Tone it Up 5 Day Detox

Have you heard of the Tone it Up Girls? This week We are starting the 5 Day Detox/Slim Down. If you are unfamiliar with who the Tone it up Girls are, they are two girls who are best friends that started a fitness and health program together. They have workout videos on YouTube, a blog where they post weekly routines and recipes, an app where you can check in daily, and a community page where a bunch of girls get on like Facebook and Instagram and check in with one another and support each other. It’s such a great and supportive community especially for Mamas looking for the support they need to get motivated and the 5 day plan is such a great place to start and test it out! Stina and I have found great success with them!

Here is what a typical day requires:

  • M1: Bombshell Spell (a drink that wakes you up & cleans you out)
  • AM Workout: Choose a 30 minute workout of cardio (walking, yoga, HIIT workout…)
  • M2: Breakfast-basically a smoothie with greens, protein, coconut water and chia seeds.
  • M3: One Piece (this is a piece of fruit you eat between breakfast & lunch)
  • M4: Bikini Wrap protein and veggies wrapped in lettuce
  • M5: 3:30-4 PM: Smoothie (this is to reenergize you before your PM workout)
  • PM Workout: Do a 30 minute workout of anything you choose.
  • M6: Dinner protein tons of veg and clean sauce or dressing. No dairy healthy fat.
  • One Piece: Eat another piece of fruit if needed as a snack

You can get most of these recipes on Pinterest or you can make your own using the rules above. The main idea is to stay as clean as possible for these next five days. No alcohol, no dairy, no sugar. Only healthy fats.

 

 

We suggest taking a photo on the first day of your stomach or arms or in an area that bothers you. Then take an after photo. Post it or tag us or send it to us. This helps you stay motivated!

And tag @themindfullmommies in your posts.

We’ll be adding regular pictures and updates to this blog post. And don’t forget to follow @toneitup or visit their website at http://www.toneitup.com

 

Reading, Do You Know the Facts?

This is my sweet boy all cuddled up and reading to his bunny. It’s a rainy day in Vancouver and I thought I would share some facts about reading to your children. ⁣

⁣I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again how important it is but I think sometimes knowing the facts can help. It has for me. I’m trying really hard to devote at least 10-15 minutes of reading a day to my kids. That doesn’t seem like a lot but that’s about as long as they’ll sit for right now. 😌You have to decide for your own kids what they can handle. ⁣Here’s the facts! ⁣

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The more you read to your children the more they will build a love themselves for reading. ⁣⁣

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Daily reading is crucial for building fluency and language development.⁣⁣

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Reading to your child strengthens your bond between each other.⁣⁣

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Reading stimulates their imagination and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them.⁣⁣

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Reading helps to develop better listening skills.⁣⁣

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Reading helps them to understand written words.⁣⁣

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So curl up with your little one and READ away!!⁣⁣

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Our Journey with Potty Training

I did a post on Instagram about our journey with potty training about two months ago and I wanted to update you on our progress. Well…it’s not what we expected but we’ll take it! Read on to hear our story and find out how it ends.

Potty Training! We’re in the thick of it! Currently I’m training both my boys, because, of course, the youngest is curious and wants to join us every time the oldest is on the potty. Why not do both?! 🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

Stina is also starting with her little boy too. So, we have three boys learning how to use the potty right now under one roof! I’m sure you can imagine the 💩 show around here, literally!

I’m trying everything with my oldest son! He’s coming around but it has taken a month of countless accidents, bribery begging and pleading. I’m pretty sure my house reeks of pee and of course scented candles from trying to hide the pee smell. TMI? 😬 I know there are other parents going through this right now or that have gone through it and are on the other side. It’s no joke, especially with boys!

About two weeks after this post I decided enough is enough! It was too much pressure on everyone and I was really sick and tired of cleaning up accidents. My oldest had zero problem with “going” in his underwear. Confusion, frustration embarrassment and anger set in. I was so over this whole potty training thing and thought this just isn’t for us right now. I took the approach that we just weren’t ready and it was time for a break. We thought ok we’ll try again in late spring.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that my youngest was taking it all in! Every reward I bribed my oldest with, every time I begged and pleaded, every time I did the potty dance when he just sat down on the toilet and nothing even came out, HE WAS TAKING IT IN.

About two days ago my one and a half year old tapped on my leg and said, Mommy pee pee!” I said, “you have to go pee?” “YES!” He said. So off we went to the potty and just like that he sat down and went PEE!!! I couldn’t believe it! We stood up and did the potty dance like you wouldn’t believe and literally had a party. I was so proud! At that moment I realized that it was nothing to do with me and not knowing how to potty train my child. (Yes, I got down on myself about that.) It was about The fact that one of them was ready and the other one was just not. Simple as that. I think we go into panic when our kids don’t keep up with the “milestones” when sometimes it really is just a readiness thing. I have no doubt in my mind that my oldest will go when he’s ready and right now for him, pressure is not doing anything but harm. So as of right now I have an almost 4-year-old in diapers, who likes to, let’s say, encourage my almost 2-year-old to go on the potty so he can get a jellybean too, and an almost 2-year-old who is totally potty trained. Who would’ve guessed?

Here is Wesley using the potty!

Here’s his cousin who’s practicing too!