Finding Creative Ways For Your Kids To Be Active And Enjoy Outside!

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Back When I was little, we spent all day, everyday outside. You couldn’t get me to stay in the house longer than 5 minutes, unless my brother agreed to play dolls with me- which was rare. Outside was the place to be. There were tons of kids in my neighborhood so we would play tag, hide and go seek, ride bikes, roller blade, etc. We even had a playground right around the block from our house so we spent tons of time there too. Those days seem to be in the past now though because I struggle to get my kiddos to unglue from the TV, phones, or tablets. A recent study shows that the majority of kids are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity each day.There are tons of ways to get out and be active, but it greatly varies depending on what your kiddo likes. Here are a few tips to break the cycle and discover the world of physical activity around you.

 

Limit Screen Time

Don’t get me wrong, I love electronics.  Electronics have created a whole new way to connect with the world and make it easy for our kids to learn. Both of my kids have phones and tablets, but I like to monitor the activity and know what they are up to. I also like to limit screen time, especially during the week. Limiting screen time opens up time for my kids to discover something else and I usually encourage something outside.

 

Be An Example

Kids learn by example so I always try to set a positive example or them and being active is no different. This can be done in a variety of ways. We have a treadmill at home so I often use that in the mornings before I go to work. I noticed that my daughter became interested so now that’s time we share together. Sometimes we log progress and sometimes we just take turns seeing who can go the longest. Make it fun! Don’t have a treadmill at home? That’s ok- Get out and walk the neighborhood, take your dog on a walk together, ride bikes together, go to the park, or play ball in the yard. The world is your oyster and you should explore it! Whatever you decide to do- do it together!

 

Get Involved In Community Events

Depending on where you live, some communities always have events going on. Our home town always has events and many are open to the public. You can get involved in community events such as visiting your local farmers market, doing 5k races, block parties, local festivals. You could walk around and clean up your local parks, your neighborhood, or volunteer at a local animal shelter to walk dogs. Not only will these activities get you out and active, but they also benefit your community. That’s a double win! This is my daughter’s favorite way to be active. She loves animals so we often volunteer at the local shelters. It’s a way to get out and be active together while also loving and caring for an animal.

 

Get involved In Sports
Sports can be a great way to get your kids out and active. As long as your kid doesn’t ride the bench, they will get plenty of exercise by getting involved in a sport that they love. My 17 year old loves sports so this became our go to activity. We let him participate in as many sports as he wanted, as long as he maintained good grades. This seemed to be the golden star for him. He runs track, plays basketball, and is now showing a small interest in football. let your kids explore sports. They’ll never know for sure if they like it until they get out on the field and give it a shot.

 

Get New Outside Toys and Equipment

Depending on the age of your children, outside toys can greatly vary. You can get items such as these climbing toys for toddlers, a sandbox, bounce houses, and more. Older kids may also enjoy trampolines, bikes, and skates. You can even get a small swing set or create an obstacle course.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I purchase way too many bottles of water.  It’s not that I don’t love our environment and want to be eco-friendly, but rather that I just can’t stand the taste of faucet water. I’ve tried those expensive filters and the filtered pitchers. Those don’t seem to make the cut for me either so I end up purchasing bottled water by the case.  Luckily, DrinkPod has created a water purification appliance that will change the way you look at water forever. There are currently 2 different product series to choose from, which ensures that you  get the one that will best fit your needs and available space.

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis By Patti Callahan {Book Review}

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Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

 

My Thoughts!

I knew that I wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis. It was my first read by Patti Callahan, but it definitely won’t be my last.  Callahan has a great way of drawing readers in and making them feel in the moment as the story unfolded. It was written well and offered a steady pace that was easy to follow. While the pace was amazing, this was in no way a light read.

I can honestly say that I knew nothing about C.S. Lewis’ love life prior to this read, but now I feel  like I had a front row seat to the greatest love story of all time. It’s full of passion and emotion. It shows you the power of well written word and was truly fascinating. It has to be one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. I highly recommend it!

 

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