‘Tis the Season…

…to be joyful and give thanks; to wait in long lines and bitter weather; to gather with family and friends; to encounter a Grinch, a Scrooge or two. ‘Tis the season to make what you will of it.

The Holidays can be the most joyous times or some of the most hectic. Having the right attitude and remembering the purpose of this time of year can keep you in the holiday spirit!

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While traveling, plan ahead. Plan for delays, traffic and snowy weather. Everyone is out and about for similar reasons- keep calm and take the time to enjoy the Holiday music on the radio or the lights and decorations that line the streets.

volunteerStressing about what gifts to buy or what to make for the big feast? Take some time and volunteer.Instead of allowing stress to consume your time, dedicate your time to others who are in need. Volunteering will remind you what the holidays are truly about and will be the best gift to yourself.

For more tips to ensure a great holiday season, visit http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Stay-Organized-and-Sane-During-the-Holidays

 

 

Your Waistline Will Give You Thanks

Thanksgiving is the one day out of the year that we convince ourselves over-indulging in countless rounds of the holiday spread, becoming one with the couch and football game on TV and then posting pictures of the act on every social media site possible is acceptable. But it seems as though no matter how many helpings you and those twenty-five relatives dig into during time-outs or commercial breaks, a dent isn’t even made in the dishes. So, what are you to do with all of those leftovers without wasting food or putting your waistline and metabolism to the test? Below are a handful of recipes that allow you to enjoy the holiday feast days after- without feeling guilty.

Medical Daily’s webpage offers a new way to approach those turkey sandwiches… turkey and tomato paninis.

Women’s Health Magazine provides there’s no harm done in combining small portions of the leftovers with healthier items- like using stuffing instead of breadcrumbs with lean turkey or chicken for meatballs or meatloaf.

Leftovers for breakfast? The “Health” section in Boston Magazine explains how to make healthy cranberry oatmeal and sweet potato pancakes.

With these easy recipes, your refrigerator can be cleared without relying on an elastic-waistband wardrobe!

 

Image from http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/11/social-network-of-food-picks-b.html

Happy Halloween!

All month long, kids look forward to the final day of October. The 31st means staying out later than usual, running around the neighborhood with friends, dressing up, carving pumpkins and pillowcases full of treats. While children see this as a field day, some parents can’t help but worry about the health and safety of their children on Halloween. Proceeding are some helpful tips to ensure everyone can enjoy the festivities!

Crafts

For the little ones who can’t carve pumpkins, painting or using markers are great alternatives for decorating pumpkins. Or, allow the kids to draw the outline of what’s to be carved. Then, after an adult cuts the top off, have the kids scoop out the fruit and the seeds of the pumpkin. This is a great way to keep children involved in the carving process without having to worry about knife safety.

Miniature ghost puppets made of cotton balls, popsicle sticks,  tissues, string and makers are a simplistic craft that any age can enjoy. How? Lay the tissues flat. Place a popsicle stick with cotton balls glued to either side of it, in the center of the tissue. Wrap the tissues around the cotton balls. (The cotton balls create the head of the ghost.) Tie the tissues in place around the cotton balls and popsicle stick with string. Then, draw your ghost’s face!

Construction paper cut-outs to make witch’s hats, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and monsters allow kids to be creative and construct decorations for any door or wall in the house.

Costumes

Before sending kids out, make sure they are dressed for the weather. Layering up underneath costumes can help prevent a sick princess or cowboy tomorrow. Utilizing bright colors in costumes can help kids stand out in the dark while trick-or-treating and using face paint rather than a mask can help ensure safety, too! Even for the parents, don’t dress in something your child won’t be able to recognize you in once the street lights come on. 

Trick-or-Treating

Go in groups! Let Halloween be a time for the kids of the neighborhood to come together as a community. Traveling in a group will not only make sure the kids are safe, but it can also teach the kids social skills. Emphasizing the importance of a community at an early age can be incredibly beneficial for a child later in life.

Treats

You can’t control what others hand out for Halloween, but you can control what you give and what you allow your child to consume. Switching out candy for toys, coupons or healthier snacks like granola bars or pretzels aren’t bad ideas. When kids empty their pillowcases, go through the candy with them. Throw out anything that looks tampered with or that is open. Ration out the candy in a way that works for you and your child or trade out the candy for something with less of a negative impact on their nutrition.

With these tips, we wish you a healthy, safe and happy Halloween!

For more information, please visit the links that were utilized in creating this post:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/halloween-safety/CC00072

http://www.pinterest.com/produceforkids/happy-healthy-halloween/

http://www.pinterest.com/jvanthul/halloween-crafts-ideas/