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Five Ways to Stop the Flu in its Tracks

Flu season seems to be hitting everyone hard and, for my family, this year has been no exception. Gabrielle, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, understands what a hardship the flu can have on families and is offering up five ways to stop the flu in its tracks today on the blog. Take a look…

Five Ways to Stop the Flu in its Tracks

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The flu epidemic has hit our nation hard this year. Unfortunately, the Kansas City area was not spared. As caregivers, we are often hit the hardest when illness enters our homes.  There is no way to completely germ-proof our homes, but there are a few things we can do (besides washing our hands).

#1 Disinfect Common Surfaces

Sure, we all wipe down our counters when we clean the kitchen.  But there are a few places that even the tidiest of moms could forget about.  For instance, wiping down the refrigerator door handle should become a common practice.  Every person in my house has their fingerprints on that surface.  The same goes for door knobs, and cabinet door handles.  Electronic devices are another place where germs might be passed amongst siblings.  Disinfect phones and other handheld devices.  Wipe down those video game controls and the TV remote while you’re at it.  Use the dishwasher to disinfect silverware and cups if you have one.  If not, tossing a little bleach in the dishwater might not be a bad idea.

#2 Take it Outside

Wastebaskets fill up fast when someone in the household is sick.  Take the garbage out as often as necessary, and don’t just empty it all in the big waste basket.  Tie it up in plastic and place it in a bin away from the house.  So many of these illnesses are airborne.  One misplaced tissue could cost you a week’s work of down time.

#3 Keep Remedies in Stock

Many pharmacies are sold out of common flu and cold remedies now.  It’s a good idea to pick some up if you see it, even if no one is sick at the moment.  I’ve heard tales of parents driving to 3-4 different pharmacies trying to find medication.   If over-the-counter medications will work to soothe your ailing loved ones, absolutely take advantage of them.

#4 Stay Away From Sick People

It seems obvious, but the best way to not get the flu is to stay away from people who have the virus.  The CDC and every health agency in the world is screaming at people to stay home if they are sick.  As a caretaker, if you have to care for someone who is fighting the illness, wear a mask and gloves and whatever protective gear you can find.  Don’t share food or drinks with sick kiddos, no matter how badly the toddler tries to feed you some of her Cheerios.

#5 Don’t Ignore Symptoms

If you think you might be sick, go to the doctor.  Early detection and treatment are extremely important when fighting the flu.

Stay healthy.  People are counting you.

From iFamily to Yours,


Winter Olympic Games for Kids: 8 Ways to Get in the Game at Home!

Winter Olympic Games for Kids: 8 Ways to Get in the Game at Home!

The 2018 Winter Olympic games are coming up and what better way to celebrate them than having your own olympics games for kids at home. These games are perfect for the whole family and best of all, they can be done inside and outside. The Winter Olympic games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9th, so you have just enough time to grab a few last-minute items for your own winter Olympic games.

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#1 Long Jump

If you are inside, take some different colored or patterned tape and cut 5-7 pieces about 12 inches long. Place them on the floor laterally and space them 12 inches apart. Have each person test their long jumping skills by starting at the same end and seeing who can go the furthest! Want to take it outside? Try using chalk! No matter what the weather is, you can still enjoy the olympic games.

#2 Balloon Tennis

This simple DIY is great for the whole family, including those little ones just learning hand eye coordination. Take a paper plate and glue it to a sturdy base to make it resemble a racquet. You could use something like a paper towel roll or paint stirrer! Then blow up 1 balloon for every 2 people and get the game going! You can keep score or first one to drop loses.

#3 Ring Toss

Before you and the family get ready to watch the winter Olympic games, grab those bottles of beverages and set up a ring toss. You can use glow sticks necklaces, pool rings or make your own from paper plates by cutting out the inside. *** BONUS** Paint the paper plates the official colors of the Olympics.

#4 Balance Beam

Take out those old pool noodles and put them to use! Let your kids use them as a balance beam to practice their balance and bring out their inner Olympian.

#5 Javelin Noodles

Another great use for those olde pool noodles are using them as javelins! In a spacious area, create a bullseye on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall. Then using the pool noodle, try to hit as close as you can to the center. Make sure you move anything breakable out of the way.

#6 Table Soccer

All you need for this DIY is straws, cotton balls and tape. Use some tape to make a  rectangle on two opposite sides of your table and one long strip to divide the table in half. Then, using a straw blow the cotton ball into the opposite rectangle to score a point.

#7 Sock Skating

This is something that we have all attempted at one point or another growing up. Turn up your favorite tunes, slip on some of those fuzzy socks and start your routine. Have your kids create their own routine or make one up with their siblings.

#8 Obstacle Maze

This is a one item DIY that is sure to bring out your inner Olympian! In a hallway, grab some toilet paper or streamers and tape them to each wall in different angles. Make big enough spaces to climb over or under each piece. Time each other to see who can make it through the fastest.

I hope you enjoy these winter Olympic games for kids. Let us know which ones you try!

From iFamily to Yours,

Mid-Month Motivator: New Year’s Resolution List Check In!

Good Morning, Kansas City! Now that we’re mid-way through the month, it’s time for our new year’s resolution check in. We’re so blessed to have Connie on our team for your mid-month motivator today. As you know, Connie is our resident fitness guru here on the team and, like you, she’s got some lofty goals for the year. So come on it, let’s chat…


Mid-Month Motivator: New Year’s Resolution List Check In!

Resolution check in—how is it going?

Alright guys—how are we doing with our resolutions so far?  It’s only a couple of weeks into the new year and I already find myself struggling to find motivation some days.  January is hard for me.

I am happy to report that I have seen lots of new faces at both the gym I work out at and the gym I teach at.  It appears that lots of people have made fitness resolutions and are sticking to them so far.

Me, on the other hand, not so much.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that.  I have been working on my resolutions, they just aren’t coming along as quickly as I had hoped.  If you’re with me, maybe we can help each other out with a few tips.

Adjust your goals.

Maybe your resolution was to work out 5 days a week, but your schedule just isn’t allowing it.  Perhaps cut it back to 4 days a week, but make sure that those workouts are a bit revved up and more challenging.

Write it down.

Write your resolution down in a notebook, and check in with yourself.  If you have a day that is particularly rough, make note of why it was so challenging.  Focus on what you can do to have better luck tomorrow.  On the same note, write down your successes as well.  If you had a particularly kick butt resolution day, make note.  Maybe there are things about that day that you can carry over to others and continue kicking butt.

Change your resolution completely.

Sometimes we make resolutions because it’s what everyone else is doing, or because at that moment it seems like something that is really important to you, but turns out, it wasn’t really.  The bottom line is, if you aren’t committed and invested in your resolution, you most likely won’t stick with it.  So choose to make a change that you are invested in.  Maybe make a resolution to find a hobby you are really passionate about.  Try crafting or yoga or board games.  Try knitting or baking or take a cooking class.

Change is hard—remember that.

Don’t give up.  You can do it!  You just have to decide that you are going to.  Track everything and stay focused and try to remember why you started.  Commit to making small adjustments that will get you closer to your goal. Add more veggies to your plate at dinner and less starch.  Eat one more piece of fruit every day for a week.  Remind yourself to make good choices every day.

The year has just begun—lets stay on track together.

From iFamily to Yours,


9 Apps That Will Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s time to check in on our New Year’s Resolutions list, Kansas City?! 8 days in, how’s it going?! Are you worried that you’re not going to make it? There’s an app for that! Burton, our resident tech expert here at iFamilyKC shares 9 great apps that will help you reach your resolutions this year. Take a look…

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9 Apps That Will Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

Ready or not, the new year’s here! The beginning of a new year always presents new challenges and adventures for all of us. Many of us want to be better than we were the year before. Thanks to technology, there are hundreds of apps that are designed to make our lives easy and help us achieve our goals. To help you get off to a great 2018, here are 9 apps I recommend to help you improve your life and rock your new year’s resolutions.

#1 LastPass

One best New Year’s resolution all of us needs to make is to protect your digital information. LastPass allows you to create complex, multi-character passwords for all of your online accounts and not even have to remember them. It syncs between all of your devices so you can store your login information, credit card numbers, personal identity information, and more.

#2 Credit Karma

Credit Karma allows you to look at your credit scores for free. It gives you weekly updates and gives you access to daily credit monitoring. It will also give you tips on how you can improve your credit score and tools to help you keep track of all of your accounts.

#3 Coach.Me

Coach.me is a coach that goes everywhere with you, helping you achieve any goal, form any habit, or build any expertise. Whatever your goals for 2018 are, Coach.me will help you stay on track with some encouragement. It sets you up with a one-on-one pro for whatever area you’re interested in and they will then help you devise a plan of action and  check in with you to see how things are going and motivate you along the way.

#4 Brightnest

BrightNest helps you tackle important tasks around your house with home tips, a personal scheduler and helpful reminders. From simple cleaning tricks to interior design ideas, this app will help you with everything you need to shape up your home and simplify your life.

#5 Curiosity

This app helps you learn new stuff a few minutes a day. You can watch hand-picked videos on five fascinating topics or look at infographics to learn something new in seconds.

#6 Mint.com

Mint.com is another fan favorite when it comes to money managing apps. It helps you manage your spending, saving, budget, and earnings, and can even sync to all your accounts, from your 401(k) to IRA to savings accounts.

#7 Map My Fitness

When you first start a fitness routine, you always want to keep track of your progress. Thanks to Map My Fitness, tracking your distance is a breeze. This app keeps track of how far you’ve traveled, and how many calories you’ve burned during your routine. You can also connect your smart shoes and fitness bands which allows you to keep track of your workout routine in one place.

#8 Yummly

This app has a search feature that looks through food blogs to find healthy food choices.  You can create shopping lists for each recipe and access or organize them on any device. Yummly will also find recipes that fit your nutritional goals and help you avoid you are allergic to.

#9 Libby

If you’re looking to read more books this year, Libby will give you access to hundreds of ebooks and audio books that are in your local library. Now there’s no excuse not to keep up with your favorite books.

What apps do you turn to to help you achieve your new years resolution?  Drop me a line and let me know. Thank you for reading. Please share this information with everyone.

From iFamily to Yours,


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I’m Burton Kelso and I’m a Kansas City based Tech Expert and the Chief Technology Expert at Integral, providing on-site and remote support for computers, tablets, smartphones, routers, printers, and any device that connects to the internet. I regularly appear as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find me on Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn , and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on my YouTube channel. I can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com 


Staying Motivated in the Winter: 8 Wellness Ideas for Moms

The weather has been so bitterly cold lately and that makes it really hard to stay motivated with your fitness goals. But, let’s be honest, we’re moms and nothing can stop us! Not even Mother Nature…Connie, our resident fitness guru here at iFamilyKC has got 8 great ideas for staying motivated this winter. Take a look…

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Staying Motivated in the Winter: 8 Wellness Ideas for Moms

I hate Winter.  I hate being cold.  I hate being even slightly chilled if I’m being honest.  I hate how gray it is outside.  I hate that it gets dark at 4pm.  I hate Winter.  And I know I am not alone in that.  But even if you don’t share my strong feelings about the season, it is true that winter is a challenging time for people and motivation.  Personally, Winter makes me want to curl up on my couch in sweats with a blanket and stay there until Spring comes.  How do I get past this complete motivation suck?  Here are few tips to staying motivated this winter:

#1 Start Early

I get up every morning during the week before my children at the ghastly hour of 5am.  And there are many days that I don’t want to do it.  My bed is so warm and comfortable and my kids won’t be up for at least 2 hours.  But I get up.  I have to.  If I don’t get up early and start moving, I don’t ever get moving.  I can’t find my groove.  I get up and I hit the gym because that is what motivates me for the rest of the day.  I feel energized, and I feel like I got something accomplished.  I fell centered and ready to tackle the day.  Working out early isn’t for everyone, and I understand that.  So get up early and have a cup of coffee, check your Facebook, read your favorite blog (I heard iFamilyKC is a pretty great one) and just get going.  Don’t let lackluster energy outside invade your morning.

#2 Have a Project or a Goal

I have to constantly repeat to myself (as incredibly annoying as it is) the fitness cliché “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” Winter means sweaters and hoodies and long pants and the ability to hide seasonal weight gain under layers of warm clothes.  It means that I have 6 months before I have to worry about putting on a swimsuit.  It means pale legs and lazy days.  But I can’t let it mean that.  Every winter I try to add something new to my fitness routine.  I either try a new class, or start a new weightlifting program or set a new cardio goal for myself.  I have to have something I am working toward or I get lost in the routine and I lose motivation.

#3 Update Your Playlist

This is my go to when I need a pick me up.  I don’t always have to find brand new songs, it can be my jams from back in middle school as long as its something that I haven’t heard in a while that adds new energy to my workout.  I get excited every time I add new music to my playlist.

#4 Drink Lots of Water

Since we don’t break a sweat as much in the winter, its easy to find yourself not feeling as thirsty as you do during the Spring and Summer.  When winter grayness has me feeling tired and unmotivated, I typically reach for a tea or soda.  Anything with caffeine.  But we need just as much water in the winter as we do any other time.

#5 Get Your Heart Pumping

Get in and do some kicking intervals on the wall.  Anything that gets your blood pumping and your heart rate up is going to provide all day motivation.  Take the kiddos and make it a family activity.  Race the kids around the pool.  Challenge them to a splash fight.  Make it fun and get some of their energy out while increasing your own.

#6 Take Some Time for Self-Care

Motivation and wellness doesn’t just pertain to fitness goals, but to your overall health and happiness.  Take a time out to treat yourself to something that makes you feel good about yourself, whether that be a manicure, or a coffee date with friends, or a glass of your favorite wine.  Winter is hard.  Do what you have to do to take care of you.  I tend to be much crankier during the winter, and that ends up carrying over into my interactions with my kids.  I always find I am far less cranky after I do something for myself.  I take 20 minutes and sit and read a book, or I go get a manicure or paint my nails at home.  I take a walk around my favorite store and window shop.  Anything that allows me a minute to unwind tends to improve my overall mood and motivation.

#7 Dance It Out

Meredith and Cristina used this as their way to survive anything life threw at them.  I know Grey’s Anatomy isn’t real, but I have found this bit of it to be solid advice.  Turn on some music and dance it out.  It doesn’t have to be in public, it can be in your own bedroom, after the kids are at school or in bed.  But there is just something liberating and energizing about an all-out, I don’t care who’s watching, dance party.  Even if its just one song and you just sway a little bit.  Turn on something that elevates your mood and move to it.  Trust me, you’ll feel better.

#8 Plan Fun Activities

Winter doesn’t have to mean that you are stuck at home.  You can bundle up and head outside for a brisk winter walk.  Go ice skating as a family.  Or explore indoor attractions such as a museum or a trampoline park.  Find something to go do that excites you and makes you want to get up and get out and be productive.

Winter is the worst.  Winter means cold and flu season and stir crazy children and stuffy houses from furnaces running for months on end.  But it also means Christmas and New Years and family time and that spring is coming.  It means that we have to make sure we keep the winter blues away so that we don’t become overwhelmed by them.

From iFamily to Yours,

Starting Exercise-Routines: A Gym Guide for Newbies! 

 Heading to the gym for your new fitness routinue?! You’re not alone! Many of us are starting (or re-starting) our workout exercise-routinues after a heavy holiday season. If you’re feeling a litle overwhelmed, this post is for you! Connie, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, is here with some great tips for newbies! Take a look…

  Starting Exercise-Routines: A Gym Guide for Newbies!

January means full gyms.  It just does.  And while that makes my heart happy as a fitness instructor, as a gym regular it fills me with dread.  Not that I don’t welcome new gym friends and wish for their success, but I want to be able to do my work out without tripping over someone who doesn’t know how to put their weights away or waiting for someone who sits on a weight machine while they respond to text messages and take a call from their mother.  And I was new once too.  I hated being the one getting in other people’s way and taking more time than I needed to get through my sets.  So here’s some common gym courtesy guidelines and tips to help make the new gym transition a smooth one.

#1 Clean Up After Yourself

Whether you are using a treadmill or a weight bench, clean up when you are done.  Wipe down the bench or the machine before moving on.  Its cold and flu season, and germs are everywhere.

#2 Bring a Towel With You

Gyms are made for getting sweaty, but it keeps things much less, well, wet if you have a towel with you to wipe your face and hands when things start getting particularly taxing.

#3 Don’t Make Assumptions

People can’t hear you when they have earbuds in. I say this because people are often mistaken for rude or standoffish because they don’t respond to a greeting or question while they are working out with earbuds in.  It could be that they just didn’t hear you.  On the other side of that, some people wear earbuds when they work out because they aren’t there to socialize.  They have a work out to get through and they don’t want to chat.

#4 Be Efficient

Some exercises require more time than others.  Some workout programs call for more reps.  But when the gym is crowded, be efficient in your workout.  Get on your machine and do what you need to do and then move on.  Don’t respond to 20 text messages in between sets while other people are waiting for the machine.  Don’t take a 5 minute break between sets and stare off into space.

#5 Share the Machines

Allow other people to work in in between your sets. If you are doing a circuit and doing more than one exercise per round, let someone hop in on a machine you’re using in between sets.

#6 Ask First

Ask before jumping on a machine you just saw someone using. Just because they stepped away for a second doesn’t necessarily mean that they are done.  Generally people take at least 45 seconds to a minute in between sets on weight machines.

#7 Clean Up After Yourself

Rerack your weights when you are done using them. If you are using a machine where you add weight plates before you do your reps, put those weight plates back when you are done.  Odds are that the person using the machine after you probably doesn’t use the same weight you do, and they shouldn’t have to rerack your weights before they can set their own.

#8 Ask Questions

If you have no idea how to use a machine, ask someone.  Ask someone who works at the gym or someone who appears to know what they are doing.  I would much rather someone ask me how to use something than hurt themselves or break a piece of equipment doing something the wrong way.

#9 Try Not to be Intimidated

Yes, you’re the new kid.  Yes, being the new kid sucks.  But regulars can smell fear.  Go in there and act like you belong.  Everyone will respect you for it.  All the new equipment, new people, new routines, it can all be very overwhelming and intimidating.  I promise it will get better the more you go.

#10 Don’t Let the “Regulars” Make You Feel Unwelcome

I would love to tell you that gyms, just like schools or jobs are all sunshine and rainbows and everyone is welcoming and excited to have you there.  And there will be loads of people that are excited that you are there.  There will also be people who think that a certain elliptical is their elliptical machine every morning at exactly 7:30 am and they will be annoyed that you didn’t just know that.  Guess what—they don’t own that machine, or that gym and you have just as much right to be using the equipment as they do.  Be respectful and polite of course, but if you were there first, you have every right to finish your workout whether they are used to using that machine or not.

#11 Try it All

If you are brand new to the gym scene, there is no way to know what you are going to like and what you will dread unless you try it all.  Use the elliptical and the stair climber and the treadmill and the crossover machine.  Try lifting free weights and using weight machines.  Try group classes.  If you try something and hate it, there are tons of other options.  Don’t give up.

#12 Remember That You Won’t Be New Forever

As both and instructor and a regular, I see so many people quit because they get tired of being new.  They get tired of feeling like they don’t know what they are doing or they are in the way.  You’ll get through that awkward new gym stage.  Soon you will be the one who thinks of the elliptical as theirs and you’ll be rolling your eyes at the new person on their phone on a weight machine.  Stick it out.

From iFamily to Yours,




A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

Happy New Year, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is actually here and bitterly cold weather has settled into the metro area for the forseeable future. With temperatures close to zero, it’s hard to maintain the motivation to realize and achieve your New Year’s Resolution goals. Connie, from our Mom Squad team here at iFamilyKC, shares some great tips for us today on how to keep up with your plans for the upcoming year. Take a look…

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A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

We’re all guilty of the same thing around this time of year. We have a motivating start to January with a plan to attack our New Year’s resolution list with the very best of intentions. We tell ourselves that this is the year we will keep our resolutions…and we get super into it. If your resolution is to eat healthy, you buy all the produce the grocery store carries, you pin all the healthy recipes and you plan your meal prep day. Things go really well for about a month and then suddenly– you’re over it.

If your resolution was to be more patient with your children, you start reading all the Love and Logic books and articles, you remind yourself to breathe everytime one of your children cries because you can’t control the weather or they can’t have the 18th snack they’ve asked for that day.  And then you lose it.  It’s too much, you can’t take it and your newfound patience is gone.  Sounds all too familiar, right?  Happens to me every year!  This year will be different.  Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your New Year’s Resolution list this year.

#1 Create Measurable Goals

First things first.  Make a resolution that is measurable and specific.  Instead of “I will be healthier this year” try “I will workout 3 times a week and lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.”  The more specific the better.  Instead of “I will be more patient with my kids” try something like “I will count to ten before I react when my kids are upsetting me.”

#2 Have Benchmarks Throughout the Year

Have benchmarks that keep you on track throughout the year.  Let’s say your goal is to run a half marathon before the end of the year, try setting monthly distance goals, so that you are staying on track to make it to half marathon distance.  If you are trying to be more involved at your kids school, start by attending monthly PTA meetings or emailing your child’s teacher about volunteer opportunities.  Or, if you’re aiming to lose 20 pounds, set a monthly goal of 2 pounds.  Weigh in weekly to keep yourself on track.  That way you’re not trying to lose 20 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years.

#3 Make a Visual

Make yourself a visual.  Whether it just be a post it note on your desk at work, or a calendar where you put a checkmark on everyday you made it to the gym, or a jar containing a marble for every pound you want to lose, with an empty jar to place the pounds lost marbles in.  Whatever will serve as a reminder everyday of what you are working toward.

#4 Reward Yourself

Treat yourself for sticking to the plan.  Maybe if you make it to 5 pounds lost or 7 miles run, you buy yourself a new pair of workout pants or a fun new top or water bottle.  If you remain patient with your kids for a couple months, you treat yourself to a manicure or a bottle of wine.  Whatever motivates you.  Change is hard and you need a reason to keep it up besides some tired promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the year.

#5 Find an Accountability Buddy

Enlist an accountability buddy.  Another mom friend who is more patient than you, or maybe less patient to make you feel better, whatever works.  A friend at the gym who will shoot you a text if you miss a class.  A friend who already volunteers at school and can tell you about opportunities for you to do the same.

#6 Adjust When You Need To

Adjust your goals if you need to.  Sometimes a goal is harder than we thought it was going to be, or in the case of fitness goals, our body just doesn’t want to cooperate. Like me, if your knee won’t allow you to run that half marathon distance, adjust your goal to a 10k.  If being patient with your kids all the time is just not happening, make a goal of not raising your voice at least 3 days a week.  When you are doing everything right but the scale is just not cooperating, change the way you measure your success and either start measuring inches or judging by the way your clothes fit instead.

Keep in mind that no one is perfect.  There is no reason to completely quit on your resolution just because of a little bump in the road.  As Jillian Michaels says “Sometimes we miss a workout or eat something that isn’t ideal, but if you had a flat tire on your car, would you puncture the other three?  Of course not!  If you slip, just shake it off and do better the next day.”

Happy Resolution Getting!  We’ve got this!

From iFamily to Yours,


Healthy Year, Healthier YOU! The Importance of Self Care in the New Year 


It’s hard to believe that New Year’s is already upon us here in the metro area. As we say goodbye to 2017, it’s important to thinkin about ways you can practice self care in the new year. As moms, it’s easy to get burned out balancing a busy schedule with work, family, and everything else in between. When’s the last time that you spent some quality time with YOU?! Liz, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, shares some great ways you can practice self care in the new year. Take a look…

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Healthy Year, Healthier YOU!

The Importance of Self Care in the New Year

With the New Year comes excitement and anticipation for the upcoming months ahead. It also comes with the stress of the traditional resolutions and how we can better ourselves in the next 12 months. It can be overwhelming to even think about all the things we want to achieve. Your list may look something like this: I will go to the gym every day and have great weight loss, I will cut back on caffeine, I will have more patience with my kids, I will finish my 5 year old’s baby book, I will cook more recipes for my family to focus on healthy eating, I will do more Pinterest projects with my kids and I will organize every single room in the house before February. Sound familiar? Let’s break it down and be real. You will probably not have every room in the house organized and you will probably lose your wits with your child on New Year’s Day while attempting to finish his baby book.

If you are going to make one resolution this year that involves all of the above, take some time for you mama! When you put everyone else’s needs before your own needs, it’s only natural that you are going to break down.

I am going to share some tips and ideas on how to implement some simple ways to keep your cup (not just coffee) and heart filled. I hope this ignites some self-care habits that you can use for yourself this New Year.

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#1 Get Outside

I will be honest, this is not my favorite thing to do when it’s chilly and windy but living in Kansas City there is the chance it will hit above 50 once in a while in the winter so make it a habit to get outside at least once during the day, either alone or with your kids.  After a little fresh air I instantly feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever is next.

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#2 Take a Bath or Hot Shower

Get a good clean while using some bath salts and essential oils for added detox and relaxation.

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#3 Rest

Even if only for 15 minutes. Close your eyes. Sleep if you wish or just do nothing. This can make a huge difference for your mind and fuel up some energy to get through the rest of the day.

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#4 Exercise

Pick your favorite. It doesn’t have to be running miles outside or making to the gym. Crank up the music and have a dance party in your kitchen, google yoga moves, get yourself an at home workout that you can do in 30 minutes while the kids are napping. Would you rather be binge watching Netflix? I give you permission to turn it on, get on the ground, do some push- ups, crunch some sit-ups and stretch. Also, stretching will make all the muscles in your body feel amazing. Our mom bodies get over worked with all the carrying, leaning, chasing, bending and squatting we do throughout the day.

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#5 Try a New Recipe

Don’t think you need to change the ways of your kitchen by adding in a new healthy recipe every night. Start out by searching for some ideas and try a new meal once a week.

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# 6 Say No

As mothers and natural nurturers we aim to please. This can be hard but there are some things on you’re to do list that are not critical to the needs of your family. Give yourself permission to say no and focus on what really matters. Create that extra time and space in your day to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

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#7 Get Creative

Ignite the creative spark within you! Think about what you use to fill your time up before you had kids. Did you paint, draw, write, craft, cook or garden? Find time to invest in a hobby that you love.


# 8 Keep a Gratitude List

A daily gratitude list or journal is a great way to shift your prospective and focus on what really matters. Also, you can look back on previous lists when you need a little boost of happiness.

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Aerial Fitness for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

Our team here at iFamilyKC is so excited to bring you exciting opportunities, share fun events with you, and introduce you to incredible resources all across the metro area every single month. One of my favorite things that we do is spend time with you out in the community. Did you know that we host exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club events several times throughout the year (we average at least once a month!) at more than 50% off regular pricing for these activities?!

If you’re not already signed up for our inner circle, be sure to do that (it’s how we send you invitations to come hang out with us) so you don’t miss out on any of the fun happenings around town. We shared a fun morning with you at Learning 2 Fly in Mission earlier this month that I’m recapping today on the blog. Take a look…

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Aerial Fitness for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

About Learning2Fly

Learning2Fly is located off of i-35 in Mission and the building is as unique as the classes they offer for kids and adults. The studio has a really calming energy to it is so warm and inviting you can’t help but feel at home as soon as you step in. The instructors at Learning2Fly focus on seven habits of good health in everything that they do. The main floor of their building focuses on physical health with silk rope suspended from the ceiling where participants can practice aerial yoga and other classes at the studio. The upstairs area has other silk ropes and a large space for learning and craft time, which the kids got to experience during the event.

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Aerial Fitness 

Having good pyhsical health is such an important thing in life, and teaching our kids ways to keep our bodies healthy is an important life skill that will set them up for success later in life. The aerial fitness classes for kids that are offered at Learning2Fly aim to help kids maintain healthy, strong bodies by engaging them in fun workouts that the kids really enjoy. My own six year old made a comment as she was climbing the silk ropes at the studio, “this is hard,” she said. The instructors response was amazing and was a valuable life lesson in and of itself. She said, “It IS hard but YOU can do it!”.

7 Habits: A Chakra Circus of Health

Learning2Fly focuses on 7 habits of healthy bodies – from the inside out. The kids truly learn that they are creative beings, and what that means for their lives and our community, during art sessions at the studio. During the event, the kids spent time creating motivational artwork that they took home with them as a reminder that they are strong.

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Learning 2 Fly offers classes, camps, and parties for children and adults of all ages and skill levels and I’m excited to go back and experience more of what they have to offer. Grab more details about classes, camps, and MORE at iAmLearning2Fly.net.

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Keeping Kids Active: Fun Workouts for the Family!

With the cold weather season, turning on Netflix and snuggling up on the couch can seem very appealing!  However, keeping kids active anytime of the year is important!  Brigette has put together a list of fun workouts and exercise-routines for the whole family to help keep everyone active all year around!

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Keeping Kids Active: Fun Workouts for the Family! 

One thing we want as parents is to raise healthy, active kids! A way to ensure that our kids stay healthy is to find different ways to incorporate a kids exercises into our children’s’ lives! Now, let’s be honest here… What kid really wants to work out because they have to? Most of the time, our kids are “working out” because they want to, it’s a natural part of a kid’s life! So, if you are wanting your family to become more active, especially together, try these fun “workouts”!

#1 Nike App 

I love using this app for my workouts. Yes, it is a real workout, but it is so much fun. Plus, you are able to pick your level of intensity and style. You can focus on agility, speed and strength. This app is a great way to incorporate workouts at home.

 #2 Obstacle Course 

This is probably one of my kids’ favorite things to do. At our place, we have several sets of steps and a ramp. I start the kids off by racing up a ramp, then they head and down the stairs and end with different hops, jumps or skips. Really anything you come up I’m sure they will love!

 #3 Wild Card 

This workout requires not only physical power but brain power as well! Take a deck of cards and 4 exercises. We pick jumping jacks, squats, pushups and high knees. Each suit equals one exercise and the number on the card represents the number of reps. For example, if hearts equaled squats and you drew an 8, then everyone would do 8 squats. This game requires a lot of energy and focus so get ready to flex those brain muscles as well!

#4 Hiking 

When going for a walk or hike, most of the time you don’t realize how much work you are putting in. Different terrains require different levels of effort. Plus, being outside and enjoying nature is a great for everyone.

#5 Bike Riding 

Much like hiking, riding bikes don’t seem like much of a workout. But it is actually one of the best you can get! Using your legs to power a bike holding your own bodyweight uphill or downhill is a sure way to get your hearts pumping!

#6 Simon Says 

You can turn this classic game into a fun workout by incorporating high energy movements. Add mountain climbers, jumping jacks or high knees to add more intensity for your older kiddos.

#7 The Gym 

Nothing beats the good old gym! My kiddos love going because there is a T.V lol. But gyms have many different elements when it comes to working out. There are treadmills for running or walking, bikes for riding, medicine balls for tossing and weights for lifting. The gym is a great way to ensure that everyone finds something they enjoy doing!

When it comes to physical activities for kids, there is one important rule. That is HAVE FUN! No matter what game or where you are, having fun will ensure you and your kids a great time!

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