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Family Beach Day Checklist

July 12, 2016

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Family Beach Day ChecklistIt’s time for a family beach day!  Grab this Family Beach Day Checklist and start gathering your items to make sure that you’ve got everything you need for a day of fun in the sun with the whole family.

Get the free printable Beach Day PDF Checklist here.

Gear:

  • Beach Towels
  • Umbrellas/ Beach Tent
  • Beach Chairs
  • Water Resistant/Outdoor Blanket

Clothing & Accessories:

  • Beach Bag
  • Swim Suit
  • Cover Up
  • Swim Goggles
  • Floaties
  • Flip Flops/Water Shoes
  • Rash Guards
  • Change of Clothes
  • Hair Tie
  • Hair Brush

Sun Protection:

Kids Playing in Water

  • Water-Proof Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Food & Drinks:

  • Lots of Drinking Water
  • Juice Boxes or Other Beverages
  • Snacks (e.g., sandwiches, fruit, cut up veggies, pita chips, hummus, crackers, etc.)
  • Cooler with Ice or Ice Packs
  • Napkins, Plates, Utensils
  • Extra Bags for Garbage 

Pinterest Beach Day Checklist

Entertainment:

  • Beach Toys (buckets and pails, beach balls)
  • Frisbee
  • Reading Materials (books, magazines, tablet)
  • Headphones or Bluetooth Speakers
  • Boogie Boards or Surf Boards 

Extras:

  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitzer/Wet Wipes 

Beach Hack Items: 

  • Plastic Sandwich baggies
  • Baby Powder
  • “Fake” Dirty Diaper/Empty Jumbo Sunscreen Bottle
  • Uninflated balloons

That’s all you need for a great day at the shore!  Enjoy your day and let us know how it goes!

Click here to get the free printable Beach Day PDF Checklist.

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at Checklist Parent.  She has made it her mission to empower parents to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, yogi, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.

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5 Beach Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

July 8, 2016

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It’s Summertime and that means trips to the beach! In this post we share with you 5 ingenious beach hacks to help you have a super fun, safe, and relaxing beach day!

  1. Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Put Your iPhone in a Sandwich Bag
    We all want our smart phones with us at the beach, but you don’t want them to get sandy or wet. Putting your iphone in a sandwich bag will protect your phone from the elements, but still allow you to work the touch screen.

  2. Store Your Valuables in a “Used” Diaper

    You want to go off into the ocean, but what do you do with your valuables left on the shore? You can put your money, keys and other valuables in a stealth item no one will thing to touch – a seemingly used diaper! Only the sickest person will try for that. If you don’t have a diaper, you can also use an empty jumbo sized sunscreen bottle or an empty tampon box.

  3. Use Baby Powder to Remove Sand

    You are done with the beach and even though you’ve showered off, sand is still sticking to your feet, legs, hair, or other parts of your body? Here’s a great trick to quickly remove it. Use baby powder. It removes moisture and the sand just comes right off.

  4. Blow Up a Balloon to Unclog Your Ears

    You went into the ocean or pool and have water in your ears? A quick way to get rid of it is to blow up a deflated balloon. If it doesn’t work at first, try plugging up your nose while blowing.

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

  5. Put Steering Wheel in Upside Down Position When You Park

    Ever come back from a long day of surf and sun to an excruciatingly hot steering wheel? You can avoid burning the skin off your hands by putting the wheel in upside down position when you park. The bottom will get heated, but the top where you place your hands to drive will be cooler.

5 Beach Hacks

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.

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4 Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Moms

March 29, 2016

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4 Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Moms

Regardless if you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom… I’m going to say that staying on top of all the things you need to do is one of the biggest balancing acts of our lives! I went to college and law school and that was way easier than being a mom!

Sometimes I think there should be a parade for us moms because we are pretty amazing human beings. Oh well. I digress. Today I want to discuss what it takes to stay active and stay organized. These are pretty unconventional ideas, but they work!

Put Your Kids in Their Clothes Before Bed

Put clothes on babyThis is an idea from my sister-in-law.  This may sound weird but it can save you so much time. After you take your kid out of their evening bath, put on their clothes that they’re going to be wearing tomorrow. This way, when they wake up, all you need to do is brush their hair a little bit or brush their teeth and you’re off! Talk about hassle free. The idea is to train your kids and yourself to be ready and active right when the day starts!

She says you can do the same for you! Don’t wear your work clothes in bed, but you can wear your workout clothes. This way when you wake up you can quickly go for a run or just workout before you get the day started.

I said this is my sister-in-law’s idea.  This doesn’t work for me because like my husband my youngest is not a morning person.  (It not applicable to my two other kids because the oldest is in college and the next one graduated from high school and is pursuing acting and music.)  If my 7-year old were more like my niece and nephew this would be great.  She never pops out of bed ready to go though.  In the morning she drags herself to the bath and sits semi-comatose for about 20 minutes before she starts to wake up, soaps herself up and gets dressed.  By the time she’s dressed 30-40 minutes later she’s awake and ready to be off.

What we do is gather her clothes and have what she’s going to wear laid out the night before.  This saves time in the morning from having to pick clothes and helps us save time in the morning.  I also like to gather my workout clothes and lay them out before bed.  Whilst we do sleep in pajamas, having those clothes ready to go in the morning definitely is a time- and stress-saver.

Create a Hassle Free Lunch!

Tupperware

Photo by Kathleen Franklin on Flickr.  CC 2.0

Once or twice a week it is best to bring a child or two in the kitchen and help you prep your family’s weekly lunch meals. All you need to do is cook some food and store it in Tupperware containers (one for each family member). This allows your hands to be free for the rest of the week! It also gives you more time to workout or get to other pesky errands you had planned in your day.

We also prep lunches the night before.  That way, in the morning you need only grab and go.

Write a Nightly To-Do List

You never ever want to go to bed blind. This means that right before you go to bed you should take an index card, a small piece of paper, or your smart phone and note down a few things that you want / need to accomplish for the next day. This way you know exactly what needs to be done when you wake up. It helps lessen confusion and puts you on track.

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Photo by David D on Flickr. CC 2.0

Assign Weekly Chores

It’s really cool to assign your family weekly / daily chore assignments. For example, in my house, my husband is assigned to put all the laundry in the washer every Tuesday night. And, I’ve assigned myself to put it into the dryer every Wednesday morning. And, we have it assigned that ever Wednesday night we fold the clothes together.

We’re now doing this with cooking, cleaning, and even gardening. The kids have their chores too.  This way everyone is accountable to making sure that the family life is going well for anyone: a family who works together stays together.

I understand that these tips could be a little unconventional. But we live in the 21st century and it’s time that every single person in the family should hold some sort of responsibility to make sure that Moms are given the proper support to stay active and organized! The family unit is even stronger when the mother is happy and rested. 😀

What are your tips for finding time and staying balanced?  Please share in the comments below

 Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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10 Things To Do With My Family on Spring Break – 52 Checklists Project Week 10

March 9, 2016

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"Family Travel" by Roderick Eime is licensed under CC BY 2.0/text and other graphics added to original

Family Travel” by Roderick Eime is licensed under CC BY 2.0/text and other graphics added to original

Spring Break is coming up!  Our oldest, India, is coming home from college this Friday, and the little one will soon be on her break.  I’m getting prepared, so this week’s 52 Checklist Project prompt is “10 Things to Do With My Family on Spring Break.”  10 Things I Want to Do With My Family During Spring Break

  1. Road Trip! Visit a National Park: This year is the 100th anniversary of National Parks and there are some amazing parks in easy driving distance of us here in Los Angeles including Joshua Tree, Channel Island, Sequoia, and Yosemite.  I’ve yet to visit Yosemite, so that one is top of my list. 
  2. Staycate – visit spots in LA we’ve never been: Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 15 years there are still plenty of places – new and old – I’d love to discover and bring my kids.  Top of my list are the new Broad Museum and the going to see a Kiddie Matinee at the Beverly Theater (the movie theater owned and programmed by Quentin Tarantino).
  3. Go Camping:  This one could be coupled with the first idea. There are definitely campgrounds in Yosemite, though they tend to book up so fast I’m not sure if I’ll still find spots at this late stage.  Still, no harm in trying. 🙂
  4. Volunteer: Volunteering is always a wonderful activity to do as a family.  If you’d like some help to find kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, you can check out the blog post I wrote around MLK Day on How to Find Kid Friendly Volunteer Opportunities.
  5. Plant a Vegetable Garden: I’m going to be honest, I’m not much of a green thumb.  When I say I’ll do this I mean, I’ll pick which vegetables I want in the garden and I’ll probably send my husband and kids to do it. 🙂  According to this post early spring is good for planting hardy and semi-hardy vegetables.  So I’m picking spinach, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli and leeks.
  6. Spring Cleaning – KonMari: Back in November, December and January, I was very gung ho about decluttering using the KonMari method.  You can read about the KonMari Method and KonMari with kids here.  I lost my initial enthusiasm (though I must say my closet still looks pretty great).  Now that spring is here, I’m ready to start again and get my kids to finish their spaces once and for all.  
  7. Get crafty: I want to pull out my craft supplies, surf Pinterest for ideas, and get crafty with the kids.
  8. Go Spring Skiingwe are lucky here in LA to live very close to some slopes (we can be in the mountains within 90 minutes).  The mountains have just had a good dumping and more snow is forecast for this coming weekend.  The slopes will be perfect for spring skiing.
  9. Hit the Beach: One of the nice things about LA is that you can “drive to your season.”  At the same time of year we can ski and surf in the same day.  In 10 minutes we are at the beach, and the weather is generally always nice for enjoying the sand and sun.  The water can still be pretty dang cold.  It’s nevertheless lovely to be out there, and we definitely plan on hitting the shores this spring break.        
  10. Pajama Days – spend the whole day in PJs watching movies and reading: There are few things I love more than this.  After the frantic pace of our usual lives, one of the greatest luxuries is to do nothing at all.

That’s my list.  I’ve love to see what you’d like to do with your family during Spring Break.  Share your checklist on instagram or twitter and tag #52checklistsproject.

What will you and your family do for Spring Break

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom, and has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, yoga teacher and practitioner, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.

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Quick Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family

October 31, 2015

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quick halloween costumes-01-01OK, mamas.  It’s the 11th hour and you and your kids don’t have Halloween Costumes?  Don’t despair, we’ve curated some of the best articles to help you find quick and easy, but clever Halloween costumes for the whole family.

For the Kids:

Here’s a great article from Parenting Magazine of 35 no-sew costumes you can make for kids: Parenting Article.  I’m especially obsessed with this no-sew “corn on the cob” costume made with painted egg cartons as the corn, over-sized green sweatshirt, and some felt.

Photo Credit: Frank Heckers. How To at http://www.parenting.com/article/corn-on-the-cob

Photo Credit: Frank Heckers. How To at http://www.parenting.com/article/corn-on-the-cob

On a budget?  Here are 51 Cheap and Easy Last Minute Costumes: BuzzFeed Article . My favorite from this article – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that uses a spray-painted roasting pan as the shell, green clothing, and some felt for the mask and arm bands.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume from anightowlblog.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume from anightowlblog.com

Here are 12 clever and easy DIY costumes for Kids: Huffington Post Article. My favorite costume from this article is this adorable bubble bath costume – made with white clothing, white balloons, and some dollar store bath accessories.

Bubble Bath Costume https://www.pinterest.com/pin/258675572320641270/

Bubble Bath Costume https://www.pinterest.com/pin/258675572320641270/

For the Adults:

This is a great article about 7 clever Last Minute Costumes you can find in a grocery store: kitchn.com Article  These costumes are punny and budget friendly, like this “Thyme Capsule” costume:

Kitchn.com

Kitchn.com

This Women’s Day Article is filled with 20 great super-easy costumes for the whole family: Women’s Day Article.  This totally clever “French Toast” costume is my favorite.  All you need is a beret, striped shirt, little scarf to look trés français, and some toast made of construction paper.  It’s magnifique!

"French Toast Costume" from @ShonteMarie on Instagram

“French Toast Costume” from @ShonteMarie on Instagram

Lastly, here’s an article with costumes for the whole family.  Real Simple Article I particularly love this Lion Tamer and Lion Costume because you can get the family dog in on the show too.  And who doesn’t love a dog in a Halloween Costume?

Photo Credit: Glenn Glasser; Styling: Kristine Trevino

Photo Credit: Glenn Glasser; Styling: Kristine Trevino

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