The Crutch Chronicles

Being a parent to an athlete means at some point you’ll learn what RICE means besides something that tastes great with chicken.

I’m talkin’ Rest Ice Compression and Elevation people. And hey we’ve made it this many years into the parenting gig without actually needing crutches and for that I am thankful.

After 8 years of playing soccer it was probably inevitable that our travel soccer girl got injured. Her team was scrimmaging against a high school team and during a defensive move she rolled her left ankle. At first I thought it may have been “just” a severe sprain but as the evening progressed it was obvious that she probably had a fracture. Her ankle was swollen beyond recognition and she couldn’t put any pressure on her foot at all. We headed to the doctor immediately the next morning and then to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for xrays.

Miss C has just a couple more weeks of wearing her boot (and a follow-up appointment at Vanderbilt Orthopedics late next week) and then hopefully she’ll be back on the soccer field and stronger than ever for the spring season.. In the mean time, her crutches have gotten blinged out with neon duct tape and she’s collecting new autographs on her boot daily.

Here’s my girl rockin’ her new boot. Not the kind of boot she wanted to wear this fall as she navigates the halls of middle school, but she’s making the best of it!


Send us healing vibes next week as we head back to the orthopedic doctor! This is one brave, tough girl. Go Miss C!


Saturday Girl Power Feel Good Playlist

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Love this video and song from Colbie Caillat…great message for tween and teen girls (and their mamas.)

My Current Girl Power Feel Good Playlist (check it out on YouTube):

What songs are inspiring your tween and teen girls these days? (And yes most top 40 songs that my girls view on YouTube are only approved as the “lyrics only” version.)

Happy Saturday!


Family Road Trip Memories: Win a Car Seat from Toyota and #BuckleUpForLife

Updated: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Cynthia Painter for winning her choice of Evenflo brand car seat!

Some of my fondest memories with my girls are made during family road trips, whether it involves playing silly car games, singing at the tops of our lungs, or making a pit stop for lunch. When they were toddlers I always knew a good time had been had by the departure to zonk out time ratio when we were traveling. If they were good and worn out they’d snooze the entire way home. Actually even today at ages 9 and 12 that fun ratio still applies. It doesn’t matter if a car ride is 10 minutes, or 10 hours, we can always bond with our kids during drive time.

 Buckle Up For Life Twitter Party

My older daughter Miss C age 2 (left) on vacation in Navarre Beach, Florida, and at age 3 (right) on vacation in Chattanooga…love the Chattanooga Choo Choo hat and her little pink soft doll is packed away with some special items from years ago.

To celebrate these precious moments I’m honored to join Toyota, Traveling Mom, and She Buys Cars this week for two educational and fun social media events. A car seat is one of the most important initial purchases you’ll make for your child and they’ll log many hours making memories on the road with you.

Want to join me tomorrow night? Here are the details:

#BuckleUpforLife Twitter Party, Monday, September 8, at 8 p.m. CST

Make sure you RSVP for a chance to win one of four Evenflo car seats. Visit Traveling Mom’s post to RSVP and be sure to follow the hashtags #BuckleUpForLife and #TMOM

Then on Wednesday, September 10 join myself and the other blogger panelists for the Buckle Up For Safety Google hangout with child safety experts from 11 a.m. CST to 1 p.m. CST. This Google hangout will feature experts on car seat safety, including Toyota Safety Engineer Jennifer Pelky, as well as the Visionary of Buckle Up for Life, Dr. Victor Garcia. You will also have a chance to win one of 20 car seats being given away by event sponsor Toyota.

In addition to the Twitter Party and Google Hangout you have the chance to win a car seat here on my blog. I’m also giving away a new Evenflo car seat to one lucky reader! (The seat you receive will be based on your child’s needs.)

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of Evenflo Car Seat you would love to win. Here’s a link to all of their car seat products. They’ve come a LONG way since we shopped for our first one back in 2002!

For up to three additional entries (please leave an additional comment below with a link to each extra comment):

  • Follow @BuckleUpForLife on Twitter

  • Follow @BlondeMomBlog on Twitter

  • Tweet the following: Hope I win an Evenflo car seat from @blondemomblog #BuckleUpforLife

Good luck and thanks for entering! Will I see you at the Twitter party tomorrow or during the Google hangout on Wednesday?

I’ll select one winner from all eligible comments using; giveaway closes at midnight CST Sunday, September 14. The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+.

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