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. (…)

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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). (…)

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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? (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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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. (…)

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