FAVORITE WORKOUT ROUTINE + KEEPING FRESH

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I often share how important physical activity is for me.  I am a completely different person and I feel my best mentally, physically, and spiritually, when I exercise on a daily basis. My view on exercise has also shifted over the years. Before Grace was born, I enjoyed going on long runs. My routine consisted of getting out for an hour at a time and running until I felt like my legs were going to fall off. I loved it.  I felt like I gave everything I had. When Haddon was born, we lived in a beautiful apartment complex with a gym that was down stairs, it had playroom and it was absolutely beautiful. Those days, I found myself at the gym almost every day because it was so convenient. With our recent move to Nebraska, and the addition of our third child, leaving the house to work-out it’s not feasible.
These days, my routine varies on a daily basis depending on multiple factors. The kids being able to nap, the degree of sleep deprivation, and unexpected events that come about when you have three kids with no babysitters.
What doesn’t vary, is my desired to be active and my belief that working out is much more important than looking a certain way.  It’s about being able to pick-up two kids at the same time and pushing all three of them up a hill. Being able to play with my kids and engaging them in play makes all of the sweat and pain worth it.
So, if you find yourself with a lot of help and are able to make it to the gym that’s wonderful! However if you’re like me, and you’re on your own most of the time with three kids, I’m here to help. I want to share with you a few simple moves that I do everyday (take or leave a day or two).  These are simple moves, but consistency is the name of the game! I’ve realized that it’s more important for me to do four workout moves every day than kill it at the gym two days a week.

Here are my top four exercise moves that can be done almost anywhere and my favorite moves to practice on a daily basis. Also, sometimes this is what my home-workouts look like

First off, make sure you stretch. I make sure to stretch my major muscle groups and get started

Pushups

You can’t go wrong with pushups! There are a few ways you can do them and you can even modify them to make them easier or more difficult depending on your physical ability. It may not seem much, but I do 25 real/non-modified pushups every day.  When I started, I was not able to do five and I have slowly worked my way up.

As time progressed, I was able to feel myself getting stronger and little by little I have been able to increase the level of difficulty.

Squat Jumps

I love squat jumps! I feel like they’re a crazy mix of cardio and strength training.  I stand with my legs a little bit wider than shoulder width apart and go all the way down and squat (make sure your knees are behind your ankles when you squat). Then I spring up as high and as hard as I can, paying attention to my core and I make sure that I land softly to protect my knees.  Then I do it again 24 more times.   You’ll be winded at the end and if you feel like you can do more, then go into a burpee (go down to a plank or a pushup when you land from your “leap”) These get me in SHAPE! Make sure that you’re focusing on proper form rather than trying to reach a number.  It’s not worth getting injured!

Half boats

I love these for my abs. I start with knees pulled in and my abs super tight! Think of bringing your bellybutton all the way towards your spine.  Stretch your legs out in front of you in a wide V motion and bring it all right back.  Don’t let your shoulders touch the floor and move slowly and controlled.  I keep my arms by my side, with my palms facing up but you can bring your arms behind your head if you want to make it more challenging. I also do 25 of these.  Also, keep your head aligned with your spine so you’re not tucking your chin in and hurt your neck.
I’m not sure if you’re catching my rhythm here, but I start by doing 25 of each of these moves.  That’s it! Then I can get on with running after children, making lunches and folding all the laundry.  I don’t have the privilege to go to a gym or to dedicate any more time to working out. This is it. This is all the time I have these days and for now, this is my best!
Doing these moves every day has allowed me to get my arms and legs stronger and my mid-section is starting to feel like it used to before three babies had their way with it.

Weighted squats

Squats are soooo good for me.  They workout my quads, my hamstring and my glutes! You can do air squats (no weights) to start off and them build your way up.  I like to add weight when I can because I feel like I get better results. For a long time I thought that weights were going to bulk me up and make me look more masculine than I would l

 

ike to, but I was so wrong.  These days, if I can add weight to my workouts, I go for it!
I usually wear my exercise clothes all day long and when I’m ready I throw them in the washer I like to make sure I use Purex® Crystals because they offer 12 Weeks of Freshness and they leave my workout clothes smelling amazing! They also provide great scent for a great price. There are two favorite scents that I swap between. Purex® Crystals Fresh Moutain Breeze (which smells like heaven) and Purex® Crystals Cherry Blossom and Ginger (which is part of their New Botanical scents made with a natural mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness) yes!
 I add just a tiny bit to my clothes before turning the dryer on and that’s it! Log lasting freshness! 
These days, I like to pick up my Purex® Crystals on my regular trip to Walmart AND they are on rollback at Walmart now!
There is a lot that goes into a healthy lifestyle, like eating a whole foods diet that’s low in sugar, and being aware of your overall dietary intake. However, I’ve found that it’s more important to be consistent than to spend hours at the gym and then quitting after I’ve realized that I’ve taken on too much.

Happy excercising friends and remember that it’s all about being healthy and about doing your best to take care of the body that God gave you!

 

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THREE TIPS TO HEALTHY SKIN| THE OVER 30 EDITION

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Three tips to healthy skin

One of my 2017 goals was to take better care of my skin. Growing up in a house full of boys, I never paid much attention to the products that I used on my face. I’m now 30 years old, and I’m starting to realize that I no longer have youth on my side and that I have to be more intentional when it comes to taking care of my skin.  Honestly, as a mom of three, it’s easy to not prioritize myself. When I’m able to sneak in a quick shower I sometimes (most of the time) just use soap to wash my face.  Gasp! I know I shouldn’t, but time is scarce. You know what else is scarce? Sleep! I would love to say that getting enough sleep is one of my top 3 steps to healthy skin, but at this point in my life, sleep is just not in the cards for me.

The good news is that we’re into May, and I’m finally feeling on top of my skincare routine which involves daily wash and moisturizing. On top of that, there are a few things that I do to help my skin remain as healthy as possible, and I wanted to share them with you!

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TEACHING STEWARDSHIP+ prAna CLOTHING

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One of the values we instill in our children is stewardship. We start off when they’re young with their toys and the reason why they should take care of them. We explain that everything we have is a gift from God and that it’s our responsibility to  be good stewards of everything He has given us.
With Grace, we’re able to talk about money, time, talents, and resources and that we are going to be held accountable one day for how we spend what we have been given.

Here are three areas we are showing our children how to be good stewards.

  1. Toys– our kids have been blessed with numerous toys. We keep some downstairs in the living room and some in their bedroom. Every day, they get a chance to play with their toys and when they’re finished it is their responsibility to return it to its proper place in the same condition in which they found it. We explain to them that just because the toys are theirs, it does not give them the liberty to mistreat them.
  2. Time– We purpose to start our mornings (after breakfast) with school. And because we value each other’s time, we emphasize the importance of staying focused on the task at hand. If Grace decides to play or lose focus, during the allotted school time, we explain to her that she is not being a good steward of her time. The lack of stewardship in this area usually results with her not being able to do a fun activity in the evening. Although she is four, she is very aware of when she is paying attention and when her mind is elsewhere.
  3. Finances– It’s fun to see children handle money.  Grace has a few chores around the house that she receives financial compensation for. It’s nothing big, but quarters add up. We have been able to instruct her in the importance of being a good steward of your finances and that if the whole dollar is spent as soon as it’s recieved, then there won’t be any left over for the toy she’s had her eye on. We are also teaching her about giving to God and to others.
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Here are a few Bible verses that are helping us in the process of teaching stewardship.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s very grace” 1 Peter 4:10
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” Luke 16:10
Speaking of stewardship, I want to share with you a company that is raising the bar when it comes to sustainable clothing. PrAna is a clothing company that shows love for our planet. They offer sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp clothing items that are versatile and classy (here’s is a video on why hemp matters and why organic cotton matters)
This shirt for example, is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever own and I see myself throwing it on during the spring to play in the park with the kids or dressing it up with skinny jeans and boots for date night.
Also these pants are soft and have an elastic waist band that embraces my post baby body. I can see myself strapping on some heels and a cute top and heading straight to church.

PrAna also likes to give back to communities all over the world and their designers create and test the clothing based on their own love for the outdoors!

I really appreciate companies like prAna, who are demonstrating stewardship of God’s creation and making a positive impact on our planet!

Use the code PMOMAAT to receive 15% off your entire prAna order until 4/14/2017

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(Disclosure: I partnered with The Motherhood and prAna for this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine)
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PINK BLUSH MATERNITY + A GIVEAWAY

We are getting ready to celebrate Emory’s eight months and although this has been a crazy ride, the past eight months have really been the most incredible for our family. Not only did we add our third baby to our bunch, but we moved our family across the country and are experiencing a lot of firsts as a family of five.

With all of the changes that have been going,  it has been important for me to feel as comfortable as possible and one of the ways I like to do that, is by making sure that my wardrobe has plenty of transitional pieces. For me, transitional pieces have to be versatile and able to be worn year-round.

It’s been five years since I was pregnant with my first child and since then I have been in and out of the weird post-baby transitional stage.  My body hasn’t bounced back fully and adding more babies to the bunch have thrown my body for a loop. I still have a lot of my pre-baby clothes that I can’t get myself to part with, but I mostly live in a transitional wardrobe that I’ve curated over the past few years. I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped me through this weird post-baby stage. 

  1. Go by the way they feels not by its size. Sometimes size can be deceiving. Instead of going straight for your regular size jeans try on a couple of sizes bigger and just see what feels right. I have a pair of jean shorts that fit me very comfortably and I loved wearing them throughout the summer months, but I would have never picked them out because they were about four sizes bigger than I would usually wear. I’ve lost some of the weight but having that extra room allows me to move around and chase after kids rather than feeling restrained by my shorts.
  2. Layer. Layering pieces help me to not only make the best use of my wardrobe, but helps me mix-and-match and get creative with the pieces that I do wear  
  3. Find a brand that makes both confort and style a priority. I love Pink Blush! They are a trendy online boutique and I have been talking about them since before Haddon and was born. I like the way they focus on the transitional stage and their prints and fabric always make me feel pretty and put together like this mint green floral chiffon dress. Also, because transitional stage is a priority for them, I know that I don’t have to worry about the fit because they are always flattering. 

The transitional stage is tough. Your body is adjusting,  your hormones are through the roof and finding something to wear shouldn’t be a daunting task.  If anything, having transitional pieces in your wardrobe take the stress away form having to fit into all of your pre-baby clothes and who needs that stress?

Here’s the really cool news… 

Pink Blush is hosting $50 Pink Blush giveaway! 

Just two ways to enter:

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  2. Follow our @aleandtere on Instagram (+ tag a friend) 

Giveaway closes on February 10th at 11:59pm EST. 

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