with motherhood.
During our radio chat, Evert offers advice on how to keep our kids healthy while they’re playing sports and offers her two cents on whether or not it makes sense for parents to enroll their kids in more than one sport at a time.
Listen in and enjoy!

P.A.C.K. Those Lunches

Tired of packing the same lunch for your kid every day? Role Mommy contributor Danielle offers a new alternative with the help of Welch’s!
PACK_Week_banner_b.jpgNow that we are officially back at school and in the swing of things, the novelty of packing my kid’s lunches has definitely worn off. With a picky 6 year old and 3 year old it’s so hard for me to come up with exciting lunch options each day, especially healthy ones. I need help! That’s where the Welch’s Pack Assorted Colors for Kids Program (P.A.C.K) comes in. This is a national healthy-eating program that not only encourages children to eat more colorful fruits and vegetables, but gives them (and you!) the tools to help make it all a little easier. I think it’s great to have my kids involved in the process and the site helps spark great ideas.
Each day of P.A.C.K is assigned a color (Monday is purple/blue, Tuesday is white/tan/brown, etc). Ask your kids to choose corresponding fruits and vegetables to “pack” in their lunch or snack on that specific day. The Welch’s Pack website has everything you need to get your whole family involved.
This interactive site offers parents and kids tons of downloadable information, printable posters and signs to hang at home, word games, coloring sheets and more.

Home for the Holidays

folgers.jpgWe all know that familiar tune, sing it with me… “The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup!” There are wonderful memories that come to mind when I think about the smell and the sound of that can opening… mostly of growing up, my family, my childhood home. The sounds and aromas of the Holiday season also stir up these nostalgic feelings in many people.
This year, FolgersĀ® is once again helping five lucky families go home as part of the second annual “Home for the Holidays” contest. To enter, America can visit www.folgers.com from October 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010, and submit a 200-word essay answering “What is the best part of wakin’ up at home during the holidays with Folgers coffee?”
Five winners will receive a seven day, six night trip in December 2010 for themselves and up to three other guests to travel to their hometown destination within the 48 contiguous United States. Each trip includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a rental car, $1,000 spending money and a Folgers gift basket. Travel origination and destination must be within the 48 contiguous states. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. 18 years old or older. Void where prohibited. See www.folgers.com for Official Rules, entry information and complete details.

My Karate Kid Memories

The-Karate-Kid-2010-Cd-Cover-46323.jpegI can still remember the first time I saw the original Karate Kid. I was 14 years old and after seeing Ralph Macchio as Daniel-Son, I had the biggest crush on him. We saw Karate Kid at a drive in movie theater in Pennsylvania – near my parent’s summer home in the Poconos that they sadly wound up selling a few years later. Perhaps it was the fact that we saw the film in a special place (gotta say, I love drive in movies) or that Ralph was incredibly easy on my teen eyes, but either way, I was hooked on “The Karate Kid” from day one.
The Karate Kid.jpegFast forward more than 25 years (gulp) and it’s the summer of 2010. I’m sitting next to my eight year old son and my husband at a movie theater in Westchester and I am giddy with excitement to see “The Karate Kid” remake. This time around, while I did fall in love with the characters (especially the incredibly talented Jaden Smith) and wanted to knock out those bullies, the movie had an incredible impact on my son. In fact, immediately after seeing the film, he decided he wanted to take karate lessons. And so, two days a week after work, my husband zips home from New Jersey (we live in Westchester) so that he can get Dylan to his karate class on the other side of town. So far, Dylan’s learned a few impressive moves, can count to 10 in Japanese, and looks quite adorable in his little white outfit (okay – he probably wouldn’t appreciate that comment since he’s a serious karate student now.)
Nevertheless, there’s something about movies that have the power to touch your life in a positive and lasting way. And that’s what the Karate Kid has done for us. Sure my first experience was centered on my teenage crush and the fact that a few years later, the song from one of the sequels defined my relationship with my first love (my ex even wrote about “Glory of Love” in my high school yearbook). For my son, the latest film tackles important issues that he has already faced in his young life. While we haven’t uprooted him and moved to China, Dylan has come face to face with bullies and has managed to hold his own. While he’s typically a reserved kid, his karate lessons have made him more confident, more disciplined and he’s even convinced his dad, who also used to take karate lessons as a kid, to join him in class.
While they haven’t been able to convince me to slip on a karate suit we still have the film to bring us all together. And that’s why, I’m so psyched that The Karate Kid is being released on DVD next Tuesday! Once my men return from karate class, I can’t wait to curl up on the couch together and catch the film again (it’s one of those movies you can watch with your kids over and over again).