How Can I Keep My Kids Safe When Grandma’s Behind The Wheel?

When you're behind the wheel, you have control over how fast you're going and what you pay attention to when you're on the road. You have full responsibility for your kids' safety. But what about when your parents are behind the wheel? One in every six drivers on the road is aged 65 or older, and the world's population of people aged 60 and older is expected to double in the next 30 years. While getting older doesn't necessarily mean you'll get into a car accident, the risk of being involved in an accident increases significantly as you age. So how can you make sure your kids stay safe while they're in the car with grandma and grandpa? Establish whether or not there's an issue According to the American Automobile Association, 50% of the middle-aged population and 80% of the population … [Read more...]

Hello, It’s Been A While

Remember me?  I think it's time to introduce myself again. I'm Vicky. Mother to three girls, writer, dog mom to one Doberman, two-time Post-Partum Depression survivor, chronically ill with Lyme Disease and co-infections (#lymewarrior), domestic violence survivor, and fitness coach.  Whew! What sets me apart from all the other blogs out there?  Nothing, but my own unique story, my take on life and the fact that I live by a ton of quotes (mostly film and TV-related) but this one in particular, "It ain't about how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward." * In my former life, before Lyme tried to take me down, I reviewed cars, wrote about fashion trends and picks. I talked about my early days of parenting back when Mommy blogs were all the rage.  I … [Read more...]

You Can Realize Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Without Sacrificing Your Health

It's no secret that living your entrepreneurial dream is a lot of work. There are approximately 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and up to 80% of them will fail in the first five years. When you're balancing kids, a fitness routine, and a professional life, it can be overwhelming to consider making the first steps toward your own entrepreneurial goals. But you don't need to make any major sacrifices to begin working on your new career. Here are a few strategies you can use to build your business endeavor without sacrificing your health and happiness. Telecommute when you can Telecommuting can help to reduce stress. One study reports that 82% of telecommuting employees reported lower stress levels while they were on the job. Luckily, much of the work that's done today can be … [Read more...]

Want to Avoid Food Poisoning This Summer? Follow These Tips

For many of us, nothing is more enjoyable than entertaining for friends and family during the summer. And no party is complete without delicious food to serve and enjoy. But whether you purchase ready-made items at the store -- which may contain food-safe Renoil white oils, as they're often used in food processing and have a viscosity range of 60 to 500 SUS at 100 degrees Fahrenheit -- or make them from scratch at home, you shouldn't assume that your foods and beverages are inherently safe. Despite the fact that the FDA is exploring ways to make expiration dates more accurate and more easy to understand, you may need to rely on your own food knowledge to ensure no one gets sick from foodborne illness. Want to learn how to avoid food poisoning this season? Here's what you need to … [Read more...]

How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Car This Summer?

Whether you were one of the 1.4 million people who bought a pickup truck in the first half of 2018 or you've had the same car for years, it's important to do whatever you can to keep your vehicle in good shape. And while car care should be a priority all year long, it's especially important to keep your vehicle in good condition in the summer. The heat can do a surprising amount of damage to vehicles, so keep your car in good working condition all summer long with these simple tips. Refill Your Fluids The fluids in your engine are important to keep your car running -- and they play a critical roll in keeping your vehicle cool in the heat. Fluids help with cooling, lubrication, and even corrosion control, so it's essential to make sure they're at the proper levels. If your fluid levels … [Read more...]

Stress Symptoms: How Stress Can Impact Your Health

Many people are used to the stress and anxiety that comes with the daily grind of work, home life, social life, school, and more. However, while many people assume stress is just a normal part of modern life, enough stress can actually take a physical toll on your health and well-being. There are a number of ways in which a constant state of stress can harm you, but there are ways to avoid physical illness as a result of your mental health. Soaring Stress Levels Stress levels aren't necessarily static throughout your life; many situational and environmental factors can contribute to rising anxiety and stress. Whether you've recently started a new job or are looking to move soon, there are a variety of life changes that can temporarily increase your stress levels. While this increase … [Read more...]

6 Foods That Can Boost Your Child’s Dental Health

When it comes to your kids' dental health, you probably know the basics on which foods your kids should avoid to help them fight back against tooth decay. But did you know there are certain foods your kids can eat that can help to keep their teeth healthy? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you can use healthy foods from the list below not only to improve your child's physical health but also their dental health. Consider the following foods your child can enjoy for a better, healthier smile. Fish. In 2017, there were up to 11.6 million youth participants in fishing. If you're considering getting your child into the fishing game, think about introducing more fish into their diet, too. Fish are high in phosphorus, which can help to keep your child's tooth enamel strong … [Read more...]

Dog Days Of Summer: Why You Should Exercise With Your Pup This Season

We all know that exercise is important. From the benefits of calisthenics (which include a 31% decrease in the risk of death from any cause) and cardio workouts to the basics of walking, getting up and about is a valuable part of staying healthy. Since dogs are man's best friend -- and love running more than just about anything else in the world --, incorporating your pooch into your workout is an easy and fun way to make sure you both get the exercise you need. Canine Cardio Many of us are always looking for ways we can spend more time with our precious pups; since we're often forced to leave our pets at home while we head to work or run errands, exercising with Fido at your side can offer a number of benefits. Boost mood: Human beings are social creatures, whether we like to admit … [Read more...]

The Millennial Buyer’s Guide To Car Loans

Buying a car can be a daunting experience. Even if you know exactly which make and model you're interested in (which many people don't), you have to figure out how you're going to fund the purchase; since many people -- especially first-time buyers -- don't have a few thousand dollars sitting around, they're forced to take out a car loan to cover the costs. Let's take a look at what you can expect from and how you can prepare for this experience. Establish A Budget There are a lot of vehicles on the market; from heavy duty pick-up trucks to the compact sedans, you'll have your choice of features, add-ons, and specifications. It's very easy to get in over your head and listen to the persuasive words of your dealer; before you know it, you're driving away with a car that you don't need and … [Read more...]

Tackling Ovarian Cysts With Food: Natural Ways To Balance Your Body’s Estrogen Levels

Ovarian cysts are more common than you may think. They usually develop in women during their menstrual cycle and many go undetected due to the fact that they aren't causing any problems or pain; however, approximately 8% of premenopausal women will grow large cysts that require treatment. Ovarian cysts are caused by an overabundance of estrogen; because estrogen is both produced by our bodies and exists naturally in our environment, there are certain foods you can eat and preventative measures you can take to manage your condition. Avoid That Xenoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds in the environment. When ingested or exposed to too many xenoestrogens, our bodies can experience hormonal disruption, leading to the growth or rupture of ovarian cysts. Although most functional cysts go … [Read more...]