5 Back-To-School Organization Hacks

The beginning of the new school year often means a new schedule, activities, and changes around the house. It can be pretty overwhelming to stay organized, stick to a plan and avoid chaos. We can all agree the stress levels are pretty high for moms and the kids alike. So, what can you do about this that you haven’t already? Use these simple back-to-school organization hacks to ace transition with ease.

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  • Prioritize creating a family calendar: We have all used calendars to stay organized at work or school, and we can all agree about its efficiencies. Utilize the simple tool to keep your family organized and share what your days would look like. Wouldn’t it be easier if the dad knew he must take the kids to their swim class on Tuesday? You can use the good old magnetic calendar or use a google calendar.
  • Have a dedicated family hour each day: Communication tends to become secondary when everyone is busy. Have a dedicated ‘FAMILY HOUR’ to talk about the day, homework, and school activities every day to stay on track. You could sneak this activity into your family dinner time. 
  • Dedicated homework station: Do constantly ask your kids if they are done with the homework? Congratulations…you are one with all of us. To break the cycle, have a designated homework station stocked with stationary supplies. Take it a notch higher with dedicated homework hours.
  • Meal Planning: Did you know an average spends at least 67 Minutes a day preparing and serving food, and 35 minutes grocery shopping? That’s approximately 9 hours a week. We aren’t talking about households that have elaborate meal preparations or large families. Imagine getting those hours back with meal prep and utilizing online grocery delivery services.
  • Get your Children Organized: You don’t have to do it all. Effective delegation is a crucial trait of a successful manager, and your household is no different. You should break tasks into chunks that your kids can tend to. For example – Loading the dishwasher, picking up trash, keeping their homework station organized, etc.

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5 Perfect Snacks for an Epic Road Trip

COVID 19 has changed the way we live, and traveling is no different. Today more than ever, travelers are choosing to travel via road instead of taking a flight. Snacks and road trips are an unbeatable combination. They are not just sustenance for the car ride but an essential part of the entertainment that comes with the journey. Choosing healthy snacks that don’t require heating, aren’t messy, and are loved by the family can be a daunting task. If you are taking a road trip this season, our essential snack guide is for you :

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Trail Mix: Do we need to tell you why? Nuts and dried fruit are energy-dense and packed with healthy fats, proteins, and fiber. They are healthy, readily available, and everyone in the family always likes them.

Granola Bars and Energy Bars: Often touted as the ‘healthy on the go snack,’ most granola and energy bars contain micronutrients, including B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and iron, either found in the ingredients or added through fortification. There is a wide variety to pick from, including vegan and gluten-free options. You always want to check they are not loaded with sugar before stocking up yours for the trip.

Popcorn and Jerky: We still need to come across a family where popcorn and jerky aren’t snack favorites. Jerky is packed with protein, perfect for curbing hunger between the meals. However, you always want to pick one that doesn’t have a lot of preservatives and the sodium levels appropriate. Popcorn can be tricky because it can often create a mess. But hey – what’s a road trip without a bit of chaos.

Fresh Fruits: They are the ideal snack to get the daily source of vitamins and natural sugars. The only catch is they are perishable, so you only want to stock a little to minimize wastage.

Chips and Pretzels: They will inevitably find their way in every road trip and for a good reason. They are not a guilt-free snack, so pick a variety that’s healthy for you, and if you are feeling too adventurous, indulge in baking your own chips and pretzels for the road trip.

You are guaranteed to enjoy your trip more if you give your body the nutrients it wants and needs. With a bit of planning, you will make sure there are no hangry road trippers with you. Think our list is incomplete? Tell us by commenting below.

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4 Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day during COVID-19

Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate love, but it is often also a day that adds a lot of pressure on the relationships. With an ongoing pandemic, it will be more challenging than ever for the couples to do something safely that is festive and honors the day. Instead of indulging in usual valentine’s day celebrations, consider these alternative ideas to celebrate the day.

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  • Break the routine: Relationships often become mundane with time. If you could venture out, you would probably hit your favorite restaurant to eat or a bar. Right? Instead, treat this time when you can’t head pout to switch up things with a – decorating your partner’s personal space, sending a virtual love song, or writing a sentimental note for them.
  • Do something special for them: Everyone’s struggled during the pandemic. No one has had the time to treat themselves. Ask yourself, what has your partner wanted to do but hasn’t had the time to deal with? Rearrange the furniture, buy their favorite book, rent a movie, or order groceries for them.
  • Plan a virtual date: We know you probably have started to everything more or less virtually but think about it. A virtual tour of the city you both have wanted to visit, or a virtual wine tasting could be fun and something you both can look back and enjoy later.
  • Send Flowers or chocolates: The good old-fashioned way of sending goodies to out of towners can come handy to say ‘you are special’ to many this year.

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Tips for 2020 Thanksgiving Dinner

Much like everything else, thanksgiving in 2020 is going to look very different. Here are some tips to get you through this festive season with ease.

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  • Consider a virtual gathering or a small outdoor gathering: This year has pushed us into a never experienced before the digital era. Nine months into the pandemic, and you have probably already had all your meetings, birthday parties, dinners, happy hours, and more virtually. Your platform options are endless – Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and more. You can make the whole virtual party more interesting with themes, games, etc. If you prefer meeting people in person, keep your gatherings small and socially distanced to be safe.  
  • Order Thanksgiving Dinner to Go: Although thanksgiving is all about being thankful and sharing a meal with the family,2020 has been all about being cautious and safe. Continue with this theme and consider a to-go shared meal from your favorite restaurant instead of making a meal at home whether you have a virtual or socially distanced party.
  • Play Games: One thing that can make any party enjoyable is joint activities. You can play a plethora of games, whether you decide on a Zoom party or a socially distanced get-together. You can have name tags, themes, and much more to keep it engaging.
  • Minimize or eliminate alcohol: Sharing a few bottles of wine around the table may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but CDC advises against the ritual this year, asserting alcohol a high-risk activity since it clouds judgment. If you are planning to stick with a virtual celebration, guests can, of course, enjoy their liquor at the comfort of their home.

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6 Must- Have Spices in Every Kitchen

We all can concur spice make the food. Even the most delicious recipe goes for a toss if not complemented with the right spices. While they are quick to add a lot of flavor to the food, there is also a vast category to choose from.

The best part about spices is they are available in every grocery store and can last you for years, so it’s definitely a good idea to stock them. While every cuisine requires special spices, some spices should be part of every kitchen. Here is our list to get you started: 

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Black Peppercorns:  Every home cook swears by them and uses them in every savory dish – eggs, soups, curries, meats, etc. The flavor is preserved better in whole peppercorns as the oil inside them doesn’t break quickly. There are pink and white peppercorns for more advanced spicing options, but the black pepper is vital in every kitchen.

Cumin :The most versatile spice is earthy, aromatic, and has found its way in every country’s kitchen. This spice is rich in oil and is used whole or ground. Besides being flavorful, this spice is known for regulating digestion and contains a fair amount of Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Need more reasons to stock it?

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or Whole Dried Chiles: Remember that one time you didn’t have enough Red Pepper Flakes for the pizza? We bet you won’t regret stocking this spice in your kitchen. There is a whole lot of variety when we talk about dried chile peppers. They can be crushed and used in curry pastes or a pot bean or chili. 

Cinnamon: Who doesn’t love a cinnamon latte on a rainy day? While cinnamon is often seen as an essential spice for baking projects, it also pretty useful for savory projects. Like, cumin, you can buy them whole or ground to add woody flavors to your recipes.

Turmeric: Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has a mild taste. This spice is truly versatile, and you might be familiar with this yellow-colored spice due to its vast usage in Asian cuisine. Turmeric is well known to dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and has medicinal properties.

Granulated Garlic: Garlic is the most used spice in every kitchen. Fresh is better, but granulated garlic will add the same flavor with much less work for you.

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Awesome Tips for a Breezy Back-to-School

Schools started a week ago, and from what we hear, it has been one of the most hectic Back-to-school for parents due to COVID-19. Getting back into the school routine is a daunting task for the parents and making sure that kids get the nutrition their brain requires to thrive is essential. Follow these simple tips to make sure the routine is easy breezy for you.

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  • Decide the week’s menu: Set aside menu for the upcoming week on Saturdays and get done with your meal prep and grocery shopping on Sunday. Although this does make the weekend overwhelming, you will be pleased with how undemanding the rest of the week is. If you are a working parent getting a good start will let you get focused during the week.
  • Set up breakfast table at night: When you are wrapping up the kitchen for the night. Set up the table for the next morning – plates, glasses, and silverware. Often getting everyone their dishes and cutlery is more time consuming than we anticipate.
  • Ask kids to Set out clothes the night before: Keeping clothes ready for the next day is one of the easiest and most time-saving tips on our list. Kids typically spend 15-20 minutes to decide what they want to wear, and online schooling is not going to be any different in this regard. Time saved is time earned. Agreed?
  • Let kids decide their snack: Mother’s are often highly nutrition focused in a good way, but mom’s you need to cut yourself some slack. It won’t hurt your kid if they end up eating cookies or chips instead of smoothie or fruit for a snack every once in a while.
  • Stick to a bedtime routine: It is easy to lose track of time when you don’t necessarily need to wake up in the morning’s wee hours. Summer breaks often lead to a break from an early bedtime, but kids often need adequate rest to refresh their minds and be ready to learn. The key is usually the consistency of a bedtime routine.
  • Stock up on school supplies: Get extra back-to-school supplies, you never know what your child would need, and meltdowns on a school day are never welcome.

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Back-to-School supplies for teachers during COVID-19

Schools are slowly reopening across the country, and while students and teachers are gearing for a new school year, Covid-19 has changed the traditional methods of teaching forever. Most of the schools have chosen to start the year with remote leaning, and therefore Back-to-school checklist is going to look very different for teachers and students alike this year. We bring to you our list of essentials for the teaching professionals this year.

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  • Adjustable laptop stand:  An adjustable stand comes handy in keeping you mobile, supporting your wrists, and improving your posture while teaching. Invest in a stand that can be raised to turn your working station into a standing station if need be.
  • Whiteboard:  Whether you in the classroom or taking the class from your home – a whiteboard is always required to explain concepts, write notes, etc.
  • Dry Erase Markers: Dry eraser markers are the new chalk in the classroom. They are the commonly used whiteboard markers; they are entirely non-permanent and can be erased with a dry eraser when used on a whiteboard. 
  • Sticky Notes: They are kind of a given, but you will need them more in an online setting where you will probably need to remember much more with all the online interactions with students. They are diverse and can be used to collate lists, notes, labels, tabs, and bookmarks.
  • Reward Supplies: Even though you are in an online setting, rewards always seem to motivate students. You will need supplies that can be used as rewards – markers, sharpies, highlighters, reward stickers, and more.
  • Digital Timer: Sure, you can check your phone from time to time to keep track of time. However, a digital timer is handy and easy to use to keep track of time.
  • Bluetooth Speakers: Kids and adults love music and can be extremely motivated if you use them in your class. If you are feeling extra generous, you can even play their favorite songs from time to time. The best part of Bluetooth speakers is they can be controlled by your phones.
  • Planner: They are every teacher’s favorite because they keep you organized and believe us you will need them more in a remote setting where chaos often rules with many students asking questions, many deadlines to get back to with family commitments.
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes: Yes, you are definitely in a remote setting with no one but your family around you, but you will still need anti-bacterial wipes to keep your space and supplies clean and fresh.
  • Hand Sanitizers: A must-have with you at all times in the COVID- 19 era, whether you are in the classroom or at your home.

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Hosting a BBQ in the Age of COVID-19

This July 4th weekend would be very different from any other independence day weekend you have been part of in the past. In the age of COVID-19, it will be necessary to not only bring people together but also keep them apart for safety. However, if you are determined to find a way to host a BBQ safely, we have some great tips that will substantially reduce any risks.

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  • Limit the number of guests: We have all been hearing the term “social distancing” for the past six months for a good reason. Depending on where you live with some guidance from your local authorities, it may be possible to host a small gathering of people outdoor. Make sure your list doesn’t include more than ten people who each agree to stay at a safe physical distance during the gathering. Make sure your invite mentions pandemic gathering etiquettes – each guest to bring their masks, gloves, and sanitizers, etc.
  • Quarantine the tableware: Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends guests bring their own tableware for gatherings. However, if you do decide to keep your own tableware – make sure you deep sanitize the –plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. After sanitization, organizes separate trays for each group and wrap each tray in individual bags for additional safety.
  • Strategize the usage of restroom: Even if it’s a small socially distanced group of guests, they will most likely end up sharing the restroom. Assess how your guests feel about sharing the restroom if everyone feels okay about sharing it leave plenty of paper towels and hand soap on the sink. Keep disinfecting wipes along with a spray bottle filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol for misting handles and knobs after each usage.
  • Beverage Arrangement: Have one assigned person manage the beverages for the party with gloves on at all times. Keep disinfecting wipes for the guests to wipe the beverage bottles and cans if they want to.
  • Food: While in the past you might be hosting elaborate buffets, wit will be ideal to opt for single –serve potions (individual snack bags and bottles) or have guests bring their own food and drinks.
  • Guest List: Follow the CDC recommendation of writing down all of the guests in attendance in case you need it for contract tracing in the future.

We wish you a very safe July 4th weekend.

Five must-have immunity-boosting essentials in the pantry

Emphasis on boosting immunity has never been this central to conversations around us. Although Texas has officially opened up, the state is also witnessing a surge in the COVID-19 cases every day. If you are somebody who has joined back office recently or simply out a lot more – you must boost your immune system to protect yourself from infectious diseases like coronavirus. Refer to our simple yet effective immunity-boosting food guide :

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  • Citrus Fruits: Our body doesn’t make vitamin C, but we need it for immune function, bone structure, iron absorption, and healthy skin. Citrus rich foods such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, green vegetables, and tomatoes are a great source of C vitamins. The recommended dietary allowance for men is 90 milligrams (mg) per day, and for women, it’s 75 mg per day. You will get the recommended dosage of Vitamin C if you consume at least 5 servings of food and vegetables per day.
  • Walnuts: Besides being the number one anti-inflammatory food, walnut contains several nutrients that are integral for supporting a robust immune system, including Vitamin E, B6, copper, and folate. Nuts are also known to reduce the stress that has indirectly weakens immunity. Include a handful of walnuts in your everyday diet to reap the benefits of this superfood.
  • Sunflower Seeds: Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, and sunflower seeds are a rich source of this powerhouse vitamin. They also selenium which helps your body fight against certain cancers, while also helping your immune system to control cell damage.
  • Spinach: The versatile leafy vegetable can be eaten in with salads, soups, or pasta. Spinach contains vitamin A which is vital for supporting a healthy immune system, as well as mucosal tissues throughout your body that help to keep germs at bay. Plus, spinach contains vitamin C, which is a dominant immune-booster and vitamin E, which helps to safeguards the lungs and liver.
  • Garlic: Besides containing numerous vitamins and minerals that are critical to support a healthy immune system, garlic contains allicin which is a powerful component for fighting against bacteria and viruses. Studies have shown people taking garlic in their diet had less cold infections and colds than the group of people that did not take it.

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Cleaning Supply Checklist for your Home

COVID-19 has changed the way world functions forever. Think about it – if someone told you in January 2020 you will spend two hours sanitizing products and produce after every grocery run, you would have called then crazy. However, cleaning and sanitization have now become an essential part of our everyday life. We thought we would share the list of some of our ‘must-have’ cleaning and sanitizing products that should be on your shelf.

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  • Disinfectants: It was challenging to get your hands on these things for most of the year for a good reason. Germs are everywhere – your hands, surfaces, food, products. There are several disinfectants to combat potential germs. You must ideally have – liquid disinfectant, wipes, and a personal sanitizing solution.
  • Disposable Gloves: Overexposure to any cleaning or disinfecting chemical can irritate the human skin. Gloves are a must-have for you while working or cleaning any surface. We suggest stocking at least a couple.
  • Bleach: This product is a winner. You can use this in multiple ways with water to clean and sanitize your clothes, vegetable, restrooms, floors, and much more. Make sure this product is part of your cleaning supplies.
  • Bathroom Cleaners and Fresheners – Restrooms are the breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Depending on the size of your home/facility, bathroom cleaners and fresheners should be used by you every day. You can invest in green cleaning products since you will use them every day in restrooms.
  • Glass Cleaners: Windows and Door Glasses are often the most ignored in a home. Exterior windows can end up accumulating a lot of dust or debris from landscaping or everyday wear and tear. Glass cleaning formula is specially formulated to keep windows free of streaks and add luster that other kinds of cleaners cannot provide. Hence, choose one that most meets your needs.

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