Plants + Urban+ ME

Have you ever wanted to start you own indoor garden but never got around to doing it? For what ever reason you never got around to it let’s just knock that out of the box because it’s not carved in stone. If you want something then you have to be willing to sacrifice for it even if it’s you time. I have always had a love for plants but never had enough time for myself to even collect one. That was a real blow for me because here I am stuck in the house due to quarantine looking for an outlet and I am still am making excuses. The thought did cross my mind quite a few times prior to quarantine that I should start my own but again I had so much going on that I quickly forgot. I really became interested in plants because of the great health benefits that they provide. My daughter suffers from chronic asthma in the beginning being cooped up in the house started to have a toll on her health. We were going through quite a few episodes. So I started to research plants that better help the air quality in you home. To my surprise there was quite a few choices when it came to indoor plants but I absolutely fell in love with the “Peace Lily”. The next day I went out and got my very own and the rest is history. Over a period of time my love for plants have grown causing curiousity as it pertains to each plant causing me to start my own collection.

In this blog you will find

  • Plants that produce the most oxygen
  • Collecting plants
  • Budgeting

More Oxygen Please

Some people like the air quality that plants provide and then you do have some of those people who in fact are looking for those particular plants that actually provides the most oxygen. If you believe that there is a such thing that exist I would have to tell you that plants like these do exist. Looking for one that produces more oxygen well here goes nothing.

  • Snake Plant
  • Money Plant
  • Palm (Areca)
  • Chinese Evergreens

All or even just one of these plants will give you the results you are looking for. I literally have a snake plant in every room of my home to esure better oxygen flow all throughout my home. I would reccomend that if you are considering one of these plants, you start will the snake plant being as though they are so low maintnence.

  • Watering: Every 2 -8 weeks
  • Sunshine Vibes: indirect sunlight
  • Fertilizing: A couple of times during the spring time

It is literally that easy no string attached type of deal and this is a great first starter plant if you have one kiddo’s or two.

Collecting plants

Once you get into it then maybe you will even start to explore new plants such as urban plants in which comes in a variety of sizes and vibrant colors. As I started to see and learn about urban plants the more I wanted my very own to grow and study. Where could I search for urban plants if I am a beginner, I wanted to tackle this as easy and gently as possible. I came to the conclusion that maybe Etsy was a start, but as I looked on Etsy I realized that it wasn’t just the plant that people were selling but cuttlings as well. I’m no expert but I can assure you this wasn’t the road that I was willing to go because I was so new to this. So I started small, facebook marketplace had a wide variety and so I started looking into different plants. I finally became linked to this nice woman who provides me with all my urban plants. Some in which you would originally have to order, she even puts baskets together. Cactus’s, Succulants, Rare, you name it then she has it. I can admit that I was over the moon when I found her it was from there till now 53 and counting. So If you are looking for urban plants don’t give up they are out there, try facebook first.

On a Budget

If your like me then you are always looking for a good deal because you are a plant lover save where you can and binge where it is needed. Generally when I purchase my plants I do go to my connect but I also dabble on etsy as well. I finally learned about cuttlings and I have been having a blast planting new plants that I have never seen before. They are reasonably priced and if your willing to pay for shopping it’s a plant lovers paradise.

Go for the green

Still thinking on whether or not you should get started well here is the answer “Yes”. Don’t wait like I did to start on something that yo love to do. If it bring you comfort than I am all for it. During these trying times we do in fact need a little more self care time  and need to unwind rather than releasing your emotions elsewhere.

What was your first indoor plant?

Does Fitness Bum Toning Exercises Make You Feel STupid?

Have you ever wanted to work out and tone you lower body but was overly embarrased. Not because of anything but the obvious you are just to scared to take the leap. Anxious and motivated you decide to give it a go, but wait someones looking through the window. So embarrasing did they see me, I bet I look ridiculous. This type of thing is what we call a snow ball effect you down play the situation until it consumes your whole motivational spill that you had with yourself that morning. Yes there are some of us weird ones out there but it simply makes us more fun. For quite some time I have despised my thighs, I may be small but my thighs move way to much for me. Over a period of time it has made so subconcious but every time I go to do something about it I boost myself up to come back down. Which is in no way something that I am willing to deal with anymore. So today we are going to make a change and actually obtain progress in the process.

In this blog you will find

  • How do you tone you bum quickly
  • How long does it take to tone bum
  • Exercices
  • How to (Step format)
  • Free printable fitness workout tracker

Let’s be honest that if you believe that you are able to tone your bum like that then you must be ready for the overkill journey. You must be dedicated to the cause and push yourself because you whole lower body will feel as if some one has hit you with a pillow case of soap. If you willing then as am I what are some ways to tone you bum quickly.

  • Bridges
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Plies

Bridges

If you looking to tone you bum fast then you should really utilize this exercise 15 min, at least 2x a day for best results.

How To:

  • Place you back on the floor and place one leg up (your preference)
  • Resting the other leg straight on the floor
  • Lift your left leg until it lines directly up with your right thigh
  • Push up and down while in the same position
  • Switch Legs

The Alternative

Or you can simply plant you feet on the ground, with your back placed on the floor. Squeezing your hips together gently squeeze you bum, then lower yourself to the ground.

Squats

This exercise is widely known amongst the fitness because no matter if you are working on you legs, bum, or lower body in general, here’s your go to. This is the simplest exercise you can do and guess what it costs you nothing. Don’t you love heaing that sound I know I do.

How to

To accomplish this exercise you must

  • Place you feet apart hip distance
  • Squat to about a 90 degree angle
  • Then come back up

Complete a set of 15 reps at least 3x if no 2x a day but as your body begins to get used to it then you can add more onto your work load. Take it slow because jumping into this can really have an impact on your body. Pace yourself and still to the limit if you are just beginning and gradually progress.

Lunges

Amongst the other exercises targeted at the bum area lunges are a perfect way to work just that area. Its really simple once you get into it. This is done in a time frame that is more beneficial for you being as though everyone has a wide variety of goals.

How to

  • Stand with your feet and legs apart this time shoulder length (feet facing forward)
  • Step forward placing only you knee from going beyond toe length
  • While pushing off your heels, maintain you balance
  • Straighten your body back to normal upright position
  • Switch legs

Plie

Most people hear this term and automatically find it humorous but I for on have never been quite sure why. If you believe it to be true this is the mosy efficient bum exercise that anyone one has every though up. It’s low profile but has the biggest impact.

How to

  • Spread your feet to shoulder width
  • Toes pointing out, keep you back and arms straight
  • Place your arms out in front of you
  • Lower yourself utilizing the squating position
  • Then use you bum to bring you back to a standing position

This would only take 1 to 2 minutes a lot of people refrain from doing this because it not manageable, I know for me I know it isn’t. I mean I used to dance but those years have come and gone and my body isn’t what it used to be flexibility wise.

How long does it take to tone bum

When doing you exercises over a period of time it seems to take longer but as you start to see the results none of that will even matter. Toning you bum is something that can be accomplished maybe not in that time frame you wanted but over time. Toning normally takes about 6 to 8 week depending on the person and their diet. No im not saying go all out and become vegan but monitor what you are putting in your body. If you need a little assistance I would invest in the bum toning bands as well they really work.

If your thinking about exercising and toning you bum, take that leap and exercise like no one is watching. Learning to block things out will take you far here maybe even a side of meditation. There is nothing wrong with you wanting to be a better you, embracing you beauty and perfecting yourself for you.

Q & A

Have you ever struggled with anything like this while trying to become fit?

The toddler Stroller Mystery Revealed

Have you ever run into a curb literally with a stroller?. well that would make 2 of us possibly more but hey who is counting. When I had my 3rd daughter my husband and I were given a stroller by family which was okay because we saved money and it was a good stroller. Not even a year and a half old but still manages as if it were brand new. Of course I didn’t expect this to happen an that I would be here looking for a stroller, here and now. Somewhere along the line the wheels began to lock up although they were not which totally through me through a hoop. For goodness sakes I can hear the machine asking me debit or credit. That extra step where they want more would you like cash back. I can see myself standing at the machine saying help me and stop suggesting. Strollers are pricey and it generally all depends on what you are looking for but just because they are specially made for. That doesn’t mean that another stroller which is considered basic can’t do. I know what you may be thinking we are in quarantine and this is very true but if you cant buy a stroller while helping the economy then what’s the point. Relax it’s mandatory for my sanity.

Make your lesson learned a reality

Back when I became a mom for the first time I was all for the easy and efficiant way to travel with a child. I became obsessed with the baby carriers because the strollers seemed to be to much of a fuss. They were big and bulky and not easily managed around corners or tight spaces. So I opted out and that when I realized I was oh so wrong. One day I went to go hang out at the mall for some quality time with mom and my little. Now any other mall I could have managed but she chose arundel mills. I was super excited about going to arundel mills because of the outlets and besides I was tired of being in the house. We arrive at the mall and as Im getting myself together I’m thinking like yes no stroller for me. I kept singing that exact tune all the way up until my dogs started barking, and my back started having spasms. Suddenly that whole me not having a stroller scenario to what the hell was I thinking. If it wasn’t torture enough that I was in agonizing pain to the point where I had to keep sitting down, my daughter didnt seem so light then (lol). If that wasn’t bad enough my mom was still shopping with me in the background giving dirty looks. So I guess I ruled out carriers from then on, when I had zoii I kept to this.

In this blog you will find

  • Umbrella Stroller ages
  • Umbrella stroller weight limit
  • Best umbrella stroller 2020

What makes umbrella stroller ages that different?

Now a days everything has a age limit to it and in this day and age not knowing could really cost you. Your are taking initiative and searching for a stroller let’s make sure it’s time well spent. Being as though my daughter is 1 now that really does not apply to me now. Let’s not stress over spilled milk if your a parent then you are either going through this. Some of us have already made the journey. when it comes to newborns we buy the strollers that appeal to us the most. Why is that because it has what you need of course the safety and protection that your child needs. I often hear some new moms discussing this in the baby aisles of stores in reference to prices. When it comes to something of this magnitude there simply is the factor of safety over money. Umbrella strollers should not be used with newborns in which is stating the obvious. I mean you wouldn’t walk our of the er and put your baby in an umbrella stroller. I need not say this but safety is a valid point. You could possibly start using the umbrella stroller around 4-6 months. Some moms may not even be comfortable with this which is very understandable. Being completely honest I don’t believe that umbrella strollers should be used until 1. Allowing you baby the ability to sit up rather than slouch.


Best Newborn Strollers 2020

Don’t worry in case you were in the market for a new stroller in 2020 I have you covered. Every now and again I tend to do investing into strollers for newborns and kids in general. It’s always good to see the updates that companies have made since 2020.

Fitness Mama

Baby Trend Pathway 35 Jogger Travel System, Optic Green

If your into staying fit even after your pregnancy. When there is a will the’s a way and they make jogging strollers with moms like you in mind. I commend the moms who can raise kids and stay actively fit. This stroller is posted with a price of between $180 – $340. This stroller is a great find and most of all beneficial to you.

Rating 4.5/5 Stars

Casual And Comfy

Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System with OnBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat, Monument 2

There are strollers for mom who are not as athletic that just want and need a stroller for comfort on both ends. If you fall into this category don’t be ashamed because I have my comfy days to and work out occasionally as well. This stroller is lacking in one thing the inabilty to engage in fitness. Comfort standard met and priced reasonably between $150-$170.

Rating 4.5/5


Umbrella stroller weight limit

For most umbrella strollers the weight limit start at 35 lb and with that comes the sturdiness of the stroller itself. You want long term versus short it will save you money in the long run a well. The starting weight is very reasonable if you ask me but I still would not reccomend it for 3 to 4 months, this I am sure. The mount of weight will vary from place to place and some places even provide stoller’s up to 50 lbs.

Now with all that has happened with my stroller I am not looking for a stroller as of 2 days ago officially and that is a achievement I am proud to say. It was pure hell for me because initially I ordered from target , and can I just add I was in love with this stroller. I was like a kid waiting in the window to tackle the UPS guy. Yeah that was me the only problem here is that it never came. Little did I know target cancelled my order but put my other one through. trae bizzarre if you ask me, however I had the mind set that I’m not going to let this little problem fill up my swampers with rain so I pressed on. It’s funny how things come back around full circle I tried to stay away from target but I soon ran out of options. Being as though majority of people have been stuck at home or out and about at the stores getting things necessary like strollers. Many stores have run out and or lost count of inventory which is no fault of theirs.

Best Umbrella Strollers 2020

So as I was searching for a umbrella stroller for zoii I came across quite a few that were exactly what I wanted and at an awesome price. For me I was looking for something manegeable and non time consuming when unfolding. I am sort of a one hand mom and I love to multitask, so I always have to have a free hand. Comfy for my little one but sturdy enough to run errands, take walks, or just simply hang out mom or dad (1 on 1). Keep in mind that all of these strollers are between $100 – $200, even now its still a steal and the best part is that this stroller can grow with you child. Making you and the stroller section no longer friends you wont be seeing that aisle for quite some time. If you have double the trouble then your in luck I threw in a a double stroller under $200 bucks.

After the stroller storm there was open pavements

All in all after I was done pulling my hair from the online websites sending me in circles I got up early and set out on my adventure to find a stroller. It’s never the same when you are shopping online versus in stores. That comes with the territory of just ordering online because if it’s not right you have to jump through hoops to return items which sucks. After lurking in the walmart for all of 10 minutes which felt like 30 to an hour for s stroller no such luck. I still walked out empty handed but i still had hope. On to the next in which would be target for in store services. The stroller that I originally ordered off of target was about $185 plus tax, which I was okay with paying because I really needed and wanted this stroller. On a random day I walked in and found the exact same dream stroller for $99. I hit that crazy dancing lady meme in the aisle with not a care in the world.

Graco Modes 3 Lite Stroller Colton

This hot tamale here is worth all the fuss and more rated as one of the best by who mom’s that who. It is a great deal of awesomeness when other are able to help you and engage in stroller talk, I love it. Giving you a number of 5 different ways to travel in style.

What are some hurdles that you have had to overcome when it came to stroller, whether of not it be for a baby or toddler.

Self Care and it’s Wonders

Everyone always tells me about self care tips for to use on my own personal time but I must admit finding time for me when you a mom of three is pretty rare. Now this may not be the case for a lot of moms but it is a thing I assure you. I mean what’s a girl gotta do to stay sane with no free time? You figure out different tips ans things you can do when the kids are napping like blogging, that’s not where we are right now. We have to come up with ideas that best suits your life.

Self Care?

What exactly is self care because when you say self care I can thing of a ton of things that would fall into this particular category. So let define this term shall we maybe we can get to the bottom of all this caous.

Self Care Defined:

Any activity that we do or engage in order to take care of our Emotional, Physical and Mental health.

Helpful Tips

Practicing good self care is key to not only an improved mood but reduced anxiety as well. It is very important that parents pay attention to themselves as well as their children. You must have the ability to manage both. No this does not make you a bad parent it just makes you human and that’s all we can ask for. Focusing on self care for yourself makes it easier for you to be that calm, down to earth, fun mom that you really want to be. You cant do that without self care because you will go insane. The point is we all need a break and as a mom I am here to say it’s okay.

My Journey

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I used to be that mom overwhelmed, stressed, tired and all because I didn’t have enough time for me. No, this wasn’t the case for me I didn’t have enough time because I didn’t make time. You see self care all depends on you there is a choice as to whether or not you want to make yourself important in this equation.

I would always put off self care like getting my nails done, hair, make-up on occasions but I didn’t want to be that far from my kids. I was hooked there was no sane way for me to describe this. One day my husband put me out of the house and so something for you. That’s when I really experienced self care and me time. It took me soooo long, it felt like forever to be honest. That day I went out and I went shopping for myself and had a spa day it was awesome. When I came back home I was refreshed and focused. I noticed a difference immediatly I wasn’t grouchy nor overwhelmed. It was almost like I got to release all my stress and tension and only focus on me. No kids asking a million questions, singing loudly, kicking chairs, etc.

This is why I feel so strongly about this and I need for moms to know that no matter what you think people may think of you doesn’t matter but you well being does so let’s get some self care going.

Yay!

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Self Care Activites

What can I do to accomplish self care well while the idea may seem overwhelming it’s not you just overthinking this. Take a deep breath I’m going to help you get your brain moving to accomplish this goal.

Activities

  • Clean Eating
  • Physical Fitness (Pilates, Yoga)
  • Relieve Stress (Meditation)
  • Structure and Time Management
  • Relaxation (Take a load off!)

A Little Extra

50 Self Care Ideas for a bad day (free printable)! Take care of your mental health with these easy self-care activities and self-care tips to make you feel better. Helpful things to do for women to take care of their mind, body, and soul. #loveyourself #selfcare #selflove #personalgrowth #mentalhealth

Self Care Strategies

FOR Me and you

  • Exercise Regularly
  • Eat a clean, balanced diet
  • Ask for help when necessary
  • Think of yourself as you own motivation and bestie
  • Plan something that you can look forward too
  • Maintain your healthy friendships
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Asking for Help? Not Me.

I know we all hate asking for help me included so there is no longer an elephant in the room. It is okay to ask for help we are not perfect and things do happen when we least expect them to. So if you feel as though help is necessary then by all means ask. I always say only ask if you are in dire need of it not just to have because it’s not simply just to have. Everyone works hard to achieve what they have and to be honest no one has money to just up and give away.

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If you don’t believe me when I say life will be so much more peaceful when you yourself are able to have a piece of mind I mean it. There is so much more that you can do with a little time for yourself and make yourself much more happier for everyone’s sake. In a sense who wants to be a grouch ball for forever, you are preventing your own happiness. Life is what you make it so lets get the ball rolling for you.

Moms Matter Too

A Tiny Favor

I’m not saying this is mandatory but I do hope that this was helpful for you because all parents not just moms needs a break from time to time. Remember your worth and keep the mindset that I am entitled to me time. So hang up your cape of being a protector and go have a hour to yourself. Trust Me you will be so happy you did.