Friday, October 27, 2017

3 Fixes for Managing Hot Flashes

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Ever been in an especially crowded room, or in your workplace talking to your boss, when suddenly you feel a hot flash coming on?  If you're like me, you've been in these situations, and let me tell you, it's not a comfortable thing.  Especially if you are trying to enjoy the company of your family Hot flashes in my experience hit you anytime after the age of 50 years old, and with some of us, they pretty much hang around for years to come.  It depends though.  They say hot flashes are hereditary.  But hot flashes don't have to control your life, and it's not always necessary to take hormone therapy.  Below are my 3 Fixes for Managing Hot Flashes that I find pretty effective.

#1 Keep A Small Hand-held Fan Available

It's a good idea to keep a small hand-held, battery-operated fan both at home and in your purse.  This is a great ready-to-use remedy when you feel a hot flash coming on.  I have found these small fans online or at the Dollar store very cheaply.  It also wouldn't hurt to keep one on your bedside table as well.  I find that I get most of my hot flashes at night when I lay down to go to sleep, and having that fan right there to use at a moments notice is great.

#2 Keep An Ice pack Handy

I suggest buying a Gel ice pack that you can pull out of the freezer at a moment's notice, and put it on the back of your neck.  I find that when I have hot flashes, the part of my body that burns the worst is my back, and the back of my neck.  Believe me, just putting that ice pack on the back of your neck makes all the difference in the world.  Especially when you're trying to sleep at night!

#3 Refrain From Stressful Situations

Last, but not least, try to refrain from getting into stressful situations as best you can.  I know this is not an easy one because we all know "life happens".  I find that when I get really stressed out, the hot flashes come frequently.  So if there is no way for you to refrain from stressful situations that can trigger these hot flashes, then the next best thing is to take heart and keep that hand-held fan and icepack available to keep your comfort level in the zone!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5 Great Ways to Spend Time With Your Kids

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For those of us that have children, some days can be really tough. Especially when the kids are out of school on vacation.  They sometimes get listless and bored and need something to occupy their time, aside from being in front of the TV, or on their mobile device.  This is where we as parents come in, assuming you are also on vacation and home with your kids.  To spend time with your kids is parmount to building great relationships with them.  Below are 5 Great Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids, that can be both fun and entertaining for all of you.

#1 Plan a Baking Party in the Kitchen

Just to spend time with your kids in the kitchen can be fun.  Most kids love to eat baked goods and teaching them how to bake those goods can be a fun project for everyone.  If you want to spend time with your kids and teach them how to bake from scratch (which has become a lost art) this is a great opportunity to do it.  Share baking duties by letting them help you get ingredients out of the pantry.  Then go over the recipe with them, letting each child add an ingredient into the mix.  Before you know it you'll have those cookies in the oven, and a great snack to share when they are done!  So break out those cookbooks and start a great tradition with your kids for the holidays!

#2 Plan a Movie Marathon in the Living Room

Why not make TV time a special time for everyone, by watching a movie with your kids?  To spend time with your kids watching a great movie can be a great bonding time with the family.  There are retailers out there that sell children's movies for as low as five dollars!  And if your kids are smaller such as ages two through ten, there are a lot of great Disney movies out there as well!  Watching movies with your kids or grandkids can be a great time of togetherness for everyone!

#3 Decorate the Christmas Tree As a Family

If it's one season that I always loved as a kid, it is Christmas.  This is also the time of the season when the kids are out of school on vacation.  If you don't have your Christmas Tree up yet, it's the perfect time to start!  Have the kids help you put ornaments on the tree.  You may come across an ornament or two that has a family history that you can talk to your kids about while decorating.  Have the kids help you put tinsel on the tree a few strands at a time.  Once the tree is done, you can announce a lighting ceremony, and have your kids help you celebrate it with snacks.  Sit back and enjoy your snacks while admiring your tree, and your kids will be proud they helped make it happen!

#4 Work Puzzles Together

Working a physical jigsaw puzzle on the table these days is a rarity.   When suggesting this to your kids, you could offer it as a speed game.  Time each other to see who can put together a simple puzzle the quickest using a timer.  Or pull out a large puzzle and work the pieces together.  That way there is satisfaction for both you and the kids, that you created and finished a masterpiece together.  There is a great component of togetherness in the simple things.

#5 Play Board Games or Cards

Board games are a great way to promote family time and togetherness, laughter and great conversation with the kids.  Favorite tried and true board games include Monopoly, Don't break the Ice, Candy Land, to name a few.  If you don't have these games in your home, look out for them online at websites such as Amazon, or eBay.  Kids love to play games, and when the whole family is involved, be prepared for some healthy competition!

Family time is so important, especially these days, and it helps to build a healthy bond with your kids.  These things will not only give you some quality time with your kids, it will make fond memories for them the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Skinny Double-Chocolate & Peanut Butter Muffins-With a Twist!

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Hey Readers!

Ever had a really bad chocolate craving that just won't go away?  I have them all the time, but once I satisfy that craving, I find that I don't really feel well.  So I did some research and found a healthy chocolate muffin recipe called Skinny Double-Chocolate & Peanut Butter Muffins-With a Twist!  It's a great recipe for satisfying the sweet tooth in all of us!

Several months ago, I found a way of changing my lifestyle and my eating habits that not only took away my cravings but gave me ideas for better alternatives in the way I was eating.  That's when I found this recipe and gave it a twist!

Not only did I find a better, healthier way of eating, I came across a few chocolate recipes that were healthy, combining ingredients in a healthy way, and satisfied my chocolate craving in a big way.

I am delighted to share this Skinny Double-Chocolate & Peanut Butter Muffins-With a Twist recipe that I know you will love!  It has no flour, no granulated sugar, yet it has a few secret ingredients in it, that will satisfy that sweet tooth of yours in two shakes!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

3 of My Favorite Fall Fashions


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Ever been stuck with the decision of what to wear when the fall season rolls around, and you realize all of your clothes are out of date, or they no longer fit? Here are 3 of My Favorite Fall Fashions, when shopping for a great fall outfit to wear.

#1 Shop for a great-looking sweater to wear

Fall is a great time to spruce up your fall fashions wardrobe!  When fall arrives, I always feel it's a good time to update my wardrobe with two or three colorful sweaters to add to my fall fashions wardrobe.  And I always want to try and switch up the colors when I shop, to kind of give my wardrobe a little pizzazz.  A couple of nice warm sweaters can not only cheer you up but really add some color to your wardrobe.  I recommend fall colors like red, or brown, or even dark blue or purple can really work.  And if you play your cards right, you can go online to places like Zulily, Target, JC Penney, or Kohl's, and find some great deals.

#2  Next a nice pair of slacks or comfortable jeans

Next, you want to look for either a nice pair of new slacks or a comfortable pair of jeans, depending on what your preference is.  Figure out what it is you might need to add to your wardrobe at the time, such as either slacks for the working woman or man.  If you are a stay-at-home wife and/or homemaker, you want to make sure you are comfortable while taking care of your home and family.  Since retiring, I prefer to live in jeans, since they are practical and comfortable throughout the day.

#3 And finally, a comfortable but stylish pair of shoes to wear

Finally, a great pair of shoes, preferably comfortable ones will nicely compliment your fall fashions wardrobe.  I recommend shopping for low-heeled or flat shoes that are particularly roomy to wear, that don't squeeze your feet too badly while walking in them.  I usually prefer a great pair of tennis shoes myself.  That way when I'm out and about, doing a lot of walking, comfortable tennis shoes are the best way to go.

My preferred outfit is a sweater, a comfortable pair of jeans, and some comfy tennis shoes on my feet.  So whatever it is you prefer to wear, whether it's shoes for a hiking adventure, or a comfy sweater and jeans, make sure it fits your personality, and above all, dress for your own comfort!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Inexpensive Things to Do When the Grandkids Visit

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5 Inexpensive Things To Do When The Grandkids Visit

When my granddaughter comes to visit, it's such a wonderful time for us. We have a great time when she visits because we don't get to see her much.  But have you ever wondered, "Now what do we do with the Grandkids, once they are here?"  If you are retired, and on a fixed income, here are 5 Inexpensive Things to do When The Grandkids Visit, that they are sure to love:

#1 Visit the Community Pool

Whether the grandkids are visiting in the summer after school is out, or on their winter vacation, one of the great things to do if you have one is to take them to the community pool.  An indoor community pool is open year-round and is always there if you need something exciting for the grandkids to do.  It's very low-cost to get in, and if you choose to stay for awhile, can be an all-day activity.  The community pool has everything you need for your grandkids to swim safely, including life jackets.  Just pack a lunch and some drinks and snacks, find a shady area to sit, and enjoy watching them have fun, and maybe make a friend or two in the process!

#2 A Day Trip to the Park

Kids love to be outside playing.  So planning an hour or two in the park, or planning a day in the park barbecuing in your community, is another great way to let the grandkids burn off some of that young energy they all seem to have.  In addition, the park has a few advantages, including a playground, and the prospect of the grandkids making a friend or two there as well.  Some parks may have interesting birds to watch, such as Geese.  Geese are always fun to watch, and if your grandkids are like my granddaughter, they will want to get a closer look!

#3 Set up a blow-up pool with a slip and slide

Kids love anything having to do with water, especially during their summer break from school.  I recommend having some water tools in your bag of tricks, such as a small slip and slide, or a small blowup swimming pool, in addition to a few squirt guns.  It doesn't take much for the grandkids to have some fun when they're little, and these things can really save you if you're not up to going out anywhere on a particular day.  Just be ready to get out in the yard, and play with them.  Making the time to spend with the grandkids while they are here, is a great investment of your time with them, and it'll make great memories for them as well.

#4 Ride bicycles around your neighborhood

Kids also love riding bicycles.  If you are up for it, riding bicycles with the grandkids is a great way for both of you to stay fit.  Keep a small bike on hand at your home for them, as well as one for yourself.  A small bicycle can be purchased from Amazon or Walmart for a very low cost.  If there are garage sales in your area, you can usually get one very cheaply going that route.  It's a great idea if you don't see the grandkids much.  You will want to make sure that your grandchild has a bike helmet, and some good knee pads for protection in case they fall.  It'll definitely keep them from getting hurt.  Once you've got everything you need, you can be off and running and have the breeze blowing in your hair in no time!

#5 Watch a Disney movie at the local theater

Kids these days all love going to a good movie, but finding one may be difficult these days.  But they all seem to love Disney movies, or these days a lot of cartoon-like movies come from a company called Pixar, which are pretty good.  Kids seem to sit attentively when they're watching cartoons.  So take the grandkids to a movie, buy them a couple snacks, and you're good to go!

These things are all inexpensive, and they promote a lot of family togetherness with your grandkids while they're visiting!