Elf in Training Day 17

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 17. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 17 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Write friendly messages on sticky notes and pass them out to friends, family or strangers.

Everyone loves to hear a friendly word or kind thought so today we will write little messages of joy on sticky notes and pass them around.
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2. Drop off flowers to a stranger, friend or neighbor and plant the seed of kindness.

What’s better then a surprise treat?  Pick up a small bunch of flowers or a poinsettia.  Either hand it over to someone in the parking lot or play it safe and deliver to your neighbor.  Depending on how adventurous you feel, this task can deliver loads of smiles!

Day 17 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Stay up Late

Tonight our children will enjoy staying up late past their normal bedtime as we read books, play games or sing songs. This is a huge deal since Sunday is a school night for our girls and wake up is at 5:45. Wish us luck for Monday morning!
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Workout Challenge

17 Bicep Curls & 17 Tricep Extensions

Elf in Training Day 16

We continue our advent adventures with Day 16. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 16 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Make someone’s day- tell a friend why you appreciate them.

Call, text or Snapchat a cheerful greeting to a friend.  Why are they special, tell them!

2. Take some time out to spend with a family member.

Today we have a special treat with the kids, the girls and I are going to tea with Mrs. Claus and my husband and son are visiting Santa at the Duck Donuts.

Day 16 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Wreaths Across America

Today we honor the fallen U.S. Veterans with our time and donations.  We are headed to a local veteran’s event to honor those who have served in conjunctions with the National Wreaths Across America Event.  Click on this website to see how you can participate with your time, donation or both.
Workout Challenge

16 pushups & 16 Mountain Climbers

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Image from NewHealthGuide.org

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Image from CrossTrainingTips.com

Elf in Training Day 15

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Random Acts of Kindness

We continue our advent adventures with Day 15. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 15 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Pick up Litter

Unfortunately this activity won’t be a popular choice with my kids.  However, I think they will get into the spirit of helping this afternoon as we turn this activity into a fun holiday litter hunt.

2. Thank someone today.

Has someone been kind and courteous?  Have my children received a special treat or surprise? Has someone held the door for me?  Today we will practice the art of being thankful!

Family Holiday Activity

Attend a Holiday Party

This afternoon we are meeting up with a few friends and their children for a fun holiday play date!

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Workout Challenge

15 elevated split & lateral lunges & (left and right)

Elf in Training Day 14

We continue our advent adventures with Day 14. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 14 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity/Elf in Training

Free Choice

Our activity today for both categories is a free choice on Radom Acts of Kindness.  Today I challenged our family to do as many Radom Acts of Kindness as we could.  Ideas that I gave my kids: smile at people, hold the door for others, give compliments & and just be kind to those around you.  In other-words I want them to have a positive filled December day.  Click here for other Random Acts of Kindness ideas. After my little Elves in Training have completed their task, I’ll update the post!
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Workout Challenge

14 Star Abs & 14 Back Extensions

More Core work today!!  For back extensions, lay on your stomach, place your hand on your head, elbows out. Lift up from your core, leaving your legs on the floor.

Start abs: start with your legs and arms tucked in.  Extend your arms and legs in a star formation (similar to a jump-jack position but while laying on the floor). Draw you legs and arms back in to start and repeat for 14 rounds.

Elf in Training Day 12

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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 2017: 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. Donate Pet Supplies to an Animal Shelter

Even sweet little dogs, cats and other pets need extra love this season. Consider donating pet supplies to a local animal shelter.

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

Elf in Training Day 11

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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 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 11 Tasks:

Family Holiday Project/ Kindness Challenge


1. Give a Random Person a Christmas or Holiday Card

Our annual Christmas cards were sent off this weekend so the girls sure enjoyed illustrating one of their own to deliver to a random family. We hope it put a smile on their face!

~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

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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 2017: 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

Breakfast with Santa or 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

Elf in Training Day 9

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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 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 9 Tasks:

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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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It’s time for another Elf Challenge

The Rudolf Workout Race:

  • Hide from the Elves (Hide and Seek)
  • Sneak the bag of cookies from Santa (Walk on tiptoes)
  • Pratice the art of flying (BirdDogs)
  • Leaping off roofs (Squat Jumps)

Adults check out the The Santa Claus Workout video from The Art of Manliness !

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

Elf in Training Day 8

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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 2017: 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. Bring Coffee to your Teacher or Co-worker

Who doesn’t love a cup of warm, delightful coffee on a chilly day? Share the love with a cup of coffee.  Don’t have a child in school, splurge on a cup for a friend or coworker. I may head over to the local coffee shop, grab a couple of gift cards and drop them into the teachers boxes unannounced.

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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

Elf in Training Day 7

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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 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 7 Tasks:

Random Acts of Kindness

1. Put Money in the Salvation Army Bucket

Plunk a couple coins in the local Salvation Army Bucket.  Loose change in your car, purse or wallet, it doesn’t have to be much, every little bit helps!

2. Contribute to a Food Drive

This is the season for giving and numerous centers are hosting Food Drives. In fact our girls school is asking for contributions this week.

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