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Meet Allison Parker Colin! Allison is one of the sweetest women you'll ever have the pleasure of working out with. She genuinely cares about all the amazing mamas around her and you'll know it right away.

You'll find Allison teaching Stroller Strides with her 3-year-old daughter Parker. She also teaches our newest program, Strides 360, solo (that's right mamas, this class can be done with or without the kiddos). As a former Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher, Allison has all the patience, tips and tricks to keep the little ones loving her classes!

Join us in getting to know Allison by reading a bit more about her here:

Hometown:

I was born and raised in Asheville, NC., a true North Carolina girl!

Family Members:

My amazing husband Brian and sweet 3-year-old daughter Parker. We also have a super sassy cat named Stitch!

Favorite exercise:

Strides 360 and anything that involves the ladder and SAQ (Speed Agility and Quickness) drills! They are so much fun and never get old!

Previous career:

I was lucky enough to teach Kindergarten and 1st grade for 10 years before having Parker. I love that FIT4MOM gives me an outlet for creativity and fun with kids!

Childhood Ambition:

I really wanted to be ballet dancer and a Radio City Rockette! Not very practical…but a girl can dream!

Proudest moment:

I know that this is probably so cliché but it truly was giving birth to our daughter!

Something that would surprise us:

I have an identical twin sister.

What is the farthest you have been away from home?

Europe! More specifically, London, Paris, and Barcelona. I would love to take Parker when she gets older.

What does motherhood mean to you?

Giving. Giving of yourself, your time, your energy, your love. Giving is so much more rewarding than receiving!

How did you find FIT4MOM?

When Parker was about 9 months old I decided that I needed to start to get into a more healthy routine. I knew that my sister had done a stroller fitness class when her son was tiny and I went in search for the same thing. A quick Google search took me to FIT4MOM and the results have been life changing!

How has FIT4MOM changed your life?

FIT4MOM has been so much more than fitness for me.

It is the place where I find strength in my body and other women’s stories. It is the place where I find friendship and understanding.

The place where I can truly find myself when, for a little while, I felt like I was lost to motherhood. FIT4MOM helped me to put myself back together in a way that is so much more than the sum of my parts.

Whew…this is deep, but I know that other mamas will understand and know that this journey called Motherhood is so worthwhile!

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"What's for dinner?" Such a seemingly simple, yet incredibly frustrating question. If you don't know the answer, the kids get cranky and you get hangry.

Let's be honest here. Meal planning DOES take time and your minutes are limited. However, if you just spend a few minutes following these steps, you might save yourself plenty of time in the long run.

Go ahead and print out that free meal planner. You'll notice we've included EVERY meal of the day. I know I can't stand to see a meal planner with nothing but dinner. I mean, is that the only meal you're eating??? I doubt it.

Anyway, start with this simple planning method.

  • First, identify any meals you DON'T have to make. If you'll be eating out ogoing to a party, write that down and save yourself the trouble.
  • Identify the busy nights where you'll want something quick. Can you throw something in the slow cooker? Or does a simple frozen pizza make more sense? Maybe one with a cauliflower crust...
  • Write a list of everything in your fridge and your counter that's perishable. Put all these items on your menu for this week. Plan your meals and snacks around them.
  • Next go the freezer. Add those frozen veggies to your meals!
  • Add at least one meal of leftovers at the end of the week.
  • Now look at the blank spots on your planner. What's missing? NOW, you decide what you want to eat and add all the ingredients to your grocery list.

That's it! You'll probably save time and a bit of money. Do you have any meal planning tips? We'd love to hear them!

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  • 8 Fun, Totally Not Boring Ideas
  • Looking for healthy party favors that don't suck (like when you were a kid and the local dentist gave out toothbrushes at Halloween or that time your mom put fruit at the bottom of your Christmas stocking)? Look no further. It's definitely possible to throw a fun party and give your pint-sized guests a little surprise to take home that won't add to their after party sugar crash.

This post is guest written by Peggy Keefe-Lopez, owner of Yippitee, a new, Austin-based children's birthday shirt company.

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  • Meet Heather Perkins
  • Hi! My name is Heather Perkins and I am honored to be August’s Mom of the Month!