Exercise Ball Office Chair

Working from home I’ve realized I don’t get up as often as I used to. There’s no walking with friends, getting things off the printer, walking to and from my car, etc. So, except for the occasional dance break with the dogs or to switch a load of laundry, I find myself pretty stationary most of the day. Which is horrible for your body! [especially with my back issues] So I decided to become one of “those people” who sits [read bounces] on an exercise ball at their desk.

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So why am I doing this? Why should you do this?

  • It forces proper spine alignment. I’m a sloucher, I try to correct it but still end up hunching or slouching behind the screens. Because the ball isn’t stable your body has to try to adjust itself to stay balanced. In order to stay balanced your body will automatically try to align itself into proper posture – which helps your spinal health and decreases back pains!
  • Get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting! Ok, maybe not – but it does strengthen and build your core muscles. To aid in balancing, your core is also engaged and if you think how often you’re sitting at the computer every day, those hours can add up and maybe you’ll start to see those abs poke through.
  • Inspiration to stretch. Let’s face it – although you’re using the ball as a chair, it’s still a piece of exercise equipment. It’s hard to sit on it without being inspired to stretch or do some strengthening moves throughout the day. Some days Leep will come home to find me rolled out under the desk with my back on the ball stretching my ab & back muscles. [getting back up is the tricky part]
  • You can burn up to 350 calories per day. More movement during the day = more calories burned. It will help you stay fit with minimal effort!
  • Reduced damage for sitting. A desk job means sitting in the same position, hour after hour, but staying sedentary for too long can be lethal. It’s easy to slump and stay in one spot for extended periods of time. With the ball even the slightest movement causes it to roll and you have to adjust to remain balanced.
  • It’s fun! Who doesn’t like the idea of bouncing around all day. If the people on the other end of my conference calls only knew I was bouncing around over here.

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So if you’re inclined, want to be healthier at your desk, or just have some fun – grab a ball and join me!

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LuLaRoe: Love & Party

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LuLaRoe – if you haven’t heard of it you’ve probably been living under a rock. It’s the Partylite, Pampered Chef and Tupperware of the modern day. Except it’s not pizza stones, giant 3 wick candles or clear containers stuffed away in cabinets, it’s something we all use and need – clothes.

“LuLaRoe is a fashion brand that specializes in women’s skirts, dresses and leggings! www.lularoe.com instagram: @lularoe”

Dresses, shirts, skirts, cardigans and the most coveted – buttery soft leggings. They are for-real super soft. All items come in solid colors or fun patterns. And each style only has 1000 of it’s kind, so it’s rare you will see the same thing twice.

A friend of mine recently started selling it and I graciously offered to host an online party for her. So if you’re a LuLaLove addict, casually browsing or just want to see what all the fuss is about – join us for my online party. Everything is done online over on Facebook from the comfort of your own home. Click the image link below to join the group – grab a glass of wine, kick back and shop!

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DIY: Hand-painted Wall Pallet Art

We’re doing something a little different this post – a guest post!

13055297_10209548199326906_6413409663848052651_n.jpgMy sister and her fiance are moving so that he can attend dental school. [excuse me while I go cry] She’s been busy buying and crafting away to fill their new apartment. We come from a family of crafty ladies.

She recently made this amazing hand-painted, antler silhouette, wall pallet art to hang above their bed. Check out how she did it below!

Take it away, Kaitlyn!


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When decorating, you typically have an idea in your head of what you want the space to look like. It’s frustrating when you can’t find the perfect piece of art or furniture to make that vision a reality. In this case, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it myself! Here’s how you can too – and you can customize it with any silhouette of your choosing – you could do your initials, last name, child’s silhouette – the options are endless!

The piece I was pulling inspiration from was about $300 at Pier One, this one cost us about $75 total.

  1. Map out about how big you want your finished art to be so that you know how many boards to buy. I ended up purchasing 4 of these boards from Michael’s that have 5 planks each. They come in all different sizes.
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  2. To save money – gather up any extra or left over paints / stains you have lying around and use those. Or determine your color palate and go buy paints / stains.
  3. Using those colors map out your design so that you don’t end up with the same colors next to each other, etc. I also included the painting technique I wanted to use and how big each section would be.
  4. Choose a color to start with and paint all the sections of that color at one time. It’s easiest if you tape off the boards and sections you’re painting with painters tape to keep the lines crisp and clean. Use different brushes, sponges and painting techniques to give the art character and texture! Also, purchase some fun stain colors to stain your boards a darker color to give the illusion of different types of wood. We also taped the boards off into two sections at all different levels to give the appearance that some boards were split into 2. This really gives it the pallet / hardwood feel.

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  5. Arrange your sections into the order to create your desired pattern. Attach the brackets to the back to connect them all together creating one piece. Using a 4 hole bracket and 4 screws, place 2 screws in each board section to connect the two. Continue until all are connected.

     

  6. Measure the boards to determine what size stencil you need. Find a picture of the silhouette you are wanting and download it onto a flash drive. Bring it to Office Max and tell them what size you need the image. They will be able to print the large image for you, that will become your stencil. Ours cost only $7.00.
  7. Cut the inside [black portion] out to reveal your homemade stencil. Place this on your board and paint the inside to reveal your silhouette. Do this step very carefully and use little paint so that your paint doesn’t bleed under your stencil.
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    You now have your completed artwork that you can proudly display because it’s one of a kind and you did it yourself.

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Happy 4th!

Wishing you & your loved ones a very Happy Independence Day!

What are your plans / traditions on the Fourth of July? We typically have a family cookout, sometimes go out on the boat and always walk down the to the beach to watch the fireworks over the ocean. No matter what your day includes – I hope its filled with fun festivities and love!

Our chalkboard is now sporting festive art to celebrate as well!

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Would you like me to do a tutorial on how I do my chalkboard art?

Roasted Chickpeas & Edamame

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We are snackers.

My husband can be found multiple times a day staring into the pantry or the fridge just “looking for something to snack on”. If there are chips, cookies or any junk food in sight it will be devoured first and in a matter of days while the carrot sticks and strawberries go bad. I learned if there aren’t unhealthy snacks at our disposal, we will eat what is there – so always keep healthy snacks on hand!

One of our go-to snacks when we’re craving something salty and crunchy is roasted chickpeas and edamame. Follow the easy, foolproof steps below and you’ll be crunching on these healthy bites in no time!

Roasted Chickpeas

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Ingredients:
1 -2 cans chickpeas
Oil
Spices (I used salt, pepper and cayenne pepper)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  3. Place on paper towel lined cookie sheet and rub to dry. During this process you are also loosening the “shells”. You can also gently pinch the chickpeas between your fingers to remove the shells. You don’t have to get everyone but I just take some time while the oven is preheating to remove as many as possible. I think this creates crunchier chickpeas.
  4. Remove paper towel and drizzle with olive oil – just enough to help the spices stick. Too much and the chickpeas will stay slightly soft.
  5. Sprinkle with spices or any flavor combination you choose. Mix until chickpeas are well coated.
  6. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy or let cool completely before transferring to a storage container.

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Roasted Edamame

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Ingredients:
1 -2 bags frozen edamame (defrosted)
Oil
Salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Drain defrosted edamame.
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  3. Place on paper towel lined cookie sheet and rub to dry. Remove any extra stems or shells that may have made it into the batch.
  4. Remove paper towel and drizzle with olive oil and salt generously. Mix until well coated.
  5. Roast in the oven for 50 minutes stirring halfway through.
  6. Remove and enjoy or let cool completely before transferring to a storage container.

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    Comment below some of your favorite healthy snacks – salty and sweet!