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Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Support Your Teen with their Studies


As your child moves into their teenage years, the relationship you share is sure to change. Instead of telling your little one what to do, you will need to work alongside your young adult as they try to achieve their goals. You will also need to offer up unwavering support, as they find their feet and learn from their mistakes. One of the most important areas to focus on is your teen’s education. If they are going to enjoy a bright future, it is essential that they put the work in and access their full potential. In order to make sure this happens, you will need to work your way through the following four steps. They will help you to support your teen with their studies.
Buy them the right digital devices
First things first, you should buy your teen the right digital devices. In this modern age, it is likely that their teachers will expect them to have easy access to a laptop computer. It is also possible that some of your teen’s assignments will require them to take pictures and to put together dynamic presentations. If this is the case, you should seriously consider buying your teen their very own laptop. You could even go all out and treat them to a tablet and a smartphone. Whatever you decide, just remember to protect these devices at all costs. If your teen is relying heavily on technology, you can’t run the risk of them losing their precious data. Luckily, you can play it safe by placing your trust in companies such as Secure Data Recovery.


Set a good example
The next step is to set a good example for your young adult. If you have study space in your home, why not join your teen whenever they settle down for work? You could use this time to power through your own tasks. Of course, you should stop if your presence becomes a distraction, but it is possible that your teen will be inspired by your willingness to match their efforts. Getting on with your own work will also make it easier for you to encourage your teen, without appearing hypocritical.
Don’t forget to support their mental health
Another vital step is to support your youngster’s mental health. Although it is important to promote hard work and dedication, this should never be at the expense of your teen’s personal well-being. If they are struggling to cope under pressure, you need to reassure your loved one that you will be proud of them no matter what. You could even put them in touch with a counselor, as a trained professional will help your teen with reducing their stress levels and putting their problems into perspective.

Reward them for all of their hard work
Finally, you should be rewarding your teen for all of their hard work. This could involve anything from planning a fun-filled vacation to buying your loved one their first car. Whilst it is important that your teen recognizes the intrinsic benefits of focusing on their education, there is no shame in providing them with a source of motivation. You might be surprised by just how effective this method can be.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to Relieve Tired and Swollen Feet


How many times have you been on your feet all day whether for work or just because you’ve been busy, only to find yourself in pain by the end of the day? Tired and swollen feet aren’t always localized either. They can also lead to back and knee pain and just leave you feeling miserable in general. So, rather than hobble to the couch and lie down in agony, there are things you can do to help relieve that pain and discomfort that you are feeling. Let’s take a closer look.

Pick Up an At-Home Foot Massager

If tired and swollen feet are a regular occurrence for you, it may be worth your money to invest in an at-home foot massager. There are all kinds of models available from high-tech massagers with pre-set functions and settings, to basic roller massagers. Each style has its own pros and cons and they all vary greatly in price.

For all things foot massager related, be sure to check out Foottherapy.Net, as it features a number of in-depth reviews.

Investigate Various Essential Oils and How They Can Help

If you're looking for a natural approach to relieving tired and swollen feet, then you may want to do some research on essential oils. There are a number of oils that are known to help, with peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove oil being the most popular. You can use a couple of drops of each in a basin of hot water and then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. This can be done a few times a week as a way to relieve pain and help to bring down inflammation.

Try Some Foot Exercises

Just like how stretching can help tired and tight muscles, feet exercises can also help to relieve some of your pain. There are a number of exercises you can try such as sitting on a chair, extending one foot at a time, and then slowly rotating the ankle. Another stretch that can be done in a seated position is to extend your foot, stretch it, and try to create a straight line with your foot and leg.

Elevate Your Feet

If you are experiencing a lot of swelling, there's a good chance it's causing the majority of your pain. Elevating your feet while you are sitting can do wonders for inflammation. The key is to raise your feet at least to the level of your heart. This promotes circulation so that blood won't be pooling in your feet. When doing this, make sure you don't cross your legs or feet.

Start Wearing Supportive Shoes in the House

Rather than kick your running shoes off at the door, it can be wise to invest in a pair of good quality supportive athletic shoes that you can wear indoors. This will ensure that your feet are cared for, both inside and outside.

Tired and swollen feet can be more than an inconvenience - it can put a wet blanket on your plans and just leave you feeling miserable. These tips are sure to help relieve some of that pain and swelling that you are dealing with.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jump Rope Rack #Fitness

This month is not as active as April when it comes to my fitness routine.  I slowed down from running and using the Bowflex Max Trainer 2 because my left  lower leg was so painful.  I am not sure what hurt it, its either my 2 10ks that I did or the constant use of the MT2 programs.  I am just slowly getting back to it now because  I don't want to  have a painful leg or knee again.  
Anyway, I got this stainless steel 5 hook rack from Cavetools.  I was gonna use it for my husband;'s tool in the garage but decided to use it in our gym to hang our  jump ropes.  This rack is multipurpose, you can use it in the kitchen for your kitchen wares and other BBQ tools, for your bathroom, or anywhere that you need a sturdy rack for stuff.  
 I love that it comes with all the hardware that it needs to install it.  Installation is not  hard, I did it myself, which I always ask my husband to do it when it involves some drilling and stuff like that.  This one, I didn't need his help, I was  proud  to do it myself lol.
I love the screwdriver that comes with it because  you can either use it as a flat tip or slot head and philips head.  All you need to do is insert it in the handle and voila, you have a heavy duty screwdriver.  
You can buy this multi purpose hook rack via amazon or the link I provided above.  You can use this coupon code HOOKRACK15 for 15% off upon check out.
As I have mentioned above, April was my super active month.  I did my first 10k Run on the treadmill (I haven't tried  joining any race).  This way, I am only  racing with myself so I can stop anytime or  speed up, it is up to my brain what it tells me lol.  
My 2nd 10k Run was also in April, this one is a lot better.  I improved my calorie burned and also  shorten the time that I spent  during my first time.
I was trying to  change up my routine a little bit so I stop running and tried to use the Max Trainer.  I think I used it three days in a row, which was a big mistake because after that, my leg was hurting so bad.
I was happy with the result of my workouts though.  I can actually fit into the dress that I tucked away a couple of years ago because my tummy was bulging everytime I wear it. Now I can confidently wear it without sucking in my stomach ha ha ha.
I am slowly testing my leg  now and it still hurts a little bit but not as much.  I am taking it  slow and light this time, no more pushing too hard.  I gotta say though, it's awesome to push yourself, you get to learn that you can do better than what you think.  You also  learn your limits.  No matter what, just keep moving, do not give up.  Below is a video of my favorite jump rope exercise.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Graduation Pictures At Home

My husband does not like to take pictures especially when there's a big event he has to attend to but he did not have a choice lol.  I told him that this is a special occasion and  capturing it is  important that way we will have something to look back to someday.  
We got ready  few hours early so we could drive to Duquesne University before the heavy traffic  pour in.  Friday is when the  traffic is so bad in going to Pittsburgh.  So we want to get there before all the  workers get out and head home.  We  even got the kids   2-hour early from their school so we could all get ready.
My husband was kind of regretting attending the  graduation because the kids had  a dance that  night  but I told the kids that they will have another dance next year but their Dad will only graduate once.  I mean, we did not  attend his college graduation  even though I encouraged him then as he graduated  Magna Cum Laude  but he said that it's not really important.  To me it is.  
I mean not a lot of people goes to graduate school when  they  already retired from the  service or already have a job but it is something that  he wanted to do.  He never got the chance to do it when he was younger so it's quite an accomplishment especially that  he  achieved it while working so I am beyond proud.
He missed out on a lot of stuff when he was younger serving the country so I told him that  it is not  too late to do it now that he has retired and working a civilian job.  I think it is a good example to the children as well, that you can pursue your education no matter how old you are.  It is just a matter of  your own will.
He did not attend the Kick Off to graduation so no professional photos for him.  I said we can just do it at home with us in it lol.
For some reason, our daughter was having an attitude that day so I had a one on one talk with her.  Glad she came around and  joined us.  
I think the photos turned out okay, it's not professionally done but why pay big bucks if you can do it yourself for less.  
I told my husband that  he should get used to having pictures taken every time because he is married to an Asian woman.  In Asia, taking pictures is very common, we do it all the time.  I was kind of shocked when I first came here because there are people who doesn't like their picture taken.  Over there where I grew up, nobody says no to pictures ha ha.  Anyway, we had fun attending the diploma ceremony.  I'll post about it next time.  

Keys to the Great Outdoors


The great outdoors are a fantastic place to be. Research has shown that spending time outside every couple of days can help calm the nerves because of the ambiance associated with Mother Nature’s artful work.

While the environment is usually pleasing, there are times when one can stumble upon hindrances during treks and hikes from one place to the next. Thus, it’s always handy to have some info on what to do when that happens.
 
Our focus today will be on weeds. Essentially, weeds are plants that grow in unwanted locations. While their growth causes a hindrance, it is important to note that their growth occurs naturally without any human intervention. Amazingly, plants that are considered weeds in one environment may have some aesthetic value elsewhere. Thus, it’s always down to what one is looking for.
 
Typically, weeds grow rapidly and reproduce in no time. Weeds can be found in almost all spheres of human life, in walk paths, patios, gardens and lawns. Given the fact that weeds reproduce en masse, it is important to have mitigation strategies at the ready in order to cull their influence and prevent them from taking over other vegetative forms.

Weed Killers
Garden maintenance can be an arduous task especially if there are weeds running rampant. Such growths can wreak havoc on the flora and fauna and diminish the quality of soil if left unchecked.
 
Hence, the emergence of weed killers in the market. Weed killers are also known as weedicides or herbicides. They have chemicals that kill off unwanted plants and stop their growth. Given the wide array of weed types, weed killers are specialized to deal with killing particular kinds of weeds.
 
The variations depend on what one is really looking for in a weed killer. Some of them are pet friendly; some are industrial, commercial, professional, systemic or residual. We look into a couple of things that need to be taken into account when choosing the Best Weed Killer.

Pointers
Selectivity is an essential part of the process. Selective weed killers objectively target specific types of weeds like dandelions or blackberries. Most people prefer selective weed killers since they pose no harm to the grass.
 
On the other hand, non-selective weed killers immediately destroy any vegetation they lay their hands on, be it trees, grass or weeds. Typically, non-selective weed killers are used in areas like driveways, paving stones and concrete cracks.
 
Another brand of weed killers takes into consideration the emergence rate of weeds. Thus, they are best applied right before the weeds germinate. Systemic weed killers tend to get absorbed into plants at later stages and attack the leaves, roots and stems and their effectiveness occurs after some time, ranging from a couple of days to weeks. For a quick turnaround time, one needs to use contact weed killers that essentially start working within a couple of hours. 
 
Persistence is another grouping factor when it comes to choosing weed killers. For effectiveness, weed killers need to be persistent in order to stop future regrowth. Non-persistent weed killers need to be sprayed after every couple of weeks or months in order to realize best results.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY


Amidst school work for the kids and work commitments, making a common schedule to spend some quality time together as a family can be tricky. This becomes particularly difficult when at the end of the week everyone is worn out and all they want is to stay indoors and watch some TV or spend time on their phone.

It is then becomes more important to deliberately go out of your way to find ways to spendtime together as a family. That’s how you strengthen your family bonds and grow closer. The best way is to go outside and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air together as a family. Everyone will be grateful at the end of the day.
A family road trip is the best way to get outdoors as a family and do exciting things together. Plan a short road trip so that the kids don’t get too tired and burned out midway which will put a damper on the whole trip.
Have everyone suggest destinations they would like to visit and settle on one or two that works within your schedule and plans and drive there.

That shouldn’t limit you though. You can still spruce up the family RV using tips from Black Smoke Media News and take the trip of a lifetime especially during the long vacations.

Traveling is a great way to expose your kids to beautiful sceneries and nature and inculcate in them the love of traveling.

 A family that stays together exercises together. Hiking is a fantastic activity for getting fit together as a family and also breathing some much needed fresh air. Find some comfortable clothing and shoes with good grips to avoid slips and falls which could cause nasty injuries and you are good to go hiking as a family.
You can spice things up by having family picnic at the end of it all sitting on green grass with birds chirping all around you. You can go hiking at locations that have interesting natural attractions to further make the experience more memorable.

The terrain and steepness should however not be too harsh as to be unfriendly to kids.

Fishing
Fishing is a classic family outdoor activity. You will to invest in some quality gear and drive up to the nearest pond, river or lake.
Since some rivers and lakes are prone to freezing during the cold winter months, you should find out if fishing is still possible beforehand so you don’t get disappointed when you get there. Otherwise you can restrict to the warm summer months.
Take safety cautions when you go fishing with the kids to avoid accidental drowning.

What better way to teach your kids the importance of giving without expecting anything back than volunteering for charity. The charity activity you choose to involve the whole family in should be age-appropriate for the young ones.
You can volunteer to clean up your streets or visit an orphanage or any other charity of your choice.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fitness is like a Relationship #PostItMessageBoard #FitnessQuotes

I agree with the saying "Fitness is like a relationship, you can't cheat and expect it to work", it is so true.  Sometimes, I asked myself why bother to workout because  despite of consistent workout, I see very small progress and the answer to that lies on me cheating (with food).  I used to not care much about sweets but when I  ventured into this fitness thing, I am craving sweets all the time and it's a temptation I can't resist  when those sweets are just in our kitchen. 
Anyway, I got this Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board from Shoplet to review.  This Post-it Memo Board creates the ultimate communication center.  I decided to   put it in our home gym  to  write some inspiring quotes and to post some  workout photos.  I love the design of this  message board because it is a combination of  long-lasting adhesive surface on one side and a  superior dry-erase board on the other side.  You can write a  quick message or post a document without pins, tacks, or tape.
It has everything that you need for installation including the marker clips, dry erase markers and its holder.  I have never used this kind of fastener but it thought it's pretty neat.   It took me a minute to figure out how it works but it eventually registered in my small brain so it's all good lol.
I am however disappointed that  the  dry erase board part  of this message board has a dent.  I guess, it got damaged on the mail.  I would suggest that Shoplet should  pack this with bubble wrap to avoid damage during the transit.  It is soft so it  would  be easily get dented during the mail transit.
I love that one half  has adhesive and  marble pattern is  beautiful.  I posted some of the workout  clippings I got from  fitness magazines.  On the other side, I wrote some inspiring  quotes for fitness.  
"The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow."  Another  quote that I like and can relate too.  When I first started working out, I could barely run a mile with  running out of breath but now I can continuously run without  breathing like I am going to die lol.  The key is to  set a realistic goal when working out.  You can start small like  walk 2 minutes then run 3 minutes or even less than that.  Eventually as you  go along with your journey, you will find out that it gets easier and you get stronger.
"Slow PROGRESS is better than NO progress."  As I mentioned  above, I get very  slow progress with my goals but it's okay.  As long as you keep your head and mindset on achieving your goal, you will eventually get to it.  You just need to find your fire, your inner strength and your motivation.  My motivation  is seeing my kids grow up and be there for them when they need me, I won't be able to do that if I am weak or sick or dead.  So staying  healthy and  striving to get fit is what keeps me going.  Good things take time so just  keep going.
"You're only one workout away from a good mood."   I used to not workout because I always get migraine almost everyday.  I thought, workout will just make my migraine worse but I was dead wrong.  Now that I am active, my migraine is becoming less and less.  I noticed that I only  have it when I am getting my period so that's a WIN for me.  I also used to be  short fused and get cranky so easily but now I find that my patience is lengthen and that I am in good mood all the time.
"Focus on health not on weight."  I used to be obsessed with checking my weight to see if I am losing any  as I exercise but now I don't even check anymore.  I am more concern of  getting stronger and healthier.  This is one thing that  discourages us when trying to lose weight but remember that  when you don't lose  weight, you are gaining something.. strength.  So just keep exercising.  
Remember this saying " There is no shortcut.  It takes time to create a BETTER, STRONGER version of yourself."

Here's a short video of my warm up before my 4-mile run.
Shoplet have everything that you need for your business and home including Office suppliesCleaning supplies,   Medical supplies, and  Office Furniture.  Thank you once again Shoplet and Post It.!

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Transitioning my Skin Routine from Winter to Spring and some Home Office Workouts



It's been 3 weeks since I started taking Omega-7 Complete sea buckthorn oil blend and I love  what it does to my body.  These softgels  have bioactive nutrients and is high in antioxidants.  It also helps to have a healthy skin which is a plus because as you know, when the season change, the need of your skin also changes.  This is also great for immune support, urinary and cervical health, and also great for gastrointestinal, heart, liver, and your cholesterol.  The other products that I am also using from SeabuckWonders are  the exfoliating facial cleanser and the facial cream.  Unlike other  facial cleanser and cream that I've tried, these two doesn't give me  pimples or irritation.  I have a very sensitive skin  that's why I don't really use make up because it makes me itchy.  So I am glad to find products that  works for my skin type.  


I have made some changes  with my fitness plan this year.  Last year, I was working out but did not really have a   specific  plan that I could follow so the result  is not that great.  This year, I am following the fitness program at sparkpeople.com.  There is a big support system there too who are  trying to live a healthy lifestyle or trying  to change ways to make life  a lot healthier.  
This year, I am focusing more on the problem that I have identified like BIG GUT, BIG thighs with cellulite, and toning the glutes.  Identifying the problem and focusing on your work to address it is important.  
  • Since my pregnancies, my lower abdomen have never  shrunk so it is always big.  So I have  exercises that I do to address it, they are  hard and sometimes I just want to say "forget it" but no one is going to do it for me but myself so it has to be done.
  • Growing up, my thighs are huge but I never really had cellulite in them until recently so part of my solution is  getting rid of my office chair.  I work standing now and I also do   some exercises for it.
  • I always tell my husband that the bump in my lower abs should be in my glutes  so it would  make it look a little better.  The bumps in my body  are  showing in wrong places lol.  So I am also doing some  glute toning exercise.

One thing that I like about  working from home is the flexibility of doing things.  When I am doing  the  hopping threads, I usually  let the pages  load for  a couple of minutes and I do these  home office workouts.  Another great advantage of working from home is that, you can be in your jammies or  in your athleisure outfit and you can do your job without anyone staring at you or saying anything about  your outfit of the day.
So far, March is almost  over again and my weight is still the same.  I do however  noticed some changes in my body, my glutes is a little toned but the big gut is still there so this will take forever I am guessing.  I am also getting defined muscles in my arms which is kind of exciting.  Lifting weights have never been  my thing but I am enjoying it lately.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

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