Friday, July 29, 2016

Trip to the Dentist and a Scavenger Hunt

It's been a busy couple of days.  We started out with a random puke from J. While this isn't super abnormal (J has always been a puker), it was random enough that I thought maybe she got the stomach bug M had gotten a couple of weeks ago. So we spent most of the morning like this, but, turns out she wasn't really sick, thank goodness!

I had a dentist appointment and J was feeling better, so we loaded up and went. It was badly needed for me. My dad might be the dentist but that doesn't mean my teeth are always perfect. It's a huge blessing that I have such a great dad and dentist because I have to get my teeth cleaned every 4 months instead of 6, because my plaque builds up really bad even though I take good care of my teeth. Anyway, anytime I get a cleaning, the girls get a check up too. 

Since they got new toothbrushes, M has been a little obsessed with brushing her teeth. I keep finding her carrying her toothbrush around whether she's using it or not. I may have to hide it somewhere until she actually does need to brush her teeth. 

We spent the evening riding bikes and visiting with Grandma Ann. We were too busy to take any pictures. Sometimes that's the way it's supposed to be. 

We also decided to go on a scavenger hunt. My grandma used to send me on scavenger hunts all of the time, and I remember loving it. So when we got this fun list emailed to us from Little Passports, and decided today was the day we would give it a try. 

We stayed in our little community and looked for as many things on the list as we could. We found about half of the items on the list. They weren't as excited about it as I thought they would be, but that's probably because they were more excited about riding their bikes, which is totally fine with me! They are getting really good at the balancing thing already.

We made sure to take some water with us because it is HOT! Don't forget that for the next 24 hours you can get %15 off your first order of Hint Water by clicking HERE and entering AFF15 for the promo code. 

Watermelon for me (it's my current favorite.) and blackberry for the girls to share.

What fun things did you do in the summer time, growing up?

Anyone a random puker?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Picture Update

Here are a few pictures from the last few days, to catch up.

We've been working on reading with J lately. She's doing surprisingly well. Sometimes I can tell she's just memorized the book, but other times I can tell she's remembering or recognizing the words.

Our reading has been accompanied with lots of little snacks.  The M&M's on my plate were gone pretty quick, and not by me. 

This little man is getting big too fast! I found this little shirt the other day. I'd forgotten I had it, but I loved it! So I made him squeeze into one last newborn outfit. 

Just when I needed my "emergency" stash of chocolate, I found that little hands had found it first.  

Yesterday, I decided to give jam making a try. We had hundreds of apricots that needed to be used. So I tried making apricot-raspberry jam. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. Especially since I'm not the biggest apricot jam fan. If I had the freezer space, I'd make several more batches. 

Then we went for a swim at my parent's pool. V hung out in this little pack and play in the shade while we were swimming. I'm not sure why all his pictures are upside down lately, but they are. 

We got our first two tomatoes last night! We've been waiting all summer for these babies to ripen. I'm thinking we will be having some yummy BLT sandwiches or something with them soon. 

Then, once the girls were in bed, I went on a run. I did what I'm calling 8 minute repeats.  I started with a 5 minute warm up, going about a 60% for me, then I sped up to a 70% for 2 minutes, then a 80% for a minute. Then I did that over again two more times. Each time a little faster than the last. It was a really great workout. After the run I did some core workouts and called it good for the night. 

That's all for today. We have dentist appointments (with my dad) and a few other things to get done today. 

What's your plans?

What is your favorite summer produce?

Have you ever made jam?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One of My Favorite Grokker Workouts

Today I wanted to share a little bit about one of my favorite Grokker workouts with all of you.  One of the things I love about Grokker is that it allows you to do a workout any time, any where. There are so many great workouts to choose from and so many different devices you can use to do the workout.  So there's really no room for too many excuses to not do a workout.

One of the easiest, challenging workouts you can do with Grokker is with a couple of trainers who call their workout series Pace and Go.  They are high intensity workouts that give you a quick (7-10 minute) workout.  You usually can burn any where from 40-85 calories with them in that amount of time.

My favorite Pace and Go workout that they give is the 7 minute HIIT workout challenge. I like this workout because you can do it over and over and track your progress every time.  They recommend doing the challenge once a week to see your progress each week.  I've done this workout several times, and it's intense, but it pushes you in a good way.

I also like the Pace and Go total body HIIT workout. This one takes about 10 minutes and you do 13 different workout moves. You do each move for 30 seconds and then rest for 10. Like it says in the workout title, it works your whole body.

The reason this is one of my favorite Grokker workouts is because it's so easy to fit in during your day. Whether you do it once at night before bed, once in the morning to help wake you up, or in the middle of the day, all you need is 10 minutes. That's it. Who doesn't have 10 minutes in a day to workout?  Even a new mom can find 10 minutes!

If you're looking for more than 10 minutes of workout, but looking for a lot of HIIT routines, Pace and Go is a still a great option because, with Grokker, you can replay the workout as much as you want. Or you can switch the work out up and do two or three of their workouts together.

Another fun way to add this workout into your daily routine is to split it up and do it through out the day.  If you have 10 minutes while your kids are playing, do a round of the full body HIIT workout.  Later, if you have 7 minutes while your husband is giving the kids a bath, do the HIIT challenge. If you can find 10 more minutes before bed, do the HIIT cardio fat blast workout.  Then if you add all of those up, you've worked out for about 30 minutes that day!

If you're thinking "When do I ever have 7-10 minutes by myself? My kids follow me around the house all day." (First of all, if you have 10 minutes to read this, you have time to workout.) Well mine do to, and that problem is fixed by inviting them to workout with you. Kids can definitely workout for 10 minutes at a time. All of these moves can be modified in some way to make them easier for anyone to do, even my 2 year old likes to do them as best as she can. Their form doesn't have to be perfect, and over time they will learn and figure out the correct way to do things. I like having my kids workout with me when I need to because it teaches them good habits about keeping their bodies healthy and strong.  Exercise is good for everyone, even if it's easy and small. I also like working out with my kids because it's good one on one time with out feeling stressed about not being productive. I'm not the kind of mom who likes to just sit and play with my kids on the floor (I know, I'm a horrible mom. jk) I can give my kids attention in a lot of other ways, working out with them is one of them. My kids feel loved by me, we all get a workout done, we are all happy. And besides, it's fun to see them try to do the moves and improve each time they do it. You will be surprised how well they can get the moves down.

I love that Grokker has such a wide variety of workouts to choose from and a huge range of intensity that goes with it! If you're thinking you'd like to give this workout, and all the other Grokker workouts a try, right now you can get 2 weeks of Grokker for free by clicking HERE.

This post is in no way sponsored by Grokker, I just really love it and wanted to share it with you! :) This post does contain affiliate links, Thank you for reading and supporting!

What do you find taking up all the extra minutes in your day?

If you try out Grokker, what's your favorite workout to fit into your day?

How do you find time in the day to workout?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Family Parties Over the Weekend

First thing in the morning lately, J has been wanting to hold V.  She likes to be a big helper.  Luckily V is a really good baby and handles all that extra attention really well. 

Shortly after that first cute picture, V had a major poop out. The biggest one yet. It was everywhere and I even considered just throwing this cute doggy onesie away...but it's my favorite so I decided to try to save it instead. I put V in the bath and got him all cleaned and changed and then started my millionth load of laundry for the week. The poop didn't come out for another 4 loads and then when the poop came mostly out, one of the onesie buttons fell off. :( I still kept it. Hopefully we can get some more use out of it before it all falls apart. 

He was a happy camper once we got him all cleaned up and dressed again though.

I finally got the ok to swim! So we did a lot of that over the weekend. The weekend started out with an afternoon swim on Friday with all the cousins. 

These girls can be best friends and the worst of enemies, but lately they have been mostly best friends, and I love it! M wants to do everything J does.  She followed her around and stuck right by her side all day on Friday. 

On Friday night we ran some errands and then the girls wanted to watch a new princess show that's on the disney channel. So I popped them some pop corn and let them cuddle up in their jammies while they watched it and Trev and I went to get some more apricots picked. 

Check out this sunset while we were picking. Some of the prettiest sunsets I've ever seen have been from my own back yard. That includes some really pretty sunsets on our cruise last year

This one even had a rainbow with it. 

Saturday morning was for chores. We had some major cleaning to do.  The girls asked if they could do a job to get a little money. So once they were done with their chores, they got to wash all the baseboards in our upstairs for a quarter per room. They did a pretty good job with it too. 

They love being able to watch their money jars fill up because they worked hard. 

Saturday we had a swim party at my parents house and I had the great idea that I would just run up. It's only a mile and a half, but it was 101 degrees outside. I can't say I regret the run, I've never regretted running, but it was certainly a challenge and the swim afterwords was well deserved. 

My dad made gelato for dessert and it was yummy.  He's getting pretty good at it. This time he made grapefruit, peach and lemon. My favorite he's made so far has been the chocolate and raspberry though. 

The kids all got ice cream cones. Anytime we have all these cousins together I feel the need to get a picture. We are missing 6 other cousins who live in a different state. Soon we will all be able to get together more often, though. Also, ignore my sister's finger I'm not really sure how it got in the middle of this picture, but there it is. 

We finished Saturday off with some fireworks. We used to do fireworks as a family every year, but lately it's been hit and miss. My parents were gone for the 4th, so we took the chance this weekend to get together. The kids were most excited about the poppers, and a parachute firework my brother brought. They were all pretty bumbed, though, that the parachute got stuck in a tree. 

It was a little bit of a chore keeping 8 kids under 6 years old from touching all the fireworks that had already been lit off. They wanted to help so bad. 

We let them all have a sparkler while we got the grand finally ready. 

It was a great night. 

To finish off the weekend, we got in the car after church and M put her puppet on that she made in nursery, and said "I will obey!" It's been a fun way to remind her that she needs to listen when she's asked to do something. If this sticks, I'll be forever thankful to her nursery teachers. 

What's the hottest weather you've ever run in?

Have your kids learned anything at church or school that surprises you and makes you hope they remember it?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tabata Workout and Pictures From Our Day

Some pictures from yesterday for you:

One of the girls' favorite things to do is watch little nursery rhyme shows on youtube. I don't hate it, because they learn a lot of counting and things, but I do get a little sick of hearing the songs over and over.  I love that they are good friends though. They get along most of the time.

Lately J has been really into getting all the hair things out and putting them on her stuffed animals. She is clearly has her own sense of style. 

 My mom kept several of our old toys from when we were growing up. My brother's and my light brights are some of those toys. We are super glad that she kept them because the grandkids all love them. 

While the kids were swimming yesterday we decided to put V's feet in to see how he liked it. He didn't squirm much so he must have liked it at least a little. He needs a swimming suit.  

Last night we had a party to go to. The girls love going to the park for anything. Sometimes it can be hard to go to the park when there are a lot of other little kids around though, M got bullied out of her swing a couple of times by a couple of older kids who I had to talk to about sharing.  Eventually she got it back. 

While J was waiting for her turn, she wanted to take a picture with me. I hope she always thinks it's cool to spend time with her mom. She's a pretty cute little thing. 

And now I'll share a little workout I've done recently. Tabata workouts are great because you can do them at home on your own time and you can do them fast. They usually only take around 15 minutes. Tabata workouts are HIIT workouts, you do an exercise for 20 seconds and rest for 10.  Then you repeat each circuit 4 times.  It burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time and it's really easy to modify where you need to. 

Tababta workouts are also really great because it's pretty easy to track your improvement. Just keep track and write down how many of each set you were able to do. Try to do more than that the next time you do the workout.  It's always super motivating to see your improvement. 

I also like that you can split a Tabata workout up. You can do one circuit at different times through out the day, or you can add it to a different workout to give you a little bit more cardio. Tabata is just so versatile and anyone can make it work for their needs. 

So here is a tabata workout I've been doing after a run or on days that I need a quick workout in the mornings. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Neighbor is the Best Neighbor

 I love to bake but don't have a lot of patience for baking with kids. I should work on that because that's where I started loving to bake. My neighbor has a lot more patients than I do with things like this. She invited us over to make little donuts after J told her that she loves donuts. She had these darling little aprons for all of them to wear.

They picked out what color to make their donuts and got to mix in the coloring. Then they put it in a bag and piped it into her baby cakes maker. This is such a fun little appliance to have. It took about 2 minutes to cook them and then they all got to help take them out of the baby cakes maker and she glazed them for everyone.

I helped the kids put sprinkles on them (thats about as far as my baking patience goes with kids right now haha).  Look how fun that rainbow donut turned out! 

The kids decided that we needed to sing happy birthday to everyone and blow out candles before we could eat them. They had such a fun day doing this. We are pretty lucky to have the best neighbors. 

The other day I went out on this run. It's been a while since I've ventured too far from my house to run, just incase I needed to turn back early. I didn't venture too much further, but I went more than I have been. I felt really good during this run until the end and I needed to go to the bathroom. Then my GPS started to remind me that I was going pretty slow a thousand times so I tried to turn it off. Then my phone called Trevon somehow and he thought something was the end of the run was interesting. But it was still good. 

After the run I needed to just sit on the floor for a little while. 

Do you like to bake with kids?