Keeping sports in the family

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Sports have always been an important part of my life, and my husband’s life. My entire childhood was consumed with playing sports. I ice-skated, took gymnastics, ran track, played volleyball and tennis, cheered in high school; and eventually ended up swimming at the national level and training over twenty-five hours per week in the hopes of getting to the Olympics someday. While my Olympic dreams were dashed by a shoulder injury my junior year of high school, my love for sports, and everything participating in sports taught me, made me who I am today. Sports teach valuable life skills which help child athletes become successful adults.

Our whole family enjoys a variety of sports. My husband grew up playing baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Our kids play volleyball, baseball, football, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, and field hockey. We love to encourage sports in our family because sports do more than keep us healthy; they teach us to live better lives and be better people. Sports teach teamwork, resilience, sportsmanship, hard work, and how to achieve your goals. I love to share this with my kids.

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Sports teach us to work hard, no matter what happens. If an injury holds you back from one dream, you can always go after another dream or goal. Once we reach our goals, we can make new ones and continue to strive for more. We should always want more; and sports teaches us that. It teaches us that hard work pays off, and the harder you work, the more you can achieve.  My husband and I worked hard in sports growing up, and we learned that teamwork and sportsmanship goes beyond the field; it is an essential skill in the real world; particularly the workplace. This is what we try to teach to our children.

We encourage our kids to participate in sports not only to learn how to work hard to achieve goals, but to learn a strong work ethic, teamwork, and sportsmanship. My oldest daughter is on her high school varsity cheer squad where she works hard to stay in shape, so she can lift and throw other girls in the air. Cheerleading requires hard work and teamwork, which will ultimately make her a better adult when she is ready to enter the world. My middle child loves to play volleyball where she learns to work hard to be a better player and learns how important both teamwork and sportsmanship are. My youngest child is a hard-working baseball player who has learned that the more he practices, the better he plays. Baseball also instills in him teamwork and sportsmanship. I love seeing my husband share his childhood sport with our son.

In addition to team sports, we teach our kids to live a healthy lifestyle. Staying healthy not only helps them stay strong for the sports they play, it helps their overall well-being. We love wearing Adidas footwear and clothing for a variety of sports as well as activities such as family hikes. Adidas has been a part of myself, and my husband’s sporting lives; and our children have been wearing Adidas shoes and apparel since they kicked or threw their first ball. We love sharing our love of sports with our kids, all while wearing Adidas.

*This post was sponsored by adidas, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Summer 2018 fitness routine

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Summer starts tomorrow! So I am switching up my fitness routine for the summer season. What I love about the summer season is that I have more free time to get in really good workouts. It is also a time when I can include my kids in my fitness routine. Love that!

My goal this summer is to work off ten pounds. I hope to lose a pound a week; I know I can do it! I use MyFitnessPal to track my workouts and caloric intake. Everytime I use it, it works like a charm! It’s an easy numbers game; stick to the calorie count, workout, and voila! A pound a week will vanish. Love it!

Here is my summer fitness routine:

Monday: Cardio and weights, 60 minutes (interval and strength)

Tuesday: Spin class with my daughters (cardio)

Wednesday: BodyCombat class (cardio)

Thursday: The Drop (interval and strength class)

Friday: Spin class with my daughters (cardio)

Saturday: Family hike or swimming laps with the kids (easy cardio)

Sunday: rest day

It is important to mix up cardio, interval training, and strength training. By mixing together different workout types, it works differing muscles groups, enabling a good overall workout routine.

I’m excited about my summer fitness routine because I have the time to mix together the right types of workouts into my schedule.

What are you doing this summer for fitness? Which workouts are your favorite?

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Family hike with PARA’KITO

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My family and I love to go hiking. It is such a fabulous way to explore nature, and sometimes, local history! In fact, we love being outdoors. All of my kids are in scouting, so they love to camp, hike, and just be outside. The one thing that drives me crazy about being outside, is that I get eaten alive by mosquitoes! It’s not just me, my kids do too!

We have tried everything to make our outdoor play-time comfortable; and mosquito bite free. Candles don’t seem to chase them away at outdoor mealtimes, and spraying on mosquito repellant is, well, quite repelling! Ew. I can’t stand the stickiness, the smell, and the need to shower as soon as I get home. Spray-on repellant always leaves me with dirt stuck to my skin too. It’s just gross. My kids feel the same way; I’m not alone in this thinking! That’s why I am so thankful for PARA’KITO!

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PARA’KITO mosquito repellant is a game changer. Instead of spraying sticky repellant on your skin, PARA’KITO has created a unique blend of essential oils, a patented slow-release technology, mosquito repellant pellet! These pellets can be inserted into sporty bracelets, and clip-ons. We love the bracelets! They are so easy to wear, and they keep all the mosquitoes away! Love that!

We recently explored a local hiking trail which showcases Saratoga’s quarry history. There were a few remaining artifacts from the quarry along the trail which made for some fun education for my kids. The trail is named the “Saratoga Quarry Park” and it also offers picnic tables, and a beach volleyball court. The views of the valley foothills is picturesque; and you can even see some small vineyards along the way!

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There is also a pond along the trail, and the Saratoga Creek runs through the parking area. Of course, where there is water, there are mosquitoes! So glad we were all wearing our PARA’KITO bracelets! They kept us bite free, and after the hike we were able to hop in the car and go out to lunch without worrying about stinking like mosquito repellant; or having dirt stuck on our arms!

The PARA’KITO pellets don’t just work in California’s climates. They can be worn in any climate, temperate weather, and even in tropical weather. Love that!

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*sponsored by PARA’KITO, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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