How do YOU Want to Learn?

How do YOU Want to Learn?

Hopefully I’ve convinced you to learn something new this Fall – that it can be fun and improve your life.  What’s great about our lifestyles today is that we don’t neccesarily have to go to a physical building to learn something new.  For people who weren’t fans of traditional schools this can be a lifesaver. There are so many different ways we can learn – truly something for everyone. It can also be really fun to learn with others.  Got some girlfriends who are up for fun?  Why don’t you get together and take a cooking or painting class?  Or create a book club or wine tasting club?  There are dozens of fun ideas for learning with friends. Maybe you feel the need to spend more quality times with your kids (hello working mom guilt!!!).  Find out what they are interested in and research that topic – check out books from the library or attend an event or museum together to learn more. Date night fallen by the wayside?  Learning something new as a couple would be a fantastic way to spend quality time together, have something fun to talk about and plan, and it would ensure you get out regularly. Might be that travel and learning combined would get you excited.  All you need to do is type in your topic and the world travel or tourism and see what you find.  I’ve seen trips for cooking, history and even some our local zoo offers around animal or ecotourism education.  Fun stuff! Of course there is also the good old traditional school.  Most colleges and universities offer adult...
Does Your House Smell?

Does Your House Smell?

I used to have an obsession with the chemcial laden plug ins that promised a lovely scent in your house.  I’m not going to name names, because it doesn’t really matter which brand – they ALL have chemicals in them.  I have to admit since we’ve almost always had pets it was such a relief to walk into a house that smelled like cinammon or something beachy versus wet dog.  So even though I had concerns about what I was putting into the air we breathe, I kept on doing it. Thank goodness I learned about essential oils!  Now I have a way to make my house smell terrific without adding fake ingredients to the air. Although I use my essential oils in many ways, one that I consistently do daily is diffuse oils throughout the house.  There are so many varieties of diffusers out there, but as long as they use water and essential oils only, I haven’t found a huge difference in performance.  Most diffusers will last a few  years if you wipe them out regularly so they are very cost effective.  I love mine so much I travel with at least one when we go on vacation!  Tomorrow I’ll do a Facebook Live video sharing some of my favorite blends as well as how to use the diffusers, but attached below are reviews (and links) to the ones I own and use regularly: This InnoGear is a nice entry level diffuser – it’s reasonably priced (and often on sale), and the quality seems to be decent.  It has a light function too which is kinda fun...
End Summer Vacation with a Blast!

End Summer Vacation with a Blast!

How has your summer been?  Have you accomplished all the fun things you wanted to?  Or has it just gone by in a big blur and you really don’t know what happened?  Regardless, it’s not too late to end summer with a blast!  Even if your kids are back to school (or going soon), you can still enjoy the last month of typically hot summer weather.   For many kids, even though summer is shorter and school starting earlier (August 3rd anyone?), many of the sports and other extra-curricular activities haven’t started or at least haven’t reached their zenith of time consumption.  That makes August a great month to sneak in a little extra fun in the evenings and on weekends.  So, why not go out this year with a bang?  Make it an August to remember! What exactly can you still do?  It may be too late for a summer vacation, but I bet there are still some things you’d like to do left on your “bucket list.”  Or maybe there is something you have always wanted to do but never found the time or energy to get it together.  Have your kids been asking to do anything repeatedly?  Make a list of all the potential ideas and then survey your family – let them each pick out one they’d love to do the most.  If you have time, schedule them all, if not, write them down, put them in a jar and draw one.  Create a plan RIGHT away as to when you will do it.  If you can, draw again next week.  There are four full weeks...
Yes, You CAN eat Healthy in Las Vegas

Yes, You CAN eat Healthy in Las Vegas

Following up with my eating healthy at Disney post is a second one . . . eating healthy in Las Vegas.  Health and Las Vegas seem a bit opposite, don’t they?  Well, they don’t have to be! Every year, we take an annual “grown-up” trip to Las Vegas with friends.  A week of absolutely no responsibility.  However, I’ve learned that if I want to enjoy the whole week I do have to be careful about taking care of myself – lots of walking (we averaged over 20,000 steps a day!) and eating the best that I can while still enjoying a bit of decadence. My top tips for eating healthy in Las Vegas: 1.  Start with a decent breakfast.  There are several reasons for this – first if you eat well early in the day you will set yourself up for making better choices AND it’s always an easy time to find fairly good food.  When in Las Vegas, I typically have one of two breakfasts.  The first is a simple oatmeal with fruit and coffee.  Easy, inexpensive, full of fiber and very filling.  The second would be a buffet.  (Wait a minute – I thought we were talking healthy).  Hear me out.  A breakfast buffet is a terrific way to get a lot of veggies into your diet – which can be hard to find while traveling.  I always get a veggie omelet loaded up with extra spinach and very light on the cheese.  Add a side of fruit and you are good to go! 2.  Don’t feel that you have to have a big meal 3x a...
Take a Vacation at Home

Take a Vacation at Home

Last week I shared how to eat healthy at Disney and although I do love a big summer vacation, I get that it’s not feasible for everyone.  It might be finances stopping you, or maybe just time.  Regardless, there are still so many fun things to do that give you the feel of being on vacation without the travel and cost. Ready for some inexpensive and fun ideas?  (Healthy too?) Do something “outdoorsy.”  Unless you work as a park ranger or the like, hiking or even going on a picnic is going to feel very different from work.  Plus it’s healthy fun and the kids LOVE it! Play tourist.  Almost every town has something to see.  It always amazes me how many people will live in a location for their whole life and never play tourist in their own backyard.  Early in my corporate career we did two one-year stints in North Carolina and New York.  In both places, we visited and toured more of those states than our neighbors who had been born there (and weren’t young!).  Why?  Simply because we spent our time there with the mentality of a tourist and searched out the attractions, special festivals, museums, etc.  You’ll have a fun time and get a new appreciation for your hometown! Have a “Day of Fun” and use up any gift cards or coupons you have lying around.  When we were just starting out (and didn’t have much money), we would do this regularly and it was always so much fun!  As an experiment, my kids and I recently had a day like this.  First we...
Yes, you CAN eat healthy at Disney World!

Yes, you CAN eat healthy at Disney World!

Whew!  We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Disney World.  It was the shortest trip there we’ve ever taken – so short we flew and didn’t rent a car.  Which means we were totally dependent upon “The World” for all our food.  For a family that eats pretty well and mostly at home, that was a bit daunting. In particular, I was concerned about how we could possibly eat enough fruits and veggies and ignore fried food as much as possible.  Aside from a few exceptions, overall I think we did great.  Knowing so many of you want to hit Disney at some point with your kids, I’ll share what we learned: 1. Drink water.  Maybe this goes without saying but staying hydrated will make you feel better, you’ll be less likely to eat junk just because you think you are hungry and you’ll save a ton of money too!  Just walk up to any location in the parks that serve fountain drinks and ask for a cup of ice water.  They will happily give it to you for free – no need to lug bottled water around all day. 2.  Eat fruit and veggies every chance you get.  I was very impressed with how easy it was to get fresh fruit at all the Disney Parks.  Here is a perfect example:  The first morning we were at Animal Kingdom, and mid-morning my son was starting to drag.  I asked him if he wanted a snack, and he said yes, he would like strawberries.  REALLY? I figured there was no way – maybe I could find a fruit cup...

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