Family, Style, Surviving Chaos

The Value of Reading

Times have definitely changed…..we’ve had to re-evaluate our priorities, change our mindsets, and hone in on our patience and endurance. Now that we are spending a large portion of our time at home, we (especially me) have discovered more free time than we previously had before. I’ve managed to squeeze in more reading time….not that I had that much before! As you all know, I am an avid reader (check out my favorite books of 2019 post) and will pretty much read any genre.

Reading has always been something I have loved and cherished; a easy way to escape all the chaos in our daily lives. But there are so many more reasons why reading is good for you. Reading literally exercises your mind and body…..it increases your blood flow and improves the connectivity in your brain. It literally makes your smarter! That’s a win win win! Your writing, vocabulary and spelling also improve; your work colleagues will be impressed! Reading also increases your cultural knowledge, especially with books set in other countries or written by authors from other countries. These are just some of the ways reading is good for you. With that being said, I am sharing my reading challenge for 2020; I’ve managed to check off a few items 3 months into the year. What books are you reading that meet this challenge? Happy Reading!

2020 Reading Challenge
Family, Surviving Chaos

Online Virtual Museum Tours

Natural History Museum

While we are all doing our part to shelter in place and/or work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will definitely need something to keep your children busy. These are definitely stressful and anxious times so how about a virtual get away? I’ve compiled a list of museums form all over the world offering free virtual tours of their museum and exhibits. These tours are fantastic and will definitely spark your kids interest to learn more. Enjoy!

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Kid Friendly Fish & Chips

Fish and Chips

In honor of our most recent trip to London, here’s a recipe for kid friendly fish and chips! This traditional British dish, served in all the pubs in London, is a great meal or snack while your taking in the local sights and sounds. This recipe is quick, easy and customizable. We hope you enjoy our take on this traditional dish

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs of any firm white fish fillet (cod, hake, etc)
  • 1 1/3 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Thyme
  • 1 tsp of Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 packet of oven baked chips (substitute potato wedges or steak fries)

Let’s Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 410 F / 210 C
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil, lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Slice fish into smaller pieces.
  4. Add flour, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper and salt into bowl. Mix well.
  5. Add bread crumbs to separate bowel.
  6. Lightly beat eggs in a separate bowl.
  7. Place fish into flour bowl first, cover well but remove any excess flour.
  8. Next, dip flour covered fish into egg bowel, cover well.
  9. Next dip egg covered fish into bread crumb bowl then place on baking sheet.
  10. Repeat steps 5-7 for remaining fish pieces.
  11. Bake fish for 10-15 minutes until golden.
  12. Bake chips per packet instructions.

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Surviving Chaos: Brain Quest Workbooks

Brain Quest Workbooks

Need to keep your kids busy on long flights but keep them learning? Check out Brain Quest workbooks! These workbooks are my absolute favorite busy activity for our kids when we are training. Why? The are small and compact, no pen or paper needed, fit easily in our carry-on, and it helps our kids continue learning. Our kids love the quiz style format of the workbooks and all the fun illustrations throughout. I have been known to bring these out on weeknights when I am trying to get dinner ready. #survivingchaos

Each Brain Quest deck is a fast-paced question-and-answer game that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. The workbooks are jam-packed with curriculum-based activities, exercises, games and challenges, all in full color. There is workbook for each grade level from pre-kindergarten thru 6th grade. These will keep them busy for hours!

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