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Top Five Things I Love About Goldfish Swim School

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Top Five Things I Love About Goldfish Swim School

I am partnering with Goldfish Swim School for this post. All opinions are my own.

After another month of lessons, we are still loving Goldfish Swim School! Here are some reasons why.

The Staff

At the beginning of the school year, we changed Simon’s lesson time by a half an hour. He was sad to leave his former instructor, who he really liked, but his new instructor is great too! Plus, if there is a time when his instructor isn’t there, or we do a make-up class, the staff has notes about each child and what he or she is working on. This way the continuity is not effected.



Switching Simon’s swim time to a half hour later was as easy as could be. We are allowed 12 make-up classes per year and so far we have used 2! This past Wednesday was Yom Kippur, so we couldn’t attend our regular Wednesday class. The same class is offered multiple times per week which makes it easy for everyone to schedule when they need and we rescheduled our class for Thursday with no problem.

Fun Events

Besides regular swim lessons, there are social events at our school. While many are on Saturdays which we cannot attend, there was one on a Sunday. Simon was so excited to bring Zachary to swim in the pool with him and to meet his instructors!


Parent Viewing Area

Although Simon is no longer looking for my approval after every time he takes a turn, I think he is still comforted that I am nearby when he is swimming. I also really like watching his lessons! It is also fun to watch the kids at different levels, from the cute toddlers to the expert swimmers learning their strokes!



Simon is still loving picking out a prize from the basket every week! Each week the prizes are different and it gives him something to look forward to after his lessons!


Simon is still doing well with his lessons. This week, his teacher said he is doing much better with his back float. He is still working on turning over from his belly to back, which seems like a difficult move to me!


Isn’t he the cutest little swimmer ever?


A Checklist for Family Wellness

Friday, September 21, 2018


When it comes to taking care of the health of your whole family, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by how big the task presents itself to be. However, it doesn’t need to be as difficult as you may initially think it is, as a lot of what you need to do is common sense once you are pointed in the right direction. To help you and your family out, this quick guide will walk you through some of the easy ways you can look out for your family’s health in all the right ways, so that you are all able to get on enjoying your life together.

Getting to the doctors

The first and most simple way you can make sure the health of your family is safeguarded, especially your children’s health, is by ensuring you go to the doctors and keep up to date with all the shots and vaccines they might need. For example, with winter fast approaching, making sure you all get the flu shot is an essential thing to do as it will prevent you all from being incapacitated and passing on the illness to others.

While it might not be something you considered, another way of looking out for the health of your family is by being vigilant for cases of medical negligence when you do visit the doctors or the hospital. Should you find that either yourself or a child have been given misinformation or insufficient treatment, it is important that you visit to gain advice about how to proceed to lodge a complaint and to get compensation for any negative side effects caused.

The importance of family dinner

Another way you can make sure you and your family are in tip-top condition is to look up healthy recipes for family dinners. Given dinner is the main, big meal of the day, where you can all catch up about the happenings of work and school together, it is also the perfect time to try and get everyone to eat their five pieces of fruit and veg a day. By looking up dinner ideas that use lots of different vegetables, you will ensure your family is getting all the right vitamins and nutrients they need to maintain high energy levels throughout the day while also being able to have a strong immune system in the long term. A basic rule to follow, if
you are stuck, is that the more naturally colorful a meal is, the healthier it will be.

Staying active

A final point to make is all about fitness. Physical activity is essential for staying in shape and having a healthy sleep cycle. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise if it is only you doing it but by finding some family fitness ideas you can all participate in, the task of getting healthy will start to become fun. Something as simple and playing a game of catch or tag can help raise your heart rates and get fit together.

This post was written by Bill Clark. Bill is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel and lifestyle. He can be reached on Twitter @BilboClark01.

Fall Bucket List


Well, it’s fall…according to the calendar anyway! It is still in the 80s or 90s here, so it definitely doesn’t feel like fall outside, and who knows when the leaves will begin to change. I have a theory that since it was still freezing out in April, it will probably still be super hot until the end of November. I had some trouble coming up with a Fall Bucket List this year because I felt like I was repeating the same things I say we want to do every year! Also, my kids have been less than cooperative with some of the things we do yearly, like apple picking. I hope they still want to go to the pumpkin patch!

This month’s Girl Chat topic with some of my favorite bloggers is Fall Buckets Lists, and since I’m posting a day late, I was able to get some inspiration from some of the bloggers who shared their posts yesterday – so thanks!


Fall Bucket List

Family Bike Ride
Annual Pumpkin Patch Pictures
Get Pumpkins For the Porch
Wear Scarves and Boots
Walk Around The Lake
Hot Chocolate Treat
Light A Fall Candle
Add Taco Soup Back into Dinner Rotation
Knit More
Celebrate My Birthday
Look For a New Door Mat
Go to WaterFire Festival
Bring Back Family Game Night

I set out our fall d├ęcor last week, so I have to share it here!


By the way, we completed everything on our Summer Fun List except for visiting the Steamboat Arabia Museum. I guess that will be something we have to remember we wanted to do the next time we get bored! What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

Also linking up with:
Fall Goals Link Up | Autumn Bucket List



Yellowstone National Park Day 1

Thursday, September 20, 2018


After our afternoon, evening, and overnight in Cody, WY, we set off to visit Yellowstone National Park. We planned to spend two days in the park and since the road through the park is approximately a figure eight, we would be doing the east side on the first day and the west side on the second, spending the night in West Yellowstone in Montana.

We entered at the East Entrance, followed the road into the center and then around the loop going north and then west, and exited at the West Entrance.

We got the boys Yellowstone shirts the previous day and they wanted to wear them in the park!

We stopped in various places along the way to snap photos and take in the landscape! There are a lot of different types of land features in Yellowstone, including rivers, canyons, forests, springs, and geysers.

Tips on Caring for an Elderly Relative in Their Home

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


A care home isn’t always the best choice for a relative. Often, your relative will want to stay in their own home as long as possible and receive care, which is a kinder option. If you have an elderly relative, whether it’s your mom, dad, or grandparents, who can no longer care for themselves adequately, learning what home care entails can be important. It can make a big
difference to both their lives and yours, especially in their twilight years. If you think that caring for them in their own home is the best option, here are some tips to help you. It’s important to note that it’s not going to be the easiest of tasks you’ve undertaken, and the road ahead may well be a rocky one. However, there are also plenty of aspects that will be
very rewarding.

Ensure Their Home is a Safe Place to Be

If your relative has decided they want to stay in their own home, you may need to make some changes. The first thing to do is to make sure you remove any clutter that will have gathered over the years. Also, get rid of any unnecessary furniture so that they can move around their home freely. This is important if they are going to be using walking aids and mobility devices. Consider installing grab bars near the toilet and shower and make sure there is a rail going up the stairs as mobility aids. Cables and wires should be tucked away to prevent them being a trip hazard.

Consider Hiring Someone

With working and caring for your family, unfortunately, it may not always be possible for you to visit them in their home. You could live a long distance away, for example, or work unsuitable hours. Whatever the reason, a way to get around the problem is to hire a
professional carer. There will be several agencies in your area you can look for help. You may only need an occasional companion to start with, but as your loved one gets older, they may require more care.

Make Sure They Get Regular Exercise

Research has shown that older people who exercise regularly can stave off a number of diseases. They also function the same as a person 10 to 15 years younger. When a person gets older, it can be easy to slip into long periods of inactivity, but even people using walking aids or mobility devices can enjoy light exercise. As well as regular walks, yoga and meditation are good forms of exercise for seniors. Don’t forget - a healthy, balanced diet is also important.

Talk About Finances

Talking about money issues is not always easy, especially if it’s your parents that are in need of care. It’s important to have discussions about money and help them avoid any financial stress. Be open with them, ask for their advice and look for ways that will work well for both of you. They may be happy to sign their financial affairs over to you. However, they may want to retain control of it themselves. It’s a fine balancing act, but if you talk about it, you’ll be able to reach a compromise.

The most important thing to remember is that the best way to care for an elderly parent or senior is by being there for them when they need you.

This post was written by Bill Clark. Bill is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel and lifestyle. He can be reached on Twitter @BilboClark01.