Thursday, 23 March 2017

Family Eye Care on a Budget

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Take Care of Your Family's Eye Care on a Budget


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Family Eye Care on a Budget

It is time. You know that you need to take the kids into the optometrist, but you keep putting it off. As if it were not bad enough that you have a big home remodel project around the corner, those darn glasses frames are going to set you back hundreds, perhaps even more than a thousand dollars. But you know that your kids are a top priority and you need to make sure that you treat their eyes properly if you want them to succeed in school – otherwise you are going to be looking at a few more home remodeling projects to add on bedrooms for their long term stay past 18 years old!

If you want to set your kids up for success, you need to make sure their eyes are well taken care of. Many parents do not realize it, but a big reason many children have a tough time in elementary school is because of undiagnosed eyesight issues. To ensure that your children not only get treated properly at the optometrist, but stick with their treatment plan, you need to look into using contacts over glasses.

Not only will contacts be a lot “cooler” at school, and have a much higher likelihood of staying in your kids’ eyes all day long than glasses do of staying on their face, but contacts also save money for you. If you take advantage of the amazing deals through 1-800-Contacts’ new Groupon Coupons page, you can score on huge deals such as $30 off plus free shipping, $10 off of your order, $20 off, a 10% discount, and many more!

Making sure that your family stays under budget, while doing its best to take care of your kids’ needs is a tough job. You have to balance several conflicting demands all of the time. But if you take advantage of the Groupon Coupons offered at 1-800-Contacts’ new page, you will be able to make sure that all of your kids at least are able to see properly and have a fair shot at all of the opportunities presented to them down the road. Plus, you will be able to stay under budget and keep a little money leftover for that upcoming home remodel project.

How do you take of your family's eye care on a budget?


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

10 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

The Importance in Avoiding Certain Foods During Pregnancy


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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to have well-balanced meals containing an abundance of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. These are essential to maintaining a healthy pregnancy and ensuring that your baby's development progresses normally and healthy.

Most foods are safe to consume during pregnancy, however there are some foods that should be avoided. The following list will help you wean out foods that could be harmful to you and your baby. When in doubt on a particular food item it is always best to do your own research to give yourself peace of mind. 

1. Unwashed vegetables. While it is a general rule to wash these foods in many households it is especially important to do so during pregnancy. The soil where the vegetables were grown may have contained toxoplasmosis.

2. Fish with high levels of mercury. Mercury is a highly toxic element and is commonly found in polluted water. Large fish such as shark, tuna, swordfish, and king mackeral can accumulate high amounts of mercury and can lead to brain damage and developmental delays.

3. Raw shellfish. Under-cooked shellfish such as clams, mussels, and oysters can cause many sea bourne illnesses. Cooking them thoroughly can prevent some of the infections, but not the algae related infections.

4. Deli, or under-cooked meat and poultry. Consuming deli meats, under-cooked meat or poultry increases the risk of infection from several bacteria or parasites including E. Coli, Listeria, Salmonella, and toxoplasmosis. Bacteria and parasites can threaten the health of a newborn by causing severe neurological illnesses and even stillbirth.


Earth Mama Angel Baby

5. Under-cooked or raw eggs. Whenever you eat raw eggs you are putting yourself at risk of being infected with salmonella which can lead to illness. It also increases the risk of premature birth or stillbirth.

6. Unpasteurized milk, cheese, and juice. Unpasteurized food and drinks may contain listeria, salmonella, and other bacteria which can to lead to serious illness and even poisoning. 

7. Excessive caffeine. Too much caffeine is not good for the body, especially during pregnancy. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and is linked to low birth rate. While you don't have to give it up completely, excessive amounts should definitely be avoided.

8. Salads from the deli or restaurant. Prepared salads from these places may not contain a high quality of eggs, meat, fruit, or vegetables and contain listeria and other bacteria.

9. Herbal Teas.. While there are some herbal teas that are good for your pregnancy, there are others that can do more harm than good. It is best to find out if your herbal tea is safe to drink during pregnancy before consuming any.

10. Alcohol. Not even one drop of alcohol should be consumed during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can interfere with the healthy development of the baby and lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other developmental disorders.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Were you aware that all these foods should be avoided during pregnancy?

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Create your First Video with Aminoto

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Aminoto Makes it Easy to Create Professional Videos 


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Aminoto

Animoto makes it easy to create professional videos on the web and on the go. They want you to get inspired and share how to create your first Animoto video!

Did you know there are two different products Animoto offers? Slideshow videos and marketing videos! Slideshow videos, depending on your subscription, allow logos within video, as well as design-rich or premium video styles to choose from! Marketing videos, depending on your subscription, allow logos, custom brand colors, advanced text control, voice-over, and pre-built storyboards! These are just a few of the features of the two products.

To get started with your first video, choose from a variety of templates. Customize videos with one of nearly 50 beautiful styles. Animoto has styles for any video you want to make, be it for travel recaps, special occasions, memories with your family/kids, or your business. Pick from over 1000 great soundtracks within a range of genres in our curated music library. And with a Pro account, you get another 1000 tracks of commercially licensed music. Already have your photos online? Animoto can grab them from Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, or Instagram. Manage them on your computer? Use Animoto's Lightroom or Aperture plugins for easy uploading!


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

10 Ways to Pass Time While Breastfeeding

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Things you can do to Pass Time While Breastfeeding your Baby


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Ways to Pass Time While Breastfeeding

After hearing some moms mention that they often become bored during breastfeeding I was inspired to share some helpful tips on how to pass time while feeding your baby. There were times when I would lay down with my baby and just rest or sleep while he fed and then other times I would multi-task. 

Multi-tasking is nothing new to moms. This is especially true during baby's early years as they require constant care and attention. During breastfeeding there is an opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy a bonding moment with baby. However many moms may feel that it is a great time to get a head start on some minor chores that can be done while sitting down.



There are many ways to pass the time while breastfeeding your baby. Whether it be just watching your baby while he is feeding, getting some extra fluids such as water, or planning and preparing things relating to home. Here are some great ways to pass time while breastfeeding your baby in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

1. Read. Read a book, magazine, or news article to yourself or silently to your baby while feeding.

2. Interact with your other children. Put together a puzzle, play a game, or simply talk and listen to them.

3. Social network. Connect with family members and friends online or catch up with the latest trends.

4. Take an online class. There are a wide variety of classes available online for free. There is everything from cooking classes to university level classes.



5. Have a snack. Choose healthy protein rich foods that will give you more energy to care for your baby. Nuts, peanut butter sandwiches, and hard-boiled eggs are all high in protein and easy snacks that you can eat with one hand.

6. Make a shopping list or plan meals. Stick to simple and healthy meals that can be prepared quickly. Plan meals around the weekly specials to help save money at the same time. 

7. Watch television. Catch up on the news, your favorite programs, or enjoy a movie.

8. Play games. Phones have many free apps you can download including brain teasers, word games, and strategic board games.

9. Jigsaw puzzle. These are really great for your mind and will keep you occupied for any length of time.

10. Write. Whether you are a blogger, keep a journal, or author you can use this time for brainstorming, finding topics, and making notes. You would be surprised at how much you can get accomplished over several short periods in a day.

Ways to Pass Time While Breastfeeding

If you have breastfed in the past or are currently breastfeeding what do you do to pass the time?





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Friday, 3 March 2017

8 Benefits of Eating Together as a Family

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

Why Eating together is Beneficial to Families


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Benefits of eating together as a family

When was the last time you and your family sat down and enjoyed a meal together? Eating together as a family has seems to be less common these days due to a variety of reasons. It may be that one or both parents are working late, a parent is working out of town, or children have after school activities. Whatever reason may be preventing us from eating together we should strive to make time where we can sit down and enjoy meals as a family. 

Eating together as a family doesn't have to be dinner every night of the week. It could also be breakfast, lunch, or even a snack before bedtime. What is important is making a commitment to be more involved as a family during meal times. Besides bringing family members together the following are reasons why sharing meals can be beneficial.

1. Communication. Since dinnertime might be the first time everyone has been together since morning, it is a great opportunity to catch up. Each person can talk about their day and share any positive experiences they may have had as well as any negative events that may have occurred. If is breakfast everyone can share their plans for the day ahead.

2. Better nutrition. Home cooked meals are more likely to consist of foods including vegetables, grains, meats, beans, and lentils. These foods are much higher in nutrients such as calcium, fiber, and iron that would be found in take away food.

3. Introduction of new foods. Mealtime is a perfect opportunity to expose children to foods they have not yet tried. Parents can encourage their children by eating these different foods in front of them. 


Taste Trunk


4. Learn responsibility. Everyone can pitch in to help plan and prepare meals, set the table, and clean up afterward. Small children can wash vegetables, tear lettuce, and set the table. Older children can peel and cut vegetables, measure and add spices, and help with cleanup.

5. Practice good manners. Parents can use mealtime to teach children about manners and politeness. Try to limit distractions at mealtimes. Show your children that it is important to be heard and not ignored. Turn off the television and mobile telephones to maximize quality time.

6. Prevent weight gain. Eating at home means there is a better chance for a home cooked meal as opposed to eating unhealthy takeaway foods.

7. Save money. Eating at a restaurants or taking out food can be quite expensive especially if it is several times a week. Planning meals ahead of time and according to sales can help save you money.

8. Increase in happiness. Families who eat together connect more and become closer. It gives them a chance to share feelings of belonging, warmth, and love. Once in a while plan a chance in scenery. Go for a picnic outside (inside if whether is not good), eat at the beach, or at the park.


Benefits of eating together as a family

Do you know of any other benefits of eating meals together as a family?
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Groovy Lab in a Box - STEM?

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What Exactly is STEM?


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People often reference “STEM” a lot. However, you may be wondering: “What is STEM, exactly?” Groovy Lab in a Box takes a look at what STEM is and why it is so important to the United States.

STEM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” It’s an acronym to describe a type of curriculum in school – from kindergarten through college. The idea behind STEM is to make the United States more competitive in technology development by bringing up generations of students who can excel in high-tech jobs (Groovy Lab in a Box calls this generation, “STEMists”.) Without these STEMists, the U.S. could face a workplace development crisis.


For example, right now, only 16% of children graduating from American high schools are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career. However, jobs such as systems software developers, medical scientists and biomedical engineers will have the most career opportunities by 2020.


As you can see, emphasizing STEM is critical in our schools, and it has not gone unnoticed by our federal government. In May 2013, the National Science and Technology Council issued a five-year strategic plan to respond to the lack of STEM education in our country’s schools. Other organizations, such as the STEM Education Coalition, are working hard to tell policymakers about STEM and how preparing our students is critical to the future of the U.S.



Groovy Lab in a Box is doing their part, too. Each month, their subscription service focuses on delivering STEM education to your doorstep and computer. At Groovy Lab in a Box, they believe that children are natural STEMists with an innate sense of curiosity and inquiry that can flourish under the right conditions.



They also believe that learning can be fun. The makers at Groovy Lab in a Box created their "Groovy Labs" to encourage children to channel their natural STEMists. Whether they are building rockets or creating an electrical circuit, children are enjoying the learning process, and applying analytical skills that will transfer to the classroom, and later, their careers.


 

So, there you have it: STEM in a nutshell. As you can see, STEM is a vital part of our children’s education – and the future competitiveness of the U.S. Here are some resources where you can learn more about STEM:

STEM Education Coalition
U.S. Department of Education
Successful STEM Education

This month's groovy box is Lunar Launch - A Lesson in Rocket Science and is a Parents’ Choice® Award Winner! Be sure to start a Groovy Lab in a Box subscription today before this box ships on February 28th with FREE SHIPPING!



What do you think about STEM?


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Friday, 17 February 2017

Clever Uses for Kitchen Sponges

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

12 Clever Ways to Use Sponges in the Kitchen and Beyond


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Clever Uses for Kitchen Sponges

Sponges are most commonly used in the kitchen for cleaning dishes or spills. Surprisingly, there are additional clever uses for these sponges that extend inside the kitchen, as well as in other areas throughout your home.

1. Keep your vegetables crunchy. Place a few new kitchen sponges in your crisper drawer and squeeze them out after they've absorbed excess moisture. This will keep your veggies crisp. 

2. Keep refrigerator odor free. Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and place it in your fridge. It will absorb odors, and you’ll able to stretch a box of baking soda over a longer period of time.

3. Protect surfaces from scratches. Before you place a vase on your coffee table glue a few pieces of a sponge to the bottom to prevent any marks.

4. Seal a drafty window. If your window air-conditioning unit doesn't fit snug, press a sponge into any openings to keep the chilly air inside.

5. Clean narrow vases or containers. Place some tape or rubber band a sponge to the end of a chopstick to clean and dry narrow vases and containers.

6. Nail polish remover pad. Pour some nail polish remover over a sponge instead of disposable cotton balls. Store in a container when not in use and save money by reusing the sponge.

Julep

7. Perfect your pedicure. To avoid smudged polish after an at-home pedicure, cut a sponge in wedges and place between the toes to separate.

8. Protect your hands when shoveling or raking by wrapping a sponge or two around the handle. Secure the sponges with a couple of rubber bands.

9. Simple ice pack. Soak a sponge in water, place it in a sealed plastic sandwich bag and freeze until solid. As the sponge thaws, the water will stay sealed up in the bag without getting all over.Nail polish remover pad. Pour some nail polish remover over a sponge instead of disposable cotton balls. Store in a container when not in use and save money by reusing the sponge.

10. Save your soap. Soap can make such a mess in the bottom of the bathroom dish after several uses. Instead rest your soap on a sponge to wick away moisture and keep your soap clean and ready to use.

11. Remove Lint. Give your clothes and upholstery a quick wipe down with a dampened, wrung out sponge to easily remove lint and pet fur. You can reuse the sponge again simply by running your fingers over its surface and remove the lint.

12. Paint stamps. Make stamps by cutting the sponge into desired shapes. Give the stamps along with some paint to your children and watch them have fun painting with shapes.

Clever Uses for Kitchen Sponges

Can you think of more clever uses for kitchen sponges?
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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3 Ingredient Homemade Creamy Hot Chocolate 


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Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate is a popular drink among both young and old generations. It is enjoyed best during the cold season and forms many cherished memories in childhood. Playing outside in the snow, skating, or sliding prior to having this delicious hot beverage just makes one appreciate more the simpler things in life. It is a satisfying and soothing beverage that can quickly warm chilled hands.

There are many ways to top up a cup of hot chocolate. Some classic favorites include whipped cream, marshmallows, caramels, cinnamon, marshmallows, sprinkles or jimmies. To make it more fun set up a toppings bar and let everyone choose what they want to place on top of their drinks. 

There are a few ways to whip up a delicious cup of hot chocolate. You can pick up one from a cafe shop, a box or tin from the store, or you can make your own at home. The first two may seem like the easiest ways to get your drink. However with just a few ingredients and a little time you can prepare your own the way you like it. 

The Prepared Pantry

When putting together this recipe the ingredients can be customized to individual taste. Use any milk you prefer whether it be cow, soy, almond, or half and half. Feel free to replace white sugar with any sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or sweet and low. The following is a basic version that is very simple and quick to put together.

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 - 4 tablespoons sugar (adjust to your desired sweetness)
2 cup milk (full fat/homogenized)

Method: 

1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, and about 2 tablespoons of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved. 

2. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is hot.

3. Pour in cups and serve. 

Tips:

If serving to small children fill their cups half full with the hot chocolate and then add a little cold milk.

When travelling outside in cold weather fill a thermos with hot chocolate and take it with you.


Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Introducing the Gymboree Peter Rabbit Collection

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Shop the Peter Rabbit Collection at Gymboree



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 Gymboree Peter Rabbit collection

Gymboree just introduced the brand new Peter Rabbit collection. This collection is specially designed for the littlest ones in your life. It is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Spring with bunny-soft styles, cute ruffles, and exquisite embroidery. Each and every piece in this collection is absolutely adorable.

This collection features dresses, one piece tops and pants, outfits sets, accessories, and more for both boys and girls. There are even plush Peter Rabbit toys. These all make great gifts for baby showers, birthdays, or any occasion. Here are just some of the pieces available:
 Garden Dress

 Peter Rabbit Dress


 Bunny Loves 1 - Piece


 Rabbit Overall Set


 Rabbit Ears Cardigan

Gymboree celebrates childhood and creates quality clothes and accessories that are the fabric of childhood. We inspire moms with our cute, colorful,coordinated collections. In Gymboree, kids shine bright and families look great together—for family moments, for special occasions, and for the special occasion that is every day of childhood.

Which outfit from the Peter Rabbit collection is your favorite? 


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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Getting Organized with EasyClosets

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Get Organized and Inspired with EasyClosets


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 EasyClosets

Are you thinking about custom organizing storage areas throughout your home? If so you may be wondering: “What is the best way to design my own custom organization system?” Whether it’s a bedroom closet, kid’s room closet, pantry, entryway or even the garage, a well-designed storage system can help improve organization and enhance the appearance of your home. Get inspired to design your dream space with expert design tips and ideas from EasyClosets.

With the easy online design tool, it’s simple to custom design closet systems to fit the exact dimensions of your space. And, your closet system can be made even more efficient by adding accessories like belt racks, shelf dividers, baskets and more. Custom organization systems are made of high quality, 3/4" thick commercial grade composite panels with a thermally fused laminate surface that provides a durable, attractive finish. With a wide variety of colors, styles and accessories available in stock, you can customize designs specifically for your space, lifestyle and home decor.

EasyClosets are also Environmental friendly. The core of EasyClosets panels are made of 100% recycled and/or recovered wood fiber and certified to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase II standards.

EasyClosets custom closet and home organization solutions are sold online 7 days a week and free professional design service is available. Our professional design team can create a personalized plan for any area of your home at no extra charge. Get free design service or use our easy online design tool to design your custom home organization solution today.

Shipping is FREE within the contiguous U.S. for orders over $100. Orders placed by 6:00 p.m. ET typically ship the next business day so you can get started on your dream space right away.


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