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Safety First: Tips to Teach Your Teenagers When They are Learning How to Drive

Most teenagers look forward with excited anticipation to the time when they learn how to drive. Their parents, on the other hand, spend too much time worrying about their safety while they are on the road. The fact that the Center of Disease Control (CDC) found in 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 235,845 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes isn’t helpful to assuage a parent’s fear. The only thing you can do as a parent is to teach your children how to drive safely. The last thing any parent wants to get is a phone call that their child has been involved in an accident.

Safety First: Tips to Teach Your Teenagers When They are Learning How to Drive
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Don’t Text and Drive

Did you know that If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash? We have all heard the horror stories of people having tragic car accidents because they are texting while driving. Texting is considered to be the number one driving distraction that should be avoided at all costs. Hearing real stories from people who have lost loved ones or watching videos of horrible accidents can be a very powerful deterrent.

Make sure your message to your child is loud and clear. Don’t text and drive. If they are lucky enough to survive an accident without serious injury, what about the driver and passengers in the other car? Were they as lucky? If not, your child could not only be in legal trouble, they will have to carry that burden around with them for the rest of their life.

Although not nearly as tragic as the loss of a life or serious injury, what happens to your car if it is involved in a car accident? Depending on the severity of the accident, your car might sustain minor damage, structural more serious damage, or you might have a totaled car which means it’s no longer roadworthy. You can always find out the value of your car and sell it to companies that buy less than perfect cars. However, the loss of a life or the recovery from serious injuries is much more devastating.

Wear Seatbelts

Seat belt laws vary from state-to-state and are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Whether it is illegal or not to drive without a seat belt in your state, it can literally be a life-saver. Make sure you are setting an example for your teen by wearing your own seatbelt.

Practice What You Preach

You can teach your teenager all the best ways to drive safely, but if you drive like a maniac, you are defeating your purpose. Make sure you model good and safe driving habits and start when your children are young. Don’t forget that even though we might not realize it, our children are watching everything we do and that includes how we drive. If they see you are not wearing your seatbelt or getting a speeding ticket, this will leave them with the impression that bad driving habits can’t be that bad if mom or dad is engaging in such behaviors.

Don’t Drink and Drive

As parents, we might not want to think that our children are drinking alcohol and maybe they aren’t. However, many teens do drink at parties even though they know they shouldn’t. There is no safe amount of alcohol a teenager can drink before driving. The very worst thing they can do is get behind the wheel of a car after consuming any amount of alcohol. It is important for you to make sure your child understands completely that their safety is your number one concern so they are not afraid of repercussions should they call you for a ride home. You might even want to make a deal with them that they will not get in trouble for drinking on a night they might call for a ride. You can discuss the drinking issues with them at a later date. Keep in mind the modeling rule and make sure that you too do not drive while under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that your teenager will never get into a car accident. The best you can do as a concerned parent is prepare them, teach them, and model safe driving habits for them to follow.

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British Soccer Camps Open for Registration – Free Gear Too!

British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community.

In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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Enroll in the most popular soccer camp in North America! British Soccer Camps have programs for all ages and abilities and feature an innovative curriculum full of skills, drills, and thrills! Register now and you will not only get your free British Soccer game jersey (value $34.95) shipped to you for free immediately, but you will also get our brand new skill development App and 20 videos to help your child practice at home. Your soccer ball, T-shirt & poster will be given out at camp. USE CODE BSC18 at check out to get free shipping. ENROLL TODAY!

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New Essential-oil Roll-on Perfumes from Goddess Garden

I am a Goddess Garden Ambassador and all opinions are my own

New Essential-oil Roll-on Perfumes from Goddess Garden

Phthalates and petrochemicals. How do those 2 words sound? They sound like chemicals and really don’t sound like something you’d want in products you use don’t they? These 2 are found in many fragrances you may have in your home right now. In fact, the rules regarding fragrance labeling are set up to protect the secret recipes of the companies that create them. So when you see the word ‘perfume’ or ‘fragrance’ on the label you have no idea what is really in them. Even more eye opening is that it won’t just be one harsh chemical or another, it can easily be a mix of several. It is time to spring clean those fragrances!

lavender sky perfume

Do your research. If the brand or label is hiding the ingredients then find brands that are willing to be transparent. There are 3,100 synthetic scent chemicals known that can easily be within your perfume bottle you spray on your body’s largest organ, your skin! Brands like Goddess Garden want to step up and be transparent so you know exactly what is in each bottle. Why?

Perfume ingredients

New Essential-oil Roll-on Perfumes from Goddess Garden has nothing to hide because they are made with essential oils and other natural ingredients. The founder of Goddess Garden’s daughter had serious reactions to the synthetic chemicals in conventional body care products. Because label reading was such a necessity for them, transparency has been Goddess Garden’s standard practice.

There are 5 Essential-Oil Roll-on Perfume scent blends: Wildflower, Citrus Sunrise, Rainforest, Amber Fire and Lavender Sky. See then PLUS their ingredient list at Goddess Garden/Perfumes. And keep in mind that scents are not only in perfumes, they are in cleaning products and other body products so look for the ingredients and if they aren’t there, it’s time to change those too!

Food, Natural Foods, Recipes, Uncategorized

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

I have partnered with Spice Islands for this feature. Recipe is my own

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Spices are a cooks best friend. Right? Can you imagine a kitchen that had no spices or salts? I can’t and because grinding and sourcing what is needed to create spices in nearly impossible inside the average home we rely on brands like Spice Islands to bottle it up for us.

Spice Islands buys many spices whole and then mills them in their facility to release the rich flavors so we can enjoy them right from the bottle. For 75 years, Spice Islands offers many spices sourced from around the world. With Valentine’s approaching, homemade dinners are romantic and can make for a great night full of sentimental memories.

We are eating a low carb diet so we have eliminated most pastas, rices and breads. I have been trying many healthier food options like these in my recipes. Our nearest health store and even common grocers offer veggie pastas which add that extra dose of nutrients to its pasta and many are less carbs than standard enriched pasta. Here is an easy favorite in our home using Spice Island’s Poultry Seasoning.

 

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner
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Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Ingredients

  • Turkey Sausage (sliced)
  • 1 package of vegetable pasta
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 small bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 tsp Spice Islands Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp of olive or avocado oil
  • feta cheese and green onions to top

Instructions

  1. While pasta is cooking heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and seasoning and saute until onion is soft. Add sliced turkey link sausage and cook through. When pasta is done, drain and add back into pasta pot. Add the sausage mixture and 1 tbsp oil and stir to combine. Dish and top with feta and green onions.
http://parentinghealthy.com/veggie-pasta-and-sausage-recipe-for-dinner/

Do you know what some of the most widely used and popular spices are from around the world? Some of them are dill weed, bay leaves, cumin, garlic powder, saigon cinnamon and tumeric.

Enjoy many recipes at Spice Islands website like these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes they have featured!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

 

18        paper baking cups (2 1/2 inch diameter)

18        gingersnap cookies

12        ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4       cup sugar

1          tablespoon corn starch

1          teaspoon Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice

2          eggs

1          cup canned pumpkin

1/3       cup light corn syrup

Heat oven to 325 F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups. Place 1 cookie in each cup.

With electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, corn starch and pumpkin pie spice. Add eggs and mix well. Add pumpkin and corn syrup; beat 1 minute.

Pour filling into liners, dividing evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes until just set.

Chill 1 hour.

For more recipes, visit SpiceIslands.com

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Keeping Kids Healthy with GIANTmicrobes – Review

I have partnered with GIANTmicrobes for feature. All opinions are my own

Keeping Kids Healthy with GIANTmicrobes - Review

Vitamins come in many forms from tablets and capsules to yummy gummies. Most kids get their vitamins in gummies or flavored, candy-like tablets. Now they can play with their vitamins! With actual, enlarged molecules of Vitamins A, B6, C and D they will learn all about these compounds that are essential for growth and nutrition. See these fun Vitamin GIANTmicrobes.

Vitamin A plays an important role in bone growth and vision. It also is great for the skin and teeth as well as cell and tissue growth. What foods are a good source of Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is found in yellow and orange foods like carrots and squash. Ask your child to name a few they can think of?

Microbes Plush

Vitamin B6 is one of those B-Vitamins that converts food into energy. In particular, B6 is important for the cardiovascular and nervous system as well as immunity and digestion.

Vitamin B6 is found in meat, fish, nuts, bananas and potatoes! Ask your child what Disney Minion they think gets the most Vitamin B6?

Vitamin C Facts

Vitamin C fights the cold and flu bugs and helps heals wounds. You can’t stay away from germs, they are all around us but Vitamin C helps our body not get sick from those germs.

Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage and kiwi to name a few. Ask your child what Vitamin C food they want as a side for lunch or dinner today?

Vit C nutrition

Vitamin D is for the bones! Vitamin D also gives us a mineral that helps our body take in Calcium. Calcium (milk) and Vitamin D are best friends.

Vitamin D can be found in grains, green leafy vegetables, egg yolks and some cereals. Ask your child what they like to put on their green salad?

Learning biology

Now that you and your child have learned about their vitamins, how about some plush molecules to play with. They will use these to learn and memorize. If vitamins don’t excite them, there are so many cells, diseases and critters to learn and have fun with at GIANTmicrobes.

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Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

I have partnered with Explore Cuisine. Recipe is my own

Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

Being on a low carb diet makes it hard to get creative. We have cut rices, most pasta and breads. Only poultry and lean pork and lots of fresh veggies and fruits. I can stare at a chicken breast a thousand hours some nights and am just flat out of creativity. Then one day you realize you have some peas, chicken and Explore Cuisine in the kitchen and crave pasta, but because we aren’t eating the sauces you just get creative anyway. Here is my Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne and it was a hit!

Explore Cuisine

The only pasta we keep in our cupboard is Explore Cuisine because it is made with real veggies and lentils like edamame chickpea and green lentils. These are loaded with plant-based protein, are USDA Organic and Gluten free. They taste incredible. The closest store to me that carries Explore Cuisine is an Albertsons 30 minutes away and I will head there to stock up. I have approved this pasta for a once a week meal on our diet.

low carb chicken penne

Everything is cooked separately then it all comes together with some herbs, parmesan and olive oil in the end.

organic lentil pasta

Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe
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Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Explore Cuisine Organic Green Lentil Penne
  • Chicken Breast (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Cup cooked Peas
  • 1/4 Cup + extra for topping Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken with oregano, salt, pepper, basil in 2 tbsp olive oil until done. While the chicken is cooking, boil water and cook the penne. Once penne is done, drain and set aside. I just put it back in the same pan I cooked chicken in to stay warm. In the (now empty) pasta pot cook garlic in 1/2 Cup of olive oil until browned. Add the pasta, chicken and cooked peas. Add 1/4 C parmesan and stir. plate the pasta and top with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley.
http://parentinghealthy.com/low-carb-pea-penne/

penne with chicken