Family Travel Gifts for Christmas

Family Travel Gifts for Christmas

Do you know a traveling family? Or maybe you are itching to travel with your own kids. Here are some family travel gift ideas that are practical, kid-friendly, and parent-approved. They’re perfect for Christmas presents - or any other time. These gifts will make any traveling family’s life on the road easier, more memorable, and a lot more fun!

3 SIMPLE LIFE-LONG LEARNING ACTIVITIES ONLINE

3 SIMPLE LIFE-LONG LEARNING ACTIVITIES ONLINE

Lifelong learning is defined as the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The benefits of lifelong learning are both personal and communal. By gaining skills and challenging your mind, you can enrich your own life as well as those around you.

Lifelong learning doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take up a ton of time. That's why we've compiled this short list of life-long learning activities you can do from the comfort of your home with nothing more than a laptop and internet.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR MOMPRENEURS

The Benefits of Becoming A Mompreneur

Modern day moms are making business moves in new and innovative ways. You may have noticed the Lularoe craze, where ladies are using social media and house parties to sell clothing peer-to-peer. Others have launched Etsy shops, provided services or e-products completely online, or even started a technology handbag company for women (Yes, Clark & Mayfield founder, Lauri DeLaczay, is a mompreneur!).

The term "mompreneur" simply comes from the growing trend of women who are balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship. Here are some of the benefits these women are enjoying:

  1. Thanks to the internet, building a business from home is much more accessible. No more choosing between an office job and staying at home.

  2. Entrepreneurship allows flexibility to schedule your work around other family activities.

  3. Of course, additional income for the family is always a plus - whether it be a small side hustle or a full-fledged business.

  4. It sets a great example to your kids of how to be a self-starter and follow your dreams.

  5. Mompreneurs love having variety in their day, using their talents and skills in multiple ways.

Mompreneur Resources

Sound interesting? There are a growing number of resources to support Mompreneurs in their unique challenges. If you're looking to learn more about entrepreneurship as a mother, check out the following:

 

HAPPY WORLD TEACHER'S DAY

Teachers are very close to the heart of Clark & Mayfield. The inspiration for our bags was born in the classroom, with teachers and other working professionals in mind. While working as a media specialist at an elementary school, our founder - Lauri DeLaczay - struggled to carry all of her daily necessities along with a big laptop computer. She realized the need for attractive and well-designed carry-all bags for women, and thus, Clark & Mayfield began!

On this day, we want to recognize and praise our teachers, from the halls of universities to the homeschooling Mom - and everywhere in between. Thank you for your work, dedication, and inspiration. 

SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

Self-care is all about taking steps to protect and promote your physical, mental, and emotional health. For busy moms who are used to putting everyone else's needs first, self care is an important practice. By taking care of your own needs, you're actually better able to take care of others. 

Here are some strategies that can help you stay sane, find renewed energy, and be ready to tackle whatever comes next in your busy schedule.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

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According to productivity expert (and Portland native), Charlie Gilkey

"While planning can seem quite basic, mastering the basics allows you to master ever-greater challenges, and, conversely, not being able to plan effectively keeps you from doing the truly great things you’d otherwise be able to do."

Setting yourself up for success starts with planning out goals that are SMART. SMART stands for:

  • Simple - it's easy to understand
  • Meaningful - it's important to you
  • Actionable - there's a specific action you take to complete it
  • Realistic - it's achievable with your given resources
  • Trackable - you can measure or track your achievement

Other versions of the SMART goals describe them as: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Whichever acronym you prefer, being intentional about your goals and setting yourself up for success from the planning stage will make a big difference.

Here are a few other tips for staying true to your resolution:

  • Consider what challenges and obstacles may get in the way and come up with a plan, in advance, for how to avoid or overcome them.
  • Look at your calendar and make sure there is a specific time each day or week to work on your goal.
  • Break your goal into smaller steps. Then map out a schedule, taking into consideration the other parts of your day or week that may take time and energy away from the success of your goal.
  • Tell someone else about your goal who can hold you accountable.
  • Don't let the first sign of failure be an excuse to give up. Remember why the goal is important to you and pick back up where you left off.

What has successfully helped you keep a resolution or achieve a goal? What you recommendations would you add to our tips?

 

 

MOTIVATION SECRETS FROM THE FOUR TENDENCIES BOOK

MOTIVATION SECRETS FROM THE FOUR TENDENCIES BOOK

How would you like to make better decisions, meet deadlines more easily, suffer less stress and burnout, and engage more effectively with others? According to author and happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, the Four Tendencies framework help us overcome one of the big daily challenges of life: “How do I get people—including myself—to do what I want?” 

HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH A BIRTHDAY BUCKET LIST

HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH A BIRTHDAY BUCKET LIST

We rarely look forward to aging, which is why it's important to find new ways to celebrate and look forward to birthdays. Continuing to challenge ourselves and break out of routine keeps life fresh and fun even when the years start to add up. One great way to do this is create a birthday bucket list.

A birthday bucket list can be "40 things I want to do before I turn 40" or "30 things to accomplish in my 30th year." But it doesn't have to follow the numbers. It could also be about doing one new thing a month to celebrate turning 60, for example.

How to create your birthday bucket list

SEE THE WORLD WITH WOMEN LIKE YOU

Do you have the itch to travel but don't have anyone to go with? Maybe your friends and family aren't interested, or their work schedules don't allow it. As much as you want to see the world, you may not be ready to start traveling solo.

Consider a group trip designed for women!

To experience the adventure you've been waiting for, you can join a trip with like-minded ladies. Here are just a couple examples:

Living Big Travel

The Living Big team hosts both international and domestic small group trips for women throughout the year. This year's destinations include Italy, Costa Rica, Thailand, New York, New Orleans, and Kauai. Founder and Trip Designer, Mary Cecchini, is a native of Portland with a knack for detail and an enthusiasm for connecting women with travel experiences.

Purposeful Nomad

 PC: Purposeful Nomad

PC: Purposeful Nomad

The duo at Purposeful Nomad host group trips for women focused on adventure, self-care, and socially responsible service. Upcoming trips include India, Ecuador, and several opportunities for a retreat in the Dominican Republic. Founders, Caitlin and Jessica, have a passion for helping women safely engage with local communities around the world.

If trip planning or travel buddies are the only things holding you back from the adventures you dream of, why not try small group travel for women?

INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION FOR LIFE, WORK, AND TRAVEL

INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION FOR LIFE, WORK, AND TRAVEL

Social media not only helps us keep in touch and updated on our family and friends, but it can also be a way to find new ideas and inspiration for many different aspects of our life.

In today's post, we're highlighting some follow-worthy Instagram accounts that can help you in real ways. Find your next vacation destination, inspire a new way to organize your office, keep you motivated to stay healthy, and more...

Click here to follow Clark & Mayfield on Instagram

8 NEW 4th OF JULY TRADITIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY

Holiday traditions make for treasured memories. Watching fireworks and cooking outside on the grill are classic 4th of July traditions. Here are some fun activities to bring some extra "spark" to your family's annual 4th of July celebrations:

  1. Join a parade and decorate a float together
  2. Make home-made ice-cream and rotate who gets to choose the flavor each year
  3. Host a red, white, and blue-themed block party
  4. Make a flag - could be out of fruit, or quilted, painted, or cut out of magazines
  5. Pick fresh fruit from a farm and bake a cobbler with it
  6. Read out the Declaration of Independence (or try to memorize it!)
  7. Hold a hula hoop contest for all ages
  8. Decorate your driveway with all the things you love about the U.S. in sidewalk chalk

What are your favorite 4th of July traditions? Why not start a new one this year!