How to Finally Squeeze in a Workout
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by {darlene}

How to Finally Squeeze in a Workout

How to finally squeeze in a workout via @fieldstonehill

{this post is a part of my Living with Beauty: Wellness series. #LivewithBeauty is a frame of mind!}

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If your days are anything like mine, I have just about every excuse in the book for not working out.

But the reality is, if I don’t take charge of my own health, then who will? If I don’t start now, when will change happen?  If I don’t move this body of mine, aches and pains will set in for good. I am tired of the constant circle of defeat and excuses, and I ready to do something about it!

But. Y’all. WHEN?

There seriously are a million obstacles for this homeschooling, blogging, interior designing, owner of 3 businesses, wife and mother of three… including a baby…

Well. I am here to tell you how I do it. This is what works for me, crazed as my life may be. I have two workout secrets that help me to finally squeeze in a workout! {<- Tweet This}

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A. Workout Videos

Workout videos may not be for everyone. But here is a list of the ZILLION reasons {okay. 9.} why they work for me:

1. You don’t have to look ‘perty.’

In case you have not picked up it already, I am one of THOSE people… you know, the ones who hate to leave the house without makeup. Never an issue with workout videos. Better yet, you don’t even need to look decent. You can crank out a workout without brushing your teeth, people. This is a HUGE deal for some of us whose schedules are desperately packed full.

2. You can do them in spurts or segments.

I buy the 10 minute segmented ones (suggested videos at the end of the post). I convince myself to get started by mentally pleading, “you can do just 10 minutes, can’t you??” Of course, I almost always get motivated – once I start – to keep on going. And I can usually make it through at least one 10-minute segment on the busiest of days, or by telling my kids I am having “mommy time.” I can always pick up more 10 minute segments later in the day.

3. You don’t have to wrestle your humans out of the door.

It is REALLY hard to get 4 people out of the door in the dead of winter. Just one more excuse to NOT make it to that overpriced gym. The less excuses, the better.

4. Variety. Variety. Variety.

Build up a library of videos, and variety shall be yours.

5. I can alter my workouts based on my daily mood.

For example, after eating a cup of chocolate chips last night, I decided that I needed punishment and proceeded to use my caffeine high to do a Boot Camp video. Whenever I am feeling – ahem – feminine, I do yoga relaxation… you know, the ones where you just squeeze your butt muscles, but never actually have to stand up once.

6. CHEAP!!!

I buy new ones every once in a while off of Amazon whenever I am losing my motivation. Once I have purchased them, they are mine to use over and over and over. I have a yoga mat, blocks and yoga strap and sneakers, and that covers accessories for every DVD I own.

7. Guilt free.

If I get sick of one particular video, or stop working out altogether for a while, I don’t have the added guilt that comes with, say, a $500 treadmill, or monthly membership plan.

8. There is a pause button.

I can explore different workout styles without feeling like an idiot when I mess up the routine (at least, I think my kids don’t notice). I have bellydancing, ballet, yoga, pilates, latin dance, core fusion, barre, etc.

9. Just move the coffee table.

The comfort of your own home. You may have to scoot a bit of furniture or move a coffee table each time, but that counts as calorie burning, right?

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B. The 5 minute blitz

Truly, workout videos are my workout of choice during this busy season of life. But sometimes, despite all the advantages, I truly cannot squeeze it in.

I reach the end of the day, and I wish I had not eaten this or overindulged on that… and to top it all off, I did not move my hind end all day. I sit with my nagging guilt as I approach the end of my day. What to do??

Well, I can either go to sleep feeling yuck. Or, I can do my 5 minute blitz. Which usually turns into three to four 5 minute blitzes. My hubby and I actually do these together. I am telling you right now: It. Is. Better. Than. Nothing.

How to do a 5 minute blitz:

1. Pick a body area to focus on

2. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Or tell Siri to set one for you.

3. Workout for 5 minutes without stopping, honing in on that body area until it feels like jello and the timer goes off.

4. If you want, move on to another 5 minute set, focusing on a new body area.

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You know, a perfect workout would be… well…. perfect. But that is just not going to happen around here anytime to soon.

So here’s to the 5 minute blitz and a shelf full of workout videos! Here’s to squeezing in your workout.



 


 

 

 

 

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ditto-worthy designer :: angie hranowsky
Monday, July 28, 2014 by {darlene}

Today’s Ditto-worthy designer is Angie Hranowsky. Angie has an amazing gift for using color and art in bold approaches, but she is gifted at adding just the right elements to balance her spaces so that the bold touches don’t take over.

As you pour over the following rooms, keep in mind the following design concepts that I believe make his spaces SOOOOO ditto-worthy! {and don’t forget to think about what YOU would ditto from these spaces!}

Angie Hranowsky‘s spaces are ditto-worthy because of:

  1. her brave use of color. Stunning! Completely inspiring.
  2. her love for fuchsia, of course.
  3. her nods to classic form and furnishings, always with a twist
  4. of her regular use of contrasts, especially my personal fave: mixing warm and cool tones.
  5. Drapes!
  6. her allowance for plenty of comfy seating and fabrics.
  7. her love for a well chosen pillow fabric.
  8. her guts with fun fabrics.
  9. her regular use of built-in bookshelves. I am a fan.
  10. her gift for finding Ah.maz.ing rugs.
  11. her brilliant incorporation of art, from amazing gallery walls to show stealing grand-sized pieces of art.

Feast on her ditto-worthy talent:

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

ditto worthy designer Angie Hranowsky via @fieldstonehill

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Angie Hranowsky ditto worthy designer via @fieldstonehill

Angie Hranowsky ditto worthy designer via @fieldstonehill

{images are taken from Angie Hranowsky’s portfolio}

How completely amazing and ditto-worthy are these spaces?

Which is your fave, and what would you ditto?

 
 

 

 

 

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I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided taking any medicines during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the July freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

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Room designs for you, from moi, for free
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by {darlene}

I am so thrilled to share a new project with you.

Because it involves you. And free eDesign. And rooms that are dreamy and lovely and accessible. And SHOPPABLE!

Come on over to Scout and Nimble.

An amazing new site, with a unique vision for pairing exceptional designers & enthusiasts together with stylish products so consumers can browse, discover, & shop fully curated rooms.

  Scout and Nimble

Here you will find a huge collection of room designs, fully resourced and shoppable. Each room is created by a massively talented group of Room Designers, who combine their favorite pieces together to create a room using their own signature style & aesthetic. And me too ; ) I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing group. You will love checking out all of their designs.

I had a ball creating these spaces. My creative juices were flowing with all of the GORG furnishings available, as I was pulling together spaces that I would want to curl up in.  Spaces for being inspired and surrounded by beauty. And spaces with you in mind!

The best part?

This can be YOUR room design! YOUR room! YOUR space…. because the entire site is Shoppable! No more decorating paralysis.

So, there you go. eDesign. for free. Beautiful Rooms. for you.

Want to see?

Fieldstone Hill Design at Scout and Nimble

{Here are three of my S&N designs. Click here to see more, and check back often to see future rooms that I create}

Master Bedroom:

FHD Scout and Nimble Master Bedroom

Hollywood Living Room:

FHD Scout and Nimble Hollywood Lvrm

All Season Sunroom:

FHD Scout and Nimble Sunroom

Aren’t they fun??

Can you envision one of these rooms in YOUR home?? Because it actually can happen!

Head over to Scout and Nimble to see the rest of my designs, and be sure to browse around and enjoy this AMAZING new concept in accessible interior design. You might just discover your dream room…. and have it purchased by the end of the end of the day.

P.S. I am tickled that the Scout and Nimble blog is featuring me today. **Blush** Thank you!!

 

 

 

 

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided taking any medicines during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the July freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

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YL ditch drugstore

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What goes with beige ? {and other design problems. solved.}
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by {darlene}

What goes with beige?

 

Have you ever been stumped by any of these design obstacles in your home?

Beige carpet… that is here to stay, to your dismay.

Beige walls… or worse…. swine {as lovingly named by my friend Melissa}, that cannot be changed.

Dark floors… that you wish you could change, but that is not an option.

What can you do about these stubborn design obstacles?

what goes with beige

I wrote a few articles for Better Homes and Gardens that addresses just these challenges. The articles are chock full of ideas for turning your design headaches into interior design features.

So head here if you have ever wondered: What goes with Beige carpet?

Head here if you need to know: What do I do with these Beige walls?

and head here if you wonder: How can I brighten this room with these dark floors?

Stop by.

Say hi.

And let me know, what are YOU going to do about your design obstacle?

 
 

 

 

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Take daily, bite-size steps toward living in a home you LOVE: Be sure to subscribe to FHD via emailbloglovin, your fave reader, and follow Fieldstone Hill on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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 MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided taking any medicines during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends! Be sure to check out the July freebie for trying the oils with a wholesale Premium Kit. Enroll by clicking here.

This post is generously sponsored by my YL :

YL ditch drugstore

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