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Happy Birthday to a Man We Will Never Forget

POSTED ON April 20, 2014

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Of all Easters I’ve experienced in my life, this one is the most special to me.

On it’s own, Easter carries quite a bit of significance to me, and always has. It’s a time to reflect upon our lives and practice gratitude for the gift we have been given to be on this mortal earth. It’s also a time to practice gratitude for the possibilities that might be there beyond our life on this earth.

It feels like no coincidence that this Easter falls on the birthday of my late hero…my father. Funny how no matter how old you are, losing a parent is never easy. In fact, I feel like the more life you live with someone, the harder it is to let them go. That being said, my heart misses him so much. As much as it heals over time, it also experiences deeper longing as the days pass. I feel like an 8 year old girl sometimes that just wants her daddy :).

This Easter, I am practicing hope for and faith in a plan much greater than what I logically know to be true. Although my brain has a hard time comprehending life beyond this earth, my heart knows someday my family will be reunited with our amazing family leader.

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Dad, I love you. I am so grateful for the incredible example you were during your lifetime of unconditional love, gratitude, appreciation, selflessness, courage, strength, leadership, and family togetherness. Your daughter, your grandkids, your brothers and sisters, your parents, your kids, your wife, and your friends miss you…but we carry you with us each and every day. Because of your life on this earth, we are better people. Because of your spirit that still lives on, this world is a better place.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Until we meet again,
Your daughter,

Heidi :)

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Fun Easter Activ-ities

POSTED ON April 17, 2014

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Spring is definitely in the air and all four of the kids are so excited for the upcoming Easter Weekend!  It’s Ruby’s first Easter and we can’t wait to gather with extended family to share in the fun of egg hunts, egg coloring and  lots and lots of candy activities!   Help curb the sugar and keep the kids moving with some of the Powell Pack’s favorite outdoor games and bonus  -  adults of all ages will enjoy these too! :-)

1. Easter Egg Hunt: Get a few extra steps in there for each child by having them hunt for a specific color of egg, and the child who finds all the eggs of that color wins. Since the kids will be looking for a particular color, they’ll run around a lot more! Bonus: the little ones like Cash can practice learning their colors. Hide one “golden” egg for each child to keep them hunting a little longer too!

2. Easter Egg Roll:  After or instead of an egg hunt, get everyone involved in an egg roll! The first one, or team, across the finish line using a spoon, their hands, their feet, or even their noses wins. This is a favorite of Matix and Marley!

3. The Easter Bunny Says:  Put an Easter twist on the traditional Simon Says, and watch everyone break out in fun and laughter as they all compete to be the last one standing.

4. Musical Chairs: Gather everyone around and pull out some fun music and let the competition begin to see who will get a chair first. Younger children like Cash can even be the music man.  If you have lots of children of varying ages, play in groups to ensure everyone has fun and little ones don’t get squished :).  Ruby is already strategizing with Chris on how to get the most people out the fastest!

5. Egg Relay Obstable Race: To add variety to the traditional egg relay race, have the kids transport multiple eggs (one at a time) during their turn, relay an armful of eggs back and forth between teammates, and go through, over, under, and around obstacles. If they drop any eggs, they have to start over.

6. Active Eggs: Write down different activities on slips of paper and put them in plastic eggs. Set a timer, have the kids choose eggs and complete the activities in the eggs. The child who completes the most activities before the timer rings wins. Here are some ideas: do 10 jumping jacks, do 5 burpees, hop on one foot 10 times, do 5 push-ups, do 5 sit-ups, do 5 crab walks, do 5 bear crawls, run around the yard once, etc.

We have loved these games in the past and can’t wait for this weekend to play again as we celebrate. Check out this video of some of our past Easter fun!

If you have any ideas for fun and creative Easter activities, share them in the comments below.

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Happy Birthday to the Strongest, Smartest…

POSTED ON March 28, 2014

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This is Chris hijacking Heidi’s blog! :-)

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Happy Birthday to the strongest, smartest, most insightful, and MOST beautiful woman in the world…my best friend and wife, Heidi. Here’s a little walk down memory lane over the years since we’ve met – the best years of my life. I can’t wait for the next 70 years together ;) I love you babe.

Chris

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Happy Birthday Derek!

POSTED ON March 10, 2014

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Today, we are wishing a very Happy Birthday to our incredible friend, my ex-husband, and the father of my first two children – Derek.

Our family wouldn’t be the same without you, and I hope you know how grateful we are to have you in our lives. Truly, life wouldn’t be near as much fun for Cashy and Ruby without their “Uncle Dekle”.

Thanks for helping to keep our family grounded, even amongst all of the crazy curveballs that we throw at you most of the time ☺. And thanks for being a great friend to me and Chris.

You’ve been quite the example to me (and to many others) during these years post-divorce. It’s been eye-opening to see how much you care about not only the kids’ happiness, but about mine and Chris’ too. People reading this would be amazed to know that when times get tough for me and Chris, YOU are usually the one that reminds me of what is most important, and encourages me to (drop my ego and) “fix it”. I don’t know one other ex-husband like that ☺. I really don’t.

If there were more parents out there that could follow your lead, this world would be a better place. Thank you for loving our kids and loving our family, and supporting us in all that we do, even when it’s not easy. We appreciate you more than you might know.

We love you, Derek!!

Love,

All of us

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Happy Birthday, Chris!!

POSTED ON March 2, 2014

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Happy 36th birthday to the most amazing man alive…my one and only, and my best friend :)

Chris, for your birthday this year, we thought there would be nothing better than to let you know just a few of the many reasons we are so grateful for you in our lives.

Our kiddos took this task pretty seriously…Matix and Marley were so cute and wanted to write down what they were going to say to make sure they didn’t forget anything important :). Ruby had PLENTY to say about you, and Cash? Well, he’s two and a half, and said whatever came to his hilarious little head. :)

Without further ado… out of the mouths of your babes…

Now, from me? Too much to possibly write here, so I’ll keep this short and tell you the rest in person…

I love you so, so much, Babe. We may have the occasional spat (let’s be honest, they’re almost all my fault!), but no matter how many we have, these statements will always hold true:

YOU are my best friend,
YOU are the one I laugh with about the silliest things,
YOU make me a better person, just by being around you,
YOU are my mentor,
YOU are my partner in crime,
YOU are my rock,
YOU are my everything.

Working, living, and raising a family together 24/7 can carry some challenges…but I’ll tell ya…I wouldn’t have it any other way. The benefits of having you to experience every aspect of this life with me far outweigh those challenges. This life is so much better with you in it (not just for me, but for those reading this too). Thank you for being the love of my life. Thanks for standing by my side as we accomplish our dreams and help others accomplish theirs. I am a better person because of you.

Love,
Heidi

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Welcome Back Heart Attack

POSTED ON February 1, 2014

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As many of you know, our job takes us on many adventures around the U.S., and most recently, around the world. Four of the Powell Six Pack went on these adventures while Matix and Marley stayed home because they are in school. (Boy do we wish we could’ve taken them!!) We ended up being gone for two weeks straight, the longest we have ever been away from Matix and Marley. While seeing some of the most beautiful places in the world was AMAZING, we couldn’t wait to be home and together again as a family.

Our nanny, who stayed with Matix and Marley, thought it might be fun for them to create an awesome surprise for us to come home to. Because Valentine’s Day is coming up, they decided to give us one serious
heart attack. :)

We walked into our bedroom, bathroom and closet to find this:

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With some of the sweetest messages:

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From our sweet, amazing, superstar kids:

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As if coming home to these two wasn’t awesome enough, their surprise made it even better. It is so true what they say, “There’s no place like home.” :)

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Are You Here on Holiday?

POSTED ON January 18, 2014

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“Are you here on holiday?” Everybody here asks…with their dreamy New Zealand accent, I must add.

This isn’t the first country (or state for that matter) that we’ve visited where this question seems to be asked repetitively. If not by the locals, then by friends, family, and our loyal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter friends. Nope. As a matter of fact, so much of our lives is spent on the road in beautiful, breathtaking places that Chris and I had only dreamed of visiting just a few short years ago.

While it might seem like the answer to that burning question should be an easy “yes” or a “no”, it’s slightly more complicated than that.

Yes, Chris and I get to travel the world. And we get to do it with our family in tow. But I must admit, not one single, itty bitty (or huge) trip we’ve taken since we have met has been for the sole purpose of vacation or pleasure. I kid you not!

All of them, every single one, to date has been for the purpose of work. Most of these trips are to visit our peeps or shoot the show, but occasionally our trips are to take business meetings, or visit some of our favorite morning or talk shows. “That’s a LOT of work trips,” you say! Yes, yes it is.

BUT…and this is a huge “but”, this doesn’t mean that we don’t make every trip a holiday ☺. Because we do!! We have learned that since time is precious…and it’s hard for us to take time for ourselves, or ever really travel just for fun, we can make fun wherever we go.

I never in a million years would have thought that I would have the opportunity to see the world like I have been able to. I also never imagined my 4th child would see 6 states and 3 countries just after her 2 month birthday. And that’s just little Ruby’s experiences! If Cash, Matix, and Marley ever write a book…I’ll tell ya, they would have some adventures to share!

How do we do this? We work hard (REALLY hard), nearly all day everyday with a huge smile on our faces. Why smile when we work? Two reasons:

One: We hardly consider this work. We get to inspire and BE inspired by people everywhere, and we get to make best friends with those people transforming their lives. The saying is true…

“Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Two: Because we know in the midst of these extremely long days we put in (on the phone coaching from afar, on the computer writing or tweaking programs, shooting the show, developing tools to help millions…not just those on the show), that when our work day wraps, a new adventure in a foreign location awaits the Powell Pack ☺.

The perfect example – Today we were lucky enough to get to spend half of our work day on one of the most beautiful, black sand beaches of New Zealand. Knowing this was the location of the shoot, we brought the family along to play between shoots. Cash had the time of his life (going on a scavenger hunt today) while Ruby smiled at everyone and everything ☺. And for us? What’s better than being able to sneak kisses and hugs from some of our bundles of joy during our work day? Dream come true.

So, whenever you wonder if “we are here on holiday,” you now have your answer.

No, but yes ;).

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A Picture Perfect Winter Break

POSTED ON January 3, 2014

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With Winter Break coming to an end, I can’t help but sit back and appreciate the days these kids have had off from school. With our family’s abnormally busy life, it often proves tough to find “together time”, and this holiday break was the perfect opportunity for some much needed family bonding and even new, updated family pictures!

I love the days I get to spend with my kids without worrying about spelling words, projects, math sheets, and all the other homework-related things we get to do every day. Just lots of play time :)

I’m especially grateful for the holidays this year.  We’ve been able to finally slow down (thank you, kidney stones, for the forced slow down!) and enjoy spending time together.

Just days until our crazy adventures begin again ;). I’ll miss this break…

So grateful.

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My Top Ten Tips for Holiday Survival

POSTED ON December 19, 2013

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The holidays are finally here! While I love this season more than any other, I have to admit that the multiple gatherings and parties can make it tough for even ME to stay on track. No one wants to go into the New Year with extra baggage, right?

Not to fear, help is here!

Behold, my top 10 tips for holiday survival :)

  1. Plan your meals ahead of time so when the holiday craziness sets in you’ll be prepared to make better choices.
  2. Eat before you go to parties and gatherings, and take healthy foods. Not only will you have a non-diet busting option, but those with similar goals will thank you!
  3. Eat breakfast. You’ll start your day out right and will be less tempted to overindulge on all those holiday goodies.
  4. Pack your shopping cart with lots of fruits and veggies, and make sure you eat at least five servings every day. Make them easily accessible: keep fruit in a bowl on the counter, keep cut up veggies in the fridge, and take them with you wherever you go for a quick and healthy snack.
  5. Move, move, move. Make time for exercise—at least five minutes—every day. Rev up your metabolism by exercising before and after holiday dinners so fewer of those holiday calories will find a final resting place! And remember, exercising is a great opportunity to spend quality, non-screen-involved time with family and friends, so involve them too!
  6. Give neighbors and family non-food treats—they will probably thank you for this! Some ideas: a coupon for an act of service, an ornament, or other inexpensive items that will last longer than the holidays. Or if you must give treats, give something that can be enjoyed post-holidays like frozen cookie dough, mixes, and so on.
  7. Stay hydrated to fight hunger and holiday fatigue by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day (150 pounds = 75 ounces of water).
  8. Do enjoy your holiday favorites—in moderation. Often a few bites will satisfy that craving for those foods you’re so fond of, and honestly, a few bites won’t blow your weight loss goals!
  9. Since many traditional holiday foods are loaded with calories, give your favorites a healthy tweak. I already shared our Powell Pack Twist on Thanksgiving Dinner, and you can find other yummy (and calorie-reduced) recipes here.
  10. And last, but certainly not least, stay focused on your goals throughout the holidays. While you might not have total control over what foods you’re served, you always have control over what you choose to eat and do (exercise!). Be sure to keep your promises to yourself, and you’ll have a healthy and rewarding holiday season and an awesome start to the New Year!

Happy Holidays!

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Day 22: I’m Thankful for Such a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day…

POSTED ON November 28, 2013

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Day 22. I’m thankful for such a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with the people I love most.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love, The Powell Pack

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