30 Day Ab Blast Challenge!

**Update this was supposed go live May 1st, but due to technical errors it did not!**

How about a 30 day Ab Challenge? What if I told you it would only take 5 minutes? Do I have your attention now?

Since today is May 1st I thought it would be the perfect time to start! {by no means do you have to start on the 1st, you can start it any time you want!}

Basically this is a 5 minute interval workout, meaning you do one move for 50 seconds {as hard as you can doing as many reps as you can, don’t forget to count your reps as you are doing each move} then rest for 10 seconds and go to the next move.

To make things a little easier I have crated a free printable to make it easier to track {be sure to track your progress so that you can see how much stronger you are getting from day-to-day/week to week!}

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30 Day Ab Blast Challenge DOWNLOAD! 

 

The best part about this challenge is there is no equipment needed, it can be done anywhere at anytime! Easy huh!

I have not done this yet so I will be doing it right alone with you!

Here are the moves!

 

50 sec Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Leg Lifts

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Bicycle Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Russian Twists {no weight}

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Reverse Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

Wanna make it a 10 minutes Ab Blast? Repeat in reverse order starting with Reverse Crunches ending with Crunches!

Grab an interval timer (I use the Gymboss) and set for 5 sets of 50 Seconds workout and 10 seconds rest.

This is what it will look like on a Gymboss all ready to go:

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If you feel so inclined jot down your weight and you waist measurements to see just how much change happens over the next 30 days!

Happy Ab burning!

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Full Body Workout Printables

Happy April 1st! Now that it’s Spring we are on the go a lot, visiting my sister on the other side of the state, camping and day trips. We wait all winter for the weather to change so that we can be out a lot more…the downside? Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to get a workout in. As I laid in bed this morning {after be awoken by the neighbors lawn crew mowing very early} I decided I wanted to create a easy full body workout printable that can be done literally anywhere without equipment! Here’s what I came up with…

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DOWNLOAD workout here!

The workouts….

I selected crunches, squats and pushups because in my experience these three workouts separately or combined can get amazing results in a short amount of time!

 

The reps…

100 Crunches – 50 Squats – 20 Pushups, this is a perfect for anyone! I suggest starting you day with this because it will give you so much engery to start your day!

Get more out of you workout…

f you are looking for more of a challenge {like me} do the 100-50-20 when you wake up then again in the late after noon or evening.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up from day to day {here are a few suggestions}

  • Crunches
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Heel Touches

 

  • Squats
  • Squat with Leg Lift
  • Pile Squats
  • Narrow Squats

 

  • Pushups
  • Dimond Pushups
  • Wide Arm Pushups
  • Inclined Pushups

 

I’m sharing April/May & June/July {let me know if you would like the rest of the year!}

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Encouraging Little Readers!

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For many of us we have one or more children embarking on the journey to become a reader!! YAY!! I love to read and I want my children to have the same love for it as I do! I’m sure you feel the same way too! My oldest son is well on his way to being a reader just like me…you know the ones who read a novel in a day or two because they can’t put it down? Yeah, thats me! I read the entire “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” in 2 1/2 days! 

 

Here are some great and fun reading tips…it doesn’t matter if your child is at a very basic level or if they are well on their way to chapter books, these are still great to implement!

At Home:

Turn off everything…the TV’s, iPads, ipods, radios…anything that can be distracting to your little reader! Your child will begin to learn that when it is quiet it is time to read! Be sure that you are using book that at your child’s level. ipick

“I Pick” Wall Art Download

{I would highly recommend printing on cardstock and laminating after they have been cut to make them last!}

Designate a time EVERYday as reading time! Morning, noon or night! It doesn’t matter. For our home it is the afternoon for about an hour. Sometimes my son wants to read to me and other times he wants to read by himself. He must read something from the bible {His favorite book to read!} ((Heartmelting)) Then he may read any of his books. Currently his big favorite is THE CLONE WARS!  

Check out some great Literacy Apps HERE! Reading Aloud Tips: 

Reading aloud should be fun and interactive.  Ask your child questions during the book, like “what do you think will happen next” and make personal connections, “remember when,” that create a context for reading.  This sets your child up for success—even adults need to understand the context of reading materials in magazines and newspaper articles.
Laying groundwork for future independent reading is done when you first read aloud to your children: pause to confirm and revise predictions, ask questions and make connections.  This teaches your child that understanding text is a process that occurs before, during and after reading.


Before Reading
Choose books you or your child can get excited about reading.  There are so many books out there, don’t spend time reading ones you won’t enjoy!

  • If you haven’t read the book already, scan it to get a sense of it before you start reading aloud.
  • Plan an introduction—find links to personal experiences.
  • Introduce the title, author, and illustrator.

During Reading
Read with fluency and expression.  Children need to hear changes in your voice to indicate when you are reading dialogue. Vary your pace, too. Slow down to build up suspense and speed up during exciting scenes.

  • Hold the books so your child can see the illustrations.
  • Try to establish frequent eye contact with your child.
  • Invite your child to question and comment but keep it focused on the story.
  • Explain words and ideas you think your child might not understand.

After Reading
Sometimes a book will pique curiosity and lead to questions and conversation afterwards, sometimes not.  It’s ok either way!

  • Allow time for discussion
  • Encourage various levels of response with questions
  • Retell the story or reread it to enhance comprehension.

Reading aloud is a great time to enjoy books together.  The increased vocabulary, correct grammar and comprehension will come naturally.  Soon enough, it will be your child’s turn to say “all by myself” and read these books to you.  Then, it will be the chapter books and “just one more chapter before I go to bed, please?”  Way to go mom and dad, you’re building a strong foundation of readers who WANT to read when YOU read aloud today.

Fun Idea Child Reading:

Cook! Yes Cook, have your little one read a recipe!

 

Apple Salad

 

Ingredients:

1 dozen apples

2 cups washed grapes (any seedless brand)

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions: Wash, core and slice a dozen apples, and place in a large bowl. 

Add raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and stir thoroughly. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 6 servings


Get more recipes HERE!

Blog Organization? Yes Please!

I started blogging while I was pregnant with the twins in 2009.  I had a habit of writing down post ideas, recipes I’d like to post, brands I’d like to review, ect. on random papers. I know…remember I am not a organized person by nature!  I finally had enough at the beginning of 2010 I needed to get thing under control…I was doing an average of 15 reviews and giveaways per month and that number was always growing. I implemented a little blog planner, so that I could write down all my ideas, goals, giveaways, ect. I was AMAZING and a life and time saver! I would decided when I would write what. When reviews needed to be done! Ahhhh I was great! In the fall of 2012 I decided that I wanted to share what I have been using for the last few years! My planner consists 24 pages {to download} full of: yearly at a glance, monthly, weekly, goals, statistics and so much more!

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The Yearly Blog Planner Download

2013 and I’m on a roll!

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This year I set a few “Bloggy” goals for myself! One of my biggest goals was to figure out WordPress…clearly I did! I have had WP for many months and just haven’t had the time figure it out…it is so much different from blogger, in a good way. I also wanted to have my 2013 Family Planner ready to download on January 1st…and I did! In addition I also set other goals…like finish my Homeschool Planner that I have had almost done for month, but just haven’t had the time to finish…eek…I finished it today!!!

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HOMESCHOOL PLANNER DOWNLOAD

{Due to extremely high traffic volume the download may take a few minutes.}

I have a ton of other printable in the works {Including a reading encouragement program!} and cannot wait to get them done and share!! AND I have a blog planner that is almost completed!

Smiles & Blessings