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Friday, December 13, 2013

Travel With Kids - How To Make Packing Easy, Fun And Not leave Anything Behind

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One of the most challenging aspects of traveling with the kids is gathering everything we need and packing it in such a way that makes sense for everyone.  Typically we would tackle this task by desperately trying to remember all the items everyone would need and shoving it all into one large suitcase, I’ll tell you now this isn’t very effective! With two little ones running around and throwing random items in while I tried to get some sort of order in my packing it was quiet the challenge.
Now that our children are 9 and 5 years old we decided to make a big change in the way our family ran as a unit.  The first step was to invest in new rolling suitcases for each child in colors they chose so they could have and be responsible for their own cases.  This was helpful because each child had their own cloths and toiletries and didn’t have to search through a big suitcase just to get to a certain items they may have needed.
The second step was to make a master list.  I spent a couple of days creating and refining it until I was satisfied that each child and I would have everything we needed and unnecessary items would be left behind.  Once the list was made, I simply duplicated it and gave each of my children a copy.  The older one read to the younger and they both crossed items off as went. They did a great job following down the list, treating it like a scavenger hunt they actually though packing was GREAT FUN!
I made sure to include specifics for the items such as dark colors for pants/shorts as they won’t show the dirt so readily, sweat shirt with hood and pockets etc.
The packing was a huge success as they had both chosen the clothes they brought so there was considerably less grumbling. Being responsible for their own suitcases meant they didn’t wander off in the airport; we saved time and money not checking luggage and neither of us has sore back from lugging 1 huge case.

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An unexpected bonus to our system came when we heard the terrifying sound of the tsunami sirens going off one night toward the end of our trip to Hawaii last year. Not knowing if we would be able to return once we evacuated, we decided the best course of action was to pack and take everything with us.  We had been told the tsunami wasn’t expected to hit the other side of the island for 2 hours so did have plenty of time but as it was already dark and we had never been in such a situation we certainly wanted to on high ground as soon as possible.
Because everyone had their own suitcase the 4 of us packed everything we had brought and accumulated over 12 days and were in the car heading to the evacuation point within just 20 minutes!
It was a great system and I’m glad I implemented these changes because we were able to leave quickly and didn’t leave anything behind!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Oh Glow You Don’t! – Why You Should Embrace Your Pale Perfection This Season

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Whether you sunbath all day at the beach in summer or spend only a few minutes on a sun bed to bring a glow to your skin in winter tanning is harmful to your health. Tanning is caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and just by getting a tan you have already sustained some skin damage.
Over time the damage caused by UV radiation leads to wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. For those that use indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners the risk of developing melanoma is 74 percent greater than those who have never tanned indoors!
The risks associated with tanning beds is of such concern in May of this year  (May 6, 2013) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed that  (UV) tanning devices would be reclassified as Class II/moderate risk devices requiring warning labels both tanning devices and also in any related promotional materials, in particular they want to alert young people to the dangers of using a tanning booth even once!
A single indoor UV tanning session raises the users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20% and for those who start hitting the tanning salon before the age of 35 the risk sky-rockets by almost 75 percent!
This season embrace your pale perfection.
Save money on costly tanning salons, save your skin from premature aging and you just might save your life!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Good News For Gluttons! – Read This Before You Start “The Season Of Stuffing”


Last week marked the beginning of the “Great Gluttony Season”, starting with Thanksgiving, followed by numerous festive events that generally involved lots of guzzling and glugging and not a huge amount of strenuous activity.
To be followed by a New Year filled with scale-sorrow.
Well good news from the scientists at the University of Bath in England which was published online in The Journal of Physiology just in time to bring a little seasonal good cheer. The experiment  involved 26 healthy young men. All exercised regularly. None were obese. Baseline health assessments, including biopsies of fat tissue, confirmed that each had normal metabolisms and blood sugar control, with no symptoms of incipient diabetes.
The researchers wanted to see what would happen when these intrepid volunteers increased their energy surplus whilst reducing their energy consumption.
In layman’s terms what would happen if like the rest of us over the holidays they lolloped on the sofa and stuffed themselves into a stupor!
Group 1; increased food intake by 50% whilst reducing daily moment to fewer than 4000 steps per day.
Group 2; increased food intake by 50% whilst reducing daily moment to fewer than 4000 steps per day. However they also ran moderately fast for 45 minutes each day on a treadmill. To balance energy in vs. energy out, this group ate an additional 25% more calories than group 1.
Over all, the two groups’ net daily energy surplus was the same so in theory the results should be the same.
However results were surprising after just 1 week group who had not exercised showed an unhealthy decline in their blood sugar control.
In fact when their fat cells were examined using sophisticated genetic testing techniques it was found that they were now over expressing various genes that may contribute to unhealthy metabolic changes and under expressing other genes potentially important for a well-functioning metabolism.
Group 2 who had also over indulged but had exercised once a day fared remarkably better. Their blood sugar control remained healthy, and their fat cells showed far fewer of the undesirable alterations in gene expression than among the sedentary group 1.
“Exercise seemed to completely cancel out many of the changes induced by overfeeding and reduced activity,” said Dylan Thompson, a professor of health sciences at the University of Bath and senior author of the study, leaving the exercise group “better off than the non-exercise group,” despite engaging in equivalently unhealthy behavior.
The study’s practical message that “if you are facing a period of over consumption and inactivity, a daily bout of exercise will prevent many of the negative changes, at least in the short term,” Dr. Thompson said.
So instead of starting 2014 filled with revelers-regret make time to go for a post-prandial stroll each day, besides you could do with a break from your nearest and dearest (and they you!).

Monday, December 2, 2013

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