Category: Health

Link Round-up: Treats, a DIY Planter, Relationship Tips, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has lots of treats, a colored planter, and tips for relationships and parenting.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make an avocado chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared seven relationship tips that can do more harm than good.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make acorn brownie pops.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a colored planter from PVC pipe.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make Halloween Oreo cookie pops.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make a two-ingredient chocolate hazelnut braid.

Play Dates on Fridays shared some wisdom picked up over a decade of parenting.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Happiness, Introversion, Halloween Treats and Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for work happiness, introversion, Halloween treats and crafts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for pumpkin pie chocolate truffles.

Mind Body Green shares tips for finding happiness at work even if you don’t like your job.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make pumpkin spice jack-o-lantern Rice Krispie treats.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make woodland creature felt masks for dress-up.

Mommy Snippets offered a homemade sore throat remedy.

Life a Little Brighter gathered 10 easy dinner ideas.

Play Dates on Fridays had a guest post that discussed what it’s like being an introverted parent.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

THERA°PEARL Pals Deliver Soothing Relief for Your Child’s Aches and Pains

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by No Comments

Hot and cold therapy is a time-tested way to relieve all sorts of aches and pains, which is why THERA°PEARL Pals deserve a place in your family’s first aid kit. They are the perfect way to comfort little ones after they fall off a bike, get stung by a bee, or twist their ankle coming down the stairs too fast.

There are several things I love about THERA°PEARL Pals.

You can freeze them or pop them in the microwave, so you don’t have to keep separate products on hand for hot and cold therapy. They don’t drip or leak when frozen, which makes them much less messy than other ice packs I’ve tried in the past. The pearls keep the product pliable, so it conforms nicely to knees, elbows, or other hard to reach areas.

The packs are well made and an independent lab has verified there are no heavy metals, VOCs, or BPAs in the product.

THERA°PEARL Pals come in four different animal designs:

Even though THERA°PEARL Pals are for kids,  THERA°PEARL makes several great products for adults using the same Pearl Technology.

If you suffer from back pain, but can’t afford to spend the day in bed, the THERA°PEARL Back Wrap is a real lifesaver. I also like the ankle/wrist wrap for days when my carpal tunnel is flaring up.

Whether chilled or heated, all THERA°PEARL products using Pearl Technology hold their temperature for the doctor recommended time of 20 minutes. Visit the THERA°PEARL website to see the entire product line. The THERA°PEARL website also has a section explaining the benefits of hot and cold therapy in greater detail.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: THERA°PEARL

Do Your Kids Get Enough DHA?

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by No Comments

What is DHA, you ask, and why does my kid need it? Glad you asked! DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid (yep, that’s why they use DHA instead). It’s an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the human brain, skin, retina and other pretty important body parts. And – you guessed it – your kiddos need it to support brain development.

Now it’s not that hard to get DHA into your diet – just eat lots of cold water fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, halibut or salmon. Doctors recommend kids eat fish at least twice a week to get the recommended amount of DHA into their diet. In fact, some studies have found that low DHA levels may impact reading, memory and behavior.

Your kid not a big mackerel fan? Then you could try DHA supplements like omega-3 fish oil pills. Scientists have found that DHA supplementation early in life increases intelligence as kids get older. If you have an infant you’ll find DHA is included in some baby formulas. And don’t forget DHA supplements when you are pregnant – many doctors think that the positive impact of DHA likely begins in utero.

However you work it into your children’s diet, DHA is just as important as the other vitamins and minerals your child is getting.

Link Round-up: Hydration, Halloween, Office Gear, and More

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has hydration tips, Halloween food, a monogrammed leather mouse pad DIY project, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to create a Strawberry Shortcake bento lunch.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared a review of The Balm’s Frat Boy blush.

Crafty Journal shared some apple buying tips to keep them from bruising.

Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us how to make a cute monogrammed leather mouse pad.

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Kenarry has fun Halloween food ideas to share.

A Beautiful Mess showed us a cute DIY project that involves a dry erase wall.

Tone It Up shared some recipes that will keep you hydrated (perfect if you’re getting bored with plain water!).

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Peanut Butter Fudge, Homemade Lotion, Pumpkins, and More

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has peanut butter fudge, homemade lotion, cute pumpkin decorations, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make healthy peanut butter fudge.

Mind Body Green talked about emotional eating.

Belle of the Kitchen taught us how to make delicious Brunswick stew.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make kudusama flowers, a project older kids may enjoy helping with.

Make It or Fix It showed us how to make lotion bars.

DIY Inspired showed us how to make an easy gold, black, and white pumpkin display for fall.

I Love to Create has a cute pillowcase project for slumber parties.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Salonpas Offers a Safe, Effective Way to Deal with Everyday Aches and Pains

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 by No Comments

As we all know, moms don’t get sick days and your kiddos don’t slow down just because you’re a little sore! Salonpas pain relieving patches using menthol and methyl salicylate are a great option for relieving mild to moderate aches and pains associated with backache, sprains, strains, arthritis, or bruises.

The patches are easy to apply and stay on fairly well, although I haven’t really tested how well they hold up to water because I usually change mine right after a shower. The adhesive does not irritate sensitive skin or cause pain when it is removed. (I’ve had band-aids that hurt more to take off than one of these patches.)

Salonpas patches should only be applied to clean, dry skin that does not have any open cuts or scratches.

Salonpas advertises that the patches last for up to 12 hours. I’ve gone to sleep with one on and found it worked well throughout the night. I gave a few of my samples to my mother to try and she said it lasted throughout a full day of yard work.

The Salonpas patches have a minty scent. It’s not strong enough that anyone standing more than a foot or two away from you would smell it, however.

The patches are made from a thin, flexible material that disappears under your clothes, but the generic “flesh” color is visible on your skin. If you need something that is totally invisible, Salonpas also makes a pain relieving cream and spray.

Visit the Salonpas website to learn more or to purchase products. Salonpas items can also be found in most drug and discount stores throughout the US.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Salonpas

Link Round-up: Makeup Review, Save on Disney Vacations, Stay Healthy, and More

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a makeup review, tips for saving on a Disney vacation, tips for staying healthy, recipes, and more.

Tastefully Frugal shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan.

Mind Body Green has eight tips for staying healthy when you’re crazy busy.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for raspberry chia seed jam and oat crumble squares (they’re gluten-free).

Living Well Spending Less shared 20 ways to save money on a Disney vacation.

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Kenarry showed us how to make a birthday banner.

Pursebuzz reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette.

Cupcakes and Cashmere talked about how the five love languages changed her relationship.

Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Hand Sanitizer, a Caramel Pumpkin Milkshake, DIY Earrings, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY hand sanitizer, a caramel pumpkin milkshake recipe, DIY earrings, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to use transfer paper for crafts.

Seasoned Homemaker shared a recipe for a DIY natural alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel pumpkin milkshake.

Carlsbad Cravings gave us a recipe for a mango coconut Oreo fudge crème ice cream box cake.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a how-to for flower-embellished photo art.

Kimberly Snyder taught us how to make natural cleaning products.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make glittery fall leaf earrings.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess