>U Mom Knows Best: August 2022

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

8 Must-Have Supplements For Active Ladies

 "Fitness is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom."

 ~ Jack LaLanne


 The nutritional needs of an active person vs a person who is sedentary are so much different. While the biggest difference is calorie intake, your active body may require supplements that are made for active ladies. I am talking about supplements that can keep your body performing at its best and supplements that will help your body recover from fitness. Fitness helps our body feel good and taking these supplements may help your body to continue to be active.

Keep reading to discover 8 Must-Have Supplements For Active Ladies

 I recently attended the biggest fitness conference in Las Vegas and the theme for this year was Inspiration. The theme word fit the fitness event perfectly for what I learned at the event. I was super excited to be able to attend an event with other folks who have a passion for fitness and health. IDEA World conference is a fitness and wellness event that features comprehensive education with fitness classes. It is the place to learn all about fitness and wellness. 

 What I love most about the Idea World conference is the chance to engage in fitness classes that are taught by the fitness pros. I also love the huge expo for a chance to see the latest in fitness equipment and health supplements. The first day of the event featured the opening ceremonies with the presentation of the IDEA Jack LaLanne Award Presented by Elaine LaLanne. For those that have never heard about Jack LaLanne, he was an American fitness and nutrition guru that inspired so much of fitness as we know it today. You can thank Jack LaLanne for gyms, many health programs, and even the jumping jack - named after him.

 Attending this awesome event inspired my fitness routine and also gave me new insight into my health routines. Jack LaLanne lived to be 96 and was still exercising! His wife Elaine attended the conference and is in great shape. She is a huge inspiration for me as she is still active at 96!

My Must-Have Supplements

 The fitness event inspired me to keep being active every day and to continue to follow a healthy diet along with my many supplements. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are many and it helps me continue to look and feel awesome at 57! 

 My passion for fitness and health started six years ago when I was unable to do one push-up at a health conference. It was then that I realized that I had to take charge of my health. Through years of learning, I have discovered the must-have supplements that I take every day. These are the supplements that I consider beneficial to my wellness.

While we don't always notice the benefits of taking supplements, it is when we stop taking them we notice something is not right with our body.

1. Women’s Multivitamin

 My supplement regimen always includes a multivitamin that is made for women. A multivitamin is necessary for health for the simple fact that we can't reach our nutritional goals with food alone. The food that we eat today is grown in soil that may be depleted of nutrients due to current farming techniques. Then consider the time that the food is harvested and the time it takes to get to the grocery store, thus losing nutrients. 


Other reasons a multivitamin is important to take include ~ Poor diet ~ Nutrient Absorption Declines with Age ~ Chronic Health Conditions ~ Harmful Chemicals ~ Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

The above are just a few reasons why you should include a multivitamin in your daily routine. Then if you are a female you should look for a multivitamin that is made for women. Women have different nutritional needs than men. A multivitamin that I have been using is VivaNaturals Organic Women's Multivitamin with Probiotics. I love that this multivitamin is specially formulated for women’s unique needs and is an all-in-one supplement that supports so many functions.

 Viva Naturals Organic Women’s Multivitamin is an all-in-one supplement designed to support energy production, immune health, skin health, bone health, and radiant hair and nails.* Each serving is packed with 21 essential vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E, plus iron, calcium, folate, and zinc, as well as a women’s support blend that includes pre and probiotics to help support balanced digestion.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


~ Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Certified Organic and Third Party Tested

 There are so many vitamins and minerals packed into this multivitamin that the serving size is three tablets! In fact 13 of the nutrients are 100% of the daily recommended values. It is a good thing that the tablets are easy to swallow. I like that this multivitamin has added benefits that support my immune health and my digestion. 

Save 10% off supplements with the code MOMKNOWSBEST

2. Protein Powder

Our active bodies require more protein. Protein helps our muscles recover from our workout and it helps our muscles get stronger. As a runner who followed a mostly plant-based diet, I did not realize that my body needed more protein until I added a protein shake to my diet. After several weeks of consuming a protein shake for breakfast, I noticed that my body started to tone up. Based on my size and activity level, I need 59 -106 grams of protein a day, according to the protein calculator.

My morning always starts with a protein smoothie. I love smoothies for so many reasons. From the easiest way to get protein into my body to being able to toss in many superfood supplements, smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast for me. My morning smoothie always starts with a plant-based protein powder and frozen fruit. Then I add green tea matcha, flax seeds, collagen, and either a green or red powder.  So my smoothie contains at least 30 grams of protein and plenty of superfoods. Protein powder is the easiest way to add more protein to your diet

3. Turmeric

 Turmeric is great for inflammation and pain. Exercise can cause inflammation and pain to our body, especially when we first start a fitness program or change our exercise routine. While you can get turmeric through cooking by adding turmeric powder to your food- check out this Turmeric Cinnamon Roasted Cauliflower recipe! A turmeric supplement provides more benefits to the body. 

  Many years ago I had my first running injury. I injured my ankle from running up too many hills. This painful injury left my ankle swollen. My injury was slow to heal and I had to stop running. Through online research, I discovered that turmeric was good for inflammation and pain. After a week of taking a turmeric supplement, the pain and swelling started to decrease. More research on turmeric helped me realize that it was a supplement that could help the inflammation of my lungs from asthma and allergies.  

4. Omega-3 Fish Oil

 Fish oil is a dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids for many functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. Fish oil has benefits for the heart, brain, and healthy cholesterol levels.


 I take Omega-3 Fish Oil for the benefit of health and joint health. Getting older means that my joints need help with lubrication. I want my joints to be healthy so I can keep running. Healthy joints also help older folks walk without pain. Omega-3 also supports heart and brain health.

5. Prebiotic Fiber 

 A prebiotic fiber supplement benefits the body in so many ways. From gut health to regularity to overall balance and nutrition, a fiber supplement can also help with immunity. Taking a daily fiber supplement can also help weight loss as it can help the body feel fuller after eating so you will eat less. 

 I like to keep regular in the bathroom department and not have stomach issues like constipation. So taking a daily fiber supplement helps. When I learned that the health of my body starts with a healthy gut, I started taking a prebiotic fiber and probiotic supplement. That way I get the benefits of regularity and the benefits of a healthy gut with an easy-to-mix tasteless supplement. Some days, I mix my fiber supplement into my smoothie and other days into a bowl of oatmeal. To give my boys the benefits of a fiber supplement, I make these delicious high-fiber bars for their breakfast or snacks.

6. Chia Seeds

 Chia seeds are very high in fiber and provide good amounts of protein. They're also rich in fat and one of the best plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3. 


 Chia seeds gives nutritional benefits like fiber, protein, and omega-3. So I always include a couple of tablespoons in my morning smoothies. I also like using chia seeds as a vegan egg substitute in my baking recipes. Chia seeds are also great to add to oatmeal and cookies for added nutrition.

7. Collagen

Collagen is the main component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. As we age our body produces less collagen so supplementation will help with skin, hair, nails, and joint health.

 I started taking collagen many years ago when my ankle injury was not healing. After learning that my older body was not producing enough collagen for healthy joints and cartilage, a collagen supplement helped my ankle heal. I also like the skin, hair, and nail benefits that I get from collagen. I mostly add collagen to my daily smoothies but will also add this tasteless powder to my coffee. 

8. Matcha Green Tea Powder

Matcha green tea powder is made from green tea leaves. A single serving is equal to 10 cups of green tea! Matcha is a healthy superfood that is rich in antioxidants and is a great source of natural energy and mental clarity. Matcha benefits may include skin health and increased metabolism.

 I love green tea matcha for the metabolic and skin benefits. I also love green tea powder as it helps me think better. This green tea powder has the benefits of ten cups of green tea! I add a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha to my daily smoothie, now you can see why smoothies are so awesome! You can also make a delicious green tea latte with matcha powder.

So these are the eight supplements that I take on a daily basis for health. Along with a healthy diet and fitness, these supplements help me be able to stay active as I age. I love running and lifting weights, so I find these supplements to be essential for my active lifestyle.

Viva Naturals makes wellness possible

 Back to that women's multivitamin that I just discovered. I like that it is formulated for us ladies. Our bodies have different needs from guys, so it is good that the multi has iron in it. Women need more iron than men as we lose blood every month from our monthly cycle. While I no longer have a period, due to age, my body requires more iron since I don't eat meat. I also like that there is calcium in this multivitamin since I have a dairy allergy. The fact that this vitamin is packed with 21 essential vitamins and minerals is a huge plus. That way I don't have to take single vitamin and mineral supplements.

 I buy many of my supplements from Vivanaturals as they have a great selection of wellness products for the best prices. I like that the supplements from Viva Naturals are organic and contain no artificial dyes. Viva Naturals sells more than supplements. They also have organic foods and beauty products. I love their organic coconut oil for baking and their huge bottle of MTC Oil for my Dairy Free Iced Bulletproof Coffee Latte. They even have flax seeds and chia seeds. 

So head to VivaNaturals to check out their new organic Women's Multivitamin with Probiotics and other organic supplements.  Save 10% off supplements with the code MOMKNOWSBEST

I ran this race a couple of months ago and finish in 2nd place for my age group!





Guide to Finding the Right Side Hustles for You

 Finding the right side hustle can be a challenge. Learn about a variety of side hustles and how to pick the best one for you.


 In today's ever-changing economy, it's more important than ever to have a side hustle. Whether you're looking to make a little extra money to help with bills or you want to start saving for a rainy day fund, a side hustle can be a great way to achieve your financial goals.

 Not only can a side hustle provide extra income, but it can also help you gain new skills, and give you a sense of accomplishment. A side hustle can also be a great way to meet new people and network. 

 Finding the right side hustle for you can feel like a daunting task. There are so many options and it's hard to know where to start. But don't worry, we're here to help.

UX Writing

 As a UX writer, you have the opportunity to use your skills to improve the user experience for websites and apps. However, there are pros and cons to consider before taking on this type of work as a side hustle.

 One of the pros of UX writing is that it can be a very flexible gig. You can often work remotely, which gives you the freedom to set your own hours. Additionally, many companies are happy to hire freelance UX writers so that you can pick and choose your projects.

 However, one of the cons of UX writing is that it can be a bit of a learning curve. There is a lot of technical jargon involved in this type of work, so it’s essential that you take the time to learn about the industry before taking on any assignments.

Voice-Overs

 There are many advantages to doing voice-overs as a side hustle. On the plus side, you can make a great supplemental income by doing voice-overs for commercials, movies, video games, and other projects. You can also work from home and set your own hours.

 However, there are some downsides to consider as well. Voice-over work can be very competitive, and you may not always get the roles you want. The pay can also vary greatly depending on the project. Overall, though, doing voice-overs can be a great way to make some extra money on the side.

Social Media Management

There are many advantages that come with being a social media manager. One of the biggest advantages is that you can set your own hours and work from home. This flexibility is appealing to many people, especially those who have full-time jobs or other commitments outside of work. Additionally, social media management can be a very lucrative side hustle.

 On the other hand, there are a few potential drawbacks to take into consideration before becoming a social media manager. First, it can be time-consuming to manage social media accounts for multiple clients and keep up with the latest trends. This can make it difficult to maintain a work/life balance. Additionally, some clients may be demanding or challenging to work with. And since social media is constantly changing, managers need to be able to adapt and change their strategies on the fly, which can be stressful.

 However, you get to control the content that is shared on social media platforms, which can be very rewarding. You will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries, which can keep things interesting. Overall, the benefits far outweigh the potential cons of getting into social media management.

Taking Paid Surveys

 There are many ways to make some extra money on the side, but not all of them are equal in terms of earnings potential. Taking paid surveys is one option that can be quite lucrative if you know where to find the right surveys and how to maximize your earnings.

 There are a few things to keep in mind if you want to make the most money possible from taking paid surveys. First, sign up for as many surveys and reward sites as you can. This will give you more opportunities to take surveys and earn money.

 Second, be sure to complete all of the profile information for each site you join. This will help the companies match you with surveys that you're more likely to qualify for and complete. Finally, don't forget to check out each site's privacy policy before sharing any personal information.

 Reward sites like ZoomBucks offer you the chance to earn free PayPal money. You may even get free Xbox gift cards and other exciting rewards.

 There are a few cons to taking paid surveys that are worth mentioning. First, you may not qualify for every survey. Survey companies usually have certain criteria that respondents must meet in order to be eligible for a particular study. This can be frustrating if you're trying to earn money by taking surveys and you're constantly getting screened out.

 Second, even if you do qualify for a survey, the pay is usually not very high. Most surveys will only pay a few dollars at most, so you'll need to take quite a few in order to make any decent money. This can be time-consuming and tedious.

The Bottom Line

 A successful side hustle requires careful planning and execution. You need to be passionate about what you're doing and be willing to put in the extra hours. Remember to start small, build a strong support network, and stay organized and focused. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals and create a thriving side business. And finally, don't forget to have fun!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

5 Creative Labor Day Party Ideas

Looking for some inspiration for your Labor Day event? Check out these creative party ideas for the best get-together with friends.


 Labor Day may mean that summer is coming to end but that does not mean the summer fun has to end. For most people, Labor Day means a three-day weekend. So it is the perfect occasion to have one last backyard celebration with friends and family. So use this national holiday to clean up the yard and to have that last celebration of the summer.

 If a backyard cookout is not your thing or you just want to try something different. I have some Labor Day party ideas for you to try. So pick a day and time for your last celebration. Then alert all your friends and family that the fun will be happening at your house.

1. Cheese and Wine Tasting Party

What better way to end summer than with a cheese and wine-tasting party. Who doesn't like cheese and wine? Grab your fancy wine glasses and have your guests bring a bottle of their favorite wine selection. Then grab a platter and make a Charcuterie Board with a selection of fancy cheese, fruit, crackers, and the best sourdough bread.


 Confused about selecting the best chees varieties for your cheese and wine paring? Let IGOURMET help you with your party planning. IGOURMET has an exquisite Cheese Tasting Gift Box that has a diverse style of traditional and modern cheese varieties. This impressive assortment will have your friends thinking that you are a cheese-tasting expert. This collection brings together eight incredible kinds of cheese ~  Manchego Reserve; Cranberry Chevre with Cinnamon; Grana Padano Aged 18 Months; Gruyere; Atalanta Creamy Blue; Coastal English Cheddar; Camembert; and Montasi. The best part is the gourmet cheese box comes with 2-day express shipping. The cheese is fresh cheese that you store in the fridge.


 On the day of the party, open up the cheese selections from IGOURMET and place it on your favorite platter along with a variety of crackers, fresh fruit, and slices of fresh baked sourdough. Right now my favorite WildGrain bread box is $30 off until August 31 with code MOMKNOWSBEST30. After 8/31/2022 use code SOURDOUGH10 to save 10

2. Build Your Own Ramen Bar Party

 Ramen bowls are all the rage right now and everyone seems to be enjoying bowls of ramen noodles in hot broth. A make-your-own ramen party does not require much attention. Just make your favorite chicken or beef broth in a pressure cooker or a slower cooker. The best part is you can serve the broth from your cooker.

Then boil up some ramen noodles and chop up your favorite ramen toppings like shrimp, carrots, mushrooms, seaweed, green onions, and tofu. Place the ramen toppings in fancy bowls and place on the serving table. Pass out ramen bowls and chopsticks. Then invite everyone to build their own bowls of delicious ramen noodles with broth and their favorite toppings.


 I like using these Ceramic Japanese Ramen Bowls for my homemade ramen bowls. These bowls are huge, so there is plenty of room for the noodles and broth. The ramen bowl set reminds me of the bowls that I have used at popular ramen noodle places. Each ramen bowl set includes a large soup bowl, one pair of wooden chopsticks, a matching chopsticks rest, and a spoon.


 You can make your ramen bowl party even easier with instant ramen from Chef Woo Ramen. These plant-based instant ramens are inspired by Asian traditions. Made without any added MSG and so easy to make. Just add boiling water to the noodle bowls and in minutes, you have ramen with a delicious broth. The instant ramen is available in many different flavors of broth, so your guests can choose their favorite ramen broth.

3. Throw a Classic Backyard Cookout

 End the summer with a traditional grill menu of hot dogs and hamburgers. Serve the barbecue food with an assortment of salads or better yet, have your friends bring their favorite side dish or dessert. Make sure to have all the fixings for the burgers and hot dogs. Some ideas are ketchup, mustard, cheese, lettuce, and onion. 

This type of party is perfect for eating outside on the patio. Serve the food on paper plates for easy cleanup. Make sure to have a cooler stocked with plenty of cold drinks and have plenty of shade for your guests. Check out my favorite place for outdoor furniture and garden decor. Save $20 off a purchase of $100 or more with code LOYALSD at Sunnydaze Decor.

4. Dessert and Pool Party

 If the weather is still warm enough for swimming. Throw a pool party with dessert. Labor Day is the perfect time to get that last fun in the pool. Have your guests bring their favorite dessert to share or create a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar.


 Set the table with bowls, spoons, and lots of delicious ice cream toppings. Some suggestions for toppings for the ice cream are sliced strawberries, bananas, chocolate sauce, chopped nuts, sprinkles, and whip cream. Then stash several flavors of ice cream in coolers with ice. Your friends will love making their ice cream sundae. For even more dessert fun, bring out the snow cone maker and let the kids make their own snow cones. Make sure to prepare the frozen ice chunks before the party. Have an assortment of snow cone syrups, snow cone holders, and those fancy snow cone straws. The best place for all your snow cone ingredients, including the snow cone makers is Hawaiian Shaved Ice, use code SHAVEDICE10 to save $10 off your order.

5. Late Night Smores and Coffee 

 Summer celebrations are not complete without roasting marshmallows over an open fire. So make a fire in the fire pit for a nighttime celebration of dessert and coffee. Gather all the needed supplies to make smores, like graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and long wooden sticks. 

 Dessert is not complete without coffee. So make sure to serve coffee with the smores. While you could just have a carafe of hot coffee available, make the party more fun and let your guests make their own cups of cappuccinos with a single-serve espresso machine. 1st in Coffee has a huge selection of espresso machines with prices to fit any budget. 1st in Coffee has everything that you need, including coffee, to make that perfect cup of coffee. This is the place for coffee lovers to shop for all their coffee supplies.

Those are just a few of my favorite ideas for celebrating Labor Day. I am sure you can think of other party celebration ideas. An outdoor party does not have to be complicated to have a good time. So let everyone know that the Labor Day party will be at your house and have fun creating. 



Monday, August 29, 2022

How To Make Afghani Rice With Selefina Spices

 A simple traditional Afghan dish that is made with elongated grains of white basmati rice. This rice dish gets its delicious taste from several different spices.

I received samples of spices from Selefina to facilitate this recipe.

 Afghani rice also known as Afghani Chalaw is a traditional Afghan dish usually served as a side dish with different kinds of vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries. This flavorful rice is typically served with most meals. While this rice can take several hours to make, it is simple to make, once you learn. Most of the time spent making this Afghanistan rice dish is in the soaking time of the rice. 

 I have a wonderful friend who loves cooking. The best part of her cooking talent is she always shares food with my family. My husband loves it when my neighbor across the street has leftovers and brings them to us. My friend is from Afghanistan and has a unique cooking style that includes lamb, chicken, and the best rice dish that my family has ever tasted. When my friend brings over leftovers of Afghani Chalaw, my family eats it up quickly and then talks about the Afghan rice for days.

 When I visit my friend to return her dish, I always compliment her on making the best rice. My friend then asks if I would like more and quickly returns with more basmati rice for me to take home. Since this is traditional Afghan rice, she always has a pot of rice cooking on her stove. This is a rice dish from Afghanistan that is served with most meals. At Afghanistan celebrations, there is always a huge platter with the traditional basmati rice and roasted meat like lamb.

How to make Afghani Chalaw ~ Afghani Rice

 A couple weeks ago my friend surprised me with a big bag of long-grain basmati rice, that she purchased from the local Afghanistan grocery store. My friend then shared with me her method of making Afghani rice. While she was sharing the how-tos of the afghani rice recipe, she decided that it would be best to show me how to make the rice and asked me if I had time for her to come over later that day, so she could show me the step-by-step of how to cook Afghani Rice.

What is Basmati Rice?

 Basmati is aromatic long-grain rice and is grown in India, Pakistan, and Nepal. The name Basmati originally comes from Sanskrit “Vasmati” meaning “fragrant". 


How to make Basmati Rice for Afghani Rice

+ Rinse the rice well ~ The secret to making this delicious rice dish is rinsing and soaking the basmati rice. The rice needs to be rinsed several times to clean away the starches of the rice. So keep rinsing the rice until the water is not cloudy.

+ Soak the rice ~ The basmati rice needs to soak in water for several hours. This is the key to making the rice tender and fluffy. Most people soak the rice overnight or first thing in the morning, so it is ready to cook for lunch.

+ Add the rice to boiling water for a few minutes. ~ This helps to soften the rice and make it long. 

+ Drain water and return the rice to the cooking pot ~ Then add water, spices, and oil. Start the cooking of the rice.


Spices needed for Afghani Rice

+ Whole Green Cardamom Pods

Cumin Seeds

+ Fresh Black Pepper

+ Sea Salt

 This rice dish gets its fragrant flavor from a couple of spices. The spices are black pepper, sea salt, green cardamon pods, and cumin seeds. While most people have salt and pepper in their spice cabinet, few people have Whole Green Cardamom Pods and Cumin Seeds. Since these are not traditional spices that are used in American recipes, you will have to purchase these spices from a specialty store.


Selefina is the best place to purchase small samples of spices

If you are looking for an online specialty store to buy unique spices, Selefina is the best spice store. Selefina not only has unique spices that you can't find in grocery stores, but they also have 'try me' samples of their spices and seasonings. So you can try a new spice or a small amount for a recipe without having to spend a fortune on a whole bottle of spices. 

Select spices one at a time as singles, or select them in 6-PACKS. Have a spice adventure without the cost or cabinet commitment of an entire jar. Buy one—or buy handfuls—of these sealed portion-sized pouches and open them as needed for maximum freshness and flavor.

Affordable spice samples encourage culinary exploration ~ Experimenting with novel flavors and new spices can be overwhelming, not to mention expensive. Selefina makes this easy and affordable by providing home cooks with inexpensive samples of its many herbs and spices. 

+ Selefina's wide range of herbs and spices are available in single-use packets for only 75¢ each.  

+ Selefina sources products directly from origin, where it works with local farmers and cooperatives to harvest spices at the peak of freshness.

+ Get FIVE MORE 'try me' samples when you purchase any jars or refill pouches

+ Discover more Plus recipes at Selefina  


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 So now that you know how to make Afghani rice, you need to make it. Once you try it, you will love the unique flavor of the rice dish and understand why it is a family favorite. I used up that big 10-pound bag of basmati rice that my friend gave me. So I will need to head to the Afghan market to buy more. If you don't have access to an Afgan market, you can buy basmati rice on Amazon. This link shows the exact bag that my friend gave me. I love learning about other food from other cultures. Next up will be learning how to make Nann bread.




Sunday, August 28, 2022

Top Ways To Encourage Your Boys To Do Better In School

 


Boys often face unique challenges in school that can make it difficult for them to succeed. However, there are some things that parents can do to help their boys overcome these obstacles and do better in school. It's important to encourage your son to stay positive and motivated, and to provide him with the resources he needs to succeed. Here are some of the top ways to encourage your boys to do better in school.

1. Help Them Study

 One of the best ways to encourage your boys to do better in school is to help them study. Make sure they have a quiet place to work and offer to help them with their homework if they need it. You can also encourage them to use flashcards or other tools to help them memorize information. For example, you can find the details of the QE Boys 11 plus exam and help your son study for it. Additionally, try to limit distractions when they are studying, so they can focus on their work. It's also a good idea to praise them when they do well on tests or assignments. If they see that you are proud of their accomplishments, they will be more likely to work hard and do their best.


2. Encourage Them to Be Organized

 Another way to help your boys do better in school is to encourage them to be organized. This means helping them keep track of their assignments and due dates. It can also be helpful to create a study schedule, so they know when they need to work on certain tasks. Additionally, teaching them how to budget their time can be helpful. They should also have a place for everything, so they know where to find it when they need it. If they are having trouble staying organized, you can offer to help them. It's also a good idea to model good organizational skills for them.


3. Encourage Them to Participate in Class

 It's also important to encourage your boys to participate in class. This means asking questions, participating in discussions, and volunteering for assignments. Additionally, they should raise their hand when they know the answer to a question. When boys participate in class, they are more likely to pay attention and learn the material. Additionally, their participation can help them build confidence. This is especially important for boys who are shy or have trouble speaking up. If your son is having trouble participating in class, you can talk to his teacher about ways to help him.


4. Help Them Set Goals

 Another way to encourage your boys to do better in school is to help them set goals. This means working with them to create short-term and long-term goals. For example, a short-term goal might be to get a good grade on their next math test. A long-term goal might be to get into a good college. Helping your son set goals will give him something to work towards, and it will also help him stay motivated. Additionally, it's important to praise him when he reaches his goals. If he doesn't reach a goal, help him come up with a plan to try again.

5. Encourage Them to Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

 In addition to doing well in school, it's also important for boys to get involved in extracurricular activities. This can help them make friends, learn new skills, and stay active. There are a variety of extracurricular activities that boys can get involved in, such as sports teams, clubs, and scouting groups. Encouraging your son to get involved in extracurricular activities will help him develop socially and emotionally. Additionally, it can give him a break from schoolwork and allow him to explore his interests.


6. Talk to Them About Their Progress

 It's important to talk to your boys about their progress in school. This means regularly asking them how they are doing and what they are working on. Additionally, you should praise them when they do well and offer encouragement when they struggle. It's also important to have realistic expectations for their performance. For example, if your son is struggling with math, don't expect him to get an A on his next test. However, you can encourage him to keep trying and tell him that you know he can improve. This will help him feel supported and motivated.


7. Seek Help When Needed

 If your son is having trouble in school, don't hesitate to seek help. This can mean talking to his teacher, getting a tutor, or meeting with the school counselor. Additionally, there are a variety of resources available for parents of struggling students. These resources can provide you with information and advice on how to help your son succeed in school. If you're not sure where to start, you can talk to your child's doctor or another trusted adult for guidance. Also, don't forget to reach out to friends and family for support.

8. Help Them Develop a Growth Mindset

 One of the best ways to encourage your boys to do better in school is to help them develop a growth mindset. This means teaching them that intelligence is not fixed and that they can improve with effort. Additionally, it's important to praise their effort and progress, rather than their intelligence. Helping your son develop a growth mindset will encourage him to keep trying, even when things are tough. Additionally, it will help him see mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. If you're not sure how to help your son develop a growth mindset, there are a variety of resources available online.



 There are a variety of ways to encourage your boys to do better in school. These include helping them set goals, getting involved in extracurricular activities, and seeking help when needed. Additionally, it's important to talk to your son about his progress and praise him when he does well. Finally, helping your son develop a growth mindset is one of the best ways to encourage him to succeed in school. By using these tips, you can help your son reach his full potential and succeed in school.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

An Unlikely AngeI Is A Must See Movie For The Whole Family ~Giveaway

 Looking for the best place to stream movies and shows that are perfect for the whole family? Pure Flix is your Home for Wholesome Faith & Family Streaming.  

Pure Family ~ Pure Fun ~ Pure Faith.

Many thanks to Pure Flixfor providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

 Becoming a first-time mom can be a scary event for most ladies. For some, they think that their world is falling apart when they found out that they are pregnant. Pure Flix is releasing a new movie and it is perfect for the whole family. I had an opportunity to watch the movie An Unlikely Angel and I am excited to tell you about this family-friendly movie that is exclusively on Pure Flix.

 I remember many years ago, right before my daughter was born, and how scared I was about becoming a new mom. I also remember praying to God and asking for my unborn child to be a girl. For some reason, I thought that raising a girl would be easier than a boy. God answered my prayer and gave me my daughter.


The thought of becoming a first-time mom & a prayer

The movie ~ An Unlikely Angel features Janie who is a workaholic who was very overwhelmed at the thought of becoming a first-time mom. Janie was so overwhelmed, so much that she says a prayer for help before she delivers her baby.  Janie's baby is born and her prayer is answered in an unlikely way. 

Janie is an in-control businesswoman falling apart at the thought of becoming a mom. Will a chance meeting with an angel be an answer to prayer? “An Unlikely Angel” is for parents who are trying to do it all and need to know they aren’t alone on the journey.



An Unlikely Angel releases exclusively on Pure Flix ~  Watch it on August 26th!

About An Unlikely Angel:

 The movie is about Janie, a workaholic who is falling apart at the thought of becoming a first-time mom. She whispers a small prayer for help and it’s answered in a very unlikely way when an angel intervenes and fast forwards her life. Janie is lucky enough to be given a second chance, but will she change before it’s too late? Can Janie learn to trust God and find purpose and meaning in her new role?

Featuring: Jillian Murray, Robert Amaya, Aaron Mees, Sam J. Hones, Brittany Goodwin, and Delyla de Castro

An Unlikely Angel releases exclusively on Pure Flix on August 26th!

 An Unlikely Angel was a movie that I enjoyed watching. I love movies that feature babies and from the start of the movie, I thought that the movie would be filled with moments of a mom and her cute baby.  Then the movie took an unexpected turn and I learned that when God gives you a second chance, you say thank you and take it. This was a feel-good movie that I did not want it to end. I was glad that I watched An Unlikely Angel and I highly recommend that you check it out on Pure Flix. I love selecting movies and shows on Pure Flix. It is the place to stream movies that align with my faith and values.

Check out this Pure Flix Article for more information about An Unlikely Angels

Pure Flix is the best place to stream feel-good, faith, and family entertainment that aligns with your values. Start your Pure Flix free trial now!

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Be sure to check out the trailer for An Unlikely Angel today.

About Pure Flix

Pure Flix is your home for faith and family-friendly exclusive movies and shows where you can confidently stream with the entire family. With new high-quality original entertainment every week, you can strengthen your faith and family with Pure Flix – a streaming service that inspires, uplifts, and entertains.

You’ll get access to the largest variety of wholesome movies, series, and kids' content at one low price. Experience the difference that positive, encouraging entertainment can have in your home.

Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, alongside AFFIRM Films.

Discover more at www.pureflix.com 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Amazing Tips For Weight Loss You Should Try That Will Actually Work

 Most of the time, your weight reduction journey can be discouraging because practically everything you try appears to be ineffective. There will be unsolicited advice from friends and well-wishers on what you should and should not consume, and this advice will often lead to you doing so many things incorrectly. 

To lose weight, you simply need to do the right things at the appropriate time, and the results will follow. It's also worth noting that a good weight loss journey is slow and steady, so you must be patient and consistent to see results. This article contains effective weight loss suggestions that will guide you to getting the best results.


1. Say No to Excessive Refined Carbs
If you want to lose weight quickly, limit your intake of starchy or sugary foods. When these foods are digested, they are absorbed in the body as glucose, a type of sugar, but an excess of this glucose is turned into fat by your body, thereby increasing your body's fat level. You should reduce your intake of refined carbs and increase your intake of whole grains. When you adopt this eating pattern, you will feel less hungry, and your calorie consumption will decrease. Don't worry about how your body will survive on the tiny carbs you eat because your body has stored fat that will be broken down and turned into energy when the need arises.


2. Balance Each Meal
Protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, and fat should all be present in the proper proportions in your diet. You should not starve your body in the bid to lose weight, but you should eat less of what causes you to gain weight, such as fat and carbohydrates. A little amount of carbohydrate and fat, followed by a moderate amount of protein and a substantial amount of vegetables, will keep you full and allow for quick digestion, resulting in weight loss. If you can stick to this eating plan for a long time, you will significantly improve your body weight.
3. Use Phentermine
This is a medication used to help with weight loss. Even if it is used for weight loss, never take it unless prescribed by your doctor. This medication works by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine) in the brain. Whatever the benefits, side effects, and dosage of phentermine are, a professional is in the ideal position to advise you through this process. Weight reduction is observed when phentermine is combined with topiramate, according to studies.

4. Exercise
You should exercise for the overall well-being of your body since exercise helps to activate your body for proper functioning, including rapid digestion and food absorption. Lifting weights causes you to burn calories and increase your metabolism, which promotes weight loss. You may need to join a gym and hire a trainer to advise you on the best exercises to do at each step of your weight loss journey. Even if you can't afford a gym right now, regular jogging is encouraged; simply move your body sufficiently enough to burn some calories. Cardio workouts such as cycling, running, jogging, swimming, or walking are beneficial to overall health and weight loss. You will achieve your goals faster if you combine cardio and weight lifting.

5. Slow Down on Carbonated Drinks or Fruit Juice and Stay Hydrated
Carbonated drinks overload your body with additional sugar and gas, making weight reduction difficult. If you must consume fruit juice, squeeze it from fresh fruit rather than drinking bottled juice. You may enjoy a glass of fresh juice most of the time when you eat, so plan for fresh juice extraction because it is healthier and will also help you lose weight. Drink plenty of water every day - about half your body weight in ounces. Water aids digestion and elimination of waste, so hydrate your body properly.
6. Get Enough Rest and Sleep
Bodies react differently to this, but you should obtain at least seven hours of sleep per night. A good night's sleep will restore your body, allowing it to use necessary nutrients and burn fat. When you are stressed, you are more prone to engage in harmful eating habits because you are too exhausted to prepare a nutritious meal. Do things that can assist you in de-stress regularly for the best results.

When it comes to losing weight, it’s not so much about how intense your routine is as it is about how consistent you are with it. If you follow these recommendations, you will be able to lose weight without skipping any meals. Portion control is more effective than completely eliminating a certain meal, especially if your doctor has not advised you to do so. Because your body requires all six food classes for healthy functioning, lower the extra nutrients and enhance the required ones.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Amazing Fun Adventure Force Blitz 6 & Adventure Force Alpha Auto 72

 When Adventure Force Dart Blasters arrive, the fun begins. Something amazing happens and teens put down their devices for device-free fun.

I received samples from Adventure Force to facilitate this post.

 If you have teenagers living in your house, you know what I mean, when I say they are always on their devices. My youngest teen always has his phone in his hand and wireless earbuds in his ears. He has broken many jelly jars as he struggles to fix his favorite snack of peanut butter and jelly with just one hand. I am sure there are times he wished that he had a third hand. My son is addicted to those how-to videos. While he has provided me with much-needed info at the right time, I just wish he would put down the phone.

 Then there is the other teen who comes home from school, quite exhausted, and relaxes with a movie on his phone or his favorite music. My sons are both straight A students and they participate in school sports as well as NJROTC. So I don't stress about their electronic usage and set screen limits. I have raised my kids to be responsible for their future and these boys are following in the footsteps of their older brothers who are both successful military adults in the navy.

Adventure Force Dart Blasters gets teens off their devices

 Something magical happens in my house when I get a delivery of Adventure Force Dart Blasters from Walmart. My teen boys take their eyes away from their electric screens, put down their phones, and start looking at the newest features of the dart blasters. Then the begging starts and my boys ask if they can take the blasters out of the box. My boys always promise to not destroy the packaging as they know that mom needs them for pictures.


 I always say yes to my teens who want to have device-free fun. So I let the dart blaster battle happen. My boys each carefully unpack the foam darts, the dart chambers, and the dart guns. Then they load the foam darts into the blasters and start shooting foam darts all over the house. I try to stay out of the way of the battle of the blasters while I watch the fun. I am glad that the foam darts do not hurt as I always seem to be the perfect target for the boys.

Once my boys are done shooting the darts at each other and they have picked them all up, it is mom's turn for some fun. I load the darts of foam back into the dart blaster chambers and shoot them at the boys. If my husband is home, he also joins in. It is the best family time fun! 

Introducing Two New Dart Blasters From Adventure Force

 My boys enjoy checking out the latest dart blasters and we were happy when they had an opportunity to play with these new dart blasters from Adventure Force. As teens, it takes a lot to get them to put down their electronics. The things that entice them to end screen time are food and shooting. My boys have enjoyed shooting foam darts from an early age as their older brothers had water guns and dart shooting guns.

 I remember when they were little and their older brothers made them wear hard hats and goggles to join in on the dart blaster fun. The older brothers got tired of getting in trouble when the younger boys would cry so that was smart on their part. The older brothers also were on the shooting team at NJROTC and knew about safety. Now my teens are on the shooting teams. Even though they shoot real weapons, my boys love the adventure that comes with dart blasters. These blasters did not disappoint them. They were fun to play with.

Adventure Force Alpha Auto 72 Dart Blaster

 The blaster in your hands is mission-critical, so we created the ultimate blaster to help you leave every arena victorious. The Adventure Force Alpha Auto 72 features the largest capacity drum holding 72 darts for those long epic battles. And to top it off, Alpha Auto 72 is fully automatic, delivering extreme distance, accuracy, and unprecedented power. Too slow to load and aim, and you risk taking a dart; too inaccurate, and hitting your target can feel as if you’re shooting in the dark. It is fully motorized allowing you to unleash a storm of darts and send opponents running for cover.


Adventure Force Alpha Auto 72

+ Blasts darts up to 100 feet

+ Fully automatic, battery-operated blaster

+ Darts are compatible with all Adventure Force blasters & most standard Nerf® blasters

+ The dart drum holds 72 darts

+ Recommended for children 8 years of age and older

+ Tested for durability and safety


Item includes 1 dart blaster, 72 long-distance darts, 1 removable pop-up sight, 1 removable stock, and 1 dart drum

Discover and purchase at Walmart 

Adventure Force Blitz 6 Dart Blaster

 Get your game face on and stay ahead in the competition with an auto-advancing dart blaster with a range of up to 100 feet. The Adventure Force Blitz 6 was designed to be so easy to use you can start blasting as soon as you unpack it. All you have to do is load darts, pull back on the ring, and release before pulling the trigger to launch a dart. The best part is that it is great both for indoor and outdoor play. All darts included are compatible with all Adventure Force TM blasters & most standard Nerf ® blasters.


Adventure Force Blitz 6

+ Shoots up to 100 feet

+ 12 long-distance darts

+ Darts are compatible with all Adventure Force blasters & most standard Nerf blasters

+ 6 chamber auto-advancing blaster

+ Recommended for children 8 years of age and older

+ Tested for durability and safety

+ Unisex

~ Discover and purchase at Walmart

Perfect for gifts

These dart blasters make perfect gifts for kids 8 years and up. Even the big kids will love them. The holidays are coming sooner than you think, so add these to your holiday shopping list. They also make the perfect birthday gift. You can't go wrong with the gift of an Adventure Force Dart Blaster. Even if the kid already has the same dart blaster, they will love it as then they have one to share with their friends. That way they can have ultimate dart blaster battles.



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