Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hot Body Year Round: Blogilates Book Review

Hey everyone! Last week, Cassey Ho (creator of blogilates.com) came out with her first ever book. I found this gem on a review site that I am a part of, and I decided to give it a try. Having never heard of blogilates, I didn't realize just how amazing this book would be.

It's filled with great tips for working out, including FULL workouts, FULL meal plans, FULL recipes. This book really has some amazing things in it. Everything is customized for the season you're in too. I think this was a really fun book to make happen. It's so beautiful too, most of the pages have watercolor as the background. I'm very impressed and very happy with the decision to get this book. :)

We have been trying to eat clean lately, and go to the gym and just be better people for our children and this book definitely helps. It comes with a list for every season of the vegetables that are in season, and a personal note from Cassey to help motivate you.

Have you tried her workouts yet? You really, really should. She's very motivational and she really makes you feel like you can do it. Since receiving this book last week, I've lost a few pounds, gotten off my tush and worked out, planned some great meals, AND made some better food decisions. We had green beans last week with dinner because they were in season. Thanks Cassey. :)

I think if you are someone who wants to work out, or someone who wants to be healthier, you need to check out this book, and you need to check out this girl's web site. You will not regret it at all. She's absolutely amazing. She was actually trending on Facebook last week with a video about obtaining the "perfect body" and squishing haters for the week. She is pretty fantastic. You should really look into this book!

Here's a little more information:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassey Ho is an internationally renowned, award-winning fitness instructor and online personality. She is the creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on Youtube with over 200 million video views and 2 million subscribers. In a revolutionary partnership, Cassey’s unique format, POP Pilates© which launched on Youtube in 2009, is now being turned into a live class that can be taken at 24 Hour Fitness gyms nationally beginning in 2015. She’s also the star of her own top selling POP Pilates DVDs at Target stores. Cassey is the designer of an activewear collection, BODYPOP Active which launched in Fall 2014. Her designs feminine silhouettes and colorful palettes have proven to be extremely popular.

Cassey’s blog, blogilates.com, was named the top healthy living blog byFitness Magazine in 2012 and, recently, she took home the Streamy Award for Best Health and Wellness Channel for 2014. Greatist named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the world in Health and Fitness for 2015. She has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Extra, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show and in Shape, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen magazines, among many others.


I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meal Plan Monday! May 4 + What Veggies Are in Season!

We're going to repeat a few meals from last week because we just didn't have the time to make them. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday:
B- Eggs, black beans & spinach
L- Avocado chicken salad
D- Chicken nuggets, sweet potatoes & black beans
Snacks- apples and almonds, cucumbers and hummus

Tuesday:
B- Eggs, black beans & spinach or apple cinnamon oatmeal
L- Leftovers
D- Quinoa mac and cheese
Snacks- Strawberries and yogurt, two boiled eggs and a rice cake

Wednesday:
B- Eggs, beans, salsa
L- Leftovers
D- Cream cheese taquitos and peas and red potatoes
Snacks: Apples and almond butter, cucumbers and hummus

Thursday:
B- Turkey, onion, green pepper, eggs and salsa
L- Leftovers
D- Grilled pork chops with basil rub, sweet potatoes, broccoli
Snacks- Berries and yogurt and apple, rice cake with almond butter and banana

Friday:
B- Yogurt and berries and eggs
L- Leftovers
D- Steak peppers and onions with green beans
Snacks- two boiled eggs and apple, rice cake with almond butter and banana

Saturday:
B- Coconut flour pancakes
L- Leftovers
D- Grilled Chicken Wraps
Snacks- Salsa Boats, boiled eggs and hummus

Sunday:
B- Eggs, salsa, onions, spinach
L- Leftovers
D- Garlic Baked Chicken
Snacks- Yogurt and berries, cucumbers and hummus

Some in season fruits and vegetables this month (aka what's on sale):
-artichokes
-green beans
-spinach
-peas
-broccoli
-oranges
-apricot
-pineapple
-strawberries

We're definitely going to be taking advantage of the veggie sales happening this week.  And getting some more sunflower seeds to make these delicious superfood cookies for my daughter, since she loved them so much. :)
 We'll also be making some superfood cookies for my daughter!


Thanks for reading. What are you eating this week??


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Yoga Book for Kids??

That's right. I said it. Not only am I floored that this is a thing that exists, I'm also extremely surprised that this isn't a thing I have heard of before. This book (and genre) is recommended for children aged 3-6, and my child is 2.5, so technically we didn't get the full benefits of the right aged child for this, but I think my baby had a great time! She really enjoyed getting on the floor and trying out all the fun poses and learning the names of all of them. She also enjoyed looking at the book and pointing out all the fun parts of spring that were showcased. Sammy the dog was her favorite part, I think. :)

She was able to mimic a host of animals and bugs to learn these fun moves too. She crawled like a caterpillar and buzzed like a bee, and I think really just had a fun time.

This fun and colorful book teaches children and parents easy to follow and learn yoga basics. I learned a lot reading this book to my daughter! It comes with a parent guide in the back so you don't feel lost or confused if you're a beginner. Which I am. It has advice for how to incorporate this book into your fun time. I thought picking up this book I would be in over my head. I was relieved to find I didn't need any expertise at all to get active with my children. The pictures are beautiful and the moves are so simple and great for me and my daughter to perform together. I have zero yoga experience and I wanted to get up and try these right along with her! It was fun to play and giggle and buzz like a bee with my daughter. I found this book to be like a family work out session without the stress. Isn't that what we all really need in our lives? Especially with the huge (pun intended) obesity epidemic.

I have found that the more active we are as a family, the better we work together, and the happier we are. I love the tools this book has given me to be a better mother to my children.

AND LASTLY. Can we talk about how easy nap time was after this? Seriously. I was getting so frustrated with my kids not wanting to nap, but after getting active all morning and giggling and having fun rolling around and stretching all over . . . nap time was a cinch!

Okay really lastly, I would like to add: I did not know prior to getting this book that this was a genre of books that existed. Yoga books for kids? That's a thing?! Brilliant idea. Thank you so so much for exposing me to this so I can immerse myself further. :) 

Sneak Peek

Rachel's Day in the Garden Inside Page

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

Giselle Shardlow
Giselle Shardlow
is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.

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I received this book for free so I could give you my opinion on it. All opinions are my own, and I only post reviews of things I like. :) 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday (April 27)


This week we are trying to get back into clean eating. We have been doing pretty good when we actually make the meals that I plan every week, but lately we have been slacking. So we have eaten a LOT of fast crap food. Here's our week!

Monday:
B- Eggs, black beans & spinach
L- Avocado chicken salad
D- Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes & black beans
Snacks- apples and almonds, cucumbers and hummus

Tuesday:
B- Eggs, black beans & spinach or apple cinnamon oatmeal
L- Leftovers
D- Turkey Burgers with lettuce wraps
Snacks- Strawberries and yogurt, two boiled eggs and a rice cake

Wednesday:
B- Eggs, beans, salsa
L- Leftovers
D- One Pot Mexican Quinoa
Snacks: Apples and almond butter, cucumbers and hummus

Thursday:
B- Turkey, onion, green pepper, eggs and salsa
L- Leftovers
D- Quinoa and bean tacos
Snacks- Berries and yogurt and apple, rice cake with almond butter and banana

Friday:
B- Yogurt and berries and eggs
L- Leftovers
D- Steak peppers and onions with green beans
Snacks- two boiled eggs and apple, rice cake with almond butter and banana

Saturday:
B- Coconut flour pancakes
L- Leftovers
D- Grilled Chicken Wraps
Snacks- Salsa Boats, boiled eggs and hummus

Sunday:
B- Eggs, salsa, onions, spinach
L- Leftovers
D- Pork chops
Snacks- Yogurt and berries, cucumbers and hummus

Sorry there are no recipes, hopefully I can get a few up this week! Thanks for reading. What are you eating this week??

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Why You Should Always Gift A Book

Being a mother of two is hard sometimes. First off is the craziness of having two little humans around all the time having needs. Second . . . holy cannoli the toys. My daughter had just about every toy ever, or so I thought. Then we had a son. Did you know there is a boy equivalent to every single girl toy in the universe?

Well I did. They're all in the vortex of my children's play area.

A few weeks ago we celebrated the fun first year of my sweet son's life, and we got some pretty awesome boy toys (he mows the lawn now, LIKE A PRO) but we also received some books. We got some bath books and some big board books, and a few bigger books for when he's a little older. I am so happy that he has books for us to read to him, so we can experience that together. I would much rather step on a book in the middle of the night than a lego, that's for sure! 




We try to give books every birthday to children. Sometimes we use the book as a card, and write sweet things inside the cover so they can always think of us when they're reading. Reading is such a beautiful escape from life, and it's so wonderful watching their little faces light up when we read them a new story. It's even more beautiful when my daughter sits on the couch and reads a book to herself, because she has memorized the words after reading it countless times.

If there's anything we love the most in this house, it's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and reading. Usually at the same time. :)

What is your go to baby shower gift?