Make a Penguin Pal Craft to Fight Indoor Winter Blues

Is it ever going to end? Yes, I’m talking about the winter that refuses to go away. I feel like I haven’t seen the blue sky for ages and, frankly, I’m a little tired of seeing snow on the ground. Frankly, it’s been a little difficult for the girls and I on our days off. During the warmer months, we spend most of our time outside, going to the park, swimming in the pool, or just playing games in our yard. Now it takes nearly a half an hour to get all of our layers on and get out the door – and it’s only a few minutes before the girls are frozen and want to come back inside.

So what have we been up to? Lots and lots of crafts. Our supply closet has grown by leaps and bounds this winter, so I’ve decided to share one idea with you below. These arts & craft hours have been great for me, too. With the girls entertained, I have a few minutes to make hot tea, do some sit-ups while wearing my Tummy Tuck Belt, or start prepping dinner. Try out the craft below and let me know what you think!

Penguin Pal Craft

Needs:

  • One piece each of orange, black and white construction paper
  • One pair of large googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Child-safe scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut a large oval out of the black paper, this will be the penguin’s body.
  2. Cut a skinny heart out of the white paper, for the penguin’s tummy.
  3. Cut three small hearts out of the orange paper – one will be for the penguin’s beak and two will be for the feet.
  4. Glue the hearts onto the penguin’s body. The white heart should be in the middle of the oval and two orange hearts should be at the very bottom of the oval. Glue the last orange heart in the middle of the white heart and add the googly eyes.

Losing Baby Weight, Normal Mom Style

While standing in the checkout line in the grocery store yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice how quickly celebrity moms tend to lose their baby weight. It’s like they were never even pregnant! I guess if I was a movie start with millions in the bank, I’d hire someone to get me in shape as well.

After having our youngest daughter, Elizabeth, I was itching for some kind of physical activity. When I was pregnant, I could hardly do anything besides laps around the neighborhood to keep me feeling fit. All of a sudden, I felt like I wanted to swim and bike and do kickboxing and any other exercise I could find! However, it’s important to start small after a period of inactivity. I started by wearing my Tummy Tuck Belt on a daily basis just around the house. I then added back power walking and yoga, while still wearing my belt, and moved up to aerobics classes at our gym and some jogging.

Notice that I’m not recommending 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, and running 12 miles a day! It seems like every time I pick up one of these celebrity magazines, that’s what their personal trainers are telling them to do. And for the new mom, that’s just not doable or healthy! As I’ve said a million times before eating healthy and working out is the best way to stay in shape, no gimmicks!

Making the Best of Summer’s Healthy Produce

As summer is winding down, I find myself wishing that summer vacation could be a reality after our school days are over. My husband and I both have flexible jobs that allow us to take a couple days off here and there to sneak out of town with the girls, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an entire summer to do whatever you want? Hey, a girl can dream!

One of my favorite things to do this summer was use the bountiful fruits and veggies I found at the local farmer’s market to make delicious, homemade meals for my family. I love to use produce when I’m cooking, whether it’s fresh zucchini or sweet raspberries. Overall, this summer has been really healthy: eating lots of produce, spending a lot of time outside and always remembering to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt.

One of my favorite treats recently has been ice cream – not just any ice cream though. Ice cream made by tossing a few frozen bananas into the food processor. You wouldn’t believe it but it has the same consistency and taste as real ice cream! Sometimes I’ll add a spoonful of honey, peanut butter or nutella when I want to mix it up a bit. What is your favorite healthy summer treat?

Typical Mom Problems: Fighting off a Sweet Tooth

Do any of you out there have a sweet tooth like me? Lately I feel like there is constantly something sugary nearby that I’ve been snacking on: M&Ms, brownies, and more. My oldest daughter just had her third birthday party and we made dozens of cupcakes to take to school. They were chocolate cupcakes topped with pink icing (her favorite color) and purple sprinkles. Cooking with Sarah is so much fun! Even though the kitchen gets pretty messy with the two girls helping out, some of my favorite memories have been made while baking. I also got some great shots last week of Sarah with icing all over her face.

As a mom trying to watch her weight, my sweet tooth can get me in trouble sometimes. That’s why I like to keep fresh fruit around the house to snack on. It gives you a little bit of sweetness and you won’t find yourself at the bottom of a tub of icing. I even took the girls to the strawberry field a few weekends ago to let them help me pick a few buckets. It was a fun trip that helped me teach the girls of having a balanced and nutritious diet. I even remembered to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt on our little excursion! So, readers, which do you prefer – sweets, fruit or a little bit of both?

Back to Work Whirlwind

Well everyone, good news! I made it through my first few days back at work without missing my girls too much. Everyone at the office was great about dealing with the dental hygienist/mommy with separation anxiety. What am I going to do when they go off to school?!

Nearly all the other ladies at the office are moms too, so they helped make my transition back into the office so much easier. They had given me updates on big news while I was still at home, which made me want to come into work and learn more and they gave me a light schedule on my first day back. Everyone commented on how good I looked already after my pregnancy – of course, I shared that I was wearing my Tummy Tuck Belt under my clothes. They were amazed and said they had no idea. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole office starts wearing Tummy Tuck Belts under their scrubs!!

As happy as I am to be back at work, I’m already looking forward to the weekend. My husband and I have hardly any plans; we plan to spend this chilly weekend building a huge fire in our fireplace and hanging out with the girls. It looks like there’s snow in the forecast again – I wonder if my Tummy Tuck Belt will keep me extra warm if we go outside to play in the snow (ha ha!). Talk to you soon!