Saturday, August 30, 2014

Purposeful Play With Your Toddler Part 3

What a fun week!! 
The theme this week was Fish.
I had got a video from the library about fish, but I think it was too much for little Miss. 
Anyway we were able to go to a Mermaid themed story time hosted by a city library. 
We did a couple crafts from Teachers Pay Teachers. 


We sang the following songs all week:
Baby Shark
1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish alive

Of course we watched Finding Nemo:

We also planned a trip to the Fish Hatchery nearby.

Next week: Trees

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fitness Friday

It’s Fitness Friday!!
What are your plans?

At Mommyhood and Marathons, I’ve decided to focus on SLOWING DOWN.
If I could I would run every day, twice a day. But that would be CRAZY!!

So if you missed it I scheduled out my cardio and strength training for next month. Join me!

It will be a first for me to REST and sit still.

Here was my week in fitness:

Saturday: 1 hour barre, 4 miles run, 4 mile walk
Sunday: REST
Monday: 8 mile run (broke into 2 four milers), 20 minutes SPITFIRE workout
Tuesday: 1 hour barre, HIIT, 30 minutes lower body workout by Popsugar

Wednesday: 4.5 mile run, 20 minute SPITFIRE workout, Tone It Up Abs and Arms
Thursday: 8 mile interval run (4.5, 3.5 mile run), Tone It Up Malibooty x3, and LYB Legs and Booty

Friday: Total Body, Walk, and maybe some yoga.

Are you training for anything?
What is your favorite lower body exercise move?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interval Running: Quick and Easy

Just wanted to share my interval run that I did this morning!! I’m trying to include at least one interval run a week. 
It is great for torching fat and miles. 

Sometimes it’s easy to just zone out and hit mile after mile at  a consistent pace, but with interval running, you are forced to pick up the pace. This causes you to leave the aerobic zone and enter into the anaerobic zone. Your muscles are forced to switch from slow, sustained movement to quick, rapid movement.

Run for 5 minutes
Sprint for 30 seconds
Walk for a minute
Repeat as many times as needed.

Enjoy! Hope you have a great Thursday!!

Have you done interval running? Share your favorite!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Woman Crush Wednesday: Ilyse Baker

Happy Wednesday! 

I've seen this hashtag everywhere and thought I might use it as some inspiration to share about some of my favorite fitness icons. Today I feature :

I first stumbled upon her on, guess where, INSTAGRAM. Looking in the search area I saw this video that looked fun. It was Ilyse leading her Dancincerate class. I immediately wanted to take a class from her. She was full of energy and it looked like a party!!

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon FitnessGlo, a fitness website that streams classes. They have a free 15 day pass, so I decided to try it out and found out that none other than Ms. Ilyse Baker taught Barre classes. I took a few and loved her style. It is her spunk and energy that really gives you that extra motivation to keep pushing through the pain. And believe me there are plenty of moments J.

So thanks Ilyse for keeping me fit while having fun. You inspire me to be active and carefree.

If you are lucky enough to live in the L.A. area you can find her at Equinox in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Encino and also at L.A. Dance.

Do you have a woman crush?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Take Out Tuesday

Here is a deliciously simple recipe for you to enjoy!! It's too AMAZING not to try. Our family loved it and so did I. Throw everything in a pot and cook. YES!! 

Damn Delicious serves up a great dish that is healthy and scrumptious.

Have you ever cooked everything in a pot?
Tell me what you think!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

September Cardio and Strength Training Calendar

Who's in?!?! 
This my first attempt at creating a workout calendar. So I decided to break it up into two categories: Cardio and Strength Training.
These past few months I haven't been training for anything, but I'm starting to get burned out. I usually run 6-7 days a week. Yikes!! I'm shocked I haven't got an injury yet (KNOCK, KNOCK). :)

I will be providing occasional workouts on the blog. Some may be my own and others are my favorites. 
Let's make SEPTEMBER a SWEATY one!!!

***Please be sure to check with your physician prior to beginning any workout. These are guidelines and provide for your enjoyment. Always remember to warm up and cool down.*****

Whose up for the challenge with me?

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Purposeful Play with Your Toddler Part 2

This past week we worked on the theme Back to School.
It wasn't much of a theme, more of a review week. We did talk a lot about school busses and read books focused on school theme. 

Here are the books that we got at the library!

And of course one of our favorites:
We also visited a few libraries and participated in their story time.
We talked a lot about school busses.
We also colored some themed coloring sheets and activities from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Next week is 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Fitness Friday

Happy Friday!

This past summer has been tricky. I haven't been training for any races and currentl have none on the calendar. It is definitely nice to just enjoy running. I do struggle thoush with a pattern of running. Usually on a training plan you rest for  1-3 days during a week. This is where I am weak . i have a hard time integrating rest into my life.  Not sure if its just my inability to sit still or my passion for completing a challenge. THIS will be my goal for next moth. I actually think that I am going to schedule out my workout schedule for a month. CAN I DO IT????

Here was this week in fitness:
Saturday: Zova Fit 3 Rounds of Body Balance and 2 rounds of Full Body Fitness
Sunday: REST
Monday: 6 mile run, 3 rounds of Tone It Up Foam  Magazine workout.
Tuesday: 3.3 mile run, 2 hours at Barre
Wednesday: Tone It Up Sunrise Routine, 6.3 mile run,
Thursday: xhit yoga video, 3.7 #mrtt run, 3 rounds of Tone It Up Crop Top workout and 1 round of Tone it Up Daisy Duke workout.
Friday (planned): Yoga, PopSugar workout, Walk

Hopefully this next moth I can practice eating smaller portions and including more rest into my schedule.

Do you prefer to workout in the morning or evening?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Purposeful Play with Your Toddler Part 1

It can be a challenge to keep your little one occupied. Being a teacher, I constantly struggle with wanting my child to be a genius and wanting to be hands-off in her learning. Maria Montessori was one of my favorite teaching pedagogies to read about. I love the idea of kids learning through play.
We all know it's true.
If you have a two year old and a smart phone, you know just how quickly they learn to operate it.

I lean more towards providing experiences for Lil to learn. I'm not as crafty as I'd like to be, but I make up for it in creativity.

I recently decided that I needed to find some purpose with Lil's play. Each day would pass and Veggietales or Pixar seemed to be "her favorite choice." I know how addictive T.V. is (I'm still working out my issues :), but I want her to be entertained through solitary play, or imaginative play, want to read books, or do art projects. I obviously can't force it up on her.

But we slowly began T.V. detox and is reserved for Movie Friday and weekends.

So back to Purposeful Play.

I had the idea of making themed weeks. It's not structured like Preschool or as open as free play, but somewhere in between. This week's focus was Farm Animals.

  • I printed some free coloring pictures and booklets from TeachersPayTeachers and used them as a baseline for activities. 
  • We got books on the library focused on Farm/Animals/ and Old MacDonald
  • We took trips to nearby places that had animals (Duck Pond, Goat Grazing, and our neighbors have donkeys). We briefly stopped by and fed or watched the animals.
  • I got a book called My Heart is a Zoo, which features animals made out of hearts. I chose a few to do and we glued them together on paper.
  • Each Friday, I try to find a movie that matches our theme. Netflix is a great resource/

See nothing fancy, but just more purposeful. So far we have done Colors, Numbers, Shapes, and next week is Back to School.

I can already tell she is picking up some of the exposure. She is able to identify and find colors and shapes and can begin to count to 2. It's the little things. :)

I think for me I need to work on it not being so academic and a race to see how smart my child can be. I just want her to have some exposure and me some structure (sanity) to our days :)

Much Love,

Momma Hurley 

We're Back!!!

Summer's past and the school year is here. I took this time to decide if blogging was still something I wanted to do.

Turns out IT IS!!

I miss commenting on other blogs and swapping stories. 
I miss the connections that I made through blogging.
So here we are!!!

We had a great summer, mostly restful! 

Hope you had a great summer too!!
 Just popped on to say you can expect more from Mommyhood and Marathons.

Stay tuned!!