What’s All the Hoopla About Hula-Hooping?

Get out and play!

Hula hooping – it’s for kids, right? Guess again. Just because you’re a grown up, doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t play! Grown ups need play in their lives too. One great way I’ve discovered to get a little play time is to get out a hula hoop and go for a spin.

A few years ago, a friend of mine fell in love with hula hooping. It looked like so much fun, and I thought, why can’t I do it too? Her hula hooping was inspirational to me, and I asked her about her journey.

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The Woman Behind the Voice: Meet Q102’s Jenn Jordan

Own Your Strong loves to go “behind the scenes” to get the scoop from today’s leading ladies, who own their strong by doing what they love. If you live in the Cincinnati area, and like to jam out to the radio during your morning commute, odds are you’ve heard Jenn Jordan’s voice.

As co-host of the Jeff & Jenn Morning Show on Q102 (101.9 FM), Jenn has been waking up Cincinnati since 2002, and is an excellent example of a woman crushing it in a typically male-dominated industry. For Jenn, entertaining, giving back to the community, and her son Jakob are just a few of the passions that drive the woman behind the voice.

What does a typical day in your shoes look like?

I get [to the studio] usually around 5:30 a.m. and prep for the show. I go over everything that’s happened in E News, and News that Didn’t Make the News — I search for all of those stories that we’re going to do. I write the teasers for Jeff, get our contests ready, and read through everything so I’m up with all that’s happening and able to sound like I somewhat know what I’m talking about. We turn the mics on at 6:00 a.m., do the show from 6 to 10:00 a.m., have a bit of a break in between to grab another cup of coffee, and then start prepping for the next day’s show!

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8 Life Hacks for Moms of Toddlers

toddler mom toolkit

Everything the mom of a terrific toddler needs

Toddlers can really keep us on our toes. Just when we think we have it down, they change things up, and we have to get creative! From food, to entertainment, to keeping them clean, there is a wide range of obstacles parents face each day. With a little ingenuity, and the right supplies, we can make our lives and theirs a little easier.

I’ve gathered some fantastic tricks of the trade from other smart moms who’ve been there, to help you with everyday toddler issues as you face them!

Entertainment & Distraction

If you’re planning to take your child out to a restaurant for a meal, it’s good to let your kid run around the park for a while to get the energy out.
– Janette

The dreaded witching hour, typically around 5pm, can be challenging when you are trying to prepare dinner. I involve my toddler by asking him to place chopped vegetables in a container, to pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl, sprinkle spices, etc. Sometimes, having his own bowl and spatula is all that is needed.
– Katie

Eating New Foods

I was inspired by my mommy friend to try and make and can our own food, specifically applesauce. I was so excited! We bought 2 bushels of apples, and since this was my first time, I hand peeled them all. It was difficult, but I thought for sure the kids would love it! After canning about 28 quarts of applesauce, I couldn’t wait for the kids to try it! And guess what happened? They hated it! No one wanted to eat it- it didn’t look like the ‘normal’ applesauce we usually eat (store-bought). I was so bummed! I spent all of this time making and canning applesauce and now no one will eat it! Then I remembered what my friend sometimes did when we visited her house, she added some sprinkles to her applesauce- because sprinkles make everything better. It worked! Add a few sprinkles to the top of your child’s applesauce, and it will be eaten.
– Tracey

toddler tool kit sprinkles on applesauce

Admit it, you kind of want to put sprinkles on your applesauce now too.

Mess Management

toddler tool kit yogurt with a straw

Sometimes the simplest solutions are also the most life-saving!

When Kellen was little and we would go to the park or to a play date I would pack snacks. One of his favorites was the YoKids Squeezers. But Kellen used to squeeze it so hard it would go everywhere! Total nightmare. I thought why not insert a straw into it and he could drink it? It worked so perfectly. Moms saw it and went out to buy the more expensive YoKids instead of the sugar loaded Gogurt. They all called me and asked me where I found the YoKids with the straws! Ha! Told them simply buy straws and pack with and bingo. This was a life saver. Still use this little trick to keep my boys clean and enjoying a healthy snack on the go.
– Eileen

My mom had recommended to diaper pin my daughter’s pajama top and bottom together to prevent her from
stripping and removing her diaper overnight. This worked perfectly for a while… until one morning when I found my daughter had somehow removed the diaper any way, pants still (or back?) on.
Ever since then, we put a duct tape “belt” across the front of her diaper so that she couldn’t get the tabs open. After instituting the “belt”, we’ve had no wet/messy crib accidents due to a removed diaper!
– Lisa

toddler tool kit duct tape diaper belt

Handy Helpers

I don’t worry about my daughter doodling where she shouldn’t with her crayons since I learned Magic Erasers work like a charm removing crayon from the walls!
– Janette

We just upgraded our “parent” vehicle and bought a minivan. Unfortunately, the bigger, more convenient car also meant I couldn’t reach the toys my daughter dropped out of her car seat and was now crying about. We bought a “grabber” for the car, and now I use it at stop lights (or anytime if I’m not the driver) to easily reach just about anything she drops and stop the crying!
– Lisa

toddler tool kit reaching grabber for the car

Don’t worry, little one, Mama’s got Minnie.

Accident Prevention

So I was a mommy to three children, three and under, and my husband used to travel a lot. Sometimes, visiting family and other trips were taken by myself and the kiddos. With a recently potty trained toddler, how was this going to work? When a toddler needs to go, he needs to go NOW- how would I be able to find a place for him to go potty and get the other kids out of the car safely, fast enough? Plus, he didn’t like the noise when we used public restrooms… the flushing was so loud that having him go there wasn’t the most pleasant experience anyway!
I believe it was my mom who suggested this. We had toddler potties for the bathrooms in our house, but one wasn’t used that much. In our mini-van, having a little potty like that (where the seat closes) wouldn’t take up that much space, so she suggested we keep it in the van. We tried it, and it worked! I could pull over on the side of the road, or pull off an exit, and he would be able to use the potty as quickly as he needed to without having to wait for me to get the other kids out of their car seats. Mommy win!
– Tracey


Your turn: What’s the one thing you would recommend most to parents of toddlers? Have you tried any of the above tricks? 

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6 Exercises That Don’t Require A Gym

Working out not only keeps me healthy, but sane. However, with my demanding job, I barely have time to sleep, let alone go to the gym. Luckily, I still have time to practice pole fitness once a week, but I wanted to find other exercises that would fit my hectic schedule.

Here are some of my go-to exercises you can do at home – or anywhere:

Squats

squats are an exercise you can do away from the gym

Courtesy of Women’s Health magazine

This might sound crazy, but squats are one my favorite exercises. What I like about this exercise is that, while it seems simple, it is a great way to tone your butt. I try to do my squats either in the morning before work or while watching tv or listening to music.

Be sure to stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  As you squat down, imagine that you are going to sit in a chair. Keep your weight in your heels, and do not let your knees pass your toes. Begin with 15-20 reps per set and gradually increase. You can add dumbbells or hand weights for more of a challenge.

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Cool Chicks Love Hot Yoga

One of my resolutions for 2016 is to get some of my flexibility back. With all of my long hours on the TV set where I work, my hips have taken a beating over the last several months. Yoga has always been a way for me to loosen up my joints and to work on flexibility. But instead of doing a regular yoga class, I upped it a notch and decided to give hot yoga a try.

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What’s Causing Your Sugar Cravings?

Guest contributor Jen VanLandingham looks at the motivations behind sugar cravings and offers some tips in managing them so they don’t disrupt your #strong lifestyle. 

when you get sugar cravings, oreos are not what your body has in mind

Sugar cravings. Who doesn’t struggle with them?

I see sugary candies saturating the grocery store and eventually making their way to my watering mouth. Just like many people, I do sometimes have a desire for sugary things. I can simply glance at a package of Sour Patch Kids, and I salivate.

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#SquadGoals: A Guide to Making Adult Friends

Once you get past a certain age, making friends with new people just doesn’t seem to happen as naturally. Sisterhood being part of our mission, we’ve got your back, girlfriend. Whether you’re new in town or are just looking for more directions for your roots to grow, these tips for finding female friendship will have you squad-bonding in no time.

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