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Why Healthy Snacks Are Becoming More Prevalent at Birthday Parties

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While cake and ice cream may forever be considered the staple treat at children’s birthday parties, healthy snacks are making an impressive showing at more and more of these parties! Suddenly a veggie tray is nothing to be scoffed at—kids are loving the colorful produce available at their events. Here are a few reasons these nutrient-rich snacks are a great addition to the table. Energy Sugar may excite children into a frenzy, but the empty carbs and high fat intake make for a quick crash into exhaustion and cramping tummies. No more slowing down from stomach aches due to gorging on cookies—lower-carb options can still be enjoyed in high amounts without the icky side effects. According to EatingWell , cut vegetables, fruits, simple grains, and dairy options each provide the protein and nutrients that promote energy for extended periods of time! The sugars in these foods take a longer time to break down and come with a long list of micronutrients that encourage healthy immune systems

Tips for Helping Your Child Remember to Wash Their Hands

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As an adult you know it’s really important to wash your hands, especially given the circumstances of this past year. However, teaching your children to build a habit of washing their hands is a big challenge. Here are a few things you can do to help make that challenge a little more reachable and give your child the tools they need to wash their hands regularly and stay healthy. Post a Sign One simple thing you can do to help your children remember to wash their hands is to have a sign in the bathroom. This is important because hand washing is paramount when it comes to preventing contamination and promoting hand hygiene. Your sign should be short and sweet and get to the point as quickly as possible without being forceful. If your child has a favorite character from a show they love to watch, including them on your sign can make it more fun. The sign should be a gentle reminder rather than a strong command so that your child can more easily maintain a good attitude about handwashing.

Essential Party Elements for Every Graduation Party

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Graduating from school is an exciting and important achievement for any student. The desire to celebrate that achievement is a given. The reality of how to celebrate that achievement may be a little trickier to figure out. Here are a few essential elements to keep in mind for the best graduation party to honor your grad. Food and Beverages Every party needs a good menu! Whether you choose to serve a full meal or a spread of appetizers and snacks, there are plenty of ideas for fun and delicious foods you can offer. It may be easiest to determine the kind of food you want to provide by first determining the mood of the party you intend to throw. A casual backyard barbecue makes an easy setting for classic burgers, chips, veggie platters, and drinks, while a slightly more elegant indoor open house may call for a more “classy” spread of charcuterie boards, fruits, and desserts. And of course, don’t forget to provide a variety of beverages for your guests that can also match the mood of y

Growing a Garden? Tips for Sustainable Gardening You Need to Use

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Planting a garden can have countless physical and mental benefits. Planting a sustainable garden lets you interact and give back to the earth in ways that you cannot do otherwise. Creating a sustainable garden can be accomplished by avoiding chemicals, composting, and saving your seeds. Avoid Chemicals   A sustainable garden is a garden void of chemicals. Over the long run, chemicals will harm your soil, your pets, and your family through ingestion. You do need ways to control pests and weeds but reaching for a bottle of chemical herbicide or pesticide isn’t the best way to go. Instead, you can encourage pollinators , like bees, to achieve a higher crop yield. Introducing beneficial insects, like ladybugs, that eat up the plant consumers will be the perfect way to control pests without using harmful chemicals. Creating a balanced ecosystem, with plants native to the region, will help control the pests and prevent weeds from taking over. A final perk to avoiding chemicals is how harmles

How to Protect Your Backyard Privacy

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Having a private backyard is certainly one of the finer things in life. As the summer starts getting into full swing, you’re probably hoping to have outdoor gatherings that you can enjoy with just your guests and not random neighbor-onlookers. There are a variety of ways to make your yard more private—it all depends on how quickly you want full privacy in your yard. Plant More Trees One of the best ways to add more privacy to your yard is to plant trees. While it’s true that trees take a while to grow, some trees grow faster than others. You could even try planting hedges .   A shrub called North Privet is one of the fastest-growing hedges in North America and can grow up to three feet in a year. That means that in a couple of years you could have a tall hedge that would provide you complete privacy in your yard.   Install a Fence Installing a fence is one of the best and most immediate ways to get privacy in your yard. There are a variety of kinds of fences that you could go with. You

Tips for Throwing a Fun, Successful Pool Party for Your Child’s Summer Birthday

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Summer birthdays are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of pool time. However, poolside birthday parties need something special to set them apart from just another day at the pool! For a successful pool party, you’ll need a good invitation, a safe environment, and some exciting special features to add to the experience! Invitation Information Nothing is worse than forgetting essential information on an invitation, leaving the guests and the host unprepared for the event. According to Greetings Island , the location and time are the most important elements of an invite.  But for the comfort, confidence, and motivation to attend for all of your invitees, consider including the activities involved (so they can be appropriately dressed and mentally prepared), the food provided (so anyone with allergies can be notified), and an assurance to the parents of the children invited that they will be safe and taken care of! Water Safety According to SwimJim , when it comes to drowning

What You Should Know Before Taking Your Kids Swimming

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Swimming is an excellent activity that allows your children to have fun and stay active. It’s an activity you can do throughout your life, so it’s good to start your kids now. Of course, there are some things you should be aware of before you take them swimming. Where to Go There are many options for where to take your kids swimming. Your first thought might be a pool, but you could also consider a lake, the ocean, etc. While each of these can provide a fun, new environment for your kids, it’s important to be aware of what you might see around different bodies of water. You should be aware of pests around water . Some insects, such as dragonflies or water skippers, will pose no harm to you, but you should know of the more risky pests as well. Mosquitos are probably the most common and they are often attracted to standing water. You should be wary of mosquitos because they can sometimes carry disease. Other bugs, such as water bugs, can also be unpleasant to encounter as they may bite y