While most gyms are closed during this time, it is still important to stay active because exercise is essential to your immune system. Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise while at home. If this is the case, set a specific time to workout and stick to it!
Follow these exercises from Heathline for a variety of at home workouts. Just add weights for a more intense workout!
Complete 2 sets of 10 to 15 reps of each exercise, with 1 minute of rest between each move.
Activate your core and posterior chain (a fancy term for the backside of your body) with a bridge. This is a great exercise to use as a warm-up.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and your arms extended by your sides.
Pushing through your feet and bracing your core, raise your bottom off the ground until your hips are fully extended, squeezing your glutes at the top.
Slowly return to the starting position and repeat.
2. Chair Squat
Squat to strengthen your legs and core, which will make everyday movements easier. Starting with a chair underneath you will help you master proper form.
Stand in front of the chair with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed slightly out.
Hinging at your hips and bending your knees, lower back and down until your bottom touches the chair, allowing your arms to extend out in front of you.
Push up through your heels and return to the starting position.
3. Knee Push Up
A beginner-style pushup, this move will help you build strength before attempting a standard pushup.
Get into a high plank position from your knees.
Maintaining a straight line from your head to your knees, bend your elbows to lower yourself down to the ground. Keep your elbows at a 45-degree angle.
Push back up to start.
4. Stationary Lunge
Hit your quads, hamstrings, and glutes with a stationary lunge.
Split your stance with your right leg in front. Your right foot should be flat on the ground, and your left foot should be up on its toes.
Bend your knees and lunge, stopping when your right thigh is parallel to the ground.
Push up through your right foot to return to the starting position. Repeat for desired number of reps, then switch legs.
5. Straight-leg Donkey Kick
Build those glutes with donkey kicks.
Get on all fours, with your hands aligned with your shoulders and your knees aligned with your hips.
Keeping your back straight, push your right foot out to the imaginary wall behind you while keeping your leg straight.
Your foot should remain flexed (toes pointing down to the floor) throughout. Take care to keep your hips square to the ground. Squeeze your buttocks at the top.
Return to the starting position. Repeat for the desired number of reps. Repeat on the other leg.
6. Side-lying Hip Abduction
You may not think about strengthening your hip muscles until they start to bother you, but please reconsider!
This is especially the case if you sit all day. Counteracting that with hip-targeting movements will be very beneficial.
Lie on your left side, with your left leg straight, right leg straight, and right foot resting on the ground.
Lift your right leg up, maintaining the position of your body. Make sure your hips don’t open up.
Return to the start position. Repeat for the desired number of reps, then do the other side.
7. Bicycle Crunch
Although you’ll work your core with almost all of these strength exercises, a targeted ab move doesn’t hurt.
Lie on your back and bring your legs to a tabletop position. Bend your elbows, and put your hands behind your head.
Crunch up and bring your right elbow to your left knee, straightening your right leg.
Release the crunch slightly. Bend your right leg and straighten your left leg, then bring your left elbow to your right knee.
Got cabin fever and don’t know how to spend your day? We have you covered with these three activities! During this craze, it is important to stay home as much as possible, but that does not mean your time at home has to be boring. Here are some ways to relax and also have a little bit of fun with the kids throughout the day!
1. SPA DAY AT HOME
If you need a few minutes to relax, a spa day at home is the perfect solution! Try a face mask, foot soak, painting your nails, or all three!
If you don’t already have a sheet or clay mask, try this DIY Honey Citrus Mask from Marie Claire. All you need is honey and orange juice!
Honey Citrus Mask
Combine three tablespoons of orange juice with a quarter-cup of honey.
Rub the mixture lightly over your face and then leave it on for 15 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water and, as always and forever, follow with a moisturize.
2. GET CRAFTY
For the kids: We love this simple paper pinwheel from The Spruce Crafts. This can also be a great teachable moment for kids to test and explore the power of breath and air! The stronger your breathe, the faster they will spin. You can talk about wind turbines, windmills, and renewable energy thanks to this fun craft!
Using a ruler, mark the center of your square paper with a pencil. If you do not have a ruler, you can eyeball the center pretty easily. Next use your ruler to draw a diagonal line from each corner of the paper, halfway to the center dot you just made.
Note: If you are using printed paper, where one side is white and the other has a pattern, make sure you draw the lines on the white side of the paper.
Step 2: Cut down lines
Use the scissors to cut down the diagonal lines you just marked on your paper.
Step 3: Fold and Pin
Fold alternating points (every other point) into the center dot and put a pushpin through. This step can be tricky since the points like to escape if you are not holding them tight, so patience is key.
Step 4: Attach a straw
Hold the pushpin with gathered points in one hand tightly and use your other hand to push the remainder of the pin through a straw. We used paper craft straws for these pinwheels but you could also attach your pinwheel to a plastic straw or a pencil. Once your pushpin is through the straw, use a little bit of masking tape to make sure no little fingers get stuck by the pin.
3. MAKE COOKIES!
Cookies are the easiest dessert to make whether it’s chocolate chip, peanut butter or sugar cookies, everyone is sure to love them!
Follow this simple three ingredient and three step peanut butter cookie recipe from All Recipes, that is sure to be tasty. It’s also great for kids learning to bake!
3 Step, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Step 2 Combine the peanut butter, white sugar and egg. Mix until smooth.
Step 3 Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes. Do not over-bake! These cookies are best when they are still soft and just barely brown on the bottoms.
We hope you stay safe, healthy, and enjoy your time at home!
Grosgrain is durable, versatile, and useful for just about any craft project!
One of the questions we get all the time is, “what is grosgrain ribbon used for?” Our answer is simple: you can use it for almost anything!
If you don’t already know, grosgrain is a heavy-duty ribbon, easily recognizable by the distinct ribs that run across its surface. Most grosgrain ribbons are made from silk or nylon, though historically they have been made from wool, mohair, silk or some combination of the three. The stiffness of the fabric means that grosgrain is functional as well as beautiful, and it’s used for everything from watch bands, to book-binding, to bows, collars, and more!
If you haven’t used grosgrain ribbon before, give it a try! Its durability and style is unparalleled. Given the broad range of sizes, colors, and styles available, grosgrain ribbon is sure to be an inspiration for your next craft project. Take a look through our high-quality grosgrain ribbon selection to find the ribbon that’s right for you!
When kids get home from school, what’s the first thing they want?SNACKS! If you’re looking for some new ideas besides a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, here’s 15 super-fun after school snacks that will hit the spot!
We love these great treats from Pint Sized Treasures
15 Super-fun After School Snacks
Stove-top pizza dip. Moms will love how easy this recipe is to make and how it make every pizza lover smile! Feel free to dip your favorite breads, chips or pretzels in this yummy dip!
Jif™ Bars. Did you even know there was such a thing! Theses are super-new and my entire family dove into these yummy snacks!
Hummus. Snack on it with fresh veggies or pita chips! Enjoy this simple recipe that you can whip up in your blender — in just minutes!
Sweet and Salty S’mores. These s’mores do not require a camp fire! Enjoy this simple s’mores recipe that will keep your kids smiling!
Pizza quesadillas. This is my super easy version when we’re having an extremely busy day or need to pack a picnic lunch. They’re so simple, kids can make them too!
Frozen yogurt grapes. I love this idea of a nice, cool snack after school! Fruit and yogurt always gets my kids attention!
Inside out cucumber sandwiches. These are too cute not to share with you! They’re easy to make, and even easier to eat! It’s fun to serve my kids mini anything — even sandwhiches!
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies. What kid doesn’t love a mom meeting them at the door with a plate full of cookies? Pair these simple peanut butter cookies with a glass of milk and you’re instantly trqnsformed into super-mom!
Apples and peanut butter. This is a snack that my kids know they better keep away form mom — or it will be all gone! Most people love dipping apples in caramel, but I would much rather dip mine in some awesome peanut butter! Mmm…..excuse me while I go grab some now. ;0)
String cheese. Our kids are always diving and trying to find the last piece of string cheese. I love that my kids are getting extra calcium in the form of a super-fun, are school snack!
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies. Can you believe you can make your favorite childhood cookie at home? Everything tastes better home-made, and these cookies? They are so incredible, you will never walk down the cookie isle again.
Super Soft Pretzels. I loose smelling homemade pretzels bake in the oven! Keep a fun dipping sauce like honey mustard, cheese sauce or cinnamon butter handy for your kids to enjoy some pretzel dipping fun!
Muddy Buddies. If you’ve never made muddy buddies for your kids, now’s the time to start! Enjoy this yummy, kid-approved recipe that will make snack time the best time!
Back to School MUST HAVE: How to make Stretchy Bookmarks
These super easy DIY Ribbon Bookmarks are the perfect back to school craft for kids, teens, and adults to make for quick presents, playdate projects, or teacher gifts. They can be made in less than 10 minutes, and you don’t even need a sewing machine! You can now quickly turn to the saved page in your book with style. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions:
Ribbon- approximately 12″ – 20″, depending on the length you want to make your bookmark. Books come in all different sizes and thicknesses – make a lot of bookmarks, various sizes. **This length also depends on the stretchiness of your rubber bands.**
Buttons- make sure the buttons are flat, so that your book will close with the bookmark inside
Rubber bands- you can use regular rubber bands, or hair elastics
“Finish” one end of the ribbon by singeing it with a match or lighter OR rub a little glue on it and let it dry. Either way, the end should be sealed so it won’t fray.
Sew the button on the finished end. If you want to hide the knot, push the needle through the FRONT (right) side of the ribbon and set the button on top of the knot. Then, just stitch through the holes.
Wrap the ribbon/button around a book, then place the rubber band AROUND the button, pull it slightly, and figure out where you need it to attach to the OTHER (unfinished) end of the ribbon.
Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length, then “finish” that end (see step 1), and fold it over the rubber band. Stitch.
That’s it! This is a fun craft that is sure to get your kids back in the school spirit!
As August is rapidly approaching, it’s time to get back into a routine of packing lunchboxes everyday. Sometimes when it comes to packing lunches, we feel like we’re packing the same thing day after day. That gets boring, fast. We strongly feel that it’s important to pack healthy lunches because kids will learn better when their tummies are full from a balanced meal!
We’ve done some brainstorming to create five days worth of healthy lunches to get your school year kicked off in the right way!
July is the perfect month to set off on a getaway. After all, there’s nothing better than ending summer with a fabulous vacation. That’s why we decided to compile a list of destinations to end your summer in the right way!
We rounded up the dreamiest destinations no matter what kind of trip you’re planning! Take a look at our favorite destinations to visit, along with travel tips and recommendations of there to stay!
1. Highlands, North Carolina
A visit to the Highlands is an unforgettable experience that will have you fantasizing all year about going back. July is a great time to visit as the elevation creates fall like weather which is something we all miss. There are copious amounts of hiking trails and views to be discovered. Once in the Highlands, plan on staying at the lush Old Edwards Inn and Spa where you can either spend your days by the pool or indulging in farm fresh local cuisine.
Fiji is one of those magical places that is amazing to visit all year round, but July is one of the best months to do so thanks to the ideal weather and countless activity options. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, stay at the Royal Davui Island Fiji Resort, an adults-only resort situated on the Beqa Lagoon. You can’t go wrong this summer with any of Fiji’s 333 islands and beaches.
3. Tuscany, Italy
Wrap up the summer with a trip to the art, wine, and pasta-filled region of Tuscany in Italy. Start your journey with a stay at Hotel Lungarno in Florence, with views overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. While in Florence, take advantage of the bustling art and culture scene—see Michelangelo’s David for yourself, and climb to the top of the Duomo for the most picturesque view of the city.
4. Napa Valley, California
Head to the Northern California wine region in July to take full advantage of warm daytime weather, cool nights, and slightly less crowds than you’d find during harvest season, which is August through October. For a romantic getaway in the area, stay at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil, which is set on 33 acres of olive and oak trees and is home to the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. You really can’t go wrong with this vacation classic.
5. Auburn, Alabama
Voted “The South’s Best College Town” according to Southern Living, Auburn makes for a great place to hideaway for a long weekend this July before the students return. Once in town, head over to The Hotel at Auburn University for a centrally located stay walking distance from the downtown shops and restaurants. Hungry? Head over to the Acre Restaurant where their culinary team has reinterpreted the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine. Visit the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Toomer’s Corner, or the Chewacla State Park for your fill of southern charm.
6. New York City, New York
While there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit New York, one could argue that the best time to visit is in July. Central Park is buzzing with activity and jaw-dropping sunsets can be enjoyed alongside rooftop cocktails. As for accommodations: The Surrey promises quintessential luxury uptown; downtown, The Bowery Hotel is a hip local favorite. The sheer variety of activities that the Big Apple has to offer is endless.
7. Rosemary Beach, Floria
While at Rosemary Beach, discover award-winning architecture, acres of pristine natural land and some of the area’s most highly rated restaurants. The breathtaking scenery and inviting atmosphere draw in beach lovers, art enthusiasts and foodies from around the world. Carefully planned and beautifully executed, Rosemary Beach’s signature look makes it stand out as one of South Walton’s most visually enticing neighborhoods. Check out some housing rentals online, or keep it simple by staying at The Pearl Hotel.
8. Amalfi Coast
Enjoy the rest of your sunny days in the Amalfi Coast. July is generally considered the height of peak season in the region, so the towns will be buzzing with activity. In the heart of Positano, book a room at the breathtaking Villa Franca, or forminimalist luxury, the whitewashed Casa Angelina in the cliffs of Praiano promises seclusion and sweeping views.
This Mediterranean island is warm and sunny all month long, with average temperatures in the high 70s meaning you can hike, laze on the beach, and explore local vineyards without breaking a sweat. If that sounds too good to be true, just wait until you take a deep breath: the intoxicating scent wafting throughout the area is a Corsica staple. It comes from Maquis, an aromatic shrub that covers half of the island, and locals will tell you the scent is even traceable from far out at sea. As for accommodations, we recommend the boutique hotel U Capu Biancu on Corsica’s south coast, which has an excellent cellar specializing in regional wine, sea-view suites and two private beaches.
10. Gobi Desert, Mongolia
For those in search of a decidedly unique travel experience, look no further than the desolate, breathtaking landscape of the Gobi. To capture the full Mongolian experience, stay in a ger (the traditional home of the nomads) and visit with a nomadic family to learn about their culture and heritage. Feeling adventurous? Head out to the Flaming Cliffs, one of the largest fossil sites in the world.
We hope you all have a wonderful end of your summer vacations! Be sure to comment your favorite summer vacation spot below!
As the Fourth of July festivities come to a close, we begin the challenge of cleaning up and returning to our daily routines. Even though your party is over, the one in your refrigerator probably isn’t! Check out these ways to repurpose your grilled leftovers in different ways this week. Here are four of our ideas:
After devouring the American classics like burgers and hotdogs, a good way to reuse leftovers is by turning them into unique dishes like tacos! You can take leftover hamburgers, crumble up the meat, add taco seasoning, and you have a delicious taco filling. Buy some taco shells or use the filling as a topping on a salad!
2. Hot Dogs!
Hot dogs for breakfast? Yes, you read that right. Leftover hotdogs or bratwursts make for great ingredients in omelettes. Chop up he hotdogs into small pieces and add them in with your other favorite toppings. This is an easy way to ramp up a normal breakfast by adding some good protein!
Grilled chicken is the easiest leftover to be repurposed. The options are limitless! By shredding the meat, it can be turned into copious amounts of chicken salad. Create your own flare by adding your preferred ingredients like fruit, celery, nuts, or mayonnaise to finish off your salad!
4. Barbecue Pork!
Typically the staple at any Fourth of July event, barbecue pork can also be reused as a pizza topping. Whether you are ambitious in making homemade pizza, or just want to flare up a frozen pizza sitting in your freezer, you can throw some leftover pork on top! This is a great way to keep that delicious barbecue from going bad while giving you a way to sneak some extra protein into your diet.
If you are hosting your own party, (because no one else will step up and do it) you may find out how pricey it can be! Especially a Fourth of July party!
Here are some ideas to make sure you have a fun time without emptying your wallet!
1. Make The Party A Potluck
I am SURE your guests are happy enough to get the invite, so they should be willing to bring a side dish or dessert!
This prevents you buying a bunch of food that people won’t eat!
2. Create a Slip and Slide!
Keep the kids entertained by creating a homemade slip and slide with just a tarp, soap, and a water hose!
3. Use What You Have!
Whether its a old corn hole set, the game of Twister that your kids have not touched in years, or just a beach ball, create your own fun with what you have! It is YOUR party, why should you spend hundreds of dollars for a one time thing??
From all of us at RABOM, we hope you have the BEST Fourth of July!