Monday, August 29, 2016
Having enough protein in your diet is essential. Not only does it keep you full and satisifed, but it also helps keep muscles lean and energy levels up.
Here’s how to make your favorite morning meals more nutritious and more filling.
~ 2 1/2 cups fat-free milk
~ 1/2 cup instant polenta
~ 1/4 dried blueberries
~ 1/4 cup chopped almonds
~ 2 tablespoons honey
~ Cinnamon, to taste
~ Pour 2 cups of the milk into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.
~ Whisk in the polenta, stirring for 5 minutes or until thick.
~ Stir in the blueberries, almonds, and honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste.
~ Divide the polenta between 2 bowls and top each with 1/4 cup of the remaining milk.
~ 6 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
~ 8 almonds
~ 1/4 cup broccoli florets, stems cut off
~ 1 cup frozen strawberries
~ 1/4 cup cannellini or garbanzo beans
~ 3/4 cup iced green tea
~ 1 teaspoon flaxmeal
~ 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
~ Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.
~ Pour into a glass and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top. Enjoy immediately.
Eggs with Chilies
~ 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white
~ Pinch of kosher salt and fresh pepper
~ Cooking spray
~ 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
~ 6 cherry tomatoes, halved (2.5 oz)1 scallion, thinly sliced
~ Vigorously whisk the eggs, egg white, and salt and pepper in a bowl.
~ Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. When hot, coat lightly with cooking spray. Cook chopped chilies and tomatoes until soft (2 minutes). Add eggs. Cook, stirring gently, until eggs are cooked through, as desired (1-2 minutes). Sprinkle with scallion. Serve hot.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
They say dogs are humans best friends, yet there are a lot of us who prefer cats. But what when the child comes in a family, is it safe to have a pet around?
For many parents, the idea of kids and cats together is an absolute natural. For other parents though, it’s a scary thought that may get the family cat a one-way ticket to the local shelter.
Bringing a new cat into a family with children
Once you have made the decision to bring a cat into your home and have picked out the perfect companion for your children, you should spend some time getting your home ready. Go through and cat-proof your home taking special care to eliminate hazards to a small kitten. Designate an easily accessible yet small childproof area for the cats litter box and food. Have a family meeting and make up a list of rules and duties concerning the new cat and hang it on the refrigerator. Because of the responsibility and potential health risk involved with litter boxes, I always recommend that the parent take on the job of cleaning the litter box.New kittens and cats are going to need several weeks of quiet time when they are first brought into a new home. Limit play to several short sessions a day and make sure the kitten is not bothered when sleeping. A cat door leading into a quiet room with food, water, litter box, and a sleeping area is a great idea for homes with small children.Decide where the cat is, or more likely is not, allowed to sleep. While there are many advocates of allowing cats to sleep in the bed with their owners, I caution owners of small children against this practice. While the health risks are small, external parasites including fleas and ticks, as well as the ringworm fungus, can be transmitted from cats to people. If children have allergies, then cats should be discouraged from sleeping with them or in their bedrooms.
Bringing a new baby into a home that already has a cat
The most common concern is whether there is a risk of a cat sleeping with and smothering a baby. Pediatricians have strict recommendations for the type of bed and blankets used, as well as never placing stuffed animals or other toys in the bed with babies or small children. Because of the risk of suffocation, it is never acceptable to allow a cat in the bed of a child under three years of age. In our own home, our cats are not allowed into the children's bedrooms and there is a door that can be closed to keep them out at night.Some cats have difficulty adjusting to a new baby initially. The new parents are often busy, tired, and focused on the new baby. The cat that was once the center of all the attention has now taken a back seat to the new baby. By anticipating this and the potential problems that could arise, a pet owner should try to lessen the shock by slowly introducing new baby furniture, blankets, etc., over a period of time. After the arrival of the baby, make sure you set aside time every day to groom and play with the cat. The adjustment period may take a month or longer, but almost all cats adjust after a short while. Adding a new cat to the family at this time as a companion for your cat is not always a good idea. A new kitten will just add to the stress of the existing cat as well as taking more of the owner's time away from the cat to care for the kitten.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Amy Beth Gardner text will teach you a life lesson. Although it was meant for her daughter, after she announced it on Facebook, he became a viral hit with over half a million shares.
The night before the 10-year Breona started middle school, the attentive mother decided by example to teach the importance of being kind and good to everyone. Here's how:
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We've decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like "But I can't!" and "It won't be like it was before!" I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
"You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can't take them back. Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness."
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
It's Sunday and you have nothing to do, now you can use your extra free time to do something creative.
Here are some interesting DIY ideas for creative sunday. Have fun :)
By: Beauty V
By: Handmade 4all
By: Home Organizing by Alejandra.tv
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Breastfeeding in public can mean breastfeeding in front of a relative or friend in your own home, or in a public place, such as a cafe or shopping centre.
During your baby’s early days, you may prefer to breastfeed only where you feel most comfortable. But, as you get more used to doing it, you’re likely to feel more confident about breastfeeding in front of other people when you're out and about.Surveys actually show that the majority of people don’t mind women breastfeeding in public at all. The more it’s done, the more normal it will become.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Before you go out, it can help to think about where you will feel comfortable breastfeeding when your baby gets hungry. Ask breastfeeding friends for recommendations.
Clothes and bra
What you wear when you’re breastfeeding is a matter of personal taste and what you feel comfortable in. For example, some mums like to wear loose tops that can be lifted up. Others, who prefer to keep their tummy covered, wear two stretchy tops, so that the top layer can be lifted up and the bottom layer can be pulled down. A soft non-underwired bra can be easily pulled up or down when you want to feed your baby.
Baby slings, scarves and cloths
Some baby slings are designed in such a way that you can breastfeed while your baby is still in the sling. Ask your health visitor for more information. Some mums feel more comfortable laying a scarf or muslin cloth over their chest while they’re breastfeeding.
Take someone with you.
It can help to go with a friend who has an older baby and can take you to places that she already knows would be comfortable for you to sit and feed. You could go with someone else, such as your mum, partner, sister or friend, so that there's always someone to talk to.
Avoid the loos
Don’t feel that you should sit in a public toilet to breastfeed. You wouldn’t eat in there, so don’t feel that your baby should.
Know your rights.
You shouldn’t ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. In fact, the Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Wedding signs are friendly reminders to your guests about where they should be and what they should be doing. They can be conversational, informational or decorative, as long as the text is clear and the design complements your wedding style.
Here are a few inspiring wedding sign examples:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Flower crowns have been taking the world by storm recently. Whether it’s a music festival, a wedding or just an afternoon out with your besties, flower crowns seem to be the go-to accessory nowadays, and we are pretty happy about it. There’s something whimsical and oh-so-girly about flower crowns.
What you will need:
~ Assorted seasonal greenery and flowers (ranunculus, Japanese ranunculus and garden roses shown here),
~ 25 to 30 inches of moss covered florist wire,
~ scissors or garden shears,
~ florist wire
~ roll of florist tape.
~ Begin by cutting each of your flower and greenery stems about 2 to 3 inches long to make a pile of sprigs that will be woven into your flower crown.
~ Measure the moss-covered florist wire to fit around your head and secure it in a circle by twisting the ends around each other. This piece will serve as the base of your crown.
~ Attach the first sprig to the moss-covered florist wire with florist wire by wrapping the two together.
~ Cover the florist wire with florist tape and wrap it around the first piece, leaving extra tape at the end to begin securing additional sprigs. Tip: The florist tape will stick together very easily so when you need a new piece, simply wrap it around the initial piece.~ Gather 1 to 3 additional sprigs of assorted flowers and greenery. Pinch them together and add to the growing strand by securing them to the moss covered wire with florist tape.
~ Continue building your crown by adding flowers and greenery in small bundles while using your florist tape to wrap them around the growing strand.
~ Once you have reached the desired length and design of your crown, begin to finish it by clipping the remaining stems so they are even.
~ To create an even look on both ends of the crown, you can use a piece of greenery identical to the one you began with and turn it the opposite way, wrapping it to the end with florist tape to cover the ends of the stems.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
This simple trick for storing lemons will blow your mindhole! It is so simple and keeps your citrus fresh for up to a month in the fridge without drying out!
The best way to store lemons is to place them in a jar and then cover with water and place in the refrigerator. It turns out the water seals the lemon peel and keeps the lemon from drying out!
How cool is that?