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10 Kitchen Items that can do cool stuff and help you & your family feel better.

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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What’s in your Kitchen? Is it more than just food?

We have to buy so much and so many things that just do one specific thing. Wouldn’t it be great if a common item that you have in your kitchen could be more than food and take care of some of the things that ail you? Well, there are actually many items that do and here is a list of 10 to get you started.

  1. CLUB SODA has many uses outside of just something to drink.Substitute the liquid requirement in the recipe when making waffles or pancakes for Club Soda and watch the Fluffiness begin!
    1. Feed your Plants… Club Soda has minerals that help plants grow. So instead of throwing away club soda that has gone flat, feed it to your plants.
    2. Use it to remove stains in fabric and carpets.
    3. Clean jewelry and precious gems.
    4. Clean your car windshield, countertops and surfaces
    5. Removes rust.
  2. OATMEAL is not just great for breakfast, it’s help for your irritated skin too.Grind up about a 1/2 cup of oatmeal and add it to your bath and soak and relax.Mix oatmeal and water into a paste and apply it directly to irritated, chapped or dry areas of your skin.
  3. SEA SALT blended with Coconut Oil creates a great exfoliant for your skin and the combination moisturizes too.
  4. CUCUMBERS contain ascorbic and caffeic acids that reduces water retention in your eyes, so cut a slice and rest it on each eye to alleviate puffiness.
  5. SUGAR is sweet, but did you know it can get rid of hiccups? Hold a teaspoon under your tongue until your hiccups are gone.
  6. APPLES absorb acid. Eat a sweet apple to rid yourself of stomach acids and aid in acid reflux.
  7. PRUNES to Go! Whole, dried or juiced, Prunes aid in digestion and relief of constipation. Plus they provide good energy with a sugar rush.
  8. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, so little does so much. Drink a Tablespoon a day. Add it to your smoothie, it’s a great way to avoid the strong flavor.
    1. Aids in Weight loss
    2. Helps Acid Reflux
    3. Helps Blood Pressure
    4. Helps Diabetes
    5. The best SUNBURN relief you can buy!
  9. GINGER helps Nausea and Menstrual Discomfort. Try a cup of Ginger Tea or Ginger Chews to dissolve in your mouth.
  10. CRANBERRIES great for Thanksgiving, but should be eaten everyday. Whole, dried, 100% Juice, Relish… however you enjoy them, they will aid in a healthy urinary track, especially valuable to women.

Keep these stocked in your kitchen and give them a try and let me know which ones you like best and what you are regularly using. Don’t forget to give some to your kids for their health too.

 

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Peace, Love & Laughter!

celia kibler

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Teaching parents how to create a healthy physical and emotional environment for a balanced family life.

 

SUMMER IS HERE! Are your kids on Schedule?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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Summer is here and schedules for kids are more important than ever.

Very often, school ends and all consistency and time frames for the day go out the window. Kids run a muck and live a carefree, responsibility-free summer. Parents feel badly because the school year brings so much structure, that they think their kids should leave the stress of schedules behind. Stop the nonsense. The whole world runs on schedules for a reason, and a kid’s life should be no different.

Reality is, life without schedules and responsibility can lead to more stress and time wasted doing nothing productive. Without direction, kids can lose motivation, energy and get moody for no reason. Simply put, kids need something to do too. When kids are put on a schedule, they get into a routine and routines simply make life easier for everyone involved.

Enter the Summer Schedule! Although not the same as the school year, still packed full of things that need to get done to keep your child thriving and growing while school is out.

When creating your summer schedule (or any schedule for that matter), make sure your kids are thoroughly involved in the decision making process. Sit down with your kids and come up with a to-do list for every day that needs to be included in the schedule. Then set up the times to get it all done. Obviously, relaxation and play time plays a big part in the summer, so don’t leave it out.

First on the schedule… Wake Up & Bedtime. Yes this can be a bit later than they get up for school, but not too late. If you give your kids a free range bedtime and wake up time, you’ll find when it’s time to head back to school, they will have a really hard time adjusting. In addition, when people (and that includes kids), follow a set bedtime and wake time, it is proven that they enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Second, make sure you include all meals, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Other additions, and of course you and your kids can set up your own list according to your needs. I’ll tell you what is on our Summer Schedule at home for my two Grandkids (9 & 5 years) that live with me. Our Schedule is shown here on the right.

Items we include: Straightening the Bedroom, Personal hygiene (teeth, baths, etc), Summer Schoolwork and Reading, Video Game/Computer Time, Household chores (each child has one a day), Gratitude Journal & Personal Development Time, Summer Classes.

So you can see that our day is full and the kids are able to get a lot done in the morning and then they have almost a full afternoon of fun and games.

When kids help create their own schedules they are more likely to stick with it. Keep in mind, all days will not run strictly to the schedule, so a certain amount of flexibility needs to be allowed. Also, there are things like vacations, lessons, camp, etc. that may alter the schedule. However, if you stick to the schedule on most days throughout the summer months, you will make your life and their lives much better. Plus, you’ll have a lot less “I’m Bored!”, statements coming out of your kid’s mouths.

Let me know what you did to create your schedule, along with additions that you found helpful.

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Peace, Love & Laughter!

celia kibler

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The Fidget Spinner: Friend or Foe

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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Fidget Spinners… are they our friend or our foe? It’s all the craze and it may even be making YOU crazy. Well, you’re not the only one. I know it’s making some schools and camps crazy too.

So, what’s a parent to do?

Well, let’s look at the good points:

  1. It’s not a very expensive treat for your child.
  2. It’s fascinating and does help kids relax and focus.
  3. It encourages a child’s curiosity about how it works.
  4. It’s small and does not take up a lot of room in your house.

OK the not-so-good points:

  1. Kids tend to obsess over these spinners.
  2. They want more and more of them.
  3. They take them everywhere they go and lose them often or have them taken away.
  4. They may distract them from what they are supposed to be doing.

Solutions:

Parents:

  1. Create a schedule of when kids can use their spinners.
  2. Let your kids know where and when they can take spinners with them.
  3. Sit down and talk with your kids and set up guidelines together. Listen to their ideas of how they can be responsible and take control of what and where and when to use their new spinners.

Schools/Camps:

  1. Recognize the relaxing benefits of these spinners.
  2. Buy them in bulk (funexpress.com) and use them as 5 minute refocus breaks during the camp/school day. Your kids will love these breaks.
  3. Let kids know that if they bring their fidget spinners to school and they are confiscated, they will go into the bulk spinner box that is used for the school/camp and will become the property of the school/camp.
  4. Send a letter home to parents about how fidget spinners are going to be used productively in your school. Also inform them of the confiscation rule noted above.

The Fidget Spinner can definitely be a friend when used in a positive way and everyone agrees on the proper place to play with their new spinners.

 

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Peace, Love & Laughter!

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Please Stop Whining! Here’s 6 Steps to Help.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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All kids whine at one time or another, heck, adults do too. Adults you can walk away from, your kids you can’t, or can you? Try these tips with your kids and you may just limit the times you have to listen to the whine.

  1. SMILE when you talk. This goes for your kids & you. Do you know that when talking on the phone  or just listening to someone that you can’t see, you can always hear a smile. So smile when you talk and encourage your kids to too. The can’t whine when they say it with a smile.
  2. Do NOT Answer them, even walk away if necessary. Tell them that you are happy to hear what they have to say, but they have to tell you without whining. Using manners will make this much easier as well.
  3. MODEL this behavior. You need to also speak with a smile and use your manners. Your children will naturally follow your lead.
  4. EXPLAIN and demonstrate the difference between “whiny” talk and pleasant speech. Let them hear it for themselves and ask them which they like better.
  5. Use a SECRET CODE to remind them not to whine and invite them to use the same code if they catch you whining or speaking disrespectfully. After all, we are all human and we all make mistakes. Your kids will love that they can help you to be better at communication too. Examples of secret codes: tap your nose, wiggle your ear, choose a secret word that when spoken means, “you’re whining again”. A secret code can eliminate the repetition of always saying, “Stop whining.”
  6. Use FUNNY VOICES to break up the whine and get your kids to shine and laugh. They’ll use funny voices too.

Remember, whining is sometimes your child’s way of saying, “I need a little attention.” So if you haven’t done something special with your child recently, this could be a great time to break our a game, cards or a puzzle.

Let me know if these tips helped you and your children. Comment below and thank you for reading and sharing.

Peace, Love, Laughter to all!

Celia

Think Before You Drink… The Real Dangers of Drinking Soda

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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Are your kids Sodaholics? Is every meal accompanied with soda of some kind. THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK… or your children drink! Do you really know the dangers of drinking soda? What is it doing to your body. Sure, we all know about the sugar, but what else can be so bad? After all, it keeps them from complaining, right?

Wrong! As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, there is pretty much nothing good about drinking soda. Nothing!

Here’s some help, and might I suggest that you also discuss this with your kids to help them understand the dangers. YUP, there’s SUGAR and plenty of it! Do you really want them to digest a cup of sugar? Oh, it’s diet soda? Do you really want them to digest a cup of artificial sweetener? Here’s what too much SODA can lead to…

  1. DIABETES! You get to have Shots, injections, lots of them, Insulin, blindness, loss of limbs… there isn’t anything good about having diabetes and sadly it is showing up more and more in our kids. To me, this is true child abuse.
  2. OBESITY! Excessive fat, rolls and rolls, fat jokes, blob lifestyles, bullying, depression, illness, overworked hearts, low self esteem, low self worth, lack of confidence, seclusion, illness… clearly I could go on and on with this one. Is this what you hope your kids will grow to be one day?
  3. DIGESTION PROBLEMS! Caffiene and Soda are diuretics, this can lead to dehydration. Did you know that children become dehydrated much faster than adults. Do they really need help with this from a soda?
  4. ADDICTION! Caffeine, sugar, soda… you can become addicted and so can your kids. I bet some of you reading this are thinking, “I know what you mean, if I don’t have my Coke during the day, I am cranky and miserable.”
  5. TOOTH DECAY! Isn’t it already hard enough to get your kids to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy? Do we really need to add the acids in soda to that problem? Soda also discolors teeth and the excessive sugar, along with the acids, helps to rot them. Let’s hear it for causing tooth decay, cavities and high dental bills. Whoo-Hoo!
  6. NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE! What??? There is no nutrition in a soda? Amazing. Not only is it empty calories, it can fill you up and cause you to eat less healthy food.
  7. SLEEP DEPRIVATION! Caffeine keeps you up, Sugar keeps you energized. Don’t you want your kids to be asleep? Need I say more?
  8. BEHAVIOR ISSUES! How often do parents with their kids would calm down. We are telling them all the time. So why would you give them a drink that completely jacks them up. They will also thank you for the soda with increased mood swings, crankiness, discipline problems… sounds awesome, doesn’t it.
  9. BONUS: CLEANS YOUR CAR BATTERY! That’s right, pour a can of soda on your car battery and your up and cruising in no time. For me, that’s the only thing soda is good for. Well, when you or your child drinks a soda, you’re ingesting all that wonderful acid that can clean rust. What’s it doing to you? MSG hides in soda and has been proven to cause long term neurological effects like Alzheimers, dementia, ALS and others. That’s a nice gift to give your kids. Oh, did I mention what acid does to your bones? You want your kids to grow taller, right? Adding a soda to their diet depletes Calcium and weakens their bones.

Sooooo…. let’s talk ALTERNATIVES!.. and don’t forget to let the kids help you make these drinks. They love it!

SPRITZERS: Fun to make, fun to drink and refreshing. Fill your glass with 1/3 of 100% juice of your choice and fill the rest of your glass with Sparkling Water. Add some fresh fruit on a toothpick to make it fancy and delicious.

NEW YORK EGG CREAM: In a tall glass, fill 1/3 of the glass with very chocolaty chocolate milk and add Seltzer to the rest of the glass. Seriously, the best! (check out my Periscope page… I did a Periscope on making an egg cream last year)

SMOOTHIE... Use Almond Milk or regular milk or whatever milk you like and add away… bananas, berries, oranges, carrots, greens, yogurt, honey, even add a tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar to keep you healthy… blend it and drink it up. Hint: Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes to add even more servings of fruit.

And of course almost any other drinks you have in the house like Milk, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice or my personal favorite WATER!

Just think of all the other things your kids can drink instead of a soda and help them get in the habit of drinking water. You’ll love it, they’ll love it and life with be great!

 

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Peace, Love & Laughter!

celia kibler

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