Fit4Mom Mother’s Day Craft

This week we are doing a big celebration of moms all week.  The best thing is that it’s a week of free classes for people to try out.  Every class…Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, Body Back and the running club.  How great is that!  There have been a bunch of new moms out this week too!

This is a great group because there are options for having your kids with you.  Moms are great at taking care of everyone else and often tend to forget about taking care of themselves.  In order to take care of everyone else you have to be healthy yourself.  Physically, emotionally and all around balance for yourself makes taking care of everything else being a mom demands much easier.  When you find a group who welcomes you, ponytail and sometimes uncooperative kids with no judgement just open arms its such a relief.  It’s your own little support community for advice, play-dates, moms night out oh and don’t forget the whole point of the group…fitness!

It’s also great to teach the kids that mom is doing something for herself and that exercise is an important aspect of your health.  It’s so cute when they start doing planks or push-ups.  They take it all in and start to do what mommy is doing.  They learn too…counting forwards and backwards as time or reps are counted, lol!

Our craft this week was a hand print/flower.  We started by doing a hand print, then after the paint dried used marker to make the ‘flower’ around the hand print.  Next we cut it out and glued it on a popsicle stick.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Arbor Day

The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska in April of 1872 where an estimated 1,000,000 trees were planted in Nebraska alone!  Turns out there’s no ‘set’ date for it.  It’s celebrated in many countries so it’s celebrated when the best time in that climate is for planting trees. 
To celebrate the day with the kids I have to keep our budget in mind. getting trees to plant is a little out of our activity budget 😉 so instead I went with planting sunflower seeds. 
I bought a pack of the cardboard seed starter containers from Amazon and cut them into individual pieces.  I got a couple of packets of giant sunflower seeds from the local store.   I had some dirt on hand because JP and I started a seed garden.  We’ve got spinach, peppers and cantaloupe.  We’ll see how those do in large pots outside this year.
I also had plastic cups on hand because I knew these moms were going to need a more stable/mess free way to get their pots home!  Turns out it’s a perfect container to keep it in too for watering.

The older kids had fun scooping the dirt.  JP did a few of them and gave them to the babies but he was so into it and quick I didn’t get him in any pictures before he was off to the playground!
He knew that we had to water it when we got home so before I could get my shoes off I head the water running in the bathroom and he sure had a flooded cup of mud mess!  Oh the joys of a toddler who likes to help or do things on his own. 
Hopefully everyone’s seeds will grow!!