Our world has COMPLETELY changed – in a matter of months, from something so incredibly microscopic! We didn’t see COVID-19 coming, and it snuck in like a thief in the night – unexpectedly! Now, the world’s stopped – and it’s very uncomfortable.
How does the world cope with such a sudden, drastic, life-changing event?
Well, some have chosen to cope by panicking and stocking up on mounds of toilet paper (toilet paper?!), others deal by pretending nothing is happening, others downplay it, and others cope by taking it one day at a time – with faith in God and His control.
While there are many different ways to manage this change emotionally, the best way we should be coping is to find a balance between panic and taking it one day at a time, trusting God. This balance requires us to be aware, prepared, and to take safety precautions very seriously! How WE cope, could save those who are at high risk for COVID-19. Panicking and not listening to warnings of social distancing is not going to keep them safe!
Our world has entered a new “normal,,” and we can look at this new normal as only a negative thing, or we can choose to look at it as a lesson and opportunity for our world, ourselves, and our relationships with each other and God. Why not make a positive out of a negative/lemonade out of sour lemons?
Below are 4 blessings we can see in this new normal:
Closer to God
The most important blessing that we the world should choose to see in all of this new change is our relationship with God! This virus has made all of us stand at attention and realize we are literally powerless to fix it! Some of us believe that the world and science can heal this, but those of us who know God know who is really in control and who can fix it – if He chooses to!
God knew this was going to happen before we ever did, and that’s such an incredible comfort! Those who already know God see His astonishing power in all of this! They understand how God is using His communion of saints to come closer together in a way like never before! We may not be able to be in a physical church building for our Sunday worship, but we can feel the closeness of communion virtually – and that is certainly better than nothing!
This sad, terrifying situation has brought many people closer to God – praying for Him to heal this sick world, to heal loved ones, to bless them with comfort and peace, and to just be there for them.
Ever More Reminded of Easter and Christ’s Resurrection
We’ve also been made more aware of just how weak and fragile we are. Because of Christ and His death on the cross, we are saved from our sins, and cherished! We see His promises more and that He cares for us and loves us. He doesn’t promise to answer our prayers the way we expect or need, but He does promise to be there for us and is always the same! God never changes, even when our world has!
More Intentional Time Spent with Loved Ones
Since the world has changed so incredibly much recently, many families and loved ones have been spending more time with each other! Why? Because they have literally nothing else to do! This tragic event of COVID-19, while it is very terrible, bodes a blessing in the chance to spend more time with those that we love – intentionally.
It amazes me how creative people have become when push comes to shove in our world – when it comes to trying new things with their families and loved ones to help them bide the time in isolation or lockdown. When the world was the way it was before, families and loved ones were always busy, scurrying around for the next “high” or happy fix, busting their mind and bodies at work, wasting their time and wishing they had more time.
Now that we have been forced to pause and be home with our loved ones, many of us have become grateful for this incredible and rare opportunity and are enjoying it immensely! A lot of the world has found their new “high,” focus, and commitment in what truly matters – spending time with loved ones, intentionally! Truly a blessing!
The “new normal” has many people looking to renew their relationships with people they put aside before all of this occurred. Such a traumatic and uncertain event brings many people to an awareness of how short life is – and this swiftly encourages people to try to mend broken relationships. What an incredible blessing and lesson in forgiveness that has been for others!
Easter and Resurrection Encourage Renewal and Rebirth
This Easter, we are again reminded of how Christ died for us, His children – how He sacrificed Himself because He loves us! This Good Friday, we are also told of Jesus’ resurrection so that WE could be reborn!
How much more should we strive to do the same? To sacrifice our bitterness and anger towards loved ones and try to renew our relationships with them?
We are commanded to forgive those who fix their ways, and when the world comes crashing down, we are ever more humbled to do this and to move forward in life, in peace and love, forgiving the past. Forgiveness is a process and doesn’t happen overnight, but with a spirit of forgiveness, we can accomplish this! Also, while some relationships may not be repairable, we should still always try to forgive – as Christ does!
Have you noticed that ever since the world stood still, that we all have fewer appointments, fewer chances to travel for work, and less stress to be everyone and do all the things? While this world has been dramatically and negatively affected by COVID-19, there is another blessing to be felt in this – a blessing of stillness and peace.
We don’t have a lot of the same obligations and commitments we had before this new normal hit our world – no soccer practices, no dentist appointments, no traveling for work, no rush to get kids on the bus, and so much more!
In fact, this is a time for the world to enjoy the break its been given!
So, enjoy this time of not needing to do it all! You have no other choice, so why not choose to see it as a blessing?
Take this opportunity to read more, to dance until your heart is content, to write that book you keep saying you’re going to publish someday! Take this quiet time to listen to music or your favorite podcast more, to play board games with family and loved ones (this can also be done virtually!), to try your hand at painting, to sort through all of your photos and put them in frames for your home, to learn some yoga – and so much more!
Studies have shown that when you take more time to do the things you love to do (not have to do!), you can become happier!
Enjoy this stillness and plethora of new opportunities because you don’t know how long this “new normal” will last. And please, let’s be careful to never take it for granted!
Use this New Normal to Grow and Transform Your Life
You can choose to worry about the future, you can choose to worship fear and not trust God, you can choose to miss being busy and more – but why would you when you can CHOOSE to see the blessings in the storm we’re going through?!
Use this new normal, even though it’s so uncomfortable and terrifying, to grow and transform your life to be a better child of God, daughter, mother, son, father, grandparent, leader, and more! The opportunity is NOW – allow it to CHANGE you for the better!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE blessing that you have seen in this world’s new normal?
The Christmas season is here, and it’s a special time of year – time of year many look forward to!
It’s a time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the Christmas season while feasting on scrumptious foods, drinks and giving and receiving gifts!
While this can be a joyous occasion, this season can be especially hard on a lot of different people. Some people struggle if they have lost loved ones, are sick and can’t make the festivities, are going through relationship or marital difficulties or changes, don’t get along with their family, and many other reasons involving heartache. The heartache that is felt deeply around an otherwise joyous occasion as a reminder of what they had.
Whatever the reason, this happy occasion can cause some hearts to hurt more than they do regularly because the reminder of joy and gathering is very imminent during the Christmas season.
The Christmas season is a reason to spread joy and kindness to one another. Below are 5 essential traditions to add to your holiday season to help everyone feel the gift of kindness that surrounds us all this holiday season!
Give Back to Others with Kindness
The Christmas season is all about giving and sharing love, so it seems only fitting that giving and sharing love to others would be a paramount tradition to add to your holiday season!
Helping to spread the joy to others during the Christmas season doesn’t need to be elaborate, expensive, or complicated! Set up a Christmas advent calendar where you spend 31 days before Christmas by giving back to others with kindness! Some ideas can include:
Sponsoring a Family in Need
There are many less fortunate families out there who are not financially able to celebrate Christmas, let alone enjoy everyday life, and who face dangers of poverty and sickness.
Choosing to sponsor a family in need is an incredibly kind way of letting someone know that you are there for them and are committed to helping them! Imagine the change you can be in their lives by gifting them the opportunity to be helped and loved by a stranger!
Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen
Another way to give back in kindness to others during the Christmas season is to volunteer at a soup kitchen. This way, you’re able to help prep, cook and serve a healthy, hot cooked Christmas meal to those in need, and also be a friendly face to wish them a “Merry Christmas”!
Many suffering people in shelters don’t have the luxury of eating a home-cooked meal with their loved ones or even themselves, so this is where those of us whocan give back, should!
When your children are old enough, suggest this idea to them as well, to help them learn more about those who need help and how to help!
Paying off Someone’s Layaway or Debt
Give the gift of giving by paying off someone’s layaway account they may have in a retail store, or another kind of debt that they may be in! This act can make someone incredibly happy and can help relieve a lot of stress for them! Do it for a loved one, or better yet – someone you don’t know!
If you have the financial opportunity to purchase a gift for a loved one or a stranger, consider this option as well, because sometimes, not needing to pay off debt is a more thoughtful gift than a physical present!
Gifting a Child or Senior from the Angel Tree
Another loving way to give back in kindness during the Christmas season is to participate in the Angel Tree for children or seniors.
This act of giving back is done by removing one or more Angel gift tags from a Christmas tree that provides the “Angel Tree” program and purchasing gifts for the selected child or senior that match their gender and need category written in the tag.
This act of kindness can really help the following:
A child who is struggling without their parent (or parents) during this time of year
An underprivileged child
A child or family that is hurting or struggling
Someone who is lonely and heartbroken
There are innumerous and creative ways to give back to others with kindness this Christmas season, and you can find out and participate in many more with our Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar, just click on ‘Download’ to save the image AND join us on our Facebook Page to join in on the fun!
This tradition goes back many years and is still a favorite among many people! Caroling isn’t about giving monetary value or help to someone, but instead about spreading joy and the meaning of Christmas through beautiful, joyful song that becomes pleasantly contagious upon hearing it!
There’s something so magical about hearing people sing Christmas carols and feeling that true spirit of Christmas well up in our hearts in a shared celebration!
Gather some friends, family, church members, youth groups, and anyone else who wants to join and go out caroling some night in your city or at a local senior’s home, etc. Watch people’s faces light up as you joyously sing Christmas songs – who knows; they may even join you!
Participate in the Seven Fishes Feast
There’s another fascinating tradition you can add to your Christmas list to do, and that’s to participate in La Viglia dei Natale. Enjoy eating seven different kinds of fish dishes with your family, while commemorating the birth of Jesus – the meaning for Christmas.
What an incredible way to share the love with others in celebration of Christmas!
Set up a Cookie Exchange
Gathering with loved ones while eating delicious food is par for the course when it comes to celebrating Christmas, so why not consider adding a tradition of a cookie exchange? Tell a bunch of people that you’re hosting a cookie exchange in your home and tell them they need to bring a dozen cookies or baking of their choice (handmade is always best!), and everyone swaps their baking goodies with each other.
Exchanging cookies is a fun way to get new recipes, share your delectable recipes, socialize and share in the Christmas season!
Christmas Meals and Gift Giving with Family
Another tradition to add to your Christmas “To Do” list is to spend time with your children and family – intentionally.
Make an effort to bake Christmas cookies, put up the Christmas tree together without fussing and complaining, and to cook a Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, or supper (or all three!). Last but not least, enjoy the moment of giving gifts to your children or loved ones and watch as their faces light up with excitement and joy!
This tradition doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on anyone, but rather, give them intentional gifts – gifts you know they will love – not what you want them to love! Tell your children the focus should be on the gathering and giving the most and less on the gift receiving. Teach your children through this friendly gathering the true meaning of Christmas. This tradition will help your children get into the true Christmas spirit!
Choose and Spread Joy with Kindness this Christmas
There are so many traditions around Christmas time, so it’s essential to choose the ones that will spread joy and the meaning of Christmas to other people!
While sharing and giving love at Christmas time is valuable and thoughtful in sharing the joy and the true spirit of Christmas, consider doing things that give back to others in kindness all year round as well!
The spirit of Christmas will linger in your heart, soul, and mind whenever you give back to others in kindness and with intention, so make sure to follow your Christmas tradition list and go out and have a safe, enjoyable and joyful Christmas season!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE tradition you can do this Christmas that will lend kindness to others?
Life is busy – for all of us! Life can get so busy that we forget to smell the roses – literally and figuratively. While being active can be a good thing, being too busy is not.
When was the last time you intentionally took the time to take in the gifts that life has to offer and felt gratitude? Most of us don’t take the time we need to enjoy and appreciate life because of how crazy our schedules are, but we should!
Gratitude is an essential key ingredient to living a healthy, happy life. Below are five benefits of practicing gratitude:
Improved Mental/Emotional Health
The mind is a powerful thing and can change your life significantly! Daily groaning about what we don’t have, or wish we could change speedily results in developing depression and anxiety. When you practice daily gratitude, you lower your risk of prolonged depression and anxiety, or at best, it will be less severe.
Think about it – when you feed your mind unhealthy thoughts, it will create an unhealthy mind! But, what if you were to turn it around and replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts? The same would happen – your mind will receive positive thoughts and will create a positive, healthy mind!
The Power Lies in You
YOU have the power to switch that mindset to be more positive than negative significantly! When you start to be thankful for what you have, you will begin to appreciate the good things in life, and you will derail your focus off the bad things in life. When you think positively, your mind follows suit, and your mind and body will work beautifully together to help you live your best life – so practicing gratitude is essential!
Remind yourself that a mind is a powerful thing, and it reacts to what we feed it!
Improved Physical Health
While feeding your brain with positive thoughts to aid it being healthier makes sense, practicing daily gratitude to improve our physical health isn’t a benefit most of us would consider. However, being aware of what you’re grateful for is exceptionally healthy for your physical well being as well!
In a 2015 Psychology Today article, Amy Morin wrote, “Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.”
Here are different physical health side effects you can experience when you practice gratitude:
Improved Immune System
Practicing daily gratitude increases our immune systems; therefore, our bodies get sick less. When we think healthier, we become healthier!
Higher Pain Tolerance
When we add more positive thoughts to our brains, this often results in what’s called “analgesic effects,” which is something in our brains that mimic the relief we get from taking pain medication. When we experience this effect by practicing gratitude, we learn to be less sensitive to pain.
Improved, Natural Sleep
When your physical body is taken care of by practicing gratitude, you increase your chances of getting a great night’s sleep (which typically, most of us don’t understand!), which also carries a host of other health benefits!
Improved Empathy and Care for Others
When we wallow in our self-pity and focus on the things we suffer with or don’t have, we leave no time or room to focus on others and how they are feeling! When we take the time to practice showing thankfulness daily, we become aware of the beauty that life has to offer, and in doing so, we allow our head more room to care for other people.
Also, when we practice gratitude, we give ourselves the option to feel less revenge and aggression towards people who may have hurt us or are hurting us. Our focus becomes on what we’re thankful for, not what we want or think we need.
Improved Self-Esteem and Likeability
Focusing on what we are grateful for every day is a significant boost to our self-esteem! When we are aware of what we’re thankful for and appreciate what we have, we love ourselves more and aspire to be better than we have been! When you realize what you’re grateful for, even if it’s just about who you are, you give yourself grace and love in areas you never did before – and it shows to other people!
When your self-esteem increases, your likeability meter does so as well! People want to be that which they see, so if you show them something positive and healthy, they will want to be around you more! Now, I’m not saying that popularity and being accepted is the goal here. But it should be about loving and accepting yourself for you, first, but think of the people you can positively impact how you go through life – humble, confident and likable!
Increased Life Span
When we practice gratitude daily, intentionally, we reap all the benefits mentioned in this article, and more! In turn, all of these healthy, positive, life-changing benefits allow us to live our best life – LONGER! That’s right, practicing gratitude will enable you to live longer!
The less physically and emotionally sick we are, the better chance we have to survive this life a lot more! That’s quite an incredible, “life-changing” (pun intended) benefit! Knowing this benefit it helps us to see just how impactful and critical being grateful daily is!
Practice Gratitude Daily to Live and Love Your Best Life
We truly genuinely take practicing gratitude for granted in our busy lives, but when we are aware of the tremendous benefits being thankful has to offer, we can’t deny how crucial it is to include in our daily lives!
Do you want your chance at your best life? Less stress and depression, less self-hatred and alienation, and less pain? Of course, you do – we ALL do! Practicing gratitude daily can change all of that for you and can quite literally change your life for the better! Take time to smell the roses of life, intentionally!
Take the time each day to sit down and reflect on what you are grateful for, and write it down. Writing it down will have a bonus effect because it will be imprinted in your brain, allowing you to remember that which you’re grateful for often! Change your life by changing your mindset!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE reason why you want to practice daily gratitude?
PS – We’re participating in a #30daysofgratitude challenge for the month of November. Come join the fun by visiting our Facebook Page for daily gratitude prompts. Feel free to invite your friends too!
Halloween is a fun time of year where kids enjoy dressing up and go out to get candy! It’s a great time of year where kids can get creative with their costumes, spend some time with their friends giggling about their costumes or when they scare each other, and when they get to enjoy the delicious candy they receive! Children love to trick or treat!
While we, as parents or guardians, can share in our kids’ joys during Halloween, we also need to consider practicing safety when going out this time of year. There are many things to consider, most of which we may not even think about if someone didn’t tell us. Below are 5 ways we can stay safe during Halloween.
When creating outfits for your children or looking for ones to buy, there are some essential things to consider:
Wear Flame-retardant Costumes
Halloween is the time of year where people light up pumpkins and candles as scary decor, and these, in turn, can pose a serious risk to a costume! To prevent any costumes from catching fire, look for flame-retardant clothing materials. Make sure to skip any outfits that are donned in glitter, because some glitter is considered a fire hazard!
According to CPSC, the material must pass what’s known as “CFR 1610”, which is considered the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles.
While wearing masks can be a lot of fun on Halloween night, they are also considered very dangerous because they block the person’s view – which can hurt the pedestrian or someone driving. Your child should wear costumes that don’t have masks so that they can see where they’re going to avoid accidents.
There are many costumes out there that don’t require masks, so opt for those! If you do decide to allow your child to wear a mask, make sure you practice extra vigilance for them by holding their hands and looking more carefully where you and your kids are going while on the streets and sidewalks. If your child is by themselves, make sure they know how to be safe while wearing a mask.
Avoid Long Costumes
There are many costumes out there that include capes, trains, and dangling, long sleeves, and these types of costumes should really be avoided. If you decide to have your child wear these types of outfits, you’ll need to keep a closer eye on them because your kid can trip on their costume, or worse – could also catch fire on pumpkins and candles! Simple outfits are a better, safer option! If you do decide on longer costumes, practice extra vigilance in this case as well!
October tends to be a cold time of the year, and Halloween is not always an exception – so, have your child dress warmly! Layer up the costumes and have your kids wear mittens, hats, scarves if they need to. Staying warm will not only decrease the risk of your kid catching a cold but will also allow them and yourself to enjoy the fun night festivities a lot more!
While costume safety is imperative on Halloween night, so is road safety! Please keep the following in mind when enjoying the night out.
Keep in mind that Halloween is a busy night of the year, where children and adults are running all over the place full of excitement; and that there are more cars on the road. With this in mind, make sure your child wears a light reflector sticker so that vehicles and other people can see him or her, to avoid any serious accidents! Light reflectors help with safer visibility.
Practice street smarts by looking both ways when crossing the streets with your child, walk on the sidewalk – don’t run, and always assume that the road will be busier than you expect. Make sure your child understands these same rules if they are out on their own. Practicing safe street smarts not only protects your child but also ensures the safety of others who are walking or driving on the road.
Halloween is a time of year where holding your children’s hands is especially important! It’s such a busy time of night where kids are running to and fro from house to house – making it easier for a child to get lost! As a parent or guardian, you must make sure the children you’re with are with you at ALL times! Walk together in large groups, hold hands where needed, have a game plan to meet up at a place where you started, and don’t leave your children or group alone ever!
If your child is going out with friends that night for Halloween, make sure he or she and their friends know that staying together is safe and imperative for Halloween safety! Give your child a cell phone to call you if they need to, too! Make sure that before they go out, they have a safe game plan, and that they are committed to following it! If you feel that your child is not responsible enough to go out with friends yet, go with your gut and give them another year before they can go out – it’s genuinely better safe than sorry!
It’s amazing how much candy, chips, food, and drinks your child can come home with on Halloween night! As parents, we need to be very cautious about what they ingest because a lot of things could trigger their food allergies, could pose a choking hazard, or even include poison by some dangerous people that think it’s funny! Go through their candy before they do and take out what’s dangerous for them. Read wrappers and toss out any that include ingredients that can affect your child’s allergies, such as nuts, dairy, gluten, etc.
If your child is older, teach them what to look for, what to avoid, and why.
Also, while enjoying the treats from Halloween, parents need to be aware of how much their children can over-indulge. Make sure you have a set rule of how many treats your child can have per day and that night so that they don’t hurt their little tummies and make themselves sick.
These Tips Include Adults Too
While these tips are focused on children who go out on Halloween, some of us adults enjoy the thrill of dressing up as well, so please keep these tips in mind for yourself as well!
Have Fun this Halloween and Stay Safe
Halloween can be such a fun time of year, and it’s a fantastic time of year for children to get creative and have a ton of fun!
Practice Halloween Safety when going out, and enjoy the ghoulish festivities with a peace of mind that you have done everything you could to keep your child safe. Your child will also thank you! Trick or treat!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE safety lesson you learned from these 5 tips that you never considered before?
Going back to school can bring a lot of excitement to everyone involved, but let’s not forget the icky germs our kids and teachers will be bringing back home with them! Schools are a germ’s best playground because of how many kids are in one building!
face it – kids touch everything! Germs and bacteria spread like wildfire, and before you
know it, little Johnny or Susie comes home sick with a cold or flu. Not only
does this upset a family’s routine and causes the kids to miss some school, but
more importantly, it makes our kids feel absolutely miserable!
While we can’t stop our children from touching
everything around them and while we can’t stop them from getting sick, we CAN take some measures to prevent
them from getting sick as often. Below are 5 ways you can help prevent
back-to-school germs from affecting your kids:
Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing
The best tried and true way to prevent germs
and from getting sick is to wash your
hands with soap and water properly.
While there are many hand-sanitizers out there to help with bacteria spreading, handwashing
is still considered the best
In an article written from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it states, “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”
Take the time to teach your children how to
wash their hands correctly. The
proper way to do this is to tell them to clean all sides of their hands with
lukewarm water, lather soap into their hands, scrub vigorously but gently, and
rinse with warm water. Once their hands are washed, tell them to make sure they
dry their hands all the way afterward.
Having your kids wash their hands correctly is
the best prevention to keep germs and
bacteria from spreading and making your kids, and other kids sick too.
Boost Your Kids Immune System
The immune system plays a significant factor in your kid’s health, so make sure your kids
have a healthy immune system! There
are many things you can do to help your kid’s immune system:
Make Sure Your Kids Sleep and
One of the best ways you can boost your kid’s immune system is to make sure they follow a healthy sleep and exercise pattern. Their little bodies need at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and they need to run off their energy and get some fresh air daily!
A way to incorporate this healthy routine into
their lives is to start a routine where you go for a walk once a night with
your family or have your kids do some running up and down the stairs!
Give Your Kids a Diet of Fresh
Making sure your kid eats a healthy amount of fresh vegetables daily will significantly help their immune system!
Green vegetables are especially important because they are chock-full of antioxidants and beta carotene that help fight off any bugs. Chop up some green
peppers or broccoli for your kids to have in their school lunch and also make
sure they get a good serving of hot, cooked vegetables or salad at every meal.
Give Your Kids a Daily Vitamin
It’s crucial to your kid’s health to take a daily vitamin to make sure he or she is
getting sufficient amounts of healthy
vitamins their body needs to stay
strong and to keep viruses away.
Give Your Kids Immune Boosting
While taking a daily vitamin is really healthy
for your kids, giving them an extra
added layer of preventative will help
a lot! You can buy or make your own
immune-boosting vitamins such as Elderberry syrup or gummies or Vitamin C.
Stay Up to Date on Your Kids
There’s a reason why Dr’s instruct us to get our kids vaccinated – because vaccinations can typically prevent our children and other children from getting severe, life-threatening diseases and infections. Your kid’s vaccinations must be up to date!
Use Essential Oils in Your Home
oils are a prevalent option to help prevent germs from
spreading, and with good reason! Did
you know that many people fought illnesses and prevented viruses from spreading
by applying or inhaling essential oils many
There are some incredible germ-fighting and
immune-boosting essential oils on the market that helps ward off germs and
prevent illnesses! They’re powerful in
how they work because they contain essential oils such as Lemon, Eucalyptus,
Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme.
You can choose to have your children inhale the oils once or twice a day,
using an essential oil diffuser before and after they go to school or you can
apply the correct oils topically on
their body by diluting it in a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Read Warning and Instruction Labels and Do Research
Make sure that whenever you’re using essential
oils, that you know the oils you’re
using are safe for kids and that you always read the instructions to prevent any harm or damage to their
Teach Your Kids to Disinfect Surfaces
Germs are all over the place, and they’re on
everything we touch, so you can just
imagine how many germs are in a classroom or a school bathroom! In addition to washing their hands
properly, teach your kids to also use disinfectant
wipes or hand sanitizers whenever
they use something in their school. Germ infested surfaces include the
classroom pencil sharpener, bathroom door knobs, lockers, and more.
Teaching your kids to disinfect surfaces with
bacteria is an added protective
measure, as long as it doesn’t
replace handwashing! Send them to school with a package of disinfectant wipes
or a travel hand sanitizer for you to get that extra relief that they’re
Teach Your Kids to Stop Touching Their Faces
The number one
way that germs spread as fast as
they do is by people, especially kids,
touching their faces! It would
surprise you if you knew how often
children touch their faces, and then
touch other surfaces that bacteria make a home on. Teach your children that
touching their faces will spread germs and get other kids sick.
Also tell them that if they do have to touch their face that they
need to properly wash their hands
with soap then, and if they choose
to, disinfect what they touched.
Germs are always
going to be a part of our world, and with our kids going back to school,
the risk of them affecting our children is large,
but we don’t need to be scared of
Germs are a part of life, and they do
help build ours and our children’s immune system. We shouldn’t completely avoid every single germ because that’s
also isn’t healthy, but preventing the
ones we can, can have a positive,
powerful impact on our children’s health!
We love our children, and we want the best for them – so let’s show them how
to properly keep their bodies healthy
by protecting themselves from a lot of germs and bacteria as they go back to
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today as a parent to help your child prepare to fight against germs when going back to school?
Back to school season in Pennsylvania is just around the corner! Teachers and students are rushing like mad to get their things organized to prepare for the new season.
For those of you who have kids at home that will be starting school for the first time or going back to school, you’re going to need to get back into the swing of things shortly!
Get your tasks and preparations in order as soon as possible, and start right, because if you don’t, you can get stuck in the trenches of having to rush and you run the risk of not being well enough prepared. Not being prepared is a horrible feeling for starting off a new school year – so start off ready!
We need to also keep in mind those who help
with the unofficial start of the school year, particularly the administrators.
This is also a time of high stress for them as well, and just like the
teachers, students, and parents, they
need to be well prepared too!
Below are 4 things to keep in mind for preparing for back to school season:
Create an Amazing Experience for the Kids
Starting school for the first time or going
back to school is a stressful time for kids, and for some, it can even be scary. It’s essential that those who
help in decorating and preparing the school building, classrooms, and hallways
need to do so with the intent to create a fantastic,
fun experience for the kids. In helping to set up an exciting atmosphere,
the kids can jump into the school year with excitement and eagerness to learn!
Don’t forget to say and show a big
to those who decorate and prepare the school building for the students, because
a lot of their hard work goes into making sure your child starts the year off right and ease!
Check-in on Your Stress Levels
While back to school season can be an exciting time, we shouldn’t deny that it can also be an incredibly stressful time as well! While we need to tend to our children to see how their stress levels are, it’s equally important to ensure we have a good handle on our OWN stress levels. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, or a teacher, you will also be feeling the stress that preparing for back to school can hold and you need to be in tune with it and manage it.
When we are stressed in our lives, the person we forget about the most is ourselves. We often hear about the topic of “relationships” and how vital creating healthy relationships are to our mental and physical health. What we need to remember is that our most important relationship is internal! When we have a positive, healthy internal relationship with ourselves, we have a better chance of being able to have positive relationships externally as well! So, make sure to take great care of yourself because you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Delete, Delegate, Defer, Do
As mentioned above, you can’t pour from an empty cup and therefore you should not expect to do everything yourself. Now is the time to create a to-do list in preparation for the school year and determine where you can solicit for some extra help.
What tasks can you delete that aren’t important?
What tasks can be delegated and to whom?
What tasks can you defer to a later date?
What tasks are ones you can do?
While getting your family ready for the changes coming because of the school year, oftentimes, parents neglect their home. Once the kids are off to school they take a look around their home and it’s as if a tornado went through it.
Don’t let that happen!
Contact your local maid or cleaning service to check off a few tasks on your “honey-do” list. This will ease your mind, reduce your stress, and allow you to get the much-needed rest.
In fact, give Maid For You a call! We’ll gladly clean up the mess while you put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet before the kids get home!
Note: For new customers only, during the month of September 2019 receive $30 off your cleaning and receive 10% off at Classic Rock Auto Detail. Cleaning must be booked and used in September.
Empathy goes a long way when a new school year
starts because while there may be stresses you’re
not necessarily feeling, it doesn’t mean others aren’t feeling anxiety in other areas, and they need your
care and compassion.
The start of the school year brings an array
of different emotions for various educators, parents, and students alike, and
all of those emotions need to be accepted as OK!
Many people can get very anxious about starting school or going back to school, and the
change to their routine can be very stressful. Whereas other people can’t wait to start the new school year and
they embrace the routine they had to put on hold in the Summer.
Some parents may feel the excitement that their child is starting a new school year, and yet another parent may feel sadness that their little one isn’t going to be home with them during the day anymore. Some are even faced with the fact that their kids are getting older. Other parents may feel relieved that school is starting up again if they have unruly teenagers in their home, whereas another parent is upset because they had such a great Summer with their child and they hate that the routine has to change.
Some teachers may feel stressed about a new year because they are a new teacher or because
they will have a classroom full of brand new students, and other teachers may
feel exuberant about the adventures
the new school year holds.
One student may be very despaired about school starting because they will miss spending
time with their family and friends as they did over the holidays, or they are fearful of being bullied in school.
Another student may be very excited
about going back to school because of the new friends he or she can make or to
hang out with their old friends they didn’t see over the Summer.
Consider that everyone is going to have different emotions and try your best to
put yourself in their shoes so that you can be there for everyone.
Have a Successful School Year
A fantastic way to ensure you or your loved one has a great start to a new school year is to try very hard to enjoy getting ready for going back to school. Also, plan to have an exciting, successful year for yourself or your child by following a healthy food, sleep, and stress-free lifestyle.
Preparing for the new school year and acknowledging
that it’s going to have some impact
on you and your family is the best thing
you can do to start the back to school season off right and helping the rest of the school year to go smoothly! Try to
build excitement for yourself or your children and practice having a positive mind-set!
Wherever you fit in going back to school this season, take care of yourself, and have a fantastic start to the school year!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today to help you prepare this month for going back to school?
Do you know anyone that has not
been touched by cancer?
The big C. I can honestly say
that I wish I knew not one person living with cancer. I believe that cancer has touched us in some
way, a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, a co-worker.
I first heard of Cleaning for A Reason ten years ago while cleaning at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, formerly known as Gilda’s Club, located in Warminster, PA. Giving back to my community has always been of importance to me.
As a single mother of four, I understand the immense responsibility and work it takes to maintain a clean and comfortable home. Over the past twenty plus years cleaning for my community, my customers have become like family. We share our struggles, joys, and milestones with each other. We not only celebrate our successes but also empathize with each other’s hardships. This is why I have partnered with Cleaning For A Reason.
Moreover, Cleaning For A Reason ensures those suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment are able to have a clean, comfortable home and environment. They are able to focus on their recovery while we focus on their home.
In fact, many of my clients that
we have served through Cleaning For A Reason have stated that having a clean
home not only takes care of the physical aspects of recovery but also the
heart, mind, and soul.
The nonprofit organization
originally started with a phone call from a woman with cancer to Bucket and
Bows Maid Service located in Texas. That
woman could not afford the service and hung up.
Debbie Sardone, the owner of that maid service, then started Cleaning
For A Reason.
Additionally, Cleaning for A Reason initially provided free home cleaning services to women across America and Canada. This year Cleaning for A Reason has opened up their services to women, children, and men. We believe that no one should face cancer alone and until there is a cure, there is Cleaning for A Reason. To date 33,000 women have been served, 1200 participating maid services and 11,000,000 donated house cleaning.
Being part of this movement and non-profit gives me great satisfaction to serve many people struggling with this illness. Not only have many of my customers undergone cancer treatments, but I have witnessed many friends and family struggle with it as well.
PLEASE HELP US GIVE THE GIFT OF A
CLEAN HOME TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED!
Lastly, if you are interested in donating to this cause and being a part of a movement to support those battling cancer, please consider making a donation to Cleaning For A Reason.
As a thank you for your support and donation, your name will be entered to win a Top to Bottom Deluxe Cleaning valued up to $500.00 with your minimum pledge of $10.00. Kindly make your donation at the button above. Winner must reside within 15 miles of Warminster, PA. This campaign will run from April 12, 2019 thru Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Christmas, my favorite time of the year.It is at this time that I choose to reflect on the reasons we are on this earth.To me, we are here to love, serve and to give back to others.What better time than this.It is at this time I try my best to serve a family in need in some way, whether it is to run a fundraiser, to sponsor their Christmas.
We are helping one of our Cleaning For A Reason clients to have a Christmas.It is so rewarding to give of myself, to spend time and be there for my community, family, and friends.
For those of you that know me personally, know that food is also my thing. As well as cooking for friends and family is what truly makes me happy.It is my greatest gift.I love the traditions of this time,especially, Christmas Eve, which is known isLa Viglia dei Natale, Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes.
Growing up with American-Italian parents, I became deeply rooted in food and all the tradition that goes with it. From a very young age, I can remember helping and learning from my Grandmom Mary, my father’s mother.In fact, here real name was Angela Maria, which I never knew until she went to be with Our Lord, but I digress, that is a story for another time.
My Grandmom never used a recipe, it was always a little of this and a little of that. It all was in the feel, smell and sometimes taste of whatever we were making.I love to think back on a time when FAMILY was most important, sitting around the table on a Sunday with all the family, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, great Aunts and great Uncles, listening to old family stories, the men playing cards, the woman cooking a feast.
To this day, I think back on this time and always SMILE.
But back to my most favorite holiday. Feast of the Seven Fishes.This is more special to me that Christmas Day, with the presents under the tree. My Grandmom, Mom, and Aunts would tirelessly be prepping for perhaps the biggest feast of the year!
This most treasured feast has been passed down the generations. First with my Grandmom Mary, then my Mom and Dad, and then to me.I wonder which of my four children will take this over when the time comes for me to hand over the reign of this night.
The excitement and love begin days before with the list making and prepping of the 7 various fish dishes.Look out when you walk into my house on Christmas Eve at 4:00.The stage is set, maybe a little chaos too. My kitchen becomes an obstacle course, with those arriving pitching in and helping to put out all the courses of food. The stove is stacked with pots of boiling water, clams and mussels sitting aside waiting to be cooked, shrimp, lobster bisque, clams casino, deviled clams, calamari, crab cakes or salmon cakes.So much food that every year I say I am cutting back.I usually have gravy (sauce to some) and meatballs, pizza and all types of antipasto dishes for the fish haters.I have vegan dishes for those who eat neither.
After hours of feasting, we start the desert with a birthday cake. We sing to Baby Jesus and my Mother, whose birthday is December 29.She will be 85 this year and are grateful that she will once again be at the table.In the past, we would go to midnight Mass, today we usually go to service before everyone arrives.
To say I love Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes is true, but perhaps I cherish it more because of its history within my family, from my Grandmom Mary, to my Parents and then passed down to me. A special evening filled with food, family, friends and much love. My door is always open, feel free to stop by!
I’d love to hear about your traditions, drop a note or e-mail and share, share, share.Remember what this day is about!May God Bless you all, Buon Natale, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year!!
This holiday season, I would like to pause and reflect on what I am personally thankful for. As a business owner, life moves pretty fast. It is easy to focus my energy on the next “to do” on my list instead of taking the time to remember why I do it in the first place.
Like most people, I work hard to support my family, who mean everything to me. However, I am so fortunate to also be able to help my community as a business owner.
It is such a blessing to be able to participate in Cleaning For a Reason. It gives me the opportunity to clean for men, women, and children that are battling cancer in our local community. This level of charity would not have been possible without the success of running my own business. So for that, I’m truly thankful. In my opinion, making a difference in people’s lives is why we exist on this earth. Lucky for me, I get to do that each day at Maid For You.
I am also lucky enough to have the best team in the industry by my side. The Maid For You team is some of the most genuine and hard-working people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m so thankful each day to have them by my side. They look forward to brightening the days of others every day and continually work to represent our company in the most positive light possible. I’m so incredibly proud of them and blessed to work with them each day.
When all is said and done, my family is the foundation for what I do. My beautiful daughters, Gianna and Olivia, and my amazing sons Anthony and Mario surprise me every day and remind me what is really important in this life. Without them, I could never have made it this far and with them, it only motivates me to keep going.
So, yes, this post was sappy; but it is important to take time out of our hectic lives and remind ourselves what truly matters. My family, employees, and our community are my reasons for getting up in the morning. What are you thankful for this season? Feel free to send me an email telling me your story or share it with the Maid For You team on Facebook!