Aug 29, 2014

We Want to Give YOU $100

Happy Friday Fit Friends!

Ok, so as many of you know, my three sisters and I host monthly fitness challenges.
We work with our clients one on one in private groups on Facebook and help, encourage, motivate and educate our challengers on nutrition and fitness and help them reach their goals.

We have been going this for over year now and it's the most rewarding thing we have ever done!
In celebration of all of our amazing challengers,  we have a fun announcement today.

We have decided to put together a contest for all of our ROCKSTAR fitness clients this month! 



 
 
 
 
 


























We want to celebrate YOUR hard work and efforts in our upcoming challenge groups.
So whether you are participating in my Fit for Fall session, or Adie's September 1st group, Haley's September 1st session or Maggie's September 8th group, you are eligible to win the $100 prize!!! Yay!

We will pick one winner on October 10th!

To participate, you must to the following:

1.  Enroll in one of our September sessions.  (reply to this email or email fourfitsisters@gmail.com to find out how you can join one of our groups and get our support for 30 days!)

2.  Share the image above on Facebook and Instagram and tag all four of us @hausofgirls_fitfamily, @adie_fourfitsisters, @maggievee15 and @haley4fitsisters with the hashtag #fourfitsisterscontest to let us know you are entering!

2. Then post about your challenge during the entire month of September using the hashtag #fourfitsisterscontest and tag your coach: @hausofgirls_fitfamily, @adie_fourfitsisters, @maggievee15 or @haley4fitsisters.

3. Work your butt off to get fit and healthy all month long!

4. When the challenge group is over, post your before and after photo using hashtag #fourfitsisterscontest and tag all of us @hausofgirls_fitffamily, @adie_fourfitsisters, @maggievee15 & @haley4fitsisters

We will then select one winner, on October 10th, who we feel gave it 100% and we will in turn give you $100!

Are you in?!

xoxo
Marta


Aug 26, 2014

Maggie's 5 Favorite Gluten Free & Dairy Free Splurges

Those of you that have been following me know that live a paleo lifestyle for the most part.  That means I stay away from all grains, dairy, and legumes and stick to veggies, fruits, meats, and nuts.  I would say that 85% of the time I am paleo and the other 15% I might enjoy some of these splurges!  We are human after all.  Everyone needs a treat now and then to keep the balance in their life.  I thought I would share my 5 favorites with you!  Enjoy!

I have a big sweet tooth, so most of these are sweet :)

1.  Tortilla Chips & Salsa
My favorite brand is Garden of Eatin' blue chips (they use non-GMO corn) and any kind of mild salsa, really!  So yummy!

2.  Coconut Ice Cream
If this wouldn't exist, I don't know that I would ever make it without dairy...I still eat dairy occasionally (see below), but I am a HUGE ice cream lover and would probably have dairy DAILY if this didn't exist.  SO Delicious is my go-to brand and I have a few different favorite flavors:  Cookie Dough (I know, right!!! I didn't ever think I was going to have cookie dough ice cream again after going GF), Turtle Trails, and Chocolate PB swirl.  My mouth is watering now.

3.  Avocado Oil Potato Chips
These are a newer find and I'm seriously obsessed.  One of the reasons that potato chips are so bad for us is because of the low quality oil that they are cooked in.  Search no more!  Boulder brand chips have come out with crinkle cut potato chips and are cooked in 100% avocado oil...the only ingredients are potatoes, avocado oil, and salt.  They're pretty amazing!

4.  TJ's Chocolate Cookies
These are to DIE FOR!  They come frozen and all you do is break and bake.  Next time you are at Trader Joe's, check them out.  They look something like this when they are baked:


5.  Starbursts
These are old friends of mine and I was ecstatic to find out they were GF after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  My dad, a grandpa to 8 littles, created a game called "Candy Catch" which he plays with kids every time we get together.  The 4 mommies might play a few rounds too ;)  Each kid gets a chance to catch the Starburst thrown by grandpa.  If they catch it, they get to eat it.  If they drop it, they have to give it back and do 5 push ups (or shoulder touches for the itty bitties).  They have to get in the back of the line before trying again.  It's FUN!


**Bonus WITH Dairy**
Three Bakers pepperoni pizza.  By far the best frozen GF pizza I've ever tried!  It's me and my hubby's favorite treat when we're feeling lazy and want to cuddle up and watch a movie.  The best!


Please let me know what your favorite splurges are!  I would love to read what you've tried for more splurging ideas.  Thanks for visiting Four Fit Sisters!



Aug 19, 2014

Back to School Organization



I put out a post the other day asking my readers what they needed help with to stay organized at "Back to School" time.  I love this.  This hits especially close to home since I am a parent to two children in school, but also a teacher.  Today I will be providing some tips on how to keep your sanity during this busy time of year!!

Whether it's paperwork (like grading papers) or kid's stuff (what to keep and what to throw out) we will have tips and tricks to keep you sane as you head back to school.

Let's tackle the kid's first...this is pretty short and sweet.

We all want to keep the cutest pieces of art and work that our kids complete at school.  I have found a system that I love that not only allows me to keep a lot of work, but not allow it to get too overwhelming.  Over at www.thirtyhandmanddays.com they have the most ADORABLE printable school binders.  It runs from K - 12 and you print off what you need as you need it.  They have the grade print offs and the ability to make them personalized.


Here are a few shots of the inside of Ella's binder.


You fill out the details and a picture for each grade.  I use tabs to separate the years.  Once they are separated I put all of my favorite pieces of artwork or papers behind the tab.  I keep my favorites for each year.



There aren't 500 pieces of paper laying around and I still feel like I've kept enough!! Isn't this a brilliant idea??????

I would totally recommend this to everyone.  It was easy to print and a breeze to put together!

Now...onto the adults.

Organizational Tip #1

Find a desk calendar you love and post it somewhere your entire family can see it and add to it.


I am the type of person that HAS to write EVERYTHING down.  And I mean everything.  I have been sent to the grocery store (which is 2 minutes from my house) and come home missing the ingredients I went there to get.  It's that bad.  You can't even come close to expecting me to remember dates and details of events.  Worst. Memory. Ever.

So, for my family, we would be lost without this feature.  Our calendar is set up where anyone and everyone can write things down.  I especially like this idea if you have older kids.  They are going to happen upon events that just pop up, and they are responsible enough to write down their events, such as softball games or practices.

Organizational Tip #2

Meal Plan, Meal Plan & More Meal Planning

I can't say enough about the art of meal planning.  I know we've talked about it before, but you will never truly understand it's benefits until you try it out for a few weeks.


I found this simple printable meal plan sheet and grocery list on iheartnaptime.com.  If you plan out your week and buy the groceries you are much more likely to stick to that plan.  This is beneficial for several reasons.  The main reason being your health.  The worst thing you can do is be stranded at 5pm with no plan for dinner.  This is when people stop for fast food or other JUNK!!!  You have totally failed if this happens to you regularly.

Another great reason for meal planning is to save money.  You are less likely to waste food and buy a ton of extra ingredients if you have a plan.  

Also, putting a meal plan together WITH your schedule or calendar is a genius idea.  Sit down and look at what nights during your week is the busiest.  Plan on a crockpot meal that day.  There is nothing better than putting a meal into the crockpot at 7am and anyone is able to serve their own plate no matter what time they get home.  Maybe Jimmy and Tyler will be home from soccer practice at 7pm and Ella and I are home from gymnastics at 6pm.  We can eat when we want with NO ONE stuck leaning over the stove or grill.  The crock pot is magic!!!

Organizational Tip #3

Over cook the night before.  The easiest thing to take for lunch the next day is your leftover food from the night before.  I don't know why more people don't do this.  I guess "boredom" would be an excuse not to, but for me, I take EASY over bored any day.  99% of my lunches I take to school are planned leftovers from earlier in the week.  If we plan to make salmon patties we make 3 extra for lunches that week.  It's as simple as that.

Organizational Tip #4

Make your kids help and learn responsibility.  Kids can do SO much more than you think.  Now, I didn't necessarily say that would like all of the things that you are asking them to do.  But, you would be surprised as to how willing the kids are to help when they start to feel good about helping the family.

I recently came across this personalizable & printable chore chart on Pinch A Little, Save A Lot blog.  I am in love.  I was able to put my OWN chores and responsibilities into ours and it was so easy.  I typed in the names of what I wanted my kids to do and bought some stickers to put in the circles.  You could also print it and laminate it and use a dry erase marker to check them off.  My kids are little enough where the stickers are way cooler than the check mark. 


The kids have been so active and helpful around the house.  Some of the chores on our list include morning routines as well.  This has truly helped a smooth transition out of the house in the mornings.  The kids know what is expected of them and are ready to help EXTRA.  Here are examples of our morning routine chores:

1.  Make Beds - now this is still tough for them.   It doesn't really need to be perfect, just a starting point that you don't leave your room a disaster in the morning.

2.  Clothes in Hamper - I don't know about your kids, but mine are totally guilty of taking their PJs off and just chucking them.  They go directly in the hamper.

3.  Dishes in Sink - They will eventually get to the age where I trust them to rinse them and put them in the dishwasher.  But for now, I am happy with them not leaving the counters sloppy and cluttered with their morning dishes.

4.  Brush your teeth - They are totally capable of having this done without being told.  It's more about responsibility...you are 5 & 7...no one should have to remind you any longer that you are supposed to brush your teeth.

These are just a few of the morning routines that are done without whining or asking.  

A few chores or routines that are also on our sheet:

1.  Homework - If they have it they do their homework first.

2.  Read for 20 minutes - This is more of a bonus option.  They don't have to do it every night, but if they are bored or whining, or just want to, they always have the option of getting extra stickers.

3.  Cleaning the Kitty Litter Box - I have showed them what to do...and they do a great job.

4.  Take out Trash/Recycling - They take it out to the garage where our bin is.  They fight over the plastic because it's so light :)  Whoever is first gets the plastic...slow poke gets stuck with the heavy trash!!!

5.  Pick up Toys - This one MUST be done before bed time.  We start each day fresh with a decluttered house.

6.  Be Kind to Ella/Tyler - They get to put a sticker on if they have been kind to their sibling.

You will be amazed at what your kids will try and prove to you that they can be an important asset to your family.  These chore/responsibility charts have helped our mornings tremendously this year.  I don't have to nag at them or even remind them what needs to be done.   I just ask, "Have you done everything on your check list?" and they bounce right to it.

I am sure there will be days that they want to argue and we will handle it then.  But, as of right now it's working like a charm!!!


Organizational Tip #5

Break the clean up into "Zones" or areas.

I am not a clean freak.  Everyone in my family knows this.  I am messy and not an expert in all things clean.  With that being said, I am probably the BEST person to tell you how to make it easier since I hate it so much. :)

My friend Erin from Bringing Up Burns has said it the absolute BEST for my understanding.  I am huge in to sports and love the terminology of breaking it into zones or areas.  You can find what best works for you, but if you try and tackle the ENTIRE house in one sitting you are often left overwhelmed.  This is totally my problem.  Having the chores broken into areas or days has left me with a fighting chance of getting the house done better throughout the week.  Read all about Erin's "zone defense" HERE.  I will give you an example of what mine looks like below...

If you break your week down into areas you will eventually get to the entire house.  Again, this is MY version and you could make this work for you.  There are always going to be things that need get done every day as well.  Add those to your every day list.

I hope that this has helped in the SANE start of the school year for you and your family.  Please leave any comments or questions below.  I am all ears to suggestions or ideas too.  Lord knows I'm not perfect.  People are always asking how I have enough time to tackle my "to-do" list and this is what helps me.  

Happy Tuesday ya'll!!!

Aug 5, 2014

Brady Bands GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey friends!!! We are so excited to host an amazing giveaway!!

 We are always excited to introduce our readers to an amazing company.  
This company is Brady Bands.  

This company provides an amazing assortment of headbands and hair ties...but more importantly, they give back.  They donate a portion of every purchase to Childhood Cancer.  This melts my heart.

Now, as a P.E. teacher I LOVE me some cute headbands.  Whether I am dressing sporty or cute, Brady Bands has something that you will love.  AND...they stay put.  There is NOTHING worse than being in the middle of a workout or exercise and having to stop and fix your headband.  That should be illegal!!! These headbands stay where you put them and that's just what I need.


They are also ADORABLE.  They have dressy ones or sporty.  The hair ties are amazing as well.  

Look at all the FABRICS!!!!!!!!!

And the non-slip bands are perfect for working out...My daughter absolutely loves them!!

So...onto the giveaway!!!

The winner will get to pick TWO headbands from the shop.  You can browse the shop HERE.

Here's what you need to do...

Like Brady Bands on Facebook.

Follow @BradyBands on Instagram

Share this on your page...through Facebook and Instagram!!

Leaving a comment below and sharing this on facebook is a great way to get extra entries.  Winner will be selected on August 13th!! That leaves us a WEEK to enter.  Let's do this ladies!! Share the love. 

All entries can be done by clicking the rafflecopter below!!!!! Who is excited???


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