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Five Of The Best Ideas for Adventurous Family Holidays

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Berkeley – Family Camping

If the thought of an over-sized dancing mouse fills you with fear and being asked to enter a poolside belly-dancing competition isn’t your idea of fun, then worry not intrepid traveler as below are five awesome ideas for adventurous family holidays which will leave you excited, rejuvenated and down-right inspired.

Yakezie Challenge

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the Yakezie challenge. I have no Alexa Rank whatsoever, but that shouldn’t be a surprise since the blog’s a day old. I’m looking forward to writing this blog and working with many of the wonderful members and challengers as we try to promote each other and build great teams.

DISAPPOINTMENT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE FOCUS

 

I found myself watching an episode of BBQ Pitmasters on Netflix and it caused the oddest moment of reflection. One of the challenges was barbecuing shrimp and oysters. For me, that’s a no-brainer. Every year my family went camping at Lawson’s Landing at Dillon Beach.

It was the highlight of every year. Being on the California coast is always a neat experience, especially if you get away from the craziness of the city, but this was better than you’re imagining. Dillon Beach is a tiny neck of the woods that I would move to in a heartbeat (if I could ever afford to move back to California).

We would camp in these sand dunes and the water was just over one tall dune. Beautiful, tiny pastel flowers grew along the dune grass, and it wasn’t uncommon to wake up with the free range cows from the attached grazing area hanging out in your camp.

So you’ve found your dorm roommate. Now what?

So here is a story about finding a dorm roommate. Whether or not you chose a roommate or were assigned one, you’re now stuck living with somebody for the next few months of your life. Obviously, you want that to be as good of an experience as possible for the both of you.

It’s best to get a start on building a strong bond well before you guys start living together. No matter what, it will be awkward at first, but you can do your best to eliminate at least some of it beforehand. If you already know the person you’re going to be living with, a lot of this you won’t have to worry about, but for those of us who are starting fresh,  it’s best to have something to start with.

To begin, do you have any way to contact him or her? Did your school provide you with an e-mail address, a phone number, or a physical address? How about a name at least? If you don’t have any of these, then I hate to say it but you’re screwed.

Luckily I don’t know of any schools that don’t at least give you some information on the other person, so that’s good.

Making Magic Is Hard Work

Creating Christmas magic for my children is kicking my ass. It’s a LOT of work.

Just doing the tree took almost the whole day. It didn’t help that my oldest son is exactly like me (God help us all!). He is only 3 and he has such definite ideas of how he wants the tree to be and where he wants each ornament. I just gave up trying to convince him to do it my way and got out of the way.

Of course in the process of letting both of my sons help with the tree, we had moments when mommy lost her cool because several of her favorite ornaments fell and shattered. But in the end, the tree turned out pretty well and we all had a hand in making it happen, which was my goal.

Then came the Christmas cookie experiment. I’ve been really trying to show my children the fun and spirit of Christmas so I had do the baking-Christmas-cookies-with-my-son thing (even though I don’t remember the last time I baked anything)!

Oh, it was so much fun making them from scratch with him. We got flour all over ourselves (and the floor) and we both did the mixing and cutting of the cookies. Unfortunately, because this was mommy’s first foray into Christmas cookie making, the cookies didn’t turn out so well.

Getting outside to exercise with a baby

We all know the life of a mom revolves around taking care of our children.  And finding time for yourself takes a backseat to our hectic schedules.  But it is important to take care of ourselves!  And exercise definitely is important, just getting out and about can make you feel better and improve your stress level.

Here are some simple workouts moms can do with the baby in tow to help get back to exercising.

Walking with Baby

Power walking is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, and safe to do right after having a baby just make sure to check with your doctor.  All you need is a stroller.  Most babies like a change of environment and the fresh air.  So take your little one and get outside.  If the weather isn’t cooperating check out your local mall.

Running with Baby

Immunization Guidelines For Children

Below are recommendations on vaccine schedules for children based on CDC guidelines.

Birth:  Hepatitis B

2 Months:  HIB, DTaP, pneumococcal, rotavirus, polio, hepatitis B

4 Months:  HiB, DTaP, pneumococcal, rotavirus, polio, hepatitis B

6 Months:  HiB, DTAP, pneumococcal, rotavirus, polio, hepatitis B

  • Every October Flu vaccine, if the child is over 6 months old

12 Months: MMR, chickenpox, hepatitis A, pneumococcal, HiB booster

Fever in Children

When your child is not feeling well, and you suspect a fever, but are unsure of what to do next. Should you get out the thermometer? Call the doctor? Give medication?

In healthy kids, FEVERS usually don’t indicate anything serious. We all know it is frightening when your child’s temperature rises, but a fever itself does no harm and can actually be a good thing. A fever is a symptom when your child’s body is fighting an illness. We typically treat fevers with medication that are fever reducers to make your child feel better and to prevent dehydration.

What TEMPERATURES can you expect when your child is sick. Guidelines state that you should call your pediatrician if he has a temperature at or above:

100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and he is under three months old
101 degrees Fahrenheit and he is between three and six months old
103 degrees Fahrenheit and he is over six months old

Just as important as the your child’s temperature, please consider this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:3

Unusual Summer Reading

Remember when you were a kid, and you set off from the last day of school with a summer reading list?  Pages and pages of wonderful books, asking to be read.  Library card in hand, you happily spend lazy summer afternoons with a book in one hand and an ice cream sandwich in the other.

Maybe that was just me.

So far, I have found that the worst part of being a working adult is summer.  What do you mean I don’t get summer vacation?  What do you mean I have to spend the sunniest, laziest days sitting in a fluorescent chamber of boredom and deadlines?  What do you mean I don’t get a summer reading list and hours of freedom to spend reading?

Well, this summer I have decided to make my own reading list and spend also some time doing these personality quizzes. Sure I am SAHM and I don’t think I will develop my career any time soon but it was really fun to taking the quiz and  read about my career personality and possible jobs.

Then instead of lazing on the couch watching mindless TV after work/dinner/housework, I’ll be lazing on the couch reading one classic after another.  That’s right, I’m focusing on the classics.  No fluffy novels about shopping or engagement rings for me!  Only the truly good stuff.  And I’m off to a great start.

Enjoy Every Minute With Your Child!

Some great advice I received when I was a “new mom,”  was to try and enjoy each moment with my baby.  Below are a few tips to help you enjoy your little one. I am a mom to a 21-month-old, and I can’t believe that he is already almost two. The first year was tough, feeling sleep deprived, and having to care for another person that was completely dependent on me was so exciting and exhausting all in the same breath.

The second year has been filled with challenges of an “almost terrible two-year-old”, and trying to set boundaries, yet still let him explore the world. But every day has been an adventure and I loved every minute of the smiles, giggles, and the first steps, and words.  And I am really enjoying the innocence of childhood, and it amazes me.

It has been so rewarding watching my son develop into a little being with thoughts and a cute personality as he explores his environment.  I love the “wows”, when he sees something new and exciting. I certainly don’t know everything about parenting, and I just try to be a good mom.  But when I am having a “mommy stress moment”, I try to remember why I love my little man, and how much I enjoy being a mom!

Rude behavior seems to be consistent with doctor’s offices

I am soooooo frustrated right now! I am trying to set a doctor’s appointment for my son and can’t even get through to the appointment desk. I have called and called and called only to get a busy signal every time. I looked in the phone book and there was another number listed to call in case there was no answer at the main number.

I called the alternative number and asked to set an appointment. I was tersely informed that I had to call the main number. I explained that I had been trying to call the main number for half an hour and kept getting a busy signal. She smarted off, “Keep trying” and hung up. Perhaps this alternate number was an emergency number, but it was not listed as such in the phone book, and she never informed me of such either.

This kind of rude behavior seems to be consistent with doctor’s offices these days. I have encountered it several times during my own office visits, but this particular clinic seems to have cornered the market. The doctor is great (which is the only reason I have stayed with this clinic), but the office staff is horrible. When you can actually get a call through to them, 9 times out of 10, they are abrupt and impolite.