5 BODY SLIMMING EXERCISES TO DO AT HOME

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I’m not sure how many of you know, but in addition to working a full time job and blogging as much as possible, I am also a mother to two boys. Due to all these demands, it can be really hard to get to the gym. I have never wanted to be bulky, but exercise is a must to keep your entire body healthy. I enjoy simple body toning exercises, preferably ones that I can do at home in under 30 minutes, because I try to get my workouts in before my kids get up in the morning. So, I thought I would share my 5 favorite body slimming exercises to do at home with all of you!

The number one rule of working out, is that you must stay hydrated. I have never been a fan of water for some reason. I can either taste all the minerals, or it just tastes like nothing, which doesn’t suit my taste buds. However, smartwater® is so pure & crisp with electrolytes for taste, that I gravitate to this water over any others.

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Plus if you purchase this 6 pack at Target, 2 bottles total to your daily water requirement!! How easy is that? When working out you need to drink water before, during, and after, so make sure you keep a bottle nearby.

5 BODY SLIMMING EXERCISES TO DO AT HOME

Forward and Reverse Kick

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This lower body exercise works out your butt, quads, and abs. With light weights (or 2 of your smartwater bottles) held at your waist, raise one knee and kick forward and then in reverse kick the leg backwards. Do this while standing straight and balanced. Try not to lock your knees as you kick, so that you can seamlessly transition from forwards to backwards. Do 12 reps on each leg.

Side Squat Row

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Using light weights, this body slimming exercise works out your biceps, upper back, butt, and quads. Start with your arms in front of you holding the weights and feet together. As you step out with one leg and squat, raise your arms with the weights as if you are rowing. Do 10 reps on each side.

Then take a break and drink your water. smartwater is vapor distilled with a purity I can taste and a hydration I can feel throughout my whole body.

Bicycle Crunches

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I don’t know about you, but I get tired of regular crunches pretty quickly. These crunches work your abs and your obliques. Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Bend one knee up and cross your elbow to your knee, while keeping the other knee extended. Then switch knees as if you are switching legs riding a bicycle. Complete 20 reps.

Push up Plank

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This body slimming exercise works out your core muscles. Start on the floor in the traditional plank position. Then, one arm at a time raise yourself into a push up position. Lower yourself back into plank one arm at a time. Complete 15-20 push ups.

Burpees

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This final exercise is a total body slimming workout. As with any exercise, you really need to do this exercise correctly to get the most out of it. You need to start with your feet more than shoulder width apart and your weight on your heels. Squat and place your hands flat in front of you on the mat. Thrust your feet back into the plank position and make sure your back is not arching, or sagging. Jump your feet back towards your hand into a squat position again. Then finally jump straight up into the air with arms extended above your head and return to the center. Repeat 15-20 times.

Be on the lookout at Target for a Spring Display in the store that features smartwater. However, if your store doesn’t have that then you can simply find it online here, or on the normal water aisle. At my Target in Altamonte Springs, water is found on aisle G54.

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I hope these exercises help you with your fitness routine at home, and don’t forget the importance of hydration! Are you a smartwater lover like myself?

 

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FIVE STRETCHES FOR SITTERS + SPECTER WIRELESS

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86% of American workers sit all day for their jobs. As an accountant and a blogger, I definitely fall into that category. I had been told by my doctor that for every hour of sitting, I am supposed to then get up and walk for five minutes. This is to get your circulation moving in your legs again and to help prevent muscle stiffness and any vein problems. I have been noticing some IT band issues from sitting all day, so I researched and found some great stretches for sitters that will help loosen your muscles and keep you from feeling sore. These are stretches that you can do in the morning and evening at home, or even do them at work if you are feeling any soreness.

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While I am working at my desk, on my couch at home, or doing my much needed stretching, I love listening to music. I feel like the time passes quickly and I have a more enjoyable environment. Music pumps me up and gives me more positive vibes. Since my music is mostly played via apps on my phone, or tablet, I was very excited to receive these really cool wireless headphones from Specter Wireless. I had been coveting a pair of the Rose Gold Beats ever since my sister got them for Christmas, but I wasn’t willing to spend about $300 on a pair of headphones for myself. These Specter Wireless Elux Headphones are sleek and stylish, in white with gold accents (looks like rose gold to me though). I love how they are petite and the square shape is a bit unique from other headphones I have seen. Best part, these are a fraction of the cost of Beats, since they retail for only $99. You can also still answer your phone calls with these, so you can use them for pleasure, but not worry about being able to stop what you are doing and conduct any needed business.

*Thank you Specter Wireless and Statusphere for sending me these awesome headphones!! 

FIVE STRETCHES FOR SITTERS

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1. IT Band Squats: Take a work out band that is either already a tube, or tie it into a loop to put around your legs. Keep your legs a couple steps apart and then step outwards with one foot as you squat and then step back in and repeat with the other leg. Do this 12 times.

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2. Foam Roll Gluts/IT Band: First I position myself into a side plank position and roll my IT band from hip to knee, 20 seconds on each side. Then, I lie on my back and my side to complete the glute stretch. I use the foam roller on the top of each glute right below my lower back and put all my weight on it to roll out any tightness. I do this again for 20 seconds on each side.

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Crossover & Lower Back Stretch: Cross one leg over the other and bend your body forwards until you feel the stretch in the back of your legs and your back. This helps take pressure off of your back from sitting an your desk and gets your legs stretched out with the circulation back into them. Do this for 20 seconds and then switch your legs for another 20 seconds.

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Neck Stretches: Raise one arm over your head and gently bend your head toward that arm, stretching your neck on the opposite side. Repeat this 5 times on each side. Then do the same stretch on your neck forwards and backwards 5 times each.

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Arm Stretches: Take your right arm across your chest and use the crook of the left arm to hold it and pull to stretch the arm out. Switch arms and repeat on the other side. Hold for 15 seconds on each side and repeat twice on each arm.

*Step by step images are from POPSUGAR where you can find more information on these and other Stretches. 

Do you have anything specific that you do to make sure you keep yourself well stretched after sitting most of the day? I have been thinking about getting a standing desk; what do you think?

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29 FACTS ABOUT ME FOR MY 29TH BIRTHDAY

29 Facts About Me

It’s my party I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to…eeeek yah no crying here!!! Not quite 30 yet ya’ll. Today’s post is not a Fashion & Finance Friday post, but something a bit different in celebration with my birthday. Since my birthday falls on TODAY, I thought I would share 29 facts about me that you may not know. Right now I am headed off to spend some quality time with my momma, my sissy (aka my lil ball of sass), my two best boys and my partner. The plans for tonight are to catch up on long over due conversation, delicious drinks, and some sushi at CowFish, which I have never been to. Yay for new experiences. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, it’s practically the weekend, and I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more.

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29 FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I am an Aries. “Well duh Nikki”, you say, “Your Birthday is on March 24th.” Well what you didn’t know is that my personality really aligns well with an Aries. I am super stubborn. Haha
  2. I moved around a lot growing up and ended up going to about 15 schools from Elementary school to High school.
  3. My favorite colors are blush and gold. Hmm probably couldn’t tell that from my website. 😉
  4. I have an evil orange kitty named Ted, who I have simply nicknamed at this point “fat boy”.
  5. If it has pineapples, or flamingos on it, then I probably want it, or already own it. These are two of my favorite things
  6. I have over 100 pairs of shoes and my clothing takes up 3 closets in the house.
  7. I finally settled into my forever home last year and up till then I moved at least every 18 months, yet always seemed to immediately make my house feel like home.
  8. I am a major coffee addict. My current favorite that my best friend Leah got me into, is Café Bustelo.
  9. If a restaurant doesn’t have cherry coke, I will convince the waiter, bar tender whoever, to make me one.
  10. I like my Chick-fil-A nuggets grilled with plenty of Polynesian sauce for my nuggets and my fries.
  11. I didn’t start college until I was 21 because I had my first son when I was 18 and my second when I was 22.
  12. I completed my Bachelor’s degree on campus and online all while working full time and raising two children as a single parent.
  13. My favorite foods are Sushi, Greek, and Thai.
  14. I taught myself how to do makeup completely from YouTube tutorials.
  15. My undergarments are almost always matching. (haha TMI)
  16. I always sneeze when I go out in the sun. I used to think I was allergic.
  17. When I hear myself talk in a recording, or video I swear I sound like I have a lisp. Am I the only one who thinks I sound completely different when recorded??
  18. Nikki is short for my middle name of Nicole. I never liked the name Brittany (my first name), so in 6th grade when I started a new school I just created my own nickname and it’s been my name ever since.
  19. I need glasses, but I always seem to forget them. I finally got contacts for the first time last year.
  20. My favorite cartoon character growing up was Sailor Moon. Heck, she still is!!
  21. I’m an avid list maker and budgeter, like I do it for fun. Yes I’m weird and proud of it!
  22. I can read a book like it’s going out of style. If I start one, then I don’t want to put it down until I’m finished.
  23. I don’t watch sports much, but my teams are the Orlando Magic for Basketball and Green Bay Packers for Football.
  24. My exercise and sport of choice is playing tennis. I take a lesson every other week with my sister-in-law.
  25. I can’t stand water unless it’s carbonated, or flavored.
  26. My favorite show, or movie is anything with Vampires in it. Were you sad when Vampire Diaries ended?? I was majorly disappointed.
  27. I am OCD and don’t have a lot of patience. This in the sense that I always want things to be clean and organized and I seem to always be singing, “If you want it done right, do it yourself,” to myself.
  28. I got accepted to three different fashion design schools, but I was too scared to take the leap and ended up going with the more practical path of accounting.
  29. I pick up new skills very quickly and always do my research to learn as much as I can. So far I have learned sewing, dancing, blogging, photography, web design, jewelry making, song writing, and I will never stop attempting to learn. If I want to do something, I do it and that’s the end of the discussion.

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*Photography by Gil Sturgis with CFM Magazine & Bodyscape Photography. The Fashionable Accountant was featured in the March Issue of CFM Magazine.

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