QuickTip Tuesday: Sleep Better

It has been too long since I have written a blog post!! September has been extremely busy so far. This week’s QuickTip is to sleep better by stretching. Stretching for 5 minutes before bed can help relax the muscles and make it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position.

You could follow this 8- minute yoga sequence or try your own. It works really well for kids who have trouble winding down too.


Foodie Friday: September Menu

It is September 1st, y’all! The school year is in full swing, the county fair is in full swing, and this is my last month of 2017 to do Salad Monday. Oh, and football. I am really looking forward to these meals, guys. My mouth started watering and my stomach started growling when I built the September 2017 Menu Pinterest board. I am planning to serve up some of my all-time favorite desserts- cherry pineapple dump cake, anyone?- and I will be trying some new recipes as well, like sheet pan steak and veggies and slow cooker BBQ ribs. Ya hungry yet?

September 2017 Menu

September 2017 Menu

Another Exercise Post

This morning I ran 3 miles before the rest of my street got out of bed… except my next door neighbor- Lisa- who I saw out on the road with me. It is really difficult for me to get out of bed to run at 5 am. I have to give myself a lecture pep talk almost every morning. I never actually want to get up and work out, but when I do I feel better all day long. It doesn’t have to be a 3 mile run, either. I only run 3 days a week. On the other days I do a core workout or  yoga. I always have a better day when I work out in the morning.

Why? I’m not exactly sure, but there is a chemical reaction happening in the brain that makes me feel more alert. Feeling more alert makes me feel more ready to tackle my to-do list. Also, endorphins.


And lastly, I feel like I have really accomplished something when I exercise first thing. When I feel that I have been productive, it encourages me to continue to be productive for the rest of the day!

Admittedly, I will be ready for bed around 8:00 pm tonight!


QuickTip Tuesday…. I know it’s Thursday

I was sick on Tuesday, so I didn’t get my blog written. Here’s my QuickTip for the week:

Cook at home more often.

If you don’t usually cook, start gradually. Make it a goal to cook once a week and work up to cooking more. Planning out which day(s) you are going to cook and what foods you want to serve will help you in this. Decide ahead of time that you are going to make “spaghetti on Thursday night” and you are far more likely to actually do that than if you just say “I am going to cook one night this week.”


Foodie Friday: Back to School Breakfast

It seems that just about every primary/secondary school in the state of Oklahoma has already started back for the year…. except Chandler. My daughter, Amelia will be starting first grade next week and I am starting to think about breakfast. Our entire daily routine is going to change from summer, but also from last school year and breakfast is now taking priority position in the planning area of my brain. Breakfast is not my strong suit. I struggle to eat breakfast most mornings, so making sure my kids eat breakfast is an equal struggle. I have been searching the internet for some ideas. I want my kids to eat a healthy, filling breakfast so that they aren’t thinking about food instead of enjoying their mornings. Here are some ideas I’ve found:

(Just click the picture to go to the website offering the idea)

6 WHOLESOME & FILLING breakfast recipes you can make in 5 MINUTES or less! It is true, you can really make these super fast and they are delicious for kids and adults!


Back to School Breakfast Recipes

Egg & Veggie Sandwich from FoodieCrush.com

What are your go-to breakfasts? Let me know your ideas, because I need them!

Caregiving 101

I will be holding a meeting very soon to discuss caring for aging or ailing loved ones. We will be discussing

  • stages of care
  • preparing to care for someone
  • resources that help
  • conversations to have with the one who will be receiving care
  • conversations to have with a medical doctor
  • 10 things families should know
  • how to support a caregiver

The goal is to help people giving care to help their loved one hold on to their dignity. According to The SCAN Foundation “The largest generation in American history – baby boomers – has begun to turn 65. Twenty years from now this age group will double, reaching nearly 20 percent of the population. The American senior of tomorrow will be better educated, experience lower levels of poverty, live in a more diverse society and have a longer life expectancy than previous generations. On the flip side, we will also live with more illnesses and have fewer loved ones to help support us as we grow older.” 

The younger generations will need to be there to help care for the baby boomer generation. What do you need to know about caring for your aging loved one?

  1. Most of the aging generation will need a little help to get around as they get older.
  2. Most are not prepared to pay for this care. $$
  3. Supportive services are very expensive.
  4. Medicare does not pay for these services for a long period of time.
  5. Most government assistance for these services is linked to poverty.
  6. Many do not know where to find or how to access the support services they need.
  7. So far, private insurance has not been the solution.
  8. There is a growing demand for these support services as people get older.
  9. Rising costs threaten the health system.
  10. Helping individuals stay healthy and in their homes for as long as possible is the main goal of the federal  health reform law.

If you find yourself in a position where you are or will be caring for an aging relative or loved one, and would like to get more information on how to do this successfully, please join us on September 5th at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Chandler, OK. This meeting is free, but an RSVP is appreciated. Please call 405-258-0560 to sign up.