From the Garden: Why Everyone Should Grow Cucumbers

From the Garden: Why Everyone Should Grow Cucumbers

Summer just isn’t the same without fresh vegetables growing in my backyard. I know gardening isn’t for everyone, but it could be! I really believe there is a level, or amount, that most people can handle. And more importantly enjoy. A small pot of herbs, or a large scale plot garden and everywhere in-between; growing something you can then eat is simply… rewarding. I always grow cucumbers. I find them to be a relatively low maintenance plant with a high yield. That to me is a win-win situations. My first year of gardening I was literally overwhelmed with cucumbers. I was eating so many that I thought my skin might be turning green. Well not really, but there were cucumbers being eaten at every meal. One of my all time favorite snacks is cucumbers and humus. I especially like the olive tapenade hummus – feels like a Mediterranean delight! Anyway, I couldn’t possibly eat just cucumbers and humus. There were way too many cucumbers. So I cultivated some of my favorite cucumber recipes by asking the best person for the job. My mom. She gave me tons of options and I want to share my top 3 cucumber salad recipes. I also enjoy making refrigerator pickles. (Recipe too come – I promise.) They are an easy and fast way to use cucumbers that you have in mass quantities and enjoy them over time. And I also can’t forget to mention cucumber sandwiches, yum! I don’t follow much of a recipe, but I use what I have on hand. Things like humus, avocado, and mayo are great “binding” agents. Add...
Discover the Best Upper Body Exercises: For Your Back

Discover the Best Upper Body Exercises: For Your Back

We are starting with our “Discover Series” by sharing our favorite exercises to target your back. Throughout this series we are going to share with you various exercises, and specific workouts, for your entire body. Starting with the back was no mistake. Training the back is a favorite in our gym. Not just because we enjoy it, but because it is essential for maintaining a properly balanced muscular system in our society today. Read on for exactly HOW to strengthening your back! This post contains affiliate links. Affiliate links do NOT change the price you pay. However, we do make a small commission if you choose to purchase through our links. Why Should We Train Our Back? The muscles of your back include your latissimus dorsi, deltoid, rhomboids, and teres major and minor to name a few. It is really important to strengthen these muscles to open up the anterior of our shoulders. Improving posture, elongating the appearance of our body and walking with more confidence. The anterior of our shoulders get extremely tight as we sit, hunched over, all day and from any poor posture tendencies. Strengthening posterior of the shoulder and stretching the anterior of the shoulder will help us to open up that chest. Plus who doesn’t love the way a tank top hangs or a dress lays when they have a well developed back! Our favorite ways to strengthen our back There are a many variations of every exercise we listed below. We started with our favorite version of it and then offered some variations. The best advice we can give you is include some...
The Workout, Sleep Relationship: How One Is Affecting The Other

The Workout, Sleep Relationship: How One Is Affecting The Other

This post contains affiliate links. From the time we were young, we were all taught that we need to get a lot of sleep. It started with bedtimes and built-in naps, but as life gets busy we all scrape to find any time to get in a good night of sleep. Coming off a bad or limited night of sleep can make us feel beaten down and trudging through the day ahead. But is this true for everyone? Many think that it does not apply to them, that they can handle the lack of sleep with a shot of caffeine and a busy schedule that doesn’t allow for exhaustion. However, contrary to the non-stop world we live in sleep is essential. Especially for those who are living an active lifestyle So let’s talk sleep and how vital it is for meeting your exercise goals and how exercise can impact your sleep. HOW MUCH? The National Sleep Foundation suggests that adults ranging from age 18 to age 64 are recommended 7-9 hours a night. They do however, recognize that people are all different and you have to acknowledge how you feel! If getting 7 hours a night makes you fell happy and healthy throughout the day, then that may be right for you. On the other hand, some of you may need that full 9 (or maybe closer to 10) to really have a productive day. With anything related to your health, listen to your body! It usually knows what it needs. WHY Listening to your body also means making sleep a priority & keeping it a priority. We can...
10 Zero Equipment EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) Workouts

10 Zero Equipment EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) Workouts

Have you ever heard of EMOM workouts? I hadn’t. I was seeing a ton of instagram influencers talk about them but I didn’t get it, they seemed too easy. But I was interested, these girls were doing EMOM workouts everyday and could say enough good things about them. So I wanted to try it out. And man was I WRONG!! These workouts will kick your butt. With these workouts having to balance between wanting to get all the reps done as fast as possible to have the most rest, vs wanting to slow down and save your energy is hard. Annie and I have done a couple of these workouts, and even one round can be killer. The full body workouts are definitely my favorite. They made me the sweatiest I had ever been after a 15 minute workout!! These workouts would be great for when you’re short of time but really need a good sweat. I love them after a long day at work because they are so quick and I always end up feeling like I just did a hour long killer workout! How to do an EMOM Workout Each workout is made up of 5 or 6 exercises. You have 1 minute to complete the reps for each exercise and then whatever time is left in the minute is your rest. Repeat each workout 3 to 5 times for a 15-30 minute workout! You only need three things for these workouts: space, a stopwatch and the discipline to get it done! Take a look below at 10 fast and effective workouts you can start doing today....
A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor …

A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor …

Have you ever been browsing around Pinterest and saw a handy graphic or chart guiding you on your next project? Of course you have. Otherwise you have never been on Pinterest before. I have done PLENTY of these charts with wild success. However, I have been curious about the smoothie charts that suggest you can wildly pick any combination of ingredients and make something delicious. I can’t help but be cynical. If that was true about cooking then why have I made so many unpleasant dishes by experimenting with the contents of my refrigerator? Now that you know I am skeptical. Let me tell you want I did. With a stroke of genius I rounded up two trust taste tester, Annie & Jane, to come on this journey with me. I was not feeling brave enough to go alone. We took the below chart from Pinterest and set out to test the ability to make a delicious smoothie. Spoiler Alert – we were not successful. Green Smoothie Chart Apple Peach Kale Kiwi Banana Kale Orange Pineapple Spinach Cucumber Celery Spinach Peach Papaya Kale What We Made After a brief discussion of how this chart was a trap – how can any two items make a good green smoothie? We decided on the recipes we would follow. Jane picked the first smoothie as an 🍏 apple, peach, & kale mixed with half water and half orange juice. I think she picked apple because she brought it 🙂 I picked a 🥝 kiwi, banana, kale smoothie mixed with half water and orange juice. There was zero doubt in my mind that...