Set YOUR Intentions

Take a second and think about an intention that you can set for yourself for the day.  This can be anything. This can be something really small based on an event you have coming up.  It can be specific like “I’m going to be calm in my meeting with this person.”  Or it can be broad “I’m going to try to be more grateful today”.  Whatever it is think about what kind of emotion, what kind of feeling, you want this day to have. What feeling will get you towards that goal? Maybe brainstorm it out. It might come up easily, it might take some time and thought.  Give yourself some time to think about it. Then implement it so every action today has an undertone of this intention.

Just GO Already – Kid Hacks

 

Getting kids out the door is SO HARD! Here are a few tricks to try:

  1. Give kids an extra 15 minutes (or, in my case, 45 minutes) to get ready before heading out the door.
  2. Wear a t-shirt over your work clothes until you’re walking out the door to keep kiddos from spilling chocolate milk (or worse) all over you.
  3. Use a timer to help kids move along from one thing to the next.

 

carefull relationship advice – by amanda

This past month, we focused on being CareFULL and Amanda has some awesome insight into what that means to her.

I would like to propose an alternate perspective on the term.  Instead of simply insinuating caution, lets take to a place of opportunity and growth. How are you filling your relationships with care?  In other words, how are you (or are you) taking care of your relationships? Its quite easy with the rush of sports, work and school to neglect your relationship with your spouse, partner, girl friends or others.  

Filling a relationship with care does not have to be a grand endeavor.  The little things mean a lot. When a friend’s husband travels for work, I will often head to her house and watch reality TV with her after the kids go to bed.  Its one of my favorite things to do with her – no cost, low key, no bra. Winning. But maybe you want to kick it up a notch, or you want to do something special, or if you’re going to pay the sitter – lets make it worth it – or maybe you have just run out of ideas and dinner and a movie are just blah.  Here are some creative and unique activities to help you fill your relationships with care. Continue Reading →

Why KID Friendly Workouts Work For One REAL Mom

Check out why our kid friendly classes fit best for Laura M.  and how she went from kid friendly class participant to kid friendly class instructor!

 

When I started with PF back in 2016, I was going to the early am boot camp classes because I wanted to get my workouts done before everyone else was even awake. As time went on, that proved to be harder as 2 pm would hit everyday and I would be exhausted…not good for a mom of 4! (I prefer to be a night owl and not to go sleep at a reasonable time for a 5 am class!) I hesitantly switched to Mommy and Me classes and took my then almost 2 year old who made it very difficult to get a workout in. I stayed with it and my now 4 year old happily asks if we are going to workout everyday! I made it part of our routine and it couldn’t work better! Now as an instructor for mommy and me classes who doesn’t have to bring any kids (she’s in preschool!), the class time still works because I’m getting the sleep I need, my workout in before 11:00 am and errands done before preschool pickup at 12:30!

Halloween Costumes and Fun

Ok, I admit it.  I am not a fan of Halloween.  It involves people, dressing up, going to strangers houses, kids hyped up on candy for days, weeks, years…ok, maybe it just feels like years.  In any event, I am the minority in my family on my All Hallows sentiment and as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

So my littles are now 5, 7, and 9 and if I am being honest the biggest kid in the group is 38.  Each year they pick what they want to wear, we either buy or make it and everyone has a grand time at the various events around town.  We have seen the likes of Hermoine, a police officer, a bat, fairy twin princess sisters (my fingers bled sewing that one. NEVER again.), and a puppy.  This year, realizing that the days of family trick or treating are becoming fewer and fewer with the 9 year old, I decided to jump in with both feet and…drumroll…dress up as a family.  I roll my eyes at myself. They have to have something to complain about as adults right?

So, I went searching and realized this is a whole THING.  Like pinterest explosion thing, and not just for families but also for couples, babies, and dogs (OMG the dogs are amazing!).  So, if you want to blow up Facebook with your Halloween festivus but don’t trust yourself down the pinterest hole, here are some ideas.  As for us, after several family meetings, tears and stomping tantrums we have decided that the force will be with us, and we shall be the Star Wars family.  Have you done the family/couples costume route before? If so, post your pictures! We’d love to see them in action.

Families:

The Incredibles.  With the release of the much anticipated sequel this summer, this will be a hot ticket this year.  

Inside Out.  Some friends did this for a Trunk or Treat a few years ago and it was amazing

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Kids in Cars – Life Hacks

Going on a road trip?  Got kids in cars. I live my life on i95. Couple of REAL life tips yall (I ain’t talking anything fancy). I’m talking survival.

CHECK TRAFFIC and adjust your trip accordingly. Read: we basically do not travel anytime after lunch on Friday-Sunday. If you have to miss some school to come back on a peaceful Monday – DO IT. I also never travel on 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day. Continue Reading →

Workout Wednesday – Traveling Workouts

 

How about a quick and easy workout you can do when traveling with minimal equipment. Choose your time. If you have 5 minutes, do one round. If you have 15 do all three rounds. You make this fit for you.

To complete the workout:

Set your timer for 5 minutes. Do as many of this circuit as you can in five minutes BUT every minute on the minute, you stop whatever you are doing and do the EMOM listed. THEN jump back in and keep going until the next minute. As many reps as possible of the circuit (AMRAP), with an every minute on the minute challenge (EMOM). Continue Reading →

Myth Busting with Hannah – Target Toning

Hannah (our Maryland trainer and manager) drops a truth bomb:

You cannot change fat into muscle for a particular part of your body–

And a little more soap box from Laura (PF trainer in VA)…Stop beating that body up!

Eat the foods you need to get through your day (and that includes sweets that help you not lose your mind!) Find movement that keeps you satisfied and happy. When we stop killing ourselves in the gym over something we hate on our body, we mind find that spot doesn’t bother us so much anymore. Focus on what your BODY can do for you and be grateful for that! I know easier said that done but ladies #lifegoals

Fun with Food and Math!

 

Wanna work on some math?  Let kids measure and scoop.

I was just thinking about putting out some of my kids fave snacks and then having a recipe?  So that they can practice looking at the measuring cups and seeing what ¼, ⅓, ½, 3/4 , and 1 cup look like.  Just having them read the fractions and then see that ¼ is smaller than ½ etc is good practice. Write out something on a piece of paper (using what you have in your pantry) and make them read + follow recipe:  

  • 1 cup chex  mix (cheerios etc)
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • ½ raisins
  • ⅓ m&ms
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  • ⅓ peanuts (or allergy friendly alternative)

Mix it up and enjoy!