Pumpkin Powered Workout

Pumpkin Powered Workout

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Pumpkin Powered Workout

Put down those Halloween sweets and get up on your feet! Earn that PSL you can’t resist and change up your workout routine turning your fitness game into a festive sweat sesh. The only equipment needed is a pumpkin (size of your choice) and enough space to get your muscles working. This full body workout burns so good it’s almost scary!

ARMS

Pumpkin Push-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Begin in a plank position with pumpkin directly below your chest. Feet are hip distance apart. Slowly lower yourself down, hugging your elbows in towards your torso. Stop once your shoulders are in line with your elbows. Press into your palms as your body rises back up into plank position. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Trick-or-Treat Triceps

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Place feet hip distance apart with one foot staggered slightly behind the other. Lift pumpkin over head, bending at the elbows so that they point towards the sky, while lowering the pumpkin behind your head. Start to straighten back through your arms as the pumpkin comes back overhead. Do three sets of 10 reps.

LEGS

Twisted Reverse Lunge

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Begin standing with feet together and extend your arms away from your body holding the pumpkin out in front of your chest. Step back with one foot, bending both knees until your front leg reaches a 90 degree angle. Make sure your back heel is lifted as you sink down into your legs.  Engage your core to protect your spine by drawing your ribs down and pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Turn your body away from the leg in the back (i.e. step your right leg back and twist to the left). Bring your leg back to center and switch. Repeat this movement on the opposite side, and once both sides are complete that counts as one rep. Do two sets of 15 reps.

Pumpkin Push Squats

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Stand with feet wider than your shoulders, pumpkin is held at sternum height. Start to sit back pushing hips out behind you as if you were about to sit in a low chair. Chest stays lifted and weight is in your heels. Be mindful that your knees are not passing over your ankles. Push down through your heels as you rise back up, while pushing your pumpkin overhead simultaneously. Do three sets of 15 reps.

Spooky Sumo Squats

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Begin standing feet out wide, in a straddle position. Heels are turned in as your toes face out with the pumpkin resting on the ground beneath you. Bend your knees and get low for your pumpkin! Shoulders should be stacked over hips to create on long line down your spine. Weight is in your heels as you reach down for your pumpkin with straight arms. Rise back up as you straighten through your legs as you lift your pumpkin up overhead. Do three sets of 15 reps.

Scary Side Squats

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Stand with feet touching and holding your pumpkin at your chest. Step one foot out to the side and lunge down into a low squat. Chest is lifted while lowering pumpkin to the floor, protecting your low back. Also, be mindful of your knee passing over your ankle while lunging. Push off the side to which you lunged, bringing yourself back to center. Repeat on the other side. Once both sides are complete that counts as one rep. Do three sets of 15 reps.

CORE

Boo-tiful Obliques

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Take a seat on the ground, holding  your pumpkin up at chest height with bent elbows. Slowly begin to lean back onto your sitting bones avoiding any rounding in your back. Engage your core by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. You can keep your feet placed on the ground or lift them up to a hover with shins parallel to the sky for an added challenge. Gently twist your core and pumpkin to one side, then slowly alternate to the opposite side. Do two sets of 20 reps.

Wicked Sit-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Lay down onto your back with your knees bent and feet placed on the floor. Arms should be extend overhead holding your pumpkin. Inhale deeply and as you exhale start to sit up using your core muscles to lift first your head, then shoulders with the pumpkin to follow. Hold at the top for a second and gently release back down to the ground one vertebrae at a time. Do two sets of 25 reps.

Fang-tastic Toe Sit-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Stay laying down, but with your arms extended above your shoulders like you’re pushing the pumpkin towards the sky. Lift legs so your feet are above your hips. Take a deep breath in, exhale lifting your upper back off the ground and pushing the pumpkin towards your toes. Inhale as you lower yourself back down. Do two sets of 25 reps.

Pumpkin Party DIY

Pumpkin Party DIY

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Pumpkin Party DIY

Calling all ghouls, witches, and monsters to come party with us! We’ve got two simple pumpkin DIY’s that will be a hit for your haunted Halloween festivities.

PUMPKIN PARTY COOLER

We’re here for the BOOS. This innovative beverage cooler will spook your guests as eerie fog seeps out of your wicked pumpkin while keeping your beverages (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) chilled as you boogie the night away!

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*Adult supervision is suggested while handling dry ice.

Supplies: 

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Cutting knife
  • Pencil/pen
  • Dry ice
  • Any beverage of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Gut and clean your pumpkin.
  2. Trace the bottom of the beverages you are using  to ensure the opening is the proper size.
  3. Make as many holes as you desire. Feel free to get creative and add any additional carvings.
  4. Insert beverages into their placeholder.
  5. Carefully handle dry ice, place inside the pumpkin, and add a splash water to create smoke.
  6. Chia-eers!

TATTOO PUMPKINS

Pumpkin Party DIY

Don’t have time to carve a pumpkin or want to deal with the mess? No worries, just slap on a pack of your favorite shiny, metallic tattoos and have the flashiest pumpkin this Halloween season!

Supplies: 

  • 1 pumpkin
  • Adhesive tattoos
  • Sponge or damp cloth

Directions:

  1. Wipe down your pumpkin, removing any dirt or dust.
  2. Arrange the tattoos in any way on the pumpkin.
  3. Follow tattoo instructions or press damp cloth on tattoo and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Carefully peel off paper backing and enjoy!

Tricks to Eating (Healthy) Halloween Treats

Tricks to Eating (Healthy) Halloween Treats

April 14, 2016
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When most folks think of Halloween, they immediately jump to visions of sugary candy with harmful ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and synthetic dies (yikes!). So how do you trick your little souls into eating healthy treats this Halloween? We’ve put together two fun and tasty recipes that magically hide some very powerful and nutrient-dense ingredients!

Your little ones will love these just as much as their Halloween candy… well, almost.

Chia Boo-Pops

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Makes 8 Boo Pops

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Gently peel the bananas and cut in half.
  2. Insert Popsicle sticks into each banana half.
  3. Dunk the banana halves into the tub of Greek yogurt until fully covered. Quickly roll the yogurt-covered banana in Mamma Chia White Chia Seeds, followed by the coconut shreds. Arrange three chocolate chips onto the banana to create a face.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze overnight and enjoy!

 

Protein Mummy Balls

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Makes 12 Mummy Balls

Ingredients

Directions 

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the honey and almond butter together until smooth.
  2. Add the oats, chia seeds, rice crisps, coconut shreds and protein powder and mix together until it forms into a (nearly solid) dough. Roll the dough into 12 balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave at 30 second increments.
  4. Dunk the balls into the white chocolate mixture and place back onto the baking sheet. Once all have been covered, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
  5. Once set, remove the balls from the fridge and use the remaining white chocolate to drizzle on top to “mummify.” While the chocolate is still wet, place mini chocolate chips as eyes.
  6. Return to the refrigerator to set once again for an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!

Have a very Magical and Happy Halloween!

Spooktacular Chia Slime

Spooktacular Chia Slime

April 14, 2016
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Get your little monsters excited for this gooey, chemical-free chia slime inspired by Fun at Home with Kids. Chia is so magical who knew it can also be a hands on activity that can be incorporated into play time? This edible concoction is safe for your little souls (although we suggest you don’t let them go digging in as well as parental supervision during play time)!

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Your ghouls and goblins will practically be squirming as they stretch and pull their Magical chia glob. This four ingredient slime is a great interactive idea with Halloween right around the corner! To find instructions on how to make our Spooktacular Chia Slime, please visit Fun at Home with Kids.

 

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INGREDIENTS

Enjoy and have a Faboolous time!