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Review: Pizza Warehouse Paducah KY Location Pizza Warehouse is located behind Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah KY. It is at 451 Jordan Dr A, Paducah, KY. It is located in a mini mall which limits the parking situation at peak times. In this same mini mall is an Cold Stone Creamery, a pet food store, escape room, and a kids entertainment place called YaYa’s Island. The movie theater is just down the street also so if you want a full day of fun the location is convenient to keep the family busy. The inside is half bar/ half restaurant with a highly industrial look and feel. Time We ate around noon on a Saturday. The location was fairly empty when we got there but started to fill up quickly and was quite busy by the time we got finished. I have visited this location at other times and they are…

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Productivity Hacks for the Busy Parent If you ask a parent if they can do something the most common response is “We are just too busy”.  Between school, work, sports, scouts, and church it is amazing we have any time to just have some family time.  You go all day and by the time you cook supper, do homework, get baths it is time for bed and you have lost your day.  To battle this I am going to share some productivity hacks to help you be a more efficient parent and maybe help lessen the stress. Prepare For the Next Day the Night Before Starting off your day the right way can reduce stress and anxiety all day long.  I don’t know how many times a rough start to my day has just ruined a good portion of my day.  By preparing as much as you can the night…

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Video Games. I grew up at the start of home video game consoles. I started with playing the Atari 2600 with my brothers. Then we got a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and ever since then I was absolutely hooked.  I have owned or someone in my house has owned almost every major console since that time. Here are my Top 5 list of all time consoles. #5 Playstation 2 The Playstation 2 is the successor to the Sony Playstation. My older boys were younger so at the time we only had a Nintendo Gamecube to play games since most of what they enjoyed had to be family friendly.  One game that I was missing out on was Grand Theft Auto 3. Everyone loved the game but with kids in the house I could never play that game. Finally I broke down and purchased a Playstation 2 after the cost came…

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Mellow Mushroom Paducah KY Location Mellow Mushroom is located in a refurbished Coke plant in the heart of Paducah KY. It is at the corner of Lone Oak Rd. and Broadway.  The area is starting to get a face lift and a lot of additional businesses may be moving around this location.  The parking is not good and limited to street parking. The bank across the road has a section for neighbor parking but even those spots are limited. Time We ate around 11:30 on New Years Day. We could tell from the parking that it wasn’t going to be busy. I don’t think I have ever been there at a time it was really packed and had to wait.  I’m sure during dinner times you may have to wait a bit but this particular day we went right in and were seated. Service Our waitress was prompt and attentive.…

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Working From Home More industries are starting to join the work from home band wagon. Allowing your employees to do remote work can alleviate some of the frustrations of having to come into the office every day. For some a commute can take hours away from not only your life but also from your family.  By working from home you not only save time but also save money. Driving in bumper to bumper traffic can cost hundreds of dollars a year in wasted gas. If you are fortunate to be allowed to work remotely I will offer some tactics on how to be more effective in your work. Keep a routine One thing that a lot of people joke about is they want to work from home so they can just stay in their pajamas all day while they work.  This to me is one of the biggest motivation killers.…

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When we do family game night in our household we usually go one of two directions. We either play a board game or we play card games.  Most of the time we gravitate to card games because my kids love playing card games.  While my oldest was in college it seems he learned a new card game every semester and he would come home and share that game with the family.   General Tips for Family Card Game Night One of the hardest challenges when playing cards with our family is the age gap between kids.  The older kids like more advanced card games that require a little more strategy while the youngest prefers to just have fun and not have to put much thought into the game.  When planning a family card game night consider the age of your kids and the card game you want to play.   For younger…

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Earlier this year my son and I did a lake shore cleanup with the scouts.  I was excited not only to participate in this but excited that my son could participate in this cleanup.  As we walked along the roads and the shores at Land Between the Lakes my son quickly realized the importance of not only what we are doing, but the importance of keeping our lands clean. How can we help? There are lots of ways to help and in almost every situation you can get your kids involved as long as they are old enough to walk a short distance. Even before they are able to walk short distances to help clean up here are some ways to help keep our our lands clean and get your kids involved. Teach your kids about conservation In our house we recycle. Our bins are right in the middle island…

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I have gone through scouting with all three of my boys. Even though not all of them stuck with it I have enjoyed every moment.  I myself went all the way through Tiger scouts all the way to become an Eagle scout.  And through the years of scouting, the scout laws are etched in my life and my daily habits.  I feel I am a better person and a better father because of the Scout Laws.  Here are some ways to use the scout laws to help guide our children and help better themselves. A Scout is… Trustworthy When I was younger, I didn’t see the big deal with lying. I was just doing it to impress people or to hide the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. But as I got older (and hopefully wiser) I realized that lying just lead to telling more lies…

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“I don’t know what to say, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.” — Ellen Griswold The holidays. Love them or hate them the only way to avoid them is to move out of the country. Whether you travel to visit family or stay at home and host here are some tips to help you stay sane. Make Lists I am the first person to admit that when it comes to the holidays I forget something. Whether it is a gift that was left in a closet or forgetting a key ingredient for that holiday dish, there is at least one thing I forget every year.   When gathering gifts make sure you have a list of all those items you might have hidden or stashed away for surprises so you remember to bring them along.  If traveling make a packing list so you don’t forget your favorite outfit or…

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For me spending times with my kids is far more important than spending money on my kids.  It seems like any more that to have fun or treat your kids you have to take out a small loan to finance the fun.  Okay maybe not that expensive but week after week of trying to keep my family entertained this summer and I felt the pain of trying balance cost versus fun.  Here are a few tips I have to treat your kids to something fun but keep the cost down. Making Cookies Kids love cookies. Well they love anything sweet so why not try having a cookie party at your house.  You can grab the ingredients at a very cheap price at your local grocery store. Also grab some cookie decorating supplies or you may already have some around the kitchen.  And before you start put some old play clothes…

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