Want to eat healthier but you can hear the convenience of the drive-thru beckoning on your way home? I get it, that struggle is real! You’ve had a long day and you know that there’s more obligations and responsibilities waiting for you when you enter that door…school work, laundry, dishes, bath time, etc. That drive-thru sure would make the evening go a lot smoother…but that’s a slippery slope, one that if you’re not careful will drain you physically and financially. Thus, in an effort to limit takeout, stick to a food budget, get more veggies in your family’s diet, and ultimately feel better here are 3 easy recipes that you can prep in advance.
Backstory to this post….I legit almost hit a a parent/guardian & their child while driving the other day. It was around 6:30PM in a neighborhood, sun had set, and I wasn’t driving fast, but I literally did not see them! That experience really shook me to my core…the thought that I almost hit a parent/guardian and their child crushed me. I could not live with that guilt, nor should anyone else have to live with that guilt, please PLEASE take the time to read through this post.
It seems that many more people are biking outside. Whether it is for exercise or pleasure, there are some safety precautions that should not be ignored. One of those features is bike lights. They may seem silly or not look cool on your bike, but they are necessary to keep you safe. Continue reading this article to find out more reasons to consider adding bike lights to your bike.
Bike lights increase visibility. They may not help you to see, but they definitely help to have you seen by others. Bikes are small and may be difficult to see. Adding a light to your bike allows you to be seen more easily. Even cars, which are much larger than bikes, have their lights on all the time to provide visibility. When you are biking on the road, you are vulnerable to all types of elements, these lights can help make you a little less vulnerable.
You may be out for a long bike ride and find that the weather suddenly changes on you. You may find yourself stuck in gray weather, or even rain with no choice but to keep riding until you get back home, or someplace where you can take shelter. A good bike light can help you remain visible and keep you safe when the weather changes on you. The bike lights that are available today are much brighter than the lights of the past. Many lights start around 300 Lumens and go up to 1500 Lumens to keep you bright. Many of these lights work to use as little battery life as possible so they last even longer. The lights have gotten smarter to provide you the light you need but not completely drain your battery. The lights can determine the difference between day and night and shine a light based on the time of day. These types of lights usually flash and the flash patterns differ based on the time of day.
A positive point about bike lights is they are affordable. You can find a light that does not break the bank and still gives you enough light to be visible to others while on the road. Some lights have the option to switch between a solid light and a flashing light. Solid light is beneficial because solid steam of light makes it much easier to see. It gets the attention of others without being distracting to those around you. You want to make sure they see you, but you do not want to distract them from their own driving. A flashing light is great when you are trying to get the attention of someone, such as when you are in distress or need assistance. The position of the light is important. If a driver cannot see your light, it is not helpful to you or anyone else on the road. It is always best to have a light on your bike, even if you already have one on your helmet. If it is just on your helmet and your head is turned, another driver may not truly know the direction in which you are going.
Whether your idea of romance is a dozen roses, champagne, and chocolates, or your spouse emptying the dishwasher without being asked I think we can all agree that not having to cook an entire meal for the family, but instead being served a mouthwatering dish at a classy restaurant sans kids is totally romantic! When was the last time you put on something fancy? Not comfortable dining out? No worries, these awesome local restaurants offer curbside pickup/takeout. So what are you waiting for? Order up dinner for tonight, grab pizza for the kids and put on a movie for them in the other room, put on some Marvin Gaye and see where the night takes ya.
FYI- these also make great Valentine’s Day Date Night Destinations 😉
Here are some addition fun at-home date night ideas!
Always call ahead to confirm hours, due to COVID hours of operations may fluctuate, and be sure to make a reservation if dining in.
OMG! Anyone else feel like they’re playing some twisted version of The Game of LIFE this year? Like if someone reconfigured the entire game while on some crazy mind altering drug? You landed on the square, “Global Pandemic”, lockdown for 3 months. Collect stimulus checks each time you go around the board. Landed on, “Quarantine” (you were possibly in contact with an affected individual) can’t move for 2 weeks. You are now working from home and children are schooling from home, pay the bank $200 so everyone in the family has a desk. The hardest part for us parents is, while we’re playing this warped, twisted version of The Game LIFE, childhood can’t stop, we can’t say, “hey, kids, we’re just gonna put childhood onhold and we’ll pick it up after all this craziness is over”. Us parents still need to provide the best childhood we can for our children, even during a pandemic, quarantine, remote learning, etc. And that means us parents have had to step up in ways we’ve never imagined we’d have to….we’ve become teachers, home IT assistants, gym partners, lab partners, etc. and we’ve ultimately become solely responsible for their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
Okay, so where was I going with this? Isn’t the title of this post Winter Survival Guide for Parents? I’m getting there….so where was I, yes, we’re playing this twisted version of The Game Life and we’ve just entered the most challenging part of the board, Winter in the Midwest!!! For this section of the game, you need to make certain your children’s health is meeting the CDC minimum recommendations…Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day, including daily aerobic – and activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) – 3 days each week, and that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups) – 3 days each week. (CDC). Doesn’t sound too bad? Well, if you pair it with the fact that your children aren’t done with schooling until 4pm and the sun sets around 5pm, oh, and did I mention you’re tired from making all the other plates spin throughout the day? Yup, suddenly those 60 minutes a day really do become a struggle…(and I didn’t even add “Mom Guilt” to the mix…cause us mommas know that sitting is the new smoking, and by those standards our kids are virtually smoking packs a day as they sit in front of their chromebooks and laptops). So what’s a parent to do? We suck it up and get those smokers, I mean sitters, outside for some much needed fresh air and exercise!!
Here’s the Winter Weather Survival Guide for Parents:
- This is not the time to bring sexy back…layer up those pants and shirts, sweatshirts, the bigger bulkier you look the warmer you are going to stay. And that extra padding is appreciated when you go sledding with the kids, or accidentally forget to remove your leg from the sled string and get dragged down the hill…yup, that’s definitely not what JT was singing about!
- Playlist, you’re gonna need a playlist to get your bulky badass up that sled hill, and up it again, and again, or through those trails, or whatever else the kids wanna do…you’re gonna need your jams, trust me!
- Earbuds. These are legit the best things ever invented! They serve so many purposes…you can look like you are listening to something while eavesdropping on other people’s conversations, they basically give you permission to ignore everyone (children optional), oh, and you can listen to audio books, music, videos, etc. privately. Not interested in having that political conversation with that other parent on top of a sledding hill? Just pop in the earsbuds. Did your child just do something WAY embarrassing? Just pop in those earbuds and look the other way. I’m telling you, they’re awesome.
- 4. Travel mug. If you’re gonna be out in the elements you might as well try to make it as enjoyable as you can…bring along that coffee, tea, hot cocoa, etc.
Though the sun seems to set way too soon, some days it forgets to even rise, and the wind-chill can legit sting, you can totally win The Game of LIFE’S Winter in the Midwest section of the board if you follow the survival guide, lol!
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday is a day we commemorate a brilliant man who moved people to change through his words, action, faith, etc. and the following Museums are celebrating him by offering FREE admission to the general public on MLK Day.
Know of any that didn’t make the list? Please feel free to include them in the comments. Tag/share with friends and make plans today!Read more
With Christmas now in the rear view mirror, there is no better time to start preparing for next Christmas. That sounds like a joke, and maybe it is to some extent, but anyone who found themselves shopping and changing plans with days to go in 2020 will know the truth: what seems like enough time rarely actually is. So if you want this year’s festivities to go better, there’s something to be said for at least laying money aside and sourcing some of the things you’ll need in December.Read more
“Awesome”, “the coolest”, &, “surprisingly not too girly!”! So, what was supposed to be a “mommy & me” day with my youngest quickly became a sibling day once all three kiddos caught wind of what we had planned. And what exactly had we planned? To make bath bombs at Buff City Soap! The kiddos legit loved it! I was a bit shocked, even my tween boy had fun mixing up the bath bombs & his takeaway; it’s surprisingly not too girly! Yup, he had his reservations at first, but anything with the word “bomb” in it can’t be too girly, right?! Lol! Here’s how our awesome experience went down….
This post was written and images were taken pre-Covid, in January 2019…currently due to Covid make your own bath bombs option is not available, hopefully they will be back on the menu soon.
Just like most things in life, freelancing comes with a price and some balance. And well, it’s not necessary to work to someone else’s schedule; you do have to make sure that you are handling your finances well.
So businesses and freelancers rely solely on the owner or the person in the business to make sure that the finances are taken care of properly. Here are some quick tips to help you get your freelance finances under control.Read more
The satisfaction of checking off a task on an ever evolving To-Do-List is like sinking your teeth into a candy bar after fasting for a week! Ahhh, that taste of sweet success and feeling of swimming in accomplishment, that is until you see all the tasks you have yet to fulfill and just like that it’s like someone peed in your pool of accomplishment. Why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we continue to allow yesterday’s or last month’s uncompleted tasks and goals to haunt us? Why do we only allow ourselves the tiniest taste of sweet success and then stew in a pee pool of disappointment and dissatisfaction over uncompleted tasks and goals? Are we gluttons for punishment or is the system flawed?Read more
Is it lunchtime yet? Whether your kiddos are starting off the second half of this school year in-person, virtually, remotely, or being homeschooled there’s one question they’re all asking, is it lunchtime yet? And who can blame them, don’t we all kinda look forward to lunchtime, the meal that helps breakup the monotony of the day? While packing children’s lunchboxes (or should I say assisting children in packing their own lunchboxes ;)) isn’t exactly rocket science, it’s always nice to have some inspiration. So, here are a few outside the “typical lunchbox” ideas. Your time is valuable, so this post has been kept brief with just images and short explanation of each lunch. If you do have any questions please feel free to post in comments.