Small Changes with Big Health Benefits

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If you aren’t exactly the perfect specimen of health (and who of us is), now is the perfect time to quit the excuses and start thinking about what you can do to change that. Get a head start on the New Year’s resolutions by making one or more of these small changes for big health benefits today!

 

Increase your Water Intake

 

Did you know that the human body is 60 percent water? It seems mind-boggling when you think of all the organs and stuff we carry around inside us, but it’s true, and that means that water is so important to us all. If you don’t already drink plenty of water every day, now is the time to start. Why? Because it can prevent headaches and fatigue, clear up your skin and stop you from needlessly snacking (sometimes thirst feels like hunger), oh – it’s really easy to do too!

 

Give Up Smoking Cigarettes

 

I shouldn’t have to say it, but smoking is really one of the worst things you can do for your body, and it can have a harmful impact on your family. Even if you don’t do it around them, the chemicals that linger on your clothing can have a detrimental effect!

 

You might be thinking that giving up smoking isn’t a small change, and it isn’t  -it’s really hard – but if you at least switch to using an e-cig and vaping supplies from Ecigwizard, you won’t be taking in all of those nasties. It’ll be easier for you too, and lots of people do end up quitting completely after making the switch, with relative ease.

 

Get Your Walking Shoes On

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Walking more is a very easy way to help maintain a healthy heart, body and mind. So, after dinner, get the family together for a brisk walk around the block – you’ll all feel so much better for it.

 

If you can, then walking in a more natural area, such as a park or forest will be even better for you all because the air in areas where there are lots of trees and little pollution is richer in oxygen and great for better breathing. Being in nature is great for boosting mental wellbeing too.

 

Up Your Fruit and Veggie Intake

 

Adding an extra serving of fruits or vegetables to each of your meals won’t take long or cost much money, but it will make a big difference to your health, helping to deliver more vitamins and minerals to your body. They’ll fill you up more, so you eat less ‘bad’ stuff too.

 

Start Meditating

 

If, when you think of meditating, you think of shaven-headed monks cloistered away from the rest of the world or cranks who claim they can communicate with interdimensional being just by closing their eyes and staying quiet for a while, you might naturally think that meditation isn’t for you.

 

However, meditation isn’t anything weird or other, and it certainly isn’t just for the religiously inclined. In fact, more and more people are meditating right now as a means of controlling their stress and fighting against depression. Using an app like Headspace or Calm, you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly and spending those few minutes in quiet contemplation will bring more clarity to your life. Give it a try.

 

Breathe More Deeply

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Most of us don’t breathe nearly as deeply as we should. Taking the time to really breathe from the diaphragm whenever you remember to do so, will help to keep you calm, improve your sleep and, according to some studies, could even help you to maintain a healthy weight!

 

Start Taking the Stairs

 

Taking the stairs instead of using the elevator whenever you can, might not seem like a big deal, but it will increase your activity levels a little, which will make a bigger difference to your health than you might imagine.

 

Show Your Love with a Hug

 

Who doesn’t love hugs? They’re warm and comforting, right? Well, you know what? They can also be really good for you too. How? Because when you give someone you love a hug, oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone, will be released into your bloodstream, helping to beat the blues, That’s why, when you’re depressed, you should make an effort to remain in contact with your loved ones, instead of isolating yourself, even if it is difficult to do.

 

Read

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Spending even just 15 minutes a day reading will help to keep your brain in good shape and give your intelligence a little boost. It’s a great way to relax too!

 

Make Time for Relaxation

 

Speaking of relaxing, doing more of it is a great way to boost your health. If you’re a busy wife and mother, it can seem like it’s almost impossible to get any time to yourself, but you need to carve some out if you want to be less stressed, avoid getting depressed, balance your hormones and actually enjoy just being you for a little while. It doesn’t matter how you exercise – visiting the Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, watching the birds in the garden, playing with a puppy – whatever makes you feel calm and content will be of benefit. Now, to find some time!

 

Prep Some Healthy Snacks

 

Taking a few moments each day to preps some healthy snacks, like carrot sticks, fruit salads, hummus and hardboiled eggs, for the family to snack on should they get hungry between meals will ensure that you all maintain a balanced weight and balanced blood sugar levels.

 

Start a Gratitude Journal

 

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It might seem cheesy to some, but taking time out to write down at least three things you’re grateful for at the end of every day has been proven to have positive mental health benefits, and it takes a couple of minutes at most.

 

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

 

Throwing out your house and body cleaning products, which contain lots of chemicals, and replacing them with more natural alternatives made with baking soda, lemons, vinegar, coconut oil etc., will help to prevent allergies, lower your cancer risk and improve your skin and hair!

 

Add Epsom Salts to Your Bath

 

If you ever suffer from aches and pains, adding a cup of Epsom salts into your bath is a great way to ease the tension and start feeling a little better. Just make sure you soak for a good 20 minutes to let it absorb.

 

How are you going to change your life to improve your health today?

 

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The Lessons New Parents Must Learn On the Job…and Quickly

By:

Bilal Sajjad

 

 

Having a baby is an experience that involves lots of work. Before the birth, you have to get all the things you need for her care. That may include significant renovation at the house. You’ll also be choosing a pediatrician, selecting a name, and going to ever-more-frequent doctor visits.
After delivery, the chore list gets even longer. You’ll have to get a sleep routine set (or rather, come into compliance with the baby’s sleep routine). There will be lots of visitors, trips to the store for diapers, and long nights of rocking a fussy little one.
During all this activity, there will be a lot of things you’ll have to know, and you’ll have no time to learn them on your own. In addition, some of those lessons are too important and too pressing to learn through trial and error.
Think about some of these parenting essentials that are best learned from others rather than with experimentation.
Safety Is Complicated
You only get one chance to do some things correctly. One mistake can cause irreversible harm.
Babies are often at their most vulnerable in the crib, so it is essential that you understand right away how your baby should be put to bed.
As much fun as it is to load the baby bed with stuffed animal friends, they are dangerous for babies. Remember that the tiniest babies can’t push away things that interfere with their breathing, so clear the stuffed animals at bedtime. Choose a crib mattress that is properly designed for use with babies. It should fit the crib correctly and meet safety standards.
Nutrition Is Tricky
From just moments after birth, babies are hungry. And they seem to stay that way until they are about 18 years old. Making their feedings successful isn’t just about having a bottle ready every time they cry, though. The process is complicated, starting with the choice between breastfeeding and formula. Next is the possibility of a transition from mother’s milk to formula, and then the onset of dairy products and solid food.
Along the way, many problems can develop. Some babies are allergic to cow’s milk, and others get stomach problems from it. Parents need to be aware that every baby will have an ideal formula, and they should work with the baby’s pediatrician to identify that ideal product quickly. Sidebar: once you know what it is, you should review several different stores to be sure that you can source it quickly.
Little Things Matter
It is surprising how some of the small things associated with raising a child can make such a difference. A good example is detergent. Some parents mistakenly assume that they can wash the baby’s clothing in the washer with their own garments, using their own detergent.
But babies have incredibly sensitive skin, and they are susceptible to a wide range of problems that can include irritation from outside factors like laundry detergent. Invest in the baby detergent. It is worth it.
Sometimes it’s literally small things that matter. Understand how dangerous it is to allow your child to handle things that are small enough to choke them (or that can break off into pieces small enough to choke them).
Raising a child is an incredibly complicated and stressful experience. There are some lessons we all learn with midnight diaper leaks and loose bottle lids. They give us to chance laugh with other parents and to tease our children about what they’ve put us through. But others are too important, too life-changing, to be left to the random chances of trial and error. As you prepare your home and your heart for a new child, be sure to prepare your mind as well.

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Unusual Investments Away From The Stock Market

Don’t trust the stock market? Or maybe you aren’t all that impressed with its current rate or returns? Whatever your own reason, there are lots of various reasons why others are starting to turn their back on this traditional form of investing.   Even if you want to turn away from the stock market, it […]

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – For the love of family and music!

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COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd! Disney Pixar’s COCO is everything one could want it to be. It is a glimpse into a beautiful culture with old traditions and shares truths about the very essence of family.    From fables and myths to places of pure imagination to cultural beliefs, Disney and Pixar bring so […]

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Thankful for Breastfeeding Giveaway bundle – Ends 12/5

Giveaway for Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, it can be challenging. However, breastfeeding is a gift and something to be thankful for. The power of your body being able to nourish another tiny human is amazing and almost magical. The beautiful bond that instantly calms and comforts your baby truly is a lifesaver, too.  Breastfeeding provides so many benefits […]

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Photowall – Beautiful and Easy Home Decor

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Thank you to Photowall for sponsoring our newest fun canvas and this post! All opinions are that if littlecrunchy.com   Few things get as many compliments when it comes to come decor as a beautifully done mural wall or huge stunning canvas. Not only is their size impressive, but they tend to pull you in […]

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Growing Up At Christmas: Mastering Parent Duties During Your Child’s Pre-Teen Transition

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Credit: You can still make it a Christmas to remember   The pre-teen years are notoriously difficult to get right at Christmas. Your son or daughter’s interests can change massively between summer and winter. This is especially if this was the year that they graduated to middle school. Unfortunately, the days of Barbie dolls and […]

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Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays #Giveaway $150 Gift Cards

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Welcome to the Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays Giveaway! We have teamed up with Everything Mommyhood and a handful of other bloggers to bring this fabulous giveaway to you! The holidays are right around the corner and everyone will be decorating soon if they haven’t started already. Now is the time to spruce […]

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Thanksgiving STEM Activities – Guest Post

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By: Erica Saint Clair, PhD Thanksgiving is sneaking up, I mean really, it is less than a week away. Yikes! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year, mostly because it really focuses on being together, not on candy (like Halloween), or presents (like Christmas). Of course, there is only so much being together […]

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Tips for Hiring the Right Pet Sitter

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.   Tips for Hiring the Right Pet-Sitter & Dog-Walker   In an ideal world, you’d spend 24/7 with your dog: long walks throughout the day, cuddles every night, and endless adventures. Unfortunately, sometimes this thing […]

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Learning to Let Go: How To Raise Independent Children

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Photo credit   When you first start a family, the extrent to which your children need you can be a culture shock to many. You going from having yourself and maybe your job as your primary concern to meeting the whims of a wailing newborn 24/7. Many of us struggle with a sensation of almost […]

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miacademy.com Homeschool Review – Online Learning Games

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 *** Thank you to Miacademy for sponsoring my kids with their program so that we can share our honest opinions of it! *** With 4 homeschooling children in different grades one of the things I love is to use technology to let some kids fly on their own for some subjects so I can help […]

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The Things Kids Really Want

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Image Credit   As your child grows up, the demands they have grow and grow, even though they’re meant to become more independant. As they go through school they’ll be influenced by different friends to want different things, this can then lead up to a nightmare for you. All you’ll ever want for your kids […]

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4 Smart Ways Large Families Can Save Money

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Big families have the unfortunate label of typically being more expensive than small families. What I mean is that the cost of raising a large family is considerably higher than those of a small one. More people, more money; simple.   As a result, it pays when you can think of ideas and ways to […]

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Letting Go While Holding On

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One of the biggest changes that can happen to a person in life is motherhood. You don’t just gain a pregnancy, stretchmarks and a baby at the end. You gain a little piece of immortality, shaped and ready for you to teach and raise. You gain a personality that will form based on how you […]

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Falling Into Fashion: Transitioning From Summer Into Autumn

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Photo Credit   Sadly, summertime has long gone and we are well in autumn. Even in the south of America, the weather turns and the cold can bite. Okay, it isn’t quite what our cousins in the UK have to deal with but it’s not as warm as June or July! Apart from the changing the […]

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What to Do If Your Child Doesn’t Want to Play Sport

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It is important for children to play sport for a number of reasons. Not only will it keep them healthy, but also it will help them to develop confidence, self-esteem, and key social skills. It can also help them to make new friends, learn valuable life lessons, and invigorate friendly competition. Plus, it can even […]

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Build Confidence in Kids: Where to Start?

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all children were born with confidence and compassion? But they all come with their own little personalities and quirks, as well as their circumstances that can all have an effect on their confidence levels. The thing is, though, being confident doesn’t have to mean they are the loudest or […]

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Sending Money-Smart Kids Off To College

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Of all the lessons we teach our kids, there’s a growing trend that the financial side of things is often the least touched-upon aspect of life. When they move out of the home to go to college, however, they’re going to find themselves thrust up against the truth of what it means to be financially […]

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4 Ways to Deal with Bullying In Youth Sports

Written By Steven Hawk The main reason that kids sign up for sports is because they want to have fun. While Parents want their kids to develop their skills, improve team work and ultimately improve their fitness, your child’s willingness to participate will be determined by how much fun they’re having. However, nothing is more upsetting […]

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