Lets face it shopping for sunscreen is often a confusing activity. Let's look at some common sunscreen mistakes that people make so we can make the best choice for our family this summer.
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When it comes to natural, green cleaning, it’s hard to beat plain old white vinegar. Because it is technically a FOOD and not a CLEANER, vinegar is safe for use around kids, pets, and food prep areas. It’s also extremely affordable, costing only about 5¢ per ounce. Due to a pH of 2.0 and the acetic acid content, vinegar is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms, so it is the perfect cleaner for your home! Vinegar is proven to be an effective disinfectant against E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and influenza, and also a very effective natural deodorizer.
There are a lot of common household spices that are found in just about everybody’s home. Oregano, basil, and salt just to name a few. A lot of these spices hold some surprises though, do you know about the health benefits of basil?
I have always thought that one of the most influential books of my life was Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. I'm certain this book is the very reason why I am not a picky eater. And I have taken a "let's try it attitude", beyond food, towards many aspects of life in general.
Can’t fit in an hour a day, or even 3 times a week at a gym? You don’t need to. No worries. There are many ways to get in the exercise you need to stay or get fit in short spurts throughout the day.
In the book of Mark, chapter 10:7-8, Jesus answers a question surrounding the matter divorce in a peculiar manner, by saying that a man and woman become one flesh, after sexual intercourse (marriage). What the people at the time didn’t know is that Jesus was actually talking about microchimerism. So, what is microchimerism, and how the phrase “ become one flesh” describes it perfectly?
The ultimate teenage summer bucket list can help keep everyone sane. Teens will have plenty of cool ways to spend the longest and hottest day of the summer while parents can focus on their daily routines without worries.
I watched The Accountant last night. There’s a scene in which Ben Affleck, a high functioning autistic mathematical genius who works as an accountant for dangerous criminals, but, is using the cover of being a small town CPA, counsels a couple about their finances. The husband in the scene is a farmer and the wife mentions she makes jewelry as a hobby. Affleck begins asking them questions about having a home office to save them money on their taxes. They leave his office elated. I’ve had home based businesses my whole life, but these days, more and more smart moms and dads are working from home in home-based businesses.
While the day could keep going and pass us by, barely even noticing it, let's take some time right now, yes, now to do so. Put everything aside and just notice for a few minutes what is going on inside and around you. Use this guided relaxation to give yourself a moment of relaxation, of deeper reflection. This is a chance to step back from all the 'doing and just 'be'. You will be amazed at what can come out of such an opportunity. I invite you to give it a try and share your experiences with us below.
What if one simple measure taken before conception could allay the fears of your unborn child having autism, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, vaccine injury and more? Heavy metal toxicity has been discovered to be a catalyst in these conditions, and according to new research, are inherited from generations past. Heavy metals are dangerous because they accumulate in blood tissues, feeding bacterial bugs and viruses that contribute to many childhood and adult disorders. However, heavy metal removal methods can be employed safely and naturally.
Social scientists and app developers say cell phones and social media are designed to be addictive. It’s like turning a gambler loose in a casino or a giving a drug addict an eight ball. Apps are designed to keep you engaged and coming back for more because the more interaction the more money app and social media owners, advertisers, and ultimately stockholders make.
There has been a trend lately of college programs offering scholarships to younger and younger kids. The Charlotte Observer ran an article today documenting the story of two young boys, aged 9 and 10 years, who have both been offered college football scholarships this month. These boys are committing to a program a decade from now, but at what cost? At nine years old, is it possible for a child to make a decision about his future? Because he has not yet even hit puberty, how can anyone say with certainty that he will even have the physical size and strength to play at the college level? And what is the cost to this child in specializing so young in one single sport?
Have you looked at the ingredients of most popsicles at the grocery store?
Corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavor and food dyes.
That is not what I want my children eating on a daily basis all summer.
Did you know you can make easy, healthy homemade popsicles?
Most of us know first hand that a snoring partner can disrupt the other person from a good nights sleep. We have all heard stories of one partner taking the sofa or even the spare bedroom in an attempt to get more sleep. According to Daniel P. Slaughter, MD and Otalaryngolgist snoring can even cause marriage problems.
Two of my friends recently stated that they took 5 HTP for depression, while both used the exact same words testifying to its effectiveness. "It changed my life", is what each said. I took note. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals, however, both friends, touted 5 HTP as a natural supplement. How could I not take note, when two people, whose opinion I value, who don't even know each other, both made the claim "It changed my life"?
Home remedies for bleeding gums during pregnancy and after birth go far beyond oral care since drinking coffee, poor diet and gut health lead to GERD and silent reflux, which are robbing your gum health while you sleep. GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a very common disorder characterized by chronic heartburn, but a less common symptom, such as silent reflux, is associated with the condition.
When an adult or kid will not eat vegetables, it seems the right name and appearances can go a long way to get them to try these healthy menu options.
If you are one of the lucky ones, you may not yet be seeing much change in your skin. But, if you are like the majority of women in their 40s, you may be noticing that your skin could use a little extra TLC. Too much sun damage and too many years neglecting to take care of your skin may finally be starting to show up in very real and distressing ways.
Everyone wants to avoid wrinkles and sun exposure at the same time, so a lot of make-up companies are now putting SPF in our foundation. This is convenient, but does make-up have enough SPF to count as sunscreen?
Look, let’s be real. Nobody likes doing the laundry. I mean, I can think of a million different things I would rather be doing on this beautiful summer day than sorting, scrubbing, washing, drying, folding, hanging, and putting away laundry. But in my house, and most likely in yours as well, the laundry duty falls squarely on my shoulders. The worst part of doing laundry for children is all of the stains. Most days, I’m left wondering, “How on earth do they get their clothes so messy?”
My oldest child will be turning 10 years old soon. He’s a boy—a boy who plays sports. His clothes can sometimes really reach new levels of filth; especially his team uniforms. (And on that note, why on earth would they even make white baseball pants for little boys?) My youngest is an 8 year old girl who loves animals and being outdoors, and whose favorite activity is digging in the dirt.
My experience with these two has definitely given me a chance to earn my stain-removal stripes. So I thought, why not put that expertise to good use? Keep reading for my laundry stain removal cheat sheet especially for moms like us.
Farmers markets are rich vibrant places that are often an important part of the local culture as well as economy. You may not realize that there are many unexpected things you do do at farmers markets in addition to enjoy amazing fresh produce. They are ever increasing in popularity so let's take advantage of all they have to offer. Whether you are an entrepreneur, young parent or healthy food lover, there is much to learn and do at farmers markets that you may not realize.
Does your child have trouble concentrating? Then some doctors say fidget spinners may be just what he/she needs, especially in ADHD cases.
When it's time to take a break from the heat, hand your kids this sweet frozen treat and watch their smiles turn into delightfully-messy chocolate smiles. This homemade fudgesickles recipe with coconut milk is both gluten-free and dairy-free.
Modern cloth diapers are just as easy to change as a disposable and as easy to maintain as washing a load of laundry. And today I will tell you why I chose cloth diapers.
When you think of food allergy, you most likely think of people you know who are allergic to peanuts or shellfish, and who, after one bite of the offending food, suffer the tell-tale signs of a reaction—swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, and an immediate and life-threatening response.
Burgers are an American tradition and a staple in my families but even die hard burger lovers don’t want to eat them every day. Ground beef is an affordable meat to incorporate into family dishes and you can have variety rather than being burger bored. Here are 10 ideas on how to cook ground beef if tired of hamburgers, meatloaf and tacos.
Sage, the largest genus of plants, have been raved for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. According to Nature’s Bioceuticals, sage was considered a valuable commodity in 17th century China. But, some of the health benefits of sage may help autistic patients, and here is why.
The family of a baby elephant rushes to unbelievable rescue when a baby elephant falls in pool in Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea.
Whether you purchase them in retail stores or make them yourself. Sugar scrubs are a great add on to your beauty routine.
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