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20 Parenting Hacks For Summer That Are Insanely Genius

20 Parenting Hacks For Summer That Are Insanely Genius

1. Use a bed sheet to stay sand free

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    Do you hate the feeling of sand all over your clothes? This handy parenting hack shows how you can weigh down a bed sheet to make sure you and your family–and your food–stay sand free whenever you visit the beach!

    2. Use a glue gun to give shoes grip

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      If your children’s shoes don’t have much grip, use a glue gun to add straight lines and let them dry. Once they have dried, your children’s shoes should be much safer for them to run about and play in.

      3. Use a coffee lid to catch spills

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        Are you tired of spills from ice creams and ice lollies? Push a coffee lid underneath the treat to help stop sticky spillages.

        4. Make activity sticks for non-stop fun

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          If your children are always asking you how to spend their summer holidays, make life easier for you and them by creating activity sticks. Write down lots of different activities on lolly sticks and put them in a cup facing downwards. Whenever your children don’t know what to do, let the activity sticks decide!

          5. Use an old bed sheet for painting fun

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            Get your children enjoying the sunshine while they get creative by putting an old bed sheet in the garden and letting them decorate it however they like.

            6. Use shoe storage so you never lose anything

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              Are you taking a day trip with your family this summer? Put shoe storage in your boot and fill it up with everything you need. This parenting hack will save you a lot of time and stress.

              7. Create a safe play area using a blow-up pool

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                This useful parenting hack will help you to keep your younger children safe during summer. If your little ones want to play in the garden for a few hours, use a blow-up pool to make sure they stay safe while they play.

                8. Create a drawing kit

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                  If your children love to draw, use an old diary or a DVD case with pencils to give them their own drawing kit, so they can draw wherever they go.

                  9. Use a diaper to keep your things safe at the beach

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                    If you are visiting the beach, keep your wallet and phone safe by wrapping them in an unused diaper–no one will realize how precious the contents actually are!

                    10. Make a condiment tray for your summer parties

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                      If you are thinking about throwing any BBQs or garden parties this summer, fill a baking tray with condiments and sides to save on the washing up later.

                      11. Keep pacifiers clean with condiment cartons

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                        If you’re out and about during summer and you don’t want your baby’s pacifier to become dirty, use a condiment carton to keep it clean when it’s not in use.

                        12. Create enough bubbles for a month

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                          If your children love to play with bubbles, mix up the ingredients yourself and make enough for a few games. Store them in a sealable tub, and your children can play with bubbles whenever they want!

                          13. Use apple cider vinegar for mosquito bites

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                            If your children suffer from itchy mosquito bites, use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help relieve the itching.

                            14. Use stickers to help your kids put on their shoes

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                              If your children are learning how to put on their own shoes this summer, cut a sticker in half and insert one half in each shoe. This will help your children quickly learn which shoe goes on which foot.

                              15. Use press and seal wrap to avoid spills

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                                If your children like to wander around with their drinks during summer, make life easier for everyone by putting Press and Seal wrap over the top of their glasses. This useful parenting hack prevents spills and even stops flies getting in the drinks!

                                16. Use a hair grip for clothes that are too big

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                                  If your children’s summer clothes are a little too big, use a pretty hair grip to help hold their clothes in place.

                                  17. Keep your trampoline safe with pool noodles

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                                    If you have a trampoline with exposed springs, keep your children safe by covering the exposed springs with pool noodles.

                                    18. Put paint in a bag for mess-free fun

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                                      If you have toddlers, put paint in a see-through plastic bag and tape it to your window. This way your child gets to play with paint and textures without you having to keep washing them.

                                      19. Create games with sponges and chalk

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                                        Draw a giant target on your driveway this summer with chalk and use sponges to guarantee hours of cheap fun for your children.

                                        20. Create a portable sandbox

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                                          Fill a plastic drawer with sand to put in your back garden or take to the park with you so your children can play in the sand wherever they are!

                                          What did you think of these summer parenting hacks? Share this with other parents you know to see what they think!

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                                          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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