Summer vacation may mean school is out, but learning takes place year-round. A family vacation may be about fun and relaxation, but there is no reason it can’t be a learning experience as well. It has been said that there is no greater teacher than travel, and it is true. On a vacation, there are opportunities for kids of all ages to learn history, language, geography, culture and customs, even arithmetic and economics. Here are some easy ways to turn family travel into a fun learning experience for kids:
Eating healthier is one of those things that we all strive to do, but sometimes have a hard time actually doing. It shouldn’t be so hard to eat better and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are 10 Ways to Eat Healthier starting today.
1. Eat Lemons. Lemons are a great for your digestion system and are packed with Vitamin C. Each time you drink a glass of water, squeeze a couple wedges in and help out your liver and kidneys.
2. Speaking of water, fill up a gallon jug with water. This is how much you need to drink daily. You can separate it out into smaller containers and fill those with fresh fruit to naturally flavor your water.
If you’re like any other parent, you might be slightly annoyed with the number of toys lying on your floor at the moment. There are several things you can do to help kids learn how to organize their toys on their own with limited assistance from you. Check out these five tips to help your children organize their toys.
#1. Set a Timer
In case you forgot, kids aren’t born to sit and organize for hours. Set a timer and let the kids get busy. A timer is great because the kids know that once the timer goes off, they are good to go. Adults should even set timers for organizing and cleaning, it helps you stay focused on the task at hand.
#2. Color Coding
I think color coding a toy room is pure genius. For example: All cars go in the red tote, you can even put a red dot on the bottom of all of the cars to signify that the cars go in the red bin. You could even color code the toys to coincide with who it belongs to. Place all girl toys in a pink bin, all boy toys in a blue bin, and all gender neutral toys in a yellow bin.
There are a ton of cleaning products on the market, and you’ll notice that many of them include lemon on their labels. There is a reason for this. Citrus fruit, particularly lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that disinfects, breaks down grime and smells amazing. The good news is that you can get all of the benefits of lemon as a cleanser without all the harsh, unsafe chemicals that come in store-bought cleaners. Coupled with another powerful and natural cleaner such as baking soda, lemon can get rid of soap scum, hard water and mold, as well.
Here are ten ways to clean with lemon:
1. Clean and freshen your garbage disposal by cutting up a lemon, running the hot water and then running the disposal.
Has the bickering and fighting already started? If you don’t figure something out soon, you might not be able to keep your sanity this summer. Check out these ways you can nix the constant battling between the siblings.
#1. Getalong Shirt
You may have seen this “getalong” shirt floating around, but I’ve heard it actually works. When the kids start fighting, stick them in a huge shirt. This will make them find a way to get along or stay miserable for a long period of time. It might only take one or two times of being put in this shirt for them to get along.
#2. Summer Challenge
It can be hard to stress the importance of getting along as siblings. Natural fighting is going to occur, but you must put an end to summer bickering. You can do this by promoting a summer challenge in the family. This encourages no fighting, if you fight, you have to complete a task on the chore list. Moms have the power to make pretty long chore lists.
Summertime is notoriously the worst time of year to book a flight. Prices skyrocket as more people travel, but you don’t have to just accept that. There are many ways you can save money on airfare this summer with a few tips from industry insiders and seasoned travelers.
1. Buy your tickets on Tuesday
Does this surprise you? Airlines, in general, offer sale fares on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. If you can hold off until then, you can get the best deal on your flight. But don’t just stop at one site!
2. Shop around
When the weather gets warm, everyone wants to be outside. Whether you are outside for your job or for fun, you may want to learn a few tips on how you can help beat the summer heat.
1. Wear clothes that are light colored and made of light fabrics. Dark colors absorb heat. Just by wearing darker colors, you could be raising your temperature several degrees before you even begin any activity. Choose lightweight fabrics that can breathe. Cotton is a great choice, as are synthetic breathable items like fitness wear that wick moisture away from the body.
Now that the weather has warmed up, summer is in full swing and that means picnics, camping, cookouts and my personal favorite thing about summer - the beach! These are the activities that make it Summer, and make for great memories. Taking the kids to the beach can be so much fun, but if you aren’t properly prepared, it can end in sunburns and tears.
To get the most out of your day at the beach, and to keep everyone safe and happy, here is a comprehensive list of what you must have with you. Keep in mind that the list may vary depending on the ages of your children, but there are some things that will apply regardless of age:
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. And hats. And protective clothing. Kid skin is delicate, especially if your children are fair-skinned. Come home from the beach with sea shells, and maybe some sand, but no sunburn!
- More towels than you think you will need.
If you love to exercise, but are about to travel, you may need some new tips. Making exercise and travel work at the same time is possible. Here are some tips:
#1. Park Further Away
You may not get a lot of chances to exercise while you’re on vacation, but you can make small choices that really add up. For example: parking further away from your destination and walking is one way. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is another. Of course, also making a conscious decision to watch what you’re eating during the day can also help limit the amount of extra stairs you need to climb.
#2. Walk Everywhere
Sometimes we have the tendency to think that we should be a little extra lazy on vacation. However, walking everywhere is truly one way you can make exercise and travel successful. You don’t have to feel guilty about the extra bites of food you took if you walk around town everywhere. Plus, when you walk around the beautiful city or location you’re visiting, you actually get to enjoy what’s going on around you. When you walk, you can take better pictures, smell the yummy smells, and get a better view. There may be an opportunity to hike wherever you’re vacationing. Don’t be afraid to do a quick search to see what hiking options you may have.
Virtually every family will visit the beach for summer vacation at one time or another in their lives and few will do so without thinking of sharks. Thanks to movies like Jaws, sharks are now feared beyond all reason. While sharks are certainly dangerous in the wrong circumstances, the odds of a person being attacked by one is miniscule. Still, there are plenty of things you can do to mitigate the odds of being attacked. Here are some tips to give you confidence to go into the ocean without fear of sharks:
Know when to swim – Sharks are most active at dusk, dawn and night. This is when they ramp up their feeding behavior and start looking for food. If you swim during these times, you have a much larger chance of being mistaken for a food source. By the way, the shark does generally hunt people as a food source. If you are bitten, the vast majority of them time it was an accident or investigation. Sharks bite to see if something is edible.
It’s summertime, doesn’t this mean poolside relaxation? All adults wish that was the case, but you need to keep your kids learning this summer. Here are five ways you can keep your kids learning, but still have a few moments to yourself by the pool.
You’re not a bad mom or dad if you use the computer to teach your kids a few learning skills. There are awesome websites out there that simply teach our kids better than we can. Starfall.com and ABCMouse.com are great websites for preschoolers. Your school might even have a few recommendations for ideal learning websites. If you think a computer might be too much, just set a timer and only allow the child to use the computer for that amount of time.
Taking your children to see people, places, and things this summer is one way to keep them learning. There are plenty of free places to visit, so don’t fret about money. Exposing your child to different learning environments will help them greatly in the long run. Visit zoos, children’s museums, parks, libraries, and the occasional water park for optimal learning opportunities.
One of the beautiful things about the nice weather is the ability to get outside and eat in the manner that the Italians call al fresco, which means to eat outside. Around these parts, though, we usually refer to it as a picnic. How should one go about having a successful picnic? Here are four important subjects to consider.
1. Where to Have the Picnic?
When I think about having a picnic, the first location that pops into my mind is under a shady tree, but there are so many other options. Parks, beaches, even a rooftop can be the perfect setting for your picnic. Perhaps the easiest way of choosing a location is considering how far you wish to travel and/or the distance from your home. Try using online maps (I use Google maps) that display everything within a given perimeter and you can choose from there.
2. Who to Invite?
As we get closer to the Independence Day holiday on July 4th, it is time to start thinking about fireworks and safety. Although many areas now prohibit the use of fireworks within city limits or select subdivisions, there are still a lot of areas where it is okay to shoot off fireworks in your own backyard. This year don’t take chances, instead take not of these 10 Fireworks Safety Tips that will help protect your family while giving you a chance to enjoy fun holiday celebrations.
10 FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
• ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN & TEENS. No matter how knowledgeable or responsible your kids are it is never a good idea to leave them unsupervised with fireworks or fire of any kind. Always be mindful of where they are and what they are doing with the fireworks. This applies even to the use of sparklers that are common for children to handle by themselves.
• ONLY SHOOT FIREWORKS IN CLEAR AREAS AWAY FROM HOMES, TREES OR FLAMMABLE OBJECTS. While it may sound fun to stand in your front yard right next to the house to shoot off Bottle Rockets and Roman Candles it is very dangerous. Taking the chance of a firework landing in an area that could end up catching on fire is never a good idea. The best locations to shoot fireworks are large open areas where the remnants that fall from the sky can be easily located.
Summer time is just around the corner! I have been on the hunt for some fun outdoor games and activities! I have put together a great list that the kids are sure to love! From Lawn Twister to Capture the Moon, I can not wait to try them all! How fun would a Trike Car Wash be for the little ones? Can I go through it myself? Some of my best memories as a child are the things I did with my friends & siblings outside in the summer time. I am ready to help my children create some of those memories, too.
- Lawn Twister
- Glow in the Dark Baseball
- Glow in the Dark Bowling
- Jumbo Scrabble
- Water Balloon Pinata
- Cold Potato
- Capture the Moon
- Water Balloon Target Practice
- Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
- Trike Car Wash
What are some of your favorite outdoor summer activities?
Need a getaway, but you can’t leave town? Take a staycation! A staycation is a vacation, except it doesn’t involve having to pack your bags and leave home. There are different variations of this. Some staycations are taken completely at home, and some involve multiple day trips to nearby areas, or even an overnight outing in a local area.
Just like a traditional vacation, a staycation is best when planned. Researching local activities, deciding on a budget and getting the family involved can help make your staycation a success.
The next time you have a few days off, but for whatever reason you can’t leave town, try a few of these summer staycation ideas for easy fun and relaxation! There are ideas for every budget, and many of them are free!
Losing weight isn’t easy, but if you are buying into diet myths you may actually be sabotaging yourself. Don’t listen to bad info, and instead diet the right way (even if it includes a few myths you don’t think should work). Here are the three diet stories that you shouldn’t fall prey to, and three you should definitely attempt.
Myth 1: You can’t eat anything after 6 pm.
Summer vacation is always a much anticipated time for both kids and parents. No school, warm weather and sleeping in! Inevitably though, after a week or so the phrase “I’m bored” starts becoming a daily lament. Prevent boredom before it starts by having a “bag of tricks” up your sleeve. There are tons of activities that kids and parents alike can do to stave off summertime boredom. One such activity is a scavenger hunt. If you have never done one, you are missing out. Here are some summer scavenger hunt ideas that will keep your kids busy and engaged whether they are hanging out at home, on a long road trip, or at a park or other outdoor space.
If you’ve been cramped up all winter waiting for summer to get outside and get active, now is the time to cash in on the promises you made to yourself. Exercising outdoors is invigorating but can also be dangerous if you are not equipped properly. Here are some tips to keep you safe.
Running is one of the most popular outdoor activities and it is a lot of fun to run outside. Let’s face it the thud of a treadmill quickly loses its attraction! Many people don’t even think about how the heat may be affecting them when they take to the road. However, even if you are used to being outdoors, extremes of temperature combined with your condition on any particular day can spell disaster. Always take steps to protect yourself, such as carrying enough water, wearing proper sun protection such as a hat, sunscreen and clothing, and mixing up direct sun exposure with shaded paths.
No matter what kind of exercise you plan to do here are some tips to keep you safe.
Sunshine, warm weather, outdoors, and lots of fun… and bugs! Just the thought of the bugs and the bites is enough to make someone cringe about being outside during the summer, but it doesn’t have to ruin your plans. Keep bugs away and still have fun outdoors with these simple tips.
Clean up around your house and yard
One of the simplest ways to keep those bugs away from you is to not attract them in the first place. Any heaps of trash, standing pools of water, or openings in your home that could allow bugs to enter should be cleaned up to not attract those pesky creepy crawlers.
Keep yourself clean, but not fragrant
If you know me in real life, you know that I workout a lot. I am almost always at one of the two gyms I belong to or working on my martial arts training. I think a lot of people find going to the gym off-putting, though. And I get it. I really, truly get it. Joining and actually getting the motivation to go to a gym can be a hard step to take for some people and I was one of those people that was completely uncomfortable at first, too. True story – ask anyone.
But do you know what? When it comes to losing weight and getting fit, you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym and spend hours sweating away calories to make any kind of difference. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to burn calories throughout the day without setting foot in a gym. Breaking a sweat is optional.
Here are some of the easiest ways to burn some calories throughout the day:
- Fidget. That’s right, it may have gotten you scolded as a child, but those of you who pace or bounce your knees up and down are potentially burning up to 350 extra calories during the day.