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.

Sharing New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

A new year, a new me? Yes, I’m one of those women who without fail makes New Year’s resolutions and then lets them fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around. I did a lot of reflecting on my goals and why I fail during the month of December and I have concluded that my goals were too high. Run a marathon? Just isn’t going to happen. Eat Paleo? Too difficult with two little ones in the house. So this year I’ve scaled it back to more manageable terms.

  1. Create a workout routine that is both varied and easy to stick to. I’ve done pretty well with swimming but I’d like to start doing more yoga and pilates and look forward to biking more when the weather warms up.
  2. When making my plate at lunch or dinner, fill up at least half o the plate with vegetables. That way, I can continue to cook the same meals my husband and daughters enjoy, but I’ll fill myself up with the greens and healthy sides before digging into the indulgent dishes like mac n’ cheese.
  3. Continue to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt both around the house and during exercise. I’ve been really good about this lately and I want to keep it up!
  4. Make time to “date” my husband. With a busy work schedule and two little girls who are full of energy, it’s important that my husband and I make time for each other. Even if it’s watching a movie together when the girls are in bed, that’s time that is important to us and our marriage.

Mixing Up Your Workout: Tips & Tricks

I’ve talked a lot recently about eating healthy and watching my sugar intake, so today I want to talk a little about working out and staying fit. As a mommy with a full-time job, I will start by saying it is hard to find time to work out during the week. But, as I have mentioned before, my husband and I are working hard to carve out time to exercise and support each other. I can’t say enough great things about my hubby – there have been several times in the past month he’s offered to entertain the girls so I can go for a quick bike ride or do a workout online.

Speaking of online workouts, have you been using Pinterest to find ideas for exercising? I have and I am thrilled with the quantity and quality of the workouts I’ve found there. For example, I’ve recently been doing this crazy workout I call “The Hundreds.” All you need is 20 minutes and some good tunes to keep you pumped up. I always try to throw on my Tummy Tuck Belt before I workout too! For “The Hundreds” workout you do the following: 100 jumping jacks, 90 crunches, 80 squats, 70 leg lifts, 60 more jumping jacks, 50 crunches, 40 squats, 30 leg lifts, 20 more jumping jacks and run for 10 minutes. Crazy, right? I didn’t say it was easy and I definitely struggled with it for the first two weeks, but I can say that I feel better and I think I can tell a difference!

Have you tried any online workouts? Which ones do you like the best?

Happy 2013! My New Year’s Resolutions are here!

Hello readers and happy New Year! I am so sorry that I have been a bad blogger so far this month, but truthfully, the holidays really wore us out. Not to mention we all caught the flu last week and still aren’t feeling 100%. We’ll just say there has been a lot of family time and not much computer time around here. Even though I’m a little late, I do want to share some of my resolutions for 2013.

Live Healthier – This is a big one that my husband and I talked about a lot over the holidays and we were lying around feeling miserable last week. I’ve decided to start planning out our meals better, using more veggies and not keeping as many sweets in the house. Not only do we want to cook healthier meals for the entire family, but we’ve decided that it’s time to join a gym and commit to regular exercise. Personally, I want to recommit to my Tummy Tuck Belt and using it while when I am working out and at work or around the house. More than anything, we want to teach our daughters that it is important to take care of your body and live a healthy lifestyle all the time (not just for a couple months at the start of the year).

Be More Organized – Our little house is nearly overflowing now that we are a family of four. Not to mention that the girls acquired too many toys and playthings over the holidays! Since we are definitely staying in our house for several more years, I am committed to being better about tossing things we are no longer using and only keeping the necessities. Do the girls really need 20 Barbies a piece? Is there any reason I’m hanging on to clothes I wore in college? No and no. So off to the Salvation Army they go!

Welcome to Tummy Tuck Belt Reviews!

Hi everyone! My name is Ashely and I’m just starting this little page here, my first endeavor into the world of blogging! Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I’m married and just had my second daughter. Her big sister, Sarah, is four and is thrilled to have a “real live babydoll.” To help mommy take care of. When I got home from the hospital a few months ago, before my maternity leave ended, I started wearing my Tummy Tuck Belt around the house and while I was running errands. It’s fantastic because no one can tell that you’re wearing it under your clothes — it’s like my little secret! Now that I’m about to head back to work and leave my little baby girl with our nanny, I’m thinking that I will probably continue to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt under my work clothes as well.

Lucky for me, I’m a dental hygienist at an office very close to our home so instead of having to worry about which skirt matches which blouse or running around in high heels all day, I just have to choose which pair of scrubs I’m going to wear. And though scrubs aren’t skin tight, they do fit  you very closely. Even then, the Tummy Tuck Belt remains totally invisible. For my first day back at work, I’ve decided to wear my pink scrubs with the baby rattles on them. I also have a picture of my youngest daughter, Elizabeth, to look at if I get sad during the day. Of course, I’ll also probably call her nanny every five minutes to check up on her. Do you moms out there have any advice for leaving your baby for the first time?