by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
Most of us spend a good portion of our day sitting--at a desk, in class, you know the drill. And there's lots of research showing that the more time we log sitting on our bums, the worse off we are--like the study that found women who sit for more than six hours a day are 37 percent more likely to die early than women who sit only for three (thanks to increased risk of cardiovascular disease).
And, uh, early death aside (eek!), sitting all day comes with some other problems, like decreased energy levels and the very real possibility of weight gain. Sitting for too long can also just make your body feel so sore.
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Ideally, you want to pick your butt off that chair and move it as often as you can during the course of your day (standing up every 20 minutes can make a big difference--and hey, you can even exercise while still sitting!), but sometimes that's just not possible. So the next time you're at the end of a long day of
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 3:37 PM EST
How to Set Up a Reward System for Your Kids (and Make Family Life Easier!)If you have younger kids, I bet you can relate when I say that I have been struggling with getting my kids to do anything they don't want to do. I have to ask them repeatedly to clean up their toys, put their dishes away, and not take 35 minutes twice a day to brush their teeth.Read More »from 6 Ways to Set Up a Reward System for Your Kids (and Make Life Easier!)
I was beginning to feel like I was spending way too much time trying to correct what they were not "doing right" and it was taking a toll on all of us.
Everyone -- from adults to kids -- love and need to hear when they're doing a good job. So, we started a rewards system. We got dried black beans, a jar with each of their names on them and have them right next to the TV in the living room so the kids can see them at all times. We set out what will get a bean and what won't, and when the kids do something above and beyond, then they will get a bean as well.
We've been doing this system for about three months now and the response has been amazing! The morale around here has certainly changed and it
How to sleep better tonightYou have no idea why, but night after night you have trouble nodding off. These bedtime rituals may help you get some more shut-eye.Read More »from 8 Simple Little Ways to Fall Asleep Fast
1. Take a bubble bath: The hot water relaxes your muscles and raises your core temperature. When you get out of the tub, you temperature will start to go down, mimicking what your body normally does to trigger melatonin production, says sleep expert Michael Breus, Ph.D. Why bubbles? "They form a layer of insulation on top, which keeps the water hot longer."
2. Pour yourself a bowl: The classic sleep Rx of cornflakes and milk has scientific-backing. The fast-acting carb in the cereal increases tryptophan levels, upping the zzz-inducing brain chemical serotonin. Milk contains melatonin, a.k.a. the sleep hormone.
3. Turn down the thermostat: It's more comfortable to sleep in a cool room. But you don't want it to be too cold, either. Experiment to find your just-right temp.
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 4:26 PM EST
3 tips for taking your baby outside on a cold winter dayEvery year I loathe winter. At first it seems kind of fun to have an excuse to stay inside under the covers and eat comfort food but after about a week I'm wishing for warmer days. I knew this year would be especially challenging now that I have a busy baby who loves nothing more than being out and about. So this winter I've decided to make a conscious effort to go outside every day where the temperature is above freezing. A little bit of vitamin D and a little bit of exercise is cure for cabin fever.Read More »from 3 Things to Know Before Going Out in the Cold with Baby
Here's three tips on how to make getting out of the house with baby easier:
1. Have the Right Equipment
Knowing fair well that we'd have Denver winter ahead of us, I knew I wanted a stroller that could handle less than ideal terrain.Knowing I have a good stroller makes it easier to get outside for a little walk. Thank goodness we haven't dipped too low on the thermometer yet.
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2. Check the Temp and Bundle
I try and leave at the warmest
Good cooks in many cultures have found delicious ways to revive stale or leftover bread. But the French take first prize with their simple recipe for pain perdu, literally "lost bread," which we have come to know as French toast. Once you've mastered the basics -- coating slices of bread in an egg-and-milk mixture and sauteeing them -- a range of possibilities opens.
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Perfect French ToastIngredients
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
Juice of 1 medium orange, (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cognac, (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
Zest of 1 lemon, (about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 slices bread, such as brioche, sliced 1-inch thick, preferably day-old
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup, (optional)
Is your kid safe online?A generation ago, the idea of cyber safety didn't even exist. Now, it's more important than ever. Joining Away We Grow host Diane Mizota is Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, to talk about how to keep kids safe online.
Kids are starting to use computers and phones early on these days, and parents may wonder what sites are appropriate for what age. Fitzgerald notes that most social media sites have age guidelines in place. "Do your research, find the age-appropriate games and websites, and use the most private settings," she says.
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If your children are using social media, Fitzgerald offers a few key tips for keeping them safe:
• Friend your children.
• Know your children's passwords.
• Set up the rules ahead of time.
• Do not let your children accept friends unless they know the other person in the real world.
• Do not allow chat rooms, especially when kids are young.
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