Get Fit with C9 for Target! (Giveaway)


It’s no big secret that busy moms sometimes struggle to take care of themselves.  With kids and jobs and meals and laundry and some version of cleaning and never ending viruses…who has the time?

The two “me” things I’ve always taken seriously since my daughter first arrived over 6 years ago (wow, it almost pains me to write that number) are showering and exercise.  I’ve never once been the “I don’t have time for a shower” mom over the years and I’ve always managed to stay active.  When the kids were tiny…I walked.  A lot.  Like three really long walks per day, minimum.  I even bought those Reebok shape-up shoes and combined running and walking around town.

What else do you do with little ones when your husband is on tour?  You run walk until your legs practically fall off.

But then the kids tired of the stroller routine, and I had to change it up.  So I did.

I got back to my good friend, the elliptical, and ran while they drank milk.  To this day, I still run during milk and Mighty Machines.  Incidentally, if you have any questions about construction trucks at all…I’m you’re girl.

So yes, I take care of me.  I get my exercise (because, honestly?  I won’t sleep if I don’t) and I have mastered the art of the super fast shower with an audience.  I’m good.

Here’s where I fall short:  I don’t ever buy the proper exercise clothes for me.  My kids always have supportive sneakers and comfy clothes to play, climb, or dance in.  My husband has new sneakers for his daily run and some updated shorts, running pants, and sweatshirts that aren’t worn and tattered.  But me?  Embarrassing.  While it might seem like updated workout clothes while working out at home aren’t really essential, they kind of are…

I don’t know about you, but the right gear motivates.  When I have workout clothes that fit and feel right, I’m more likely to push a little harder.  When I have sneakers that aren’t, say, 8 years old…my knees don’t hurt.  And when I can sneak in some yoga, because yoga makes my world a better place, I feel a little better with yoga pants that aren’t practically in shreds.

So when my friends at Target sent me a box of amazing C9 gear for me and the kids?  I couldn’t have been more excited.  Added bonus – I got to spend the day playing and chatting all things family and exercise with two of my favorite girls, Jenny Feldon and Soleil Moon Frye.  The kids and I put on our new cute C9 by Champion gear and headed down to one of our favorite play spaces, AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach, for a morning of fun!


You see what I’m saying about the sporty, fitted workout gear?  So much better than what my poor husband usually sees…




Pardon the fuzzy picture…they did NOT stop moving all day!

There were some great people at the event and the kids had a blast playing in the gym and climbing the enormous, slightly anxiety-producing (for the moms, that is) climbing structure.

And, of course, we compared C9 gear and talked about how great it felt and looked.


All in all, it was a great day of family fitness.

We love family fitness on the weekends.  Park time, bike rides, long walks, swimming…we are an active family and we love to be active together.  And the right gear makes those active adventures that much better.

Check out this great video with Soleil highlighting the event and the C9 collection.

And now…a little something for one of you!

I have a $100 gift card for one U.S. Practical Parenting reader so that you can get some amazing C9 gear and get fit!

To enter the giveaway:

Leave me a comment here and tell me what your family does to stay active.  How do you get out and moving as a family?

A winner will be chosen on Friday, May 24th at 8pm PST.  Get those comments in!


Disclosure:  Target sent C9 by Champion clothes and shoes to me and the kids as part of my affiliation with the Target Inner Circle.  The C9 event was sponsored by Target.  However…all opinions in this post are my own.  I do love my new C9 gear and feel great wearing it!

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes freelance for Everyday Family and allParenting, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.


  1. Kelly Brown says:

    We have been going for walks as a family and doing all we can to eat healthier!

  2. We simply get outside. Everyday. Being out in the open always inspires activity for all.
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  3. We love hiking and riding bikes.

  4. we’ve been keeping busy since my son was a baby- first we took 4 mile walks every night with him in the stroller. now that he’s older, we ride bikes, play basketball in the driveway, swim, run, play tag, go on hikes, take the dog for a walk….. anything to keep moving!

  5. Ashley C says:

    We go to the park and also walk around our property (we live at a greenhouse so there is lots of places to walk!)


  6. My boys never stop moving so I don’t really think too much about theirs- they play soccer, basketball. They like to jump on the trampoline. They swim. And just run around in general.

    For me, I jump on the trampoline with them and then I do workout dvds at home.
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  7. We go for walks. My 4 yr old daughter pushes her “baby” (doll) in her own carriage, while I push my 18 mo son in another carriage. :-)

  8. Mami2jcn says:

    We love to go to the park and ride bikes.

  9. We walk/bike to the park together. At the park we walk/bike around the track a few times.

  10. Meredith says:

    We like to go on bike rides together, sometimes even to run errands – so we stay fit and get stuff done

  11. sarah r. says:

    daily walks to the park!

  12. With three kids, I’m always active….but being purposely active? That’s another story! The kids are old enough that we do family bike rides and we can often be spotted in the back (like today!) jumping rope, bumping the volleyball, scootering. I’ve recently started wearing a pedometer and am trying to get to 10,000 steps a day. And just last week I started running laps with my kindergarten students at recess. I’m trying to be more active.

  13. The kids love to ride their bikes with me while I run. My daughter also takes Dance, participates in various fitness activities with Girl Scouts and is generally active all the time!
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  14. Angela Y says:

    We go out on daily walks and we bike on the weekends.

  15. We go on walks. My husband and I run together!

  16. Celeste says:

    We like to ride bikes!

  17. D SCHMIDT says:

    We go to the local nature trails for walks, my children love to explore!

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