As chaotic as this post title sounds, it is a true representation of the chaotic life I sometimes find myself swirling in. As my husband posted on FB tonight, “It’s almost midnight so that can only mean one thing – hula hoop party!” Our after dinner dance party was co-opted by hula hooping when E asked me to get out my mini hoops for him. I grabbed the whole stack from the garage and we hooped for 20 minutes or so before frustration set in for the under five foot crowd. Hooping is hard work. You can purchase hoops for as little as $1 at dollar stores but I don’t recommend them for adult use as they are too small and light. I make my own hoops and if someone like me can do it, you can too. I wrap them, but I am not a patient person so they are not perfect.
Hula Hoop How To:
- PVC Ratchet Cutter $15
- Irrigation Tubing 100 ft roll $11 (makes 10 hoops)
- Insert connectors (50 cents)
- Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
- Electrical Tape
I cut the Insert Connectors in half that way I get two for one.
I cut my tubing so that my hoop will be at underarm height, I learned this was how to size a hoop during a hoop workshop in Chicago. I use the hair dryer to heat the ends and insert the connector making a basic hoop. Then I tape my hoop.
For the best instructions on the web with photos visit: http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html
Next on the night’s agenda was wrestling. I know that tumbling mats can be pricey and I had been eyeing them for years. Can you imagine my surprise when on a random trip to Goodwill I found one for $6.99? We happen to live in an affluent town where gymnastics is popular and many people purchase professional mats and beams so I’m always on the look out for outgrown treasures. If you are frugal like myself there is nothing better than springtime garage sales and winter time thrift stores to find some wonderful family friendly fitness equipment. The other mat you see is my Thai Bodywork mat, when it isn’t being used the kids like to sit on it to watch each other wrestle.
The night quickly became a workout for the whole family as the kids ran around the front room (it is empty because I use it as a studio space) and through the house trying to sneak up on each other and daddy. Stealth is lost on my four year old who eagerly and loudly chants “this way, this way, get him mommy” as we try to creep up and tackle my husband.
Even my youngest gets involved when her brothers bring out the championship belts to wrestle – the ultimate prize for the wee wrestlers. This type of imaginative and active play goes on at our house all of the time. We are careful to mention to our kids that this is “house play” and this type of play is not for outside of the home. We have never in 11 years of parenting ever had a problem with our kids crossing the line while playing outside of our home – though I admit the first 9 years we were homeschoolers.
All this activity makes little guys and gals thirsty (so water was on hand) and a bit peckish. Mommy to the rescue. I whipped up some Whole Grain Omega Cookies with no added sugar or fat. Before you tut in disbelief that anything with that name could be good take a look at the recipe and the photos.
Whole Grain Omega Chip Cookies – no added fat/sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup agave
1 tablespoon vanilla
*mixed in a bowl
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup flax flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
*Sift and slowly mix into wet ingredients.
1/4-1/3 cp oats (added to until the dough drys up a little)
2/3 cp or more of dark chocolate chips (who am I to say how much chocolate is enough for you!)
*Mix the rest of the ingredients together.
Preheat oven to 350. I take a TBSP and scoop dough balls onto nonstick air bake pans. If you like to use spray or grease the pans – go for it. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden – these are soft chewy cookies.