• sea shanty squats

    Get More Movement in Your Day With Sea Shanty Squats

    Sea Shanty Squats? Yes. You read that correctly. What does that have to do with home improvement, old houses, and DIY? Absolutely nothing. I just didn’t want my regular readers to get into a reading rut. I consider it my duty to keep you on your toes. Hence the Sea Shanty Squats. Are you saying, “What in the world? Has she lost her ever-loving mind?” Possibly? Not every day, but almost every day around 5 o’clock when I’m tasked with the chore privilege of making my family dinner that one of them will inevitably complain about, I find the time to do some Sea Shanty Squats. What is this brilliant…

  • Exercise,  Family

    Basketball Drills for 4 – 6 Year Olds

    A few years ago I had the pleasure of coaching my son’s basketball team. He was 5 years old and it was his first experience playing the game. The stated goal of this particular basketball program was to introduce 4 – 6-year-olds to the game in a fun setting so they would want to continue to play the sport in subsequent years. No problem, right? Hahahahahaha! I say this with all the affection of a mother. It was like coaching a pack of wild animals. Albeit, very cute wild animals. Let me tell you what you will (potentially) be up against. 1) 4 teams of 8 – 10 kids practicing…

  • Exercise,  Family

    That One Time I Went On a Trail Run

    I’ve mentioned at least once that Handy Husband is a runner. He loves all the parts of running. The competition, the stats, the runner’s high, the gear, that part where your chest burns and your muscles want to die. Yeah, all of it. I run too. At least 3 times a week for the past 5 years. However, I’ve never reached the “love” stage of running. I’m still in the, “how far do I have to go so my pants still fit” stage. Handy Husband and I used to go running together. Then he decided to be a show-off and run 6-minute miles. I’d have to purposefully not tie my shoelaces very…

  • Exercise

    How to Crew for an UltraMarathon Runner

    “He’s a beast!” “Is he crazy?” “Oh, I KNOW he’s a special kind of crazy to do that.” “I wouldn’t even drive that far!” These are all things people said to me about my husband running an ultramarathon. An ultramarathon is any distance over a traditional marathon of 26.2 miles. To which I replied: Yes. Yes he is. Probably. You seem to know a lot about crazy. Neither would I. Here’s the deal. All ultramarathons are different. In some way, shape or form that runner is going to need support. There’s the practical stuff: food, supplies, medical, transportation. There’s also the intangible stuff like providing emotional support. Sometimes they need a cheerleader,…

  • Exercise,  Running

    I Tried It: Mineral Salt Deodorant

    Aren’t you glad I do these things? Like try a deodorant and then tell you how it worked? Or have you already run for the hills? I promise I don’t smell that bad. I guess you’ll have to trust me on this one. So, my husband, who never shops for toiletries, decided earlier this year to order this $7-ish stick of deodorant because it was going to be SO MUCH cheaper than ALL the deodorant he uses. Since anti-perspirant/deodorant magically appears in his bathroom drawer, I think he thought he was using a stick a month or something. I assure you, he does not. But, he was right. It’s possible that this…

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    As I sit down to write this post, my abs are on fire. Not literally, of course, but they are burning with exertion. It’s that good kind of pain…just don’t make me laugh tomorrow. Ready to know why? (I know one of you wise guys is out there saying, “nope, not really!”) I just finished an itty-bitty, 6-minute Pilates video on YouTube. Six. Minutes. That’s all it took. You’d think it was my first time working out, but no. Now, generally speaking, I’m in pretty decent shape. I run 3 days a week and ride the bike 2 days a week. That’s not bragging, it’s just that exercise is pretty much…