Give it a TRI: PiYo

It snowed.

 

Not once, not twice, but three times in the past two weeks.

 

Not only is it snowy, but it’s so cold my contacts freeze to my eyeballs each time I step outside. Not cool Mother Nature, not cool.

 

The frigid weather has made it extremely hard to leave the house for my early morning workouts. While I could have skipped them and just cuddled with the hubs in our nice cozy bed, I didn’t.

 

Instead, I pulled out my PiYo video.

 

I’m not one for working out at home. It’s hard for me to concentrate on my workout when I’m worried about the kids destroying the house, or the piles of laundry staring at me. However, the cold weather made me change my mind.

 

Plus I wanted to try something different.

 

During triathlon training seasons one of my biggest obstacles was core strength.I used to attend weekly Pilates classes, but my schedule has changed and I can’t seem to fit them in anymore.

 

A few of my friends told me about PiYo and thought it would a great replacement. The workout is a combination between Pilates and Yoga, which may sound harmless, but it’s a burner of a workout.

 

There’s a handy “training” calendar included with the DVDs and the workouts build in intensity throughout the weeks. I was skeptical at first, and little annoyed by some of the poses. They are difficult to say the least.

 

PiYo

 

However, by the third week I was PiYo planking like a pro.

 

I’m still including my normal weight lifting and kickboxing workouts into the weekly workout plan, but the addition of PiYo has improved my posture and core strength.

 

If you haven’t tried PiYo and are looking for a nice low impact, intense workout, it would be the perfect addition to your workout plan.

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Scenes: Mom’s Night In

I kissed him goodbye.

 

“I’ll miss you,” I told him with a small pout on my face.

 

“Oh, you’ll be fine,” he reassured me.

 

As the door closed behind him I knew it would be true. I’d be fine, heck I’d be more than fine, because it’s party time.

 

It’s basketball season.

 

Which means that at least one night a week I’m on my own. While it kind of stinks to do the whole homework, dinner, bath and bedtime routine on my own, the rewards are well worth it.

 

Back in the early days, I was a little resentful of all the basketball games, and even dubbed him the missing husband. As the years have passed I quickly learned that these little moments in time can be used to my advantage.

 

This night was no exception.

 

“Let’s get to bed boys,” I called up the stairs. Never mind that the clock read 6:30 pm, at least an hour and a half before their normal bedtime. Once the boys were scrubbed clean, read stories and tucked tightly into bed, my party began.

 

Girls Night in

 

I grabbed my laptop, and ordered dinner from Order Up. The delivery service works in conjunction with local restaurants who don’t normally deliver. There were so many great choices like, Mickey’s Pub, Sparti’z Gyros and Osaka. I ended up choosing Osaka, since I’m the only one in the house that likes sushi. With one click of the button I had ordered and paid for my food. Now all I had to do was sit and wait.

 

Cue chick flick movie and Pinteresting.

 

In no time at all, I heard the doorbell, and had sushi in my hands.

 

Girls night in complete.

 

Girls Night in

 

 

Now I can’t till the next basketball game. Maybe next time I’ll get the Conglomeration from Mickey’s. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

 

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Mom Style Files: 4 Stores for Family Photo Fashions

Family Photo

 

Finding the right outfit for family photos can be challenging, last week I gave you some tips on what to look for when planning your family photo fashion. This week I’m going to give you my top 5 stores to find cute and affordable outfits for the whole family.

 

Target

This is the obvious, since I’m there practically daily. The kids fashions especially, are affordable and stylish, as well as the men’s clothing. My boys aren’t picky and since, I want items they can wear again Target makes a great choice.

 

Revival

This is MY favorite place to shop. Unique vintage pieces, and handmade jewelry make this a great place to find a statement piece for pictures. Many times I plan my outfit first and build the boys’ outfits around it, since they are easier than me.

 

The Children’s Place

Sometimes, actually a lot of the time, my eldest is picky about his outfit, and Target or Old Navy don’t fit the fashion profile. When that happens I turn to my old reliable The Children’s Place. They have classic pieces and items with just enough of a twist to make them different.

 

Kohl’s

Once a year my husband decides to splurge and shop for himself. We receive coupons on practically a daily basis, so he can get a great deal on wife approved clothing.

 

Here’s a sample ensemble I put together with one item from each store. In this example I’d probably pair the shirts with jeans for the boys and maybe black skinny jeans for me.

 

Family Photo Fashion

 

 

While many of these are pretty obvious choices for clothing options, I believe sometimes the pressure for the perfect family photo can cloud our options.

 

The other bonus place I didn’t mention was your own closet. You might be surprised by what you can put together with a just a little inspiration.

 

Check out my Pinterest board for more fashion ideas.

 

Next week we will interview a Photographer and get her perspective on fashion and family photos. Stay tuned.

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