Booty Blast Workout
Your at home workout routine just got a little bit better. Thanks to celebrity trainer Courtney Paul, we have the best booty blast workout to get your legs looking toned in just a short period of time.
Let’s start sweating
Single leg deadlift
Start standing with feet shoulder-width apart. For an added challenge, hold a dumbbell (or a water bottle or even wine bottle) in each hand at waist level, palms facing you. Keeping back flat and core engaged, bend from the hips and slowly lower hands toward the floor, keeping them close to your body, while simultaneously lifting left leg behind you. Stop when your chest is parallel to the floor. Hold for one second, then return to standing. That’s 1 rep. Repeat for 10 to 12 reps, then switch legs.
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, holding one dumbbell with both hands in front of you. Pushing knees outward, lower into a squat, keeping knees behind your feet. Squeeze your butt muscles and push through your heels to stand up, lifting arms overhead toward the right. (For an added challenge, add weights like a dumbbell or even a heavy book.) Twist your torso slightly, but keep legs and feet still. Repeat for 10 to 12 reps, then twist to the left side.
Squat to calf raises
Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, weights optional. Keeping your spine straight and core engaged, lower into a squat, bringing your thighs as close to parallel to the floor as you can. Then squeeze your butt muscles and push through your heels to come up to standing, rising up onto the balls of your feet. Lower back into a squat and repeat for 10 to 12 reps.
Stand with your arms by your sides and a stability ball positioned between your lower back and a wall. Squat down with your feet firmly on the ground at about shoulder-width apart, lowering your body toward the floor and rolling your back along the ball while keeping that core tight. Hold this for 30 seconds, 4 times.
Step your right leg forward and lower your body so that your right knee is directly over your right ankle, and your left hip is directly over your left knee. Squeeze your butt muscles and push up to stand on your right leg, lifting your left knee to your chest. Place your left leg on the ground in front of you and repeat the exercise on the opposite side. For an added challenge, add weights. Continue repeating for 10 to 12 reps on each leg.
Weighted side lunge
Stand with your feet together and take a big step with your right leg out to the right. Keeping your back flat, shoulders lifted, and left leg extended, bend your right knee and lower your butt toward the ground. (Don’t let your right knee go past your right ankle.) Using your glutes, push through your heel to come back to starting position. Repeat with your left leg. Add weights as needed. Continue alternating for 10 to 12 reps on each side.
Enjoy your workout!
6 Free Movies To Watch On Youtube
Over the past few years, the free social media platform, Youtube, has been posting full-length movies in HD in order to compete with other streaming companies such as Netflix and Hulu. Though many movies need to bought or rented, there is a handful of great movies that are free with ads on Youtube. Every month Youtube will release a handful of new movies to watch. We have found the 4 best free movies to watch on youtube right now!
Grab some popcorn!
Launched in 2012 and rated Rated PG-13, the up and coming teenage film staring Miley Cyrus is a must watch. In a world where connections via Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks are the norm, high-school student Lola (Miley Cyrus) is trying to navigate her way through the usual teen pressures of romance, friendship and overprotective parents (Demi Moore, Thomas Jane). Broken-hearted by a break-up with her boyfriend, Lola’s world turns upside-down when she realizes that her best friend, Kyle (Douglas Booth), could actually be the love of her life.
The Secret Life of Bees
Launched in 2008, the secret life of bees is a coming of age story surrounded by dark drama and is rated PG-13. Haunted by memories of her late mother and abused by her father (Paul Bettany). 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) runs away with her friend and caregiver Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) to the South Carolina town that holds the key to her mother’s past. There, Lily meets the Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo), who take her in and teach her about beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna. Lily also discovers that the truth about her mother is closer than she thinks.
John Tucker Must Die
A rom com classic, this film was launched in 2006 and is rated PG-13. After discovering they are all dating the same same guy (Jesse Metcalfe), three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlist the help of a new gal in town and conspire to break the jerk’s heart, while destroying his reputation.
If you are looking for a great documentary, this 2013 PG movie is one of our favorites! Dave Grohl explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were perfected and recorded
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Another adolescent rom com classic! This 2008 Pg-13 classic can be very relatable for the teenage girl. Based on the books by Louise Rennison, this tale follows 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson as she attempts to woo Robbie, one half of a pair of fraternal twins. Prone to getting herself into embarrassing situations and worried about her parent’s marriage, Georgia discovers that being a teen can be a pain in the neck.
Girl in Progress
Released in 2013 and rated Pg-13, this drama comedy is about the hardships of growing up. Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom who is often too busy juggling her job, bills and two love interests (Matthew Modine, Eugenio Derbez) to pay much attention to her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez). Inspired by the coming-of-age stories her English teacher (Patricia Arquette) introduces in class, Ansiedad decides to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without her mother. But, when the misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must both learn that growing up means acting your age.
Which movie will you watch next movie night?
🤯 A TRAVEL AGENCY THAT SURPRISES YOU WITH A UIIQUE VACATION? 🤯
Have you ever saved up for a vacation but can’t decide where to go? Or maybe you and your family can’t agree on a destination spot. If you love surprises and travel, Pack Up + Go is the website for you.
Let’s check it out
Pack Up + Go is a surprise travel agency that plans your entire getway for you. The website will take care of travel, amenities and other accommodations for you. It can not get easier than that! After filling out a survey, you will be on your next trip to somewhere in the United States. The survey consists of questions such as your budget for travel + accommodation, budget Per person for plane/train trips, per hotel room, how far you are willing to travel, your transportation preference, travel dates, other travel preferences, traveler interests and traveler information. After you fill out the survey the team will get started on planning your vacation.
A week before your trip you will receive an email providing information like the weather forecast for your destination, recommended items to pack, ( either a bathing suit, a jacket ot hiking apparel) any luggage size restrictions, where to go and when (Example: Grand Central Station, Friday at 10:30AM!)
A few days before the trip, you will receive an envelope from Pack Up + Go. However, it is highly recommended to not open the envelope until you get to your transportation station in order to keep the element of surprise. Inside will be where you are going, information on the area and its city guide, directions to your accommodations, restaurant recommendations, entertainment recommendations and rainy day activities. Once it is time to depart or you are at the transportation station, you can open up the envelope to reveal where you are heading off to!
There are four different trip types to choose from including staycation, outdoor adventure, plane/train and road trip. Each trip type has its own minimum budget, minimum and maximum trip duration, and different pre-booked accommodations. This can help narrow down travel options for the person booking the trip and the agency. Some of the cities previously visited include Austin, Boston, Birmingham, Canon City, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philly, Saratoga Springs, Seattle, San Diego, and Savannah. Obviously, there is a wide variety of areas to travel to with Pack Up + Go
They also have a package, Pack Up + Go Picks, where you decide on the city and hotel and for $100 they will plan the activities you will participate in while on vacation. Everything from sightseeing, restaurants, and central activities will be recommended.
If you realize you are traveling to an area you are not interested in, Pack Up + Go provides “Peace of Mind Assurance.” This means, you can change the date or cancel the trip for any reason. It is so you can be relaxed throughout the process! After all, the travel agency wants you to enjoy your trip.
Pack Up + Go may seem to be only for the adventure seeker, however with so many options, and an insurance policy, it can truly be the opportunity of a lifetime for anyone and everyone. We can not wait to try it out!