Thursday, July 16, 2015

I am feeling crafty!

I think I may have mentioned before but my daughter Ava is 16 months old and she is such a little busy body! I am always looking for activities and outings to keep her busy and learning but the weather has been too cold and rainy to even leave out the house (which means no jogging for mama *insert sad face).

Pinterest has become my new best friend when looking for ideas for everything whether it is for the house, for myself and definitely educational ideas for Ava. Youtube is also a great source for educational tools and the other day I came across a great youtube channel called MommyCraftsALot and she had great activities for toddler busy bags. I decided to make her paint splatter color matching activity. 

Here are the supplies that I used: foam sheets, glue, laundry clips, scissors, and a paint palette (optional, I used it to trace the shape onto the foam). This was a pretty easy craft. I traced the palette shape onto the foam, cut out little paint splatter shapes and glued them to the foam palette, cut out and glued matching brush shaped colors to the laundry clips. 

Here is the finished product! I think it is so cute! The object of the activity is to match the paint brushes (laundry clips), to the corresponding paint splatter. Ava doesn't know her colors yet but using the laundry clips will help with her fine motor skills and eventually she will learn her colors and be able to match. I can't wait to try out and share with you some of the other ideas that I am finding online! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I am a No Excuse Mom!

 Last week was really emotionally rough for my family and I, but today was different. This morning I woke up feeling so good! Still emotionally sad but physically and mentally I feel amazing. I have mentioned before that I am trying to loose weight, tone up, gain muscle, and maybe run a 5k race. And I have done just that! Well I have lost weight and I have toned up. I took before pictures in March because I was determined to make progress with my body.  I did not feel good about the way I looked, I didn't have any energy, and I just overall felt like crap. Check out a few of my before and after pictures.

Man oh man! I can't believe I still looked pregnant over a year later after Ava was born. But that is what can happen when you sit around all day eating for no reason and not exercising. I had fallen into a depressed rut. But I am back!!! I lost weight with a combination of my vegan lifestyle, youtube workout videos from Fitness Blender that consisted of hiit, tabata, cardio, kick boxing, and strength training, some yoga on rest days, and running. I am still working on gaining muscle and toning a bit more. I want ab muscles and a would love a bigger tush.

I just wanted to write this to say that getting in shape does not have to be hard or expensive. I made progress without a gym! I run with my daughter in a jogging stroller outside on a free trail, I workout before Ava wakes up or during nap time, and I workout with other No Excuse Moms in my area. It can be done moms! I AM A NO EXCUSE MOM!!