Tuesday, April 07, 2020

14 Board Games to Play on FaceTime

Looking for a way to play games with family and friends who are far away? Try these board games that can easily be played over FaceTime.

Board Games you can play over FaceTime or Skype

Right now, the whole country is basically in quarantine, or practicing social distancing to some degree, due to COVID-19. As a result, even the most introverted of us are feeling socially disconnected and bored.

We had the idea to break up the boredom by playing board games with people who do not live in our house with us. We started with my parents, who live in another state entirely. We FaceTimed them and played Yahtzee together and had a great time.

Yahtzee is a great example of a board game that is easy to play together as long as everyone playing has access to the game (or just five dice and a Yahtzee score sheet you can print out here). My parents pulled out their Yahtzee game, and we pulled out ours, and we took turns rolling just like we would if we had all been in the same room together.

Technology is pretty amazing!

I thought I would put together a list of popular board games that many people own that would also be easy to play over FaceTime, Skype, or other video chat. This is something you can do with grandparents, neighbors, or other friends. We need the social connection right now, and I think it's a great idea to keep in touch with friends and family who live too far to come over for a game night even when we are out of quarantine.

I came up with 14 games that we have on our game shelf, but it's really just a starting point—check your own game closets and see what you can come up with!

These board games can easily be played with family and friends who are far away over FaceTime, Skype, or other Video chat apps

14 Board Games You Can Play on FaceTime

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Yahtzee—Everyone just needs five dice and a score sheet if they don't have the actual game. You could also easily write the score sheet out.

Bingo—This is something my side of the family does every Christmas Eve. This last year, after not getting to participate in many years, we played over FaceTime. My dad took pictures of the bingo cards and sent them to us and we used buttons and pennies to cover our spaces while he called out the numbers.

Mad Libs—Ok, so this one isn't exactly a board game, but it is fun to do together. Most of us have a bunch of them laying around the house, but if you don't, you can print some out at home here: Printable Mad Libs.

Scattergories—If everyone has access to the game it will be easier, but again, this one is not hard to do even if only one person has the game. You'd just have to list the categories for everyone before you begin each round.

Snake Oil—This is one of our family's very favorite games to play. Lots of fun and laughs with it. Everyone playing will need access to the game in order to play.

Apples to Apples—We have a couple versions of Apples to Apples. Everybody won't need to have the same version—you can play with both the Disney version and the Jr. version, for instance. However, everyone will need to have access to the game.

HedBanz—This one would be especially fun for younger kids to play. Everyone needs to have access to the game so they can wear their own headband.

Balderdash—Only one person would need access to the game in order to play this one.  This is another favorite of our family that I think we need to get out soon!

Code Names—Only one person needs access to the game, but you'll need to make sure you have a good setup with your camera so that everyone can see the cards.

Battleship—This one is good for one-on-one play over FaceTime. Both players will need to have their own game.

Pictionary—Technically, nobody needs to have the game in order to play. It would probably be easier to play if you everyone had small whiteboards though.

Tenzee—We LOVE this dice game! No need to buy the game if you have lots of dice sitting around. Every person playing just needs 10 dice.

Trivial Pursuit—Only one person needs to have access to the game as long as there are enough people to read the questions. The people on the end without the game could just have their own dice to roll and someone could move their game piece for them.

Farkle—If someone doesn't have the game, they just need six dice and some score sheets. You can print some here: Farkle score sheets.

You can still have a fun family game night with loved ones who don't live close enough to come over. These 14 board games are easy to play over FaceTime or other video chatting apps.

I hope you enjoy your family game nights with family and friends all over the world! I am so thankful for technology during this time.

Happy game playing!

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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Two Valentine Printables for Chewing Gum

Looking for a valentine to go with a standard package of gum? Try these two: "Valentine, I "chews" you" and "You are EXTRA sweet"

Printables to use with chewing gum for Valentine's Day.

These printable valentines to go with chewing gum are super easy to put together—just print them out and stick them to a standard package of gum.

Gum is a quick and easy gift to give to your kids, co-workers, or anyone for a fun valentine!

Valentine, I CHEWS you! A Valentine's Day printable for use with a package or stick of chewing gum.

For the "I CHEWS YOU" valentines, any type of gum will obviously work.

Valentine, I CHEWS you! A Valentine's Day printable for use with a package or stick of chewing gum.

You are EXTRA sweet! A Valentine's Day printable for use with a package of Extra chewing gum.

For the "You're EXTRA sweet" valentines, Extra brand gum is best—just so the card makes sense.

You are EXTRA sweet! A Valentine's Day printable for use with a package of Extra chewing gum.

If you want to save money on the gum and use these for classroom valentines, you can easily tape one stick of gum to the back of the printable. Easy peasy!

Materials needed:

White card stock paper
Glue dots


Download and print out the valentines onto the card stock using a color printer. You can download the valentine by filling out the form below.

Cut out the valentines. I prefer to use a paper cutter, but if you don't have one scissors will do just fine!

Stick them onto the gum packages with one or two glue dots.

Alternatively, adhere one stick of gum to the back of the printable with one glue dot.

VALENTINE, I CHEWS YOU and YOU ARE EXTRA SWEET. Two printables to use with chewing gum for Valentine's Day.

More Candy-free Valentine's Printables

You're the BALM
Valentine, you BLOW me away
We make a great PAIR
I TISSUE would be my valentine
Love is in the HAIR
We were MINT to be together
I'm completely SMITTEN with you
You knock my SOCKS off
I want to SHOWER you with love
It isn't a STRETCH to love you
You're just WRITE for me
Valentine Love List printable
Love is in the HAIR 

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Monday, December 02, 2019

Gifts Teen Girls Really Want

I've been doing this teenage daughter gig for a while now, and I'm here to tell you that teen girls can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for! (Although, I also think teen boys are hard, but being an all-girl mom I just feel lost in teen boy territory.)

My daughters have made a few extensive gift guides for teen girls in years past, and while many of those items are still really great to purchase for your daughter, trends move on. I asked them to make me a guide that is totally up to the minute for 2019 and here it is. I promise that the teen girl in your life will be all smiles if she receives any of the items on this list.

See past teen girl gift guides:

Gift Guide for Teenage Girls (2014)
35 Gifts for Teenage Girls (2015)
Gifts for the College Girl (2018)

Looking for the perfect gift for your modern teenage daughter? This 2019 list has everything teen girls wish for! She'll be thrilled with a Christmas gift from this list made by teen girls.

2019 Gift Guide for Teenage Girls

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Hydro Flask

If I had to say any one item that is the "it" item of this year, it would definitely be this water bottle. It comes in tons of colors, sizes, and styles and all of them are super trendy. Girls love to cover them in stickers and carry them to sports, school, and the beach.

My daughter has the 40 ounce in Jade and absolutely loves it. I have to admit, this is a superior water bottle and I am shocked that she comes home from school and sports practices and the ice she put in it in the morning hasn't even come close to melted.

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack

My two older daughters each have one of these bags and have loved them. They are very well made and the mini size carries a surprising amount of stuff!

LED light strips

These are all the rage right now in teen world, for both girls and boys. They love to put them up in their rooms as decor. They have tons of color options and can be changed via a remote.


Yep. I said scrunchies. If you were a teen in the 80s and 90s like I was, you might not want to buy these for your kids. But believe me, they want them. I do have to admit that they are good for not leaving creases in your hair and they can be pretty cute.

My girls tend to stick to basic black or grey scrunchies, but they have a few in fun colors and fabrics, too.

FujiFilm Instax Camera

These polaroid style cameras are lots of fun for teen girls. Even though they seem totally outdated to those of us who had them way back when, these are super cute and offer a vintage looking (and instant) photo. Teen girls love them for when they are having special events with friends or even just hanging out.

They come in several different colors, and don't forget to buy film!

Shell Necklaces

These touristy-looking necklaces became very popular with teen girls this summer. You can get several of them quite inexpensively and they'll make a great stocking stuffer!


I'm not just talking about just any stickers—girls love to put these fun big stickers on their water bottles, their computers, their phone cases, their binders—my daughter even has them all over her ski helmet!

It's a fun way to showcase their personality and hobbies and there are so many options available!

Mario Badescu Skincare

Mario Badescu is the it name in skincare for teen girls. The packaging is pretty and I have heard many good reviews about it. The acne control is supposed to work very well.

My girls only have the facial sprays at this point. They smell good and they work well for priming

Fuzzy blankets

This has been a love of my teenage girls for years. And while we have lots of them around, they always want more. They are perfect for decorating their bedroom, cuddling up to watch a movie, or taking to a football game.

Some favorites:

This Ivory Ella cozy fleece throw (Ivory Ella is a trendy brand among teen girls)
Faux Fur blanket
This cute elephant fuzzy blanket
Buffalo Plaid fleece blanket

Lululemon leggings

These leggings are spendy for sure, but they are all the rage and your daughter will love them. They are also super durable and have a really good guarantee should they rip or wear out.

Nike headbands

If your daughter plays sports, these tie-on Nike headbands are cute and fun. They come in several colors, though my kids have preferred black and white only. All of the girls on my daughter's basketball team had matching black ones this year and looked so cute.


These felt letterboards are so cute and girls love to use them in their bedrooms. I really like this one because it is double sided (black or grey) and comes with both gold and white letters—plus cursive ones, too. And it's reasonably priced.

There are lots of different options, though. My daughter has a rectangular black one in her room that currently says "Don't let anyone treat you like free salsa. You are guacamole, baby. Guacamole." What can I say? She has a lot of fun with it.

Light Box with Letters

An alternative to the felt letterboard, these light boxes are also super fun. While you don't have enough room to write as much as you can on a letterboard they are still cute and trendy. Some of them even have colored LED lights you can change with a remote control. All fun!

Apple AirPods

You probably knew this was going to be on the list, right? That's because they are really cool and every teenager wants a pair. My daughter saved up to buy hers a few months ago and she absolutely loves them.

You can get the regular AirPods or you can get the newer AirPods Pro.

And don't forget to buy a cute case for them. It helps them not to get lost—and I always worry since they are so small—and makes them look really cute. And we all know that teenage girls love cute.

Vineyard Vines 

Vineyard Vines is a popular brand among the teenage girls right now. The logo features a cute whale and they have all sorts of adorable t-shirts and other clothing. My daughter has a Vineyard Vines hat which she almost never took off all summer long.

This t-shirt is super cute and these leggings are adorable.


I know a lot of these brands I'm linking are not cheap. Two of my kids want expensive Patagonia gear this Christmas, but I have opted not to get it so that I can get them other things instead of blowing the entire budget on one windbreaker. That said, if it's in your budget, it's good quality and the kids really love it.

What my girls want:

Fuzzy Patagonia pullover
Patagonia Torrentshell jacket

Carhartt Beanie

I don't understand the the hype, I really don't. But my daughters have like 6 of these between them in several different colors. They are super in fashion right now. And hey—I'm not complaining because Carhartt is an inexpensive brand!

There are lots of different styles, but they seem to like the plain ones best.

Vans Shoes

We've long been Vans fans at our house. They are great shoes, not super expensive, and really cute. And the teenage set loves them—boys included.

Checkered Vans and white slip on Vans seem to be the most coveted this year.


Yep. These are making a big comeback right now, too. They are super popular to wear for sports instead of slides—my daughters wear them to swimming, basketball, dance, soccer, and track so they don't have to wear their sports/dance shoes.

They are most popular in black or white, but a lot of girls wear really fun colors. My daughter is hoping to get a yellow pair next.

Ivory Ella bedding

I mentioned earlier that Ivory Ella is a popular brand amongst teen girls. They have really adorable bedding and room decor. If you are looking to buy new bedding for your daughter, take a look at how cute these designs are!

Nike Joggers

Joggers are super comfortable and also stylish. They can be worn for sports, but also to lounge around the house or even to go to school.

Face Masks

My girls and all their friends adore these "single serving" face masks. They are almost always part of birthday gifts to each other and a sleepover staple. You can buy several varieties in bulk on Amazon. These will make easy and loved stocking stuffers.

My girls like these Freeman face masks the very best.

Carmex lip balm

Lip balm is always a great stocking stuffer. Carmex is popular with the teen girls, but Burt's Bees is another brand they really like.

Fuzzy socks

Cute, fuzzy socks to be worn over leggings or just around the house.

Chesapeake Bay Candles

These candles smell so good. We have had a few and they are the best candles ever! There are lots of options, but this Waterlily + Pear is my favorite. Other great scents are Pumpkin Latte and Joy & Laughter.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume

This is the perfume one of my girls is asking for. The bottle is adorable and I'm sure it smells great, though I have not personally smelled it. Another one of my daughters loves Flower Bomb perfume.

Champion Hoodie

These hoodies come in several styles, but the Champion brand and logo is what the girls (and boys too, let's face it) want this year. Note, most of them are men's sizes, but the girls don't care. They love wearing the oversized men's styles in hoodies and even t-shirts right now.

Glossier Make-up

My girls have asked for both the lip gloss and the boy brow by Glossier. And on Amazon there is a set that includes both.

Other (non Amazon) things teen girls want:

Birkenstock Sandals—Any style is popular. My daughters have the toe strap and the rubber ones.
Brandy Melville—Again, just about anything from this website is sure to put a smile on your daughter's face.
American Eagle

Hopefully you have been able to find something on this list that your own teenage girl will love!

Happy shopping!

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2019

Black Friday is here! I am a little late getting to it because we are out of town for Thanksgiving this year and I actually went shopping last night in the real stores! That was fun since we basically only have a Walmart in town and I think I'm mostly done with Christmas shopping.

Still, the rest of the things I've got to get are going to be online, and there are always great deals to be had this weekend.

I've been researching this morning to find the best deals for you, and I will continue to update this post all day—so keep checking back. Also, if you want to receive emails every time I update the Black Friday deals, be sure to subscribe to my email list.

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Some of these deals may become unavailable throughout the day. Be sure to check the Cyber Monday Deals page on Amazon to find the most current sales.

A big item that kids are wanting this year is Apple AirPods. They are on sale today at Amazon, so if these are on your list, grab them now—AirPods

The Apple iPad Pro is on sale for $250 off! Great deal. Get it here: iPad Pro

Tons of Kindle books are on sale up to 80% off—check titles and purchase here

All Amazon products are on sale—Alexa, Kindle, etc.

Amazon Echo Dot only $22.00
Amazon Echo Plus only $99.99
Amazon Echo Show only $149.99


Kindle Paperwhite (I LOVE mine)

Kids Kindle Fire Edition—These are so great for younger kids. It functions as a tablet, but with parental controls. Plus it is an eReader. $59.99

The cheap magazine subscriptions are one of my favorite annual Black Friday deals.

Black Friday is always a great time to buy family games. Here are a few of my favorites that are on sale now:

Disney Villainous 
Guess Who?
Giant Jenga
Speak Out
7 Wonders
Sushi Go
Get a Grip
Snake Oil
The Werewolves: The Pact (My teens got into this one last summer and it is a super fun party game for 10-40 people—adults love it too.)
Curses (My college student asked for this one for Christmas so she can play with friends at college—it's another super fun one.)
Ticket to Ride
If You Had To (may be best for older teens and adults)

See all the games that are on sale here: Games on sale at Amazon

My Favorite AMAZON Black Friday Deals—updated

Apple iPad Pro—This is especially awesome for artists, graphic designers, and other creative types and is $250 off today only! (Cyber Monday)

Apple AirPods—A hot item on everyone's Christmas list! My 13-year-old saved up to get herself a pair earlier this year and she loves them. Everyone I know who has them loves them.

Ancestry DNA Testing Kit—This is the Ancestry brand, and it tests ancestry only. Today it's 50% off.

23andMe Ancestry + Health DNA Testing Kit—This is still a great deal today. If you've been wanting to have your DNA checked, snatch it up now. They also make really cool gifts. My husband and I have both used 23&Me and it's so cool to compare. My brothers and parents have also done it, and it's even cooler to compare with them!

Chrome books

Amazon Fire TV Stick

29 piece make-up brushes—lightning deal

Australian Pink Clay Pore Refining Mask—lightning deal

Golf Bag and Clubs—If you or a family member enjoys golfing and you need a new set of clubs, this is a great deal. Also perfect for someone just starting out with golf. While your at it, check out this deal on Titlelist Golf Balls

Nerf Guns and Accessories—Popular with elementary and middle school kids, these will make a fun gift.

Essential Oil Diffuser—This one is pretty and has LED lights, too. My daughter has it in her room, and uses it all the time. She loves the smell of the oils but the lights make it pretty and have the aesthetic that teenagers enjoy.

Yard Game—Giant Jenga. This looks so fun for summer parties or just plain family backyard fun!

Shark Stick Vacuums—I love my stick vacuum. These are some good deals.

Vimini Water Bottle—While I know HydroFlasks are all the rage right now, they aren't on sale and if you don't want to spring for one, this water bottle is similar and has high reviews. Plus they come in really pretty ombre colors.

Contour make-up set—My teenagers would love this!

FujiFilm Instax Camera Set—This is a nice deal on everything your daughter needs to get started with her Polaroid Style camera. These are really popular with middle and high school girls.

52 Colored Dry Erase Markers—Fabulous gift for teachers!


Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Set

Instant Photo Printer—My teenage girls would love this!

Instant Pot—There are several styles and sizes on sale. I love mine and use it almost every day. It has definitely become a must have in the kitchen!

Bose Wired Headphones—While I prefer the wireless, if you don't mind the wired headphones, these are a very good deal today. Otherwise, see below for wireless.

Bluetooth Speaker—This is 40% off today and this is a very high quality one. I received a similar one as a gift and the better quality is definitely worth it.

Select Dyson Products—I love Dyson. I just recently got my first Dyson stick vacuum and I am in love.

Clothing Steamer—Oooh. If you hate ironing as much as I do, this is a must have.

Toshiba 43 inch Smart TV

Anker Bluetooth Speaker—This is a super inexpensive speaker which is great for your kids' rooms.

XBox wireless controller—My daughter has been begging for an extra one since she got her XBox in July but the price has always been a little too high. This will make a good Christmas gift for her.

Bose Wireless Headphones—This type of headphone can be pretty spendy, and this is a good deal. If you or your teen is wanting headphones but you're not willing to spring for the good ones, even on the deal, you could try these wireless headphones, are no longer on sale, but still much cheaper.

Jabra Wireless Sports earphones—These things are pretty cool, and Alexa enabled. The big headphones don't work for runners, and wireless earphones are the way to go. Again, if you don't want to pay for the best, these wireless earphones are also on a great deal.

Magnetic Tile building toy—These things are so cool. I wish I'd had them when my kids were younger. Even now, when we are around them, they can play with them for hours.

Bamboo Kendama—I don't know about your area, but these things are all the rage at my kids' school.

Kids TeePee Tent—This is so adorable for a reading nook! Kids will love it and it's a GREAT deal today.

WiFi Smart Plugs—These are so cool! You can turn on lights or start appliances with your smart phone.

FitBit Charge 2 Heartrate—This is the one I have and this is an excellent deal. I am obsessed with mine and can honestly say it has helped me lose 40 pounds in the last year. There are newer versions, but none seem to be on sale yet today.

Vintage Play Kitchen—I love this! My girls would have gone gaga over it when they were younger.

Non-Amazon Black Friday Deals

Get Away Today—Amazing sale.

  • Adults at Kids' Prices on 3-Day and longer Disneyland Resort Tickets - Our most popular offer with no blackout dates!
  • Southern California Combo Ticket Sale - Lowest prices of the year when you combine select attractions with Disneyland tickets!
  • Extra $10 off select Orlando tickets on top of already discounted prices with promo code: BLACKFRIDAYFL
  • Black Friday Cruise Specials - Offers vary from cruise line and ship

If you purchase a hotel package, enter code STUFFED10 to get $10 more off your order.

Kiwi Crates—These arts and craft or STEM subscription boxes are perfect for kids ages 6-16. My daughter has loved them. Boxes are starting at $7.95, which is their best deal of the year. Get yours now.

Minted—This is my favorite place to get Christmas cards done. They also have awesome art gifts that make great presents for grandparents or other loved ones. Use code BF2019 to get great deals today.

Mom on the Go Planner—Get 20% and free shipping off all $50+ orders.

Bookroo subscription boxes—This is another fun subscription box for younger kids who still enjoy board books. The books they choose are phenomenal and I love them all. Right now get 25% off.

Janie and Jack—Children's clothing retailer. Get 30% off and free shipping today.

DaySpring—30% off site wide and free shipping

Get the best deals for Christmas shopping on Amazon with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Easy DIY VSCO Girl Hydroflask Costume

Is your teen daughter into the whole VSCO Girl thing? Help her make a fun and super easy hydroflask Halloween costume as a funny twist on VSCO girls!

Does your teen daughter love the whole VSCO Girl movement? Make this easy DIY VSCO girl Hydroflask costume for an easy, fun, and unique Halloween costume this year!

The VSCO girl phenomenon this year has taken over my house. If you also have teen or tween girls, you are probably experiencing the same thing! Crocs, oversized t-shirts, shell necklaces, Birkenstocks, sksksksk, and....sticker covered Hydroflasks.

Well, my daughter wanted to be something VSCO girl related for Halloween this year, but she didn't want to just be a plain old VSCO girl—that's way too obvious! Besides, I'm sure there will be plenty of VSCO girls out trick-or-treating this year.

So she and one of her besties put their heads together and decided to be actual Hydroflasks.

Yes, my daughter is going to be a water bottle for Halloween.

Before I talk about the actual costume they came up with, I must put a little plug in for Hydroflasks (affiliate link).  My daughter saved up and bought herself one, and it has to be the best water bottle ever. She will fill it with ice water in the morning and the ice has not even melted after all day of school, basketball practice, and dance—and she usually refills the water at least once! (She got this 40 oz Hydroflask.) I can see why VSCO girls love them—they are pretty and they are actually amazing water bottles.

So back to the Hydroflask costumes. I picked up Sophia and her friend from school last week and we ran to the store to figure out supplies. A few days later, they came over again and put their costumes together—they were fast and easy and they turned out super cute!

How to make a Hydroflask costume

Supplies needed:
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Plain T-shirt (any color)
2-3 spools of tulle in the same color as the t-shirt
1" wide elastic
White fabric paint (black if you choose to be a white hydroflask)
Mardi Gras beads (optional, but fun)
Crocs (totally optional, but a nice VSCO girl touch)


Print out the Hydroflask logo—you can download one by filling out the form below.

Cut out each piece of the logo and place it on the T-shirt.

Trace around the pieces with the fabric paint, removing each piece as you go.

DIY Hydroflask t shirt

Once all pieces of the logo are traced, you can fill them in with the fabric paint.

Leave overnight to dry.

DIY Hydroflask t-shirt

Measure elastic to fit around waist, sew together.

Cut tulle into similar-sized strips.

Tie tulle onto elastic.

Wear with leggings and Crocs if you have them.

Add the Mardi Gras beads for a metallic lid touch.

Does your teen daughter love the whole VSCO Girl movement? Make this easy DIY VSCO girl Hydroflask costume for an easy, fun, and unique Halloween costume this year!

The girls did all of this by themselves in a couple hours one afternoon. The only thing I had to lift a finger for was to take them shopping and print out the Hydroflask logos. They had a blast doing it and ended up with super adorable and unique Halloween costumes!


Does your teen daughter love the whole VSCO Girl movement? Make this easy DIY VSCO girl Hydroflask costume for an easy, fun, and unique Halloween costume this year!

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Friday, September 13, 2019

What is Your Risk for Heart Disease?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Beaumont for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

A couple of months ago, my husband and I came back from walking the dog to find an ambulance at our next door neighbor's home. As it turned out, our neighbor—a single guy in his 40s—had had a sudden heart attack and passed away.

This guy was literally only two years older than my husband and me. People just shouldn't be dying of heart attacks in their 40s! It was especially surprising to us because he wasn't overweight and he rode his bike all over the place. But when we went to his funeral, we learned that he had had some signs of heart disease in the past year and had been working with his doctor to get his heart healthier.

Such a tragedy! And it really scared us—we aren't as healthy as we could be, and we definitely don't want to be worried about heart attacks at this point in our lives. Obviously, we don't want to have to be worried about it ever, but when you have kids still living under your roof it seems particularly awful. And knowing that it does happen to people who are our same age made us think more seriously about it.

Want to know what your risk for heart disease is and how to lower it? Take this quiz from Beaumont Health to find out.

Because this was something I was already thinking about, I was really excited when I was contacted by Beaumont to write about their free heart risk assessment.

I took Beaumont’s free heart risk assessment myself and was relieved to learn that I am at a low risk for cardiovascular disease (yay!).  I also learned that my heart age is a little younger than my actual age (also yay!).

Want to know what your risk for heart disease is and how to lower it? Take this quiz from Beaumont Health to find out.

You just need to answer a few questions about things like your weight, diet, exercise, and family history to help the test determine your risk. There are some surprising risk factors of heart disease and taking this quiz helps you to know what those factors are for you personally.

Once you have taken the questionnaire, you will be emailed a comprehensive report about your personal heart health and risk for cardiovascular disease (see video below to see part of my report and how that works).

The report not only outlines the risks you do or do not have for heart disease, it tells you how you can change the things that are possible to change (some things, such as family history, cannot be changed).

My report listed one high risk factor (my weight), and one moderate risk factor (my blood pressure), with the rest being low. Luckily for me, these are both things that I can change and am already working to change. The assessment gave me extra motivation to eat healthier and exercise more.

Want to know what your risk for heart disease is and how to lower it? Take this quiz from Beaumont Health to find out.

Since the best way to prevent heart disease is understanding and managing the risk factors—this heart risk assessment is invaluable!

As a mom of teens, I want them to see me having healthier habits and doing whatever it takes to keep my heart healthy and strong. I want them to know that I want to be around for them a long time and I want them to learn to develop these habits while they are still young.

If you are wondering what your own heart risk is, make sure to go take the Beaumont’s free heart risk assessment and get your free report. If you find you have a risk, make sure you know these 5 heart healthy habits you can start today, and follow up with a doctor for help.

It seriously only takes a few minutes out of your day—go do it. It's worth it to know.

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