Planting herbs (Week 20)

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This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to plant herbs.

Year-to-date we have raised $764 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 76 last week’s completed challenge and 29 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 6 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 4 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Change Cravers, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 2 TEAMS

(Moutain Ladies, Pacers4lyfe)


Coming Together While Walking (Week 19)

Thanks to you, Mother’s Day week was full of love and commitment to bring awareness of the maternal health crisis within the United States.

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to walk for a cause May 6th-12th,  2019.

Challenges Completed and Money Raised:

Year-to-date we have raised $734.30 for Every Mother Counts! That is 1595 challenges.

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Be Better Teams come together through walking:

Through the charity mile app, totally free to download, the Be Better team, Mama Needs A Minute was able to log more than 30 cumulative miles. Last week was a wonderful example of the power of women coming together.  It was also a wonderful opportunity to be active and outdoors with kiddos.

“Our family loved this challenge- it made us get out, hold hands and get some fresh air!” - Nasem D

“Our team loved this week’s challenge of “Walking For a Cause.”  It was so much fun to all come together and use the “Team” feature on the Charity Miles App which allowed us to track our progress as a team while raising money.  We all put in the extra effort to get outside with our families and explore and as a result, together we walked 30 miles for Every Mother Counts.”- Megan O

Thank you to all the women who participated in this week’s challenge to walk for a cause. We definitely walked over 200 miles!

HEATHER Z WALKING ALLONG SIDE HER DAUGHTER A TOTAL OF 33 MILES

HEATHER Z WALKING ALLONG SIDE HER DAUGHTER A TOTAL OF 33 MILES

Shout out to everyone who participated in my goal to walk/run 26 miles!

On Sunday before the challenge, I put out an invitation to anyone interested in joining me in my goal to complete 26 miles during the walk for a cause challenge. To my surprise, about 15 people responded via Instagram and text message. As I shared the journey on Instagram Story, I felt overwhelmed by the support and encouragement from other women (some I know personally, others have become new friends).  We walked long distances because in some parts of the world, many women have to travel as far as 26 miles, often on foot or in labor, to reach a doctor or clinic. Distance is one of the biggest barriers to maternal health care.



Working on a total of 26 miles while finishing a 10K.

Working on a total of 26 miles while finishing a 10K.

Virtual Run on May 11th

On May 11th, women around the nation came together virtually to walk or run in the 2nd Annual Run to Believe virtual run through More Miles Race. This race donated 100% of proceeds to Every Mother Counts. With my husband and kids in tow, I went down to Newport Beach, CA, and ran a 10K. For someone who hasn’t really run prior to having kids, it was difficult but incredibly rewarding and meaningful.

Our First In Person Be Better Event:

One of our Be Better Team Captains in Orange County had a great idea. She thought it would be amazing to invite all the Orange County 52’ers to a “kid friendly” hike on Wednesday morning at 10:30am at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve (2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA).  

We encourage you to host #bebetter52 events in your neighborhood. If you do, please let us know by emailing aly@bebettermovement.com or tagging us on instagram @mybebetter.

Be Better Teams

Congrats to our Be Better Teams.  Eight teams had 80% participation or more for week six.

The teams with 100% participation: 4 teams.            

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Change Cravers,  Mama Needs a Minute, The Positive Changemakers)

The teams with 80% participation: 4 teams

(Beautiful Badass Breeders, Be Better Boss Babes, Mtn. Ladies, Team Awesome)



More Effort Now Equals Less Worry Later (Week 18)

Roasted Veggies: Great way to meal prep.

Roasted Veggies: Great way to meal prep.

Here is last week’s report and a highlight of the events this week. There is a lot going on since it is Mother’s Day week. Yes, we celebrate Mother’s Day all week at Be Better Movement. Why? Because we feel the impact of mothers deserve to be celebrated and the awareness of the maternal health crisis needs to be addressed.

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to meal plan April 29-May 5th,  2019.

Challenges Completed and Money Raised:

Year-to-date we have raised $701.50 for Every Mother Counts! That is 1519 challenges completed.

Make sure to sign up for Virtual Run on May 11th

On May 11th, women around the nation will come together virtually to walk or run in the 2nd Annual Run to Believe virtual run. This race is donating 100% of proceeds to Every Mother Counts. All you have to do is register at More Miles Race and then grab your running shoes and head out anytime and anywhere on May 11th.

Download App: Charity Miles

The app is totally free to download and enables you to raise money for a variety of causes through simply bringing your phone on a walk. The longer you walk, the more the program donates. Once the app is downloaded, simply scroll down until you see Every Mother Counts, select it, and start moving!

Host a local Be Better Event:

One of our Be Better Team Captains in Orange County had a great idea. She thought it would be amazing to invite all the Orange County 52’ers to a “kid friendly” hike on Wednesday morning at 10:30am at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve (2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA). 

I think this is going to be a great opportunity to involve our children in the concept of walking for a cause. Of course everyone is invited (with or without kids) to simply connect with other women participating in Be Better. 

Let us know if you host a #bebetter event in your neighborhood by emailing aly@bebettermovement.com or tagging us on instagram @mybebetter.

My Be Better Boxes:

Only 6 days till Mother’s Day and the My Be Better Box shop is back open for business. Each subscriber will receive thoughtful and purposeful items in their bi-monthly box that help them successfully complete the challenges for the month. Great gift to give a mother, any mother.

Be Better Teams

Congrats to our Be Better Teams.  9 teams had 80% participation or more for week six.

The teams with 100% participation: 7 teams.            

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Mama Needs a Minute, Pacers4lfye, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers)

The teams with 80% participation: 2 teams

(Better with Time, Butterfly Effect)

Just Say No to Plastic (Week 17)

This weekly report is for you, as much as it is for me. I feel it is important to document the little victories throughout the week because when these moments are added to our other successes, we achieve big things.

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to reduce plastic waste on April 22-28,  2019.

We Made an Impact

All week long your posts and completed challenge reports introduced me to new companies and products that help us reduce plastic waste. I feel it is important to share all your amazing suggestions.

No plastic Make Up: Elate Beauty

Glass Tupperware with Bamboo Lids: Nummyware

Bulk Water: Sparklettes

Refillable Deodorant: Myro

Reusable Plastic Bags: Full Circle (seen at Target)

Beeswax Wrap: The Traveling Bee Shop

Metal Straws

Bamboo Utensils: Bio and Chic

Biodegradable Band-aids: Patch Strips

Toothpaste in a Jar: Uncle Harry's

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Last Week’s Contest Winner:

To qualify for last week’s contest, we asked you to post a picture of your completed challenge and tag @mybebetter and @thetravelingbeeshop. Congrats to the winner of the Beeswax Wrap @cassandraellen_. Remember every time you post a picture of a completed challenge, extra money is donated to charity.

Spreading the Word through Free Contests and Free My Be Better Boxes.

This week I donated two My Be Better Boxes to celebrate the one year anniversary of Fit4Mom Anaheim Hills/Orange, the Fit4Mom group I joined earlier this year. The experience has given me clarity on how I want to spread the word about Be Better Movement and My Be Better Box. How? By reaching out to my audience and offering free contests and free My Be Better Boxes to the women already participating.


If you have a group of women in your life that you think would enjoy the Be Better challenge, I would love to hold a free customized contest for you. As I mentioned, I am doing it right now within my Fit4Mom Anaheim Hills/Orange group, and so far it has been a fun (motivating) experience.  If you are interested in learning more, pleasefill out this contact form.    

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May’s Be Better Challenges

Here is a list of the scheduled challenges for the month of May. This list will allow you to prepare ahead of time. Please share this list with friends and family, so they can join you in the challenges.

We SOLD OUT of this month’s My Be Better Boxes:

Since the launch of My Be Better Box in November, we continue to grow in subscribers. This month we officially sold out. Thank you to all of our subscribers for your continued support. It has been fulfilling to see our Be Better participants receive thoughtful and purposeful items in their bi-monthly box that help them successfully complete the challenges for the month. This week’s item was the Beeswax wrap by The Traveling Bee Shop.

Challenges Completed and Money Raised:

Year-to-date we have raised $668.90 for Every Mother Counts! That is 1444 CHALLENGES COMPLETED.

Be Better Teams

Congrats to our Be Better Teams.  10 teams had 80% participation or more for week six.

The teams with 100% participation: 8 teams.            

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Change Craver, Mama Needs a Minute, Mtn. Ladies, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers, TRIHOW)

The teams with 80% participation: 2 teams

(Beautiful Badass Breeders and Pacers4lfye)

It has been fulfilling to see our Be Better participants receive thoughtful and purposeful items in their bi-monthly box that help them successfully complete the challenges for the month.

It has been fulfilling to see our Be Better participants receive thoughtful and purposeful items in their bi-monthly box that help them successfully complete the challenges for the month.

Standing Tall with Proper Posture (Week 16)

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This weekly report is for you, as much as it is for me. I feel it is important to document the little victories throughout the week because it is through these moments we achieve big things.

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to practice proper posture on April 15-21 on 2019.

Our Movement is Growing

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With 2623 followers on Instagram, almost two hundred receiving text messages and 669 people getting emails, it’s official. Thousands are receiving the weekly wellness challenges. Thank you for continuing to spread the word.

Posting more on Instagram Story

I am going outside my comfort zone and posting more personal stories to IG stories. The narratives are full of my honest, everyday experiences being a mother, running a business and working hard to be better. Please follow @mybebetter and check my stories. I love your questions and feedback.

Starting a Contest

If you have a group of women in your life whom you think would enjoy the Be Better challenges, I would love to hold a free customized contest for you. I am doing it right now within my Fit4Mom Anaheim Hills/Orange group. Although this is a new idea, I think there will be a 10-women minimum requirement for the contest. Within my Fit4Mom, about 10-15 women are participating. When they complete the challenges, they are reporting as part of FIT4MOM. All of the women who complete 4 challenges in a row (a month of challenges), will qualify to win a free My Be Better Box subscription.      

Challenges Completed and Money Raised:

My mom completing this week’s challenge, maintaining good posture while holding my new nephew.

My mom completing this week’s challenge, maintaining good posture while holding my new nephew.

Year-to-date we have raised $627.60 for Every Mother Counts! That is 1348 CHALLENGES COMPLETED.

Be Better Teams

Congrats to our Be Better Teams.  10 teams had 80% participation or more for week six.

The teams with 100% participation: 4 teams.            

(Pacers4lfye, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers, TRIHOW)

The teams with 80% participation: 6 teams

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Mama Needs a minute, Shermoms and Change Cravers)

If interested in learning more about these teams, please check out Start a Team on our website.



Weekly Report: Week 15 (Spring Cleaning)

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This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to spring clean.

Year-to-date we have raised $588.90 for Every Mother Counts.

We set a record!! We had 118 women report last week’s completed challenge and 29 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 12 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 7 TEAMS

(Be Better Boss Babes, Be Better Be Supermoms, Better with Time, Shermoms, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers, TRIHOW)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

(Beautiful Badass Breeders, Change Cravers, Mama needs a minute, Moutain Ladies, Pacers4lyfe)

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WINNERS OF LAST WEEK CONTEST

Amanda H. (no team)

Karleen S. (team FIT4MOM)

Sue S. (team Mtn. Ladies)

Erin A (team Sher-moms)

Anna Carstens (team The Positive Changemakers)

*You have till Tuesday at noon (April 16th) to claim your prize. Please email me at aly@bebettermovement.com with your address!

Weekly Report: Week 14 (Honey)

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This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to eat honey.

Year-to-date we have raised $538.80 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 86 women report last week’s completed challenge and 25 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 12 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 7 TEAMS

(Be Better Boss Babes, Be Better Be Supermoms, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Mama needs a minute, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemarkers, TRIHOW)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

(Better with Time, Butterfly Effect, Pacers4lfye, Man Ladies, Be Better Beach Babes)

Congrats to team captain Jacci and team TRIHOW who won last week’s for some HONEY! You completed at 100% rate to quality for the contest and were the lucky ones chosen. Great work.


Weekly Report: Week 13 (Phoneless Nights)

Congrats to @happymamaheather for winning last week’s Bagby Contest.

Congrats to @happymamaheather for winning last week’s Bagby Contest.

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to Phoneless Nights

Year-to-date we have raised $501.90 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 81 women report last week’s completed challenge and 22 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 9 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Change Cravers, Mtns Ladies, The Positive Changemakers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 6 TEAMS

(Be Better Boss Babes, Better with Time, Butterfly Effect, Pacers4lfye, Team Awesome and TRIHOW)

Weekly Report: Week 12 (Shop the Perimeter)

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to Shop the Perimeter.

Year-to-date we have raised $467.30 for Every Mother Counts.

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We had 69 women report last week’s completed challenge and 20 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 9 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

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(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass, Ladybugs, The Positive Changemakers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 4 TEAMS

(Change Cravers, Mountain Ladies, Team Awesome and TRIHOW)

OUR HIGHLIGHTED POST OF THE WEEK BY @lauragmoffett

Next week’s contest: Phoneless Night Contest RULES

We are so lucky to be partnering with Bagby this week. If you are a My Be Better Box subscriber you have already received the Bagby Anti-Phubbing Band. This will be a perfect item to assist in this week's challenge, phoneless night. Bagby has also donated a Bagby Bag to be gifted to one lucky participant at the end of the week. To qualify for this week's Bagby contest:

1. Complete this week's #bebetter52 challenge to put your phone away 30 minutes before bed. 

2. Post a picture of instagram of your completed task with hashtag #bebetter52. Plus tag @mybebetter and @bagbybrand so we can confirm your posted photo. 

3. Last thing, follow @bagbybrand.

Weekly Report: Week 11 (Attitude of Gratitude)

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to focus on what you have, not what you don't this week.

Year-to-date we have raised $437.70 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 82 women report last week’s completed challenge and 37 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 10 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 8 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, KWPP Leading Ladies, Better with Time, Ladybugs, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemakers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 2 TEAMS

(Be Better Beach Babes and Change Cravers)

OUR HIGHLIGHTED POST OF THE WEEK BY MOMMEJOURNEY

Weekly Report: Week 10 (Eat Salsa)

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to eat salsa.

Year-to-date we have raised $399.20 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 100 women report last week’s completed challenge and 33 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 13 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 11 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Change Cravers, KWPP Leading Ladies, Mama Needs a Minute, Mtn Ladies, Team Awesome, Pacers4lyfe, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemakers, TRIHOW)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 2 TEAMS

(Butterfly Effect, Mamms Matter)

Weekly Report: Week 9 (30 Second Tasks)

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This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to complete 30 second tasks. Based on your reported responses, you felt a range of emotions.

-Accomplished and powerful- Beth W

-Relieved!- Marissa D

-Brought happiness-Erin A

-Energized- Tori W.

Year-to-date we have raised $355.90 for Every Mother Counts.

We had 87 women report last week’s completed challenge and 26 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 12 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 8 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Better with Time, Team Awesome, Butterfly Effect, Change Cravers, The Positive Changemakers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 4 TEAMS

(Mtn Ladies, Pacers4lyfe, Mama Needs a Minute and TRiHow)

Weekly Report: Week 8 (Probiotics)

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to incorporate probiotics into your diet. Based on your reported responses, it appears Kombucha and Kefir were your favorite ways to incorporate probiotics.

Year-to-date we have raised $318.50 for Every Mother Counts.

Favorite Post of the week by @carolynbcostanzo

Favorite Post of the week by @carolynbcostanzo

We had 92 women report last week’s completed challenge and 39 posts to social media.

Congrats to our Be Better Teams. We had 12 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 7 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Better with Time, KWPP Leading Ladies, Mtn Ladies,The Positive Changemakers and TRIHOW)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

(Beautiful Badass Breeders, Butterfly Effect, Change Cravers, Pacers4lyfe and Team Awesome)

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Weekly Report: Week 7, 2019

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to letters of love. Year-to-date we have raised $277.80 for Every Mother Counts.

We had over 80 women report last week’s completed challenge and 31 posts to social media.

Congrats to the 8 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 7 TEAMS

(Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, Better with Time, Change Cravers, Mtn Ladies, and The Positive Changemakers)

80 % PARTICIPATION: 1 TEAMS

(Pacers4lyfe)

LAST WEEK‘S CONTEST WINNERS:

The winners were chosen in three categories. Great job Cassandra, Storm and Susanne.

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Best Photography

Cassandra sprinkled love around the parking lot at work.

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Most Creative

Gave out letters of love and “snow” buddies to all her neighbors who were snowed in all week.

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Best Caption

Sweet words written by a mom, Susanne.

Team Report: Week 6, 2019

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Love your IG Stories

Post by Laura S from Team Beautiful Badass Breeders

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to eat mindfully. Year-to-date we have raised $242.70 for Every Mother Counts.

We had over 86 women report last week’s completed challenge and 25 posts to social media.

Congrats to the 9 teams that had 80% participation or more for week six

THE TEAMS WITH 100% PARTICIPATION: 4 TEAMS

Be Better Be Supermoms, Beautiful Badass Breeders, KWPP Leading Awesome, and The Positive Changemakers.

80 % PARTICIPATION: 5 TEAMS

Be Better Beach Babes, Be Better Boss Babes Mountain Ladies, Team Awesome and TRIHOW.

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Love the caption by Susanne

from Team Be Better Boss Babes

THIS WEEK‘s Contest Announcement:

Spread the love and enter this week’s contest by posting a #bebetter52 photo on instagram. Make sure to tag BOTH @mybebetter and #bebetter52. There will be 3 winners and they will be gifted a 5 envelopes and notecard set from Peony and Laces. The cards are so adorable and the company is founded by mom, wife and business owner, Anna.

the 5 envelopes and notecard set from Peony and Laces

the 5 envelopes and notecard set from Peony and Laces

The winners will be chosen in three categories.

  1. Most Creative (for example going outside your comfort zone to spread love in your community, school, work). 

  2. Best photography

  3. Best Written Caption (for example, the impact of completing this week’s challenge)

Team Report: Week 5, 2019

This report is from the #bebetter52 challenge to eat dark chocolate.

We had over 100 women report this week’s completed challenge and 50% posted to social media. That is an all time record. Probably helped that the challenge was to eat dark chocolate, but I am still overwhelmingly proud.

Congrats to the 14 teams that had 80% participation or more for week five (teams listed below).

Big News: I would like to welcome another team joining all the way from Kansas. The team captain is Beth W and their team name is Mammas Matter. Welcome ladies

We currently have 18 teams participating nation-wide (90 ladies participation on teams).

Year-to-date we have raised $205.80 for Every Mother Counts.


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Highlighted Post

By Cassandra from Team Be Better Be Supermoms



Congrats to the teams with

100% Participation: 9 Teams

Be Better Be Supermoms, Be Better Boss Babes, Beach Babes, Beautiful Badass Breeders, KWPP Leading Ladies, Mama Needs a Minute, Team Awesome, The Positive Changemakers, TRIHOW.

80 % Participation: 5 Teams

Better with Time, Change Cravers, Mountain Ladies, Pacers4lyfe and Butterfly Effect.