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Easy and Effective 10 Minute Ab Workout

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If you’re working towards getting a stronger core this summer, you’re going to need a good ab workout. Complete each of the following moves for 30 seconds before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit twice, resting as needed.

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MOUNTAIN CLIMBER TWIST:

Get into full plank position with your core engaged. Twist to bring your right knee toward your left elbow. Return to a full plank before switching legs, bringing your left knee toward your right elbow.

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LEFT SIDE PLANK WITH LEG LIFT:

Lie on your left side with your legs straight, placing your right foot on top of your left. Prop yourself up with your left forearm so your body forms a diagonal line. Press down into the floor with your bottom foot while lifting your top leg as high as you can go without bending at the waist.

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RIGHT SIDE PLANK WITH LEG LIFT:

Repeat the steps in #2, but lie on your right side and lift your left leg.

REVERSE CRUNCH:

Lie on your back with your knees together, legs bent to 90 degrees, and feet planted on the floor. Place your palms face down beside you. Brace your core to lift your hips off the floor, pulling your knees inward to your chest. Pause for a moment, then lower back down while keeping your back pressed against the floor.

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PLANK UP:

Get into full plank position with your core engaged. Lower your right elbow to the mat followed by your left, coming into an elbow plank. Place your right hand back on the mat, straightening your right elbow. Do the same on the left to return to a full plank.

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LYING LEG RAISES:

Lie on your back with your knees together and your legs extended. Place your hands by your sides or under your hips. Contract your abs to raise both the legs until they form a 90-degree angle with the floor. Pause for a moment, then slowly lower your legs to the starting position.

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LEFT SIDE PLANK WITH HIP DIPS:

Lie on your left side with your legs straight, placing your right foot on top of your left. Prop yourself up with your left forearm so your body forms a diagonal line. Slowly dip your hip toward the floor. Go down as far as is comfortable without touching the floor. Lift back up to a side plank.

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RIGHT SIDE PLANK WITH HIP DIPS:

Repeat the steps in #7, but lie on your right side.

BICYCLE CRUNCH:

Lie down with your lower back pressed to the ground, pulling your belly button toward your spine. Place your hands behind your head, bring your knees toward your chest, and lift your shoulder blades off the ground. Straighten your right leg while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow toward your left knee. Now switch legs and do the same motion on the other side. Make sure you are twisting your torso to initiate the motion and that you are not pulling on your neck.

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INCHWORM PUSH-UP:

Stand up straight with your feet together, keeping a very slight bend at the knees. Bend forward at the hips, reaching your arms down to the floor. Slowly walk your hands forward without moving your feet, and continue until you reach full plank position. Complete one push-up. When you reach full plank position, slowly walk your feet toward your hands before standing back up.

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What Is Your Love Language?

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Knowing your love language can help you communicate in your relationships as well as finding potential partners. Your love language is the way you receive affirmations and love from others. There are 5 main love languages. Find out which one you are!

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Words of Affirmation

Words of affirmation are any spoken or written words that confirm, support, uplift, and empathize with another person in a positive manner. If words of affirmation are important to you in a relationship, it’s because you believe words really matter and help you give a voice to how they feel inside. It is how you express yourself and communicate with your partner.In your opinion, communication is the number one factor that is important to a successful relationship. You find fulfillment through positive reinforcement and appreciation. This is what you need to have a strong bond with your partner.

Quality Time

Time with an individual can only last so long and every minute counts. If quality time is your love language, you understand this. This love language does not always have to do with the amount of time you are spending with your partner, rather the attention and quality of the time spent together. Even if you are together in the same space but you are not having a good time, you’re not adhering to your love language. It is the attention to you, your partner and your surroundings that truly enhance the concept of romance for you.

Receiving Gifts

It’s the little gifts in life that mean the most. Like when your partner passes a starbucks on the way to pick you up and surprises you with your favorite drink, or if you are walking on the beach and your partner finds a shell that they think you will like and gifts it to you. Receiving gifts does not always have to be elaborate. In fact, most times it means more when it is on the fly. If this is your love language you perceive these gifts as a way of knowing your partner was thinking about you and cares for you. Additionally, you love to give gifts as well to show your partner your thinking of them too!

Acts of Service

Acts of Service is a language that can best be described as doing something for your partner that you know they would like, such as filling up their gas, watering their plants, or cooking them a meal. When you give Acts of Service, you give up your time, which is one of the most valuable things. You are constantly actively doing things for your partner because you believe small sacrifices in a relationship show you care.

Physical Touch

Actions speak louder than words with this love language because you are all about physical affection. Physical touch does not always have to be in an intimate setting. Holding your partner’s hand in public, rubbing their back when they are upset or sitting next to them on the couch can go a long way. Scientifically speaking, touch and specifically cuddling, releases oxytocin which is the feel-good hormone that makes you feel like nothing can hurt you. So naturally, that is why getting a hug from the person you love is the best feeling in the entire world.

Which love language do you associate yourself with?

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Consider This Before Adopting A Furry Friend

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Many people like to adopt rather than shop for a pet, but do not know 100% what goes into that commitment. Here are some important things to consider before adopting a new furry family member.

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1. Do you have the time?

We all have hectic schedules but it is important to make sure we have the ability to take the time out of the day to care for our pets. Furry friends can not be ignored throughout the day because they need help fulfilling their basic needs. Pets require food, water, exercise, care, and
companionship every day. They also last years and will be a part of your family for a long time. This is one of the most important things to think about before adopting a new pet.

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2. Can you fulfill the financial obligation?

Yes, typically adopting a pet is cheaper than buying one from a breeder. However, this does not mean it is inexpensive by any means. Some care costs include licenses, training classes, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, litter, and more. It is important to consider this prior to adopting a new pet because these expenses add up quickly.

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3. Is your house suitable for a pet?

Some rental communities don’t allow pets, others have restrictions on species, breed or size. A few allow pets but you have to pay a pet damage deposit or additional monthly rent. If you live in a rental, make sure you know the rules and restrictions before you bring a companion animal home. If you don’t live in a rental and own the house, make sure you have enough space for the pet. First off, it is important to consider the size of the pet. Additionally, some breeds require more space and exercise than others. It is important to research your breeds needs prior to adoption. That way, you know your new pet will be as happy as they can be!

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4. Are you prepared for accidents?

Let’s face it. Scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet house-trained, fleas, pet hair, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.Understanding that sometimes these things will happen is important prior to adopting a pet. While they are so cute and cuddly, and can be trained, they still are animals.

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5. Can your home life and lifestyle handle a new companion?

If you have kids under six years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a pet. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise. Constant movement and travel can confuse the dog which will give them anxiety. Also, It is important to consider how adopting a new friend will change your personal lifestyle. You will want a breed that is complimentary to how you like to live your life. Are you a homebody? A runner? Have allergies? Like to go for walks? Have a lot of friends with animals? The answers to these and other lifestyle questions will help you determine the most appropriate age, size,
temperament and more.

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We hope this helps you with your adoption process!

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Fun Etsy DIY Kits To Try

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Whether it is a new at home project or a fun craft to do as a family, DIY kits really help form creative ideas into memorable pieces. Etsy is known for its arts and crafts environment and has a handful of amazing DIY kits to help get you started. We have found some of Etsys best DIY kits for you to try out!

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Beginner Embroidery Kits

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Embroidery can be relaxing, creative and entertaining to do in your free time! Plus, knowing how to embroider can open up a world of possibilities. You can have an endless amount of unique and one of kind pieces! The possibilities are truly endless however, many people say getting started is very hard. Not anymore!! Etsy user ZAZARITA has beautiful beginner embroidery DIY kits to get you started on your creative journey. These sets are completely customizable with full instructions and tools necessary. Depending on the style and fabric of your choice, kits start at $8 and go to $80. You can choose from 40 different styles! This is a great hobby if you need help de-stressing at night, if you are relaxing on the beach or if you just have extra time on your hands!

Low-MaintenanceTerrarium/Moss Art Kits

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Terrariums and Moss art is great for the individual who wants to begin their at-home gardening journey. These kits are super low maintenance and easy to grow! They are great for households of all types but especially those in a city or area that has a lack of greenery. Bringing nature into your home can bring a sense of calamity to your life and to your home environment. Plus, these kits allow you to make completely customizable wall art. Picture above is a Moss box by NaturelyBox on Etsy. With three different sizes to choose from, it is easy to place this piece in an area of your home. These kits range from $30 to $50. Having plants in the house has never been easier!

Easy Macrame Kits

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Macrame is an art from that dates back to the 13th century. The art of knot-tying can be seen in fashion, interior design, crafting and more. Different knots and patterns can create designs throughout the threads. Macrame is a very soothing hobby to have and a super fun DIY kit to check out! This particular one happens to make a hanging rainbow and is made by MotleyBliss on Etsy. There are three sizes to choose from, ranging from $22 to $33. Though there are directions, the color threads you use and order of knot-tying is completely up to you! By the end of the experience you will have learned a new hobby and will have a beautiful new wall decoration!

Delicious Bubble Tea Kit

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Everyone has been obsessing over delicious boba tea for awhile now, but it just got even better! Introducing a DIY at-home bubble tea kit! This box has everything you need to make delicious brown sugar flavored bubble tea right from the comfort of your own home. This product is made by Kitsbyfoodcraft, is $36 and comes with the choice of having paper straws or stainless straws in the box. Save this for a rainy day or become a boba tea master!

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