Apology, Krill Oil, and Pain to Gain

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First, I’d like to apologize to the Secrets of Moms readers who were sent to the Go Daddy site, which seems to be promoting and advertising “Booty Calls” “Sex With Random People”, and “Married but Playing”. YUCK!! Over the weekend, my domain name expired while I was out of town and apparently, Go Daddy bought it. I won’t focus on how frustrated I am about this right now because there’s no point in whining. I’ll just say sorry for the inconvenience and please change your bookmark to www.secretsofmomsblog.com. If you are an email subscriber, you don’t need to change anything because I already fixed the email link issue.

Okay, now let’s talk about krill oil, pain, and life. More

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5 Super-Easy Mood Boosters by Nikki Yazxhi from BellaMUMMA

Nikki is lives in Australia and is a BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE WRITER who is also mum to two spunky little boys. Her background is magazines and her stories have featured in COSMO, MARIE CLAIRE, SHOP TIL YOU DROP + more.

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Reason #487 Why Exercise Is Essential ~ Guest Post by Nicole Mangina

Nicole Mangina, from The Ninja Moms, has guest posted at Secrets of Moms many times. I love this particular piece because it’s exactly how I feel. I hope you can relate.

I have been exercising for as long as I can remember. Although running has always been a mainstay for keeping me sane, there have been times (like during and after a pregnancy or after my hysterectomy) that I’ve used other methods of exercising like walking, swimming, or simple floor exercises to help keep my endorphins going strong. Because of where I live, I could definitely use the weather as an excuse, but I don’t because it would be a lame excuse, and I’d feel like crap if I didn’t exercise. It doesn’t really matter what you’re doing as long as you get moving. It’s so worth it!

Here’s Nicole… More

Exercise Is For All Sizes!

Each one of these women is an Olympic athlete.

This picture challenges the notion that a specific size is the only indicator of health and fitness.

Exercise will make you stronger and feel amazing no matter what your size! More

Should High School Students Have to Post Their Name with Weight & BMI on the School Chalkboard?

One of my friend’s, Andrea Owen, shared this story with me about what happened at West Ranch High School in Valencia, CA last week. It’s unbelievable…

This is part of a note from Carrie (via Andrea Owen).

“I have a girl who works for me, who is a senior in high school. She’s a total rock star. She came to work today with a cranberry juice drink, and I asked her what it was and what she was doing. It looked suspiciously like a fast and she’s a slim girl to start with. She told me that their AP Anatomy teacher had them all measure their BMI and their Body Fat and write it on the board with their name and that they get 10% extra credit on their final if they can all lose 10% of their body fat in the next two weeks. She told me that the class is really hard and that she needs the extra credit. She told me that she asked if it was okay to just put male/female and the numbers instead of putting down their names because one of her friends in the class is overweight and was embarrassed. He said that they had to put their names. She told me that five girls left the class crying and that some of the boys were taking pictures of the data with their phones and she thinks they’re going to put it on Facebook.”

Can you believe that business? That doesn’t exactly provide a healthy stress-free learning environment for all of the children. Not only does this seem like a privacy violation, but the teacher displays very poor taste. I can’t believe he was letting students take pictures of everyone’s weight and BMI. Also, I highly doubt all kids in the class need to lose 10% BMI. What about those who are already thin, but feel the need to lose weight to make the grade? Losing 10% BMI in two weeks could be dangerous.

A person’s weight and BMI should have nothing to do with the grade they receive in class–ever. Also, I cannot think of one good reason to make it mandatory to put their names, weight, and BMI on the chalkboard.

If you had a high school aged child who came home and told you this, what would your reaction be?

Go From Feeling Frazzled and Frumpy to Feeling Fabulous and Feisty by Liz Nord

I know firsthand what it feels like to transition from feeling frazzled and frumpy to feisty and fabulous! After having our kids, there have been many times when I have felt exhausted, let myself go, or lost my fire. Here are some ways I’ve gone from frazzled and frumpy to feeling feisty, strong, sexy, and fabulous!

~ Set boundaries and reclaim yourself. We are busy women trying to balance kids, marriage, friends, careers, domesticity, and personal time. Do not underestimate the power of “you” time. Some of us may feel guilty taking time out for ourselves (I do), but work through it or you will end up burned out and resentful. If you take time for yourself, you will feel refreshed, be a happier mom and wife, and better able to take on the world.

~ Throw your shoulders back, pick up your chin, and open up your posture. Yes, do it right now! How does that feel? It feels good! I immediately feel more confident and energetic whenever I extend my arms. If I’m sitting down somewhere and notice that I’m not feeling “on,” I just open up my posture by setting one of my arms on the chair next to me. I swear it works wonders every time! More

Never Give Up by Sandra Ellison

I was a typical tomboy growing up. I loved my sports. I started playing soccer and volleyball when I was about ten. When I hit high school, I had to choose between the two sports I was playing. I could not play both soccer and volleyball since the teams were playing in the same season. So, with that, I chose volleyball. I then played volleyball all season round. My freshman year, I played on the junior varsity team, which was quite impressive. I also played on a select team and traveled with that team a lot. The select team was a lot harder to play on though; I was potentially stellar but not quite the star that I wanted to be. More

Hello, world! Welcome to the Secrets of Moms Who Dare to Tell All!

Hi, everyone!

This website is for all you parents out there who want to hear the real ins and outs of being a mom. We will discuss the moments, days, feelings, and experiences that most moms don’t usually share with anyone but their closest friends. Almost every mom I’ve met has said that no one ever told her what it’s really like to be a parent. You hear about how wonderful, fun, and lovey everything is (and that’s true), but people don’t tell you about the craziness, unpredictability, and all-encompassing reality of what it’s like to raise kids. I wish I would’ve known the truth sooner, so that I never would’ve felt like a failure for not being perfect. Thankfully, I don’t feel that way anymore–what is perfect, anyway!?! I am perfectly unperfected and so are you. Let’s help all the mom’s out there feel good about themselves and their children, by being real.

This is a place for EVERYONE to have honest, direct dialogue without judgment. Secrets will be told and almost anything goes. We will cover every topic imaginable–the good, the bad, and the funny. Several of my friends will be on-going contributors, and we hope you will comment often. Let yourself be heard! Dads are welcome too. Please share your stories, send us comments and pictures, and tell the truth. As long as you are speaking your truth, you are welcome here. Please be kind to each other, interact, and ask questions.

No nude pictures or completely deviant comments, please.

Liz Nord is the creator of www.secretsofmoms.com. She is a wife and mother of two daughters ages six and nine. She loves family, running, reading, seeking knowledge, baking, laughing, innovating, traveling, in-depth conversations, sunshine, and outdoor adventures. She earned a B.A. in Communications, and completed graduate editing courses at the University of Washington. Liz has published articles in a number of magazines, newspapers, and on numerous websites. She has been a guest on the Leeza Gibbons talk show, Hollywood Confidential, and serves on the Editing Certificate Advisory Board at the University of Washington. She is also the co-creator of Plus-Size Models Unite. She is passionate about promoting healthy self-esteem, positive body image, and confidence.  She believes in cultivating who you are truly meant to be and embracing your unique self.

We are an eclectic, intelligent, fun group of women, who are all here to share our parenting experiences. Introducing the rest of the team: More

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