Red Carpet Ready Fitness Moves – Celebrity Workouts

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Valerie Waters has 17 years of experience getting celebrities in shape for important movie roles, events, magazine layouts and awards ceremonies.

A celebrity trainer and fitness expert on LIVESTRONG.COM‘s Advisory Board and author of www.RedCarpetReady.com, Valerie’s clientele includes Ben Affleck, Cindy Crawford, and Jennifer Garner, and she has been featured in top publications including Vanity Fair, Fitness and People.

Here are Valerie’s top 5 fitness moves for getting the stars in red carpet ready shape for the Oscars.

1) Skaters- 20 each way

Cross your left leg behind your right leg as your lower body in the pictured position. Extend your right arm out to your side and keep your left arm hanging on the outside of your front (right leg). Jump to the other side, switching the position of your legs and arms (reversing them.) Make sure you keep your head up. The key is to make far jumps from side to side.


2) Lunge Kicks- 20 each

Stand with feet hip width apart and abs tight. Step back with your left foot and lower into a lunge so your right knee bends to 90 degrees. Squeeze your glutes as you push up through your right heel bringing your left leg forward, kicking it in front as you stand and straighten your right leg. Repeat the movement until you complete your reps, then switch sides.

3) Standing “W’s”- 15 total

Stand with feet hip width apart, abs tight and bent over at the waist about 45 degrees. Bend your elbows more than 90 degrees, with your palms facing each other, thumbs pointing up. Maintaining the same bed in the elbows, squeeze your shoulder blades together as you raise your arms. Pause, slowly lower back to the starting position. At the top of the movement, your arms should form a “W”. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position.

4) Star Push Ups- 10 total (5 each way)

Start in a push-up position with your arms shoulder width apart, elbows slightly bent and back straight. Begin by lowering yourself down an inch off the ground and then proceed to push yourself up, with one fluent motion. At the top of the push-up motion twist your upper body until one arm is positioned and held directly over the other in a straight line. Slowly lower yourself and repeat to opposite side.

5) Ultimate Toe Touch- 10 each side

Lie flat on the floor with legs out straight and arms out to the side of you. Raise your left leg and touch your toe with your right hand (or reach as close to your toe as you can), making sure both shoulders come off of the floor.

Do these 5 exercises as a circuit for maximum fat burning benefit.  Rest 1 minute after completing the circuit. Do the circuit 3-4 times. Do this every other day.  On the days in between do interval style cardio.  This could be a spin class or running outside.

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* More Celebrity Workouts.
* Weight Watchers Coupons
* Diet Reviews

 

Toddler Treat – Italian Wedding Soup

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By Cheryl Tallman, www.FreshBaby.com

Italian Wedding Soup is a classic Italian-American dish with a great mix of vegetables, pasta and tiny meatballs. Its name comes from the fact the meat and vegetable taste great together – they are a perfect marriage!

Ingredients:

2 quarts (64 oz.) Chicken Stock

1 carrot, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

½ cup Ditalini pasta (or small-shaped pasta)

1 pound ground pork

½ tsp salt and pepper

¼ cup Italian-style bread crumbs

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 cup cut green beans (fresh or frozen)

1 (15 oz.) can chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

Directions:

In a large pot, bring chicken stock, carrot, celery and pasta to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and simmer for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Combine ground pork, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper in a bowl. Form mixture into ½-1-inch meatballs. Drop the meatballs into the simmering soup and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and chick peas and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Serve with bread or homemade muffins. Italian Wedding Soup can be frozen in small portions for terrific warm-up lunches or after school snacks.

About the Author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

Learn more about Cheryl’s work:

So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
So Easy Baby Food Kit: Make It Natural, Make It Fresh.
Price: $23.85
An award-winning, all-inclusive solution for making baby food in less than 30 minutes per week. The month-by-month Cookbooks uses fresh ingredients with no additives. Kit includes a cookbook, freezer trays, how-to video, and nutrition card, and pays for itself in just three weeks compared to jarred baby food.

So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
Price: $8.95
Baby Food Cookbook including recipes and instruction for making stage 1, 2, and 3 baby foods. This book also includes the basics of introducing solid foods and developing healthy eating habits. Available in English and Spanish.

So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Receipes for the Toddler Years
So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Receipes for the Toddler Years
Price: $8.95
When it comes to eating, toddlers can be tough to please. So Easy Toddler Food is the perfect resource for parents looking for survival tips and 35 simple recipes that will win over even the pickiest toddler. Available in English and Spanish.

Things We Love – Tea Collection Coupon and the New Spring Line

Spring is right around the corner and Tea Collection has put together a gorgeous Spring 2012 Collection designed and influenced by the island of Bali.

Shop the new collection now and take advantage of Tea Collection’s 10% off coupon (no minimum required) with promo code SS12SAS valid through 3/31/12. (As always, you also get free shipping on orders of $150 or more.)

I’ve written about the Tea Collection before, so you know I love the entire collection, but here are some of my favorites:

Tea Collection Dancing Fern Dress
Tea Collection Dancing Fern Dress
A bright print of dancing ferns. Don’t flutter sleeves go perfectly with dancing ferns? With smocking detail and flutter sleeves.

Tea Collection Magnolia Batik 6-piece Set
Tea Collection Magnolia Batik 6-piece Set
Price: $139.0
Good things come in threes and great things come in sixes. Grab yourself a trio of dresses (a graphic and 2 prints) and 3 leggings (stripes too) and mix and match to your heart’s content.
Includes: Botanic Garden Playdress in Neon Pink
Skinny Stretch Leggings in Indigo
Sedap Malam Knot Dress in Chalk
Happy Morning Stripe Leggings
Magnolia Batik Dress in Dusk
SkySo Soft Skinny Leggings in Neon Pink

For Boys:

Tea Collection Monkey King Tee
Tea Collection Monkey King Tee
Inspired by a performance of the Ramayana Monkey Chant dance in Bali.

For Moms:
Tea Collection Artisan Ikat Tunic
Tea Collection Artisan Ikat Tunic
So many artisans in Bali designing so many beautiful ikats. Tea Collection has paid them homage in this modern interpretation of a traditional Balinese ikat print. In an open-neck tunic style with side slits at the hem. Tuck it in or wear it out. Lightweight, flowy cotton voile. We love it with skinny jeans and the sleeves rolled up.

Things We Love – Joyfolie Shoes

We love Joyfolie shoes. They are the stuff of fairy tales, and they are available online at Joyfolie.com (with a limited selection at Piperlime.)

Here are some of our favorites:

 

 

Joyfolie Callista Toddler Boots
Joyfolie Callista Toddler Boots
Joyfolie Callista boot is a girl’s fashion boot with a synthetic suede upper, an eco friendly cotton lining, hidden side zipper closure and TPR outsole.

Joyfolie Sabrina Casual Slip On Shoes
Joyfolie Sabrina Casual Slip On Shoes
The Joyfolie Sabrina flat has a textile upper, an eco friendly cotton lining, slip on simplicity, and a velvet bow with pearlized buckle on toes.

Joyfolie Luna Mary Janes
Joyfolie Luna Mary Janes
Joyfolie Luna’s feature synthetic crackled leather, an eco friendly cotton lining, a T strap hook and loop closure, eco friendly black rubber outsole.

Joyfolie Saidi Mary Janes
Joyfolie Saidi Mary Janes
Joyfolie Saidi maryjanes have a leather upper, a textile flower detail on toes, with eco friendly cotton lining, a hook and loop maryjane strap.

Joyfolie Julie Mary Janes
Joyfolie Julie Mary Janes
Joyfolie Julie maryjanes have a textile upper, a textured flower on toes, an eco friendly cotton lining, a maryjane buckle closure,and eco friendly black rubber outsole

We feature coupons and deals for Piperlime on our sister site. See all Piperlime coupons >

Things We Love – Brush Buddies Singing Toothbrushes

Have you seen these Brush Buddies toothbrushes? They sing – and that can extend the length of time your children brush their teeth.

BrushBuddies recently worked with a suburban after-school community center to reach 58 boys and girls, aged 7-16 years old. In that environment, each child was provided a standard manual toothbrush from a leading US manufacturer and asked to brush as they normally would at home. Each subjects’ brushing time was observed and noted without their knowledge. One week later, the same subjects were allowed to choose a Brush Buddies Talking or Singing Toothbrush and again had their brushing times observed and noted without their knowledge.

* The study found that while using a standard manual toothbrush, the children brushed an average 63 seconds.

* Average brushing times were far less than the commonly accepted goal of 120 seconds (2 minutes).

* The same children, using a Brush Buddies Talking or Singing Toothbrush increased their average brushing time to 109.2 seconds (1 minute 49 seconds); delivering a 73% improvement.

Check out the BrushBuddies website for the entire line of talking and singing tootbrushes, or order online from Walgreens.com:

Brush Buddies Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush
Brush Buddies Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrush
Details:
Soft DuPont bristles, ergonomic design cleans plaque in hard-to-reach places, plus a tongue cleaner for a whole-mouth clean
Soft rubber coating to give you a comfortable brushing experience
Replaceable brush head, dentists recommend you replace your brush head every 3 months
2 buttons – 1 button when you wake up in the morning and 1 before you go to bed.
Each button plays one of Justin Bieber’s songs for 2 minutes, which is the dentist-recommend brushing time.
Battery is replaceable and included Featuring 2 hit singles – Baby & U Smile

Pink Hot Chocolate, Homemade Truffles, and Other Lovely Valentine Recipes

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I have three fantastic Valentine’s Day recipe finds for you:


Glass Topper Valentine Cookies from Cookies & Cups
What is sweeter than cookies and milk for your little sweethearts? A recipe and crafty project in one. Love it!

 

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, from A Beautiful Mess
Two recipes here: pink hot chocolate and red velvet hot chocolate. Simple ingredients, festive and lovely.

 

Simple Chocolate Truffle Recipe, from Fine Cooking
You can customize the recipe and make it your own by choosing from milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate or white chocolate, then choose your flavorings and coatings. You can even save, print and share your personal recipe.

 

Other Valentine Features You May Enjoy:
Love Quotes
Beyond Flowers: Meaningful Valentine’s Ideas for Parents and Kids
More Hot Cocoa Recipes

Things We Love – Karma Shoes by Ahnu

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We’re still knee deep in snow here (and will be for quite some time), but these shoes make us think of spring…

The women’s Ahnu Karma shoe is a super unique looking shoe, drawing from a classic ballet style. An enclosed toe and heel are connected only by the sole and two criss-cross straps on the instep. This incredibly open design allows for maximum flexibility and allows intense ventilation of the foot.

Karma, by Ahnu features:
Genuine leather uppers
Rubber outsole
Elastic in ankle collar opening
Criss-cross straps across instep to help cradle foot but allow movement
Swirl stitching accent on toe.

The shoes pictured above are “plum,” and they come in a variety of bright, happy colors.

Deals of the Day {Free Cookies, BOGO Jeans, Valentine’s Gift Ideas, more}

Here are the freebies, coupons and fun finds that caught our eye today.

If you like this post, make sure to subscribe to Susie’s daily deals alert or get our free coupon toolbar for even more great online coupon codes and deals.

New Freebies for Momscapers

* Free Cookie on Valentine’s DayClick here and print this coupon for a free cookie on Valentine’s Day at your local participating Quiznos. No purchase is required to get the goods, but we think you should show ‘em a little love and buy a sub or two. They’re tasty!

* Get a free sample of Woolite Dry Cleaner’s Secret by printing this PDF and sending in your last dry cleaning receipt. Only while supplies last.

* Printable Aeropostale Coupon - $10 off $40. Ends 2/20

* Printable – 25% off paints and stains at Sherwin Williams

* All Free Printable Grocery Coupons are here.

 

New Coupons & Deals for Momscapers

* Today until 2/13, Pants And Jeans Buy One Get One Free
Mix & Match. Higher Price Prevails.

* From Organic Bouquet.com: Valentines Day Roses-With Free Vase & Chocolates
Ends 2/13. More Organic Bouquet Coupons >

* From 1800flowers.com – Get a $10 iTunes Code & Save 10% on Flowers & Gifts $49.99+ at 1800Flowers.com! Use Promotion Code ITUNES at checkout.Ends 2/14.
Get more 1800flowers coupons >

* A great coupon for the adorable Umi Children Shoes: Take 15% off any purchase at UmiShoes.com plus free shipping and returns! Use code Link15 at checkout.

* Zales.com: Get an Extra 10% Off Your Order through 2/12  No coupon code required. Shop through link above for details.

* At Macys:  Save an Extra 15% Off during the Valentine’s Day Sale at macys.com. Shop through link above and use promo code: LOVE. Ends 2/14

* Today only (2/10),  Subscribe to Parents Magazine for just $3.50/year from DiscountMags.com! Use Promo Code: 3303

* From Sierra Trading Post: Take an extra 20% off orders of $100, 25% off orders of $150 or 30% off orders of $200+ at Sierra Trading Post. Shop through link above and use code ALFEB2. Ends 3/7/12

* From The Scholastic Store – Extra 10% off with code FEBSS10. Ends 2/28

* From Old Navy.com – Save 20% Off Women’s, Women’s Plus & Men’s styles. Use code ONBIG20. Ends 2/12
Get more Old Navy Coupons
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Deals of the Day – Free Kindle Book, 40% off Photo Books, 25% off at The Gap, more

Here are the best deals, freebies, coupons and fun finds that caught our eye today.

If you like this post, make sure to subscribe to Susie’s daily deals alert or get our free coupon toolbar for even more great online coupon codes and deals.

New Freebies and Printables for Momscapers

* For a limited time, you can download 40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate for FREE on your Kindle. (The regular list price of this title is $12.99).

Here are the five most printed grocery coupons of the week so far:
* $1.00 off when you buy any TWO BOXES select General Mills cereals
* 50¢ off when you buy ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal
* $1.00 off when you buy any ONE POST Honey Bunches of Oats NEW Fruit Blends
* 50¢ off when you buy EIGHT CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt
* 75¢ off when you buy ONE package of Yoplait® Light yogurt with Granola

* See All New Free Printable Grocery Coupons here.

 

New Coupons & Deals for Momscapers

* At Snapfish: 40% off Photo Books with Code: BOOKIT40 Exp: 2/29
Get more Snapfish Deals

* At Gap.com (Online only),  25% off your purchase. Use code GAPCOLOR at checkout. Ends 2/10!
Get more Gap Coupons.

* Purchase 2 items at Origins.com and get 2 FREE Mini Liquid Lip Glosses plus get FREE standard shipping.. A $15 value. Ends 2/14.
Get more Origins coupons >

* At Ice.com, Enjoy 20% Off on Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gifts + Free Shipping
Ends 2/14

* Here is a new Valentine’s coupon from Ticket Liquidator: Use the code “heart” and receive $20 off orders of $200+!. Ends 2/15

* Take $10 off when you spend $75 or more on art supplies at MisterArt.com. Ends 2/14.

* Sign up for a guest pass to Curves for only $10. Ends 2/18. New guests only. See site for details.

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Things We Love – Petunia Pickle Bottom at Layla Grayce

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Petunia Pickle Bottom is truly the brand every style-conscious mom craves. And now the Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 collection has arrived at Layla Grayce, featuring all new prints in their popular diaper bags, totes, coordinating travel bags, cell phone cases, baby carriers, slings, layette sets and more.

Right now, Layla Grayce is offering Free shipping on Petunia Pickle Bottom orders over $50, as well as free gift wrap on all Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags and accessories.

Plus, if you spend more than$250 in Petunia Pickle Bottom products you can receive a coupon for $25 that can be used towards your next Layla Grayce purchase.

Shop now.

See some of Momscape’s favorite Layla Grayce selections on our Great Gifts blog >

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