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Author Archives: Maria Marinakis

The Balance Myth

So often, we hear people talk about wanting to achieve balance in their lives.  How do you balance work, career, finances, personal fulfillment, parenting, family, physical well-being, and spirituality?  I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.  What if the idea of having a utopian balanced life were all a myth?  Think about it.  Life is full ofRead More…

The Dad Life…

The Dad Life…

I have to share this video.  You all know how much I love John LaVoie’s, “Stay at Home Dad” rap, but this one is also hilarious.  I can’t possibly keep it under wraps until next Father’s Day.  I especially love the ‘kill shot’ with the RoundUp.  Hope you enjoy it and remember to appreciate allRead More…

“I can do anything good!”

“I can do anything good!”

This week, I thought I’d share an adorable video with you that a friend posted on Facebook.  I’ll let the video speak for itself.  However, I noticed that, these days, when you ask someone how it’s going, they tend to respond with all the negative and the drama going on their lives.  “Well, with thisRead More…

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Obesity–Part 2

Check out the follow-up to nutritionist Prudence Ticknor’s last blog on Childhood Obesity and Parenting at: http://www.gastricbandlv.com/blog/2010/08/25/parenting-to-prevent-childhood-obesity-pt-2-teaching-your-child-to-be-active/comment-page-1/#comment-517 Prudence is the master on Mindful Eating and reinforces my last blog entry thoguhts on spending time enjoying physical activity with your kids.  There is nothing more important than spending time enjoying your children.  Remember, you’re only 10Read More…

Having Fun While Staying Healthy…

I’ve written about this before, but I wanted to share with you a great article written by nutritionist Prudence Ticknor.  You can find it at:  http://www.gastricbandlv.com/blog/2010/08/18/parenting-to-prevent-childhood-obesity-pt-1-teaching-healthy-eating-habits/comment-page-1/#comment-512   Prudence gives great practical tips for naturally encouraging your kids to eat healthy and get them involved in the kitchen.  Getting the entire family involved in health andRead More…

Lessons From Bear Grylls, Man vs. Wild

I had the wonderful opportunity to  participate in a webinar with Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild.  Bear is the ultimate survival guy and also manages to be a warm, down-to-earth, likeable guy.  He said he got into climbing because he wanted to spend time with his dad and feel close to him.  {LetRead More…

Negative Attention-Seeking at it’s Best…

I recently came across this video again of a prime example of negative attention-seeking at it’s best.  This toddler has obviously had some pay-off (in the form of attention) for his tantruming in the past.  He tries to thwart his parents’ (and the family dog’s) best attempts at ignore his tantruming.  When the family members turnRead More…

Free Webinar with Bear Grylls, Man vs. Wild

What could be more of a survival adventure than parenting?  I hope you’ll join me on this free webinar. I love this guy. He’s a Brit survival guru that puts himself in all kinds of crazy situations and shows you how to get out of them. This webinar should prove to be entertaining and hopefullyRead More…

Vegas Mini-Vegan Chef…

I was so struck by this 7-year-old, who is in the running with adult competitors for the title of, “Hottest Raw Chef.”  He is definitely the most adorable.  I believe in encouraging everyone, especially kids, to follow their passion and jump!  With that being said, I’d like to ask you for your support in helping thisRead More…

Getting Things Done…

So, you’ve been running around in circles, so busy, so many things to do, and you’ve been hoping you don’t forget anything on your list.  But, at the end of the day, it seems you haven’t accomplished much afterall.  Does this sinking feeling ever happen to you?  So many times, I would get through aRead More…