Sep 10, 2018

Oat Milk May Just Be The Greatest Healthy Culinary Trend of 2018

Considering a significant portion of people are lactose intolerant and/or vegan, it's not surprising that a bunch of alternatives to cow's milk have popped up over the years. You've probably heard of soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk. Now there's a promising new cow's milk alternative: oat milk!

What is oat milk, you ask? You take rolled or steel-cut oats, blend them with water, and strain the resulting mix to end up with a creamy milk-like drink.

What sets this new alternative milk contender apart? Oat milk is:
  1. Dairy-free,
  2. Nut-free,
  3. Soy-free,
  4. Full of healthy fiber,
  5. Creamier in texture than some other alt milks,
  6. And it's fast and cheap to make at home.
On top of those reasons, oat crops are great for farmers and the environment. They're hardy and tolerant of all kinds of weather, so they can grow in many climates with less pesticides or fertilizers. Oat crops also help replenish soil nutrients. Does the buzz among healthy eating aficionados make sense now?

Aug 14, 2018

Study: Kids Who Play Multiple Sports Less Likely to Sustain Injuries

Although playing a sport is often considered to be a rite of passage as well as an American tradition, parents often experience an interesting juxtaposition of swelling pride and impending dread as their child walks up to bat, heads out on the field, or runs onto the court. That's because sports injuries are extremely common -- and are often extremely traumatic. But after careful analysis, experts say there may be a simple (yet seemingly counterproductive) way to prevent them: by playing more sports.

That advice might seem strange, given the prevalence of sports injuries among young Americans. According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries on an annual basis. And while only 3% of all patients who go to urgent care need to be diverted to an emergency department, children between the ages of five and 14 account for almost 40% of all sports-related injuries that are treated in U.S. hospitals. The statistics aren't much better among older teens; high school athletes sustain an estimated 2 million injuries -- and subsequently make 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 stays in the hospital -- every year.

The CDC also reports that more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable, with overuse injuries accounting for nearly that same percentage. While many parents might assume this means their child should steer clear of sports involvement, a recent study shows that the exact opposite may be true.

Jun 16, 2018

Teething With Amber Necklaces

Amber Teething Necklaces

Teething With Amber Necklaces

I knew that when I became a mother, I wanted to take the most natural route as possible. I didn't want to fix something that wasn't broken, so to speak, and did as much research as I could to ensure that was the case. When my baby was born, I did an all natural delivery with no drugs so that my newborn wouldn't be dazed and confused.

They would be awake, they would be alert, and we could bond during those precious few hours. I knew that I wanted the rest of his childhood to be the same way. I had done research while I was pregnant on no vaccinations and knew that I would do homeopathic remedies for the common colds. I even registered for Baltic amber necklaces.
Baltic amber is not a new cure but has recently caught traction in modern parenting due to its effectiveness in not only teething tots but in adults suffering from chronic joint and muscle pain, women who endure awful menstrual cramps, people who have compromised immunity and want to naturally strengthen it, and even people who are suffering from mild mood disorders.
This is due to the succinic acid that's found in the sap of the conifer trees found in the region near the Baltic Sea. Succinic acid has recently been dubbed as Nature's Ibuprofen by scientists who study amber and its medicinal benefits.
After reading everything that I did about Baltic amber and how it not only works as a cure for teething babies but adults suffering from pain caused by inflammation, I decided to purchase an amber baby teething necklace for each family member. When buying amber, you'll notice that you can either purchase a raw or polished stone. If you're buying a necklace for your child, I would suggest buying a polished bead of a lighter color.

May 15, 2018

4 Smart Tips To Help Encourage Your Child to Spend More Time Outdoors This Spring

At long last, springtime has finally arrived, and with it are countless kids yearning to get back outside and play. And of course, there are also the kids that may need a bit more encouragement to get some activity and outdoor time. Children's activity levels inevitably vary at all ages, but if you're having some trouble encouraging your child to spend time outdoors, there are a number of simple steps you can take to spark their imagination and help them to hit the ground running. Here are just a few kid-friendly tips to help encourage more outdoor time this season.

Sign Them Up For A Team Sport

If your child has a lot of energy and seems as though they could benefit from participating in a team sport after school, sit down with them and talk it over. Don't be pushy about it, of course, but tell them you want to see them reach their potential and you think it'd be healthy for them. Chances are, they'll bring up their favorite sport in gym or most beloved recess activity. If not, there's no harm in taking a chance and letting them try a new sport. For example, 25 million kids play soccer around the globe every year, and there are plenty of opportunities to register your child for a seasonal and age-appropriate soccer league.

May 6, 2018

Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

One way to ensure the planet continues to support human life for as long as possible is to teach future generations how to embrace eco-friendly living. The great news is that such lessons all start at home. By teaching kids how to care for the planet you can ensure they sustain Earth’s valuable resources while also living much healthier lives. Here are a few ways in which you can raise your kid’s sense of eco-consciousness.

#1 Recycling
Recycling is the process of converting items that would ordinarily be thrown away and transforming them into new products. Recycling can easily be incorporated at home by placing a separate recycling bin in a convenient location, such as in the kitchen so that children can practice separating out their garbage from recyclables like paper, plastics, glass and aluminum. Children will enjoy the responsibility of separating their trash while also taking care of their planet and parents can take pride in imbibing a lifestyle that prioritizes such eco-friendly behaviors.

May 2, 2018

How to Choose Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home

There are a lot of products that we buy for our homes. From cleaning supplies to cosmetics to food, people are constantly buying new products to bring home to their families. Unfortunately, not many people think about whether or not the products they're buying are eco-friendly. In today's society, not only are eco-friendly products better for the environment, but they can be better for our health too. So with that in mind, here are a few tips to help you choose eco-friendly products next time you're out shopping.

First, it's a good idea to think about how the product was made. And seeing as how the 2016 West Rock Consumer Insights Study found that 45% of consumers have chosen a certain product because the packaging was environmentally friendly, more people are starting to care about how products are made. This can include thinking about the life cycle of the item, including the materials it's made from, how it was made, how durable it is, and whether or not it can be recycled. This can be difficult to do sometimes because some products may be eco-friendly in one way but not another. Overall, it's important to use your best judgment and try to pick the most eco-friendly product as possible.

May 1, 2018

5 Ways to Help Kids Develop Good Sleeping Habits

Helping kids develop good sleep habits today can lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy sleep. Children with healthy sleep habits tend to become adults with healthy sleep habits, so it's important to start these practices early.

Healthy sleep for children starts with educated parents. Parents who are counseled on sleep intervention tend to have children who can resolve sleep issues more quickly.

Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Children thrive on consistency, and sleep schedules are no exception. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each night and day can help children know what to expect. This consistent timing can cut down on bedtime resistance, and help their bodies predict when it will be time to go to sleep at night.

A regular bedtime routine can help children wind down at night as well. However simple or elaborate, going through the same few actions each night sends a message that it's almost bedtime, and time to relax and start to feel sleepy.

Apr 6, 2018

How to Travel With Mother Earth in Mind

The list of benefits to taking a vacation does not typically include saving the environment -- or even being nice to it. Even though there are many forms of travel that range in eco-friendliness, the only way to be 100% sure you're not hurting the environment on your trip is to simply not go at all.

Travel can be very polluting when factoring in the different aspects of the trip. From the method of transportation used to how much you pack are all components of the overall carbon footprint you'll leave behind.

However, on the scale of no pollution to a lot of pollution, there are ways that you can manage to stay on the greener side of travel. An assortment of travel choices and various states of mind can show you the best way to travel green for your mindset.

"The Enviro-Matrix" is a guide to help you balance your trip between eco-friendly decisions and the amount of effort you put into it. The grid is split into four subsections, with the vertical axis scaling how green your choice is while the horizontal axis scales how difficult they would be. Using this matrix to help you figure out the greenest possible way to travel would be a beneficial tool to having an eco-friendly trip.