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5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit

 

Christmas is always a challenging time of year. We don’t always have the energy to be cheerful, or we just might not be in the mood for celebrating. However, as parents we can’t always afford to “take Christmas off”. Our children depend on us to provide them a merry Christmas and we need to find the ways to make it work.

The following tips will help get you going in the right direction with minimum effort. Feel free to use all, or some of them – whatever works for you this season.

 

1 – Play Christmas Tunes

There’s a never-ending playlist of Christmas songs, in a variety of genres. Find a playlist that you’ll enjoy listening to as your first step towards your well-earned cheerful Christmas spirit.

 

2 – Decorate Your Web for Christmas

Not many people realize this, but these days there are some cool free tools out there that let you change the way your Google or Facebook pages look (or any other site for that matter). A quick search in one of the leading tools – Stylish, revealed some fun Christmas themes such as a snow effect, or different Christmas backgrounds. It’s easy to install and use, and it’s completely free, with no ads.

snow on your website

 

3 – Watch a Christmas Movie

This is a fun activity that you can do with your kids, since most Christmas movies are child- friendly. Here’s a list of some great Christmas movies that Timeout created.

4 – Challenge Your Kids to Put Up a Christmas Show

This will keep your kids occupied and give you time to focus on your long Christmas ‘to-do’ list, while also getting you into the Christmas spirit with your kids running around the house and rehearsing scenes from their play.

Christmas show for kids

5 – Decorate your House for Christmas

This is probably the most important action to take in order to help you get into the right mood. There’s nothing like being surrounded with Christmas lights, looking at those huge decorated stockings, and of course the tree, which is a must have.

decorate your home for christmas

 

With these few little helpers, you’ll get into the Christmas spirit in no time and you and your kids will enjoy a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

My Journey

Understanding And Avoiding Running Injuries

 

Last few months my favorite hobby was running. And when you become a dedicated runner, injury starts to look like something a lot more serious than an inconvenience. A serious injury could lay waste to weeks, months, or even years of dedicated training time. Don’t get paranoid about taking a fall on icy ground, turning your ankle accidentally, or suffering a repetitive stress injury! Protect yourself – and your peace of mind – by learning more about common running injuries and how you can avoid them.

The Harvard Gazette says that in any given year, somewhere between 30 and 80 percent of the individuals who run regularly will experience an injury. A more precise number was generated by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Academy pegs the injury rate at almost 70 percent. Think about what these figures mean. Roughly three-quarters of all runners, or nearly seven out of 10 of them, will suffer an injury each year. If you’re a dedicated runner, your chances of getting injured sooner or later are quite high.

How To Avoid Running Injuries

The injuries that runners most often face are the ones caused by repetitive motions and stress, particularly the sort that affect the tendons and joints. Here’s a representative sampling.

* Runner’s Knee

Runners often experience pain near or under the kneecap. The sensations are most pronounced when walking downhill, descending stairs, or after lengthy sessions of sitting.

 

* Iliotibial Band Syndrome

This involves aches and pains affecting the outside of the knee. It’s most commonly experienced midway through a running session or towards its end.

 

* Achilles Tendonitis

This pain starts as an ache at the rear of the calf or just above the heel. The pain is more pronounced after running.

 

* Shin Splints

This is the term for generalized pain that’s felt on the front or inner side of the leg below the knee.

 

* Plantar Fasciitis

This form of foot pain is especially acute when the foot is pressed down to the ground flat when walking or running. Plantar fasciitis usually affects the fleshy portion of the sole of the foot close to the heel. Plantar Fasciitis Socks can help prevent this issue.

 

Running Injuries – The Causes

The causes of common running injuries fall into two broad categories: training volume and structural imbalances. Many injuries stem from multiple sources, and diagnosing their cause is not always easy. Sometimes running injuries appear in a cascade; a foot injury, for example, can cause knee, hip, or back problems if left untreated. It’s always best to talk to trained medical professionals about diagnosing and treating running injuries.

Structural imbalance causes injuries because it involves poor alignments between different parts of the body. It can also lead to injury if certain muscle groups are overstressed because they are compensating for a weak or underutilized muscle group. Some imbalances are caused by physical attributes of the body or posture, like legs which are different lengths or a running gait that involves overpronation of the foot. Running injuries become a virtual certainty with these sorts of problems if they are not found and properly treated.

The body’s ideal response to stress is to adapt to it and become stronger; virtually all forms of physical training make use of this principle. Pushing beyond your body’s limits is not a good idea, though. If your body doesn’t have time to recover properly after the stresses of training, it will become weaker instead of stronger. Sensible scheduling and slow workout progression are vital if you want to avoid injuries due to overuse.

 

5 Tips For Avoiding Running Injuries

 

Walking is still the best possible way to get ready for a running workout. If you’re just getting started with running – or returning to the practice after a long absence – start slowly and use a program of regular walks to begin conditioning your muscles. Many different forms of exercise (e.g. rowing, swimming, cycling, etc.) can help prepare your cardiovascular system for running, but walking is the best way to condition the muscles, tendons, and joints.

If you’re incorporating running into a weight loss regimen, bear in mind the limits of your body as it changes. The stress of running multiplies the total weight you’re subjecting your knees to by a factor of four. For example, if you currently weigh 180 pounds, you’re putting 720 pounds of force on your knee every time you bring it down while running.

Follow the instructions of a trained coach or assemble your own sensible plan for training. Easy days should outnumber challenging ones in your training schedule, especially when you’re starting out. Schedule plenty of rest time into your training cycles, and pay attention to any signals your body is sending you.

Make sure you’re using the right shoes. Pick out a pair that is both designed for your running style and comfortable. Replace your shoes once they grow uncomfortable. It’s a good idea to inquire about the return policy at any shoe store before you invest in a new pair of running shoes.

Work actively to prevent injuries. Warm up prior to running, taking at least 10 minutes to do so. Start with dynamic stretching and follow up your running sessions with static stretches. Apply treatment – icing, elevation, rest, etc. – to any potential injury when it feels painful. Accompany your running with some strength training in order to strengthen your core and prevent injuries due to muscular weakness.

My Journey

Can Technology Help You Manage Your Depression

“This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

Dealing with a depression can be really hard, for you and your family. Even if it’s not you who is depressed, but someone you care about, knowing they are hurting and you can’t seem to fix it can be the hardest thing. Depression can be very consuming – it draws your entire world into a dark fog until you can’t even see what is around you.

managing depression

I don’t tend to get too personal on my blog, so I don’t write much about depression and how my family deals with that, but I decided it’s time to bring some awareness to depression and maybe even help someone by sharing my opinion. When I heard about the new Moodivator app from Pfizer, I didn’t think it could help, but I have to admit that I was wrong. We need to accept that technology advances can help us with all kinds of medical problems, even the management of our depression. Monitoring your mental health on a daily basis can help you (and your support care) understand what is happening inside of you and how your mood is changing.

So what exactly is Moodivator?

moodivator application

It’s a free and easy-to-use tool designed in consultation with leading psychiatrists. It complements a patient’s treatment and provides ongoing motivation and encouragement. Check out their video to see for yourself.

I just started using the app, but already feel how setting goals has never been easier for me. Also, I love the idea of ‘routines’, but tend to forget about them after a while. With the Moodivator app it’s so easy to establish a new routine to help you in your daily life. Sometimes I feel like even some small tasks, that other people find normal, are too hard for me. I like how I can use this app to help accomplish those simple things and goals. I believe that after a while, those goals will be turned into helpful habits!

If you’re interested in this free app or you want to recommend it to someone, it’s available for download to iPhones from the Apple App Store.

I am just asking all of you not to close your eyes to this problem. Millions of people in the United States suffer from depression. It can be overwhelming to deal with that alone. Technology is advancing every single day, why not take all the help we can get?

 

“The Moodivator app is not a treatment for depression and does not take the place of your doctor’s care or advice. This app also includes information about a prescription treatment option for depression.”

 

 

 

My Journey

Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week Five

I found this cool idea about ‘link love’ on several websites I like to read on daily basis. People are sharing their favorite things they found online that week. I love that! I found so many cool blogs and interesting websites by reading other bloggers’ ‘link love’.

I decided to also do something similar. I will share all the cool things I stumbled upon recently. Hope you will like my picks and find something cool for you.

link love my favorite things

Link Love – My Favorite Things

1. Miss Malie JewelryHandmade jewelry, with a touch of pixy dust

handmade jewelry on etsy

Don’t you agree that jewelry is an amazing gift for Christmas? I found this beautiful handmade jewelry on Etsy – and I was so amazed! The shop owner is lovely Marie-Lise from Belgium and she sells earrings, ear studs, rings and pendants. Every pair is unique, so you can be sure that no one will have the same earrings like you do! They are hand painted and perfect for every occasion, even for some classy gatherings or work holiday parties you have to go to this year! And if you don’t know what to gift this Christmas to your female friends or coworkers – definitely check out Marie-Lise’s Etsy shop!

2. BookCoach101 – Gifts For Authors & Tutorials That Sell More Books

how to turn your blog into a book

I’ve been thinking about writing an e-book for such a long time, but for some reason I never found a true inspiration to start. So when I found this cool Etsy store, I was really happy. So many tutorials for a cheap price, that can help me move in a right way when it comes to my e-book. Writers and authors (and wannabe writers like me) can create and sell more books with these easy to follow digital tutorials, such as ‘7 Simple Steps For Turning Your Blog Into a Book’ or ‘The Book Coach 101 Definitive Guide To Choosing The Right Publishin Option For Your Book’. So, if you are planning to expand your writing career beyond your blog, this is definitely an Etsy store you should visit!

3. Political Suicide! — The Card Game

My husband loves card games and board games, so when I was looking on Etsy for a perfect gift for him for our anniversary in September, I was delighted to find this one. It’s fun and unique. Play as Bush, Nixon, Trump or Clinton in the card game where everyone’s been a bad boy. Race to cover up your own crimes, while forcing the opposition to reveal theirs.

card games for fathers

4. Manofatto Etsy Shop

Manufatto etsy

So, now when you know where to find great and unique gifts for your husband, it’s time to pick something perfect for you. You deserved it, trust me. These are British designed Italian full grain leather accessories – amazing, isn’t it? I can’t even pick my favorite bag – the colors are so beautiful. These beautiful bags can be used in both ways, cross body or a hand clutch. Which one is your favorite? Manofatto uses a high grade, full-grain beautiful Italian leather. As a natural product it may feature some fine markings, but these don’t detract from the design, they add to its unique beauty. So lovely!

5. Quinns Homemade Crafts

I know it seems like I am obsessed with Etsy shop, but I can’t help it. I love having unique and homemade things in my home. This great shop offers hand painted reclaimed wood signs and homemade candles. Prices are very reasonable and I am sure everyone will find something they like. My favorite is definitely Family sign – I know it will look great in my hallway. It can also be a great house warming or a holiday gift. Check out the shop and let me know what do you like the most.

unique signs on etsy

 

6. Styled Stock Photography by TiffanyMcClureCO

styled stocked photography on etsy

To be honest, I didn’t even know I can find great stock photography on Etsy. And you can!! This shop is perfect for bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, anyone who edits often such as photographers and videographers and anyone looking to add some style to their social media! Tiffany just started her shop and already has some amazing photos. Check her out if you’re looking for great photos for your blog!

7. 100 Things To Do To Change Your Life In 30 Days

Everyone agrees: if you do something every day and at the same time each day – in just two weeks it will become your new habit. I always try to find new things to improve my life, so when I found this great list with 100 things, I had to share it with you! Don’t wait, start today!

8. Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Do you read Brain Pickings? It’s my favorite website – it always has great and insightful articles. This one talks about books and I believe every parent should read this.

One of the quotes I liked:

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children’s books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading. I’ve seen it happen over and over; Enid Blyton was declared a bad author, so was R. L. Stine, so were dozens of others. Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy.

9. The Best Fondation For Sensitive Skin

A few years ago, my beauty routine included just washing my face, so I was quite clueless about beauty tips and tricks. That is when I started following beauty blogs and learn so much! Kaylee Beauty is one of the best – I love the piece about best fondation for sensitive skin because it is so detailed. After reading this article, you just can’t get it wrong!

Share with me cool things you wrote this week!

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5 Free Parenting Worksheets That Will Make Your Life Easier

 

Parenting is the toughest job in the world and we all need some help from time to time. I will be the first one to admit that I often rely on other parenting bloggers out here to help me with their tips and ideas. That is why I am obsessed with parenting worksheets and printables. They are so useful and interesting. There are bunch of them on Pinterest, but I will share my favorites one with you!

Have in mind that all these are just ideas and guidelines.  You just have to do what is best for you and your family, but these parenting worksheets are made to make your life at least a little bit easier. Use them wisely!

5 Free Parenting Worksheets That Will Make Your Life Easier

1. Free Printable Chore Ideas By Age

Appropriate Chore Ideas For Kids

This parenting worksheet is really useful. I have to say, I didn’t give much chores to my daughter because I thought she is still too little do fold towels or something like that. But, now she has chores to add to her daily routine – and I can’t say how important it is for kids to have chores.

Source: Mommy Moment

2. 100+ Easy Ways to Bond With Your Kids

100+ Ideas For Family Bonding - Parenting Worksheet

There are bunch of ideas here, just find the ones that work best for you.

Source: Sammy Approves

3. Guidelines For Practical Life Skills

Practical Life Skills For Kids

It’s important to teach our kids practical skills and important life skill values before they leave our nest.

Source: Thirty Handmade Days

4. Holiday Screen Time Rules

Screen Time Rules For Holidays

Simple, but one of my favorite parenting worksheets.

Source: Natural Beach Living

5. 50 Fun Things You Can Do With Your Kid This Weekend

Fun Activities For Toddlers

If you have some cool parenting worksheet you have created, feel free to leave us a link in the comments section, so we can add it to the list.

What parenting worksheet would you like to see?