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Fitness! Field Trip! Fun! Sky Zone & CFF

For those of you that have been waiting to hear about our field trip to Sky Zone, it was almost too much fun! I want to sincerely thank Sky Zone, for letting us enjoy a day of fitness and fun with the Children’s Fitness Foundation kids. It has been about 5 weeks since our Summer CFF program started with the Boys & Girls Club. We wanted to reward the kids for working so hard with us this summer, with a field trip to Sky Zone. If you have not been to Sky Zone it is a fantastic place to have a lot of fun, at a low cost! It is also a way to get your kids to exercise without them knowing.

Watch this short video to see what I mean.

CFF Trainer, Brooke, and I took the kids from the Boys & Girls Club and had a blast. I think we were all brought back to our childhood that day. We did flips, jumps and played games with the kids on enormous trampolines and inside ball pits. We couldn’t keep ourselves from acting like kids again. I was also reminded of how fear and awareness sets in as you get older. Things that I used to do as a kid, were a bit hesitant at my young, old age☺ I think as adults and parents we need to practice being like kids more often. We definitely need to do our best to keep our fitness up to par, so that we can enjoy good times with our kids as they grow. For me my fitness isn’t so bad, but back hand springs and back flips were out of the question. However; I did do a few kart wheels and front hand springs, so I didn’t loose all my game. The problem is I don’t want to loose any game. So I left being more motivated to keep on getting fit, and I decided that a trip to Sky Zone with CFF, more often, might not be such a bad idea.  In fact it’s a GREAT idea!

The kids had so much fun jumping, flipping and playing dodge ball. It was a nice way to reward them for all their hard work with CFF. Funny enough they didn’t even realize that they were still using their muscles and keeping their heart rate up, but all while having fun. So the lesson is that fitness can be fun and you can create fun family activities that will secretly keep your kids in shape. Here are some of the pictures of us having a blast at Sky Zone.

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation

To find a Sky Zone near you visit their site! Go check them out for yourself. Have a blast!

To see what we’ve been up to lately, please check out our website; www.childrensfitnessfoundation.org, follow us on twitter @ChildFitFound, and be our friend on Facebook the Children’s Fitness Foundation.

Disclosure: CFF was given free admission to Sky Zone in Las Vegas to give this review. Our opinion was not swayed by the free admission. Our honest opinion is ALWAYS given.

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Happy 1 Year Blogoversary To Us! ( big $200 prize giveaway)

This month we celebrate our 1 year Blogaversary! We had a few posts before June 2010, but I really don’t count those. They were few and far between. June 2010 was when I decided that I was going to work hard to really build this blog, and commit to it for the long hall. It has truly been a blessing to run this blog. I never imagined how much work and time this blog would take. I can truly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it. The late nights, the early mornings, researching topics, it’s been all good. Not only have I been helping some of you, I’ve truly learned a lot myself.

I would like to thank my awesome team of writers who volunteer their time to give you fun, informative, funny, and timely posts each week. There is NO way being a homeschooling mom of 2, pro athlete, and pastor’s wife, that I would be able to write posts for you ladies daily. Our team of writers have big hearts, and a wealth of information. Personally, I have learned so much from each and every one of them, and they have truly blessed and enriched my life. If you are new here, please click here to read about our writers and their specific topics.

To our readers I’d like to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! The reason I continue to put in the hours and continue running this blog is because of you.  YOU inspire me!  Thank you to all of our faithful Fit Moms Fit Kids Club readers.  Thanks for all of your comments, your support, your humor, your love.  Thank you for participating in our giveaways, subscribing, and taking the Fit Moms Fit Kids Club pledge.  If you are new to the site please Start Here.

A few interesting stats..

272…number of posts on our site

1902… number of great comments from our awesome Fit Moms

21,377… number of spam comments booooo!!! (thank God for Akismet it catches them for me)

18.9%...number of you who hop over from facebook after seeing a post “liked” by a friend

“healthy baked oatmeal”… the #2 searched phrase that brings people over from google

A Few of My Favorite Posts

The In-N-Out Once A Month Meal Plan– this is cute and funny!

You Are What You Eat– this post also includes a yummy homemade vine ripened tomato sauce, and a summer stone fruit cobbler recipe!

Aim Low, Don’t Shoot For The Moon

Don’t Be An April’s Fool…Learn The Truth About 5 Diet Myths

How To Make Peanut Butter– this is a kids cooking show called Fit Meals By Kids (my kids).  It has a hilarious song and dance at the end my kids made up.  Let your kids watch!

The Numbers Game- this post is for you pregnant Fit Mama’s 2 B!

Inspiring Your Child To Be Fit On Purpose– this post teaches you how to meal plan, includes a free meal plan log, grocery list, and a recipe!

Healthy Mexican Pizza- this is my favorite guest post. It’s delicious!

My Life Is Messy

You Are A Treasure

Clean To Be Lean part 1 and part 2– how you can get a workout in while cleaning the house!

One Fabulously Fit Mom– this mom gained 70 lbs every pregnancy.  Now she’s in her late 30’s and in the best shape of her life!

How I Trained For My First Fitness Show

Workout For Busy Moms

How To Make Honey Whole Wheat Bread– this was my first attempt at my cooking show Fit Meals With Annett :)

Fit Chats with Annett – Sorry I couldn’t just choose one!  These are my podcast and vlog interviews with other moms.  There are trainers, stay at home moms, business owners, and more.

Now that you know a little more about me and the site.  Probably more than you wanted to know, like someone talking their head off at a party and you’re praying they would just shut up be quiet for a minute.  Well thanks for being patient.  You’ve survived and now it’s time for the good part!  The PRESENTS!  Yep, what’s a celebration without a gift??

One Lucky Fit Moms Fit Kids Club Reader Will WIN…

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Magnificent Portobello Mushroom Burger

Sometimes when things are good you just have to brag.  I try to stay humble 99.9% of the time, but today I just can’t.  Last night I made the most magnificent portobello mushroom burger ever!  I heard yums, and smacking with every bite from my entire family (yep kids included).  When I make something as good as this I’ve got to share. The best part was this meal was completely meatless.  If you’ve been wanting to try a “Meatless Monday” this is one recipe you’ve got to try!  The portobello mushroom is so yummy and “meaty” that you won’t even miss the beef!

Annett’s Magnificent Portobello Mushroom Burger

2 packages of pre-sliced portobello mushrooms caps

(or 4 large portobello mushroom caps cleaned with stems removed)

1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil (or oil of your choice)

4-6 cloves of garlic chopped

1 red onion sliced

1 avocado

2 medium tomatoes sliced

1 tbs non or low fat mayo

4 whole wheat buns

slices of mozzarella cheese

Balsamic Vinegar

sea salt or other seasonings (optional)

In a plastic bag place the cleaned sliced mushrooms and garlic.  Generously shake balsamic vinegar into bag until mushrooms are well coated, but not soaked! Just add enough to coat. Shake bag around to ensure both sides of mushrooms are coated with the balsamic vinegar.  Let bag sit for 15 minutes to let mushrooms marinate.  While mushrooms marinate prepare your toppings.  Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat (I used a griddle to make more at once).  Cook red onions until they are softened, about 3 minutes and then remove from heat.

In a bowl take the avocado insides (minus the seed) and put it in a bowl.  Add the mayo to the bowl and stir until well combined.  This is your spread for the bread.  You can season it with cajun seasonings if you like spice.

After mushrooms have marinated for 15 minutes, pour out contents of plastic bag in frying pan and cook until mushrooms have softened (about 5-7 minutes).  Make sure you turn them a few times to cook both sides thoroughly.  Sprinkle with salt or other seasonings of your choice (optional).   After the mushrooms have cooked add slices of mozzarella cheese on top and let melt.

Now it’s time to build your burger!  If you like you can toast your buns.  Spread the avocado spread on the top and bottom bun on the inside.  Load up your bun with mushrooms, and top with the onions and tomatoes.  Enjoy!

***You can also make this delicious meal on the grill!  Instead of using sliced mushrooms, use a cleaned out mushroom cap and follow the rest of the directions (grilling the onions and mushrooms).  It makes a great healthy camping meal!  You can take your mushrooms pre-packed in the garlic/balsamic vinegar plastic bag in your cooler.


*This post was also shared at:


Cooking Thursday at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Recipe Swap Thursday at Prairie Story

Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as a Mom

Thrilling Thursday’s Party Link at Paisley Passions

What’s Cooking Wednesday at Tales From the Fairy Blogmother

Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies

Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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Prevent Your Child From Becoming A Statistic

soccer teams

Obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the last decade in the US. As I
mentioned  in my other articles the statistics are alarming. Listed below is another
reminder of the problem we are facing not just as parents, but as a nation.
The Presidents Council on Fitness is a nationally recognized guideline designed to help
you help your child adopt a healthy lifestyle that encourages regular exercise and
balanced healthy nutrition. Please read the guidelines and visit their website as another
resource for more knowledge so that you can help your child fight the statistics.

I also encourage you to look over the Suggested List of Sports and Activities and Daily Method
of Success log for kids
that I created for the Children’s Fitness Foundation.  I have attached the file here
and it can also be found on the resources page.  You can use it to track and encourage your child’s
exercise and nutrition habits. This will help you encourage your child and keep them on track.

Here are some national statistics as well as stats from my city in Nevada.

12% of students are classified obese nationally,
11% in Nevada – My city

29.2% of students consumed soda at least once per day nationally,
22% in Nevada – My city

86.2% of students do not eat vegetables 3+ times per day nationally,
90% in Nevada – My city

33% of students watch 3+ hours of television daily nationally,
35% in Nevada – My city

67% of students lack the 60 minutes of physical activity daily nationally,
86% in Nevada – My city

2009 US Department of Health and Human Services

What are the statistics in your city? Is your child a part of those statistics?
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) mission is to engage,
educate and empower all Americans across their lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle
that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Key Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

• Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.

•  Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either
moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should
include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

• Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily
physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-
strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

• Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical
activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening
physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are
appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.
Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes a healthy body weight
and body composition.


If your child is already a “statistic” as stated above, know that it’s never to late to make changes in your family’s habits and lifestyle.  Mom you are there to lead the way.  With your guidance and encouragement YOU can make better choices for them at home, and teach them how to make better choices when they are at school.  We are here to help you and to encourage you on your way to becoming or staying Fit Moms with Fit Kids.  Come back often (or better yet subscribe) so that you won’t miss any of my tips to help you reach your family fitness goals.

Here’s your FREE copy of our suggested list of sports and activities and daily method of success log.  You can download it, and use it to track your child’s journey to wellness.  You can do it, together!

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation

To find out more about Children’s Fitness Foundation click here.

To find out about Nikki’s private training studio Method Motivation click here.

Photo Credits:
soccer team- cdc.gov
hula hoop girl- healthandwelfare.idaho.gov
soccer boy- cdc.gov
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