The next time you’re at the park with your child or watching her sports team practice from the sidelines, squeeze in some fitness for yourself. The toning exercises below will sculpt you from head-to-toe and allow you to make the most of your busy schedule.
Sara Haley’s Daily Sweat Fall Outdoor Fitness Circuit: Pick and choose the exercises you like, or perform the exercises in the following order at least four times through for a fun and intensive workout.
HOP THE LINE: This cardiovascular drill targets the heart, plus the burpee provides some added core work.
FALL IS IN THE AIR: This exercise works your bottom, core, shoulders, and triceps — total body!
TREE PLANK CHALLENGE: This challenge works core, shoulders, glutes – another total body exercise!
We hope you worked up a sweat! Tell us how you fit in time to workout.
Sara Haley is an international fitness expert and creator of The Daily Sweat. She’s a certified trainer and instructor by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and has traveled the world teaching master classes and educating other fitness instructors and trainers. Sara helped develop programs for JUKARI, the branded workout series between Reebok and Cirque du Soleil, and created and starred in numerous Reebok & Gaiam DVD workout programs. Sara is most well-known for her best-selling pregnancy workout program, Expecting More®.
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for health advice. Before undertaking any course of exercise, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Summer time is a great time to head out on a long anticipated family vacation. But, once you have little ones, travel is never quite the same. A long plane or car ride, new environment, different time zones, and sleeping arrangements are all variables that affect your little one’s routine and sleep schedule. Good news, with a little pre-vacation guidance, you can prepare for these changes well in advance.
I remember the first time my husband and I took a family trip. Our daughter was one-year-old, and we went to New York City. Traveling across the country from California to NYC definitely sparked our parenting jitters. We had just transitioned our daughter to one nap and an earlier bedtime. We worried about how disrupted our lives would become by choosing to take such a long vacation. To help alleviate our worries, we reached out to pediatric sleep consultant, Angelique Millette. With her help and guidance, we prepared weeks in advance for our trip so that sleep disruptions and jet-lag were minimal upon our arrival.
Below are some of the wonderful tips Angelique shared with us:
• Before your trip, place your infant in her portable travel crib for sleeping so she gets used to the new sleep space. You can do this for naps or nights or both.
• Bring your infant’s lovey, sleep sack (light and heavy weight), unwashed crib sheet (familiar scent), and sound machine. Bring your toddler’s blankies, stuffed animals, favorite bedtime books and pajamas. This will help your infant to feel more secure in a new place and have reminders of home while away.
• Talk to your young child about traveling. If flying for the first time, talk to your child ahead of travel day and tell her about flying in an airplane. Bring along her favorite books, 1-2 new toys and favorite snacks/sippy cup.
• Try to schedule a flight or car trip during nap time or around your child’s bedtime.
• If flying, for take off and landing, plan to help your child drink some liquid. Offer breast or bottle for an infant, and a sippy cup with water or juice for older children. This will help to equalize the pressure in the middle ear.
• Some toddlers may not do well with new surroundings and may resist going to sleep or may be scared by new surroundings and faces. Try to help your toddler get used to a new sleep space by spending time together in the new room before bedtime.
• Try spending an additional 10-15 min with your child at bedtime the first few nights. This will mean that you want to start bedtime a little earlier than you normally would at home.
• If taking a long driving trip, pack a travel potty for your newly potty trained toddler. That way you won’t ever be too far away from a toilet.
• If your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring plastic garbage bags or dark fabric and tape over windows.
• If possible, schedule a few relaxing and restful vacation days in between busy, activity-packed vacation days. This is especially helpful after a busy travel day and right before a busy travel day.
~ Juli Fraga, Psy.D.
Dr. Juli Fraga is a psychologist in San Francisco. She specializes in reproductive and perinatal health and wellness. She has written for Design Mom, The Conversation on Lifetime, and PsychCentral. Follow her at www.drjulifraga.com or on Twitter @dr_fraga.
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
School’s out for summer! And you know what that means? Yep, parks, popsicles, and…road trips! With many of you hitting the pavement for vacation destinations today and tomorrow, we’ve created a virtual tool kit of tips to make your travels a breeze. Enjoy the holiday, friends!
Preparation is half the battle won. Start your road trip on a high note (without worry) by using a travel checklist to pack strategically. Or take a page out of Jessica Alba’s book and check out her must-have summer travel gear.
When on the road, it’s easy to fall into the fast food trap. Make better nutritional choices by packing a small cooler of these healthier snacks for the road. Traveling with a baby? Catherine McCord of Weelicious shares her tips for what to feed your little one during a long car ride. And, if you’re worried that you’re not going to eat balanced meals while dining along the interstate, take whole food-based vitamins to fill in those gaps.
Temps across the country are soaring and even passive time spent in the car can leave you dehydrated. Don’t forget to pack your reusable water bottles that can be refilled along the way.
To keep kids entertained and avoid any “Are We There Yet?” meltdowns, stock the car with audio books, CDs, and these seven books to take you on your summer travels from Modern Parents, Messy Kids. Try these creative games to pass the time and create lasting memories. And give rest stop athletics a go — stretch, take a short walk, or toss a ball with your kids to burn off some steam and inspire calm during the rest of the trip.
If your summer plans include exploring your own backyard, these top 5 family staycation ideas are sure to keep you entertained.
What are your tried-and-true travel tips?
For some, doing laundry is a great escape (didn’t Tina Fey make a joke about doing chores to find alone time as a parent?). For others, it’s a necessary evil. Either way, it’s an inevitable and possibly endless part of our daily routines because we all need clean clothes. So much so, that it adds up to the average American household doing 400 loads a year. That’s a lot of washing!
Happily, our new 4-in-1 Laundry Pods will make this job easier. Not only will you avoid exposure to a long list of harmful chemicals, but you won’t have to spend extra time or money on adding additional product to the mix—cleaning, stain fighting, brightening, and softening power are all conveniently packaged within one pod. Simply toss one pod and go. It’s all you need to effectively get the job done.
To get you started, here are some tips and tricks for making the most of our 4-in-1 Laundry Pods.
At first use, knowing exactly where and when to pop a laundry pod can sometimes leave you scratching your head because there are so many types and models of machines. Whether you have a front-loading, top-loading, or an HE machine, we recommend tossing the pod in the washing drum first, then adding the clothes. Piece of cake!
After you choose a method, follow these simple steps for dreamy clean clothes:
A note for fans of cold-water washing: If you’re having issues with the pods dissolving in cold water, this can happen for a few reasons. One, you have hard water. Two, your machine agitator isn’t working properly. Or three, you’re overfilling your machine. All of these can compromise the dissolvability of the powder, which would be the case for all laundry pods, not just Honest ones. However, we hope you use ours!
If you were previously washing your clothes in cold water using liquid detergent, you may not have been aware of the above issues because you can’t tell that the soap isn’t working—your clothing simply absorbs it and you never know the difference. With powder pods, though, you can really see when something is awry. Also try adding your clothes first, then tossing the pod on top. Or placing the pod into the powder dispenser (not the liquid one). A quick fix of the underlying problem is all you need to keep washing in cold water. Thanks for saving energy!
When to wash: While babies and toddlers create copious amounts of laundry (sorry, just stating the facts), older kids and adults leave much less to launder (thankfully!). Here are some basic rules of thumb:
One final tip: For the absolute best laundry results, get a little help from everyone to lighten the load (pun intended)! With our non-toxic laundry pods, your children can easily participate in chores and learn about responsibility—and you can breathe easy knowing they won’t come in contact with harsh chemicals or spill on the floor! Toddlers also can help match socks, fold small towels, and put some things away. Older children and adults are perfectly capable of even more. Working together means more time for everyone to have fun!
1. Manicure. Rub a dab of body oil on your cuticles to soften.
2. Pedicure. Rub a generous amount of body oil all over your feet. Put on thick cotton socks and allow the oils to soak in. (Do this before bed for extra oomph.)
3. Perfume. We know most of our customers don’t like perfumes or synthetic fragrances (we don’t either!), but if you like the subtle scent of the mandarin in our body oil, apply a few drops along pulse points for a natural, light fragrance. (Pulse points are behind the ears, knees, wrists, elbows and neck area.)
4. Shaving “cream.” Rub generously on legs for a close shave. Using our body oil will also reduce shaving irritation and eliminate the need for a post-shave moisturizer.
5. Frizz-buster. Place 1 or 2 drops of body oil into your hands and run lightly through the hair. (This also helps with dry ends!)
6. Deep-conditioning hair treatment. Rub a generous amount into your hair before bed. Comb it, pile it in a loose bun on the top of your head, place a towel over your pillow, and hit the hay. In the morning , shampoo as usual and enjoy your luxurious locks!
7. Body exfoliator. Make a basic sugar scrub mixing a 2-1 ratio of sugar to body oil. Mix in a small bowl or jar. Rub gently into skin in the shower and rinse off. You won’t believe how soft your skin will feel!
8. Cradle cap cure. About a half hour before tub time, rub your baby’s scalp with our plant-based body oil. Massage gently and let the oils soak in and loosen the skin cells for about 20 minutes. Gently scrub your baby’s scalp with a soft-bristle baby brush to loosen and remove the scales. You can also use a fine-tooth baby comb to work the scales out of your baby’s hair. Keep a clean towel and bowl of warm, soapy water nearby to wipe and rinse the comb or brush as needed. Bathe your baby as usual, washing the oil away using our gentle, non-toxic shampoo.
9. Lip softener. Make your lips extra kissable by mixing 1 TSP each of brown sugar, vanilla extract, and body oil; gently rubbing into lips; and wiping off with a warm wash cloth.
10. Paw lubricant. Does your puppy get sore, cracked paws from walking on hot sidewalks in the summer or from cold, dry winter air? Rub some body oil on her paw pads for healing and relief.
How have you used Honest Body Oil? Share your tips in the comments below!
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