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How I Set Up a Home Gym in a Small Space and Equipment Ideas

Working out as a parent can be tough! Trying to fit it in between feedings and naps or shuffling kids around to various activities. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working outside the home mom, we all have different challenges on our time and energy. In order to stay healthy and be able to show up well for our families we need to take care of ourselves physically too. Check out this tour of my home gym! Home Gym Set Up and Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnj7YTxH1yk I’ve been through several stages of trying to find time to work out and reach my fitness goals, whether that was on business trips, at home, at the gym, having a personal trainer, etc. When the world shut down due to COVID I shifted to working out at home pretty well. I was doing personal training via FaceTime, signed up for the Peloton App on my phone and…

The Best Probiotic for Kids that I Have Found

Gut health seems to be a buzz word these days, But there is something to it for sure. So much research is discovering just how much of our body’s functions are connected to the health of our gut. I have tried out a few different probiotics on the market for myself and my kids, and also immune support like elderberry gummies etc. There are so many products out there and it is hard to determine what is best. Now, we had a rough fall and early winter with illness and compromised immune system in each one of us in the house. Everything ranging from colds and coughs to strep throat and constipation. It was hard to figure out what was going on and how to reverse the cycle. Culturelle reached out to me to try out their probiotic with immune support. They have one for kids and one for adults. We tried both products. I was…

Best Easy Homemade Kids Birthday Cake Ideas

One of the things I held on to for a long time was making my kids birthday cakes myself. I try to make whatever we have at home for their actual birthday and in the past I used to make some of their party cakes too. Caveat – I am not a professional baker, not even by a long shot. But, I was determined and a few of these actually came out pretty awesome so I thought I would share them here. The good news is you can make something special that doesn’t take a lot of skills, you can use boxed cake mix and store bought frosting if you want, no shame from me! (I know some of you are cringing right now, and that’s okay, make homemade if you are up for it, but I’m just pointing out you don’t HAVE to!) Just remember the secret ingredients in these easy…

Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Playtime as a Parent

As a parent, you’re probably familiar with your child’s playtime. It’s a natural thing for little ones, and it can be inspiring to watch their imaginations at work — so much so, you can even join in and enjoy the same activities. It will not only benefit you, but it’ll benefit everyone involved. Specifically, the simplicity of playing and the joy of fun activities with your kids can improve your mental well-being, and you’ll enjoy every second of it. You’re never too old, no matter what your aching back might try to tell you! Let’s take a closer look at some of the cognitive and mental health benefits of playing and having fun with your kids. We’ll also touch on a few activities you and your children can enjoy together, so you’ll both get as much as possible out of your daily play. Strengthening Your Child Parents will do anything for their children. So, when…

Practical Gifts for Moms Self-Care

Mother’s Day is around the corner but this list of faves is great for a holiday gift, birthday, or any special occasion. I wanted to share with you a list of some of my favorite things that can help you feel a little pampered as a mom. These are great ideas for stay-at-home moms or busy moms working outside the home too, they can give a hard-working mom a little time and space just for them! These are not big expensive things, they are relatively inexpensive and simple but give mother figures just a little pampering. We pour so much into our families and deserve a practical gift for when we can’t get out of the house for a spa day. Especially as a new mom, these thoughtful gifts can provide a mini reprive, which is a great way to reset and be able to show up for your baby…

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: A Family Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day Treat for the Whole Family Yup, that is me, as a wee one in my handmade ‘Erin Go Bragh’ jumper.  My mom and her whole side of the family is from Ireland. As you can imagine St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal.  From decorating the house, to the full Irish meal we celebrate in style.  I’ve made green pancakes and green beer etc., but the thing that is a must is Irish Soda Bread. As a little treat I’m sharing our family recipe for Irish Soda Bread that we make multiple loaves of every year. Ingredients: 6 cups flour ¾ cup sugar 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda ½ cup margarine or butter 3 cups dark seedless raisins, soaked in water for 30 minutes then drained) 2 ¼ cup Buttermilk 1 beaten egg Instructions: Blend together…

Free ebook: Breastfeeding Moms Tips to Staying Healthy and Stress Free (Including Recipes)

Motherhood is tough and breastfeeding can be stressful.  I put together some tips to help you out.  I hope you find it helpful.  I wanted to give you some nutrition advice and recipes for yourself to help keep you and baby healthy and your milk flowing. Enjoy! Related posts: The Best Lactation Cookie List for Breastfeeding and Milk Supply The Best Breastfeeding Foods for Lactation Smoothies and Shakes to Increase Milk Supply

What Are Kegels and How To Do Them – From a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

By now, everyone has heard of Kegels. It’s a buzzword and everyone is getting in on the trend. But do you really know what they are?? I mean really?? I didn’t think so. I am a pelvic health Physical Therapist and let me tell you, you are not alone. It’s estimated that roughly 80% of women don’t know what the correct muscles are, where to find them, how to use them and if they are even using them correctly when they do find them. I see this day in and out in my practice. So let’s start at the beginning shall we?? Your Pelvic Floor Kegels are a fancy term for pelvic floor exercises. They are named after the American Gynecologist Arnold Kegel who discovered how working this group of muscles was so beneficial. The pelvic muscles basically form your undercarriage at the bottom of your pelvis. There are 15…

The Embrace: An Amazing Belly Band for Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a challenging one, especially when it comes to physical discomfort. As your body changes and your baby grows, you may experience lower back and/or pelvic pain, which can make it difficult to go about your day-to-day activities. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this problem – The Embrace, which is the newest maternity support belt on the market. The Embrace is specially designed to provide support to the lower back and pelvis during pregnancy. The Embrace is adjustable, so you can customize the level of support to suit your needs, and it is made from soft, breathable fabric that won’t irritate your skin. Why do you need The Embrace? As your baby grows and your body changes, your center of gravity shifts forward, putting pressure on your lower back and pelvis. This can lead to lower back pain, pelvic pain, and even…

The Benefits of Cooking Together as a Family

Food is more than just a source of nourishment; it brings people together and strengthens relationships. Families cooking together can profoundly impact the family’s health, relationship, and overall well-being. This article will explore the benefits of cooking together and how it can positively impact your life. What are the Benefits of Cooking Together as a Family Preparing food together is an excellent way to spend quality time with loved ones. It is a fun and interactive activity that encourages communication, cooperation, and creativity. Cooking together allows family members to bond over a shared interest and create positive memories that last a lifetime. Moreover, cooking together has many health benefits, such as better control over ingredients, improved nutrition, and increased consumption of vegetables. Health Benefits of Family Cooking One of the biggest benefits of cooking together is that it allows for better control over ingredients. Families can choose healthier ingredients and control portion sizes when they…