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YouTube Spotlight

I love YouTube. My kids love YouTube. As my friend’s husband often says, I am “YouTube certified” in many things. I’ve learned how to do some wicked braids and hairdo’s for Lana and Willow. I’ve found amazing recipes. I’ve watched some awesome CrossFitters and gymnasts and learned how to do some new yoga poses. You name it, you can find it! I even used YouTube to figure out how to adjust the straps on my kids’ new Fjallraven school backpacks.

Here’s a tip for the Moms and Dads out there. If you haven’t downloaded Kid’s YouTube yet — do it now! It filters out all the worrisome channels that kids can accidently navigate towards, and you can set a timer. Really a great app. My kids love it, and even my 3 year old twins can easily find what they want. The icon looks like this — CUTE!

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Here are 5 of our all time favorite YouTube channels!

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This is one account that we ALL love. It seems so simple. Emmy tries food that subscribers send her from all around the world. She is super cute, and her videos are fun and easy to follow for the kids. I love to see food from all around the world, and the kids like to see the candies.

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Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube
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If you know me at all, then you know that I LOVE Jamie Oliver and his recipes! You’ll also find some really fun YouTube chefs that Jamie and his team love. It’s a great smattering of different types of people and recipes, and I adore it.

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Cute Girls Hairstyles

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If you’ve got girls, or if you like to do cool stuff with your own hair or if you are a Dad looking for a how to (Lance I’m talking to you!) — then this is your new best friend! Cute Girls Hairstyles is a fun account with great tips on how to make awesome hair! Enjoy, and tag me with your kids’ hair creations please!

Cute Girls Hairstyles

Whitney Bjerken

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This is a cute gymnastics account that Lana loves. Whitney is a great little gymnast who posts not only great gymnastics videos, but also fun family and life videos. Her account is nice because it shows beautiful gymnastics in a nice balance with life outside the gym.

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Zoella

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Zoella is not exactly a small time YouTuber. She’s the real deal with over 8 million subscribers. If you’ve never checked out her videos — you should! She’s got a super cute personality, and shares tips on makeup and hair, etc. Plus Zoella has a cute little English accent. Def a fun way to kill about 15 minutes.

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BTW – Weather Mommy has a YouTube account too! Admittedly, I should upload more videos! If you guys follow me on YouTube, let me know what kind of videos you might like to see, and I’ll try to make it happen! Until then – give us a follow

Megan Glaros – Weather Mommy!

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Science Girls

 
Lana and I attended the coolest birthday party this weekend — a science party!!  Lana was invited to attend by one of her best gymnastics friends, and she loved it!  

They performed their own experiments with polymers, turned pennies gold, and worked with oscillating water.  

   
  

       

The kids absolutely loved playing science, and I loved that they loved it!  Science for girls is obviously a cause close to my heart, and starting them young is the way to go!

Props to The Laboratory Chicago for doing such a wonderful job, and to my friend Nancy for planning such a cool 8th birthday for her son Cain!

Watch this adorable video of Dr. Ed helping Lana turn her penny into gold!!

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History As A Superfood

History is our greatest teacher. Our own personal history teaches us about ourselves — what to do and what not to do, whom we should trust, and what makes us happy or sad. Our shared human history speaks to the motivation of men and women through time — what drives us all to achieve or fail, why we are willing to go to war, and what makes us happy.

Through time, health has been, and always will be, one of the major motivating factors. Our collective ancestors were always searching for new cures, herbs, medecines, or diets to help them live longer, healthier lives. Sound familiar??

Thank God we now have modern meds and surgeries and treatments to cure us of some of our ills, but don’t forget about the successes of the past. It’s an ignorant person that does not learn from history! Use the knowledge of our ancestors to give yourself the best chance to live a healthy life! Here are just 3 very old foods that can help keep you healthy today!!

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Matcha is the finely ground powder of green tea leaves. It contains a very high antioxidant content — more than any other tea or coffee. It has high amounts of chlorophyll and theanine. Matcha gives you energy without the crash, and helps with mental focus. It has been used in Asia since the 600s, really ramping up in popularity in Japan by the 1100s. Zen Buddhist monks used it to help focus during meditation. Samurai warriors used it for long blasts of energy before battle.

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Maca is a root that is often ground into a fine powder. It is said to help increase energy, balance hormones, and help increase libido. Maca has been used since 3800BC by the Peruvians. It has been used by South Americans for thousands of years!

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Water should go with out saying. H2O is one of the necessities of life! Our bodies are more than 60% water. Our blood is more than 90% water. We should all drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day! We all know it, but how many of us actually do it?? I don’t, but I’m making a concerted effort to try! I could go into detail about all the things that water does for our bodies, but I don’t have enough time. Drink it!!

There are many other historically healthy foods that have been used for thousands of years! Look into your family history! Where do your roots originate? What foods did your ancestors eat to stay healthy?? We can learn from all cultures, but perhaps your own bloodline is a good place to start!!

Here’s a peek at a few super healthy foods that I should try, based on my ancestors!

Greece — Garlic, yogurt, honey, greens
Norway — Salmon, berries, oats, maple syrup
Austria — Sauerkraut, beer with brewer’s yeast

What super healthy did your ancestors eat? Comment below and share!!

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More Than You Think…

I am a time expert. I live, or die (this is not as permanent in television lingo) by the clock. Thirty seconds here, 2 minutes there. Seconds are critical when you’ve got a definite time frame, commercials, and all kinds of stories to meld together. Weather people are notorious for taking too much time – me included! Sorry producers — I like to talk!!

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Every workday, I ask our floor director things like – “when do I have time to go to the bathroom”, “do I have enough time to wash this apple”, or “how many minutes until my next hit”. I get answers like “You’ve got 4 minutes. Plenty of time!” It may not seem like it, but 4 minutes is an eternity. Even 30 seconds will buy you enough time to eat something, or change a few graphics, or run to the mirror to check your hair.

It stinks to be so beholden to the clock. Certainly doesn’t allow for any freedom during our 2.5 hour show every morning. But it has done one thing — it has made my time management skills second to none, and I NEED you to know that you have time for the little things.

You have time to take one more sip of coffee
You have time to give your baby one more kiss before you leave the house
You have time to let your child tie her own shoe
You have time to get gas
You have time to grab a nutritious breakfast
You have time to stop and say hi to your friends
You have time to go to the bathroom
You have time to walk to the better restaurant down the street
You have time to brush your hair
You have time to let your kids go down the slide ‘just one more time’
You have time to put moisturizer on your face before bed
You have time to give your husband a kiss and let him know he’s great
You have time to smile at someone
You have time to chat to a co-worker in the hallway
You have time to take care of yourself

In this day and age, we ALL live, and die by the clock, but don’t let it take over your world. We’ve only got one life. I doubt anyone on their deathbed has regretted taking the time to kiss their children, or take care of their health, or take that extra sip of coffee. We deny ourselves these little happinesses every hour of every day to “beat the clock’, but these seemingly small things are everything!! These small happinesses are LIFE. They are living in the moment. Sometimes when you feel constrained by all of life’s responsibilities, simply taking the time to do something VERY litle, can seem very BIG and very liberating.

Take it from me. :30 is a long time! It may not seem like much, but taking a few seconds for the little things can be everything.

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Healthy Rituals

I don’t get enough sleep. I run myself ragged day in, day out. I am a working mom, so being tired and feeling stressed goes with the territory. I’ve got some extra challenges though — namely a schedule that means I’m up at 1:45am. Add a busy 5 year old gymnast and 2 year old twins into the mix, and I’m hanging on by a superfine thread.

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Lately, I’ve found that my breakfast is really suffering. I didn’t have time to make a healthy meal before I hit the door. Sometimes, I didn’t even have time to grab a ziplock and throw in some fruit. I started grabbing a bag of cheddar bunny crackers, or some other carb-filled, no protein item. Basically, my breakfast was similar to my 2 year old twins snacktime menu. It’s fine for a little afternoon nibble for my kids, but I was starting to rely on these food to start my day. Not ok for a grown woman who doesn’t get enough sleep as it is. Food is fuel, and I was starting my day on fumes. My digestion was starting to suffer, and my energy was flagging. I was crabbier than normal, and just didn’t feel great.

Change was in order for this Weather Mommy. I like to watch YouTube videos about superfood benefits, but up until recently that’s as far as I got. After feeling like crap, and barely making it through the morning, I decided enough was enough!

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I got myself a Nutribullet, some fruit, and a spirulina/chlorella powder. It’s SO easy, that even I can find the time. Now I make my smoothie while the kids are watching their after dinner show, pop it in the fridge overnight, then add some liquid and zuuzh it up in the morning. So fast, so easy, and I feel significantly better in just 1 week.

Wondering what I put in my smoothie?? (You can use any fruit you want, but here’s what I did last night)

1) Two handfuls of spinach for my greens. You can’t taste it at all! Don’t believe me?? Ask Lana, Leo or Willow if they drank spinach this weekend. (They would say no, but they did! Ha ha ha)
2) 4 strawberries
3) 3 small chunks of pineapple
4) 1/2 banana (this adds a nice creaminess)
5) Handful of blueberries

This morning I took my smoothie out of the fridge, added a teaspoon or so of my spirulina/chlorella powder and enough almond/coconut milk so that only 1″ of fruit remained uncovered. Then you blend it up, pour it in another cup, and GO! It only takes 1 minute to make my smoothie in the morning. If you can’t find one minute in the morning — you’ve got bigger problems.

Here’s a bit more about the superfood powders that I’ve tried in my smoothies so far —

Spirulina — It’s a microalgae that has been used for centuries. Spirulina is said to help with weightloss, anxiety, increasing energy and improving memory.
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Maca — Another powder that’s been used for years. Maca is ground from a root grown in Peru. It is known to help balance hormones, increase energy, help clear skin, and increase your libido. Hey now!
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Give morning smoothies a chance guys! If I have time, so do you! Give it a try, and comment below with your favorite recipes, or superfoods! Spread the love, and share the link!

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Kids Are Tougher Than You Think

Most of the time, as a Mom, I feel like I have the full measure of my children. Like a bomb-sniffing dog, I can smell when trouble is brewing. I know when Lana is about to lash out at the twins. I know when Leo is about to do something that he shouldn’t, and I know when Willow is on the verge of a breakdown. I can’t always stop it. I can’t always fix it. But I do know when it’s coming. Needless to say, it’s rare when I’m completely surprised by my children.

Flash back to Friday. Leo slips, cuts his chin open…needs stitches. Off I go with my 2 year old son to the ER. My little hero surprised the HECK out of me. Not only did he barely cry when he fell, but he didn’t even cry when we was getting shots of lidocaine IN the wound, or while the doctor was stitching him up! Amazingly, he lay perfectly still, listened to the instructions of the doctor, and even thanked him! What!?!?!?! All he did was whimper during the injections to numb the area.

  

 He was brave, and so good, that the nurses gave him 2 years worth of stickers, and I got a new appreciation for the fortitude of a two year old. Don’t underestimate your children. When the chips are down, they can handle the pressure. Children innately know when it’s okay to fall apart, and when they need to ‘man up’. Trust them. Allow them to freak out when it’s not important so they have the energy to hold it together when it’s important.

  

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Searching for Inspiration…

Ever go through those times when you’re searching for something?? Inspiration, motivation, a new outlook? In this day and age, when I feel like searching…I search the web. I’ve realized a few things about turning to the internet for inspiration.

First of all — it’s a very surface place to look for deeper meaning. You’ll always find people’s best moments caught on camera. Kids at their cleanest, most charming. Women looking beautiful and inspired. Know what — I call BS! We all have times of beauty, but in reality…there’s a lot of ugly too. There are moments of frustration, zits, fights, and general times of insanity. We’ve all got it. Know this, and embrace it.

Secondly — most of the YouTubers and bloggers that I come across are very young. I take absolutely nothing away from a young motivational person, or a young beauty expert, I really don’t. I’m not that old, at just 34, but that’s the point! I’m 34. I’d like to find a beauty expert who talks about the balance between wrinkles and zits! I’d like to get inspiration from another working mom who manages to be positive while balancing everything that working and mothering brings to the table.

Problem is — I find myself following a bunch of inspirational 20 somethings with no wrinkles, no kids, and more often than not — no job. I envy them, until I realize that I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I love my husband, I adore my children, and most of the time, I love my job. I still have those searching moments where I need inspiration, but I have yet to find inspiration for my life anywhere online. Since inspiration is a deeper thought process, I’m guessing that I won’t find it just after the click of a mouse on Google.

So where do you go for inspiration? How do you find motivation? Hell, at this point, I’d be happy to find the answer to my burning breakfast question. What healthy breakfast can be packed the night before, with minimal effort, and survive a 45 minute car ride? If you’ve got an answer to that, or a great motivational blog that I should check out, let me know!!

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SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARD

A big thanks to ‘The Crafty Reporter’ Constance Jones for nominating me for the ‘Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’. Thanks Constance! I nominate:

Jen Herrera from ‘It All Comes Back To Food’
Kristin Miller Hewitt from ‘Mommy In Sports’

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Here are the rules!

1) Recipients need to thank the giver
2) Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog
3) Answer 10 questions you’ve been asked
4) Nominate other bloggers & ask them 10 questions!

And my questions for you are —

1) What is the hardest part of your day?
2) What is the #1 thing you hope for your children?
3) What is the #1 thing you wish you knew at a younger age?
4) If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
5) What did you eat in the last 24 hours?
6) What is your best advice to new moms?
7) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
8) Best piece of advice for a happy marriage?
9) What is your favorite food?
10) Wine or beer?

And without further ado — my answered questions from Constance.

1) What is your favorite time of day and why? I like dinnertime when we all come together as a family.

2) What is your favorite dish to make? I love to make a good homemade mac and cheese. It’s fun to try new variations. The next one on my list is Jamie Oliver’s Lobster Mac n’ Cheese.

3) What is one thing on your bucket list? I want to visit the Scottish Highlands.

4) Where in the world would you live? I would live in Ojai, California in a heartbeat. I’d like to own an orange grove. I’d have to make my parents move to Ojai too though.

5) What is one thing that drives you nuts? It drives me nuts how much timing plays a part in the news business.

6) What’s your dream job? Dream job in my current profession is to be on a network show that block shoots! My random dream job is to own an orange grove in Ojai.

7) How did you come up with the name for your blog? The name of my blog comes from the two different parts of me. Weather & Mommy!

8) Who is your favorite person? I could never pick one! My kids, husband and my parents are my favorite people!

9) What is the last thing you posted on Instagram? The last thing I posted on Instagram was a quote which says — “I just want to go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.”

10) What is your best piece of blogger advice? My best piece of blogger advice, is just to be real. Don’t write about what you think makes you cool, or what you feel other want to see, but, rather, reality!

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Life Hack — Gorgeous Curls!

I love a good life hack. I’m a busy mom who’s alarm clock goes off at 1:30AM. I love anything that can save me even 5 minutes! I found this video on YouTube last night

And decided to try it. Here’s my unveil this morning! Check it out. 2 min in the morning and success for on-air hair!!

Try it! Comment below and let me know what you think!

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Oh – Hi Ojai

Have you ever been inexplicably drawn to a place that you’ve never seen before? It happens to me a LOT. I feel that way about Kyoto, Japan and The Scottish Highlands, San Francisco, and most recently, the little town of Ojai, California.

I have a theory that perhaps I lived there in a past life. You can laugh if you want to, but I can’t figure out any other explanation for my obsession with these places.

Lance and I went to Japan a few years ago, and Kyoto did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the history and culture of Kyoto. So gorgeous, and I did feel a deep connection while I was there.

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Same thing in San Francisco. I walked around that city with the sense that I’d been there before — that I had a history there.

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I haven’t been to The Scottish Highlands yet, but I hope to remedy that. As for Ojai — I’ll be there so soon I can smell it.

Apparently there is a very strong spiritual element to the town of Ojai. Philosopher Krishnamurti settled there, the Beatles paid a visit on their spiritual trek, and they even have an area atop a mountain dedicated to meditation — Meditation Mount.

I’m not big into meditation. I just don’t feel like I have the time. I’m guessing that means that I really need to MAKE the time. Either way, maybe I’ll give it a try in Ojai. Lance and the kids and I are SO looking forward to hiking, exploring orange and olive groves, eating great local organic food, and just sucking up the vibe.

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Even though I’ve felt a strong spiritual element all my life, it took me a while to listen to my inner self. My hope is that my children learn to listen to that “little voice” earlier than I did. Hopefully visiting places that are so attuned to the spiritual will help them on their paths.

Believe it or not, I found out that a friend of mine — one of the other gymnastics moms, has the same Ojai Obsession. She also feels drawn to the little town of 8 thousand in the hills east of Santa Barbara. Maybe it’s the sunshine. Maybe it’s the hippie vibe. Maybe it’s something else. I’ll let you know once I get there!

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