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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Update On Low Carb Way Of Eating

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I’ve started another way of eating, (not going to say diet)! It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change for the long haul for good health and weight loss.

What Have I Lost In (One) Week?

 

 

 

I have lost 8.2 pounds! That’s the most I’ve ever lost on any eating plan (for one week). ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you lose more on your first week on any program or healthy eating plan you go on.

I’m enjoying eating new things and also, my taste buds are changing. And I sure don’t go hungry, that’s for sure! =)

Below are photos of various meals I’ve been eating

Just A Quick Note Here: If you want to try low carb, you should watch the strawberries and carrots. Eat those maybe twice a week. DON’T eat them every day!!

Another Quick Note Here: With low carb, it’s easier when you dine out. You can have steak, chicken, beef (no bun), fish and most types of salads. However, when eating salads while eating out, tell them to hold the croutons! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I grabbed a quick burger at the Golden Arches and tossed the bun, ordered a side salid. Was a good meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve also been working out…I feel so much better when working out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Trying Low Carb – Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble

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I’ve been thinking about doing low carb for so long.

 

 

 

 

 

All the while keeping in the back of my mind: “Gee, I love bread and potatoes!” ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

Tried My First Low Carb Recipe

Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble – Approximately (6) carbs

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon oil (will switch over to olive oil)
1 tablespoon of butter
3 eggs (too many, in future use 2 eggs)
splash of milk, did not measure
1 cup fresh/frozen broccoli (microwave for 2 minutes) – You can of course use fresh broccoli
1 cup shredded cheese (1/2 cup in scramble mixture and 1/2 cup on top)

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Directions

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Whip together eggs and milk. Set aside. Microwave broccoli on high for 3 minutes and set aside. Heat oil and butter together in small skillet, mix gently with spoon or whisk. Turn heat on low and add egg and milk. Add in broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Cook until done and blended well. Place on plate and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese.

Delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Drink Water

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It was so good, however, I didn’t finish it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ll learn to adjust my ingredients and portions.
 

If you are experiencing with low carb, what do you usually have for breakfast? Looking forward to your comments below! (y)

Copyright ยฉ Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Put On My Walking Shoes

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Also good for your whole body, mind, mood, and pretty much good for everything! =)

Not sure why these pics ended up so small! lol ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I had a walking partner with me yesterday!

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My walking partner in the corn feild

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My son’s driveway…long, long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Me when I got back from walking…it wasn’t too bad. I think the temperature helped a lot, it wasn’t hot at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Make Lunch Fast – Fun & Healthy For Your Kids! – For Grandmothers Too!

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Find Out More Today (about making lunch fun, affordable, varied and FAST too)! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Getting Outside With The Grandkids

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Activities For All Grandparents and Moms and Dads ๐Ÿ™‚

By: Nanci Wilson

The weather is warming up and itโ€™s time to make good on that goal of spending more time outside, and getting your kids and grandkids to do the same. Why, you may ask? Well, being outside has some great health benefits, and Iโ€™ve always believed that moderation is the key to good living, and todayโ€™s technology-saturated society offers little opportunity for moderate exposure to nature.

My family has always had a healthy appreciation for nature, but itโ€™s easier every day to get caught up in whatever technology has just come out. My daughter had to go a week without her cell phone because of an ill-placed spring puddle, and she said she felt completely cut off from the world. Funny, because usually technology inhibits me from really connecting with the world, whether it be people or nature.

Hereโ€™s a quick fun list of outdoor activities that you can incorporate into your spring and summer routine with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or whatever young people bless your life.

Swimming- A river, lake, or even the ocean is preferable, but if your area is low on natural bodies of water, an outdoor pool is sufficient. The kids will enjoy any water slides or pool toys available, and all age groups will benefit from the vitamin D and the opportunity to lounge by the water.

Gardening- Healthy eating habits donโ€™t come naturally these days, so growing your own food can have a ton of benefits. Having the kids help you will teach them lessons on work ethic, nutrition, the science of plants, and more. To encourage them to be more invested, allow them to help with the planning, choosing the plants that go in meals they like to eat. You can also let them choose some outdoor dรฉcor items in order to let them personalize their garden sections even more.

Hiking- Hiking isnโ€™t just for camping trips. Most cities have great day hikes within an hourโ€™s drive of city center. Portland practically has a mountain right in a residential area at LowerMacleay Park. See what hiking spots your area has. If itโ€™s a bit of a drive, plan some roadtrip games that focus on looking for wildlife, and observing the scenery.

Park Visits- the best and easiest outdoor activity is probably visiting the park. There are playgrounds, wide open spaces, and usually some areas with tree-cover. One park trip can include dozens of activity, whether itโ€™s rambunctious games of tag, reading, having a picnic, or all of the above. If you have a group with varied interests, the park is an easy and cost-effective way to please everyone.

These are just my top few outdoor activities for my family. What is your family doing now that the weather is warming up?

Nanci Wilson writes for Carol Wright Gifts Outdoor Dรฉcor to tell the world about her greatest gardening accomplishments and her grandkids.

How to Raise a Natural Baby in a Toxic World

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This goes along with Grandmothers and Grandparenting Tips as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are many grandmothers who are raising their grandkids these days.

So this useful article By Carrie Lauth reaches out to Grandmoms too!

By: Carrie Lauth

Every day we hear of more things in our environment that can harm us. From drugs in our water and hormones in our food to toxins in our cleaning products, it seems that everything causes cancer. When it comes to our babies, we moms sometimes wish we could keep them in a bubble for the first few years of their lives. What can we realistically do to raise a natural baby in a toxic world?


1) Breastfeed
Breastfeeding gives both baby and mom many health advantages. For the purpose of this article, I’ll mention just a few, like the fact that breastfed babies are less harmed by pesticide exposure. They also fare better if you choose to vaccinate, suffering fewer reactions. Even though sometimes the media reports on environmental toxins found in mom’s milk, what is often left out of the picture is that the same toxins are found in cow’s milk, from which formula is made. And since breastfed children enjoy greater health even in adulthood, breast is still – and always will be – best.

Once baby is using a cup or if you’re pumping and offering bottles, be sure to use glass or BPA free bottles and cups. Bisphenol-A is a plastic additive that has been linked to cancers and other serious health issues. While we can’t avoid plastics entirely in our modern world, reducing the cumulative exposure is important. You can thankfully find BPA free bottles and other feeding products by doing just a little digging.

2) Cloth Diaper
Grandma was right – cloth diapers really are better for your baby. They mean less diaper rash, less allergy, and more money in baby’s college savings fund. Cloth diapers are much more fun nowadays. They’re made from modern fabrics that wick moisture away from baby, have waterproof covers, and are darn cute to boot! An added plus is that cloth diapered babies tend to potty train several months earlier.

3) Natural Skin Care
Who doesn’t love that new baby smell? Of course, we need to be careful about what we put on our baby’s sensitive skin. Since the skin absorbs what we slather on it, if we wouldn’t eat it, we probably shouldn’t put it on our baby’s skin. Some ingredients to avoid are: parabens, synthetic perfumes, talc and SLS (sodium laurel sulfate).

Your baby really doesn’t need much on his skin, but if you can’t resist, try the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Weleda or California Baby product lines for safer alternatives.

Taking care of what goes in and on your precious baby is important since it can impact his health for the rest of his life. Instead of worrying about what you can’t change about the world we live in, focus on what you can change for the better.

Don’t sweat it. Find natural baby information, product reviews and resources at www.NaturalBabyWorld.com.

Weight Loss Update – Good News and Not So Good News

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Yeah….Finally lost 30 pounds!! I’m feeling so much better too. ๐Ÿ™‚

My last doctor’s appointment, I was taken off my blood pressure meds. I sure didn’t think I’d ever stop taking those1 LESS pill I have to take daily.

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Read My Original Nutrisystem Post and Review Here

The Weight Loss Has Seemed So VERY Slow For Me!

However, my doctor said it is NOT! I’ve maintained a loss of 1 pound per week and that’s actually quite healthy.

Ok, I thought, well that’s great news! lol

Some Unexpected Health Stats Though


My cholesterol has been slightly elevated! ๐Ÿ™ Wow!! The doc wants to check it again in January and to limit my fat intake and keep working out.

I was not giving a second thought about cholesterol on the labels, I was always checking the fat, calories, protein etc…!!

So then I began checking all the labels for cholesterol…and sure enough, most of the pasta food items had 25 to 30 MG of cholesterol. And I was of course eating a lot of their pastas. I also checked their other food items (that were not pasta items) and a lot of them had the same high cholesterol. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The food is really good, don’t get me wrong!

However, I’m on my last batch of the food items and eating it every other day; and for the days I don’t eat the NS food, I have been eating healthy meals, fruits and veggies throughout the day.

Honestly, all the NS plan has really taught me was “PORTION CONTROL” and eating the small meals/snacks throughout the day…which IS good, and I’ve lost the 30 pounds. The plan has also gotten me super motivated! Another plus ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so determined to get this weight off, that I’ve saved some of the bars (which they are NOT high in cholesterol) and will be taking them with me on our upcoming vacation. I will eat those for lunch along with a small salad wherever we go. Also, where we are staying will have some walking trails, (that I will be checking out)! :p

So, all in all…it’s good news and some NOT SO good news here today for my weight loss update…

High motivation for getting healthier here for sure!

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Staying Fit with Your Grandkids

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Recently I read a study that said that kids who are around their grandparents a lot tend to be overweight! Why that is true is easy to understand. Grandparents typically give their grandkids snacks and treats parents would avoid and also are less active around their grandchildren. However you can change this alarming trend by encouraging your grandkids to stay fit right along with you. Here are some easy ideas for you and your grandkids to stay fit and healthy, no matter what your age is:

Healthy Snacking โ€“ While it is natural to want to give your grandkids fun treats you should try to avoid giving in to requests for candy and fast food. Instead, make eating right fun and tasty. Be sure to stock your refrigerator with kid friendly snacks like apple slices, fruit ice pops, crackers and cheese. For dessert offer to take the kids to get frozen yogurt instead of ice cream or cake. Or make oatmeal cookies with applesauce to cut down on the fat. There are lots of easy ways to make your home a healthy place to eat.


Exploring โ€“ Kids love to explore new places and see new things. Even a walk around your neighborhood can be an adventure if you look at it the right way. When your grandchildren come to visit why not take them for a walk? Go as slow as you need to. It is better to be moving then sitting still, no matter what speed that moving may be. As you walk point out interesting things. Teach your grandkids the names of flowers and how they grow. Talk about how big the trees are or what color the houses are. Keep an eye out for frogs and lizards. Talk about how ants work or bees. Discuss cloud formations, how you know a storm is coming, or what the wind smells like.

By sharing your knowledge with your grandkids you can help them better understand the world around them and still be active doing it. If you need to take a break sit down on a bench and send them on a scavenger hunt. They can stay in your view as they search for a purple leaf, a pink flower, a ladybug, something yellow or whatever idea you can come up with. You can even offer to time them as they race from one tree to another, see how long it takes then to do twenty jumping jacks or other active activities.

Bike Rides โ€“ A great low impact exercise, bike riding helps keep you fit and allows you to keep up with the grandkids. Kids love to go for bike rides. If you can, try to pick a route with few cars so you donโ€™t have to worry about that. Parks and hike and bike trails make fun places for kids to ride. As you take it easy they can roar through puddles, jump over hills, and skid to a stop. Or go long distance and turn it into an expedition. If you give kids a fun destination to shoot for, like the yogurt shop or the playground, they will go further than you think without complaining. You can even bike to the zoo or the childrenโ€™s museum if you are close enough.

Stretching โ€“ Being active does not have to mean being outside. Sometimes the weather just does not cooperate with you. However if you are stuck indoors that does not mean you have to spend your day in front of the television. Stretching and yoga can be a fun way for you and your grandkids to work out together. Even kids need to work on their flexibility or they will lose it. Help them to stay calm and focused as they hold the stretches. If giving directions is not your forte, pop in a tape or download one that shows you both how to do it the right way. You can laugh and have fun as you strain, balance, and tangle yourselves up trying to reach those โ€˜easyโ€™ positions.

You can also go back to the basics by teaching them how to do sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts, and other simple floor exercises. Count how many you can both do and turn it into a game.

Active Games โ€“ Speaking of games, there are tons of active games that you can play with your grandkids. Think about your childhood. You didnโ€™t spend hours sitting in front of the computer or television. You were always up and active. What did you like to do for fun? Play catch, hopscotch, Simon Says, Red Light- Green Light, badminton, croquet, darts, basketball, kickball, jump rope, kick the can, hula hoop and much more. There are so many old games that you can play with practically nothing but imagination. If you donโ€™t have a ball to play with then wad up a piece of paper. No dartboard? Draw one and throw sharpened pencils at an empty box. No jump rope? Any rope will do.

Even running around trying to keep a balloon from touching the ground is an active game that kids love. Volleyball, table tennis, horseshoes, bowling and more can be done with things just lying around the house. Make up โ€˜fairโ€™ games with empty canned goods. Set up a shooting gallery with a water gun and paper cutouts. Whatever you do stay moving and active.

Make Believe โ€“ Kids love stories and they love them even more when they can be involved. One way to get kids active and moving is to play Army. Maybe you were in the military or maybe you just watched a lot of war movies but you are sure to impress your grandkids as you train them in Grandparent Bootcamp! Pretend that you are a Sargent training a new recruit. Stand up tall, put your hands behind your back and start barking orders.

Make sure the kids know you are just playing by giving them a smile or wink every once in a while. Insist they say โ€œyes, sirโ€ and salute when you give an order. Have them crawl through obstacle courses like your kitchen table and chairs, scout out the enemy (your neighborโ€™s cat), make up camp with a sheet and some clothespins, and march in time to a song. You can even put them to work if you would like. Have them rake the leaves (looking for mines) or wash the dishes (KP duty). Together you can go on a march (take a walk) and keep a lookout for suspicious activity and signs of the enemy. A broken branch, a ripped leaf and a lost shoe can all be signs the enemy is near. Let the kids have fun playing soldier and making everything an adventure.

These are just a few of the fun ways you and your grandkids can stay active and healthy together. Staying fit does not mean you have to run on a treadmill or hit the gym. Instead take little steps towards a healthier lifestyle and make it fun. You and the kids are much more likely to keep it up if you both enjoy it.

Author Byline:

Blogging for was a natural progression for Allison once she graduated from college, as it allowed her to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career with www.nannyclassifieds.com. She can be in touch through e-mail allisonDOTnannyclassifiedsATgmailDOTcom

My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics ๐Ÿ™‚

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. ๐Ÿ™

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another Report Will Follow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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