31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 22: Crossfit Mini Workout}

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Got a busy week and don’t have a ton of time to workout? No worries, I’ve got a sweat enducing, butt kicking, hurts so good Crossfit Mini workout for you! Best of all it will take less than 20 minutes!!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Crossfit/HIIT then do what is comfortable for you. You might only be able to do 2 rounds…that’s ok, work up to the full 5 rounds!
  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Ready to sweat and torch some fat? Yeah, me too!

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Want to really feel the burn? Do this bad boy once in the morning and once in the evening…burn baby burn!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 21: Onnit Academy Kettlebell Workout and SALE!}

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Hey guys! Today I want to share a awesome workout from an AWESOME company! A few months ago I got to collaborate with Onnit and try out one of there amazing battle ropes {you can read all about that HERE!} Since then I have LOVED the Onnit Academy…its awesome!

The Onnit Academy Mission

The objective of Onnit Academy is to teach men and women of all ages and abilities the techniques and methodologies to overcome any physical challenge. Whether it is to dominate a competitive sport, be ready for the trials that life may bring, or simply maintain a level of sustainable, injury free fitness, Onnit Academy is as versatile and adaptable as the unconventional methods themselves. Onnit Academy understands that for peak performance, all aspects of a person need to be optimized so comprehension of the fundamentals of nutrition and mental preparation will also be encouraged.

So I was so excited to find this Kick A@$ workout on Onnit Academy! It seems like all too often Kettlebell workouts focus on the arm but that’s not the case with this bad boy…its all about legs!!!

Pretty great huh! I’m sure you noticed the girl in the video was rockin double bells…if you don’t have two kettlebell that are the same wight, no worries just use one. {If you are new to kettlebells use one at a lighter weight and work up to a heavier weight.}

So not only is Onnit and Onnit Academy AWESOME but there is a killer sale going on right now!!! 12% off EVERYTHING when you use code: Fall72

In the store you will find all kinds of great stuff:

  • Supplements
  • Foods
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Onnit Gear
  • Knowledge
  • Personal Care
  • Power Packs

The sale goes from NOW until 10/24 so act fast!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 20: Booty Work}

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Have you heard the saying when it rains it pours? Well, that is been my life over the last week and a half. I had such high hopes for each day of this 31 day challenge, unfortunately my life has been turned upside down and I haven’t met my expectations. Instead of looking back in disappointment, I want to move forward for the next 11 days and share some of the awesomeness I had planned!! {My plan for the days I’ve missed? I have decided to do a Kettlebell 10 day tone up in the month of November!}

Tomorrow we’re going to look at more at some awesome kettlebell workouts but for today I wanted to focus on that backside!

I don’t know about you but I’ve got some junk in the trunk and I want to tone it up! Here is a fun &  quick workout that you can do anywhere, that will help you tone up that booty!

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Donkey Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • Right foot flexed and leg bent, raise your right leg and press your heel toward the ceiling as high as you can
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • Keep your knee off the ground
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with a Kick

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your right leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back down
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your left leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back dow
  • That’s one Rep

Fire Hydrant {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • With feet flexed and bent knee, lift your right leg out to the side until your inner thigh is parallel with the floor
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with Pulse

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Pulse up and down for 10 counts {try to stay in a nice deep squat position the whole time}
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Standing Chair Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

{Get a tall chair and face it away from you}

  • Stand the length of your arms behind the chair
  • Grab the back of the seat with both hands for balance
  • Feet together
  • Lean forward slightly
  • Lift your right leg directly behind you
  • Tighten glutes, while keeping  your hips square with the chair
  • Raise your leg as high as you can
  • Lower your leg to the starting position.
  • That’s one Rep

 

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker {Review & Giveaway}

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Do your kids love Popsicles? Do you? We sure do! Have you bought Popsicles recently…ugh…what in the heck are all those ingredients? I would prefer to make my own popsicles but it takes FOREVER. On hot days you can’t really make popsicles on a whim…or can you? Let me introduce you to the amazing Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker! I {and my littles} were beyond excited to get and try out this awesome little gem!

The Triple Quick Pop Maker is AWESOME!

This amazing little set comes with:

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1 Freezer Quick Pop Maker

6 individual popsicle sticks

6 drip guards

1 Super Tool – a handy-dandy little knob that helps you pop the Popsicles out

The best part your Popsicles will be done in less than 10 minutes!

Please note that you only make three Popsicles at time this, but you can easily make six different Popsicles on one freeze!

So, how does this handy-dandy little guy work?

After receiving your initial package you put unit itself in the freezer for about 24 hours {we have a deep-freeze freezer so it didn’t have to stay in for quite 24 hours – I made our first batch of Popsicles after the maker had been in the deep-freeze freezer for 12 hours}

After that initial 24 freeze you just put the Triple Quick Pop Maker back in the freezer once you are done making popsicles and it’s ready to go whenever you want to use it!

Step by Step Popsicle making:

  • Take the Quick Pop Maker out of the freezer
  • Pour ingredients in the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line

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  • Add Popsicle Sticks

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  • Wait 7-10 minutes
  • Using the provided handle, twist until the Popsicle is loosened and can come out {It will be difficult to turn and if you are like me you will think its going to break..it WILL NOT, the handles have a release}

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  • Once the Popsicles are loosened leave them in the Quick Pop Maker and pop on the drip trays
  • Eat em up!

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The possibilities for Popsicles with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker are absolutely endless!

Since receiving hours I have probably made it least 10 different combinations some of our absolute favorites are:

Chocolate Milk Popsicles: {litterly pour chocolate milk in the unit, ridiculously easy and my kids love them!

Green Smoothie Popsicles: Every morning my husband and I have green smoothie…spinach cucumber apple ect. Inevitably there is always a cup or two left over, and the kids love when I make the leftovers into Green Popsicles! They’re having a fun eating Popsicles for breakfast and mommy very happy because they are getting all those fruits and vegetables for breakfast! AWESOME!

The kids also love the two and three toned Popsicles that I’ve made for them! This is super easy to achieve, all you do is add your first liquid into the popsicle maker with the popsicle stick let it sit, I usually set the timer for five minutes. Once the timer rings I add the next color and let it sit for five minutes…so on and so forth until you have filled up to the fill line! Like I mentioned before the possibilities are endless!

Homemade Greek Yogurt & Fruit Popsicles:

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I want to share one of our all time favorite recipes! All you need is Greek Yogurt, Fruit, blender and a Zoku Quick Pop Maker!

For Six Popsicles:

Add

2.5 cups fruit {I used frozen}

1 cup Greek Yogart

to your blender and blend until smooth. If too thick add a little bit of water! Once blended pour into the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line and let sit for 7-10 minutes!

My husband and I love that the Zoku Quick Pop Maker isn’t just for kids! We make them for ourselves all the time!

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Are you intrigued? Do you want one?

Zoku has a ton of other AWESOME goodies Check out their entire collection HERE!

I’m so excited to announce that I have partnered with Zoku and one luck reader will win a Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker in their color choice! 

 

Buy it HERE!

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Fall Harvest Celebration Giveaway!

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Fall is in full swing and I love it! Fall is my most favorite time of year, being surrounded by beautiful color changing trees, pumpkins, corn mazes, and the coziness of an evening fire is music to my ears and comfort to my heart! For our family there is nothing quite like cuddling under a blanket in front of the fire-place with hot cocoa in hand while reading fun books! It’s a seasonal tradition for our family!
Are you wanting to add to your book shelf? Well, guess what?! Right now Tommy Nelson has some really great children’s books on sale right now showcasing the beautiful fall harvest season. Now is the time to stock up! Visit the FaithGateway online store and have a look at these wonderful books!
 

I’m so excited to have partnered with Tommy Nelson once again! One lucky reader with win a copy of Good Night, Little Pumpkin The Pumpkin Patch Parable AND A Pumpkin Prayer How about that?!

 Good Night, Little Pumpkin:

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Beautifully illustrated by Claire Keay! Follow along as Sleepy little Milo, in his oversized pumpkin costume, is making the rounds at the harvest party with his friends. It’s time to go home, but he wants to enjoy every game at the fall fair before the night is over! Crunching leaves, crisp breezes, mountains of sweets—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through this bedtime book for children. Charming illustrations and a sweet story are perfect for young hearts.

This is a great alternative to scary books, this fun harvest-themed book is sure to be a perennial favorite.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable:

Timeless story about God’s love for His children.

Written by Liz Curtis Higgs this charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Beautifully created as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season . . . and now with children everywhere.

A Pumpkin Prayer:

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Little ones will delight in the wonders of this special time of year and learn to be thankful to God for His blessings.

Colorful pumpkins, crunching leaves, crisp breezes—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through charming illustrations and sweet rhymes that are perfect for young hearts. Families will want to look for other titles in the new Time to Pray series including An “I Love You” Prayer.

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Brave Girls Bible Stories {Review & Giveaway}

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I have got a treat for you! Let me introduce you to Tommy Nelson’s new book called Brave Girls!!

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Do you have a daughter? Yes? Then Brave Girls is for you! We want our daughters to learn from a very young age to live bravely and boldly in their faith! Our precious little girls need to know that God created them for a special purpose! I want my daughter to know that she is a gift from God and I know you do too!

When I received my package with Brave Girls in it my daughter was sitting next to me when I opened it and from that moment she is carried around this book, looked at the pictures, had me read every single story to her and even slept with this book! She loves it so much! She loves the fact that this is focused on girls, having brothers she is used to hearing all about Sampson, Joshua,  David and  Noah Brave Girls is totally different and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!!

Who are the Brave Girls? They are five adorable girls with different personalities, who take us through a journey of the wonderful women of the bible!

Meet the Brave Girls:

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Faith Glory Gracie Honor Hope

Want to find out which Brave girl your daughter is most like? Take the Quiz NOW!  My Daughter was a 50/50 Hope and Glory…I was Faith :)

These adorable girls introduce us to 30 different women of the Bible and help us learn about their character and how God created them for a purpose and used them for his glory!

Who are the women of the bible that you’ll find in Brave Girls?

Here are a few!

  • Sarah
  • Rebekah
  • Shiphrah, Puah, Jochebed & Miriam
  • Rahab
  • Esther
  • Huldah
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary
  • Mary & Martha
  • The Bleeding Woman
  • Rhoda
  • Lydia
  • Tabitha

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Each story opens with the name of the woman, women or title {ex. The Bleeding Woman} of what the story is going to be about, then a title and a corresponding Bible verse. Each story is between 1 to 6 pages and ends with a thought from one of the Brave Girls then closes with a prayer!

From the moment I open this book I was totally and completely in love with it, not only is it illustrated unbelievably beautiful but the front cover is bright and engaging with beautiful illustrations that my daughter is absolutely in love with! Brave Girls is so much more than just a pretty book, it’s jam-packed full with over 200 pages of encouraging, brave and strong women of the Bible helping our daughters become brave & strong women!

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Something that I LOVE about Brave Girls is that your girls learn about women of the bible that are not talked about a lot…especially to children.

Like, The Bleeding Woman (page 153) this is not a commonly discussed (with little girls) woman of the bible. But she should be in my opinion, this woman had been suffering for 12 years, ostracized, and sad. Brave Girls presents it in a way that helps young girls understand that God has a plan for EVERY SINGLE one of us, as well as teaching compassion towards others…no matter what they’re going through!

The story of the bleeding woman is titled “Healing Touch” taken from Mark 5:24–34

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy load. I will give you rest.
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God, you are the only one who can heal us when our bodies are sick and when our hearts are worried and sad. Thank you! Amen.

But it’s not just the story of the bleeding woman, every single story in this book is presented in such a beautiful way for even your youngest daughter to understand and I love that! Teaching these little ladies no matter what the situation is, God can do anything and God can use anyone, take Rehab for instants!IMG_4710

God created all of our daughters for a purpose and Brave Girls teaches that God loves them and wants all girls to live their lives fulfilling his purpose!

If you have a little girl this is a book that you for sure want to have on your bookshelf!

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God’s Little Princess Holy Bible NKJV {Review & Giveaway}

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I remember when I was a little girl and I got my first Bible I remember being able to pick from Black brown white or pink of course I selected pink!

IMG_5268Wow Bibles have come along way for little girls take for instance this beautiful Bible that I’m sharing with you today God’s Little Princess Holy Bible I mean just have a look at this cover it sparkly and pink and has a princess crown I mean what little girl wouldn’t love this? I know my daughter does!

This beautiful little Bible is a New King James Version with more than 200 princess prayers devotion and Bible studies by the amazingly wonderful Sheila Walsh!

One thing that you’ll notice about the Bible is the pages are playing with stars and princess crowns how cute is that?

Open your Bible and you will find a letter dear Princess to your little girl!!

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There’s an index of articles including

  • Messing Up Royally {Bad Apple}
  • Princesses of Promise
  • Miracles in Egypt
  • Little Princess Rules
  • My Dad is Bigger
  • Royal Roots
  • Royal Guard
  • Princess Prayers
  • Sparkling Tiaras

And so many more!

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Throughout the Bible you will find different sections including:

  • Bible Jewels
  • Regal Relationships
  • Kingdom Living
  • Royal Heroes

One of our favorite Regal Relationships is found on {page 439 in the book of Psalms}

Royal route Psalm one “Have you ever watch the trees in the middle of the storm? Through the bend and this way, the roots buried deep in the ground anchor them and keep them standing strong. Someone tells us that we, as gods princesses, need to be like trees with strong roots. We need to grow deepen our understanding of God, his word, and his ways. This will enable us to stand strong against the bad things in this world. We grow deeper roots as we begin to trust God’s goodness and love towards us. God promises that at the right time, he will produce the fruit in our lives that will help others come to know him too. So learn and grow and stand tall in God’s love!

Wow right? I am so impressed with his Bible it is put together in such a fun and beautiful way!

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More than anything I am absolutely in love with the fact that this Bible is not a paraphrase Bible my husband and I are not big on paraphrased bibles, if we do get a paraphrased Bible like a children’s storybook, we always open up our Bible and read the actual biblical text giving them strong understanding of God’s word and what the Bible says!

God’s Little Princess Holy Bible is just a win-win in our home!

Do you have a little girl that maybe is going to be getting baptized or a birthday or maybe even Christmas this would make a beautiful special gift for the little girl in your life!

I absolutely recommend this if you have a little princess in your life this is a perfect addition to her very own library and to her faith!

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