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100 Squats A Day – Do It With Me!

Squats are great! There are numerous studies out there explaining how squats will help any person.

They activate almost every muscle in the body, including butt, thigh and core.  It really is a wonderful daily exercise for people of all ages.

Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. We need to be able to squat to pick up things off the floor, to play with our toddlers, or to garden. We all want to stay mobile for as long as we can and this exercise will help us keep moving.

Squats  also help prevent injury by improving your flexibility. They help you burn more fat, as one of the best ways to burn more calories continually is by developing more muscle. And don’t get me started on what they can do for your butt!

I decided to commit to a challenge:

                                     100 squats a day for 30 days

Who wants to squat with me?

I usually  do 40-50 squats in the morning, the rest in the evening. If you’re new to squats, repeat 20 times in several sets. Start slowly and do not overdo it. To make this exercise more challenging, add weights.

Here are some more benefits of this exercise:

  • Good for digestion
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves bowel movements
  • Low impact, and therefore doesn’t put strain on one’s back
  • Can be done without any equipment
  • Can be done anywhere, indoors or out
  • Improves posture

 

Having great form and technique when doing a squat is important in avoiding injury and achieving maximum benefit.

Do you squat? If not, give it a try. Come join me and let me know in the comments below.

The Softest Shag Rug For A Teen Room

**Disclosure: I received a free product for review. All opinions are 100% mine.**

New Rug in Teen Room
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Shag rug for teen room

Natural Rugs

For a teenage boy his bedroom is like a fort protecting him from the outside world. It’s a place where he can go to get some private space or hang out with friends. It’s also a place where he can start to express his own identity separate from the rest of the household.

A few months ago, my teen was ready for a larger bed. At 14 years old, he stands 5’11” so his old twin sized bed just didn’t cut it anymore. He upgraded to a queen bed, which meant getting a new mattress, bed frame, comforter, duvet cover, and sheets. I also added new art work and a better desk chair.

My son loves neutral colors – grey, black, and brown are his favorite. He prefers minimal decor with sleek , clean lines. Recently, we added a rug to his room, which provides some extra padding to the hardwood floors. I let him pick out the rug and he chose this Natural Area Rugs shag rug.  Shag rugs are cozy, soft, and luxurious. I love them. This rug feels so soft on bare feet and compliments the room’s modern decor. It adds style and comfort. Now the room feels “warmer” and cozier.

Natural Rugs

Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy to pick a rug. Natural Area Rugs has a huge selection of contemporary, jute, sisal, grass, etc, rugs. All their rugs come with a FREE rug pad and shipping is always FREE.

Here are just a few of their products.

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Bermuda Oriental Rug w/ FREE Rug Pad             Grandeur Contemporary Rug w/ FREE Rug Pad

My Experience With Lowe’s Gutter Installation

**I was not compensated for this post nor did I receive free installation/products. I just wanted to share my experience and opinion.**
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We all know that good gutters is your home’s best defense against harsh elements. Unfortunately, gutters warp and bend as they age. Along with it, so do the hangers and other hardware that was used to install them. This can cause the gutters to pull away from you home and lets water fall uncontrolled. This was the situation with my gutters. Every time it rained, there was a downpour of water right above my patio door.  Before my home suffered any water damage, I needed to take care of this issue. Prior to contacting gutter companies, I did a lot of research on gutter materials, sizes, installation, cost, etc. For a minute I even looked into DIY gutter installation. I figured I’d need more than two hands to do this. Once I was a little better informed, I contacted the first company: Lowe’s.

After filling out an online form, a Lowe’s employee called to set up a free home consultation. Three days later, one of their project specialists came to my home to take measurements and inspect the current gutter situation. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He informed me that I have 97 linear feet of gutters and that 24 linear feet of fascia wood would need to be replaced due to wood rot. That was the area above the patio door that was pulling away. The gutters above my garage were also bend and started to pull away.

Lowe’s offers 5″ and 6″ gutters. My old gutters were 5″ so I stuck with the same size. This also allowed me to keep my four existing downspouts which were in great shape. Keeping the downspouts  saved me over $200. The total cost for 97 linear feet  5″ seamless gutter installation came to $1,078 after tax. This included all materials, labor, and hauling away of job related debris.  He left me with the written quote and encouraged me to call him with any further questions. I appreciated the fact that he wasn’t pushy – which wasn’t the case with Home Depot.

While I have nothing against Home Depot ( I shop there all the time), their guy was very pushy. In addition to quoting nearly $400 more for the same job, materials, etc., the guy  tried to talk me into getting  a Home Depot credit card, which I politely declined.

The third company was a local roofing company.  Their quote was around $100 less than Home Depot’s. The problem with them was that they couldn’t commit to starting the work for at least  another month or two. The concern I have with local companies (some at least)  is that today “they’re in business”, next week they can be “gone”. I don’t mean to insult anyone but I had seen it happen before. Six months after a local company did work on my AC unit, their phone number was disconnected. At least with big box stores labor is guaranteed for a year and the store “isn’t going anywhere”.

Gutters

After doing my research and meeting with three companies, I decided to go with Lowe’s. Two weeks after meeting with the Lowe’s guy, two independent contractors (hired by Lowe’s) came out to do the work. The installation was smooth (about 4 hours) and I’m happy with the results. Since then we have had major rain storms, ice and snow. Every so often, I walk around the property to inspect the gutters. Everything looks fine – no sagging, no pulling, no leaks or holes.

Gutters

Gutters

Have you ever hired a big-box store to do installation at your home? If so, what was your experience?