Lunchbox Germs Beware

Keeping your lunchbox free from bacteria can be done in four easy steps. Do you hear the school bell ringing? That’s right parents – it’s that time of year again! The new school year has arrived, which means you’re probably preparing and packing meals for your kids. You pack their meals with love, care (and hopefully vegetables) in the morning, just to see them sticky with who knows what in the evening. It’s as if a mini hurricane struck their lunchbox– the peanut butter is smeared on the right side, the orange juice took a hit and spilled all over, and there are soggy crumbs sticking all over the top and bottom of the box. You’re probably tired after a …


15 Parent Hacks

Let’s face it: parenting can be tough. Moms and dads are always looking for ways to make things easier. These parenting “hacks” are a good place to start. Whether it is your first baby or your last, adjusting to life with your new bundle of joy can feel overwhelming for any parent. While teamwork is the best recipe for success, sometimes you need a few tricks up your sleeve to make things a little easier. Here are some parenting hacks that can give you peace of mind even on the most hectic of days: 1. Get out of having to make lunch every morning by freezing a batch of PB&J sandwiches ahead of time. The sandwiches will keep for about …


Oil: A Cooking Conundrum

Oil is often an essential part of food preparation, but with so many varieties, how do you select the healthiest one for you? Use this list for all your cooking needs—your heart will thank you in the long run. Canola oil – Containing healthy fatty acids and omega-3s from the rapeseed plant, canola oil is a heart healthy option. Due to its mild taste, it’s perfect for making everything from sauce or salad dressings to baking desserts. Coconut Oil – Research suggests consuming this oil could keep arteries from being damaged over time, and may also aid in digestion and weight loss. This lightly flavored oil contains lauric acid, which boosts immunity–some proponents of natural healing believe incorporating coconut oil …


Busting 5 Myths About Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand (or arm in cuff) in most people’s minds. After all, these two “vital signs” are measured together at the doctor’s office. But the two measure distinct factors related to your heart health. Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries, while heart rate (or pulse) is the number of times your heart beats every minute. Below we explain some key differences — and bust some common myths along the way. 1. Blood pressure and heart rate are always linked False: It is true that blood pressure and heart rate often rise and fall together. When you face danger, for example, your blood pressure and pulse …


Travel Like a Pro

Busy travel days come with more delays, crowds and germs. Here are a few travel tips to help ease your travel this holiday season.