Today a friend shared with me a question that she posed to her husband this morning. She asked him “In your opinion, what is the funniest thing I have ever done?” He quickly shared this thought and they had a great laugh. This couple has a great relationship because they can have fun together and laugh together. It made me think about the kind of person I am. I tend to be more reserved and responsible. My husband is the character in our relationship, but every now and then, he can bring out the silliness in me and we have a great laugh together.
Being the kind of person who can let their guard down and just be silly for a moment can really lighten the mood, reduce stress and ease anxiety. For some people being a character comes naturally and they tend to live with less stress and are more care-free. For others it takes a conscious effort to relax to the point of letting go a bit. Sometimes we take ourselves a bit too seriously and worry too much about what others think of us.
Allowing yourself to laugh at situations can really help a relationship. Think about things that happen in your everyday life that frustrate you. Now think about how you can find the humor in it. Now how much better do you feel? When you realize that not everything is purposeful and can actually be turned into a good laugh, life with your significant other becomes more enjoyable together.
For example, my husband constantly drags items across our coffee table, leaving behind numerous scratches. It used to frustrate me that he didn’t take care of our things. For him, he wanted to be comfortable and relaxed in his own home with the view that things do wear. So one day he told me he was “aging it for free because that’s the trend right now”. I laughed and since then, the scratches and marks haven’t bothered me.
Today I challenge you to do something or say something silly. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Have a good, old fashioned belly laugh until you face hurts from smiling and enjoy being a character, even for a brief moment.
A healthy pregnancy begins before you even try to conceive. Many women are unaware of their pregnancy for several weeks. Development of essential features begins immediately. Thus it is important to have a healthy lifestyle prior to planning pregnancy. Typically when you are trying to get pregnant, you should lead a lifestyle as if you already are!
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthy, well balanced diet
Avoid raw meat
Limit seafood (too much mercury)
Avoid excessive caffeine
Avoid tobacco, alcohol and street drugs
Continue your exercise regimen
If you have chronic illnesses, discuss them with your medical provider
If you take medications (prescribed or over-the-counter) discuss them with your medical provider to determine which are safe to continue during pregnancy
Take a folic acid supplement with 400 micrograms to avoid neural tube defects of the spinal cord
Wash hands frequently and avoid people who are ill
Avoid environments that can cause harm: radiology, smoky rooms, newly painted rooms, garages with car exhaust, cleaning chemicals
Summer is more than halfway over! I realized that when I got up this morning and had a brief moment of panic. When you live in the northern hemisphere, warm days are precious. You want to make the most of them which is why I started writing down a mini "bucket list". On the list are all the fun things I hope to do before the snow starts to fly again:
Needless to say the list can go on forever! I know that I probably won't do everything, but it's nice to have options on those days when I'm looking for something to do.
Mini "bucket lists" aren't limited to summer either. You can create one for each season and get the whole family involved in setting them up and choosing items to participate in. It's a fun way to stay connected with your loved ones and enjoy life.
I love fresh produced, but I hate when it goes to waste. I typically buy bananas every week at the grocery store, but often our two member household cannot finish them before they turn brown. I put the brown ones in the freezer until I can make banana bread or a smoothie out of them. Then I realized the entire top shelf of my freezer was filled with brown bananas. Sure, I could buy less, but then of course, we would finish them and wish we had more. I came across a helpful hint online, tried it and thought I would share with you as I am enjoying a yellow banana that I bought 5 days ago!
Summer means longer days and more fun outside. If you have kids, you want to avoid the dreaded “I’m BORED!” Here are some affordable ideas to make your summer a little more fun!
· Cut a glow stick and pour the contents into a bottle of bubbles. Enjoy glow in the dark bubble fun.
· Purchase a bunch of colored sponges from a discount store or dollar store. Cut up into hand size pieces, place them in small buckets (plastic sand buckets work great), fill with water, give one to each child and allow for a reusable and quick water fight!
· Old fashioned water balloon battles are always fun as well. A unique twist is to hide them randomly on your property to allow them to find them first to use for a water battle.
· Make a home-made obstacle course using things you already have at home. Turn 10 times on a bat, stack a pile of empty containers into a tower, hula hoop, jump rope, crawl under a table, hop over a safe optical, fill a container using a tablespoon of water at a time, add food into it (eat an entire carrot, or any fruit or vegetable) before moving on. Ideas are endless with this one.
· Go on a scavenger hunt. Grab a stack of notecards and put simple everyday items on each one. If your kids are older you can use riddles or word scrambles to make it more challenging. Send kids as individuals or teams to see who can return first with all of the requested items.
· Build an outdoor fort using only household items. If you’re brave enough, camp out for the evening.
· Go on a family bike ride, it’s even more fun when the trip ends at a fun location, local pool or ice cream stand.
· Plant a family garden, have everyone help plant and maintain it.
· Make a large hop-scotch board on your driveway and play.
· Set up a penny toss game with recyclable cans and containers.
· Have a family picnic for lunch or dinner. Let the kids choose the meal and pack the basket.
Be creative, have fun, be open to ideas. Share some of your ideas with us!
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