Archive - August 2017

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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses
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Breakfast Recipe: Orange Vanilla Waffles
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Back To School Snack: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites
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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment
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Back to School Sleep Tips
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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest

The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses

“Everyone has a fear of fire.” These words start the trailer for HBO’s documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a 2013 film exploring the overwhelming presence of flame retardant chemicals in homes, humans, animals, and ecosystems around the globe. How did they get into nearly everything we buy? What are they for, and are they really helping? You’ll find flame retardants in mattresses, couches, car seats, electronics, and building insulation. On the surface, they seem to make sense. Of course we want to reduce the risk of potential fires. However, flame retardants are a very controversial ingredient used in consumer products because they come with potential health risks. Toxic flame retardant exposure builds up in the body and has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Flame retardant chemicals affect people and animals both inside and outside the home. Babies and children are especially at risk due to their still-developing bodies and endocrine systems. Read more:[…]

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Breakfast Recipe: Orange Vanilla Waffles

These super easy, 9-ingredient, Orange Vanilla Waffles come together fast in the blender, and cook quickly, making them perfect for busy mornings. With many kids heading back to school and the busyness of this time of the year, quick breakfasts are a must! These orange vanilla waffles can be made up ahead of time and frozen for fast, hot breakfasts in the morning. They also take very little time to prep, no more than 10 minutes at the most and about 3 minutes to cook. So even if you haven’t frozen them ahead of time, you can whip up a big batch of waffles in under 30 minutes! Perfectly sweet, with hints of orange and vanilla, these waffles remind me of heavenly orange creamsicles. They have that nostalgic flavor that everyone loves. Bliss! These tasty, grain free and nut free waffles are crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. They’re packed with protein, about 32 grams[…]

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Back To School Snack: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

No Bake, Gluten Free, and Nut Free School Zone Safe! School is right around the corner! Or maybe some of you are already back into the school groove?! We’ve got a month before we are back, but my brain is already starting to switch gears to packing daily morning snacks and lunches for my school aged kiddos…as well as a brand new preschooler in the house! Nut free school zone friendly food Many schools today have adopted nut free school zone policies to protect kids with severe nut allergies. I’m all about keeping these kiddos safe, so our house has learned how to be nut free for school hours if we happen to be in a nut free zone. We haven’t had much of it in our elementary school, but most of our preschool experiences have been nut free, and these little seed based energy bites are just the ticket for little hands! It is good to keep rotating different[…]

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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment

There is no doubt that the room in which your baby sleeps is important. The environment in which you choose to put your baby or child to bed needs to be conducive to sleep and there are easy ways to achieve that. Here is a quick guide to creating the ideal sleep environment: In Your Room During at least the first six or twelve months, your baby is likely to be sleeping in your room but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to need adapt the environment a little: Lights. If you don’t have a lamp or you only have one that is intended for reading, you might want to swap it for a dimmer light. You want to keep the room as dark as possible. If you can, situate the lamp as close to the door as possible so that you can leave the room in darkness but can turn it on easily when you come up to bed.[…]

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Back to School Sleep Tips

Summer lends itself to later nights thanks to more daylight, outdoor noise, and vacations in other time zones. It’s no wonder adults and children alike get out of their usual sleep routine in the summer season. But as the summer winds down, you’ll want to tweak your kids’ bedtime routines to get back into a healthier sleep habit – especially if they’re starting school soon! How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on their age. Toddlers need up to 14 hours, preschoolers need about 11-13 hours, and school age kids need 10-11 hours of sleep. This resource chart from Sleep for Kids helps you find out how much sleep is ideal for your child. By the teen years, sleep habits are closer to adult sleep needs but they still need about 9 hours a night for optimal health and performance in school. Check your kids’ ideal bedtimes with this Sleep Calculator that[…]

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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest

The world is abuzz with technology, connection, alerts, and alarms. Most people are never far from their cell phones, which means we’re all available 24/7 if anyone wants to get in touch. Sometimes these connections are welcome, and other times they’re an interruption. Even if we aren’t being bombarded with ringtones and cryptic text messages (who doesn’t flinch when mom leaves a single “call me”?), we find ourselves mindlessly scrolling the Twitter feed for the latest news or seeing what’s up with our second cousin once removed on Facebook today. There’s nothing wrong with staying connected, of course. But it can quickly become an addictive and mindless part of your day, especially once you’ve hit the refresh button four or five times to continue scrolling the same posts over and over again. If you’ve found yourself looking up from the screen wondering where the evening went, this post is for you. We’ll be outlining our top tips to slow down,[…]

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