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A Quick Guide to Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids

This post is sponsored by USGA.

Being able to spend a day on the golf course was exactly what my husband wished for this past Father’s Day but experiencing the U.S. Senior Open was a total dream.

We recently had the chance to visit the 42nd U.S. Senior Open in the Lehigh Valley with the family. The golf course views were absolutely stunning. The USGA along with Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital had an entire junior experience set up that Milan and Jovani thoroughly enjoyed. We were able to see some of the best professional senior golfers while also spending quality time together as a family.

Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids

Did you know? The U.S. Senior Open was first played in 1980. The championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and amateur golfer with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4.

Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids

If you’re thinking about attending the 42nd U.S. Senior Open Championship, here’s a quick guide to visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids:

Before You Go

  1. There are a variety of ticket options currently on sale:
    Weekly Tickets (one (1) ticket for each day during championship week, Tuesday – Sunday),
    Daily Tickets (tickets start at $25, and fans can purchase a daily Gallery or 19th Hole ticket.), and
    Flex Book Tickets (perfect for fans who want to attend the championship but are unable to commit to specific days in advance).
  2. The U.S. Open is a family FUN event. Admission is complimentary for youth 18 and younger!
  3. A variety of food and beverage is available to purchase at the 19th Hole (which is an upgraded ticket area that includes various interactive activities in an outdoor festival-like setting)
  4. Parking is available, but you’ll be shuttled to the location so don’t forget anything in the car.
  5. Most importantly – Wear LOTS of sunscreen!
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; putting on the course

Experiences to Check Out

  • The Junior Experience has a scavenger hunt on practice round days that will take juniors and their parents all over the golf course – super cool!
  • The 19th Hole – an outdoor festival-like setting located in the middle of the three finishing holes (16, 17 & 18) of the championship Old Course
  • Golf simulators presented by X-Golf Lehigh Valley at the 19th Hole
  • Coloring and other art activities at the Junior Experience
  • Live music at the 19th Hole in the late afternoon during practice rounds (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Golfzilla inflatable targets
  • A junior-only grandstand overlooking the 15th tee
  • A variety of lawn games at the 19th Hole such as cornhole, bean bag bucket toss, and more.
  • Kid’s Hour on the 19th Hole Putting Green each day (Tuesday-Sunday) from 10 – 11 am with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms mascot, meLVin.
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; junior golfer putting with her dad
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; Jovani and Milan at the Junior Experience
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; Milan putting at the Junior Experience
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; a Scavenger Hunt
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; sign of the Junior Ticket
Visiting the U.S. Senior Open With Kids; coloring pages and scavenger hunt

We seriously enjoyed ourselves just as much as the kids because all of the activities kept the kids active & excited about golf. So, don’t forget to grab lunch & have a mini picnic while you refuel for the rest of the championship.

For more information on the 42nd U.S. Senior Open, visit ussenioropen.com/2022

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Less Resolutions, More Intention

Every year around this time, I look forward to seeing the annual “New Year, New Me” status changes along with everyone’s resolutions. Let’s be honest with ourselves, though – those resolutions are usually forgotten by the third week of January. And if the past two years during a pandemic have taught us anything, it should definitely be a fact that life doesn’t always go according to plan.

Chantelle Roberts, NJ Influencer in the Snow; Less Resolutions, More Intentions for the New Year

For me, the New Year is all about mentally starting fresh so that I can regain focus. This time around though, I’m more invested in the journey. Rather than getting disappointed with failed resolutions, I plan to just be consistent with my evolution – even if that means starting small.

So, I’ve decided to set less New Year’s resolutions and instead mindfully set my intentions for the year.

How to Set Your Intention for The Year

Change Your Mindset

For me, changing my mindset involved some soul-searching. Ask yourself some questions about your desires and what makes you happy, then it’ll be easier to visualize you reaching your goals.

Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to dig deep & change your mindset:

  • Why is this goal so important to me?
  • What will my life look like when I achieve this goal?
  • What would my life look like if I didn’t achieve it?

Create a Vision Board

I usually create moodboards for my brand design clients before we begin their project because it sets the tone and depicts the design direction of the brand we’re creating. It reflects the words they want their customers to use to describe them. Creating a vision board for my life helps me manifest and sets the tone for the life I want. I pick a theme and I use images from Pinterest to depict the vision I have for myself. I keep it on my phone so I can see it everyday. You can easily create a vision board using Canva and print it out or set it as your wallpaper on your devices.

How to create a Vision Board on Canva:

  1. Create a Design (Search: Desktop Wallpaper or Phone Wallpaper)
  2. Decide on a Theme for the Year, think about the areas your want to focus on (travel, finances, relationships, wellness, etc)
  3. Save some photos from Pinterest that reflects your theme for the year
  4. Upload those photos into a collage, and move them around as you see fit
  5. Download and save it as your wallpaper

Start Small

We don’t have to jump into January with big goals like losing 100lbs in 2 months and quitting anything sweet out of your life forever. We mean well, but that type of drastic change probably won’t happen. And while I know that getting out of our comfort zone breeds change, I also know that accomplishing bite-sized victories is still a win.

If there’s a big goal that you’re trying to reach, break it down into smaller steps or habits and then work on those. For example, if your goal is to post on social media consistently – try to break it down by forming a habit of sharing a “good morning” video to your stories. It won’t seem as daunting as committing to sharing the perfect photo and caption every day.

I also like to set monthly 10-minutes or less tasks that aren’t overwhelming that feel like an easy win. Things like:

  • cleaning out my purse (because the bigger the bag, the more receipts I hold on to for some reason)
  • deleting unused apps from my phone
  • unsubscribing to emails I don’t read
  • recycling old magazines & catalogs

Fun Tip: Play beat the clock: set a timer to keep yourself on task. No pressure if you don’t finish it all in one sitting.

Share with a Friend

Find an accountability partner like a close friend or a mentor that you can check in with on a regular basis. It’s always helpful to be able to share success stories and bounce ideas off each other especially if you’re on the same journey. When you find yourself thinking negatively or are struggling to stay in the present, your accountability partner can help you stay on track.

Reward Yourself

Shhh! This is my favorite part. Rewarding yourself and celebrating the little victories along the way will help you stay on track. Add in some self-care or a quick day trip to that place you’ve pinned on Pinterest, and you’ll have something to look forward to during your journey.

Most importantly, when all else fails – keep going. You got this.

I hope 2022 brings everyone reading this post lots of success and transformation. I’m a firm believer that in order to attract better, you have to become better. We can’t do the same things and expect change. But it all starts with you and how you feel about yourself.

Happy New Year!

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Mental Health Mom Life

Let’s Talk About Mom Bods: Your Body After Kids

According to Elle magazine columnist, E.J. Dickson, a Mom Bod is “essentially code for a frumpy, asexual woman who has, to borrow a charming colloquialism that is almost exclusively applied to women, […] let herself go.

I recently went on a Girls Trip to Las Vegas and I packed all of my favorite two pieces and crop tops. Yes, I have stretch marks and a not-so-flat tummy. But my confidence outweighed all of that.

When all of the excitement & celebration after labor subsides, a lot of us mamas are usually wondering – “Okay, when is my pre-pregnancy body coming back?” Trust me, I’ve been there (x4).

So, what happens when our body doesn’t automatically “snapback” to pre-pregancy size?

The praise towards women who bounce back to our size before getting pregnant is kinda obnoxious. It makes a lot of women feel bad about themselves because the transformation isn’t as fast for them. There’s this idea that because our bodies aren’t picture perfect, that means we’ve “let ourselves go.”

But you just made a whole human, Mama!

The emphasis should be snapping back to our best selves – mentally, physically, emotionally. Motherhood is beautiful. and beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are & that includes your new MomBod.

Don’t let society tell you anything different.

If no one has told you today – You got this mama. You’re amazing. And your butt looks good.

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Mental Health Wellness

Self-Care is Not a Luxury

The world has changed so much in the last year. A year ago today, schools were going on lockdown, people were losing jobs, and our mental health either suffered or thrived. Some of us have had to learn how to survive in isolation, how to maintain our homes, and basically how to live again. As we continue to deal with the uncertainty of the times, don’t forget to practice self-care. I know, I know… you think your self-care options are limited and you just don’t have time.

But self-care is not a luxury, sis. It is a MUST.

If things like having a spa party with the girls or that fancy trip isn’t an option for you right now, I’m here to say that there are always options for self-care. And it doesn’t have to include luxury spa sessions and a flight to Bora Bora. Although, that sounds amazing right now.

Don’t get me wrong, sis – before the pandemic, my definition of self-care was laying in bed and shopping on Amazon. You know, just to see what kind of lightning deal I can get in the next two days. But lately, getting fast shipping is hit or miss, and I’m trying to stop stalking my postal worker for my packages. (Like… Seriously, where is it, Frank?)

All jokes aside; Practicing self-care during this time, while we are still trying to find a new normal, is the best thing you can do for yourself. Life has a way of just knocking us off balance and disrupting our systems. So, if you’re not listening to your mind & body cues to step back you’re doing yourself a disservice. Make a commitment to practice self-care this year, and create a daily ritual for your mental health. A few simple things that can help on your self-care journey are:

  • Wake up earlier so you have time for YOU – exercise, dance, whatever.
  • Write or doodle about things you’re grateful for.
  • Put some headphones on and listen to some soothing music.
  • Spend a little extra time unapologetically doing nothing.
  • Find a quiet place to reflect and meditate before you end your day.

It’s easy for us to forget to take care of ourselves in our busiest moments. But self-care is simply asking ourselves what we need and honestly just following through. It’s about building a deeper connection with yourself and remembering to make ourselves a priority. Recently, I’ve committed to using tools like the Shine app to help me put my mental health first this year.

The Shine app is a self-care app founded by two women of color on a mission to make taking care of your mental health easier, more representative, and more accessible. The app helps you create a daily self-care ritual with meditations, reflection and journaling, and community discussions.

Be sure to use my affiliate link to access to get 40% off your first year of Shine Premium and access over 1,000 meditations in the Shine App: https://www.theshineapp.com/promo/influencer-chantelle?utm_source=Influencer&utm_medium=chantelle&utm_campaign=Feb_2021

And let me know below if you need an accountability partner, I’d love to help.

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Mental Health Wellness

Things I Wish Someone Told Me 20 Years Ago

As the year comes to an end, I reflect, with gratitude, on what’s been an unforgettable year in more ways than one. All of the highs and lows of 2020 reminds me of how far I’ve come and how far we still have to go. So, I thought it would be fitting to do a letter to my younger self about things I wish someone told me 20 years ago.

I’ve grown & evolved SO much over the years. And I can honestly say that statement with no regrets, only lessons learned. Although, there are some lessons I wish I would have paid attention to sooner, I’m grateful for the insight I’ve gained. It’s been more than helpful as I raise my own teenagers.

Read along as I write this letter to my younger self.

Things I Wish Someone Told Me 20 Years Ago

Dear Beautiful Black Girl,

I’m writing this letter to you in hopes that it not only teaches you to value and appreciate the moment you’re in, but also to realize that some things truly happen for a reason. With that being said, there are a few things that I’d like you to take note of before you enter adulthood.

Be yourself. You’re kinda cool.

Unapologetically. Fall in love with your self – your skin, your hair, your style, your mind. Then you won’t feel that you have to pretend to be anyone else to fit in, and you won’t NEED another human to love you like you do. You don’t have to shrink yourself to allow someone else’s light to be brighter. You are beautiful, smart, and worthy. Walk in your light.

Document everything.

Take all the pictures. Record all the things, all of your dreams, and all of your goals in your journal. Yes, even the embarrassing ones. Those photos and videos will outlive the people in it one day. It’s great to have things to look back on for stories and memories.

Choose your friends wisely.

As you get older, you’ll realize that it’s not always about who you’ve been friends with the longest – its more about who brings the most quality to your life. I learned that being around a few good people who lift you up is more gratifying than being with a hundred people just for the sake of popularity. So, choose people who make you laugh when you’ve had a rough day, people who challenge you to live up to your potential, and people who won’t leave you behind.

Trust your instincts.

As with the point above, pay attention to all of the red flags and don’t let your emotions overpower your intelligence. We all want to believe that everyone is good, and that is fine but – You are smart enough to know when someone or something doesn’t have your best interest at heart, so don’t ignore the guidance you’ve received.

Stop caring about what other people think.

You don’t need others opinions to validate you. You don’t need to get their approval of you to feel pretty, popular, or cool. As cliche as it may seem – You gotta walk to the beat of your own drum, Chantelle. Dance like no one is watching and sing til your heart no longer aches. You got this.

Get involved at school.

Sign up for that club. Audition for that part. Try out for that sport. Take this time to find your passions and at least a few hobbies you can enjoy when you’re older. Life is all about the experiences and the choices we make. Don’t let fear keep you from trying something new. Oh, and pay attention in accounting class.

Listen to your Mom.

Contrary to the fact that we feel like our Moms are superhuman, they won’t be here forever. Listen to her words, learn about her dreams, her culture (most importantly – the recipes), and soak up all that you can. There’s a lot that she’s holding in to protect your innocence but she may need your reassurance to know she’s doing a good job as mother. Show her you’re listening and

I wish I could literally tell you more and hug you as an adult, so you know that everything will be okay. But I’ll use this letter to help my daughters see what I might have missed at their age.

Keep reading and expanding your mind. Never stop learning. And never stop loving yourself. The freedom and peace you are looking for is waiting for you.

xo, chantelmarie | lifestyle blog
Chantelle Marie
Things I Wish Someone Told Me 20 Years Ago