12 Favorite Posts from 2018

It’s that time of year! Time to look back on our year and see how things went as we prepare for the next year. I always like to look back and then share some of my favorite posts for the year. This year has been very busy for me at home, and I haven’t done nearly as much writing as I normally have in past years, but I still managed to find 12 posts that I thought were worth sharing again for this year end post!  We have a few recipes, cleaning posts, health, fashion, and even a pet post.  I hope you enjoy!

(Please find the link for each post underneath the featured photo.)

Grilled Hot Wings + 6 Tips to Make Your Summer Cookout a Success

College Football Spirit with Dr Pepper® + DIY Photo Booth Tutorial

12 Tips and Must-Haves for Postpartum Care

5 Tips to Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape for Your Family (and Your Cat)

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Panasonic HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera Review and Giveaway

6 Baby Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season

Fashion Reivew from prAna

Mama’s New Helper: DEEBOT OZMO 610 – Robot Vacuum Review

Homemade Dill Pickles

Cleaning Up with Rejuvenate® Click n Clean™ Multi-Surface Spray Mop System

Christmas Pajamas for the Family Review


I’d love to hear your thoughts on my 12 picks!  And if have a similar post, I’d love for you to share it with me!

6 Baby Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

6 Baby Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season

My baby boy just turned a year old.  So far we’ve been pretty lucky in the doctor visiting department.  He got his first case of the sniffles a couple of months ago, and right now we are currently battling an ear infection and virus at the same time…but considering the fact that he’s already a year old, and I hear about so many people going back and forth to the doctor that first year, I am considering us very lucky!  Today I am talking about some items that I consider to be must-haves for the cold and flu season if you have a baby.

Before we get started I have a couple of disclaimers: First off, I am not a doctor.  The medicines discussed in today’s post were recommended by our pediatrician, and I’m just passing along the information.  Second, if your child is ill, always call your doctor for medical advice and to find out if you need to bring them in.


Nose Frida

Nasal Aspirator

First off, we have the NoseFrida. Before having our son, I saw this product and was very intrigued by it.  I watched a number of videos and read reviews before buying it.  A lot of people, including my husband are grossed out by this product, but once I tried, I realized you’re not going to get any actual baby snot in your mouth.  (And let’s be honest…even if you did, I’m sure you would live, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing that every happened.)

It DOES work!  My son doesn’t like having his nose sucked out; he cries, and so it can be a little difficult for me to use it on him, but he doesn’t like the bulb syringe either, and this works so much better than the bulb syringe.

We also have the Oogie Bear. It is also a nose cleaner and an ear cleaner.


Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer

Next we have Infant Tylenol. This is no brainer, I’m sure! I always keep this on hand, along with Infant Motrin. Our doctor explained that a lot of people like to rotate between these two, but she just recommends going with what works.

Thaxton takes both medicines well. He likes the taste, and both appear to help with his fever and pain.  I often choose Tylenol, because it can be taken every 4 hours, but depending on the situation and time of day, I might go with Motrin.  (Again, be sure to read labels and consult with your own doctor for proper dosing instructions.)


Cold Medicine

For running noses and coughs, our doctor recommends Zarbee’s Cough Syrup + Mucus. This is an all natural product.  Thaxton is too young to have other cold medicines, including children’s medicines, and so an all natural product like this is really our only option.  Our son loves the taste of this, so it’s very easy to give it to him.  If you’re buying, I do recommend getting a couple of bottles.  Our son had a stuffy nose for about a week, and the first couple of days we were giving him regular doses of this, and the dose was 4 mL each time, so about midway through the week, we had to go out and buy another bottle.

The main ingredients in this medicine are agave and ivy leaf.  You can go look up the benefits of those.  I should also caution you to be sure you get the product that says, “Baby” on it if you have a child under two.  Zarbee’s does have other products on the shelf alongside this one, which contain honey and should not be given to children under two.


Chest Rub

We also Zarbee’s Baby Soothing Chest Rub.  This is also an all natural product with eucalyptus, lavender, and beeswax.  It has a nice scent to it, and it definitely opens you up.  I usually rub in on Thaxton’s chest and on the bottom of his feet before bedtime, and he’s slept very well when he was sick, so I’d like to think it helped with his breathing.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oils

We love our Essential Oil Diffuser.  We have all of the oils in this kit, and anytime someone has a cold or is congested, we use Breathe Easy. from this kit.



Finally we have a Safety First Cool Mist Humidifer. I know a lot of people swear by these and actually run them all the time. We only run one when Thaxton is congested.  Again, I like to think that it helps.


I really hope you guys stay well this winter and can avoid the cold and flu season, but if not, I really hope that you find these tips for baby helpful!

And as always, I’d love to hear from you!  If you have a tip or product you use during cold and flu season, especially sometime that can help, babies, toddlers, and small children, I’d love to hear about it.  Leave your comments on this post, and also join the conversation on social media!

Salonpas Review and Giveaway

For some the summer months are about relaxing and taking it easy, but for others they are all about hard work!  Apart from your usual jobs, there is extra yard work, home improvement projects, not to mention extra activities with the kids and family.  Salonpas is a great brand to reach for when it is time to relieve your aches and pains.

The Salonpas Pain Relief Patch is the first and only topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory approved through the FDA. By putting medicine right at the site of pain, bypassing the stomach and liver Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose.  One thing I love about this product is the varieties available.  The pain patches come in different sizes so that you can place them anywhere, from your arms and legs to upper and lower back.

The products also come in other forms like a cream, jet spray, deep reliever gel, and a liquid roll on.  My husband likes the spray a lot, and I am a huge fan of the liquid roll on.  We like both of these products, because they can be applied without having to touch the product with your hands.  We also love the patches, as they can be easily applied and use for hours of relief.

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Common Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid This Summer 

Summer is here, so it’s time to grab the sunscreen and enjoy time with the kids at the beach. Alarmingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than one third of U.S adults are burnt by the sun’s harmful UV rays each year. As a busy Mom, you no doubt smother your little ones in sunscreen and forgo protecting your own skin. However, the sun is a leading cause of melanoma and ageing, so, it’s vital you do all you can to protect your family’s skin from the beaming sun this summer.

Applying sunscreen too late 

While applying sunscreen when you’re outside in the blistering heat is better than not applying it at all, it means you’re unprotected for potentially half an hour. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that sunscreen is applied 30 minutes before you go out into the sun to allow the formula to fully bind to your skin and provide maximum protection. One application of sunscreen doesn’t protect you all day, either. Therefore, set a reminder on your phone to prompt you to reapply sunscreen to both yours and your children’s skin a maximum of two afters after the last application. And, if your skin is damaged by the sun, consider seeking the advice of a qualified dermatologist or skin care practitioner who will help rejuvenate your skinand it get it back to its best following excessive sun exposure.

Forgetting the sunscreen on cloudy days

Everyone should wear sunscreen on a daily basis, regardless of the weather. From the age of six months, your baby should be covered in sunscreen every day, too, but, prior to this age it’s best to keep them out of the sun altogether. Even when the sun isn’t visible, it’s hiding behind the clouds and can still damage your skin. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation 40% of the sun’s UV radiation will hit the earth on a cloudy day, thus damaging and ageing your skin without you even realising it.

Choosing the wrong SPF 

The higher a sunscreen’s SPF, the more protection it offers you from UVA and UVB damage. But, how do you know what SPF is right for you when there are so many different strengths available? Dermatologists recommend the minimum SPF you apply to your skin is SPF 15 which blocks 93% of UVB rays. Meanwhile, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and a factor 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. Therefore, it’s worth investing in a sunscreen with a higher SPF rating, especially for little ones who have very delicate skin.

Sunscreen is an essential part of any family’s skincare routine, so ensure you make the time to liberally apply it to yours and your children’s skin on a daily basis. Always use it at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, never forget it on an overcast day and choose a high SPF to give your skin maximum protection.

12 Tips and Must-Haves for Postpartum Care

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Six months ago I was blessed beyond words with a beautiful baby boy.  I was completely clueless about pregnancy, and I spent each day reading articles about “This Week in Your Pregnancy” and looking up this symptom and that symptom, and what’s normal and not normal. But as much as I felt unprepared for pregnancy, I think I was even less prepared for the postpartum symptoms.  On one hand, I had a very easy pregnancy, so maybe the easiness of it left me unprepared for the aftermath.  But on the other hand, I think I was clueless because postpartum care is simply not something that gets talked about a lot.  In movies and television we always see the dizzy, nauseated pregnant woman with the cravings and swollen feet, and then we see a happy woman with a baby.  My doctors also never really said anything about postpartum symptoms to me, so today I decided to share some of my own tips and must-haves for postpartum care and recovery.  I hope it will help some of you who may be expecting and don’t really know what to expect after that little bundle of joy arrives.

TENA Overnight Pads and Underwear

 Before having Thaxton, I purchased some of the TENA underwear, as well as the overnight pads, and they really were very useful and a great convenience in the days and weeks after having him.

With TENA you have protection for the Unexpected Leak™ so that you can live your life without compromise.  (Right after having a baby, you certainly don’t want to compromise!)

TENA intimates® includes a soft top layer, that quickly wicks fluid away from the skin keeping you feeling intimately fresh and clean.

TENA Overnight pads and underwear are available at your local Walmart.  You can find them in the adult incontinence section of the health and beauty department.  You can find the pads in quantities of 28 and 48, and you can find the under in sizes S/M, L, and XL.

On May 20 there will be an FSI in the paper where you can get $4.00 off any one (1) TENA Overnight Pad or TENA Overnight Underwear (2 week duration). This offer can only be redeemed in-store and it ends 6/3.

And there is also a $3 off coupon for the underwear available through IBOTTA starting on May 9.

Squirt Bottle

Immediately after having a baby, going to the bathroom becomes quite the ritual.  The squirt bottle is used after every trip, and may also be used periodically throughout the day for extra relief.

Pain Relieving Spray

This product is a MUST.  I used it after every trip to the bathroom following the birth of our son.  It helps to relieve pain and itch. They provided this to me in the hospital, but I had to buy a second can.

Witch Hazel Wipes or Pads

These are also used after each trip to the bathroom.  Your hospital will likely give you this item too, but if you are like me, you will require an additional package.

Medicine and Vitamins

As with any medical procedure or physical ailment, it is important to take your prescribed medications.  Your doctor will likely recommend a stool softener and will prescribe you the appropriate medicine for pain, depending on your individual needs.  After the first few days, I was able to get by with just the basic anti-inflammatory medicine, and I definitely advise you to take your meds if you think you need them; do not wait until you are in extraordinary pain. And don’t be afraid to ask questions about your medicine or ask for an alternative prescription if you have a problem.

Vitamins are also essential. Even though the baby has been born, women still have to take prenatal vitamins each day. (I actually find that they generally make me feel better throughout the day, so I still take one.)


Hydration continues to be important after the baby is born.  Drinking plenty of water will also help with bloating and constipation, and is good for energy and general health and well being.

Warm Baths

Speaking of water, taking a warm bath each day is great aid in your recovery.  It will help you to heal, and it is also great wait to sit back and relax.  I’m more of a shower person myself, but for about 2 months after my baby was born, I did warm baths each night.

Sports Bra / Nursing Bra

Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, your breasts will likely get very swollen and sore beyond belief.  If you are not breastfeeding a good sports bra will help with this.

Nursing Pads

I had always heard of nursing pads for nursing moms, but I had no idea, until I had Thaxton, that mothers who are not breastfeeding also need this product.  I found they were an absolute MUST in the first few weeks after the baby was born, and I believe I used them for a total of 2 months after the birth.

Maternity Belt or Postpartum Belt

One of my only real pregnancy complaints was pelvic girdle pain. It set in when I got to be 6 months pregnant. I had gained about 20 pounds at that point, and this pain continued even after the baby was born, until I got to about 15 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight.  Although I bought a postpartum belt, I never used it.  I just continued to use the maternity belt after the baby was born.  It was very helpful with support and relief.

Maternity Pillow

I got a U shaped pillow when I was pregnant, and I loved it.  After the baby was born, I continued to sleep with my pillow until I lost most of the pregnancy weight.  It also came in great handy for sitting on my couch.  Basically I would sit with the pillow behind me at the back of the couch, and then I would turn one of the sides of the pillow over onto my lap, so the baby could lay on my lap during feedings (similar to how you use a boppy pillow, only you get back support too).

Comfortable Clothing

Comfortable clothing is crucial while you’re in the hospital and upon returning home.  This is another thing I was clueless about until I had Thaxton.  First off, you should know that it will take a few weeks to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.

I recommend some nursing gowns or maternity gowns.  I found these to be very comfortable and cool at night.  Yoga pants are also good, particularly loose fitting yoga pants. (While I was in the hospital I had a lot of swelling from the IV fluids, and wide leg pants were a necessity.) And don’t be afraid to just break out the pajama pants when you get home. (I think you’ve earned it after having a baby.)

I also continued to wear my maternity jeans and just a basic cami and sweater combo for the few times I had to leave the house in the first month after my baby was born, as well as the day we brought him home from the hospital.

Stop by Walmart to pick up all your postpartum care supplies, including Tena Underwear and Pads.

If you have any thoughts on postpartum recovery or if you can think of something I should have included in this list, I’d love to hear from you. Please comment on this post or join the conversation on social media.

Relief from Baby Eczema with AVEENO

Disclosure: This post contains product recommendations based on my own experience as a mom.  Please consult your doctor if you suspect your child has eczema or other skin conditions. This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

I love that face!  Skin conditions can be a pain and annoyance for adults, but it is even worse when your child suffers from them. As a new mom I was very diligent about keeping our son’s face clean. I was constantly wiping away spit up and applying lotion as needed to avoid skin irritations. However, when Thaxton was around 3 months old I noticed some redness in his cheeks. [Read more…]

How to Cope When Your Kids are Diagnosed with Health Problems

Every parent wants nothing more than to raise happy and healthy children. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. As the environment, food, and drug industries change, having a child born with developmental or health issues or children that develop them later in life isn’t uncommon. From seasonal allergies and asthma to autism, sensory disorders, ADHD, and cancer, many children are plagued with health complications at an early age. Naturally, this would bother a concerned parent leaving them clueless as to what steps to take next.

If your child has recently been diagnosed with a health problem, as emotional as it can be to deal with, it is imperative that you remain calm and try to face the matter head-on. Here is some advice on how to cope:

Educate Yourself

After talking with your child’s pediatrician you should begin educating yourself on their health condition. Not only should you read materials provided by the doctor, but you should be looking into research, alternative therapies, parental blogs, and anywhere else you can think of to learn as much as you can about their condition, the treatments or help aids out there, and how to transition into a new normal.

Look for Solutions or Help Aids

Not all health conditions can be cured, however, there are new innovations created daily that can help make things easier. Now that you’re aware of what your child has, how it might impact your life, and what the course of treatment is going to be, you can look for help aids or solutions to their medical condition. These help aids, in turn, will make life easier for everyone. For example, a child who suffers from sensory disorders may benefit from clothing for sensory processing disorder which would remove irritations like seams and tags that can cause fits.

Get Support from Others

It is, without a doubt, an emotional experience when you find out your child suffers from long-term medical problems. As a parent, you’ll want to do it all yourself, however, the truth is, you can’t go this journey alone. Look for support groups of parents going through similar situations. Such groups are designed to give parents and family members of children with long-term medical conditions. You can listen to their stories and learn from their experiences and even make friends which can be great during those times you’re emotional. You might also talk with your family members and see if you can get additional support from them. They can be very instrumental in helping to lift the weight off your shoulders and pouring extra love and care into you and your child.

Look on the Bright Side

When you first find out that your child has been diagnosed with a long-term health issue it can seem like your world is coming to an end. As tempting as it may seem to crawl up into a ball and cry, you have to find the silver lining and draw on that for inspiration. Your child is looking to you and depending on you to help them through this difficult time in their lives. So, try to focus more on the positive and less on the negative. Autistic children, for instance, are said to be very creative. Instead of harping on their autism all the time, you can enroll them in art or music lessons and allow them to tap into their creativity.

No parent wants to hear the news that their child is suffering from a shocking health issue, however, it happens more often than you’d think. If this has happened to you or someone you know, take heed to the advice provided above. It will allow you to remain emotionally intact as you learn how to adapt to your new normal.

Shocking Health Issues Kids Can Develop


When you think of health problems that can impact your children, you probably think regarding a common cold or perhaps at most the flu. You might also look for signs that they have cut their knee in a fall or a slip. But there are other health issues that are more common than most parents realise. Some of these are mental, others are physical, and it will be up to you to check for the signs. As a parent, it is your responsibility to check for issues and make sure your child gets the treatment or the help that they need.


Yes, it might sound shocking, but kids can develop tinnitus. It is worth pointing out at this point that tinnitus is not always the sign of a loss of hearing. It’s possible that it’s entirely separate from this issue. It wouldn’t, however, be surprising if your child had suffering hearing damage due to the different sources of loud noises that they are often exposed to. Kids these days wear headphones quite a lot either when listening to music, watching movies or playing video games. That’s why, if you can, you should encourage them to not use headphones, even if the noise will be an annoyance in your home. That way, you can at least keep a check on the typical level of volume that they are using.

A recent study suggested that 41 percent of children tested suffered from tinnitus that was loud enough to bother them. Is there anything you can do? While tinnitus is not curable, it is highly unlikely that the child variation of the issue is irreversible. Your best bet is to book an appointment with an audiologist. Private audiologists can give you expert attention and find the cause of your child’s tinnitus, whatever this may be. It is important to get it checked out as an abnormal growth in the ear can cause this issue.

If your child has developed tinnitus due to excessive noise, you need to make sure you are taking more time to protect them from loud noises. If they have personal music devices, do be aware that you can set the volume in parental settings of most models.



According to the most recent statistics, one in three kids are overweight. That is insane and quite possibly one of the scariest stats about kids health. How does this happen? Well, it’s fair to say that there is a lot of calories, sugar and fat in most of the snacks that are pushed towards kids. Parents have to realise this and keep their children eating as healthy as possible.

The best way to do this is to balance their diet with lots of fruit and veg, nutrients and minerals. Remember, fast food and ready meals that can be heated in minutes are a big mistake. These meals often contain high levels of sugar and use low-quality products. Sugar and sweeteners are also added to give the product some type of flavour.

You also need to make sure that your child is exercising regularly. It’s fair to say that typically, kids will get a certain level of exercise in school, but this isn’t enough to keep them fit in the long term. They should also be engaging in activities outside of education, and you may want to start this earlier than most other parents do. In the past, it was assumed that strength training wasn’t good for kids. In fact, there were various rumours online that strength training would stunt their growth. New research has shown that strength training can actually greatly benefit children. Of course, if you are doing this, you need to make sure that you are working with a professional and that you ensure your child doesn’t take on too much.

Serious Illnesses

While quite rare in children, it is possible for a child to develop a serious illness or condition like cancer. That’s why you do need to keep an eye on your kid’s health. You should be watching out for any abnormal physical changes to their body. For instance, you might notice a lump on their neck. This can be a goitre which is harmless but if it grows or develops it could be a sign of cancer. It’s advisable that you keep a check on changes or symptoms for two weeks. If they don’t disappear in two weeks, it’s best to take your child to see a doctor. They will be able to check that the issue isn’t serious and that your child doesn’t need treatment.


Another mental issue that a child might develop earlier than you’d think is depression. Multiple studies have tried to determine what causes depression in children. We certainly put a lot of pressure on kids these days to perform in school even in the early years. This might be enough to make them feel as though they aren’t good enough which can lead to depressive thoughts.

You also need to watch out for signs of self-harm. A recent report has revealed that children has young as three can be self-harming which is again, a scary thought. It is, however, something you need to be prepared for as parent. Be aware that kids may not self-harm in an area that is easy for you to notice. The thighs are a common area if children want to conceal their scars.

It is important to be able to reach the route cause of the issue here. It could be that the child is being bullied, peer pressure or perhaps there is no specific cause for the depression. It’s at this point that you will need to get your child professional help. Working with a psychologist children can overcome a mental condition like this, but it needs to be recognized first.

We hope you see now that children are more exposed to dangerous peculiar health problems than you think. If you know the signs, you can make sure you handle some of these issues the right way.


The Health Conditions You Don’t Realize You Have

Our health is a peculiar thing. One moment we could be having a blast, the next minute we can feel so run down that it is hard to get out of bed. But those are just the symptoms of when we’re obviously feeling ill, there are so many health conditions that could be lying under the surface that we’re not even aware of. There might be little signs here and there, but for the most part, we just amble through life with health conditions that could be cured or prevented if we actually knew they were there. So to try and enlighten you a little, we’ve got some weird symptoms to show you that might indicate you having an underlying health condition.

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During The Night


There are a lot of things that happen to our bodies during the night that we might not even realise. So here are a few of the most common. Firstly, you’ve got sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is actually a serious condition that a lot of people might not even realise they have. It happens during the night when breathing is interrupted during sleep. The symptom you might find yourself having is waking up gasping for air. This can be a very frightening symptom, but it is one people tend to ignore. It usually occurs in deep sleep, but there are symptoms of milder cases of sleep apnea that occur when falling to sleep. You will find yourself waking up and feeling as though you need to take a deep breath, or you haven’t taken one in a while. The condition is serious because the periodic breaks in breathing reduce the blood supply to the brain. If you suspect you have something like sleep apnea, it is important to visit your doctors sooner rather than later.


Something a lot of people suffer with during the night is night sweats. But this is often brushed off as being too hot during the night. Whilst that can be a major cause of it, there are other things that could be going wrong. If you find yourself dripping wet during the night, or waking up covered in sweat in the morning, you might benefit from checking out the best sheets for night sweats to try and make cleaning up a bit easier for you. Because if anything, this symptom is rather embarrassing. One of the main things it can be a sign of in the short term is a bacterial infection, this will usually come with other symptoms. One more thing it can be a symptom of, and this is definitely something more serious, is cancer. It is a minor and very uncommon symptom that most people will pass off for being too hot in the night. It can be a sign of cancers such as Leukemia, and it is always best to be safe than sorry.


During The Day


The symptoms that happen during the day are ones that seem to plague us. One symptom that people tend to ignore so much is itchy skin. Itchy skin can be caused by so many different things, and can happen all over the body. If it is happening on the main body of your skin, such as the torsa, chest, arms and legs, it could be a sign of something called eczema. This is something that is so common in young children, but it can occur at any point in a person’s life. It causes dry skin that itches and flakes. If left untreated, it can lead to things such as skin splitting, and the condition getting worse. Using things such as dry skin shower creams, and if you have baths, bath oils such as oilatum to try and soothe the dry skin. If you care for it well enough, it should go away after a while. The colder winter months usually make it worse.

Backache is something that can definitely get in the way of life, especially as we get older. There are multiple causes of this, one of the main being due to posture. If you sit at work all day with your back slouched, you’re eventually going to get some pain. You can buy back braces that slip over your chair and help to keep you in an upright position. This might make things easier for you. Similarly, you can perform stretches every morning and evening to try and improve the position of the spine. In severe cases, back pain could be due to a curvature in the spine. If you are experiencing back pain that lasts longer than three weeks, it is important to see your doctor.

The Importance Of Establishing Balance Across Your Life Habits And Your Health

For most people, the challenges of day to day living certainly take their toll. From sitting in commute traffic to spending eight full hours sitting at a desk, most people have had their fill of work by the time that Friday nears. As a result, they often look forward to binge-watching their favorite shows while nestling deep within the soft cushions of their sofas. Binge watching, however, often leads to binge eating, and when paired with prolonged periods of inactivity, it hardly allows people to maintain optimum levels of health. Fortunately, you can enjoy all of your favorite episodes and your favorite comfort foods, without packing on the pounds, raising your cholesterol, or sending your blood sugar sky high.

Why Balance Is So Important

Although the demands of your weekly work routine might be grueling, offsetting this with a totally sedentary weekend is problematic. While people feel like they’re maintaining balance by indulging all of their wants, whims, and needs for relaxation during their time off, what they’re really maintaining is two, dangerous extremes. Balance is something that must be maintained on a day to day basis. It starts by never letting yourself get so overworked that you require a total shutdown of normal functioning just to feel capable again. If you can maintain balance throughout the work-week, then you’ll have plenty of energy and motivation for enjoying a lively, high-energy weekend that leaves you feeling far more refreshed than several days spent nestled in the couch.

Creating A Balanced Mindset

Daily efforts to create a positive and healthy lifestyle that’s largely defined by moderation can also keep you from over-indulging throughout the holiday season. While most people are wont to start drastic diets at the beginning of the year or right before swimsuit season, the holidays are when many consumers start packing on pounds. This is defined as a time of indulgence. Between holiday eating and sedentary, winter afternoons spent relaxing with family and friends, you may find yourself ten to fifteen pounds heavier, right before the new year rolls around. People who are diligent in their efforts to maintain balance yearlong, however, are able to keep their holiday eating in check, even as they maintain consistent workout plans and consistently active lives.

How To Obtain More Balance In Your Life

Moderation starts with making small, smart decisions each and every day. Start packing your lunch at home, rather than eating only high-fat, fast food or deli fare. Use a portion of your lunch break to go for a quick walk, or treat yourself to a trip to the gym right before or after clocking in. Surprisingly, you don’t need hour-long workout sessions to get an incredibly fit physique. If you’re consistent, even just 20 to 30 minutes of structured exercise each day can really make a difference. Moreover, you have to start looking at food as fuel rather than a means for comforting yourself for a life hard-lived. Your efforts to pamper yourself with smart life habits will make you infinitely less likely to consider long hours of watching television and munching on chips and clam dip as being essential for restoring your good spirits.

Getting support from professionals

Sometimes it’s important to get help when you don’t think you can control your health on your own. For those who have a problem with eating healthy and exercise, there are dietitians and personal trainers. For those who feel like they can’t control their drug or alcohol habits, they can feel confident in looking for residential drug treatment for assistance.

Lazy days spent on the sofa are usually a sign of too many, grueling days spent with your nose to the grindstone and without enough healthy, refreshing choices for rejuvenating your body and mind. A healthy diet, daily exercise, and good sleep are all vital for ensuring that you’re never wont to overindulge. If you take good care of yourself every day, you’ll be able to enjoy a few cheat days from time to time, without ever taking relaxation too far.