Hello from Ives & Christy
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I think we can all agree that the Instant Pot can be a little overwhelming when you first start using it! As a new mom and living in a house that is constantly under construction this has been a staple in my kitchen for healthy and comforting stews, shredded chicken to add to quick salads or soups, and cooking sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, and other various squashes in less than half the time. I am in no way sponsored by Instant Pot, just here to help a mama and busy individuals out so you can spend your time cuddling and playing with your babes (human or fur). As a working mom, this has become even more important to me. I didn't really get all the hype in the beginning, but it's kind of like having a sous chef to help you out in the kitchen. When I saw more and more people using it, I finally decided to pull the trigger when Amazon Prime deals were happening and got it for half the price. At this point, I think prices have gone down and it's fairly affordable.
The Instant Pot can also be overwhelming, there are lots of parts and buttons which can make it feel intimidating, so I wanted to create an easy to follow guide to help take out the intimidation factor and make it easy for you to get started! I will not go over EVERY detail, that's what the manual is for, but rather give you the information you need to make it easy for you to get started as well as 8 staple recipes to make your meal prep life easier.
If you want a quick hit list of what you need to know before getting started, just scroll past this part!
You can create a home gym without breaking the bank.
Below are some of our favorite and must-have pieces of equipment to help get that sweat. Improvise and create an awesome home workout when you don't feel like hitting a group fitness class, you are crunched for time (AKA ALL MOMS), or when on vacation. Click on the images below to open the link to purchase or browse the item.
You can get the essentials for under $150, which is less than a monthly gym membership in most cities!
Yoga Mat, $20 (Range $15-$50)
A yoga mat is great to have if you want to ensure a cushioned space -- no thank you rug burn or stiff hardwood. We love a lighter yoga mat that is easy to travel with and has some grip so you aren't slipping and sliding when sweaty. To be honest, Christy and I both have lululemon mats, but we also have Gaiam ones. There are lots of options with varying thickness levels, organic vs non-organic, cute patterns, etc. Don't break the bank on a mat for HIIT workouts, but if your focus is primarily hot yoga, you may want to splurge a bit more.
The only thing stopping you from accomplishing your goals is yourself. We let fear and doubts hold us back. During this exercise we ask that you give yourself the space and freedom to show up as you are and remember that progress over perfection is always the goal. You were put on this planet to do some pretty special things my friend, so let's go conquer them!
Going through this exercise and writing down your goals will help get you one step closer to accomplishing them. “People who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals," says Mark Murphy, founder of www.LeadershipIQ.com and a New York Times bestselling author, in his Forbes article, “Neuroscience Explains Why You Need To Write Down Your Goals If You Actually Want To Achieve Them."
Now that you have your worksheet downloaded, follow along as we take you through 5 steps to take charge of your goals today the ULA way.