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20 Minute Early Morning Workout | Morning Routine

20 minute early morning workout. Easy, Fun and Low IntensityMornings in most households are hectic. Mornings in a house with kids are insane. Between wake ups, breakfast, dressing, and wrestling it’s no wonder you leave the house frazzled and questioning your own sanity. And after work is more of the same! Playing chauffeur, chef, and mediator by the end of the day the last thing you want to do is a workout.

But I have a solution for you. Really, it’s a trick that works every time.

Are you ready?

Get up half an hour before the kids (I can hear you grumbling but stay with me) and rock a quick, twenty-minute workout at home. That’s the key. This amazing tip works for two reasons.

Reason #1

Working out at home is not only genius it’s practical (read more about this here). It saves you time traveling and gets your workout done in half the time.

Reason #2

You can get in a workout, in peace in under thirty minutes which will leave you jacked up (hello endorphins!) and ready to conquer the day. You’ll feel better all morning knowing that you’ve already accomplished something and you won’t have the constant thought of “when can I squeeze in my workout” puttering around in your brain all day.

This simple trick will keep you fit, healthy but more importantly sane (click here to read why!)

This early morning workout is quick, effective and only requires a resistance band and your bodyweight (click here for more awesome bodyweight exercises). You can throw it in a couple mornings a week and it will leave you feeling energized, accomplished and a little bit sweaty 😉

20 Minute Energy Boosting Workout Routine

Click here to watch a video demo.

Sliding Curtsy Lunge 10 reps/side
Paused Squats 12
Seated Band High Row 12
Band Shoulder Press & Pull Apart 12
Sliding Hamstring Curl 10
Deadbug 10 reps/side

20 minute early morning workout. Easy, Fun and Low Intensity

Perform each exercise in order for the prescribed number of repetitions without rest between exercises (though grab water if you need it!). At the end of the last exercise, rest for 1 minute and then repeat for a total of three rounds.

A few things to keep in mind

This workout isn’t overly intense. There’s no jumping, no heavy weights and no insane burpee countdowns (hello, it’s like 5 am?!). This means that you can do this workout easily on an empty stomach and have breakfast to refuel after.

However, if you’re the type of person who gets dizzy easily mow down a quick bar so there’s something in your stomach.

In case you missed it, all the exercises are demonstrated here.

This workout is meant to get your blood flowing, your muscles working and generally boost your energy. The goal isn’t to go “balls to the wall” and be half dead on the floor when your kids get up! Go through the repetitions and made every muscular contraction count.

Resistance bands: I personally love and use this red band but any will do! I adore bands because they’re cheap, don’t take up much room and you can do a variety of exercises with them (click here to know why everyone should own resistance bands).


This Week’s Guest Author…

Meet Shelby. She blogs over at Fitasamamabear.com. She’s a Strength Coach. Nutrition Coach & Chronic Foodie. But most importantly, mama to a super cute little girl. Shelby enjoys sweaty workouts, tasty meals and trying her best to live holistically (though there’s definitely a lot of trial and error there!). But most of all she loves sharing knowledge on everything parent & health related.

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Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys, sharing my Sweet & Sticky Story of Motherhood.
Life changes after 2 Toddlers {obviously} so now I’m sharing how I turn those every day #MomProblems into a Story of #MomWinning by building new Small Systems, Organizing Mom Routines and Making Mommy Money Online by Blogging.




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4 Sensory Boxes for Indoor Play

4 Sensory Boxes for Indoor Play. Outdoor Sensory Bin, Boot Camp Sensory Bin, Construction Zone Sensory Bin, Bugs Sensory Play, Dinosaur Sensory Bin. Sensory Play Ideas, Sensory Play KitsI think we can all agree that Sensory Play is important for developing a young child’s imagination. Sensory Boxes are a fantastic way to do that. The boxes allow kids to grow their creative play by experiencing their senses of touch, sound, smell, visual awesomeness and occasionally taste. They get a full adventure for their little mind to enjoy, and grow.

We do a lot of Sensory Play on the Mess Mat. We do so much in fact that it has it’s whole own page here on the Blog. {Check out Sensory Play for a definition and all of our adventures.} I think our favorite Sensory Play adventures are Sensory Boxes…

Sensory Boxes

Sensory Boxes are a contained area of stimulant materials, rice, beans, rocks, etc that the child can dig into with very few rules. This is exactly why we do these on The Mess Mat. The Mess Mat has it’s own rules, including, “The Mess stays on the Mat” which comes in very helpful when working out of the Sensory Boxes! I can refer to the Mess Mat Rules and not establish a new set over the box. Make sense?

4 Indoor Play Sensory Boxes

We do love to go outside for Sensory Playtime in the summer when it’s warm out. But unfortunately, in Oregon, it is rainy and cold for 5-6 months of the year, which forces us to move indoors. That’s perfectly fine with me because I have 4 perfect Sensory Boxes we can use on the Mess Mat… next to the heater 😉

Outdoor Explorer Sensory Box

This is a great box to work with during the Spring when you’re gearing up to venture outside. It makes a perfect introductory lesson for bugs and up close discoveries. This box includes Toy Bugs, Rocks, Sand, and 1 cup of green Rainbow Rice. The best part, though, is it also includes Explorer Tools! From a magnifying glass to a bug net your little Explorer will be ready to go when the sun comes out! This Sensory Box Kit is available in the Etsy Shop!

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Dinosaur Sensory Box

Do you have Dinosaur lovers in your house? Me too! My sons really love this box because they can make the dinosaurs move around from tree to tree, “having lunch together” as they call it. Their imaginations run wild with story play too. Cash makes up great stories and pretends that the dinosaurs are having parties. He can be entertained by this simple Sensory Box for our whole play time! This box includes 2 cups of green Rainbow Rice, Sand, Rocks and 6 Dinosaurs with trees! It’s also available on Etsy!

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Boot Camp Sensory Box

I created this box to facilitate a beautiful conversation with our boys about Memorial Day and how we appreciate all the heroes who don’t wear capes. Check out Cash’s Thank You Heroes video on Instagram, made while playing with this box. This box worked really well when I spread it out in our bigger Sensory Box too. This Box comes with Sand and Rocks, Army Men and a fleet of Army vehicles. But the most fun accessory… it includes 2 Army helmets! This Sensory Box Kit is available in the Etsy Shop!

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4 Sensory Boxes for Indoor Play. Outdoor Sensory Bin, Boot Camp Sensory Bin, Construction Zone Sensory Bin, Bugs Sensory Play, Dinosaur Sensory Bin. Sensory Play Ideas, Sensory Play Kits4 Sensory Boxes for Indoor Play. Outdoor Sensory Bin, Boot Camp Sensory Bin, Construction Zone Sensory Bin, Bugs Sensory Play, Dinosaur Sensory Bin. Sensory Play Ideas, Sensory Play Kits4 Sensory Boxes for Indoor Play. Outdoor Sensory Bin, Boot Camp Sensory Bin, Construction Zone Sensory Bin, Bugs Sensory Play, Dinosaur Sensory Bin. Sensory Play Ideas, Sensory Play Kits

Construction Zone Sensory Box

I must confess, this Sensory Box carries a lot value with it. Even after the Sensory Play is over, the trucks have made their way into playtime all over the house, car and even the bathtub. My boys cannot get enough trucks! They really enjoyed using the excavator to load up the dump truck with sand, and then haul it over behind a pile of rocks. Their tiny little fingers were always going and moving! This Box comes with Rocks, Sand, green Rainbow Rice and 6 Construction Vehicles. It’s also available on Etsy!

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Get the Kits!

My love for Sensory Play has even made it into my Etsy Store, Cotton N’ Kandi because I want all kids to have the same fun and adventurous opportunities that mine do! Each Sensory Box described is available as a kit. No box is included, as you really only need one. I use two different sizes here at home: A small clear bin with a lid and our large “2-Player, Climb in” bin. The kits will come packed up in their original packages, and you’ll have to display them in your bin at home yourself. I like the small ones with a lid because we can close it up when we’re done for the day and pull it out all week. I even get a few more {the 6-pack} so that I can have a rotation going!

Save some Money!

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Hi There! I’m Kandice
Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys, sharing my Sweet & Sticky Story of Motherhood.
Life changes after 2 Toddlers {obviously} so now I’m sharing how I turn those every day #MomProblems into a Story of #MomWinning by building new Small Systems, Organizing Mom Routines and Making Mommy Money Online by Blogging.



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3 Blogger Apps I Wish I Knew Before I started Blogging

3 Blogger Apps I wish I knew about before I started Blogging. Canva, Tailwind and GrammarlyCongratulations, you’ve become a Blogger! You’re in for a very exciting, fulfilling journey, however, I’ll warn you, there might be some bumps along the way. I started blogging a few years ago and there are many things I wish I knew before I actually started. I wish I had started my Blog in WordPress, not Blogger for one, but that’s another story for another day. This post is about sharing my Top 3 Blogger Apps I wish I had known about before I started really blogging. I hope to inform you now, so you’re not struggling to catch up like I was!

3 Apps for Bloggers

These 3 Blogger Apps, or services are additional websites within the Internet that help you be a better Blogger. These are not plug-ins, but services provided by a separate company that is allowed access or synced to your Blog. They cost money to use professional {if you upgrade} but they are also available for free at a limited capacity. You can also use them on a trial basis before upgrading to the paid version.

Canva

Where were you 2 years ago?! Oh, you were there the whole time and I never knew it… Canva is a Blogger App or website/program that you use to make your Blog Images. So many problems solved! Ugh, it is truly depressing that I went 2 years making images for my blog without Canva.

Why is it necessary?

Canva allows you to make images the proper size for Pinterest {which is really important for a Blogger} as well as the correct size for multiple social media sharing around the Interwebs: Facebook Posts, Instagram, etc. You can also {if you upgrade to the paid version} create a template for your BRAND, which gives you shortcuts for making all of your images cohesive and the same style, aka Branded.

3 Blogger Apps I wish I knew about before I started Blogging. Canva, Tailwind and Grammarly

See my pink arrow? Here you see my saved BRAND colors so that I can easily create all of my images. They also have a ton of fonts and free templates that you can use! I might be the most upset about not using Canva from the beginning. Head on over to Canva now and give it a go. It’s FREE!


Tailwind

The ultimate time saver and my favorite efficiency Blogger App. Are you still pinning your posts to multiple boards individually? Just stop. How long does that take you? It took me for-e-ver {enter Sandlot voice}

Why is it necessary?

Once you install Tailwind and sync your Pinterest you can schedule all of your pins at once. Mind blow right? This is how I now pin 500+ pins per week. I can schedule the same post to pin on 37+ boards, including Group Boards and even set the optimal time for readership.

3 Blogger Apps I wish I knew about before I started Blogging. Canva, Tailwind and Grammarly

 

Look at all of these pretty Canva made pins scheduled for today! Tailwind has also dramatically increased my Pinterest Followers. Tailwind is free for a limited amount of pins per day, but by upgrading you can schedule unlimited pins and add multiple Pinterest Accounts. You can also invite collaborators if you have a team working on your Blog.

Here is my Affiliate Link to sign up for Tailwind {oh, yes, and you can refer other to work off your monthly bill! 😉 }

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite


Grammarly

And last but not least in my top three of Blogger Apps, is Grammarly. Grammarly is an installed program that checks your grammar use throughout your writing and makes you a better writer. Who doesn’t need that?

Why is it necessary?

I struggle with comma use. I’m sure you have a grammar quirk too. Perhaps you make common errors such as forgetting a comma. After you write a sentence Grammarly checks it for you and highlights your error.

3 Blogger Apps I wish I knew about before I started Blogging. Canva, Tailwind and Grammarly

See what I did there? 😉 A little help box pops up to correct your writing and makes your whole post much more readable. Grammarly not only works while Blogging because it is installed on your computer. Grammarly boxes pop up for me whenever I’m writing something including in Word, in my Gmail emails, on Facebook, in conversations for custom orders on Etsy, etc. There is much more here than spell check too… So I sound much more professional when talking with clients and responding to emails. Install Grammarly today and improve your online professionalism.

Here is my Referral Link for Grammarly.

Grammarly Writing Support


Best of luck Bloggers!

I hope these 3 Blogger Apps will help you now so you’re not kicking yourself a year down the road… and redoing a year’s worth of Post Images 🙁 Like me…


 

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Hi There! I’m Kandice
Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys, sharing my Sweet & Sticky Story of Motherhood.
Life changes after 2 Toddlers {obviously} so now I’m sharing how I turn those every day #MomProblems into a Story of #MomWinning by building new Small Systems, Organizing Mom Routines and Making Mommy Money Online by Blogging.