12 Minute Workout For Busy Mommas

I am a big believer that starting your day with some personal development for the mind, body, and soul is so important to set the tone for the rest of your day. Exercise for me has always been an important part to my day, especially in the mornings. There is just something about getting your blood pumping and releasing all those endorphins in the morning before you tackle the rest of the day! But lets face it, finding the time as a mom can be nearly impossible. And then to have the energy to tackle a long work out… you can forget it most days! I needed to find something that I could do in a shorter time frame but that was still effective. In walks the Tabata workout! I had done these workouts before in a group setting at the gym, as an hour long class. And while those classes rocked, an hour of Tabata is so awesome, it turns out just a few minutes of raising your heart rate can be equally as effective for releasing endorphins and boosting your mood for the entire day! And while you may think that you couldn’t possibly get the same results as hitting the gym for an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out you can actually get better results in a shorter amount of time! Studies show that doing HIIT (High intensity interval training) such as Tabata can actually give you more improvement in aerobic and anaerobic results than working out at a moderate level for an hour! Less time- same or better results? I’m in!  Keep on Reading!

Immune Boosting Morning Tea

I like to start my morning with a routine that sets the tone for the rest of my day. Part of that routine is drinking a cup of tea to fuel my body with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In the winter months, this is especially helpful to add an armor of protection against all the bugs and viruses that come our way in Minnesota. I am not a huge fan of conventional tea however (not for a lack of trying though), so I drink a DIY “tea” that still has many (if not more) health benefits, and it’s one I enjoy drinking!  Keep on reading!

You Might Be Crunchy If….

I was recently trying to explain the term “crunchy” to a single guy friend of ours, but I may have missed the mark with him, as my husband came home today and told me that our dear friend went and bought Palm Breezes (a sparkling alcohol spritzer) because he’s “crunchy” now…. Er, no. Those little spritzers are delicious and could darn near be considered a morning juice (not that I have ever done that… kidding, I told you this would be real stuff, I have totally done that), but they are not crunchy at all. But how sweet that he is trying, I will support him (and you!) at whatever level of crunchy he is at. Anyhow, let me see if I can do a better job explaining what this little word means for our family! Keep on Reading!