Friday, October 31, 2014

DIY Care Bear Costume – Grumpy Bear [running & pregnant!]

I volunteered to be a running buddy for Girls on the Run. Since their practice 5k was the day before Halloween (yesterday), they encouraged costumes. But of course, I am currently about 5 1/2 months pregnant, so I decided to go as a Care Bear. In particular Grumpy Bear. Care Bears have big tummies, right?!

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I didn’t go all out, because of my restrictions (pregnant, cooler weather, thought of it the day before, etc), but I did my best. The shirt is obviously the main focus, and it was beyond easy to make. As long as you have a printer & an iron, along with a craft store for a cheap shirt ($2.50 for me) and some print-on/iron-on sheets ($7.99/3 pack), you are good to go.

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I decided to go with Grumpy Bear because the store I went to (Joanns) was out of yellow shirts in my size (I would have preferred Funshine Bear) and as a pregnant lady, Grumpy Bear suits me quite nicely ;) I found THIS symbol for Grumpy Bear’s tummy and printed it on a print & iron-on sheet.

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I free hand cut a rounded shape (good enough for me) and then ironed it on. I really doesn’t take much to iron it on, but I went over it a few times, just to be sure.

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I also added a little heart, cut by my own hand, out of a scrap piece of heat transfer vinyl I had. That went on the back right side of the shirt. (*should have moved the heart more towards the middle of the back, it was on my hip with the currently placement.)

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As for the rest of the costume, I did my hair to look like ‘bear ears’ because I didn’t want to wear a headband with ears on it. I figured that might get annoying, and I also just didn’t want to make one ;)  I threw on some matching blue bows, for the fun of it!

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Pretty basic & simple costume overall, but for a practice 5K, with 3-5 grade girls (and I was the only one in a costume!!) I felt like it was a job well done. Here are some more ideas to upgrade this Care Bear costume, if I had (1) more time to plan this costume (2) warmer weather (3) even colder weather (4) wasn’t pregnant, etc.

*wear matching tights/sweats/shorts with a bear tail & heart on the butt (rather than the shirt)
*wear a hoodie (instead of a T) with bear ears in the hood
*running shorts with compression socks that match the shirt color
*shoes to match (I’m actually surprised that out of all the Mizuno Wave Rider shoes I have, there wasn’t a blue to match)
*a group of friends to be the rest of the Care Bears

Happy Halloween!!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

IDmeBAND {Review} – Gone For A Run

Gone for a Run sent me one of their IDmeBANDS to try out and review. They have many different styles & colors to choose from, but in the end I went with their Premier Silicone IDmeBAND Bracelet. Ordering it was easy, I just had to fill in the information that I wanted on the ID part of the band, and pick out my color. I received this fun silicone zippered pouch with my IDmeBAND bracelet inside.

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One thing I would suggest to Gone For A Run is with their logo on the front of the pouch. In the right lighting, it’s a lot easier to see, but the imprint is very faint and can be missed if you’re not looking for it. Definitely make it more pronounced somehow!

Inside the pouch - my pink premier silicone IDmeBand bracelet. This particular style comes in three colors – black, pink or red. All of these pictures I took will show the ID information blotted out, but just know it is a nice clear, easy to ready black print on the metal part of the band. The price of the silicone IDmeBAND bracelets are comparable to the market.

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These start out as a fairly large, one-size fits all, bracelet, but are easily adjustable. Gone For A Run has a video on their site showing the “how-to” on adjusting the size of this bracelet.

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As you can see, I adjusted it to fit my wrist perfectly. Once it is adjusted, you can only adjust smaller, so it is pretty much a fixed size. I was pretty caucious to make sure I cut it the right size. I didn’t want to end up with it too small, then I would have to start all over (any buy a new one :/ ). Just be careful about adjusting, and be sure to watch their video! This silicone IDmeBAND bracelet is super comfortable and lightweight. I wore it the rest of the day after adjusting it and forgot I had it on.

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It clasps in the back with a stainless steel fold-over clasp, and stays securely latched. Easy to take off and easy to put on. You can also see from these pictures the thickness of the silicone. Thick enough to be stable and durable, but not so thick it is heavy, bulky or uncomfortable.

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Again, the lettering on the metal (stainless steel) part of the ID is a clear, bold and easy to read print. I blotted things out, but you can see a few words. There are up to 5 lines available to write your information. I included my name, city, state & country, two emergency contacts, and ‘no known allergies’.

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Overall this silicone IDmeBAND bracelet is definitely a high quality product. I appreciate how fast it was delivered, the accuracy of the information I requested on the band, and how lightweight and comfortable it is to wear. I wore it when I was working out and it didn’t get too sweaty, about the same as if I had a watch on.

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*Gone For A Run supplied me with this silicone IDmeBAND bracelet, free of
charge, in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Inspiring words from #LDSconf

Of course there were many things said & taught during the Saturday sessions of General Conference that were amazing, but this one really caught my attention. As one who has a desire to help people change their bodies & lifestyles in a healthier direction, this was hitting the nail on the head!This was a talk given by Elder Jorg Klebingat, Saturday afternoon:

Take responsibility for your own physical well being. Your soul consists of your body and spirit. Feeding the soul while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you’re out of shape, if you’re uncomfortable in your own body, and can do something about it, then DO IT.

My particular favorites:

“If you’re out of shape, if you’re uncomfortable in your own body, and can do something about it, then DO IT!”

“Decide today to be the master of your own [body].”

#LDSconf


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

E is for Exercise {preschool edition}

I like to do preschool for my two little boys at home. I particularly like doing it on days like today – E is for Exercise was right up my alley!! I love teaching my kids about their bodies and how to keep them healthy. They are smart little stinkers and so gung-ho about everything. This was a super fun morning!

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Here are some of the things I used for today (not pictured: do-a-dot stampers, newsprint roll, markers, cones, weights, timer) --->

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We always start out preschool singing the ABCs then read a book related to the theme for the day. Today we read The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. Then they did an E letter search page with do-a-dot stampers.

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Then I pulled out the newsprint (get it at your local newspaper department, and ask for the end of the roll. Our newspaper sold me that roll for $2).   

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This was a fun project, although it took a while, but they had fun with it. We learned about our bodies & what they do. First I traced the boys bodies and had them draw their faces on them. 

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We read Look Inside Your Body, which was a perfect book for this project.

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We talked & read about the digestive system first and then they drew their stomachs and intestines.

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We also read about the heart & lungs, bones & muscles. Little G did a great job drawing all of it (little B is still just too little, but he had fun coloring all over his body ;)

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Here is his body in more detail!!

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Then came the really fun part! The actual exercising! I used this tabata die (dice) workout – preschool style. I picked some pretty simple exercises, including “lifting weights” in general ;) They can’t read what exercises I wrote, but they rolled the die & counted the dots.

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I started them off with a simple running course with cones. They were so fun to watch! Once they went up and over the slide (the end of the course) then they got to roll the die & we did one round of a tabata workout, 20:10.

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Here are some of the exercises in action – 2 & 4 year old style [sit-ups, lifting weights, jumping, squats, push-ups & more weights]

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In the end, they did two rounds of 20:10 tabata workout, plus 3 rounds on the running course! They were pretty tired after that :)

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Afterwards we fueled up with some healthy snacks. First they went for the chips (of course), but I reminded them that the bears had to stop eating junk food and instead made them figure out a healthier snack they could eat. They picked granola bars, string cheese & bananas!

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Fun fun preschool! I think I really miss coaching this year because I had a blast with this! …and I love that they loved their sweatbands :)


Monday, September 1, 2014

3.3 miles (x 2) for Lori

Today is my sister’s birthday. Lori would have turned 33 today, but 12 years ago she died in a car accident. So in honor of her 33rd birthday, I got my pregnant self out the door and went for a run. At first I decided 3.3 miles would be perfect. But then the run turned out to be perfect, and I kept going until I did double that! Such a great way to celebrate her birthday and her short life.

20140901_094619 Always thinking of you, missing you, and loving you, Lor!!


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