Elf in Training Day 13

Photography by Sharon Augustyniak Photography

 

Day 13 Tasks:

We continue our advent adventures with Day 13. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Elf in Training
  1. Welcome a New Neighbor

This task coincides perfectly with our family activity today.

Family Holiday Activity

Bake a Holiday Treat and Give it Away to Friends or Neighbors

Grab your apron, baking hats and a favorite family recipe.  It’s time to create a delicious holiday treat. Last weekend our oldest came home with a gift for our family, a jar filled with dry goods and a recipe to create tasty cookies.  Today, we are going to create her yummy holiday treat, keep a few and give some away.
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 Workout Challenge

13 minutes of running, biking or walking

Lace up your tennis shoes enjoy 13 minutes (or more) of exercise.

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Elves in Training Day 12

Photography by Sharon Augustyniak Photography

We continue our advent adventures with Day 12. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 12 Tasks:

Elf in Training 

1. Write a kind word or message on a notecard and leave them in a random location.

  • Personalize little messages to your family and place them around the house (on mirrors, in the refrigerator, in their lunch box or on their dinner plate)
  • Write positive notes and post them around the community (at the coffee house, in the post office, a local dinner or a community board).

2. Leave quarters in a laundry mat.

After dropping the kids off at school the morning, I slipped into the laundry mat and deposited quarters in the machines.

Family Holiday Activity

Record Yourself Singing a Favorite Christmas Song

As soon as the activity  was read this morning, my three started rehearsing their favorite Christmas songs. This evening, we will record their song and send them to a friend or family member. Looking for something even more unique, check out Elf Yourself with OfficeMax, OfficeDepot or personalize your singing creation with JibJab.
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Workout Challenge

12 Burpees

Today, get your heart-rate up with 12 burpees.

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Image from recapturefiness.com 

Elf in Training Day 11

Photography by Sharon Augustyniak Photography

We continue our advent adventures with Day 11. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 11 Tasks:

Family Holiday Project/ Kindness Challenge


1. Share an inspirational book with someone.

Books that we have loved this year:

Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis

You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass at Making Money Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

I’m really looking forward to the book, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Clause!

~Everywhere you go, leave a trail of kindness

2. Donate Gift(s) to Charity

Locate a local charity to donate a gift.  It could be as simple as cans for a soup kitchen or donating a toy to Toys for Tots.  Local churches also have trees adorned with angels to support local children.  This year we choose to join hands with other families to give back to children in our town.
Looking for more inspiration, check out on of my favorite Christmas books: The 13th Gift  by Joanne Huist Smith.  This heartwarming story reveals how Random Acts of Kindness transformed the life of one family during the Christmas season inspiring them, in turn, to give back.  One of the reasons we incorporate Random Acts of Kindness into our holiday season, this book brings forth the importance of love and giving.
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Workout Challenge

11 Goblet Squats and 11 Squat jumps

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Image from How My World Runs

Elf in Training Day 10

Photo by Sharon Augustyniak photography

We continue our advent adventures with Day 10. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 10 Tasks:

Kindness Challenge

1. Write a Positive Message and Post it in a Public Place

Places to Post a Positive Message:

  • A Community Board
  • A Local Coffee Shop
  • Panera or Starbucks
  • The Post Office
  • A Local Library

 2. Write a compliment to the server at a restaurant and tip extra.

Add a thank you, a smile or an compliment then add a couple dollars extra to your bill.

Family Holiday Activity

 Out to Breakfast with the Family

Check your local area for a fun outing with Jolly Old Saint Nick. Quite a few places are sold out but, there may be a cancellation or an event where your children can great Santa and his helpers.

 

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Workout Challenge

10 TRX AB Pikes

Another Core Day with the TRX and this is a fun one!  Give AB Pikes a try.

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Image from BodyBuildingWizard

 

Elf in Training Day 9

Photography by Sharon Augustyniak Photography 

We continue our advent adventures with Day 9. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 9 Tasks:

Elf in Training 

1. Help Someone With a Chore

See someone that needs an extra hand? Today, reach out and offer some help.  Better yet, observe something that needs to be done, pitch in and help without being asked.

 

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Family Holiday Activity

Have a Slumber Party by the Christmas Tree

 Grab a pile of blankets, pillows or sleeping bags; tonight’s activity is a slumber party by the Christmas tree.  Snuggle under twinkling lights as you dream of Christmas adventures and cultivate holiday magic.
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Workout Challenge

9 Gator Pushups

Regular pushups are difficult but 9 Gator pushups will really challenge my arms and core.

ELF IN TRAINING DAY 8

We continue our advent adventures with Day 8. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 8 Tasks:

Kindness Challenge

1. Make and distribute a blessing bag to a homeless person:

Here are some ideas to include in a blessing bag:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bandaids
  • Disposable razor
  • Water
  • Nuts
  • Granola Bar
  • Crackers and cheese
  • Socks
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • A personal note
  • A list of shelters or food banks in the area

2. Find and Participate in an angel tree.

Our angle is collected and the shopping done. We are so grateful to be able to bless someone.

Family Holiday Activity

Play a Board Game by the Fire

 It’s finally getting chilly down in the south tonight. Who knew having a fireplace in Florida would come in handy. While enjoying the warmth from the fire, we will play a board-game with the family.  With a third, first and preschooler, our top favorite games are:
Quelf Jr. 
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Workout Challenge

8 TRX Pushups & TRX Inverted Rows

Back to the TRX Straps today with 8 of each exercise.  Take a look at the diagrams to see how we do our pushups and rows.

Elf in Training Day 7

We continue our advent adventures with Day 7. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 7 Tasks:

Random Acts of Kindness

Take a Treat to your Teachers

Armed with coffee gift cards to our local coffee shop, Crossroads Coffee, each of the three elves took a treat to their teachers today. Their job was to sneak a treat!

Family Holiday Activity

Enjoy a Cup of Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a good book and a mug of rich, milk chocolate?  Cold or hot, we will conclude our day reading, snuggling and enjoy a nice cup of chocolatey goodness.
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Workout Challenge

7 Reverse Lunges (Right and Left) 7 Squats

Quick and simple, add this leg work onto your normal routine and complete day 7 of the fitness advent.

Images from ChristinaCarlyle.com

Elf in Training Day 6

Elf in Training Day 6

We continue our advent adventures with Day 6. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 6 Tasks:

Elf in Training 

1. Meet and Shake hands with someone new today!

An encouraging smile, a happy hello, shake someone’s hand today and give them some holiday cheer.

2. Give away an Ornament to a Friend or Stranger

This falls perfect in line with our family holiday activity.  I’ll have the kids make an extra ornament so they can keep one and give one away.

Family Holiday Activity

Make  a Christmas Ornament

For a simple, kid friendly activity, I came up with this adorable ornament.  To make your own repurposed crafty ornaments consider the following materials:
  • Wooden shapes (found at Target or Walmart less then .50 an item
  • Felt shaped ornaments either store bought or cut your own. I found mine at Hobby Lobby 50% off.
  • gems, buttons or holiday stickers
  • glitter
  • glue, fabric glue and hot glue
  • paint

Have children paint the wooden shape and embellish with glitter.  Decorate with buttons, gems or holiday stickers. Use the hot glue gun if the fabric glue or regular glue isn’t holding the ornaments.

 

Workout Challenge

6 Hanging Abs

Today we add a bit of core strength into our workout with hanging abs.  Using the pull up bar, we hold steady and bring knees to the chest for 1 rep, repeating 6 times. For more core exercises to try with a pull-up bar, check out this blog posting from Redefining Strength . Don’t have a pull-up bar for hanging abs, use two chairs with arm rests or Equalizer Bars.

 

Elf in Training Day 5

We continue our advent adventures with Day 5. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 5 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Greet at least 5 people and say a kind word to them.

For kids:

  • Say hello to the teachers at school.
  • Greet your friends as they start their day.
  • Say something kind to your brother(s) or sister(s).
  • Say something nice to and about yourself.
  • Wave at the neighbors.

For Adults:

  • Pause in line at the grocery story and give the person ahead or behind you a smile.
  • At work give an greet your co-workers with a positive start.
  • Say something special to your spouse or significant other.
  • Be kind and extra loving to your kids, spend time with them.
  •  Be courteous to the car ahead or behind you.

2. Donate a Toy or Book you no Longer Need

The kids each picked out a couple toys or books to give to charity today.  Goodies will be dropped off this afternoon.

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Family Holiday Activity

Read a Holiday Story

This year I grabbed the holiday books off the shelf and wrapped them in 25 bundles, one for each day before Christmas. This worked great until I came downstairs last night to a couple more then a few unwrapped by eager little kids, oops. A couple more days may pass until we get to unwrap again. LOL Do you have a favorite holiday or Christmas story you read every year?  I would sure love to hear it!

Here are some of our favorites:
Auntie Clause by Elise Primavera
Auntie Clause and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo 
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
The Polar Express by Chris Can Allsburg
The Night Before Christmas Clement C. Moore
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Workout Challenge

5 Pull-Ups

 

Get your strength on, today is pull-ups!  Need a little more then five pull-ups, try 5 sets of 5 pull ups throughout the day.  Struggling to get your pull-ups in, use a pull-up strap for support or equalizer bars to mimic the movement.

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Elf in Training Day 4 2018

Elf in Training Day 4

We continue our advent adventures with Day 4. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2018: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 4 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Put a fun surprise in a mailbox or at the front door. We are going to stuff an extra stocking we have with a few surprises for a sweet family in the neighborhood.

Family Holiday Activity

Make a Gift for Your Teacher

This craft took a few days to complete, however kids sure had fun finishing these unique gifts for their teachers today.  Glitter art is easy, fun and inexpensive however a bit time consuming.

Supplies Needed:

  • A Wooden Object or clipboard
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Clear Sealing Spray Paint (optional)
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Gems, Beads or Buttons
  • Glue Gun or Crafting Glue

Spray paint your wooden object (any color).  Paint the wooded object with Mod Podge and cover with glitter.  Let the object dry and dust off the extra glitter. Spray with the clear sealing spray to set the glitter.  Decorate with gems, beads or buttons.

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Workout Challenge

4 TRX Pushups

Suspend your feet with a TRX Strap or on a couch.  Walk out to the pushup position, do one pushup then repeat 3 more times for a total of 4.

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