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 »

Apr 022018

The spring season brings beautiful flowers and more sunshine, which of course makes more people feel happier. While the beauty of spring can surely boost your spirits, the pollen flying everywhere can take you down for the count. You’re not alone because millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies (including me). Spring is the time when you want to get outside with your family to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but what happens when your seasonal allergies keep you from enjoying this newfound warmth? Well, you have to find products that will assist in keeping you healthy. That’s what.

Stay Healthy This Spring by Beating Seasonal Allergies. It’s time to start focusing on the ear, nose, and throat to help stay healthy this spring before your seasonal allergies hit.

I want to introduce you to Lifestix E.N.T. Care, an oral immunity probiotic that will help many people (both kids and adults) stay healthy this spring season. Please note that this product is not a gut probiotic and is not for use to help with digestive health. Lifestix E.N.T. Care contains a specific probiotic that focuses on the health of ear, nose, and throat for the entire family. With the delicious strawberry flavor and the ability for anyone ages 2 and beyond to take, it’s worth checking into this product if you or anyone in your family suffers from seasonal allergies. 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 272018

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Here in Massachusetts, we are just getting back to school from February vacation. I know that school breaks are different in other parts of the country, but here we have a week off at Christmas, a week in February and another week in April. My kids are a bit older, so I hear “I’m bored” A LOT. So I decided to make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time they said it, I was able to give them something to do! Guys, it works and it’s super easy to make.

“I’m Bored” Chore Jar

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

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Feb 262018

Chicken soup is popular and the myths will prevail. Use common sense to determine what you believe and why and enjoy your chicken soup!

For decades, chicken soup has been the “go to” food when someone has a cold. Grandma, and perhaps your great grandma, believed that it cured a cold. Does it? Let’s take a look at the myth that chicken soup cures a cold, and a few other chicken soup myths.

Does Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?

The unfortunate truth is that no study has proven that chicken soup is actually good for a cold. That being said, there are many reasons why chicken soup may make you feel better if you have a cold.

#1 Colds Dehydrate You – Chicken soup contains a large amount of liquid. When you eat it, you’re helping your body to rehydrate, which can instantly help you feel better. Cold medications that include antihistamines and decongestants dehydrate you. They pull fluid from your cells. So eating chicken soup helps to get more fluids into your body. 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 082018

No one likes getting sick, but it's bound to happen.By following these tips, you can help prevent colds and flu this winter (and all the time)!

I don’t know if where you live is being hit, but many states are getting hit hard with colds and flu already. I am the type of person who likes to try all I can to avoid anyone in our house from getting sick. Granted, no matter how hard you try you are bound to get sick every now and again. I try to keep us as healthy as possible, and I do so by following these tips below to help prevent colds and flu.

Hand Washing
Make sure every person has good hand washing, as that really helps limit exposure to viruses and germs. You need to scrub and wash hands for around 20 seconds or more. A lot of the germs we pick up are from door handles, counters and more, and washing hands often will help limit spreading germs. Carry hand sanitizer with you so that when you can’t wash your hands you can at least use hand sanitizer.

No one likes getting sick, but it's bound to happen.By following these tips, you can help prevent colds and flu this winter (and all the time)!

If you like protein try to make sure you have a higher protein diet. If you don’t consume enough protein it can lower your immune system. So think meats, eggs, dairy, and more. 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 »

Nov 202017

Whether you are traveling with your family or taking a solo trip these essentials will save the day! Prepping ahead with these essentials can really save you money and valued time as you are traveling. Remember, you pay for the convenience at gas stations, so be sure to bring everything you need with you to save yourself time and money while you’re on the road.

If you are planning a trip this year around the holidays, you might want to pack these holiday road trip essentials to make your ride a little easier!

Packing your own snacks and drinks is a huge money saver! I pack a little cooler for drinks and any cold snacks. String cheese, dried fruits, and nuts, protein bars, crackers, chips, those are all great items to pack up. If you buy boxes of snack goods I recommend packing them up in single serve baggies, so everyone can grab one and eat it easy.

Make sure to pack essential medicines you might need. From Pepto to Ibuprofen to Neosporin and more. That way if anyone starts feeling yucky along the way, you have medicine on hand. I also pack some small trash bags in case someone gets sick along the way. Continue reading »

Nov 172017

Flu season is upon us and there is a lot of misinformation out there. Here's what you need to know about the flu this winter.

Flu season is once again upon us and, as a nurse, I feel like this warrants a blog.  There are some common misconceptions about the flu.  My personal favorite is one that we’ve all heard – “I got the flu shot once and it gave me the flu”.  This is absolutely 100% impossible.  The flu vaccine is NOT a live virus, making it scientifically impossible for you to get the flu from it.  If you get sick after getting the flu shot, it is purely coincidental; you were likely brewing some sort of viral illness prior to receiving it.

This brings me to my next point: not every illness/virus/cold someone gets during flu season is the flu.  People tend to call whatever they contract the flu.  The only way to know with 100% certainty that you have the flu is to be tested.  It’s a nasal swab; it’s not pleasant, I’m not going to lie.  At the Urgent Care that I work at on the weekends we do rapid flu tests right there; results within 10 minutes.  How’s that for service? Other facilities send the swabs to the lab and you’ll have your results back within a few hours.  If it comes back negative, you likely have some other viral illness that’s going around.  I know, I know….no one likes to hear “it’s just a virus”.  Bear in mind that the flu is a virus; these things just need to run their course.  No antibiotic will make any of it go away.  Treatment is rest, fluids, Tylenol…. the usual.  **IF** you are diagnosed within 48 hours of the start of the symptoms, there is Tamiflu.  Tamiflu is an antiviral that will lessen the symptoms and duration of the flu.  It is only effective if started within the first 48 hours.   Continue reading »

Nov 052017

If you are looking for simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal this year, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can add up really quickly. I have some simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal. If you are looking for simple ways to save some money, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Tips on How to Save On Your Thanksgiving Meal

Potluck Style
Create a menu and ask your guest to bring a dish. That way they can see what you are making as well as everyone else and picks a dish to compliment. This is a simple way everyone can help contribute to the meal and take stress off the host. When you have a list of what people are bringing you don’t have to guess what else you need to make.

Free Turkey With Purchase
Most stores will offer greatly discounted prices on turkeys and even free ones. Stores will run promotions free turkey with a select amount of money spent. Keep an eye out at your local stores to see when the low prices or freebie offers begin. 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

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.

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 »

Aug 172017

You all know this guy:

He’s the boy that made me a mom and is one of my two main reasons for living. I almost can’t believe that he’s THIRTEEN now. Omg you guys – I am the mother of a teenager. How did that happen?

I don’t want to embarrass him too much, but I’m going to share a story with you. About a year ago or so, he came off the bus from school and I was waiting at the door to greet him (like always). I wait for him inside the door of course because god forbid his friends on the bus see me outside anxiously waiting for him to come home. Anyhow, like I always do, I went to give him a big hug and kiss the second he walked in the door. Except this day was different. My sweet, sweet little boy almost killed me with the stench that immediately filled the room when he lifted his arms. My god, I almost passed out. I actually I did fall to the floor and pretend to faint because I figured that it would be less humiliating for him if I made light of it at first.

Once I regained consciousness got up off of the floor, I explained to him that it was time to start wearing deodorant. Every. Day.  The weird thing is, that smell came out of no where – one day he didn’t smell and the next day he did. He’s an active kid and now that his body is changing, he’s sweating a lot more. Continue reading »

Aug 142017

School nowadays is fast paced, and you might find your tween boys come home with piles of homework! Well below are some great apps that are a great way to get organized and keep track of all the homework assignments!

These homework apps for tween boys will make the school year run a lot more smoother when they utilize these apps! They are parent approved apps, if you are concerned!

These apps can help keep their homework in order, use a calculator to help with math, create flash cards to study and more. I love each of these apps, they are great for students to have easy access to making learning and organization easier this school year!

5 Best Organizational and Tool Apps for Tween Boys

My Homework

  • For: iPhone, Android, Kindle, Web,
  • Price: Free

My Homework is a great app for your tween to keep track of their classes along with assignments. When you import an assignment it will allow you to put a due date. Then it will create a priority level (color coded) so your child knows what they need to do before other work! It is a really useful app to have. Continue reading »