END OF SUMMER BURPEE GOAL

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This has been a fun and busy summer for us.  We met up with our friends in Vail, CO., drove twenty six hours to get to Florida and Alex and I checked into a beach resort for a couple of days.  We have had a blast this summer traveling and taking in all of the warm weather.  Along with our fun, Alex and I had a workout goal that we wanted to meet before the summer was over.  We wanted to improve our cardiovascular and muscular strength, so we set out to do some burpees and called it our

end of summer workout goal: 30 days, 10 minutes, burpees AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

It may not sound like much, but it was more about being consistent and trying to push ourselves to improve a little more each day, even if it’s by just one burpee.  This was a bit of a relaxed goal because only we really know how much we can push ourselves and it allows for us to listen to our body and make the necessary adjustments (like a longer break or a harder push)

I started off with 100 half burpees to work on building my upper body strength and little by little added full burpees (with the pushup).  I was winded and it took me some time to get back on my feet. However, I believe in celebrating every little win, and being able to feel and witness my body getting stronger was definitely a win for me.  There’s nothing like leaping as high as you can and then going straight into a pushup to get you all kinds of tired and worn out.

Here’s how to do the perfect burpee (follow the pictures below)

1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, squat down

2. Place hands on the floor and jump your feet back into a plank

3. Drop your body to the floor (with control)  for a pushup

4. Push your body back up to a plank position

5. Jump your feet back to a squat

6. Jump up, reaching your hands as high as you can. Make sure you land back softly to protect your knees.

 

Burpees are the ultimate exercise.  They workout your arms, legs, abs and that mama pooch that is so hard to tighten back up after having kids. This is not a long workout.  We made it a 10 minute goal, because life with three small kids is busy and most of the time all I have are 10 minutes. It also helps when I have good fuel to get me through my 10 minute burpee goal, and grabbing a ZonePerfect® bar is a great way to do that.  These days I like the ZonePerfect® Fudge Graham, 5ct and their ZonePerfect® Cinnamon Roll, 5ct.  They also have a lot of protein and having them on hand helps me from spending more time cooking something up at the last minute. Also, grabbing a healthier snack option, makes me feel like I am celebrating Little Wins™ throughout the day!

 

I think planks are one of the best full body workouts.  They are killer on my arms, legs and leave me feeling so strong.


It’s not everyday that I get a chance to do burpees beside a cornfield, with hot air balloons in the background. This is Nebraska for you!


 

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I think it’s so important to remember those little wins throughout the day.  Sometimes I am able to drink my coffee while it’s still hot and others, I kill it with these burpees. Want more inspiration? find it here.

 

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Here’s to celebrating all of lives Little Wins™ together friends!

 

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A SIMPLE MORNING MAKEUP ROUTINE

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I shared earlier that one of my goals for the year is to spend a little bit more time focusing on myselfand one way I like to do that is by putting on makeup every morning. Because I take off running as soon as I wake up, I like to stick to a simple morning makeup routine that doesn’t take much effort and helps me feel put together throughout the entire day. Also, for some reason, I end up getting a lot more work done if I feel a little better about the way I look, and I also end up sharing more Instagram stories than usual.

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FOUR TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR ENERGY LEVELS UP

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Energy is a elusive concept.  One day, you’re ontop of the world, ready to run for hours and the other you are flat on your face lying on your living room floor. There are ebbs and flows and finding a good balance between the two sides can be a difficult and daunting task.  Throw in homeschooling, keeping your home tidy and attempting to blog during the wee hours of the night, and you have yourself a recipe for the inevitable crash.
I have found that there are a few things that help me balance out my energy levels throughout  the day and I am sharing those with you today!
Here are my four tips to keeping your energy levels up:
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MY MOM’S LASAGNA WITH A TWIST

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Hey friends today I’m sharing an easy weeknight meal with you using simple ingredients that can be picked up at your local Walmart. Now, just because it’s easy, does not mean that it’s lacking in flavor. This recipe is packed with spices that have been passed down from my mom and it’s comfort food at its finest.  It’s also a super easy weeknight meal that’s perfect for when our kiddos are headed back to school using Campbell Soup Company’s back to school products.  Yum!

My mom is a fabulous cook. Growing up, she was able to use whatever ingredients she had at hand to make delicious feasts for a family of six. That’s right, three growing boys to feed and myself. She had a way of bringing simple meals to life and infused her children with Latin flavor that runs deep down.  There was soul, there was love, there was pride, and she told a story with every meal she made,  from her classic arepas to her hayacas during the holidays. One of my favorite dishes that she makes is a Spanish lasagna. She learned to make it when she was a little girl following in her dad’s footsteps, and anytime she made it, it would take hours of labor and love. These days, I try to bring in her love for food and recreate the recipes she has passed down but with my own twist.  I want to share with you my take on her Spanish lasagna.  This is a recipe that I whip up during our busy weeknights. It’s quick, but it packed with the same flavors that remind me of home.
 

Ingredients

1 lb.  ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jar (24 oz.) Prego® Italian Sauce. I like using Prego® Italian Sauce, because it adds a great base flavor for this dish.  It has a perfect balance of sweet and savory Italian flavors and it’s simple and easy for a weeknight.

1 tbs of dry thyme

1 tbs of dry oregano

2 tbs of chopped up basil

2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese, divided

15 oz container of ricotta cheese

1 egg, beaten

1 package of lasagna, noodles cooked (see package for instructions)

salt and pepper to taste

4 tbs of olive oil

Directions

  • preheat oven to 350°F
  • brown the beef in a large skillet coated with 2 tbs of olive oil on medium-high heat
  • meanwhile, mix ricotta,  1/2 cup parmesan cheese and egg until blended
  • add the onions to the skillet and cook until the onion is a bit translucent
  • add pasta sauce and simmer for another five minutes and add they dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste
  • take sauce off the stove and add fresh basil
  • assemble:  spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheese
  • cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray
  • bake for one hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min
  • let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving
  • enjoy!

Along with Prego® Italian Sauce, I also pick up V8 Splash® because it’s packed with a good source of essential antioxidants, great taste and nutrients.  A trick I learned from my mom is to keep a can of Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup to enhance the flavors of your dishes and I always have some in my pantry.

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If you’re like me, and want more weeknight meal inspirations you can click here to visit theCampbell’s Shortcut Meals website and get more back to school meal inspiration.

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