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Eliminate Morning Madness

March 31, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

(ARA) – Every mom knows that the only thing to expect in the morning is the unexpected. Between finding time for a shower, getting the kids’ teeth brushed and keeping the dog from drinking out of the toilet, morning madness begins in the bathroom for many busy moms. According to a recent Scrubbing Bubbles survey, 81 percent of women begin multitasking right from the start, with eight in 10 admitting to multi-tasking more now than ever before.

“As a mom of two, I know the difficulties of trying to juggle everything in the morning,” says Janice Croze, founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. “Like many women, I start my mental to-do list as soon as I step into the shower, so the last thing I want to look at is a dirty bathroom. By utilizing tools that work hard for me and employing some organizational skills, my mornings run smoother.”

Croze is partnering with Scrubbing Bubbles to offer moms a few simple tips to minimize morning madness:

* Prepare in advance – Make the extra effort to prepare lunches the night before for the kids to grab on their way out the door to school. You can also use the time to start prepping something easy for breakfast, like pancake or muffin batter.

* Turn morning hassles into nighttime fun – Picking out outfits is another night-before activity that can cut down on chaos in the morning. Try making it into a ritual after homework and before bed. If your kids are budding fashionistas, let them help choose what you’ll wear, too.

* Choose cleaning solutions that work overtime – Avoid looking around your house and adding cleaning to your worries by finding products that work harder for you. For example, new Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer has active cleaners that keep your bathroom surfaces clean for days. So, there’s one less thing on your to-do list for the day.

* De-clutter as you go – Don’t let a mess pile up in the kitchen sink after every meal. Be proactive – leave the dishwasher open and empty, directing everyone to put their dishes in when they’re done eating.

* Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork – Team up with your family members to make sure that everyone has what they need as they go out the door, from completed homework and lunch bags to gym clothes and cell phones.

Making a night-before effort, finding products that work harder for you, and staying organized will cut down on unnecessary chaos in the mornings. To find more tips to help you minimize your morning madness visit www.5minutesformom.com or www.scrubbingbubbles.com.

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Stress Management Tips for Moms

March 29, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Stress Management 1 Comment →

Let’s Face it, every mom has had one of “those days”. The baby is feed and dry but very fussy, your child forgot to tell you about a science project that is due tomorrow and hands you a list of 10 things that you must get from the store, you forgot the roast in the oven and now it is dry and your husband just called to say that he is stuck at the office… again! After a day like this, it can be very hard to keep your stress level low. With each passing minute you may feel your stress and irritability rising, your patience getting shorter and your fuse about to blow! Calgon Take Me Away!!

When you feel the need to escape and take a few minutes to yourself to de-stress, follow some (if not all) of the tips below.

Put yourself in time out: Allow some alone time for yourself. Use this time to focus on you. Find a place in your home that you can go to and find privacy. You can ask your partner or a friend to take the family out for a few hours while you enjoy your alone time. Do nothing, sleep, read, watch a movie, and just enjoy your solitude.

Call a Friend: Rather than yelling at your husband or your children, try picking up the phone and vent to a friend. Be sure not to vent AT her, but rather tell her about your day and get it all out. If she offers you some advice, listen and soak it in. This mini-time out session will leave you feeling heard, de-stressed and you will find that by the end of your call some of you anger will have dissipated.

Play: As adults, we sometimes forget the beneficial value of play. Play stimulates our imagination, encourages our creativity, boosts our energy, and best of all, it is fun. Try a game of tennis, a game of cards online or perhaps invite some friends over for an evening of adult board games.

Meditate: Meditation has been proven to reduce your blood pressure, and helps to dramatically reduce your stress level. Meditation and/or prayer will help you to keep in touch with your spiritual side. Meditation is a very effective method of relaxation. To meditate, quiet your mind and allow yourself to focus on one thing, such as your breath. Find a relaxed comfortable position where Try visualizing good health and peace as you inhale. While you are breathing out breathe out all of your stress. Set aside approximately 20 minutes for this exercise. Upon completion, you will see just how much more relaxed your mind and body is.

Take a nap: Find a quiet, comfortable spot and take a nap. Even a short power nap can leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and more focused. Studies have shown that people who spent 30 minutes each day napping had one third less heart disease than those who didn’t nap.

Eat: Not just anything but certain things. Studies show that certain foods can help reduce stress. Carbohydrates will actually soothe you. Good sources of carbohydrates include rice, pasta, potatoes, breads, air-popped popcorn and low-calorie cookies. Experts suggest that the carbohydrates present in just one baked potato or a cup of spaghetti or white rice, is enough to relieve the anxiety of a stressful day.

Movie Time: If you don’t have anyone to watch the children for you while you de-stress. Put in one of their favorite movies, supply your children with a few healthy snacks, and have them occupy themselves for a little while so that you can take a breather.

Don’t feel guilty for taking time out to rejuvenate your mind and body. Being a mom is not an easy task and it is a full time job. Take a break when you need it and be sure to ask for help to keep the stress at bay.

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Ideas for Keeping Kids Occupied During Spring Break

March 29, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Spring is just around the corner. You know what that means, right? The kids will be home for a week. Here are some ideas for keeping kids occupied during spring break.

There are two ways to engage your kids during spring break. You can either plan a trip to Disneyworld, or you can plan day trips to different places within your city. Let’s face it; you certainly do not want to keep them indoors. They have been working hard and need a break, as do you.

If you plan to take a vacation, you no doubt made your reservations beforehand. However, if money is tight and you can’t afford a trip at this time, you can certainly plan day trips. Here are a few day trips you can plan on:

* The zoo
* A trip to a museum of natural history
* Botanical Gardens
* A trip to the city including lunch and dinner
* A picnic at the park
* An overnight camp-out in your back yard
* A day at the circus
* A day at an amusement park
* A county fair or festival

While these ideas for keeping kids occupied during spring break may already be on your list, you may certainly have other ideas which you will incorporate into the Spring Break week.

This is a time for fun and relaxation. Exams will be coming up soon, and your kids need to blow off a bit of steam. This is a good thing. When they go back to school they will be refreshed and ready to begin the final countdown to finals and summer vacation. Whatever you choose to do on Spring Break, have a great time. After all, you have much to celebrate as well.

5 Ways to Handle Your Child’s Anger

March 25, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children 2 Comments →

Children can feel and express anger at a very young age. As they grow older, their understanding towards people and things around them starts to advance. Therefore, their way of expressing anger will also change, eventually.

As they grow up, situations that will cause them to become angry will increase. By now, they tend to understand more about their surroundings and had been in a lot of situations that would probably make them angry.

All these are part of their development process.

The family plays a very important role in the emotional growth of the children, which has a direct influence on how they feel and the way they express their anger. Research shows that most children tend to imitate the behavior of their parents, whether directly or indirectly.

So please, do not do things that you would not want your children to follow, in front of them. The surrounding at home is also very important as it plays a key role in the emotional development of the children.

I will share with you 5 very simple, yet proven to be effective ways that you can handle your children when they are in anger.

They are also found inside Child Anger Management – Helping Young Children with Anger, Effectively.

As a responsible parent, try to change the environment at home to prevent experiences or situations that will lead to unnecessary stress, anger or frustration between you and your children.

Do not take their anger personally. This will have direct influence on them. The angrier you are, the more anger they might have inside them too. Take a break before everything goes out of hand.

Try to direct their attention away from the current situation. Try to distract them from the situation, and get a break to cool things off before it gets worse.

It is very important that we as parents do not give in when our children is having their tantrums. If we do, they will think that by acting in that way, they can get what they want from us.

Do not lecture or hit your children when they are in anger, or for no particular reasons. It will only make things worse. Keep it for another day. Try to have a slow conversation with them to cool them down.

I hope these few tips help.

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Sneaking Fruits and Vegetables into Familys Diet

March 24, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Healthy Living No Comments →

We all know by now that we should be eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. But knowing and doing are two different things, aren’t they? Sometimes it is just not easy to get them all in there. We are constantly tempted to fill up on convenience and junk food. If your family is anything like mine, they’d much rather fill up on a bag of chips or a bowl of rice or pasta instead of trying an apple or a plate of steamed broccoli. So we’ll have to get creative. Here are a few ideas to “sneak” some extra vegetables and fruits in your family’s diet.

1. Start the day with a breakfast smoothie.  All you have to do is throw some fruits, low-fat yogurt and ice in a blender. You may also want to add a scoop of protein powder in there for good measure. Just blend for a few seconds and you have the perfect breakfast ready to go. I like to sip mine in a thermal cup on the way to work. To make it even more appealing for your kids, use some frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream in the smoothie. They won’t believe that you are letting them have ice cream for breakfast.

2. Dried fruit makes an excellent snack any time of the day. Add some small cartons of raisins to your child’s lunch box, pack some yogurt-covered raisins in your husband’s briefcase and keep some trail mix sitting around for snacking. You can also add dried fruit to oatmeal and cereal in the morning. My family loves banana chips in their breakfast cereal.

3. Add some fruits and vegetables to your family’s sandwiches. You can add some banana, sliced apples or strawberry slices to a peanut butter sandwich. Top a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and anything else they will eat. You can even make a sub shop style vegetable sandwich by combining several different vegetables with some mayonnaise and cheese on bread.

4. Have a salad bar at dinner. Set out a variety of chopped vegetables, some cheese and croutons as well as several choices of salad dressing along with the lettuce and let everybody create their own perfect salad.

5. Let them drink their fruits and vegetables. Keep an assortment of fruit and vegetable juices in the fridge and encourage everyone to drink them as a snack. Get creative. You could start “family cocktail hour” by pouring everybody a glass of his or her favorite juice over ice. Add some straws, cocktail umbrellas and sit together to talk about how everybody’s day went.

6. Try this for dessert. Put a small scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt in a bowl and top it with lots of fresh or frozen fruit.

7. Offer fruits and vegetables as snacks. You can cut apples into slices and top them with peanut butter or cheese. Cube cheese and serve with grapes. Cut up some fresh veggies and serve them with ranch dip. And of course there’s ants on a log. Spread some cream cheese or peanut butter on the inside of a stick of celery and sprinkle raisins on it (wow, fruit and vegetable in one snack).

8. Try some new fruits and vegetables. Pick something exotic to get your family’s curiosity. With a little luck their curiosity will outweigh their initial apprehension to trying something new. You could try artichokes, plantains, papaya, mango, star fruit, or anything else you can find in the produce department of your local store.

9. Make a pot of vegetable soup or a stew that’s heavy on veggies and easy on the meat. Both of these make some great comfort food when the weather gets cold.

10. Start “My Veggie Day”. Each family member gets to pick a vegetable one day of the week. They qualify to pick a vegetable as long as they tried each vegetable the week before, otherwise they loose a turn and Mom gets to pick.

Incorporate a few of these ideas and you will have everyone in your family eating more fruits and vegetables in no time.

Here is another tip:

Now that everyone in the family has gotten a taste for it, make sure you always have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies available and ready to snack on.

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Frugal Family Night

March 22, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Healthy Living, Just for Fun 2 Comments →

Enjoy a frugal ‘family night in’ without sacrificing the fun
 
(ARA) – It is no secret that more and more families are making tough decisions when it comes to their entertainment options due to the rising costs of “going out.” But this doesn’t mean that there is no fun to be had.

Instead, now is the time for families to get creative and enjoy time together by turning their home into an entertainment destination. There are a variety of ways to do this, and here are a few ideas for having a frugal “family night in” without sacrificing the fun:

Movie night: Start by picking a theme — action flicks, comedies or even westerns. Once you pick a theme, why not dress up in character? The whole family will have fun putting their costumes together. Before the evening begins, gather the family and take a trip to your local grocery or convenience store to prepare for the night. Pick up a few snacks, a frozen pizza for dinner – or perhaps indulge a sweet tooth. Instead of driving to a local video store, simply rent a DVD at redbox on your way out. Available in grocery stores and other popular retail locations throughout the area, redbox is a fully automated DVD rental kiosk featuring the latest new releases for a low nightly rate.

Game night: Playing games can be a great way for families to spend time together. Not only are they fun but they can help foster manners like sportsmanship. Let each family member pick one game for everyone to play. It doesn’t really matter what games you play as long as everyone gets to participate. Keep score and give out a prize to the winner of the night – perhaps the winner gets to pick out the next game or can sit in the pre-designated winner’s chair.

Dinnertime fun: Turn the kitchen into a full-service restaurant. Plan a fun, multi-step meal and assign each family member a responsibility. Pick a head chef, a sous chef and at least one person to set the table. Or, assign each family member a meal course. You might even choose a menu from somewhere around the world, like Greece, Italy or Mexico – then at dinner learn about that country. Pose questions and see who knows the answer; you might learn something new.

One last tip that may help you fund any one of these activities is to use your spare change that many consider “found money.” Let your kids hunt for change around the house or dust off the family coin jar and head to a Coinstar machine at your local grocery store or other retailer. The average household has $90 in spare change and this could easily fund your “family night in.”

Don’t let the rising costs of going out keep you from having fun. Stay in and enjoy the time being with family. You never know when you might create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

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Gadgets for a healthier home and family

March 19, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living 1 Comment →

(ARA) – From MP3 players to e-books, technology is an integral part of the modern home. However, when we think of technology and how we use it on a daily basis, entertainment is top of mind, not health and wellness. As a doctor and a mom, Jennifer Trachtenberg, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatrician at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, recommends four household gadgets that will help make for a healthier home and family.

Air purifier: The EPA says levels of indoor air pollution can be between two to five times higher than outdoor air. Poor indoor air quality can negatively impact many people’s health. In fact, some cold-like symptoms, including sneezing, sore throats and running noses can be triggered by indoor allergens such as dust, mold spores and pet dander which are commonly found in indoor air. One way to improve indoor air quality can be to use air purifiers. One such air purifier is the Honeywell HEPAClean UV Tower Air Purifier which is a new model that combines three air cleaning technologies: carbon zeolite pre-filter which can reduce common household odors, ultraviolet light which can reduce viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold spores and HEPAClean filters which can remove up to 99 percent of allergens from the air passing through the filter.

Thermometer: Fever is often one of the first signs of the flu, and also a sign when you’re most contagious. When temperature-taking, reach for technology that is accurate and trusted. The Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer is used by more pediatricians and moms in the U.S. than any other brand. This advanced thermometer is proven to be more accurate than rectal and temple measurements and features patented technology, such as its pre-warmed tip and positioning guidance system that ensures accuracy every time.

Humidifier: Keeping the air a little moister can relieve your children’s congestion and coughs, and help them sleep better. A humidifier adds essential moisture to any room, providing temporary relief from dry eyes, dry nose, flakey skin, and chapped lips. When selecting a model right for you, it’s important to look for new humidifier technologies like the ultraviolet light chamber in the Vicks GermFree Humidifier that kills up to 99.9 percent of mold and bacteria in the water.

Hygrometer: Keeping the humidity level at a good balance in your house is important for relieving chest congestion, soothing parched skin and even reducing static electricity in the air. If you think your home humidity levels might not be up to par, a hygrometer is a handy device available at most drug stores. Hygrometers provide a digital readout of the relative humidity in your home, and are compact and low-cost. New research indicates the flu will have less of a chance of surviving on surfaces and in the air if you use your hygrometer and humidifier together to keep humidity at the ideal 40 to 60 percent level.

With just a few handy gadgets, you can ensure a healthier living space for yourself and your family.

Help To Stop Smoking

March 17, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

Take Charge of Your Health – Stop Smoking
It’s probably fair to say that most of us are aware of the dangers of smoking by now. The bottom line is that smoking has been proven to cause a whole host of health problems, not only for the smoker but for those who take in the second-hand smoke into their system indirectly.

Even though we know the dangers of smoking and that it isn’t good for us or anyone around us, many of us still choose to keep smoking. And while some may say it’s not a choice but an addiction, it’s important to not let that be the reason (or get-out clause) for continuing to smoke.

Yes, it is true that quitting may be difficult and that you are addicted to nicotine, but you can still change your life – the sooner the better.

Here are some tips to help you stop smoking and take charge of your health:

#1 – Go cold turkey. This may sound easier said than done, but many experts believe that a little of something bad isn’t necessarily the right thing when it comes to smoking. Research has proven that many of those who try to quit slowly don’t end up quitting at all.

Take a few days off work or away from the family. Accept that you will go through very low moods and severe cravings. And quit the habit. Keep all cigarettes out of the house and make a pact not to buy any more. This will be challenging but it can be done; others have done it and so can you.

#2 – Stay away from temptation. It’s never going to be easy to quit smoking if you’re surrounded by smokers. If you’re trying to quit, stay away from situations and people that may make it too tempting for you to go off track. You won’t have to do this forever – only in the initial stages until you feel more in control.

#3 – See a hypnotist. Hypnosis has helped many people quit bad habits. It’s worth a shot considering what you can gain if it does actually work. Go into the session thinking this will work rather than doubting it. If you go in with a positive attitude, ready to change your life, you stand a better chance of success.

#4 – Chew gum. Psychologically you’ll experience the need of needing something to do when you quit smoking. Instead of opting for that cigarette, try chewing gum. Stay away from nicotine gum as this may make things worse, and opt for regular gum instead. By chewing you stay busy and avoid the temptation to smoke.

#5 – Exercise. This is the time to do some real heavy physical exercise. You’re going to get cravings and you may experience mood swings and a pent-up energy that absolutely needs to be released. Go for a quick fast run, use a punch-bag, do an aerobics class – the more physical, the better. By replacing physical activity for smoking, you’ll not only reduce your cravings but you’ll help your overall health too.

While there’s no denying that quitting smoking is difficult, it is very possible. Use these tips to help you gain control and stay on track.

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Help Your Child Do Well in Math

March 15, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized 1 Comment →

Here are some Homework Help Strategies to Help Your Child Do Well in Math. Math is a subject that many kids find difficult. It seems for a lot of children you either have a natural knack for math or you don’t. However, even a child that is struggling in this area can make very good progress with the right strategies in place. For some children it’s not a matter of “being bad at math” but simply more of needing a flexible teaching approach to the subject.

Here are a few tips to help your child develop their math skills:

#1 – Don’t push too hard. It’s worth keeping in mind that some children can create an inner mental block when it comes to math. If they believe they just “don’t get it” it will be difficult to help them learn and understand the basic concepts.

Help your child relax by offering a lot of praise and letting them know that they will eventually understand the subject; it’s just a matter of practicing and applying. Try to avoid negative language such as “you won’t get into college unless you pass your math exam.” While this may be true, it can be a very daunting and frightening thought for children.

Instead concentrate on positive approaches such as explaining to your child that there’s a set formula to understanding math and that it’s not really a mystery – simply a matter of getting the formula right. Then let them know you’ll help them until they “crack the code.” By giving your child the confidence to believe that they will eventually understand the topic, you take a lot of pressure off them. In turn they may just surprise you with their progress.

#2 – Little and often. With math, as with may other subjects, an approach of little and often works best. For many children the thought of sitting down for even 30 minutes to work on math is daunting. A better option may be to practice their skills in five or ten minute bursts. Studies have shown that the ideal retention time for any new or difficult subject is eight minutes.

By practicing little and often your child may be able to develop their skills better. Another good “trick” is to write basic formulas or times tables on flash cards and let your child practice them several times throughout the days. It may only take three or four minutes but doing this regularly can really make a difference to their skills.

#3 – Use “real life” concepts. One of the best ways to develop math skills early on is to simply get a basic “real life” concept of numbers. You can easily do this by letting your child count coins or money from a young age. Did you know that because much of our money is electronic nowadays, children often can’t even recognize coins or actual money? Help your child get to grips with money by exposing them to counting and handling money early on.

Another fun and fantastic option for developing number skills is by playing games. Games like bingo, monopoly and even puzzles really develop critical skills that help with number skills. It’s a great opportunity for families to spend time together and learn. The children will simply think they’re having fun (and they will be) but they will also be learning valuable number concepts.

Helping your child with math can seem like a daunting prospect, but with these simple but effective tips you can make a big difference to your child’s skills.

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The Household Helper’s Guide To Home Organization

March 12, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

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Seems like the words “busy” and “mom” just go together much too well. With everything we have to do as moms it seems like the word “organized” and “mom” don’t go together. But to the contrary, Home Organization for Busy Moms by Cara Mirabella can make the words “organized busy mom” a reality for you.

I was really impressed with Home Organization for Busy Moms. It’s not one of the books that makes everything just peachy keen. It’s a realistic look at what clutter is, how being disorganized affects our lives and our health and then it provides the exactly steps to helping you get your life, home and family in order and keep it that way.

Most people fail at being organized, it’s true but if you why that happens and that answer is provided then you can overcome it knowing what it is. Cara takes you through each and every room of your home including the garage and your car and gives you practical tips you can use to get your life, your home and your family organized. She’s motivating and just reading through Home Organization for Busy Mom gave me not only ideas on how to achieve that goal of organization but it also made me want to get up and start now!

If your life isn’t as organized as you’d like it to be don’t worry, it can be with the tips Cara Mirabella sets out in her eBook – The Household Helper’s Guide To Home Organization.