Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things: Baby Gear Edition

It’s the perfect time of year to reflect, make lists and check 'em twice. I’m making lists of  my favorite things to share with you each Friday in December. Enjoy – and share your favorite things with us in the comments section or on Facebook! Just in time for the gift-giving season, here is a list of my top five…
November 30, 2012
Fitness Tips

How To Squeeze It All In?

The holiday season is in full swing and to check off everything on your to-do list, time and efficiency are of the essence. One important ‘to-do’ is regular exercise. Exercise helps manage stress and promotes the feeling of wellness, which can be fleeting during the holiday hustle-and-bustle. Rather than skipping a workout because you don’t have time, squeeze it in…
November 28, 2012
Fitness Tips

5 Tips to Battle the Holiday Bulge

It’s here! The holiday season has arrived like a bolt of lightning, and along with the season comes parties, family gatherings, buffets, cocktails, and an abundance of calories. Did you know the average American gains five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years? Here are five tips to battle the bulge over the next five weeks and kick-off 2013 feeling good…
November 19, 2012
Family Health & WellnessWomens Health

M is for Mommy AND Me

Active Moms’ Club is very excited to present a guest blog from Christy Weber, a licensed clinical professional counselor, giving great advice on self-care tips for new moms. Perfect timing! As the holidays approach and even more demand is put on mom’s schedule, self-care becomes even more important to maintain a healthy balance. Thank you Christy! Be sure to check…
November 10, 2012
AMC Events

Active Moms Rock – Thank you!

Thanks to our awesome host, Athleta and the two-dozen Chicago moms and moms-to-be who rocked their core last weekend during a super fun workout. The enthusiasm from all the participants and Athleta's staff was outstanding. Moms new to AMC quickly learned the fundamentals of our training philosophy: functional core exercise – it is not as easy as it sounds. Women…
November 9, 2012
Fitness TipsWeight Loss

The Skinny on Burning Calories

If your fitness goal is weight loss, here’s an excellent example of how misperceptions can derail your best effort: On Thursday, I decided to go the gym to get in a cardio workout. I hopped on the revolving stairs, aka the “gauntlet” for 45 minutes. I know, I know…it’s a little maniacal, but the calorie-burn-to-perceived-exertion on the gauntlet is equivalent…
November 4, 2012
AMC Events

Momma’s, Get Ready to Rock!

Join us Saturday at Athleta for another fun, free and fabulous event for all our rockin’ moms and moms-to-be to. There are just a few spots left! Class is at Athleta, 3415 N. Southport Ave. and starts promptly at 8:30am, Q&A begins at 9:30am followed by breakfast, raffles and giveaways! It will be a great way to start of the…
October 31, 2012
AMC Events

Free Class with Active Moms’ Club at Athleta

Get ready to ROCK YOUR CORE with Active Moms' Club on Saturday, November 3! Join us for a FREE class at Athleta on Southport designed specifically for expecting, new and experienced moms who want to get out, get fit and be social. Rock Your Core Class: This fab-ab focused class, presented by Coach Cassandra will help you lengthen and strengthen…
October 24, 2012
AMC Events

And the Winners Are…

Thank you for all the awesome feedback on our blog and Facebook about what you do to stay fit and your kinds words about myself, and the Active Moms' Club. I love working with so many fabulous women! It's been a great four years and look forward to many more. CONGRATULATIONS to our four lucky winners, chosen at random for AMC's…
October 22, 2012
AMC Events

Celebrating Four Years of Fun & Fitness!

October marks AMC's FOUR-year anniversary and we’re celebrating with four amazing prize giveaways! Active Moms’ Club started to help Chicago moms get out, get fit and be social. Today, over 500 mammas share our philosophy: that a healthy and active mom has a healthy and HAPPY family. Now, we want to get YOU talking: Tell us what you love most about…
October 17, 2012
The Organized Mom

Tips for Organizing Baby Clothes

Little babies grow quickly, and in the process they go through lots of clothes. Here in Chicago, seasonal changes also add to the amount of clothes you will need to keep your child comfortable and stylish. An easy-to-maintain system for managing clothes is essential for keeping baby clutter in check. Here are some of my favorite tips for managing all…
October 11, 2012
PostnatalWomens Health

Post Baby Abs – How To Get Them Back!

How do I get my abs back after baby? It’s the most common question I hear from new moms about their postpartum body. The answer, unfortunately, is not all that simple but with a little patience, awareness and guidance for appropriate corrective exercises, your abs can come back after baby. Patience You have heard it and read it…it takes just…
September 26, 2012
Mom Moments

Thoughts on Motherhood with Twins

Today my sons are 13 months old. It’s hard to imagine what life was like before children. Well ok, not that hard to imagine going out for a spontaneous trip to the salon to get the toes done or to a restaurant to enjoy a relaxing meal. In hindsight, those were the days of complete freedom but I wouldn’t trade…
September 19, 2012
AMC Events

Fabulous Moms – Thank you!

  A great big thank you to all the women who participated in Active Moms' Club & NPN's "Rock Your Core" class yesterday at Athleta. It was a blast! Your enthusiasm and eagerness to workout made the hour all the more fun. We hope you are not too sore today. We had a combination of fabulous moms and moms-to-be who…
September 9, 2012
AMC Events

Rock Your Core

The Active Moms’ Club is thrilled to be a part of the Neighborhood Parent Network’s (NPN) Fit & Healthy B4 & After Baby Series. This new program was created to help NPN moms and moms-to-be test out prenatal and postnatal fitness options all over the city of Chicago. This month NPN members will have the opportunity to learn first hand…
September 5, 2012
AMC EventsMom Moments

Active Moms Club: Fitness & Community!

Last October I was 8-weeks postpartum and participating in AMC’s From the Core Postnatal Recovery class.  I was the teacher but more importantly, I was also a new mom eager to meet other women who had just entered motherhood and ready to start a regular exercise routine. The class proved to be a huge success on all accounts. The women…
August 25, 2012
Mom Moments

A Celebration of Life

My life as a mom of twin boys has been an incredible journey this past year. Apple and Blueberry, aptly nicked named for "baby A" and "baby B" in medical lingo, were welcomed into the world with great anticipation and fear 367 days ago. I have never known love to be so deep, sudden and unconditional. Their one year celebration…
August 20, 2012
AMC Events

Fitness Challenge Winners!

A big thank you to all of our moms and Kolcraft who made today's class and picnic tons of fun! We had a great group of moms who worked up a sweat while their little ones tagged along. We did circuit training to burn calories: walking lunges, traveling planks, suicides... After 40 minutes of cardiovascular and strength-training drills, Coach Raegan…
August 15, 2012
AMC Events

FREE PICNIC AUG 14!

Exciting news! AMC and Kolcraft’s Mom’s Mingle is now a FREE PICNIC complete with sandwich and beverages from Potbelly – thanks Kolcraft! Join us on Tuesday, August 14th at 11:30am to celebrate all of our moms participating in the 90-Day Fitness Challenge! The picnic will take place immediately following the 10:30am BBB stroller fitness class in Oz Park's Emerald Gardens. At…
August 10, 2012
Ideal Stroller Form for walking or running Fitness Tips

5 Fitness Tips for On-The-Go Moms

My biggest challenge as a mom-on-the-go is finding the time to squeeze activity into my day between the kids’ naps and clients. I love being active. It’s a large part of who I am, and the family lifestyle I want to share with my boys. Motherhood has forced me to multitask more than ever, and be creative with my workouts;…
August 6, 2012