Monday, January 30, 2023

Quick and Effective Workouts For Busy Moms

Working out was always a priority for me before I started a family. But once I had four young children at home, my trips to the gym became non-existent. Eventually, my membership expired and I never bothered to renew it because I never had time to work out. But nowadays with all the new technology available, working out at home is much easier! Every mother needs a little time to de-stress each day for her mental and physical health. 

On the blog today, the good folks from Kickoff have the best solution for busy moms who are looking for a convenient way to work out. Their app offers custom programs such as fitness coaching, daily workouts, nutrition planning, and habit formation. Here is what their company offers: 


Quick and Effective Workouts For Busy Moms

If you’re juggling work, taking care of the home, caring for kids, and taking the kids to activities and playdates, it’s no wonder there isn’t much time left to take care of yourself. Instead of worrying about finding the time to drive to a group class or gym, try a workout at home. We put together this list of short, to-the-point workouts that only need body weight or small weights you might already have around the house. If you’re short on time and need a workout routine that helps you meet your fitness goals, this is it. And, the best part, everything on this list is free. 

Yoga and Barre For Strength

If you’re just getting back into a workout routine or are tired and sore from other activities, then starting out with something more gentle or low-impact, like these yoga and barre workouts, is likely exactly what you need.


HIIT

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, uses body weight and fast-paced exercises to get your heart rate up and get you sweating. These exercises can be higher impact, so start gently and be sure to focus on proper form.


  • This 15-minute HIIT workout uses just body weight to train your full body and get your heart rate elevated.

  • This quick HIIT workout is totally customizable to the amount of time you have and is custom-made with busy moms in mind.

No Equipment, Cardio Workouts

If you’re looking to work on cardio and are less focused on building muscle and strength, then you’re in the right place. These high-energy, fun workouts will get you moving — fast. And anyway, if you’re working out, you might as well have fun. 


Workout With Your Kids

When you’re a busy mom, sometimes you have to do everything with your kids. Workouts don’t have to be any different. If you don’t have time away from the kids, try out these workouts specifically designed for the whole family.



If you are looking for a new way to get your body moving, these short, no-equipment, free workouts are just what you’re looking for. Or, try out the kid-friendly workouts and get the whole family moving together. 


Friday, January 20, 2023

Fly On The Wall With Jimmy Crack Corn

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wal group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today three bloggers are bravely opening their homes so that you can get a peek at what goes on behind closed doors. 

The fly at my house is in hibernation mode because it has been so cold outside. He's probably waiting for me to knit him a sweater but he's lucky I haven't grabbed the fly swatter....yet. But here are some tidbits of weird conversations that the fly overhead in our home this month: 



"We should drink our coffee black because it's better for you."

"It's also boring for you."



"The squirrels love that feed corn. The way they're going at it, you'd think it was made with crack."
"It is. Haven't you heard of Jimmy Crack Corn?"



"How about roast turkey for dinner tonight?"
"That frozen bird you bought is so big it won't thaw out until July."



"Did you like the lunch I packed for you today?"
"No. That fried fish sandwich tasted like fried sole of shoe.  I could have used it for a door stop."



"Our toilet is clogged. It needs to be resuscitated"
"I'll fix it as long as I don't have to do mouth-to-mouth on it."
"Nope---just plunger-to-plunger."



"Hey, can you put some of that moisturizer on my face?"
"Yes, you definitely need some because it will make you look younger."
"So you mean I'll only look 82 instead of 102?"



"How was that Chicken Cordon Bleu dish you ordered? Was it good?"
"It should have been called Chicken Cordon Eww."



"Remember those old commercials for Chuck Wagon dog food?"
"Yep--there was a little bit of Chuck in every bite." 



"I need to order the deluxe drink package for our next cruise vacation."
"Ask them if they also sell a deluxe hangover remedy package to go with it."


     Cheers to 2023---I have a feeling it's going to be an amazing year!! And now if you'll excuse me, I need to check on my squirrels. They're getting agitated while waiting for Jimmy Crack Corn to arrive in his chuckwagon. 




***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? This month you can find me on AARP again with some fabulous and hearty casserole recipes. Read it HERE

Buzz around these links for a peek into some other homes:

 

Baking In A Tornado                                https://www.BakingInATornado.com

                                

The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver         https://thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog






Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Why You Need A Life Insurance Policy


My husband and I bought life insurance shortly after we were married in our twenties, but we should have read the fine print in the contract before buying a hybrid policy. Once we hit our fifties, our monthly payments skyrocketed. We searched for a new policy, but most companies insisted that we submit to a medical exam before we would be considered for coverage. At the time, we didn't realize that
 term life insurance without a medical exam was an option. 



Many people postpone getting life insurance because they are uncomfortable going to a doctor's office or cannot afford an in-person visit. Some insurance companies send physicians to your house to do the health exam, which includes blood and urine samples, a stress test, height and weight measurements, and possibly an EKG. A patient's age also factors into the cost of the insurance. In most cases, the older you are at the time of buying life insurance, the higher the premium. For this reason, you should consider purchasing a plan while in your 20s and still healthy--or by the time you have people dependent on you, such as a spouse and children.

 

Why is life insurance so important? It helps your family cover financial burdens after you are gone. These expenses include funeral costs, medical bills, or other outstanding debt such as a mortgage. Essentially, it replaces lost income for the surviving spouse and covers future living expenses. Knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of once you're gone will also give you peace of mind. 



There is a wide range of life insurance policies available, and it's essential that you do your research before purchasing a plan that is right for you. First, look at your monthly income, expenses, and debts. Calculate what money you have left after monthly bills are paid to see what payment plan works best for your family. Secondly, decide on what type of coverage you need. For example, do you have a mortgage payment, a child's college education to pay, or a personal/business loan debt? Lastly, choose which type of policy will provide exactly what you need. Some of the more popular options are term life (which lasts about 10-30 years) or a whole life policy (permanent). 


It's never too late to prepare for the unexpected. Consider speaking with a financial planner who can asses your situation for the most affordable policy. Once you find the perfect plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be financially comfortable for years to come. 





Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Why Capturing And Saving Family Stories and Memories Is Important


Nothing warms my heart more than watching old family videos, especially if those movies include reels of loved ones long gone. I find old pictures comforting as well, but a video brings the memory back to life in ways that a single photo cannot. 

Stories Of A Lifetime is a great company that can help you preserve those special moments on video to cherish for generations to come. This is why saving those memories is so important:  


Why Capturing and Saving Family Stories and Memories is Important

As humans, we have a natural desire to connect with our loved ones and learn about our family history. Sharing stories and memories with one another helps to strengthen these bonds and can bring a sense of belonging and purpose to our lives. Unfortunately, these memories and stories can easily be lost over time due to a variety of factors such as distance, busy schedules, and even death. That's why it's important to make an effort to capture and save these stories and memories so that they can be shared and treasured for generations to come.

There are many ways to capture and save family stories and memories, such as through writing, photography, and even video. One particularly meaningful and effective way is through video, as it allows for a more personal and immersive experience. Seeing and hearing someone's words and expressions can bring their stories to life in a way that written or photographed records simply cannot.

This is where a service like Stories of a Lifetime can be especially helpful. Stories of a Lifetime is a service that helps you capture and preserve your family stories and memories on video to cherish for generations. Through this service, you can record and share important moments, traditions, and stories from your family's past and present. These videos can then be shared with loved ones, either in person or digitally, and can serve as a valuable source of inspiration and connection for future generations.

There are numerous benefits to capturing and preserving family stories and memories through a service like Stories of a Lifetime. Here are just a few:

  1. It helps to preserve your family's history and heritage. By recording and sharing your family's stories and memories, you are helping to preserve the rich history and heritage of your family. These videos can serve as a valuable source of information for future generations and help them to understand and connect with their ancestors.
  2. It allows for easier sharing and accessibility. With Stories of a Lifetime, you can easily share your family's stories and memories with loved ones, regardless of where they live. This can be especially helpful for families with members who are spread out geographically, as it allows for a more personal and meaningful way to stay connected.
  3. It creates a sense of belonging and connection. Sharing stories and memories can help to create a sense of belonging and connection within a family. These videos can serve as a way to bring the family together and foster a sense of unity, even if everyone cannot physically be in the same place.
  4. It provides a way to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. Losing a loved one can be a difficult and emotional experience, and it can be especially challenging to keep their memory alive. By recording and sharing stories and memories of these loved ones, you can honor and remember them in a meaningful way that can be shared with future generations.

In conclusion, capturing and saving family stories and memories is an important way to preserve the rich history and heritage of our families. A service like Stories of a Lifetime can provide an effective and meaningful way to do this through video, allowing for easier sharing and accessibility, creating a sense of belonging and connection, and providing a way to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. If you are looking to capture and preserve your family's stories and memories, consider giving Stories of a Lifetime a try.



Friday, December 23, 2022

Fly On The Wall During The Holiday Festivities

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today three bloggers are bravely inviting you into their homes to see what goes on behind closed doors. 


That nosy fly has found me reflecting on past holidays quite a bit lately. I love the holidays, but there are always some bittersweet memories attached to the festivities. While I embrace the holiday spirit of decorating, shopping, tree trimming, gift wrapping, Christmas music, and baking, I'm also reminded of the Christmas' from my youth when our family gathered for the big day. Now, several of my family members are gone, and the memories they've left behind are tinged with sadness. 



When the church choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, I remember my father standing silently beside the pew in a show of appreciation. 

A fragrant, newly-decorated spruce tree reminds me of my mother carefully hanging her delicate glass ornaments on the rich, green boughs. 

Chocolate buckeye candy makes me think of my sister Cherie and the hours we spent rolling sugared peanut butter balls in the kitchen while Christmas music played in the background. 

Mom's frosted spice cookies were my brother Randy's favorite treat. Every Christmas after dinner, Randy and I snuck into the kitchen to pack a large bag of spice cookies for home before the others discovered what we were doing. 


Although they are gone now, I know my parents, sister and brother would want me to embrace my own family and create new holiday traditions to cherish for years to come. And that's exactly what we have done.

Here are some of my favorite photos with family and friends celebrating the holiday together:











From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA?? You can find my latest for AARP on yummy holiday side dishes HERE. I've also been writing regularly for TheMidlife.com. You can catch several of my articles over there (on midlife and menopause life)  HERE for HRT, HERE for aging gracefully, HERE  for pet therapy, and HERE for foods beneficial during menopause.

Buzz around like the fly and see what these other bloggers are up to!

Baking In A Tornado     https://www.BakingInATornado.com

                               

The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver     https://thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog






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