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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentines Day to all the parents and children out there (and to everyone else as well!). I hope you all get to spend the day with the people you love.

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To celebrate, I thought it would be cute to get a picture of Joey covered in “kisses” (thank you Pinterst for the great ideas!). Unfortunatley, I am not nearly as good of a photographer as many of the great mothers on Pinterest (and my child is not as cooperative as some of the babies either). There were some great moments, but I wasn’t quick enough and only captured a blurry image of them. Oh well, I’ll try again next year!

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For Joey’s Valentine’s Day “treats,” he’s been on a huge freeze-dried fruit kick lately, so I stocked up on some great freeze dried organic berries, apples, and mangos. I also stocked up on his favorite yogurt bites (the Happyyogis, which is one of the only brands I have found that doesn’t have sugar as the first ingredient and contains probiotics).
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He’s a big dark chocolate fan too, so I am sure he will have a little bit, but this way, I will feel good about his “treats” being rich in nutrition and fiber. Now I just have to work on my husband’s idea of a treat LOL!

Friday Fitness Challenge: The 100 push-ups per day challenge!

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So it’s freezing outside, your exhausted, and the last thing you want to do is head out to the gym – sound familiar? If so, try setting a fun fitness challenge for yourself to work on achieving at home. Yes, the gym is great, but it’s not the only place you can get in a productive workout. Working out at home can be great too. And, you can spend the extra time you would have spent in the car driving to the gym working out instead.

Each week, I plan to post a “Friday Fitness Challenge” with a fitness activity I want you to aim to do every day for one week at home (or at the gym). This can be done in addition to your typical workout, or even if it’s the only workout you get for the day, it can still help you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

This week’s challenge: The 100 push-ups per day challenge!

If you’re not a push-up person, thinking of doing 100 a day may scare you, but don’t let it. You don’t have to do 100 all at once. This is a cumulative exercise goal for the day. What I love about pushups is even though they seem like an arm-only exercise, they really help to give your whole body a workout. Doing a push-up with correct form helps to strengthen and tone your chest, back, triceps, core, and even your glutes and quads.

For this challenge, start out by doing ten sets of 10 pushups a day. Do 2 sets when you first get up in the morning, 2 sets around your lunch time, an afternoon set, 2 sets before dinner, a set after dinner, and a set before bed. BAM! 100 pushups- done!

Or, if you can, do 20 at once. 2 sets in the morning, 2 at lunch, one at dinner- done!

It’s that easy! If you need to, start by doing knee pushups, which are still a great way to work your upper body and core. After 7 days, you may find yourself being able to do full pushups without a problem as well.

How do you plan to complete your #100PushupPerDay Challenge?

I’m SO Glad Daddy Taught You That

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My husband is a wonderful father and has a great time playing with Joey. I am so thankful that he takes such an active role in being a parent and love watching them bond. However, there are some days (especially on days when I work and he watches Joey), that I have to wonder what exactly he was thinking.

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Joey is at that age right now where he wants to imitate everything you do. I love it and think it’s adorable. However, we do have to be cautious in what we show him how to do, since he will, without a doubt, try it on his own. Joey’s a climber- he tries to climb everything. So when daddy showed him how to climb up onto the couch (with assistance since he isn’t tall enough to do it on his own yet), it was cute. What wasn’t cute was the next day, when daddy wasn’t there. Joey would walk over to the couch, lift his leg to try to climb it, and scream in frustration until I helped him get up there. And this repeated itself over and over again, day after day. The best part is that he also tries to dive off the couch head first after getting up there. Hey- at least I am getting an arm workout!

Another great trick daddy has taught Joey took a little while to train him. But now, after a week or so of teaching him, Joey now growls and laughs with delight anytime he passes gas. Even when I lay him down to bed at night, if he passes gas, he opens his eyes and laughs. It is pretty funny now, but I am thinking it’s not going to be so cute when he does it in public at daycare, or say a place like church. Oh well, I guess boys will be boys right? I will just “unteach” him that one when he gets a little older and understands me better ☺

Workout Wednesday: Rocking and Rolling with Your Baby

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This exercise is not only fun, but it’s a great way to strengthen your core while cuddling your little one.

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To get started, sit on the floor with your baby in your lap, facing away from you. Keeping your back straight, balance on your tailbone as you bend your legs and bring them up off the floor while keeping your heels pressed together. Slowly roll to your back, roll back up to your tailbone, hold the position to balance while keeping your feet from touching the floor. While balanced and sitting upright, straighten your legs (continue to keep them off the floor), bend them back to the starting position, and then roll once again to your back. Repeat the exercise for 10-15 repetitions.

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