In last week’s newsletter we started the back-to-school conversation. However, before we concede to fall and all things pumpkin-spice, we’re intent on making the most of our final weeks of summer.
What do you have planned?
Will you escape for one last big trip or perhaps a weekend get-away?
If you have your sights set on travel, we have you covered!
Our Smart Reads this week offer packing tips, top family travel blogs, and stay-cation ideas. We also look at the benefits of travel for your productivity, wellness and personal growth. So, in case you’re looking for an excuse, get away because it’s good for you!
Our Podcast Playlist this week includes an episode on travel in Michigan because, well, PURE MICHIGAN! (if you know, you know… and if you don’t, visit michigan.org).
Additionally, we’ve posted episode #2 from our current podcast series pick: Against the Odds | K2: The Savage Mountain. It’s so good!
Did you know we drop a new playlist every Tuesday? Each playlist consists of 8 podcast episodes that touch on these categories: 📰Newsletter Topic, 👸🏻Society & Culture, 💡Ideas: Big and Small, 🤰🏻Motherhood, 😎Relax & Escape, 🧗Growth, 👨👩👧👧For the Family, and as we mentioned, a ⏭Series.
If you aren’t following the Grace in the Race Podcast Playlist on Spotify, what are you waiting for?
Finally, our Insightful Video this week is a message we all need to hear on cell phone addiction. It’s the latest in our video series by kids for kids so grab the fam and check it out!
👇🏽 Access all of these resources, expert tips, insights and more in The List.👇🏽
The List: 15 Expert Resources for Moms (updated weekly!)
6 skimmable articles to offer perspective on this week’s topic, 8 informative and/or entertaining podcast episodes to make the chores fly by, and 1 insightful video to inspire you to move forward with grace.
📖 6 Skimmable Articles
🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
👨👩👧👦 “Family vacations require very different kinds of preparation and packing depending on your destination.”
“Whether your family travels are taking you to camp in the great outdoors or to hang out with Mickey and a princess or two, you’ll find a list to help you pack for that trip here.”
Read 25 Awesome Packing Lists for Every Kind of Family Travel by Leslie Harvey
🗂 Want to get things done? Take a vacation!
“Universally speaking, dealing with exhaustion and stress in the best possible way will contribute to a high level of productivity. Most people address these problems in one simple way – they take a vacation and travel.”
Read How Traveling Can Improve Productivity by FocusMe Team
🎗 Capitalize on the experience of others!
“For parents determined to keep the adventures coming—even if it means with the kids in tow—we looked to our favorite family travel websites.”
Read Family Travel Blogs You Need to Bookmark Now by Gabby Cullen
🥗 Travel should not be vacation from your health. Do this instead…
“Here at Travel + Leisure, we’re always looking for products to make traveling easier and more comfortable. If you’re not intentional about it, travel can truly wreak havoc on your health.”
Read 50 Travel Health Essentials the Pros Swear By by Adeline Duff, Richelle Szypulski and Kendall Cornish
🧗🏽♀️ Travel to improve your life!
“So when people tell me all the ways they want to improve their lives, my advice to them is to travel for one simple reason: Travel solves a plethora of self-improvement goals in one fell swoop.”
Read TRAVEL: The Ultimate Personal Development Tool by Nomadic Matt
🏡 Enjoy the wonder of travel from home!
“We love to travel. But it’s not always possible to travel all the time. Sometimes world events conspire against us to restrict travel, other times our budget might not stretch to cover travel. All is not lost however! There are lots of ways to travel from home…”
Read 20 WAYS TO TRAVEL FROM HOME by Laurence Norah
🎧 8 Podcast Episodes
📰 Newsletter Topic
💣 explicit language
🌭 frank content
⚠️ sensitive topic
📰 Wineries and kayaking and hiking oh my!
Have you been to West Michigan? You won’t regret visiting this side of Michigan if you need a quick getaway this August! And keep listening for all the insider details on Munising and Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!
Listen to Travel Michigan | July 25, 2021 (39 min)
👸🏻 Are Millennials frittering their money away on avocado toast?
“According to new data from the Federal Reserve millennials are struggling. A closer examination of economic data, however, paints a different picture.”
Listen to The Indicator from Planet Money | Relax, Millennials! You’re Doing Great
💡 “The stages of romantic relationships”
“In relationships there are a lot of not-so-pretty moments. You’ll hear how Chalene got through some difficult relationship chapters in her life and plenty of advice/tips that’ll help you thrive (at any stage) in your relationship.”
Listen to The Chalene Show | 8 Stages of a Forever Relationship (38 min)
🤰🏻 “The invisible load of motherhood”
“Too many assumptions are in play when it comes to parenting roles. Today’s clip features Eve Rodsky, who is working to change society by coming up with solutions to the problem that women shoulder two-thirds or more of the unpaid domestic work and childcare. Her invaluable insight can help rebalance our workloads, our relationships, and our parenting experience.”
Listen to PG-ish | How to create a system that fairly divides domestic labor, featuring Eve Rodsky (20 min) 💣
😎 Pepsi Number Fever
“A soda company’s botched promotional game leads to unrest in the Philippines.”
Listen to Swindled | The Sweepstakes (21 min)
🧗 “Focus isn’t the opposite of distraction…. traction is”
There’s one thing that all of Helena’s personal projects have in common: they remain unfinished. The family photo album is empty, as is her mom’s recipe book. And the lavender garden is still unplanted. Helena is not lazy. In fact, she’s a busy lawyer who has no problem finishing tasks at the office. But she’s also a busy mother raising a family, and free time is hard to come by. So how can Helena banish her distractions?
Listen to How To! | How To Ditch Your Distractions Once and For All (34 min)
👨👩👧👦 Learn with your kids!
“Companies need money to grow, and there’s a way for them to get it: the stock market. They can sell a little piece of their company, called a share or stock, to regular people. If the company grows, those people get to keep some of the money it makes. Of course, there’s no guarantee that a company will grow — that’s what makes putting your money in the stock market risky. On this week’s episode, we’ll explain how it all works with the help of some Dutch spice traders, comfy sneakers, a bull … and a bear! “
Listen to Million Bazillion | What is the stock market? (24 min)
⏭ Listen to this series with us… The Summit is so close!
“An international group of climbers are close to summiting one of the world’s tallest, and most dangerous, mountains. Their goal was to reach the peak by mid-afternoon and get down before dark when temperatures drop to 40 below and the thin air and darkness can leave climbers confused and lost. But problems with the rope line have put them behind and they are using all of their strength to push past the traverse.”
Listen to Against The Odds | K2: The Savage Mountain | The Death Zone | 2 (48 min)
🎬 Insightful Video
Cell phone addiction does not discriminate
(Tip: consider a family get-away that takes you off the grid for a few days!)
“Tanner has a comedic and uncanny way of noticing everyday events. He draws people in while entertaining them about his personal experiences pertaining to social interactions and common cell phone usage amongst the youth of today. Tanner Welton is a grade 8 student from the Langley, British Columbia. He enjoys public speaking, hockey, drama the outdoors and socializing with friends.”
Watch Cell Phone Addiction | Tanner Welton | TEDxLangleyED (6:46) from our series of TED talks by kids for kids.
That’s The List for this week!
Do you have go-to tips to for making the most of summer travel… or a take away from The List this week? Drop us a note in the comments.
As always, we hope our newsletter inspires you to get your ship together and get through your week with grace.
Have a good one and please reach out if we can be helpful to you in any way!
Love & Grace,
Rachel & Amanda
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