It’s hard to believe that we are well into November and already preparing for the holiday season. Sometimes it seems like the calendar is on fast forward and every month flies by faster than the last. We all have the same amount of time each day but some people seem to get more done in their 24 hours. Let’s all adopt some simple life habits that will help us be ready for each season.
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Simple Life Habits for Every Season
Keep a Calendar
Whether you choose to use a paper calendar on the wall with special colors for each family member or you prefer to keep everything on a google calendar, get in the habit of using a calendar. I rely on my google calendar and keep it updated at all times. When the kids bring home a basketball schedule or confirm school events I immediately open the calendar and mark it down.
I can also share the calendar with other family members and verify what is happening when. By keeping my calendar up to date I don’t overschedule or miss important events.
Stay Charged & Connected
With a family that is always on the go, we don’t want to get disconnected. Each member of our family has a phone and their own portable charger. Whether they are on ball trips, out at a conference or just at school each day, I want to make sure that phones and computers stay charged. This means that each member carries a charger in their backpack.
There are portable chargers for every lifestyle. You can choose a small power pack that fits in your pocket or opt for one that is a little larger that will charge multiple devices.
When we travel or do city tours, we typically take one that has more power so we can keep everything charged and ensure that we all stay connected.
Dress in Layers
As the temperature starts to drop it can be hard to find the balance in what you wear to keep you comfortable all day. The key is dressing in layers so you can be warm enough in the early hours of the day and then comfortable as the sun comes out in the afternoon. In Kentucky, it can be freezing in the morning and mid 60’s by afternoon.
I love a soft flannel that not only keeps us warm and dry, but also has enough stretch built in to keep comfortable all day long.
Use Digital Coupons
The holiday season can be an expensive time of year with entertaining, gifting and the emphasis on giving to multiple deserving organizations. But there are easy ways to save money on everyday items without having to devote time to cutting coupons or finding deals.
Many stores like Kroger, Rite Aid, Dollar General and others offer digital coupons that you can simply click to add to your loyalty card and save money when you shop. Just log in to the store app on your phone and select the coupons you want to use and the savings will automatically be deducted at the register when you check out.
Shop Online & Get Rebates
As you start your holiday shopping online, take two extra minutes and start at Mr. Rebates or Ebates. Stores like Target, Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walmart, Old Navy and more all offer rebates for online shopping.
- Login or register (If you are registering for the first time, you will get a bonus just for signing up!)
- Now type in the store name where you want to shop in the search bar at the top.
- A small screen will pop up telling you that you are being directed to your store’s site.
- Then you will be at your store site.
- Shop like normal!
- Pay like normal!
- Receive your product – like normal!
Life is busy and it can be tough to fit in time to exercise. I love wearing my Fitbit and participating in free challenges with my friends and family to help me stay motivated to move throughout the day. I am on a 12-week streak of not missing my 10,000 steps and am determined to keep that streak going. By watching my step count each day, I know that I am staying active and making my health a priority.
Whether you count your steps, go to the gym or do a dance party with your kids, keep moving and make your health a priority.
Drink More Water
I drink water all day, everyday! It’s just my habit. Sometimes I add lemons, blueberrie or other fruit, but it’s always available. Whether you drink water straight from the faucet or refrigerator, sipping on water throughout the day is a great way to keep focused and healthy. You might find that it helps to have a pitcher of water that sits out on your counte so you can just keep refilling it all day.
The Seychelle pitcher holds up to a gallon of water and produces approximately 150 gallons of 99.99% contaminant free water per filter. This is a super convenient way to make sure you get the water you need throughout the day and be prepared for winter weather or emergencies that might spin you into a shortage of clean water.
What simple steps are you taking to help you enjoy every day in this really unusual time we are living? I’d love to hear!