Storytime, Workouts, Veggie Fries, and 5 Years of Wedded Bliss. The Stuff of Life.

The last story has been read, the last tooth has been brushed, the last block has been painfully tripped over. Just another relaxing weekend in the Holland household! How was everyone’s weekend? Brian and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary by going out to dinner at Flora Lima in Covent Garden (Peruvian, delish), followed by a brilliant performance of Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre. I haven’t seen his play in many years and it definitely tugged at all the heart strings! Yes I am an emotional wreck during pregnancy. We spent this gorgeous fall day in Primrose Hill with friends for brunch and loads of playground action. Can’t beat London in the fall.

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I have to share an incredible testimonial I received from BBC member Kim Hodge. Although Kim’s been nursing a sore foot as of late, if you’ve seen her recently you wouldn’t believe the transformation she has undergone! Aside from her weight loss, she just simply looks healthy, fit and fantastic. In her words:

“I have been attending Kerri’s Buggy Boot Camp for the past six months and both myself and my son are absolutely loving it! It’s a fantastic place to get fit, meet other new mums, and let the babies socialise together. Kerri is more than just an exercise instructor. As well as providing exciting, invigorating and varied workouts three times a week she has a holistic approach to the class setting optional extra ‘challenges’ including nutrition programmes. With Kerri’s guidance and support I have lost a whopping 33kg – just two more to go!”

If anyone else has a positive experience to share, please don’t hesitate. It is also important for new mums to know that women like you are feeling great and seeing results by regularly coming to class and participating in our challenges!

Here is what’s in store for the week:

Monday: Strengthen and lengthen: Tone up all over and lengthen your physique with a specific sequence that leaves no muscle untouched. A must for anyone looking to achieve definition in abs and arms.

Tuesday: Sixty Second Sweaty Circuit: loads of cardio, planks, and strength drills to have you glowing all day!

Thursday: the Feel-Good Workout: The cheapest therapy in London. Get those happy endorphins flowing, balance your mood swings, find yourself smiling at strangers without popping a single pill. All it takes is a little light cardio, a few isometric holds, and some deep stretching to relieve that unnecessary tension that drags us mothers down! Don’t deny yourself an hour of pure stress relief. Grab a friend and share the joy.

A quick recipe I have to share from my favorite recipe inspo site (toneitup.com)… This will quell any French fry (or chips, whatever you call them?!) craving you may be having with the cooler weather upon us. My kids gobbled them up so chalk one in the kid approval category:

Baked Veggie Fries:

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of parsnips (my favorite), carrots, and beets, cut into 1/2″ strips
1 tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbs fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 225C. Mix veggies, rosemary, garlic, thyme and oil on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings and toss to coat. Spread veggies out in a single layer on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness. If desired, serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

Cheers,

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It’s Monday. Don’t Forget to Be Awesome.

Happy Sunday ladies,

I hope you’ve had a relaxing couple days and are surviving this mini heat wave. I think the kind people at Posh Rosh on Fulham Road might still be laughing about the sweaty American who busted in on Friday and in one fell swoop cleared their shelves of all remaining fans, kiddie pools and sunscreen. Saturday evening we strolled over to Bishops Park for a viewing of throwback film Empire Records. Yes, this film is the very reason you tell your coworkers or husband “don’t let the man get you down” and “damn the man” after any grueling day at work. The setup was perfect: £10 gets you a seat with plenty of leg room on the grass under the stars with your blanket, cooler of cold drinks and takeout. I’m hard pressed to imagine a more perfect way to spend a lazy summer Saturday night. My, what an exciting life I lead 😉 Popupscreens.co.uk

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Here’s what’s in store for the week:

Monday: Circuit: 45 seconds each station with plenty of water breaks to beat the heat!

Tuesday: Howdy Partner: pair up and hold each other accountable in this brand new partner workout to tone you from head to toe.

Thursday: Stretch and Sweat: get long and lean by alternating Pilates-inspired moves with plyometric cardio exercises to end the week with a gorgeous glow 😉

For those of you on the 6 Week Summer Slimdown cursing me for all this water you’ve been forced to drink daily, this: http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2013/08/sipping-pretty-fruit-herb-flavored-infused-water-recipes-allison-norton-august-2013/.

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See you tomorrow!
Kerri

It Takes A Village

Hello all,

We have returned from the beautiful Forte Village in the Santa Margherita region of Sardinia. It was a week filled with sandy toes, pineapple shaped trees, exquisite seascapes, delicious Italian accents, Michelin-starred dining, noisy parrots, hot pink flamingoes and chilled local wine. Aside from a few wardrobe malfunctions and more than a few bug bites I think it’s safe to say this vaca truly had something for everyone:

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Micky getting his kicks…

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Massage on the beach? Yes please.

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Yes this is what you think it is… You also would have been in heaven at 3 years old.

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If any of you are interested in booking a similar trip, I can’t recommend Tots Too (totstoo.co.uk) enough, from scouring the most desirable family friendly resorts in the world to choosing the best flights, transfers with car seats, dietary needs, babysitting and kids club arrangements, this company offers a truly unparalleled service. We have a very informed and helpful contact in Mark Sumpter at Tots Too who also arranged our family vaca to Portugal last spring and has helped several other Buggy Bootcampers plan their getaways. If you’re interested in touching base with Mark, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch!

As many of you are also crazy enough to merge the art of raising young children with the chaos of all-out traveling, it only makes sense to share our sanity-saving tools and tricks with each other. Some of you are flying as far as Australia and New Zealand with high energy toddlers in your laps and others are just looking to survive a day trip in London with your L.O. Whatever your upcoming travel itinerary looks like, here are a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way that might make your life a touch easier.

1.) are iPads not the best invention known to man? For heaven’s sake give them Dora. Peppa. Mickey Mouse. Magic Mike. (just making sure you’re paying attention?!) As much as they can handle on iTunes for £1.99. If buying yourself 19 minutes of silence on a frenzied travel day with kids is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

2.) when your little one has graduated from the baby bjorn, and you can’t bear to break down yet another buggy at the airport gate, do yourself a favor and invest in one of these: https://www.littlelife.co.uk/product/child-carriers/ultralight-convertible-s3 Total lifesaver!

3.) stock up on the essentials: 3 extra plastic bags, 5 more nappies per kid than you anticipate needing, 2 additional changes of clothes than you anticipate needing, 5 more Ella’s Kitchens than you anticipate needing, a set of washable markers, bare skin, a lack of dignity and and a love of temporary tattoos.

4.) for those of you embarking on long flights with infants and dont want to rely on the bassinet seat at the bulkhead this is a must: http://flyebaby.com

5.) because the highchair miiiiight push you over luggage weight limits: http://www.totseat.com/english/home/

Do you have any genius travel-with-kids advice to share with the group? If so, do tell! I know I am forever looking for ways to make the process even marginally less painful… We’re all going through it so let’s share what we’ve learned with each other.

I can’t let another moment pass without thanking those of you who have been quite unexpectedly showering me with flowers, compliments on Facebook, etc, namely those of you who have moved or gone back to work or for whatever reason can no longer attend class. You know who you are. I am beyond touched by your kind gestures. You are talented, smart, beautiful and inspirational women and you make what I do on a daily basis extremely enjoyable. Thank you.

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This week we have an action packed workout schedule so clear your calendars on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning:

Monday: circuit workout! 60 seconds of easy, moderate, and high intensity moves to get you looking totally chiseled for that summer wardrobe!

Tuesday: Cardioga: combine two of your fave workouts into one. Leave with a rosy glow and simply feel fab all day long.

Thursday: Pick-up Line workout! This workout we did back in February deserves another shot in the spotlight. Bonus points if you remember any of these cheesy one-liners ever being used on you back in your glory days (read: post braces, pre-kids).

Ciao bellas!! See you tomorrow!
Kerri

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Get Seedy

Hello ladies,

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend! We were lucky enough to host my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their 3 kids Brighid, Finbar, and Ciara last week, complete with trips to Tower of London, Notting Hill markets, and endless trips to the playground. It was a joy having them and Cece wasn’t the only one who got a little choked up when they left!

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After all that excitement we laid pretty low this weekend. The weather cooperated for an outdoor run to Duke of York Square farmer’s market, and a Cupcake/Slice workout in Parsons Green this morning. We also got our Mexican fix at Shoreditch eatery Boho on Saturday night before meeting friends for drinks: http://www.bohomexica.co.uk. Delicious!

Fit Kits:

As a way to help you all achieve your health goals and continue your hard work on the weekends and while traveling, and a way to raise much needed money for Bliss (an organization that helps babies born too soon, too small, too sick), I will be selling Fit Kits through the month of May! For £35, your kit will include a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, your own resistance band, 3 full body workouts, and 3 recipes for delicious smoothies full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to help you on your way to looking your best for the summer! Your kits will be ready by Thursday! If anyone would like to join me at the Bliss Buggy Push on 31st of May, please email me for details or click here: http://www.bliss.org.uk/take-action/buggypush/

Get Seedy:

Want an easy way to increase your protein and healthy fat intake, lower your cholesterol, get glowing skin, hair, and nails, and lose weight? Do as the birds do and eat more seeds. Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies, pay close attention! You know you need those healthy fats and folic acid in your diet to ensure a healthy pregnancy and keep that milk flowin’. Here are 3 seeds to incorporate into your diet stat:

Chia seeds: with 2.5x more protein than kidney beans, 3x more antioxidants than blueberries, 3x more iron than spinach, 6x more calcium than milk, 6x more vitamin C than oranges, 8x more omega 3 than salmon, 10x more fiber than rice, and 15x more magnesium than broccoli, chia seeds deserve major superfood status. Buy them at pretty much any health food store, and make sure they are eaten raw! Your body wants to absorb as much of these nutrients in its natural state as possible. Here is a delicious breakfast bowl recipe to try: http://toneitup.com/2014/04/member-recipe-breakfast-banana-bowl/ I made it for the kids on Saturday morning and Cece went ballistic over it (Micky tried to pour it on his head, his loss):

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Hemp seeds: hemp contains all 20 essential amino acids (including the 9 EFA’s our bodies cannot produce). It is a rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-fighting element of plants that strengthens your immune system and fights off toxins. It is a fantastic source of vegetarian protein and is virtually tasteless when mixed in small doses to bread and muffin recipes, porridge or smoothies.

Flax seed: the fiber in flax seed suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss. It is known as a rich source of ALA, an essential fatty acid that is anti-inflammatory, is prevents cancer in humans and has been shown to block tumor growth in animals. Flax= good. Cancer= bad. Eat up!

Here is what is in store for the week:

Monday: Circuit training! 60 seconds per station for an all-over burn. We’ll end with a nice long stretch to keep aches and pains at bay. You will feel exhilarated by the end. Promise.

Tuesday: Long and Lean Ladder Workout: a Ladder workout with toning exercises designed to help you wiggle back into your skinny jeans and cardio drills to leave you with a gorgeous glow.

Thursday: Hottie Yogalates! Nothing like a little mind/body challenge to cap off a fun but challenging week. Don’t forget to purchase your Fit Kit today!

 

Cheers,
Kerri