Easy Ways to Workout When You are Short on Time & Money

Alright fellow moms, I know what it is like to be short on time and on a budget, it is hard to do anything, let alone work on your fitness.  Even though we know it is important to take care of ourselves, we all know that self-care is one of the first things to go when we are crunched for time and cash. You still need to focus on yourself though, because when mom doesn’t take care of herself, it is hard for her to take care of everyone else (and what would everyone do if mom couldn’t take care of them?).

So, if you are like me and you are finally taking time for yourself and your health, you don’t need a lot of time or money to get a good workout in.  Check out these easy ways to workout when you are short on time and money:

  • Daily Burn – Groupon is currently offering 60 days of Daily Burn for free!  You can make a huge difference in your body and your health in 60 days.  There are lots of levels of workouts starting from easy to difficult and some are just 15 minutes long.  You can spare 15 minutes, right? Once your trial is up, you can cancel it or, you can continue on if your budget is looking better.
  • Workout DVDs.  Workout DVDs can be done in the comfort of your home and they are very cost effective.  Plus, you can buy workouts according to what you want to do and how much time you can spare each day.  This DVD, for example, features 10-minute workouts.  Be sure and scroll down to the middle of the page to see other similar DVDs.
  • Walk around the block.  Grab your kiddos and take a quick stroll around your neighborhood.  As we mentioned, even a few minutes of exercise each day will help you move toward your goal and it’s free to do!
  • Join a gym.  Most gyms offer a free 7 or 14 day trial, why not head in to a couple of your local gyms and sign up for those free trials (one at a time of course)?  Depending on your location, you can likely get several months of working out for free, while figuring out which one you want to to actually sign up for.  Additionally, Groupon has lately been offering significantly reduced gym memberships, so be sure to check that out too!  If you have little kids, many gyms offer daycare for a reasonable price.
  • Local B/S/T or Buy Nothing Challenge groups.  If you are on Facebook, join your local FB For Sale, B/S/T groups as well as Buy Nothing Challenge Groups.  I have joined all of my local groups such as these and I often see workout equipment being given away for free or super cheap.

What has been your favorite budget-friendly workout?

How I Got Rid of My Migraines for Good!

I have been a migraine sufferer for 20+ years.  I was a teenager the first time I experienced the excruciating pain that is a migraine headache and man did it hurt.  It never got better either, as I got older I got them more and more often and more painful all the time.  I have ended up in the ER several times just so I could get through the pain.

Over the years I have had quite a few migraine prescriptions, including all of the common ones.  I used them in nasal spray form and in pills and none of them really helped me.  Yeah, the dulled the pain a little bit, but beyond that, they did not make the pain go away.  I was dealing with 2-3 debilitating migraines weekly.  That meant 3 out of 7 days per week I was stuck laying in bed, not being a good mom or wife. Living with migraines is an awful, awful thing and I honestly would never wish it on my worst enemy.

I tried the pills, I tried chiropractic care, I tried massage, I tried herbs and oils, nothing worked and I began to think that I was never going to find a way to live without the constant migraines.  Then last summer, my husband was at work and having a conversation with a co-worker about the fact that I was sick with a migraine again.  This particular co-worker was an M.D. and suggested that I go gluten-free.  He said he thought that going gluten-free was a fad thing and he didn’t really fall for it until his wife did it and she became migraine-free after several months.  My husband casually mentioned this conversation to me, but I didn’t put much stock in it because I eat healthy (lots of fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grain) and I have never had any other celiac disease type symptoms, so I figured no way could I be having an allergy to gluten.

After several more months of non-stop migraines, I decided “what the hell” and I went for it.  What did I have to lose, other than migraines (and maybe a couple of pounds), right?  As crazy as it seems, I chose the week before Thanksgiving to make the switch and while it is taking some getting used to, I am happy to say IT IS WORKING!! Since the week before Thankgiving, I have had 2 Migraines.

  • One migraine was two days after Thanksgiving and I will admit that I slipped up a bit and had a piece of pie, thinking that just a little bit of crust wouldn’t hurt.
  • The second migraine was the morning after my husband had brought me lunch from our favorite hamburger joint.  I happily scarfed the whole thing down without even thinking about the fact that I was eating the bun.  He and I both just chatted away while we were eating.

Other than that, I have had no migraine headaches at all.  For real, I am now 2 months into my gluten-free journey and I can officially call it a success.  I am sure that this will be a lifetime change for me and I am okay with that.  Other than my incessant craving for a brownie, it really isn’t that hard.  Knowing that I will get a migraine from choosing the wrong food keeps me from doing it.

Since this lifestyle is new to me, I am still learning new tricks, new products and new recipes that I will be sure to share with you!

Lysol Wipes (240 ct) $7.10 Shipped!

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Flu season is quickly approaching!  Make sure you are cleaning those germs as often as possible!  Amazon has Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 240 Wipes (3 Packs of 80 Wipes) for just $7.10 shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and choose Subscribe and Save!

I love having these around for instant spill cleanup.

If you aren’t a Prime member yet, you can get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!

Walmart: November Beauty Box In Stock Now!

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I love this new trend of beauty boxes!  Try out new beauty items each month for a small cost and find the best cosmetics for yourself in process!

Here is what you will find in Target’s November Beauty Box all for just $10 shipped:

Must-haves. Can’t-live-withouts. Obsessions. In this box, you’ll find beauty faves that totally win our vote. So, enjoy these samples (a $38 value!). If you like them as much as we do, you can find the full-sized versions at Target and Target.com/beautybox.

L’Oréal Advanced HairCare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo
This rich formula permeates and expands every strand to make hair look and feel twice as thick.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream
Alpine rose stem cells, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera nourish, tighten and revive skin on a cellular level.

HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner
Moisture-rich ingredients work to repair damaged, over-processed hair while helping reduce breakage and static.

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask
A non-slip sheet mask infused with hydro-ionized mineral water that delivers intense moisture while soothing skin.

W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick
This illuminating cream creates an instant glow with premium natural ingredients and organic botanicals.

L’Oréal Voluminous Primer
A lightweight primer that enhances mascara, helping it go on smoothly for visibly longer, thicker lashes.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner
A retractable, waterproof pencil (with a built-in sharpener) that keeps lines neat all day long.

 

 

Gillette Mach3 Razor Refills (10 ct) – $7.07 Shipped!

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The man of our house shaves his head on an almost daily basis, which means we go through a lot of razors in this family!  I despise how much they cost, but what are our options?  Well, to coupon of course!  Right now at Amazon, they have a new $4 off coupon for Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Blades, which means thaat we can get them for just $7.07 with FREE Shipping when you choose Subscribe and Save.  $0.70 per razor is a great price!

  • Specially positioned blades progress gradually closer to your beard, resulting in fewer strokes
  • Less tug and pull**
  • Advanced indicator lubricating strip features a gradually fading blue stripe to alert you that it’s time to change blades