Never a dull moment

Can you believe that’s for many of us we’ve been “at home” for almost five and a half months?!?

In that time we have baked the latest internet craze, and dabbled in creating home school spaces.

But in all that, we’ve probably also gone through many of the broad games we have in the house.

But, don’t despair….. new games from The OP Games are here!!

Our latest favorite one is the new Telestrations Upside Down!! The original Telestration basics apply, but with a kick!!

Is it for all ages? It is recommended for 12 and up.

Don’t fret if you feel drawing is not in your wheel house- that’s what makes the game even more fun!!!

Check them out at : http://www.theopgames.com

#Stay At Home, Not Stay In Front of the Stove

In these different times we are adjusting to the new norms and hunkering down as best as we can. But, that shouldn’t mean hunkering in front of the stove for hours!!

Being with the family 24/7 means for more quality time. Time you don’t want being spent in front of the stove cooking a homemade meal!

Solution? Try Cucina Antica’s pasta sauces. Rustic, fresh tasting and versatile! You see the ingredients when you open the jar, from chunks of tomatoes to the herbs. Bonus! No added sugar!

Now what to put it on??? How about some pasta! And have I got pasta for you! Fresh pasta, too!!

Taste Republic offers gluten free fresh pasta. So fresh you would think it just rolled out of the “pasta press”. Yes, I did say gluten free! And if you didn’t know, I don’t think you could tell.

Here’s the winning combo

Good sauces I know you’re used to seeing, but I wanted to show you the pasta

Told you, just like you finished rolling it through the pasta maker! Like try fresh pasta it’s a quick dip in the boiling water and you’re done.

Fresh, warm pasta tossed with a yummy is a good to go meal. If you want to go a little fancier add a piece of breaded chicken breast for a hearty chicken parmesan dinner!

To see if these wonderful products are available in your area, go to:

http://www.tasterepublicglutenfree.com

http://www.cucinaantica.com

Stay Inside, Still Enjoy Freshness

Prior to all the school closures, social distancing, and self quarantines Spring was approaching with all its pollen glory.

Okay, if you have allergies it’s more like this….

An image we see often when the Season hits.

These days, we have more reasons to stay inside than just battling allergens. Staying in our cozy homes is a serious safety step for our health and the health of our communities.

As much as we love our families, after some time aromas tend to gather in the air. Sprays don’t clean the air, but I know something that does!

The WINIX 5500 Air purifier/cleaned. I know you’ve seen me write about the WINIX purifiers before, and I swear by them. They have helped me breathe easier in the height of Springtime pollen.

At this point you’re wondering why this one? What makes this unit so special?

For one, it’s easy to assemble.

Now, let me back track a minute. There’s one “layer” that really impressed me. The “Washable Advanced Odor Control Carbon Filter”!

Washable Advanced Odor Carbon (AOC) Filter

It may look like any other filter, but take a closer look!

It reminds me of a beehive buzzing with busy worker bees making sweet beautiful honey. Or in this case beautiful clean air! And it’s washable too!!!

Once you pair it with the true HEPA filter it’s a powerhouse of clean!

Is it hard to operate? Not at all!! Looks high tech and is “user friendly “.

The light tells you when it senses air iniquities

When the light is a blue glow you are good to go!! And there’s a remote too!!!

What I’d really like to share with all of you is a discount code !!

Just go to http://www.winixamerica.com and use the code “madefresh” for 20%off your purchase!!

Here’s to good health and clean air! Stay safe!!

A Little Frill, a Little Fancy

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We all need our “space” and it doesn’t have to be an actual room. This little idea came about when I purchased a bed canopy at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bed+canopy+for+girls&field-brand=SELQUAL

I originally bought it thinking it would make a cute “baby” gift. Then, I hung it up by a window to check it out.

The stars are cute, though I haven’t had much look with this style fluorescent stars. Even when I bathe them in the most sunlight I can, short of keeping them outside, they never glow in the dark.

But overall the material falls nicely to the floor. The circumference on top gives the wide material a great tent affect. Which is what led to the mini lightbulb. All this needs is a comfy chair underneath and… Voila! Instant “my space”!!!

Did I mention, the top is like a hoop. The same type of hoop like car sunshades. One twist and it stores easily.

Guess I’m going to need to find a different gift!!

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Because Scrapes, Booboos, and Emergencies Happen

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Each of the four seasons call for different “tools”, clothes and activities. There is one common accessory we should not forget. That’s a first aid kit!

Yes, I carry one of those super mini ones we get at the Health fairs, even the uber basic ones for my kid’s backpack.

I want to share with you the one I recently bought at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TC7B26G

Now when you look at it, it might not seem like much. Or maybe it looks like all the others.

It is waterproof- big plus because that means it’ll be ok in the rain, snow and pool/beach splashes.

So let’s open this pack up!

Very well packed!! Time to dig a little deeper….

So, I love the mini scissors and the safety pins. Would have never expected the tourniquet!! Wouldn’t have even thought about it if I was going to create my own kit. Let alone have it this compact and handy. The clip is a bonus!!

Glad I bought this, and I’m probably going to grab another one too…. just in case.

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It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Resolution

We all want to live more purposeful lives, be healthier and more active. And every to start to the New Year rings of resolutions made world wide. Then comes week two I to week three and the fading begins .

Why? Well, many factors- the biggest is “life happens”. So I want to share this great article that was sent to me not to preach, but to help find solutions to stumbling blocks we may encounter.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

5 surprising mistakes that may
prevent you from living to 100

Make these smart lifestyle changes to help increase
your lifespan as well as your healthspan


What separates physically active, mentally sharp people in their 80s and 90s from the rest of us? While good genes certainly play a role, our lifestyle may be even more important to our health and longevity than our DNA. For many of us, just making a few simple changes to our daily routines could influence whether we’re still around to play with the great grandkids. 


Top health experts now talk about the term healthspan as opposed to just their lifespan. “A person’s healthspan is the length of time that the person is healthy: the length of time they will spend on this planet in optimal health, not just alive,” explains Functional Medicine Practitioner Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS.


Nutrition Mythbuster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, adds, “Our goal should be to postpone the age-related decline in health so we can enjoy an improved quality of life. We don’t just want to live longer, we want to be stronger, smarter, more energetic and more resistant to disease.”


Join the “live to 100” club

While most of us know we should be exercising frequently, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables, there are some surprising ways you may be sabotaging your efforts to live a long, healthy life. The good news? There are simple fixes to each of these. 


Mistake #1: Not making your happiness a priority.  

“It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity of social media, the nightly news and people who view life as a series of problems,” says Wylde. “These things can shorten your lifespan and your healthspan. Our attitudes influence how fast or slow we age, and happiness is linked to achieving old age with optimal health.”  

The fix: “Become more aware of the people and circumstances that are robbing you of your happiness. Dump some toxic relationships. Spend more time around happy people. If necessary, take a vacation from Facebook and Instagram a few days each week. And find something to be grateful for every single day,” Wylde advises. “At first, having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ may seem like a lot of effort. But it will soon become a habit.” 


Mistake #2: You’re still eating a low-fat inflammatory diet.

“The low-fat diet craze led millions of us to get used to filling up on carbs,” says Bowden, the author of “Living Low Carb.” But now there’s overwhelming evidence that dietary fat is not the enemy to our health. Restricting fat has not helped us lose weight. In fact, obesity rates have skyrocketed since low-fat diets have become popular. A recent 12-month study out of Malaysia evaluated the diets of 577 healthy people who were non-drinkers and non-smokers. The researchers found that a high-carb diet is far more inflammatory and far more likely to increase heart disease risk factors than a higher fat diet. Fat had very little impact on risk factors,” stresses Bowden. 

The fix: “Add healthy fats back into your diet,” advises Bowden. “Toss the pro-inflammatory canola, soybean and corn oils. Instead, use chia oil or extra virgin olive oil for cold applications such as salad dressings. For high heat cooking, palm oil is ideal. It’s cholesterol-neutral and rich in heart-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. Because there have been some concerns about palm oil and the environment, always choose Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, which is environmentally friendly.”       


Mistake #3: You aren’t monitoring your health while it’s still good.  

 “Most people don’t want to run to the doctor for wellness tests that may or may not be covered by insurance. That’s how some illnesses can creep up on you,” says Wylde. “Pay attention to symptoms while they’re still whispers. Don’t wait until your body starts yelling at you.”  

The fix: “Here’s one free test you can take every day: Ask yourself how you feel. That’s the biggest “tell” of all. How’s your energy? Are you waking up feeling tired and toxic? Does that change if you take a walk? What happens if you cut out sugar for a week? Start paying closer attention to those things,” Wylde advises.

  

Mistake #4: You’re not taking heart-healthy omega-3s because you don’t like fish.

“Omega-3s are probably one of the most important nutrients you can get from food,” says Wylde. “For example, ALA is the only omega-3 that is considered biologically an ‘essential’ fatty acid because the body can’t make it on its own. Historically, fish oil has been the largest source of omega-3. But, not everyone wants to take fish oil or eat fish several times a week.” 

The fix: “The health community is excited about newer plant-based sources for omega-3s, specifically ALA. But be selective and choose the most nutrient-dense options,” Bowden advises. “For example, of the best-known ALA options, flax contains only antioxidants and polyphenols. Hemp and borage oils have only antioxidants. SunChia naturally has the largest range of bioactive components: antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamin E tocopherols and sterols.” 


Mistake #5: You’re barely getting by on poor-quality sleep.  

Wylde says sleep is one of the most restorative things we can do, yet most of us still aren’t getting enough. “It’s not just clocking eight hours on the pillow that’s important. It’s getting deep, restful sleep. All kinds of essential things happen during sleep. Neurochemicals are replaced, bones and joints are repaired, waste products are washed away. Yet too many of us have trouble calming our minds so we can fall asleep more easily.” 

The fix: “Avoid drinking caffeine after 3 p.m., including energy drinks,” Wylde advises. “They can interrupt your REM sleep cycle, which is the dream state and is imperative to waking up feeling refreshed. If you have trouble falling asleep, take a product 30 minutes before bedtime that contains Suntheanine, a pure form of the amino acid L-theanine. Suntheanine does not induce sleep. It’s not a tranquilizer or a sedative. But it will put you in a calm, relaxed state so that you can enter sleep more rapidly, sleep deeper and wake up without grogginess.” 


Reaching old age as a healthy, active adult requires making smart choices that work with your body to help slow the aging process. Bowden and Wylde acknowledge that some of these fixes may require stepping out of your comfort zone. That may feel unsettling at first. But the more you stick with them, the stronger your new, healthier habits will become.



Biography: Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS, Homeopath

Bryce Wylde BSc (hons), DHMHS is a leading health expert specializing in integrative and functional medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, and supplementation. As associate medical director at P3 Health in Toronto, and director of My Health Report, he blends the latest in science and technology with traditional and ancient remedies. Wylde is the author of three national best-selling books, previous host of CTV’s Wylde on Health, and regular guest health expert and medical advisor on “The Doctor Oz” show. 


Biography: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Heath, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications. 


Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”.

Baby it’s STILL cold outside!

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Been one of those winter seasons again. My area may not have snow…..yet. But we do have the low chilly temperatures.

We bundle up and we later to stay warm. But does that mean we can’t be fashionably fun? Of course not!!

Which brings me to this cute long, faux fur coat that I found at https://backnear.com/collections/women/products/super-warm-faux-fur-hooded-long-coat-8?variant=31216441294959

Yes, purple!! Not to fret, they do have other colors. From the universal beige to a fun orange or teal!!

I have to say, it is super soft!! Comfy and warm, too. It does have side pockets that are deep enough for your phone and keeping your hands warm. The inside is a quilted lining, while the hood is lined with the same material as the outer coat shell- great at keeping your ears warm.

How comfy is it? Comfy enough for my daughter to say she likes the way it fits her!!!

Oops! This one is mine!!! Will she get her own? We’ll see….

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Second One?

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Yup, had to get another message board!

Why?

I fell in love with the lighter background and the fancier stand. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the best of reasons to purchase another message board.

I wanted to add a little more creative touch to places that I wouldn’t have ordinarily.

We all love reading those cute inspirational messages. So why not share them in different rooms of the house, like the kitchen or family room.

Maybe post a chore request or reminder… so versatile that you can use it for many purposes.

Thinking it could make a great gift? I going this one at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JMLDKHP/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1576507722&sr=1-10&keywords=felt+letter+board&m=A2DY0FRTQEDIN3&

Let your imagination and creative juices flow……

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Have Something to Say

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Teens and preteens love all the memes! What would you say to “posting” it in their room for fun and laughs.

How? With a personal size message board of course!

I found this one at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VYL713D/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1574007331&sr=1-10&keywords=letter+board&m=A2DY0FRTQEDIN3&tab

It came with a great amount of letters and pre-made words to use. The work area is a felt background, and yes it also can with its own stand.

Super easy to place the letters into the board. No pins, tacks or tape needed.

Message boards like these can also be used in the office to put inspirational sayings, or just even a meme for the day.

Thanks to Tomoson promotions for the chance to try out this fun product!

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Snacking Through the Holidays

During the Holiday season we tend to snack a little more than usual. It goes with the season, but it shouldn’t be the reason for resolutions.

Why? Because you can switch what you snack on. Yes, there are products out there that have the crunch you look for with amazing taste and quality.

“What products would that be?”, you ask. Well, I recently was fortunate to have been chosen the have a Tryazon party sponsored by Laiki Rice Crackers, along with Roots Hummus!!

Can you serve them at a gathering or party? YES!! Or, like myself, I work a retail job and sometimes in the hustle and bustle you just need a little bite to make it through.

With that in mind, I brought my Tryazon party to work!!

Laiki rice crackers blew my coworkers away!! So much so that a couple of them may have do sappy mysteriously….

Not to be out done, once they dipped into the hummus by Roots….. now we know why they are the Microbrew of Hummus! Taste and texture like no other.

I’m so lucky and appreciative to have had the opportunity to try these great products through the Tryazon party. And, if you like to try new products you should join too at http://www.tryazon.com

Would like to know more about the products I featured?

http://www.laikicrackers.com

http://www.rootshummus.com

Allergy- Free Halloween is Attainable

I’m loving the idea of the Teal Pumpkin this Halloween geared toward the little ones with allergies to be able to enjoy the festivities without being worried ability their allergies.

But, if you’d like to do a little more, or are having a little party and need some tips; I’d like to share an article from a fellow blogger:

Popular TV contributor Carolina King has green, allergy-free tips for trick-or-treaters and Halloween parties.

“When did Halloween get so complicated? The days of just buying oversized bags of individually wrapped candy are disappearing. Today, there are concerns about everything from food allergies to how Halloween festivities affect our planet. Carolina King is helping take the anxiety out of Halloween for parents. “You can have a healthy and sustainable Halloween without taking any fun away from the holiday,” states King, founder of Mama Instincts and The Mama Instincts Podcast. 

For example, the candy industry is starting to do the right thing. “One common candy ingredient that no longer needs to spark concern is palm oil,” she points out. “We can finally enjoy chocolate that is not tied to rainforest destruction. Today, major candy manufacturers including Mars and Nestlé are using only certified sustainable palm oil. Much of that palm oil comes from Malaysia, which is a world leader in progressive environmental policies. The Malaysian palm oil industry is a huge contributor to wildlife conservation.”

King’s ideas for keeping the little goblins and our planet healthier while trick-or-treating 

King hears from parents who choose to use Halloween as a time to teach their kids about responsible choices. For those families, she offers the following tips and ideas: 

  • Conventional, budget-friendly treats: “While candy will probably never be considered healthy, it can be more earth-friendly by choosing brands made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, such as Kit Kats.”

  • Organic treats: GoOrganic Fruit Chews are Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic. The chews are made with Fair Trade-Certified sugar, and the bulk candy comes in home-compostable, cellophane bags.”

  • Allergy-safe treats: “Dots, Skittles and Starburst are all free of the top 8 allergens. For healthier options, consider these Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit individual packets, or MySuperCookies which are organic and nut-free. 

  • Low-sugar candies: “Candies made with xylitol help to fight cavities. Tasty, individually wrapped options include Xyloburst Lollipops and Dr. John’s Xylitol Sunkissed Fruit Candy.” 

  • Novelty Toys: “These are very popular today as parents move away from giving out candy. Kids love such things as

  • Glow Stick bracelets and scary Eyeball erasers. You can also get 48 Halloween-themed Slinkys for less than $15.”

Creative, sustainable food ideas for Halloween parties  

King says friends and families can have a frighteningly good time with these Halloween treats. 

  • Do-it-yourself popcorn bar. “Start with freshly popped Malaysian popcorn (recipe below) or try some Tiny but Mighty popcorn which has really cute tiny kernels without the annoying husks that get stuck in your teeth. Set out a seasoning station with different toppings. In keeping with the Halloween theme, include these Surf Sweets Gummy Worms which are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. They are also free of the 10 most-common allergens.”  

  • Instead of punch, prepare flavored fruit-infused water enhanced with Regular Girl. “Some kids eat more junk food than usual and are probably not so regular this time of year. Regular Girl is a good source of fiber plus probiotics. This is so easy to make! Press fresh fruit at the bottom of a jar to release the flavor. Top with water. Add one scoop of Regular Girl for every 8 ounces of water. It blends invisibly without changing the taste, aroma or appearance of the water.”   

  • Make a platter of cheese ghost sticks or ghost bananas.Use a permanent marker to draw a ghost face on an unpeeled banana or on cheese sticks. This is a fun activity to do with the kiddos and a fun way to turn a healthy snack into a Halloween snack.” 

  • Serve witch finger carrots sticks. “Turn baby carrots into creepy fingers by using a paring knife to give the carrot a finger shape. Shave one end of the baby carrot to make a fingernail bed and cut some grooves where a knuckle would be. Cut a small triangle piece of red pepper to use as nail. Dip one side of the pepper in honey and place on the carrot. Serve the fingers on a platter and watch your guests’ amazement!”

Hope you got some great ideas from the article!

Have a fun and safe Halloween!!

Time Will Fly When You DIY

I love to craft and DIY projects, though I wish I had more time for it. Now, I’ve got many friends that aren’t into the crafting DIY world. Then , there are those that aren’t sure how to begin or don’t want to invest in a bunch of supplies that they may only use once. I get ya!

Where do you find that “something for everyone ” place? Have you tried AR Workshop?

It is your one stop shop for all different DIY projects!

I was fortunate to have been able to attend my local AR Workshop first year anniversary!

And what fun we had!

The makes and take’ was a great way to sample what the projects they offer would be like.

Now, just because it’s called DIY doesn’t mean that they’re just going to put the supplies in front of you and walk away. No! They take you step by step through the project!

Check your local areas of an AR Workshop near you! You’re going to have a blast, and bring your gal pals for a girls night out . Or maybe your sweetie for a fun date night!

Bat Those Lashes

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Tried all the mascaras? Swiped on every serum? Can’t crimp with the curler anymore? Me,too! So I tried the new style for creating “bat-able” a HEATED eyelash curler!!

Hmmm….. not too intimidating. And you can charge it via USB.

It is ready to go as soon as the charge is full. Is it easy to use?

Yup, it’s just like using a mascara wand!

It takes some practice, but there’s hope!

Where did I find this handy tool?

I found mine at : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XP115MH

Check it out if your looking to try the latest lash curling trend!

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The “Fun” in Fundamental

So many snacks wherever you turn, and all their bright colored wrappings parading on television. As a parent we know of a better snack for our kiddos. One that also has colorful wrappings, but the kids find boring. Yes, you guessed it- fruit!!

So how do you spark interest? Along comes HuePets!! And wow are they cute!!

Through the courtesy of Tryazon, I was accepted to hold a “HuePets Party”. Isn’t that little guy super cute? And best of all, he’s interactive! With the kiddos of today so tech connected HuePets has an interactive app. I love the scavenger hunt that helps kids get familiar with fruit.

Lo and behold they are learning and not even realizing it! Sneaky? Maybe, but when they learn and reach for Nature’s best snacks around it’s worth it!

As you can see form these happy faces, the kids can’t wait to get all set up!

Simplicity and rewarding, HuePets sure make a difference!

A Gummy for Prevention

You’ve always heard, “an ounce of prevention “. But with so many various supplements to choose from which one do you get.

Fortunately, being a Tryazon member, I was accepted to try Sambucol Gummies.

Right away- the flavor is pleasing to everyone in the family!

Not only do they have gummies, they also offer a liquid form for those that aren’t the “gummy” kind of person.

How good? So good I had to share it with my monthly mom group event.

And at our Labor Day Bbq

As proactive as we prends try to be, sometimes those sniffles and colds still show up.

Sambucol has your back! Because they have help for that too!!

Would you like to find out more? Just go to:

http://www.sambucolusa.com

Check out Tryazon too: http://www.tryazon.com

When You Gotta Go.. But Won’t

Schools are in full swing! And the kiddos are getting into their routines and “grooves”. But, are they completely settled in? There’s one “issue” that tends to be unspoken, probably due it it’s nature…

It can be uncomfortable for our little ones when it comes to going to the bathroom. Not so much when it’s a quick stop, but when it’s the dreaded “no.2”!!!

The anxiety of not being in the comfort of your own home is real. Adults feel it and just deal with it. Not so easy with the kiddos, there are factors that we as adults don’t think of. How they feel in an unfamiliar bathroom, self conscious of the length of time it takes, or how they think the other kids will look or say to them.

I’ve got a great article from Dr. William Sears to share on how to help overcome these feelings:

Coping with bathroom anxiety and
other back-to-school health issues  

By William “Dr. Bill” Sears, M.D.

We’ve encountered and survived many back-to-school health issues in my over 50 years as a pediatrician, 52 years as a parent of eight children, and now 15 grandchildren. Now, I’m sharing some of my family’s best tips for three of the most common issues your children are likely to face this time of year.  

  • Bathroom anxiety and belly aches. Parents are sometimes surprised when their children won’t use a school bathroom, and they’re often just as perplexed about how to solve the problem.

When my kids were in school, bathroom anxiety and belly aches from irregularity were an occasional problem. But with grandchildren, these are intensified with increased amount of processed, constipating foods available to them. Regularity is such a huge issue that my wife Martha Sears, R.N. and I wrote “Dr. Poo: The Scoop on Comfortable Poop.” It provides the same tips and resources I give to our own children and grandchildren for how to poo better.

Admittedly, “So, how is your poop…” is probably never going to become a favorite topic of dinner conversation. But one reason why kids won’t go number 2 at school is they would rather play than spend any extra time sitting on the potty.  

Today we have some great hacks such as “invisible” fiber to put into what they are already eating and drinking so going to the bathroom is much more comfortable. Our family prefers kid-friendly fibers, such as Sunfiber or Regular Girl, that don’t cause extra gas or bloating. The great thing about one of these is if they have to go number 2, they are more likely to go right away. They won’t be straining to try to hurry the process.

  • Back-to-school stress. The stress my children experienced in school was nothing like our grandchildren face today. Now there’s more media time and less play time. Competition is more intense. Children begin feeling stressed at younger ages. And after a summer of play, sleeping in and no homework, suddenly children, like some adults returning from a long vacation, suffer stress overload.

Remember, both parenting and schooling are basically giving your children the tools to succeed in life.  One of the top tools to teach them early on is stress-reduction, especially with the “attitude of gratitude.” No matter how much “life sucks,” and sometimes it does, everyone has a few things to be thankful for.  

The top stress-reliever we have taught our children is what we call “preloading” the calming center of your brain by how you drift off to sleep and how you wake up each school day. These were considered novel when my kids were small but are more accepted now.

First, have them tape a list on their bathroom mirror entitled “Five things I like about me,” such as “I like my smile,” “I like that I’m a good soccer player,” and “I like that I’m honest.”

Next, as they drift off to sleep, sometimes with “stress-therapist” Dr. Mom or Dr. Dad as a facilitator, have them think about five things that they really are, which we call the “I am” technique – a technique taught to me by several patients in my pediatric practice: “I am smart,” “I am pretty,” and so on.  We call these stress-reduction exercises preloading the brain, which sets the child up for a good night’s sleep, and a good night’s sleep sets them up for a good day of learning.

Upon awakening, they then go back to their bathroom mirror and say five things they are thankful for – the “attitude of gratitude”: “I am thankful for my friends at school …”  

  • Preventing back-to-school coughs and sniffles. When my kids were small, we taught them to wash their hands frequently to help kill the viruses and bacteria they may have collected. According to the CDC, hand washing is still the most effective way to stay healthy. We taught them use regular soap and warm water to scrub their hands including the back of their hands, in between fingers and under nails for 20 seconds. Today, the grandchildren use antibacterial gel or wipes if soap and water are not available.

Martha and I also showed our children how to properly cover their nose and mouth when they cough. Many people only put their fist in front of their mouth, but many germs also come through the nose. Instead, children should put a whole hand over their nose and mouth so that the fingers are over the nose and the palm of their hand covers their mouth.

My kids also ate brainy breakfasts, filled with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that supported their immune health. Now, with our grab-and-go society, breakfast may not always be as nutritious.

While good nutrition is considered essential in the Sears extended family, our grandchildren, ages 4 and up, can also take black elderberry supplements such as Sambucol, a highly researched form of black elderberry available as great-tasting chewies for natural immune support during cough and cold season. The label says “Gummies” but I prefer to call them “suckies.” I love them that way!

Bonus tip: Teach kids to drink up when you wake up. The young student’s brain doesn’t like to start the day dehydrated from all the water they breathed out during the night. Soon after awakening, have your child down a couple glasses of water.  

William Sears, M.D.

William Sears, M.D., has been advising parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years.  He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the world’s largest children’s hospital, where he was associate ward chief of the newborn intensive care unit before serving as the chief of pediatrics at Toronto Western Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto.  He has served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine. A father of 8 children, he and his wife Martha have written more than 45 books and hundreds articles on parenting, childcare, nutrition, and healthy aging. He is the co-founder of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute for training health coaches, and he runs the health and parenting website AskDrSears.com.  Dr. Sears and his contribution to family health were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012.  He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.

Please feel free to share this helpful and insightful article with other parents that may need a tip or two!!

Community Togetherness

It’s such a great feeling when members of the community come together and share a piece of themselves with the rest of the community.

Which is exactly what happened one afternoon when our local Capital One Café offered a small Kids Cooking Class presented by Maggiano’s.

What a set-up! Intimate and fun!

Here are our hosts and instructor for the afternoon; Mgr. Gerald and Chef Hughey

What are the little chefs making? Maggiano’s classic lasagna of course!

Each mini chef’s station is complete with all they need. Up to the Chef’s table they go to watch as Chef Hughey sautés the meat sauce and shows step by step assembly.

Layer by layer the masterpieces are completed.

All contained in a take home packaging, final instructions on at home Cooking is given. But that’s not all, don’t go yet…..

Because when Maggiano’s is your host, you can’t leave in an empty stomach. They brought some “snacks” to share. Their well known baked ziti and penne chicken Alfredo! Complete of course with a few sweets!!

Fun filled summer afternoon!

Big shout out to Capital One Cafe for the class! Who knew? Now we know, and it’s not just cooking classes!

Contact your local Capital One Cafés, because ours are offering free classes like this one on various topics for everyone in the community to par take in!

It May Still be Summer…

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It’s sweltering hot out, summer is still in swing. And I am going to share with you…..

Yes- a Fall/Winter jacket!!

Maybe it’s all the “Back to School” ads we’re seeing in stores, on tv and in the newspapers.

As I was searching on Amazon I stumbled on this jacket. What first attracted me was the design- right up the alley of the men in my family. Next was how it seemed light, but yet the materials were still effective to stay warm.

And the jacket arrives!!

Great fit, not too thick. What a bonus, there’s a ton of pockets!!

Yup, we found an all weather wear “keeper”!!!

Here’s a link to where I found it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FZXGCFG

If it’s this easy to get ready for the Seasons that are right around the corner…. I can make pool day productive!!!

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Workout Without Compromise

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Everyone talks about a good workout. You get into a groove, and you push through. But you’re not the only one getting the workout, so are your clothes.

You want clothes that support and can take it. If your family is like mine, the guys seem to need a little more sturdier set of shorts.

Lo and behold…. I may have found the shorts the guys can rely on!!

Running athletic shorts with compression shorts built in! But not too warm with enough give to be comfortable.

What?!? Yes!! Pockets too!!

Where did I find them? Right here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R13Y4L6

Do you think anyone would notice if I got myself a pair???

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When Allergies Linger

I know…. school’s out- it’s “Summer”!! Well, kind of, Summer officially starts on June 21st and lasts until September 23rd. So technically we are still in Spring and still affected by those allergies!! And if you’re like me and maybe your kids. your done with being loaded up with crazy amounts of medicines to find some relief.

I have included an article from Dr. Bill Sears, so of us have been fortunate to hear him speak at various events. Love his style, kind and practical.

Great read and tips! Enjoy!!!

Calming allergy itchies without harsh chemicals. By Bill Sears, MD, America’s Pediatrician

For some children, even the thought of spring makes their eyes burn, itch and water. Their noses and throats also get itchy and uncomfortable. If your child’s symptoms are mild and do not seem to interfere with his life very much, then you really do not need to give any prescription medication.

The immune system plays an important role in the body’s reaction to allergens. Here are some natural, alternative approaches to supporting the immune system and relieving itch-causing symptoms.

  • Eat plenty of vibrantly-colored fruits and vegetables. These play important roles in balancing the immune system. There is now science to support the old adage: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Peppers, onions and garlic contain compounds that help thin and reduce mucus.

  • Provide temporary relief from itchy, burning, watery and/or red eyes by using Similasan Allergy Eye Relief. These drops’ natural active ingredients help stimulate the body’s natural defenses. And because they contain no dyes, harsh vasoconstrictors or antihistamines, they can be used as often as needed.

  • Use a portable air purifier to remove allergens from your home. High-Efficiency Particulate Accumulator filters can remove dust mite droppings, pollens, molds, spores, animal dander, and many other irritants. They cost $100 – $200. Place it in the main living area of the house during the night to clean the air while you sleep. Then run it in the bedroom during the afternoon so the air will be clean while you sleep.

  • Make exercise part of his routine. Regularly getting moderate-intensity exercise will help boost the immune system. Just be aware that pollen counts are usually highest during the late morning and early afternoon. Limit outside playtime to early morning, late afternoon and evenings during allergy season.

  • Make sleep a priority. “The mind and body work better when they are well rested, and that applies to the body’s defenses against allergens. Aim for your child to get at least seven or eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Mild allergies or even a string of colds will usually work themselves out within two to three months, thus making more intense allergy intervention unnecessary.

About the author: William Sears, M.D., has been advising parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years. He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the world’s largest children’s hospital, where he was associate ward chief of the newborn intensive care unit before serving as the chief of pediatrics at Toronto Western Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. He has served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine. A father of 8 children, he and his wife Martha have written more than 45 books and hundreds articles on parenting, childcare, nutrition, and healthy aging. He is the cofounder of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute for training health coaches, and he runs the health and parenting website AskDrSears.com. Dr. Sears and his contribution to family health were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.

Would like to send a shout out for being the opportunity and permission to share the article from Dr. Sears!!