Family

My little boy Adam is an early riser, like his dad. I am up and at ’em by 5:00am most days. Adam is usually at 6:20am kinda guy. (He is 4 years old.)

Well, when COVID-19 brought my work home, I had a couple challenges with little man being an early riser. The main one being, I have a pretty solid work routine to complete before the day starts at 9am for my office. Adam doesn’t necessarily understand that I am present but unavailable. I needed a filler for him until we could play our great game of “chase me.”

Enter Khan Academy Kids. Adam knows that when I am in my office, I am doing work. AND when I am in there with the door closed they are not allowed to bother me. However, it sucks being awake and have nobody to interact with when you are an active little boy. So I began to search for something he could do to work with me. I will tell you: I do not like kids apps. First, most of them bait you into spending money on frivolous things. Secondly, all of them have ads that are clickable. I don’t want my kids exposed to things I have not filtered. 

I wanted to find something that was education based that wasnt just filled with parental sales pitches. Khan Academy Kids is everything that I wanted. I was familiar with Khan Academy and decided to look into their kids ap. Absoltely perfect. 

Khan Academy has muiltiple divisions by age level. No ads. It gamifies the whole educaitonal process. It encourages breaks and movment during activities. It has a reward system that drives kids to keep moving along the journey. It brings modern social and entertainment into the learning process. (Like a whole interactive book on monstertrucks.) There is downloadable content so you can take it on the go. And all of the lessons are also found ala carte. It is litterally everything you would need. WHILE BEING ACTUALLY SAFE FOR KIDS. It is hard to find a trustworthy, wholesome source online these days.

Now Adam comes down every morning to join me doing work. I am grateful for these days. And grateful for Khan Academy Kids for providing a phenomenal resource for us to have in the Olive household.

 *PS They are doing a whole “summer camp” program which is all at home things to do since COVID is still running rampant. 

I am in no way affiliated with Khan Academy Kids. (I wish because they are awesome.)

SUMMER TIME IS HERE

COCKTAILS

Click the arrows to scroll through some of our favorite cocktails and mocktails for summertime shenanigans.

DOGWOOD PUNCH

1 bottle sparkling rosé
3 c. strawberry lemonade
1/4 c. grenadine
1 sliced lemon
1/2 c. sliced strawberries
Mint sprigs for garnish

Grapefruit Ranch

1/3 c. fresh pink grapefruit juice
3 tbsp. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. Spiced Tequila
Sparkling Water
Pink grapefruit wedges, cilantro sprigs, and sliced jalapeño

Classic Mint Julep

2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3 mint leaves
Crushed Ice

SUMMER TIME IS HERE

MOCKTAILS

Click the arrows to scroll through some of our favorite cocktails and mocktails for summertime shenanigans.

Berry Spritzer

1/2 lb. mixed berries
1/2 c. fresh basil
3 tbsp. fresh orange juice
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Club soda 

Lemony Berry Punch

1 c. fresh lemon juice
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1 1/2 strawberries, hulled and halved
1 c. sparkling water
1 c. blueberries (optional)

Peachy Ginger Soda

1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 very ripe peaches
2 liter Seltzer
16 fresh mint leave

Health at Home

Our longer periods at home are certainly weiging in on our health. If you mix that with a higher sense of stress, anxiety, and isolation then you will be completely unbalanced. At RORECO we like to look at life balance in 6 areas: physical, mental, spirtual, family, friends, and health.

In my opinion, you can do just one thing to pull all of that back into balance. Journal. Start a journal. When you start tracking your current state in each of these life balance areas yo u will start recognizing triggers that knock you off balance. Then, you can start choosing better paths towards health. 

 

Most of the time we will see things that promise a magic button to get us on track to health. The reality is that there are many paths to being healthy. Journaling will help root out the bad habbits and filters we have on our lives. Then whatever healthier choice you make is great, but the key is rooting out bad behavior/defaults first. 

Journaling Ideas:

1. Grateful journal–write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning. You can even project gratefulness into tough scenarios.

2. Food journal–pay attention to what you eat, when you eat it, and how much of it is in your caloric needs for the day.

3. “Meditation” Journal–many of us don’t meditate or know how but you we can certainly stop long enough to look into our mind and body to inventory how we feel.

4. Creative Journal–sketch, write poetry, make up characters for a play not written, draw building plans for something, write love letters, etc. The point is to refocus your brain towards the creative.

5. Exercise Journal–pretty simple on this one and as you track: start a plus one moment. Can you do it faster, longer, or better?

These are just a few ideas. And remember: journaling is not a chore. It’s a way to recognize our current state to move towards better. If you fall off the journal wagon keep getting back on. The difference it will make in your life over time will be substantial. Time on task over time is one of the greatest keys to success.