Saturday, June 30, 2012

Days for Girls

The craft group I was involved in decided to participate in the creation of cloth pad kits for girls living in 3rd world countries, such as Africa. Many girls miss school or eventually give up on school because they have no way to stay clean during their menstrual cycle. Education is important and this was a great way I could help a few girls stay in school.

 
The kits included 2 waterproof shields, 10 liners, and a drawstring bag which we made and several other items such as a wash cloth and soap. We ended up with 25 full kits to send along with a missionary who will be visiting Africa in a few months.




I'm so glad to have participated in the craft group and our final project before we all went our separate ways.


If you are interested in learning more about Days for Girls and would like to donate some kits or even parts of the kits then go HERE.





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crochet Hook Rolls

I have a couple new sets of crochet hook rolls now available in my shop. I had fun picking out the fabrics and getting them all sewn up. I made a few that were more gender neutral because not all crocheters are women! :) Enjoy!






Friday, June 22, 2012

Heather's Couch to 5K Workout Version- 15 Weeks

I've never been a runner and have never been encouraged to be one. I don't exactly have the long, lean body type of a runner. I'm a curvy 5'3" average woman. But I'm not going to let any of those things stop me from doing something that I have always wanted to do. A while ago I had a friend decide to do the Couch to 5k program, also known as C25K. I looked at it and thought the 9 week program was just too intense for me so I took it and lengthened it to 15 weeks. You still get the health benefits of running but it gives you a little longer to build up that endurance to running a 5k. Give it a shot!



Week 1: 3 Days a Week

  • Day 1:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • *60 Seconds: Jog
    • 90 Seconds: Walk*
      • Repeat from * to * for a total of 20 minutes.
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
  • Day 2: Repeat Day 1
  • Day 3: Repeat Day 1
Week 2: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 4: Repeat Day 1
  • Day 5: Repeat Day 1
  • Day 6:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • *90 Seconds: Jog
    • 2 Minutes: Walk*
      • Repeat from * to * for a total of 20 minutes.
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
Week 3: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 7: Repeat Day 6
  • Day 8: Repeat Day 6
  • Day 9: Repeat Day 6
Week 4: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 10: Repeat Day 6
  • Day 11:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 90 Seconds: Jog
    • 90 Seconds: Walk
    • 3 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
      • Repeat Once.
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
  • Day 12: Repeat Day 11
Week 5: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 13: Repeat Day 11
  • Day 14: Repeat Day 11
  • Day 15: Repeat Day 11
Week 6: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 16:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 3 Minutes: Jog
    • 90 Seconds: Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • 2.5 Minutes: Walk
    • 3 Minutes: Jog
    • 90 Seconds: Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
  • Day 17: Repeat Day 16
  • Day 18: Repeat Day 16
Week 7: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 19: Repeat Day 16
  • Day 20: Repeat Day 16
  • Day 21:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
Week 8: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 22: Repeat Day 21
  • Day 23: Repeat Day 21
  • Day 24:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 8 Minutes: Jog
    • 5 Minutes: Walk
    • 8 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minutes Walk
Week 9: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 25: Repeat Day 24
  • Day 26: Repeat Day 25
  • Day 27:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 20 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minutes Walk
Week 10: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 28: Repeat Day 27
  • Day 29: Repeat Day 27
  • Day 30:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
    • 8 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
    • 5 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minutes Walk
Week 11: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 31: Repeat Day 30
  • Day 32: Repeat Day 31
  • Day 33:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 10 Minutes: Jog
    • 3 Minutes: Walk
    • 10 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minutes Walk
Week 12: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 34: Repeat Day 33
  • Day 35: Repeat Day 33
  • Day 36:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 25 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minutes Walk
Week 13: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 37: Repeat Day 36
  • Day 38: Repeat Day 36
  • Day 39: Repeat Day 36
Week 14: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 40: Repeat Day 36
  • Day 41: Repeat Day 36
  • Day 42:
    • Warm Up: Brisk 5 Minute Walk
    • 30 Minutes: Jog
    • Cool Down: Slow 5 Minute Walk
Week 15: 3 Days a Week
  • Day 43: Repeat Day 42
  • Day 44: Repeat Day 42
  • Day 45: Repeat Day 42





Fitness Friday!



Since my husband will be gone for so long I decided I needed something to help get me through the time. It's a proven fact that exercise helps depression, not to mention the waistline!


So, I decided to get myself back in the game. I've been back and forth with some sort of fitness routine for the past year but I've not lost anything or had much motivation. This time around it feels different! I've got so much more energy and I just feel happy (most) of the time.

I set up a 15 week program to follow. I'm starting with some 'experience' but not a whole lot so it moves slowly enough but not too slowly that I'll get bored with it. I do a daily yoga session, usually at night after I get the boys to bed so I can wind down. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I do my version of the couch to 5k jogging plan. I will post my version next. And Tuesdays and Thursdays I'm doing some strength training exercises.

At first I wasn't sure how I would be able to squeeze in another thing in to my day but it is all working out better then I hoped. I think the biggest thing is teaching my boys that this time is 'mom's time' and you can't bug me for 30 minutes. It's a work in progress for them because as all mom's know that once your kids can't have access to something (or someone) then that's the only thing they want!

After I figured out my exercise routine I focused on my eating habits. This wasn't too hard. Stay away from processed crap and eat as close to raw as possible with a few meals of meat thrown in here and there because I'm not a vegetarian. I'm also way too busy to cook everything so I cheated a little and bought some pre-packaged healthy frozen meals. There is actually a lot more to choose from then what I remember! The key is keeping everything balanced.

Lastly, I track everything on MyFitnessPal.com. I don't have to think about calorie counting because this does it for me. And the more people who use it the larger the food database has gotten. They also have apps for the smart phones and I have it on my kindle fire. Click and go. For me it's really gotten as simple as that.

So, how far have I come, you ask!?!

I've just finished week 2. I'm down 5 pounds but haven't noticed a huge change in the way I look. My moods and energy levels are way, way up though and that is what really counts at this point in time. My goals are to finish the 15 week plan and to be down another 15 pounds. That will get me very close to my goal weight.

And this concludes my first Fitness Friday in a long time. I hope to have many more!



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Picnic Half Apron

Hi Friends! I've been a busy bee in the sewing room lately! I know I was quiet in blog land last week (and much of the month before) but I've not been quiet in the sewing room. My boys heard plenty of the sounds of the sewing machine. That's music to my ears!

I've got lots to show off to you and this Picnic Half Apron is one of the items I completed. I found the fabric awhile ago and held on to it because it was just too cute to cut into. Well, I'm on a mission this year to buy as little fabric as possible and use up some of that stash. And believe me, I have a stash! lol

This apron can be found in Heather's Custom Sewing HERE. Take a look and tell me whatchya think! ;)







Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Deployment




Last weekend we sent my husband off on his year long deployment. He'll be headed over seas shortly. We've spent this past week sort of getting in to a routine. I say 'sort of' because it's summer and were aren't planning or doing much besides relaxing a bit.


We had a Farewell BBQ for him and had lots of friends and family show up. I didn't get photos of everyone but there were roughly 30 people. It was a great turn out and a nice evening.


Saturday, June 9th, 2012 was the Deployment Ceremony in Sedalia, Missouri where the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade is stationed. It was the official 'good-bye'. The band played and the representatives for the governor of Missouri and Missouri house representatives spoke along with the mayor of Sedalia. The ceremony lasted about an hour long after which my family went out for lunch. My parents took our boys for the night so Justin and I could have 1 last night alone. Sunday we were up by 4am because the unit headed out at 5am.



 

June 11th was our 7th anniversary and Justin had these roses delivered! This was our 4th anniversary apart… we have some time to make up!

This next year is going to be full of challenges and surprises but I feel like I'm prepared for it. The boys and I are doing great so far. :) Let's hope it stays that way!





Saturday, June 2, 2012

Staycation

It's vacation time for me and my boys!


Well, we'll be on a staycation next week. We'll be staying home, having lots of fun playing in the sprinkler, eating lots of popsicles, and maybe sleeping in. :) It's just the break I need!

I will be leaving all of my shops open. If I have any sales during my staycation the items will be shipped Monday June 11th and emails will be answered either that Monday or Tuesday.

Happy Summer!





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