8 Fun Things To Do with the Kids Before Summer Ends

August has arrived already, and with it brings thoughts of the school year to come. There are still some warm days left before school starts, though. In these last few weeks, I try to squeeze in as much fun as possible with the kiddos. I try to make sure that at least SOME of these fun activities are accomplished before summer comes to a close.  I’ve done all these with the family at least a few times.  All are great for some quality family bonding.

#1 – Go Camping

Summer’s long days and warm weather makes it the perfect season for camping. If you haven’t been yet, grab your tent and some sleeping bags and head out into the woods. Even a grassy backyard will do for a pseudo-camping trip. What’s important is that you leave the technology behind – turn off the cell phone, leave behind the video game systems and spend time reconnecting with each other out in nature. Don’t forget to bring along the makings for everyone’s favorite campfire treat – S’Mores.

#2 – Explore the Beach

Summer is beach season, and if you haven’t made it yet, now is the time. Even if you have made it, one more trip to the beach can’t hurt. Whether you’re near the ocean or heading down to the lake, those long, hot, summer days spent building sand castles, collecting shells and sea glass, and playing in the water are memories that your kids will never forget.

#3 – Have a Picnic

There’s just something extra-special about eating outdoors. Whether you’re heading to the park and using one of their grills, or bringing along some simple finger-foods, having a picnic is an excellent summer activity. Bring along a Frisbee or other outdoor activities and enjoy your afternoon or evening outside. If you can, try to stay out long enough to catch some lightning bugs (fireflies).
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#4 – Hit the Bike Trail

The summer months are the perfect time to hit the bike trails with your kids. Whether you’re biking through a local park or hitting wilder trails, spending a day biking with your kids is an excellent activity to do with the kids before school starts. This is an excellent opportunity to bring along that picnic from the previous activity and truly make a day of it.

#5 – Head to the Water Park

In a month or two, the water parks will be closing down for the season. These last couple of weeks will be your last chance to spend and afternoon at the water park. The kids will have a blast spending an afternoon on the water slides and lazy river, and let’s face it – you will too.

#6 – Grab Some Ice Cream

Sure, you can buy ice cream any time at the grocery store, but there’s just something special about visiting one of the many ice cream shops that are only open during the summer months. If you haven’t visited one of these yet (or even if you have), now is the the time to make that ice cream run. Many of these shops will be closing their doors for the season in the next few weeks.
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#7 – Grab a Paddle

You don’t have to have white water nearby to have a good time on the lake, river, or ocean. If getting into the raft or kayak isn’t something you’ve done yet this summer, now is the time to grab your paddle and head out onto the water. There is just something exhilarating about being out on the water, even if its more of a lazy float than a white water rampage.

#8 – Hit a Summer Festival

Summer is festival season. Whether you’re there for the food, people, or music, visiting one of these summer fests is an experience no one should miss out on. Even if you have to drive a ways to find one, hitting up a summer festival should be on your list of things to do before summer is over.

Let’s just be happy! You CAN be a full time blogger AND have a great love life!

Everyone has the right to live a happy, healthy life.  Including me!

Being happy sounds so easy, when you’re sitting on the outside looking in.  It took me way too many years to understand what true happiness means.  It took a decade or more to truly understand that, YES, I deserve to be healthy and happy too!  My happiness doesn’t depend on anyone else but ME.  It takes work, but with some practice, you can learn to love yourself the way you deserve.

Here’s my story for you…

Unfortunately, personal happiness and well-being seem to be out of reach for so many people. Stresses at work, in life or with interpersonal relationships can all take a toll on one’s mental and physical health.  This definitely applies to the stay-at-home moms (like me) trying to balance family obligations with a full time career.

With that said, sexual health is one of the hottest and most debated topics these days. TV talk shows, internet websites and radio pundits all have something to say about what constitutes a happy and fulfilling sex life. Whether a person is straight, homosexual or bisexual, a healthy sex life (or lack of) has a direct relationship on their overall mental and physical well-being.

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With divorce rates exceeding 50%, a healthy sex life is often the tie that binds. Couples with a healthy connection communicate better and stay married longer. These are the folks that can weather the storms of life and remain partners and lovers for all their days.

But, let’s face it, after many months and years together, things can get boring in the bedroom. It’s all too common for couples to lose that “fire” that they experienced when they first met. The fireworks that once made them googly-eyed for each other sometimes fizzle out.  In a nutshell, it’s all too easy for couples to slide into complacency and get lazy with their relationships.

The good news is, for the couples that communicate well, these issues can be quickly identified and fixed. To spice things up, a loving couple may choose different times and places for their sexy time. They may mix it up by adding slippery oils and lubrications to their bedroom time. Sometimes foods like whipped cream and strawberries can really heat things up.  Other couples may choose to integrate sex toys such as male and female vibrators into foreplay and intercourse.

Sex toys can spice things up in the bedroom

As a techie, always connected to my electronic gadgets type of woman, I have a keen interest interest in the latest and greatest electronic devices.  Surprisingly the sex toys industry has some interesting offerings that are right up my alley!

Toys for women are abundant both online and at brick and mortar stores. Women can freely discuss their favorite vibrator amongst their friends or co-workers.  However, for guys, it’s a different story. Men using sex toys is a taboo subject for many folks. It’s not as socially acceptable as it is for women. Also, many men are uncomfortable or really squeamish about using these devices. Their reasons are many: peer-pressure, social mores and misconceptions are all concerns.

Thankfully, we’re in the 21st century now. Because of this i was recently able to convince my man to try some bedroom toys that he may like to try as well.  He was squeamish at first, but now I think I’ve created a monster!  :)

 

There is a small, but growing market for sex toys for men. A device that comes up frequently in conversation is the prostate massager. This is what my guy uses.  These devices are perfectly acceptable for men of all sexual orientations. They’re designed specifically for his pleasure, because they’re anatomically correct for the shape of his body. Lots of guys don’t even know where to start when considering a top rated prostate massager for bedroom play. They may not realize that these toys can be used solo OR with a willing partner. If you’d like to learn more about male prostate massage and devices, www.bestprostatemassagerguide.com is a great resource to get you started. The Lelo Billy is our favorite. Click here to read more about it.

Go ahead, guys n gals, and give it a try.  You might be amazed at what you discover!  Communicate and stay connected to the person you care about most!

Balancing life and family can be tough when running a full time blog. Here’s how I do it!

Ah, the life of a techie

From childhood we knew we were different.  While other kids played with their friends building treehouses, we built wireless networks in our houses.  In college, other students spent their spare time planning for parties while we spent our spare time planning for the newest microchip upgrade.  But as an adult techie, life has thrown us a curve.  Now we have to integrate others, and even outsiders, into our world.

Balance is the key

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Being a techie in today’s world is more complex than ever

The gadgets once saved only for us are now mainstream.     For example, remember the pen that had the little digital clock?  That was a techie’s pen and everyone knew it.  Today, take the camera and the phone combination.  Thirty years ago, what a crazy thought!  A portable phone with a camera inside? Today, mainstream.  Is nothing sacred anymore?

Yes, techie in today’s world means we have to think outside the box.  We will actually have to think like a normal person, act like a normal person, and, yes, interact with normal people.  But where we have the advantage is, we have the knowledge to make their new toys do things our way.  Remember that phone they are so worried about with the camera?  Well, we have the apps.  We can design apps to make our phone control our house, control our day trading, our physical health, and when we should mate with our partner.  You can give technology to the masses, but you can’t make it work like a techie!

And it doesn’t stop there

Just as Batman had his Robin and the Skipper had his Gilligan, the techie has his blog.  It’s our faithful companion, our prized possession.  Oh sure, the content is nice.  We can blog about everything from the newest nanotechnology to the oldest satellite technology.  But deep down, we all know what we love about our blogs.  We can tweak them, make them more responsive, faster, and more streamlined.  We can change the header.  We can add sidebars.  We can add cool new sliders.  Oh yes, we love our blogs.

We love our blogs because they are there for us.  They work for us.  They can make us money.  And now, they can even become our career.  What a wonderful world we live in where our blog can become our livelihood.  We can work from home, we can work on the plane, we can work at the beach, or in front of the tv.  Our blog doesn’t care.  Our readers don’t care.  Oh, yes, we love our blogs.

Now comes the proverbial virus in the code of life

We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.  We would eventually find a significant other.  We don’t have an app for that…yet.  How can we fit our technologically superior lifestyle with that of, well, a normal person AND maintain those intimate connections?  Is it possible?  Is it worth it?

Of course it is.  Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without the loving touch of another human being?  Be it a spouse, a partner, or children, imagine what they bring to our lives.  But how can we co-exist and still keep our techie life?

Well, think firewall

In a family, everyone needs a boundary.  Kids often have their own room.  There is a room for meals, a room for playing and watching tv.  We all need a place in our home to claim as our own.  Can we not set aside a space for us like many families?
But perhaps instead of keeping our lifestyles separate we can use it to bring everyone together.  I’m pretty sure that most techies have a house that has a pretty high level of automation and technological wizardry.  Are we not integrating our lifestyles already?  And isn’t the point of all that technology to make our lives easier?  Think of all the people across the world that would jump at the chance to be able to work and provide for their family at their earliest convenience.

A fulltime blog affords us that opportunity.  If we have the ability to use something as simple as the common phone to make our lives more functional and more efficient, take advantage.  Take all that we have grown up with to this moment, the computers, smartphones, apps, and use them to make our lives open to what is really important.  Perhaps things such as our family, our spouse, children, our significant other, and the list can go on and on.  Whatever screen you are looking at right now, stop, and look up.  This is what’s important in your life.

Like a good code…

…that can adapt and learn from its user, our techie lifestyle can adapt to our changing and maturing interests.  Instead of keeping our lifestyle separate, perhaps we can use it to bring together all that is important to us.  If you find that code, keep it.  Store it in the cloud of your choosing.  And enjoy all that your lifestyle has to offer you.

Maintaining Your Love Life While Running a Blog

It took me years to learn to maintain that elusive “work-life balance”.  What many bloggers are wondering, however is how to manage their time effectively so they can continue to have a healthy love life with their partner. After finishing a full day at work, and then coming home to manage household tasks, many bloggers then open their laptops to spend another several hours completing more work.

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Unfortunately, this often occurs during the only time that these women get to spend with their partners, making it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship. Even if they do manage to find an hour or two for catching up and spending time together, exhaustion often rules out any chance of having sex. It’s important to keep in mind however, that once sex becomes secondary, the relationship is often the next thing to go. So what’s the best way to keep the love alive?

As a full time blogger, I follow these four rules to a “T.”  It’s done wonders for my marriage.  I learned my lesson years ago after spending too much time online, and too little time with my husband.  Things got rough, and didn’t get better until I followed these basic guidelines, religiously.

#1 – Set Some Limits

One of the most important steps you can take is to set limits on your work hours. With the technology available today, working from our laptops, tablets, and cell phones at home is easier than ever. Unfortunately, this can have a seriously detrimental effect on our relationships. It is important to set limits on the number of hours you’re working per day. Set a specific time (in our house, it’s 8pm) for closing down the laptop and shutting of the phone and tablet. Not only will this give you uninterrupted time to focus on your partner, it can protect you from the effects of burnout as well.

#2 – Make Lovemaking a Priority

Secondly, it is important that you make your relationship and sex a priority. When your day is full and you’re exhausted from working, it can be easy to let the love life slide. However, this may not only be detrimental to your relationship with your partner, but to your work as well. Recent studies have shown that having regular, enjoyable sex can enhance your productivity and performance at work. So you can have great sex, improve your relationship, and even write better blog posts. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too!

If you really want to spice things up, write a poem for your significant other.  It’s not as difficult as you may think :)

#3 – Manage Your Time Wisely

When you’re working it may be tempting to take that break and gossip with a coworker, but you may want to skip it in order to get more done. If you work from home, use a browser extension such as StayFocusd in order to help you stay off social media sites so that you can get more done. Increasing your productivity during the time you’re at work will leave you feeling less pressured and rushed. This can help make it easier to unplug and switch gears once you get home.
That doesn’t mean that you should gorge on those sites after work, however. While social media is excellent for keeping track of family and friends all over the world, it shouldn’t become a substitute for real human interaction. In general, spend no more than an hour or so each night on your social networks, and then turn them off to reconnect with your partner.

#4 – Exercise

When your schedule is already jam-packed with other things to do, the prospect of finding time for exercise each day can seem monumental. In spite of the difficulties, it is important to make sure that you include this as a part of your daily routine, however. It has been proven that not only can exercising each day make you more alert, it may also help to make you smarter. When you’re smarter and more alert you can get more done at work, again limiting your need to put in time after hours.

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