God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook {Review and GIVEAWAY!!}

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God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook is a fun oversize book and is a little over 180 pages!  This Storybook is broken into three sections:

  • Stories from the Old Testament
  • Stories from the New Testament
  • Resources to Guide your Children

The Old Testament section has stories that you would absolutely expect like

  • Noah and the flood
  • Moses and the stubborn king
  • The story of Ruth

In addition it has stories that are not often in children’s story books such as:

  • Rehab in the spies
  • Hannah’s special babyThe New Testament has stories such as
  • a runaway boy comes home
  • Jesus is alive!
  • Zacchaeus the wee little man {I love that it has the song I learned when I was a little girl}

The Resources to Guide your Children section is my absolute favorite it has:

  • Memory Verse Chart
  • Songs about Jesus
  • The 12 Apostles
  • Reading Chart
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • The 10 Commandments

and more

Each story is about 4 to 6 pages and includes three fun little boxes: Remember God’s word, Do God’s word, and pray God’s word!

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I absolutely love God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook because it’s not your average storybook! It doesn’t just rewrite our favorite bible stories and adds fun pictures, it uses actual Bible scripture using the The International Children’s Bible, making it perfect for young readers!

The God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook is fantastic for parents read to their kids, as well as perfect for your youngest readers to read on their own or to younger siblings! It’s also perfect for your young readers Bible quiet time!
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From the moment we opened God’s Word for me Bible Storybook my kids have been in love with it! My oldest is daily gathering his brother and sister on the couch to read to them! Each day he picks different Bible stories, it is absolutely precious watching him explaining to them what it says and reading and memorizing the bible verse at the end of each story! It’s so heartwarming and wonderful to see them, not only build their knowledge of the Bible and The Lord, but also seeing them come together as siblings and strengthen that bond as well!

After just a day with God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook I would highly recommend this to any parent or grandparent  or anyone who is regularly around young children and young readers! God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook is a fantastic addition to any home library! If you are interested and willing to copy of God’s Word for Me Bible Storybook please enter below!

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17 Minutes to Fit!

unnamedIt summer! Yay! Are you like us, spending your days swimming and enjoying the awesome warm weather? If so, you are probably finding it difficult to fit in a great workout! Look no further! Here are three awesome workouts {Abs,Arms and HIIT} that will have you feeling fit! The best part? It will only take 17 minutes! Oh and be sure to have a bottle of water nearby! You’ll need it!

 5 Minute Standing Abs

5 minutes to tighten your abs and get some rockin definition. Do all the moves standing! Grab a dumbbell or a book {or no weights} and feel the burn!

 5 Minute Arms

Got 5 minutes? Grab a set of five-pound dumbbells and join celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire and feel the burn!

7 Minute HIIT

Get ready for a seven-minute, high-intensity workout! All you need it a mat and chair! You will sweat through these 12 moves.

 

Find more awesome workout videos from POPSUGAR Fitness!

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What in the heck it a “Tabata” Workout?

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Have you noticed that a LOT of people are talking about “Tabata Workouts” these days. In fact after I posting this Tabata workout, my inbox has been flooded with questions…the main one being “What the heck it Tabata?

Sooo… What the Heck it Tabata?

Tabata training is one of the most popular high-intensity interval training {HIIT – I’m sure you have been seeing HIIT everywhere too!}. It’s eight rounds consisting of  a burst of ultra-high-intensity exercise for 20-seconds followed by a very brief 10 second rest. You push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds until you complete eight sets. You can do pretty much any exercise you want like,  squats, sit ups or pushups. I strongly recommend exercises that work large muscle groups. Using Kettlebells for your Tabata is awesome too! It only takes four minutes to complete a Tabata circuit, but don’t be fooled, those four minutes will push your body to the limit. IT’S AWESOME!

How about a little bit of history?!

A Tabata is referring to a particular type of workout. It’s called a “Tabata” because the founder of the technique is Dr. Izumi Tabata. The training is designed to give participants maximum results in a short period of time.

If the Tabata workout seems “new” to you, there is a reason for that, Izumi Tabata didn’t do his study until 1996. He’s study was very small study and consisted Olympic-level speed skaters! Tabata had these Olympic level athletes work out six days a week for four minutes. But these weren’t just your average mundane workouts these were hardcore…during those four minutes, the athletes, while on bikes would pedal as fast as they possibly could with heavy resistance for 20 seconds, rested for 10 seconds, and repeated for eight rounds total. As a result, the skaters had somewhat increased aerobic capacity but a 28% boost in their anaerobic capacity! WOW!

The Tabata Workout:

The Tabata workout lasts only four minutes, but is one of the longest four minutes of your life…but SO worth it!

The structure of Tabata:

  • Workout hard for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Complete eight rounds

Tabata is great if you need to get a quick workout in, if you need to improve speed, if you need more endurance or if you just want to switch things up a bit!  Add Tabata to your fitness routine you WILL get results. The Goal is at the end of 20 seconds you want is to be very winded, tired and uncomfortable, no matter how you get there, as long as it’s safe {see caution below!}TAbb

A Caution:

Tabata is very fast-paced this means you may be more prone to injury. Please make sure you’re in totally control of the exercises you’re doing and ONLY do exercises that are right for you! This may mean you are only using 5 lbs when the work out calls for 15…that is OK! You WILL get there! If you are not in control the likelihood of injury dramatically increases.

A few of my FAVORITE Tabata Workouts!

 

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Don’t Forget it is ONLY 4 minutes and then you can rest! I found when I push myself to my breaking point, I feel like I accomplished so much more!!!

Do you love TABATA? What’s you favorite Tabata workout!

References and sources for this post include:

Pumps&Iron, active.com {All workouts where found on Pinterest – Unfortunately most of the workouts where image pins without corresponding website.}

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Do you LIVEexercise?

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AT HOME WORKOUTS PROVEN TO TRANSFORM YOUR BODY, FAST!

Are you ready to get results? Well, the at Home Workouts on Liveexercise will deliver! Choose from over 3000 complete, follow along videos, with new episodes added every week.

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  • Abs
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Kickboxing
  • Yoga
  • HIIT
  • Kettlebell
  • Treadmill
  • MMA

There are even targeted workouts for 

  • Muscle Building 
  • Fat Burning 
  • Toning 
  • Men 
  • Women
  • Kids
  • Awesome right!? PLUS there are 30,60 & 90 day complete workout programs! Basically it’t like having an amazing gym and trainer in your home without the high monthly cost! 

FAQ:

Q: Why should I join LiveExercise?
A: Liveexercise makes exercise convenient and super effective. We literally have workouts for almost every goal. Even better we have a super supportive community. Studies show that working out with a partner will improve your chances of success. When you join LiveEx you will automatically gain workout partners from around the world.

Q: What if I’ve never worked out before?
A: After numerous requests, we created several entry-level programs to gradually ease you into the tougher Liveexercise workouts. Check out our Launchpad, Tread lightly, Dumbells 101 or TX2 series to get started.

Q: I have bad knees can you help me?
A: Yes! If you have instability issues with knees or are limited by an injury, our 10-minute knee workouts are the perfect fit. They are designed to strengthen your knee joints safely and effectively.

Q: What is the cost comparison of LiveExercise to a gym?
A: Gyms can be expensive. In addition to the membership fees there are all of the costs that are associated with traveling to the gym. Liveexercise enables you to workout right from your living room for one flat monthly fee.

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Q: How do I get started?
A: Getting started is easy. Simply sign up and then click on the “Click Here to Get Started” button below! 

 

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Got 10 Minutes? POPSUGAR Fitness has you covered!

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Are your days crazy busy? Yeah, mine too! When life is hectic it can be hard to set aside time for fitness…am I right? The problem is, skipping a workout because you don’t think you have the time can VERY easily turn into two, three, and then before you know it you are totally off track and starting all over! How do we balance a hectic life with a fit life? POPSUGAR fitness might be exactly what you are looking for! POPSUGAR has TONS of easy to follow workouts ranging between 10 – 40 minutes {some are shorter, some are longer} I first discovered POPSUGAR when I stumbled across this awesome Arm workout!

Needless to say I have been pretty much hooked on their workout videos ever since! We all have 10 minutes, it might be before the kids are up, while little ones are napping or when the kiddos are snug in bed! Check out these awesome 10 minute workouts and get hooked too!!

10-Minute Body Toning Workout

10 Minute Tabata Tone Everything Workout

10 Minute Abs

Ultimate Inner Thigh Workout

10 Minute Arms and Shoulders

Rock your Bikini Bottoms

10 Minute Lazy Girl Workout!

Find more awesome workout videos from POPSUGAR Fitness!

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**I am NOT affiliated with POPSUGAR and I was NOT compensated for this post. This is based upon my personal thoughts and opinions

8 Motivating Tips for Wight Loss!

1.) Get a Workout Buddy and Share Your Goals

Losing weight doesn’t have to be something you do all by yourself. Having a workout buddy who shares similar goals to you can be the motivation you need to help you stay on track…this can be your hubby, best friend or maybe even your mom! Having a workout buddy means you can exercise together, keep each other accountable and celebrate all your conquered goals along the way!!

2.) Make Weight-Loss Jars

Sometimes actually visualizing the pounds lost can be some serious motivation!! I started doing weight-loss jars this summer! It is SO encouraging when you lose weight and you get to take “1 pound” out of the “pounds to lose” jar and put it in “the pounds Lost” jar! It is such an amazing feeling! wlj Putting together weight-loss jars is really easy! All you need is 2 glass jars and some beads or rocks {I used canning jars and oval glass gems – one for each pound you want to lose!}

3.) Put Workout Clothes on Your Night Stand

Waking up and seeing your workout clothes including your workout shoes right next your bed can be very motivating. Even if you’re not exercising as soon as you wake up by putting on your workout clothes you’re ready to go when the time comes! No excuses!!

4.) Leave your Workout Gear out and in Sight

go We all have days when it’s really difficult to get motivated. Let’s face it we all have those days when we’re just lazy. By leaving out your yoga mat, your weights, your running shoes or even a fitness magazine turn to a great circuit or print out of your favorite workout you are reminded of what you’re working towards! Instant motivation!!

DRESS5.) Buy a Size Smaller

Want to kick motivation up a notch? Consider buying the cute date-night dress or a pair of skinny jeans or even a super cute T-shirt in a smaller size than you currently wear! Once you get home, hang it up in a place that you’ll see every day! By doing this you will be reminded of what you are working towards and think twice about skipping workouts!! {don’t forget to set a goal for when you want to fit it!}

6.) Make and Share a Food Journal

Keeping a food journal can be great motivation! It’s really easy to do! All you need is the printable below {or a spiral notebook and a pen} Ready, set, go! Every day write down everything you eat and drink…even water intake! Kick it up a notch and each day either email it to a friend or share with your husband, this way it will make your food journal not only be a great weight-loss strategy but also you will be held accountable for your food choices! FWJ

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{After to download and save print out each week or all for the month!}

7.) Leave yourself Encouraging Notes and Reminders

dilis Visual reminders are great motivators! This can be done in multiple different ways, put sticky notes on your bathroom mirror with encouraging notes like “you CAN do it” or maybe a note with the weight you are working towards! You can even add a sticky note to your scale with an encouraging message. Personally my favorite visual motivations are the daily reminder pop ups I get on my phone!! If you haven’t the most and you have an iPhone it’s really easy to do! Hold down the home button on your cell phone until you hear the double beep and {you’ll see a sound wave line} for example you could say “remind me Monday through Friday  to run 2 miles” let go of the button! Siri will show you a preview of you reminder {make sure it shows that it will be “daily”} Easy Peasy!!

8.) Reward Yourself!

Don’t forget to reward yourself throughout your weight loss! Having rewards to go with your goals will be extra motivating! This can be a short-term reoccurring goal of a pedicure or a new hair color for every 5 pounds lost. It can be a longer term reward like a new pair of jeans when you lose 15 pounds! Or a BIG reward like, a weekend getaway with your spouse after losing 30 pounds! One of my favorite rewards is new workout clothes or running shoes! I know it doesn’t seem very exciting but there is nothing like getting a new Yoga pants a size or two smaller to motivate you! No matter what your goal is, rewarding yourself every step of the will continue to motivate you! Be sure that you set little goals with rewards along the way! {everyone has different goals and different amounts of weight they want to lose…you also know your own body so set goals accordingly!   Do you have any tips you want to add to the list? Comment and let me know your favorites!!!   sigg1 copy

Drop it like its Squat! 30 Day Squat Challenge!

On of my favorite workouts is doing Squats! I don’t know why…maybe it’s because I KNOW that they are really doing something…you know that ‘hurts so good’ feeling!

30 Day Squat Challenge!

{30 day squat challenge is based on the basic body weight squat}

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Click for FREE printable!

{hint: Laminate printable, using a wet erase marker mark off each completed day! Once you have completed at 30 days simple wipe and start again when you want!}

I want to take this moment to encourage you! It IS OK if you can’t drop your squat as deep as the images below! Go as low as you can, don’t push you self…YOU WILL GET THERE! Even with horrible knees!!

Want more?!?!? Here are 8 awesome squats you’ll want to add to your daily routine!

#1 Body Weight Squat

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Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder-width apart.

(A) Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees.

Pause, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position. (B)

#2 Body Weight Jump Squat

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Place your fingers on the back of your head and pull your elbows back so that they’re in line with your body.

(A) Dip your knees in preparation to leap. 

(B) Explosively jump as high as you can.

When you land, immediately squat down and jump again. (C)

#3 Pistol Squat

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Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor.

Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. (A) Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can.

Pause, then push your body back to the starting position. (B)

#4 Wide Stance Barbell Squat

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Hold the bar across your upper back with an overhand grip. (A)

Perform a squat with your feet set at twice shoulder width. (B)

#5 Barbell Stiff Squat

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Hold the bar across your upper back with an overhand grip.

Before you squat, raise your heels as high as you can (A) and hold them that way for the entire lift. (B)

#6 Braced Squat

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Hold a weight plate in front of your chest with both hands, your arms completely straight. (A)

Perform a squat while holding the weight in place. (B)

#7 Dumbbell Split Squat

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Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, your palms facing each other.

Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right.

(A) Slowly lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push yourself back up to the starting position as quickly as you can.

(B) Switch legs and repeat.

#8 Goblet Squat

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Hold a dumbbell vertically next to your chest, with both hands cupping the dumbbell head. (Imagine that it’s a heavy goblet.)

(A) Brace your abs, and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees.

(B) Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.

Thank you to Women’s Health Magazine for this great workout! If you aren’t familiar with this magazine you NEED to check it out!

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