Tween Tips from a Tween on Balancing a Busy Bee Life!

Manic:  Our kids’ busy schedules.  Were we this busy when we were kids?!  I don’t think so.  My daughter is a go getter and she takes on a lot and challenges herself with a slightly perfectionist personality that she works on balancing.  Last year she balanced show choir, three musical productions (both in school and with her beloved Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre), student council, honors courses, yearbook photographer, broadcast club, dance and voice lessons that included two recitals and volunteering in our church nursery and earning the #1 top fundraising spot for a holiday drive that was done with her middle school.  And this year is shaping up to be just as busy for her so far!

Managed:  Coming to the realization that with this spirited go getter, it is best for me to step aside and let her do her thing with a little gentle guidance and direction from me and her Daddy when needed.  I am so proud of how she works hard to guide herself.  This year she has asked to add “blog contributor” to her achievments, so here is another installment from Lexi and this is a good one called Managing the Life of a Busy Bee.  Take it away, Lexi….(and as always, this has very little edits from me)….

Lexi says:

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Managing the life of a busy bee

You can ask anyone, and they’ll let you know that I’m a busy bee. How do I do it you ask?  Well let me start off by saying that I don’t take any magic pill and it’s not that I’m different from anyone else. The secret is really basic and easy, and that secret is simply staying healthy.

Staying healthy is one of the best things you can do for yourself, but staying healthy can sometimes be hard to do.  Try your very best to get to bed on time and make sure you get the right amount of sleep that is recommended for your age group.

Also try to stay on task.  For me, TV is one of my greatest enemies because it pulls me in so easily and by the time I realize that I have homework, it’s already 10 pm!  So if you have a busy work day ahead, hide the remote from yourself (LOL).

Another tip that helps drastically is not getting sick. Right now you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Thank you Captain Obvious,”….but I’m serious…getting sick does no good for you and puts you behind.  So take a vitamin every day and wash your hands.

Finally don’t stress, this one is maybe one of the most important points because this is what gets you sick and off task. If you’re stressed about something, you need to relax, breathe, and look at the positives to give yourself confidence.  If you look at the negatives, you’re probably not going to get very far.  Just be smart about what you are taking on and believe you can do it.

Well that’s my advice, so thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time:).


A Texting PSA With A Lesson For Teens & Parents

I had to share this texting PSA because it affected me unlike any of the others that I have seen.  It is not graphic and it is done in good taste with a lesson for us parents as well.  I made both of my kids watch this super short video that leaves you thinking about the choices we make both in the car….and at home when we are trying to contact our driving children.  Take a look…

Back to School Adjusting Advice For Parents & Kids…From a Kid!

Manic:  Back to school can be manic for our kids and they don’t always know how to express that to us.

Managed:  My tween daughter asked me if she could share a few tips for kids and their parents when it comes to easing back into a busy back to school schedule.  She wrote this article below with very few edits from me and I think she has some great tips here….for both the kids and the parents.  Take a look….

thumbs up 2014 first dayLexi says:

So far for me I’m back in school but it still feels like summer. Sadly that feeling won’t be present for long. Though I had my summer and I think I’m ready to get back into the 6:00 am wake up times, not to mention after school activities and on top of all that, homework.

Call me crazy for thinking that I’m ready for that again, but this year I’ve set goals for myself and that is what’s driving me to be better and more on top of things this year.

Yet everyone is different, so my advice is to try to find out what kind of person your child is when it comes to school. Who knows, it might answer a lot of your questions.

Something else that’s really helped me this past week is breakfast.  I’ve been eating really filling and healthy foods in the morning like apple slices with peanut butter plus a banana and milk or a bowl of cereal along with a granola bar, and maybe scrambled eggs with strawberries and orange juice.  These are just some examples of things that change your day completely by giving you more energy and filling you up until lunch.

My last note of advice (especially for you ladies) is to have a system of making the morning less stressful. For example, lay your outfits out for tomorrow and have an idea for your hair style so you know how much time you will need in the morning.  Also have your school bag ready so you aren’t stressing over finding an important paper or book when there is only five minutes left before school starts.

And mainly just breathe. Like it or not, school is back and it’s here to stay, so why not make the best of it, and if you already have….then you are right on track.

This is Alexis, thanks for reading and see you next time.

Thank you Lexi!  I’m going to for sure take your advice about remembering to just breathe.  This article took me by surprise and I loved what she wrote.  I had no idea that she was working on this until she gave it to me and asked me to share it on my blog.  We wish you all a wonderful school year! 

Kid & Mom Approved Lunch Box Menu Ideas

Manic:  Coming up with lunch menu ideas day after day that both my kids and I can agree on since we want tasty, but healthy items.

Managed:  Brainstormed with my kids and came up with several ideas, like this one that is pictured.
lunch box Watch my morning show segment below to see several other ideas, plus I found some very unique and functional lunch boxes, too. 


And Just Like That….Hello Junior Year & 7th Grade

Manic:  Raising kids…and the hectic back to school season.

Managed:  Taking it all in because, just like that, I now have a 7th grader and a high school junior.  Where does time go?! Here are their first day pics.  She posed for me and let me take several shots.  He barely let me take one picture and was out the door and in his car faster than I could blink….and as my Father-in-law once told me….don’t blink because they grow up just like that.  first day 2014 (1)

And just like that, here is another set of a first day back to school photo shoot by this slightly emotional Mama who is holding on tight and enjoying the ride.  I can only imagine how I will feel next year when Senior year arrives!

Thumbs up to the 2014-15 school year!
thumbs up 2014 first dayI’m wishing you all a happy and healthy school year ahead!

Ways To Save on Back To School Shopping

Better Beverage Ideas for Families

Manic:  My kids begging me for sugary sodas and unhealthy beverages!

Managed:  Did some experimenting this summer and my girl and I came up with some ways to spruce up plain water and some better alternatives to soda and sports drinks.  Lexi on airAnd I threw in a tasty and low calorie cocktail recipe for us Moms, too!  Check it out and a huge thanks to my girl for her help in the segment.  She did a great job….

Fun Family Fitness Ideas & Thanks To My Tween & Pals For Helping Demo This On 3TV

Manic:  Getting in enough daily exercise as an adult and enough family time, too.

Managed:  Fun and healthy ideas that makes exercise fun with games that will keep you and your kids moving and interested.  I recently cohosted this recent “Your Life A to Z” morning show segment with fitness expert Wendie Marlais and she had some creative ideas for the whole family.  Check these out…

How Sun Savvy Are You? Take This Quiz To See!

Manic:  Making sure that my family applies sunscreen each time they leave to swim, play golf and more here in our hot and powerful Arizona sun.

Managed:  According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona ranks #2 in the world for skin cancer rates, so we can’t be too careful living here especially.  So I did some research on sunscreen, how much to apply, when to apply it, what SPF to look for and more.  Take this quiz to see if you do better than I did.  I got 4 out of 6 right.  Plus I show you a good natural and organic sunscreen as well as one that I like that has both UVA and UVB protection, so take a look and be sun savvy and sun smart with me….

My Final & Favorite Baby Products Review Cuz These Are Invented By Parents!

My final baby product segment, that I reviewed for our cohost Kyle who is expecting, is my favorite one of all that I did on the KTVK “Your Life A to Z” morning show because these products were invented by parents.  So this stuff really works. Need a baby shower gift?  Are you expecting?  You have got to check out these clever inventions that make life easier with a baby!