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Moms on the Run in the Twin Cities


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Women all over the Twin Cities are dropping pounds, making new friends, and improving their health. Their secret? Moms on the Run! Designed for all fitness levels, Moms on the Run was initially created to move even the most inactive woman towards lifestyle change and give her the confidence and training structure to complete a 5K Race. Now in its fifth year of operation right here in the Twin Cities, Moms on the Run offers a structured 18-week training program in 12 metro locations.


If you've been waiting for the motivation to get your start as a runner, this class is for you. Programs are available for walkers, beginning and intermediate runners. Run your first 5K/10K/10 mile or half-marathon, improve your speed and endurance, or stay motivated in your walking routine. The group is for all women, not just moms, but jogging strollers are welcome. This class will focus on interval training to increase metabolism and burn more fat. You'll start out slowly and walk/jog/run your way up to your very first race or a new personal record!


Moms love to say they put their families first...but forget they are part of the family. Feel better. Do better. Your kids are watching you and the example you are setting for a lifestyle of health and fitness. If you are a woman who is too busy, too stressed, too tired....join us this spring. You'll find a supportive community of women eager to encourage you toward your health and fitness goals. Join Moms on the Run for Fitness, Fun, and Friendship!


Moms on the Run Twin Cities Locations: Apple Valley/Rosemount, Blaine, Coon Rapids/Andover, Eden Prairie, Forest Lake, Hastings, Maple Grove, Shoreview, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Woodbury


For more information or to register go to: MomsOnTheRun.com

... Continue reading Moms on the Run in the Twin Cities.

Take a Winning Photo


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You don't have to be a professional photographer to take beautiful pictures. With these expert tips from 20-year National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, you could take the ultimate photo - one that you'll love and that could win you a dream prize:


Work the Reflections - Reflections always add visual drama to pictures and can make an otherwise ordinary scene interesting. But reflections require calm waters, so get out early in the morning before the winds kick up. Also, get lower and closer to the surface of the water to get more reflections. Even a small puddle of water can produce large reflections if you are right down to the surface.


Collect the Details - Detail pictures do wonders for a set of travel pictures. Not only do they offer a welcome variety in the scale of the images (pictures get dull quickly when they are all shot from the same distance and viewpoint.) They can also reveal telling aspects of a place and its story.


Keep it Simple - Clutter kills too many pictures. Simplicity is powerful. Usually that means cleaning up the background, leaving out extraneous, unnecessary detail. So watch your framing carefully, and especially watch the edges of the frame.


Keep an Eye out for Shadows - It doesn't happen every day, but occasionally a great shadow will make a great picture. Often you'll need to get up higher to see the shadows well, and you'll need to tune your eye to see how dark they can be and what sorts of interesting shapes they may form.


Move Around to the Back - Trying different viewpoints is always a good idea, but too often we don't go far enough. Going clear around to the backside of the action can make images that offer a fresh perspective. Too often we follow old habits and shoot everything from the front.


Energizer is teaming up with the National Geographic Society for the fourth annual Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, giving photographers the dream opportunity to see their photo appear in an ad in National Geographic magazine and winning their choice of three inspiring trips at different locations across the globe. The program is part of the new Energizer campaign called "now that's positivenergy."


Enter your best shots at www.nationalgeographic.com/lithium by June 30, 2011. Contest judge Jim Richardson will review all of the entries and select two finalists in each of 6 categories. From August 15 through September 15, the public will be asked to go online and vote for their favorites. Once the Category Winners are determined, Richardson will help choose a Grand Prize Winner, to be announced on or about November 8, 2011.



Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Source: Energizer


 


... Continue reading Take a Winning Photo.

"What Not to Wear" is CASTING in Minneapolis Now!



TLC is coming to Minneapolis and we need YOU to nominate a friend, family member or co-worker whose wardrobe is screaming for a make-over! If you know someone who has a BIG, great personality and a horrible wardrobe we want to hear from you! This season we are looking for the CRAZIEST dressers we can find. If you know someone who's a chronic costumer, looks like a bag lady, thrift store, or craft obsessed etc. we want to hear from you!

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About the show:
"WHAT NOT TO WEAR" provides fashion intervention to people nominated by friends/family/co-worker as someone who desperately needs a style overhaul!  Fashion experts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly then confront the person and reveal their plan to teach them "WHAT NOT TO WEAR" sorting through the person's current wardrobe and providing them with rules for maximizing their best assets and personal style. They are given a credit card worth $5,000, and it's time to hit the shops.  After a consultation with Stacy and Clinton on these new clothing choices, along with a dramatic hair and makeup revamp, viewers will see a complete transformation and a stunning reveal. 
 
Visit the website:
For fashion before and after photos visit the official Web site of "WHAT NOT TO WEAR" at www.discovery.com and click on TLC.  More than 10,000 people per month are nominated by their friends and family members through the Web. 
 
Connect with the TLC Audience:
• TLC is in 85 million homes in the US
• 23.3 million viewers tune into TLC each week
• 83 million viewers tune in to watch TLC each month
• TLC ranks #1 in concentration of upscale adults 25-54 and 18-49 in prime time
• 'What Not to Wear' averages over 1.3 million viewers per week.
 
To nominate someone for the show please send the following info to:
Meghan Griffin / Casting Associate Producer
MGriffin@bbcnyproduction.com
 
Name:
Age:
Size:
Height:
Marital Status:
Occupation:
Home location:
Describer her personality:
Describe her style in full detail:
At least 2 pictures that illustrate her lack of style:
Nominator's contact info:
 
****REMEMBER THIS NOMINATION MUST REMAIN A SECRET****

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Win Tickets to the Ultimate Pajama Party


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The Ultimate Pajama Party has just booked Gretchen Rossi, a favorite Real Housewife of Orange County to join the January 22nd event. AND--- a lucky MomTalk fan will win 2 tickets to the Ultimate Pajama Party! To be eligible to win tickets, just add a comment to the post on our Facebook page. Names will be gathered and one fan will be chosen at random on January 10th.


Find out more about the Ultimate Pajama Party.


Bravo's Orange County episodes are beginning again in January so
Gretchen's visit to the Twin Cities is perfect timing!

... Continue reading Win Tickets to the Ultimate Pajama Party.

Check Out Our New Promotion


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We have a special promotion that's perfect for our New York/New Jersey members or to send as a gift to a friend or relative in the New York area*.

Everyday Helper Solutions has created 3 special concierge packages: for the expectant mom, for the brand-new mom and for the working mom. Each package includes services tailored to a mom's needs. One winner will be chosen at random for each package.


Here's how to win:
1. If you're not yet a member, join MomTalk's social network at http://share.momtalk.com
2. Post a status update on your page there telling us that you'd love to win and which package
That's it!


The 3 winners will be chosen (at random, like we said,) on Monday, August 3.


So, what do you get?


The "Wow, I didn't realize I'd need so much stuff" package for the expectant mom
Let EHS go shopping for all those essentials you'll need right from the get-go. The list might include some of the following:
• Diapers
• Desitin
• Powder/Corn Starch
• Baby Oil
• Baby Wash
• Formula
• Baby Bottles
• Bottle Washer
• Pacifiers
• Baby wipes


The "I can't seem to get everything done" package for the new mom
• Express Grocery Shopping - 20 items or less
• Getting Organized - We'll assess your needs and goals and help you plan for this new phase of life.


The "I'm trying to do it all" package for the working mom
• 1 Hour Neighborhood Errands
• 1 Hour Concierge--which could include the following:
⁃ Scheduling appointments and reminders
⁃ Travel & Leisure Arrangements
⁃ Movie & Theatre Tickets
⁃ Meal Planning
⁃ Restaurant Reservations
⁃ Process Subscriptions and Annual Memberships
⁃ Phone calls


Any member of MomTalk's social network is eligible to win--either for yourself, if you're in the service area, or as a gift for a New York metro area friend. Enter now because time's flying.


PS: While this promotion is available only in the New York area specified below, Everyday Helper Solutions offers great virtual services nationwide. Check out their website and see what they can do for you.


*Services available to residents of NY, NJ and surrounding areas including Long Island.

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Lake Fun & Safety


It's that time of year--time to head out to one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes (or to one of umteen thousands of lakes all over the country). Before you go, check out the downloadable guide below to safe swimming, boating and fishing from Conservation Minnesota. If you're worried about water pollution and contamination, you can go to CheckMyLake.org to find out whether lakes have been tested and what the results show.


Parent's Guide to Safe Recreation

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Win Tickets to a Special Screening of BABIES


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You've seen the ads, now see the movie at an advanced screening!


3 Lucky MomTalk members in the Twin Cities area are invited to a special advance screening of BABIES. Winners, chosen at random, will see the movie and receive an additional prize pack with a poster, a baby onesie and adult-size t-shirt.


To be eligible to win tickets and prize package, come find us and become a MomTalk fan on Facebook. On Monday, April 26, we'll select 3 Facebook fans to attend the screening.





When and where:
Wednesday, April 28
7:30 p.m.
Landmark Lagoon Cinema
(1320 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis)
 

SYNOPSIS
The adventure of a lifetime begins...
 

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, BABIES simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.
 

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.


Opening in theatres nationwide on May 7th. 
 

 

... Continue reading Win Tickets to a Special Screening of BABIES.