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You’ve Been Egged! Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Kids to Do for Friends

"You've been egged!" If you've heard this phrase before and you're around 40 years old it has a very negative connotation. This Easter your kids will be dying to get a "You've been Egged!" sign displayed on their front door. For them it will mean that one of their friends has thoughtfully come and hidden a basket full of eggs all over your yard. So no worries, when we say, "you've been egged" we're talking about the plastic kind. Learn what we did to turn this into a fun neighborhood activity and how you can too with a free "You've been Egged!" PDF download. Continue reading

Corn free Products at Enjoy Life Foods? See our Official List

There are corn free products available from Enjoy Life Foods. The company runs a facility that is dedicated to producing snack foods, breakfast foods, and chocolate products in a factory that is free from the top eight most common allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg. All their products are gluten free and made without artificial ingredients, too. If that's not enough to make you like this Chicago area company, they are also certified non GMO as well. But for folks with corn intolerance and corn allergy, not all the Enjoy Life Foods are safe. We decided to make a list for our corn free peeps to help them make decisions about which corn free products from Enjoy Life Foods may be safe to try out. Continue reading

Easter Candy Crafts made with Surf Sweets Organic non GMO Candy

Looking for homemade Easter candy crafts to do with your family? Our friends at Surf Sweets recently sent us a little sample box of their organic non GMO candies. Of course I wanted to wait until Easter to open the packages because our house is on a strict no sugar diet for Lent. Having a box full of Surf Sweets laying around the place really heightens the temptation. The kids were going nuts looking at the box. We've got a week to go before lent is over. Against my better judgement I cracked the seal and sat down with my youngest son with a mission. Together we decided to come up with fun Easter candy crafts that could be made with Surf Sweets candy. Continue reading

Postpartum Alcohol Use: Finding a Way Out of the Darkness

Postpartum alcohol use is not that uncommon. Everyone tells you that the role of a first time mom is a joyous occasion. But it's not like this for all mothers. If you find motherhood outright daunting and extremely overwhelming, you are not alone. There is help. Between adjusting to caring for a little one, new schedules and sleepless nights, there is a lot of added stress postpartum. If you find yourself craving alcohol and relying on it to get through the day, you may have more than an issue with postpartum alcohol use. You could be suffering from postpartum depression (also called PPD). Continue reading

Minecraft Story Map for Kids: Teach Creative Writing with Minecraft

Download a free Minecraft story map for kids and use it to teach creative writing skills. If you've got a kid who loves to write stories, or if you are a classroom teacher looking to motivate and teach narrative writing, you'll love this project. Recently a reader came to Healthy Family looking for a Minecraft story map. I immediately thought, what a great idea! It's difficult to teach kids the parts of a story and put it into action when you are dealing with very abstract ideas. But what if you used something that they are very familiar with, like Minecraft? Continue reading

Green Furniture Refinishing: Condition Wood Using Kitchen Ingredients

Green furniture refinishing is quite easy. You'll be surprised at how nicely an old piece can look after just 30 minutes of your time. I recently acquired an old pine dresser that was in need of some TLC. I decided to condition the wood using some kitchen ingredients on hand in my pantry. It's an easy job and you'll be able to use your furniture about 12 hours after applying this green furniture refinishing coat. Continue reading

First Communion Booklets that Teach the Order of the Mass

Learning Order of the Mass for first communion is tough. There is a lot for a child to understand about the traditions, symbolism, and prayers of a Catholic Mass. Each year in parishes around the world children are studying the Order of the Mass for first communion. Recently Healthy Family got in touch with a wonderful company based out of North Carolina called Holy Heroes. If you are a regular reader you may have seen an earlier post we did about Holy Heroes free Lenten activities for kids program. The company has published an Order of the Mass for First Communion Booklet. On one side of this book the Prayers of the Mass are taught, and on the flip side of this book Holy Heroes includes 24 pages of "Best Loved Catholic Prayers" for children. Continue reading

Pipe Cleaner Shamrocks and Coloring Page Activity for St. Patricks Day

Pipe cleaner shamrocks are pretty fast and easy to make. They make a fun St. Patrick's day craft for kids. You can do them at home, like we did, in a classroom, or for a Sunday school activity. Most people think of green beer, leprechauns, pots of gold, and parties for St. Patrick's Day. We draw and color shamrocks, and wear them on our clothes. But many people don't know about the history behind the shamrock and Saint Patrick himself. The story is a wonderful one to share with your kids and I promise that after you do you'll always insist on a shamrock with three leaves instead of four. Continue reading

Reading Comprehension Apps for Kids: A Top Ten List of iPad Apps

Reading comprehension apps can be a great teaching tool for struggling kids. If you've been following Healthy Family for a while you've already read some of my reading comprehension articles for parents and teachers. I'm a firm believer in direct instruction and peer tutoring, but using reading comprehension apps is another powerful tool for your tool bag. I'd like to see kids with reading comprehension problems use these apps in addition to other strategies. They can make reading practice fun and enjoyable for the kid who's not too motivated to read. Check out my top ten list of apps available in the app store that can help your child improve reading comprehension skills. Continue reading

Finding Faith After Losing Everything: Watch Survival Film on DVD

Finding faith after losing everything. Is it possible? How much of yourself is connected to your material possessions, your job, your role in the family or your community? What would you be if it was all taken away from you? Who would you be? Would you still have faith? Hope? A wonderful and inspirational film from Elevation Pictures explores what happens to a young pioneer woman's faith when she loses everything and has to rely on herself and ultimately God for survival. Continue reading

Low Carb Beef Stew Recipe for Low Glycemic Antifungal Diet

Low carb beef stew made with butternut squash and yams? You betcha! Who says stew has to have carrots and potatoes? That's so last year. This low carb beef stew recipe is both sweet and savory. Your family will love it, and best of all, it's low glycemic, too. If you are watching your sugar intake, or need recipes for an anti fungal diet, try this one. But really, this recipe is great for absolutely everybody because it's just plain great tasting. Everyone will love it, I promise. Continue reading

Sensory Processing Disorder Toys: Best Toys for Sensory Seeking Kids

Sensory processing disorder toys are a great tool for kids with sensory seeking behaviors. Do you have a sensory seeker? Sensory seekers simply can't get enough out of their environment. They are constantly looking for ways to stimulate their nervous systems, and it can be exhausting. These kids struggle in the classroom and are often labeled as hyperactive and impulsive. If you've got an ADHD child it's possible they are a sensory seeker with a sensory processing disorder. Experts believe that if these kids are able to get enough sensory input they will be able to calm down and focus when needed. Continue reading

Radiation Exposure and Breast Cancer: A Demron Bra Review

There is a known link between radiation exposure and breast cancer. If you are concerned about low level radiation, you may be interested in a new bra called the Demron®. The bra is meant for healthy women with a history of breast cancer in the family, frequent flyers, and women frequently exposed to hospital radiation technologies. The Demron® bra is marketed to limit your risk in these situations. It's designed by Radiation Shield Technologies with a fabric technology developed for nuclear hazmat suits. The recently designed special bras are designed help reduce radiation exposure and breast cancer risk in the average women. Continue reading

Fruit Wax Ingredients Revealed: What’s on the Wax Covering Your Fruit?

Fruit wax coverings have been hotly debated by organic, vegan, and food allergic bloggers over the years. I've read extensively on the subject and decided to put to rest some long standing rumors on what's really in or not in fruit wax coverings. I think the conversations on fruit wax and the fears some consumers have are legitimate. Unfortunately, finding out what's sprayed on our fruit is tricky business. Many formulations are proprietary, meaning their 'recipes' are secret. And because the US government doesn't classify these wax sprays as a food substance, it doesn't have the same labeling regulation as our packaged food products, organic products, and meat products. Do food allergy sufferers need to worry about fruit wax? Are they filled with toxic chemicals that are harmful to our kids? Let me tell you what I've discovered. Continue reading

Terrible Twos Help for Parents Struggling with Toddler Tantrums

If you are in need of terrible twos help you are not alone. We've all been there. My husband and I have four kids. Believe me, our house has seen its share of toddler meltdowns over the years. But our attitude towards those tantrums has mellowed quite a bit. We've learned to keep calm and carry on. We're more confident and better able to roll with it. I am much more relaxed about those tantrums when they come. You can be too. You can't stop toddler tantrums, but there are effective ways to handle them that will make those uncomfortable moments short-lived and less frequent. I think it helps to see the world from your toddler's perspective. Thankfully, there's a great resource available now for parents wanting some terrible twos help. Tovah P. Klein, PhD, who's the director of Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and the Associate Professor of Psychology, has written a guidebook for parents on how to raise happy toddlers. Continue reading

Reading Comprehension Strategies for Parents of ASD Kids

I've created some reading comprehension strategies for you today that will work with 3rd through 5th grade kids. These reading comprehension strategies are beneficial for all kids, but my focus today is on special needs kids, particularly kids diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a parent looking for reading comprehension strategies for your ASD child my suggestions should help get you off to a good start. As you know, for ASD kids, a lot gets missed in the large classroom setting that makes homework time at the kitchen table quite difficult. The ASD child often forgets, misunderstands, and inappropriately responds to his assigned homework. Frustrated and tired parents usually end up doing the work for the child just to get it done. If this sounds familiar, I'd like to offer you a few reading comprehension strategies. My reading tips will hopefully give you a few tools for your toolbox and take the torture out of homework time. Continue reading

Free Reading Comprehension Posters for Kids to Make Learning Fun

I've designed 9 free reading comprehension posters for you to use with your kids. I've got free posters about synonyms, antonyms, context clues, deductive reasoning, organizing and classifying, drawing conclusions, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. Students can use these posters to as visual aids in the classroom. Please download and enjoy them. These free reading comprehension posters are done in colorful cartoon art that kids will enjoy. Continue reading

Map of Irish Sayings Framed Artwork for St. Patricks Day

I've got a map of Irish sayings for you today. It's a special gift to Healthy Family readers and just in time for St. Patrick's Day. I know it's only February, but I've just about had it with winter. Valentine's Day is over. It's time to get on with spring. The best way to do that is to start planning for St. Patrick's Day. This fun map of Irish sayings is designed to print on 8 1/2 x 11 letter paper and display in an 8 x 10 photo frame. Continue reading

Eyelid Rash? Makeup Ingredients Cause Dry, Red, Itchy Skin on Eyelids

Do you have an eyelid rash with dry red itchy skin? Have you been to a dermatologist? Although these symptoms can be caused by an eye infection or allergy condition, it's also possible your eyelid rash is caused by the ingredients in your eye shadow, foundation, or mineral cosmetics brand. Many cosmetics brands contain two ingredients that are known to cause eye inflammation and irritation in women with sensitive skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and dermatitis. Continue reading

Horizon Organic not Really Organic: Brand Labeling Deceives Public

Is Horizon Organic not really organic? It appears so. Their corporate parent, WhiteWave just announced last December the inclusion of new non-organic Horizon brand products. Customers have long trusted that buying Horizon Organics label products assures quality organic products at a premium price. It appears that going forward the only promise is the premium price. Yes, Horizon Organic is not really organic anymore. Not completely. What does this mean for your family? Continue reading

Minecraft Wrapping Paper: Download Free Minecraft Wallpapers to Craft

Want Minecraft wrapping paper or wallpaper for a fun craft or special gift? One of our readers recently left a comment about the Minecraft box I made last year. The box is displayed on our popular Minecraft 3D paper craft page. I never did mention the box or offer links or free downloads of the wallpaper used to cover the box. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made the box and a few free downloads for you to enjoy. I hope these three Minecraft block wallpaper patterns will inspire you to create your own homemade Minecraft box. Continue reading
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