Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Son's Mickey Mouse Themed First Birthday Onesie!!!

Hi mamas! 

I want to share with you all one of my newest favorite Etsy shops where I shop for my son that has the cutest little outfits. 


Brimmer Baby was created by, Jaclyn Pare, a stay at home mom with two young boys who was fed up with the racks and racks of cute girl clothes and accessories and felt that boys need the same opportunities! And that is how this trendy little business was born!

Named after the street that her husband and she lived on together, the name has deep meaning due to all of the wonderful memories that were created during their time there.


My son loves Mickey Mouse.. I mean, he LOVES some freaking Mickey-with a passion. So it was only natural that I would request Jaclyn at Brimmer Baby to make a custom Mickey Mouse First Birthday themed onesie for Greyson to wear to his birthday party.

Upon receiving the onesie, it came neatly wrapped with a cute keepsake tag with "Happy birthday, Greyson!" This little tag made my heart smile. It is super sweet when a company takes the time to add that sweet little extra touch of personality, you know?


The black onesie features a red "1" along with a Mickey Mourse ears emblem. Jaclyn at Brimmer Baby had also told me that she could make the onesie red and do the "1" in black, if I wanted. It is amazing the customization that can take place! I chose the black because I felt it was more "Mickey-ish."


Here is a close up of the detail. Absolutely stunning! And when I put the onesie on Greyson, it got even better. His birthday isn't until Wednesday and his party is one week from today, but this is the outfit he will be wearing to his very first birthday party which is of course Mickey themed.






Oh, and Brimmer Baby can surely do many themes, based on what you or your child loves! Here is a cute Charlie Brown theme birthday onesie:



That's not all-Brimmer Baby also features birthday onesies that are perfect for parties, holidays such as Valentines or Christmas, or even family/baby photoshoots.

Check out Brimmer Baby's shop to get your very own onesie! You can email them with questions or requests for custom orders at: brimmerbaby@gmail.com 

Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page for coupons & previews of fabrics & colors as well as customer's photos and new products on their Instagram.

Disclaimer: I was given a onesie to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.


When In Doubt....

Something I've personally struggled with since becoming a mother has been juggling my time between running my business and, well, being a mom and wife. 

It's not easy. 

There are some days that I must remind myself that tomorrow my son will be just another day older and that I can never get today back once it's gone.

 I remind myself that long after my child is gone, there will still be laundry to fold, dishes to wash, and books to write. 

But for now, I choose him. I choose motherhood. It's okay for the house to be a little messy at times and it's also okay if you've got to put your work first at times to make ends meet. 

As long as you cherish each and every moment, you're golden.




Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make Your Lower Abs POP!


Abs. Everyone wants 'em, but it isn't easy to get 'em. Especially when it comes to lower abs.

Why?

Hormonally, this is where both men AND women tend to store their fat. The fat is really stubborn to lose in this particular area and you've got to work really hard to get your fat percentage (all over) down.

Then, when you lose the fat, that is only half the story. The second part to making your abs POP, is building the muscle. I have just finished phase one as I am one year postpartum (below). I am now beginning to work on growing these abdominal muscles to make them SHOW.

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Basically, you've got to burn that layer of fat that is covering your hidden six-pack and there are only 3 ways to do so:
  1. Eat clean. Eating a clean diet is super important here. When you fuel your body with the right foods, amazing things begin to happen: you jiggle a little bit less, the number on the scale might budge, and your clothes may begin to fit just a little bit better. Aim for lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbs, fruits, and veggies. Boost your metabolism by eating 5-6 meals a day so that you are eating something somewhat often to prevent your body from slowing itself down because it thinks it could be a while before your next meal. If you are hungry before bedtime-that's fine. Eat a lean protein snack. Keep smart snacks stocked in your fridge or pantry such as protein powder, cottage cheese, fruit, and nut butters.
  2. Hiit it. Hiit will take your metabolism from below zero to rocketing sky high in a short time period-and it will boost your fatloss even quicker than you can say "bye, bye fat!" Ok, not THAT quick, but quicker than any other type of exercise out there. You want to add HIIT to your daily workout routine to burn that fatty layer that we discussed earlier that's been hiding those abs. Try one of our regular hiit workouts that we post daily to get your heart pumping!
  3. Strength train your whole core-not just targeting the lower abs. In addition to HIIT, you NEED strength training.Without it, you might only obtain flat abs with not much definition. If you really want to make those muscles POP, build and grow those muscles.
Here are 5 great moves to train your core while still focusing on those lower abdominal muscles:

Reverse Crunches
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  1. Lie down on the floor with your legs fully extended and arms to the side of your torso with the palms on the floor.
  2. Move your legs up so that your thighs are perpendicular to the floor and feet are together and parallel to the floor.
  3. Move your legs towards the torso as you roll your pelvis backwards and you raise your hips off the floor.
  4. Hold the contraction for a second and move your legs back to the starting position while exhaling.
  5. Repeat.
Hanging Leg Raises
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  1. Hang from a chin-up bar with both arms extended at arms length in top of you using either a wide grip or a medium grip. The legs should be straight down with the pelvis rolled slightly backwards. This will be your starting position.
  2. Raise your legs until the torso makes a 90-degree angle with the legs. Exhale as you perform this movement and hold the contraction for a second or so.
  3. Go back slowly to the starting position and repeat.
Boat Pose
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  1. Start seated with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean back just far enough so your feet can float off the ground.
  2. Begin to straighten your legs together so that your body forms a V shape, keeping your arms extended and parallel to the ground.
  3. Balance on your tailbone and sit bones, chest lifted, and gaze
Ball Leg Lifts
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  1.  Lie flat on the ground with a stability ball in between your ankles.
  2. While crunching your upper abs and bracing the center of your abs, slowly squeeze the ball with your ankles.
  3. Raise the ball upwards towards the ceiling.
  4. Return to start. This is one rep.
Captain's Chair
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It IS possible to get abs after baby. I will show you how I did it!

The Abs After Baby Program Includes:
-The anatomy of your mommy abs.
-10 best Yoga moves for abs.
-Daily clean eating sample for abs plus a few recipes.
-Soothing exercises for the C-Section mother.
-All about Diastasis Recti and how to check yourself for it.
-An easy H.I.I.T. workout for warm ups.
-A workout program filled with ab-tastic exercises to target your whole abdominal muscle groups!


**Please note: If you are healing from a new C-Section or have Diastasis Recti, please check with your doctor before beginning a new workout program. This program is NOT recommend for pregnant women**




Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

Protein cookie dough!

-1 scoop vanilla whey
-2 tbsp coconut flour 
-1/4 c. coconut or almond milk
-sprinkles or chocolate chips

Mix it all to experience a guiltless treat 





Thursday, January 29, 2015

My New Favorite Way to Tone My Thighs (And Burn Lots of Calories!)


Sooo, I got a NEW piece of equipment that has stepped into the Diary of a Fit Mommy Gym recently. Are you excited as I am to hear about it??

It is called the Slide Board by Obsidian. This unique board was developed by Erin & Lacey, two personal trainers with extensive training. You burn a ton of calories by sliding back and forth as your form of pure cardio. I am not sure why I am just NOW hearing about the slide boarding craze, as it's been around for a while, but I love it!





The Obsidian Fitness Workout System includes a unique slide board which lets you slide from side to side which effectively engages the core muscles – burning stomach fat and losing inches around the waist line. These workouts will help tone your abs and obliques, leaner legs, a toner upper body and a firm and lifted behind. This amazing workout system will boost your metabolism so your body will continue to burn calories long after your workout.





Some features of the Slide Board by Obsidian are:


  • Comes with a LIFETIME guarantee. If anything breaks (ever), you are covered.
  • There's NOTHING to install. Just unroll and go!
  • Can do over 100 workouts.
  • Easy to use, easy to clean.
  • So much fun to use!
  • Comes with THREE DVD's (Beginner, Crazy Abs, and Pure Cardio) But there are a ton others as well.
  • Comes with a set of slide mitts and booties to wear.
  • Great for low impact cardio.
  • The board is kind of like a yoga mat in the fact that it can easily fold up and be stored anywhere. 

To be honest, when I was approached to review this slide board, I was not sure what to think. I am the type of girl who hates cardio and who loves lifting. But, I figured, why not? I couldn't believe how much fun I had with the board-my husband loved it too! 

The workouts are seriously aweome. They challenge your core to stay balanced as you slide, but they also tone your legs. You also use your arms to help slide yourself, so this makes the perfect total body at-home cardio.



Each morning, I will seriously pump up my iTunes and do my cardio using this board. My INNER and OUTER THIGHS have never been more toned! It is hard to believe that a simple board can do this, but it's not so simple. It is genius!

Don't believe me? Check out my video below!


To get your very own slide board for your home gym, visit the main site's store

Take 25% off of your entire purchase using promo code: SIA25. This code expires 03/31/15 so hurry! :)

Also, be sure to check out their Facebook, TwitterInstagram, & YouTube pages for news and more info!

Disclaimer: I was given a Slide Board to rest, at no cost. All opinions are my own.


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