Starting Our Days Off with a Full Schedule

There are a lot of things that we must do in the morning before any of us can leave the house. The children must be bathed and dressed for school in their uniforms, my husband has to be layered up because he works outside, and myself, I have to wake up quickly and begin the process of helping everyone get ready and then taking them to their destination. That is our morning ritual in a nutshell. It can be a simple morning where everything goes as planned, or it can be chaotic and difficult.

The Children

We have three children who are in kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade. All of our children are very different. When I go into their rooms to wake them in the morning, my oldest two crawl out of bed but they do not complain. My kindergartener likes to whine and complain, saying he didn’t get enough sleep and that he didn’t want to go to school. It takes him a little bit longer than the other two to get out of bed and get moving.

The oldest two have mastered the art of putting on their own clothes as long as I have them out for them. They are still working on how to match up colors appropriately, but thankfully for them, their school has a certain uniform dress code. I do have to help my youngest into his pants because he has not mastered the fastening technique on each pair of pants that he has. If we’re in a hurry, I’ll help him with his shirt as well.

They can handle getting their socks and shoes on, but I do have to go back behind my youngest and tie his shoes. My other two like to skimp by on tying their shoes sometimes, and I catch myself reminding them two or three times before their shoes are finally tied as they should be. We grab their coats and bookbags off of the coat and shoe rack and settle them on the couch until their father is ready.

Helping My Husband Get Ready

There are very few things that he needs help with, because mainly I’m not available to help him as my routine is to get the kids ready and waiting on us. Many days I will help him out by fixing his lunch for him. I also make sure that the clothes he would like to wear are clean and ready with a fresh pair of socks. Thankfully he can dress himself and put his socks and shoes on properly. He may ask where certain items are and I direct him in the right direction, but other than that he is pretty efficient with preparing for work.

Once he has completed his ritual of getting ready, and the kids are ready and waiting on the couch patiently, we begin to move out the door. Before walking out the door we take one last look around the house to make sure that we’re not forgetting anything such as important papers for work or school. We also make sure that the animals are fed and watered and they are where they need to be. I do a final walkthrough of the house and turn off any lights and unplug things such as hair dryers and beard trimmers.

Piling up in the car is one of the hardest parts because when everyone wants to get in, the kids feel like they should be battling over who gets the window seats and who has to sit in the middle. We are only going about half a mile to the bus stop, but they insist on making it a rough half of mile with complaining and arguing. Two children that are siblings cannot sit touching one another for more than a few second before they start complaining.

When the bus arrives, I step out of the car and let them out of the back, because I have child safety locks on both back doors. They give me hugs and make their way onto the bus. As we are pulling off to carry my husband to work, I make sure that they are on the bus and sitting down, then I wave one more time as the bus pulls off.

The most comfortable home workout

One of the many benefits of having a swimming pool at home is that you can have a relaxing swim whenever you want – before breakfast, before your afternoon nap, perhaps before you go to bed. The great thing about these regular, relaxing times in the pool is that they are actually good for your body. Even swimming slowly uses all the major muscle groups. You’re keeping fir without even trying.

Unfortunately, most people can’t afford a pool in the yard, or even a yard for that matter. Not to worry, though – there are a number of other leisurely ways to work out at home:

Stretching is perhaps the most important part of working out. It’s never too strenuous and you can do different types of stretches pretty much anywhere in the house. So, whether you’re still lying in bed, taking a shower, or spread out on the sofa watching a movie, make it a healthier time by getting in some stretches, just because you can.

A lot of workouts these days are based around dance. Take Zumba for example – it’s not really much different from a bunch of people dancing around to some Latin beats. The thing is, Zumba is exercise. You don’t even have to listen to Latin music and it will still be exercise. The fact is that whether you’ve been headbanging in your room to Slayer, or dancing along to Taylor Swift in front of the mirror, you’ve actually been exercising your body. What could be easier than that?

We all know that it’s important to clean our teeth after every meal. If you do it right, you can also have a short workout after every meal, too. Use the motion of your tooth brushing arm to work your pectorals, moving across your chest and back out again as you brush your teeth. It works well if you use your other arm to mirror the arm with the brush, giving you an even chest workout every time you clean your teeth.

Some people are fidgeters. No matter what they are doing, they’ll have a hand or foot tapping away, perhaps playing imaginary video games or a drum solo. If you’re one of these people, you can take the energy you use when fidgeting and focus it through exercise. Imagine you’re reclined in your chair, reading a book and tapping your feet. Now replace your chair with one of these Indoor Training Bikes – most likely a recumbent one, and you’re doing fitness without even thinking about it.

If you live in an apartment building, stop taking the elevator. Those stairs are just perfect for a leisurely workout. You don’t have to run – take your time if you want to. You’ll still be using the same muscles as you would in a step workout. Take the stairs and you’re working out again without even knowing it. Plus you’re less likely to get trapped in a stairwell than an elevator if your building sets itself on fire.

Even if you’re just chilling with the guys, watching some football, drinking some beers and chowing down on some cheesy pizza, you can still work your abs to perfection: just sit up straight and squeeze your abs tight. Do this in sets until you can feel your abs burn – the easiest way to get a six-pack ever (just go easy on the beer and pizza).

You can also get a great cardio workout simply by moving around your home as you usually do, but perhaps by taking longer routes. Even in the smallest apartments this is possible – just walk around the dining table twenty times instead of three before you leave the room.

As you can see, for most of us, getting a great workout is incredibly easy and doesn’t require much effort at all. With this knowledge you’ll be able to cancel your gym membership and give up those workout classes – just think how much money you’ll be able to save. You could even try some of the techniques mentioned above in your school or place of work, meaning that you can work out wherever you want. The world will become your gym and life is your workout!

Running a Bed and Breakfast Is Tougher than You Think

We’ve pretty much heard and seen it all. But then every time I think that, lo and behold, I’m proven wrong by something entirely new that gets Pete and I scratching our heads. Running this bed and breakfast in this, our seventh year now, we get some perfectly bizarre guest requests, to say the very least. There have been some that were relatively tame; like the couple who wanted their bathtub filled strawberry flavored milk, the man who booked a second room just for his little pet pig (who’s name also happened to be Pete, by the way,), and there were the three girls who asked if we could get them three male strippers for the evening. The answer was no, we didn’t know any male strippers at the time.

Then there have been the downright strange requests. We had a man in here once who asked us to lock the door to his room from the outside for fear he’d sleepwalk right out of the building. Another couple who asked if we could have a variety of, adult-themed, toys waiting on the bed when they arrived. I had Pete take care of that one. There were the two men who asked if there was someone who could warm up their beds for them before they arrived. The family who wanted to let their kids trick or treat in the inn. The man who wanted his room decked out in full Christmas attire; stockings, trimmed tree, tinsel, lights, the works…in August.

Maintenance is always a concern as well. Pete and I always seem to making some kind of repair around here. We knew going in that there would be a lot of work involved in upkeep and overall restoration. The structure was sound but it was old and the building would need some tender loving care as time went on. The guests’ impact on the house was also taken into consideration as we had no control over what would go on in the rooms, we just hoped security deposits would cover it. Luckily, we haven’t had many major problems despite some of the guests who tended to stray to the odd personality and their weird requests from time to time. In fact, there were areas we just didn’t expect to break down, such as the garage door. Pete and I reserved the garage area for storage and to park our car but our home improvement issues included things we thought wouldn’t break down for awhile. The garage door spring snapped unexpectedly and it turns out it was much older than we had been told when we bought the place. But that was an easier repair to make, a friend turned us on to the and we loved everything about it. Installation wasn’t too tough but with all of the DIY work we’ve done around here, Pete and I have become old pros at this home improvement thing. Fingers crossed that there aren’t too many more projects on the horizon, because there always seems to be something that needs our attention around here. But I would be lying if I said it wasn’t fun. We’ve been having a blast running the inn and it’s been a breath of fresh air compared to that rat race we were running in New York. The country air has done us both a world of good and, some days, I don’t know how we didn’t come to our senses and do this earlier.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the Wine Festival starts tomorrow and we have a full house of guest reservations this weekend that we need to prepare for arrival.

A Brief History of Ice Making Machines

Ice machines have only been used in and around the house for around 200 years. Before this period, if you lived in a hot climate, you may well have never seen ice in your entire lifetime.

Before the pioneering ice machines were invented, ice was cut from lakes and rivers and stored in insulated areas for the summer months. Ice was often imported to warmer areas but the quality of the ice was always a concern.

A Very Intelligent Invention

The first ice machine was patented in 1851 by a scientist and physician called Dr John Gowrie, he was seen as the forefather of refrigeration. This model however, was never taken into commercial production. Dr Gowrie was also responsible for an early air cooling system that was used in a Florida hospital.

The following few years saw 3 more patents granted for ice machines. In 1853 Alexander Twining, in 1855 James Harrison and in 1866 Thaddeus Lowe invented the first commercially constructed ice machine. The first commercially produced ice was sold in Dallas during the same year.

Widespread Refrigeration in the Home

From its invention in the 1800’s, refrigeration was continuously developed by many different people from every corner of the globe. Old fashioned ice boxes were replaced with home refrigerators, but the early models did not feature freezer compartments

By the 1920’s many households would have refrigerators in the home. Ice cube trays and freezer compartments were slowly added to new models. Ice was being made in regular houses for the first time.

Ice Makers at Home

The first manufacturer of a refrigerator with a built in ice maker was the Servel company. From the early 1950’s, technology had grown to the point where the appliance could be directly connected to main water line, the user no longer had to manually fill the appliance. By 1960 refrigerators with built in ice making functions were wide spread.

The Modern ‘In Door’ Models

With the rise in popularity of in home ice making appliances, Frigidaire invented the first refrigerator with an ice maker in the door. This allowed the user to collect water and ice without having to open the appliance door. This model first went to market in 1965 and sold for many years.

By the mid 1980’s, ice making capabilities in home appliances had improved greatly. The appliances could store up to 12 pounds of ice. 

The Future

The kitchen home appliance market has become a huge one. Ice making machines are now available in different sizes, shapes and models. Portable ice machines have become a popular choice amongst consumers. While many of these models require manual filling, they can produce a large amount of ice in a short space of time.

Under counter machines, which usually connect directly into the water line, as well as permanent stand-alone models are available. To select the correct model for you, simply click the following link, ice maker machine for sale. Here you will find plenty of reviews and detailed specification on a wide range of machines.