Don’t Let Spring “Break” the Bank

By Megan Carter

Ahhhh Spring Break! A time when kids are out of school, and in your face asking, “What are we going to do?” It can be challenging to keep your kids entertained while staying within your family budget. Especially if that budget is a tight one. I know, I know, it’s the age of social media, and everything is a contest to see who has the most lavish birthday parties, and most exciting family trips. Don’t fall into that trap! You can have a perfectly great Spring Break by doing things that are all within a 200-mile radius of Valdosta. And the best part—it’s CHEAP! Here are some things you can do this year to make sure you don’t Spring “Break” the bank!

Flint Riverquarium Can’t make it to the Atlanta aquarium? Can’t afford it? That’s fine! The Flint Riverquarium in Albany, Georgia is a cost conscious activity that your kids will enjoy. The price of an adult ticket is $9.00, and kids are only $6.50. Children 3 and under are free. The children can enjoy seeing many river creatures and vegetation, and will have a great time!

Chehaw State Park Also in Albany, Georgia, Chehaw State Park is a great place to take a Spring Break trip! It features 700 acres of conservation land and a zoo that includes everything from alligators to zebras.  Cost of admission is $12.30 for adults and $7.30 for children ages 4-12 which includes admission to the park and the zoo.

Jacksonville Beach If you can afford a tank of gas, you can afford a day trip to the beach! If your budget is really tight, eat breakfast at home, pack snacks and lunches for the kids, and hit the road! Children LOVE a day at the beach!

Providence Canyon State Park You probably haven’t even heard of this state park, but it is amazing!  Located in Lumpkin, Georgia, this park is nicknamed “Little Grand Canyon.” The park features scenes comparable to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. There are 10 miles of trail to hike, campsites, a museum, and a picnic area where you can enjoy a packed lunch! The best part? Admission is 5 bucks!

Wild Adventures Theme Park The priciest trip on this list, but Wild Adventures has so much to offer! Have passes to the park? Put them to use! If not, a two-day pass is $49.99 for adults, and $44.99 for children. Got kids under 5? Great! They get in for free! Not only can the kids ride the rides unlimited times, there are great restaurants around the park as well. Also, Wild Adventures brings the beach to you. Splash Island located within the park features water rides, a wave pool, and slides that are sure to keep your bunch entertained.

Don’t let Spring Break stress you out! There are plenty of things you can do to entertain your children,

while sticking to your budget. It’s really a win/win. The kids get their trips, the family gets their

memories, and yes—you get your cool pictures to post on social media!

Have a happy Spring Break!


What About Your Friends?

By Megan Carter

A funny thing happens when people grow up. As we transition from youth to adulthood, life actually gets pretty tough! We begin to experience role reversal as our parents age, and we become the caretakers, and they become the ones in need of care. We have to navigate our way through parenthood and all of the trials that come along with it. Some of us experience marital woes and even divorce, and we have to figure out how to become accustomed to our new normal. It is because of these changes that our friends become more than just the playmates of our childhood, but instead the support system we depend on to help us make our way through adulthood. But here’s an interesting question for you–what happens when your friends are a source of stress instead of being a resource during stressful times?

T.D. Jakes once said that if you are lucky you will have maybe 3 confidants in your whole life. These are the people who love you unconditionally, who are there for you no matter what. Unfortunately, we have far more toxic “friends” than confidants. How do you spot a toxic friend? Here are a few characteristics:

• They do not celebrate your victories.

• They burden you with their issues, never once asking how you are doing.

• They are judgmental.

• They compete with you.

• They know very little about your life because they are always talking to you about theirs.

• They are not supportive when you need them.

I could go on, but you get the point.  I have text chains in my phone from about 20 different people. Of those 20, about 5 ask me how my day is going, send me encouragement, ask me about my kids, or how school is going. The other 15 never ask about my kids, but I can tell you everything about theirs. They never ask about my dating life, or even know why I got divorced in the first place, but I can name everyone they went on a date with and why things ended. I can tell you every one of their achievements, no matter how insignificant, but there’s a few people I talk to that don’t even know I’m back in school (and this is year 3!) Do you have toxic friends? If so, it’s time for a little spring cleaning!

If you’re like me, you can’t just cut people off easily. But I have learned in the past few years that you absolutely have to be mindful of how much time you devote to toxic friends. You don’t have to hold their hand through all of their dramas. You don’t have to quickly respond to every distressing text. You don’t have to figure out life for them, they should know how to do that for themselves at this point! To protect your energy, you do have to surround yourself with people who genuinely care for you and want what’s best for you. When I am in the presence of people that I love, and who love me back, I honestly feel recharged. When you surround yourself with negative people, you absorb that negative energy, and it weighs you down. This type of interaction is unhealthy for you! I challenge you all to identify your confidants, and pour most of your efforts and affections into them. It is your friend that does the least amount of complaining that needs you the most, because this is the friend that has learned to put themselves last, and put others and their needs first. I leave you with this quote— “People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely.”—Hans F. Hansen

Meatless Monday Recipe

By Reomona Thomas❤️

Cheesy Spinach Spaghetti Squash

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Next grab baking sheet and place the spaghetti squash on top rub the cut side of the squash with a little bit of olive oil and place on your baking dish/sheet cut side down. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While the squash roasts, start on the sauce.
  5. In a medium pot or skillet, bring a drizzle of olive oil to medium-high heat and sauté garlic. 
  6. Next add the spinach(1 bag) and stir until wilted. Add your 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and  1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.
  8. Once squash is done roasting, after cooling use a fork to separate and fluff the strands of spaghetti squash.
  9. Pour your sauce over each squash boat, stir to mix, and top with a little mozzarella cheese and additional parm cheese, if desired.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for around 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.❤️

Happy Fit Tip Friday!

Happy Fit Tip Friday!!!
When I ask the question…What’s stopping you from becoming physically active? The number one answer is time. We live in a world where the norm of each day is a hustle and bustle which leaves zero time for exercise. So I want to encourage you to get active! According to the CDC, individuals who engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (based on a scale of 1-10, that’s anywhere between 4-6) can improve their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease. So let’s see how we can get in 30 minutes of exercise for 5 days a week!!!! If time is an issue, let’s start by trying to get in three 10 minute mini workouts!! Try these three tips and let me know how it goes!!

  1. Schedule your workouts throughout your day. Example- If you get a 15 minute break at work, use it to go for a walk or if you have stairs, walk the stairs for 10 minutes.
  2. Find a workout partner. This could be a coworker, friend, family member or a child.
  3. Try three 10 minute mini workouts. Wake up a little early to get in 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes on your break and 10 minutes before you shower.

Let me know how it goes and if you would like I can come up with suggestions for your 10 minute mini workouts or I could record them on our IG page!!!

Megan Carter

Well here we are! My name is Megan Carter, and after a year of planning, and changing plans, and unexpected events, my dear friend Reomona and I are finally launching @wearesoulisticliving!  I definitely don’t want to give the impression that I have all the answers, because I don’t, but I look forward to sharing with you all some of the things that I have learned along the way. While Reomona is the health and fitness guru, I focus more on mental wellness, self-care, and time management, which are things that I have to keep in check as a divorced single mom of three! I can’t wait to share experiences with you all as we navigate our way towards soulistic living!

Reomona Thomas

Hi everyone! My name is Reomona Thomas, and I am so excited about this new blog! The vision for this was birthed from a vision board party in 2018 with my sweet friend Megan(or Maggie as my daughter Lauren would say). The purpose for the blog is just to encourage people to live their best life, the life that God intended them to live. After the birth of my baby in 2015, I realized that I was just existing and not living purposeful. I developed some better routines which are habits that I must do daily and in the process I discovered a whole new Reomona. I discovered that I am very passionate about fitness, so much so that I became a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. I can’t  wait to share everything as it relates to wearesoulisticliving ❤️