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!

GraceFULL – With Older Kiddos

What does grace look like as your kids get older? It looks like real tough, real honest, real life. Check out what this awesome PowerFull Fitness mom shares about life with teenagers and how to find grace.

Being graceFULL. This is something I have strived to be with others my whole life. But I am rarely if ever graceFULL with myself. Powerfull Fitness is one of the most grace-filled gifts I have ever given myself and I am GRATEful for it every day. Because so many days lately are filled with tears about how I have failed as a parent (nothing brings you to your knees faster than the scorn of a teenage girl. While I strive to be a fairly cool, or at least not an embarrassing mom, teenage girls will let you know just how cool you are NOT.) And tears about my oldest leaving for college in a hot second. Or tears about how my life isn’t really how I thought it would be before I realized just how dang hard life is. Continue Reading →

To My Kid’s Teacher: Let’s Get Real Ladies

Our PF Instructor Amanda breaks it down for us.  The good, the bad, the ugly of the first week of school.

“One week down, 30+ to go.  I won’t lie, I was super excited to send the kids off to school this year.  #3 started Kindergarten and was more than ready to join her sisters as a full time student.  #2 is super social and was craving interaction with friends other than her siblings and #1 likes the structure and routine of school and had had enough of her littlest sister.  The first day drop off went well, pick up for #2 and #3 was great. #1 got off the bus in tears. A first. That pattern continued for the week.

On day 3 her teacher sent parents a “homework” sheet asking us more about our kids.  One of the question was “What do you think I should know about your child?” Intellectually, I understand that she was simply asking for some basic info on my child that would make her life easier. However, after a week of silent tears at drop off and death grip hugs at pick up, emotionally I just wanted to lay it all out for her.  What do I want you to know? I want you to know she is amazing. She is the best thing I have ever done in my life. She is strange and beautiful. She likes her hair parted down the middle, and her pants pulled up to her belly button. She hates ankle socks, and loves macaroni. She is the oldest 9 year old I know and has never met a cardigan she doesn’t like.  She is quiet and brave. Her real laugh is spectacular and saved for things that are truly funny. She is cautious but adventurous. She worries about random things and hates to be critiqued. She loves to be by herself and finds social situations draining. She is creative and bossy. She loves to dance when no one is watching and has recently perfected the eye roll.  She is a quiet leader not the steamroller her younger sister is. She is stronger than her skin and bone frame suggests and cannot say no to ice-cream. She changed my life and is one of the most precious things in my world. And every day this week I have dried her tears and sent her off to be with you and 23 other kids in a trailer at the back of the school because that is what I am suppose to do: to tell her she is brave, and that things are going to work out, and remind her that she does actually love school and her friends when all I really want to do is take her home or somehow miraculously absorb all her fears and anxiety and carry the weight for her.   Continue Reading →

Poolside Yum – Salad Combo Ideas

Looking for a delicious cool salad for the summer? Check out this combo.  It was a direct result of scavenging through the fridge and grabbing what sounded good.  Ironically – every bit of it came from Costco.

Spinach topped with:

  • Costco pre-shredded chicken
  • Apple chips
  • Walnuts
  • Feta
  • Blueberries

Honey mustard dressing (that’s my fave and I use it on everything but poppy seed would have been good too).

It was delicious and I’m definitely adding it to my rotation to break out of my lunch time rut.

I posted about this on my Facebook page and some PowerFull ladies shared their favorite salad combos too.  For a bonus recipe try Paige’s combo.  The beauty of her combo is that the quinoa can be made ahead of time and used throughout the week. This is a great time saving tip!

Quinoa topped with:

  • Feta cheese
  • Olives
  • Balsamic glaze

Hope these ideas help you come up with something equally delicious and satisfying for your summer meals.

Myth Busting with Hannah – Muscle HAVE to be Sore

Myth: The more sore you are, the better the workout you got.

Muscle soreness is more an indication of using your muscles in a different way than usual. Everyone’s different: some people feel sore very easily, and others never feel sore. Just because you’re not really sore doesn’t mean you didn’t get in a great, effective workout.  The most important questions to ask yourself are:  did you use good form with the appropriate weight for the exercise?  Did you allow yourself time to recover between sets and between workouts?  Did you enjoy the exercise?



Tips for Exercising in the Heat

Ok lets start this post right.  If you have conditions (ie asthma) that make exercising in the heat dangerous – DON’T DO IT.   If you are finding that exercising in the heat is making you miserable – DON’T DO IT.  Listen to your body, it knows what it needs.  But if getting out and getting your sweat on sounds fun to you today, you still need to be cautious.  Here are a few tips you may want to consider:

  1. Adjust the expectations of your workout.  Working out in the heat will take more energy so your “level” may drop from your normal. That is ok!  You haven’t lost “ability” your body is accommodating the conditions.
  2. Opt for a visor that doesn’t trap heat, instead of a hat.  If you need the full hat for sun coverage go for it – but if a visor is a viable option, try it out.
  3. Avoid working out in the hottest part of the day. Summer is the perfect time to try an early am or an evening class.
  4. Hydrate before, during and after.
  5. Wear loose, light clothing that doesn’t trap heat.
  6. Sunscreen!  So much sunscreen!

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GraceFULL – A Military Perspective

We’ve had so many strong moms come through classes at PowerFull Fitness. So many of our ladies have personal stories and hardships that they share with our community that inspire us, encourarage and motivate us.  Their stories help us know what real life looks like and what giving ourselves grace can be.  The more we share Grace, the more we can receive it.  Let’s get real together ladies.  Let’s share what is really happening.   This blog is from a PowerFull Fitness mom who shares with us what “GraceFULL” looks like on a daily basis during a year long deployment.

The news that my husband was deploying for a year was devastating. After two years of unrelenting TDYs, we had been looking forward to a quiet job. I had envisioned family dinners every night, no missed birthdays, and sitting side by side at the kids’ school performances…basically, living the DREAM! I mourned the loss of that imaginary life HARD. I had barely been treading water with his crazy travel schedule, and deployment felt as though someone had
thrown me a rock instead of a life preserver. Continue Reading →