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5 simple ways to help foster families My wife and I have been fostering for almost two years now. During that time we have had several foster children in our house and we have had several months of no foster children in our house. Fostering is not easy. But it is rewarding. Knowing that you are doing your part to help a child in need and making a direct impact in their life can fill a hole that you never knew existed.  But foster parents are in short supply and the challenges of fostering puts a strain on them and causes them to stop fostering.  Here are a few simple ways you can help foster parents and share the load. Provide respite care In my state in order for a foster child to be watched for an extended period of time the family that watches them need to be approved…

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Hematite Lake Trail at Land Between the Lakes Living close to the Land Between the Lakes we like to head out and hike the trails and take in some fishing at Kentucky Lake. I had heard that after several years in the works that they finished the rehab on the trail around Hematite Lake. My youngest son and I went out and decide to give it a try. When we arrived you could tell it is already becoming a popular site for hikers and visitors. The parking lot was full and people coming and going. The trail is an easy hike and is a short 2.25 mile hike. The weather that day was good for mid February so a lot of people were out trying to take advantage of the weather. My son and I headed straight ahead and found some spots that would be good to launch a kayak…

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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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My Top 5 Video Game Consoles 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…

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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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Family Game Night Guide : Card Games 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…

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Keep Our Lands Clean 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…

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Parenting Through the Scout Laws 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…

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