Thursday, August 21, 2014

square by square

My kids enjoy playing games and so I was excited to try Square by Square with them.
The game is one that teaches spatial relationships. Their are 14 puzzle pieces, 60 challenge cards, a game container with card drawer and a to go bag.
You simply choose a challenge card and try to arrange the pieces into that same picture. If you get stuck the back of the card offers two hints.

The game is aimed for ages 5& up. I have a 6 1/2 year old and a 4 year old. The 6 year old tried to complete a few of the pictures but gave up quickly. I guess it was too much thinking after an already long day at school.  she and her 4 year old brother instead seem to enjoy just creating their own patterns and pictures with the pieces. I think soon my daughter will try using the cards again. I'm sure with just a little guidance at first she'd get the hang of it.

Even though they aren't doing the challenges this game is still helping my kids think ahead and see how they can arrange/rearrange pieces to create, I love that it gets their brains thinking while still allowing them to be creative.

I am an adult and I enjoyed doing this game. It was fun to pick out a card and then work to arrange the pieces so it fit. I am the type that enjoys brain teasers and puzzles. So this game was perfect for me.  Some of the puzzles even have more than one correct solution.

Overall I am super pleased and recommend this game,

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bics and Trics

Yesterday at the gym I worked my legs. That means squats (but only a few). Leg extensions, that is where you sit on a machine and lift your legs up under a bar. I did standing leg curls, that helps work the muscles on the back of you leg. And a few other things nothing to hard and not to much of one thing. 

Today I am going to be working on my Biceps and Triceps. For that you are working more with dumbbells or a few machines. What you want to do when you are pregnant is to do low weights but lots of sets. So lets says I can curl 15 lbs, 15 times and I do that 3 times and rest 30 seconds in between. Well now I am going to do 10 lbs 15 times, rest for 30 seconds and do that 5 times. When going to the gym writher you are pregnant or not its not always about doing the big weights, its about how many times you can do it. Then more you do the more you are taxing yourself. The better the results you will get. 

If you are anything like me and don't know what to do at the gym don't worry there are apps out there to help you along the way. I am just going to help keep myself in shape and to feel good. I don't really want to be a bodybuilder. 

Happy lifting!   

Monday, June 23, 2014

Working out while you are pregnant

With my first two pregnancies I never worked out. Sure ok I wanted a little but nothing really. Well before I got pregnant this time I had been starting to workout. Nothing crazy because I was new but I went every day and walked/run and lift weights. I know that you can workout while you are pregnant but what can I do. So I thought I would let you know somethings you can do. When you are in your first trimester I have head different things as to wether you can work your abs or not. So for that if you are not sure just ask your doctor first. In fact make sure you asked your doctor before going ANY EXERCISES. With that being said here are somethings you can and can't do:

Dos: 
Arm stretching and chest stretches. Prenatal yoga. Light weigh lifting, Walking. 


Don't:
Do abs work. Don't over lift weights. Don't start anything new.

Ok I know that is kind of a short list but really you can do a lot, if you have already done it and if you ask your doctor. So far I am 4 weeks and just did legs today at the gym. I did not over work them and I kept my weights light. Tomorrow I am going to do zumba. Remember to drink lots of water and make sure you are eating right. In the next few weeks I am going to refine my workout and post what I am doing. I think that would help you all more.

The Last, and #3

I just wanted to let everyone know really fast that we are expecting baby #3 this will be the last one and I am wishing for a girl but will still be happy for another boy


Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was diagnosed with......


About 8 years ago I started to know that something was not right with me. If you asked anyone in my family they would say that I was never "normal" and in a way that is true. Where should I start. I don't want to over whelm you with this but I wan others to know so I help you know if you need help. All my life I have been cold but hot to the touch. I would have headaches just about everyday. I would have brain fog, as in spacing out and forgetting things that would happen a few minutes ago. I would have blurry vision every now and then. But the one thing, well two things that I hated the most was..... I had really bad stomach problems and would not lose weight no matter what I did. 


So we went to the doctor to get some blog work done. What I found out was the first step to a long path. I was told that I have thyroid problems. So I had to get blood taken once a week to see what they could find. At first they said it was hyperthyroidism then two weeks later I was hypothyroidism. I could never get a real answer. Mind you I had tricare (military insurance). After three months of the run around I asked them to send me to an endocrinologist, and they told me NO! Yeah so I was seeing a PCM, a family doctor not a specialist and they thought that they could fix me. They did nothing, so I got tired of getting my blood taken so I stopped going.

Five years later I had a doctor tell me I should go get it looked at (thank you Luck Air Force base) and I had an ultra sound. Then they told me they wanted to get a biopsy. But that scared me to death. I did get to see an endocrinologist and he was the one who told me 1. that my thyroid is messed up due to having a baby (NOT) and 2. it sounds like I have something called Hashimoto syndrome.  His first answer was, here lets get you on some meds, oh yeah and you can't breastfeed with taking it. Aiden was 4 months old and I wanted to breastfeed as long as I could. I decided to wait until I was done having kids to get my thyroid looked at.

Three years after that I saw a commercial for a doctor who work with people who have thyroid problem and most had Hashimoto. So I gave him a call. He not only did my blood work but he did a LOT of blood work. My Hemoglobin was 5.8 (should be 4.8 - 5.6, meaning that I have an increased risk for diabetes. A few other things that was border line high/low. But my thyroglobulin, anitbody was 5.7 (should be 0.0 - 0.9) As you can see I was not just high I was up in the sky HIGH! That is how you know that you have Hashimoto. 

So what does that mean in a nut shell... it means that my body as an autoimmune problem it is literally at war with itself. So how do we fix this? Well there are a few things I could do, yes I could get on the pill (which I till might need) but I could also go on the Hashimoto diet. This diet really is not to hard, that is unless you are in love with bread! I told my husband one day that I think I would die if a doctor ever told me that I could not eat bread anymore. Well I was told that two weeks ago and I'm not dead... not yet! That's right the diet is to cut out gluten and to get a paleo diet. I will go more into what a paleo diet is later in other posts. 

Some foods can make your thyroid flare up for me it is gluten and soy. Two of the hardest thing to get out of a diet. But just after two weeks of working on this. I have had no headaches, I am no where near as tired as I used to be, little to no brain fog, and I am not freezing anymore. I still need to do a food allergy test to find out if something is causing problems, but I never knew that just changed what you eat can make a big difference. 



Katie

Monday, June 2, 2014

Whaley's big adventure

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

My kids love to read. So I am always getting books for them. This time I got them a book called Whaley's big adventure. 
 
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