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Toddler Craft – Paper towel roll necklace

Published on April 9, 2014 at midnight by XC

One of my priorities is making sure I am helping Sienna learn and grow. I found this fun craft idea in a book of developmental activities for toddlers (sorry I can’t remember the title) and thought I would share it for other moms with toddlers to try. It’s simple, but fun and you probably already have the supplies around your house!
What you need

Empty paper towel roll
Clothes pin

Step 1: Help your little one decorate the paper towel roll with markers. Sienna was most interested in taking off and on the marker caps, but with a little prompting we got a few squiggles on the tube. I suppose you could also paint the tube if you were up for a little more mess.

Step 2: Cut the paper towel roll into pieces (about 1-1.5inchs wide). This creates the “beads” you will string on the necklace.

Step 3: Cut a piece of string the length you need to go around your toddler’s neck, plus some extra to tie. Then clip the clothes pin to one end of the string so that the beads won’t fall off.

Step 4: Help your little one string the beads onto the string. This is great fine motor skill practice.

Step 5: Remove the clothes pin, tie the ends together, and let your toddler model his/her new necklace!

Enjoy! If you give it a try, post a pic on the Tailored Fitness Facebook page or share one on Instagram and tag us!

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Hair Tutorial – Sockless Sock Bun

Published on March 19, 2014 at midnight by XC

I’m so excited to get to share this hair tutorial because it’s a style that I do all the time! I had always been intrigued with the idea of the sock bun, but until Beth taught me this technique, I was never able to get it right. Now this is one of my go-to styles, especially for 2nd (or 3rd) day hair!
If you missed either of Beth’s previous tutorials, you can see the Dutch Braid tutorial here and how to curl it here. If you’d like us to film more tutorials like this, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Hair Tutorial – Dutch Braid with curls

Published on March 12, 2014 at midnight by XC

It’s time for our 2nd hair tutorial from my fabulous friend Beth with Crown of Beauty! This week is a continuation of last week’s dutch braid. You’ll learn tips for curling your hair and how to dress up the dutch braid. This style is so cute and feminine for spring, especially if you have a special event or wedding to attend. Enjoy and check back next week to learn how to do a sockless sock bun!

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Hair Tutorial – Hunger Games style Dutch Braid

Published on March 4, 2014 at midnight by XC

I am so excited to share a series of 3 hair tutorials that I filmed with my dear friend Beth. She is super talented and I have learned a lot of fun styles from her including the sockless bun that I wore in my photos for the Rediscovering my Style as a Mom post I did a little while ago.
Beth has a non-profit called Crown of Beauty where she does hair for weddings and formals, but instead of paying her, you donate to a charity. It’s a really neat way she chooses to give back with her talent!

The first video describes how to do the ever popular Hunger Games braid and gives a few options for how to wear it. (By the way, sorry the color isn’t great, I was having camera issues the night we filmed it, but the styles are so fabulous, I wanted to share it anyways!)

Hope you enjoy it, Pin it, and Share it! Check back next Wednesday for another style!

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Fun Activity for Toddlers – Photo Box

Published on Feb. 11, 2014 at midnight by XC

Hey Ladies! I thought I would share a fun activity I tried with my daughter last week. I am always looking for new ways to help her learn and encourage her to grow, but it is sometimes hard to find things for this age (15 months). I came across the idea on [url=http://www.notimeforflashcards.com ]No Time for Flash cards[/url], which is a great source for fun ideas for kids, especially in the toddler age group. The version on her site here is Valentines Day themed, which is super cute, but I didn’t have a heart punch or fake petals, so I modified a bit.
Here’s how to create your own Photo Box:

Print out photos of family and friends (choose ones where their faces can be seen easily)
Paste them onto various colors of card stock
Cut around them to form basic shapes
Cut extra shapes from the card stock
Put all the shapes and pictures into a box (I used a large tuberware)
You could also add other kid safe objects too like she suggests in her post
Then help your child sort through the box naming family and friends she sees as well as the shapes and colors

We just made ours last Friday, but Sienna has loved looking through the box and has already learned to identify her grandparents and some of her cousins pictures. I love that she is staying familiar with family members who live far away so when we see them, she will be more likely to recognize them. Hope you enjoy this activity and let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more things like this!

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Meet Rebecca – New Tailored Fitness Trainer and Guest Blogger

Published on Jan. 10, 2014 at midnight by XC

We are very excited to welcome my sister, Rebecca, to the Tailored Fitness team as one of our personal trainers as well as a guest blogger. Rebecca brings a wealth of experience in the fitness world along with her hilarious wit to our team. Check out her post below to get to know her a little better!
Let’s start at the very beginning: I don’t know if we’ve been properly introduced! Hello! My name’s Rebecca and I just came on board as a trainer at Tailored Fitness and I’m gonna be popping in and out every so often to write to you about fitness and health and all things wonderful! As an introductory piece, I wanted to give you a glimpse as to where I’m coming from!

In addition to being a personal trainer, I’m also a professional actor. And before you beat me to it, no, I have not worked with Meryl Streep. I’m in the theatre with an RE not theater with an ER which means I’m a stage actor. I absolutely love it. I’ve always had a knack for making a fool of myself in front of others and now I happen to do it as a profession, which works out really well. I didn’t always do this, though. I was mostly a sports kid growing up. I played soccer for 10 years, have run track and field since the 4th grade and found my favorite sport of pole vault when I reached high school and continued competing in it throughout college and beyond.

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Rediscovering my style as a mom

Published on Dec. 16, 2013 at midnight by XC

This week’s post is a little different and just for fun. If you enjoy it and want to see more like this in the future, let me know via email or Facebook.

It’s no secret that having a baby changes everything! One of the most obvious changes is of course your body and what you wear. Here was my experience. First I had to figure out what to wear during the first few months of pregnancy when I didn’t really look pregnant yet, just like I had eaten a big lunch. Then I had to figure out how to “style the bump” during those last few months of pregnancy. After I had Sienna, I pretty much lived in yoga pants and sweatshirts for a month or two as I adjusted to being a new mom and worked on getting something that resembled my pre-baby body back. Then I went through an awkward phase where my maternity clothes were too big, but my regular clothes were too small. I bought a couple things to tide me over, but I really didn’t want to get comfortable at that size. Those of you who read my journey to post-baby best posts know that it took 10 months of hard work to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight where I really felt like my clothes were fitting again. To add to the complications, I was nursing, so every top had to have easy access for feeding time. Plus, as a stay at home mom, my clothing needs weren’t the same as when I was working, since I wasn’t exactly sporting my pencil skirt and heels around the house.

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Your Fitness Gift Guide

Published on Dec. 9, 2013 at midnight by XC

Have you been asked what you’d like for Christmas yet? I thought it would be fun to put together a quick holiday gift guide for some of my favorite fitness stuff. You can add these to your list or pick them up for another fitness fan in your life!
Glass Water Bottle (Target) – $14.99
My mom originally found this great water bottle and when I saw her’s I asked for one for my birthday. I love it because it is glass, yet has a silicone sleeve around it. With all the research about toxins leeching into our water from plastic bottles, it’s nice to find a durable glass one. Metal is a good solution too, but I find that sometimes my water ends up tasting metallic, so glass is my new favorite!

Strappy Sports Bra (Target) – $18.99

I found this sports bra last time I was a Target and I love it! The skinny straps are cute and different. It has built in cups which help with coverage when you get cold and the ruching in the middle helps avoid the uni-boob that some sports bras cause. This one is less supportive than the Moving Comfort bra I used during pregnancy and nursing, but it’s perfect now that I am back to my normal size.

Lotus Folding Yoga Mat (Walmart) – $13.97
If you travel and workout on the road, then you need a light weight yoga mat that is easy to pack. I love how this mat folds instead of rolls. Just throw this and your resistance band in your suitcase and you are good to go!

Banded Headbands (Banded2gether.com) – $8-10

I spent years searching for a headband that wouldn’t slip off my head during a hard core workout and these from Banded are the only ones I have found! They also don’t give you a headache if you wear them all day. I like the thicker ones better than the skinny ones and the sparkles are my favorite, but all their patterns are adorable. As a bonus, they partner with Amazima, so every headband you purchase provides 3 meals for a sponsored child.

Ruffled Scuba Hoodie (Lululemon) – $158
So I know Lululemon has had some bad press lately, but they still make great workout clothes that last longer than any other brand I have bought. And believe me, I wear my workout clothes hard! I thought this ruffled hoodie was adorable! I have the regular scuba hoodie in black (same jacket, but no ruffle) and it’s a really nice jacket. It is quite warm and I usually only wear it during warm up, but it is also stylish enough to throw on with jeans and boots for casual wear.

Long Sleeve Shirt (Athleta) – $79
Athleta is one of my new favorite workout clothes brands! They used to be only online, but they just opened a few stores, included one just 15 minutes from my parent’s house in Scottsdale so I plan on checking it out when I am there later this month. I have several Athleta pieces and they wear well and are good quality. I have one top very similar to this long sleeve one and it is great for outdoor winter workouts here in San Diego. The wick away fabric is perfect to keep you warm, but comfortable to sweat in. There are several other things on their site I’d love to try like this skirted capri pant. By the way, Athleta is owned by the same folks as Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, so gift cards to any of those stores are good for Athleta too. As a side note, whenever I look at an Athleta catalog, I love how healthy looking their models are! They aren’t the skinny ones you see in most ads. They have muscles and actually look like they would kick butt in a workout. Thank you Athleta for showing strong, healthy women in your ads!

Chevron Athletic Skirt (RunningSkirts.com) – $69
I was introduced to Running Skirts about a year ago. They are a local San Diego company started by two twin sisters. I have this Chevron Running Skirt and I LOVE to wear it with my Tailored Fitness tank. If you followed any of my journey to post baby best blogs, you saw this photo every month! They are always coming out with new styles and they have great sales, so check out the sale part of their site for deals. You’ll want to get the Athletic skirts, which have compression shorts rather than the Running skirts, which just have briefs. A little more coverage is nice when you are cross training and down on your mat doing abs.

Tailored Fitness Tank (Tailored Fitness) – $25

Speaking of Tailored Fitness tanks, have you ordered yours yet? We’ve had raving review so far! It is a really nice light weight material that is fitted, but not too tight. Plus, it’s nice and long so you don’t have to worry about your midriff showing when you do an overhead press!

Statement Tees (FellowFlowers.com) – $25

I love these statement tees from Fellow Flowers (another great small business to support). They have a word on the front (such as hope, strength, courage, etc) and then on the back, they have the definition, but in super empowering language. I have my eye on the Content tee. The messages they express are about strength and confidence and go right along with what we stand for here at Tailored Fitness!

Well, hope you had fun shopping with me! If you’d like to see more shopping related posts like this, let me know! Have a fabulous week and don’t forget to squeeze in a few workouts during the craziness of the holidays. It’s important to carve out some “me time” during the holiday rush!

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A Thankful Heart

Published on Nov. 25, 2013 at midnight by XC

Gratitude is a powerful thing. It’s good for your health, it changes your outlook on life, and brings joy and happiness. How wonderful to have a week to focus on what we are thankful for. Don’t let the week fly by with the craziness of family time and miss the chance to reflect. As you exercise this week, feel the strength of your body and be grateful for its abilities. Remember that there are those out there who would gladly trade for your strong pair of legs (even if they don’t look like a model’s legs). If you missed my sister’s blog post on this topic, check it out here. It’s a MUST READ! It will be exercise that is good for your body and your mind.
While we are on the topic of thankfulness, I want to express my gratefulness for each one of you! Because of you, I get to do what I love. Thank you for sweating it out with me each week, reading my newsletters, liking my facebook posts, and sending me notes of encouragement. The journey of starting and running Tailored Fitness is something I am extremely grateful for because it has helped me grow so much personally. I am even grateful for the challenging moments when I felt like giving up, but persevered anyways because I came through them with more confidence. Thank you for my amazing husband who believes in me wholeheartedly and is my biggest fan. Thank you to my amazing business partners Brian and Sam, I couldn’t do it without you. And thank you to all my family and friends for your love and support on this journey. I am blessed by you!
May you have a restful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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What are you feeding your skin?

Published on Oct. 21, 2013 at midnight by XC

This week I am excited to share a guest post from my dear friend, and Tailored Fitness member Lindsay. She is an Arbonne consultant with a wealth of knowledge about skincare and she is going to share a few things we all need to know about caring for our skin. I think we often focus so much on eating well and exercising that we forget what an important role skincare plays in our health and how we look as we age. I know I have started paying more attention to my skin the past few years!

Lindsay has been generous enough to provide an awesome gift that we get to give to one reader this week! Enter to win here. You’ll have the chance to win a face lotion from their #1 selling Anti-aging line. We will pick a winner next Sunday!

What are you feeding your skin?

by Lindsay Palomo, RN, BSN

Arbonne International Independent Consultant

Taking care of myself has always been important to me. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home where my mom taught my three sisters and I what it looks like to cook and eat healthy, and my dad instilled in us the importance of exercising and staying active. Both lessons have proven to be invaluable to me in my life. Healthy living and understanding how intricately made our bodies are became a growing interest of mine over the years.

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