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Nicole Caudle

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December 11, 2017

Benefits of Kids Yoga:How Yoga Helped Calm My Children the Hell Down

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If you are a parent it’s no secret sometimes children can be a little hyper. We all become restless and it’s perfectly acceptable to take some time and get your ‘wiggles’ out if necessary. So what are the benefits of kids yoga? Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve.

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

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December 11, 2017

Fun workouts to do with your dog this winter

If you plan on getting outdoor during these last few weeks of fall or even this winter remember to bring your pets! They’ve outdoors and need the exercises just as much as you do.

Whether your going fishing or for a hike in the woods, remember your pets would love to join in the fun.

Check out these exercises from PetMd.com

  • Morning Walk
  • Interval Walk
  • Dog Tag
  • Fetch Races
  • Dog Stairs
  • Fetch Tease
  • Squat Tease

Our dog is much older, while we try our best to keep him active, these days he prefers to stay inside and chill. If you have an older dog, that doesn’t really want to keep moving like he used to, try these indoor exercises that he will love doing.

You don’t need much to get your dog up and moving, finding old toys and clothes around the house will do the trick. Small activities to keep your pups brain stimulated can go a long way during the cold winter months when you can’t make outdoors for too long. Remember your pets are just like small children and need constantly physical activity to keep their muscles working. A few minutes a day is all that’s needed to keep your dog conditioned.

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December 9, 2017

Stay Stylish & Fit with Bellabeat

Stay Stylish & Fit With Bellabeat

In recent years, there has been a huge influx of fitness trackers, pedometers, etc on the market. Each with their own bells and whistles, while a lot of these fitness trackers are amazing in their own way, they each seem to be lacking one thing: style.

Enter Bellabeat.

Bellabeat is a stylish, beautifully designed fitness tracker the seeks to revolutionize the tracker industry by appealing to the market segment that cares about not only their health but want to remain fashionable as well.

Stay Stylish & Fit With Bellabeat

 

Three months ago I received the Bellabeat Leaf from Bellabeat to review.

This is the first fitness tracker I’ve used, I was really excited to receive it! What I about love about the Bellabeat Leaf is how the pendant tracks your sleep cycles, activity, breathing, and monthly cycles. The box includes accessories so that you can wear it as a bracelet, necklace, or clip.

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December 9, 2017

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Summer Body During Fall and Winter

5 tips to help keep your summer body in fall and winter

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Fall is almost here and so are all the delicious treats that we all enjoy eating. It has been well known for many years that people will gain 10 pounds over the holidays just because there is so much temptation around at all times of the day.With so many temptations around us, it can really become stressful to stay away from all the homemade cookies and expensive wines. The holidays are the perfect time of year to indulge with the people we love but we also want to make sure we take…I don’t know about you, but Fall is my favorite time of year. Here in South Carolina and Georgia, we have our State Fair which always falls on my birthday (also in October). To top it off, both of my children’s birthdays are in the month of October as well, so needless to say we spend a lot of time eating sweet treats during this month.  

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December 1, 2017

Sweet Potato Fries and Dipping Sauce

Sweet potatoes have become my favorite go-to holiday comfort food. Because of the added health benefits, sweet potatoes are also the perfect treat for anyone looking for a great healthy snack.

Since the kids will be out on winter break soon, I came up with an awesome lunch/snack for us to have throughout the break. Paired with my delicious dipping sauce, this treat is one of our family’s holiday favorites!

Ingredients

Sweet Potato French Fries

4 to 5 sweet potatoes
7 Tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp sage
½ tsp basil

HONEY DIPPING SAUCE

½ cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon chipotle seasoning
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

 

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November 15, 2017

The most amazing steak marinade ever

I’m a huge steak lover. My dad is a chef and for years preached the proper way to cook a steak. Now that I’m cooking on my own, I’ve had the chance to great a lot of my own recipes.

The steak marinade below is my favorite! Enjoy!

  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup aged balsamic vinegar (*aged will be sweeter)
  • 2 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne

Finding the right cut of steak is crucial, even if you decide to go the cheap route and pick up a few steaks on sale, this marinade will make it so good, you’ll never know the difference. (Well, that’s just me boasting about this recipe).

After it was all said and done, the steaks turned out delicious!

 

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November 14, 2017

Cozy Winter Breakfast Recipes for the Entire Family

The weather is getting chilly and Christmas music is in the air: at least at my house! I look forward to this time of year for so many reasons, mainly the opportunity to spend cozy weekends indoors with the kids.

Big breakfasts are our thing. This is the time where I usually go all out for breakfast. Check out of some of my favorite breakfast recipes:


Banana Oatmeal Waffles
Baked Egg and Roasted Veggie Casserole
Peanut Butter Chia Oatmeal 

Fruit and Granola Parfait

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November 14, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season for gift giving. We’ve made our list and checked it twice, now it’s time to for this year’s holiday fitness gift guide.

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The Perfect Yoga Gifts for Under $25

Yoga & Pilates Rings 

Yoga Towel

Yoga Gloves 

Yoga Mats 

Stability Balls 

6 Gifts for CrossFitters Under $25


Speed Jump Ropes 
12 Rung Agility Ladder 
Rubber Medicine Balls 
Multi-grip Pull Up Bars 
Kettle Bells 
Sports Towels 

Gift Ideas to Help Aging Parents Stay Healthy


Anti-shock hiking and trekking poles – 
Lightweight dumbbells – 
Stackable Resistance Band Sets – 
Extra Thick Yoga Mats (Multiple Color Options) – 
Accupressure Mats (Multiple Color Options) – 

Tech Gifts For Fitness Lovers
Apple Watch Series 2, 38mm Rose Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band

PIQ Everlast and PIQ Wearable Boxing Sport and Fitness Tracker

Halo Sport – Unlock Your Potential

Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker | Rose Gold

Garmin vivofit JR. – Broken Lava

Get Your Shoe Game On

Reebok CrossFit Lite TR

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November 5, 2017

Family Fit Time: Pixar’s Toy Story Workout

Happy Wednesday!! Are you making it through Spring Break okay? I hope you and the kids have been enjoying this week exercise challenges with our family fit time movie workouts. Remember the goal of the workouts this week are to not only build a healthy exercise routine but for your children to also build one as well. These workouts are a great way for you and your children to bond while watching movies and working out! I’m a firm believer in modeling great behavior for your children: if they see you exercising and enjoying yourself they will be more apt to do the same thing.

Toy Story is definitely one of those movies that I can watch over and over again with no problem!! The kids fell in love with this movie the very first time they saw it, which is why we love doing family workouts to this movie.

Family Fit Time today will be all about the abs!! We are focusing solely on our core and working those abs for this one! Get ready!

 

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November 4, 2017

Family Fit Time: Disney Pixar’s Brave Workout

We’re almost there!! Which may or may not be a hint for our workout tomorrow 😉 ! Yesterday f;)!y fit time was all about the abs, today we are focusing on the legs! We want them toned and stronger than they currently are, so today we are doing a workout that’s a little more intense. “Brave” is an action-packed movie, so we need an action-packed workout to go right along with it!

If the workout becomes too intense, please feel free to modify these to suit your level.

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Don’t own the movie? Buy here and let the magic begin!

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