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Monday, March 26, 2018

Transitioning my Skin Routine from Winter to Spring and some Home Office Workouts



It's been 3 weeks since I started taking Omega-7 Complete sea buckthorn oil blend and I love  what it does to my body.  These softgels  have bioactive nutrients and is high in antioxidants.  It also helps to have a healthy skin which is a plus because as you know, when the season change, the need of your skin also changes.  This is also great for immune support, urinary and cervical health, and also great for gastrointestinal, heart, liver, and your cholesterol.  The other products that I am also using from SeabuckWonders are  the exfoliating facial cleanser and the facial cream.  Unlike other  facial cleanser and cream that I've tried, these two doesn't give me  pimples or irritation.  I have a very sensitive skin  that's why I don't really use make up because it makes me itchy.  So I am glad to find products that  works for my skin type.  


I have made some changes  with my fitness plan this year.  Last year, I was working out but did not really have a   specific  plan that I could follow so the result  is not that great.  This year, I am following the fitness program at sparkpeople.com.  There is a big support system there too who are  trying to live a healthy lifestyle or trying  to change ways to make life  a lot healthier.  
This year, I am focusing more on the problem that I have identified like BIG GUT, BIG thighs with cellulite, and toning the glutes.  Identifying the problem and focusing on your work to address it is important.  
  • Since my pregnancies, my lower abdomen have never  shrunk so it is always big.  So I have  exercises that I do to address it, they are  hard and sometimes I just want to say "forget it" but no one is going to do it for me but myself so it has to be done.
  • Growing up, my thighs are huge but I never really had cellulite in them until recently so part of my solution is  getting rid of my office chair.  I work standing now and I also do   some exercises for it.
  • I always tell my husband that the bump in my lower abs should be in my glutes  so it would  make it look a little better.  The bumps in my body  are  showing in wrong places lol.  So I am also doing some  glute toning exercise.

One thing that I like about  working from home is the flexibility of doing things.  When I am doing  the  hopping threads, I usually  let the pages  load for  a couple of minutes and I do these  home office workouts.  Another great advantage of working from home is that, you can be in your jammies or  in your athleisure outfit and you can do your job without anyone staring at you or saying anything about  your outfit of the day.
So far, March is almost  over again and my weight is still the same.  I do however  noticed some changes in my body, my glutes is a little toned but the big gut is still there so this will take forever I am guessing.  I am also getting defined muscles in my arms which is kind of exciting.  Lifting weights have never been  my thing but I am enjoying it lately.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Our #HomeGym

Before I proceed to my main topic, I would like to acknowledge my husband's birthday first.  We celebrated it today by going to  a bowling alley and have a fun family  competition.  He is the best bowler of  all of us though so he won!  This  guy right here is the most selfless man I know, he always put the  need and welfare of others first before his own so he deserve a pat in the back.  Happy birthday Dahlin!
Anyway, this year, he  is so determined to really get in shape.  So for Christmas, I told him that I will be getting him a Bowflex Max Trainer.  This is a real hard core machine  if you really want to get fit.  We are still getting the hang of it, I can only do 3 minutes  and I am pooped already on this one.  Hubby can now do 15 minutes on the program that he is using.  It has different   programs that you can use.  My goal is to be able to make it to ten minutes  without catching my breath.
This Bowflex Max Trainer two  can really trim you down if you  are consistent in  working on your goals.  It's one of the great additions to our  home gym.  We decided to really equipped our  home gym this year  so that we can workout and  hopefully achieve  our  fitness goals.  The programs includes max 14 Minute Interval, Power Interval, Calorie Goal, Steady Pace, Fat Burn, Calorie Burn, Stairs, Manual, and Fitness Test.  I tried the calorie burn, I lasted 1.5 minutes lol.  The heart monitor has integrated contact grips and it also includes a  chest strap.  It also came with a free  mat as part of their Christmas deal.

I got this Post-It Dry Erase Board from Shoplet  and I thought it would  be a great addition to the gym.  I stuck it on the wall behind the Max Trainer and wrote  this quote that John F. Kennedy said about Physical Fitness.  I just wish that my handwriting is  pretty lol.  Anyway, this Dry Erase Board is pretty  handy to have, you can use it  in your office or in any space where you want to write  something like schedules or  reminders.  You can even use this  on  your desk .   It is designed to stick to a variety of painted drywall and steel surfaces, glass, finished wood, and existing whiteboards or chalkboards. It is very easy to install and it doesn't require tools.  I just  just unrolled, peeled and stuck it on the wall and voila, it's done. Its even great for replacing old dry erase surfaces.  To find out more about this product and other products that 3M  has,  just visit the link.
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This came with a Dry Erase Cleaning  cloth  to easily clean it t.

I am looking for a  cabinet where I can put all the small stuff but I haven't found the one that I like yet so I  temporarily  use this  wine rack that we had in our kitchen and  put it down in the gym.  
I got this canvas picture from Lowe's for $3, it has a small scratch that you can barely notice that's why it was on the clearance.  I thought it was pretty then I added an inspiring quote  on top of the image.  It is always my   dream to  go on the beach  and wear a two piece but I haven't done  that since my pregnancies lol.  So this will serve as my inspiration to keep going  with my  fitness goals.


We have yoga mats that we use  for some of our  exercises.  I seldom do yoga but having yoga mats  around comes in handy when I had to lay down to do  ab exercises.  
 Aurorae and Empower Fitness are  two companies that I love getting  our fitness gears.  Their products are  high quality.  The towels are always used during the workouts and after we are done.  I miss having a  bathroom in the basement though.  At our former house, hubby and I built an additional bathroom down there and it was  great to have.  Hopefully, we could build one too in this new home.
 We are  slowly completing our set of dumb bells, right now we have 1, 5, and ten pounds.  That would be our next  project.  Maybe I can get it for our anniversary, hmnn, now that would be great!
 We have  ab roller, disk, medicine ball, weighted gloves, ankle weight, lots of jump ropes for us and the kids.
 I don't know if you guys still have this kind of radio casette but when we bought our first home, the owner left that for us and when we moved, we brought it with us.  It's a great music resource when working out.  
This stationary bike is great for lower and upper body workout.  I actually use it after my run in the treadmill because it has a built in fan that I use for air.  A former neighbor gave this to us when we were still living at Park Avenue.  
 I bought this clock for $20 at an online garage sale group.  The clock stopped working after  a week but I thought to leave it on the wall, it's a pretty piece and we can use the mirror in it.
 Back when we  were stilkl at our former house, my husband  wishes to have a weight rack but we  have never really  got to buying one so I told him that we can get it for his birthday, and that's what we got for him, he was very happy about it.  He used to lift weights when he was still in the Navy and he was so fit and muscular.  When he retired, he got busy with the new job and being a Dad so working out becomes less and less.  He tried gym membership but that   did not panned out so I thought maybe if we have a complete gym, we can encourage each other and be consistent in working towards our goals.
 I also love that we have this weight rack and bench now because I am starting to  appreciate weight lifting.  I am amateur to this  thing so all I can handle is the bar lol.  Hopefully I will get stronger and lift more weights rather than just the small iron plates in a bar.  For a starter, I am okay with it.  
We have a Bowflex Extreme set as well but it wouldn't fit in this part of the basement where we set the gym.  We might just get rid of it  since we will be working on the other half of the basement and it won't fit there  when we lay the tiles on the floor.  Hubby said, it would be okay to get rid of it now that we have the weight station.  We will see, maybe I can  trade it for another treadmill so that when hubby and I want to walk or run side by side, we can.

 Shoplet have everything that you need for your business and home including office supplies, cleaning supplies,  and many others such as medical supplies and office furniture .   Thank you once again Shoplet and  3M!

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

NINJA WARRIOR COURSE at Flight Trampoline Park

We used to watch American Ninja Warrior  show and the kids   are inspired by it so when we went to a trampoline place  called Flight in Pittsburgh, the Ninja Warrior Course is the first thing they tried.  They used to say that they want to compete in it  someday.  Flight's one-of-a-kind obstacle course have some  fun but challenging activities.  The kids got to experience firsthand similar challenges that they see on TV.
Even though its 35.5 miles  from our  location, we brought the children to this place so they can have fun during my son's birthday.  Our daughter have been to this place with her friends once but our son was never been yet till his birthday.  He has been wanting  us to  bring him here so he was super delighted when we finally  brought him here.  
 I am so glad that both of our children are really close in age because they  are so close and love to do things together.  It's funny to think that  now that we have a bigger house and  both of them have their own bedroom but  once in a while, they still love to sleep in one room. 
 My uber goofy  little lady always  giving me that funny look when I try to take  a photo.
 Winter is a challenging season when you have kids like mine who are very active  during summer time.  Finding  activities for them to do is a challenge that's why even if the  distances of the  places they want to go is  far from our place, we always try to accommodate their request just so they could have fun and release their energy.
 The course was  hard at first but our kids  did it so many times until they  got good at it.
 They couldn't do one of the obstacle course because they are  too short for it but those they  can reach, they loved  doing it.
 They learned that the obstacles they thought were easy to do is actually hard.  I am glad that  they still got a good laugh whenever they  fell.
 My son es  funny, every year, he would always say "This is the best birthday  ever!"  No matter how simple we celebrate their birthdays, they think it is the best.  I think the togetherness of the family is what matters most to them which is I am very happy about.
 Even though the location of Flight is  quite a long drive for us, it was worth it.  At the end of the day, they came out from the  place all smiles.
 We probably want to go back there again.  I would like to  jump in the trampoline myself lol. Below is one of our favorite American Ninja Warrior.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year, New Beginnings, New #FamilyGoals

We are few hours away from  saying goodbye to 2017.  I am grateful that despite the fact that we lost loved ones this year, we are still blessed that we have food in the table in every meal everyday and that my family is healthy.  The kids  and husband suffered from  cold here and there but it wasn't   serious so I am so grateful for this year.  
 Our  weather advisory said that  a frost bite can be possible for longer exposure outdoors but we can't  let the  2017 end without us  playing in the snow.  This is my first time  going out with them but they have been out playing for few times ever since it started snowing.
 Before we went to the  place where they want to sled ride, we took  some  family photos first at our backyard.
 There's a community  college campus a few blocks away from our home and  it has  slopes that  is good for  sled riding so we always go there during winter.
 I can understand  that my husband  does not feel the  cold because his body is always warm but I don't  get is how my children can stay outside without  feeling the pain  that I was feeling being out for half an hour.  I guess, their bodies are designed for cold temperature when they were born, since I was't born and raised here, I could never get used to cold weather.
 But anyway, as long as the kids are having fun, it's what it counts.
 As we were having fun, we  were talking about how appreciate we  were of the  home that we have.  My son said that he feel so bad for the homeless who doesn't have  a home that they  can stay warm or even a heater to  make them stay warm the whole winter. We told them that we can always pray for them that may God comfort them in this  intense  condition.
 I am glad that our kids are aware of other's people's  situation.  They don't only focus on themselves.  I just wish that we could help   all of the  homeless people.
 Here are the  rest of the photos of our cold adventure outdoors.

We had to cut the fun short  because my  hands and feet were so painful that I thought I  will lose them lol.  I was bundled too, I used the  socks that was suppose to keep my toes warm  and  I also worn  two pairs of gloves, still did not help.  It was just to cold.
They were not successful at first but they eventually got it by changing the lane. Our son even rolled down the hill, he couldn't wait for the sled.   Below are a couple of short clips I recorded.  Please don't mind my laughing spill lol.



After our little adventure outside, we all sat down with a hot coco and  talked about our goals for next year.  It's a weekly plan that we plan to do as a family for next year.
From my family to yours,  happy new year!  May the new  year  bring us good health, peace of mind, and prosperity.  God bless!

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