Thursday, July 24, 2014

If This Doesn't Make You Smile, I Don't Know What Will


My mom bought Grey a doorway jumper and this was his reaction when my husband started playing Grey's favorite song "Happy." It is priceless & so cute. Feel free to share! You never know who needs a smile today :)

How a Stay At Home Mom Gets Shit Done

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Avocado Protein Hair Mask for Damaged Split Ends

I love beauty hacks.
Especially since the ingredients that the Earth gives us are a thousand times better than any beauty care product-especially ones filled with chemicals, preservatives, and additives that can actually create more damage than you started with, but leaving the appearance of improvement and overall health.
My favorite DIY beauty recipe is for my hair. Having naturally frizzy and curly hair, it almost always subject to harsh split ends and breakage! Yuck. But since I stopped using store bought deep conditioners and opted to make my own, I have seen a ton of improvement in the vitality and strength.
Here is my personal beauty recipe to prevent damaged split ends. Depending on the length and type of your hair, you may have some left over; therefore, you can absolutely store it in a container for the next use. I like to do this twice per week!
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Avocado Protein Hair Mask
What you will need:
  • 1/2 super ripe avocado-pitted 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil-warmed
  • 2 egg yolks
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What to do:
  1. Mash avocado in a bowl with a fork until smooth.
  2. Next, add in the egg yolk and stir.
  3. Lastly, add in the coconut oil and stir until the mixture is creamy.
  4. Apply to hair from ends to the root, concentrating on the worst areas.
  5. Wrap your hair in a shower cap and let sit for two hours. 
  6. Wash away residue with warm water and style as usual.
  7. Do once or twice per week.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fabulous 5's Workout

Got 5 minutes to spare?

Try this mini cardio workout upon waking up each morning to get your heart pumping and your metabolism jump-started for the day!



Diary of a Fit Mommy's Fabulous 5's Workout
Instructions: Do 5 reps & 5 sets of each exercise within 5 minutes.
  • 5 Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Burpees
  • 5 Mountain Climbers
  • 5 Skater Lunges
  • 5 Push-Ups

DIY No Sew Workout Tank


After seeing tons upon tons of DIY workout t-shirt tutorials, I decided to make my own! What I love about this tutorial is that it is SUPER easy and only requires two things: an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors!

I had lots of fun making my workout shirt and I cannot wait to use up old shirts and do the same thing to them also!

Here is how you can make your own DIY workout shirt:

  1. Begin this DIY project with a normal old tee shirt that you do not mind practicing on in case you mess up.
  2. Start by cutting off the sleeves, the collar, and the bottom of the shirt. 
  3. You can then trim it up neater if you would like; however, the tee is meant to be imperfect and a little messy! As you can see, I trimmed mine down in the front and I also made the straps a little thinner by cutting away more of the fabric.
  4. Now, turn the shirt around and you are going to cut the back of it, downward and into a V shape-like a V neck, but in the back.
  5. After cutting the V into the back of the shirt, take the string of fabric that you had cut from the bottom of the tee in step #2 and loop it through the straps near the top.
  6. Next, tie a knot. Then take one end of the strap and twist around the back straps-all the way down, leaving about an inch or two left of the string unraveled.
  7. Then, do the same with the other half of the string, but going the opposite direction, leaving an inch or two unraveled. Take those two ends and tie a knot.
  8. Lastly, you can cut the bottom and trim up the shirt to your liking! And that is all!


Manduka LiveON Mommy & Me Yoga Mat Review & Giveaway





Hi my yogis out there!

Today, I am reviewing a couple of products from Manduka-one of the best and biggest suppliers of yoga mats, yoga props, towels, bags, you name it-if you need it for your yoga classes, they GOT IT! You may remember them from when I reviewed one of their very best yoga mats!


To check out their mission, click here.


I am reviewing Manduka's LiveON collection today! I am so excited to share with new collection with all of you because it is truly awesome. The LiveON collection offers yogis the first-ever 100% reclaimable and recyclable mats for Kids and Adults. A great way for the whole family to practice together - the LiveON collection is the start of something much more than eco-friendly - it's legendary. 


This is also Manduka's first printed mat with animal design to help inspire kids with those down-dog, cat-cow and camel flow poses! 



Check out what the kids themselves thought about the mat! 



Start your little yogi off on the right foot with our sustainable, eco-conscious LiveON Kids Mat, made from 100% reclaimable & recyclable PLUSfoam®. Available in classic colors with a playful yoga inspired custom animal design, the LiveON Kids Mat has supportive cushion to protect bones and joints, a sticky surface with a great grip, and helps provide a bright future for this planet we love.
LiveON Kids Mat

Also, there's a little something for mommy too! The LiveON Yoga Mat is a great beginning for your practice on a mat that provides comfortable cushion and is lightweight. Practice sustainability with this revolutionary, eco-conscious mat, made of 100% reclaimable & recyclable PLUSfoam®. Available in classic colors, The LiveON Yoga Mat has supportive cushion to protect your bones and joints, a sticky surface for ultimate grip, and it is part of a bright future for this planet we love.

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My son and I were given a LiveON package to review which includes one children's mat and one adult mat for mommy (or daddy!). The mats come in an array of different colors to choose from. They do have boy colors, but I was sent a purple one for Grey, which he doesn't seem to mind :)

I was personally THRILLED when I heard about this new collection!!





Why? 

It gives a chance to teach your child yoga which is SUPER beneficial. 
Here are just some of the benefits of kids learning yoga:
  • Enhanced concentration
  • Less temper tantrums
  • Increses self esteem
  • Maintains flexibility to their growing and developing bodies
  • Cultivates a peaceful mind
  • Give tools for stress management
  • Teaches disclipine
  • Encourages kind peer interactions
  • Enhances body awareness and general overall health


Now, you ladies now that I am a HUGE advocate for incorporating my son into my workouts, as you saw with my stroller workout that I created. It is super important to me to be that healthy and fit example for my kids and husband! 




Although my son is only 6 months old, it is never too early or too late to start teaching them healthy ways! 



(Apparently Grey liked his mat so much, he couldn't stop making funny faces haha)



I absolutely loved the mats and the fact that they were so eco-friendly and lightweight. Greyson loved his little mat and we had a blast together! I cannot wait to take him to his first class although we primarily practice our yoga at home.




Now, here is a chance for one of you lucky mamas out there to win a LiveON package containing one (1) yoga mat for you and one (1) yoga mat for your child! YAY! Have fun and good luck!!



Be sure to check out their stock and learn more about Manduka by visiting their:



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





Monday, July 21, 2014

Awesome Abs August Monthly Challenge


August is right around the corner and if you are starting your next semester of college, you may be emotionally eating due to the anticipation of it all!

Here is a month filled activity calendar for the month of August to help keep you lean & fit-everyday of the month! You can even do this workout in your dorm or living room! For maximum results, pair the August challenge with this mini workout that let's you choose your workouts!



Awesome Abs August Monthly Challenge
August 1
  • 10 Bicycle Crunches
  • 15 Russian Twists
  • 10 V-Ups
August 2
  • 15 Sit Ups
  • 10 Scissor Abs
  • 15 Second Plank
August 3
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • 10 Russian Twists
  • 5 V-Ups
August 4
  • 20 Sit Ups
  • 20 Scissor Abs
  • 25 Second Plank
August 5
  • 30 Bicycle Crunches
  • 25 Russian Twists
  • 35 V-Ups
August 6
  • 40 Sit Ups
  • 35 Scissor Abs
  • 30 Second Plank
August 7
  • 45 Bicycle Crunches
  • 40 Russian Twists
  • 35 V-Ups
August 8
  • 25 Sit Ups
  • 50 Scissor Abs
  • 45 Second Plank
August 9
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • 15 Russian Twists
  • 30 V-Ups
August 10
  • 45 Sit Ups
  • 20 Scissor Abs
  • 40 Second Plank
August 11
  • 50 Bicycle Crunches
  • 55 Russian Twists
  • 40 V-Ups
August 12
  • 45 Sit Ups
  • 50 Scissor Abs
  • 60 Second Plank
August 13
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • 40 Russian Twists
  • 50 V-Ups
August 14
  • 55 Sit Ups
  • 60 Scissor Abs
  • 50 Second Plank
August 15
  • 60 Bicycle Crunches
  • 55 Russian Twists
  • 60 V-Ups
August 16
  • 40 Sit Ups
  • 65 Scissor Abs
  • 70 Second Plank
August 17
  • 70 Bicycle Crunches
  • 40 Russian Twists
  • 45 V-Ups
August 18
  • 35 Sit Ups
  • 70 Scissor Abs
  • 60 Second Plank
August 19
  • 80 Bicycle Crunches
  • 75 Russian Twists
  • 40 V-Ups
August 20
  • 25 Sit Ups
  • 40 Scissor Abs
  • 80 Second Plank
August 21
  • 55 Bicycle Crunches
  • 45 Russian Twists
  • 30 V-Ups
August 22
  • 55 Sit Ups
  • 70 Scissor Abs
  • 90 Second Plank
August 23
  • 80 Bicycle Crunches
  • 65 Russian Twists
  • 60 V-Ups
August 24
  • 85 Sit Ups
  • 90 Scissor Abs
  • 60 Second Plank
August 25
  • 40 Bicycle Crunches
  • 45 Russian Twists
  • 40 V-Ups
August 26
  • 65 Sit Ups
  • 60 Scissor Abs
  • 70 Second Plank
August 27
  • 30 Bicycle Crunches
  • 65 Russian Twists
  • 40 V-Ups
August 28
  • 55 Sit Ups
  • 50 Scissor Abs
  • 45 Second Plank
August 29
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • 50 Russian Twists
  • 65 V-Ups
August 30
  • 40 Sit Ups
  • 55 Scissor Abs
  • 30 Second Plank
August 31
  • 50 Bicycle Crunches
  • 25 Russian Twists
  • 50 V-Ups

Demos
Scissor Abs:
  • Lie flat on your back. You can extend your arms so they're against the sides of your body with your palms pressing into the floor, or you can bend your elbows and place your palms under the back of your head.
  • Bend your knees and draw them into your ribs. This will make it easier to pull your navel in towards your spine and actively press your lower back flat on the ground.
  • Lift both legs straight up toward the ceiling, continuing to engage your abs and press your lower back into the ground.
  • Keeping your core strong, slowly lower your right leg down toward the ground, until it is a few inches above. Then scissor your legs, so you lift your right leg back up as you lower your left leg down towards the ground.
  • Keep the movements slow and steady, moving with control, and keeping your core engaged the entire time, and your lower back pressing into the floor.

Bicycle Crunches:
  • Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and contract your core muscles.
  • With your hands gently holding your head, lift your knees to about a 45-degree angle.
  • Slowly, at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion.
  • Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth.

Russian Twists:
  • Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels about a foot from your butt.
  • Lean slightly back without rounding your spine at all. It is really important, and difficult, to keep your back straight, but don’t let it curve.
  • Place your arms straight out in front of you with your hands one on top of the other. Your hands should be level with the bottom of your ribcage.
  • Pull your navel to your spine and twist slowly to the left. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep.

Plank:
  • Start off on a yoga mat in the pushup position. Starting with the pushup position is the easiest way to get into the plank.
  • Lower both your forearms to the ground so that both your elbows and fists are flat to the ground. Your palms should be balled up, and directly underneath your shoulders.
  • Curl your toes under and engage your abs by tilting your pelvis and pulling your belly button toward your spine.
  • Straighten your body but keep your neck and spine neutral. Imagine that you’re a plank of wood, and that you’re straight as an arrow.
  • Flex your abdominals and squeeze your glutes. These are the two major muscle groups you’ll be working out in this exercise.
  • Hold this position, also known as the plank, until after the burning begins. Keep your eyes on the floor in front of you. Avoid raising your behind. Your body should make a straight line from your heels to the back of your head.

V-Ups:
  • Lie on a flat surface with your lower back curvature pressed against the surface. Hold on to a fixed and sturdy object behind you (such as one of the beams from a squat rack) or you can just have your arms by your side with the palms facing the floor. Your feet should be straight in front of you and the upper torso should be aligned with the arms behind you holding on to the fixed object.
  • Raise your legs to where they are off the floor. This will be your starting position.
  • 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.
  • Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in.

Sit Ups:
  • Lie down on the floor placing your feet either under something that will not move or by having a partner hold them. Your legs should be bent at the knees.
  • Place your hands behind your head and lock them together by clasping your fingers. This is the starting position.
  • Elevate your upper body so that it creates an imaginary V-shape with your thighs. Breathe out when performing this part of the exercise.
  • Once you feel the contraction for a second, lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling.

The BEST Pre & Post Workout Snacks and Why!



There is no secret why fitness enthusiasts choose to eat certain foods before and after a workout-they each serve their purposes! What you fuel your body with can really make a greater impact in your health &  fitness goals, even more than you may realize. The goal is also to control your insulin or blood sugar levels to keep your workouts successful! Insulin conrtol also makes a great impact in getting rid of your stored fat such as the muffin top.

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Let's start with pre-workout snacks. You may have heard about the great big debate on whether or not its a good idea to eat before a workout. Here are some of the benefits to having a little pre-workout snack: less fatigue, more energy, and decrease chance your blood sugar will be low enough to make you faint!

Instead of aiming for a full meal right before your workout, try these snacks below. They are designed to give you the energy or carbs you need to make your workout count!

Pre Workout Snacks
  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rice Cakes with Nut Butter
  • Banana with Almond Butter
  • Smoothie
  • Whole grain cereal with a cup of almond milk
  • Granola or fruit & nut bar such as KIND or Larabar

Post workout snacks are just as important. After all that work that you have just put your body through, it needs some refueling to recover. Think of your body like a tank filled with gas. That gas or pre-workout snacks fuels you up for that intense workout. After the workout, you feel worn out! Your body is simply low on fuel or gas and needs a snack!

After a workout, your body craves more protein to nourish those muscles that have just been put to work. Protein not only helps the muscles recover, but they encourage and facilitate new muscle growth! You don't just need protein post-workout though-you also need some carbs for more energy! Here are a few great classic post-workout snacks that have been tried & true.

Post Workout Snacks
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Protein Shakes
  • Protein Bars
  • Cottage Cheese with Berries
  • Greek Yogurt with Berries
  • Peanut Butter on Wheat Toast
  • Hummus with Baby Carrots
  • Cheese & Whole Grain Crackers
  • Nuts

Next time you fuel up for a workout, think about what you are putting into your body and whether or not it can help or hinder your routine!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

6 Month Postpartum Update + PHOTOS

Today makes 6 months since I went into labor. Tomorrow will be 6 months since I have given birth to my angel. Wow, does time fly! I decided to take some progress photos to compare my pregnant and immediate postpartum bodies to my current postpartum body now. 

As many of you know, I worked out 5 times per week for about an hour-all throughout my pregnancy. I gained 30lbs total. This did not keep my body from losing muscle mass or getting soft-because those two things TOTALLY did happen and I am STILL battling those two main issues (thanks, hormones!).

Here I am at 38 weeks!




Immediately postpartum, I lost my baby weight. However, I was still left with the soft spaces that pregnancy had left behind. I was definitely bloated from the IV fluids (thanks 22 hour labor!).

I liked my postpartum body. After all, it carried a HUMAN BEING! I thought I looked pretty great, considering just given birth and working out the whole entire time-but, I had a long ways to go to get back to where I wanted to be.

 Below are my 3 days postpartum photos!




Since giving birth, I did not continue my regular workouts until around 12 weeks-though I was given the all clear at my 6 week check up. Why, you ask? My husband had to have surgery 5 weeks after we gave birth. Then we decided to move. Then we had a family emergency that we had to travel for immediately after that. It felt like one thing after another! But, I was in no rush. I did walk around the track wearing my son and I ate very strict. This helped tremendously.

For the last few months, I have been hitting it hard, but only 2-3 times a week. I have not made it to a gym since March-instead, I built my own home gym to workout while my son sleeps. I am really enjoying this transformation and taking things slow. I am still not at my goal, but I am getting there :)

Here are my official 6 month postpartum photos! Please note, I took these on my cell phone so nobody could argue that I photoshopped myself... yesssss.. I have had those comments before! LMAO.

 No re-touching needed :)







And there you have it!

Until next time...



The Spiderman vs. Superman Workout


Are you a fan of superhero comics?
Here is a fun little mini workout giving Spiderman & Superman a run for their money!
See which superhero moves you like the best!

The Superman
  1. Lie face down on your stomach with arms and legs extended. Keep your neck in a neutral position.
  2. Keeping your arms and legs straight (but not locked) and torso stationary, simultaneously lift your arms and legs up toward the ceiling to form an elongated “u” shape with your body — back arches and arms and legs lift several inches off the floor.
  3. Hold for two to five seconds and lower back down to complete one.
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The Alternating Superman
  1. Lie face down on a mat with your arms stretched above your head (like superman)
  2. Raise your right arm and left leg about 5-6 inches off the ground (or as far as you comfortably can).
  3. Hold for 3 seconds and relax.
  4. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.
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Spider-man Pushup
  1. Start in the standard push up position, with your hands under your shoulders and your body in a straight line
  2. As you lower your torso towards the floor, bend your elbows out to the side.
  3. At the same time, lift one foot off the floor, bend the knee to the side up to hip level.
  4. As you bend your elbows out to the side and lower your torso toward the floor,
  5. Repeat this action, alternating side
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Spider-man Crawl
  1. Begin in a full (not elbow) plank position.
  2. Move one knee forward and to the outside of the elbow, shifting your weight forward while staying very low to the ground.
  3. Continue pulling yourself forward, aiming to place your forward foot right by your hands
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