10 Ideas for Stay-At-Home Dates for New ParentsIf you have a baby or a toddler, you know that alone time with your significant other is so important. But sometimes you just can't get away. Maybe the babysitter cancels. Or maybe you just don't feel comfortable leaving your little one just yet. But having some time alone is good for your soul. Well, my husband and I have become pros at the at-home date night so I've put together 10 ideas for you for after the baby goes to bed!
DIY At Home Date Night Ideas:
1. Pull out all your extra sheets and pillows and make a tent in your bedroom or living room, then curl up inside and watch a movie together. (Make some buttery popcorn or serve up your favorite on-hand snacks!)
2. Have one of you run to the store and pick up some fancy cheeses, some good chocolate, fruit, bread, and anything else you might like and have a fondue night! No phones allowed, just connecting with each other.
3. Pick a theme and run with it. Maybe your theme is 80′s? Put your hair up in a good side ponytail, rent your
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10 Ideas for Stay-At-Home Dates for New ParentsIf you have a baby or a toddler, you know that alone time with your significant other is so important. But sometimes you just can't get away. Maybe the babysitter cancels. Or maybe you just don't feel comfortable leaving your little one just yet. But having some time alone is good for your soul. Well, my husband and I have become pros at the at-home date night so I've put together 10 ideas for you for after the baby goes to bed!Read More »from DIY Date Night! 10 Stay-At-Home Ideas for when the Babysitter Cancels
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You know you want to bounce quarters off your butt, but you've never done a squat in your life. Here's a basic strength-training guide to help get you started.
How to prevent injury: To avoid pulls or strains, meet with a personal trainer or gym staff member to learn proper form. Be sure to warm up before strength training - it's good practice to get in your cardio session first and then move on to strengthening. Always listen to your body, don't let your competitive nature push you too hard, and stop as soon as you feel any pain or your muscles are too tired to do the moves correctly.
How much: Whether you're using dumbbells, a machine, kettlebells, medicine balls, or a resistance band, you don't have to choose the lowest weight when starting. Choose a weight that is hard enough to make you feel like you're working, but not heavy enough to disrupt proper form. You'll know it's the correct amount when your muscles fatigue after
How to schedule quality workouts precisely to achieve your best resultsMost of us know what types of workouts and how much effort it takes to see results. What's more challenging, perhaps, is scheduling these sessions so you get the most out of each effort. "It's important to time your workouts correctly, and a lot of people do it wrong," says Jason Fitzgerald, a Washington, D.C.-based coach, 2:39 marathoner, and founder of StrengthRunning.com. Getting the right amount of rest between quality workouts helps the body recover and adapt, while knowing the best time of day to do certain workouts can yield a more productive session. Clearly, whenever you can get up and workout, you should--but if you've got options, here's how to time everything just right. (PLUS: Are you eating right for your workout? Find out how you should fuel up, in 16 Healthy and Yummy Pre-Workout Snacks.)Read More »from The Best Workout Times for You
Go long in the a.m.
"One of the primary reasons to do a long run is to improve fat-burning metabolism," says Scott Fliegelman, a coach in Boulder, Colorado, and founder of FastForward
I am the proud survivor of one potty trained child. My child definitely wasn't one who was potty trained in three days. In fact, it took about six months before my daughter abandoned her training pants. However, there are still times when she laughs too hard and has an accident. Indeed, potty training is part of being a mom. As the mom of an almost five-year-old and a one-year-old, I have heard some funny potty training stories from other mothers. It's great to know that I'm not the only one whose child was obsessed with potty talk or had some embarrassing accidents. Here are some other "teachable moments" from moms who have potty trained.
Jessica, mom of Eric, was potty training her three-year-old. Her son didn't go in the toilet. Instead, he escaped from the bathroom, knocked over a baby gate and made his way into the kitchen. There he proceeded to pee "on the side of the trashcan." It was the start of many misses in her potty training escapade. After theRead More »from Our Embarrassing Potty Training Mishaps
Source: 4 Reasons to Hit the Hay Earlier Tonight
Functioning on six or fewer hours of sleep might be the norm for you, but consistently not getting enough z's can affect your mood and your health. Here are four reasons to make an earlier bedtime a priority.
- To avoid weight gain: You wake up groggy from lack of sleep and reach for some kind of edible pick-me-up. Chances are it's sugary or high in fat, which means it's high in calories. Fatigue encourages mindless snacking and more calories consumed, which can lead to an expanding waistline. That coupled with skipped workouts from lack of energy means even more weight gain. A foggy head can also impair your judgment, making you more likely to give in to cravings. If you're trying to lose weight, getting enough sleep can make all the difference.
- To prevent heart issues: Lack of sleep raises your blood pressure, putting unnecessary strain on your ticker, which puts you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
- To strengthen your
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, Apr 17, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
runningIt can be a hard thing to find someone who you feel comfortable exercising with. Right? I mean, this is someone you have to feel okay sweating next to, someone who doesn't mind if you make weird noises. You should feel no judgment from this person. If you're trying something new and you don't quite get it right, this person should be in your corner. Not only that, but this is someone you should be comfortable chatting with, and, ideally, someone whom you actually enjoy spending time with. Working out with her should be something you look forward to - it may even be the social/emotional aspect of the workout that gets you there.
But the perfect workout buddy should be more than just a friend. If you're going to stay motivated and interested, if you're going to improve and become more fit, your workout buddy should be . . . well, a lot of things.
1. Your equal
You two should be able to run at about the same pace, or be able to weightlift about as much as each other, or beRead More »from Gym Buddies: How to Find Your Ideal Workout Partner
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