Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)

Many people are often saying that today’s children are growing up too fast, and while we certainly want them to keep their innocence for as long as possible, it’s still very important to do certain things early with your children. This doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to grow up sooner, but it will help you from experiencing some meltdowns or other issues as your child gets older. Here are six things to do early with your kids that you may think are crazy but will actually help keep you sane.

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)
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1. Visit the dentist.

Ever since your child was born you take him or her to the doctor, but most parents think they can put off the dentist until your child is on his or her way to kindergarten. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to professionals like Stanton Smiles in Florida, “Seeing a dentist early can not only accustom your child to a dental professional, but it can often help us resolve issues before they turn into more expensive fixes like root canals or pulled teeth.” According ot the American Dental Association, you should bring your child for his or her first dental visit around the age of one.

2. Eat healthy.

Sure, popping some chicken nuggets in the microwave or heating up a nice grilled cheese sandwich is the easy way out, but it’s meals like this that will get your kids to deny what’s good for them. From the moment you can feed your child something other than formula or breast milk, be sure to include healthy foods, such as vegetables, into his or her diet. Teaching them to be open about food and recognize what’s good for them can help you have a less picky eater as your child grows.

3. Talk about money.

Talking about important issues like money may seem crazy, but teaching your child about the importance of money at an early age will only benefit your child in the long run. For instance, be sure your child understands how to save money and the value of things like an allowance. You can even teach your child about how money comes in and goes out by “charging them” for things like rent, electricity, food, etc. Obviously, this can be done at a very small scale, but by doing so, you’ll have a child who understands the value of a dollar and can create a lifestyle that doesn’t involve too much debt.

4. Talk about sex.

If you think talking about money was hard, you know the sex talk may be a bit harder. However, when you can talk with your children early about sex, it will help them have a better understanding of their own bodies and how to protect it from harm. Let your child know what parts of their body are private and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable with someone’s touch. Raising this awareness early can keep your child from situations that put them in danger.

5. Teach proper hygiene.

Kids are notorious for never wanting to bathe, but if you can make bath time fun and get your kids used to washing hands and brushing teeth regularly, you’ll have a child with better hygiene than most. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to your child’s body. Boys as young as first grade can start to produce a stink when they sweat, and this may mean you’re buying your son deodorant at that age. However, by teaching these things early, you’ll have an easier time with your child when they start to go through puberty.

6. Talk about other big things.

Talking openly and honestly with your child will be very advantageous for them, so don’t hold back on having big conversations. For instance, if you’re a religious person, then you may want to talk with your child about religion when they’re young. If you want to teach them about the dangers in the world, don’t hesitate to talk about things like “stranger danger” or even bullying in school or online. These conversations will not only help your child learn, but they’ll also encourage your child to come talk to you when they’re in need or troubled.

Being a parent is a tough job, but if you can start on these things early, you’ll find that your child has an advantage growing up. Plus, you’ll just be happy to know you were helping to shape them into good people from the start.

Healthy Living, Natural Products, Parenting

All-Natural Cures for 5 Common Kid Ailments

Parents have a lot to deal with when it comes to handling common kid ailments. And without a knowledge of all-natural cures that are proven to work, we turn to prescription medication as a crutch for small aches and pains. It is important to consult your doctor if a cold lingers, or for larger medical issues. However, nature has provided many remedies that have been used effectively for centuries. Brushing up on a couple all-natural cures will give you alternatives to the dangers of synthetic prescription drugs.


  1. Coughs and colds.

Go to any park with children climbing on play sets and you get a breeding ground for the common cold. Having a remedy on hand to ease recovery from a cold is a life-saver for any parent. What natural remedy to choose? Mayo Clinic suggests honey to help relieve congestion as well as soothe a sore throat. (Only use as a cough remedy for children over the age of 1.) To administer a honey remedy, mix 2 tsp of honey with 1 tsp of lemon or grated ginger into hot water. Allow to dissolve and cool before serving.

Gargling with salt water can also soothe a sore throat. Add a tsp of salt to a cup of water and let it dissolve before gargling. Some children are unable to gargle effectively and find the experience unpleasant, so you may prefer honey over this option.

  1. Earaches.

Many ear infections do not need prescription drugs for effective treatment. As the pain of an earache can often be diminished through a warm and cold compress. Place a cold compress on the ear for 10 minutes and then alternate to a warm one. Or, if you prefer, just one type of compress can also help reduce pain.

For a herbal remedy, consider using tea tree oil as an ear drop to ease the pain of an earache. Tea tree oil is a well-recognized, effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial solution.

  1. Stomachaches.

The complaint is a common one in any household with children. Stomachache causes can range from acid reflux, to indigestion, to gas, or constipation. If you have already ruled out possible food allergies and have consulted with your doctor, try adding ginger to your family’s diet. Ginger has been a long-time cure for nausea and is well-known to aid digestion. Another option is CBD oil. Recent studies have been looking at CBD as a treatment for various gastrointestinal issues. You can find CBD oil in the Portland area through sites like this one, or do a search for dispensaries in your city.

  1. Toothaches.

If you child has a toothache, the common cause is childhood cavities and decay, which should be looked at by a dentist. However, if the dentist appointment is a day away, you still have some long hours to get through until your child can find relief. There are a couple of solutions you can try. Have your child rinse their mouth out with salt water (1 tsp of salt in 1 cup of water). They should swish the solution in their mouth for approx. 30 seconds. Salt is able to help bring down swelling, and thus alleviate some pain. Peppermint tea has some numbing properties. Steep 1 tsp of peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water and for half an hour. After which, have your child swish the tea around in their mouth for 30 seconds or so.

  1. Headaches.

Headaches in kids can be a symptom of stress, hunger, a need for a healthier lifestyle, or other triggers. So while it is good to think of cures, you need to also be thinking of what might be causing the headache. If it is a sinus headache, with pain around the cheeks and eyes, lavender aromatherapy can help to relieve the pain. Diffuse lavender oil in the room, or have your child sniff the oil at intervals.

Food, Natural Foods

New Healthy Snack Chips from Garden of Eatin’

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Organic Chips

Anthony and I are excited to share the newest healthy snack chips flavors from Garden of Eatin’ These corn tortilla chips are now available in Nacho and Ranch. These are in addition to the other 15+ flavors of chips. Garden of Eatin’ snacks are made with natural and organic ingredients. They are USDA Organic and have 25% less fat than the leading conventional competitor*.

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Garden of Eatin’ Nacho tortilla chips are contain farmhouse cheddar and paprika. The bold taste gives you an added seasoning with every bite. The Ranch flavor has hints of buttermilk, garlic, and onion. My son named the Ranch as his favorite.

Look for these Garden of Eatin’ flavors and many other healthy snack chips varieties in the chip aisle. Visit Garden of Eatin’ website for more information and promotions.

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Food, Giveaways, Healthy Living, Recipes

High Protein Food Choices to Power Through Your Day #TheDayIsYours

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador. Opinions are my own and compensation for my stories was given

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The last time I shared some protein tips I talked about the right times to consume protein in your day. Now, as a proud ambassador for Premier Protein I want to discuss high protein food choices for you. These foods are packed with natural protein, not fillers so you can get through your day.

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The obvious to start with are protein shakes and bars. Having these available in your fridge and cupboard make taking protein on the go so easy. I have been sticking to my goal of having a protein bar as my midday snack so if I know I will be out all day I put a bar in my purse. This helps me avoid a snack stop where I’m bound to by a muffin at a coffee shop or less healthy snack at a convenience store.

My absolute favorites are the Caramel Premier Protein shake and the Double Chocolate Crunch or Salted Caramel Premier Protein bar. Why do they make a great choice? These bars pack in 30g of protein with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

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Admit it! You have a large jug of protein powder and are not using it, aren’t you? Do you not like to blend your own powder or does it feel like a chore to make your protein shakes like this? Try using up your powder as substitutes in recipes. I make a yummy protein icing with protein powder. You can shorten the amount of flour and add protein powder in cakes, pancakes, waffles and more.

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There is protein beyond convenient bars and shakes. The best foods to put in your grocery cart on your next store run include eggs, oats, almonds, chicken (breast), greek yogurt, tuna, pumpkin seeds, peanuts to name a few. Some of these work great as snacks or to turn into meals. Try an egg salad sandwich on protein-rich bread like Ezekiel Bread. Try a chicken salad with homemade dressing and sliced almonds. However you like to enjoy these foods, remember that your body needs protein and more than ever if you are active and on-the-go. Visit Premier Protein to find more great products as well as discussions and education about protein.

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Protein Recipe: Vanilla Cinnamon Protein Icing #TheDayIsYours

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador. Opinions are my own and compensation for my stories was given

Vanilla Protein recipe

Premier Protein shakes and bars have been a part of my daily diet routine for several months and in January I was honored to become an ambassador for them on the blog. Because I grab and go for breakfast when I have my shakes, I have been getting creative with the tubs of protein powders I have. I cut down on flour when making muffins or waffles and replace with the protein powder and my new favorite is protein icing.

Last month I shared how I incorporate protein into my daily diet with the right times to consume protein in your days. Now I am sharing my Vanilla Cinnamon Protein Icing recipe. It is so simple and quick to make. The best part is you can make a single serving at a time or a larger batch for baking.

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Vanilla Cinnamon Protein Icing

In a small bowl add the scoop of protein mix. Gradually add water about 1 tbsp at a time until you get the icing consistency you want (about a tad under 1/4 cup of water total). It will end up very sticky and you know you are close-add a bit more and you will get the icing you desire. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and stir in. Let sit 1 minute. Makes enough to frost about 3-4 muffins or 2 large waffles.

*Hint: If you want a bigger batch-just add more powder and water. If you ice a large cake or muffins. It is even better if you make and icing ahead and refrigerate about 1 hour before eating. This makes the icing an even better consistency for slicing and serving.

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Why do I recommend Premier Protein Powder? You get 30 grams of protein per scoop and only 3 grams of sugar. There are no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and it is gluten free. Make sure the protein products you consume offer the best ingredients like Premier Protein. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so you really want to do your homework and choose wisely.

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Do you use protein powders when baking? Give it a try. I make waffles, biscuits, muffins, cookies and even cupcakes.

Food, Natural Foods

Healthy Popcorn Maker Makes 26 Cups of Popcorn

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Healthy popcorn maker

I swore off microwave popcorn long ago after being reminded how unhealthy they are. Now we pop our own and my old popper would pop small amounts and did not have a warming cup. My new Ozeri Movietime Popcorn Maker pops 2 large bowls at once and has a butter warming cup. I can use my own healthy, low cholesterol butter from home to season.

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Ozeri Movietime Popcorn Maker Features

  • Pops up to 26 cups  (2 large bowls for the whole family) in under 2 1/2 minutes 
  • Untilizes hot air for a low calorie treat of puffier popcorn and free of saturated fats, artificial flavors, unneeded salt and preservatives
  • Works with regular and gourmet popcorn types and offers a see-through chute for that traditional movie-theatre taste and experience
  • Includes a removable butter cup that automatically melts and distributes the butter while popping

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This saves time, money and saves you from consuming unhealthy artificial butter ingredients. We love all the features of this maker.

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The Movietime Popcorn Maker by Ozeri is available on Amazon and is a Prime qualifier so  you can start popping healthier popcorn in just a few days.