New Year’s Eve Activities for Children

We have all sorts of grown-up traditions and activities to bring in the New Year, why not give your children something special to do to celebrate? Here are a few activities found all over the web. From Disney’s Spoonful.com Festive Simple to Do First Night Hats Paper Noisemaker Recipe: Confetti Cake From MarthaStewart.com Bubble Jump First Day Book Grapes at Midnight From me During the day of New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day, involve your children in a family discussion about things to do better in 2014. To extend this, ask them what they want to accomplish in the New Year, like take a trip. Pray with them and over them for the New Year. Happy New Year to you and yours from me and...

Watching Your Weight over the Holidays

The strongest person is tempted by all of the goodies available at this time of year. Someone is always baking, cooking or buying rich foods in the spirit of the holidays. It becomes really easy to overeat and overindulge. Here are a few tips to help you (and me) be kinder to our bodies while we partake of a few wonderful treats. Eat breakfast and be mindful to eat it on the days when you have to attend some holiday festivity where pastries and rich foods will be served. Do not stop exercising. If you exercise daily for at least 10 minutes or if you take their stairs versus the elevator, the activity will keep your metabolism moving and you will burn some of those extra holiday calories. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to maintain a slight feeling of full in your tummies. It will make you less inclined to overeat. Mind your food portions and food selections. Do not eat a heavy dinner should you plan to eat a slice of cake. Eat foods filled with nutrients. A nutritious meal will insure that you’re not taking in empty calories found in sweets and treats. You don’t want to feel awful at the start of the year, do you? Well, eat in moderation and take care to eat...

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

The mother of small children generally cringes whenever some well-meaning relative or family friend gives their child or children toys with sharp edges and what looks like a million small pieces for Christmas. I would cringe. Those small pieces and sharp edges could easily end up lodged in a foot, an eye or some other body part that leads to infection and/or a trip to the emergency room. Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is scary: “According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States.  72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.” [Read the rest here.] Here are some tips to assist you in shopping for children, yours or someone else’s. Read all warnings and instructions on the box before purchasing or before allowing your children to play with the gift if from someone other than you. If shopping for other people’s children, ask them what is appropriate for the child first. Parents know their children and know the toys better than anyone. Avoid toys that shoot or have parts that can fly off. Make sure the construction of a toy is such that it will not break into tiny shards or sharp pieces if broken. Think long and hard about toys with cords and strings that can choke. Prevent Blindness America has two great tip sheets you can download for more information...

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