Sunday’s Best Linkup – #91

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Welcome to Week 91 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Boo, Scary Nights theme.  Halloween is around the corner.  Everyone will be in search of the perfect costume for a night of spooky characters and delicious treats.  We’re looking for crafts, recipes, DIY, mantel makeovers, porch decorating tips and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linky too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

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Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected DIY Rustic Wheelbarrow from Chatfield Court

fall decorating ideas

Rhonda selected Marvel Superhero Spider Cookies  from Growing Up Gabel

halloween cookie recipe

Kim M. selected Carmel Apple Bars from Hello Nature Blog

apple recipes

 

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Pokémon Birthday Party Invitation from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

pokemon birthday party invitation

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Boo, Scary Nights:

No Curve Pumpkins Ideas from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

halloween decorating ideas

 

and

Black Crow Frame Wreath from Oh My Creative   

halloween decorating ideas

 and

Deviled Spider Eggs from Lets Celebrate Everything

halloween food ideas

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


30 Minute Meals For Busy Moms

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Planning meals is not always doable.  Time gets away from us, especially when school is back in session.  Kids need to be chauffeured to activities, home work needs to be checked, and baths given before bed.  Somewhere in between we need to fix a hot, healthy and delicious meal.

The solution is 30 minute meals.  I use them on days that I have my grandchildren after school.  They’re also great on days that I pick my mom up from dialysis.  I feed her dinner on those days, and she likes to eat immediately after she gets home.

First, every family has picky eaters.  My granddaughter more so than my grandson, but both are picky.  Furthermore, fixing meals that everyone will enjoy is key.  So, I look for dishes where I can fix a salad and offer bread to make it filling.  As a result, this roundup offers a variety of dishes that include chicken, sausage, pasta, and ground beef.  These items are staples in my pantry and freezer.  I know that I can always find a recipe that calls for these ingredients. Place these items in your freezer and pantry for those days that times just happens to get away from you too.

Here’s a list of 30 minute meals in our roundup:

  • Baked Ziti – One pan is all that is needed for this recipe. My kind of meal.  Serve with a salad or green vegetable.
  • Tuna Melt – Perfect for days when the kids have afterschool activities.
  • Chicken Parmesan – Skinless chicken breasts are the star in this recipe.  Add a vegetable and you’re set.
  • Grilled Cheese Rollup – Nice twist on a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Chicken Rollups –  Perfect meal with a salad or green vegetables.
  • Easy Stromboli – Put this recipe together and cook it within 30 minutes.  My grandchildren love Pepperoni Stromboli.
  • Creamy Ground Beef and Noodles –   I think this recipe will be approved by kids.
  • Garlic Broiled Drum Sticks – Drum sticks are one my grandchildren’s favorites.
  • Pizza Casserole – Who doesn’t love pizza?  This one just happens to be in a casserole dish.

30 minute meals

 

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole   –  When I have left over chicken that I can shred or cube, I use this recipe.  It’s kid approved.

30 minute meals

Finally, these recipes will become you go to.  So, when you need a healthy and delicious meal go to your Pinterest Board and retrieve a recipe.  I’m going to try the grilled cheese roll-ups first.  How about you?

You may also like Fall Snack Ideas For Kids

 

Valuable Ideas For Decorating a Small Bathroom

 

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The size of the bathroom is one of the most common issues homeowners face. Even the smallest things, such as taking a bath, can pose a problem if you don’t have enough space to do them. This room is crucial for us because it affects our hygiene.  To make things worse, there are so many different items you have to fit inside of this room leaving us with very little space.

People usually say that bathroom reflects our life style. Nevertheless, it always has to be used functionally which can be a problem if there is not enough room to make it functional.

Besides the toilet equipment, we also need a lot of room for things such as soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, shaving kits, hair dryers, toothbrushes, toilet papers as well as different cleaning products. Luckily, with a little bit of planning, it is possible to incorporate all these items into your small bathroom.

Tiles

 Tiles are perhaps the most important part of the bathroom. They can have an enormous impact on the ultimate look of this room. At the same time, they give us a lot of leeway as you can combine various patterns using different tiles for wall and floor. Area around the sink and the bathtub can be emphasized by using more vivid colors. On the other hand, you can keep the floor and one part of the wall simple.

Using the Color Yellow

Yellow is ideal nuance for small bathroom especially if the room doesn’t have a window. We can make an interesting combination with various shades of this color. Ideally, yellow should be combined with white. They are both very light and provide feeling of spaciousness to your tinny bathroom.

Flowers in your bathroom

Today, besides classic, plain tiles, we can also purchase the ones that resemble wallpapers with various flower patterns. Although you have limited space, this will provide specific charm to the room averting attention from its downsides. Additionally, you can use some real flowers that will contribute to overall feeling.

Of course, you should always go for artificial flowers as the real ones are really hard to maintain and change. Make sure to use lighter colors (as we mentioned yellow). Aggressive colors such as red are not the best option for bathroom as they increase the tension in a person. Purple is also fine, especially in combination with other colors.

Lighting

Besides the central light, you should also install one right above the mirror. If you have this option, purchase halogen lights and place them in the ceiling. Similarly to colors, bright light together with its proper positioning can make feeling of space.

When it comes to the design of small bathrooms, planning is everything.  Make sure to design it, so that you can use it effectively.  Small bathrooms are usually deprived of natural light.  As a result, it is very important to have quality lighting.

When Less Becomes More

Regardless of your available space, you can always improve your bathroom. First, it is necessary to adjust various elements to the actual size of the space.  Using the right colors and a big mirror will reflect the light, which will visually increase space.   Strategically use the corners of the bathroom. Placing various items in them will maximize your space, which will allow you to utilize the rest of the room properly.

Smaller bathrooms should naturally have tiles in smaller dimensions. In that regard, you need to be selective while shopping for materials.  Be sure to buy items that will fit into your space.  During the purchase, you will also have to consider the material.  Tiles shouldn’t be slippery, remember color does matter. When it comes to utilizing space, check out corner sinks.  They have a great selection on the market that easily fit into small corner spaces. They are the ideal solution for small baths.

Last, avoid buying a bathtub. Shower stalls are much better in smaller spaces. There are quite a few options on the market, so you can definitely find something that will fit into your bathroom.

With all these tips, we are sure that you will manage to decorate your small bathroom space effectively.

 

Baking With Kids – Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Baking with kids is a great way to spend some quality family time together.  It’s also an opportunity to teach them a science lesson or two! Have your kids ever wondered how mixing flour, eggs, sugar, and baking soda can create a delicious cake? Or how about what makes cookies chewy or crunchy? Within every batter or dough, there are multiple chemical reactions occurring at once to create the perfect baked treat.

Mastering the science of baking can be a challenge.  Shari’s Berries created an infographic that breaks down the most common baking ingredients.  It also illustrates how each ingredient interacts with each other. The infographic is divided into six main sections.  They describe the science behind different flour types, shortening, leavening agents, eggs, sugars, and salt. Check out the infographic below to inspire your kids to get baking!

The Science of Baking

Now that you and your kids are armed with baking knowledge, it’s time to start baking in the kitchen! Feel free to print out this guide and stick it on your refrigerator for your next baking project. Before you know it, your kids will transform from being little bakers to mad scientists!  Start with this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe shared by my blogging friend, Tammy  Whitten, at www.womenmanagingstress.com:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 T. molasses
  • 3 T. water
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. toasted chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream butter, egg, vanilla, molasses, and water in a bowl.  Sift together the sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.  Combine the moist mixture with the dry ingredients.  Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.  Be sure to chop the walnuts before you toast them.  Toasting should take approximately 5-10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them.

Shape dough into one inch balls and place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 12 minutes or until edges are just brown.  Cookies will be slightly doughy in the middle.  Place on a cooking rack.  Dunk in a glass of cold milk.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Places To Travel for the Best Wildlife Experience

 

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As the English writer Samuel Johnson said, “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” So if you’ve always imagined how it looks like when a huge whale breaches the ocean’s surface or a lion hunts its prey, there’s no reason not to go and see it in person. Luckily, today there are many wildlife holidays you can opt for. And if a true wildlife experience is what you’re seeking, these five destinations might just be perfect for you.

Gansbaai (South Africa)

There’s hardly anything more extreme than diving into the shark-infested waters of South Africa. Gansbaai is a small fishing village in South Africa, famous for shark cage diving. Since the waters in this part of South Africa are full of sharks, tourists have a chance to get into a cage and see these marvelous creatures in person. The cages in which you go under the water are 100% shark-proof and there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Not to mention that this thrilling experience is something that’ll inspire you for a lifetime. The best time to visit Gansbaai is May to October since that’s when the success rate of shark sighting is highest and surpasses 95%.

Quebec (Canada)

Quebec is a city that sits on the St Lawrence River and it’s just a couple of hours away from the gulf of St Lawrence.  During certain times of the year, you can spot up to 13 different whale species   This includes humpback, blue, fin and killer whales among them. The best time to visit Quebec and go on a whale-watching trip is between mid-May and mid-October. There are many whale-watching operators that can take you to this beautiful place. There’s nothing to be afraid of as there are strict rules and ships aren’t allowed to get too close to the whales.

Corcovado (Costa Rica)

The national park of Corcovado is surely one of the most intense biological places on the planet. Cloud forests, old-growth wet forests, wild beaches and mangrove swamps you can come across in this national park are absolutely magnificent. Not only this, but Corcovado is full of tropical wildlife.  Tapirs, red macaws, quetzals and many different types of monkeys are just some of the animals you can spot in this amazing place. If you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to see a mountain lion or jaguar hunting for turtles on the beach. Since this is one of the wettest places on earth, make sure you visit it during the dry season (January to March).

Serengeti (Tanzania)

The great migration is one of the most dramatic scenes of African wildlife.  During the migration, more than 1.5 million wildebeests and 200,000 zebras set off on their 1,200-mile odyssey. What makes the great migration so special is that all of these animals are hunted by predators during their journey. Wildebeests and zebras follow the rain, which means you’ll have to plan your travels accordingly. The best time to visit Tanzania is  February or March.  This the time when animals congregate in Serengeti. By June and July, animals get to Masai Mara (Kenya) and that’s where you can witness magnificent Grumeti River crossings.

Yellowstone (USA)

The Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park is another area you’ll simply have to see if you’re into wildlife holidays. This place is famous for being a home to “big five” animals in the USA. The famous “big five” consists of the grizzly, bison, elk, wolf and cougar.  If you visit Yellowstone, chances are you’ll get to see all of them. If you get up early in the morning, you might even spot a bear or wolf looking for a pray.  Spotting a cougar may be more difficult but it’s possible if you’re persistent enough. If you want to record these incredible creatures by night, make sure you check out trail cameras before you visit Yellowstone.

All of these five places guarantee you a great time you’ll never be able to forget. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t book your flight today.  Be a witness to some of the best wildlife experiences on earth.

Have you be on a wild life vacation before?  If so, where were you a what did you see.  If not, what spot would you like to visit.   You may also like 4 Top Family Activities in Bali.

Author  – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

 

Tips For Choosing the Right School For Your Kids

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You can’t mess around when it comes to your children’s educations. It’s really vital that you pick a school that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right schools.

 

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The Location

Making a decision on schooling means you need to think hard about location. It’s important to choose the right school, but you also need to know what is in your area. Generally speaking you will only be able to apply to schools that fall within your area. The school needs to be reasonably accessible from where you live.  It’s important for your children to be able to make friends with kids who live locally. That’s why you need to consider the location before you choose the school.

Syllabus

Another thing you might like to consider is the syllabus that each school presents. These will probably end up being pretty much the same across the board. The government tends to set the syllabus, and the schools just teach them. However, they can choose the framework with which they present and teach the syllabus.  Some schools will have more exciting ideas than others. Think about the sort of syllabus your kid might enjoy. In fact, when you go to view some schools take your kids with you to give them a feel for what they might like.

 

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Pass Rate

The point of children attending school is to learn, study, and get the best possible grades they can. That’s why it’s useful to look at a school’s pass rate when considering whether it’s right for your child. Of course, you’re going to want to choose a school that has an impressive pass rate. Though, some institutions will excel in certain areas, and not in others. So, it’s worth thinking about what matters to you, and what is important for your kids. The pass rate is a key factor, but you have to understand it’s not the be all and end all. It’s much more important to choose somewhere based on a combination of factors.

Facilities

The facilities must always be taken into consideration. It would be best to pick a modern school that has recently been built, or undergone a major face lift.  You have to look at how strong each department is within the school. What’s the layout like? Do they have a gymnasium and sports field? Are there plenty of toilets? Most importantly, is the school as safe as it can be? Studies have proven that facilities can greatly affect student outcomes and teaching methods. So, you need to be sure you’re choosing an institution with wonderful facilities.

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Reputation

Making a decision about where to send your kids will be based a lot on reputation. Before making any life decisions, you’re going to want to do your homework.  School is such a pivotal institution in the lives of children, and can help shape their future. That’s why reputation is so important, and you’ve got to make sure you choose the school with the best reputation imaginable. That means you have to do your homework and scrutinize a school’s reputation and performance. Does it seem like the right sort of fit for your child? If the answer is yes, then it’s a good place to enroll them. If the answer is no, then you will need to look into other schools instead.

Equipment

As well as considering facilities you also need to assess the equipment the school has. Attending open house should allow you to take a tour of the school and quiz them on the equipment they have there. It’s really important to choose an institute that’s equipped to serve the needs of your children, and helping them to learn. For instance, you’re not going to want to choose a school with a shortage of classroom chairs or desks. This is going to have a negative effect on the capacity for learning.  So it’s really important that the school be well stocked and professionally run, with a focus on the children.

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Who Else Goes There?

It’s also important to consider the company your children will be keeping.  This sort of links to the point about reputation, as well as a little about location. It’s important that you know the children your kids will be interacting with. Do you have any friends who are sending their kids to a specific school? Do your children get along well with some of the kids who may be going there? It’s essential that you consider who else goes to the school you want to send the kids to. This is an important decision to make, and will help you decide on the best school for the children.

Home Schooling?

You may even make a decision that you don’t want to send your kids to any school.  Instead, you may wish to home-school them. There are a variety of reasons why parents home-school their kids. Close to 2 million American children are home-schooled, so it’s certainly a popular choice for a lot of parents. Think about whether you’re the type of person to choose distance learning for the children. There are positives and negatives to either argument.  Remember if you’re home-schooling the kids, you’re going to need to take time out to actually teach them. They aren’t going to be able to do it themselves. It’s going to be hard work for you just as much as it will be for them.

 

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Choosing the right school or learning institution for your kids is really important. They need to get the best possible education they can so they have good opportunities. That’s why it’s important to think hard about this choice and make it as carefully as you can. There are so many factors to consider when it comes to choosing a school. Hopefully, you will find this list helpful when trying to choose the right school for your kids.

It’s vital that you pick a facility that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right school:

 

 

Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle Review #RY_GARDENER

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I received this Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle for free or at a discount in exchange for an honest review.  I needed an additional nozzle for a hose in the back of my house.  This particular hose is used to wash off the picnic table, deck, and outdoor furniture.  I hate taking the nozzle off one hose and moving it to another.  So, I was looking forward to receiving the set and putting it to the test.

The package finally arrives.  The nozzle is heavy and quality made.  It comes with 2 connectors, 4 washers and 2 O rings.  You won’t have to worry about leaks for quite some time.  It was easy to attach to the connector and to the hose.  It has a nice grip and the handle is easy to apply pressure to it.  I love that it has a little triangle on top that can be used to hold the handle in place.  You can set the handle and let the hose do the work.

 

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The handle is ergonomically designed too.  This feature is important to me because of my carpal tunnel.  It’s heavy, but it doesn’t add a lot of weight to the hose.

The nozzle has several water streams.  First, the full stream is what I use to wash the car or clean off the deck and outdoor furniture.  It is powerful and does the job.  It’s perfect for cleaning off the driveway or the vinyl siding on the house.  This is a plus.

The one negative on this nozzle is that the streams are not marked.  I would not use the full stream in my garden or shrubbery bed.  It’s too powerful for tender plants and it would blast the mulch from the shrubbery beds.  Because the nozzle is not marked, you have to literally turn the knob on the hose to unmarked settings and just wait and see what stream you arrive at.  It’s not a show stopper, but it is an inconvenience. Other than that, I would recommend this nozzle.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #90

 

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Welcome to Week 90 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. This is the first week of our Boo, Scary Nights theme.  Halloween is around the corner.  Everyone will be in search of the perfect costume for a night of spooky characters and delicious treats.  We’re looking for crafts, recipes, DIY, mantel makeovers, porch decorating tips and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linky too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

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Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Witch Marshmallows from Embellish Mints

 

Halloween Witch Marshallow Treats

Rhonda selected She Shed Turned Play House  from Lolly Jane

Turn a shed into a play house

Kim M. selected The Changing Seasons from Agent 54

How seasons affect us

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Fall Doily Leaf Napkin Ring from Oh My Creative

Fall decorating ideas

Our Favorite Theme Post(s): A Season of Colors:

20 Leaf Crafts from There’s Just One Mommy

crafts that use fall leaves

 

and

Fall Mantel and Painted Pumpkin Crate from Scrap Shoppe Blog  

how to paint a pumpkin design crate

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


14 Reasons You Need To Get An Outdoor Pool!

 

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Swimming is something we all do as kids, and then as we get older a lot of us start to lose interest.  It’s not because it’s not fun, but as we get older we have other things to do. Also as we get older, we get hang-ups about our bodies in a way that few kids really do. That’s not to say it never happens to kids; regrettably it does.  But whatever age we are, we can all benefit from time spent in the pool.

If you’ve been considering getting a backyard pool, or just starting to get more use from the one you have, then you definitely should. There are so many reasons why it is an excellent choice, ranging from the obvious health benefits to many others.  Although it’s not cheap, the benefits you will get mean it really does pay for itself. Particularly if you have the climate to suit it, a pool can be a year-round investment.

Swimming Is Some Of The Best Exercise You’ll Get

 

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A lot of people talk about swimming as a low-impact form of exercise,  and in some ways it is.  It is an excellent way of getting aerobic and cardio exercise, which everyone needs.  It doesn’t put much pressure on muscles, and if you struggle with endurance time in the pool is a great way to build it.

Getting In The Pool Is A Great Way To Cool Off

It’s a fact that, globally, temperatures are on the rise, and are staying higher for longer periods of time.  It is also a fact that heatwaves are happening more often.  Heatwaves has its benefits for those who love the sun. However, anyone who says that it’s not occasionally uncomfortable is either untruthful or some sort of lizard. We’re not built to sustain heat indefinitely. Getting in the pool is heaven on hot, steamy days like these.

Swimming Is A Communal Form Of Exercise

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Going to the gym has its place. We all benefit from running machines and exercise bikes, but it’s not for everyone. It’s certainly not “fun for all the family.” You don’t really get to have a fun chat as you’re pounding the treadmill. That’s not least because you fear being sling-shot into the weights machines if you pause for a moment. But you can use your backyard pool and go at your own pace.  Make it a family thing.

Helps In Recovering From An Injury 

As mentioned earlier, swimming in a pool is a low-impact form of exercise from a muscular point of view. This is a major reason why doctors recommend it as part of an injury recovery regime. To get back in shape you need to exercise.  With the support of the water, you can do it without over-exerting and aggravating the injury.  It will also strengthen muscle generally.

Perfect For Parties

No matter the type of party, a backyard pool can be an excellent venue. For grown-ups, they allow an outdoor space to enjoy good music, food, drinks and a place to cool off in summer. For kids’ parties where games are an absolute essential, they provide a great setting.  From the classics like Marco Polo, to Noodle Jousting and Octopus, all are a lot of fun and easy to monitor.

Enhances An Outdoor Space

When you move into a house, most of your time is spent thinking about the indoors. But the outdoor areas are in many ways just as important. A well-tended garden can make a house feel more like a home and increase its resale value. A pool and outdoor seating area can make it special too. When friends and family come to visit, you can be sure that they will appreciate the chance for a dip.

Each Pool Can Be Customized To Great Effect

It could never be said that when you’ve seen one pool, you’ve seen them all. What you do with your pool is up to you, but you can add a waterfalls,  put in a springboard or set up a hot tub and that’s just to start.  Even a waterslide is a possibility; however, unless you have a lot of disposable income you’re not going to challenge the theme parks.

Out Of The Pool Onto The Patio

Setting up a seated area on the patio is the perfect way to follow up a relaxing time in the pool. After you’ve had a bit of a workout and swum until you can swim no more – or if you feel like a change of scene – a few patio heaters will make a big difference. You’ve worked those muscles and now they deserve a rest. Get a towel wrapped around you and let the heat radiate and soothe any aches away.
As the temperatures drop and you’re still in your swimming costume, warming up by the pool is essential. Next to a heater on a comfortable patio chair, you can relax with a drink and carry on conversations begun in the pool. It’s worth checking sites like Hot Tub Advice to get a bit more information on what will suit you.

It’s An Incredible Way To De-stress

In the course of a day’s work, the stresses and strains can build up to the point where you feel like one big knot of frustration. Getting in a swimming pool and swimming or just floating for a bit can be a wonderful way of letting those stresses melt away. Think of it as being a big, gentle massage that encompasses your whole body. Can you think of anything more relaxing than that?

Strengthening Athletic Abilities 

 

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A child can demonstrate a talent for swimming or diving in the swimming pool. Maybe they’ll be great at water polo or synchronized swimming.  In any case, the chance to practice at home is something that could make things much easier for them.

Any Day Can Be A Holiday

Your familiar with the idea of a “staycation.” You do all the things that you would do on holiday (try driving a few towns over for some sight-seeing). The kicker is that you don’t have the travel costs to worry about. So if you like to spend a holiday by the pool, now you can do it at home. Weather permitting of course!

It’s A Great Convincer For Playdates

Let’s be honest, you’ll see your kids more.  Inviting their friends over to swim and play is a great way to get to know other parents too.  You can use the time for adult interaction. Having your own pool is a pretty useful card to have in the deck.  Kids like swimming and it’s good for them – and it could be good for your kid’s social life too.

A Pool Ups Your Resale Value

Having a pool in your garden compared to not having one can up the resale value on your property by 5% or more. If your house is currently valued at $500,000, you could add another $25,000 on to that.  The more you add around it – pool house, gas grill, diving boards – the more the value can rise. You’ll be sorry to leave it, but you’ll have the funds to do it again!

Do You Hate Bedtime? Not Anymore!

Having a backyard pool means that your kids are getting exercise all summer long.  You may not realize the full benefit that this gives you until a couple of weeks into the summer. At some point, you realize that you haven’t had to shout at your kids to go to bed.  They have tired themselves out swimming all day.  A sound night’s sleep is good for them and for you.

The initial outlay of a backyard pool may seem excessive; however, the fourteen reasons above is worth it.

When it comes down to it how would you like to spend the sunny days of the year?  With a meal and a drink, and relaxing swim, and than looking over the sparkling water of your backyard pool sounds like a winner to me. You’ll never regret making the choice to get a swimming pool.

Leave us a comment and let us know what your dream pool looks like.

6 Great Style and Beauty Tips for Busy Moms

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Whether you’ve recently welcomed motherhood or are a parenting veteran, you know that time is a luxury. You can barely find the time to sleep, let alone put on makeup and look polished. Before you know it, your kids  and other responsibilities demand all your attention and you have no time for yourself. You’ve probably forgotten what it feels like to get a manicure or have a day at the spa.

But you don’t need to give up on looking good yet. Give yourself just 15 minutes every day and follow the tips mentioned below to look and feel great.

(Take a few minutes everyday to take care of yourself)

  1. Prioritize healthy skin

Taking care of your skin should be foremost on your list of priorities. No amount of makeup can cover up an unhealthy complexion. So find a skincare regime that works for you and follow this every day. Cleanse gently, tone and moisturize with a hydrating moisturizer. Always use a good sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Additionally, remember that what you eat has an impact on the health of your skin. So consume a diet full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Vitamins are the building blocks of skin and hair, and a deficiency of these can cause many skin problems and infections. For more information on vitamin rich foods and their benefits, take a look at this infographic:

14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin

This Infographic – 14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin – Was Created By Fixyourskin.com

Also remember to drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Motherhood may keep you up on most nights, so try to fit in naps throughout the day.

  1. Invest in Basics and staples

As a mom, you probably spend a lot of time in jeans, joggers and t-shirts. These are comfortable and perfect for running after kids or even doing the laundry. But you can stay comfortable and stylish at the same time. Invest in a great pair of jeans that flatter your shape or a classic shirt instead of spending money on cheaper clothes. These will get worn out in no time, and you’ll be back where you started. Investing in staples will save you time and money in the long run.

  1. Get a Straightening or Curling Treatment for your hair

With a hectic day ahead, you won’t have the time to put together an elaborate hairdo. You probably barely have the time to run a comb through your hair. A simple solution to this is to have a permanent hair treatment done. Getting your hair straightened or curled, will give you gorgeous hair every day with no effort.

  1. Pick the Right Accessories

The right accessories can make or break an outfit. A great bag or some stunning shoes will transform your look completely. Like clothing, the same rule applies when it comes to accessories. Always invest in quality, classic pieces, rather than blindly following trends. Take care of your accessories and store them in dust proof bags to ensure that they last you many years. Great accessories can elevate any basic outfit and take it up several notches.

  1. Look after your nails and toes

Your days of hitting the salon regularly may be far behind you.  You want your hands and feet to look gorgeous in sandals or flip flops during the summer months.  You can still have soft hands, feet and polished nails. All you need are a few basic items such as a nail file, buffing brush, and moisturizer.  A little care every day and can give your nails that salon look at home.

  1. Take the natural route

Your path to beautiful skin and hair can begin right in your kitchen. You’d be surprised at the common ingredients that can be incorporated into your skin care routine.  However, you don’t have to spend valuable time mixing skincare concoctions in the kitchen to fix your skin.  Easily available ingredients such as olive oil can do wonders for your complexion. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and soothes dry skin and lips.  Additionally, rubbing lemon juice on your elbows and knees can lighten pigmentation. Don’t need to head to the store the next time you run out of moisturizer, head toward your kitchen. Just use the natural ingredients in your kitchen.

Conclusion

Most importantly, being a mom isn’t easy. It requires patience, stamina and an endless amount of energy. You may feel overwhelmed at times, and wonder if you will get any time to yourself ever again. Just remember that it will all be worth it and make sure to set aside a few minutes every day for yourself.  Most Taking care of yourself will help you feel more centered, relaxed and ready to take on the day. Try some of the tips mentioned, to feel your best even on the busiest days.  What’s in your skin care routine?  Do you take time to get a manicure or pedicure?  Tell us about your style or beauty routine.

Author Bio:  Hello, Amelia, here from FixYourSkin.com!  FixYourSkin has a lot of tips, health advice and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!