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March 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Paleo Diet

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The “Paleo” (paleolithic) diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. According to ThePaleoDiet.com, it involves eating only foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era ate, which includes meats (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, etc.) fish and other seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and natural oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, etc. Things like dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, legumes, and any type of processed food are not included, as the hunter-gatherers of that age did not have the tools and knowledge to cultivate or create them (although some variations of the diet do include eggs and beans). Overall it’s a type of low-carb diet. Advocates of the paleo diet believe it aids in preventing certain diseases and ailments, including acne, obesity, some types of heart disease, diabetes and others. If you’re interested in trying this diet, you should consult your doctor first. The are skeptics who don’t find this diet to be as effective as others in terms of balanced diet and weight loss, so it’s important to do your own research and determine if it’s something that’s right for you. Here are some great Paleo resources for information, recipes and more.

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experiences here and on our Facebook page!

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February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Quick Tips to Lose the Mommy Weight

photoAre you dealing with losing that last 10-15 lbs that you gained while you were pregnant? Here are some tips your can use to help lose the mommy weight.

Portion Size – Think about the actual portions of food you are eating. Make sure the plate you are filling has the correct proportions according to the food pyramid plate. Also, while you are filling that plate be sure to look at the size of the plate you are using. A regular dinner plate is a lot bigger than what you should be using. I like to use a salad plate because it looks like it is overflowing when I fill it up.

Snacks – One of my biggest downfalls is snacking throughout the day. Part of the downfall is the portion of the snack I am eating. Do you ever eat your child’s snacks and end up eating a lot more than you should? Think about pre-bagging your snack selections. Always have a snack in your purse or diaper bag to grab on the go when you are hungry.

Breakfast – You’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. This is so true! It starts your day off right and sets your hunger for the rest of the day.

Water – Drinking water will help curb your appetite. While you are eating be sure to sip some water between your bites. This will help you feel fuller faster!

Exercise –  Exercise isn’t easy when you are a mom, especially a new one.  Try to get some exercise in while you are going about your day. Check out this Pinterest board for ways to exercise with baby.

Planning – If you schedule your meals, snacks and exercise then you have less decisions that are made with your stomach instead of your head. Also, try to eat at the table when you are hungry. Distracted eating makes you eat more than you planned on or need to!

Hope these tips help you to lose that last chunk of baby weight! What are some of your tried and true ways to shed the pounds?

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 17th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Making Lunchtime at Home Easier

Kids-lunchSometimes I feel like the greatest challenge of each day is meals. My family would love for me to be a short order cook, but I refuse. Instead I have to make sure that each meal has elements that each kid will eat. Lunchtime is definitely not an exception to this.

I’ve written previously about ways to make the lunchbox fun, but how do you break up the monotony of the everyday lunch at home.

If I have good leftovers I like to take advantage of those first. Mix things up to reinvent the leftovers if the kids don’t want the same thing again. My mom always took leftover sloppy joes and added in noodles. Another way to reuse leftovers is to make a smorgasbord of all the different things in the fridge and choose a little of each.

Pizza is another of my favorite lunch options. Make your own dough and freeze it so it is ready to go, buy pre-made dough, or pre-made crusts. You can also make pizza with english muffins, french bread or bagels. Plus each child can make the pizza to their liking.

The same can be done with Quesadillas. These are made quickly and can contain so many different things!

Have you ever thought of offering a salad to your kids? A salad seems like something for older kids, but  young kids love to eat salads. Top them with some cut up chicken for protein and you have a well balanced meal.

Ever think of making breakfast for lunch? We make breakfast for dinner all the time but don’t always think about it for lunch. That’s the key to lunch… it doesn’t have to always be sandwiches. Anything you eat at other times of day can apply. Sometimes lunch is when my boys are truly the hungriest so I’m fine with it being their biggest meal of the day!

What are some of your favorite lunchtime options?

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:27 am

Helping to Keep Germs Away

imageI had the worse case of strep throat last month. My bed was my best friend for an entire week and it took all my strength to just pick up my kids from school. Since then, each of them have been treated for the same thing. It doesn’t help that the outside temperature  is so cold that we barely ever get fresh air. You hear it all over the place – the stomach flu, influenza, strep throat, and mysterious fever illnesses.

I am becoming more and more aware of where we can contract illness. The counter at our favorite fast food restaurant, shopping carts, the computer room at school, and the list goes on and on. So, what do we do to try to be proactive and prevent catching things?

My first defense is washing of our hands. I am constantly bugging the boys to wash your hands. Some soap and water along with scrubbing your hands while singing the alphabet song twice is the best way to do it. Don’t just bug the kids, do it yourself also!

If soap and water aren’t available, then use hand sanitizer gel and rub your hands together until the gel evaporates or about 20 seconds. I know, it feels like forever, but a week in bed isn’t worth it.

Disinfect your house to help prevent germs from spreading. Wipe off some of the highly touched surfaces with a disinfectant. Think about doorknobs, tables, light switches and handrails. If the sickness means a lot of bathroom time, then be sure to disinfect the toilet, floor and bathroom sink. Don’t get crazy obsessed, just work this into your cleaning schedule a little more than normal. Think about things that people may share in your house. Do your kids sip out of the same cup sometimes, is there a whistle in the toy box they play with? Think about these things and limit their use when there are sickies in the house.

It never can hurt to get your vitamins. We can’t get enough orange juice here, since that is our sickness fighter of choice. Pack meals with veggies, fruit, and even chewable vitamins so immune systems are extra strong. Also make sure you get adequate amounts of sleep.

It’s not fun to take care of a sick child or to be sick yourself. Hopefully it can make it a little less likely with the tips above!

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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January 24th, 2014 at 10:03 am

Global Belly Laugh Day

DSC01985Did you know that today is Global Belly Laugh Day? Belly Laugh Day is all about celebrating the gift of laughter!

Laughter has some great effects on the body. During this season of sickness it can boost immunity, relax your muscles and lower stress hormones. It also eases anxiety, improves your mood, strengthens relationships and attracts others to us.

I love when I hear one of my boys enjoying a good belly laugh; the laugh that makes your whole body shake and the sound comes from deep within your soul! It rejuvenates us!

In celebration, I wanted to share some great jokes, and ways to share laughter in your house!

Why did the chicken cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Interupting Pirate.
Interupting Pirate who?
(While interrupting)AARGH!

How can you tell the ocean is friendly?
It waves.

Where do cows go on Friday night?
To the MOOvie theater.

When is the moon the heaviest?
When it’s full!

Why can’t a tyrannosaurus clap?
Because its extinct.

Want some other ways to add humor into your families day?

Stick some jokes in your childs lunchbox.

Watch funny videos on Youtube.

Relive memories of funny things that have happened in your family.

Do a Mad-lib.

Have your kids make up their own funny jokes.

Hopefully by the end of the day your bellies are hurting so much from laughing!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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January 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am

Simple, Healthy Snacks for Kids

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Nutritionists suggest that eating multiple small, healthy meals throughout the day is better for your body than three square meals, so snacks are an important part of your child’s nutrition. Processed snacks from the food store tend to have a lot of unnecessary fillers, high sugar or sodium levels, or are high in fat and calories. Get some piece of mind and take full control of what your little one eats by making your own healthy snacks. Here are some great ideas:

What healthy snacks do you make for your kids? Share with us here or on our Facebook page!

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January 9th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Mommy and Me Exercises

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Pregnancy is synonymous with “change.” When you have a child (especially your first), everything changes…and that includes your body! Once new moms settle into a routine, one of the most common sentiments is, “Now, how do I get my body back??” When you have kids, especially young babies, it can be difficult to find the time or opportunity to get a decent workout in. Here are some “Mommy and Me” exercises you can do with your little one!

*Keep in mind, you should always ask your doctor what types of exercises you’re allowed to do (depending on the type of birth you had, your personal health, etc.) before starting.

Other great ways to exercise with your baby are jogging/walking with the stroller, dancing, and hiking with the baby in a carrier.

Share your postnatal exercise routine with us on our Facebook wall…what worked for you?

Photo Credit: Parenting.com 

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January 6th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Momsomnia

timeThere are nights I sleep like a baby, and then others I lay awake. At night is when all the things I’ve tossed aside during the day creep into my head…

Schedules

To Do Lists

What’s for Dinner?

Problems at school

Financial worries

Replay of conversations

Why my skin is so dry

Marital issues

Baby’s sleep schedule for tomorrow

and the list goes on and on for all of us…

It doesn’t help that when I can’t sleep I turn to my phone to “help” me fall asleep. A little game of candy crush, catching up on some favorite blogs and Pinterest. This doesn’t help…now I am thinking about some great crafts I would like to make, how I can redecorate my house on a budget, and what I can do differently to beat that level that I just can’t get past. Before I realize it, I have been up for 2 hours in the middle of the night and I know that I am going to feel it in the morning.

As I get older this this happens more frequently, but how do you shut the brain off and really sleep?

I have noticed a few things that help -

  • Cutting back on caffeine. I used to be able to drink caffeine up to the minute right before bed, but now I notice if I have it too late in the afternoon or evening that I just don’t sleep the same.
  • Exercise. 
  • Letting things go. Try to deal with your stressors instead of saving them for the quiet of night.
  • Getting rid of distractions. Instead of grabbing my iPhone when I wake in the middle of the night I know am just trying to fall back asleep. Typically this works and I don’t stay up for an hour or two.

What tricks do you have to cure insomnia?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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September 9th, 2013 at 6:53 am

First Visit to the Dentist

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. The idea of your child in a chair with someone looking in their month could fill you with extreme anxiety. These tips should help make that first visit a little smoother.

Plan the visit with perfect timing – think about the time of day when your child is at their best! Stay away from eating and sleeping times of day.

Have them visit your dentist – If you have a scheduled dental appointment have them tag along so they can see what happens during a visit.

Act it out – Have your child play dentist. Shine a small flashlight in their mouth and have you clean their teeth. Have them “open wide”

Check out some books – Look at the library for some books about visiting the dentist to read or check out this app.

Bring a Lovey – If your child has a special stuffed animal or blanket be sure to bring it along. Anything to make them feel more comfortable helps!

I still get anxiety taking my youngest to the dentist; it isn’t his favorite place. But if you prepare it will go better!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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August 19th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Potty Training Tips

We all reach that point with our child where it is time to potty train. Potty Training can be an exhausting and frustrating time for everyone involved, so here are some tips to help make it go easier.

Timing is everything

As parents there are so many things that we are ready to help our child accomplish, but as I have learned it is all in our child’s time. You have to watch for your child to be sure they are physically and mentally ready. Some reach this point at 18 months and some need to be closer to age 4. If you try to teach them to potty train before they are ready, it will be filled with anxiousness on both sides and most likely will take a lot longer. Trust me when I say… your child won’t be going to school without bathroom skills, it will happen all in due time!

Watch to make sure your child isn’t facing life changes around the time you potty train, such as a new sibling, start of school or a trip. Wait to start trying when you have a week or two of no big plans so there are no pressures on you or your child. Kids aren’t like adults where deadlines work in their favor!

Know there will be accidents

Most likely, there will be a lot of accidents. The key is to not make a big deal about it! He’ll get the hang of the process so just clean up the accident and remind him that we have to try to use the potty!

Make it Fun

If potty time is fun, your child will be excited to sit on the potty! Check out some of these tips to help “speed” the process along.

  • Get a special potty chair
  • Have target practice, for boys. Put a couple Cheerios or Fruit Loops in the potty to aim for.
  • Sing a tune. By the time the song is finished they should be done!
  • Read together.
  • Have a celebration. When the magic happens, have a special dance, sing a fun song, or even call Grandma to tell her the good news!
  • Reward with a special treat. Use your child’s favorite candy to have a piece after they finish or fill a box with inexpensive toys. Think of what your child really likes or wants. One mom I knew used painting her childs nails as a reward. Everytime they went a new nail got polished!
  • Celebrate with stickers. Check out Pinterest for some cute ideas. Then reward with a bigger item like lunch out or a new book or toy.

Most Importantly

Know that every child is different! My first born potty trained in less then a week at the age of 2. My youngest didn’t show any interest until he was 3 and took around 6 months. The methods I had to use were different to make the magic happen! It’s frustrating, but sooner or later they will get it! I promise you that they won’t be married and still in diapers!

Stay strong and remember, as important as this is, it is just a small step in growing up!

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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