Family

  • 5 Daily Tasks You Must Do Even When There Is No Time

    Working families really do run double lives. Work-life is sandwiched between home-life everyday, and somehow you try to keep both separate. But sometimes you end up blending the two because you think you can read over a new contract while you finish making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich—granted, you’ve done it before.

    There are certain tasks that we as human beings must complete everyday in order to remain sane. Even when there is no time, try to make time for these five simple tasks in order to have a great morning.

    1. Stretch when you wake up. When your alarm blares in your ear five minutes too early, take a moment and just lay there. Wiggle every part of your body and take three deep breaths. Before you get out of bed give each muscle a deep, purposeful stretch. You can then begin your day. Oh and don’t forget to make your bed!
    2. Eat a small nutritious breakfast. If you know you will be running late before you even wake up in the morning, pack your breakfast the night before so that it is easy to grab on the go. I like to put a variety of nuts in a ziplock bag and accompany them with either a yogurt or a large piece of fruit. The natural sugar will give you a boost to start your morning and the protein will keep you focused. If your affliction is caffeine, try to get it in your system as soon as possible. This will give you that extra kick you need when you are begging everyone to get out of the house on time.
    3. Stay hydrated during the day. If drinking eight glasses of water per day seems as serious a task to you as it is to me, don’t worry. My secret is a 32 ounce, bpa free water bottle that I keep full at all times throughout the day. I find myself actually reaching for if more often and taking larger sips because I know it is there and I want to finish it. Once I have finished one usually during the first half of my dayI know all I have left is one more bottle. It makes drinking 64 oz. of water a little bit easier.
      • Tip: Squeeze a whole lemon into your water for extra antioxidants, flavor, and a metabolism boost!
    4. Take breaks at work. It is important to work in intervals. Taking a five minute break every two hours is not going to make the office think you are lazy. Be sure to break up your day into manageable chunks and take some time to walk around or chat with a neighbor. If you have to work through lunch try to take at least 10 minutes to sit without working. You will be more productive using this approach and your mind will work more freely.
    5. Spend a few minutes with family before bed. Coming together in the living room or at the kitchen table is a great way to recap the day and stay connected in each other’s lives. If you didn’t have time for a family dinner, this can almost make up for it. Try to have each person reflect on a few good things that happened during their day.

    Doing these five simple things each day can help tone down the crazy during your week. If you have any tips from your own life let us know in the comments! We love hearing your life tips and tricks too.

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  • Fire Safety For Your Family Pet

    Pets often complete our family and our homes. They are the first ones to greet us at the door, they eat breakfast and dinner with us, and sometimes we even let them sleep in our beds. But many people forget that they are a bit more curious than we are. Each year, it is estimated that half a million pets are affected by house fires. Many of these animals get trapped or hide in the house, making it hard for rescuers to find them. What many people aren’t aware of is that some pets actually cause more house fires than you would think.

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  • 3 Purposeful Packing Tips

    It’s summer time which usually equates to traveling time. The kids are out of school. Make a list of things that you absolutely need. Less is always more especially since most people usually come back with more than you left with in the beginning. You don’t need more than one jacket or too many cotton clothes those are easy ways to fill up your suitcase space. Follow these 3 simple tips to make your next packing experience organized and easy.

    1.   Roll don’t fold
    2.   Utilize Ziploc bags
    3.   Stick to essentials (seriously)

    The “roll don’t foldIMG_0466” method is pretty common nowadays in terms of packing. It’s pretty simple, roll your clothes instead of the standard folding. Rolling allows for you to minimize the space your clothes take up in your suitcase. Rolling can also help you organize better. Many avid packers roll their clothes into outfits for specific days. So, 5 rolled outfits for a 5-day trip it’s as simple as that.

    Utilizing storage bags can also be another way to minimize the space you are using in your suitcase. If the roll method doesn’t work for you, try packing your outfits in separate storage bags. You can also utilize smaller storage bags to hold toiletries, chargers, makeup, and  accessories together without getting them all tangled along the way.

    Lastly, and probably the most important, make sure you are packing things that you absolutely need. Usually no, you don’t need “that extra pair of shoes just in case”, or your laptop (if it’s not a business trip of course). Don’t bring anything that is super valuable to you either. Live as a minimalist for your vacation. You’ll surely enjoy your experience much more this way. Also, by packing less you run less of a risk of forgetting things behind. Keep these steps in mind and enjoy your vacation without the pains of packing weighing you down.

     

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  • Summer Brain Drain

    Summer slide, which is also referred to as summer brain drain, is a phenomenon that commonly occurs amongst non-stimulated school aged children over the summer vacation. T5629710962_5bfd52589c_zhe brain is muscle that needs to be constantly exercised to maintain optimal performance. During the summer months, many parents used to opt to give the children a break in order to recharge their batteries for the upcoming school year. This break in learning can have a detrimental affect on the upcoming school year; whereby, students may loose up to three months of previously acquired knowledge. A balance of both has proven to be ideal for students during summer break. Parents can “leave it to the experts” and enroll their child(ren) in an educational summer camp or they can capture teachable moments to implement their own summer curriculum. (more…)

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