Getting Dirty is Good for You and Your Kids! The Health Benefits of Your Outdoor Living Space

Friday, February 5, 2016
When spring returns with warmer temperatures, children, their families and pets will be excited to spend time outdoors enjoying green spaces in their communities, backyards and other natural green areas. In fact, research shows that children reap numerous health, social and personal benefits from spending time outside playing and that the green space and landscaping contributes to health, happiness and intellect.

Did you know…

1. Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.

2. Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. People who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier. This spring give your kids a pair of gardening gloves and have them work with you in your green spaces.

3. Living near living landscapes improves mental health. Research found that people moving to greener areas experiences an immediate improvement in mental health.

4. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.

5. Walking or running in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits and increased working memory performance. Grass can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil thanks to the process called evapotranspiration.

6. Living landscapes help kids and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies.

7. Your lawn produces lots of oxygen-- 50 square feet of lawn generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four – and reduces the code red effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.

For more tips on maintaining a living landscape, even in drought conditions, please visit The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Laundry Sucks!

Thursday, February 4, 2016
I don't know about you, but I LOVE doing laundry. Said no one ever! 

I have three small children, two of which love to change their clothes all by themselves just because and one whom I have to change more than once a day due to how dirty she gets. But let's not forget The Husband and myself. By the time the week has ended, we have piles of laundry, and I say piles because neither my husband or I like to do laundry, and that's just what happens. It piles and piles and piles. But this week I was planning on doing one load a day until every article of clothing was clean in the house. Let's just say that didn't happen. But today, yes today I just finished washing everything in my house. The Husband comes home tonight, and I can't wait for him to see how clean this house is... Let's just say I'm a very proud woman right now. 

Is what folded laundry is suppose to look like??? 

Not in my house! HaHa...

I hope you have a wonderful day and don't forget HAVE FUN DOING LAUNDRY!

Remember that one time we went on a roller coaster together?? ������Happy #friendsday

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This one is for The Husband :) #husband #husbandandwife #mr #mrandmrs #mrs #vacation #travel #family

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Is it bedtime yet?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All day long, all day long on day's like today, I'm checking my watch for eight o'clock to arrive. Yes, I look forward to bedtime. I may not be your typical mom, and you may think of me as a bad mom for thinking like this. But I need my quiet time and that quite time doesn't hit until eight. Eight on the dot. My kids are in bed, quiet and asleep by 8:05! 
Especially on day's like today when The Husband has been out of town for days, and I feel like I've been going all day long. So many things to do and not enough time to do them. And here's the kicker! Two of the three were in school till three today. Yet, I'm still ready. Still eager for the time to come where I can wrap myself in my oh so comfy robe, turn the TV on, grab my computer and talk to you guys. 
Many people ask me why I put the kids down so early. But I don't think eight is early at all. Kids need rest, a good nights sleep and I plan to give it to them. How I get them to sleep without a fuss you ask. Well, I trained them and sometimes I still get some fussing from them but not often. I also don't allow my children to sleep with me. It has been a rule in my house from day one. 
Let me say this before I go forward. No, I'm not a fan of co-sleeping. I work in a hospital and have heard way to many stories of parent's rolling over and ending with a tragedy. But that's not my only reason because most would say "well that's only when they are small." Yes, that is mostly for when babies are small. But the longer you let you children sleep with you the harder it is to get them out of your bed. And I don't know about Y'all but my bed is meant to be for The Husband and I and what happens in our bed is not meant for small children to see or know about. That's just my two sense, and I have no judgment on those who do! 
Wow, I just went on a rampage huh. I'm not sure what got into me other than I am passionate about bed time and my free time. 
So yes, call me a bad mom all you want but I love my free time, I love my children with all my heart. Our days are full of love, laughter, and tantrums. Yet, when my day comes to an end, bedtime is a time of joyous silent and I have no guilt for loving it. 

Last week on Instagram

Monday, February 1, 2016
I haven't done one of these post in a long time but I'm in love with Instagram and want to share a couple of photos that I had put up last week. I hope you come and follow along :) Happy Mondy Y'all!

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Day two! I'm alive.

Friday, January 29, 2016
Now that the Tylonal has started to work and my massive headache is gone I'm ready to share how my oh so eventful (if you can call it that) day went. I thought about writing a good morning post but after the little sleep, I got last night I just couldn't bring myself to pull the computer out. 

To start, I didn't get a ton of sleep. Not because I couldn't sleep but because I couldn't fall asleep. I had forgotten how hard it was to fall asleep without The Husband by my side. I was joking with Jared last night that Nolan would be late to school every day this week due to me having to drag all three kids out at 7 am to take him. But to my surprise, I woke up early, got all three kids dress and Nolan to school on time. I was extremely proud of myself. 

After my return home, I couldn't help but think to myself. One down, two to go... lol. Just kidding of course, or was I? Hahahahahahah!!!! Man, I'm just cracking myself up over here. 

Anyways..... I decided to stay home from the gym today due to my back still hurting and knowing that tomorrow is leg day I wanted to give it a break. I did, however, eat healthy all day to make up for the missed workout. 

I did clean the house twice today. Took the kids for a slushy, spent some time with Nolan and made some flash cards with his popcorn words for school. 

And that's about it. I've had this massive headache all day. I'm relaxing now, drinking my new SweetLeaf Water Drops and about to head to bed. I hope you all have a great day and I'll be back tomorrow a small catch up. 

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