Summer is coming to a close and that’s okay! We all know we feel much better when the sun is always shining, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop feeling good because the weather is crap! We’re going to give you a few ways to keep your spirits high as summer ends.
Have you ever had a battle of the wills at the supper table? You’re sitting there waiting for your child to take just one bite and your child is not having any of it. Been there, done that… many times. My child is a picky eater.
For those that travel a lot, or just on the go, home workouts are likely your only option. Sacrificing the gym life to get ahead is a normal thing to do and if you’re self disciplined to still get the training done, you’re going to need some tools that cover the most basic of needs and then some. Here is a quick list of essential tools that give you the best bang for the buck.
What’s one change you’ve been trying to make in your household? My husband and I are trying to become more conscious about the amount of meat we eat in our home. We still love the savoury taste of meat and wanted to keep that aspect as much as possible. We’re also both pretty busy so these meals couldn’t be a whole 2 hour ordeal. Healthy, 30 minutes or less, no meat, savoury and delicious. Those were the rules and here’s what we found!
A lot of people including myself, even to this day dread exercising. We despise getting our shoes on and sweating for an hour straight, but…. We do it. Why? Because exercise isn’t just about looking good and feeling the burn (although these definitely aren’t unwelcome) exercising is about the mind and body connection. To see what we mean, read on!
Long haul flights are tiring,boring, and dry. Today we’re sharing our top 10 essentials to take with you on the flights that are longer than a work day. We will be sure to keep your skin hydrated, ensure sleep is gained, and keep you entertained! Whether you’re flying to Germany or Thailand these essentials will surely have you prepared for your long journey ahead.
Are you getting tired of watching your family or friends tap away on their phones and laptops? Maybe your children haven’t been outside in 36 hours due to, too much gaming? Whatever the case may be – we’ve got a bountiful list of activities that don’t involve or require any electronics!
Popular to contrary belief, it does not take 21 days to create a habit. Realistically it takes however long it needs to – depending on the time, effort, and energy you choose to put in. That being said, you do not need to revolve your life around your new healthy habit(s); find ways to fit them into your day-to-day life rather than allowing them to swallow it whole. To have your new habits stick you want to have fun with them. Here are 5 ways to help get that new habit to stick.
We all know it’s crucial to stay hydrated in this summer heat so let’s explore some of the main reasons why we should be staying hydrated and various ways how to do it! It’s important that your hydration is a priority! Our goal is to remind you to take care of yourself – even if in the simplest way.
Summertime is here and so comes the trips to the beach!! Spending the day at the beach is one of my favourite summer time activities. There are definitely things I consider essential for bringing along on a beach day. I’m going to share those with you here in this article!!
This is the first thing I make sure is in my bag! I never used to worry about it too much, but now with kids it’s extra essential. Kids should be wearing at least SPF 30, I usually get 60 for them and 30 for my husband and myself. Make sure it has UVA & UVB protection as well. I try to remember to apply the first time before we leave as it’s easier to put on when sand is not involved!
Staying hydrated is so important! I’ve seen the effects of dehydration first hand and it is not pretty. Everyone in my family has their own water bottle and we bring all four with us. Another good trick is to freeze a bottle or two of water the day before. If you’re taking a cooler you can use them as ice packs and as they thaw you get nice, cold, iced water to drink.
The hot sun and salt water if swimming in the ocean do a number on my lips! I cannot stand having chapped lips. I carry lip balm all the time but make double sure to have it when going to the beach!
The sun is fun, but it’s good to be protected. Hats are great for keeping the sun off your face, neck and ears, and let me tell you from experience burning your ears is NOT fun!
Beach Blanket/Beach Towels
We have one that is sand proof and I absolutely LOVE it. Even if it gets covered in wet or dry sand, you can just shake it off when you’re ready to go home and don’t have to worry about taking half the beach home with you.
We each have our own beach towels. I bought the girls hooded ones that they pull on over their heads like a hoodie. They are fantastic for changing the kids right on the beach too!
As I get older I find I seek out shade more than I used too. Having a good shade tent is essential these days. It’s a good place to have snacks and get out of the sun for a bit.
I keep ours in a mesh bag. When we’re ready to head out, we just throw that in the car. When we’re ready to come home, it doesn’t matter as much if the toys are a bit sandy and wet still, they just go back in the mesh bag!
I love the reusable wet bags for putting wet bathing suits in at the end of the day. When we get home, I empty it all into the washing machine and throw the bag in as well.
With 2 kids I pretty much carry extra clothes around everywhere. It’s always good to be prepared for everything and extra clothes are just one of those things you just might need!
Something for Garbage
Please, please, please help keep our beaches clean and clean up your garbage! I usually bring either a plastic bag or use a container we had snacks in to collect our garbage. Most beaches have trash cans to dispose of your garbage, but I still find it easier to collect it all at our spot and toss it out as we leave. Saves on multiple trips to the garbage can.
We usually just bring finger food to the beach. Sometimes I make sandwiches ahead of time and bring them in a reusable container. Cut up fruit is a great finger food. Also some sort of munchie to snack on, I like the Veggie Sticks or Pretzels. If you’re bringing chips, bring the Pringle’s so they don’t all get smushed. Trail mix is also a great option and provides some protein for the day as well.
You’ll need a big beach bag or tote to carry this all!! The next thing on my list to buy is one of those collapsible wagons to cart everything around in, another essential for heading to the beach this summer!!