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We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
5 Ways We’ve Saved Money

My Favorite Post:
Strawberry Cream Cheese Bead

 

 

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10 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Right Away

 

Let’s face it, we all tell ourselves we are going to be healthier, but then a few weeks (or even days) later, we simply cave into temptation and utter the phrase “I’ll start next week”. You might be oddly comforted in how not alone you are in this feeling.

 

That’s why, I wanted to share with you guys some of the absolute easiest ways to be healthy, all of which are habits that you can start adding to your daily routine right now.

 

 

  • Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you go

 

It’s no secret that water is amazing for your health. It clears your skin, gives you energy, regulates your bowel movements, and the list goes on. So, while you may already know that you should be drinking more water, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually are drinking more water.

 

By carrying around a water bottle (filled, of course) with you everywhere you go, you are constantly reminding yourself to drink water, effectively increasing your likelihood of drinking it. If you are sitting on the computer, scrolling through Facebook when you notice that water bottle right beside you, the chances of you turning down a gulp are a lot slimmer, then if you had to actually get up and go to the kitchen for a glass. Try it!

 

 

  • Eat breakfast every morning

 

This may sound like a given, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to skip breakfast when you’re running late and have somewhere to be. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and kick-starts your entire metabolism.

 

It’s so incredibly important that you set yourself enough time in the morning to eat a fulfilling breakfast before heading out the door. If time is of the essence (aka you love to sleep in), try preparing your breakfast the night before, that way all you have to do is eat the food – no preparing required.Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts

 

 

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

 

 

This habit requires little instruction beyond me saying DO IT! Sleep is when your body repairs itself, fights sickness, grows, and countless other things that simply need to be done for your survival.

 

7-8 hours is how many hours a night a teenager/adult is recommended to receive.

 

 

  • Stretch at least once a day

 

 

Stretching your body after a long day or even before what you anticipate will be a long day, is extremely great for your body and muscles.

 

Not only will you increase your flexibility in no time, but stretching will elongate your muscles, making them more elastic and less prone to strain. If you sit at a desk all day, get up every hour and stretch your back, arms, and legs for at least 1 minute. You will feel so much better at night, and you’re also helping your body in the long run.

 

 

  • Workout 3 times a week

 

 

Okay, so this habit doesn’t seem quite as easy as the previous ones, but I assure you it is one of the best for your health. Whether you go to the gym or workout at home, getting your blood pumping and your muscles working at least 3 times a week is a necessity for good health and a long life.

 

If you plan to work out in the comfort of your own home (no judgment here) and want to spice things up with some actual gym equipment, some gym equipment names that are great for beginners are upright bike, treadmill and elliptical.exercise

 

 

  • Get some fresh air

 

 

By far the easiest on the list is simply going outside and getting some fresh air in your lungs. Take a break and get outside! Not only will the fresh air clear your lungs and get you feeling fresh and awake, but it’s also refreshing to leave the confinements of the indoors and remember what else exists in the world.

 

Some simple ways to get outside is to eat your lunch outdoors, go for a walk after work, take your kids/pets to the park, or even simply just take 5 minutes and stand outside of your home and breath!exercise

 

 

  • Read

 

 

Before bed, pull out a good book, magazine, newspaper, or anything other than an electronic device, and read. Reading before bed will relax your mind and put your body to ease, essentially granting you a deeper sleep.

Even if you hate reading, even just 5 minutes of it before bed will do the trick.

 

 

  • Call your friend or a parent on the phone

 

 

Silly in theory, but talking to someone you’re close to on the phone and hearing their familiar voice will grant you much ease and relaxation. This is great for your mental health since humans are meant to interact with other humans!

 

Simply pick up the phone right now, and call your mom or dad or a friend and have a chat with them. You’ll feel better, guaranteed.

 

 

  • Take a daily vitamin

 

 

Takes less than 30 seconds a day, and you will be giving yourself better health for the rest of your life. Taking a daily vitamin or supplement gives your body those extra nutrients that it needs to feel great and work at its best.

 

 

  • Finally, laugh

 

 

Ah yes, laughing, the best medicine out there! Laughing is great for your body in countless ways, and I needn’t say more other than: go laugh. Watch a comedy show, talk to your friends, whatever it takes to get your giggling.

 

There it is! Our 10 easy healthy habits you can start right now! Hopefully, you got something out of this that you can incorporate into your own life.

 

Guest post by Evelyn Kail.

Creating a study space or “homework station” just for your kids is a great way to encourage better study habits in your children. It also helps keep the home organized—and the kids engaged in their work away from an area that you might need after school (such as the kitchen table). Plus, as this article points out, establishing a designated study area can even help your child enjoy better work-life balance as they separate schoolwork from other aspects of life such as family time or sleep time.

 

A kid friendly study space, of course, is a little different from an adult’s ideal workspace. Here are some key tips for establishing a kid friendly study space or homework station in your home.

 

Find your ideal setting.

 

There isn’t any one perfect place for a kid friendly homework station; it will depend entirely on your family’s lifestyle. If your child needs a space with very little distraction, for example, you might consider moving a desk and chair into your child’s bedroom. If you would prefer to have your child complete homework in a community area, where you can monitor them and answer questions as needed, you might consider carving out a special area in your living room or dining room. You could even try converting an unused space in your home, such as a dining room, sun room, or loft, into the perfect study space.

 

Start with the basics: a table, a chair, and a free wall.

 

All you really need to create a basic homework station are a table or desk, a chair, and a free wall. In spaces like your child’s bedroom where you have some room to spare, you might consider investing in a desk that includes drawers and other useful organization features. If all you have is a free wall in the living room, on the other hand, you could instead opt for a narrow table positioned right up against the wall. (Narrow tables, in particular, are great because you can arrange one or two against the wall and create multiple homework stations!)

 

Bonus tip: If you want to create two separate homework stations in one space, consider setting a tall open bookshelf sideways against the wall and then setting a small table on either side. The bookcase in the middle will offer storage while separating the two study spaces.

 

Add color.

 

Once you have the fundamentals down, it’s a good time to start thinking about color. Making your child’s homework station colorful will make it more inviting and a more fun place to work. It could even inspire creativity. You might paint the table or chair a bright color, or you might plan to incorporate colorful accents and desk supplies into the space later on.

 

Get organized.

 

Be sure to create some organization at your child’s homework station. You might, for example, install a shelf on the wall for your child’s textbooks and study aids. You might also include a large dry erase calendar on the wall for writing in daily assignments and long-term projects. File folders, bins, pencil cups, and hooks for backpacks can also help round out the space.

 

Stock up on essentials.

 

As you’re beginning to organize your child’s study space, now is a good time to consider all of the school supplies your child might need. Here is a brief list of the most common essentials for a homework station:

 

  • Pencils and pens
  • Erasers and correction fluid
  • Colored pens and highlighters
  • Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Paper clips and a stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Lined loose leaf paper
  • Blank computer paper
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Laptop

 

Add decor.

 

As with color, a homework station that’s lacking in fun decor is not going to be very inviting. Look for fun accents that you can incorporate into your child’s space. You might install a cork board, where you can hang favorite photos and important reminders. You might add a colorful globe or wooden block letters. Fun bookends, a decorative pencil cup, a colorful lamp—look for things that will appeal to your child’s taste.

 

Where do your kids study in your home? Share your creative ideas for your children’s homework stations below!

 

Guest post by: Maurine Anderson

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead 100th Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! Today we are celebrating our 100th Blog Hop!! Invite your friends to link up, spread the word! Hoping to have a record number of posts shared today.

 

We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hostscohost-photos1

Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadFacebookTwitterPinterest

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Delci at Heritage Club StablesFacebookGoogle+PinterestYouTube

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
Lessons From the Great Depression

My Favorite Post:
Using Straw As Coop Bedding

 

 

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.



Nancy On The Home Front

 

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


Let’s start hopping!


Moving across town can be a very different experience from moving across the country. Before making a move from one coast to another there are a few things to consider. Moving is an adventure but you also need a reliable plan. There are several things to consider when planning a move.

 

By starting now, before we even have a contract on our home we can make the actual moving part of our relocation go smoothly.

 

First of all we know where we are going. At least we know the general area. We won’t purchase a house until our current house is sold. So in the meantime we look at real estate in the area we want to move to. We talk to those we know in the area and are finding the parts of town that we would like to end up in.Planning a Move

 

If you’ve been reading my blog you know we are in the process of getting rid of excess stuff. A move across country is based on weight so we want to lighten the load as much as possible. We have items we want to keep, items we want to sell, stuff we want to give away and junk we just need to trash. As we go through our belongings those are the categories we divide the items into. As we pack up the clutter we pack room by room. When we eventually arrive at our destination we want to know which boxes things are in. When we’re looking for the coffee pot we want to know it is in a kitchen box!planning a move

 

As we sort through our belongings we try to use the one-year rule. If we haven’t used it in a year consider donating it to someone who will use it. There are a few exceptions, such as my grandparent’s turkey platter! We didn’t celebrate the holidays at home this year but I’m planning on packing that platter and taking it with us! It’s all packed and ready to go!moving

 

While we plan on doing the majority of the packing ourselves there are a few larger items where we will enlist the help of the movers. Professional movers know how to pack and transport a houseful of items with a minimum of breakage and fuss. The larger precious items we will let the professionals pack.planning a move

 

We don’t know when our move will take place as it depends on when our house will sell. However we continue to pack up the items we really don’t need but want to move. Eventually when we have a move date I will have a schedule. Time can get away from you when you are in the middle of a move, so I will want to stay organized to stay on target. There is a lot to consider when planning a move but if you can stay organized it should all go smoothly and before you know it you will be unpacking in your new home!

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