Thursday, March 22, 2018

Busy Mom Life Hacks: Staying Active While Working Long Hours


Do you struggle to stay in shape? Sadly, a great number of people these days struggle to keep their weight in check and stay healthy despite the advances of medicine and technology. We struggle to find time to finish everything we want in a day: go to work, be productive, get home, eat well, have enough time for family, socialize with friends, work out, and have a few moments for ourselves. Working out is difficult when you work long hours, but not impossible if you use a few tricks.

Here’s what you need to know:

Mind the diet


Eating regularly and eating healthy food should be high on your priority list. When you’re under a lot of stress, it’s easy to ruin your eating habits: you forget to eat, you reach for fast food because you don’t have enough time, or you start stress eating because deadlines are approaching and you’re nowhere near finished with your project. Avoid doing these things as they will make you feel bad about yourself later on, and all the high-calorie foods will make you feel sleepy and heavy afterwards. This means that you won’t feel motivated to work out even if you find the time. Several small, healthy meals through the day will help you feel full but not stuffed.


Have active weekends

When you have no choice but to pull off long shifts every day, you look forward to weekends. But when the weekend comes, all you want to do is sleep and binge-watch your favorite show. Instead of turning to couch potato, you could use this time to get some exercise and bond with your family.


Have one day a week for an adventure: get all your family on bikes (you can find great kids bikes for sale online), pack balls, kites, and Frisbees, prepare healthy food for a picnic and spend a day outside. Change activities every week so you don’t get bored and try hiking, going for a swim, or you can even take your pets and go camping.

Work on your morning and evening routine

When your shifts are crazy, you will probably not want to do anything afterwards, especially if you’re working nights. Fitting exercise in your schedule is very important, even if you only take fifteen minutes to do it.


Early morning walks are a great way to start your day and gather energy for office, while gentle yoga in the evening will help you calm down and relax so you can get a good night’s sleep. Exercise is good for your mind as well as your body, and even gentle movements, walks, and stretches have antidepressant effects.

Change your habits

Let’s face it – we’re all a bit lazy and most of us would love to stay in bed watching movies than hit the gym. Still, when you work a lot, it’s important to move more, even if it means walking for a few minutes longer every day. If you drive to work, try parking a block further than you usually do, and if you’re commuting, try getting off one stop early and walk the distance every day.


Try using stairs instead of escalators or elevators whenever you can, and don’t roll the chair around the office but try getting up more often. All these things might not seem like much, but if you do it every day you and your body will soon notice the difference.

Take power breaks

When work feels overwhelming, don’t hesitate to take a break, but instead of grabbing a cup of coffee, go for a short walk. It will invigorate you, reset your concentration, and you will burn a few calories too. If possible, try going outside, as the change of scenery will also be good for your tired eyes, especially if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen. This way you will prevent burnouts and when you get back to work you will be able to focus better.

Use technology


Technology can be of great help if you’re trying to stay in shape but you don’t have the time. You can install one of those simple apps that go off every fifteen or twenty minutes to remind you to stand up, stretch, and walk around the office a bit. This is great because we are so immersed in work that we forget to take a break every now and then. You can also get an app that counts the number of steps you took during the day, which is a great way to monitor your activity as it will inspire you to move more.

Be in charge

After we’ve walked through the easiest and the most effective ways to stay fit and healthy even if you’re working crazy hours, we have to mention something important: it’s your decision to take an active role in your own health. Don’t use job as an excuse to avoid working out – when you plan ahead you can achieve anything. Remember that everything counts: all those health meals, all those little walks, as well as every single minute of exercise.


There’s no doubt that working long hours has its benefits: you earn more for overtime and you can use that money to treat yourself and your family after the work is done. On the other hand, working more than eight hours a day for longer periods of time can take its toll on your mind and body, which is why you should put in extra effort to stay active. Exercise will help you stay healthy and handle stress better, and we can all agree that it’s something we could all appreciate.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5 Things News Parents Need to Know About Life Insurance


As a parent, you would likely agree that the birth of your child is one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Nine months of planning, debating over baby names, and picking nursery colors all leading up to a single moment of joy when the baby finally arrives. But then things get real, and you realize your most important job on earth is to ensure this tiny human being is cared for in the best way possible.

You’ve done everything you can to prepare – you’ve read the best books, bought the safest car seat, hoarded months’ worth of bath supplies, wipes and diapers in the garage – and swear you’ll never let your baby out of your sight until they graduate high school. But have you also thought about how to protect your family financially in the event you aren’t around?

Your new little one’s long-term financial security is up to you, which is why it’s time to consider life insurance. A life insurance policy is an essential part of your family’s financial safety net. The proceeds of a term life insurance policy can be used to help pay for a number of financial needs, such as mortgage payments, childcare, and other day-to-day living expenses. Here are a few things to know when shopping for life insurance.

Life Insurance Probably Costs Less Than You Think

One of the greatest misconceptions about life insurance is that it is too expensive, and an affordable policy is out of reach. However, across the board, term life insurance policies are much more affordable than many people realize – especially if you buy while you’re young and healthy. For example, a healthy 30-year-old woman could buy a 30-year, $750,000 Haven Term policy, issued by MassMutual, for about $36 per month.

Term life insurance is a budget-friendly way to help financially protect your growing family. It’s possible that the monthly premium for hundreds of thousands of dollars in term life insurance coverage could be around the same price as a month’s supply of diapers.

Employer-Provided Life Insurance Usually Isn’t Enough

Life insurance through your employer is a great work perk. However, if you have a spouse and children who rely on your income, employer-provided life insurance can leave you underinsured.

Many employer-provided policies offer coverage that’s only one to two times your annual income. Yet, experts recommend having coverage that’s five to 10 times your salary. Additionally, once you leave your job, employer coverage usually ends or an option to convert it might be available, but it’s at a more expensive rate.

Stay-at-Home Parents Are Very Valuable

Some might think a stay-at-home parent doesn’t need a life insurance policy because they aren’t providing financially for the family. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

While a stay-at-home parent might not be putting cash in the bank, they are definitely preventing a family from spending it. Stay-at-home parents spend their busy days watching children, taking care of the house, running errands, cooking and more. In fact, according to an annual survey from, if you add up a stay-at-home parent’s responsibilities, they would work 92 hours each week and earn about $143,102 for all the work they do.

If your spouse is the primary daily caregiver while you’re at work, could you afford to pay for comparable daycare if they were no longer around? What about a housekeeper to help with weekly chores, or a tutor to assist children with homework? While parents are irreplaceable, the proceeds of a life insurance policy can help bridge financial gaps that arise from paying for this type of support.

Ratings Matter

When it comes to choosing a car or a stroller, parents are always looking for products that have the best ratings, whether it’s for safety or popularity. Well, when shopping for life insurance, ratings should matter too.

Ratings are important within the life insurance industry because they are an indicator of the ratings agency’s opinion of the financial stability of the issuing company and its ability to meet financial obligations, like pay out claims.  When you’ve paid out your hard-earned money to put insurance protection in place for your family, the last thing you want as a parent is to worry about whether your insurance provider will be able to pay out when you need it most.

You Can Buy Quality Coverage Online

Yes, you read that right – you can buy dependable life insurance coverage online. Life insurance is an important component of a financial plan, and you shouldn’t have to move mountains to get it. That’s why Haven Life offers a simple, affordable way to apply for and, if approved, buy dependable term life insurance coverage. Even better, the Haven Term policy is issued by MassMutual, a leading life insurance company with an A++ rating from A.M. Best —  that’s the highest mark you can get from that particular rating agency*.

There are enough things to worry about as a new parent but the financial security of your family shouldn’t be one of them. Taking the time to get covered now provides the peace of mind necessary for you to focus on the day-to-day with your baby instead of the worst-case scenario. You’ve done all of your planning and you’re ready to be a great parent – now check “get life insurance” off your to-do list too.

This post is sponsored by Haven Life Insurance Agency. Haven Life is a life insurance startup, backed and wholly owned by MassMutual, that offers a simple online experience for buying high-quality and affordable coverage. Driven by a mission to make life less hard, we’re transforming the typically time-consuming and confusing process of buying life insurance into one that’s easier, faster and just plain better.

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*MassMutual and its subsidiaries C.M. Life Insurance Company and MML Bay State Life Insurance Company are rated by A.M. Best Company as A++ (Superior; Top category of 15). The rating is as of March 1, 2018 and is subject to change. MassMutual has received different ratings from other rating agencies.


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Why I Want to Live Debt-Free (& What’s in it for YOU)

To live debt-free is not as impossible as it might sound. I was once a skeptic, but now I’m a believer that we can live within our means. Here’s why I think it’s a valid pursuit. Almost eleven years ago my husband and I were convicted to stop using credit and to pay off our […]

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #10

Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #10 from Life as MomWant a fun and delicious week of dinners this week? I’ve got you covered with grilled chicken, Crockpot enchiladas, chicken caesar salad, and more good stuff. Print this weekly meal plan and get cooking! Poorman’s Chicken Caesar Salad Ready for an easy week of meals? Well, I’ve got you covered with a weekly meal plan […]

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Friday, March 16, 2018

4 Health and Safety Tips for Sports Parents

What dad isn’t happy to learn that their kid wants to participate in sports? Not only is it a great way for you guys to bond, it also provides an opportunity for your child to develop new skills, meet new people, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now that you’re a sports dad, you’ll need to be an integral part of their support system. For your kids to be the best athletes they can, you’ll need to make sure that they are healthy both physically and mentally. Check out these health tips below.

 Visit the Doctor

Just like pro athletes are required to get physicals and see doctors to ensure they’re fit for the game, you’ll want to make sure that your child is in the best health possible. Something as simple as an annual physical, can ensure that your child is growing at the right height and weight for their age, and more importantly that they’re healthy enough inside and out to withstand the demand of playing sports.

The doctor is also the one you turn to when there are signs of trouble. For instance, if your child is under developing physically, your doctor might provide insight around potential growth supplements and discuss facts about hgh for children to improve their growth and development. Before your child enrolls in a sport, whether required by the school or not, be sure they’ve been fully checked to ensure their health and safety.

Make Sure They Eat Right

Your little one will be very active during practices and games, and requires the right type of fuel to ensure they can withstand the increase in activity. Now, more than ever, it will be necessary to feed them foods packed with vitamins and nutrients they’ll need such as protein, carbs, and vitamin c. Not only should your kid be eating three meals per day, but they should also have healthy snacks in between. This includes game day. Instead of fueling them up on sports drinks and junk food, make sure they’re drinking plenty of water. Snack ideas might include fresh fruit, raw veggies and dip, cereal or granola bars, or perhaps some yogurt.

Focus on the Fun of It

Every parent wants their kids to win, but when you get caught up in wins or losses, it takes the fun out of the sport for your child. As no team wins all the time, it is best to just focus on the positive moments and encourage them to work harder to win the next time. “Good job! You’re getting better on the field” goes a long way in the mind of a child who really wanted a win.

The same goes for wins! You want to teach good sportsmanship and the best way to do that is to celebrate the win, but not so aggressively that the other team feels bad. Remind your child to shake the hand of the other team and compliment their efforts.

Safety First

Whether practicing at home, at school or playing on game day it is important to keep safety first. Make sure that your child is wearing safety gear appropriately and at all times. Stress the importance of paying attention and following the rules of the game to ensure no one gets hurt. It is important that your children know that although they’re having fun playing the sport, the truth is it can be dangerous if they’re not careful and alert.

Being a sports dad is a very rewarding experience. It is a great way to connect with your child on a different level. It also helps them to develop new skills and stay active. To ensure that your kid can provide the best performance on game day, it is important to make sure you’re committed to their overall health. Make sure they’re keeping up with doctor’s appointments, eating well-balanced meals and snacks, and of course wearing the correct gear for protection. Most importantly, make sure to keep the fun of the sport at the forefront of your mind so that it doesn’t become too stressful for you or your kids.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Legoland on a Budget? Why, Yes, Yes, You Can!

Want to visit Legoland in San Diego? Not wanting to spend a lot of money? Check out these tried and true tips for enjoying Legoland on a budget.

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Being the Best Parents for Your Children Means Supporting Your Spouse

Every new, expectant, and experienced parent only wants what’s best for their children. In order to accomplish this goal, the parents must be willing to work together. This means learning how to be an effective team, to support each other through the ups and downs of raising children (and life in general), and how to encourage each other to be the very best versions of yourself. Essentially, if you want your children to have a solid foundation in life, you must learn how to create a healthy and uplifting relationship for your kids to model after.

Words of Encouragement

Whether life is pretty good or you’re presently going through a personal struggle, your words can be instrumental in showing love and support to your spouse. Statements like, “I believe in you”, “You inspire me”, and “I’m proud of you can be all it takes to encourage your spouse to be the best they can every day. They can also be the very words that help to get them out of a rut like addiction, mental illness, or the loss of a loved one.

Support Through Action

Words are great and can be just the boost your partner needs to accomplish their life goals. However, that is not the only form of support you should be showing your spouse. They also need to see your support in the form of action. If your significant other has a dream business idea, for instance, you can take action by giving them money to invest in it, pitching in with household chores while they dedicate extra hours to that dream, or offering your skills and experience to help push their idea forward. The same type of supportive action can be shown by learning more about a drug rehab in Colorado, whether an inpatient or outpatient program (or whichever location is most convenient), and providing this advice to a spouse who is struggling with addiction.


Here’s one supportive measure that many adults overlook when they’ve been together for years – self-care. Your appearance, physical, and mental health are all part of encouraging your spouse to do better daily. Remember, you are a team when one team member takes the time to care for themselves, they’re saying to their spouse that the relationship is worth being happy and healthy. Keep a clean appearance, eat right, get sleep, have a healthy social life, and stay on top of your physical and emotional well-being. When your partner sees you at your best, they will be pushed to want to emulate that in themselves.

Carry Your Own Baggage

Many adults have gone through complicated life experiences that have altered or hindered their ability to properly love or be in a healthy relationship. They carry this “emotional baggage” around with them and unknowingly toss it to their partner to hold (along with their own baggage). After a while, the weight of all the baggage leads your spouse to feel resentment or overwhelmed, reducing the amount of time and energy they have to focus on improving themselves.

Though your spouse is your helpmate, your past experiences and the emotional scarring that came from it, are yours and yours alone to carry. Deal with your past and the issues you’ve carried with you and learn how to cope with those emotions and experiences in a positive way. Seeing you emotionally healthy and actively working towards your personal problems will encourage your spouse to want to do the same.

You and your spouse are your children’s first examples of who they are supposed to be as adults, and how they should navigate life. You can’t expect them to accomplish this if you aren’t working together as a unit to show them. Have a talk with your spouse and discuss the importance of supporting, encouraging, and motivating each other to be the best versions of yourselves and how this process will strengthen your family.

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