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People.com: Chris and Heidi Powell Welcome Daughter Ruby Lane

POSTED ON November 19, 2013

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Originally published on celebritybabies.people.com.

Chris Powell has never been so thankful for a six pack.

The Extreme Weight Loss trainer, 35, and his wife Heidi, 31, welcomed a daughter on Saturday, Nov. 16, their rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born at 8:20 a.m., Ruby Lane Powell arrived weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measuring 20 inches.

“We are so incredibly grateful for such a beautiful and healthy little addition to our family. The six pack is now complete,” the couple tells PEOPLE.

Chris and Heidi Powell with new baby Ruby Lane

Baby girl joins 2-year-old Cash, who is “so eh-sited (excited)” about being a big brother, and Marley, 6, and Matix, 8, Heidi’s children from a previous relationship.

Chris, who is also the author of Choose to Lose and Choose More, Lose More for Life, and Heidi announced the pregnancy in June.

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Cash’s Crash Course in Big Brother

POSTED ON November 15, 2013

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With baby girl making her grand appearance any day now, we are trying our best to help Cash understand how his little world is about to change. We are also curious as to how he will treat his new little sister. We decided it would be a good idea to borrow one of Marley’s baby dolls and teach him the basics of being an awesome big brother, which we know he will be. :)

First, we addressed one of Cash’s most favorite possessions: the pacifier. This one took no training as he snatched it up and stuck it in her mouth.

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Another one of Cash’s comforts is his “blanky”. We rarely go anywhere without a blanky. I said, “Cash, the baby is going to go night-night.” He then grabs her blanky and covers her up so she is “cozy cozy”.

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Next item of business was the bottle. He wouldn’t even consider feeding her with it until we filled it up for him first. He then set out to feed her her bottle but not before trying it out himself first. Had to make sure it was- as Cash would say- ‘delicious’ enough for her. ;)

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 ”Baby hungry? Bottle?” And then he put the bottle in her mouth. :)

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One day, he surprised us all by giving her his bottle.

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While we know this will be a big transition for Cash, we have no doubt that he will be just as sweet as ever with his new baby sister. He’s already demonstrated to us that he’s a natural with babies. We can’t wait to see him take care of her and protect her, just like a good big brother would :).

Have more suggestions to help get siblings ready for a baby? Post away in the comments below…please. We could use them :)

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Cash’s Colorful Fall Tree Craft

POSTED ON November 12, 2013

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Since we live in Arizona and aren’t quite lucky enough to see all the leaves on the trees changing colors (but we still love our cacti), we thought Cash might enjoy a little change in scenery by seeing some trees with yellow and orange on them. We combined this idea with his love for finger painting and created an adorable fall tree with his sweet little hand prints. Little explanation is required for this craft because at his age, the purpose for all activities is to have fun, engage his senses, and learn new things and this craft accomplished just that for our little Cash man. :)

What you’ll need:

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Because I know that painting a tree trunk is a bit above a two-year-old’s capacity, I went ahead and painted a tree trunk for Cash to put his cute little hand prints on.

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And then the fun began! We helped him place his hands on the paper for a few of the prints and then let him do it all by himself for the others. He really seemed to enjoy slapping both of his paint-covered hands on the paper at the same time and splashing paint everywhere. Such a boy. ;)

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 The finished product! I might be biased, but that is definitely one of the cutest trees I have ever seen! Now go make some fun memories with your little one! :)

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Powell Pack Top Reads

POSTED ON November 9, 2013

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In case you didn’t know, today is National Young Reader’s Day! I so appreciate a day that celebrates something that really does give our kids such incredible building blocks for long-term success. I am fortunate enough to be one of those lucky mommas whose kids love to read. I love it!

Wanting to get your kids reading more? Check out some of the Powell Pack’s top book picks. These keep them reading longer than they are allowed sometimes!

Matix is into the typical 8 year-old boy books like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (we have lost count of how many times he has read each of those books), the Creature from My Closet series, and all of the Lego Star Wars books out there.

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Marley also has a few favorite book series, like Ivy & Bean, Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe, and An American Girl (McKenna is her favorite).

#Marley loves #Ivy&Bean #youngreaders #PowellPackCash is crazy for any book based on animals, shapes and letters. He has memorized “Roar! Trumpet! Hiss! Squawk!” and is well on his way to mastering “A Is for Adventure (The Backyardigans)“. The book we credit for teaching him many of his shapes is “Shapes with Albert and Amy“.

Here is a list of a few more good reads for each age group:

Birth – 3 Years:

3 – 5 Years:

5 – 8 Years:

Since we have all heard time and time again that one of the best things you can do for your child and for your parent-child relationship is to read together, it’s time to grab a book, snuggle up and get reading!

Happy National Young Readers Day!! :)

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National Tongue Twister Day!!

POSTED ON November 7, 2013

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The Powell Pack is all for laughing and having fun so we were excited about National Tongue Twister Day. Enjoy Matix and Marley engaging in some tongue-twisting fun after school.

*There were more twisted tongues and laughs before the camera was turned on. They wanted to practice first. ;)

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Day 1: The Month of Thanks

POSTED ON November 5, 2013

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November is one of my favorite months. Why? Because it is the month of thanks. We should all be living in a “lifetime of thanks”, but with the normal chaos of life, it’s often hard to sit in a place of graciousness for too long before it’s time to discipline the kids and run them around to all of their practices ☺.

Chris and I love to try our best to live with an “attitude of gratitude”. No better reminder than Thanksgiving month to appreciate what we have before we are forced to appreciate what we had.

In honor of this month of thanks, I am following suit of a sweet girl in our family’s life that showed quite the example by posting her 30 Days of Thanks. I’m a little late: today is November 5, so we will only get 26 days of thanks! I’ll do my best to remember to post daily…I’m not perfect, so forgive me if I miss a day or two ☺.

To make up for my tardiness, I have jam-packed my first Day of Thanks with a few things I’m grateful for.

My family. This family. Although these aren’t my only family members, I think this is such a wonderful place to start.

Without these people – all of them – I wouldn’t be where I am. They make me smile and laugh everyday. They are the reason I get up and work so hard, and my biggest source of support in all that I do. A couple of them are the silent “heavy lifters” that help me make it through my days, and make my kids feel even more loved and special than I ever could alone.

These people make one happy, warm, and loving home.

I am a blessed and lucky woman. Thank you to this amazing family of mine. I love you all ☺


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Cash’s Monster Craft

POSTED ON October 24, 2013

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As soon as I saw this craft on Pinterest, I knew it would be PERFECT for our little Cashy. Not only does he love to get messy, but he also loves his colors! Any sort of finger painting is AWESOME for a toddler’s development so I was totally on board with this one.

The instructions for this craft are very simple as it is for toddlers who can do most of this on their own, with parental supervision of course. :)

Googly Eyes – We used construction paper because it can handle heavier paint better but we also found that regular computer paper held up pretty well
Washable Fingerpaints – When painting with a toddler, washable is a must!
Googly Eyes - We made very basic monsters and ghosts but you can definitely be more creative with other supplies
Foam Brush(not pictured) – We didn’t originally plan on using one but ended up grabbing one later on

Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/4453

In the beginning, I was set on getting nice, neat hand and footprints (hashtag OCD. lol) so I enlisted some help in hopes of trying to maintain cleanliness while getting clear prints but after a few minutes, that was out the window and we let Cash have some real fun and explore his artistic abilities. :)

Cash Monster Orange Foot - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/4453

For this craft, the process is most accurately explained in pictures than in words… :). He did pretty well doing his hand prints all by himself.

Cash Monster Purple Hand - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/4453  Cash Monster Handprint - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/4453

Starting with the “Paint cheek” picture is when he pretty much just stuck to painting himself. lol.

Cash Monster Cheek Paint - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/?p=4453

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Proudly displaying his work…and his adorable smile :)

Cash Monster Messy Boy - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/?p=4453

Time to let the little masterpieces dry…

Cash Monster Before Eyes - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/?p=4453

Once paint is completely dry, glue on googly eyes (this is where adult help is really needed).

Cash Monster Apply Eyes - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/?p=4453
Another “Taa-daa!” moment from Cash.

Cash Monster All Done - Halloween monster craft with Cash Powell. Full details at http://heidipowell.net/?p=4453
The finished product – both papers could be considered monsters but the bottom white paper was meant to be two ghosts… We’ll leave that up to your creative imagination. :)

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Cash LOVED painting and he was hilarious to watch during the whole process.The rest of the day he walked around saying “do my craft?”. :)


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#BabyPowell Giveaway: Ergobaby Performance Carrier

POSTED ON October 20, 2013

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Congratulations to our Winner, Annie Browne
Watch for the next Labor Day to Labor Day 12-week Giveaway this coming Sunday.
More prizes coming your way!

Enter to win an #Ergobaby Performance Carrier at http://heidipowell.com/4334 in the #BabyPowell Giveaway #PowellPack #HeidiPowell

If there is one thing I wish I had from day one of Cash’s life, it would be an Ergobaby Performance Carrier. With all of the hiking, trekking, moving, and walking the Powell Pack does, this sure would have made our life easier.

I was introduced to the Ergobaby Carrier this last summer in Colorado. A friend and I were taking our combined 5 kids (6, if you include the baby on board ☺) for a hike in the beautiful mountains of Canon City, CO, and Cash – bless his heart – was being the usual Cashy Boy…super rambunctious! I didn’t have any desire to pull him up those mountains with the risk of him running over a ledge. Nor did I feel like carrying him on my hip the whole way. I was 6 months pregnant for crying out loud!

Ergobaby to the rescue! Much to my surprise, the Ergobaby Carrier my friend lent me not only carried Cash’s 2 year old body on my back, but carried him comfortably for both of us. And until this point, Cash had NEVER been a fan of carriers!! EVER.

I’m sold.

After doing some research of my own, I realized Ergobaby has a line specifically designed for active parents like us! I thought the one I wore was comfortable for hiking…I can only imagine how comfortable the Performance Carrier is. I can’t wait to try it out!

You can win one of these $135 amazing carriers for yourself!

Ergobaby has been kind enough to offer up a carrier from their Performance Carrier line for Baby Powell’s 12-week Baby Shower Giveaway for one of my lucky readers. Thank you, Ergobaby :)

Here’s what you had to do to win:

1. Comment on this post – tell me about your favorite hike, or how you plan to use the Ergobaby Performance Carrier.
2. Like, Share, and/or rePin my #BabyPowell Giveaway posts on as many social media channels as you can: Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.
3. Follow Ergobaby on Pinterest  and/or on Twitter.

Random winner was announced on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Thanks for participating!

Heidi :)

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