Back to School Prep

How is it already back to school time? Wasn’t it just March? As we approach the end of Summer, the students in our lives look towards starting the next chapter of their academic endeavors!  Summer has brought with it warmer weather, excuses to stay out late, travel and partake in activities out of our normal day-to-day routines. In order to properly prep for the coming academic year, we recommend starting to get back into your daily school time groove. Whether that is shopping for school supplies, planning a first day of school outfit or getting back to your regular sleep schedules, we know you will feel better the more organized you are!

The entire Western Mutual team wishes you a happy start and great success in the new school year!

What are your back to school rituals? Please share them below!


Heat Safety

This summer has broken records for how abnormally hot it has been! Whether you are male or female, young or older, have preexisting health conditions or not, heat stroke is not something to take lightly. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods combined! Perhaps now is the time to brush up on some ways to stay cool this summer!

Please make yourself aware of the list below:

  • If at all possible, remain indoors during the peak heat hours of the day (10AM-2PM) in air-conditioned rooms
  • Avoid direct sunlight by wearing sunscreen and/or layered clothing to avoid direct contact with your skin
  • Take cooler showers and drink more water than usual
  • Remain vigilant to anticipate when extreme heat waves will strike your area
  • Be watchful of symptoms of heat illnesses
  • Make sure elderly family, friends and neighbors are safe in this extreme weather

What are some ways you beat the heat? Please share them below!


Motivational Monday

It can prove difficult to concentrate and stay on task in the middle of summer while your friends inundate your social media feeds with their exotic travels. Snap out of #FOMO (fear of missing out) mode and practice some gratitude in your daily life. It has been said that the key to success and happiness is getting up early to launch your day without distractions, meditating to combat stress, eating clean to nourish your body, reading to open your mind and practicing daily gratitude. Incorporating one or more of these into your daily routine could help to lift your spirits, increase happiness and assist you in feeling better as a whole. So, put down your cell phones, get up from your desks and start your day in a positive way! Happy Monday to you all!

Do you have any ways of staying motivated and positive in your daily life? Please share them below!


Partaking in Hot Dog Month?

July marks National Hot Dog Month and the season in which most hot dogs are consumed. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council’s website, the Hot Dog name was coined in 1901 by a cartoonist trying to help shorten its original name—Dachshund Sausages. Unsure of how to spell Dachshund, the artist dropped it and shortened what vendors were yelling from “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” to simply Hot Dogs!

Today, hot dog preparation can be described as an art. Everyone has their go-to preferred toppings and condiments which make each unique! From the most popular mustard topping to ketchup, relish, sauerkraut, onions and even chocolate, everyone’s taste buds vary drastically. From tips on how to properly eat a hot dog, Baseball stadium hot dog guides to glossary of terms, be sure to check out the NHDSC website for unique facts on this American summer tradition. Note that there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options out there. Check out some veggie hot dog ideas provided by Brit+Co.

Do you have any go-to recipes and Summer BBQ traditions? Please share them below!


Vacations & Staycations

Summer marks the most popular time of the year to get out-of-town! While some choose to jet off to tropical locations, others opt to stay a little closer to home. According to US News & World Report the top five best places to visit are Paris, Yellowstone, Rome, Tahiti and London. If you choose to remain closer to home, fun ideas could include staying at a hotel near to the beach, planning a spa day, partaking in a hiking adventure, going to a movie matinée or even setting up a backyard campout! Regardless of which you choose, go forth and get the R&R you truly deserve!

What are your favorite travel destinations or dream locales? How about staycation tips?


Summer BBQ Ideas

Grilling season has officially commenced!  Longer summer days bring many more opportunities for us to dine alfresco! Do you and your family have any barbecue favorites to grill this season? Before you host your next backyard soiree, review the infographic below which shares some best safety practices for the season ahead.

Do you have some go-to BBQ recipes? Please share them with us below!




Swim Safety

The weather has been fabulous and the water is heating up making it more inviting for some swims! Do you and your family know and practice swim safety at home and at the beach? We recommend you review some suggestions below and add them to your swim safety repertoire:

  • Fence in your pool or pond areas to avoid potential water accidents
  • Tidy pool areas of toys as children can find them tempting and enter the water unattended
  • To combat Mosquitos breeding around your home, clean out standing water weekly in such areas as fountains, bird feeders and planters
  • Maintain a buddy system when swimming in the ocean or pool
  • Children and individuals who cannot swim should wear life jackets or a flotation device
  • Do not swim when intoxicated as anyone can drown in even an inch of water
  • Avoid glassware around the pool or ocean where shards can break and cut bare feet
  • Enforce no running around pools as people can slip on wet surfaces and get injured
  • Keep your CPR certification up-to-date (Click here to see available CPS classes provided by the Red Cross)
  • Take swim lessons (Click here to see available swim classes provided by the Red Cross in your areas)

Do you have any swim safety rules in your home? Please share below!