TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH KIDS

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As parents we look forward to traveling and creating memories full of fun with our families. However, the reality of traveling with children can often times turn out to be stressful if you aren’t properly prepared. Below are a few tips and “must haves” that are proven to make traveling with children easier. Whether it’s your first time, with your first child or your fifth flight with all five children, you’re sure to have more time to enjoy the trip when you have all that you need. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section if you have additional tips for parents traveling with children.

  • Diaper bag
  • Diapers (Bring extras in case of emergencies or delays.)
  • Wipes
 (the options for uses are endless)
  • Changing pads 
(You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores.)
  • Blankets
 (Bring a few for comfort, shade, and warmth.)
  • 
Plastic bags 
(Carry a few medium-size bags for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and shoes.)
  • Disinfecting hand gel
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Small bottles of toiletries, such as your child’s shampoo
, Toddler toothbrush and toothpaste
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Tissue, 
Toys and books
. (Your child’s favorites, plus some new ones to give as surprises along the way.) Bring sturdy toys without parts that are easy to lose.
  • Your child’s clothes, socks, and shoes.
 Packing one or two outfits per day is a good guideline. Denim and dark colors are good for hiding dirt and stains. Prepare for weather changes by packing clothes that can be layered. Don’t forget the jammies!
  • Bathing suit (
You never know when it will come in handy.) (Remember to pack a swim diaper too.)
  • Outerwear
 If there’s a chance you might need them, don’t forget warm coats, hats, mittens, and boots.
  • Washable bibs, sun hat, sunscreen
, sippy cups, canteens, or water bottles
. Encourage your toddler to drink plenty of liquid to prevent dehydration, especially when flying. (It’s a good idea to have extra water on hand.)
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Don’t forget high-energy snacks for yourself too!
  • Night-light
  • First-aid kit
 (Be sure it includes pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries)
  • 
Laundry soap
  • Socket protectors (or painter’s tape)
 Use these to childproof rooms at your destination.
  • Portable crib or play yard.
 You’ll need to bring along one of these unless your toddler sleeps with you, or you’ve arranged for a crib at your destination.
  • Car seat and Collapsible stroller
 can usually be gate-checked if you’re flying
.

Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to bring, or set out items on a table or dresser as you think of them.

Pack an extra outfit for yourself in your carry-on bag – just in case.
 Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
 Don’t forget chargers and cords for your phone and other devices.

Overall, just remember to make the journey to your destination an enjoyable part of the trip as well. It’s all about enjoying every moment of the time that you’ve set aside for your family to spend together. 

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HAPPY TRAVELING!

 (Leave any additional tips you may have in the comments)

 

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Valentine’s Day = Best Day to Be Single!

 

SINGLE? PERFECT!

Instead of trying to create the best relationship goals picture this year, create the best character goals picture. Display to your followers what a strong person of character, who just so happens to be single this year, does on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is nice & sweet, but leaving a lasting impression on someone is so much more fulfilling. impactIf Valentines day is about love, why should it be any different from the other holidays that society tries to push america to remember the less fortunate. There are widows, people in the hospital, friends & family that smile publicly. Yet, feel forgotten on the days that the world has set-aside for all to be remembered. So if you’re fortunate enough to be overdosed with love, dedicate this valentines day to someone that can’t say that love is a common experience in their life.

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Being single on Valentine’s day allows you the opportunity to show love to someone who’s life it will change & create a fond memory for. A memory that will carry them through the tough times that we sometimes all have to encounter. A fond memory that many strangers & the one’s close to us may not be fortunate enough to have. If someone’s spouse has died, Valentine’s Day may now be a day full of bitter-sweet memories that they once shared with their loved one. This can really put a damper on anyone’s day. Let that person use those memories to inspire the memories you want to make with your spouse in the future. This will leave them empowered.

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CHOOSE TO EMPOWER YOURSELF BY EMPOWERING OTHERS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY. MAKE SOCIETY FOLLOW YOUR LEAD!

Here’s a few ideas to try out this year:

  • If you & your friend are both single, put your money together & find a elderly person to surprise with a gift or lunch. The wisdom & guidance on life that they can give is priceless & well worth the time.

 

  • If you’re in a relationship & want to give back, valentines cards can be bought in bundles, pass them out at the hospitals, nursing homes or hospice facilities. It’s sure to bring a smile into a dark situation.

 

  • Find a friend that hasn’t had the best start to this new year & show them you care by helping them map out a outline to their goals over lunch.

THERE’S NO REASON NOT TO HAVE A PHENOMENAL VALENTINE’S DAY! Why? Because there’s someone waiting to experience the love you have to give.

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Just 30mins of your time can bring someone a memory of joy for the rest of the year!

If you try any of these ideas out please post your pictures & tag me. I’d love to see & share in your experience. GOD BLESS

 

-TEAIRA CARLTON

Why We Procrastinate & How to Stop!

FIRST, WHAT IS PROCRASTINATION EXACTLY?

Procrastination is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable things, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones.
Procrastination reveals our difficulties with self control and shows our inability to accurately predict our actions for the next day. We often tell ourselves, i’ll have the energy to do that tomorrow. We can depend on tomorrow to show up, but our motivation to be productive is another story. While researching, i found that %20 of the men & women in the U.S are chronic procrastinators.

“Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator.” -Dr. Ferrari

20% sounds small, but it’s larger than he percentage of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression or phobias, both common conditions people are familiar with. When procrastination becomes a lifestyle, you’re officially limiting your health, business, finances and relationships. You’re making your life a burial ground for unaccomplished goals & wasted potential. More than 60yrs old, the snooze button, was one of the first technologies created to allow us more time, but what have we gained from it? Nothing but temptation to delay ourselves daily. Keep your hand off of that snooze button!

“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.” -George C. Lorimer

WHY WE PROCRASTINATE

∇  As the speed of our life increases and the demands required of us multiply, procrastination is the ultimate struggle we wrestle with on a daily basis. The baffling thing about procrastination is that we think it will grant us temporary stress-relief, but indulging in it rarely does. After all, now you’ve just doubled your to-do-list for tomorrow.

 

  • SELF-IMAGE

Your actions send a message back to yourself about your character. Yes, affirmations are great temporary tools to boost your confidence. But only consistently taking action will build unwavering confidence and a self-image of you being a productive person. Procrastination lowers your self-esteem and sends signals back to yourself that you are, well, a bum or a slacker.

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” -David Allen

  • DISTRACTIONS

Many of us deliberately search for distractions. Disruptions as short as 2.8 seconds long doubles your chances of making a error, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. The advancements of technology were created to be used to make the juggling of multiple tasks easier, yet we let them become our ultimate distraction.

  • SO YOU THINK YOU WORK BETTER UNDER PRESSURE?

No, you don’t. This is just how you do things. You are just accustomed to waiting to the last minute to do things. Many people that have always waited to the last minute to begin a task, after completing it successfully credits the success to their ability to be a procrastinator & still complete a task…but you don’t realize how it’s just the opposite. If you can accomplish something well last minute, just imagine what you could do with a little motivation & organization. Your options would be endless, but will remain limited. Why? Because the stress & the pressure that you put your mind through when you aren’t organized isn’t healthy. Eventually, it will become harder for you to live your life this way. Resulting again, in a burial ground full of your wasted potential.

“Nothing is easy after you’ve made laziness a habit.” -Teaira Carlton

  • HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

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    Don’t waste time trying to create the perfect plan! Most plans you’ll find will have to be altered as you accomplish them. So, make an outline & just get to work! Over planning will quickly cause you to become overwhelmed.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many times, staircases will have twist and turns on your way up. Just adjust & keep moving. It may be an unexpected twist, but the next step still takes you higher.

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Acknowledge what your procrastination is doing to you, your future, your family & those who have invested in you. A different perspective of things can often give you that motivation you need to see that “procrastination” is a horrible epidemic. It’s spreading rapidly. That’s why associations are so important.

Proverbs 27:17 (KJV)
17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

∇  You control your environments……

    Require your friends to have goals. If they don’t have any goals, love them, but most of your time can’t be spent with someone without aspirations. It’s inevitable that you too will become wasted potential. Have associates & friends that hold you accountable! We all hit slumps & that’s when you need a friend that slaps you right out of it.

  • SOCIAL SITES/TECHNOLOGY

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We’ve all spent countless hours scrolling through timelines, pictures & youtube videos. Without nodding one time, might i add & the moment you pick up a book you can’t make it through the first paragraph. That should show you that procrastination is a battle of the mind. Let’s seriously take a look at this. You’re going to have to set some strict rules for yourself until you desire achievement more than you desire attention on popular social sites. Have certain sites time out after you’ve been on them for a particular amount of time, because whatever you give most of your attention to will govern your lifestyle.

  • WE ASSOCIATE PRODUCTIVITY WITH PAIN

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Yes, we’ve associated certain things with pain & don’t realize it. Pain comes in many forms. Not just the physical. It can be you simply dreading the exhaustion that you think you’ll feel if you organize that garage, write that book or start exercising every morning. It’s a form of discomfort to you, so your body naturally reacts when you think of it. It naturally kicks into “not today” mode. Leaving you with a funk to fight yourself out of. Just like you conditioned yourself to dread work, you have to condition yourself to dread failure even more. Make your environment failure proof. Put your phone, remotes & any other distraction you may have in a drawer until after your set time. Some tactics seem silly, but are necessary.

  • TRYING TO FOCUS? DRINK TEA, NOT COFFEE

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Yes, you read it correctly. I was shocked as well. There are several studies that show that though most people reach for coffee when they’re trying to stay awake & focused, that tea is actually more effective. A article in Appetite reports that theanine, an amino acid exclusive to tea, can give you laser light focus. Theanine, which increases calmness and relaxation, interacts with caffeine to synchronize the brain activity related to the attentional processing. Additionally, tea provides a more consistent alertness throughout the day compared to coffee, even when matched for caffeine content.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW NUGGETS TO HELP SOMEONE GET STARTED ON THEIR JOURNEY TO A PRODUCTIVE LIFE.

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LOVE YOU ALL & GOD BLESS!