Sunday

BarreAmped & BarreAmped Boot Camp Featuring Suzanne Bowen

In BarreAmped viewers will experience Suzanne Bowen's #ShakeToChange as they follow her along in this powerful, focused program described as classic barre meets extreme results.  Te DVD is divided into five segments that produce great results with low-impact, mind-body connectiong moves.
Segments include
Introduction
Warm up
Light Weight Work
Thigh Work
Seat Work
Mat Work
Stretch



BarreAmped BOOT CAMP takes it up a notch with low impact interval fat blasters that have helped hundreds of people worldwide burn fat and lean out as Suzanne combines classic barre with low-impact, non-punishing cardio intervals.
Segments include
Boot Camp Intro
Boot Camp Warm Up
Boot Camp Arm Work
Boot Camp Thigh Work
Boot Camp Seat Work
Boot Camp Core
Boot Camp Stretch


About Suzanne Bowen
Suzannen Bowen is the founder of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBF) and the creator of BarreAmped based on classic technique, a neutral spine, and a solid foundation of alignment. She began her fitness career over fourteen years ago at the original barre studio, New York City's legendary Lotte Berk Method studios.  It was there that she was classically trained as a top instructor.  She moved from New york to Nashville where she opened a studio and expanded her clientele to include top Nashville celebrities.  Her company, Suzanne Bowen Fitness, embodies the best of combining mind, body and spirit to live a healthy lifestyle.  She helps people build a foundation and encourages them to be their best form of excellence.  She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and maintains her home and studio in Nashville.  BarreAmped is taught in over 50 studios worldwide with over 350 instructors certified to teach the program around the world.  Her BarreAmped Boot Camp DVD was just awarded Best Barre DVD by Fitness Magazine, as well as Good Housekeeping, Pilates Style and Natural Health Magazine.

To learn more about Suzanne Bowen visit
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http://barreamped.com/

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I like that these exercises are low impact.  No way do I want to mess up my hip replacement by doing high impact exercises.



Tuesday

POISE Core Training and Strong & Sexy Full Body Workout With Instructor Dr. Teri Jory Review

The POISE Core Training is a new revolutionary technique designed to tone, strengthen and sculpt your body for a leaner, sleeker look.  A comprehensive approach to physical and mental fitness.
Poise Core Training builds strength from the center of your body, beginning with your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.  This core strength ten helps to tone your hips, legs, buns and abs.

Core Training is a mix of Pilates and ballet exercises designed to give you long, lean sculpted muscles.  Dr. Teri Jory's instruction is very detailed and "hands on".  Like a personal trainer, she works one on with with the exerciser--teaching proper technique, pointing out errors and even helping to position the exerciser's body.  The workout begins with and isometric wrm-up (holding a plie/squat as you move your upper body). That's followed by floorwork--core-focused roll ups and crunches, plus ballet style leg routines.   The program ends with an extended dancers stretch, they use a ballet bar, but a sturdy chair will also work.

Once you master Core Training, you will want to do Dr. Teri Jory's Strong and Sexy Full Body Workout

The POISE Strong and Sexy Full Body Workout Dr. Teri Jory, International Health and Fitness Life Coach guides viewers through a full body workout that provides inner and outer beauty.  The DVD is divided into three sections.
Section 1.
Sculpts and builds upper body.  Forearm strikes and front punches carve and chisel your tricepts and bicepts while stabilizing your trunk with martial arts stances.
Section 2.
Cuts a six-pack core.  Elbow crossovers and hand/leg criss-crosses trim your abdominal muscles to create a flat, sexy belly and sculpt you into a Greek Goddess.
Section 3.
Strengthens and shapes lower body. Crescent leg kicks and 5th-position leg burners create fit and leand legs, hips and buns while strengthening your pelvic muscles.


Dr. Teri Jory is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified trainer, 4th degree black belt, professional ice skater, dancer, choregrapher, wife and mother of twins.  The POISE technique was born when Jory began experimenting with different body positions and movements, combining martial arts, body sculpting and ballet so she could get back in shape after the birth of her twins.  For over 14 years, Teri has successfully trained women and men of all levels, at her POISE fitness studio in California.

Dr. Jory has been appluded for her work with breast cancer survivors as she helps them learn to gain a better quality of life during, and in aftermath of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery.  A portion of the sales of her POISE DVDs are given to Breast Cancer foundations.

The award winning, best selling DVDs, Core Training, Strong & Sexy and Fit & Fierce are also available on Amazon and  www.poisefitproductions.com
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I am still working on mastering the Core Training, so it will be awhile before I can be Strong & Sexy.

Also, read my review POISE Fit & Fierce ~ Take back your core

Monday

How To Paint Your Outdoor Upholstered Furniture #DIY

I have had my outdoor furniture for years.  Like maybe 8 or more.  I does need to be replaced at some point.  But, my Hubs and I aren't sure if we are going to stay in this home, or move.  If I move, I will want new outdoor furniture in the new place.  If we decide to stay here... I will eventually have to buy some.
But until then, I still want my outdoor furniture to look nice.

A couple of years ago, a wild animal got on my furniture during the night and made it so muddy that I just couldn't get it off.   Since my cushions were still in good shape, I thought maybe I could paint them.

You can't just use any kind of paint when it comes to upholstery.  Most paint will crack and peel on fabric.  One time I painted fabric with regular paint.  Didn't work!!  The fabric just split and tore like it was dry rotted.

I am still looking for an outdoor carpet to go under my table.  I will find one I like eventually.  But until then, the floor will be bare.

Check out my Video to see how I painted my Outdoor Upholstered Furniture.




Have you ever painted any fabric before?

Thursday

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn #ShakeToChange Featuring Suzanne Bowen

BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn take participants to a new fitness level, evelating the heart rate to burn fat using high intensity intervals combined with body changing barre exercises.  Viewers will do Tabata style workouts, longer cardio intervals, low impact fat blasts, and sculpting exercises to hit every main muscle and #ShakeToChange.

Barre Amped Cardio Fat Burn (84 Minutes, $19.99) is divided into sections so viewers can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up.  The DVD has a two minute introduction; two minute warm up; extreme cardio fat burn (26 minutes); Cardio sculpt (17 minutes); and a twelve minute cool down stretch.  The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership of streaming barre workouts at www.suzannebowenfitness.com.







As with all of her DVDs, Suzanne connects with viewers and leads the workout through a challenging, but doable workout segments in her encouraging and energetic signature style of teaching as she shows modifications and variations.

About Suzanne Bowen
Suzannen Bowen is the founder of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBF) and the creator of BarreAmped based on classic technique, a neutral spine, and a solid foundation of alignment. She began her fitness career over fourteen years ago at the original barre studio, New York City's legendary Lotte Berk Method studios.  It was there that she was classically trained as a top instructor.  She moved from New york to Nashville where she opened a studio and expanded her clientele to include top Nashville celebrities.  Her company, Suzanne Bowen Fitness, embodies the best of combining mind, body and spirit to live a healthy lifestyle.  She helps people build a foundation and encourages them to be their best form of excellence.  She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and maintains her home and studio in Nashville.  BarreAmped is taught in over 50 studios worldwide with over 350 instructors certified to teach the program around the world.  Her BarreAmped Boot Camp DVD was just awarded Best Barre DVD by Fitness Magazine, as well as Good Housekeeping, Pilates Style and Natural Health Magazine.

To learn more about Suzanne Bowen visit
http://suzannebowenfitness.com/
http://barreamped.com/

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Here I am doing one of the BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn Warm ups.

I have always believed if you don't use it you lose it!!
When I don't get enough exercise, this old body starts to stiffen up.  So #ShakeToChange !!

Sunday

inControl With Karen Armstrong ~ Pelvic Exercise For Women

InControl Pelvic Exercises for Women is designed to tone and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.  Core Pilates priniples and therapeutic exercise guidelines make up the basis of these routines to help you develop muscle strength and control to activate and isolate specific muscles for better pelvic health.

This video includes two separate exercise routines with clear verbal and visual instructions as well as a brief 7 minute introduction with helpful information, animations and graphics.





Weather pregnant or thinking about having a child, or if you suffer from weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles,  InControl Pelvic exercises for women can help any woman, regardless of age or fitness level, improve pelvic health for proper function.

According to Pilates expert, Karen Armstrong, the pelvic floor muscle group, which supports the three very key body organs that have a great deal to do with a woman's quality of life, is the most neglected area when it comes to fitness programs.  Incontinence, and recovery from childbirth can be successfully dealt with, and improved with this simple set of Pilates based exercises that are shown in the DVD InControl.  The exercises are simple and can be done anywhere at any time.

They can be added to any6 fitness program or can be done on their own.  Karen Armstrong is a certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer.  She has a BS Degree in Physiology from the University of Arizona and is D.K. Body Balancing Method certified/Balanced Body International.  She lives in Los Angeles, is a wife and mother of two daughters who enjoys teaching fitness and is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimal health. To Learn more visit www.incontrolworkout.com
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Benefits of  exercising and working your pelvic floor muscles
Improve bladder and bowel control
Reduce risks of prolapse
Improve recovery from childbirth and gynacological surgery (women)
Improve prostrate surgery recovery (men)
Improve your quality of life


Saturday

Chocolate Milk Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity With Empathy By Maria Dismondy

Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives.  Gabe doesn't speank any English, and that doesn't stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind.  What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way.

Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where student differences are celebrated.  Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.

Author Maria Dismondy is an award winning author specializing in books about challenges children face.  A topic close to her heart.  Maria's own childhood experience inspired her first book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun.Maria's dedication to empowering children with courages and confidence has reache new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over.  Grounded in her belief that children deserve a voice.  Maria's latest book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor, drives home the important message of celebrating diversity with kindness, inclusion and empathy.  As a sought after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country.  She holds degrees in education and child development.  Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave and their three book loving children.

Illustrated By Donna Farrell
Never a fan of cold cereasl, Donna's go to breakfast before school was always toasted bread and chocolate milk.  Today, she still enjoys and ice cold glass of chocolate deliciousness slurped through a straw.  (Note: Donna has on occasion been scolded for blowing bubbles in her chocolate milk~a habit that she has tried unsuccessfully to break).  If you are ever near Rochester, NY, she highly recommends a trip to the Pittsford Dairyto pick up a bottle of the thickes, yummiest chocolate milk ever made, certified by her three chocolate milk loving kids.

Grandpa reading Chocolate Milk Por Favor To our Grandson.

Dominic loves books and this book did not disappoint.  He has a favorite part in this book that I won't mention... you just need to read the book for yourself.

This is a book that can make a difference in a childs life and make him realize, you need to be kind to be a friend.









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Friday

How To #Compost In A Container ~ Container #Gardening

Normally, I compost in my garden, but this year, I  am going to have all my plants in pots.  It makes it so much easier to weed than trying to keep a whole garden weeded.   Not only that,.. my peppers did better in pots than in the ground.

To compost successfully you need 4 things.  Air, Water, Browns and Greens. 
Air ... In order for foods to compost they need plenty of air.  I have a small shovel that I turn my pile daily with.  I also have a loose fitting lid I put on this bucket.
Water ... Always make sure your pile is damp, not wet but damp like a wrung out sponge.
Brown ... This would be dry dead plants, sawdust, leaves in the fall, straw, I usually put some potting soil in mine to get it started.  Most potting soil is made of some of the above anyway.
Green ... This would be your vegetable or fruit scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells (rinsed) etc.  I never put food in my container that has any oil on it.
I first started my composting in a bucket, but I very quickly found out I have a lot ... I mean a lot of vegetable scraps.  Also, the fruit flies were horrible and I had it on my back porch.  I need to do something fast to get it off my porch.
I have this spot by my house that I can't plant anything because there are gas lines running about 2 inches under the soil.  I decided to use this as our composting spot.











First I laid a thick pile of newspapers down to keep the weeds down.  There is black plastic down but it is under a few inches of soil.  I am not sure how this is going to work and if I have to redo it... I will.

My Hubs came up with the idea to use large containers that you mix concrete in.  Two of these would fit perfect betweet the window wells that are there.  Why the heck did people use window wells anyway.  I don't like them.       He cut the center out of the containers so next spring, I can plant in these.  Hopefully my compost will make nice rich soil.



Next, I dumped my bucket of compost starter into these tubs.  I then added some topsoil I bought just to get it started








  I will be planting in the compost, plus all the containers around it.   It will be like a small garden. 

I plan on planting zucchini in the compost containers and see how they do.  I actually have my zucchini started already in smaller pots.

So what are you planning on planting this year?