Total Body Tabata Burner!

If you’ve been following my blog, you might know one of my all time favorites workouts is Tabata. It’s quick, sweaty and best of all… EFFECTIVE.43092134_10103546896393060_4248098422432727040_nAs a mom [of three], I like to make my workouts 30-40 minutes and get the most that I can from it! TabataYou may be wondering… “what is Tabata?” Or maybe you heard the word before and still are not too sure what it is.

Tabata is simple; one move, four minutes long, 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Now sometimes I like to get fancy and alternate two moves in one four minute set.

Today we are going to get “fancy” and have a fun, heart-pumping workout. You will have two moves in one four minute set that you alternate. This means each move you will do a total of four times in each round.

All you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and some weights that are challenging. For myself, I used 5 & 8lbs for this routine. Be sure to warm-up and cool down for THIS and any exercise routine you perform.

Alright, let’s GO!

Total Body Tabata Routine [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total] 

  1. Shoulder Taps* & Mountain Climbers
  2. Double Crunch* & Russian Twists*
  3. Sit Ups & Knee In’s*
  4. Shoulder Press & Hammer Curls
  5. Skaters & Jumping Jacks
  6.  Chest Flies & Tricep Extensions
  7. Pulldown & Bicep Curls
  8. Burpees & Plank Hold

If you want to learn more about Tabata training CLICK HERE.


Exercise Cheat Sheet*

  1. Shoulder Taps: In a plank position, tap your hand to opposite shoulder
  2. Double Crunch: Reach your elbows to your knees and tap your feet back down to the floor.
  3. Russian Twists: In a sitting position, round back to your lowest point with your knees bent and twist side to side with a dumbbell; legs can be up if you can!
  4. Knee In’s: Laying on the floor, bring your knees into your chest then extend them out as low to the ground as possible!

If you have any questions on any other move, feel free to leave a comment or email me at

Things I’m Loving!

September is officially over! Like where did it even go?42662801_10103540434033680_2691828142397456384_o.jpgOctober is one of my favorite months. Fall weather at it’s prime, pumpkin everything (and everywhere), chilly nights and Halloween.41793154_10103528223264160_5553430775728177152_nI’m absolutely loving all the cozy feels, hot coffee and crisp days.42727197_10103540435221300_5163152754012585984_n.jpgOh, and if you missed my Fall decor post, CLICK HERE to check it out!42615296_10103540434747250_674597048460247040_n***

We are trying to soak up this beautiful weather each day [as long as it doesn’t rain].42604188_10103539106329410_4131519712800538624_nWe even made it to apple picking last week. 42622681_10103539106653760_7421176838598164480_nThe toddler had a blast and the weather was perfect.42611747_10103539106484100_797218003983794176_nSpeaking of fresh air…. I love that it’s still nice out to workout outside. It’s definitely one of my favorite feelings.42648979_10103539107467130_3609409250482192384_nI’m either working out to one of my routines or doing Barre3 online workouts.

I’ve been doing Barre3 for a few months and I absolutely love it to supplement my Tabata/ HIIT workouts.42608141_10103540225781020_664535688137408512_nI’m down 12lbs and fit into my pretwins clothes – yay [for plaid]! I’m only 3lbs away from prebaby weight but the scale doesn’t really matter to me as much anymore.

If you are interested in my online coaching program, feel free to shoot me an email at

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall season! Until the next post. 🙂

Preschool Homeschool “Routine”

Our toddler started Preschool the first week of September!41215842_10103522013313950_4226061885834788864_nWith my foot injury (again, long post for another day), I needed to have a break! It was a last minute decision that was made after the Preschool Homeschool post I made. 41203500_10103522013244090_8755915797882208256_nThe toddler’s 9-11am window is her most active and Preschool is 8:50am-11:20am, so it works well!

And yes, we are still homeschooling 2-3 times a day as well.41325595_10103522014406760_509215561746481152_nI’ve been working with her for the past 2 weeks on the letters A, C & D (and holding a writing utensil). We ventured a bit on the letter B but she is still drawing them like D’s, so I opted to skip it.41543141_10103525907734500_3303705847858724864_nWe’ve done the numbers 1, 2, 4, & 5 (in terms of tracing and counting). She can count up to 11, so my next goal to get up to 13 & 14.

Every time we start “homeschool,” I like to start with this  number counting chart (from Target). 41680143_10103527043238940_6884058755525246976_nWe usually start with the “letter of the day” and venture to the “number of the day.” I’ve repeated numbers and letters over the past couple of weeks to make sure she gets the concept.

She loves workout sheets, so I’m always trying to find some fun ones for her, especially themed. 41645168_10103527043184050_3944698123007295488_nKick up those fall leaves with this fun preschool maze!

This worksheet from was fun and challenging. 42546017_10103539107112840_2197167473197842432_nAlthough she isn’t able to figure out the “maze” part, I dotted line for her to follow, which is great for her to practice hand-eye coordination, tracing and concentration!

Be sure to check out for more learning resources (and click here for the preschool maze answer sheet).

I also like to use flash cards and ask various questions and we also use a variety of puzzles like this Hungry Caterpillar puzzle or these Melissa and Doug ones.letter puzzelHomeschool usually lasts about 30-45 minutes depending on the day (or when the twins wake up). I like to mix it up and sometimes we will do a craft or go outside in the yard and do some activities there.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! What are some of your favorite homeschool or learning activities with your kiddos?


Fall Decor & Decluttering!

I’ve been loving decorating our new home for fall with a more “minimalist approach.”41556957_10103525907564840_193881107278594048_n[White pumpkin above from Target]

I also did rearranging to help “spruce up” the home too as you may be able to tell [from this previous post].41658987_10103527043378660_6827600667389984768_nThis Birch candle I got from Big Lots. “Woods-like scents” are my favorite for fall! 41512421_10103525907604760_6601022541022625792_oI didn’t want to go crazy spending money since our goal is to try and save. There have been a ton of items I’ve wanted to buy, but I’ll just wait til they are on sale. 

[Mug from Target, pumpkin from Walmart]41662400_10103527043443530_258725707469815808_oLike this wooden galvanized chicken I picked up from Hobby Lobby. 41658974_10103527103553070_4076511300681728000_nI think it originally was $19.99 and I ended up getting it for under $5. Although it was considered a “summer item,” it fit perfectly with my farm house style decor.41313749_10103522014506560_3844833029499387904_nMost of the flowers, vases, small candles, I purchased from Dollar Tree. I’d say in total I spent under $25 on “fall decor.”

I had this white pumpkin “Give Thanks” sign from a couple of years ago (might have been Kohl’s). and the farm fresh sign was from Walmart (thanks mom)!41654571_10103527043328760_2478180354377121792_nI also did a bit of rearranging in the kids room since some of the floor vents were covered during the summer.41538339_10103525907714540_454043004567552000_o I decluttered some of their toys (just pack some away, we like to alternate). The toddler definitely likes this set up better of her bed, especially since there is more light coming in from the window.41514552_10103525907799370_7245037279146672128_nI’m waiting to go pumpkin picking to snag some more pumpkins for the front and maybe add a few more “fall” pieces outside.41661033_10103527043802810_7602087595614404608_nHope everyone is has a fantastic rest of the week and happy [almost] Fall! 🙂

End of Summer [2018]

I’m so happy the weather has been feeling more “fall like.” I do love me some sweater weather and of course, pumpkin season.


The twins had their first real beach day a couple of weeks ago. 41222142_10103522015294980_1016240398114226176_nWith my foot injury in July (a long post for another day), we were not able to do much towards the end of summer. But I was so thankful my parents came up for Labor day weekend to hang with us!41213369_10103522015359850_6706694889876226048_nMama did manage to “make it up” by booking a Great Wolf Lodge trip. They had a deal for $99+ per night on specific days.41280431_10103522012909760_7536585680743301120_n.jpgI usually wait around anyways for this email to book a trip. I have never paid more than $139 per night. Prices can be over $300 when there are no good deals.

For our family, Great Wolf is perfect! 41330035_10103522012964650_6540693304374198272_nI love that it’s contained, no glaring sun, plenty of life guards everywhere and if you need to go to your room, you have easy access. I did a review before but I always highly recommend bringing food/ snacks; it can be pricey and add up fast!40995563_10103519487246210_7005433672316747776_nThis time we brought items to make sandwiches for lunch the next day and opted for the breakfast buffet (which is discounted when you book and order online) and snagged fruit there for a snack later.41165866_10103519487470760_5547976553809313792_nTraveling with kids is hard, but I have posted in the past on some tips that have helped us when it was just the toddler. The same applies with the twins, it’s just a matter of doubling up on EVERYTHING.

Lastly, one of our other final “summer activities” was the Balloon Festival in NH. 41302197_10103522014551470_2180133267829686272_nIt was definitely cool to see the Hot Air Balloons up close. The toddler wasn’t too fond of the Balloons at first, but she did warm up to it towards the end.41244235_10103522015260050_1092330811824275456_nAnd that’s a wrap for our end of summer [2018]. Next summer the twins will be walking and that is going to be a whole other ball game. 😉40534861_10103516227174420_6514815306077044736_nExcited to for Fall and Halloween (especially because it’s all Sammy has been talking about since last Halloween) and #pumpkinEVERYTHING!

Preschool “Homeschool” Ideas!

This year we decided to a bit of “homeschooling” for the toddler. 20180826_184809.jpgShe is super smart and we want to help her grow! Preschool just isn’t in our budget right now as over the next 12 months, we are buckling down and trying to pay off some of our debt.20180826_184643I’ve been looking at various websites online (like Munckins and Moms, Jessi Fearon) and decided to take a ton of good ideas from Jessi Fearon’s curriculum that she did for her preschooler. I’ve also found some great worksheets on these sites:

Keep the summer reading skills going with THIS fun themed matching list of words! Be sure to check out for more learning resources, games, and printables for fun all summer long! [Click HERE for the matching answer sheet].

As far as actual workbooks go, THIS ONE is my absolute favorite (and Sammy’s too).

We’ve been using it since the Spring and Sammy has learned a ton just by using it a few times a month. I also got items from Dollar Tree and Target’s dollar spot.20180826_143733.jpgNow that we are heading into the “school year,” I decided to focus with her on learning activities 3-4 times a week. Fridays she is going to be going to art classes. She is very energetic and when she does painting or art projects at home, her focus is amazing.

At first I wanted to do Dance or Gymnastics, but I’m thinking she is going to be more of a Gymnastics or Soccer kind of girl. I’ll wait til next year to see what she wants to do.

We had her in Gymnastics last winter and I just felt she wasn’t ready for the environment/ just wanted to play around.LibraryAny who, I am also going to focus on including a library day into our weekly schedule as well as “trips” once a month (museum, zoo, etc.).

  • Mondays: Library trip
  • Tuesdays: Learning Activity
  • Wednesdays: Day Off
  • Thursdays: Learning Activity
  • Friday: Art Class
  • Saturday: Grocery Shopping/ Chore Learning
  • Sunday: Day Off

This is just a really loose schedule, as sometimes it may just depend on the week. I want to take all the kiddos to a kids play place (ours nearby is Nini Bambini) so that they all can explore and interact with other kiddos. This will most likely be on Tuesdays.20180826_184723As far as Saturday goes with grocery shopping or chore learning, I want to make this a day where we cook a meal together, do laundry, grocery shopping… what ever it may be, we are doing it together and learning.

Teaching her how to do basic household skills is important too. 

As we get more into the swing of things, I’ll be sharing more posts of what we are doing/ what has helped her learn certain things. letter puzzelIf you haven’t seen THIS previous post on some of my favorite education toys for toddlers, check it out (to be updated too). 🙂

Currently: De-cluttering & Toy Organization

As summer is coming to a “close,” I’ve been doing a ton of “spring” cleaning…38065517_10103486141885580_1781159934499487744_nI started going through my fall and winter boxes that I had for the kiddos and found that I really didn’t need much.

The toddler is good, as I stocked up for her during last winter’s clearance deals.38778002_10103495399208830_716557100825706496_oAlly just needs a couple of long sleeve items since Samantha was in spring/ summer at her size. Ally is almost nine months and is a size 9-12 and Harry is 12-18 months.38786263_10103495399997250_2300149763774873600_nFor him, we have some clothes from friends, family as well as some stocking I did during last winter clearance too! #clearancelady 😉38797484_10103495399637970_7641531411324731392_nI’ve also gone through the toys… kids toys are always so chaotic.

I feel like I just organized the toys.

Well to be fair, we moved into the house in late March so I guess 4ish months isn’t bad that it was somewhat decent. We now USE the toy box and if you remember from a previous post, it’s where I stored toys that were NOT in use.38071624_10103486141800750_3682990320959619072_nNow that the toddler knows how to open the it, it’s not practical for “non-use” storage anymore. 38130803_10103486141710930_505039479145234432_nI took out the toys she didn’t really use/ wasn’t appropriate for the twins just yet, and stored them in our back shed. 38247298_10103486141745860_4726197633314455552_nI’ll definitely rotate toys (as I do with books) and it will feel brand new! I’ve started to do it with the twins too and it makes all the difference.38085365_10103486141506340_8574922044917940224_n***

We also had all three kiddos in the same room last month. 

We decided since Harry still wakes up in the middle of the night (1-2 times), we put him back into our room and put the kitchen back in “kids” room.38204071_10103486142409530_5887018815434260480_nSo far that has been great! #winning 😀

Now that things are tidied up (for the most part), we need to hit the beach, pool and raspberry picking again before the summer ends.

What are some your plans during the last few weeks of “summer?”