Frugal Fun: 3 Ways To Ease Your Family’s Financial Burden Without Too Much Sacrifice

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If you’re like many families, you’re trying to find ways to ease the financial burden of the family as much as possible without sacrificing a normal life. Whether you have one income or multiple incomes in the family, there are a few ways that you can easily save money so that you have extra if there’s an emergency or if you want to do something fun with the family. It will take a bit of planning, but if you stay organized and on top of your budget, then you can live like other families without wasting a lot of money. Continue reading “Frugal Fun: 3 Ways To Ease Your Family’s Financial Burden Without Too Much Sacrifice”

5 Nutrients That Should Be in All of Your Kids’ Meals

It can seem overwhelming to think of all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients kids need to be healthy. Harder yet is making sure your picky kid not only gets them in every meal but eats them as well! While our children might seem to be eating healthy, shockingly, it has been reported that up to 99% of some age groups are low on one or more of these vital nutrients. As you read, you will see that there are some easy and delicious foods you can add to meals to ensure your child is getting what he or she needs.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is necessary in our kids’ diets because it is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from being damaged by oxidation caused by free radicals. It can prevent many long-term diseases, and it’s great for the immune system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an information which shows how much Vitamin E your child should be getting based on his or her age. You can make sure to get Vitamin E in your child’s meals by serving nuts, green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, peanut butter, avocado, tomato sauces, and fortified cereals.

 

Iron

Iron is necessary for hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the rest of your child’s body. Not only is it important for body function, but an iron deficiency can lead to a greater chance of lead poisoning. Lack of iron can cause the body to absorb the lead more readily. Baby formula is usually fortified with iron for good reason. Iron can also be found in meats, dark leafy greens, raisins, and iron-fortified breads, cereal, and pasta. At times, your child may need even more iron than is recommended. Young athletes, children who are experiencing rapid growth, are teen girls experiencing menstruation might need an extra dose of iron. Check with your doctor to make sure they are getting enough.

 

Fiber

Fiber may not be the first thing you think of when you think of your children’s nutrient needs. Fiber is great for aiding digestion and keeping your kid regular. Not only that, but it’s great for long-term health, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes. You can make sure your child gets what he or she needs by adding fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, almonds, and beans to their meals.

 

Potassium

Make sure your nutrition meals consist of potassium. Potassium is a very beneficial mineral found in bananas, oranges, milk, yogurt, potatoes, and prunes. It helps stabilize water in their growing body and offsets dehydration. Your kids’ bodies need potassium to help their muscles move and nerves to work. Your child needs anywhere from 400mg/day to 4,700mg/day depending on their age.

 

Calcium

It shouldn’t be a surprise that we need to keep our kids’ bone health in mind while they are constantly growing. Not only is calcium necessary for strong bones, but it also assists muscles and nerves, and it helps the body deliver enzymes and hormones necessary for proper body function. Children 1 to 3 years old should be getting 700mg of calcium daily. 4 to 8-year-olds need 1,000mg a day, and 9-18-year-olds need 1,300mg. Milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified cereals and orange juice, beans, broccoli, and even ice cream are great sources of calcium.

Many of the foods your child already knows and loves contain many of the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for their health. Keep in mind these 5 specifically, and make sure to provide the foods that contain them in every meal. A happy, healthy child will be your reward.

 

Didn’t Pass the Tissue Test? 4 Steps You Can Take to Get Whiter Teeth

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A smile is usually noticed upon first meeting a person. It is also something people are usually most self-conscious about if they do not have the whitest teeth. You shouldn’t be afraid to show your smile to the world when easy solutions are available to make your teeth whiter from the comfort of your own home. Here are four easy, over the counter, steps you can take to get whiter teeth within days:
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Spruce Up Your Backyard This Summer with These Easy DIY Projects

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The weather is nice and hot, so is there anything better than spending these sunny days and warm evenings right in your backyard? And wouldn’t it be even more amazing if you’ve spruced up your backyard all by yourself instead of hiring someone and paying them a ton of money to do it for you? There are plenty of things you can do to turn your backyard into your personal oasis where you’ll be able to enjoy peace and quiet or throw lovely summer parties.

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Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs

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Individuals who have medical conditions are often required to be on special diets. These diets help them to manage symptoms from digestive problems, kidney problems, blood sugar fluctuations and other issues. However, sometimes being on a special diet can mean you don’t get all the nutrients you need to keep you healthy. Your physician may recommend a number of other measures to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals required for overall good health. Here are a few options for ensuring good nutrition when you are on a special diet. Continue reading “Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs”

7 Home Office Design Tips

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One of the perks of having a home office is that you get to decorate it the way you want. Whether it is to create a cozy atmosphere or a professional work environment, or maybe a creative space for brainstorming. There are no limitations as to how you define this space. It should reflect your own image or brand, but ultimately be a place where you feel comfortable and most productive. Without further ado, here are seven tips on how to design your own home office.
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How to Handle Postpartum Depression in 5 Effective Steps

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When you are pregnant, your hormones are raging and you feel and act differently. Even after the birth of your child, you are likely to continue experiencing the effects of the pregnancy. Emotional changes are to be expected during this time, but sometimes these changes can lead to a serious problem. Feelings of irritability, mood swings, and emotional sensitivity are something most new moms experience after birth and it is called the “baby blues”. Postpartum depression occurs when these symptoms persist for a period longer than two weeks. This is not an uncommon problem and with the right help, it can be resolved successfully.


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How Easy Is It To Move Across The Pond?

Moving home can be tricky at the best of times. When it comes to moving to an entirely new country, then you’re really talking about having your hands full. But before you start booking flights and start thinking about to take and what to leave behind, you have to make sure that you’re actually eligible to move. The United States is one of the most popular destinations for people looking to live a new life, and a lot of people will wonder how to get in. So, how do you?

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Canada Just Celebrated Its 150th Anniversary – Tips For Visiting This Wonderful Country

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Ah, Canada. Home to hockey, great beer, plaid shirts, amazing music and the largest concentration of down-to-earth people you could meet anywhere in the world. With an eminent intellectual trade of astounding universities, beautiful weather and gorgeous, stunning landscapes, Canada should be the first one on your list when it comes to exploring a western culture that you haven’t seen before.
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