Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Easy Workout Plan for the busy holiday season

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I’m a month out from completing my Bikram Yoga 30 Day Challenge and Whole30 eating plan and I’m noticing the lack of motivation, time and holiday social calendars are eating away at my healthy lifestyle! I’m on a mission to save myself from the holiday gains and get back on track! As a busy working mom, finding the time for workouts is normally after work and the ONLY way I make my workouts happen is having everything packed and being able to change at the gym. In order to meet my gym goal I pack a complete gym bag including my favorite essentials, post-workout snacks, and Centrum ® MultiGummies ®.

Here is what’s in my bag:

  1. Makeup – if I come from work the only thing I need to freshen up is my mascara and my lips, so red holiday lipstick and a good mascara is always in my bag
  2. Having the option for a shower – towel, cheap flip-flops, travel sized lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deordorant, and make-up remover wipes
  3. Post workout snacks – as a holiday tip, never go to a party hungry…ever. Have options to fuel your body immediately after your workout even if you only get a 20 minute workout in, save the calories on something with clean protein than on those delicious looking holiday appetizers and desserts. I always carry a shaker bottle (I use this during my workout for water as well) with travel protein powder (budget saver is to not buy the packets, but to make a ziplock portion of your protein powder from home). I also carry raw almonds, Centrum ® MultiGummies ® and my favorite protein bars. 
  4. Hair – dry shampoo, brush, ponytail bands, holiday headband, bobby pins

Post-workout hair:
Rocking post-workout hair can be so on trend! Here are 4 stunning looks that are fast and super easy to do after a great sweat!

If I can’t find time for a full gym workout or time to get to the yoga studio, I complete a circuit at home or even at the playground if the weather is nice. My favorite no-equipment circuit workout you can do ANYWHERE and fit within the time constraints you have for the day. Do one round or five, this workout will be fun and energizing that will allow you to meet any holiday demand. Last night I did my full-body circuit along with my 12 days of Christmas ab sequence before I cuddled up and turned on the holiday music to decorate the Christmas tree. Here is my full-body and ab circuit:

Anywhere Full-Body Circuit:

  1. 5 minute run or jog-in-place
  2. 50 jump squats
  3. 50 crunches
  4. 50 push-ups (can modify to knees and incorporate diamond push-ups)
  5. 50 plyometric lunges
  6. 50 tricep dips (off a bench or you can do on ground with legs bent)
  7. 50 jumping jacks
  8. 50 donkey kicks (25 each leg)
  9. 50 standing knee to elbow (25 each side)
  10. 50 calf raises
  11. 50 (25 each side) leg side rasies
  12. 50 high knees
  13. 50 curtsy lunges (25 each side)
  14. 50 arm circles (25 front and 25 backwards)
  15. 1 minute plank

*Repeat as many times as you would like.


12 Days of Christmas Ab Sequence:
*So like the song you perform like a ladder – with one, then do two and one, then three, two and one, and keep building until you go all the way through the 12 movements.

  1. 1 15 second plank
  2. 2 super mans (lower back)
  3. 3 legs to ceiling
  4. 4 leg dips
  5. 5 knee-to-elbow crunches
  6. 6 cross crunches (knees bent and cross crunch 3 times to each side)
  7. 7 rollup full crunches
  8. 8 v-sit russian crunches (4 to each side)
  9. 9 reverse crunches
  10. 10 bicycle crunches (5 to each side)
  11. 11 straight leg crunches
  12. 12 regular crunches

Biggest tip is having fun and grabbing friends and family to motivate you during the holiday season. Put on a your favorite holiday movie and do your workout in front of the TV. Or plan a holiday meet-and-greet with your friends incorporating fitness…try a new dance class or yoga class and exchange gifts over a healthy post-meal or drink.

Lastly, if you can’t make a formal workout happen at all burn some calories on holiday adventures! You will burn some major calories speed walking the mall…so put on comfy shoes and get that holiday shopping tackled in just one trip! Walk your neighborhood at night and enjoy the beautiful lights and decorations that everyone has put up. Or take your time picking out the perfect tree, walk the aisles and make sure your find the best one. And my favorite, find a walking home or light tour. We just went to one last weekend and it got us right in the holiday spirit.

I found my Centrum ® MultiGummies ® at my local Walmat. Centrum ® MultiGummies ® contain three natural flavors: Berry, Cherry, and Orange. Centrum ® MultiGummies are gluten-free and have no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Oh and did I mention there is a fabulous coupon? Just follow this link to the coupons page and you are ready to go shopping. Centrum® MultiGummies® makes it easy for me to support my health while enjoying my busy lifestyle.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, November 21, 2016

cheap and easy thanksgiving table

I cannot believe it’s Thanksgiving week already! This weekend we had the pleasure of attending two fabulous Friendsgivings with the most amazing food and decor. I took charge of our Friday night Friendsgiving decorations by re-purposing a Halloween pumpkin, finding napkins from the thrift store, and creating super simple table accents. These are perfect ideas if you are on a budget but want your guests to feel extra special or just if you are short on time and need some cute finishing touches in a pinch.

Leftover Halloween Pumpkin = What Are You Thankful For? Centerpiece 

What you will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Chalkpaint (I got a quart in the paint clearance section of Lowes for $5)
  • Cheap paint brush
  • Chalk Markers(We used gold and white)
Gold painted feathers and pinecones

What you will need:

  • Pinecones (nothing better than free and it made me giggle since we tricked the two toddlers into a game of pinecone pick-up)
  • White Feathers(I got two bags for $4)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Cardboard to spray on
  • Twine
  • The feathers we used as napkins rings with twine
  • The pinecones we used as seating assignments by just cutting some cheap greeting cards in half and using a marker to write everyones name




Chopped Firewood = Unique Lighting 

What you will need:

Table setting (side note- this table is a Habitat for Humanity find too! $40!)
What you will need:

  • Tablecloth (we used a white tablecloth she already had and used a plaid blanket scarfto add a little color and drama – always think of what you have before you buy and multi-purpose uses)
  • China & Flatware
  • Charger Plates(we had these available to us as wedding leftovers but if you don’t have them, look for used ones or create fun placemats with kraft paper or another fabric choice)
  • Napkins (can you believe I got 10 cloth napkins at the thrift store for $4.50!!)
  • Extras – I bought 4 mini pumpkins and we had a little pilgram wine man

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall Fashion Trends 2016

Fall is my favorite. Not only is it perfect cozy temperature
but you get all the fun things that come along with fall, like wineries,
beautiful leafs, gatherings around a fire, pumpkins, Halloween, comfort food, and of course fall
fashion. Fall fashion is fabulous because I get to wear leggings, chunky knit
sweaters, blanket scarfs,  and boots
without anyone thinking I look frumpy!

What I look out for at the thrift store for fall looks:

  • Sweaters
    • These
      are bountiful in all colors, thickness, patterns – plaid is
      my favorite. The brown/black sweaterish jacket I have on in the photos is super unique and a great brand for $8. 
    • Not
      only wear alone but also think about layering options (turtlenecks and blazers is
      a stunning work look)
    • Hartley’s adorable Gap sweater was also a thrift find at $3 and it matches everything!
  • Boots
    • Over the knee, lace-up/military, and ankle bootsare this years fashion craze, and good luck for you they are available at steep discounts if you are willing to hunt. I know not everyone is keen on the used shoe idea, but I will say at least with boots you can wear socks 🙂
    • Recently I found grey wedge ankle Franco Sarto boots for $9! They are super comfy and look great under bootcut jeans or with the leggingsand sweater dress I paired it with below.
  • Printed pants
    • I
      get so bored of my dress pants and jeans so finding fall prints like the
      leopard ones I’m wearing below to incorporate into my day or night selection makes
      me so happy! These leopard Anne Taylor Loft pants were only $7!
  • Jackets
    • If you step into a thrift store right now you will be OVERWHELMED with all the options you have.
    • Fur, leather, velvet and suede are HUGE trends right now, so rock it by finding an affordable option.
  • Special Occasion Dresses
    • Start looking for holiday looks now or get a special dress for any fall weddings you may have. This little black dress I have on above was $11…and yes, I questioned the price as my normal maximum at the thrift store is $10, but it is a fantastic wardrobe staple that will be perfect for any occasion. I wore this to an October wedding and paired it with a faux fur coat, which are about $15 from the thrift store. *remember your store clearance days and for higher priced items like designer labeled dresses or jackets, you can get for an even bigger steal*

Getting this evening to spend with Willie, Hartley and some fabulous friends along the waterfront was wonderful. A great pick-me-up to all the fall gatherings, demanding work schedules, and election frenzy. I hope you ROCK your fall looks, because sadly our season is flying by!



Friday, October 28, 2016

DIY rustic industrial pipe toilet paper holder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its
advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TubeFree #CollectiveBias

As you may know from some of my more recent Instagram posts,
I’ve challenged myself to a 30 day mind, body, spirit overhaul during the month
of October. I was feeling run down and becoming aware of what I was fueling my
body with and the products I was using throughout my home. I was on a mission
to transform my way of living and to be more conscience of my actions that not
only affected me and my peers but also the environment. Which brings me to Scott®
Tube-Free Bath Tissue!

Did you that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used
each year? That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice!! Per YEAR!  Scott Tube Free delivers unscented premium
softness, without the wasteful cardboard tube. It’s also made with Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) – certified fibers which promotes the practice of
sustainable forestry for future generations.

As a budget DIY and lifestyle blog I am very in-tune with
less waste and living a more eco-friendly life. Focusing on buying used to
lessen our carbon footprint and recycle already made products decreases
unwanted waste and the demand for new manufacturing. To store or display your tube-free toilet paper in your bathroom, think of using items from second-hand
markets. Using finds from these
markets and transforming them into something beautiful is upcycle friendly!
Some starter ideas of what you can use are baskets, buckets, crates, vases, laterns, candle holders, or magazine racks. You can also use leftover wood from projects to create a fun family-friendly DIY industrial pipe toilet paper holder, just like this one!

This toilet paper storage option is fabulous for a kid’s bathroom with the fun sayings (you can also make this without the sayings for more of a industrial/chic look in your bathroom). Here are the simple details on how to make one of your own:

Supplies:
  1. Wood board (I used a leftover 1″x6″ board)
  2. Pen or Pencil
  3. Tape Measurer
  4. Stain (I used leftover miniwax red oak)
  5. Staining Rag and Rubber Gloves
  6. Sand Paper or Sanding Sponge
  7. Galvanized Pipe (3/4″X18″long)
  8. Galvanized Floor Flange (3/4″)
  9. 6 screws (I used 4 hexagoal screws for the flange attachment and 2 regular 1″ screws for the backing)
  10. Mitter Saw
  11. Screwdriver
  12. Optional – paint pen
Directions:
  1. Cut the wood – base was cut to 6″ and the stand was cut to 19″
  2. Sand the cut edges of the wood
  3. Stain the wood
  4. Optional – Measure even spacing to write sayings:
    • Top – “Good to Go”
    • Second – “Do A Chore Grab 2 More”
    • Thrid – “If You Have To Pee Grab 3”
    • Fourth – “Oh Crap”
  5. Attach flange to wood base with screws
  6. Screw on pipe to flange
  7. Attach wood backing to wood/pipe base with screws

Using the tube free roll is just the same as it fits and simply
rolls on common toilet paper holders and storage options, like the one I
created!

Lucky for me I am blessed with a Rite Aid right below my work building which is super convenient for quick necessity shopping. It also gets me in trouble because they always have great sales that I go in for one or two things and end up with a huge shopping bag I have to commute home with!

Toss the tube for good! Go tube free!