When you have grandkids, you find that you have all sorts of presents to buy throughout the year - birthday presents, Christmas presents, gifts for achievements like finishing school, passing exams, and securing places in the school play.
But as they grow up, the things that you can buy for them tend to gradually change. Little kids are pretty easy to buy for. You can pick up teddy bears, dolls, jigsaw puzzles, train sets, and toy cars.
As they begin to approach adulthood and they are reaching their teenage years, they’re going to consider themselves “too grown up” for “little kids toys”. At this age, many kids want to feel grown up.
So, when you get them presents, you should bear this in mind. Here are a few ideas that can get you started in the right direction!
Aftershave or Perfume
Aftershave and perfume are the holy grail of presents for kids. They’ve seen these item adorning their parents and your shelves and cabinets for years, seeing adults spray it on before a day or night out. So, look at brands aimed at teens. They generally come with a lower price tag and packaging that may be endorsed by their favourite artists, models, and bands.
Toiletries and Toiletry Bags
Many kids go on extended trips with their schools around this age. So, you might want to give them a parting gift for the first time that they are away from home without their parents. Toiletries and toiletry bags are a great idea. They’ll be used to using whatever toiletries are available at home. But for this trip, they can have their own for the first time! Choose popular brands amongst teens and fill up a mens toiletry bag or womens toiletry bag. They’ll feel grown up in next to no time!
Vinyl is coming back into fashion, but you want to start your teen off with a low cost turntable, as they can easily break or damage the arms and needles, so you don’t want an expensive piece of tech ruined as they get used to using a traditional record player. Crosleys are a good starter piece when it comes to turntables. They come in a range of appealing colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits their taste. They also come with a lower price tag than other models on the market.
Teens tend to love adorning their walls with photos of them and their friends. Seeing as they tend to take most of their pictures in digital format, this can involve having to wait for extended periods of time for physical prints to be returned from professional printers. Instead, they could access their pictures instantaneously with an at-home photo printer!
These are just a few ideas that you might want to consider for your teen grandkid! Sure, they may seem difficult to buy for, but you just have to adjust yourself to their changing tastes and interests!
It's been a tough year. Added to the general busyness of life have come health concerns, family needs, hospital visits and financial worries. I feel a little like Todd Stocker who said, "I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn't find the time to do it.” Yes, that just about sums it up.
And the result? I feel exhausted.. constantly. I feel as though I have no energy, for anything.
If you're like me, your busy lifestyle can make finding more energy a challenge. However, these invigorating tips will boost your energy and keep you going. They're simple.. and healthy so including them each day is a wise decision. Certainly, that's my plan for boosting my dwindling energy levels.
Try these tips to maintain the energy you need for your hectic life:
1. Create a regular exercise schedule and stick to it.
Exercise is one of the easiest ways to find more energy on a daily basis. Exercise boosts metabolism and helps you avoid feeling sluggish.
A regular exercise schedule is essential for seeing results. However, you can try different workouts and classes to keep things interesting.
Walking, for instance, can be done anywhere and requires no special equipment. It increases cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones, reduces excess body fat, and boosts muscle power and endurance. Some would say that, instead of looking for a caffeine hit when you need some energy, go for a walk.
2. Balance your breakfast with both carbohydrates and protein.
Eating a bagel with coffee may be easy in the morning, but you’ll have more energy if you add peanut butter or meat to the bagel. Balancing carbs with protein gives you more energy throughout the day.
How you begin your day is important.. Breakfast matters in the hunt for more energy.
A combination of carbohydrates and protein is one of the best ways to start the day.
Do you love yogurt? Do you crave toast in the morning? You can combine yogurt with toast for a more balanced meal. Eggs and toast are another common breakfast staple that works.
Check out these foods & breakfast options:
* Oats +yoghurt + sliced banana + sprinkle of nuts and seeds
* Wholegrain toast + peanut butter or avocado or hummus, tomato and baby spinach leaves
* Fruit or vegetable smoothies + oats, yoghurt and nuts or chia seeds
3. Try to catch the sunlight.
Sunlight can be an invigorating force.
The brain relies on light to determine sleep and wakefulness patterns. By spending more time in the sun, you can find more energy. Of course you'd be wise to avoid the time of day when UV rays are most intense. But at least 30 to 40 minutes of sunlight a day can make a big difference in energy levels.
4. Use essential oils. Essential oils have the power to change moods and affect stress levels.
Essential oils can be smelled or used on the skin. They can provide an instant energy boost.
Citrus is a popular aromatherapy choice because it has an uplifting aspect to it. Basil can also help you because it wakes up the mind.
Eucalyptus, mint, and rosemary are also useful aromatherapy oils for more energy.
5. Add sweet potatoes to your meals.
Sweet potatoes offer potassium and keep energy levels balanced. They’re also a good source of other vitamins and minerals. They’re known for having high levels of vitamin A. You'll find many recipes now that include sweet potatoes in breads, muffins, as fries and pancakes.
6. Drink green tea.
Green tea has an important amino acid that is linked to helping people stay more energised. I really struggle with this one. I'm not a fan of green tea but I can tolerate it with peppermint or another flavour to disguise it. :)
7. Mash chia seeds and add them to smoothies.
Chia seeds are high in protein and minerals. Mashing chia seeds can make them easier to drink in your smoothies. You can also add them to your food. Sprinkle the seeds on top of salads or casseroles.
8. Stay hydrated in unique ways.
Water is crucial for giving you the energy to keep going during the day. But, it can be challenging to drink plain water and get the required amount.
Make your own infused water by adding fruit and spice to your water to make it unique. You can combine pieces of lemon with pineapple, apple, or blackberries for a different taste. See below to download your own Infused Water recipes cheatsheet.
Another option is using sachets like Twinings Cold In'Fuse. As the promotion states, 'With no artificial flavours or colours (just natural fruit flavours, spices & botanicals), there’s now a natural way to add flavour to your water!'
I like the watermelon, strawberry and mint flavour.
Add more watermelon to your diet.
If you’re trying to stay hydrated, watermelon can help you achieve the goal. It has high water content and gives you more energy. This a very tasty snack to include in your day. Cut it up into chunks and pop into small containers for an easy snack option.
9. Snack on nuts throughout the day.
Are you looking for a fast way to get more energy? Nuts have protein and vitamins. They’re a fast and convenient way to get an energy boost at work or at home. The nutrients in nuts can create lasting energy that goes on for hours.
Simple tricks can help you discover more energy in your day.
These tips will help you stay alert and focused... with more energy. They are simple changes that can make a big difference to your energy levels and your busy life.
Retirement can be the best time of your life. After working hard for more than 40 years, juggling a job around raising your family and other commitments, it’s finally your time. Time to take for yourself. To do what you want to, to take your time, to enjoy your family, to travel, to learn, and to do those things that you’ve always dreamed of.
Many people, however, chose to use their precious retirement to try an encore career, to go back to school or even to start their own business. They’ve finally got the time they’ve always wanted, and they chose to use it either working or studying. To some, this might seem ridiculous.
But, there are some awesome reasons to go back to school in later life. Here’s a look at some of them.
To Keep Your Mind Young
Retirement isn’t always what we want it to be. We dream of having lots of free time to relax and enjoy. Then, we find that we’re bored, we lack focus and interest. This can start to affect your health. It’s not uncommon to find that shortly after relaxing into retirement, your memory begins to suffer. You may forget little details, find yourself repeating things, or find that you are starting to forget where you’ve put things or people’s names. To some extent, this is a normal part of aging and something that you simply have to deal with. But, there is a lot that you can do to keep your mind young and alert for as long as possible.
Going back to school, perhaps to study an operations management degree online is just one of these things. It gives your mind focus and exercise. Other things that could help include learning a new language, spending time doing new things and going to new places, reading and doing puzzles, or doing simple tasks with your opposite hand. Think of it as exercise for your mind, just like you exercise your body.
To Keep Your Body Young
Speaking of exercise, going back to school can help your body as much as your mind. Many people find that in retirement they start spending much more time sitting at home. Going back to school gets you out of the house and moving more.
To Make New Friends
One of the most significant disadvantages of getting older is that everyone else is too and that it’s only natural that you might lose some friends as they become ill or pass away. Retirement can be terribly lonely, especially if you are used to working around people, or don’t have family nearby. Going back to school, even to do a short course at your local library or community centre gives you a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
To Learn New Skills
Of course, when you go back to school, you’ll learn about your chosen subject. But, that’s not all you’ll learn. You’ll develop computer skills. You’ll learn more about modern technology. You’ll learn how to organise your time, and you’ll improve your writing and communication. There’s a lot to gain by going back to school.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.