9 Tips for Getting a Toddler to Sleep in a Tent

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Going camping as a family is a great way to create memories together and to spend a lot of time outside. It might feel scary to bring along a baby or a toddler (or both!), but you’ll have so much fun!  When nightfall comes, many parents are unsure of how to put their kids to sleep in a dark and unfamiliar tent. Here are 9 tips to getting a toddler to sleep in a tent when on a camping trip. (These tips also apply to getting a baby to sleep in a tent, too!)


1. Bring a nightlight.

A campground can be pitch dark during nighttime… how scary that must be to a little human! Try this tent ceiling fan and light; it’s great for getting a toddler to sleep in a tent because it has two light settings: nightlight and regular light. The nightlight is perfectly dim – dark enough to sleep, but not so dark you can’t see. The fan is just a bonus, though it only circulates the air, it doesn’t cool the tent.  It’s worth the price for the nightlight feature!  Another idea is to get a night light that doesn’t need to be plugged in, especially if your campsite doesn’t have electricity and you have no generator. Bonus points if it’s soft and something you can put in the crib with your kid. This SPOKA night light from IKEA is a good option.  Or consider a stuffed animal with a night light.   If you need ideas, check out the Twilight Buddies or Dream Light Pillow Pets.


2. Stay in the tent until your toddler sleeps.

Just as it does when you are trying to acclimate your child to a new crib or bed, it can take a while for him or her to feel comfortable enough to sleep on their own.  Once you leave the tent, it’s quite possible they’ll think it’s play time again!  In an unfamiliar area, it’s even more important for you to help your child feel relaxed enough to drift off, so that means you may have to stay with them until they do.  Just put your child to sleep in their sleeping bag or portable crib and lay down in your own spot.  Hopefully this will give them enough reassurance for them to nod off in no time.


3. Bring a play yard (or two).

If your baby or toddler still sleeps in a crib, a play yard (or pack ‘n play or play pen) is your best bet. It’s similar to a crib and will keep them in one spot until they zonk out. It will work even better if they are used to sleeping in one occasionally.  You may have to upgrade to a large tent in order to accommodate a pack ‘n play, but it’s worth it!  If your toddler isn’t sleeping in a crib anymore, you might still want to enclose them to help them feel safe and sleep. This enclosed bed, the PeaPod is a great option if this is the case! It’s probably not a good idea to introduce a new sleeping routine, like co-sleeping when camping if you don’t do that at home.


3. Put your tent in a shaded area.

For naps, you want the tent to be cool and not too hot or humid. If you pitch your tent in the morning, check where the sun is and it’s path.  This will ensure you find the best spot for your tent, which will aid in afternoon nap times.  Keeping your child as comfy as possible is key!


4. Recreate their beds/cribs at home.

It’s important to make sure your child has their security objects – whether that’s a stuffed animal or a blanket.  If they’re used to sleeping with certain items, don’t expect them to do will without.  BUT, on the other hand, don’t overpack either — only bring the things that you KNOW your kids will want when they go to sleep.


5. A new toy or bag with things in it.

This may sound unusual, but there’s a purpose!   If your kid does well with toys in the crib and goes to sleep with them, then try this trick. Get a small bag and put in a few things in there, maybe new toys that don’t do much or random things like a brush, a baby mirror, a DVD cover, and a card, for example, that are safe for a toddler to handle. Your toddler will dig through the bag and relax as she explores these things. Before she knows it, it’s dreamland time.


6. Get your kids excited about sleeping in a tent.

Around two weeks before you go on your camping trip, pitch your tent in your backyard - this is standard when checking your equipment for holes and leaks.  Since the tent is already set up, it’s a great idea to set up beds inside and treat it like a mini camping trip!  At first, you may want to start slow with simply nap time.  Leave the tent up for a day or two longer and work up to spending the whole night inside with your child.  That way, the tent and their bed inside the tent will already be familiar when you get to your campsite.


7. Try to stick with naps.

Follow your usual schedule and try to help your kids to nap at their usual times.  Most kids do much better when they have a set routine and will become out of sorts if too many things are changed at once.  They are already getting used to a new environment with all sorts of unusual distractions, so sticking with a familiar schedule will help.  However, don’t stress if they simply refuse naps. They’ll be ok.


8. Keep them warm.

Nights can be cold. Keep your little ones warm with several layers of fleece or wool, but don’t put them all on at once. Here’s a good explanation of how to do it!


Tenting can seem intimidating when you have toddlers or babies, but with these tips you’ll be prepared and ready to go!  What other tips do you have when getting a toddler to sleep in a tent?


For more camping tips, check out 25 Camping Ideas for Families or the Camping Kitchen Box Checklist.  Don’t miss our Packing Tips for Camping Trips.  And plan your menu with 8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts and 25 Delicious Camping Desserts.  Finally, have some fun with your kids and these 10 No Fuss Camping Crafts!


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6 Tips for Moving with Kids

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No matter how experienced or savvy  you are with relocation, every move causes challenges. Moving can be especially hard for kids with changes in neighborhoods and schools, along with saying good bye to friends. But with a little advanced preparation, the move can go more smoothly for the whole family. Check out these six tips to help you plan your move with kids.


1. Kids might be anxious about moving to a new place, so address any concerns they might have ahead of time. Communicate with kids as much as possible, so they know what is happening at every step. You can even make a calendar with them that shows the day of the big move plus other events such as a last get-together with friends or the date of a visit to the new neighborhood. If the children need to, let them talk about how they are going to miss the old place, but also let them know about possible adventures the new home might bring.


2. Let the children say goodbye to the old home, and hello to the new one. Have your kids make cards for both your old and new neighbors and let them pass the cards out themselves.  Let them take a moment during the move to walk through each room in the home and talk about all the fun things that happened there.  Encourage them to tell the old house what they will miss, but also what they are looking forward to.  Let them wave to the old house as you drive away.


3. Help your kids learn about their new place. Show them pictures of the new house. If it’s a new city, get books at the library about the town’s history or local sports teams. Use Google maps, with ariel views, so you can easily show the children the new neighborhood and any fun nearby places.  Point out (either in person or on a map) where they will go to school, where you will most likely go grocery shopping, the closest park they will play at, etc.


4. On the day of the move, it will be much easier on everyone if the kids are kept busy. Not only will that help the parents move faster during the packing and loading; it will keep the children from seeing their house slowly emptied. Ask friends to plan play dates to keep the kids out of the house, or have family or a trusted babysitter take the children to do an activity they enjoy.


5. Let the kids pack a special box with their most important things.  This way they won’t worry that their favorite books or toys will somehow get lost. They can even decorate the outside of the box, so it can be easily visible among the many boxes. Plus, this will get them involved in the moving process, so they feel more control over this event.


6. If possible, move the kids’ room last and set their rooms up first in the new space. This will help the kids quickly get settled, and make the new house feel more like home.


Moving with kids doesn’t have to be a nightmare!  For more moving tips check these out here.


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10 Ways to Move More and Exercise Less

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We think that people who exercise for an hour daily are so much healthier than those who don’t, but that’s not the reality, according to this article by Katy Bowman. She makes the point that traditional exercise is only one hour out of 24 hours in a person’s day. If an exerciser and an non-exerciser spend the other 23 hours in the same way, such as sitting for long periods of time, their health are more similar than you’d guess.

To be truly healthy, the article claims, is to get moving.

If your goal this year is to become a healthy person from the inside out, don’t try to reach that goal by increasing your exercise time. Instead, aim for including as much movement as you can during your waking hours and daily life. Here are 10 ways to move more and exercise less!

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  1. Stand up for sitting activities. Most people work on their laptops and computers while sitting down. Try putting your laptop on a kitchen counter and surf the internet, check Facebook messages, and write your emails while standing up. Another example is to always stand up when you talk on the phone.
  2. Do at least one or two cleaning tasks every day. Many families set aside a Saturday or Sunday morning for a whole-house cleaning blitz, but perhaps you should consider tackling various cleaning duties on a daily basis. Grabbing a basket and going to every room to pick up things or folding two loads of laundry while standing up at least once every day are two easy ways to move more.
  3. Park further from the store and carry reusable shopping bags. Parking far is a common advice you’ve probably already heard, but have you tried it? It really is one of the best ways to move more. And bring reusable shopping bags and lug your full bags back to your car instead of putting them in a grocery cart if you can.
  4. Dance while you cook or clean. Dancing is so much fun but we don’t do it enough. Have your kids join you while you swing your hips when you cook eggs and shimmy while dusting. Moving our bodies is fun!
  5. Take the stairs. Skip the awkward standing-around-quietly time in the elevator and take the stairs when you can.
  6. Go outside at least once a day. Biking, hiking, running, or a simple walk around the neighborhood are all great ways to move more. Even just a few minutes outside in your backyard with your kids will probably result in you kicking a ball around and moving your body much more than if you stayed indoors.
  7. Hide the remote. Watching the television is a lazy pleasure, but you can get your body moving just a bit more by forgoing the remote. Whenever you need to change the channel or adjust the volume, get off the couch, walk across the room, and press the buttons on the television.
  8. Adopt a dog. You’ll have to walk it a few times a day, play with it a lot, and pick up heavy dog food bags when you invite a dog into your family.
  9. Take public transportation when you can. If you live in a city with decent public transportation, try to use it more often than you already do. You’ll walk between stops, do a lot of standing, and you’ll also help the environment in the process.
  10.  Get on the ground. Whether you play a board game on the floor with your friends, build train tracks for your toddler, or scrub a bathroom floor with a toothbrush, simply getting down on the floor will help you move your body in ways that you don’t usually do.

The key here is to find small ways to constantly move your body. You don’t want to stick to only two or three specific body movements all day, which will only cause your body to become inflexible and lead to health problems. Move more and exercise less!

For more tips on getting healthy, check out 5 Healthy Food Blogs and  7 Easy Tips to Increase Your Metabolism.


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8 Fitness DVDs to Try at Home

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Bikini season is coming soon! Get ready for the lazy days of summer spent at the beach or pool by working out in your living room with one (or two!) of these 8 fitness DVDs.

If you love to dance, try these fitness DVDs:

1. Fat Burning Fusion
Love ballet? This fitness DVD combines ballet, Pilates, and calisthenics to give you a workout that feels graceful, but your muscles will ache by the time you finish. Guaranteed.

2. Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone OR Cardio Dance for Weight Loss
Fans of the DWTS show will have lots of fun following along with the routines in this series of fitness DVDs. Learn dance classics such as samba, swing, and salsa without worrying whether you’ll get enough votes!

3. Dance Off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party
This fitness DVD might remind you of Zumba with its latin-inspired exercise moves. The challenging routine will help you sweat off unwanted pounds while still having lots of fun. Moves include those from the samba, cumbia, and reggaeton.


If you like variety, you’ll like these fitness DVDs:

4. 10 Minute Solution: KnockOut Body!
There are five different routines in this fitness DVD. Includes kickboxing, cross-training, upper-body, cardio, and abs. Your heart will race and your body will sweat, but you’ll never get bored.

5. Tony Horton’s P90X3 DVD Workout
This new fitness DVD package includes P90X’s usual tough routines but with a 30 minute timeframe, which is an improvement from its hour-long workouts in the original version. It still comes with a different workout for every day, continually stimulating your muscles and your mind.


If you prefer short workouts, these fitness DVDs will do the trick:

6. Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
You only need 20 minutes and 30 days to complete a full-body workout with this fitness DVD. That translates into 600 minutes per month, or 10 hours. That’s a pittance compared to the hours you’ll spend in a bathing suit this summer!

7. Kettleball Power DVD
The workouts in this fitness DVD are only 17 minutes long, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the workouts are easy. You’ll work out with a kettlebell while doing squats and other tough exercise movements and undergo one-minute cardio intervals throughout the routine. Hard, but effective.

8. Vinyasa Flow Yoga
There are seven different yoga routines in this one DVD and they all are only 20 minutes long. Do one when you don’t have much time to exercise; combine two or three routines when you have more time.

Good luck and I’ll see you at the pool this summer! For more ideas of how to get in shape, try these 7 easy tips to increase your metabolism.


“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!

8 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.


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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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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10 Uses for Almond Milk

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Almond milk is gaining popularity these days thanks to its light and sweet taste, great nutritional content (it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, and Vitamin E), and low calorie count and fat content. Grab a carton at your grocery store and try all of these 10 uses for almond milk and you’ll see just how versatile and delicious this healthy drink can be.

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1. Make a breakfast smoothie

One of the most common uses for almond milk is to include it in a healthy smoothie. If you’re feeling rushed in the morning, try this easy 5-step recipe for a breakfast smoothie that can be made with almond milk.


2. Whip up mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are traditionally made with cream and butter, but you can make a healthier version with almond milk and a healthy oil, such as coconut oil.


3. Eat with cereal

The nutty flavor of almond milk works very well with most cereals, especially crunchy ones such as granola. You could also use it with oatmeal.


4. Add to a soup

If you like your soup creamy, try adding almond milk to your next soup instead of using cream or dairy milk.


5. Pour it in your coffee

You can greatly reduce the sugar and calorie content of your coffee by using almond milk instead of half-half or flavored coffee creamers. It might take some time to get used to it, but you’ll soon enjoy the light, nutty flavor that the almond milk adds to your daily coffee.


6. Pour it in your tea

Almond milk also works well in a hot cup of tea.


7. Use it in pancake and muffin recipes

Simply replace the milk in your pancake and muffin recipes with almond milk. The food might come out just a little bit different, but chances are you won’t be able to taste the difference.


8. Whip it into your eggs

If you like to add milk to your scrambled eggs, you can do the same thing with almond milk.


9. Make vegan ice cream

Try these three recipes for vegan ice cream using almond milk for a healthier dessert. You’ll need an ice cream maker.


10. Drink it straight up

Out of all the uses for almond milk, this is the most obvious yet most often overlooked.  Simply pour yourself a refreshing glass of cold almond milk and enjoy it alone or with your next meal!

Can you think of other uses for almond milk?


“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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10 Better-For-You Muffin Recipes

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Muffins of all kinds make a great on-the-run breakfast or a tasty snack, but it can be hard to find muffins with healthier ingredients that are less like their sugary, fatty cousin the cupcake! Amp up your muffin arsenal with these 10 recipes that will fill you up without filling you out.

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1. “Best Ever” Healthy Muffin

This muffin recipe claims to be the best of the best, but we’ll let you decide! This one has a little bit of everything and is sure to get your mouth watering.

2. Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffin

A tried and true favorite at my house, you won’t want to miss trying a bite of these muffins. The oils typical to many muffin recipes is replaced with Greek yogurt and the sugar content is cut down by substituting honey and mashed banana. Eat up!  

3. Apple Muffin

It’s hard to go wrong with a five-star rated recipe, especially one full of cinnamon and applesauce. Add in pecans for a satisfying crunch.

4. Zucchini Muffin

The easiest way to get more vegetables in your diet is to hide them in something you really like to eat, right? This healthy muffin makes it all possible and is packed with fresh zucchini.

5. Cranberry-Citrus Muffin

Lemon and cranberry form the perfect marriage of flavors in this fabulous recipe, and with all that extra taste, the need for sugar and oils is trimmed way back.

6. Banana Muffin

You won’t believe that this muffin is healthy once you’ve had a bite. Chock full of bananas and whole grains, it’s sure to satisfy your both your sweet tooth and your inner health nut.

7. Coconut Pineapple Muffin

This recipe fits the clean-eating trend to a T. Full of naturally-occurring and flavorsome ingredients like honey and coconut milk, your taste buds will never miss your old muffin stand-by.

8. Chocolate Muffin

It seems that no matter the diet and no matter the health trend, someone is always in need of a chocolate fix from time to time. This health-i-fied chocolate muffin is less than 100 calories and can be devoured guilt-free.

9. Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin

This muffin is full of healthy grains and soft swirls of pumpkin. Be prepared to leave a melts-in-your-mouth review for this recipe.

10. Peanut Butter Banana Muffin

Those bananas you’ve had sitting on the counter and turning brown for a week? Perfect for this healthier muffin snack. Peanut butter adds a bit of protein and that delicious nutty flavor to this recipe.

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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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

Beginning Paleo: 16 Food Replacement Ideas

Beginning Paleo: 16 simple food replacements for breakfast, lunch, and dinner | Tipsaholic.com

Interested in the Paleo way of eating, but not sure where to start? Replacing certain foods on your plate with paleo-approved ingredients is easier than you think. You can focus on one meal at a time when making changes to your eating habits. If you’re not entirely sure that you want to go 100% paleo, this is a good way to experiment with a new way of eating. One step at a time!

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Beginning Paleo Breakfast Ideas

  • Instead of white potatoes, use sweet potatoes. Eggs and bacon and chopped sweet potatoes make for a delicious breakfast. Add hot sauce for a kick.
  • If you love to start your day with a smoothie, use almond milk in place of cow’s milk. Add a half of a frozen banana to your blender to thicken the smoothie instead of yogurt.
  • Muffins are extremely convenient, but so are egg muffins. Mix up 12 whipped eggs with vegetables and meat (I like to add spinach, onions, and sweet potatoes along with a bit of chorizo). Pour the mix into muffin cups. That’ll give you 12 egg muffins that you can stash in the fridge and heat up in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.
  • Make Paleo pancakes with almond flour or coconut flour, bananas, eggs, and a couple of other ingredients. Here’s a good one.
  • In a pinch, eat your dinner leftovers! Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast food.
  • Love cream with your coffee? Try canned coconut milk instead. Give it a few days and you’ll never go back to cream.
  • Replace your toast or bagel with a side of fruit or a paleo muffin.

Beginning Paleo Lunch Ideas

  • Love sandwiches and tacos? Try rolling up your meat and veggies and condiments in a lettuce wrap. It is much more delicious than it sounds.
  • Put bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mustard in deli meat and roll it up!
  • There are also many recipes for tortillas made with coconut flour (try this one in this recipe) that you can use to fill with all kinds of things. For my toddler, I mix up avocado and tuna along with a splash of lime and put it in the tortilla.
  • Make a PB&J the Paleo way by spreading almond butter and honey on a coconut flour tortilla.
  • A big salad is obviously very Paleo friendly, but try adding roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts) along with at least one serving of meat. Don’t be afraid to mix in lots of avocado — it’s full of very good fat!

Beginning Paleo Dinner Ideas

  • Swap out that rice/potato side with another vegetable. Many of our dinners consist of a meat entree, a vegetable, and another vegetable.
  • Cooking a stir-fry or a curry dish? Replace jasmine rice with delicious cauliflower rice. Here’s how, but I like to use coconut oil instead and add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and some minced garlic for extra flavor.
  • Grill a couple of burgers for everyone and forgo the buns. Add a side of healthy french fries to make a hearty dinner that’s also guilt-free.
  • Love a sweet finish to your dinner meals? Cut up a fresh mango for everyone or assemble a bowl of mixed berries and roasted nuts topped with whipped coconut cream.

Looking for more Paleo recipes? Check out 6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts and Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps.


“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!

Exercise Like A Kid: 5 Fun Workout Ideas

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Whether you’re a beginning exercise enthusiast looking for ways to stay inspired or a more seasoned fitness fanatic, these fun workouts can add variety to a lack-luster routine. And what could make working out more fun than hearkening back to a time when “working out” was called playing – and guess what? You did it every day. And you liked it. These five ways to workout emphasize the fun and play parts of exercise, the childhood nostalgia parts. The more endorphins that flow during your workout, the more likely you are to return and give it another go, and this sense of nostalgia is perfect for that. It’s time to play all over again.

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1. Jumping rope

If you’re into a more sophisticated workout, then this jump rope might do the trick. This rope, however, could really get you in the spirit to chant “Cinderella, dressed in yella.” Jumping rope to your favorite music is a great place to start, but you might also try a jump rope workout.

2. Hula hooping

Never underestimate the power of a good hula hoop. A few minutes into a hula and your abs will get a real treat. And don’t stop there – remember how fun it was to keep it spinning on your arms, your neck, and maybe even your foot? If you’re a beginner, try this read-along hula hoop workout or enjoy a video workout.

3. Playing ball

Balls come in all shapes, sizes, and weights, and the list of activities you can do with them is a long one. If you’re not ready to venture into a sport, try just bouncing or throwing a ball against a wall or back and forth with a friend. Invest in a sturdy exercise ball and take a ride across the living room on your tummy. Or, if you’re not up for that, try a simple exercise ball workout like this one.

4. Body-weight challenge

Your body is quite possibly the best piece of workout equipment you will ever own. Challenge it! You may not feel confident in your hand-stand and cartwheel skills these days, but a workout that challenges your body in a similar way could inspire further fun workouts. Try this series of at-home exercises from Self Magazine – all you need is your rockin’ bod and a blank wall.

5. Dancing

Every kid loves to groove to a good beat, and with the right music, you might find yourself enjoying movement in the same way. Choose music that you enjoy, whether it is Top 40 hits, classical, big band, jazz, rap, or country. The more you enjoy the music, the more likely you are to want to get up and move. And don’t let the word “dance” scare you. Even if you have no dancing background, you can still move to a beat and find the rhythm that’s right for you. Check out this instructional video for a few simple dance moves if you’re not sure where to start! And if you’re ready for a more advanced workout, try this half-hour cardio dance workout.

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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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

6 Simple Ways to Lose Weight

It can be tough to lose weight when you already have a lot of other things on your plate like work, hobbies or family. Here are some simple tips that you can use in every day life to burn or save some extra calories.

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6 simple ways to lose weight - Tipsaholic.com

1. Find exercise in daily life

Whether you just can’t find the time or motivation to exercise or you’re already at the gym five days a week, find ways in your daily life to burn a few extra calories. Take the stairs or park your car farther away are two simple, but widely known ways to fit some extra cardio in your day. If you work at a desk, get up every hour to take a quick walk around the office or to get a drink of water.

2. Use smaller plates

Dinner plates are gigantic these days. If you use a small salad plate instead and load that up, you’ll think you’re eating more because the plate is full. Plus, if you’re using a large plate it’s easy to over-serve yourself. With a smaller plate, there’s a chance to stop and think if you’re really still hungry before going in for seconds.

3. Drink water all day

Not only is staying hydrated good for you, it’ll help you eat less. Often people will mistake thirst for hunger. Keep a glass or bottle of water next to you all day and you will drink it because it’s close. Before you sit down to eat a meal, drink at least half a glass of water and there won’t be enough room to over eat without feeling extremely full.

4. Save it for later

Whether you’re at a restaurant or at home, keep a reasonable portion on your plate and pack the rest up for later. As soon as the waiter brings your food to the table, ask for a to-go box and stash half of it away. If you’re at home, quickly serve yourself and then put the rest away to deter yourself from going in for second.

5. Snack

Eating throughout the day keeps your metabolism going and prevents you from feeling famished at meal times. If you keep healthy snacks around there’s less of a chance that you’ll go looking for food between meals and end up eating something unhealthy.

6. Eat your vegetables

Your mother told you to, but you may or may not have listened. Load your plate up with veggies! Pile vegetables on your plate first and then everything else rather than the opposite. If you fill your plate half way with vegetables first, there’s only half a plate left for everything else.


Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

How to Keep That New Year’s Motivation: 5 Simple Tips

It’s been a month since we made our New Year’s resolutions — time to take stock: how are your resolutions coming?  Most resolutions are abandoned within 10 days of making them!  If you want to get over your metaphorical hurdles and master your goals, staying motivated is key!  So how do you keep that drive you had early in the year?  For starters, follow these 5 simple tips!

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How to Keep that New Year's Motivation

1. Think small and simple 

The larger the goal, the more unattainable it seems.  All resolutions take work, but if you bite off a huge bite, you’ll never be able to chew it all at once!  So break it down and make it simple.  Work backwards.  Think about your overall goal and figure out what will lead you there.  Then take that secondary goal and divide it into smaller steps you can take to reach it.  Do this as many times as necessary, breaking your ultimate goal into as many small, simple steps as you can.  A basic, step-by-step approach will be much more manageable than trying to do everything at once.

2. Set it in stone

So to speak.  Writing your goals down serves a three-fold purpose.  First, writing things down makes them much more concrete. Goals begin to have form and substance when they’re not just a thought in your head.  Second, you’ll have something to refer to so you can remember all of your mini-goals; your step-by-step approach.  Third, there’s nothing more satisfying than putting a solid check mark next to the things you accomplish!  Write your ultimate goal at the top, and each smaller goal beneath.  Look at this list often.  Tape it up where you can see it daily: on a bathroom mirror, on the fridge, or right by your bed.

3. Talk it out

Tell your family and friends about your plans.  Don’t keep it all bottled up!  It might be something highly personal, but sharing makes the work easier.  Ask someone you trust to help you focus and hold yourself accountable.  That way, not only will you have someone to talk to about your progress, your regression, your mistakes and triumphs, but that person can also help you refocus, regroup and recharge when you lose sight of the endgame.  Find others who are working towards the same goals.  Whatever your resolutions may be, there’s bound to be someone else working toward the same things.  The more you talk about your goals and progress, the more likely you are to find someone who shares them.  Talk it up on Facebook.  Talk it up with family and friends and at church and work.  Ask around.  Seek out “groups” and “communities” that serve your ultimate purposes so you can help each other.

4. Be positive

Don’t let yourself be dragged down by negativity.  Do all you can to surround yourself with positive thinkers, positive actions, and positive thoughts and mottoes.  Print out your favorite quotes and create an inspiration board.  Read these affirming thoughts daily.  Positive words, thoughts, and actions will lead to a more can-do attitude.

5. Reward yourself

Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for a job well done!  Whenever you’re able to check off a mini-goal, a larger goal, and finally your ULTIMATE goal, give yourself positive rewards that are meaningful to you.  For goals that are particularly hard to accomplish, step up the reward — make sure the rewards match the corresponding goals met.  Rewards can be anything from allowing yourself to download extra music off iTunes when you meet a workout goal, to getting yourself a new wardrobe piece whenever you meet a weight goal, to putting the kids to bed 5 minutes early a few times to give yourself a “break”.  Anything you connect with, that you desire, and that speaks to you can be a reward.


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 Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

The Best Tips for Winter Hair Care

The winter months can take a toll on your hair. To help you out, here are our seven best tips for winter hair care.
Best Tips for Winter Hair Care


7 best tips for winter hair care

Go longer between washings.

Daily shampooing tends to dry your hair out, which means more frizz and more dandruff in the low humidity of winter. Try using a dry shampoo in-between washings if you feel you can’t go without.


Lukewarm water is best.

When you do need to wash, take this into consideration: the hot water may feel good on your cold skin, but it’s drying out your hair! Bring the water temperature down to lukewarm (or cool if you can tolerate it) when you wash.


Condition, condition, condition!

Invest in a good conditioner and use it at each washing, concentrating on the ends of your hair where static and frizz tend to be the worst. A leave-in conditioner like this one can help keep static to a minimum throughout the day.


Avoid the iron.

Hot straighteners and curling irons (and even blow dryers) burn the already minimal moisture right out of your hair. Take advantage of braid and bun hairstyles if you don’t like the way your hair looks without the tools or use a heat protectant spray before you iron.


Spend time on extra moisturizing.

Consider adding oils that are good for you hair into your washing regimen. If you’re not up to buying hair-specific products, coconut oil, almond oil, and avocado oil are great alternatives. This tutorial at How Does She is a great example of one way to do an oil treatment for healthier tresses.


Treat your hair with a mask.

A great way to spend a Sunday night is taking care of yourself to gear up for the week ahead. A once-weekly hair mask is the perfect beauty solution for hair that has been through the mill. Try one of these simple homemade hair masks from Beauty High.


Wrap it up.

Consider wrapping your hair before bed each night if you still struggle with frizz during the day. A silk scarf tied neatly around your locks will keep moisture in rather than sucking it out. You might also consider switching to a silk pillowcase, as the common cotton variety draws moisture away from your hair as you sleep.


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 www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, 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.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Five Healthy Food Blogs

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Was “eat better” or “eat healthier” one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? It’s an annual resolution for so many of us. While our desire and commitment may be strong, sometimes it’s just too hard to find easy-to-make, healthy recipes that still taste delicious. Tipsaholic is here to help by introducing you to five healthy food blogs that can kick-start your menu planning and aid you in sticking to your healthy eating resolution.


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1. Healthy Green Kitchen

Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen is a recipe developer trained in naturopathy. She has been cooking since childhood, as she grew up in a family that owned a renowned restaurant in New York City. In addition to healthy, seasonal recipes, she blogs about organic gardening, backyard chickens and beekeeping. Recent recipes include Homemade Yogurt, Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies, Honey Soy-Roasted Salmon, Black Bean Chili with Chocolate and Roasted Cherry Tomato Frittata.


2. Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Katie of Healthy Seasonal Recipes is a recipe developer with a degree in Culinary Arts whose focus is eating seasonally and in moderation. So while she goes crazy for beets and arugula, she doesn’t shy away from bacon or Philly cheesesteaks. Recent recipes include Thai-Style Fish Cakes, Cheese and Greens Omelets, Cheddar Creamed Spinach, Chicken and Biscuit Casserole and Sweet Potato Marshmallow S’Mores Cookies.


3. The Lemon Bowl

Liz of The Lemon Bowl writes that she features easy, seasonal recipes “that just so happen to be good for you.” Having achieved significant weight loss through healthy eating and exercise, she is an advocate on her blog for helping others reach their goals via her healthy recipes. Recent recipes include Easy Beef and Broccoli, Blueberry Kale Smoothie, Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal, Sweet Potato and Corn Hash and Mexican Turkey Soup.


4. Recipe Renovator

Stephanie of Recipe Renovator specializes in taking delicious recipes and remaking them with healthier ingredients – without sacrificing the flavor. She’s a trained nutrition educator with over 30 years of cooking experience. Recent recipes include Chunky Tomato Sauce, Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, Pumpkin Risotto and Strawberry-Almond Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing.


5. Skinny Taste

Gina of Skinny Taste features delicious, low-fat recipes the whole family will enjoy. Her emphasis is on healthy recipes that don’t skimp on flavor – making them both “skinny” and “tasty”, as her blog’s name implies. Recent recipes include Crockpot Balsamic Pork Roast, Easy Macaroni Casserole, Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup, Cauliflower Tots and Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Six Household Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most versatile things in your cupboard. It can be used in lieu of dozens of specialized household products. Here are just a few ways a bottle of vinegar can freshen up your home.

 Six Household Uses for Vinegar


6 household Uses for Vinegar

Cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces

Kitchens and bathrooms have two things in common: they’re the two rooms that seem to get the dirtiest the fastest, and they’re the two rooms that you want to be as clean as possible. Vinegar’s ability to disinfect and remove unpleasant odors makes it an ideal product to use in both. In the kitchen, you’ll find that vinegar will cut through grease on stovetops and range hoods; in the bathroom, it will get rid of both mildew and mildew stains. For most cleaning purposes, a mixture of 4 parts hot water and 1 part vinegar will do the job. For extra grungy surfaces, use vinegar undiluted.

Cleaning appliances

For the same reasons listed above—disinfecting, deodorizing, and cutting through tough grime—vinegar is great for cleaning out the insides of microwaves and refrigerators. In fact, it’s a better choice than other household cleaning products, since it won’t leave a chemical residue that might leach into your food. Two parts hot water, one part vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap will leave the insides of your appliances sparkling. Bonus: undiluted vinegar is great for polishing stainless steel, so you can use it on the outside of your fridge too!

Dissolving mineral deposits from hard water

Whether it’s a ring inside the toilet, crust on a shower head, or buildup in your dishwasher, vinegar can take care of it. For bathroom buildup, soak the problem area with undiluted vinegar to soften it before scrubbing it away. Run a quick cycle with nothing in the dishwasher but a small bowl full of vinegar on the top rack.

Unclogging and deodorizing drains

Got a stinky garbage disposal or a slow-draining tub? Vinegar to the rescue! Try pouring ½ cup of salt and 2 cups of boiling vinegar in, then rinsing with warm water. If that doesn’t do the trick, use baking soda instead of salt.

Removing sticker residue

Peeling off a price tag is rarely as easy as just peeling it off. More often than not, you’re left with some sticker remnants that just won’t come off. Try wiping that stubborn mess with a damp washcloth and some vinegar. So much better!

Freshening, softening, and brightening laundry

There’s little need for expensive bleaches and fabric softeners when you have some white vinegar on hand. Add a cup to the rinse cycle of your laundry and you’ll see some incredible results: brighter whites, less lint and static, and softer fabrics. Vinegar is especially great on funky smelling towels, dishrags, or cloth diapers, since it kills any bacteria and helps eliminate any lingering odors.

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