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Gearing Up For Working Out: Affordable Ways To Stock Up And Save Big

July 5, 2017 at 7:34 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & Activities, Mom Fun, Mom Resources, Sports FunComments Off on Gearing Up For Working Out: Affordable Ways To Stock Up And Save Big

Whether you’re working out daily or a few times a week, most of us struggle with stocking up on clothes and accessories for the gym that are comfortable and functional. Connie, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, tackles the issue in this week’s Work It Wednesdays. Take a look…

Work It Wednesdays working out

Gearing Up For Working Out

Affordable Ways To Stock Up And Save Big

Alright all, I am a gym rat and I am proud of it.  But when I workout two and three times a day, that also means I change clothes at least that many times a day.  Since laundry is not my favorite chore, I needed to find some good workout gear that didn’t break my budget.  Here are some of my favorite options:


Scheels in Overland Park truly is a one stop shop for just about everything you could need for working out, spending time outdoors, or playing sports. And they have fudge (it’s all about balance, right?!). One of the best things, as a mom, about shopping there is that they’ve got activities (Ferris Wheel, mini bowling, indoor playground) for the kids so I can take my time picking out the right items to fit my workout needs.


Believe it or not, they have some great workout clothes!  And they are super budget friendly!  I’m talking workout leggings for $13 a pair and tanks for as little as $5.  I like their Danskin brand leggings, as well as the Avia leggings.  There are tons of fun prints and different fabrics to choose from.  They have recently started carrying workout tanks and shirts from Athletic Gear.  At just $4.96, and with tons of colors and fun sayings, you can’t go wrong.


Their C9 line of workout clothes are reasonably priced (more expensive than Walmart, but not insanely high) and the styles are constantly changing.  They offer sports bras in several different impact levels, along with leggings, shorts, capris and tops.  Their sports bras are some of my favorites.  They are comfortable while providing enough support for even my high impact workouts during the week.  Watch their ads for special sales or check the Cartwheel app.

Fitness Tee Co

This is my favorite find yet!  It’s a little company based out of Colorado and they make a ton of cute and fun workout tops.  They have two styles of tank tops, plus t shirts, all with fun sayings.  There are tons of colors to choose from.  They usually run weekly specials with tanks as low as $6.99.  They do make the shirts to order, so make sure to allow a couple weeks for your order to show up.  I usually order from these guys once a month or so.

Old Navy

I get texts from Old Navy, guys.  It’s a problem.  They have a great line of athletic gear as well.  I love the variety of fits and fabrics they offer in their leggings and capris.  They are always getting new prints and colors as well.  They have high waisted workout capris for those of us who feel the need to have more coverage, as well as some compression crops that make sure everything stays in place while you workout.  Make sure you try things on just to see what style you like best.  And again, Old Navy usually runs pretty frequent sales, so watch for those and stock up when they come around.

Academy Sports

I can almost always find a pair of shoes for $50 or under, depending on what brand I want, and I love their BCG line of clothing.  Prices are comparable to that of Target, and again, there is a ton of variety in the prints and colors they come out with.  They have tops, bras and capris that won’t break the budget.

I probably own more workout gear than one person should ever have, but I always make sure I keep it in my budget and that I find gear that will last.  In general, I never dry any of my workout tanks, just because they do tend to pill after being in the dryer. Oh, and I use a ton of the Downy Unstoppables and several other brands of laundry scent bead, just to help keep my workout gear fresh.

From iFamily to Yours,


Football Season Is Upon Us!

September 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM • Posted in Mom Fun, Sports FunComments Off on Football Season Is Upon Us!

Happy Weekend, KC!

As we gear up to cheer on our favorite boys in RED THIS Sunday (GO CHIEFS!) – We wanted to share a fun post from one of our lovely Mom Squad team members, Brandi, where she talks about her L-O-V-E for the game. We know many of you love the team just as much as we do so we invite you to join in on the discussion here on the blog and on the iFamilyKC Facebook page and tell us what YOUR favorite thing about football season is!

Football Season

Football season is finally here!

If you are anything like me – then you are sooooo happy that it is!

What’s not to love about this season?! Friends, family, food, fall, and FOOTBALL. Even if you do not know how many points a touch-down brings or what 1st and 10 means, you HAVE to love this time of the year! Next to the holidays, it’s the second craziest time of year. Oh, and throw back-to-school in the mix – crazy, but I love it! I don’t love football because it impresses my husband; I have loved football since I was a kid when my cousins and I “scrimmaged” at our Grandparents house on Sunday and I learned that I can really throw a football. Then at 13 I fell in love with the spirit, success and glory of the Dallas Cowboys and I have followed and loved football ever since!

I have a football lovin’ husband, a 2 year old son. and a 10 year old step-daughter so football season to us consists of tailgating with my husband and friends at Arrowhead Stadium or watching football all day Sunday and Monday nights.

We made it through the toughest game of the season already…Chiefs pre-season. Not a tough game for the Chiefs (4-0 pre-season record! Woo Hoo!), but for us! We take the kids to a pre-season game every year and when Tristan was one, it was a piece of cake because he sat on my lap and I adored him in Chiefs gear. This year he is 2 and curious and climbing and by half-time Mommy and Tristan were walking the halls at Arrowhead, we bonded, and I still adored him in Chiefs gear.

When does the 2015 NFL Season start you ask? The 2015 NFL season kicked off on Thursday, September 10 when the Steelers visited the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.  The first full Sunday of NFL games  will take place on September 13 and our hometown Chiefs will play the Houston Texans (away game). GO CHIEFS!!!

Right now I am researching the newest game-day recipes and tailgating tips and am so looking forward to sharing them with you next time!

An avid Football fan, Brandi enjoys cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs in her spare time. In addition to her role as mother, wife, and friend, Brandi also spends her free time volunteering in the community. Look out for a link to Brandi’s personal blog in future posts!


Five Reasons to Send Your Child to Summer Camp

January 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Get Moving! Sports & Activities, Sports FunComments Off on Five Reasons to Send Your Child to Summer Camp

Submitted by
Dawn Cox, Guest Blogger

1 – Identity and individuality

At summer camp, your kiddo will not be “brother of” or “son of”, he’s going to be a camper.  He gets to make his own choices, from how much to eat all the way down to which activities he wants to participate in.  Summer camp is a great and safe environment for kids to start spreading those proverbial wings.


2 – New experiences

At Cub Creek Science Camp, campers get to interact with animals at our private zoo.  They can adopt an animal of their choosing for their stay and learn how to properly feed and take care of “their” animal.  Cub Creek has domestic and exotic animals and is licensed by the USDA.  A camper could adopt a sloth, a fox, a camel, a lemur, or yes, even a dog!


3 – Meeting new people

Campers come from all walks of life and all geographical locations.  Here at Cub Creek, we get international campers AND counselors.  It’s so much fun to hear the campers talking about the cultural differences.  We love knowing those kids will become pen-pals and likely remain friends for a long time.  Without the social expectations of school, campers are free to laugh and make friends easily.


4 – Unplug from technology

Technology is such an important part of our lives.  But it’s so important for our children to learn how to unplug and rediscover their own creativity and imagination.  Camp allows campers to engage with each other and their own emotions without the crutch of technology.


5 –   Learning valuable social skills

Coming to camp means campers have to learn not just sharing but cooperation and respect.  Kids have to share chores and compromise when they live in a cabin with each other.  Nothing says cooperation and compromise faster when having to share a bathroom with 8 other girls!


You can check out Cub Creek Science Camp at mosciencecamp.com.  We’re also on Facebook under “Cub Creek Science Camp”.


The Missouri Rhythm Basketball Ticket & Prize Pack Giveaway!

Kansas City sports enthusiasts needn’t look further than our own backyard in search of a professional basketball team to cheer on this season. Missouri Rhythm, part of the American Basketball Association (ABA), aspires to connect with metro area families through fun, entertaining basketball games, camps, and events. This Saturday, October 19th, at 7:00pm, Missouri Rhythm takes on the Disciples of Christ in an epic battle against Leukemia and Lymphoma. The game, which doubles as a fundraising event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will be held at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Missouri Rhythm has graciously offered a prize package and tickets specifically for iFamilyKC readers and fans to help spread the word about their team and this great event. Want to get in on the action?

Your Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • 4 Tickets to the Missouri Rhythm vs. Disciples of Christ game on Saturday October 19th
  • A Missouri Rhythm T-Shirt
  • 2 Missouri Rhythm Wristbands
  • A Mini ABA Basketball

Your 2nd and 3rd Prize Package Includes (Each):

  • 2 Tickets to the Missouri Rhythm vs. Disciples of Christ game on Saturday October 19th

For more information about Missouri Rhythm basketball team, to see their schedule, or to check out their involvement in the community, visit them online at: http://www.missourirhythm.com or check them out on Facebook! Be sure to tell them that iFamilyKC sent you.

Want to get in on the ticket and prize package giveaway?! Simply SHARE this blog post with your friends on Facebook using #iFamilyKC in your public post so we know it’s you. You can also earn entries by adding a comment to this blog post telling us your favorite thing about Missouri Rhythm. Winners will be randomly drawn on Friday October 18th at 10:00am and announced both on the iFamilyKC blog and on our Facebook page. Good luck, everyone!

Kickball Leagues with Live2Play Sports!

March 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, Family Health & Wellness, Sports Fun, UncategorizedComments Off on Kickball Leagues with Live2Play Sports!

I grew up under bleachers. I thought the scalpers in the Royal’s stadium parking lot were close family friends. I always had a ball in my hand.

I’m a CK (coach’s kid). Putting my life-long love of sports to work seemed like the only option when I graduated college. But I quickly discovered sports was not the joy for all kids that it was for me.

My father coached basketball for as long as my siblings or I can remember. We did our homework while he ran practices and watched from the sidelines during games. I noticed his face always shined with pure love for the game. He hated losing as much as the next coach, but he always reminded his team why they were there in the first place: for the game. When I started coaching and refereeing as an adult, I saw more competitiveness and negativity than real coaching and respect for the game. Unfortunately, parents yelling at kids for their performance was not an uncommon site after games. I saw coaches lose their tempers, displaying poor sportsmanship and players who then imitated this. I saw kids sitting on benches the whole game…during middle school games that weren’t riding on a state championship. And I saw kids without basic skill foundations who seemed to have forgotten why they started playing in the first place.

I started running adult leagues and as soon as he could ask, my son wanted to know when he could play. Like many young children, he loved chasing balls with glee and didn’t care that he could not catch the ball yet. He just loved PLAYING. Truth be told, I was worried about sending him to play competitive sports and seeing the joy leave his face from the experience. After saying “someday” to him too many times, I realized I was missing an opportunity.

I started Live2Play Sports to offer children of all ages the chance to build athletic skills in a non-competitive environment. No yelling parents, no arguments, everyone plays and the focus is on fun. The parent of a third-grade player told me this is the first chance her son has had to actually build his skills. He was never taught how to kick, pitch, or catch a ball. And because of this, he never got to play and so never got to build those skills. She’s amazed at how quickly he’s gained confidence in his physical skills playing on one of my kickball teams. Further, she’s thrilled to see how good he feels about himself from the experience. She’s since signed all of her kids up for youth kickball.

Come to one of our fields and you’ll see a very different experience from your usual youth sports leagues. There’s no “sides,” everyone cheers for everyone. Kids cooperate and help each other do better. We host nights for adults-only along with an end of season team celebration for the kids. It’s not the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. The focus is on giving every kid the opportunity to play, build their skills and confidence, and bring back the love of the game.

Check out www.Live2PlaySports.com