A Whole Lot of Awesome – Part 3

Board Games

I love playing board games. Recently, I have found some of the tried and true classics with a twist!

Most of these games I have played more than once. They are fun, fast paced, and exciting! I really like the scrabble tiles. You can stick them on your fridge, but aren't limited to just playing the game! You can use them for other things too!

License Plate Game

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Traveling games are amazing, they sure help pass the time with children when going long distances. This hangman game is simple AND fun!

Flip To Win Hangman Game

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No matter what kind of activity you are doing, there is a game for it. Happy gaming!

Walking Tall and Standing Strong – Forming Healthy Walking Habits

This last week, I have walked, in total, over 15 miles. Yeah!! I thought that was amazing when I put it all together. I couldn’t possibly tell you how many steps that is, I don’t have one of those fancy monitor things.

Stop and observe for a few moments… Breathe slowly and take in a peaceful time to ‘reflect’ on something great you have accomplished!

What I do have is a better understanding of the limits of my own body and how much I can push myself. I also like getting into the routine of walking with my friends in the morning.

I have seen many breathtaking views when I went out walking.

I know it has been cold at times. I always tell my boys that the faster they get up, get  dressed and get out, they will warm up more quickly than trying to stay in bed as long as possible.

IT’s not so bad in the summer months, but we have to walk earlier in the day to ‘beat the heat’ so to speak.. lol I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but in all seriousness, it’s worth it to form an exercise habit and stick with your routine.

Here is a breakdown of what you can do to make your walking experience good for you.

  • First you have to know where you will be walking and for how long. You can’t just go out and start walking in any direction and not have a definite plan. You could, but it won’t be habit forming and you might not get out of it what you had thought.
  • Then you have to plan what time of day would be best for you. If it’s a cool tree shaded area, you might have to worry about when winter comes if you need to change your route or your time. If it’s in a warmer climate with less shade, plan for a morning start, even in the winter, this will be beneficial because of my warp up plan I ststed earlier.
  • next, you need to be prepared. If you’r e going for more than a half hour, you should bring some water with you. You should also get yourself some good walking shoes (that are comfortable) a hat to protect your head, sunscreen (even in winter you can get sunburn, but less likely) and light fitting clothes.
  • After you are prepared and have a set time, place, and distance, you are almost ready to go for a walk. One more thing, though, I always recommend walking with another person. You may have different paces, but you can work on your fitness together, a support system is one of the best ways to keep you going. You may not want to get out of bed or off the couch that day and your walking buddy could call and ask you “hey, are you walking with me today?” How can anyone say no to that (unless there is a legitimate sickness or pain.) 
  • So there you have it, plan your location, distance, time it will take, get your gear together, and find a walking buddy. You will have great walking experiences and time to socialize with your friend too!

Going to the Beach? Try These Tips and Tricks to Make Fun Time out of Sun Time

What would you expect in a family trip to the beach? Whether it’s a couple of hours or all day, make the most out of your trip so the kids (and you) will be a happy bunch.

Most regular beach goers have a plan for taking the day off and heading for the cool ocean waters. A family beach trip is fun and easy to plan for. Being prepared is the most important part of this process so let’s get to it.

  • Start planning at least 2 weeks in advance. Make sure you have a clear date and that there are no other obligations on that day.
    • If it’s for the whole family, make sure to plan around the children’s summer programs.
    • It would also be good if you are driving to estimate how long the trip will take and if you need to stop along the way.
    • If you are going to bring a pet, make sure to check ahead to make sure there are pets allowed on the beach you are going to and plan accordingly.
Plan ahead of time & your beach trip will be smooth sailing.

Packing Insights

Here are essential items you should take with you when going with your family to the beach.

Umbrellas, Chairs, & Folding Tables

Destination Gear 7′ Beach Umbrella Pink Stripe With Travel Bag

Protection for important items like phones & cameras to keep the sand out.

*Last time we went, zip-top bags were used to keep devices safe.

An ice chest or cooler bag for keeping beverages, food, and snacks cool & fresh.

Picnic Time Topanga Tote Cooler

Don’t forget hats, sunglasses, sandals, clothing, and any accessories needed for being outside at the beach.

Jaws Movie Poster Beach / Bath Towel

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Cash

Have some extra cash set aside for possible beach gate entry fee, fuel, or another possible situation. It’s always a good idea to plan for emergencies.

Boards

Many families love to play at the beach with all kinds of water toys like boogie boards or surfboards. Sometimes you can rent a board or two at a local shop.

Lucky Bums Body Board with EPS Core, Slick Bottom, and Leash, Blue – 41 Inches

Safety

Smaller children need something to keep them safe in the water like a life jacket so check with your pediatrician for the best option.

Stearns Puddle Jumper Life JacketMake sure you bring a first aid kit that’s up to date for emergencies that might come up.

Swim Gear

When you go to the beach, it’s imperative that you wear clothing that you are comfortable in. It’s a good idea to bring extra clothing for the end of the day so you can get out of those sandy suits!

Don’t forget nose clips, ear plugs and swim caps for the more sensitive swimmers! Goggles are also a plus if you don’t want red stinging eyes from the salty water.

GOGGLES SWIM-PLAY

Beach Toys!

Anything from plastic buckets and shovels to small construction tractors and dump trucks will help the children stay occupied.

15-PIECE TODDLER SAND ASSORTMENT

IMPORTANT!

Make sure the beach safety rules are well known and if young ones are going to be in the water, they need to be with an adult who can swim well at all times.

NO exceptions!

Siblings may seem to be the solution for watching the younger kids, but that’s only good for when an adult is supervising right there with them. Going out even a little farther than the water line could be very dangerous for young kids without an adult.

Other than battling the forces of the ocean and not ingesting too much of the salty water, playing at the beach is great fun and there are many things you can do!

You can look up what the beach community has to offer and you can plan to check out some of the local shops and restaurants in the area!

There might even be special programs that you can get the kids involved in, like looking at the wildlife in tide pools, going on a guided hike, or museum tour.

There are so many possibilities!

Just get out and have some fun at the beach with your family!

Playtime! Roblox Reviews – Lumber Tycoon 2

As I was browsing through the vast empire of Roblox games, I noticed there were several simulation types so I decided to try one out…

Lumber Tycoon 2

This game is a good example of one of the better tycoon games. It has various levels of play with axes, vehicles, travel, stores, and secret missions. There are sometimes seasonal events in which it’s possible to win a badge or prize for completing them.

Starting out in the game, you spawn in front of the Wood R Us store with $20 of in-game money. You have to buy an axe before you can do much of anything else.

As the game progresses there are opportunities to upgrade your tools, expand and build on your plot of land, team up with other players, and explore the map. There are several different types of wood with varying values: the more difficult it is to collect a particular type of wood, the more value it has when you sell it.

I made a ‘wall of fame’ showing all of the different types of wood I have found, the various colors are quite interesting. Some of the wood is no longer available because it came from an event. Some of the wood is more valuable because it took me a long time to get just a little bit of it.

I recommend playing this game with friends because teamwork helps get things done faster and more efficiently. My boys love playing this game and a few times, we have all played together and have gotten the difficult and more expensive ‘Alien Wood’ in the cave, which is the glowing blue wood.

This game is fun whether you play by yourself or with friends. It is a wonderful educational game that can teach teamwork and goal setting as well as work ethics and determination.

I like this game and highly recommend it for anyone age ten and up. Younger children might not be able to read all of the in-game commentary from the characters or the shop info. Ultimately, the parent should be the judge as to whether their child can play this game.

Here is a link to the game so you can try it out for yourself!

Lumber Tycoon 2