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Charity Miles

What if donating to charity was as easy as lacing up the running shoes and heading out for a run,walk or bike ride?   What if I told you it wouldn’t cost you a penny to donate?  Would you be interested?  Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to earn money for charities as you run, walk or bike.  And it doesn’t cost you a cent!

Download Charity Miles on your iPhone or Android for free.  Activate your account by choosing your charity.  There is a list of about 22 charities.   Select Run, Walk or Bike and then hit the pavement.  It’s that easy!  When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship and spread the word.   Bikers earn 10 cents a mile while running and walking earn 25 cents a mile.  So what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and get running!

A list of the charities :  My charity is Autism Speaks.

* Achilles International
* ASPCA
* Autism Speaks
* DoSomething.org
* Every Mother Counts
* Feeding America
* Girl Up
* Habitat for Humanity
* Ironman Foundation
* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
* Nothing But Nets
* Partnership For a Healthier America
* Pencils of Promise
* She’s the First
* Shot@Life
* Stand Up to Cancer
* The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
* The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
* The Nature Conservancy
* VisionSpring
* The World Food Programme
* Wounded Warrior Project

Are you on Instagram?  Use #Everymilematters and your picture could end up on Facebook Charity Miles Page.   Enjoy your run!

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Benefits of Karate for Kids

Benefits of Karate for Kids

Last week my youngest son started karate lessons.  When he came to my husband and I and declared he wanted to take karate we were of course a little hesitant.   Not of the karate itself.  In fact, I love the martial arts and the benefits of doing them.   I actually use to be a kick boxer myself.  I loved it!!  I did it when my husband and I lived in California.  It was the best physical and mental workout of my life.   It still saddens me I cannot find a kickboxing gym like the one in California.   Anyway, back to my youngest son.  It wasn’t that we didn’t want him to take karate, it was that we thought he would go once and see how focus you have to be in class and quit.   Well, we are only 5 classes into karate and so far so good.  He really seems to like it and is always practicing.   And the focus part…he is really impressing me how focus he is during class.  If he could only be this focused at home things would be great.   I think this might actually turn into something good and not money thrown out the window 🙂  I am sure a lot of you can relate to that area.   Sign me up, pay the money, and then quit.   So we are only on our second week but I will keep you posted.   We signed him up for two months under a trial and it included the uniform.

So after seeing how the kids act during class and how they respect the instructor, I decided to research the benefits of karate for kids.   There are benefits for both physical and mental.

Physical Benefits:

  • Improved coordination
  • Increased performance in all physical activities
  • Improved strength
  • Better flexibility
  • It’s a great cardio workout
  • Improved balance
  • Ability to defend yourself

Mental Benefits:

  • Improved concentration for better study habits
  • Confidence in knowing you can defend yourself
  • Confidence in knowing how to deal with bullies and other confrontations
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  • Self-esteem
  • Respect for yourself and those around you
  • Motivation and an ‘I Can Do It’ attitude 

Does your child do Karate?  What benefits have you noticed in your child from doing karate?  Maybe you do karate…please share your thoughts on karate/martial arts?

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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