10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning

Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning. 10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning via @tipsaholic #kids #school #tips


10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning
Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Do you constantly tell your kids to do this or that while you’re trying to get everyone out the front door every morning? Do your kids miss the morning bus or arrive at school late from time to time? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning.

1. A good morning begins the night before.

Prep for the next day before it begins. Every night, try to do as much as possible so you have less to worry about during the morning.

  • Make your breakfasts in advance. These portable breakfasts would do the trick.
  • Have your kids choose their outfits for the next day before they go to sleep. You could have them do that every night or choose all of their outfits all at once on Sunday nights. Try not to let your kids change their outfits on the mornings; have them wear the clothes they chose the night before to reduce any wasted time in the mornings on unnecessary outfit changes.
  • One lost shoe can derail a whole morning. Lay out their shoes either in their rooms or next to the front door.
  • Pack lunches and put them in lunch boxes. Leave the lunch boxes in the refrigerator until it’s time to go.
  • Load the car as much as possible before the morning routine begins. For example, you could put your kids’ backpacks, the stroller, and your lunch bag in the car before waking up your kids.

2. Decide on a morning routine as a family.

Call a family meeting and discuss ways to streamline your mornings. Have your kids pitch in with their ideas to give them a sense of control and ownership over their mornings. They might even come up with a great idea that you would have never thought of! Then decide on a routine together and follow it every morning.

3. Help your kids be more aware of the clock.

It can get exhausting telling your kids to hurry up, hurry up, hurry up! And it’s not at all effective. Instead of taking on the responsibility of informing them of time’s passing, give them the opportunity to set their own pace by helping them understand how fast time can pass. Depending on your kids’ age, try one of these methods:

  • Set up a time timer where your kids can see it to help them understand how much time is left to get ready. You can set the time timer to tick down from 15, 30, or 60 minutes and the red part will slowly shrink down until there is no time left. Then it’s time to go!
  • If your kids have phones, you could set a daily timer on their phones to go off 5 or 10 minutes before it’s time to leave, giving them a final warning.
  • Create a playlist to help your kids stay on track, with a song for every task that they need to do. One song is for getting dressed, another is for eating breakfast, and so on.

4. Give your kids a motivator to get ready faster.

If your kids know that they’ll get some type of entertainment when they’re all ready, they might be more motivated to finish their morning routine more quickly. This could be a good a way to occupy your kids if they’re ready before it’s time to go and you need to do a few last-minute tasks.

  • Put a book basket near the front door for them to sit and read while everyone else finishes getting ready.
  • Withhold your kids’ phones and other gadgets until they’re completely ready.
  • Don’t turn on the TV until every kid is ready with their coats and shoes on. Allow them to watch TV until it’s time to go. However, if your kids get upset when you turn the TV off in the middle of a program, this might not work for your family.

5. Get yourself ready before waking up the kids.

Getting your kids ready in the morning might require all of your focus, which doesn’t leave you much time to get yourself ready. Wake up a bit earlier to get yourself dressed and ready before the kids are up. Just ten minutes of focusing 100% on yourself can help your morning go much more smoothly.

6. Create a morning checklist.

If you find yourself telling your kids what to do every single morning, take the time to create a list of tasks that they need to do. Brush their teeth, put on their shoes, go to the bathroom, etc. The morning checklist can be as extensive or simple as you want it to be, depending on your kids’ ages and personality. For younger kids, a checklist with pictures and magnets would work great.

7. Delegate.

You can’t do it all by yourself. If you have a partner, have him/her take on some tasks to divide up the morning routine between you two. For example, you could focus on getting the kids dressed while your partner gets breakfast ready. If your kids are old enough, involve them in the prep the night before by packing their own lunches and their backpacks. Have your kids dress themselves if they’re able to. Give them the independence to do things by themselves by making your home accessible, such as putting a step near the light switch in the bathroom and having all of their toothbrushes and toothpaste ready and within reach.

8. Make sure your kids get enough sleep.

A tired kid in the morning will take double (or triple) the time it takes to normally do something. On school nights, try to stick to a early bedtime and don’t forget to get enough sleep yourself, too.

9. Give personal alarm clocks to your kids.

Kids love to feel like big kids and doing things themselves. You can use that tendency to your favor by giving them a personal alarm clock that will go off when they need to wake up. Allow them to choose their own alarm clock and choose their own song. This pooh alarm clock is really cute for younger kids, while older kids might enjoy this batman alarm clock.

If you happen to sleep through your own alarm clock, you have a backup! Your kids will probably wake you up thanks to their alarm clocks.

10. Practice your morning routine as a family.

Practice makes perfect. Over the summer or a long break, practice your morning routine together as a family to get everyone familiar with what they need to do. Take this opportunity to tweak your routine to find one that works for your family.

What other tips and tricks do you recommend to get kids ready faster in the morning?

For more parenting tips, check out How To Exercise With Kids and 7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Top 10 Reasons To Try Stress Away Essential Oil

Stress Away Blend is an important part of your essential oil arsenal. Not convinced? Top 10 Reasons To Try Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #StressAway, #youngliving, #essentialoils, #health, #greenliving

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Stress Away Essential Oil blend is a unique and important part of your essential oil arsenal.  It’s meant to combat the normal stresses that crop up during everyday life.  With a natural blend of vanilla and lime, the scent is refreshing and pleasant, but these ingredients also promote relaxation.  Copaiba and lavender combine to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium and other natural ingredients, including cedarwood, reduce nervous tension and feelings of anxiousness.  With this description alone, it’s easy to see why this oil can quickly become an important household tool, but here are even more reasons to try Stress Away.

 

1. Everyone worries.  It’s a fact of life, and completely unavoidable.  Everyone experiences feelings of anxiousness, nervousness and worry.  Everyone.  Stress Away can significantly reduce these feelings, leaving you with a calmer demeanor as you approach your day to day tasks.

 

2. Workplace frustration.  Whether your workplace is your home or in an office, there’s bound to be tension and frustration from time to time.  Conflicts with coworkers or bosses, stressful deadlines, difficult tasks and long hours are only a few causes.  Wear a little Stress Away on your wrists or diffuse it into your office and you’ll feel more peaceful when at work.

 

3. Stress can cause pain.  Experts agree, prolonged stress can have physical manifestations.  Stress causes muscle tension, which can lead to tension headaches and migraines, achey muscles, sore back and shoulders and many other hard to deal with pains.  Using Stress Away daily can relax those tense muscles, calm aches and pains, and give you a feeling of ease.

 

4. Kids.  Need I say more?  Just kidding.  But seriously, kids can have crabby days, too.  And even on their best days kids can become testy and fussy.  Stress Away is the perfect remedy when kids start bickering.  Calm the crankies in no time by diffusing Stress Away at home during periods of known frustration.

 

5. Occasional high-stress situations.  Everyday stress is one thing, but everyone experiences occasional periods of even higher stress.  For events like interviews, being in the spotlight, giving a speech, or meeting people for the first time, Stress Away can create a a much appreciated feeling of peaceful calm.  It also reduces mental rigidity and helps you to feel less anxious.  Dab it on before you leave or use a diffusing locket when you go.

 

6. Painful PMS symptoms.  If you’re plagued with feelings of irritability, unease and anxiousness, along with cramping muscles once a month, Stress Away is a must have.  Calm those clenched muscles and uplift your overall mood by using it topically or drinking it with some water.

 

7. Your teeth and jaw will thank you.  If you suffer from clenched jaw and grinding teeth – even while you sleep – Stress Away can help in a major way.  Dab some behind your ears and on your temples for more relaxed facial muscles and ease your soreness.

 

8. Happy travels.  Car rides can be anything but peaceful.  First, there’s the stress of other drivers and traffic in general.  Add to that any other people in the car, kids or pets and the anxiety of travel grows exponentially.  Calm crankiness by diffusing Stress Away through your air vents.  Kids and parents alike will benefit from the calming affects and travel will be a breeze.

 

9. Calmer pets.  Help your pets feel more at ease when going to the vet or traveling in a plane or car.  Pets get anxious and nervous as well, and by simply applying just a drop or two topically, you can help them feel more at ease at unpleasant times.

 

10. Overall balance.  Restore some much needed equilibrium in your life.  Your mental balance will improve with daily use of Stress Away – along with all of the great physical and emotional benefits.

 

Are you ready to find out more about Stress Away essential oil? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

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Thieves Essential Oil Blend is really handy to have around the house.  Combining cinnamon bark, cloves, rosemary and other botanicals, Thieves is a great disinfectant, purifier, and immunity booster.  There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to put Thieves to good use.  Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade, and can be used as diffusers, topically, or ingested in moderation.  If you’d like some ideas for DIY recipes using Thieves oil, we’ve got you covered!

1. Thieves Tea – Thieves is the main ingredient in this all-natural sore-throat fighting, nasty cold-repelling tea!  Combined with lemon essential oil, honey and hot water, it soothes a sore throat and fights off your impending cold.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

2. Homemade Cough Drops – Create natural cough drops by combining boiling honey with Thieves and lemon.  Use a candy mold to create uniform lozenge-shapes.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

3. Sinus Infection Buster Bombs – Get rid of your sinus infection in a snap!  Using a combination of essential oils in a capsule and then diffused into the air can knock your sinus infection out.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

4. Vapor Rub – Vapor Rub, like Vick’s or Mentholatum, have been a common remedy for head and chest congestion for years.  Make your own rub with soothing shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, along with Thieves and other oils.  It’s safe for kids and adults and will have you breathing better in no time.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

5. DIY Toothpaste – You can make your own toothpaste with a few different oils and baking soda!  It’s all natural and non-toxic, which makes it a great idea for kids who might accidentally swallow it!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

6. Mouthwash – You won’t believe it, but this mouthwash takes only 3 ingredients!  And one of those comes right out of your tap.  For all the benefits of strong mouthwash without any of the unpronounceable ingredients!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

7. Breath Mints – Cook up some of your own breath mints!  They’ll contain only natural ingredients and attack root causes of bad breath, like tummy problems, dry mouth, stuck on food particles and bacteria.  Plus, it won’t have any sugar like store bought mints.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

8. DIY Clinical Strength Deodorant – Mix together several pantry staples along with coconut oil and essential oil blends (including Thieves oil) and apply as you would store-bought deodorant.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

9. Sugar Scrub – Get rid of flaky winter skin!  Mixing Thieves oil into this recipe for a facial scrub is a great way to add some immunity boosting powers to your skin care routine, along with adding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

10. Foot Soak – Sprinkle a little in your water when soaking your feet pre-pedicure.  It will take care of any bacteria in the foot tub, soak into your pores and boost general health, and smell great!  There are different recipes for a foot bath that can relax, rejuvenate or moisturize according to your needs.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

11. Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars – Hand soap can be rough on your skin.  If you’d like a gentle alternative, you can use essential oils to make your own antibacterial bars sans soap of any kind.  Adding coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax really help to soften your skin, protect and add even more antibacterial properties.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

12. Lip Balm – Make your own super-moisturizing lip balm to replace the pricy chapsticks and ointments from the store.  You can flavor it with essential oil.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

13. Foaming Hand Soap – Did you know you can make your own fancy-pants foaming soap?  It’s true!  There’s only three ingredients, but you can add any essential oils you like along with Thieves to create a small you love.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

14. Squeeze Bottle Germ-buster – Make your own hand sanitizer that’s all natural and super safe for kids to use.  All you need is aloe vera gel, Thieves, a carrier oil and some water!  Keep those germs at bay without chemicals or alcohol.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

15. Thieves Oil Salve – Whip up this easy concoction and use it to moisturize your hands, spread thinly over cuts or scraps, and banish bacteria!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

16. Anti-Itch Gel – Thieves can be used with coconut oil, aloe vera gel, or massage oil to help with itchy rashes.  This is particularly true for poison ivy or oak problems.

 

17. Bug Spray – Ditch those store-bought bug repellents with all those nasty chemicals!  Most of them clearly state on the canister that they aren’t child-safe.  Make your own with this super easy recipe and a combination of Thieves, Purification and Peppermint oils.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

18. DIY Mold Killer – If your bathroom or damp basement is prone to nasty mold buildup, you can banish it quickly by combining Thieves with other essential oils and distilled white vinegar.  Just put it in a glass spray bottle, shake it up and spray!  It also prevents mold from coming back.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

19. Cleaning Wipes – If you’re a fan of the convenience and ease of cleaning wipes such as clorox or lysol, you can make your own!  Thieves is a key ingredient, along with castile soap and water.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

20. Kitchen Cleaner – This kitchen cleaner is a cinch to make with some common household ingredients – including vinegar.  Add in some Thieves oil for it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

21. WetJet Cleaning Solution – Mix some solution up for your swiffer WetJet!  No need to buy the WetJet solution anymore when you have water, vinegar, castile soap and Thieves oil.  Though this idea is for a WetJet mop, you could easily just add this to a bucket and clean your floors with a regular mop as well!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

22. Toilet Bowl Cleaner – With just some baking soda and Thieves oil, you can easily and effectively clean your toilet bowls.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

23. Laundry Soap – Personalize your laundry soap by adding your favorite essential oils, along with Thieves oil for antibacterials and purification.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

24. Playdough –  Add a few drops to your favorite homemade playdough recipe!  Not only will it smell great, but it will absorb through your child’s skin and boost their immune system.  It’s a great way to ward off sickness in kids who are adverse to gargling, oil-pulling, and taking capsules!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

25. Oil Diffusing Pendants – These homemade necklaces can diffuse any oil in a small, personal amount, any time you like!  The DIY recipe includes information for Thieves oil use, which can boost individual immune systems.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

Are you ready to find out more about Thieves essential oil? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil Blend

This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

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Young Living’s Stress Away essential oil blend is a solution created from natural elements that combine stress-reducing and relaxing properties.  With vanilla and lime as central components, Stress Away also features copiaba and lavender, which are known to reduce mental rigidity.  Using Stress Away regularly can lead to a more balanced mentality, restoring your equilibrium and creating a calming effect.  There are a lot of everyday, simple applications for Stress Away essential oil, so you don’t have to spend a ton of time or effort introducing it into your life.  Here are some examples to get you started.

 

1. Mood Lifting Drinks – Add a few drops of Stress Away to your water while working for a calming affect on nervous tension.

 

2. Headache relief – Use the roll-on applicator to roll Stress Away on the back of your wrists, forehead and/or temples.  It can relieve the tired, achiness stress creates in all of your muscles.

 

3. Reed Diffuser Replacement Oil – You can easily make your own replacement oil for a reed diffuser.  All you need is some Stress Away oil, distilled water and a bit of rubbing alcohol.This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

4. Unwind aromatically – Diffuse a few drops of Stress Away combined with a few drops of Peppermint to unwind and uplift after a stressful day.

 

5. Bath Soak – Add 10 drops of Stress Away to 2 cups of epsom salt.  Place this is a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes to relieve stress.

 

6. Promote better sleep – Put 8 drops of Stress Away with 4 drops of lavender in a diffuser.  Use in your bedroom in the evening to promote healthy, more restful sleep.

 

7. Sugar Scrub – Make this Vanilla Lime Sugar Scrub and scrub your stress and worries away in the shower or bath!This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

8. Calming Cologne – Rub a few drops into your wrists to induce more confident feelings throughout the day.  Plus, it will smell great!

 

9. Topical application – Rub a drop of Stress Away onto your temples and to the back of your neck to ease tension.  Your muscles will feel more relaxed.

 

10. Teeth Grinding Remedy – Dilute 1-2 drops with coconut or olive oil and rub along your jawline.  Your jaw will relax leading to less clenching and grinding.

 

11. Car Freshener (and relaxer!) – Put a few drops of Stress Away on cotton balls and place them in the slats of your car vents.  Turn on the fan to diffuse the freshener throughout the car so everyone riding or driving can benefit!This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

12. Sore neck relief – Roll on Stress Away when you have neck pain – just a quick swipe across the back of your neck.  The tension will ease, relieving the stiffness and soreness.

 

13. Foot cramp relief – Rub just a few drops of Stress Away over the top and bottom of your foot to relax the tension in your cramping muscles.  Once relaxed, the pain will subside.

 

14. Stress Relief Spritz – Mix up some Stress Away with peppermint and distilled water.  Put it in a glass spray bottle and spritz it on when you feel anxious or stressed out.

 

15. Sleep-Spray – Combine oils that you and your kids find relaxing and spray them on pillows for bedtime or nap time!  Stress Away is a great idea for this; combined with lavender it’ll calm kids right down and have them snoozing worry-free.This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

16. Homemade Stress Reducing Deodorant – Use Stress Away when making your own deodorant.  It’s all natural and the lime and vanilla in Stress Away smells amazing.  Plus, you’ll have the calming effects of stress away with you all day long!

 

17. Back pain relief – Use the roller application on your lower or upper back, wherever you have knots and tension.  Stress Away oil will relax your muscles and help ease pain.

 

18. Stress-Away Fidget Balls – If your kids have trouble focusing and are wound up with nervous energy, try this helpful DIY using Stress Away oil.This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

19. PMS relief – You can apply Stress Away to your wrists and temples daily, or you can use it just when needed.  It’ll soothe symptoms of PMS and can even reduce related headaches and cramps.

 

20. Refreshing Fruit Salad – Slice up some fruit and create a splash of “dressing” for the salad with some white wine and Stress Away!  It’s delicious, but even better?  It’ll restore some much needed equilibrium and mental balance.

 

21. Whipped Body Butter – Use Stress Away and other favorite essential oils in this recipe for whipped body butter.  It’ll replace your daily moisturizer and keep your body hydrated while you soak in the benefits of reduced anxiousness, nervousness and tension.This calming combo of lime, vanilla and other aromatics are sure to uplift. Here are some easy ways to start using Stress Away Essential Oil. 25 Simple Ways to Use Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #essentialoils, #stressaway, #youngliving, #health, #greenliving

 

22. Bath Salts – Create your own bath salts with Stress Away!  You’ll have a spa-like soak, and your mood will be lifted.

 

23.  Mood Lifting Room Spray – Create an aromatic room spray that smells delicious and causes happiness!  Just mix epsom salts, distilled water and Stress Away and spray around your home for a mood enhancing, stress-relieving, feel-good air freshener.

 

24. Stressed pet help – If you’re traveling with pets, you know they can become fearful, anxious and stressed out.  Calm your pets while driving to the vet, flying to vacation, or simply when they’re anxious at home.  Dilute in a carrier oil and apply one drop onto the front paws.  Or place several drops onto a scrap of cotton fabric and keep it in their pet carrier or kennel.

 

25. Stress-Away Candles – Make your own stress relief candles with beeswax and essential oils.  They not difficult, and can be personalized by adding other oil scents along with Stress Away.

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Are you ready to find out more about Stress Away essential oil? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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6 Ways to Use Joy Essential Oil in your Home

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Joy is an essential oil blend by Young Living. It combines Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Coriander, Lemon, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose into oil that can be used in a multitude of ways. While Joy is often used as a great mood enhancer that can give emotional balance and an uplifting feeling, this multi-functioning essential oil can also be used in many places all over the house. From the floor to the car to the laundry, a little bit of Joy essential oil can be just the right amount to spread a whole lot of goodness around. Plus, this essential oil could be a replacement for other chemical cleaning products and perfumes.  Here are six great ways that you can get the most benefit from Joy throughout your home…

 

1. Clean the Floors with Joy – Just add a few drops of Joy on a cotton ball and place inside the canister of your vacuum cleaner.  The floral smell will then be spread throughout the house as you clean the floors. Or sprinkle a few drops onto a rag and wipe down the hard floors in your home.

 

2. Add Joy to Laundry – Place a few drops on a cloth and put it in the dryer for great smelling clothes.

 

3. Fragrant Joy Deodorant – Mix in a small jar: 2 oz cornstarch, 1 oz baking soda, 5 drops Joy.  Apply to underarms instead of traditional deodorant.

 

4. Put Joy in Body Lotion – Stir a few drops into plain lotion for a joyful addition to your daily beauty regimen.

 

5. Use Joy as a Car Air Freshener – Place 1-2 drops of Joy on a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car or mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of your vehicle to help put the family in a good mood.

 

6. Scented Stationary Spreads Joy to Others – Sprinkle Joy on note cards and letters to make a lovely scented stationary that lifts others’ spirits, too.

 

There are so many ways to use Joy essential oil around your home and get the benefits. If you would like to try this essential oil visit these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

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Top 15 Family-Friendly Games You’ll Love to Play

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Family game night is the perfect way to brighten up a dreary week and get kids of all ages excited about spending time together.  If you find yourself breaking out the same games over and over, chances are good that you’re all getting a little bored.  Break up your plain old game routine by introducing some fun and clever games into your rotation!  It can be hard to figure out which games will engage a variety of ages, but it’s not impossible to find some new favorites.  Here are our top 15 family-friendly games you’ll love to play – along with the old favorites you’re already using!

 

1. Hedbanz – In this fun take on a classic guessing game, players must take turns asking yes or no questions as they race to be the first to figure out what they are as represented by the card on their heads.  They’re using their heads in more ways than one and are bound to get a little goofy as they call out questions and answers.

 

2. Qwirkle – It’s not fast-paced or loud, but it IS perfect for teaching patterns, color and shape recognition.  Kids will also learn reasoning skills, strategy and tactical play.  All you have to do is lay down tiles matching in color or shape and build off of the pieces already placed.  It’s a winner with all ages as it is simple enough in rules for young players, but can be more advanced based on strategical thinking.

 

3. Spot It or Spot It Jr. – Between any two cards in the deck, there is a matching picture (seems impossible but it’s true!).  Just spot it quick to win the pair!  The deck of cards comes with a rule book for different games you can play with the same cards, so it’s 5 games in 1!  It enhances visual perception skills, powers of observation and attention to detail, but it’s not a complicated game which makes it perfect for players young and old!

 

4. I Can Do That! Card Game – Join that lovable character, The Cat in the Hat in an activity-filled card game that will be sure to have kids laughing!  Just flip over three cards to reveal a new challenge. Can you crab walk to the bedroom with the fish under your chin? Can you dance around a chair with the fish between your knees? There are hundreds of hilarious possibilities in store.  It encourages self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes early reading skills and gets kids up and on their feet.

 

5. Suspend – Here’s a game that’s great for a group or a solitary player!  This balancing act is an exciting and intriguing way to work on hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive thinking and cooperation.  Roll the colored die to determine what game rod you’ll add to the fray.  Decide where to place it on the frame rods attached to the wooden base to ensure you make it to the next round.  Suspend as many as you can before the whole thing become unbalanced!

 

6. Set – Set is a visual perception game that’s easy to learn and challenging to win!  The rules and concept are simple enough for kids, but the practical application is challenging enough even for adults.  Each card shows various shapes in various numbers, colors, and shades.  Turn the cards over in a grid and match three cards within the specific characteristics based on “sameness” or “differentness” – but do it quick because it’s a race to make sets of three!  It’s a classic game that will keep players thinking, reasoning and observing while they excitedly grab for cards!

 

7. Sequence – It’s challenging and exciting but basic enough to grasp the rules of play.  Match cards from your hand to the pictures on the game board and place a chip.  Place 5 in a row to get a sequence and create 2 sequences to win!  You can block opponents with the right cards, use Jacks for wilds and play certain cards to remove opponents chips from the board entirely!  Seems hard to win, but you don’t have to do it alone since with more than 2 players you can choose to play in teams!

 

8. Telestrations – You’ve played the telephone game, where a phrase is passed in whisper from person to person until it barely resembles the original remark?  This game is telephone, but with drawings!  It’s a fun, light-hearted game where you draw what you see, then guess what was seen to hilarious miscommunication and funny outcomes.  Kids will love drawing with the individual dry erase boards, and there’s no artistic ability required – just some stick figures, laughter and a great sense of humor!

 

9. Doodle Dice – The deck is full of cards that show simple line drawings in varying degrees of difficulty (or number of dice needed to complete the picture).  Roll the dice and try to match the lines on the dice with the lines on the cards to form the whole picture.  You’ve got three tries to complete the picture and win the card shown.  To make it more challenging, you can block opponents turns and steal their cards!

 

10. Beat the Parents – What kid doesn’t want to trounce their parents in a good old fashioned trivia game?!  In this fun version, parents answer questions about kid stuff and kids answer questions their parents should know!  See who’s the boss by sending the two mover pieces across the board first.

 

11. Story Cubes – This truly is a game for any age and any number of players – especially since there are no wrong answers and no right way to play!  There are infinite ways to play – from each person telling a portion of one story by using a picture rolled on the dice, to one person telling an entire story using all of the dice.  Literally anyone can play as they increase their creative inspiration, imagination, problem solving skills and literacy development.

 

12. 5 Second Rule – Flip a card to reveal a category, then start the timer because you have only 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the category!  Seems easy, until you’re under the gun.  Pretty soon everyone will be calling out hilarious ideas and getting tongue-tied as they make up their own words!  It’s fast-paced, easy to learn, fun to play and keeps people laughing!

 

13. Don’t Say It – Help your team guess the hidden word, without using any of the clue words listed on the card.  Be quick so you aren’t buzzed out by the timer!  Rack up the points for your team by giving them handy clues and you could win!  Easy to learn and play, kids will love this fun guessing game and learn strategy, quick thinking, and literacy skills.

 

14. Tsuro – Choose tile pieces three at a time from the stack and place them on the board in turns to create a path for your game piece to follow.  Be careful, if your path leads off the game board you lose!  Be wary of other players – each tile has multiple path options and your opponents tiles could make an easy path for them and a cleverly treacherous path for you if they connect to your own tile.  This game is easy to learn and a fairly quick play.  There’s strategy and problem-solving involved, which makes it a great fit for a wide age-range.

 

15. Spontuneous – It’s the only “Name That Tune” style game that crosses age gaps and genres, so literally anyone can play it!  Use prompts and be the first to shout out a song with the given word in the lyrics.  Sing it out, in tune or not, to get the points!  Take turns delivering word “triggers” and singing out songs.  Try to stump your opponents!  Be the first to move your game piece to the finish in order to win.  It’s fun, it’s spontaneous, it’s easy and will have everyone engaged!  Plus, build your memory and word association skills.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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How To Throw a Killer Super Bowl Party

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It’s that time of year again!  Nope, I’m not talking about the January thaw, New Year’s resolutions or the best car deals of the year… I’m talking about the biggest football game of the season!  The Super Bowl will soon be upon us, so it’s time to gear up and get ready!  Do you have your favorite game-day recipes ready to go?  How about some football-themed decor and party goods?  And most importantly, are you wearing your team pride in style??  With these tips, ideas and stellar products, your Super Bowl party is guaranteed to be the best on the block!

 

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1. Party Supplies

You’ll want your party supplies to scream football, support your favorite team, and be fun!  But they also need to be functional.  You can go definitely go the DIY route for some things (check out this DIY Football Field Table Cover from Hello My Sweet that’s made from a rug!), but to tie it all together, Overstock has the supplies you need!  You could make a football paper chain or  go all out and create your own football field on the table!  And here’s an easy idea: dress up some mason jars with tape to turn them into footballs.  And if you want more DIY ideas, here’s a football birthday party for inspiration!  Don’t miss out on these deals either:

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1. The Ultimate Sports Fans’ Cookbook: Festive Recipes for Inside the Home and Outside the Stadium (Paperback) Price: $12.50
2. Red Vanilla ‘BAR’ and ‘PARTY’ Serving Dishes with Wooden Tray Price: $34.99
3. Solid Copper Tankards with Brass Handles (Set of 6) Price: $121.99
4. The Football Nut Pistachio Wicker Gift Basket Price: $42.99
5. Petal Shaped Bamboo Serving Tray with Ceramic Bowl Price: $46.99
6. Football Party Snack Pack Price: $39.99
7. Super Bowl 49 ‘Touchdown Pro’ Bamboo Cutting Board Price: $54.99
8. Serat Two-layer Round Slate Server Price: $32.00
9. Brentwood PC-483 Football Popcorn Maker Price: $35.50
10. Bathtub Shape Chip and Dip Bowl Price: $40.50
11. Insulated Picnic Red/ Gray Football Tote Price: $29.99
12. Personalized Craft Beer Pilsners (Set of 4) Price: $44.99
13. Galvinized Cold Drinks Oval Tub Price: $32.50
14. KitchenWorthy Patriotic Chip and Dip Stoneware Platter Price: $25.50

 

2. Deck out the Man Cave

Don’t neglect the most important room during this party – the man cave.  Learn how to frame your own jersey to put on the wall.  Or make some easy treat cans for portable snacks.  And even the kids can make some cool pillows dad would love on the couch!  Whether you’re grilling or chilling, Overstock has an incredible selection of grills, recliners, and ton’s of fun football paraphernalia to make everything perfect.

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1. Burr Oak Foosball Table Price: $759.99
2. LNR Home Senses Tri-mocha/ Beige Football Shag Rug (2′ x 4′) Price: $55.00
3. Barn Owl Primitives ‘Football’ Canvas Art Price: $123.00
4. LG 60LB7100 60-inch 3D Web OS, 240HZ Smart LED Television Price: $999.99
5. Whisky Ice Stones Price: $13.50
6. Home Innovations Stainless Steel Grilling BBQ Tool Set Price: $37.99
7. Party King Grills Varsity 6612 Medium Grill and Tailgate Transport Price: $742.00
8. Fremont Die NFL Game Day Board Game Price: $36.99
9. Personalized Keg Mug Price: $29.99
10. Tudor Games NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football Game Price: $109.99
11. Made to Order Simmons Upholstery Miracle Power Rocker Recliner Price: $654.99
12. QFX PBX-505100BT Portable Batterry Powered Tailgate Bluetooth Speaker Price: $54.99
13. j-me Cozy Remote Tidy Price: $25.99

 

3. Patriot’s Fans

Are you rooting for the Patriots?  You’ll need some gear to show it!  You can DIY football jerseys with freezer paper stencils, crochet a blanket in team colors or make a fun scarf in Patriots red!  Or you could go to Overstock for any of these awesome Patriots items:

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1. New England Patriots 8-foot Team Banner Flag Price: $54.99
2. New England Patriots One Too Many Ugly Sweater Price: $69.99
3. Samba (American Football Conference) Price: $31.99
4. NFL New England Patriots Fan Face Price: $24.99
5. Laser Engraved Serving Set Price: $39.50
6. NFL Football Sports Team Logo Gamewear Leather Bracelet Price: $18.99
7. NFL Licensed Team Logo Jersey Sleeve Ultimate Hand Foam Finger Price: $37.50
8. Picnic Time Malibu Navy New England Patriots Price: $99.99
9. NFL New England Patriots Bow Tie Earrings Price: $12.99
10. NFL New England Patriots Helmet Heater Price: $189.99

 

4. Seahawks Fans

Maybe your loyalty lies with the Seahawks.  Wear your team with pride!  Make your own football helmet, customize it to represent the Seahawks.  Use a Seahawks logo to decorate your water bottle or sew some old Seahawks shirts together in a quilt.  Here’s what Overstocks got for the Seahawks supporters:

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1. Winning Streak NFL Seattle Seahawks Man Cave Embroidered Banner Price: $28.00
2. NFL Football Team Logo Pennant Dangle Earring Charm Price: $14.99
3. Picnic Time Icon Cheeseboards (NFL) National Football Conference Price: $47.99
4. Seattle Seahawks Green Clip Keychain Id Ticket Lanyard Price: $9.99
5. Fanmats NFL Seattle Seahawks 22×35 Football Mat Price: $25.99
7. Picnic Time American Football Conference Sidekick Cooler Price: $65.99
8. NFL Seattle Seahawks 11-inch Thematic Gnome Price: $27.00
9. NFL Seattle Seahawks Thematic Resin Piggy Bank Price: $22.00
10. Game Time Seattle Seahawks NFL Men’s Beast Watch Price: $49.99
11. NFL Sports Licensed 60qt Wheeled Cooler Price: $64.99

If you don’t want to pick sides?  Just whip up this DIY referee shirt and you’ll be ready to go!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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16 Tips to do Fitness as a Family

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Fitness as a family is a great way to spend time together and get in some exercise. Here are sixteen tips to get everyone up and moving.

Find indoor activities for those cold or rainy days

  • Roller skate or ice skate at the local indoor rink
  • Turn up the music and dance around the living room
  • Create an obstacle course with chairs from the kitchen and couch cushions from the living room. Use the cooking timer to see who completes the course the fastest.
  • Call out animal names and have the family members act them out. Cat crawling, crab walking and Bird wing-flapping gets everyone moving.

Get moving outside

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
  • Make a list of things you might see outside, and as you walk through the local park, have the kids check them off.
  • Plan a day trip to a nearby recreation area or state park where the family can hike on a trail or take a canoe trip.
  • Find a pick-your-own vegetable farm or orchard. Your family will burn some calories and get healthy food to take home.

Change it up

  • Participating in a new sport that no one else has tried before. Volleyball or badminton, anyone?
  • Go old school by teaching the kids hopscotch, red light/green light or kick the can
  • Get out the jump rope and have each family member take turns turning the rope or jumping in the middle. Learn a few skipping rope songs to add to the fun.
  • Next leisurely pool day, challenge the kids to a freestyle swimming race across the pool.

Make Exercise fun

  • Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. As you lower yourself down into a pushup, stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn from the bowl. Rise back up, and then repeat the push up for more popcorn treats.
  • Play freeze tag. When someone is “frozen”, they jog in place.
  • Have one family member blow bubbles, everyone else does jumping jacks and tries to “catch” the bubbles as they clap their hands above their head.
  • Join a community fun run or walk. An added benefit is your family will be raising money for a good cause while getting fit.

 

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5 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night

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Family time is important for bonding and maintaining relationships.  Summer is easy to fill with tons of outdoor activities and fun vacations and day trips, but what do you do during the cold winter months?  One great idea is to incorporate a game night into your regular weekly schedule.  Kids will look forward all week to the specified night.  When it finally rolls around, everyone will get in on the excitement.  If you’re looking forward to adding this tradition to your winter schedule, here are some tips for making family game night successful.

 

1. Avoid arguments.  It can be very difficult to agree on which game to play, what constitutes “cheating,” who gets to go first, what snack you’ll eat, and any number of seemingly small choices, especially with young kids involved.  If you’re worried about arguments ruining the fun, make sure to plan some ground rules ahead of time.  Think about problem areas and set rules that will work for your family.  For instance, perhaps each member of the family is assigned a week of the the month to pick the game or everyone picks a game and then votes on which to play.  Perhaps there’s a standing “youngest goes first” rule, or each time you play you roll a dice to see who goes first.  If kids have a hard time with sportsmanship, institute a “no complaining” rule, a “no accusations” rule (for cheating) and a “fair game handshake” for the end of the game.  Present the “rules” in a laid back way, but don’t waver once they’re set.

 

2. Build your arsenal.  Make sure to invest in several group games that are appropriate for the ages in your family.  You’ll want options so no one tires of the same games.  You’ll also want different types of games, from board games to action games, from card games to dice games.  Don’t underestimate the old standby’s of checkers, dominoes, and even tiddlywinks!  Consider looking into educational games as well, which teach children on the sly, without them even realizing!

 

3. Offer refreshments.  Food is always a great incentive to gather and visit, so why not add snacks to your game night, too?  You can plan them together, or pick one family member each week to be in charge.  You can use it as an opportunity to encourage healthy snacking choices, or it might be the perfect time to try out some snacks you normally don’t indulge in!

 

4. Don’t force it.  If there are weeks when kids don’t want to join in the fun, don’t force them to the table.  Let them know you’ll miss them during the game, but that it’s their choice to participate or not.  But don’t let that cancel the activity altogether!  Carry on as normal, no matter who’s missing – even if it’s just parents playing!  Forcing kids to join in on the fun with foster resentment and bad attitudes which can affect everyone’s mood.  Family time should be fun for all involved, and it won’t be if you push it.  Chances are, when kids realize that the fun will go on without them and that they’re missing out, they won’t be absent very often!

 

5. Keep it consistent. You may have to adjust game night at times to accommodate schedules, but on the whole you should make it a scheduled event that everyone plans for at a certain time.  Not only do kids respond better to routine, but it’s more likely to become a fun tradition that you stick to if it’s not always changing willy-nilly for anything that happens to pop up.  So make sure to clear a night of activities (for instance, don’t plan it for a night that there’s usually piano practice or a day when there are often soccer games) and resist the urge to throw extra to-do items into the schedule for that open slot (if you happen to have a lot of extra errands one week, or a friend wants to meet for dinner for example).  Not only will this solidly plant game night into your family schedule, but it will make family members feel even more important if they can’t be easily replaced by book club, jogging with a neighbor or a chance coffee break with a friend.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Never know what to do with the family on Valentine's Day? Looking for something new to try? Here are 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities via @tipsaholic #valentine #family #kids #valentinesday 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is mostly celebrated between couples and in classrooms all over the country, but it’s not generally viewed as a family celebration. Change that with these 8 sweet but simple family Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your whole family. They don’t require much work, but they definitely will make for a really nice day with your loved ones and will become cherished memories for years to come.

1. Have a chocolate fondue party.

After dinner, get the family together and whip up a simple chocolate fondue for everyone to share! Cut up various fruits and add a few treats, like cheesecake pieces and marshmallows, and let everyone dig in the chocolate and enjoy the dessert with each other. Try this easy recipe. You don’t have to have an electric fondue maker for this; a stove pot will do the trick just fine. Invite another family over for even more fun and family love.

2. Go out for a special dessert.

Is there a local cupcake bakery in your town that you save for special days? Or a favorite ice cream spot? Pack up the whole family and go out for a Valentine’s Day treat. Often, dessert places serve special Valentine-themed desserts, so this could be a fun way to try a new dessert. Take a lot of pictures, chat with each other, and end the night with full tummies and big smiles.

3. Enjoy looking at family pictures together with a slideshow or photo books.

Use a projector or Apple TV to let the whole family enjoy a slideshow of family pictures you’ve put together. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of prep; you could just go through all the photos month by month and let everyone take turns pressing the “next” button. If you have lots of photo books already printed out, you could look through that instead — spread out in the living room and bring out all your photo books for everyone to look through together.

4. Make each other homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

If your family likes to give and receive gifts, you could agree to make each other something homemade for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas: a decorated picture frame, Valentine’s Day DIY decor, a painting, homemade earrings, and freshly baked cookies.

5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for your neighbors.

Everybody loves to receive a sweet card on Valentine’s Day and that includes your neighbors. Have your family get together and make fun homemade cards for your favorite neighbors and put them in their mailboxes or at their front doors.

6. Assign a dish to every person to cook for a big family dinner.

If you have older kids, you could assign every person in your family a dish to cook for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. One person could make the appetizer, another the salad, one could do a vegetable side and one could grill the meat, and so on.

7. Play Minute to Win It, Valentine’s Day style.

Have a large family that loves to play games? Play these fun Minute to Win It Valentine’s Day party games for a night full of laughter and hilarity. Be sure to take lots of pictures to capture all the fun you have.

8. Paint a map of your heart.

This is a sweet activity for the family that likes to do art together. Give every person a piece of paper with dots of dried watercolor paint and have them draw and paint what they love. When everyone is finished, you could share your maps to your hearts with each other. This is a simple activity that could be done first thing in the morning or after dinner.

Now I’m really looking forward to February 14! What other family activities would be perfect for Valentine’s Day?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out 7 Valentine’s Day Books to Read With Your Family and 12 Love Notes for Your Valentine.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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6 Ways to Banish Your Family’s Winter Blues

Don't let winter blues keep you cooped up. Find lots of great ideas to banish your family's winter blues with this list of ideas from tipsaholic.com #winter #family #activities #winterfun #kids 6 WAys to Banish Your Family's Winter Blues

If your climate is less than balmy during the winter, you may find yourself dreading the doldrums that can so often occur during the coldest months of the year. So if you’d like to see your family doing more than just willing away the hours in front of the TV or staring at a smart phone, give these ideas for staying happy a try! Banish those winter blues!

1. Get out of the house. While it may not seem ideal when you have to bundle yourself in a dozen layers, it can truly be the best medicine for a bout of boredom. Some suggestions for time spent outdoors:

  • Snow forts
  • Sledding
  • Snow painting
  • Build a snowman
  • Nature walks
  • Winter photography
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling or four-wheeling
  • Ice fishing

2. Participate in holiday activities. There are not too many things more disheartening than watching the holidays pass the same as any other time of the year. Get out with extended family or friends and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Visit holiday displays
  • Light tours
  • Caroling
  • Parties
  • Community events
  • Food and toy drives
  • Shopping
  • Finding a Christmas tree
  • Sleigh rides
  • Holiday themed shows, plays, ballets, and more
  • Decorate with friends or extended family

3. Do something creative with your time indoors. Ending every day with three hours of TV and web time is less than enthralling. Keeping every mind busy and full of pleasurable time as a family during the winter can become the glue that holds you together during busier times of the year. Try a few of these ideas:

  • Board games
  • Minute-to-win-it games
  • Baking and cooking
  • Teach someone a new skill
  • Read together
  • Make and watch family videos
  • Learn something new
  • Visit the library
  • Go to a museum
  • For little ones – indoor fast food play areas, other indoor play places (Chuck E. Cheese, trampoline gyms, other indoor activity places)
  • Do a few crafts
  • Try indoor gardening

4. Plan and prepare for the months and year ahead. No time of the year will be more productive if you follow through with a few of these suggestions:

  • Organize closets, drawers, cupboards, etc.
  • Redecorate a room
  • Work on family preparedness – emergency and disaster kits, winter car kits, food storage, fire escape plans, etc.
  • Re-evaluate family goals and rules
  • Talk about family traditions you’d like to have
  • Plan a family vacation

5.  Perform acts of service. Putting smiles on the faces of others is bound to put smiles on the whole family. Even the simplest acts can turn a lack-luster day into a great one.

  • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Send a package to a soldier
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Invite someone to dinner
  • Take goodies to someone
  • Make and distribute care packages for the homeless 

6. A few more ideas that will go a long way:

  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Spend time in the sun
  • Have dinner together
  • Talk
  • Snuggle
  • Spend time with friends

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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