Early Morning + Summer Workout

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These hot summer days can make it extremely difficult to get a workout in, especially if you workout at home and not a gym! Heat is so exhausting and can stop you in your tracks even if you have the best intentions.

If you have been plagued with the “too damn hot” summer woes then her are a few tips that might help!

EARLY morning!
If you are not a morning person then I know you just cringed! I used to HATE getting up early. I used to tell people I’d “NEVER” be a morning person! I used to dread morning workouts. Then one day my husband and I decided that we needed some more time together. With all the kids activities and our busy schedule we were in desperate need of us time! I mean time to talk not fall asleep on the coach (I know you know what I mean). We decided to start getting up at 5:45 to do a morning 2 mile walk. We loved it from day one and surprisingly within a few days I was a morning person. We now get up at 5am six days a week and have zero regrets! The first Saturday we got up at 5 was amazing! By 9am we had done a 5k, did outdoor painting, did our weekly shopping trip, went to Starbucks and cleaned the pool!

Not sold on early? No worries the workout below is the perfect “wake up” workout! You can do it anywhere (so if you travel it’s great) and you can do it according to your schedule!

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Want to be extra challenged?
Complete the workout 3-6x
Do the workout as fast as you can with short breaks between each set.

You can also write down how fast you do each set and try to beat your time each day!

It’s summer so be sure you STAY HYDRATED! I recommend this Hydro Flask! It’s amazing and keeps water icy cold all day long even in the hot sun.

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Sparkle Bows Cheer OBSESSED!

Do you have to do cheer to be obsessed with Cheer Bows? Ah, no way! Do you have to be in dance to love crop sets? No way! Gabbi only does gymnastics and let me tell you she LOVES cheer Bows and crop sets!

We have partnered with one of the best shop ever! It’s called Sparkle Bows Cheer (adorable name right) this shop specializes in all the cute and glitzy you could ever want! Gabbi and I are SO EXCITED to share some of the great items they have in the shop!

Rainbow Poop Emoji Cheer Bow:

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We cannot get over the cuteness overload this unicorn rainbow poop emoji bow has! Gabbi about lost it when she saw it and has been wearing it a ton! Everywhere we go people ask about it! Not only is this bow cute but it is probably the most well made cheer bow we’ve ever had! Its super sparkly and has the perfect amount of stiffness (this is a very important feature!) It has not lost any shape despite accidentally being shoved in a drawer!

Tailless Cheer Bow:

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This bow…oh man…look at it! It’s gorgeous, classy and tailless, so no more tucking tails or bow tails falling in your face! Just like the above bow this one is equally well made! There is just something about this bow that makes Gabbi feel so beautiful! She loves wearing it when we’re at home, when we are out and about….anywhere! So many people love this bow. I personally think it’s perfect for all ages not just little girls! Its not too big {wait can a bow be too big?} or too small!

Let’s talk pony!
The ponytail band is different than any other cheer bow we have instead of being a elastic ponytail tie (like a goody) its actually a soft seamless elastic band…meaning will not snap! I LOVE this feature…I have had to take apart so many bows and replace the elastic!

What about the price?
These bows are a STEAL at between $8-$10 (for most) that is a fraction of most cheer bow shops! We cannot wait to get more!

In addition to those two gorgeous bows Gabbi also got two ridiculously adorable Unicorn Crop sets

The first crop set is this ADORABLE Black Unicorn Love with Rainbows Crop Top and Shorts!

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I know right? You can’t get over the cuteness! Gabbi is obsessed with this set! What’s not to love Unicorns + Rainbows!

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She pretty much lives in this, she only takes it off to change to the other set 😂 She’s even been sleeping in it! Its just that comfy I guess!

Next up is the equally as adorable Blue Unicorn Love Crop Top and Shorts!

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This is just the cutest set ever! The blue is such a gorgeous shade! Gabbi loves wearing this one with her favorite denim overall shorts, she also has a high waist white skirt that goes so cute with this!outfit2 In addition to these two adorable set Gabbi also got these super cute stretchy black shorts!black_shorts

These are awesome and go with all her existing crop tops making a bunch of new outfits! It’s amazing how useful a pair of basic black shorts can be! Gabbi has been wearing these everywhere. They are perfect with any shirt and great under dresses and skirts!

All three pairs of are so soft and comfortable and fantastic for the gym! Gabbi loves wearing them over her leotards at Gymnastics practice.

Sizing info for the Crop Tops and Shorts:

  • One Size fits most 4 way stretch
  • Ages (5-10)
  • Fabric: Polyester (92%), Spandex (5%), Nylon (5%)
  • Soft and breathable moisture wicking fabric that moves the way you move.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT UV PROTECTIVE

*Crops and shorts are sold separately.

Clearly we love Sparkle Bows Cheer and we think you will too! Head over and check out all the amazing Bows and other crop tops they have!

Use code: SPARKLE20 for 20% off!!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Kathy at Sparkle Bows Cheer for the adorable gifts!

*Although  Sparkle Bows Cheer did send me a thank you package for partnering with them I was not compensated or persuaded to write anything I do not mean-  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Sparkle Bows Cheer.

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Garland Activewear X Squishies

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

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You pretty much can’t go anywhere without hearing about or seeing Squishes! For good reason right? They are so darn cute! No matter where we go Gabbi has to check and see what squishes that particular store has!

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So when Gabbi got the CUTEST leotard from Garland Activewear she was insanely stoked because it is none other than a SQUISHY leotard! OMG it is the cutest EVER!

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I mean c’mon look at the narwhal and bear…adorable!

The leotard even came with an added surprise….an ice cream cone squishy! This was HUGE because Gabbi’s all time favorite squishes are frozen treats and food! She couldn’t get enough of it!

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The Garland activewear squishy leotard is sure to become your gymnasts favorite leotard!

Garland Activewear leotard quality: This leotard is not only cute but made with the highest standards of quality! It has soft inside seams and is soft! Gabbi told me that this is one of the most comfortable leotards she has!

Here are a few more leotards that we just LOVE

PATRIOTIC MYSTERY LEO

Gabbi wants this mystery box SO bad!

SUMMER PINEAPPLES SOFTY MESH BACK LEOTARD

PRETTY KITTIES RACERBACK LEOTARD

LLAMA LOVE TANK LEOTARD

MERMAZING SWEETHEART LEOTARD

CUTE CUPCAKES TANK LEOTARD

Today is Summer Solstice! The official kick off of summer, and the longest day of the year! Celebrate with us with 21% off your online purchase of $25 or more (excludes custom design and mystery orders)! One day only so shop now! Use code SUMMER at checkout! #garlandactivewear #summersolstice

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TABATA Workout!

Ok so I’m OBSESSED with this TABATA workout from

Ummmmmm and how cute is that name?!?!? LOVE it! Head over and see everything that Tina has to offer! Trust me you’ll love her!

Don’t forget to try out this butt kicking Tabata!

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Morning Workout from Eat.Fit.Fuel

Eat. Fit. Fuel.

Not a morning person? HATE working out in the morning? EatFitFuel has a great workout for you!

I personally love this workout in the morning and in the evening! It helps boost you in the morning to get S*** done and…well it does the exact same in the evening when you SO don’t want to cook dinner! 🙂  I hope you enjoy it and be sure to visit  EatFitFuel
Belly Workout Plan. Four simple exercises to get the perfect belly in just four weeks! by nadia

Have a great Saturday!

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Christina Carlyle Booty Workout!

Who else loves Christina Carlyle? She is awesome and this workout from her site proves just how much she wants to help anyone achieve their fitness goals, anyone can do this workout not matter your size or fitness level!

I stumbled upon this workout a while back and honestly forgot about it. It just popped up again and I’m starting it NOW! Join me if you want some booty pop!

These butt lifting exercises use body weight and multi-directional movements so you can target all of the muscles in your glutes.  Together the best butt lifting exercises will perk up your booty quickly.

Plus, the rep count strategy we’ll be using will help lift and tight the butt, not build mass in your legs.

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Do 3 full sets – of all 6 exercises – to complete your workout – I like to do 30 reps each! Not exactly sure how to go all the moves? Head over to Christina’s website for a video of this workout! 

Christina has a bunch of other great stuff that she offers so keep an eye over the next few week for some other great stuff!

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Victoria Gear Hip Bands and Mini Loop Resistance Bands!

Happy Good Morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Have you ever been so excited about a piece of workout gear or equipment you just can’t wait to use it again?

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That is EXACTLY how I feel about my Hip Bands and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands from Victorem! I cannot get enough of them, they are amazing!
Of course I’m going to tell you all about each set because I want you to be just as obsessed as me… but first…

I’ve never had anything like either of these bands before so I had no idea what to expect so I anxiously awaited their arrival. Wouldn’t you know the day they were set to arrive we were literally the last delivery of the day…past 9pm…ugh! I was so exhausted from the day but I couldn’t wait to rip into the box to check out all my goodies! I received the Hip Bands: Set of 3 and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands: Set of 5 two sets, {each set comes with a black carrying bag!}

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I opened everything! Even though I was EXHAUSTED I could not wait to use them…so I did! That first night I did…

Walking lunges and Squats with this little bad girl:

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Legs lifts with this small but might little lady:

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Honestly I was shocked at how much resistance each of these bands had, guys seriously I went to bed with sore glutes and thighs…which I loved!

I use both sets every single day and will be taking them on all our up coming vacations!

I thought about making a video but there is a bit more jiggle then I’m ready to share…I hope you understand ❤
Ok let me give you some more specifics on each set!
I love these! The mini loop bands are just like regular sized resistance bands but they are resized to fit perfectly around your legs and give you awesome resistance you didn’t know you were missing!
This set comes with five bands:
Extra Light
Light
Medium
Heavy
Extra Heavy
With the five different resistance levels you can add as little or as much resistance as you want to a TON of different exercises. Simply pull a loop up to above your knees, calves or ankles and get moving!
A few of my favorite works outs with these bands are…
Leg Lifts: 
  • I started out using the medium band but currently have been using the heavy and extra heavy!
  • Lay on your side with the band around your ankles, squeeze your butt and lift the top leg about 10-14 inches lower and repeat. I like to do 25-30 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
  • Back Leg Lifts (I use the light band for this)
  • Start on all fours with band around your feet (I like to position it around the archea of my feet) extend one leg behind you. Lift the leg to hip level and then slowly lower it back down. I like to do 20 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
Squat Side Kick:
  • Stand with legs hip width apart with band around ankles
  • Squat as normal the as you stand kick one leg out to the side,
  • lower leg and repeat squat and kick with the other side.
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets
Bent Over Lateral Leg Raises: 
  • Start with a band of your choice right at or above the knees, on your hands and knees. Hands directly beneath your shoulders.
  • Place one of your legs straight out your side as show. Correct your balance with your other knee.
  • Tense your glute, raising that leg out until it is straight out to your side. Hold for 2-3 seconds.
  • Slowly lower it back down
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets

High Knees:

This gives you the benefit of sprinting without the space requirements. They’re simple to do, just sprint on the spot, driving your knees and your hands upwards alternatively. I like to use the heavy band and do this workout for 1 min. 1-3 sets.

There are truly a ton of different workout you can do with these little bad girls but I will let you find some of your faves!

These come in multiple color schemes you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Hip Bands: Set of 3

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Oh my gosh I love love love love these! I’m obsessed!

This set comes with three extra wide fabric Bands (think extra wide elastic but way more durability) Just like the set above these babies fit perfectly around your ankle, knees or thighs and give you some serious resistance! The thick elastic band does not slip or roll during a workout so no stopping to adjust and ruining your pace, plus they are beautiful!

Here are a couple of my favorite workouts…

  • Donkey kicks: Place preferred band around your calves or above knees. I like to do 25 reps per side and 2-4 sets.
  • Reverse Lunges: Place preferred band above knees. I like to do 30 reps per side and 2-3 sets.
  • Squats: Place preferred band above knees and when I squat I like to press my knees out for a little extra burn! I like to do 50 squats and 2-3 reps.
  • Side Steps: Place preferred band above knees and literally walk from side to side. I like to walk to the left 25 steps then back to the right 25 steps and do 2-4 sets.

Both band sets are spectacular for:

  • Walking: With the band right above the knees begin walking (the more resistance in the band the deeper the burn) I like to take 20-30 steps then either turn or walk backwards. I do 2-3 sets
  • Side steps: Stand with legs slight apart with band above your knees a leading with your head thigh step to the side keeping the band tight the whole time. I like to step direction 10-15 steps then go back the other direction. I like to do 3-6 sets.
  • Squats:  Stand with legs hip width apart and squat. I like to do 50 reps and 2-3 sets
  • Walking Lunges: Stand with legs about hip width apart and band above the knees. Begin walking lunges. I like to do 25 lunges before I turn and walk again. I like to do 3-4 sets

These four pretty basic workouts alone will give you a burn you didn’t know you’ve always wanted!

These come in two different color schemes and you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

 Hip Circle Resistance Bands

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I love these both styles of bands and HIGHLY recommend getting both sets!

Oh DUH! You probably want to know if I have had results, it’s only been about 2 weeks since these little bad girls arrived, but I can honestly say I am defiantly seeing results in the mirror…for sure there is more toning and definition every day! With absolute certainty I can tell you my legs are so much stronger and I feel the muscles more and more every day!

In all honesty I absolutely believe you will benefit from these no matter what your fitness level is…from ultimate beginner to hard core gym rat! These with give you the added resistance you never knew you always wanted. I rarely say “you need to go get this now” but guys honest you totally do!!

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Keep an eye out for my hip band glute activation post this week! 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

THE GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

I stoked!! I have partnered with Nick at Victorem and together we are giving away not one, not two…not even three set but FIVE sets of the Mini Loop Resistance Bands! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this awesome opportunity to giveaway something I love so much! Click on the images below and follow the prompts to be entered in this great giveaway!
The winners will be selected on March 1st and contacted via email so be sure your email is correct. Winners have five days to respond before they forfeit and another winner is selected.
I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Nick at Victorem!!

*Although Victorem did send me some gear as a thank you, I did not agree to give a positive review no matter what I really thought and I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & Victorem.

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