5 Fun Summer Activities You Can Do Even In Winter

summerinwinter Although summer is swiftly coming to a close and chillier days are upon us, you don’t have to put away all your warm weather gear just yet. Luckily, there are a variety of fun ways to incorporate sunnier activities into your winter regimen.

Here are some favorites:

Go Glamping

While summer may be the time for outdoor campfires, s’mores, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets, winter is prime ‘glamping’ time: camping in luxurious style. Set up a tent in the living room and pile it high with comfy pillows, string up twinkling lights in lieu of fireflies, and play some fun nighttime nature sounds on the stereo.


Have an Indoor Luau

Hawaii may be miles from your home and current climate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the festivities indoors. Host a family (or neighborhood!) luau with Hawaiian music, snacks, and decorations. “Decorate with palm fronds and use grass skirting around the edges of tables,” writes Linda Donahue for Livestrong.com, “to go all out, add fake palm trees. For atmosphere, encourage your guests to come in Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and beach wear.”

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Hit The Swimming Pool

Indoor community pools generally stay open all year-round, so what better time to enjoy a beach day than on a snow day? Lay out brightly colored towels and blankets and bring suitable poolside snacks and toys to enjoy in between splashing around. You can even add some gorgeously fun flair with a mermaid Shimmer tail, and turn the pool into an instant tropical lagoon. This is definitely a great way to relive some of the joys of summer.

Head To The Kitchen

Barbecue, tacos, and burgers may seem like outdoor summer fare, but you can just easily fire up the proverbial grill indoors. Once a week plan a fun summer dinner with all your picnic favorites, with StyleAtHome adding: “Mix and match dishes in fun vibrant colors or with funky patterns like stripes and botanic prints.”

Cut A Rug

Head to the basement or family room, push the furniture aside, crank up the surf rock and hold a vintage-inspired indoor dance party, with all the #1 beach hits and appropriate styles to accompany. Serve up soda fountain classics like root beer floats and ice cream sundaes, with Madmen-style summer cocktails for the adults.

Winter is all about keeping the spirit of summer alive, and with a little creativity you can enjoy all your favorite activities long after summer vacation’s come to an end.

Back-to-School Health Checklist

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From: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/

By Jean Lawrence

 

 

* Make for sure your child’s emergency contact info is correct. I think this one should be on top of the list for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Updated Shots – This is essential and must be high up on the list of priorities…always! When your child is in a school environment, there are all types of germs floating around. These shots are just a logical way to help prevent illnesses and diseases.

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* Eye Site – Regular eye exams are important to your child’s schooling, and also, home life.

* Teeth and Gums – If you want to keep your child healthy and infection-free, it’s a good idea to make them brush and floss daily. A nice smile is an awesome thing to have too! =)


* Make sure the nurse is aware of your child’s allergies and medications they are taking. Good Golly Miss Molly, this is important; much needless to say! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ lol

* Get enough sleep – When I was a young child, I remember going to bed every (school night) at 8:00 – 8:30. What’s the best time for the kiddos to get tucked into bed at night? What’s your opinion?

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* Nutrition – Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day =) In addition, is it top priority that your kids don’t consume fast food?

* Make for sure your child has transportation scheduled, wether it be a bus, you, or someone else to drive them to school and back. You never know these days what can happen and WHERE!

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Get Your Grandkids All Set For School This Year – Reasonably Priced

avonbacktoschool Awesome (back to school) gift ideas for your grandkids! Grandma, you know you LOVE to spoil.

The kiddos will be starting school in a couple of short weeks; depending on where you live, of course. Where has this year gone?! Whew! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

There are tons of gift ideas for your children, grandchildren, niece, or whoever. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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Should You Clean or Declutter Your Grandchildren’s Rooms?

Deep Cleaning Cleaning and decluttering is all fine and good, however, when it comes to your grandkid’s things, you need to be aware of any boundaries set.

Boundaries set by your kids needs to be followed and respected.

For some grandparents…that may be a big issue

Some grandparents have a (natural) habit of cleaning and decluttering. Could it be that most grandmothers have this trait in their character? There are many Grandmas that have this natural need to clean and organize; even in their children’s rooms.

However, this could easily turn into a heated debate fast and furious!

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Some people have a huge issue with their parents who just straighten up, or perhaps, take out the trash. I say, that’s going a tad bit too far in my book. However, there again; there are boundaries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This could be a major disaster if you have two children sharing a room…especially if the older child is up in their teen years. It’s natural for (some teenagers) to have a certain feeling and obsession about “their stuff,” and to be quite vocal about it!

So…what does this mean for grandparents that have an over-powering urge to clean and tidy up?

Below are (6) things to consider for grandparents that have an oever bearing need to clean, tidy up, or declutter.


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Know and respect boundaries

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Keep the lines of communication open at all times with your kids

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Always listen to what your grandkids have to say; regardless

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Always clean up (after yourself) with any messes made in the house (by you). There are those that don’t bother ๐Ÿ™

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Try to encourage your grandkids to clean up after themselves; especially in their own bedrooms. Your kids will begin to notice the tidyness ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you’re an old fashioned grandma, always refrain from your need to organize, pick up scattered clothes, and even doing laundry

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According to your kids, you are there for one purpose. That is to love, nurture, and take care of everything that pertains to your grandkids; period!

I know that’s blunt, however, things have changed since back in the day when (most things) were accepted and grandparents had a say in how their grandkids should be raised and taught.

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Tips On How To Be A Fantastic Grandmother

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There are great grandmothers, and there are those who, even if their intentions are pure, make life harder for mom and dads. Are you a first-time grandmother who wants to be remembered by the family as the best grandparent ever? Here are some ideas that you may want to consider.

Volunteer as babysitter sometimes

Being a new mom or dad is hard. It takes commitment for 24 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean the parent can’t take a break. If you have time in your hands, visit your new grandson or granddaughter and let the parents have their alone time. Tell them to hit the road and have fun every once in a while or take a long, nice bath without having them worry about the kids crying.

Lead by example

Grandparents should lead by example if they want to teach parents how to do parenting properly. Show them that the kids should always be important no matter how tough times get. In other countries that are ravaged by war, parents always think of their kids first by seeking aid from charities that provide free food and education. If youโ€™re comfortably living in a free country, thereโ€™s no reason not to prioritize kids. A child’s education, health, and happiness are very important so don’t forget to provide them this while offering them love and support along the way. Help the child do his or her homework, feed them healthy food, and make them happy by doing little thoughtful things for them.

Give positive encouragement

Being very critical of new parents can be detrimental to their progress. As such, when they do something wrong, don’t correct them by shouting or making them feel like they just did the worst mistake a person can make. Instead, lead by example and suggest ways on how to improve their parenting style. You’ve been there, and you’ve done that so they will listen to you. And when they do something right, praise them. Encouragement and positive feedback goes a long way.

The Good For You Angel Food Cake, Or Not?

cake I love angel food cake! Sometimes, there is just NOTHING better than angel food cake, (some people like to call it “sponge cake”) with strawberries on top. YUMMY! Now, Sponge Cake don’t even sound appealing to me at all! lol) However, that’s what some people call it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of cake, my grandson usually has to visit me (2 or 3) times per week to grab from Papa’s breakfast cake stash. lol — I sure don’t mind my grandkids coming over, as I love them dearly! My grandson loves those Little Debbie cakes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So, is Angel Food cake better for you than regular cake? Quite a few folks perceive that to be the case. I’ve actually heard people say that there is mostly air in “Sponge Cake.” There’s that phrase again! LOL

I’ve done some research on the topic and found that this type of cake can be gluten free if you don’t use wheat flour. (If cooked from scratch) That’s a plus right there due to a large portion of healthy conscience folks following a gluten-free eating plan.

Or, is it any better than those Little Debbie cakes above??

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Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but youโ€™re not out of the woods yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. ๐Ÿ™ I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

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In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

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Before technology was attached to the hip of just about every child or grandchild, playing outdoors was the thing to do to get in some exercise time with your little ones. The word, “tablet” was labeled as a simple pad of paper that you wrote in with a pen or pencil.

 

 

Technology has literally taken the place of active playing with the kiddos; making it difficult to keep them active and in good shape. Sure, technology today is excellent for learning and keeping up with your child’s studies in school or looking up just the right element for teaching your kids various things.

However, today’s society is concerned about a generation of grandchildren/children becoming obese. Tech tablets, iPhones and laptops have taken over. Although, there are excellent ways to keep them moving and away from all the tech stuff, (at least a good portion of the time).

Getting Your Grandchildren Outdoors Is Key!

One Dozen Summer Fun Ideas

* Outside Workout Routine – Summertime is a good time for this activity. Pick either the early morning or late evening hours to beat the heat. Try and make the routines fun for the kiddos and YOU as well. Maybe watch some videos/youtubes to get a few ideas flowing for the outdoors.

* Trip To The Park – Walking, running and playing are all excellent activities at the park. I see a lot of moms and grandparents walking with strollers. However, that’s not all there is to do at the park. There are usually slides, swings and teeter-totters for the kids to play on too. These are fun activities for grandparents to stay active. Most often, it’s a good workout just chasing and keeping up with them!


* Find Hidden Objects – Scavenger Hunt – This is an all-time favorite for many kids. Grandparents can have some fun with this. You can offer a small dollar amount for the child that finds the most objects. However, there are other rewards you can offer as well. Maybe make them a favorite food or dessert. You can also take the kids on a special outing.

* Walking – If you are caring for three to six month year olds and toddler age grandchildren, always have a stroller on hand and take them walking with you. This will give you an incentive for walking outdoors. Also, it’s always encouraged to walk as a family. The ideal time for this is in the evenings.

* Swimming – This is an all-time favorite among the kiddos during the hot summer months. I know this Grandma loves the pool. Get them out with you for some fun; although, safety is number one while swimming with kids. Life jackets, noodles, and innertubes are musts for safety.

* Hula Hooping – Tell me you haven’t heard of the hula hoop! lol ๐Ÿ™‚ This type of activity would, of course, be for the older grandchildren in your family. A lot of folks call hula hooping “hula dancing.” Work up some fun moves with the hoops. A good idea would be to watch a few youtubes on this fun activity.

* Back Yard Ball Games – What child doesn’t enjoy ballgames? I know my grandkids LOVES playing ball outside. Be a “cool Grandma” and get outside and play ballgames they enjoy. Softball, kickball, soccer or just ball rolling are all great for extra activity.

* Frisbee – Frisbee has been a fun past time for years. However, for the younger kiddos, special attention would have to be practiced for safety. It would be easier and safer to work with (smaller than average) frisbees. ๐Ÿ™‚

* Water Balloon Fun – This activity is great for the very hot summer days. Water balloons entice laughter while cooling the young ones off, (and you too Grandma) while having lots of fun. Water balloons are sure to please the kids and grown ups of all ages.

* Jump Roping – Playing jump rope doesn’t have to be just for the girls, although, for the majority, more girls like this activity more than boys. Grandparents need to be in fair shape to participate. (Grandma), if you workout to begin with, of course, you won’t have any problems keeping up. ๐Ÿ™‚

* Trip To The Zoo – Going to the zoo is always a workout with children along. Make walking fun by visiting your grandchildren’s favorite animals. Pack some fun lunches and let them help you with making their lunch. Find an area with shade to sit down and eat; most often, there are picnic tables all over the zoo park. A trip to the zoo will be fun for sharing special moments and picture taking to remember for always.

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* Gardening – Most Grandmoms love to garden, and chances are your grandkids would love to help out. Purchase flowers that are vivid in color to make the flower beds colorful and bright. Try and get them active with you by making gardening gloves and T-shirts just for them. Be as creative as you like. The more creative, the better to entice your little ones to join in. ๐Ÿ™‚

The whole idea for this blog post is for getting grandkids and grandparents together for some fun summer activities that will become nice memories. Let’s face it, playing outdoors is a far better option than sitting inside and playing computer games or phone texting.

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The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

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Grandparents Tips for Cleaning After The Grandkidsโ€™ Visit

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Itโ€™s always nice to have the grandkids staying for a couple of days or weeks. After the fun, it comes the time to take care of the damages. Organizing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mess created by the curious and extremely active infants. Prepare the mop and vacuum cleaner and get your home back on track with a simple domestic cleaning.

Take Precautions


Even if you didnโ€™t take advantage of these tips this time, you will be prepared for the next visit. In order to preserve larger part of your home tidy, you should set a playing area. This will not only make your cleaning routine easier, but it will also ensure a safety environment for your grandkids. Childproofing a certain room will give you the needed security. However, you should still take certain measures to make your entire home safe for the kids. You need to establish certain limits and rules. Itโ€™s difficult to play tough with your grandkids, but itโ€™s for their own good.

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If you want to maintain your home neat, you should encourage the children to clean after themselves. The habit can be adopted by kids at any age. Believe it or not, even pre โ€“ scholars will gladly contribute to the cleaning routine. You should only ask them kindly. Kids are very helpful at that age. It can be something simple like wiping up the table. Ask older children to wash the dishes or do their own laundry. Chances are, their mom and dad already make them do this. Assign different chores and you will not have to worry for falling behind with your cleaning tasks.

Divide Your Work

Donโ€™t try to deal with more things than you can. If you overwork, you will probably get tired or even feel sick. Create a plan and tackle one task at a time. Start with the most urgent things like dealing with a dirty pile of dishes or vacuuming. De- cluttering is also essential for the domestic cleaning. You need to put back toys and clothes that are dispersed around your home. The next step is to put the laundry in the washing machine. Window cleaning and dusting are optional. Treat only the areas that require your immediate action.

Close Reach

Prepare a basket with all the cleaning products and tools you will need. Going back and forth your house, just to fetch a sponge or a brush will only exhaust you. Be sure that you have everything you need before starting your home cleaning. However, donโ€™t worry if you donโ€™t have that particular stain remover. Super grandmother like you probably has one or two old โ€“ school tricks for dealing with the nasty spills.

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Ask For Help

If your grandchildren left you with apocalyptical situation, you can always get a help. Hiring a professional cleaning service will save you a lot of efforts for a certain cost. After all, the last thing you want is risking your health.

Enjoy fully the visit of your beloved grandchildren without worrying about the cleaning after that.

Ella is blogger and passionate writer with great passion for home interior and maintenance themes. She likes to follow the latest trends in home dรฉcor as well as in the fashion world. Obtain more tips for your personal household at this website.