A Helpful Guide To Feeling Good + Being Healthy While Taking Care Of Children

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If you’re a mom you’ll know how it is; between school runs, charging around after a toddler who’s into everything, and finding time to keep the house clean, cook meals, and make sure you’re dressed before leaving the house, there can be little time left to actually look after yourself. When was the last time you thought about you for a change? Put down that leftover cheese sandwich, step over that recently discarded diaper, and be prepared to look after number one – rather than someone else’s number twos.

Food as fuel

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While many of us moms will grab the kids’ leftovers instead of a proper lunch, think about the easiest meals to make in between chores, or turn to takeout as the easy option, none of the above really bode well for a healthy lifestyle. The idea of sourcing ingredients, cooking a healthy supper, and actually having time to finish a meal may seem like a luxury, but it can be relatively simple to alter your diet without sacrificing any more of your own time to the slave-driving kitchen.

First thing’s first; you, and your family, need a healthy diet. Think fresh fruit, vegetables, foods rich in protein and ‘good’ fats, dairy, and snacks that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Not only will these foods help you to keep in shape and lose weight, they will also act as rocket fuel to help you get through even the most challenging of days. Think not about the foods that are easiest to prepare, but those that will set you up for whatever life wants to throw at you.

For example, instead of tucking away chips, chocolate bars, and peanut butter sandwiches, choose vegetable sticks and dip, cereal pots, and pitta bread – and the same can be said for your lunches and evening meals too. Aim to cook in bulk so there is always a healthy meal in the freezer when you’re feeling too tired to bother in the kitchen, and experiment with quick, yet healthy recipes whenever you’re feeling creative. That way you’ll easily learn a few basic meals to serve up for your family, which will come in handy on your busiest days. Caffeine and alcohol should be kept to a minimum, but make sure that each and every one of you drinks plenty of water every day. Oh, and it’s important that you keep a treat cupboard for the days when you need a pick-me-up – simply fill it with healthy snacks, whole fruit, and yogurt-covered berries instead of candy.

Repairing mind, body, and soul

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Eating and drinking well is one thing, but what about fitness and exercise? Surely you haven’t got time to fit that in, right? Wrong! Completing a daily workout doesn’t need to mean heading to the gym as soon as your cherubs are in bed, or sacrificing your time to the treadmill, but is about changing your habits now; ensuring that you stay active will encourage your kids to follow suit. For example, could you go for a run before you begin the morning routine, nip to the pool or a class on your lunch break, or take the family dog for a long ramble as the tea cooks? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’ve got the right equipment, and clothing, for the job, as you risk doing yourself more harm than good if you’re half-hearted. Compression clothing, including leggings and vests, can be a great way to regulate your temperature, support your body, and improve circulation as you move, and companies such as Tommie Copper produce fantastic workout clothes for women; just check out their product list if you don’t believe us. [Read more…]

4 Ways To Jump-start Our Healthy Journey This Year

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My desire to lead a healthier life is not only fueled by my intention to live longer for my little man, but also by the fact that he looks up to me as his role model and would most probably imitate the way I lead my life on a daily basis. That is why each year I make an intention to choose healthier alternatives and live a healthier life in the hopes that my little man will be inspired to do the same and carry this throughout his adult life. Of course, I would also love for Jared’s dad to be inspired to be on his toes and stay in good shape and be healthier.

I must admit, opting to live healthier is rather tricky especially when it is easier to succumb to fixing myself a cup of coffee in the morning instead of sitting down to have a proper meal. It is also never easy to choose between a considerable amount of zzzz over pressing work deadlines. That is why I am making a conscious effort to lead a healthier life this year, not only for myself but more so for my family.

Here are a few ways on how I plan to jump-start our healthy journey this year: [Read more…]

4 Reasons Why The HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer Is The Most Ideal For Your Home

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I have always believed that a printer is not much of a necessity at home. I can always have documents and files printed at the computer shop here in our neighborhood and go online to have precious photos printed, anyway.  I thought the amount I have to shell out to get my own printer will not be well worth it if I cannot maximize its use and only print stuff occasionally. Well, that has changed when the little man started going to school.

Can you believe the number of images preschoolers need for their homework? Most times, the images they require cannot even be found on magazines or old workbooks that there is no other choice but to search from the net and print them. You also get more good-quality images that way and saves busy mums a considerable amount of time. This is where your very own printer at home will come handy and I am rather relieved that we managed to get our very own unit just in the nick of time. Indeed, a good and reliable printer will prove to be a very worthy investment for mums with school-aged kids.

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About a week ago, I was sent an HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer for review. Our printer is also an All-In-One HP Printer, so I am excited to give this one a go and see if it also has the same top notch quality as our trusty printer.

HP DeskJet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer is easy enough even for non-techie mums like me to set-up. It comes with this easy-to-follow instruction hand-out and a manual. The box also comes with 2 cables and 2 ink cartridges, Black and Tri-color, and a CD installer. Thumbs up for HP for coming up with a very creative way to pack their products. The accessories of the printer ~ the ink cartridges, manual, and the cables ~ are safely tucked inside the printer. Talk about space-saving and cleverness!

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After plugging in and inserting the ink cartridges in their designated slot, all you have to do is install the CD that comes with the printer to your computer or go to 123.hp.com/dj3630 to install the app on your mobile phone and you are ready to print! I had glitches trying to print using the mobile app but it might probably due to my wonky internet connections. I had no issues connecting through the printer’s Wi-Fi connection, though, and was able to print a couple of items swiftly!

So why do you think the HP Deskjet 3635 Ink Advantage All-in-One Printer is a great investment for this year and a perfect addition to your homes? Here are a few reasons why I do:  [Read more…]

My One Word For 2016

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I first read about One Word last year when I chanced upon it on a fellow mum blogger’s site. It was too late then to choose for my 2015 word, but if I had chosen one, it would no doubt be grateful as I have practiced to be more grateful and was mindful to be thankful for each and every blessing that I received last year.

It took awhile for me to choose my One Word for this year as I have been having difficulty choosing between a couple of my options, including connect, create, and blessed. In the end, something led me to one word that I hope would best describe 2016 for me ~ flourish. It was rather apt as I intend to flourish in different aspects of my life. I would like to flourish as a mum, as a wife and a life partner, a homemaker, as a sister, as a blogger, and as a budding gardening enthusiast {and I hope for my plants to flourish as well} I would also love to flourish in my relationships with significant people in my life, as well as flourish in my creative pursuits for this year.

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According to Google, flourish means a number of things, including:

  • to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
  • to grow well; to be healthy

  • to be very successful

  • to do very well

  • a bold or extravagant gesture or action {which I thought was perfect to describe calligraphy and hand-lettering which I plan to learn this year, too!}

So, yes, I am claiming this to be my One Word for 2016 with a prayer that my life, as well as the lives of the people I touch as I journey on, flourish as much as mine.

What is your One Word for this year and what are your reasons for choosing it?

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