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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tabata 14 - Torch Your Legs and Abs Workout

It's our favorite day of the week again! Why? Well, because we are crazy about Tabata, and we give away FREE Tabata workouts right here. Yep, it's your lucky day! (If you haven't learned about why Tabata is one of the workouts I recommend most as a certified personal trainer, read all about it here.)

Today, we are going to work your abs and legs! I call this workout Torch Your Abs and Legs, because it is going to torch calories and your abs and legs had better be on fire by the time you are done. And you do not need any equipment, so you can do it anywhere! 20 minutes, anywhere. No excuses! Have fun getting ripped and burning fat!

Work hard during each 20 second burst and enjoy the rests in between. Make sure you are giving it 100% to see the best results! Do this workout 3 times this week, every other day, and then I will give you a new workout soon to keep your body guessing and the fat flying off!

Tabata 13 - Torch Your Abs and Legs - No Equipment Needed!

This is an interval workout that consists of hard work for 20 seconds and then 10 seconds of rest directly following that. You repeat that pattern for 8 sets. That is one round. You can choose to do as many or as few rounds as you would like. This workout contains 5 rounds. Do as many as you can and challenge yourself to finish them all!

Round 1 -  Squat Plank to Straight Plank- 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X


Ready to get your heart pumping? Get into a plank position on your hands and toes. Sit back over your feet as far as you can, then propel yourself forward into a straight plank. Then repeat. Feel your abs and legs start to burn! 

Round 2Side Plank Leg Sweeps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Start in a modified side plank on one knee and the hand of that same side. Lift the top leg up parallel to the floor and sweep it forward as far as you can and then sweep it back behind you, keeping your belly pulled in towards your spine.  *To make it harder, come into a full side plank on both feet instead of on a knee and perform the leg sweeps.

Round 3 -  3 Way Squat Jumps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

  Start in a wide squat, sitting into the middle/back of your feet. Staying in this low squat position the entire time, jump your feet a little closer and then all the way together. Then jump them back out to where you started and repeat.

Round 4One-Leg DownDog to Plank Knee to Elbow - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Talk about core power! This move is fantastic for your entire core and more! Start in a downdog position and lift one leg towards the ceiling to come to one-leg downdog as you inhale. Swing that leg down and bring knee to elbow as you exhale. Keep that belly pulled in! Alternate sides after each 20 second burst.

Round 5 -  Narrow Lunge Jumps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Start in a lunge position, with feet closer than a normal lunge, with back knee right behind front heel. Lunge down, reaching toward floor, bending both knees into a 90 degree angle. Jump up and reach above you. Land back in the lunge position you started in. *To make it easier, take out the jump and just lunge and stand.

That is it! Rock this workout, and you are going to feel amazing! Remember, do this 3 non-consecutive days a week to get in awesome shape and join me next time for another great Tabata workout!
*Feel free to ask any questions. Also, please remember to consult your doctor before beginning exercise. I am obviously not responsible for any injuries or accidents that happen during or after this workout. Be safe and be healthy!*

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mamma Chia’s New Green Drinks Giveaway!

If you haven't heard of Mamma Chia yet, you don't know what you are missing out on! They combine the nutrition of chia seeds with delicious fruits, vegetables, and other tasty foods in their large product line of drinks, bars, granola, and more! Their newest drink combines the powerhouse of chia with healthy, vibrant greens.

 Chia & Greens is a delicious, fun on-the-go beverage with one of the lowest amounts of sugar and the highest amount of nutrients in the green drinks universe. That is something to be proud of, considering most drinks are loaded with sugar and low in nutrients. Check this out - each bottle from this new line delivers 2500mg of Omega-3s, seven grams of fiber, four grams of complete protein, 25% RDA of Vitamin A, and 95mg of calcium.

They have four different varieties including:  Soulful Greens (Cayenne and Lemon), Love Greens (Beet and Ginger), Grateful Greens (Kale and Mint), and Joyful Greens (Ginger and Lemongrass). And, just like all of their products, Mamma Chia’s new green drinks are Non-GMO, gluten-free, Vegan, Kosher, and USDA Certified Organic.

Personally, I love drinking a bottle after a great workout. They are very refreshing and great for refueling after a tiring sweat session. They are also great to bring along as a healthy boost to your work day, along with one of their delicious Vitality bars or Chia Squeeze. Yum!

Your turn! Add some chia to your day with our awesome giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive an awesome Mamma Chia goodie package - all their new Chia and Greens flavors and more of their chia products. Enter below for your chance. 

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Thanks to Mamma Chia for the products to try out. No other compensation was given.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

3 Great Books to Read Your Child Today!

Reading to your children is one of the best ways to help them to develop a love for reading. As a homeschooling mom and former teacher, I have seen children's faces light up time after time when they are being read to.

The three books I want to share with you today are some of the best out there, and you will see why soon!

Wild Ones: Observing City Critters by Carol L. Malnor is a fabulous book for helping children learn about the nature around them - even if they live in the city. Wild ones are moving into the city! Follow the adorable, curious dog Scooter as he travels through an urban landscape, seeing many wild animals and not seeing even more. The charming illustrations draw upon real-life city scenes from across the United States. In the back of the book, there are many fun ideas you can do after finishing the book or after reading it for the 100th time. The activities are both informational and fun - the best way to learn!

Now we are heading out of town to the farm! Over on the Farm by Marianne Berkes is a fun trip without leaving your home. Welcome to the farm, where pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peck, and turkeys strut! Count, clap, and sing along to the classic tune of “Over in the Meadow” while learning about life on a classic farm. This book is just a fun adventure! The illustrations are so enjoyable and interesting to look at and study - your kids will ask to read it over and over again. At the end of the book, you can find songs, music and movement, science, math, language arts connections and so much more. This book is a valuable treasure you will definitely come back to.

One of the best ways to get your child to eat healthy food is to get them to be a part of it - from growing it to cooking it. Green Bean! Green Bean! by Patricia Thomas will get your child all excited about these green veggies. A freckled-faced young gardener opens a packet of seeds. And the magic begins! This books takes you through the growing season—from a sprout peeking out, to a curlicue catching dew, to a vine twining on a line, until finally . . . GREEN BEANS! It’s time to harvest a full season of garden knowledge and experience. Along the way the young gardener discovers a nook to read a book in the shade of growing beans. Again, the illustrations are beautiful paintings that will capture your attention on each page. At the back of the book, make sure to look for the life cycle science and related vocabulary, instructions on growing your own green beans, and a variety of fun things for children to do. This book encourages young gardeners to put their toes in the soil and get their own gardens growing.

Each one of these books is so much more than just a fun story. These are adventure books full of learning and excitement and fun activities! Get reading!

What is your favorite book to read to your child(ren)?

Thanks to Dawn Publications for these beautiful books for review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

We are celebrating March as National Nutrition Month with Carrington Farms and T-Fal as part of their healthy baking challenge. Thanks to these companies sending me some awesome cooking supplies,  you get a new healthy delicious recipe!

I have been a lifelong banana bread lover. So it was a mission of mine to find a really good Paleo version. I have found it! It is super moist, very tasty, nutritious, grain free, sugar free, and easy to make. Try it tonight!
 Paleo Banana Bread

You will need:
 4 Bananas
4 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
4 tbsp coconut oil (I used Carrington Farms Liquid Coconut Oil because it retains the benefits of traditional coconut oil, but stays liquid - perfect for baking) 
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp of organic flax/chia seeds
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt

1. First, mix all the wet ingredients: mashed bananas, eggs, nut or seed butter, coconut oil, vanilla.

2. Next, mix all the dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt.

3. Spray your bread loaf pans or use an 8x8 pan, like I did. I usually grab a hunk of coconut oil and smother it all over the pans, but this time I tried the Coconut Oil Cooking Spray from Carrington Farms. Worked perfectly!

4. Bake your banana bread at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes in the 8x8 pan or a little longer for the bread loaf pans.

5. Let it cool and enjoy - just plain or with a little Kerrygold butter. Delicious!

 Who else loves to bake healthy, nutritious treats? What is your favorite?

Enter below to win your chance at some delicious baking products!  
One winner will receive (1) T-Fal Airbake natural baking set, Carringtons Farms coconut oil, flax/chia seed blend, and coconut oil cooking spray

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Brew It Yourself Bone Broth

You have probably heard about the awesome benefits of homemade bone broth - from stronger joints and bones to better skin, teeth, hair and nails. I love making my own homemade bone broth! You just need grass-fed animal bones, veggies, spices, herbs, and water and you are ready.

Recently, I have been trying to drink a cup of bone broth almost daily. It can be hard to make enough bone broth with my own stash of bones and other supplies, so I have been relying on this awesome BIY (Brew it Yourself) Bone Broth, which make it easy for people to make high-quality bone broth at home.

All the nutritious goodies you need to make your own broth comes packed into one handy bag. All you need is a 5-quart slow cooker and a gallon of water. Since my clay slow cooker is not that big, I just used a big old stock pot. All you have to do is open up the bag, pour everything into the empty pan or slow cooker, making sure to open up the little sachet of veggies and herbs. 

Next, dump water over it all and cook for 12 hours or whatever time you like.

Each package yields 16 flavorful cups - and you can enjoy a cup every day.

Remember, this is not your average broth from the store. This is like a nutritional supplement. I love this company because they understand this, and their broth kits are made using the very best ingredients.

The beef kits only use grass-fed bones, ribs and/or tendons full of healthy fats and essential marrow. Their chicken kits contain free-range backs, wings and/or feet necessary to deliver collagen and all the savory goodness you can trust in each mug. They choose very specific vegetables and herbs that have been dehydrated at their peak freshness to preserve nutrients and concentrate maximum flavor.
The finished broth is a hit with my entire family! In fact, I have already ordered 5 more kits! (and got free shipping) :-) Anything that makes life a little more simple and healthy is welcome in our house.

Make sure to check out their Kickstarter campaign. Who else will be enjoying a warm cup of bone broth today? 
I was sent a bag to try out. No other compensation was provided. I am now a lifelong fan and customer. :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Fun Giveaway for the Whole Family

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Superhero fun is not just for the boys. I have two little girls, and they love pretending to be superheroes just like their big brother.

If your kids love pretending to be superheroes too and are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone.

The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device.


If you like your kids to spend limited time on technology like me, then you will love that there is much more fun! Check out their website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, and more. We love that you can get costumes to pretend to be your favorite superhero!

Want even more fun? Then, make sure you enter this awesome giveaway! 

We are giving away a $100 VISA gift card to (3) three lucky winners!
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Surprise Ride Giveaway!

As a mom of four children, I realize how much joy you can find in the little things - things like getting a surprise box in the mail that gets you and your children excited to do a new, fun project together!

That is exactly what we found when we received our Surprise Ride monthly box. 

Surprise Ride is a subscription service that sends kids ages 6-11 fun and educational hands-on activities that foster creativity and imagination! The company was started by two sisters Donna and Rosy, and they have been working hard to create a lasting impact on the lives of children, beyond the latest toys or technologies.

My daughter was so excited to open up this Surprise Ride package addressed right to her! 
This month the theme was art and Picasso!
 They included all the supplies we needed to make a painting masterpiece! Plus, they also included beads, bead board and wax paper to make a Picasso-Style face.
 They also included extra goodies: a cube puzzle, artist apron, Pablo Picasso book, and beet chips snack (since beets are a natural dye you can use to make paint).
The best part about Surprise Ride is all the learning that happens while you are having fun with your child(ren). I believe there is no better way to learn than by hands-on activities, and that is exactly what Surprise Ride offers.

With a Surprise Ride monthly subscription, every month you get to learn about something new! This would be make a fantastic gift for your child. To give your child a year of Surprise Ride would give you both something to look forward to throughout the entire year. Plus, it offers you a way to connect in an educational way, have fun together, and make lots of great memories!

Great news! We are offering (1) of our lucky readers a chance to win their own Surprise Ride box! Enter below for your chance.

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Thanks to Surprise Ride for sending this box for review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.