New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing. They only work if you actually remember them and keep at it. While many adults can try and keep their resolutions, it can be harder for kids to remember to do so or even be willing to make “resolutions”. If you ask any child what their New Year’s resolutions will be, they’ll most likely stare at you like you’ve grown a second head. But making some kind of resolution or goal is a very wise task for children. I like to call it a goal because it puts more of a positive spin to the task or tasks that you set for them.

Every person, whether young or old, should make improvements to their lives. There will always be obstacles or hindrances that enter our lives but teaching children to make goals that are reachable can benefit them in the long term. Children learn about perseverance, responsibility, and determination to complete a task. And they can learn through failure and limitations that will push them to try harder and be better.

If you have a child that hesitates to try something new or doesn’t have a lot of incentive, then have them write down 5 things that they hope to achieve in the new year. It could be anything from learning to ride a skateboard to reading 20 books by the end of the year. Set tasks that are within their age range and ability and then choose the top 2 from their list. Below I’ve included 10 ways of helping children achieve their New Year’s goals.

10 Ways for Getting Your Kids to Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions (Goals):

  1. Make a list of goals that your child would like to achieve. Set these goals within their age range and abilities. Ages 4-7 goals can be learning to ride the bike, learning to write a paragraph, or trying to eat 2 new vegetables or fruits. Ages 5-8 goals can be learning to write their names in cursive, reading 2 extra books to what they are currently reading, or starting a vegetable garden in the yard. Ages 9-12 can be learning to write a story on a topic of their own choice, learning a new sport or advancing in a current sport, or even getting straight A’s in school.
  2. Have your child write out the steps he thinks it will take to achieve the goal. Depending on the age, you might need to help him do some research. Talk it over with your child to establish if these steps are realistic and attainable within their limits and time frame.
  3. Give your child their own calendar and have them write in their goals on the calendar. Select a reasonable schedule for them to work on and eventually accomplish their goal. Have them cross off or mark the date that they completed their goal or task.
  4. Start small. Taking small steps in the beginning will help set the pace in achieving the goal. For instance, if your child wants to start a vegetable garden, take him to a garden center to get him acquainted with the type of plants and what is seasonal. Show him the different types of plants that are easier to grow for beginners and have him select a few on his own.
  5. Get literature or books on the specific goal. For instance, if it’s learning how to grow a vegetable plant, get books or print out online articles with valuable pictures on gardening and plants. Visuals will help your child establish what the garden might look like once it’s established. If your child wants to improve his basketball skills, buy books from a famous or a favorite basketball player.
  6. Encourage your child every step of the way. Sometimes your child will falter and want to stop altogether while other times he just wants to go full steam ahead! Show your child that the goal he’s trying to achieve can be attainable through dedication and hard work and that if he fails a bit then it’s a learning process. If your child wants to give up completely, remind him that he should do his very best and break through the challenges before he decides to call it quits.
  7. Reward your child’s effort but don’t overindulge on the praise. Just like you don’t want to put too much attention on a failure nor should you overdo the praise. Your child should learn that hard work in itself, is an instant reward.
  8. Find a mentor outside of the family. It could be a friend, a teacher, a coach, or a professional in that particular field of interest. Have your child meet with the mentor in the beginning if it’s possible and throughout the entire time of his goal-setting. Sometimes speaking with another person that’s not in the family can help your child see a different perspective in reaching their goal.
  9. Let your child know that it’s okay to take some breaks in between goal-achieving days. Kids can get burned out much quicker than adults and when frustration sets in, children tend to want to stop whatever they’re doing. The trick isn’t to force them to practice or study every single day but to encourage them to practice and work harder with mindfulness.
  10. Help your child share his goal achievements or progress with either a video documentary or with photos. This can also help your child look back at these documentaries should he decide to set a new goal after the current one has been achieved.

For more goal-achieving tips, check out these websites:

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-teach-kids-perseverance-goal-setting/

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2016/01/how-to-help-your-child-set-and-reach-goals/

 

 

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Posted by: suzan | January 11, 2018

California Water H2O Challenge 2018

 

Once again, the Cal Water H2O Challenge is inviting schools in California from grades 4-6 to participate in a classroom initiated and developed project that focuses on water. In partnership with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. The California Water H2O Challenge begins on Dec. 31, 2017 and closes Jan 31,
2018. All submissions are due February 28, 2018.

Here is the info should you choose to accept this mission:

  • The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and
    implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion),
    focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as
    a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water
    problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.
  •  A handbook can be found at https://challenge.calwater.com/ resources,
    including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans.
    • Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio
    documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying
    cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute
    the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource
    section.
    • Early Registration closes Dec. 31, 2017. Final Registration closes Jan 31,
    2018. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.
    • Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is
    complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning
    the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating
    these guidelines.
    • Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd /
    K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental
    Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective
    and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while
    achieving curriculum standards.
    • Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a
    panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field.
    It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed
    / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project
    goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with
    student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on
    student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.

In school

And the prizes are:

Grand Prize

Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping
trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with
NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place

Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place

Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place

Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes

Student Recognition: An official certificate of
participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a very important learning lesson for students and teachers. Everyone, not only in California, can learn about water conservation, proper water usage, and helping the environment. The best thing about participating in this classroom-led competition is that everyone in the participating classes can contribute to the projects.

If your school isn’t part of the area that’s serviced by Cal Water, there are still many fun and challenging ways to include your students or your kids at home. Fun ways of learning about water conservation includes using timers for showers and baths, catching rain water or gently used water for watering plants, and growing your fruits and vegetables at home where you can control water usage. Learning about water – one of the most important resources for us – is a crucial step in preserving this most precious resource. Many countries around the world can’t get fresh water but here in the US, water can so easily be wasted and contaminated.

So, check out the website today and consider participating! https://challenge.calwater.com/.

 

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Posted by: suzan | December 27, 2017

Holiday Stress Relief

Now that the presents are opened, stomachs are full, and children are excitedly playing with their new gifts, it’s time to unwind from all the stressful holiday shopping and preparation. This year I actually learned from my previous holiday experiences by shopping early and online. But even with as much preparation as I’d like to think I had, holidays could still be more than we anticipated, so now is the best time to start de-stressing.

Get Stress Relief Naturally:

Eat the Right foods – We all know that having a healthy eating habit is the key to a successful life. When you eat the right types of food with the proper nutrients, your brain and your body will work at their premium levels. But eating certain types of food can also help relieve stress. Eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is key in getting top notch nutrients into your body. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals to help maintain your health. Eating small amounts of carbohydrates, such as whole grains, also helps release certain brain chemicals that promote relaxation. And try green tea or herbal tea to create more balance in your body. Stay away from sugary food and caffeinated beverages as they provide little if no health benefits.

Calm Environment – stress factors such as loud sounds and anxiety can put a toll on your health and mind. Relax by listening to soothing music or reading a good book. Try not to watch television as the ultraviolet rays can actually overwork your brain rather than calm it.

Aromatherapy – if you’ve ever used essential oils, you’ll know that they smell quite different from artificially scented products. Essential oils are naturally derived from certain plants to be used in almost anything you might want to fragrance. Try putting a few drops of essential oil on your light bulb to create a natural scent for your room. Add some into your bath and let the scent calm and soothe you. You can also carry vials of essential oils by adding a few rock salt into the vial with essential oils. Oils such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus are all great mood carriers.

Exercise – exercising isn’t just for adding muscle mass or reducing weight. Depending on the type of exercise such as Taichi, Yoga, or gentle walking, exercising helps increase blood flow to your brain and heart. Slow movement exercises where focused breathing is emphasized can also help with reducing stress. Breathing creates being in the moment and being mindful of what you’re doing, therefore decreasing the need for your brain to think too much.

Earth-Friendly Cleanup Tips:

Whether you’ve already disposed all of your Christmas waste or hid them away into a corner hoping they’ll disappear on their own, there are better and environmentally safer ways to cleaning up your trash. There will most likely be two categories of cleanup – waste from gifts and the gifts themselves – and there are three options you can choose when it comes to disposing them: donate, recycle, or reuse.

What to do with unwanted gifts:

Donating – this is a great way of giving away those gifts that you either don’t want or have more than one of.  Someone out there will appreciate the gift that you dropped off at the donation center. It’s also a great tax write-off if you’re inclined to get a receipt.

Reuse (or re-gifting) – consider that the present you received isn’t one you’re likely to use, it’s okay to re-gift it to someone who you know will appreciate or use it. What if you received two books of the same title? You’re not likely to keep both of them are you? Simply give one away to a friend who you know will enjoy the book or help someone start a new collection of books.

Recycle – recycling unwanted items might sound dodgy, but at least it won’t go to waste or end up in the landfill. Almost anything can be recycled but check to make sure your local recycling center can take them. For recycling items and recycling center, check out Earth911: https://search.earth911.com/.

All that trash!:

It would be so easy to just take a giant trash bag and dump everything in that bag. But wait! Consider that most of the trash can either be recycled, re-purposed (or reused), or upcycled.

Wrapping paraphernalia – wrapping papers, bows, bags, and boxes in good condition can be saved and re-used. Keep them stored in their own bin so you can reuse them throughout the year. Check before you buy any new wrapping items so that you don’t end up with more waste.

Easy and fun crafts – Turn those cardboard boxes and shredded wrapping paper into fun crafts for your kiddos. Wrapping paper can be made into creative bookmarks. Cardboard boxes can be made into secretive forts. And holiday cards can be turned into gift tags.

Leftover food and treats – If you still have a lot of leftover food and sweet treats, consider donating them to a local food shelter. Most food shelters will take unopened food but be sure to call ahead and see what they’ll accept. Untouched food can also be given to a neighbor. Maybe you have extra loaves of cake, cookies, or chocolate and you know that you really shouldn’t eat all of it anyway. Your neighbors might enjoy that homemade cake your aunt made or bring leftover and (clean) treats to your office’s staff lounge.

Getting ready for next year:

So now that you’ve attempted these stress-relieving tips what should you do now? Plan ahead for next year’s holiday season? Well yes and no. Planning early for the next major holiday can help relieve some stress. Just like any major event, planning ahead prevents most major snafus that may arise. If you’re already thinking about next Christmas and you have the time and patience, start shopping the after-Christmas sales. I guarantee you’ll find some excellent deals that you can pat yourself on the back come October or November. Just remember where you put all of those great after-Christmas items so you don’t stress out when you can’t find them next year.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

*photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Living, Speculoos.net

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Posted by: suzan | December 20, 2017

Book Inspired Holiday Season

 

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You Get A Book! You Get A Book! And You Get A Book! Ah, if I was as rich as Oprah Winfrey, I’d be handing out books to everyone and everywhere I go. A book in itself is priceless, and you really can’t put a price tag on the knowledge you’d receive from that book. But sadly, unless books are on the required reading list at school, there just doesn’t seem to be enough readers anymore. This year, I’ve endeavored myself to give out more book gifts or gifts that inspire reading. Reading a book can transform you to another time and place where magical lands and journeys await you. Books can also get you out of a bad mood or a dreadful funk. And books can inspire you to put your own thoughts and dreams onto paper.

A book gift can be for any age and gender. Books can be for beginner readers, Bibliophiles, or anyone in between. They can be full of imaginative pictures or none at all. They can be any genre and any page length as long as the books you choose could be an interest for the recipient. My favorite people to give books to are children. While not all kids enjoy reading books, there is bound to be at least one subject that a child will like. And the best part of shopping for that particular child is to browse through your local bookstore or even online. You might even find a few new books for yourself!

Below I’ve listed book ideas for different age ranges. These titles have been curated by book professionals but feel free to check out the websites I’ve also included for more inspiration.

Darth Vader & Son / Vader's Little Princess Deluxe Box Set (includes two art prints) (Star Wars)

Pre-K to Kindergarten:

Uni the Unicorn (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – Uni is a regular unicorn but one thing sets her apart from her friends — she believes with all her heart that little girls are real. It’s a story of true friendship, magic, and happiness. And the sequel, Uni and The Unicorn and The Dream Come True (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE)

Love You Forever (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON)- A story of true and undying love between a mother and his son. This book will put you in tears till the last page. Beautiful illustration and poetic prose that you can read to your child for many years.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -Hard work, courage, and friendship sets this book with fun illustrations that any young child will love.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – A clever and easy to understand illustrated book for children, Here We Are, is a wonderful beginning book to teach youngsters about our planet and how to protect it.

Goodnight Little Bear (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE ) (AMAZON) – From the award-winning author, Richard Scarry, Goodnight Little Bear tells an endearing tale of a little bear who refuses to go to bed and the journeys he takes to finally get there. Check out all of Richard Scarry’s books when you pick this one up.

Darth Vader & Son/Vader’s Little Princess (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -One would think this book is all about darkness and suffering but it’s actually a cute and funny book about the trivial and complicated life of being a parent (albeit a dark one).

Young Readers:

The Magic Misfits (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – If you like reading about magic and learning about the secrets behind it, then this fun book full of treasures and codes is for you. Filled with delight and intrigue, Neil Patrick Harris writes a book that will keep your child’s interests for many years.

Who Was…BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -The Who Was books are written in an easier format for young readers to understand the history and life of a past famous person. Great for school reads but also many interesting people for the history lovers!

What Was…(BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – The What Was books are similar to the Who Was books ranging with subjects such as dinosaurs, The Declaration of Independence, and The Great Pyramids.

Older Kids:

Harry Potter (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE ) (AMAZON) – The entire Harry Potter series must be read once you’re past 12 years old. It’s a classic that’s as treasured as well, the old classics. Filled with magic, heartache, and triumph, Harry Potter and his friends journey from childhood to young adults in the entire series.

Legend SeriesBARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – A young adult dystopian thriller that keeps you reading till the very end. Filled with action, suspense, and friendship bonds, the Legend series is a wonderful collection for readers of fantasy and futuristic realism.

A Wrinkle In Time (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – Soon to be a major motion picture, A Wrinkle In Time takes the reader on a selfless journey across time and space to find and rescue the main character’s father who is somehow imprisoned between time and space.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by [Tan, Amy]

Grown-up readers:

Hidden Figures (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON)- An award-winning book, Hidden Figures tell the story of five real life scientists who breaks the ground for women in NASA.

Uncommon  Type: Some Stories (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – From the ultra talented actor and director, Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type: Some Stories is a clever blend of realism and satire. Written throughout the years, Tom Hanks finally puts his masterpiece together in a collection of 17 short stories.

Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – From best selling author, Amy Tan reveals her life story from childhood to growing up with immigrant Chinese parents. Her painful and triumphant path to becoming one of the most acclaimed authors worldwide is cleverly written through poetic and touching prose.

Have a joyful holiday season and remember that a great book starts with the first page.

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Posted by: suzan | November 20, 2017

The Chosen Knights Author Book Tour

If you like adventure filled with fun and danger, then you’d enjoy reading The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting aka M. Clarke. Set in present time with references to the age of the Templar Knights, archangels Lucia, Zachary, and friends are on a mission to prevent an evil being from taking over Earth and dominating over humans. There are demons, angels, and other supernatural beings in this exciting book and every step of the way some type of surprise gets thrown in.

Lucia, Zachary, and their uncle are sent to the “human” world to find some missing teenagers. Thinking it’s just a typical angel mission, the team finds themselves involved more than originally planned. Along the way the meet a human teenage boy, Jack who tells them he is descended from the Templar Knights. As the mystery slowly unfolds itself, Lucia and her team of friends find themselves transported to another era in order to find the missing pieces of an ancient book that can bring back the ages of darkness and evil. With the help of some not so angelic beings, Lucia makes discoveries of herself as well and finds that falling in love with a powerful demon may be her ultimate downfall.

Synopsis:

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

 

You can read The Chosen Knights on its own or read the prequel, Angel Knights where it tells the beginning of Lucia and Zachary. The Chosen Knights is the first book in The Secret Knights series and it is a book filled with incredible descriptions of angels, demons, monsters, and astral projection. There is some light comedy, some very sweet romance, and adventurous fighting among the angels and supernatural monsters. Great for young adults and teens with clean language and no explicit content.

For more info about The Chosen Knights, please visit Goodreads: (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28266640-the-chosen-knights?ac=1&from_search=true) and Amazon: (https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Knights-Secret-Book-ebook/dp/B01D744ITE)

Author Bio:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Author links:

https://twitter.com/maryting

http://marytingbooks.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryTing

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4388953.Mary_Ting

Thank you Xpresso BookTours and Mary Ting for the ARC and the book tour!

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As 2017 is winding down (still can’t believe how times flies by!) let’s refresh our memories of all the important things we must do for our health. If you’ve accomplished any of the healthy goals you set out for yourself this year then congratulations. If not, then it’s never too late to start!

We talked about starting the year off right with cleaning up your health, your home, and your life.

Clear out the clutter in your mind and life. Most of us nowadays have either more than one job or are working parents or stay at home parents with several kids. No matter what, we all have some kind of clutter lingering in our minds and lives. Ask yourself is it necessary to hold on to damaging thoughts and feelings. Think about what those detrimental thoughts are doing to your health and to your life. Are they affecting your way of living or your loved ones? Do they cause you so much stress that you barely have time for doing anything relaxing? Find healthier solutions to resolving these harmful lingering thoughts in your head and move on. Even a little bit of stress can cause health problems later on in life.

We also talked about eating more super seeds and berries and how they greatly benefit children.

Seeds and berries have been eaten for many centuries and are often used to boost health and increase longevity. Some are also used as medicinal purposes and most are easy to add into our daily meals. I’ve been eating certain types of seeds and berries since I was a child and started giving my son the same type of seeds and berries when he was younger as well. Our favorite health-boosting berry is the Goji berry, which originated in China and have an awesome amount of health benefits. Goji berries were used in ancient times to increase one’s overall immunity as they contain high levels of antioxidants. They’re naturally sweet and versatile and make a great snack for adults and children.

And we talked about boosting our nutrition intake by finding out what’s making us tired or cranky or not be at full potential.

Determine the type of nutrients your body is lacking.We all fall short to eating unhealthy now and then but we don’t have to let our bad food choices define who we are and what we want to achieve. If your body is lacking in certain types of nutrients, be it Vitamin D or Magnesium, determine what causes you certain illnesses or imbalance in your life. Do you feel fatigued all of the time? Perhaps your body lacks enough B complex vitamins which includes B1, B2, B6, and B12. B vitamins are known for a multitude of benefits for the body and B5 and B12 helps convert carbohydrates into glucose which gives your body the “fuel” it needs to thrive. The best ways in getting more proper nutrients into your body is of course through natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and healthy fats. But if you don’t have enough time to consume all the necessary nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, then adding in supplements is important. Take vitamins and supplements from reputable brands that can trace their source materials and offer you a complete spectrum of supplements to choose from.

We also talked about reducing food waste and teaching our kids the importance of not being wasteful.

Reduce at the Grocery Stores – Some may live on very limited monetary budgets while others have more money than they can use. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful when we’re grocery shopping. Grocery stores need to make money off of us therefore stores will line their shelves with thousands of types of food that we don’t really need. Factor in the food they place at checkout counters and stands, it’s no wonder that America waste so much food every year and gain unnecessary weight. Do we really need that extra pack of chips or cookies? Most likely not if you’re just buying for the sake of buying. In order to reduce waste in grocery store shopping, make a list of what you plan to buy based on what you want to cook during the week. Find creative recipes if you’re stuck on what to make for dinner. Don’t buy groceries on an empty stomach as feeling hungry can send visual signals from your sight to your brains leading you to want to buy more food. Turn on your “blinders” so that you are only buying what is on your list and what your family truly needs. Consider how much money you can save by only buying what you need and not what looks good at the moment in the grocery stores.

And another important topic is about reducing sugar intake. This is especially important for children as having too much sugar at an early age can lead to bad food choices and later on major health problems.

It is hard to stop having sugar altogether, but there are ways to limit our daily intake of it. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar and men consume no more than 150 calories of added sugar. Preschoolers should not consume more than 170 calories of added sugar a day (or 4 teaspoons), children ages 4-8 consume no more than 130 calories of added sugar ( or 3 teaspoons), and pre-teens to teens should consume no more than 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar. Children under the age of 2 years old should not be given added sugar at all because the calorie needs of children in this age group are lower than older children and adults, so there is little room for food and beverages containing added sugars that don’t provide them with good nutrition. In addition, taste preferences begin early in life, so limiting added sugars may help children develop a life-long preference for healthier foods.

As the months went by, we also talked about eating a spectrum of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Engage your kids to make healthier food choices by having them pick out a few of their favorite Crayon colors. If they don’t have crayons, then bring along colored pencils or even markers, just as long as the colors are an equal assortment – blue, green, red, orange, etc. Then have them go around the produce aisle and compare the colors to the various fruits and vegetables. They will have so much fun and be amazed at how colors are important in nutrients and taste. Try this when your kids are young so that you can do this for at least a couple of years until they grasp the concept of buying fruits and vegetables in an assortment of colors.

We then talked about buying organic versus non-GMO products.

So what exactly does non-GMO infer? GMO, or genetically modified organisms, refers to plants, animals, and other organisms whose genetic material has been changed in ways that do not occur naturally. Such instances would be products that have been manufactured in a “lab” rather than from traditionally-grown seeds from original crops. In order for food to be labeled as “non-GMO”, the food must be made without ingredients that derived from genetically altered or manufactured organisms. For meat, poultry, dairy and eggs, the “non-GMO” labeling indicates animals were not fed a diet containing genetically engineered crops.

And we rounded off our 2017 Health Start posts with choosing smart foods for smarter students.

In a perfect world our kids would do exactly what we tell them and eat wholesome, nutritious food all the time. But, the reality is that most kids don’t really know the difference between an artificially-colored cereal with 30 grams of sugar per tablespoon and one sweetened only with natural fruit juices. Eating well means eating food that are rich in vitamins, wholesome nutrients, and less artificial flavors and colors. But to help little minds grow exponentially, kids need to eat certain types of food found to have targeted benefits for the mind and body. Below I’ve listed a few that can be beneficial as well as fun for kids to eat.

And then, tips on preventing and reducing stress for both adults and children. I suggested 10 ways of reducing stress:

1 -Write Things Down. Write about your thoughts, feelings, triumphs, and fears.

2. Make a List. Lists help you stay in focus and centered.

3. Go outside. Being with nature helps us see the bigger picture.

4. Read a Book. Books can temporarily take us to another place in time and forget about everything else.

5. Dance. Dancing can help release happy emotions.

6. Sing. Singing a happy tune lifts our mood.

7. Talk. Talk to someone who can help you see a brighter future. Listen to your kids and allow them to let their feelings out without judgement.

8. Volunteer. Helping someone else makes you think of another person instead of yourself at the moment.

9. Garden. Flowers and plants bring joy in our lives. Dig your hands into the soil and let your emotions pour out into the earth.

10. Sleep. Sleep replenishes our body and our mind and puts us in a better mood.

So there you have it. The year 2017 is rounding off pretty quickly so take extra time to care about your health. Nothing is as precious as your well being so find ways to eat healthier, think healthier, and act healthier.

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Posted by: suzan | November 14, 2017

“Kiss The Ground” LIVE Event

Our world is changing drastically. Some for the better, some less desirable. But the ever-changing world should always have one decree, and that is to protect our planet for many more millions of years.

Today, on Facebook LIVE (https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundbook), celebrities, fans, and folks around the globe will come together to celebrate Earth and talk about a new collaborative effort in preserving and nurturing nature while helping people choose healthier foods.

WHAT IS KISS THE GROUND?:

The KISS the GROUND book launch with Ian Somerhalder, Amy Smart, and other celebrities has reached capacity, so we’ve decided to go LIVE from the ‘Green Carpet’. THRIVE, Annie’s, nutiva and Bonterra in association with KISS THE GROUND, makers of the short film, The Compost Story will be your will be your hosts.

Join acclaimed journalist and Sundance award winning film director Josh Tickell, celebrities Ian Somerhalder, Sin City’s Rosario Dawson, American Brawler’s Amy Smart, Fargo’s Frances Fisher, Ryland Engelhart , owner Café Gratitude and Kiss the Ground co-founder who will read excerpts from the book on how to transform your grocery list, kitchen, diet and ultimately the planet.

WHEN: Tuesday (Today, November 14, 2017) from 7pm-9pm Pacific Time

WHERE: On the KISS the GROUND Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundbook

WHO: Excerpt readings by Celebrities Ian Somerhalder, Rosario Dawson, Frances Fisher, and Amy Smart.

 

Here’s a link to the Youtube video of Kiss the Ground: https://youtu.be/AhUd1X_Ni58

So join us today on Facebook to talk about the book and to celebrate a healthier life and planet.

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Posted by: suzan | November 8, 2017

The Year of the Knife Author Book Tour

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Set somewhere in a mystical world, The Year of the Knife, by author G.D. Penman weaves an intricate and gripping tale about magic, aliens, and the macabre. British Agent Sullivan of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation investigates anything of the paranormal and supernatural. Going about her usual business of catching bad guys, she inadvertently gets thrust into the biggest mystery of the century. As one of the best agents of the Bureau, Agent Sully suddenly finds herself using her magical abilities to the limit all the while playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with the constant phrase of “It is The Year of the Knife” taunting her. Does she eventually catch this bad guy (or guys) who is hell bent on getting revenge and killing anyone who gets in the way? You’ll have to pick up the book to find out what the surprise ending has in tail for you.

Here’s the synopsis of the book: 

Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

The Year of the Knife is a compelling tale of magic and monsters and a hold-onto-your-seat kind of story. The book isn’t for the faint of heart and each descriptive scenario is well thought out. Full of magic and comical moments, The Year of the Knife is fun and compelling read with a very surprise twist at the climatic ending. You can pre-order The Year of the Knife at the following retailers to be released on November 28, 2017:

Xpresso Book Tours is also running a giveaway through November 23, 2017. The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Enter here for the giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232118/
Author’s Bio:
G D Penman writes Speculative Fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with Kaiju and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video and tabletop games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continue his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.
Author links:
The Year of the Knife is published by Meerkat Press.
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and G.D. Penman for the ARC and being a part of the author’s tour!

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Posted by: suzan | November 8, 2017

Choosing Hope Author Book Tour

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Relationships and marriages. Some are great and memorable, some are despicable and detestable. In the story of Choosing Hope, by author Holly Kammier, all of these fit the description of Hope Sullivan’s idyllic relationship and marriage. What she thought was a perfect thing became her downfall.

The synopsis of Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier:

A broken marriage.

A love affair.
A lie that changes it all…

Hope Rains Sullivan is living the dream—a successful husband, two beautiful young boys, and a charming home in Northern California. She should be happy. She almost convinced herself she was, until Adrian came along.

Adrian, appears to be everything her husband isn’t. He works with his hands, and is even willing to use them in a fight. He’s sexy, strong and fit, with warm brown skin that alludes to his Spanish background. Best of all, he lives for spending time with his kids. Feeling alone in her marriage, Adrian offers her a way out

Hope’s affair is just the beginning. Her journey inward will require untangling her complicated past and surviving an astonishing revelation. Her lover is not who he pretends to be.

She’s searching for her happily-ever-after, and no matter how painful the journey, she’ll find what she’s been looking for all along—the chance to choose Hope.

Choosing Hope is currently on sale at the following retailers:

 
Xpresso Book Tours is also offering a giveaway through November 16, 2017! The prize will be a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Enter here for the giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232131/

 

My review of Choosing Hope by Holly Kammier:

Wow, this book really talks about the struggles of a relationship. It makes you wonder who people really are and what they may be hiding underneath the surface. While parts of the book were really intense, other parts felt unnecessary. But I suppose in a book that talks about abuse in a way, there are certain topics you must understand fully in order to grasp the horrors of abuse.
Choosing Hope is a great title as life really is about choosing oneself in order to be at peace. In a perfect world we would all have perfect relationships and perfect families. But in the case of Hope Sullivan, her idyllic life of a perfect marriage was just that – a dream since childhood. As she slowly peels back the layers of her marriage, she realizes that love is an obscure thing, an image that can be conjured up to live a life of luxury and bliss. When Hope becomes fed up with her husband and her marriage, she turns to the one man who had her back when she was younger.
But oh, the heart and the mind do deceive indeed! What she thought could be a perfect new life with her lost love doesn’t necessarily work out as planned, Hope realizes that self love is more important than any love with a man. As she journeys through shocking revelations, Hope unravels but eventually picks herself up, dusts off the bitterness, and begins a new life on her own.

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Author Bio:
Co-owner of Acorn Publishing, Holly Kammier is a UCLA honors graduate and an accomplished content editor. With a background in journalism, she has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon.

Holly is the best-selling author of the novel, Kingston Court, and Could Have Been Hollywood, a memoir. She recently completed her third book, Choosing Hope, a spin-off from Kingston Court. Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, and the things we do for love.Holly resides in her hometown of San Diego, California, close to family and friends. A world traveler in her younger years, these days when she isn’t writing or working with new authors, she spends much of her time hanging out with her two boys, Josh and Alex. Holly is an avid reader with a passion for timeless books and beautiful writing. She also enjoys long walks with her Jack Russell Terrier, romantic movies, and making her mischievous sons smile wider.

Author links:
Choosing Hope is published by Acorn Publishing.
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and Holly Kammier for the ARC and being a part of the author’s tour!

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Like everything else in life, there must be a balance in order to prevent stress. But stress more or less can be at times unpredictable and it effects virtually everyone. For me, if I let stress accumulate over time instead of finding ways to relieve them, I feel completely drained and my usual good humor flies out the proverbial window. I suffer, my husband suffers, my son suffers, my household suffers, and then I just feel completely depleted. I’m sure I’m not alone here when I say I’ve had stress burnouts in my life where everything felt utterly helpless. But through time and years of experience I was able to find ways to help me deal with stress. I’ve made a list of 10 ideas but you can always find safe and sensible ways of helping you relieve stress. These ideas can also be used on children as kids can accumulate stress depending on their age.

10 Ways of Relieving and Dealing with Stress:

1- Write things down – This is by far my most favorite. When you write things down to help you remember, you have an actual tangible thing within your reach. You can just pick up that piece of paper (or your phone if you write notes on it) and reference it anytime. Or if you have the time, start a personal journal and write in it as often as you can. Just like in school, writing things down helps connect your brain to the words. That’s why writers can just go on writing for days on end because writing can be a form of catharsis that liberates you.

2- Make a list – I’m a total list writer and I learned this trait early on from my mom. Perhaps I was kind of forgetful when I was a teenager and when I moved away from home to study for college, I remembered my mom’s sage advice. Writing lists help you focus and bring everything back in front of you. Your list can be anything to help you deal with whatever stress you are feeling.

3- Go outside –  There’s something about being out in nature that just calms the soul. But you’d have to literally go someplace where it’s not stressful or strenuous for the eyes. Our eyes connect us to our feelings so try to go to a park or the ocean or lake. Anywhere that takes you away from your daily life stress.

4- Read a book – I always say, read a good book and your spirits will be lifted. Choose a book from a favorite author or a bestseller from a favorite genre. Books can create vivid images in the mind and take you to other places in your soul. For children, pick a book that’s funny and touching. Or adventurous and daring. Anything to help them take their minds off their troubles and sadness.

5 – Dance – Dancing around whether you’re an expert or have two left feet always seems to get the jitters out. When you’re stressed, your body releases certain stress hormones that can be damaging to your health. When you’re feeling happy or want to feel happy, your body releases oxytocin, which is a mood lifter and a natural antidepressant. So crank up the tunes, let your hair down, wiggle your arms and feet, and dance your butt off!

6 – Sing – Like dancing, singing either softly or belting your lungs out gives you a sense of freedom and euphoria. It’s because music has a connection to your brain that triggers emotions. Sing a happy song or a favorite song when you’re stressed and soon those pressing troubles will float away.

7 – Talk – Talking to someone you trust is a good way to beat stress. You don’t necessarily have to see a psychiatrist to get your emotions out. When you talk to a trusted person, they can help you see things from a different perspective which is often the case to why you’re feeling so stressed – you can’t get out of your own stressful mind. For children, let them talk out their feelings without interrupting them. One of the things I find kids dislike is being interrupted when they’re trying to talk to you or when they’re angry and they can’t express their feelings properly.

8 – Volunteer – The old adage about feeling better when you’re helping someone else is pretty much true. When you’re helping others you are thinking of them instead of yourself. You no longer feel the need to think about your own troubles when you see that you’re lifting someone else’s troubled mind. For children, check out local charities that take children as volunteers. It could be an animal shelter, a beach cleanup, or a fundraising event. Volunteering your time and effort is in itself, a reward.

9 – Garden – Gardening is like bringing in new life. Dig your hands into the soil and you connect with an intrinsic part of your soul. When gardening, you’re touching flowers, leaves, and soil. Nature brings their own form of magic that is mystical yet almost anyone can feel a connection to. It could be something as simple as a sunflower or a pot of herbs. Giving even a small part of your effort into your garden (whether indoor or outside) can bring unparalleled results.

10 – Sleep – Sleep is one of the best ways of reducing stress. In fact, less sleep can induce stress because your body hasn’t gone through its crucial cycles during the night. The body goes through several stages of sleep cycles and when you don’t go through all the cycles, your body and mind becomes disruptive and unclear throughout the day. Even taking a nap during the day helps too. Kids especially benefit from full sleep and naps. Because their minds and bodies are constantly changing and growing, sleep helps their body catch up to their active mind.

So, remember that stress can drain your health and leave you with long term health problems. While some experts may argue that a little bit of stress is good for the adrenaline, I personally don’t abide by that theory. Stress, even an innocent part of it, can accumulate over time and when it’s not dealt with properly, eventually you’ll feel overwhelmed and incapable of relieving that stress.

Children should learn to deal with stress at an early age. Get them into the good habit of thinking positively and making positive outcomes. And while you’re at it, take that advice and apply it to yourself. When you feel stress so does everyone else around you.

 

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