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Fitness
Published Thursday Oct 10, 2019 by Paula Hoss

4 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Fit, On Any Budget

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Ladies, can we all start by agreeing that being a mom is way harder than we ever imagined?
 
No matter what season of parenting you’re in, there are twists and turns that stretch us to limits we never imagined. Whether it’s toddlers that are up all hours of the night, or teenagers whose schedules require an advanced degree in logistics management–everything changes, and you get to figure it all out again.
 
If you’re like a busy mom like me, you may struggle to find the time and energy to fit exercise into your schedule—even though you know that it’s critically important for your mental and physical well-being. To help you reach your fitness goals (whatever they may be), I’ve compiled my favorite ways to get your workout in and your sanity back—all while sticking to your schedule and budget.

Make moves with a friend.

Time commitment: High
Cost: Free 

For stay-at-home moms or mothers who work part-time, this is my favorite method of staying active. It goes something like this: 

- Find a friend who has kids a similar age as yours 
- Discuss your goals and plan ways to exercise together
- Strap the kids into their strollers and go for a long walk or to the playground/park 
- Challenge each other to bodyweight exercises, like pushups or squats, while the kids are playing 

Leverage the fact that you have some extra free time and use your creativity to move your bodies while keeping your kids busy.

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Make moves with a friend.

Time commitment: High
Cost: Free 

For stay-at-home moms or mothers who work part-time, this is my favorite method of staying active. It goes something like this: 

- Find a friend who has kids a similar age as yours 
- Discuss your goals and plan ways to exercise together
- Strap the kids into their strollers and go for a long walk or to the playground/park 
- Challenge each other to bodyweight exercises, like pushups or squats, while the kids are playing 

Leverage the fact that you have some extra free time and use your creativity to move your bodies while keeping your kids busy.

Work out with your favorite influencers.

Time commitment: Medium influencers 
Cost: Free 

The beauty of social media is that there are hundreds of fitness accounts you can follow to craft unique workouts every day from the comfort of your home. Whether you choose to watch YouTube yoga classes— like Yoga with Adriene —or follow fitness buffs on Instagram—check out @whitneyysimmons)—it’s easy to return daily for at-home workouts that are fast, convenient and free!

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Work out with your favorite influencers.

Time commitment: Medium influencers 
Cost: Free 

The beauty of social media is that there are hundreds of fitness accounts you can follow to craft unique workouts every day from the comfort of your home. Whether you choose to watch YouTube yoga classes— like Yoga with Adriene —or follow fitness buffs on Instagram—check out @whitneyysimmons)—it’s easy to return daily for at-home workouts that are fast, convenient and free!

Make fitness studios with childcare your new BFF.

Time commitment: High 
Cost: $30-$100/month

We all can agree that our kids are the best, but how glorious is child-free time? If you have a little extra in your budget, consider investing in a membership at a fitness studio near you that offers childcare. Most places will give you up to two hours of daycare a day—that means that you’ll have time to get a full workout, shower, and perhaps even blow-dry your hair so you can forego your standard mom bun.

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Make fitness studios with childcare your new BFF.

Time commitment: High 
Cost: $30-$100/month

We all can agree that our kids are the best, but how glorious is child-free time? If you have a little extra in your budget, consider investing in a membership at a fitness studio near you that offers childcare. Most places will give you up to two hours of daycare a day—that means that you’ll have time to get a full workout, shower, and perhaps even blow-dry your hair so you can forego your standard mom bun.

Invest in convenience.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: $30-$100/month 

Convenience fitness is booming, and it’s all about making fitness fit your life. From at-home sweat sessions to taking classes at the new studio in your neighborhood, working out whenever you want, wherever you want has never been easier. Peloton offers its in-home cycling bike for $97 a month ($59/month for 39 months + $39/month subscription). Peloton’s classes range from 10–to 60–minutes from the comfort of your living room, so it’s easy to squeeze in workouts before the kids get up (or in between activities). If premium cycling equipment isn’t your style, MINDBODY offers individual workout classes, memberships, and deals at the best fitness studios near you, right at your fingertips. From trying your first HIIT workout to tapping into some calm from kid chaos during yoga class, MINDBODY makes prioritizing self-care, simple. 
 
Let’s all agree that being a mom is the strangest mix of awesome, joyous, and downright exhausting. It’s hard to take time for yourself, but everyone wins when mom feels better—physically and emotionally!  

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Invest in convenience.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: $30-$100/month 

Convenience fitness is booming, and it’s all about making fitness fit your life. From at-home sweat sessions to taking classes at the new studio in your neighborhood, working out whenever you want, wherever you want has never been easier. Peloton offers its in-home cycling bike for $97 a month ($59/month for 39 months + $39/month subscription). Peloton’s classes range from 10–to 60–minutes from the comfort of your living room, so it’s easy to squeeze in workouts before the kids get up (or in between activities). If premium cycling equipment isn’t your style, MINDBODY offers individual workout classes, memberships, and deals at the best fitness studios near you, right at your fingertips. From trying your first HIIT workout to tapping into some calm from kid chaos during yoga class, MINDBODY makes prioritizing self-care, simple. 
 
Let’s all agree that being a mom is the strangest mix of awesome, joyous, and downright exhausting. It’s hard to take time for yourself, but everyone wins when mom feels better—physically and emotionally!  

Paula Hoss
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Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.
MINDBODY holiday drinks horoscope
Wellness
Published Tuesday Dec 03, 2019 by Ashley Tracey

What Holiday Cocktail (Or Mocktail) Should You Sip On, Based On Your Zodiac Sign? 

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It’s the holiday season, and that means colder weather, shopping for presents, and cozying up next to the fire with your loved ones. And of course, holiday parties! What goes great with all these activities? The perfect holiday drink, according to your zodiac sign!

If you’re not looking to indulge this season (or at all), any of these fun beverages can easily be crafted into a mocktail!

Aries

March 20-April 20 
Your Holiday Drink: Cranberry-Jalapeño Martini

This drink is tart and a little sassy just like you, Aries. To make this unique cocktail, you will need ½ cup cranberry juice, ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries, ½ teaspoon chopped jalapeno, and a dash of raw sugar. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove on low heat to make a cranberry syrup. When you are ready to serve, grab a shaker and add ice, 3 ounces of vodka, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice, and 1 tablespoon of your cooled cranberry syrup. Give it a good shake (you don’t stir) and pour it into a martini glass. Enjoy! 

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Aries

March 20-April 20 
Your Holiday Drink: Cranberry-Jalapeño Martini

This drink is tart and a little sassy just like you, Aries. To make this unique cocktail, you will need ½ cup cranberry juice, ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries, ½ teaspoon chopped jalapeno, and a dash of raw sugar. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove on low heat to make a cranberry syrup. When you are ready to serve, grab a shaker and add ice, 3 ounces of vodka, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice, and 1 tablespoon of your cooled cranberry syrup. Give it a good shake (you don’t stir) and pour it into a martini glass. Enjoy! 

Taurus

April 20-May 21
Your Holiday Drink: Eggnog 

There is nothing like a holiday classic for you, Taurus. Cozy up with some eggnog as you create your sacred holiday space. To make your own, separate one large egg and use an electric mixer to beat the yolk until stiff and creamy. Then add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the egg white and mix until peaks form. Then, slowly fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk with a wooden spoon. In a separate bowl, beat 1 ounce of heavy cream with ½ teaspoon of almond and vanilla extracts and another teaspoon of sugar until stiff. Then slowly fold the cream into the egg mixture. Option: add rum, brandy, or bourbon and stir. Refrigerate or serve immediately with some nutmeg and cinnamon as garnish. 

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Taurus

April 20-May 21
Your Holiday Drink: Eggnog 

There is nothing like a holiday classic for you, Taurus. Cozy up with some eggnog as you create your sacred holiday space. To make your own, separate one large egg and use an electric mixer to beat the yolk until stiff and creamy. Then add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the egg white and mix until peaks form. Then, slowly fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk with a wooden spoon. In a separate bowl, beat 1 ounce of heavy cream with ½ teaspoon of almond and vanilla extracts and another teaspoon of sugar until stiff. Then slowly fold the cream into the egg mixture. Option: add rum, brandy, or bourbon and stir. Refrigerate or serve immediately with some nutmeg and cinnamon as garnish. 

Gemini 

May 21-June 21
Your Holiday Drink: Pomegranate Gin Cocktail

This smooth and delicious drink is a conversation starter just like you, Gemini. Make a large batch and have it ready to go for your next holiday party. Add 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 cups of sparkling water, and 4 ounces of gin to a pitcher and stir to mix. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh thyme and orange slices. Then serve it up alongside your charming, witty banter.

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Gemini 

May 21-June 21
Your Holiday Drink: Pomegranate Gin Cocktail

This smooth and delicious drink is a conversation starter just like you, Gemini. Make a large batch and have it ready to go for your next holiday party. Add 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 cups of sparkling water, and 4 ounces of gin to a pitcher and stir to mix. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh thyme and orange slices. Then serve it up alongside your charming, witty banter.

Cancer 

June 21-July 23
Your Holiday Drink: Poinsettia

This festive yet fancy cocktail is perfect for you, Cancer. It’s quick and easy to make, so you can spend more time hosting all your fabulous dinner parties (in the comfort of your own home, of course). Pour 1 ounce of cranberry juice into a champagne flute. Add a splash Triple Sec and top it off with your favorite bubbles. Then, garnish with 24k gold glitter and enjoy the praise. JK on the gold, but you never know with Cancer. 

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Cancer 

June 21-July 23
Your Holiday Drink: Poinsettia

This festive yet fancy cocktail is perfect for you, Cancer. It’s quick and easy to make, so you can spend more time hosting all your fabulous dinner parties (in the comfort of your own home, of course). Pour 1 ounce of cranberry juice into a champagne flute. Add a splash Triple Sec and top it off with your favorite bubbles. Then, garnish with 24k gold glitter and enjoy the praise. JK on the gold, but you never know with Cancer. 

Leo

July 23-August 23
Your Holiday Drink: Sparkling Celebration Punch

Every Leo deserves a celebration and this punch is the purrfect crowd-pleaser. This fun beverage is easy to whip up at your next holiday party. In a punch bowl, mix 1 cup of brandy with ½ cup light agave until blended. Stir in a bottle of your favorite Riesling or sweet wine. Then, add in some more bubbles with a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine. Gather everyone around the punch (so they can sing your praises, obviously) and serve over ice with fresh lime or orange slices.
 

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Leo

July 23-August 23
Your Holiday Drink: Sparkling Celebration Punch

Every Leo deserves a celebration and this punch is the purrfect crowd-pleaser. This fun beverage is easy to whip up at your next holiday party. In a punch bowl, mix 1 cup of brandy with ½ cup light agave until blended. Stir in a bottle of your favorite Riesling or sweet wine. Then, add in some more bubbles with a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine. Gather everyone around the punch (so they can sing your praises, obviously) and serve over ice with fresh lime or orange slices.
 

Virgo

August 23 -September 23
Your Holiday Drink: Sparkling Blackberry Tea Cocktail

This drink is a good go-to break from your usual detox routine, Virgo—and did I mention it is full of antioxidants? To make, steep your favorite tea and then let it cool. Make a simple blackberry syrup by mixing 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and ½ cup fresh blackberries on the stove over medium heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Then, strain and refrigerate. When you’re ready for a drink, fill a wine glass with ice, 1 ounce of chilled steeped tea, ½ ounce of your blackberry syrup, 1 ounce of dry vermouth, and top it with sparkling wine. Stir and garnish with fresh blackberries. 
 

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Virgo

August 23 -September 23
Your Holiday Drink: Sparkling Blackberry Tea Cocktail

This drink is a good go-to break from your usual detox routine, Virgo—and did I mention it is full of antioxidants? To make, steep your favorite tea and then let it cool. Make a simple blackberry syrup by mixing 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and ½ cup fresh blackberries on the stove over medium heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Then, strain and refrigerate. When you’re ready for a drink, fill a wine glass with ice, 1 ounce of chilled steeped tea, ½ ounce of your blackberry syrup, 1 ounce of dry vermouth, and top it with sparkling wine. Stir and garnish with fresh blackberries. 
 

Libra 

September 23-October 23
Your Holiday Drink: Mistletoe Margaritas

Libra, your love of love will be all over this Mistletoe Margarita, which is sure to land you a few extra smooches this holiday season. To make, rim your glass with a lime wedge and dip into coarse salt. In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces of Grand Marnier, 1 ½ ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of white cranberry juice, 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup and shake. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cranberries. Then take a sip, pucker those lips, and get ready for all the adoration.
 

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Libra 

September 23-October 23
Your Holiday Drink: Mistletoe Margaritas

Libra, your love of love will be all over this Mistletoe Margarita, which is sure to land you a few extra smooches this holiday season. To make, rim your glass with a lime wedge and dip into coarse salt. In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces of Grand Marnier, 1 ½ ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of white cranberry juice, 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup and shake. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cranberries. Then take a sip, pucker those lips, and get ready for all the adoration.
 

Scorpio

October 23-November 22
Your Holiday Drink: Chai Hot Toddy 

This sweet, spicy holiday drink is a perfect complement to your sultry energy, Scorpio. In a pot on the stove, bring ½ cup chai tea concentrate and ½ cup whole milk to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once hot enough. In a mug, add 1 ounce of brandy and 1 ounce of butterscotch liqueur. Then, top it off with some of your chai tea milk mixture. Stir slightly and dust with crushed graham crackers. This drink is sure to get those infamous, intense Scorpio vibes going.

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Scorpio

October 23-November 22
Your Holiday Drink: Chai Hot Toddy 

This sweet, spicy holiday drink is a perfect complement to your sultry energy, Scorpio. In a pot on the stove, bring ½ cup chai tea concentrate and ½ cup whole milk to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat once hot enough. In a mug, add 1 ounce of brandy and 1 ounce of butterscotch liqueur. Then, top it off with some of your chai tea milk mixture. Stir slightly and dust with crushed graham crackers. This drink is sure to get those infamous, intense Scorpio vibes going.

Sagittarius

November 22-December 22
Your Holiday Drink: Holiday Mojito 

This White Holiday Mojito is the perfect drink for your adventurous spirit, Sagittarius. In a glass, muddle the juice of one lime with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 8 mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. In a blender, add 2 tablespoons of white rum, 1 tablespoon of coconut rum, and ¼ cup of coconut milk and pulse until smooth. To serve, add ice to your mint sugar mixture, then add your rum coconut mixture and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint, and pomegranate. Sip and enjoy like you’re celebrating the holidays on a tropical beach. 

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Sagittarius

November 22-December 22
Your Holiday Drink: Holiday Mojito 

This White Holiday Mojito is the perfect drink for your adventurous spirit, Sagittarius. In a glass, muddle the juice of one lime with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 8 mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. In a blender, add 2 tablespoons of white rum, 1 tablespoon of coconut rum, and ¼ cup of coconut milk and pulse until smooth. To serve, add ice to your mint sugar mixture, then add your rum coconut mixture and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint, and pomegranate. Sip and enjoy like you’re celebrating the holidays on a tropical beach. 

Capricorn 

December 22-January 20
Your Holiday Drink: Mulled Wine 

There is nothing better for a Capricorn than a tried-and-true holiday mulled wine. This make-ahead drink is sure to keep your guests happy, while you’re still the popular party host. To make, combine 4 cups of apple cider, 1 bottle of your favorite bold red wine, ¼ cup of honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, the zest and juice of 1 orange, 4 whole cloves, and 3 star anise in a large pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. When your guests arrive, pour into mugs and garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick. 

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Capricorn 

December 22-January 20
Your Holiday Drink: Mulled Wine 

There is nothing better for a Capricorn than a tried-and-true holiday mulled wine. This make-ahead drink is sure to keep your guests happy, while you’re still the popular party host. To make, combine 4 cups of apple cider, 1 bottle of your favorite bold red wine, ¼ cup of honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, the zest and juice of 1 orange, 4 whole cloves, and 3 star anise in a large pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. When your guests arrive, pour into mugs and garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick. 

Aquarius

January 20-February 18
Your Holiday Drink: Peppermint Bark Mimosa 

Peppermint Bark Mimosas are a nice mix of classic and refreshingly unique, just like you Aquarius. To make, melt ¼ cup of semisweet chocolate chips and crush 3 candy canes. Dip the rims of your champagne flutes in the melted chocolate and then into crushed up candy canes. Then, add 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps to each glass and top with your favorite champagne or prosecco. These mimosas—and your friendly nature—are sure to get anyone into the holiday spirit.

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Aquarius

January 20-February 18
Your Holiday Drink: Peppermint Bark Mimosa 

Peppermint Bark Mimosas are a nice mix of classic and refreshingly unique, just like you Aquarius. To make, melt ¼ cup of semisweet chocolate chips and crush 3 candy canes. Dip the rims of your champagne flutes in the melted chocolate and then into crushed up candy canes. Then, add 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps to each glass and top with your favorite champagne or prosecco. These mimosas—and your friendly nature—are sure to get anyone into the holiday spirit.

Pisces 

February 18-March 20
Your Holiday Drink: Vanilla Dark and Stormy 

Pisces, this Vanilla Dark and Stormy is sure to warm your heart and calm those strong emotions that may keep you away from the holiday scene. To make, combine 2 cups dark rum with 3 cups ginger beer (not ginger ale), the juice of 4 limes, and a tiny splash of vanilla extract in a pitcher. Serve on the rocks with lime wedges. This is the perfect drink to bring you out of solitude and into a festive mood. 

Looking to learn more about your sign? Get the scoop on your sun, moon, and rising sign here! 

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Pisces 

February 18-March 20
Your Holiday Drink: Vanilla Dark and Stormy 

Pisces, this Vanilla Dark and Stormy is sure to warm your heart and calm those strong emotions that may keep you away from the holiday scene. To make, combine 2 cups dark rum with 3 cups ginger beer (not ginger ale), the juice of 4 limes, and a tiny splash of vanilla extract in a pitcher. Serve on the rocks with lime wedges. This is the perfect drink to bring you out of solitude and into a festive mood. 

Looking to learn more about your sign? Get the scoop on your sun, moon, and rising sign here! 

Ashley Tracey
Written by
Ashley Tracey
Astrologer | Empowerment Coach
About the author
An all-around spiritual badass based in Denver, Colorado, Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul whose life purpose is to help others live at their highest potential. Working with clients around the world to empower wholistic well-being, she helps to expand their consciousness and activate soul-centered living.