Workout Wednesday – Daily Tip #58

WorkoutWednesdayOver the last few weeks, our son has had somewhat poor manners at the dinner table. Nothing horrible, but more like chewing with his mouth open and elbows on the table. We are trying to break this habit, which isn’t always easy without some form of consequence. We can say it over and over again and he still will continue doing it, but with consequence it’s at least in the back of his mind. Here are my suggestions, which can turn into a fun family activity. ๐Ÿ™‚ WEIRD, I know!

– When he chews with his mouth open, and either myself or my husband mention it to him, he has to do 5 push ups.

– When we catch him with his elbows on the table, he has to sprint our back yard three times (so a total of 3 lengths – down, up, down).

If he catches himself doing either, then he doesn’t have to run or do push ups. We are happy that he’s paying some attention to his actions. Luckily he really loves the motivation (or else we’d pick something else like no X-box). He loves to play sports and plays soccer 3 times a week, which we just learned may be increasing next year. As if we didn’t have enough time already! But the part that makes this fun and a little competitive is doing the sprints and push ups with him. This way he doesn’t feel like he’s being punished, but at the same time has the sense to keep in mind that he’s going to be exercising after dinner if he’s not a little more careful. It has been fun and the whole family has responded well. Even our 5 year old daughter was out there running sprints. What do you do in your home to help enforce good manners when constant reminding does not work?

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Recipe Tuesday – Daily Tip #57

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Lemon Chicken & Couscous

2 lb chicken thighs
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp oregano, divided
4 tsp olive oil, divided
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 c. couscous
1 1/4 c. chicken broth
2 green onions, diced
1 carrot, peeled & grated

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Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl, mix together lemon zest, 1 tsp oregano, 2 tsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place chicken in the bowl and cover with seasonings and oil. Place chicken in a glass baking dish, sprayed with non-stick spray. Place lemon slices on top of chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 20 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, bring chicken broth, green onions, and carrots to a boil. Once boiling, stir in couscous and oregano. Cover, and set aside. Once chicken is done, serve with couscous and your favorite vegetable. We served this with steamed carrots.

Boost Your Energy Monday – Daily Tip #56

BoostYourEnergyMondayAre you feeling drained? Take a mental health day! Have you ever called in ‘sick’ to just take a day to yourself? Spend those 8 hours doing something for you. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel the next day.ย  Go get a pedicure, massage, go shopping, sleep all day, do whatever YOU want to do!

Obviously, don’t call in if you have a deadline or if you don’t have anymore sick days. Use your mental health day responsibly and come back to work and your home rejuvenated!

 

Relax on Sunday – Daily Tip #55

RelaxonSundayDo you tend to feel wired and restless? Focus on removing caffeinated beverages from your daily routine. Replace soda, coffee, and energy drinks with natural alternatives like a cup of green tea. You don’t have to throw all of you coffee and soda away, go through it slowly, and focus on reducing the amount of it that you drink. If you drink 3-4 cups of soda or coffee per day, try drinking 2-3 for a week. If you are feeling great, cut it down to 1-2. Do this slowly. Your body will tell you when you are ready to reduce again.

Healthy Tip Saturday – Daily Tip #54

HealthyTipSaturdayNow that Spring is here, get outside! Put on some sunscreen and soak up some natural Vitamin D. What are the benefits of Vitamin D?

  • Helps your body absorb nutrients.
  • Helps provide calcium balance.
  • Helps regulate blood pressure, aids in relieving stress and tension.
  • Helps relieve body aches and muscle pains.
  • Helps reduce respiratory infections.
  • Helps fight depression.
  • Helps improve skin health.
  • Helps reduce risk of multiple sclerosis.

Follow Friday – Daily Tip #53

FollowFridayI’ve decided to take a different spin on Follow Fridays. I was posting about blogs that I really love and why you should check them out. But I have a new found love of yard work and gardening, and since this is my blog and website, Follow Friday is now going to be about ME and the progress our yard is taking! ๐Ÿ™‚ Every week I’ll post a few new pictures of things that we may have updated, may have done, or if the weather doesn’t allow, it may be a list of things to do!

A little bit about our backyard. We are living in a community with an HOA, so some things are kind of limited. But at the same time, the HOA isn’t nearly as strict as some people think they would be. I’ve been thinking of starting a garden for years, and just never had the time, the motivation, and every other excuse you can think of. I finally threw caution to the wind and have planted seeds for a garden! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s 70 different pods of seeds to be exact. I tried to do a variety of seeds that the whole family will enjoy. We planted onions, green onions, jalapenos, habaneros, bell peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, pumpkins, watermelons, and cantaloupe. I’m going to be tearing up some grass on the side of our house to possibly plant some berry bushes. I’m thinking raspberries for now, something so if we don’t eat them I can at least make jam out of them. Then I’ll be purchasing those hanging bushes that contain tomatoes and strawberries to help save some space as well. Here are a few pictures of the seeds I planted:

 

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Release the Stress Thursday – Daily Tip #52

ReleasetheStressThursdayDo you get stressed and need an outlet? What is that outlet? Here are some great activities that can help lower your stress and keep you on the path to staying healthy:

  • Yard work – take out your stress on those little weeds that are infiltrating your yard! Yank, Pull, Throw! Whatever you need to do!
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Work on an automobile
  • Organize some of the areas in your house that are a little too cluttered. Having TOO much stuff can cause stress sometimes.