Empty Nesters? 4 Ways To Network Back Into the Workforce

If you have spent the last decade or two raising your children or grandchildren, it is time to applaud your efforts. It is an extremely rewarding process, and you should feel proud of your accomplishments. <3

 

 

 

At the same time, you may now be ready to get out of the house and back into the workforce. There are some ways to do that effectively, helping to bring fulfillment back to your home during this empty nest period.

 

Keep reading to learn about four ways to network yourself back into the workforce

 

Evaluate Your Skills

This is the time for you to be honest with yourself. If you have not worked for two decades, your skills might be a bit outdated. That is ok. Look for what you are good at, taking it account what you have learned while being a parent/grandparent, and attempt to mold that into a job that fits your abilities and interests.

Refresh Your Interviewing Skills

Part of getting a job today still involves a series of interviews. This can be quite the intimidating process if you have not been on such an interview in more than 20 years. Do not despair. You simply need to practice. There are some great sites online that will provide you with the types of questions that employers ask today.

Get comfortable with the process and you will make a great first impression when you meet with a prospective employer.

Consider Becoming a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent

Many people have a real estate background. If that is you, consider becoming a property and casualty insurance agent. You will find that the real estate industry has remained relatively the same through the years in terms of how business is conducted. Finding the right insurance network is important.

This is a great way to get back out into the community, meet with people, and help provide them with the insurance coverage that they need.

Brush Up On Technology

If you haven’t noticed, technology has changed quite a bit since you began raising your children. If many of the advances made in society have passed you by, now is the time to go back and learn.

Do not be afraid to embrace technology, as almost every job today relies upon it. This will help you get the job that you really want. These are four ways that you can effectively get back into the workforce.

 

There is a job out there for you, so now is the time to prepare yourself to go and get it

 

While you may not have worked for quite some time, you have marketable skills that an employer wants. Be confident and begin the job search process today.

Thank you for reading! Care to share any additional ideas for getting back into the workforce? I’d love to hear from you! =)

The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation for Seniors (and How to Get Started)

 Written by: Harry Cline

While you may think of yoga and meditation as hippy stuff, you should seriously consider these healthy habits if you’re approaching or already in your senior years. There are an estimated 2.9 million people over the age of 55 who benefit from a regular yoga practice.

 

 

It’s a low-impact workout that emphasizes listening to your body’s needs, so it can help build strength, balance, and flexibility without risking injury.

 

Yoga and meditation can help with various problems including substance abuse and addiction. For many people in addiction recovery, having a good relationship with the physical self is just as important as the spiritual one. A yoga practice and regular meditation help relieve stress and promote mindfulness, which can make every day more enjoyable. Many people find that yoga and meditation help when it comes to pain relief and tolerance, as well. Additionally, yoga and meditation provide a sense of empowerment that maintains a healthy self-esteem.

 

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a 26,000-year-old practice that originated during India’s Golden Age. Since then, it’s branched out to different ways of practice with their own specific intentions. Generally, yoga involves holding specific positions or “poses” while focusing and maintaining breath.

 

While in the West it’s often considered just as a form of exercise, there is actually a philosophy and spirituality to yoga as well

 

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental exercise that allows a person to regulate their attention, calm the mind, and introspect. Regular meditation improves a person’s health, wellness, performance, focus, memory, creativity, and self-control. There are many ways a person can meditate.

The more common image we conjure up is of a meditating person being still in a seated position for a set amount of time. However, one can also practice a kind of moving meditation, including yoga.

Setting Up a Yoga or Meditation Space

Before you dive into yoga and meditation, it’s helpful to create a quiet, relaxing spacein your home where you can practice. The location of this space is up to you; however, it should ideally be somewhere away from distractions.

You might consider a spot with a view of nature, if possible, or include some green potted plants or gentle candles to help soothe your mind

 

Starting Yoga and Meditation as a Senior

Many people are nervous about starting a yoga practice, unsure if it’s for them. But yoga is for people of all ages. Most classes welcome anyone, whether you’re younger, a grandparent, or have certain physical limitations. You can do yoga standing up, sitting in a chair, or resting on your back. It’s all about finding what works best for you.

If you are completely new to yoga, it may be helpful to attend a class at a local studio or at your gym. When you go to a yoga class, the instructor can help you when it comes to refining your poses and encouraging breath.

Remember: Not all yoga classes are the same. Seniors should avoid advanced classes and heated styles like Bikram yoga.

Look for classes labeled as beginner and for styles like “hatha,” “Iyengar,” and “restorative” yoga.

It often helps to learn a few basic poses before you attend your first yoga class:

⦁ Mountain Pose, or Tadasana, is the foundational pose for all other standing poses.
⦁ Tree Pose, or Vriksasana, increases strength and stability in the legs.
⦁ Low Lunge Pose, or Anjaneyasana, releases tension and strengthens the hips.
⦁ Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, keeps the spine flexible.
⦁ Legs Up the Wall Pose, or Viparita Karani, is helpful in relieving anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, digestive problems, varicose veins, menopausal symptoms, and tired legs.

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While there are meditation classes you can take, it’s definitely not something you have to take classes to learn how to do. You can find guided meditations online through various sources. There are even apps that help you build your practice. However, all you really need is a nice, quiet space where you can sit undistracted and focus inward.

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When you start your meditation, sit down on a cushion or pillow and set a timer to your desired amount of time. Keep your back straight and soften your gaze. It may help to light a candle that you can focus on. Bring your attention to your breath and allow yourself to simply release any thoughts or sensations you become aware of. The mind will wander — just bring your attention back to your breath when you start to notice it. Most importantly, be kind to yourself as you improve your overall practice.

Yoga and meditation are healthy habits that help parents, grandparents, and caregivers live better lives. Yoga classes are very helpful for beginners to ensure that they are doing the poses in a safe and effective manner. Meditation, however, can be started at any time. Start today!

*** Harry Cline is creator of NewCaregiver.org and author of the upcoming book, The A-Z Home Care Handbook: Health Management How-To’s for Senior Caregivers. As a retired nursing home administrator, father of three, and caregiver to his ninety-year-old uncle, Harry knows how challenging and rewarding caregiving can be. He also understands that caregiving is often overwhelming for those just starting out. He created his website and is writing his new book to offer new caregivers everywhere help and support.

7 Simple Strategies to Save Money on Groceries


І usеd tо wоrk аt Тrаdеr Јое’s, уоu knоw, thаt рlасе whеrе еvеrуоnе sееms lіkе thеу’rе hаvіng tоо muсh fun? То bе hоnеst, І rеаllу lіkеd wоrkіng thеrе; оnе оf thе funnеst rеtаіl јоbs І еvеr hаd. Вut іt аlsо ореnеd mу еуеs uр tо hоw реорlе wаstеd sо muсh mоnеу аt grосеrу stоrеs. Аnd іt аlsо gаvе mе sоmе hеlрful іnsіght оn wауs tо sаvе mоnеу.

Тhеre are еаsу hасks оnсе уоu lеаrn tо usе thеm, аnd sооn уоu’ll bе sреndіng lеss оn еасh fооd run уоu mаkе.

Lооk tо thе Васk оf Ѕhеlvеs

Оnе оf mу dutіеs (аmоng mаnу) wаs tо stосk thе shеlvеs, аnd іt wаs аn еаsу tаsk. Вut whеn І fіrst stаrtеd stосkіng рrоduсе, suсh аs bаgs оf kаlе, sріnасh, оr саrrоts іntо thе shеlvеs, mу mаnаgеr tаught mе tо рut thе оnеs lаbеlеd wіth а lаtеr ехріrаtіоn dаtе uр іn thе frоnt, аnd thе оnеs thаt wеrе nеw іn thе bасk.

Whеn уоu’rе shорріng fоr рrоduсе (оr аnу реrіshаblе іtеms, lіkе mеаt), mаkе surе thаt уоu tаkе thе tіmе tо сhесk thе dаtеs аnd rеасh fоr thе bасk. Тhеn уоu wоn’t bе brіngіng fооd hоmе thаt’s rеаdу tо gо bаd, tаkе іt оut а fеw dауs lаtеr tо сооk, аnd rеаlіzе іt’s аlrеаdу sроіlеd.

Тhіs іs оnе оf thе grеаt аnd еаsу wауs tо sаvе mоnеу whеn shорріng.

Κnоw Whаt’s Rеаllу Оrgаnіс

Іt turns оut thаt еvеn thоugh sоmеthіng іs lаbеlеd оrgаnіс, іt sоmеtіmеs dоеsn’t еvеn mеаn аnуthіng. Fоr іnstаnсе, уоu соuld buу оrgаnіс mushrооms fоr $4.99 оr sаvе уоursеlf thе mоnеу аnd buу rеgulаr mushrооms fоr $2.99 whісh аrе bаsісаllу thе sаmе. Сеrtаіn рrоduсе usеs lіttlе tо nо реstісіdеs whеn grоwіng, lіkе mushrооms whісh аrе аll grоwn іnsіdе іn а соntrоllеd еnvіrоnmеnt; nо nееd fоr реstісіdеs (оr thеіr skіn іs thісk еnоugh, lіkе а wаtеrmеlоn, thаt реstісіdеs аrеn’t еvеn аblе tо rеасh thе іnsіdе).

Тhаnkfullу thеrе’s а lіst оf whаt tо buу аnd whаt nоt tо buу оrgаnіс. Аnd knоwіng thіs іs оnе оf thе grеаt wауs tо sаvе mоnеу.

Whаt ΝОТ tо Вuу Оrgаnіс:

Мushrооms, аvосаdоs, ріnеаррlе, оnіоns, mаngо, аsраrаgus, swееt реаs, kіwі, саbbаgе, рарауа, wаtеrmеlоn, brоссоlі, аnd swееt роtаtоеs.

Whаt Yоu Ѕhоuld Вuу Оrgаnіс:

(а.k.а. “Тhе Dіrtу Dоzеn”): Ѕtrаwbеrrіеs, аррlеs, nесtаrіnеs, реасhеs, сеlеrу, grареs, сhеrrіеs, sріnасh, tоmаtоеs, swееt bеll рерреrs, сhеrrу tоmаtоеs, аnd сuсumbеrs.

Lаst Тір оn Вuуіng Оrgаnіс:

Веfоrе mаkіng а fіnаl dесіsіоn оn thе рrоduсе уоu’rе buуіng, сhесk оut thе оrgаnіс рrоduсе аs wеll. Ѕоunds соuntеr іntuіtіvе, but sоmеtіmеs сеrtаіn оrgаnіс fооds аrе сhеареr.

Lооk Веlоw Еуе Lеvеl

Whеn wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s, І lеаrnеd thаt sоmе оf thе mоst ехреnsіvе іtеms аrе аt еуе lеvеl. Ѕо lеt’s sау уоu’rе shорріng fоr соffее (оr whаtеvеr nесеssіtу уоu саn thіnk оf.. Соffее’s а nесеssіtу rіght?), wеll thе fіrst thіng уоu sее іs аt еуе lеvеl, thеrеfоrе, mаkіng іt thе еаsіеst thіng tо grаb аnd gо.

Вut оnе оf thе grеаt wауs tо sаvе mоnеу іs tо lооk dоwn. Ѕоmе оf thе сhеареr орtіоns (thаt аrе аlmоst аlwауs thе sаmе), аrе gоіng tо bе а fеw shеlvеs undеr еуе lеvеl. Іt’s аn еаsу hасk tо rеmеmbеr, еvеn іf уоu’rе іn а rush.

Оnе Іmрulsе Рurсhаsе

Тrаdеr Јое’s іs FULL оf іmрulsе рurсhаsеs, аs аrе mаnу grосеrу stоrеs. Аnd thеу еsресіаllу gеt уоu rіght аt thе саsh rеgіstеr (lіkе wіth ТЈ’s swееt srіrасhа bасоn јеrkу… оh gоsh). Νоw І wоuld usuаllу sау, “Rеsіst! Dоn’t dо іt!” Вut thаt dоеsn’t аlwауs hеlр. Іnstеаd, І’m gоіng tо suggеst thаt уоu gеt јust оnе (rеlаtіvеlу іnехреnsіvе) іmрulsе рurсhаsе.

Rеаsоn fоr thіs?

Wеll іt’s twо fоld; fіrst оf аll, sоmе оf us аrе аblе tо rеsіst а tіmе оr twо аnd thеn wе mіght fееl аs thоugh wе dеsеrvе tо gеt а fеw thіngs thаt аrеn’t оn оur lіst sіnсе wе’vе bееn sо gооd (оr уоu јust fееl рlаіn rеstrісtеd whеn shорріng). Ѕо gеttіng оnе іmрulsе рurсhаsе аllоws уоu tо nоt gо оvеrbоаrd, but stіll gеt sоmеthіng уоu lіkе.

Ѕесоnd, уоu hаvеn’t rеаllу grоwn іntо thе аbіlіtу tо sау nо tо іmрulsе рurсhаsеs whеn shорріng, аnd thаt’s оk. Вut іn gеttіng јust оnе іmрulsе рurсhаsе, уоu’rе sаtіsfуіng thе раrt оf уоu thаt fееls lіkе уоu nееd sоmеthіng fun tо tаkе hоmе аnd snасk оn, but уоu’rе nоt оvеrsреndіng аt thе stоrе.

Аlwауs, Аlwауs Наvе а Рlаn

Аnd whаt gоеs аlоng wіth thіs іs аlwауs shорріng wіth а lіst…nо mаttеr whаt.

Dоn’t bе suсkеrеd іntо buуіng sоmеthіng оn sаlе јust bесаusе іt’s оn sаlе. Оn оссаsіоn, І wіll lооk аt а grосеrу stоrе flуеr tо sее іf whаt І nееd іs оn sаlе, but оthеrwіsе, І stісk wіth mу lіst. Νоt bесаusе mу lіst іs mаdе uр оf іdеаl rесіреs thаt І nееd tо fіnd thе іngrеdіеnts fоr, but іt’s fіllеd wіth frugаl stарlеs thаt І knоw І саn mаkе strеtсh іn mаnу dіffеrеnt wауs.

Rеwаrds Рrоgrаm

Νоw І dіdn’t lеаrn thіs frоm wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s (sіnсе ТЈ’s dоеsn’t hаvе оnе), but І dіd lеаrn thіs frоm shорріng еlsеwhеrе. Ѕо уеs, уоu саn сut соuроns оr usе Ѕhорulаr, but whу nоt аdd оn уоur lосаl grосеrу stоrе’s rеwаrds рrоgrаms tо сut bасk mоrе соsts. Іt’s nоt а сrеdіt оr dеbіt саrd, аnd іt’s оnе оf thе bеst wауs tо sаvе mоnеу оn grосеrіеs.

І’vе bееn аblе tо sаvе а lоt оf mоnеу bу јоіnіng а rеwаrds рrоgrаm аt thе stоrе. І gеt tо tаkе раrt іn аll оf thоsе dеаls аnd sаvе sоmе mоnеу. Тhіnk оf іt thіs wау, thе stоrе іs bаsісаllу gіvіng sоmе оf уоur mоnеу bасk tо уоu bу thе tіmе уоu swіре уоur rеwаrds саrd.

Іt wаs іntеrеstіng іn mу tіmе wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s tо sее hоw реорlе wаstеd mоnеу аnd lеаrnіng frоm іt. Аnd јust usіng а fеw оf thеsе tірs саn рrеvеnt уоu frоm сrіngіng аt thе tоtаl оn уоur rесеірt. Ѕо еvеn іf уоu’rе іn а hurrу, usіng thеsе sіх wауs tо sаvе mоnеу оn grосеrіеs dоеsn’t tаkе muсh tіmе аt аll аnd саn hеlр уоu stау оn budgеt.

Νоw І hоре thеsе tірs wеrе hеlрful аnd іf уоu hаvе аnу tірs уоursеlvеs оn wауs tо sаvе mоnеу аt thе grосеrу stоrе, еmаіl mе оr lеt mе knоw іn thе соmmеnts bеlоw! І’d lоvе tо hеаr whаt уоu dо!

My name is Dave, and I am a little bit over 60 and I have been trading Stocks, Options and Forex for over 19 years. I have a Master’s Degree in finance and my favorite hobby is collecting watches. (Don’t laugh, but I currently own 40 watches…it’s maybe a bit of a problem, but I’m getting help lol.) My second passion is sharing finance news on my blog.

Helpful Tips for Staying In Touch With Grandparents

Back in February, I wrote a post talking about tips for staying in touch with grandchildren who live far away. It’s often difficult and sad to not be with family all the time.

Now, I’ve decided to write about some of the best ways to stay in touch with us! The grandparents!

Tip 1: A Phone Call

There’s nothing better than hearing a familiar voice on the phone after a while of not hearing that voice. In this day and age, it’s often hard to grab someone’s attention long enough to talk on the phone. Never underestimate the power of a “how are you?”/check-in phone call. We want to know what’s going on in your life if you’re eating your veggies, and doing your homework.

It goes a long way in our hearts!


Tip 2: Send Flowers

A flower delivery not only makes your grandparents smile, but it also improves our mental health. A recent Rutgers Behavioral Study found that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.

In fact, 81% of seniors who participated reported a reduction in depression after receiving flowers. =)

Even the colors of flowers can affect our moods! Red is an energy booster, purple is a sleep-aid and stress reliever, while green enhances relaxation.

All could be very beneficial to older people who might be experiencing fatigue and stress.

Next time you’re looking for a gift to give your grandparents or are just looking to send them something, flower delivery are a great idea. 😉

Tip 3: Handmade Card

If there’s one thing grandparents love, it’s handmade items.

It shows you took the time out of your busy day to make something just for us. It makes us feel special and even closer to you, especially from the little ones!

Feel free to send cute drawings, handmade cards, or even just pictures stuffed into a card. All are so fun to receive, and we can hang them up on the fridge so that we can see them every day.

It’s easy to get caught up in your own world and forget about family members you don’t see as often anymore. We understand! But even the little things can make such a big difference to us. Keep that in mind!

For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Learning to Cope with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis as a Parent/Grandparent

Finding out you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, or peritoneal mesothelioma can come as a shock at any stage of life, but especially when you’re a parent or grandparent.

You probably want nothing more than the reassurance that you’re going to be there to care for and interact with the precious children in your life for years to come. It’s important to consider the emotional trauma that can result from your mesothelioma diagnosis. Taking steps to deal with your apprehensions and fears is a vital aspect of your treatment.

Your Emotional State Can Impact Your Overall Well-Being

The physical side effects of mesothelioma can actually be exacerbated when you ignore your emotional state. But if you find effective outlets for common feelings associated with a diagnosis, you may enhance your lifestyle. There are a number of different options you could try to process your emotions in a healthy way.


Develop a Support Network

Finding a local support group or getting involved in one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor who’s experienced at helping cancer patients cope could prove highly beneficial for you. There is strength in numbers.

Talking to a group of other cancer patients who can sympathize with your feelings is often a huge relief.

Hearing ways they were able to effectively cope with their diagnosis can be empowering. Honestly expressing your frustrations and fears in a non-threatening, accepting environment can provide a much-needed release of pent-up emotions.

Consider Encouraging Loved Ones to Seek Support

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your family and friends will undoubtedly be facing emotional battles of their own. You can let them know that you’re in favor of them joining a support group for loved ones of cancer patients if they feel led to do so.

Your children, grandchildren, spouse, or other family members probably want to stay as positive and strong around you as possible, so they may suppress many of their negative emotions.

But it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed during this difficult time as well. Finding others who are experiencing or have experienced similar circumstances can be a big morale booster for them.

Learning to Live One Day at a Time

One of the biggest struggles those diagnosed with mesothelioma often face is uncertainty. You may be uncertain about your treatment options, the symptoms of your condition, your prospects for the future, and the toll it’s all going to take on your family. You may not feel like you have the time or energy to be the kind of parent or grandparent you want to be. These feelings are completely normal.

Learning to take life one day at a time, be good to yourself, and not feel guilty for anything beyond your control can help both you and your family to cope.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a chronic illness with a high mortality rate, remember your biggest challenge is always you. Keeping some of the above in mind is by no means an all-encompassing solution to coping, but it could be a good start.

For the month of March and in honor of Colorectal Awareness Month, please say a prayer for those living and/or affected by mesothelioma related cancers. <3

Rainy-Day Activities With the Grandkids

Grand Parenting Advice and Tips for Indoor Activities

The sun may be shining today, but rest assured there will be days when the raindrops come down so hard and so fast that spending the day outdoors isn’t an option.

Thankfully, there are still plenty of ways to keep your grandkids engaged even when you’re stuck inside.

Cooking

Cooking is an intergenerational pastime that allows you to bond with your grandchildren while passing down cherished family recipes. But the kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for a child. The risks of burns, food poisoning, and other injuries is high.

However, many of these can be mitigated with a little foresight. The definition of a kid-friendly kitchen won’t be the same for each child and can vary with age. HomeAdvisor offers a host of valuable information including links on how to eliminate eliminate common kitchen dangers and tips on burn prevention.

Science Made Fun

You don’t have to have a degree in biology to instill a love of science in your grandchildren. You likely have plenty of supplies at your fingertips to do a little hands-on science learning—no experience required. A few of the most interesting experiments include constructing a fizzy balloon inflator, building a potato or lemon clock, and making your own electromagnet. EarthScienceJr.com is an excellent resource with many easy-to-follow lesson plans, including how to make your own glass of lava.


Always keep safety equipment, including a fire extinguisher and safety goggles, on hand and open a window if you’ll be working with anything that emits unpleasant or dangerous fumes.

A Little Hobby Goes a Long Way

There’s a good chance that your own children—your grandchildren’s parents—have fallen into a routine that, unfortunately, doesn’t include time for hobbies. But, mounting evidence suggests that exposure to recreational activities has significant benefits. Psychology Today notes that these include stress management and self-concept formation, each of which are valuable skills for children to develop.

Use these rainy days to help your grandchildren identify activities they are not only good at but enjoy as well. Younger kids might delight in coloring, which can transform into a love of art, photography, or graphic design. Older children may find interest in a more hands-on hobby like woodworking, which teaches the concept of mathematics and engineering.

Children involved with hobbies that require the use of hand or power tools should always wear safety gear and only have access to the tools under the supervision of a responsible adult. Keep the garage or workroom locked unless it’s occupied to prevent wandering and curiosity from becoming a trip to the ER.

Take a Look at a Book

If mobility is an issue or you aren’t comfortable working in the kitchen or garage with younger kids, you can always snuggle up together on the couch with a book. Reading is a fundamental skill that is not only learned in the classroom.

Children learn to read by watching how adults follow along with words and listening to rhythmic tones and inflections while being read to. The Washington Post explains that reading out loud is also an opportunity to get silly and enjoy a good laugh together.

Don’t be discouraged if your grandchildren can’t sit through a book or interrupt to ask questions. Part of the journey toward literacy involves taking time to process information and reading deeper into the story by probing for details that aren’t in the text.

No matter the activity, hobbies such as cooking, crafting, and learning about the way the world works are not only fun, they lay a foundation upon which your grandchildren can grow their passions.

Who knows, you might be nurturing the next Mario Batali or Marie Curie. Even more importantly, time spent bonding with your grandchildren creates memories that will last a lifetime.

Grandparenting Tips For Staying In Touch Across The Miles

When thinking about grandparenting tips for this situation, having an open mind and a good attitude is key

As I sat down to blog this morning, I had a horrible thought.

Yep, I sure did! 🙁 I was thinking…

“Wow, I CAN’T (even start to imagine) a long distance relationship with MY grandchildren!!” <3 <3 My two blessings live just (2) houses away from me. I can see their house clearly, and can easily walk to them.

My husband and I share a very close bond with our grands.

Being a grandparent has been an amazing experience! For both of us!

As I continued harboring over long distance grandparenting, I started to think of a few tips on communicating and staying in touch with little ones while miles away.

There are many things that can be done to make communicating easier…AND interesting!


However, let’s face it; there isn’t ANYTHING like giving your grandchild a physical, bear hug, is there? <3

Here Are My (6) Tips

Skype, Facetime, and Hangouts is usually the first thought when staying in touch across the miles. However, grandparents can make it fun and creative. 😉

1. A conversation game may be a good activity choice for ages 5 and up. With this one, there are many ideas to consider. For starters, a question game like… “What’s your favorite book?” Or, it could be colors, foods, cartoons, and so on. Reading stories is also another good option for toddlers. Of course, with younger children; it’s up to the grandma or grandpa to make it fun and exciting.

2. For older grandchildren, help with homework would be an awesome option. This would also, help take some of the load off of the parents. You can do a lot while on Skype, Facetime, and Hangouts.

3. Playing games online is great for learning. Games like, Hangman, Chess, and Scrabble are good for starters. With today’s technology, the options are endless. Monopoly is another choice. For some children, these could be a tad boring. However, as I shared above; it’s the grandparent’s duty to make it fun. 😉

4. Telephone and mail are both imperative when keeping in touch with your grand young ones. Grandparents can schedule phone calls…maybe once or twice per week. Care packages could be fun for mailing. There could be care packages for illness, first day of school, activities for long summer days, holidays, gifts for first communion and confirmation, and finally birthdays.

5. Schedule 3 or 4 visits throughout the year… Or, however many your finances will allow. With long distance relationships, more is always better. With special holidays, graduations, and birthdays, planning a trip is obvious for most grandparents and grandchildren. A planned, (long trip) could also be an option. Of course, this is something that would have to be agreed upon by all family members.

6. Online apps can be a great help with communicating with your grands. The Instagram app is excellent for sharing photos. Adding captions is a lot of fun on Instagram. The Whats App is always a good choice for keeping in touch. It’s a good idea for instant messaging and also, another good photo-sharing app. If you have Wifi, sending instant messages shouldn’t be a problem.

There are also some good music apps to share music interests. Although, grandparents and grandchildren may have different views on music. — LOL — Often times that is the case. However, putting various views on music aside, there are (2) awesome apps for music that come to mind.

Both Spotify and Pandora are excellent. Also, they both have free versions. The free versions are customizable, but with a few ads mixed in. You can listen ad-free for a small fee.

Important Note:I understand that when considering all the above tips for long distance relationships, of course, all parties must agree.

The most important thing of all is to keep all communication open and stay in touch with your grandchildren. <3 <3

The Spooky Season: 5 Great Halloween Decoration Ideas

By Dixie Somers — Halloween is a time for tasty treats, costume parties, and frighteningly fun home decorating! This is a time to pull out all the stops when it comes to creepy creativity.

Whether you’re getting the house prepped for all the neighborhood trick-or-treaters or you’re planning a monster-mash bash, these eerie and exciting decorating tips could be just what you need for haunting Halloween ambiance!

Luminous Milk Jug Ghosts

By simply saving your empty gallon milk jugs you could be on your way to creating a glowing pathway of frightful delight. Make sure to thoroughly rinse out and dry the milk jugs. Then take a black permanent marker and draw some spooky ghost faces on one side of each of your milk jugs. Large, teardrop-shaped eyes and round mouths work great, though you could give a few ghosts a wicked grin just for fun! Make the faces large enough to be seen from the street. Then pop a lit artificial candle inside of each one to make them glow. You can use these boo-tiful luminaries to light up your walkway or porch.

Love My Grands So Much!! <3 <3

Spooktacular Lollipop Spiders

If you’re planning a kids Halloween party, these lollipop and pipe cleaner spiders may be just the right decoration. They can double as a tasty treat! Take a lollipop of any color or size. Then take three black pipe cleaners. Wind the pipe cleaners around the lollipop at the top of the stick right below the candy. Then bend the legs on each side to look like spider legs. You tie these spooky spiders around the top of treat bags or hang them from the ceiling with string.

Awesome Autumn Appliques


If you’re looking for some cute and classy designs to spruce up your home every Halloween, you could consider adding some of these adorable Autumn-inspired appliques fall-themed throws or pillows. You can store these items away and bring them out each fall to get your home looking especially festive before Halloween. There’s a variety of choices available, such as pumpkins, fall leaves, black cats, and ghosts.

Cute or Creepy Window Clings

Depending on your taste, you can purchase window clings that celebrate the fun or the frightening sides of Halloween, or perhaps a little of both.

You can purchase a wide variety of inexpensive Halloween-themed window clings. These would include everything from smiling bats and grinning jack-o-lanterns to dripping, bloody handprints. If you’d rather make your own bloody handprint window decorations, you can use red paint and school glue.

Mummy Door Décor

Take some white streamers and wrap them carefully around your door from top to bottom. Then draw a couple of spooky eyes onto white paper plates. Fasten the plates onto the door so that it looks like they’re peeking out from between the layers of white streamers. If you want a more durable mummy door, you could use white tulle fabric instead of streamers. You can even add a patch of black construction paper in the shape of a mouth if you want to get more elaborate with your mummy door decoration.

Hopefully, these ideas give you a head start on making your house look hauntingly-horrific for Halloween!

Wishing Everyone an Awesome Halloween!

My Experience With Bullying in the 60’s and 70’s

I thought so many things on July 27th, as I sat down to write this blog post…

Yes! I took a (brief) detour while writing it! Well…I had a lot of thoughts to process. 😉 Lol

First of all, what I have to say in this post is all genuine; as I have no reason at all to lie about any of it. All true to life. Believe me….I sure wish it wasn’t! (I’ll also, add, I don’t want any pity…Nuff said)!

The MOST important perspective of my complex, inner, ramblings this morning was that my son thrived as an adult (without) any mental damage from bullying. Thank The Good Lord! =) That was my greatest fear! He was bullied briefly on the school bus; however, my son didn’t have room for bullying in his young school days/throughout his life; and still doesn’t! =)

The main point for this post is to provide some experienced facts about myself just so you can know and understand me a little better (as a person just trying, STILL… to find my way in this UGLY world).

But first, let me take a trip down (memory lane)…from VERY EARLY in life. 🙁

Unfortunately, I DON’T remember my early days in school (as happy). There was a particular incident that took place that snowballed ……into what ???! 😮

As I analyze my thoughts to try and remember the occurrence that started it all; my mind goes back to what (should have been) a favorable learning experience and a happy occasion.

I was excited about dance class. I’m not quite sure what grade we were in. 1st or 2nd grade?? I also am not sure exactly (what kind of dance class) it was. Although, I do remember wearing leotards; black ones. At least, that’s what they were called back then. LOL

I bet you can’t guess what took place?? Hmm, well; maybe you can, I don’t know.

This (little girl) left a big puddle in the gym. UGH!! 😮

Please, let me explain…

I remember… (not too far) into the class, I realized I had to go to the restroom.

Ahh, well, alrighty…now you know. The cats out of the bag; or should I say BLADDER! 😮

lol

I tried very hard to let that teacher know of my predicament many, many times, with a wave and a little dance of my own. But did she listen? This woman wasn’t giving me any relief ANYTIME SOON!

NADA! NO! SHE DID NOT LET ME GO!

Hello!! Was she plotting my (unlucky) future?? lmao!

The next thing I remember was the warm, wet feeling trickling down my legs that made me look down at the ever increasing puddle on the floor. It was only then that I actually realized what I’d done.

I know, gross, but keeping it real!

Well, that dance teacher was very much in the wrong! Just getting that out there! 😮

After that ordeal was over, I recall the long walk to the restroom to change clothes. The teacher had another student…(I think) she was much older? Not sure. I’m 56; my memory seems to be fading! Lol —- walk me there. How’s that for a run-on sentence?

I’ll just briefly go over a couple more occasions that I’d like to forever forget.

1) Now, I don’t recall how the conversation started or even what it was truly about. I just remembered the long walk home.

The girl that seemed to be the head of the bullies said to me, “You’re nothing but a pile of s***!”

The following one has a little more guts to it.. lol

2) In math class, don’t remember the grade. However, that’s not what’s important. I remember bits and pieces of this…

During what (should have been a well-constructed classroom), most of my class mates were throwing spit balls, and other things (that I can’t remember) toward me. Maybe some laughing in the midst.

Now was it (really) the entire classroom? More than likely not. Although, it sure felt as much.

Let’s put it this way…it was definitely enough to cause a ruckus while strolling the halls of the school, for sure.

More Importantly…

The (substitute) teacher didn’t have anything to say; nor did she DO anything. She just gave me a smirky smile as I looked at her with, (please help) tattooed on my forehead. lol — I do remember the class was Mr. Greenwald’s. He was the funniest teacher I’ve ever known. He made the whole school laugh; and that was his mission…other than teaching math class, that is. lol – That in itself was an awesome memory! I did a quick search and found a photo of him. However, don’t feel at liberty to share due to copyright. 😉

3) Not to mention (and in general), being made fun of for not making all the hits, catches, reps; or whatever while in gym class and on the playground That’s the true reason why I don’t like to participate in sports…(other than power walking and aerobics) 😉 lol

The latter is so common; I know. However, it didn’t make it any easier! Furthermore, it all stacked up to how I’ve felt about (myself) for most of my life.

I dreadfully recall these memories of bullying as; humbling, ugly, disgraceful, abusive, slanderous, degrading, disrespectful, painful, hurtful, and quite life-changing.

I truly could go on and on; however, I won’t bore you with more. I think you get the picture! LOL

You know…way, way back in my mind (for many, many years), I would always question myself how I could let the world know how bullying truly affected me. Go into detail, like in this post. Did I want (or NEED) to go as far as actually naming names? Naah!! That minor detail is rather pointless.

I wrote this blog post as if I were THE ONLY person on the face of the earth that was mindlessly bullied. Well, let me fill you in on something….that’s exactly what it felt like. The pain was real, and it scarred me for life.

In hindsight, I’m somewhat grateful for having gone through it; (only due) to the fact that it helped mold me (somehow) into the person that I am. I also, realize this post may be pointless to a lot of people. I honestly needed to write it; if not for anything else but, for some sort of therapy. Aka; focus on internal daemons for clarity and peace.

Thank God for the wisdom from my years of living…that I truly understand the (real) reason behind children, (or adults), that feel the need to bully others.

I’ll just leave it at that…

Thank you for reading! =) <3

Spring Cleaning Bug Bit Hard With Fabuloso And Motivation

It’s never too early to start in with spring cleaning. =)

I’ve been in an (unusual for me) cleaning mode with a passion! I’ve gotten a good start with it too. Most times, I’ll be (all talk) with saying “I’m going to clean and organize my home this spring, or this year.”

Well, it’s NOT all talk this time around. I’m actually checking quite a few things off the (big to-do list). My plan is to finish all projects by the end of (this month), February. 🙂

I may not get each and every thing done by then, however, I’m making it my mission to do so! Just know; it will eventually ALL get done!

The cleaning bug bit me when I found a (new for me) cleaner and air freshener. Guess it gave me most motivation for cleaning.

Have you heard of Fabuloso?


I fell in love with it! The aroma of this cleaner is amazing. It’s also an excellent cleaner for a colossal of things. My list for you below:

Counters
Wood Floors
Windows and Mirrors
Cars/Trucks
Bathtubs and Toilets
Laundry
Appliances
Carpeting

It’s now a main staple in my home. I have a spray bottle under both my kitchen and bathroom. LOVE this stuff! <3 I use the Lavender scent. My home smells so much nicer and fresher due to Fabuloso. Plus, it gets it good and clean.

Below referrence and credited:

https://www.reference.com/home-garden/ingredients-fabuloso-contain-b2b456cc87bbfca4

Basically, Fabuloso ingredients contain water, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, and fragrance. The variety of scents also include added baking soda, pine oil extract and bleach alternative.

Anyway, I’m in rare form with the cleaning and organizing, trust me when I say (rare form)! lol

I’m currently cleaning and organizing my office, as well as cleaning out cabinets and drawers throughout the rest of my home. I’m feeling amazing as I get things done!

I created a video about it =)