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Ways to Stay Close to Grandchildren When You Are Physically Distant

Probably one of the hardest things about this pandemic is being forced to quarantine away from loved ones physically.  And while wearing a mask can be tiresome, it's merely a minor inconvenience.  Whereas missing out on seeing your grandkids grow up is something altogether different.  It can be downright painful.  However, although you may be physically distanced, that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distanced.  Thank goodness for video chats!  But why stop there?  Why not try a few projects that can help you stay connected and have fun in the process?   FirstLantic has some ideas that can bring you and your grandkids together even while you are physically apart.   Make a scrapbook – Because everything in our life is digital these days, physical scrapbooks or photo albums seem to be a thing of the past.  However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t revive them and have some fun in the process.  Try this project – ask your grandchild to make a scrapbook of milestones in their life to date i.e., when they won that baseball trophy, when they played the lead in the holiday play, or their graduation from first grade.  If they don't have physical mementos like photos, then ask them to draw a picture or write something to describe the event.  Then you reciprocate and do the same thing.  It’s a great way to give them a peek of what you were like when you were younger.   They will have fun looking at those old photos of mom and dad as toddlers or a picture of you when you turned 21, got your first car, or at your wedding.  Again, the idea is to have fun, so don't stress if you can't find the perfect physical remembrance.  Write something about it instead or print out [...]

December 1st, 2020|Categories: covid 19, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , |

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Five Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

For most of us, this Thanksgiving is probably going to be very different than in years past.  Less travel, smaller gatherings, a slower pace, and maybe a little simpler.  And while it may be different, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be enjoyable.  After all, a slower pace is probably what most of us need anyway.  So, why not get back to basics with your Thanksgiving dinner as well?  FirstLantic has gathered five simple recipes from Delish.com and AllRecipes.com that are sure to hit the spot whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a few family and friends.   1.Never too Stuffed for Stuffing Ingredients: 2 baguettes, country, or sourdough bread (1 pound) 8 tbsp. butter, plus more for baking dish 1 large onion, diced (about 2 1/4 cups) 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 c. freshly chopped parsley 1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage, minced 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced 1/2 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 c. low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth 2 large eggs, beaten Get the directions 2. Smashing Mashed Potatoes Ingredients: 3 lb. potatoes (about 4 large, combo of russets and Yukon Golds) Kosher salt 1 stick butter, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. sour cream Freshly ground black pepper Get the directions 3. Yummy Cornbread Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/4 c. light brown sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 c. whole milk 1/2 c. buttermilk 2 large eggs 3 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled slightly Get the directions 4. Green Bean Casserole – Yes, Please! Ingredients: 2 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans, drained 1 (10.75 ounces) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (6 ounces) can French fried onions 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Get the directions 5. Butter Them Up with Soup!  Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients: 2 pounds butternut squash, [...]

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cooking, Entertainment|Tags: , |

Five Stretches to Start the Day Off Right

At some point, it happens to all of us.  It’s the day you get out of bed and feel those little aches and pains that seem to have come out of nowhere.   For most of us, the next thing we do is reach for the coffee because that’s bound to make us feel better, right?  However, before you grab the caffeine next time, try a few stretches first.  FirstLantic has five exercises that will help you feel more energized and ready to start your day. Overhead stretch Laying on your back, raise your arms directly above your head and lock your fingers.  Try to elongate your body as much as possible and take three to four deep breaths.  Repeat five times.   Knee to chest stretch Bring 1 knee to your chest, keeping the other leg bent. Do not raise your head or tense your neck. Take 3 to 4 deep, relaxing breaths, feeling the stretch in your lower back. Repeat with the opposite knee.  Do five to ten reps.   Neck and shoulder stretch Sit in a yoga posture.  Stretch muscles at the right side of the neck by tilting your head toward the left for about 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch muscles on the left side of the neck.  Then, take a deep breath roll your shoulders backward for a few seconds and roll them forward. Lift them up to your ears and then drop them completely.   Repeat five times.   Hamstring Stretch Lying on your back, grasp one leg and pull it towards you, then straighten it as far as comfortable. Keep the other leg flat or bent on the bed. Take 3 to 4 deep, relaxing breaths, feeling your hamstring lengthen. Repeat with the opposite leg.  Do five reps.   Prone Press-up This is [...]

November 17th, 2020|Categories: Fitness, Health|Tags: , |

Six places to retire in Florida for 55+

So, you are a retiring senior who wants to escape cold winters, and you think that Florida might be the answer.  You’re not interested in living in a big city; however, you still want to live somewhere where you can have cultural experiences along with the charm of a smaller town.  In other words, you would prefer to retire somewhere where it’s not only strip malls and tourist attractions.  Well, you’re in luck because FirstLantic has put together a list of six towns in Florida that are known for their beauty, quality of life, and mild weather.  Don’t be surprised if one of these towns captures your heart!   Winter Park Just north of the tourist attractions in Orlando is a quaint town called Winter Park.  While it’s only a 20-minute drive from Orlando, you will feel like you’re a million miles away.  Built on a chain of lakes, Winter Park is home to Rollins College and museums like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art.  Park Avenue, the pretty main street in downtown, has lots of great restaurants, shops, a beautiful park, and the historic Case Feliz Museum designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II.  Winter Park also offers lots of outdoor activities and cultural activities such as the Bach Festival Society, where you can hear acclaimed musical performances.   Boca Grande Located on Gasparilla Island in southwest Florida, the city is known for its historic downtown, beautiful beaches, and tarpon fishing.  It was also named one of the best coastal small towns by USA Today.  Boca Grande means "Big Mouth" in Spanish and took its' name from the mouth of the waterway, called Boca Grande Pass, which separates the southern tip of the island from Cayo Costa.  One of the oldest historic structures in town is The Gasparilla Inn and [...]

November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , , , |

Ten DIY Costumes for Halloween

For a lot of people, Halloween is their favorite time of the year and the process of figuring out a costume is the best part!  But rather than going out and buying a costume this year, try creating your own.  FirstLantic (with a lot of help from Good Housekeeping) has put together some ideas for DIY costumes that you can make quickly while also standing apart from the crowd!  Believe us, if you wear any of these costumes you are bound to get a good chuckle from your friends.   1.  It’s Raining Men This one is really easy!  Cut out some photos of some cute men ie Brad Pitt, Taye Diggs, Chris Pine, George Clooney (you get the “picture” – pardon the pun) and stick them on to a trench coat and don’t forget to bring an umbrella!   2.  Facebook Get some heavy poster board, cut out the shape of a book, and stick your face through it.  Get it?  “Face” “Book”?   3.  Carpool Karaoke This is a great one for couples.  Get some poster board and use silver and black paint to draw a taxi.  Attach it with some Velcro around your necks and bring along your favorite Karaoke playlist.   Singing is optional!   4.  Smarty Pants Buy some Smarties candy, attach them to an old pair of jeans with some double-sided tape and you’re done.   5.  Smart Cookie Tape cookie photos to an old cap and gown and you’re now officially a “smart cookie”.   6.  Holy Guacamole! Print out avocado photos, stick them to a green shirt.  Add some angel wings and a halo and you’re good to go.   7.  50 Shades of Grey White t-shirt – check.  Grey paint swatches from a hardware store – check.  Tape – check.  Finished costume [...]

October 27th, 2020|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , |

Breast Cancer – Test your Knowledge with FirstLantic’s Quiz

As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  And while strides are being made every day in research, detection, and treatment, there are still too many women and men that die from the disease every year.  In fact, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States and the first leading cause of cancer death among women globally.  So, FirstLantic has put together a short quiz on the facts and the fiction about breast cancer.  Take the quiz and test your knowledge and ensure that you have the most up to date information.   Please feel free to share – it could save someone’s life.   Answers can be found at the end of the quiz: 1.  Fact or Fiction:  Breast cancer can only happen to middle-aged and older women. 2.  Fact or Fiction: Once you finish treatment, you may still have lingering side-effects. 3.  Fact or Fiction: Men can’t get breast cancer 4.  Fact or Fiction: If you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, you won’t get it. 5.  Fact or Fiction: If I maintain a healthy lifestyle, normal weight, and limit my drinking, I am highly unlikely to get breast cancer. 6.  Fact or Fiction: If you had early-stage cancer and are cancer-free for five years after treatment, you don’t have to worry about it reoccurring. 7.  Fact or Fiction: Different types of breast cancer require different types of treatment. 8.  Fact or Fiction: Black women die more often from breast cancer than white women. 9.  Fact or Fiction: Wearing a bra every day reduces your chances of breast cancer. 10.  Fact or Fiction: Annual mammograms guarantee that breast cancer will be found early.   Answers: 1.  Fiction: While it is true that women are more likely [...]

October 20th, 2020|Categories: Health|Tags: , |

10 Foods that Will Make You Look and Feel your Age

Let’s face it – most of us really don’t want to look precisely our age if we’re over 40.  We don't want to appear 20 years younger either, but we do want to look and feel our best.  We exercise, try to eat our vegetables (and may get an occasional Botox injection), but most of us are probably still eating foods that wreak havoc on our skin without even realizing it.  So, FirstLantic.com has identified a list of foods that could contribute to premature aging so that you can try to eliminate them from your diet entirely or at least cut back substantially.    Trust us; your skin will thank you!   Salt and salty foods: While a little salt doesn’t hurt you, overconsumption of salt will make you look puffy and retain water.  Salt can also dehydrate your skin, so replace salt with herbs such as rosemary and thyme to give more flavor to your food. Sweets: For many of us, cutting back on sugar can be challenging.  However, when people consume more sugar than their cells can synthesize, excess sugar molecules bond with proteins and trigger a process that can affect the skin collagen.  Carl Thornfeldt, a dermatologist with over 30 years of skin research experience, says sugar has two significant effects on the skin—it activates inflammation and binds to the collagen to make the skin stiff. Alcohol: We know that this one is tough as well, especially as most of us are stuck at home trying to protect ourselves from COVID-19!  However, alcohol can affect your liver and prevent it from functioning correctly. If the liver isn't working correctly, it can prevent toxins from being expelled naturally through your body.   If toxins are allowed to build up in your liver, your skin can develop various issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles. Trans [...]

October 6th, 2020|Categories: Aging, Diet|Tags: |
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