Five Easy Toning Exercises you can Do Anywhere

Exercise is an important part of our lives.  Staying in shape is one way to increase your life expectancy.  Weight bearing exercises are important also for increasing muscle mass and bone density as you age.

Most of us have learned what to do when it comes to exercising.  The problem is where and when to get the job done.  With a busy lifestyle, making time for exercise is a challenge.

Weight bearing exercises aren’t just for bodybuilders.  As you age, especially once you hit the age of forty, you begin to lose muscle mass.  For women especially, bone loss becomes a problem.  When the body is in need of calcium it can rob it from your bones.  Building muscle not only increases their mass but your strength.

Here are five easy toning exercises that can be done anywhere and whenever you have time.  At home, at the office, or on vacation, you can do these easy yet extremely effective exercises.

1. The Bridge Butt Lift – Sounds like a plastic surgery technique but it is an easy way to tone your buttocks.  Lay down with feet flat on the floor, legs shoulder width apart.  Place your hands, palm side down, on either side of your body.  Pushing with your feet, squeeze your gluteal muscles and lift your butt off the floor.  Hold the position for a count of five to ten and release down to the floor.

2. Squats – Squats work the butt, the hamstring muscles and the quadriceps.  If you aren’t sure of proper form, you can use a chair.  Stand with feet shoulder width apart and feet firmly planted.  Push your butt back as if you were preparing to sit in a chair.  Keep your abs tight and your upper body straight.  Once you reach chair level stop and hold the position for a count of two to five and release.  At the lowest point, place all of your weight on your heels for balance and maximum toning.

3. Reverse Lunges – Lunges work the quadriceps muscles.  They can be hard for people with knee problems.  A reverse lunge still tones the right muscle groups but with less pressure on the knee.  Stand with feet together and arms at your sides.  Take one leg and move it backwards until you are in lunge position: front leg bent at a 90 degree angle and back leg extended until you are on the ball of your foot.  From this position lower yourself down until the back knee almost touches the floor.  Hold for a count of two and return to starting position.

4. Pushups – This is a classic toning exercise that works all areas of the arms plus the chest muscles.  If you aren’t comfortable or strong enough to perform a pushup on your toes, lower your body to your knees.  Be sure your arms are tucked into the body and your back straight as you lower and lift your body.

5. Crunches – Abdominal muscles can be worked every day to build strength and muscle tone.  Lying on the floor in sit up position, lace your fingers behind your head.  Squeezing your abdominal muscles, lift your upper body until your lower back is about to come off the floor.  Hold for two to five counts and return to starting position.

These five exercise moves can be done whenever you have time.  The best thing about exercise is that its effects are cumulative.  Even five or ten minutes at a time will work to your advantage.

Stretching or lite Yoga can also be effective when trying to  loosen sore work muscles. Once I started working again I made a point to stretch, to keep my body from being overly sore and it does help!

What exercises are your favorite to do? When you like to do it? Leave your comments below!

Oreo’s New Favorite Treat!


If your like me then you know that your dog’s treats are just as important as the food they eat! Most dog owners know not to give their dogs chicken bones and chocolate, but did you know that rawhide chews and bones can be just as harmful?

Why is Rawhide bad?

Rawhide is an inexpensive byproduct of the cattle industry, and  has almost no flavor by-itself. Distributors of rawhide change this by, basting, stuffing and/or sugarcoating rawhide to interest pets. Rawhide also does not breakdown when your dog chews on it causing them to choke, gag and also tears their gumline. Ever notice that your dog leaves blood on their bone? That is from the rawhide, it only breaks down from massive amounts of chewing and then re-hardens after they stop chewing in whatever pointy shape they last gnawed on it. The next time the dog breaks that piece off they will probably try to swallow it whole or jam it into their teeth causing more damage.

I have found a GREAT solution to Rawhide! Have you heard of Pork Chomps? My dog Oreo is in love with these bones and she’s not too picky but once she had these she turned her nose at her other bones no joke!

Enjoying her pig ear!

Not only did my 13 year old black lab mix love these bones and treats made by Pork Chomps but My neighbors two loving pit bull mixes could not get enough and my other neighbors Bull Dog Puppy was in bone heaven! Every time I shared these with a dog, little, medium or big they were just overtaken by the natural goodness of these dog treats!

Onto the goods… these are the extraordinary treats I was given to sample with my dog and my friends dogs! Oreo’s favorite by far is the sweet potato bones and the pig ears! She enjoyed the bacon wrap ones but there was something specially yummy about the sweet potato ones that made her sit extra pretty!

What makes Pork Chomps pawesome for doggies?

  • Premium Pork Chomps are made with expanded, baked pork skin and are 100% rawhide free.  Expanded pork skin is produced under Scott Pets’ proprietary and patented process wherein 70% of the fat is removed, creating a cleaner, easier to digest product that has longer shelf life. The process also removes unsightly color from the pork skin while reducing odor and grease.
  • A recent university study proved Pork Chomps products are 99.9% digestible compared to rawhide chews, which are only 50-85% digestible.
  • Chew digestibility is imperative since dogs often times swallow large chunks at once, which can lead to intestinal blockages if the chew isn’t completely digested.
  • The university study also found that dogs that had eaten Pork Chomps products had decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Unlike rawhide chews that need to be basted, flavored or stuffed to get a dog’s attention, Premium Pork Chomps’ baked pork skins have a natural flavor that dogs love.
  • In independent studies, nine out of 10 dogs preferred Pork Chomps products to beef rawhide.
  • Premium Pork Chomps are odor free, stain free and mess free because most dogs consume the entire chew, leaving no slimy mess left over to clean up.

If you love to spoil your pet like I do or just simply give them good quality food and treats,  your in luck because not only is Pork Chomps available to order online and at many nationwide retailers such as, Big Lots, Gander Mountain, PetSmart, Pet Supermarket, Walgreens and many others.

HOwever, I would check the promotions online because they are currently giving away a FREE plush toy with all orders of $20 or more! :)

Be sure to check out and give them a shout out on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for a great giveaway coming soon!

Help spread the word: You and Goodwill can create Jobs!

I am all about posts that help people! that is why I could not pass up the opportunity to share with you this great post brought to you by Goodwill®.

A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours.

See how donations to Goodwill help create jobs and how you can help:

1.   Follow Goodwill onTwitter: @GoodwillIntl, and on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

2.   Use #DonateStuffCreateJobs on twitter and facebook.
3.  Locate your local Goodwill and donation center at
If you don’t believe your donation can help check out this fun way to see just how much you are!
4.  Try Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator (  See for yourself just how many hours of service programs YOUR OWN donations could create right in their communities.
5. Drop off your donations and know that you made a difference!!
Donating clothes is also a great GREEN way to recycle your clothes and purchasing them from stores is also another great way to find some gently used amazing recycled clothes (at a great price too). What are you waiting for get out there and share, donate and help create jobs!

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

*This post was part of a Bloggin’ Mamas Social Good campaign. was not compensated for this post.*

Pumpkin Fun

Are you struggling to find the pumpkin you want for Halloween? I have gathered some of the coolest, most extraordinary pumpkins I can find to help spark your imagination!

How about a Monster?

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Your classic Silly Face?

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Enjoy some Disney Fun?

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How about A creative new idea for pumpkin carving!

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What ever you choose just be sure to have fun with it!

Looking for fun patterns for your pumpkins there are thousands online simply type in and search for printable pumpkin patterns and be amazed at your selection!!

Inspirational Tuesday 10/29

Today’s Inspiration…

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave your comments below!

Fun Halloween Activities

With Halloween around the corner there is much to be done! Here is a great list I have gathered up for everything Halloween! All you need to do now is decide which fun activity you would like to do!

Happy Haunting!

Halloween Coloring Pages

Halloween Color Pages and Activities from Disney’s Family Fun!

Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Better Homes and Gardens Printable Stincils

Halloween Masks from Disney’s Family Fun!

Martha Stewarts Halloween Treats

55 Halloween Crafts from Country Living

31 Days of Disney Halloween Fun

Martha Stewart’s Halloween Games

Free Halloween Music Downloads

Food Network Halloween Party Ideas

Kids  Halloween Party Ideas from Kaboose

Easy Mummy Candy Holders

This craft is perfect for those of you with little to no craft stuff in the house. The only supplies you really need to worry about is googly eyes and Elmer’s glue. This craft reuses empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls!


  • Paper Towel: (bounty or viva works best with no decorations on the sheet)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Empty Paper Towel roll or Empty Toilet Paper roll ( you can use newspaper too but you’ll need white paint)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • coffee filters


  1. Take the empty paper towel roll and cut it into smaller sizes for the mummies head.
  2. Then glue the filter to on of the open sides of the roll using the left over filter to bunch up for the start of the mummies face.
  3. Cut the paper towel into strips.
  4. Mix 1 part glue 3 parts water in a bowl for a mache type mixture.
  5. Dip the cute paper towel strips in the glue mix then wrap around the roll until you have created a mummy.
  6. Stick on the googly eyes while wet and then let dry.
  7. Fill with candy and use as party favors or just fun decorations.


You can paper mache with newspaper or junk mail and paint your mummy white too!!


You can always just use gauze and glue on the googly eyes. *I just did not want to waste our first aide supplies.*

Hope you enjoy! Happy Crafting!

Do you kids enjoy Halloween crafts? What’s their favorite?

Inspirational Tuesday 10/15

I hope you enjoy this week’s Inspirational Tuesday, be sure to leave your comments below!

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Jim Rohn

Which are you? I admit I am both but I am working towards being the 1st more! I love to hear your thoughts leave your comments below.

Monday Mommy Maddness

In our house it seems that after every weekend there is a tornado of messes to be picked up after.

Do you have Tornado Weekend to contend with at your house? Have you conquered the weekend mess?

Crusing For Giveaways 10/13

Happy October!  How many ghouls and goblins are looking forward to their special day to come out and play? We are headed off to Orlando this month to hang out with Mickey and spend a little adult time at Halloween Horror Nights (our first time) This month is going to be so fun! Hope you all have something wonderful to look forward to and be sure to enter all the great giveaways this week!

Welcome to Cruising for Giveaways Hop! This hop is brought to you by Charisma Bloggers!

Cruising for Giveaways

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