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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…

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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,

Burton

Check in with Integral on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, Linkedin , YouTube  and Google+  for more tips on helping you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or office.

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 

 


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.

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# 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.

From iFamily to Yours,


7 New Year’s Resolutions for Tech: Best Practices for the New Year!

Happy New Year! 2017 is coming to a close and it’s time to look at New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming year. Burton, our resident tech expert here at iFamilyKC, has your new year’s resolution list for tech today on the blog. Take a look at 7 things you need to do this year…

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Tech: Best Practices for the New Year!

The beginning of a new year is ripe for resolutions: We make goal lists for our bodies, our lives, our hopes, our dreams… why not our tech? As we get ready for a new year I’ve been thinking about some tech resolutions that you can use to help you have a year free from technology problems. Whether you want to become more secure online, maintain a better life balance with your tech or just make a good new habit, I’ve put together a few small ideas that can make a big difference; and some tips to make them stick for real. Check out my tech resolutions and be your best tech self in 2018.

#1 Make sure you’re Cyber Secure

There are a number of things you can do to avoid opening yourself up to cyber criminals:

  • Change your online passwords.
  • Use password managers to sync your passwords across multiple devices – stop reusing passwords!
  • Use secure Wi-Fi networks and , never, ever conduct banking or make online purchases over a public Wi-Fi network.
  • Educate yourself about the latest phone and computer scams that are going around.

#2 Get rid of your unused gadgets

If you have gadgets lying around your office or house, then now is the time to start clearing them out. Whether it is a stereo system you received a replacement for over Christmas, or an old handset, then get it on eBay, take it to a charity shop or see if a recycling site that will take it.

# 3 Update all your computers and smart devices and get the last Operating System Software. 

Updates, whether Android, iOS, Blackberry or Windows don’t just appear for the fun of it .An update will normally bring a fix for a bug, or make your device run  faster, sometimes it will even introduce new features so they are worth doing, and staying on top of – don’t ignore them.

#4 Back up your devices to a cloud backup service

Backing up your computer or smart-device is something you don’t always think to do until you lose everything. There no excuse not to back up your information to the Cloud.  Services like Carbonite, Google Drive and Google Photos are perfect for saving your documents, photos and videos.

#5 Disconnect before bed

The blue light from your laptop, phone or tablet can mess with your sleep patterns making sleep shorter and less restful. Experts recommend powering down half an hour before bed.

#6 Manage your phone contacts

A year is a long time, and people change jobs and numbers so it’s worth going through, checking for duplicates, and making sure you have everyone you need saved. Save your contacts to the cloud in case you lose your phone.

#7 Check your Online Identity

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to think interactions with websites like Facebook, Google and other web communities are private, but in fact, it’s easy for anyone (particularly cyber criminals) to gather information about you just by doing a few quick internet searches. Google yourself to find out what information is out there about you.  Also, go to www.haveibeenpwned.com to see if your email address has been part of the many data breaches of recent months.  If it has, change your online account passwords immediately.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears 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 Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 


5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals

Good morning, Kansas City! As we say goodbye to 2016, many of us are looking forward with goals for the new year. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great strategies to set your 2017 year up for success. Check it out (and have a great and SAFE New Year!)

5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year's Goals

 

5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals

 

It’s no surprise that when the New Year rolls around, everyone will have their resolutions underway, or they are setting their goals in place. But one thing about the New Year is for sure. How you start it will set a tone for the remainder of the year!

When I start thinking of the upcoming year, I like to think about all the things that went wrong, went right or I didn’t get to do! In case you don’t know me, lists are like my little mind saving, stress reliving life saver! I make lists for just about everything, so why not for the upcoming year?!

 

#1 Find a Calendar

When I start planning, the first thing I do is find a super cute calendar! In my mind, if it’s pretty it will keep your attention lol. I find a cute calendar that I can place in my “mommy binder” (how I keep my #momlife in order), and I fill it with our set in stone dates i.e. birthdays, Holy Days, anniversary and so on. Knowing the dates and seeing those written keeps me from double booking our days and allows me to work other schedules around them!

 

#2 Set Goals for Yourself

Second, I set my goals for ME. I set my weight loss goals by dates, my blogging and promoting times and anything else that I need to take care of that are for me, (hair, threading, girls night etc). Once I have those dates marked down, it gives me some peace of mind knowing that no matter how crazy or hectic my life is, I can plan my “escape” and enjoy a little me time! I’m sure you also get wrapped up in what your families have going on and often forget or neglect time for yourself. I chose to put my dates second because I know that they are needed and if I put them in last or after my family’s dates, my calendar will fill up without me!

 

#3 Add plans from the other people in your family/life

Third, I add everything dealing with my kids and husband. We home school so most of what I plan for them are school dates, field trips and fun days to kind of get them out of their routine and have a little extra “school free” time. I also add in appointments for the Dr. Office, dentist and I make little notes to ask for referrals for specialists so I won’t forget!

 

#4 Reflect on areas of improvement from the past year

Fourth, I think about all the things that went wrong during the year, my short comings or things that I need to get better at. Once I know what those are, I hit up Pinterest for a little motivation. Pinterest has great motivational articles, pictures and tips.. so go crazy! I have two boards specifically for motivating me as a mom and wife and they truly have helped me more than I would have thought.

 

#5 Set the Tone

Fifth, I set the tone! I tell myself that the upcoming year will be great! I remind myself of all the things that I want to accomplish in my home or in my business and I burn it into my brain! My husband and I sit literally for an hour or so and talk about how things are going to get better or change for us in the New Year. The more I talk about the things I want to change or accomplish the easier they become to achieve them!

 

I hope you had a great year and I hope your 2017 is even better!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

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