When my kids were little, I wanted them to try new food. So every Saturday, when we would walk to the farmers market, we would pick a new food to try. It was fun to look for different things to eat rather than always staying with the stuff we knew we liked. We found some really good foods that we still eat today like sunflower shoots, cheese curds, poblano peppers, ground cherries, moon grapes, and patty pan squash. We also found some that we didn’t like, but that was part of the fun.
We also like to do this when we go out to eat. It is fun to get something on the menu that you wouldn’t normally eat. You might surprise yourself on the different foods that you like. Try going to a Chinese, Mexican, or Indian restaurant and ordering several dishes for the table to share. This is a great way to try new food that you wouldn’t order on your own.
Another fun thing to do is buy different ingredients on vacation and take them home to cook with. It is a great reminder of your trip. We’ve tried different jams and jellies, fruits, popcorn, mustards, and different sauces. Great souvenir idea without adding more stuff to your house!
One of our favorite things to do is spend time at the local zoos. One thing I used to love to do with the kids is a scavenger hunt! This scavenger hunt is made for the Cleveland Zoo but hopefully most zoos have all these animals. Have fun!
To print this free scavenger hunt download file below.
A great way to get exercise is to hike in your local parks. This is one of our favorite things to do. Here are a couple ideas to motivate you and make it fun!
Do you like to have fancy nails? My girls love to have their nails done, but with my goal to lead a healthier lifestyle I didn’t like the thought of them breathing all the chemicals in at the salon. They loved getting the gel paint and acrylic nails but that took a toll on their actual nails. And while they loved all the fun designs of the fancy press-on nails, they didn’t last long with my girls’ active lifestyle.
That is why I love getting them color street nails. They have so many styles to choose from and you can mix and match them to make even more combinations. They are easy to put on, they last a while, and they come off just like regular nail polish.
These also make fun gifts. They are small, easy to wrap and perfect to mail in a card. The first time I gave these to my girls, they were going to be apart for my older daughter’s birthday. I wanted to do something special to include both of them so I wrapped up a pack of color street nails for each of them. While they were still apart, they got to have a girl’s night together doing nails over facetime!
Have you ever tried Guided Imagery? At my old job, one of the presenters did a talk on guided imagery and how it can help reduce stress. I have to admit, I thought this was the hokiest thing ever. You listen to this person guiding you through things to imagine and it is supposed to relax you… OK???
The first several times that I listened to her talk, I closed my eyes like she said to do and I used that time to think of all the things that I wanted to get done after work. I wasn’t giving the guided imagery a fair chance to work, I just played along because it was my job.
After listening to this so many times I noticed myself starting to imagine being at the beach and I noticed when she had us open our eyes… I felt a little different. The next time I thought I would really give this a chance to see what it really is about. When she turned out the lights, I closed my eyes and this time I really listened and I actually tried to follow along.
Now when I imagined being at the beach it was like I could hear the waves crashing and I could feel the sun beating down on my skin…It was like I was really there! When it was over and I opened my eyes, I felt completely relaxed. Maybe there really was something to this? The more I did it the faster I could get my mind to imagine all these relaxing things and the better I felt.
The key for me, was finding a guided imagery with a relaxing voice that guided me to what I wanted to experience. If you find the right voice, it makes all the difference.
Everyone associates candy and flowers with Valentine’s Day but I like to make people feel special in a different way. This started for me because when my daughter was sick she couldn’t have candy so I had to get creative and now it’s my favorite thing to do!
All you do is cut out 14 Hearts. They can be out of fancy paper, plain paper, colored paper or you can buy hearts already cut out. You can decorate them or leave them plain. They can be different colors or all the same. See where I’m going with this… get as creative as you want.
Next write a saying on each heart. I like to write something I love about the person or a special memory that I enjoyed doing with them on each heart. Other ideas can be to write inspirational quotes, things you want to do together, include photos of special memories or draw pictures on the hearts.
You can give the hearts all at once or do one a day as a count down to Valentine’s Day!
Here Are 8 Different Ways To Give Those Hearts To Someone…
Peace, Love and Little Donuts has two great options for your Valentine’s Day gift giving. If you haven’t tried their donuts yet, you are in for a treat. They have so many different flavors to choose from and they make them up fresh. No stale donuts here! Some of the flavors include; Apple Pie, Cinnamon Roll, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Shortcake, Salted Pretzel, and Oreo Cheesecake. My favorite is the Shaka Pecan which has maple frosting with pecans and Carmel drizzle. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
For Valentine’s Day they have donut bouquets! I’m always looking for different, fun gift ideas and this is different, fun and yummy! Just imagine the surprise on your Valentine’s face when they look into the box to find donuts! Pick 15 of your favorite flavors and make sure you preorder if you want to get one of these beautiful bouquets for your special someone.
The other option they have are donut valentine cards. These are cute little valentines that your valentine can trade in for a free donut! These are perfect for the classroom parties, especially with everything going on this year! While these are perfect for kids, they can be used for anyone; I mean, who wouldn’t love a free donut! Send them to friends to let them know you are thinking about them, give them out as employee appreciation, or pay it forward by giving them to a stranger as an act of kindness.
For more information contact…
Peace, Love and Little Donuts
8019 Crile Rd.
Concord Twp., Ohio 44077
If you are looking for a fun getaway, try Amish country lodging near Berlin, Ohio. They have the most amazing treehouses you can stay in. These aren’t what you think of in someone’s backyard… they actually have heat, air, and no bugs. They even take it to the next level with jetted hot tubs, gas fireplaces, and beautiful porches.
We stayed there with the girls in the winter and had a blast. We brought hot chocolate, games, and bath bombs to add a little extra fun to our stay. While you are there, make sure to eat at one of the amazing Amish restaurants, and if you really want to splurge check out the baked goods.
There are two types of treehouses. The bigger ones are perfect for families and have enough beds to sleep six. They also have smaller ones that are perfect for couples.
For more information contact…
Berlin Woods Treehouses
5331 Co. Rte 626
Millersburg, OH 44654
Before I get to my top products that I love about this company, I want to share my L’BRI story. I met Mishal, my consultant at a networking event. She asked if we could get together for a meeting. She wanted to try the Bemer and she wanted to show me her product. I will never forget… she came to my house with all this stuff and all I could think was “How am I going to tell this girl that I’m not interested?” I didn’t use skin care products or make up! My kids did, though, so I figured I could just buy something for them. I remember all of us sitting around my kitchen table getting facials. I remember seeing all the yuck come off our skin when we used the face peel and how amazing my skin felt afterwards. That night the girls and I made a wish list of all the stuff we wanted and we have been buying L’BRI ever since. I always say “wellness is a process” and this started our healthy skin care journey!
If you would like to try L’BRI and don’t already have a consultant, contact Mishal:
I am a mom that had a sick child. I was overwhelmed, exhausted and had no idea what I needed to do to get her healthy again. In my journey to get her healthy, I learned lots of tips and tricks and now I’m on a mission to share those with you! These include Bemer, eat well, exercise, have fun, reduce stress, use clean products, take vacations, and give back.