9.16.2020

30-Day Self-Care Challenge

It’s no secret that Covid-19 has turned many of our lives upside down. You may have experienced bouts of stress and anxiety, or lacked motivation over the last few months.  If this is true, don’t worry you’re not alone. Despite the many disruptions in our lifestyles and closures of our favorite fitness centers, spas, salons, etc., maintaining your wellness and practicing self-care is more important than ever.  


30 day self-care challenge - leroylime


The good news is that there are easy, and fun ways to make self-care a priority from the comfort of your own home. If you’ve found it difficult to focus on yourself and self-care during this time, or just need a little motivation, give a 30-day self-care challenge a try! 

Each daily task is designed to improve either your mental, physical or emotional health—which are all equally important, especially during this time. You can even encourage a friend or family member to do the challenge with you!

Download the 30-day self-care calendar and self-care stickers below to help you track your progress each day, and daily challenge details here.

Remember, this challenge is for your benefit. So make any modifications to the daily challenges as needed or substitute a task with something that will be the most beneficial for you and your wellness. 

Challenge accepted? Let’s get started! 

30 day self-care challenge - leroylime

30 day self-care challenge - leroylime

Descriptions of each daily challenge can be found here

Day 1: Hydrate With the 8x8 Rule

Day 2: Commit to a Day of Eating Healthy

Day 3: Find Your Inner Yogi

Day 4: Try Something New

Day 5: Find a Quiet Spot and Read

Day 6: Get an Extra Hour of Sleep

Day 7: Schedule Time for Your Health

Day 8: Create a Fitness Goal

Day 9: Start Your Day With Your Favorite Herbal Tea

Day 10: Learn How to Grow Something

Day 11: Meditate for 10 Minutes

Day 12: Create a Morning Routine

Day 13: Unplug

Day 15: Start a Food Journal

Day 16: Write a Blog Post

Day 17: Skip the Added Sugar

Day 18: Write 3 Intentions for Yourself

Day 19: Take a Bubble Bath

Day 20: Create a Zen Den

Day 21: Get Rid of 3 Things You Don’t Use

Day 22: Create a Bedtime Routine

Day 23: Start Your Day With Gratitude

Day 24: Go Green

Day 25: Dance Along to Your Favorite Tunes

Day 26: Identify Your Stressors

Day 27: Have a Spontaneous Date Night

Day 28: Go for a Long Walk

Day 29: Send a “Thank You” Note

Day 30: Engage in Self-Reflection


Once you’ve completed the 30-day self-care challenge, design your very own for next month using the printable calendar below! Find additional challenge ideas here.


30 day self-care challenge - leroylime

30 day self-care challenge - leroylime


6.21.2020

Hilarious Negative Reviews of Popular U.S. Destinations

Have you been suffering from the travelling blues? Feeling anxious to get back out and see the world? It's totally understandable. So far, 2020 has been a challenging year and what lies ahead is still fairly uncertain.
Traveling Blues - Golden Gate - humor

If you have been wanting to take a trip to one or several of the iconic U.S. attractions, maybe you don't need to feel like you need to get there ASAP. Despite the fact that many people find visiting these attractions, such as The Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia or Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, to be an incredible experience, others had some negative (but rather hilarious) feedback to give!
Some of the reviews of these destinations were so funny that Apartment Guide went ahead and put them on printable posters! Check out the posters below, which are complete with the funniest Yelp reviews of 10 iconic U.S. attractions. You can download all of the posters with or without the reviews here to hang up around your home.
worst reviews of iconic US attractions - funny

5.15.2020

How to Create Healthy Media Boundaries with Screen Time Agreements

No parent is a stranger to the challenges that social media and devices cause. The COVID-19 school, sport and social activity closures have only exacerbated the problem causing kids to spend more time indoors and away from friends. Many times the easier thing to do is to let your child plop themselves in front of their gaming console or the TV but as all parents know, this comes at a detrimental cost to your child’s health. As parents, it’s our job to help guide them in a safe direction and to help them understand that there are reasons for screen time limits (it’s not just “because I said so”). 



Consider External Factors 

Help your child understand the health risks associated with too much screen time or dangerous media use (inappropriate chat rooms, non-kid friendly sites, unrealistic body standards, etc.). What you talk about all depends on their age. Of course, teens face way different issues than younger kids. As parents, we also need to work to better understand how they are feeling during this time as media is a huge place holder for socializing, milestones (prom and graduation) and extracurriculars that have been removed from their lives. 

 This also means that media agreements should be adjusted with our current climate in mind. Kids must understand though, that this increase in screen time is dependent on their access to other activities and socialization. Once the world begins to shift closer to what used to be our normal, so too should screen time.

Listen to Each Other 

In order to create a reasonable agreement that kids will actually follow, there needs to be an open discourse. Ask your kids questions and encourage them to share their feelings about spending time online. Some questions to spur the conversation could include: 

- What do you think healthy screen time looks like? 
- How does online school make you feel? What do you like/dislike about it? 
- Do you feel more tired after online school or in-person school? 
- Do you miss going to school? What do you miss most about going to school?   - Have you ever seen someone being bullied online? How did you react? Do you feel comfortable letting us know if someone or yourself is being bullied? 
- What are some screen-free activities that you love? Are there any new hobbies you’d be interested in learning? (Swap out with sports, instruments, etc. based on your kid.) 

 Talking through the various aspects of online time will help you come to a reasonable agreement — reasonable screen time depends on your family’s lifestyle and values but you should note that keeping screen time to a minimum is recommended if possible. Once your family is comfortable with your media plan, you can put it into writing by using a screen time agreement printable (provided below by Panda Security): 


 Use one or more of the agreements depending on your child’s age and interests. Our world is rapidly changing so don’t forget that these should be periodically reevaluated and that media conversations should always be an open topic. You’d rather have your child bring an issue to you than break the agreement behind your back. It also helps instill the importance of positive screen time if you and your partner partake in your own media agreements – not only is it good for you too but it will also set a great example for your kids to follow!

5.05.2020

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Tags

As many of us are spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time for a DIY project. With Mother’s Day approaching, we wanted to share these free and elevated DIY gift tags perfect for wrapping.  

DIY Mother's Day Gift Tags



These free gift tags from our friends at Zola are perfect for other special occasions such
as birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and more. Check out our four unique designs
that you can download and print at home. 

Whether you are gifting something wellness focused or sentimental, these gift tags are
the perfect way to dress up your present. You can download the blank gift tags here


Materials needed:
A printer 
Cardstock
A pair of scissors
Ribbon
A hole puncher 

5.02.2020

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Organizing your life can be extremely satisfying and rewarding. There’s nothing that beats showing
up on time and remembering every grocery item on your list. Not to mention, when you log on to
work at the start of the week and you know exactly what you need to tackle during the day. 


For a little while now, there has been a running trend called “bullet journaling.” A bullet journal is
basically an art book for adults. You’re creating every line, margin, and list to help you organize
your life exactly how you want to—and in style. 


Even though sitting down and drawing out a planner sounds like a daunting task, it has shown such
success in areas other than organization. Some people find it therapeutic, as it’s like drawing in a
coloring book—but for adults. You spend time creating the ultimate cleaning list, meal prep, or weekly
layout to achieve your dream life. 


If you’re ready to get started or are to restart during this time spent out home, Mint’s created perfect
printables to help you craft the perfect journal to manage every aspect of your life. 



Tools to Help You Get Started

If you’re on a mission to save during this time, we’ve created a printable ruler and stickers to
decorate your first weekly layout. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track



Create Positive and Healthy Habits

When mapping out your goals, you may get excited. Next time you’re mapping out your goals, or
even brainstorming creative ways to stay busy during this time, we’ve created happy day stickers
to do just that. 


Print and cut each sticker out and either glue or tape them to your journal for a little mood boost. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track


Don’t Forget Anything

When creating your journal, you may want to add subtle reminders of things you’d like to get done
throughout the week. If you don’t want to add each reminder to your journal, print and cut out our
note stickers. Tape these to your monthly layout so you don’t forget even the littlest of tasks!

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track



Schedule In Time for Your Family
During this time, it’s important to make time for your loved ones. Whether that may be over the
phone, or planning quality time with each other at home. If you’re able to get out and go to the
movies, have a movie game night with our printable. If you aren’t able to leave, check out our
holiday printables pieces for some other game night ideas for those nights spent at home. 

Family Movie Bingo Printable


Dropbox link with all of our printables: here
Dropbox link with all of our Monthly Review stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Movie Night Bingo mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Customizable Note stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Happy Day stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our download buttons: here

4.21.2020

Printable Seashell Flashcards & Scavenger Hunt

Summer is rapidly approaching — and with it, the promise of getting outside again to enjoy some salty air and sandy toes. If your family is planning a future beach vacation — whether in Florida, California, or a tropical island somewhere — you’re probably on the lookout for fun and affordable activities that everyone can enjoy. So what better way to spend a beach day than hunting for seashells?

There are hundreds of thousands of sea creatures that make shells, and each one is unique. Learning about seashells is a great way to get kids curious about marine life and basic biology. To make learning fun, try these printable seashell identification flashcards. They’re a great way to practice identifying seashells if you’re not able to get to the beach right away.


Printable Seashell Flashcards - summer activity for kids


Once you’re able to get to the beach, put your kids’ seashell knowledge to the test by going on a seashell scavenger hunt! The first one to check off five from this printable checklist wins.


Printable Seashell Scavenger Hunt - Summer activity for kids


Seashell collecting is a great way to build lasting family memories. Plus, any treasures you find are free souvenirs! Happy treasure hunting!

2.04.2020

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

No matter if your adventures take you to another country, or you never leave your own backyard, one of the best parts will always be who you travel with. Even if the planning and travel can be exhausting, many of us look forward to taking trips with our family for the whole year. So why have a family vacation only once a year? Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking hotels. No matter where you live, there’s likely someplace you’ve never been locally that would make for an excellent afternoon for the whole gang.

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation - FREE Printables

To help plan and enjoy your stay in town Mint created several useful printables. Their staycation scrapbooking printables make a great closing activity for the whole family to reflect on the time they spent together. There's a planning template to get the most out of your itinerary, and a budgeting sheet to make sure you don’t go too crazy with the splurges. Recreate the luxury of having breakfast in bed with their interactive menu. Just because you aren’t traveling to a new place with unique local food, doesn’t mean you have to eat what you normally eat. 


How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation - FREE Printables

Check out all the printables to get started planning your staycation.

9.03.2019

10 Fun Photo Scavenger Hunts

Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house on the weekends? From long road
trips to adventurous hikes or zoo days, there are many options to get your kids involved
in a photo scavenger hunt! They’ll love a scavenger hunt since it allows them to search,
discover their surroundings and snap photos of what they find. 

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunt Printables

Before you begin, double check to make sure you have the following supplies:

  • A smartphone or camera 
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scavenger hunt lists 
  • A grand prize for the winner


The rules are simple, but you’re also free to be as creative as you want. For example,
will you set up groups of teams? Will you add on bonus items to your
scavenger hunt list?

Give each person the list before you start so they have an idea of what to look for.
The first person to find all the items and take a photo within the allotted time is the
winner!  

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Printable



Step-by-step:

  1. Select a place and a theme.
  2. Assign a person to be the moderator or judge.  
  3. Decide if you want to separate into teams
  4. Set boundaries within the decided location. 
  5. Set your timer for thirty minutes to an hour.
  6. Award the winner the grand prize!

For scavenger hunt themes, find your favorite printable by Shutterfly below. From the
farmer’s market to the beach or even the airport, there’s an option for everyone. Beat
the boredom with this fun activity. They will love spending time together and at the end
of it, they can even create an adorable photo book to compile your photos, look back
on and remember the fun times! 

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunt Printables