Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Once we become an adult life gets a little trickier. We often have children and spouses to think about and tend to. We have a job and often times we opt to homeschool our children which just adds to our plate of things to do. Every adult is a busy adult in this world, and with technological advances, it seems adults are able to do even more at once without blinking an eye. While it’s great that we can remain busy as adults, it’s also important to remember that we should be kind to others. Practicing kindness as a busy adult helps reduce stress and forces us to slow down from our day to day life. Here are a few ways you can practice kindness no matter how busy you are:

Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Give up Your Seat

If you’re on public transportation and see a passenger get on without a place to sit, stand up and let them have your seat. This small gesture of kindness could make that person’s day and in turn, inspire them to do the same next time around.

Hold the Door

Nothing beats that feeling when a stranger holds the door for you. All too often we’ve seen a stranger ahead of us in line or leaving a store when we’re about to go inside and they don’t hold the door. Holding the door for the next person entering or exiting is a simple act of kindness anyone can do.

Use your Manners

Tell the cashier to have a great day. Consider leaving a thank you note on a small piece of paper for anyone who’s done something kind that day for you. Always say please and thank you when being served in a restaurant or at a local store.

Give up an Hour

Take one hour out of your day to reach out to friends. If someone needs to vent about something or needs your advice with a situation, give them your undivided attention for at least an hour. This will help them feel calmer and in turn, make you feel good that you helped them out.

Forgive a Debt

Sure we all need money but one unique act of kindness is to forgive one debt every year. If someone owes you money, consider forgiving their debt. Be sure to forgive a debt that you can afford to forgive and feel confident this is the right act of kindness for you and that friend.

With World Kindness Day quickly approaching, it’s important that we all aspire to be more kind to our fellow human beings. When you practice an act of kindness you are doing your part to help make this world a more positive, happier place.

Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids

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Everyone loves a good story, right?  Also, everyone loves road trips with kids, right?  Yea, that last answer you gave sounded less enthusiastic that the first.  Audiobooks make road trips more than tolerable but even enjoyable!

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

I love watching my kids read books that I did as a kid and see their excitement as the characters take shape and they see themselves in the character’s shoes.  Discovering new books together is great too so please, let me know any audiobooks that your children enjoy.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

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Car seat safety is one of the most overlooked responsibilities of a new parent. While this is commonly overlooked, it doesn’t negate the fact that parents do want their child to be safe when riding in the car. As a means to help educate you on car seat safety and help reduce the stress of wondering how safe your car seat really is, I have created this car seat safety checklist.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

  • -Research the four types of car seats and which one is right for your child.
  • -Know the car seat safety recommendations from NHTSA.
  • -Follow detailed instructions on installation of the purchased car seat.
  • -Know how to install anchors properly so the car seat is secured in the car.
  • -Make sure you can’t move the car seat more than 1 inch to left or right.
  • -Tighten straps so there is no slack when harnessing child in car seat.
  • -Keep child rear-facing until the age of 2 at a minimum.
  • -Have rear-facing car seat at 45-degree angle at all times.
  • -Place retainer clip at child’s armpit level and keep it there at all times.
  • -Children who have outgrown car seats and weigh less than 80 lbs should always ride in a booster seat.
  • -Research car seat for any recalls before purchasing.
  • -Do not buy second-hand car seats; they are unsafe after being in an accident.
  • -Upgrade car seat when the child outgrows the seat to maintain safety.
  • -Purchase an all-in-one seat to save some money rather than buying used.
  • -Visit a local car seat safety checkpoint, usually hosted at fire stations.
  • -The seat belt should be snug across chest & shoulders and lie across thighs.
  • -Register your car seat to get notifications of any future recalls.

There are many types of car seats and some may fit better in the family vehicle you have than others. Regardless of what type of car seat you decide to purchase make sure that it is new, has never been in an accident and doesn’t have any recalls. Following a car seat safety checklist and being familiar with NHTSA’s requirements will help you maintain car seat safety at all times.

It is said that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Because the number is so high, this car seat safety checklist is my way to help more parents have safe riders every time they buckle their child into a car seat.  I hope this car seat safety checklist inspires you to double check your car seat today.

How to Have Fun While Spring Cleaning With Kids

Spring cleaning season is here and with that comes the need to get the family on board to clean together. Open up those windows, get the air flowing through the home, and get prepared to make spring cleaning with kids a fun event with these ideas. This post contains affiliate links.

Spring Cleaning With Kids

Visual Timer

Use a Timer

Many children work best when a timer is put on. This timer can be set in 10-15 minute increments. This establishes a goal for your children to reach. I recommend visual timers for kids so they can see a picture of how much time is left.  (Here is a great visual timer from Amazon for only $24)  As the timer winds down, your children will know to step up their game and get that cleaning task done before the timer goes off. For each new task, set the timer again. This is a fun way to keep the family motivated when tackling spring cleaning.

Name Tags

Create Job Titles

For every family member, there should be a job title. This job title will define what tasks and area of the home each family member is in charge of. Giving each family member a job title will make them feel confident and excited to be in charge of their job duties during spring cleaning. Job titles can include fun titles such as Sweeper Upper or such to make spring cleaning a bit more humorous.  If you happen to be like me and have young kids who love stickers of any kind, you might enjoy making personalized name tags for them.

Put Music On

Music is a great motivator for adults and children. Consider making your spring cleaning a family dance party affair instead of a dreary boring day of hosing out the house. Have upbeat dance music playing that’s family-friendly to ensure everyone stays on task and motivated to continue on in their mission to help get spring cleaning done.  The Greatest Showman soundtrack is our current favorite.

Root Beer Float

Celebrate Your Successes

Lastly, be sure to celebrate together as a family whenever a large task has been accomplished. Whether you go out to dinner, make some sweet treats or have some root beer floats, find a way to celebrate together as a family to reward everyone for their hard work. When the children know a reward is the final step in this spring cleaning event, they will be extremely motivated to keep helping.

There you have it 4 fun ways to make spring cleaning with kids fun. It’s great to get the whole family involved in spring cleaning because it will take far less time to complete and it helps teach children the skill of learning what to get rid of and what to donate. As you work to spring clean the home, you can separate piles into junk, yard sale, and donate piles to venture off to the local shelter to donate any reusable items.  Speaking of, you may be interested in my 200 Things to Throw Away post.  I don’t really advocate throwing away everything but only after things can be donated, recycled, etc. do I suggest throwing in the trash.

Things to Throw Away

 

Respite Care Lets You Enjoy Your Spare Time to the Fullest

Enjoy Life

Quite surprisingly, the importance of Respite Care is still being underestimated even after realizing its immense value in lending aid to those families who have a disabled or an ill family member. Regardless of how well you care for your loved one, still the adverse effects of stress on your health and that on your family cannot be disregarded. And that is why your attention and focus need to shift on Respite Care such that a full realm care for your ailing aged loved one can be ensured all at once.

Now, the benefits of Respite Care are so many; it is just impossible to put forward the same in simple words. A majority of individuals who care for their loved one do so without any form of specific training; in fact most of the times, they find the stress and the responsibilities of being a primary caregiver thrust upon them. As per recently published reports, no less than sixteen million adults in the United States spend time caring for a family member with some sort of disability and the irony of the fact remains that more than half, approximately nine million people, experience serious health issues of their own. If you happen to be one of them and experience psychological, physical and emotional stress that results from taking care for your loved one, certainly it is judicious on your part to look around for available options around.

No matter whether Respite Care has to be made available at home or in an assisted home center, the underlying motive of the same remains the same and that is to extend supportive health care services on a short-term basis when the primary caregiver is not available. If you are someone entrusted with the responsibility of caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s, you must have realized as to how stressful the same can really be. This is where you shall find Respite Care facilities to be of real benefit as seeking advantage of the same offers you with the advantage of benefiting from the much desired “me time” and the opportunity of “recharging your battery”

The Caring People website has discussed in detail what is Respite Care and how availing the benefit of the same can be helpful for a primary caregiver. The array of services, which Respite Care provider can make available, include round-the-clock supervision, transportation, group activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and medication management. Apart from the same, you can expect assistance with regard to maintaining personal hygiene including, grooming, bathing, dressing and using the restroom.

Ensuring proper care for your elderly loved one can be hard work and there remains a fair possibility that you would experience fatigue and eventually burn out after a few months or years. Apart from the same, you may suffer in silence from chronic mental problems such as depression, anxiety and many more. Surely, after going through all the pros and cons that Respite Care can extend, it shall not be wrong to claim that Respite Care is like a godsend for tens of millions of Americans.


What is Respite Care Infographic

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5 Ways to Practice Patience with Kids

Regardless how patient of a human being you are, everyone has their breaking point. With parents leading busier lives raising kids, holding down a career, homeschooling and so much more, it’s no wonder parent’s patience often run thin. What happens when the parent who is supposed to lead the example of best practices of patience, loses it? Well, life goes on, but seriously you should use these tips today to start practicing more patience with kids so that you feel better and they learn how to be patient little people too.

5 Ways to Practice Patience with Kids

Breathe Deep

The deep breathing practice that many of you have probably already heard about really does work. This method involves you taking a moment to pause when chaos strikes. Kids are going to test your patience every day and every moment, that’s part of their job as you help guide them to grow.  Learn to pause when you feel your patience running thing and taking a deep breath, or two.

Start Singing

Now, this technique can be really interesting. If you have a toddler throwing a tantrum or a teen acting out, nothing stops them in their tracks better than singing a song. The next time you feel your patience running low, break out in a tune as you work to be the parent you know you are supposed to be. This will help others giggle and in turn, make you feel more relaxed.

Communicate

There’s nothing wrong with talking about your patience level running low. Learn to be outspoken about your patience being low, and your feelings and emotions in general. Tell your kids that you need a moment, communicate that you are going to take a break and be back with them in a few moments. It’s okay to communicate needing a break.

Practice Self-Care

The best way to practice patience with kids is to make sure you are keeping up with your own self-care. Take time to tend to your needs, don’t always say yes to everything, learn to let go by delegating tasks to other people. Practicing self-care will keep you in tip-top shape for your next chaotic parent moment. (Check out my post What Self-Care Looks Like in This Stage of Life)

Be Realistic

Lastly, make sure that you are realistic about what you are able to mentally handle. Raising kids can suck a lot of strength from you, both physically and mentally. There’s nothing wrong with being realistic and setting expectations at a level that works for you so that you can be more patient as a parent.

You’ve got this, Mama!

5 Tips for Storing Legos

5 Tips for Storing Legos

Many would argue that Legos are the best childhood toy for kids. It seems over the years, Legos have not lost their shine and have only increased in value. Over the years kids will accumulate more and more Legos leaving a parent uncertain how to maintain the storage units for these little bricks. If you are a parent who is sick of stepping on Legos all over your home, then these 5 tips for storing Legos will be your saving grace.  This post contains affiliate links.Large Lego Box

I’m a mom who is just starting out on her Lego journey this Christmas and I asked a friend of mine, a more experienced Lego mom if you will, to share her storage ideas with me.  She shared the tips and I found my favorite products to go along with each tip.  Thank you, Brandy!  While I’m not sure what I’ll go with yet, I’m leaning towards the storage drawers.  Do you Lego moms have any tips to share?  Do you keep Lego Friends sets separately from the loose Legos?  I have so much to learn!  Share all your tips in the comments please!

I bought two of the Large Lego Box pictured above.  Do you think that will be enough to get them started?  It’s going to be the big joint gift we give our kids this year.

(Check out my post on How to Save Money on Legos. Even though I just now made my first Lego purchase I’ve been scoping them out since this time last year.)

Stackable Organizer

Containers with Dividers

While this may be a tedious process, consider using containers like tackle boxes that have dividers. These containers will serve as a great way to divide bricks up based on size. Lego playtime will never be the same again when you organize each brick based on size into containers with dividers. Your kids will love being able to find the right brick for the right Lego project every time.  The one pictured above is only $29.95 on Amazon now.

Party Favor Buckets

Party Favor Buckets

You know those party favor buckets you can purchase for your child’s birthday party? Those buckets will work perfectly to gather up Legos in a neat fashion within your kid’s playroom or bedroom. Hang multiple party favor bins from the wall and have your kids sort through the Legos. The Legos can be organized by size, color or similar theme within each party favor bucket. You will be happy because this is the perfect décor addition to any bedroom too.  The party favor buckets above are less than $14 shipped right now on Amazon.

Play May and Storage

Storage Bean Bags

There are many storage style bean bags on the market these days. Consider investing in some of the storage style bean bags where kids can dump all of their Legos inside of this bag, close it up and toss it to the side of their bedroom or in the closet for future playtime. These storage bean bag ideas work perfectly for the parent of kids who don’t want any organization, they simply need a way to get the Legos up off the floor.  The Cinch Playmat and Backpack above is only $17.95 with free shipping on Amazon.

Storage for Legos

Storage Drawer Units

You probably have seen those inexpensive plastic storage containers that have drawers at your local Walmart or similar store. These storage units that have drawers are the perfect solution to any home filled with Lego lovers. Consider investing in a few of these plastic drawer type storage bins to ensure your kids always have a home for their Legos when done playing with them. The price is just right and these often go on sale during the holiday season.  The cart above is my favorite choice for Legos because it has wheels so it can move around easily, has see through bins, and the bins completely and easily life out to carry to your work space.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s attractive to look at too!  Right now, this is on sale for $45 shipped (down from $99) on Amazon.

Build a Lego Room

My last tip for storing Legos is to designate one room in the house that’s reserved solely for Legos. If you have a large enough home, then this option will work wonders. Have the kids work together to bring all of their Legos into this room where they have shelves and bins to organize their Legos in a clever way without ever worrying about their parents screaming as they step on a Lego in the middle of the night.

There you have it 5 tips for storing Legos so that you are no longer the parent who has to tip-toe around their home for fear of stepping on those sharp brick pieces. Legos are a great childhood toy that inspires creativity, now you can use these tips to teach organization and the importance of cleaning up after playtime.

Unwrap Amazing With Intel This Christmas

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It’s been said that the best gifts inspire.  I love gifts that inspire creativity and spark imaginations.  Who do you have on your gift list that you want to inspire?  Does someone need to connect with their grandkids, is someone starting or going back to college, or do you have a loved one that wants to further their career?  Now you can help make their dreams come true and help your loved ones achieve more with a new Intel®-based device from Walmart!  You can help park their imagination and give them the ability to follow their dreams.

Walmart and Intel® they are giving away 6 Intel®-based devices for FREE!  Enter their Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of these incredible gifts. To enter, simply watch the video in this link, answer one quick question, and then fill out a short form to submit your name in the drawing!  There will be 6 winners chosen randomly.  You can also come back daily for even more chances to win! The three Intel®-based devices you can win for FREE are the HP OmenHP Jaguar, and Dell Inspiron. Any of these devices will inspire your loved ones to do more, to create, to excel, and to unleash their true potential. Check out each of the products below to see which one would make the perfect gift for your loved ones this year.

HP-Jaguar

HP Jaguar, Intel® Core™ i3

The PC you can rely on has the latest Intel Core i3-7100U processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play. Stay entertained and keep connected with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display. With its straightforward design, large trackpad, and gradually sloping keyboard this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop in natural silver is perfectly suited for your everyday.

  • -This is the PC you can rely on that has the latest Intel® Core™ i3 processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play.
  • -Stay entertained, keep connected and work on your projects with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display.
  • -With its straightforward design, large trackpad and gradually sloping keyboard, this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop is perfectly suited for your creative needs.
  • -Intel® Core™ i3-7100U Processor
  • -8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive
  • -15.6” Touchscreen
  • -Long-lasting battery
  • -Rich HD display
  • -Windows 10

HP Touchscreen

I have this one and I absolutely love LOVE LOOOVE it!  The touchscreen capability is so nice!

HP Computer

We recently had our family pictures made and I loved how easy it was to flip through photos using the touch screen.

HP Laptop

Without the touch screen I wouldn’t have been able to zoom in so quickly or as far as I could with it.

This is my go-to laptop now.  I love everything about it!

HP

I’m excited to explore the possibilities with a touch screen computer.  My kids will love it for discovering educational games and my daughter will be soon learning to type with this computer. I adore it!

Who would you gift a Jaguar laptop to?

Intel

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

If you’re looking for a few last minute stocking stuffers for your kids this no-fail list will help you out.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Some of the items mentioned below were given to me, and some links are affiliate links but all the products here because I truly recommend them.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids

  1. Who doesn’t love candy?  I’d wager to guess that most kids do.  These Honey Gummy Bears are made with few and simple ingredients.  Nothing artificial, non -GMO, no high fructose corn syrup or gluten either.
  2. These Honey Gummy Bears are just as good as the ones above but they’re sour!  They’re my favorite go to gummy snack!  You can purchase both of these at LovelyCandyCo.com.
  3. Bandages.  My kids love bandages so I try to include a package  in their stocking every year.  These Shopkins bandages will be a hit with my daughter this year!
  4. This Princess Rapunzel Light is sure to light up any girl’s life.  I can almost guarantee the Belle one I got for my daughter will be her favorite gift at Christmas and all year long.  It looks good in the day and lit up at night.  It has a timer so it will go off on it’s own.  You can find more Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Hasbro, WB, Nick, and Universal branded lights here at Shop.3DLightFX.com.
  5. I was always given a toothbrush in my stocking growing up and I’m passing on that tradition to my kids.  BrushBuddies.com has a variety of fun character toothbrushes to choose from.
  6. Dark Chocolate Honey Truffles with Raspberry.  Enough said, right?  They just sound amazing…and they are!  Truly delicious and I love that they aren’t full of nasty ingredients.  These are also from LovelyCandyCo.com.  These would make a great stocking stuffer for adults too!
  7. Pocket Tissues are also another household staple that isn’t too fun on it’s own.  Sure, the kids need to have them in their backpack and I always have a supply in my purse but these adorable ones will be fun to carry around.
  8. Mini Thomas the trains.  My son loves these and carries them with him everywhere.  They’re super cute and inexpensive too!  You can find them individually at local stores but this super hero pack is from Amazon.
  9. Last but not least, Thomas tissues.  Tissues are a necessity this time of year but if your little one is really little they may just enjoy playing with a box of tissues.  They’ll be amazed that they appear one after another after another.  When they’re done, they can play with the mountain of tissues and enjoy a Thomas themed box.

Number 3, 5, 7, & 9 are all from BrushBuddies.com.  If you use promo code BB1730 you’ll save 30% off the retail price of anything in their store.

 

I hope I gave you some ideas on usable gifts your kids will enjoy and won’t end up at the bottom of the toy bin the next week.  If you have a must-buy stocking stuffer idea that you buy every year I’d love to hear about it.  Leave me a comment below!

How to Save Money When Buying Legos

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Legos are a popular toy for kids for all ages. Even adults can be found enjoying a bit of Lego building time. As time has gone on though, Legos have increased in price substantially. These little bricks could cost you a fortune, but they don’t have to. Today, I want to share a few tips on how to save money when buying Legos so that your family can enjoy this quality time together and your bank account will remain happy.

How to Save Money Buying Legos

Check the Lego Store

If you live near a Lego store then you are in luck. They have a Pick & Build wall that can allow you to save some extra cash when buying Legos. This is the perfect way to get your hands on Legos at a reasonable price, so as long as you don’t mind that they are mix and match bricks versus actually sets of Legos.

Join the Lego VIP Club

There’s a Lego VIP club where you get to earn 1 VIP point for every $1 spent. It’s always great to be a part of a rewards program that gives you money to spend on items you already buy. If you find you purchase a lot of Legos, then this is a must join VIP club for you.

Check Online Sites

There are many online sites that sell Legos. Often you can find bundled sets on sale, especially during the holiday season. Lego sets that are no longer popular may be found on eBay or other online sites too. Keep your eyes out to comparison shop online before heading out to the Lego store.

Shop Thrift Stores

While you may not always find Legos at your local thrift store, they will arrive on occasion. Be certain to pick a day of the week where you venture into the local thrift shop to see what type of Legos may have come into the children’s area. This is the perfect way to save big on Legos.

Be Aware of Retail Prices

If you truly want to save money when buying Legos then you must in the know with retail pricing. This helps ensure you are truly getting a deal if you happen to see Legos on “sale” at a local store. Be educated in what the retail price is so that you don’t get fooled by that “sale” sign.

There you have it some easy suggestions on how you can save money when buying Legos. With the holiday season quickly approaching and Legos being a widely popular gift idea, these tips should help you expand your little Lego lover’s collection without going broke.