Posted by: suzan | June 5, 2020

The Kids Will Be Okay

Homeschooling, Studying, Zooming, Building, Crafting, Drawing, and er…Complaining? Yes, unfortunately all the homeschooling has turned kids into little monsters. Gasp! What?!

But never fear! Your children will be all right. Unless your child was originally home-schooled, there was a lot of adjustment since school campuses had to close. In the beginning, my friends and I laughed, joked, and then intermittently cried over all the math lessons, the essays, and the assignments that had to be turned in on time or we’ll get an email from the teacher. I’ve always had a deep respect for educators, but having to teach children that are not of their blood for seven hours straight, five days a week is definitely not the easiest job in the world.

As a parent, I’ve learned the hard way that kids are actually more resilient than adults. And they are quite forgiving. You can get mad at them, yell at them, even ground them. But a couple hours later, everything is forgotten and forgiven. That is why, as a parent, it’s our sole duty to protect our children and teach them to do the right thing so that when they become adults, they will hopefully learn from all the life lessons that we taught them.

Once again, as I started writing this a week ago, I was going to shed some insights and tips on kids ending the school year and going into an uncertain summer. But as we were faced with the tragic results of police brutality and the injustice faced by people of color – in particular the black community – I wanted to share something that we can do to help our children. Whether you are a parent or not, you should realize that everything starts at childhood. Children are not inherently evil. They do not inherently know that one person’s color of skin should be treated differently than another color. Evil. Cruelty. Shame. Those are just a few injustices that almost everyone faces at one time in their lives. And as children, they learn from what is around them, whether it’s through their parents and family members, at school, on television, or what they see on social media and video games. I am by no means a professional psychiatrist, but I can speak frankly as a mother, an educator, and as a minority.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

How true are those words spoken by Nelson Mandela all those years ago. But sometimes as parents, we forget that what we say or do directly affects our children. They see what’s around them. They hear what’s around them. And they react to what is shown them. Even if we are most careful to hide certain acts and thoughts from them, children will inevitably pick something up. Even if we do not mean to shame someone or put someone down, our children will pick up those innuendos. And eventually, if we don’t let our children know that what we did was wrong and try to make a change, then they will think it’s okay. If mommy and daddy did it, it must be okay to do it. If my friend did it, then it must be okay to do it. If my teacher did it, it must be okay to do it. It’s tough being a kid, and because they are so innocent and naive, their little sponge minds can pick up on almost anything they see and hear.

So let’s go back to the resiliency I mentioned. Yes, kids are pretty resilient and tenacious. They fall, they get up, and they move on. And they do so because it’s what they know inside them. They haven’t yet learned that it’s scary to fall or that it’s painful to have a scraped knee. Pain might be an instinctual reaction, but fear is usually learned and taught. So let’s take their most progressive years of learning and teach them only good things. Teach them about compassion. Love. And common respect.  Because only through the eyes of compassion and respect will be bring meaningful change.

If you need some help in how to guide your kids on coping with tragedy and trauma, below are some outlines from the Orange County Department of Education.

Be understanding.

Not everyone reacts the same way in times of crisis. Some children may become more quiet or withdrawn, while others may become irritable or act out. These are all normal reactions, and adults need to respond in a calm and caring way. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network says how children experience traumatic events and show their distress will depend largely on their age and level of development.

Take time to connect.

Sometimes adults can become preoccupied with disturbing events and managing their own responses. They can forget that children are aware of what’s happening. Take a moment to check in with your child and let them know they can talk to you and ask questions.

Limit their exposure.

As our friends at CHOC Children’s have noted, parents should consider the proximity of an event and what information a child truly needs to know. Be aware of televisions that are on and showing news coverage in common areas. Talk about the child’s feelings and concerns, provide reassurance, and offer age-appropriate information — more on that in a moment — to help clarify misunderstandings and reduce fear. We can also teach children to use their own coping skills, such as talking to a trusted adult or doing activities like playing with friends, reading, praying, singing, dancing or creating art.

Promote self-care.

In time of crisis, many of us become the caretakers of those who are most affected. These selfless acts of kindness are greatly appreciated, but adults must also remember to take care of themselves. Promoting self-care will ensure you do not burn out or experience higher levels of compassion fatigue, allowing you to care for others for a longer period of time with greater efficiency.

Show patience.

Just as individuals may have varying responses in times of tragedy, they will also have different timeframes for healing. Try your best to be patient with those you’re caring for, as they may have a shorter or longer response time to the crisis.

Make sure to follow up.

Check in periodically to make sure children are continuing to cope in healthy ways. If additional support is needed, reach out to a school counselor or clinician. The majority of schools have counselors who can meet with students to check in, help them process what they are experiencing and teach them about healthy coping strategies. If you would prefer seeking services outside of school, most medical insurances offer coverage.

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Keep explanations appropriate.

Meanwhile, the National Association of School Psychologists offers these suggestions for keeping explanations of school-based violence developmentally appropriate:

  • Early elementary school students need brief, simple information that is balanced with reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety that remind children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills being practiced so they are prepared if somethings happens.

  • Upper elementary and early middle school students will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools and provide concrete examples.

  • Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines — for example, not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, and reporting threats made by students or community members — communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.

In the end, you are the parent or caregiver. You know your child best. But right now, most kids will see and hear about the recent events. They already know about the pandemic crisis so to add their fears and doubts about what they might see on television or hear from their family and friends could be quite traumatizing and confusing.

 

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Posted by: suzan | May 27, 2020

Stress Fighting Food and Energy Gaining Treats

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Stress is one of the most damaging factors to our health. Stress does not discriminate and it can affect anyone of any age and gender. We all deal with stress at one point in our lives whether it’s mental stress, physical, or emotional. But we don’t have to let stress rule our lives. We alone have the ability to reduce the daily stress in our lives.

As a long time supporter of food as medicine, I can’t stress enough the importance of how food plays a critical role in our lives. Famous Greek physician Hippocrates was quoted:

“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

How true is that statement when even ages ago, food was revered as a main source of medicinal purpose. We are truly what we eat and what we eat should be beneficial to our health and to the health of our planet. If you’re finding it harder to find fresh and healthy food in your area, there are still many ways of getting healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains into your life. You can grow your own food, which, depending on the type, can actually produce a good harvest in a couple of months. Of course growing your food alone won’t sustain you, but keeping a readily available crop year-round is quite beneficial for you and your family.

Below I’ve listed easy to find food as well as food that you can buy online and grow your own. And in the next segment, healthy snacks and treats for kids that are beneficial and easier for them to eat at times of stress.

FOODS THAT FIGHT STRESS:

Vitamin C foods: Oranges, Broccoli, Papaya, Strawberries, Sweet potatoes, Cantaloupes, and Brussels sprouts.

Green Tea is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Due to its catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other health benefits. Plus, green tea is delicious and can be used in cooking as well.

Berries: Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Gogi berries, and Golden berries.

Nuts: Walnuts, Pistachios, Brazil Nuts, and Almonds.

Ginger.

Lavender.

Leafy Greens: Spinach and Kale are top leafy green Powerfoods!

Chocolate.

FOODS TO AVOID:

Excess caffeine. Too much caffeine can make us all pretty edgy.

Processed Foods. Processed foods are stripped of important nutrients that our body and mind needs.

Artificial sweeteners. Some studies show that artificial sweeteners affects our neurotransmitters putting our moods and bodies out of sinc.

Excess alcohol. Alcohol stresses our bodies and requires an immense amount of energy for our bodies to metabolize.

High sodium foods. High sodium foods can elevate blood pressure and bloating which just weighs our body down.

Excess refined sugar. Refined sugar greatly affects our blood sugar levels and produce that “high-low” feeling.

HEALTHY TREATS FOR KIDS:

Homemade ice treats. Make some iced treats at home using ingredients that you might already have at hand. Try making ice cream, popsicles, and refreshing smoothies. Use real fruits and vegetables for these ice treats and add in fruit juice and/or dairy (plant-based or animal protein). While most fruits and juices are already pretty sweet, you can also add in a teaspoon of honey (be sure your child is not allergic) to give it an extra boost of nutrition. Try this easy and nutritious fruit smoothie: https://www.marthastewart.com/332804/fruit-smoothie. Ice treats such as popsicles and smoothies give kids the power to choose what kinds of fruit they want in their treats. Help them choose by selecting fruits with lots of vitamins and minerals as listed above.

Granola. Whether granola is homemade or store bought, there are many benefits to this energy boosting snack. Granola is usually made from cooked oats, nuts, and some type of fruit, but if you do make them at home, you can add literally anything to it. Try sweetening it with cocoa nibs or chocolate chips, honey, or maple syrup. Include brain boosting ingredients such as chia seeds or flax seeds. Granola for kids can be easy or complicated. Choose ingredients that you know your kids will enjoy such as dried cherries, nuts, or chocolate chips.

Fruit Kabobs. Just like the traditional kabobs you find at restaurants or on your own grill, fruit kabobs are delightful sticks of freshly cut fruit. You can also dip the fruit in yogurt or chocolate beforehand to give it some uniqueness and extra flavor. Fruit kabobs are pleasing to the eye and palate. Kids usually associate food with their senses so make adorable fruit kabobs for them to hold onto and munch on. Check out this very unique fruit kabob with french toast: https://www.marthastewart.com/343289/french-toast-kebabs.

Popcorn. Popcorn is such an iconic treat for both children and adults. Just be sure to buy or make popcorn from organic and/or non-GMO corn. You can also sprinkle on some turmeric powder, low fat grated cheese, or drizzle with melted honey. Store bought popcorn tends to be full of salt and sugar so be sure to read the ingredients carefully. Plus, popcorn is a filling treat for kids to have afterschool or in between meals.

Dried fruit. If your kids love fruit, then have them try dried fruits. Dried fruits are packed with nutrients due to the method of drying fruit. And they’re easy to cart around when you’re on the go or need something that can be mixed into other recipes. Popular dried fruit for kids include, dried apples, dried pineapples, and dried mangoes.

As long as you remember that food closely associates to our health, then you can always make better choices. Take some time to evaluate what causes you stress or fatigue and check out your own refrigerator and pantry.

Happy Healthy Eating!

 

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Posted by: suzan | May 1, 2020

A Mothers Day to Remember

Mothers Day is on May 10, and it’s coming up ladies and gentlemen! With less than two weeks away, you still have time to plan for that very important date. And a note to all the dads out there – this year your child will not be bringing home a Mothers Day craft from school. It’s up to you to figure something out with your children 🙂

But never fear! I’ve listed some cool, crafty, and heartwarming ideas you can do this Mothers Day. Remember that moms (or any mother figures you have) just really want to know you care about them and appreciate them. I know that’s what I think 🙂 When you think about it, any kind of gift will suffice as long as you consider what your mom really wants or needs. Gifting something from your heart is more important than any fancy jewelry or chocolate. Of course, if your mom really loves jewelry or chocolate then that’s the obvious choice. 

There are tons of ideas you can do for Mother Day this year. Don’t let the “shelter at home” deter you from thinking up something creative that only your mom will understand. Aside from the usual drawings and cards that your kids can make, below I’ve suggested other simple yet thoughtful gifts you can give this year.

MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS:

– Subscription Boxes. These curated and special gift boxes have been around for awhile now so there are plenty of companies to choose from. We want to be able to give mom a subscription box that is meaningful and good for the planet. Some great subscription box companies include:

  • Causebox (https://causebox.com/) – this women-owned charity driven subscription brand promises that each product within their gift boxes gives back to specifically chosen charities. They support small businesses and their products are ethically and sustainably made. You can choose either quarterly or yearly subscriptions and their intro boxes are usually filled with at least 4-5 full size and well-received products. 

  • Love With Food (https://lovewithfood.com/) – this fun subscription box service curates healthier options than other food subscription services. With famous healthier brands such as Tillamook, Popchips, Late July, and MadeGood, there’s no doubt mom will find something that she likes in these boxes. There’s even a gluten-friendly box which is something that other conventional brands don’t offer.

  • Target Beauty Boxes (https://www.target.com/b/target-beauty-box/-/N-9nty6?lnk=snav_rd_beauty_box) – this sample sized beauty box is perfect for anyone who wants to try out a new brand or product. Moms will love this beauty box because the curated products are also sold at Target. That’s a win-win, right? And, you can also include a Target gift card inside the box so mom can buy something that she might like from the samples. Beauty boxes include a “clean” box filled with ingredients that are healthier for mom and for the planet.

– Aromatherapy. Giving a gift of aromatherapy will help your mom relax during these stressful times. Especially if she’s homeschooling your kids and participating in these distance learning that most schools are offering. Aromatherapy includes natural essential oils, diffusers, and candles. Aromatherapy is a therapeutic treatment meant to either relax or reduce stress and fatigue. The best form of aromatherapy is essential oils. Essential oils are derived from the form of the plants so be sure to pick up brands that use only plants and nothing else. A great way of using essential oils is with a diffuser. Diffusers are best when they are heated as they slowly release the scent into the air, thus causing therapeutic effects. You can find diffusers online at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and any other stores that carry home goods.

– Chore Coupons. Okay, I don’t know any mom who wouldn’t appreciate a chore list coupon. Chore list coupons are lists that your kids can come up with to help around the house. Chores depend on age and ability, but should include something that can help alleviate mom from some of her own chores. For example, you can include washing dishes, sweeping the yard, cooking, or folding laundry. These are all simple and time-saving chores for mom. Include a small booklet of chores that your child can write on and have mom choose the specific chore from the booklet and tear out the “coupon”. 

– Classes. Is your mom interested in learning a new skill or lesson? Perhaps she’s always wanted to learn how to knit or speak a different language. Give your mom lessons that you think she’d be interested in. This will help her get out of the house and learn something that can bring her joy. Find classes at local colleges or community centers. You can sign up months ahead so there are spaces available. 

– Books. Most people can agree that books are truly the best gift. Whether it’s an e-book or a traditional paper book, books can bring countless hours of joy and escape for moms. Pick out some books from her favorite authors or help her find some new authors and genres. Great books can be found at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, or if you an support a local bookstore in your area, try buying from them. 

– Plants. Home grown flowers, fruit, and vegetables are the best way to ensure the food you grow are controlled by you. Give your mom easy to grow plants such as lavender, sunflower, and daisies. Popular and fast growing vegetables and herbs include mint, cilantro, tomatoes, cucumbers, and for a truly refreshing and unique herb try lemon balm. This delicious and fragrant herb smells like minty lemons – just as the name implies. You can find most plants at big warehouse stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s as well as online nurseries such as Proven Winners (https://www.provenwinners.com/), American Meadows (https://www.americanmeadows.com/), and Armstrong Gardens (https://www.armstronggarden.com/). Plants can last for many years and if you take care of them, they will provide lasting enjoyment throughout the years.

– Personalized Photo Books. Have you ever tried a personalized photo book? You know, the ones where you upload all of the photos on a photo site and then choose the theme and text. They are incredibly fun and you might need some help from dad for this one. Shutterfly (https://www.shutterfly.com/) is a very popular photo site and there are tons of various themes and ideas to create photo books. In fact, while you’re on the site, you can also try any other photo gifts for mom. What mom wouldn’t love a keepsake photo gift?

So, this Mothers Day, try and think up fun and different ways you can show mom just how much you love and appreciate her. It could be anything simple or as fancy as you want to make it.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

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Posted by: suzan | April 21, 2020

Earth Day – April 22, 2020

Not once during all my years of promoting Earth Day, did I have to start with…”during this unprecedented time”. But times are indeed troubling and confusing and most of us are left wondering if there will ever be a “light at the end of the tunnel.” Thinking positively is all we can do because if we don’t, then the struggles are even harder.

With the annual Earth Day coming up, how do we continue to help the environment if we’re ordered to “stay at home”? The answer is, that we must find safe and achievable steps we can still take to help Mother Earth. As countries are ordered to stay at home to help slow the spread of the virus, it seems that oceans and lakes are clearing up, public streets are devoid of trash, and people are banding together to clean up their communities. It’s as if nature itself has hit the “reset” button and trying to clean up as much as possible. 

But sadly, there are news of people leaving their discarded gloves and masks everywhere. People are throwing them onto the streets or leaving them in store shelves or shopping carts instead of disposing them properly. These kind of actions are unacceptable and leaving very dangerous traces of germs everywhere. We can’t ignore the fact that now more than ever, we need to take drastic steps to be clean and safe.

This Earth Day, there are some very easy and convenient steps you can take to help our planet. I truly hope you can share some of your advice and wisdom on social media as I will be doing so on April 22.

EARTH DAY ACTIONS:

Continue to use things digitally but responsibly. While we practically live in the digital world, we still have to be mindful of the electricity that we use. While many utility companies are offsetting their electricity usages, we still need to remember to turn off electrical equipment when not in use, and rest our minds throughout the day. However, buying media digitally does save trees, electricity, ink, and so forth.

Donate. Donation companies might be closed temporarily during the “Safer at Home”mandate, but you can still save items for when they reopen. Better yet, donate them to neighbors or friends who might need them.

Participate in virtual Earth Day events. Some great events include:

– Plant a garden. Planting a garden, whether it’s for food or joy, is always a great thing to do. If you plant for food, try out easier to grow plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, and herbs. All of these type of plants have a fast growing cycle and will yield an abundance of food for you and your family. Each year I try to grow cucumbers and beans and since I live in California, it’s easy to grow tomatoes and herbs year-round. 

– Upcycle. This is perhaps one of my favorite things to do for the environment. We are at a point where recycling is no longer the first option as it might have been decades ago. Instead, let’s try upcycling. Upcycling is simply taking something that you already have and finding a new purpose or use for it. It could be anything as simple as an old t-shirt that you can turn into a reusable shopping bag or cut up into large squares to use as cleaning rags. I bet if you look around your house you’ll find lots of things you can upcycle and give them a new “life”. Some fun and easy ways of upcycling includes:

  • clothing – take any old and outgrown clothes and turn them into reusable bags, cleaning rags, aprons, add-ons to existing clothing, wrapping paper, and etc. Check out some ideas here.

  • glass jars – take any clean and sanitized glass jars (think jams and pickle jars) and use them to plant succulents and herbs. Glass jars make excellent reusable products due to the ability to stay sanitized and varying sizes and colors. Check out some ideas here.

  • plastic bottles – this is possibly the easiest and best ways of reducing your plastic usage. Since recycling should be the last resort, you can extend the life of your plastic bottles for many years by upcycling them into soap dispensers, garden planters, and even pencil holders. Check out some ideas here

– Display Earth. Make Earth-shaped cutouts, color them in, and tape them on your windows. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same so that people will know you “stand with Mother Earth”. See below for a printout.

– Make Seed Bombs. Seed bombs are incredibly fun to do. You simply take some scratch paper or colored scrap paper and blend them with wildflower seeds. Then roll them into balls or small shapes and let dry. When you’re out walking the neighborhood, throw some into the fields and when it rains again, the seeds will disperse and grow. Just be sure to buy wildflowers that are specific to your region and non-GMO so chemicals don’t interfere with the natural plants around it. Check out the instructions here.

– Clean up your community. Depending on where you live and how safe your community is right now, try going around your neighborhood or around schools and clean up the sidewalks and parks. Once the “shelter in place” has been lifted, join an environmental cleanup crew such as www.unitedbyblue.com.

*** There are lots of creative and fun ways of supporting our planet this year, even when we’re supposed to stay at home. You can probably think up some really great ideas on your own! Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts with others so everyone can support our planet.

 

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Posted by: suzan | April 21, 2020

“Day One” by Lauren Runow – Book Review

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If there’s ever a time when we need an uplifting and beautiful story, then no better time than when we’re all on “lockdown” order. Follow main characters, Drew and Sharee as they share their day-to-day activities with each other, and with us readers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Years from now, the COVID-19 virus will be talked about with younger generations and older generations as they look back to this horrendous virus and how it shut almost everything down. It might even possibly be in the history books. But true love can’t keep this lovely young couple, Drew and Sharee from finding each other!

I found a new favorite author, Lauren Runow, who writes mainly Adult Contemporary Romance. Her new story, Day One, hooked me from the first line. I was one of the fortunate readers on Facebook who got to follow Drew and Sharee’s story as they are written by the author. Each day, Lauren wrote a new chapter and posted it on Facebook. I have to admit that I was never more excited to read the day to day events of fictional characters! 🙂 But yup, there I was, every day, waiting for that little ding from my Facebook notifications for Lauren to put up a new chapter. I needed the distraction and the uplifting story to keep me sane while we’re all on the “stay at home” order during the pandemic. And Drew and Sharee’s story was definitely an uplifting one! In fact, the entire story is altogether sweet, funny, intelligent, sad, and uplifting. When it comes to true love, nothing could stand in the way of these two characters.

In Day One, Andrew and Sharee accidentally meet on the Tinder dating app and their connection is instant and intense. Drew is an up and coming Major Leagues Baseball player and Sharee a 6th grade teacher. They are both very real in their interactions which is what made me love these two. If I can imagine two people who are slowly falling in love in real life, Drew and Sharee’s story would be it. While they are indeed fictional characters, the way they talk and act seems very real. Drew is a sweet, kind, and giving person and Sharee makes his days fun and exciting with her comical quirks and endearing heart. They are indeed a perfect storybook match!

If you’re looking for a fun and light read, be sure to pick up Day One by Lauren Runow on Amazon now. You will laugh and sigh and jump with joy at the ending and the epilogue.

Thanks in advance to Lauren Runow for the ARC and the opportunity to read and review!

You can find Day One through these following links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2xKMgnB
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2wTTKUZ
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2KgSKgT
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/3cyQHAI

Book blurb:

My thoughts of how I’m going to survive this indefinite amount of time alone are interrupted by a notification from my Tinder app.
Yes, we’re on quarantine. Yes, I reactivated my account out of pure boredom. And, yes, Drew’s one profile photo is smoking hot.
I hit Reply.
Day by day, as the world tries to stay healthy, we find creative ways to pass the time together. #alonetogether
We quickly find out that getting to know each other is the easy part; staying away from one another is the challenge.

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some
more dirty than others. When Lauren isn’t writing, you’ll find her listening to music, at
her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is
coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!
Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and
co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She is a proud
Rotarian, helps run a local non-profit kids science museum, and was awarded Woman
of the Year from Congressman Garamendi. She lives in Northern California with her
husband and two sons.
You can also stay in touch through the social media links below.
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laurenjrunow
Instagram at https://instagram.com/Lauren_Runow/
BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/laure…

Thank you Lauren Runow for the ARC and the opportunity to read and review!

 

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Growing up in the Bay Area with my parents, siblings, and a revolving door of pets, meals meant an abundance of healthy and fresh food.  The memory of our backyard is so tangible every time I think about going outside and plucking some juicy Golden Delicious apples off our trees. A majority of our fresh fruits and vegetables came from our trees and plants at home because it was easier and more nutritious to grow our own food. While we didn’t live on a farm, my parents’ green thumbs made virtually every vine grow taller and every branch grow stronger. Ever since I was small, my parents encouraged me to grow my own plants and thus developed a love for gardening and learning every thing I could about the connection between food and health.

Now more than ever, we need to focus on building our own health and boosting our own immune system. Our health is greatly affected by our environment and our planet’s eco system. You’ve probably heard of the old saying, “you are what you eat”. Well, doctors, scientists, nutrition experts, and even parents can tell you that what you put in your body, directly affects its outcome. We take in healthy and nutritious food, our body will become healthier and stronger. Junk food becomes junk in our bodies and plays various damaging factors to our health. Your immune system is basically your first and initial defense against foreign objects inside your body. The stronger your immune system is, the better it is at doing its job in fighting off viruses, bacteria, and germs.

I attended two webinars this week on building resiliency and preventing illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both webinars featured doctors and nurses of various medical fields, each with their own advice and lessons on how to stay healthy at this time. The one main takeaway from these webinars was the undeniable truth that our immune system is our strongest weapon. Imagine our immune system as a defense agency. Our cells are our agents and we must feed our “agents” with proper weapons to defend and protect our body. How do we feed our agents or cells proper weapons for defense? There are a few factors that we must remember and practice daily if possible.

To put it simply, our body is made up of cells. Our cells are the building blocks of all components in our bodies. Our immune system is our body’s own defense system against any foreign bodies that appear inside us. To keep our immune system strong, we must feed it nutritional food, get plenty of rest so our bodies can replenish, reduce stress so our organs don’t get depleted, and regular exercise to keep our cells regenerate properly. Eating healthy might possibly be the best or the most difficult practice for many of us. Eating healthy entails fresh, multi-colored fruits and vegetables, less sugary food, and plenty of liquid to keep us hydrated. Below I’ve listed some basic foods as well as Superfoods that can help boost our immunity and give our bodies a chance to stay healthy and fight off any number of illnesses and disease.

 

All fruits and vegetables contain some kind of vitamin and mineral. But certain fruits and vegetables have specific genetic qualities that help target problem areas and boost our immunity. 

Green Vegetables and Fruits:

Green colored vegetables and fruits get their green color from chlorophyll which can protect against certain types of cancer and disease. Green vegetables and fruits contain a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, and minerals such as magnesium, copper, and manganese. 

Try green vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, green onions, cucumbers, as well as leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and chard. Try green fruits such as green apples and kiwi.

Red Vegetables and Fruits:

Red vegetables and fruits contain powerful antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins which are powerhouses in preventing many illnesses and disease. Red fruits and vegetables also tend to be easier to find as there are more varieties than other colored fruits and vegetables.

Try red vegetables such as red bell peppers, tomatoes, radishes, and beets. Try red fruits such as cherries, cranberries, goji berries, and watermelon.

Yellow and Orange Vegetables and Fruits:

Yellow and Orange Vegetables are abundant in A, B, C, and E. They are boosters of cell regeneration and are great for skin and eyes due to their alpha and beta-carotene properties. 

Try yellow and orange vegetables such as corn, squash, carrots, yellow beans, pumpkins, and yellow and orange bell peppers. Try yellow and orange fruits such as tangerines, bananas, kumquats, pineapples, mangoes, and golden kiwi.

Super fruits are fruits that are packed with a high spectrum of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They hold immense power in fighting free radicals, preventing certain illnesses and disease, and increase longevity.

Try super fruits such as acai berries, dragon fruit, blackberries, kiwi, pomegranate, and watermelon. You can find most super fruits in supermarkets and farmers markets as they typically require more care in growing them.

Remember that eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleep well, reduce stress, and finding positive ways to cope can help your immunity. Take small steps if necessary, and know that you can control your own health with making the right decisions.

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay diligent.

 

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Posted by: suzan | March 28, 2020

Stay-at-Home Boredom Busters for Kids

Many parents around the world are wondering what to do with their kiddos now that mandated school closures are across the globe. Some are fortunate to have online learning with their teachers while others are doing their best with homeschooling. All that schoolwork adds up in time, especially when most of us parents don’t have the skills or experience in teaching a curriculum at home. And while we’re all figuring out how to balance our life at home and work, it’s important to remember that “we’re all in this together”. Any number of us is having some struggle with homeschooling or preventing boredom with the kids or hoping the kids and parents don’t drive each other crazy before all this clears over. If you’re looking for ideas for kids and families, please check out some ideas below!

AGES 3-5:

Young children around this age are most likely used to being at home if they’re not in preschool. So while they’re stuck at home, check out these activities for young kids:

  • Painting by numbers. Around this age, whether they are in preschool or not, learning numbers can give them a head start when they do start school. Painting by numbers are basically coloring books, but with numbers that match the corresponding area of the picture. You can paint by numbers using watercolor, color pencils, or crayons. Find great painting by numbers books online such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and even your local bookstore (a great time to support your local booksellers).

  • Ready to Read. These fun and educational by-age activities are great for beginner learners. Depending on their age and skills, you can find lots of fun activities for your kids. 

  • Sidewalk chalk. This outside activity is tons of fun for little ones. Take some colorful chalk and go around the neighborhood to write and/or draw uplifting words and art for neighbors. Your child can certainly do this when no one else is around for the safe distancing practice, but imagine the fun and delight your neighbors will have when they walk out of their front door! If you don’t have chalk available, you can make some at home if you already have the ingredients. 

AGES 5-8:

  • Gardening at home. Gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding skill you can teach your children. In fact, gardening is great for any age, any gender, and any type of experience. The most easiest and fun way of gardening is starting with seeds. Seeds grow into seedlings which eventually become larger plants that will grow into flowers or food. Seeds do take a lot longer than seedling plants but they are so much more rewarding when you can track the progress of your seeds. 

  • Computer games. Since we live in a technical world, kids eventually will be using computers and technology. Most schools already have students as young as 1st grade learning lessons on computers. If you have a computer at home, this is a great time to teach your young learners some technology skills. Once they are in school, they will be required to do basic reading and other curriculum on computers. Based on your own family routine, limit kids this age to up to 1 hour of online learning, whether through games or skill setting on Google Docs.

  • Writing letters and cards. Writing letters and greeting cards seems to be a lost skill. But some teachers across the country are still teaching their young students how to write a proper letter and greeting card. This important skill can later be applied when kids attend birthday parties or need to write to a company for school projects. You can use whatever paper stock you have at home, or pick some up at stationary stores, grocery stores, or online.

AGES 9 -11:

  • Special interests. Around this age, your child probably already developed his/her own interests. Broaden their interests (within safety reasons) by having them go online for research or reading books.

  • Crossword puzzles and Sudoku. These 2 brain challenging activities are perfect for growing minds. Find easy to do ones online that are appropriate for their age and skills.

  • Gardening advanced. If you have younger kids as mentioned above, their older siblings can also help with gardening. Have kids at this age write the name of the plants on wooden sticks, paint clay pots, or even build small wooden planters with a parent’s help.

AGES 12 and up:

  • Advanced readers. Kids around this age has either already developed a love for reading, or are reading only when it’s required by school. But it’s never too late to get your kids to enjoy reading. If you have an older child that’s struggling with reading a book from beginning to end, get them to read books of their personal interests. If they’re interested in a certain sport, find books about that sport. Interested in cars? Find books on how to fix cars, build cars, or design cars. Interested in fashion? There are many books and magazines that focus on fashion, whether it’s fashion design, fashion merchandising, or making clothing.

  • Graphic novels. Contrary to what you read when you were younger, graphic novels has really changed and evolved. Graphic novels or comic books, are books that tell stories through art. Depending on the interests of your pre-teen and teen, graphic novels range from popular series to mainstream superhero books.

  • Upcycling projects. Upcycling is one of the best ways in reducing waste. With the world around us fighting climate change and trying to reduce waste, upcycling is both fun and ethical. Kids as young as 8 can learn to upcycle what they have around the house, in their neighborhood, and even at school. Upcycling is essentially taking what you already have and finding new uses for it. The best and easiest upcycling projects include garden projects, turning old clothes into something new, or repainting an old furniture.

  • Random Acts of Kindness. When kids are a bit older, teach them that doing good for the world can have many benefits now and throughout their lives. When you do something nice for someone, it sparks joy for that person which they’ll think about throughout the day. In turn, it might even spark kindness from that individual to perform another random act of kindness for someone else. Check out Random Acts of Kindness platform for some wonderful ideas. 

I hope you all can find some peace and joy throughout this troubling time. Whether we are one individual, one nation, or one world, we’re all in this together.

 

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Posted by: suzan | March 23, 2020

The Environmental Fighter in Times of Crisis

With the onslaught of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandamic during these months, many environmentalist and activists are wondering how they can still help the planet while we’re all on lockdown. Kids who have been steadily trying to learn about helping the environment and doing their part to make our planet a better place are facing many other challenges. Many kids are not in school nor do they have access to schoolwork or technology. Parents and siblings are scrambling to find lesson plans and indoor educational activities for their families. And depending on the age of your children, there just might not be enough things for kids to do at home. While most states have put in mandatory school closures, we have to applaud those school districts that have contingency plans should there ever be a school closure for weeks on end.

As someone who cares deeply for the environment and for helping kids understand the need to protect our precious eco-system, I’m here to encourage you to continue with your endeavors. Continue with your passion to do good for the planet. And continue to challenge yourself to come up with innovative ways of changing for good. Below you’ll find some ideas for projects and activities that you can do at home and on social media. While the world may seem pretty big, we are all still connected whether through natural disasters, man-made disasters, or climate change.

Some of you may be thinking – well, why should I be worried about saving a turtle or  reducing my waste at a time like this? Because eventually this too will end. We will all come out of this with lessons learned, bravery developed, and humanity united. We have to think positively and do positive things right now and for the future.

How can we still help the planet:

1- Reduce your trash. At these unprecedented times, being wasteful is not the answer. Products are flying off the shelves and many major corporations are shutting down or reducing staff to prevent the spread of the illness. That means the city may end up with less sanitation workers. Trash cans might pile up and we’re left with tons of waste that might flow onto the streets. Reduce your waste by:

*** Using what you already have at home and in your pantries. There’s really no need to panic buy. You can still use what you already have.

***Break down your cardboard boxes. If you’re not already doing this, then start this new and space saving step in reducing waste.

***Cut up your plastic and non-recyclable items. I’m not promoting buying more plastic products, but plastic is inevitable in our world so if you have it, try to cut it up into smaller pieces so they’ll fit better in your trash cans. Just be sure to sort through your trash and notice the PETE symbols. Most cities will recycle PETE # 1,2,5, and 7.

2 – Reduce your food intake. Eating is one of the coping systems most people use in times of crisis, but now is not the time to binge eat either. Eat healthier foods that boost your kidneys and liver’s powers to eliminate toxins in your body. Build your immune system so that it has a chance to fight off any infection, viruses, and bacteria in your body. And eating healthier will reduce the need to buy unhealthy and packaged foods. Buy fresh food so there’s less packaging.

*** Buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Your immune system is your strongest fighter. Buy fruits that do not decompose immediately such as apples, citrus, and any fruit with a thick outer skin. Buy vegetables that contain tons of vitamins and minerals. A good reference to remember is buying fruits and vegetables with lots of colors such as apples, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, broccoli, peas, carrots, and etc.

*** Plan ahead and make a shopping list. When we are panic buying, we tend to pick up whatever is on sale or are on the shelves. Sure, that package of Oreos might make us feel better, but just don’t stock up on unhealthy items. Items we buy or binge might end up in the trash due to expiration dates and no longer satisfying.

3 – Plant a Garden. Gardening is not only beneficial to the planet, but it is also quite therapeutic. Plant some fast-growing vegetables and fruits right now and you’ll get some fresh produce in your yard in no time. Be sure to use organic soil and organic fruits and vegetables if you have access to them. Organic will reduce the toxins that emit into the air.

*** Plant fast-growing fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, and any type of squash. Try to buy these that are already seedlings as seeds will take much longer to mature.

4 – Support local businesses. With many closures due to government mandate, small businesses might be forced to temporarily close to prevent the spread of the virus. Small and local businesses offer products and services locally to help reduce carbon footprint. If you must buy online, then consider taking advantage of the many discounts and free shipping rates and buy what you can afford. This can help reduce carbon footprint and support businesses that sell natural and organic products. Organic products still help in reducing the carbon footprint that taxes our precious eco system.

*** Look to support brands that are also donating their products and services at this time. Food companies, local restaurants, and such must remove their in-house food so they in turn are donating their products. This helps eliminate waste since instead of throwing products in the trash, they are giving their products away.

5 – Eating Takeouts. Because of the “Shelter in Place” or the “Safer at Home” that officials has deemed necessary in many states across the US, people are still trying to access food at grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and sit-down restaurants. But restaurants across the country are mostly closed for inside dining and offering takeout or to-go orders. But most of the time these to-go orders are in the toxic Styrofoam or unrecyclable plastics and they don’t accept your own reusable containers from home due to contamination. So how can you reduce waste in that sense?

*** Call ahead the restaurant and ask what they put their food in for to-go orders. It may sound daunting, but consider the trash that piles up from takeout foods. Most fast food restaurants place their food inside paper wrappers and while they are readily recyclable in most states, some do not.  Starbucks for instance, are not accepting your reusable beverage containers. So instead of having them put a lid on your cup, take the beverage and pour it in your reusable cup. This way you’re still cutting down on the plastic lids use.

For some great recycling and waste-reducing tips, check out Earth911’s excellent ideas! And for family resources, check out CDC’s recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html)

https://earth911.com/eco-tech/use-coronavirus-to-reset-your-life-for-sustainability/

Earth911 Podcast: Coronavirus, Sustainability Changes, and Earth Day Planning

Be safe and be diligent!

 

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Posted by: suzan | March 18, 2020

2020 – The Year of Change

When I first started writing this post a couple of months ago I was looking forward to the year 2020. To the challenges, to the changes, and to the triumphs. But January started off rocky with world-famous Kobe Bryant’s tragic death along with his comrades and family on the helicopter. My husband was and is a big fan of Kobe and seeing how it brought him much sadness and confusion over the loss of this global icon was eye-opening for me as well. Then as news started to spread about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in February, the world was still waking up from this unprecedented event. Rumors, gossip, and inaccuracies were flying about in the media, in stores, and even with friends and family. Who do we trust? Who do we believe? And who do we turn to for accurate information? Was this new virus man-made or was it passed through human contact with an animal? People were being biased and xenophobic, dividing our country and humanity even more. And then suddenly…the tragic events of China, Italy, and even the US started to bring people together. People started to realize that we are indeed just human – not superhuman, or impervious to assault and danger. When I say people in this sense, I’m talking about the norm and not everyone in the world, of course.

Sure, there are those out there who think they can arm themselves from this new virus with guns and violence – surely you can’t possibly shoot a virus away, can you? But as fear and confusion spreads throughout the world, and people are buying up supplies to last them for years, what does that really say about us as humans?

While you’re stuck at home with your kids or working from home, take a look across social media to see the good in people. Companies out there are donating their extra food and services. Neighbors are donating food to each other. Apartment residents are leaving unopened food in the hallways ready to share. And in Italy, one of the most devastated countries to be affected by this, people are singing and bringing songs of joy and encouragement to their neighbors. They are not blaming or shaming. They are all banding together during this unprecedented event to help each other out. It’s a confusing time and it’s most definitely the right time to do the right thing.

When I was writing this post, I wanted to share an inspirational quote. And while it doesn’t directly transfer to what we are all experiencing right now, this quote still brings inspiration and hope to those who need it.

“With faith, discipline, and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve” – Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The year 2020 was supposed to be about “clear vision”. But clearly – excuse the pun here – not all of us can see “clear” right now. There are many affected on a personal level. And there are many that feel the pain and compassion for others who are suffering. Let’s not forget that everything is connected. No one is better than the other. And certainly no one can predict something like this can happen. No matter what you believe – remember that kindness and humility is the strongest action we can take for ourselves and for each other. You don’t have to like what someone is saying around you, on the streets, or on social media. But you can be kind. And you can be humble.

So, onto a bit of lighter news. As a parent, I feel for those who have kids at home either working on their assigned homework or driving you batty with their arguing and fighting. Kids are properly having a harder time at this “stuck at home” situation than if they were on holiday break. Because yes, most kids across the US do have assigned homework. I’ve included some links below that could help you and your kids during the mandated school closures across the US.

Be safe, be diligent, and be healthy.

Free resources for education: https://www2.ed.gov/free/index.html

Free Amazon reading: go to Amazon and enter “free books” and hundreds of free books will pop up in whatever genre you prefer. Many are for children.

Home Depothttps://www.homedepot.com/c/alp/kpqfspbe0a/kpqfspbe0a

Great Kindness Project: See “Fun Activities for Families”

Martha Stewart gardening ideashttps://www.marthastewart.com/search?q=garden

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

  • Join our Happy Heart Hunt. Let’s blanket our world with LOVE! It’s simple! Just make a heart from any object and tape it to a street-facing window to send your love out to the world. Encourage all your friends to do the same. Then, in a few days, take a family walk to search for other hearts on houses. How fun it will be to watch the love grow! Learn more

  • Host Family Game Night – get out the board games, decks of cards, chess sets and puzzles.

  • Create an obstacle course with things from your home.

  • Have a spontaneous dance party! Crank the tunes and DANCE!!

  • Play charades.

  • Clean your closets together. (Seriously!) Put on some fun music and then joyfully declutter. Keep only the things that are useful and spark joy.

  • Create a family “masterpiece” out of recycled items from your decluttering.

  • Listen to a podcast: “Wow in the World”.

  • Learn on-line together.

  • Teach your child a skill or a share a talent. Teach them to cook, change a tire, sew on a button, balance a checkbook, play the ukulele, etc.

  • Go on a scavenger hunt.

  • Explore nature. Continue to spend time outdoors. The fresh air is good for kids, and for us as parents. But please do this as a family rather than meeting up in groups.

  • Create a family vision board.

 

 

Posted by: suzan | December 16, 2019

Gratitude and Kids

As the holiday season is in full swing, and folks are shopping like crazy for presents, this is also the best time to teach children about gratitude and kindness. All over social media we see random acts of kindness from a stranger to another stranger and even companies who go out of their way to donate more and to offer more kind acts. Perhaps it’s the holiday spirit that gets us out of our comfort zone and extend a hand of gratitude. But kindness, appreciation, and gratitude should really be practiced all year round. And this act alone, should be readily taught to kids at a young age.

If you ever jump onto Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube, you see random acts of kindness throughout the world. Why is it that we only notice these kind acts during the holidays? Is it to send a gentle reminder that we should not take things for granted? We are all on this planet together, whether we are struggling to make ends meet or we live in lavish mansions. We are all connected by the choices we make and what we do defines our character. As adults, we might tend to forget these simple things such as gratitude and appreciation. But children tend to see these kind acts more clearly than adults. It’s up to us to lead our kids to a better path and a better future.

So how do we practice gratitude ourselves and in turn teach our children? Below I’ve provided several simple and doable acts that kids can perform on their own, and maybe with a little nudge from their parents 🙂

10 Simple Acts of Gratitude for Kids to Practice:

1- Speak with kindness and be compassionate. Empathy is learned by watching others.

2- Donate gently used items in your house. Your kids can help you round up items that they no longer need or use or have outgrown. This teaches kids to appreciate all the material things that they already have.

3- Hug a teacher and give a fellow student a “high five”. Showing your teachers and classmates that you acknowledge what they do is a simple yet heartfelt act.

4- Eat food that makes you feel good inside and out. Healthy foods makes healthy minds and bodies and children will be happier.

5- Thank everyone you come across with. Whether it’s the mail carrier, the stranger who opens the door for you, or the cashier at the checkout counter.

6- Write down what you are thankful for. And share it with your family.

7- Compliment a friend. It can be daily or whenever you see someone in need of one.

8- Smile. Smile. Smile. You never know when someone needs to see it.

9- Wake up each morning with a little prayer or mantra of gratitude and thankfulness. It can be as simple as, “I am thankful for my family and for everything that I have.” The affirmation to yourself will help brighten your day.

10- Appreciate nature. Be gentle and kind to all living beings. They are all a part of our world too.

And here are some delightful quotes of gratitude:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” – Dalai Lama

“Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.” ― Dalai Lama

So this holiday season, let’s help our kids express gratitude towards themselves and others. For when we respect ourselves, we can in turn respect others.

Happy Holidays!

 

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