Apr 032018
 

While it doesn't have to be spring to get your clean on, you can use these tips to clean you home. Check out these spring Cleaning Tips To Help You Purge and Get Organized.

Spring is always a great time of year to really purge and get your home organized from the year. Maybe it is because you can open your windows and let that nice crisp fresh and cool air flow through the windows to give you the motivation you need. I have some ways you can work on Spring Cleaning to help you purge and get organized for the year.

While it doesn’t have to be spring to get your clean on, you can use these tips below to clean and get organized any time of the year that you feel the motivation.

Clothing Rule
What I like to do is if I have’t worn an item for over six months I really give it a good look. If I am unsure I give myself six more months to start wearing it or when I hit that next cleanse mark I donate or toss it out. Another thing I like to do is turn my hangers all the same way. Then as I wear the item I turn the hanger the other way, so I know I have worn that item. It helps keep me aware of the clothes I have not worn, and I can debate if time to donate. Continue reading »

Mar 212018
 

 A home gym is one of the best ways for your family to create and stick to a daily workout routine. It's much easier and cheaper to find ways to workout at home.

People tend to have a love/hate relationship with their local gym or workout center. They are usually paying a monthly fee to be a member, and know they should go. However, after working all day, picking the kids up from school, and fixing dinner, who has time to go to the gym? It would be much easier and cheaper to find ways to workout at home. What if you were to take it one step further, and create a home gym? Here are some tips for building a home gym that you will actually use.

Tips for Building a Home Gym You Will Actually Use

Find the room The first thing you have to determine when building a home gym, is where you are going to put it. In order to maintain some organization and avoid distractions while working out, it’s important for the gym to be separate from everything else. Choose a guest bedroom that isn’t getting used, a closed off area in the basement, or possibly part of the garage. Make a list of the equipment you want to have and make sure there is enough room for everything to fit. Once this is done you are ready to start creating your home gym. Continue reading »

Mar 122018
 

There are many inexpensive ways you can plan family fun for Spring Break right at home. Today I wanted to share a few ideas to get you moving forward in the planning stages before Spring Break arrives.

If you are a family who doesn’t plan to go somewhere to vacation for Spring Break but would like to have a bit of family fun, then this article is for you. There are many inexpensive ways you can plan family fun for Spring Break right at home. Today I wanted to share a few ideas to get you moving forward in the planning stages before Spring Break arrives.

Host a Family Meeting
Sit down with the family, kids included, to have a little discussion about what each family member would enjoy doing during Spring Break. Make a list of ideas and take into consideration the budget so that you don’t overspend during this week off from school. Encourage family members to come up with family fun ideas for Spring Break that allow you to stay close to home. Continue reading »

Feb 212018
 

Many bloggers would love to have more traffic arriving to their blog from Pinterest. The fact of the matter is that Pinterest has a high ranking with Google search engines. The reason we all know this is because when you’re doing a search on Google more often than not within that first few results you will see a link to Pinterest. This means Pinterest truly ranks high in search engines and as a blogger, you must learn how to take advantage of that status. Today I am going to share how to boost your blog using Pinterest.

Sign up for a Business Account
The first step as with anything you do online is to make sure you have access to the most extensive analytics possible. Signing up to have a Pinterest business account will open the doors to having ample analytics to ensure you are measuring the reach of your adjustments to boost your blog using Pinterest. Continue reading »

Jan 232018
 

Video Games Aren’t Just For Couch Potatoes! You and you family can burn Calories While Having Fun and here's how to do it.

Video games have dominated the market and lured us in with their lifelike graphics and compelling story lines. This ever-changing technology has the ability to immerse us in a fantasy world that makes us practically forget about actual reality. Video games often get a bad rap because of their ability to turn any normal, active adult or child into a professional couch potato.

Not all games are created equal, however. There are some video games that will get you up and moving and even breaking a sweat by the time you are done. Let’s take a look at the benefits of these games and how you can incorporate them in your daily fitness plan.

Get Moving
Active video games such as Wii Fit, Zumba, and Just Dance will get your blood pumping and your heart racing. You will find that your energy levels increase and you will receive the boost needed to jump-start your metabolism. In no time these games will have you sweating like you’ve just been to the gym. The level of activity is up to you. If you’re a beginner you can take it slow or really push your limits if you choose to. Schedule time to “play” a game or two before work in the morning or on your lunch break. It will be much easier to stick to a workout routine if you are having fun at the same time. Continue reading »

Jan 092018
 

There are many options you can do so your child can stay safe on the internet without invading their privacy. Here are some ways to monitor internet use!

As a parent you might find you want to monitor what your child might be surfing through on the internet. But your tween might be fighting back with, “You are spying on me!” Here are some ways to monitor internet use without invading your tweens privacy.

It can be a tricky balance of worrying about them and letting them have the freedom to explore and not feel like we are hovering. There are many options you can do so your child can stay safe on the internet without invading their privacy.

Privacy Settings
Make sure to check the privacy settings on your social media accounts and computer. Make sure it is set to the maximum security level. This can help limit and protect your computer as well. Most social media accounts require you go be 13 or older before you join. Each social media account has their own privacy settings you can adjust.

AntiVirus Software
Every computer should have antivirus software downloaded. The internet is full of spam and this will help protect you and your child. Having software can help block unwanted sites, keep your child from making it to bad sites and entering their personal information and getting it stolen, to seeing unwanted pop ups that aren’t for kids eyes. There are different brands you can buy, I suggest researching them to find what’s a good fit. Continue reading »

Jan 032018
 

Here are a variety of genius car cleaning hacks that will not only save you time, but get your car sparkling like it is brand new.

Below you will find a variety of genius car cleaning hacks that will save you time and get your car sparkling like it is brand new. We travel quite a bit and over time trash can build up, toys get cluttered on the floor and it can be a mess. So when I head out to do my cleaning I implement these tips and get my car sparkling like new. 

Cup Holders| I buy silicone cupcake liners and use them to place inside my cup holders. Then when I am cleaning I easily grab it remove it, wash and put back in. It helps keep my cup holders from getting gross inside. 

Compressed Air in Can| You can buy compressed air in a can that is great for cleaning your keyboards and such. But you can also use it to spray into your vents to help spray out any dust and dirt that has collected. This is great on vents that are not removable. 

Essential Oils| Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a cotton ball and lay on your floor. This will act as an air freshener and help remove any lingering odors in your car.  Continue reading »

Dec 192017
 

Start a family New Years Tradition this year! If you're wondering what you can do to ring in the new year as a family, check out this list for inspiration!

Family traditions are something I love to do with every holiday and year that passes. It is a wonderful way to create those lasting memories with your children. I still remember our traditions that took place on certain holidays when I was a child. It is a great way to really instill that family essence. I thought it would be nice to share some New Years tradition to start with your family this coming year. If you are wondering what you can do to ring in the new year as a family, check out the list below for inspiration!  Continue reading »

Dec 122017
 

Using only a few supplies from the craft store, you too can make this adorable DIY Snowman Ornament. It's the perfect addition to any Christmas tree.

I spend a fair amount of time in craft stores. Sometimes as I am walking through the store, something catches my eye and it gets my wheels turning.  I was at Michael’s recently and saw these clear glass light bulb ornaments and I knew I could make something cool out of one of them. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest (ok, it was more like a few hours…). I came up with the idea to make a DIY Snowman Ornament out of my light bulb ornament. The best part is that you only need a few supplies from the craft store to make your snowman ornament.

DIY Snowman Ornament

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass or plastic light bulb ornament (you can get these at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • White Pom-pom balls
  • Puffy paint: black, orange, and brown
  • Any color yarn for hanging
  • Tweezers

Continue reading »

Oct 302017
 

If you find you are having trouble sleeping, you might be doing some things wrong before bed. Check out this list of things not to do before bed. Not getting enough sleep or quality sleep each night is exhausting, it not only makes us tired but we can’t be our best when we are exhausted.

Here is a list of things not to do before bed, to ensure you get the best quality sleep you can. Not getting that adequate sleep each night can lead to foggy thinking, mistakes while working, and accidents during your day. Before you crawl into your comfy bed, make sure that you are not following these habits.

Here are 5 some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep once and for all!

What Not To Do Before Bed

Technology
Don’t bring your phone into your bed with you or other gadgets. It will overstimulate you and can actually keep you up, or make you struggle to fall asleep. Try to power down from your electronics for at least one before bed. This will help the mental and physical stimulation from your phone! Continue reading »

Oct 292017
 

Winter can be long and very chilly depending on where you live. These cold weather hacks will help keep you warm, save you money and much more.

When the temperatures begin to drop and the sun goes down earlier, you know Winter is upon us. Winter can be long and very chilly depending on where you live. Below I am going to share some awesome cold weather hacks to help you survive this winter. These hacks will help keep you warm, save you money and much more.

Window Insulation Kits
To eliminate any unwanted drafts in windows, buy window insulation kits. They are a film you apply to your windows, and it can save you around $15-$18 per window for the winter. It helps keep those winter drafts from blowing in.

Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans, turn them so they run clockwise. This will take the warm air that rises to the ceiling and pushes it down to you.

Door Drafts
If you put your hand at the bottom of your door and find a cool breeze flowing in, roll up a towel and place it at the bottom of the door. It will help block the cold air from getting indoors.

Oven
After you cook your meal, leave the oven door open after you turn the oven off. It will release all that hot air into your home and help heat it up some. Be cautious if you have young children though, as they could get hurt. Continue reading »

Oct 232017
 

I wanted to share some tips on how to make sure you get a good nights sleep. I know it’s not easy for a lot of us, but it definitely can be done. Regardless of your sleep pattern now, I want to share some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep.

Here are 5 some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep once and for all!

Set a Routine
Setting a routine for going to bed is a great way to get your body used to go to sleep at a certain time. It also will allow you to help monitor how many hours you are getting a night. I like to aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to limit screen time on your tablet, phone or other devices an hour before bed. Be consistent in when you lay down for the night, to help you learn to fall asleep faster. If you are not super tired when you lay down, read a book (that always makes me tired) or listen to soothing music. Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

A long, nice car trip with your kids and your spouse is definitely one of the most beautiful experiences that a person can experience. However, it’s very important that you know how to adequately prepare for it, or your trip can quickly turn into a nightmare – and I’m sure that none of you want that.

There are two things that generally tend to be most important on a trip like this – keeping your kids happy, and making sure that road safety is at its absolute maximum. Today, I want to talk about some specific things that you should definitely do before any serious road trip with your family, so without further ado, here they are.

Plenty of Food

News flash, kids get hungry – way faster than adults do. In addition, not only do kids get hungry when they’re actually hungry, but also when they’re bored out of their mind (something that often happens on long road trips). This isn’t something that you’ll be able to explain to your child if they’ve been sitting for hours in a moving vehicle, so I find that it’s best to just go along with it. Make sure that they can eat as much as they want during the trip (up to a reasonable point of course – you won’t want them to be sick), so stop by the store and get lots of their favorite food before you take off. Continue reading »

Jun 132017
 

If you live in a state where the summer heat can really wear on you, then check out these simple tips to try and help you stay cool. It is so hard when it is 100 degrees or hotter outside or high humidity, it makes you want to hide inside where the ac is. 

Our bodies can easily become overheated, especially in young children and the elderly. I don’t know if you have ever got overheated, but it can make you feel pretty sick and wore down. So here are some simple tricks to trying to survive the extreme summer heat. 

Heat Stroke is very serious so make sure you are aware of the signs. Below are some of the signs of heat stroke. If you feel any of these symptoms start make sure to go to your doctor or emergency room. 

  • Rapid Pulse
  • Elevated Body Temperature
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Dilated Pupils

Different Ways To Keep Cool This Summer 

Run Errands First Thing: Before the day gets to hot get out and get your shopping done early. Whether it is grocery shopping or heading to your farmers market. This will help you to enjoy the cooler part of the day for outside activities.  Continue reading »

May 242017
 

Struggling to find ways to connect to your older kid? If so, below are very simple and easy ways to make effort to connect with your child. They grow so fast, and before you know it they will be off to college! It is so important that you get in time to connect with your kid when you can! 

No matter what your child’s age is, they still crave love and attention. So that is the main thing, just make time for them, listen if they want to talk and be there! The best way to raise a child is with love! Below are easy ways to connect to your older kid, ages 8-12. 

Simple Ways to Connect With Your Older Child

If they are being quiet: If you see they are being extra quiet, try to get them to talk. Ask them about something you know they are interested in. Maybe a video game, movie that they love, or something else. Showing you care and trying to help them if they are having a rough time, without coming right out and asking can help them a lot. 

Ask How Day Was: Even if you only get a one word answer, it shows them that you are interested. One day you might be surprised and get a little story of something cool that happened!  Continue reading »

May 232017
 

The hot weather has arrived and with that comes all kinds of worries: sunburn and dehydration top my list. Despite being of mostly Italian descent, I am a pale gal and I burn to a crisp. But that is a story for another day. We all hear every summer that we need to stay hydrated (and being a nurse, I am constantly pushing fluids on people and educating them on the importance of it), but do you know what dehydration looks and feels like? I consider myself somewhat of an expert on dehydration and rehydration (the rehydration part is generally not fun for you if you’re seeing me for it at work).

That was until my son, who was 9 or 10 at the time, came out to me one night at about 9 PM crying and telling me that he had the worst headache he had ever had in his life. He’s not a kid who complains, so I knew it must be serious. And being a nurse, I just wanted to make it go away so I gave him Tylenol. That didn’t touch it. I had no idea what else to do; he was literally grabbing his head and crying. I paged his pediatrician who, knowing my son’s lengthy medical history, sent us on our way to the ER. The ER is a nightmare, as you all know.

After several hours, labs, and much crying the diagnosis was……dehydration. WHAT??? Surely, they were kidding. I’m a nurse. I know all about dehydration and how to prevent it. Except that he had been at his summer program all day and it was hot. There was no AC and despite my constant lectures on drinking enough, he just hadn’t. I had never seen it present this way and it a real eye opener for me. So the next summer when we were on vacation and spent the day at Hershey Park and he started to complain of headache and became irritable, I knew what we were up against. Now when he gets aggravated with me constantly reminding him to drink, I remind him of that awful headache. Continue reading »

May 012017
 

If you are planning to tackle a home project, make sure to utilize these Home Depot hacks to make sure you never pay full price on items again! These hacks are a great way to get the most out of your money and make sure you are getting the best deals possible. 

From price matching, saving money on clearance lumber, and so much more! This is really a great way to cut corners on expenses and still create the project you are wanting. 

Save Money at Home Depot With These Tips and Tricks 

Price Match Guarantee: Make sure to check your competitor stores in your area, if you find a price cheaper, Home Depot will price match. But to make it even sweeter, they will give you an extra 10% off on the item! Just bring in the flyer to show them the price.

Join Newsletter: Make sure to sign up for their newsletter, new members get a $5 off coupon! Plus you can get emails on special sales available and sometimes extra discounts. 

Rebate Center: Make sure to check out their online rebate center. You can save quite a bit of money on their larger items most of the time! 

Clearance Lumber: Okay, this one is awesome. You can get a discount on leftover lumber, up to 80% off. So make sure to check out the clearance wood. They will be different sizes and such, but you can always find some way to use it! They mark the clearance wood with purple paint.  

Trees and Plants: Did you know that the trees, perennials and house plants all have a one year guarantee. You just dig up the item if it dies, and take it in for a replacement plant.  Continue reading »

Apr 182017
 

Did you just get an Instant Pot for a holiday gift or birthday present and have no idea what is next? Maybe you read the manual and the *beginner’s guide* (link to the first article!). Now, you’re ready to start cooking! Before you get started, there are a few things I want you to know. You can cook healthier foods with your Instant Pot from simple entrees to gourmet dishes. I also want to show you that you can use your Instant Pot daily which can make it one of the most valuable appliances in your kitchen.

How to Cook Healthy Foods in Your Instant Pot

Easy does it. If you’re a beginner, start off easy. Skip long or heavy recipes until you get the hang of it. With simple recipes with few ingredients, you can learn how to make adjustments and discover how the Instant Pot works. You will learn how your food cooks and what you might need to read up on to truly master your Instant Pot. Try rice to learn the rice cooker setting and shredded meat to learn how to make your meat flavorful.

Start with a whole chicken. If you’re not sure how to get going with your Instant Pot, a whole chicken could be just what you need. While there are many recipes online for a whole chicken in your Instant Pot, you can add your own flair with seasonings and broth. Don’t forget that your Instant Pot should always have a cup of liquid in your pot when you cook. Continue reading »

Apr 122017
 

Have you thought about organizing your kitchen cabinets lately? I opened one of mine yesterday and a bunch of stuff fell on me, so I figured it was time for a little cleaning and reorganization. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to get started and to keep them organized and here are some easy tips to get you started on organizing those kitchen cupboards.

Tips for Cleaning & Organizing the Kitchen Cupboards

Clean out the cabinets first.

Before you decide to organize the kitchen cupboards, take the time to clean them out. This is the perfect time to get rid of all broken Tupperware out of the cabinets. If there’s something you don’t want to keep, then now is the time to throw it out.

Take out all of the dishes.

In order to organize the cupboards like they should be done, take out all of the dishes in the cupboard. I try to be incredibly careful during this part because I don’t want to break any dishes. I set all of the dishes on the table until it’s time to put them back into the cupboards. Continue reading »

Apr 052017
 

Freezer meals are a quick way to meal plan healthy dishes. The main idea is to freeze some of your meals for use at a later day. You can cook the meals ahead of time, freeze them, and heat it up at dinner time in an oven, on the stove, or even in a slow cooker. It saves you a lot of time and energy throughout the week, and it helps you stay on track with your healthy eating goals.

Here are a few ideas for easy freezer meals for your family. It is important to note that there are two different ways of “freezer meals.” The first is by adding ingredients to a freezer bag and freezing. The second way is preparing the actual meal first (in the oven or on the stove) and freezing it. Both ways have their benefits, but the second way provides a way to slash prep time. You just simple defrost, heat up, and serve.

Easy Freezer Meal Ideas

Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Create a comfort meal for everyone with mac and cheese! It is a classic dish that is much tastier when made from scratch. Skip the powdered cheese and make your own with whole wheat noodles (or even vegetable pasta if you dare!), cheddar and low-fat cottage cheese, some vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and cream. Bake, cool, and freeze the entire container. What a time saver! Continue reading »