When you are buying fruits for yourself or family, be careful not too overbuy on certain fruits where the shelf life is short such as bananas. You don't want to waste money by having to throw out fruits that have gone bad and uneaten.
TGIF and weekend planning is underway. Don't forget to check your community calendar for any freebies this weekend like festivals, outdoor movies, or concerts in the park. These are cool ways to save money and spend time with family and friends. Enjoy!
There are so many ways to exercise throughout the day while performing tasks indoors and outdoors. Are you doing any of these things listed below during the day? If so, you are exercising all parts of the body.
-->Sweeping the kitchen or bathroom floor -->Ironing and folding clothes -->Vacuuming every room in the house, dusting the furniture -->Walking up and down the stairs of your two-story home -->Gardening, mowing the lawn -->Washing the car/mini-van
All these tasks utilizes your arms, legs, stomach muscles, glutes, and raises heart rate which are all good. So if you say to yourself that you had no time to get the gym, don't fret. You have been exercising all day, but you just didn't know it.
So many people are working from home or telecommuting these days and it's probably hard to effectively manage your time. It can be much different from the 9-5 workday in an office where your time and work is more closely watched by your boss. It is very easy to get distracted by other tasks around the house that can take up time away from work projects.
Here are three easy ways to manage your time while working from home or telecommuting:
1. Rise & Shine: Wake up at the same time each morning to start your workday. This will keep you in a routine even though you may only be walking into your home office for work. Don't forget to brew a good pot of coffee to get you going.
2. Lunch & Breaks: Take an hour for lunch away from your laptop/computer. Plan to have lunch outside on the patio for some sunshine and fresh air. You can even workout, take the dog for a walk, or dash out on errands for an hour. Also, take 15 minute breaks to stretch and refresh throughout the day.
3. Phone calls: It may be hard for your family and friends to get used to the idea that even though you are working from home or telecommuting a few days of the week, you still need time in the day to work. Just like personal phone calls at work are generally a no-no, make the same policy while working from home and telecommuting. Politely inform your family and friends that you will not receive phone calls during certain times of the day unless it's an emergency.
I hope these are helpful for managing your time and keep you focused while working from home or telecommuting. OK, back to work!
The heat is on across the country. I live in Atlanta and we've had many days in the high 90's. This week, the eastern states are experiencing a heatwave with temperatures in the low 100's. Whew! The news channels have shown what people are doing to battle the heat especially those who work outdoors.
For those who enjoy exercising outdoors, it might be a good idea to change up your routine during this heatwave. Here are a few tips to exercise comfortably in the heat.
-->If you are an avid runner or walker, wake up earlier in the morning for your run or walk.
-->Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Nice way to shape your legs and buns.
-->At home: do 2-3 sets of push-ups while watching the evening news, squats while microwave warms your food, and side twists/bends as you work at the computer.
You don't have to nix your exercise routine during the heatwave, just be mindful of the temperatures and plan accordingly. Of course, drink lots of water even inside!
Here is a good tip to save on the meal budget during your vacation. Plan to stay at a hotel that offers a free complimentary breakfast each morning. There are plenty of hotel sites that describe all the amenities offered at their location. Perform a Google search to find the hotels where you will be vacationing. Start your day with a stop at the complimentary breakfast bar usually located in the hotel lobby before you set off for sightseeing. The fare varies, but you can bet it will include hot coffee to enjoy. This will be one meal where you won't have to spend any money. Cool Savings!
If you are planning to host a July 4th cookout this upcoming weekend, plan to make it potluck to cut some of your costs.
There is nothing wrong with asking your friends to bring a dish, dessert, drink, or snack to the cookout. I am sure they won't mind helping out. I find that people have a favorite dish that they love to prepare and would be happy to bring it to the cookout. For some, it might mean stopping by the grocery store and picking something up to bring and that's fine too. The cost of meats alone is an expensive buy so a little help with the other menu items will come in handy.
In these tough economic times, trying to cover all the expenses yourself may be difficult, but you still would like to have a nice time on the 4th. It takes a lot of work to host a party at your home and this money-saving potluck cookout won't empty your wallet.
Take along at least two pieces of fruit for the day. For a mid-morning snack, eat a banana. When that mid-afternoon drag creeps in, eat an apple. Switch up the fruit varieties so you won't get bored. Also, cut up the fruits ahead of time for easy snacking at your desk or on the go. Stay Healthy!
Here is great day trip idea that won't break the budget:
Plan to take the family out to visit a State Park. Check your state's website for a list of parks and the activities offered there such as hiking trails, lakes for swimming, and other sightseeing fun. Most state parks have a parking fee, but it's usually nominal. Pack a picnic lunch with a variety of eats for the entire family. Take a break at one of the picnic tables and talk about what sights you will see after lunch. Bring along the cooler packed with plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Gas up the car the night before the trip and you will be ready to roll out the next morning.
I would have to say one of my biggest pet peeves is seeing litter thrown out along streets, highways, neighborhoods, stop lights and signs. My community does a very good job with keeping litter picked up. Also, the city uses people who need to fulfill their community service hours and inmates from the local jail to pick up the trash.
I often wonder what people must be thinking when they throw litter into the street. I guess they figure someone will come along at some point and pick it up. They clearly don't want to keep the trash in their car for another minute, heaven forbid. However, it makes more sense to wait and throw out the contents at the next destination or when you arrive home. I simply can't see myself tossing trash out my car window onto the street.
Here's an idea: Keep plastic bags in your car to use for your throwaway items and toss the entire bag in the trash container at your stops. Let's all do our part to be more eco-friendly. Please stop littering!
Allow yourself to take a 10-15 minute break away from your desk during the workday. If you can, skip the elevator and take the stairs to get a bit of exercise. When you return, drink plenty of water to replenish yourself. I bet you will feel rejuvenated in no time flat!
Wishing Happy Father's Day to my Dad, Brother, and Uncles today. This is such a special day to celebrate and to thank our Dad's for all they have done to help shape our lives. I know some Father's may have passed on, but the memories always live on in our hearts.
Today is the perfect day to remember those special times, conversations, and gatherings that meant so much in our lives. Here are a few I can recall with my Dad:
-->Attending and cheering me on at my school track events -->Riding the snowmobile after lots of snow had fallen -->Our summer vacation to Minnesota and eating fresh fish -->Taking the pontoon boat out on the lake and relaxing -->Listening ear and providing sound advice just when I needed it