15 Ways To Use A Kitchen Timer: Mom's Best Friend

I never used a kitchen timer until I became a mom. I would just watch the time while I was cooking. I bought my first one after Tbomb was born and have kept one ever since. Honestly, I'd usually pick one up at Dollar Tree and replace it when the batteries died. I recently received a set of two nice kitchen timers and have found myself using it more than ever. (I gave one to my MIL and she's been doing the same). The one I have can be turned off or on, uses AAA batteries, is very loud, and has very large numbers and buttons. It also can be set up to 99 minutes 59 seconds, has a loop for a lanyard or hanging, a stand, and a heavy duty magnet. Mine works as a timer and stopwatch, as well. All this makes life easier, but one from Dollar Tree like I used to use works just as well.  (link to mine) I have even considered getting one with a different alarm and use one per kid. As you will see, I pretty much keep it with me all day long.

Today, I want to share 15 ways I use my kitchen timer on a daily basis.

1. Cooking, of course

2. Timing exercise

3. Timeouts

4. Timing quiet time (we have an hour of quiet time every afternoon and Tbomb can see how much time he has left.

5. Timing school activities

6. Timing screen time

7. Timing reward activity time

8. I have used it to limit the time Tbomb takes to make decisions

9. Tracking 10 minutes of calm-down time before bed.

10. Tracking work time during the day.

11. I've used it to time when I need to cook dinner so that I don't get wrapped up in other activities

12. Timing discussions in meetings to keep us on track

13. Timing speakers at events (depending on the alarm options you have)

14. Timing crazy time when the kids have been sitting too long/ timing break time

15. Timing all the little things throughout the day, when I say "you have 5 minutes to put your shoes on, etc" It is especially helpful because Tbomb is learning time, so he can see what I'm talking about.

Do you have another use for a kitchen timer? I would love to hear about it.

Have Some Me Time With Healing Waters

Life is tough, but being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had- it is also the most rewarding. It is draining but energizing. It is stressful, yet joyous. It is like nothing else in this world, but sometimes we need a break in the form of "me time." My me time generally consists of me watching the kids play in the backyard with a cup of coffee, a good book, or my planner. Isn't this view amazing?

However, sometimes a break doesn't cut it and you actually need an escape from all the chaos life throws your way.

Healing Waters has many day spa options and would be an amazing option to get an escape. With locations in Witchita, Kansas; Durham, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina- there is probably one close enough to you. The options include manicures, pedicures, massages, acupressure, and so much more. You or a mom close to you could really benefit and rejuvenate with Healing Waters, especially now that the kids are in school.

Healing Waters also offers membership packages to keep you rejuvenated all year long. 

Massage Me Monthly Package:

This membership subscription package includes a monthly massage at a discounted rate, plus other members-only perks.  Clients can personalize the deal by choosing from the Signature or Deep Tissue Massage program, both available in 60 or 90-minute sessions.  This is a great investment for people who need a little extra ‘Me’ time to relax and de-stress. Learn more here

Pure Commitment Facial Membership Program: 

This subscription program offers clients a way to receive super skin care all year long.  The benefits of these monthly facials are endless.  The facials are received at a discounted rate, along with other members-only perks.  You truly can’t put a price on great skin! Find out more here

Positively Polished Program: 

This membership subscription includes monthly nail services at a discounted rate.  Clients can personalize their mani to best fit their lifestyle by choosing from the Signature Spa Manicure or Pedicure Program, both offered with or without the Shellac/Gel add-on.  For clients who already get their nails and toes done regularly, this is a great way to stay professionally groomed year round while taking in the serenity of the spa. Learn more here

Review: Kinivo Sport Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a product to review, all opinions are my own. 

I absolutely love the headphones and speakers from Kinivo, and recently had the opportunity to try out a pair of sport headphones that haven't been released yet. I am in love with them, and you will be too.

I'm one of these people that have headphones all over the house. I have a couple pair by my computer, some in the living room, several in the bedroom, and a pair in my purse at all times. That way, I'd always have a pair with me. The only problem with this is that I haven't found a pair that are just right for working out and other physical activities. In the past, they have either fallen off of my head or I have gotten the cord tangles.

That's what makes the BTH260 Bluetooth sport headphones so amazing. These are balanced just right on your head so that they do not fall off and they have no cord. The controls are right on the ear part of the headphone. There are just enough buttons to do what you need, and not so many that the buttons are confusing when you aren't looking at them. The case with carabiner clip keep them protected and handy when not in use. I have started keeping these with me all the time so that I can always listen to music, no matter what I am doing.

The BTH260 headphones have not been released yet, but you can sign up for updates on the Kinivo website and find out when they are available for purchas eand learn about their other amazing products. Sign up here.

My Gear: Lux Meter and IR Thermometer from Nubee

Disclaimer: I received a product to review. All opinions are my own.

As you know, paranormal investigation equipment is an obsession of mine. As you may not know, there are many things that paranormal investigators use that are used for other purposes as well. The IR Thermometer and the Lux Meter are two of those things.
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I had the opportunity to try these out from Nubee and I have fallen in love.

IR Thermometer

Nubee® Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight MAX Display and Emissivity Adjustable

Nubee® Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight MAX Display and Emissivity Adjustable ($12.98- Amazon). Some of these IR Thermometers are quite expensive and only have the basic functions. You would think with this one being a lower price bracket, the quality would not be up to par, but this is not the case. It is durable and the accuracy is great, even when tested against other IR Thermometers. This particular temperature gun has another cool feature- you can take the highest temperature of an area by scanning the area and setting that function. It measures in celsius and Fahrenheit. The F temperature range is -58 °F to +716°F. Some other features include automatic shut-off, low battery indicator, laser guided and works off a 9-volt battery. I love this gun and carry it along with me to all paranormal investigations to measure hot/ cold spots in rooms, as well as attempt to explain the phenomena.

Lux Meter

Nubee® NUB1010BS Digital Light Meter 0 - 100,000 Lux Tester FC Photo Camera Luxmeter 3 Ranges Selectable ($29.99- Amazon). This is a product I am still experimenting with to see how it works on paranormal investigations. My thought is to use it to detect shadow movement where it is frequently seen. However, I have not used it enough to get a good measurement of how it works in that aspect. However, in its intended environment, it is perfect!

The purpose of this product is to measure the light (lux) that a light gives off. It is great for testing lights to see their lumens, and I'm sure could even work to keep lighting at a certain level for optimal viewing in a work/ play environment. Because of this, I think it can detect changes in the light levels in rooms- if it gets darker, I should know by measuring- but like I said, I'm still experimenting. Once I get more used to it and find the right times to use it, I am certain I can trust the results because when measuring lux of lights, it gives consistent results. 

Press Release: VIF partners with 227 schools in eight states to promote global learning

268 new VIF cultural exchange teachers from 23 countries will also lead K-12 classrooms throughout N.C., S.C. and Va.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 25, 2015)  -- VIF International Education, a global education partner of K-12 schools and districts, will work with schools from California, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington to integrate global concepts into daily classroom instruction through use of professional development for teachers. This will be the first year schools from California, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Washington participate in the VIF Global Schools program.

In addition, VIF also welcomes 268 teachers from 23 countries to its cultural exchange teacher program. These educators will join more than 500 current VIF cultural exchange teachers who bring authentic intercultural experiences to school communities and lead dual language immersion classrooms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Educators in both programs will have access to expert-created global lessons and professional development modules through VIF’s Learning Center.

“Modernizing teacher training to assure global learning opportunities for all students is at the core of what we do,” said VIF CEO David Young. “By taking advantage of the incredible advances in technology in recent years, we now have the tools and resources we need to achieve this mission. We look forward to working with our partner districts, schools and teachers - both international and domestic - to create engaging learning environments that prepare students for life and work in an increasingly global society and economy.”

Last year, a study from UNC’s Education Policy Initiative shared that VIF cultural exchange teachers were recognized as the most effective educators in both reading and math at the elementary level in North Carolina when compared to teachers trained by traditional preparation programs. VIF’s research-based recruitment, selection and placement process ensures teachers selected to participate in the program are experienced, highly competent and committed to their schools and students.

For more information on VIF’s global education programs and services please visit our website at www.vifprogram.com.


About VIF International Education 

VIF International Education partners with districts and schools to develop global-ready teachers and students. For more than 25 years, educators have used VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that integrate technology, cultural literacy and other 21st century skills into classroom instruction. VIF is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.



WASHINGTON (August 23, 2015)—Released today, the 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll shows that most Americans believe there’s too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools. Following is the statement of Paige Kowalski, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign, a national nonprofit that advocates for the safe, effective use of education data to improve student achievement:

“Within one week, we have seen two major polls with different conclusions about the public’s opinion toward testing. Regardless of their contradictory findings, it’s clear we need to have a conversation about how the information from tests is used.

“The backlash against student testing came about because teachers and families have traditionally gotten little value from it. Evidence suggests this is changing, but tests need to give parents more than a number that lacks context or meaning.

“Effective testing produces information that’s useful in classrooms and at kitchen tables, information that helps parents answer questions about their children’s education like, ‘Is my child on track to graduate college and career ready?’ and ‘How does my child’s school compare to other schools, so that I can make the best choice about my child’s education?’

“Of course, tests are just one piece of the data puzzle, and the PDK/Gallup Poll shows that the public agrees. To help create a full picture of their child’s learning, parents also need data beyond test scores, like examples of student work and written observations by the teacher.

“Good testing also provides information that educators can use to adjust their instruction and administrators to adjust curricula and the use of time, training, and talent to improve student achievement. Failing to ensure this key information is in the hands of educators and families means we’re not seeing the real value of testing.”


The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. For more information, go towww.dataqualitycampaign.org and follow us on Twitter @EdDataCampaign.


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