Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kick Start Your New Years: Exercise Day Fifteen: Reverse Crunch

Day Fifteen:
Reverse Crunch

  • Lie on the floor and place hands on the floor or behind the head.
  • Bring the knees in towards the chest until they're bent to 90 degrees, with feet together or crossed.
  • Contract the abs to curl the hips off the floor, reaching the legs up towards the ceiling.
  • Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
  • It's a very small movement, so try to use your abs to lift your hips rather than swinging your legs and creating momentum.


Easy Exercise Tip: 

  • So, I have a hard time exercising during the day...big surprise!  It turns out that exercise at night is supposed to be more effective in many individuals and, contrary to what some believe, it does not interfere with your sleep!  Good to after I put my kids to bed I think I will do some quick stair walking...just slowly walking up and down the stairs.  I'm having a hard time with my thighs... 

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Local Fundraising Event for Baby Owen!

How quickly one second...or even twenty minutes can change our lives...forever!  On January 29 from
3 pm -11 pm at the Dousman Community Center there will be a Benefit for Baby Owen. 
Who is Baby Owen?
On July 23, 2010, 16 month old Owen fell into his family’s swimming pool. He was without oxygen for a period of time. CPR was started immediately, an ambulance was called and Flight for Life was utilized to transport him to the hospital.   When he arrived, his family was told that because he was without oxygen, he had suffered many significant injuries. His kidney and liver functions were low, he was not breathing on his own and he was intubated. The most significant concern at his arrival was that the lack of oxygen would cause swelling in his brain. The medical team said that the first 72 hours would be critical in terms of observing how his brain would respond.   He was given a CAT scan of the brain, and the doctors stated that there was damage to his brain; however, he was still showing brain stem activity. The doctors and nurses put in a central line and an arterial line to provide him with the medications and nourishment that he needed. He was also placed on a mat to keep his core body temperature lower than normal so as to minimize brain activity. Because of the high probability of swelling the health care team wanted to keep brain activity to a minimum so that his brain could just “rest.” He was also given morphine for pain and epinephrine to maintain his blood pressures.  Owen’s progress continues, and you can find updates from his parents by clicking on “Updates on Owen.” Owen’s journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and each day he needs the continued love, support and prayers from those who have been touched by his story. Please take some time to reflect on how you may be able to support him along the way and visit the link explaining “how you can help.”
Any donations will be forwarded to a special fund established specifically for Owen’s care.
On January 29, take some time out of your hectic schedule to join Owen and his family.  Owen has come home, so it's a time for celebration...and support as this will be a long process in healing for them all!  There will be a silent auction from 3 PM to 8 PM.  There will be a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 until around 6:30.  There will be a DJ/Karaoke from 3 PM to 8 PM.  They have booked the awesome band The Boogie Men from 8 PM until 11 PM. 
Dinner: $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 12, and free for children under 3. There is also a $5.00 cover charge for the band.


Dousman Community Center
235 N. Main St.
Dousman, WI 53118

I am hoping to make it out there with my husband and my children so that we can show our support for something that is so unimaginable to all of us!  They will have many kid-friendly activities.  Something like this makes me hug my children just a little bit tighter.  If you cannot attend, but would like to help in some way, check out their site!

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Skoopz Donates 10% of January Online Sales to JDRF!

Skoopz is donating 10% of January Online Sales to JDRF (Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation)!
2011 New Year Fundraiser
During the month of January 2011, skoopz all-natural sweetener will donate 10% of all proceeds made from online sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
skoopz all-natural sweetener is diabetic friendly, gluten free, and has 0 calories.  It is made from a proprietary blend of all-natural ingredients making it the perfect option for those seeking a great-tasting, chemical-free alternative to sugar.   
MySkoopz, Inc. wants to start the year 2011 off on a sweet note by donating to JDRF. With the donations, they hope to make an impact in the fight against diabetes.
To order skoopz, all-natural sweetener simply click here and you will be re-directed to skoopz online store.  If you'd like to send a message to JDRF with your purchase, please write in the comments section and your message will be sent with your donation.   
If you know someone that would be interested in helping with our cause, please spread the word!

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HALO SleepSack Review

The HALO SleepSack was created with your infants safety in mind.  What a great idea!  The HALO SleepSack we received is white with light orange, yellow, brown, blue and green polka dots on it!  Even more ingenious is that it actually has a little reminder in the form of a little patch on the left shoulder area that attractively states “back is best” so you know to lay your baby on their back!  The HALO SleepSack is light weight but warm and is roomy enough to put your child in pajamas so they can sleep comfortably.  The HALO SleepSack replaces loose blankets which can get tangled and move toward your child’s head during normal sleep.  The HALO SleepSack’s purpose is to reduce the incidences of SIDS.  The sleep sack is made of 100% cotton so it is sensitive for your infants skin and is soft and durable, it wicks away moisture so there is less overheating!  I machine washed it and it came out looking great and just as soft and comfortable!  Those babies can get pretty warm!  The zipper of the sleep sack is a little lower so it won’t catch on skin.  The foot area is still roomy so your little one has plenty of stretching and kicking room! 
There is now a Big Kid’s SleepSack in toddler sizes!
I was shopping at Target this weekend and there are a number of different sizes and colors-there is also a swaddling sack!  

A little about HALO and the HALO SleepSack:
HALO® was founded by Bill Schmid, who began researching sleeping environments after he lost a daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1991. Since 1994, HALO has worked to develop products that encourage healthier and safer sleeping as well as bring peace of mind to your home.

The HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere with breathing. No wonder it's the #1 trusted choice of hospitals and parents alike. In addition to sleeping safer, the HALO SleepSack wearable blanket helps babies sleep better too. It's a warm, cuddly blanket they can't kick off, ensuring baby sleeps soundly throughout the night. And when baby is sleeping safe and sound, moms and dads can rest easy.

A percentage of HALO Innovations' profits are donated to charities that help in the fight against SIDS.

HALO is also working with hundreds of hospitals nationwide via our Safer Way to Sleep® Initiative to educate parents on safe sleep practices and provide HALO SleepSack wearable blankets to NICU and hospital nurseries to model safe sleep practices.

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Kick Start Your New Years: Quick, Cheap and Easy Recipe Day Fifteen: Italian Style Meatloaf

Day Fifteen: Italian Style Meatloaf

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Italian-style seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and spaghetti sauce. Season with Italian-style seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic salt, diced tomatoes and cheese. Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, and cover loosely with foil.
    3. Bake in preheated oven approximately 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
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