Category — Healthy Living
In the book The Empty Place, author, Roberta Temes, Ph.D. tells the story of a young boy who faces the fear, pain and finality of death when his big sister dies. His babysitter, who also lost a sibling, suggests ways to help with the pain and assures him he won’t have all these terrible feelings forever.
May 16, 2013 No Comments
It seems with every new year people make resolutions to get more exercise and eat healthier. This website is great for everyone but it’s especially geared toward 8 – 18 year olds. You can play games, watch the short videos and find lots of information about how to live a healthier lifestyle.
January 5, 2011 3 Comments
Great tips about safe ways to play with your children/grandchildren from Parent’s Magazine.
1. Don’t toss your baby in the air. Instead hold him/her close against your chest and jump up and down. It’s still exciting but there’s no risk of hurting baby.
2. Never tickle torture your child/grandchild, it is very painful.
3. Wrestle with your child/grandchild but make sure you are in a safe space.
July 21, 2010 2 Comments
June 8, 2010 No Comments
Now that summer is upon us, people want to be outdoors. You can share the outdoors with your children in many ways. Hiking is great because it gives you a chance to talk, explore the world of nature and get physical exercise. Planting a garden can be combined with learning math by estimating and measuring the garden area, how far apart to plant the seeds and measuring the amount of water needed. Visit the beach and gather shells and small rocks to make a collage. Use your imagination to find fun, no cost activities to share with your children in the great outdoors.
June 3, 2010 3 Comments
For each pouch you’ll need:
1/2 whole wheat pita pocket
2-3 ounces turkey breast luncheon meat, thinly sliced
1 ounce Cheddar cheese
2-3 lettuce leaves
2-3 baby carrots
2-3 sugar snap peas
Hidden Valley light ranch dressing
1. Cut a 3-inch horizontal slit midway on the pita half.
2. Tuck the turkey, cheese & lettuce into the pita.
3. Stuff the carrots & snap peas int the pouch/slit.
4. Drizzle dressing into the salad
Recipe from Hidden Valley Ranch
June 2, 2010 No Comments
This is a fun and easy way to play catch with kids. It’s especially great for younger children who may have difficulty catching with their hands. You can even play inside the house.
1 gallon milk carton with handle (empty, of course)
Ball or bean bag
1. Cut out a section of the milk carton large enough to catch a ball or bean bag. Be sure to leave the handle intact so you can hold the catcher.
2. Take turns tossing the ball and trying to catch it in the milk carton catcher.
June 1, 2010 1 Comment
Minted Carrot & Orange
2 oranges, peeled
7 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons water
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
dash of salt
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh mint leaves, washed & dried
Cut the peeled orange into small chunks. Pour the orange and as much of the juice as you can into a medium-sized bowl. Grate the carrots and add to the bowl of oranges. Add lemon juice, water, cinnamon, salt and finely chopped mint leaves to the salad. Stir until well combined.
Makes six 1/2 cup servings
May 17, 2010 No Comments
Sunny Surprise Smoothie
1 cup low-fat milk
8 ounces frozen strawberries
3 ounces orange juice concentrate
1 frozen banana (cut into chunks before freezing)
Blend everything until smooth and serve.
Tutty Fruity Smoothie
1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1/4 cup low-fat milk
5 ice cubes
Blend everything until smooth and serve. Makes 2 servings.
Nutty Fruity Smoothie
2 ripe bananas
2 cups pineapple juice
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons plain yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 ice cubes
Blend until smooth and serve. Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.
May 11, 2010 No Comments
These turned out to be a fun lunch when my grandkids visited. They were easy to make and no cooking. We rolled then in crushed Rice Krispies. I also divided the recipe in half because we didn’t need 24.
You will need:
6 slices whole-wheat bread
1 ½ cups peanut butter
10-ounce bottle (1 ½ cups) no-sugar jam
Optional – crushed nuts, finely diced dried fruit or powdered sugar, for coating
In a food processor, combine the bread, peanut butter and jam. Process until the ingredients form a thick, dark brown dough with even consistency. There should be not streaks of peanut butter or jam.
Break off tablespoon-sized chunks of the dough, and roll into balls. The truffles then can be rolled in crushed nuts, finely diced dried fruit or powdered sugar. If not serving immediately, refrigerate in an airtight container.
Makes 24 truffles
May 5, 2010 1 Comment