Stephanie VuoloIt takes a lot of effort to keep a small child engaged and focused throughout the day, especially when it is too cold or wet to get outside to break up the day during the winter. I've found a few activities that my daughter is excited to do any time I suggest them. They provide great tactile stimulation and require her to further develop her motor skills in the process. Use these as a starting point to keep your little ones in good spirits even if the weather outside is frightful.
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1. Take advantage of how fun water can be to play with. We use a lot of water-based activities even though we are inside more during the winter months. The easiest way is to get my daughter on her step stool and set up at the kitchen sink. I fill a large bowl with warm soapy water and supply her with a sponge and tools like spoons and measuring cups to play with. She spends a lot of time exploring all the options presented, such as squeezing
- Parentables | Team Mom – Mon, Feb 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST
Stephanie VuoloIt takes a lot of effort to keep a small child engaged and focused throughout the day, especially when it is too cold or wet to get outside to break up the day during the winter. I've found a few activities that my daughter is excited to do any time I suggest them. They provide great tactile stimulation and require her to further develop her motor skills in the process. Use these as a starting point to keep your little ones in good spirits even if the weather outside is frightful.Read More »from Snowbound? 3 Indoor Activities to Entertain Little Kids
- Yahoo! Contributor Network | Team Mom – Mon, Feb 11, 2013 11:53 AM EST
Melt old crayons to make heart-shaped, multi-colored crayons.
Valentine's Day can really sneak up on a busy mom! If you're looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day gift ideas that your kids will have fun helping with, try out these five ideas straight from a host of crafty blogs. Best of all, you will likely find that you have lots of the materials you need for these Valentine's Day gifts available at home.
Have a surplus of colorful crayons? Melt them together to make a beautiful embellishment for a handmade card. Write From Karen describes the process of making these creative gifts. Place the crayons into a heart-shaped mold, bake them, and tape the molded heart to cardstock with a clever tag line such as, "You Color My World!"
Painted Hand Bouquet
If you have access to paint, paper or canvas, and some adorable little hands, you can easily make a quick Valentine's Day bouquet for someone special. The Trendy Treehouse walks you through the steps: have your kids dip their hands in paint and press them on theRead More »from Last-Minute Valentine's Gifts to Make with Your Kids
Source: 10 Healthy Habits to Nail This Week
Feeling like you need a healthy living revamp? Here are 10 ways to make this week your healthiest yet.
- Exercise for 150 minutes this week. Whether you work out for 50 minutes three times a week or exercise every weekday for 30 minutes, 150 minutes is the bare minimum experts recommend to maintain heart and body health. For how much you should be exercising to lose weight, read here.
- Cook dinner every weeknight. Here's a stay-on-track meal plan from nutritionist Cynthia Sass to help you plan your week.
- Make a water goal to hit every day, and then meet it. Calculate how much water you should be drinking here.
- Drink green tea. You'll be boosting your metabolism and fighting disease with each mug.
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Forgo the pastry display for one of these healthy breakfast recipe ideas.
- Stretch. To improve flexibility and relieve aches, take three mornings this week to do a quick, gentle stretching
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Skipped a few -- okay, a lot of -- runs lately? "Take baby steps to get back in the game. Most people build mileage too quickly," says Brad Hudson, a coauthor of Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon. Steal his secrets to nix the pains and strains of reentry.
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The week before you hit the road, track, or treadmill, focus on your core and on cross-training. "Do ab exercises and get on a bike or elliptical to build your leg muscles without impact," Hudson says. "The cardio will also increase your endurance."
If you used to rack up 10 miles a week, begin with two to three miles twice a week and "then increase your total mileage each week by at least 10 percent, adding on more running days, until you're back on schedule," Hudson says.
Downsize Your Stride
Your first month back, run at a leisurely pace and take small steps, especially if you're dealing with still-snowy terrain. "Aim to strike with your
Kitchen shortcutsLots of us love to cook, but there are some parts of the process that we definitely wish could be easier. Chef and cookbook author Susan Feniger shares some of her best kitchen secrets and shortcuts with Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini.Read More »from Kitchen Shortcuts with Susan Feniger
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Feniger says that the most important thing is to buy "one French knife." She adds, "The way that you tell a great knife is you want to look and make sure that the steel goes all the way through to the end of the handle." She also recommends buying a serrated knife for the times when that's the best tool for the job.
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Making a garlic puree
Garlic can be difficult to work with, but Feniger has a way to make it simpler. She says to start by cutting off the ends of the cloves. Then she smashes the clove with the side of the French knife "and the peel comes right off." Feniger recommends curling your fingertips under and then using your third knuckle as
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Team Mom – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 4:53 PM EST
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I was hit with some cold, hard reality yesterday when I decided to check on the nutritional information of the wasabi peas on which I was happily snacking. Normally, of course, this is information that would be right on the package, but these peas were an impulse buy from a bulk bin; I remembered seeing them on a list somewhere of healthy snacks, so I went for it. But when I looked them up later, I discovered that one 1/4 cup serving is 106 calories, with 190mg of sodium. Not terrible! Just not great, either, considering I'd apparently already had at least 2 1/2 servings (I do love me some wasabi peas!).
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Anyway, the whole thing made me think about some other snacks that might not be as healthy as we think they are, such as:
1) Non-fat ice cream: When dairy products zap out the fat, they often add in sugar and the calorie count can still stay high (one cup of fat-free vanilla ice cream canRead More »from 4 Foods that Aren't as Healthy as You Think (And How to Make Them Better)
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