54 THE QUEENS COURIER • MOTHER’S DAY • MAY 11, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM mother’s day Realistic tips for busy moms Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it’s crucial to manage it eff ectively for you and your family. To help moms everywhere make the most of their precious minutes, actress, director, producer, entrepreneur, mother of three and Nutrisystem ambassador, Melissa Joan Hart reveals her secrets that she has craft ed from years of juggling diff erent time consuming tasks. • Just say “no”: Sometimes you just have to decline requests or pick and choose which ones are doable. And remember, it’s okay to ask for a rain check. • Limit screen time: It’s easy to fall into the screen time black hole. Instead, be present -- put your phone down and limit your children’s time in front of their screens. Even talk to your spouse! • Set aside 20 “Mom Minutes” daily: Do something for yourself for 20 minutes every day-- meditate, do a quick workout, call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or simply do nothing with a cup of coff ee in hand. • Have one-on-one time with each child: Create no-fuss activities like coloring or playing cards that you can do with each child individually based on his or her personality. Spending quality time separately will feed your soul and theirs. • Try to be guilt free: As a working mom, you are doing things for your family even when you are at work, so don’t feel guilty about the time away from loved ones. • Make simple healthy changes: Remember that your kids are always watching, so being a good role model when it comes to health and fi tness will pay dividends for them and for you. Simple, easy changes in your daily routine can help you with your health goals. For example, drink a nutrient rich shake for breakfast, such as Nutrisystem Turboshakes, drink more water throughout the day and maintain a consistent exercise schedule. And if you want to lose weight, as so many do, Hart says, “look for a plan that works for you. I chose Nutrisystem because it was simple and fi t with my lifestyle. I lost 40 pounds and feel better than ever!” For a kick start to your weight loss eff orts, consider Nutrisystem Lean13, a new program designed to help you lose up to 13 pounds and seven inches in your fi rst month. More information can be found at nutrisystem.com. • Plan quality couple time: Make time to reignite your romance. Go out to a movie, take a walk together, write each other love notes. “Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make grand changes,” says Hart. “It’s the small details that can make every day just feel better.” Courtesy SmartPoint Take your mom for a day of food and fun at the LIC Flea BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAFF firstname.lastname@example.org / @QNS If you’re looking for a way to make Mother’s Day extra special for your mom, take her to the LIC Flea & Food market this weekend! Bring Mom or Grandma with you to the Flea to enjoy some quality time on the waterfront overlooking the Manhattan skyline. You can indulge in delicious global eats and shop for something special at the market’s many artisanal and vintage vendors. For the mom who loves travel or just loves the world, Ramblemonde off ers up treasures found across the globe. For the mom who loves the spa, stop at J’enessence and pick up some body creams and a bath bomb for mom to relax in the comfort of her own home. Is your mom stressed? Jump onto the Calm City Meditation bus for a guided meditation that will calm her from the inside out. What mom doesn’t love shiny gems? Vivian Jewelry has an array of beautiful and feminine bracelets, earrings and necklaces that would make any mom’s heart sing. Got kids? Bring them to visit Dilena’s Dolcini, where they can join in on their cookie decorating class. Sign up at contact@dilenasdolcini. com. While the kids are busy, you can grab a brew at the market’s All Queens Beer Garden, breathe deep and enjoy every second of Mother’s Day. If you can’t make it Mother’s Day, then mark your calendars for some of the LIC Flea’s special events this season, including the Beer & Taco Get Down on June 10-11. You can get advanced tickets at www.licfl ea.com in order to enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings. Th e LIC Flea & Food market is located at 5-25 46th Ave., near Fift h Street, in Long Island City, a short distance from the East River Ferry and the Court Square subway station. It’s open each Saturday and Sunday through October from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Th e market’s always looking for great vendors, and those who are interested in joining the market can apply online at www.licfl ea. com.
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