I think it is pretty safe to say that we all have those days where you cannot get your child to sit still and focus, even if it is only a brief period of time. There are days where getting them to sit and do homework is like pulling teeth, but we all know it has to get done. So what do you do when this happens? These last few weeks I have been using the trial and error method. Here are just a few tips and techniques that have worked wonders for my kids and me. [Read more…]
It’s officially spring and so it’s officially allergy season too. For those of us who suffer, it’s just no fun at all. And it’s even worse for our little ones. Here are some of the ways we like to combat and fight this nasty part of one of favorite seasons.
- Eat local honey produced by bees in your area, this will eventually get your body used to the pollen in the community you live.
- Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint is an essential oil that acts like a decongestant and is anti-inflammatory. To help with stuffy noses, you can even inhale the steam created by a few drops of the oil in boiling water.
- Take probiotics and make sure your kids do too. Apparently, good bacteria provides relief. There is research that suggests probiotics can alter the body’s immune response to grass pollen, a common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever.
- Load up on antioxidants. Medical studies have concluded that those powerful chemicals, antioxidants, which are found in many fruits like berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea can help battle inflammation inside your body, a critical factor in controlling allergies.
- Boil ajwain seeds in a pot. Once boiled, place your head over the steam with a towel wrapped around your head to trap the steam and breath. This little Indian trick does wonders for decongestion.
Allergies flare when your body recognizes certain substances, such as pollen, (or even mold or pet dander), and triggers an immune response to protect itself. By using a Neti Pot to flush out your sinuses, you remove the substances that are causing the unwanted response. Like inhaled pollen, for example, sits on the inner lining of the nose, (your nasal mucosa). When the pollen breaks down, it comes into contact with mast cells, which are part of the immune system. This contact causes the release of histamine, which in turn triggers nasal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. By flushing out that pollen, or other allergens, before it causes problems can help!
Have you air ducts and dryer ducts cleaned out yearly (or more if necessary) to avoid build up in your vents. When your air is turned on, it blows out the build up and that can cause allergies for your entire household
Make sure to clean your vacuum cleaner filters and holder. This has a lot of dust build up too and if not cleaned frequently, you’re just blowing the dust back out when you vacuum.
- If you have runny, itchy eyes during the allergy season, this is a great eye drop for instant relief.
I don’t know about you, but I hardly have time in the morning to mess with anything difficult for breakfast especially on weekdays. At work one day, one of my co-workers warmed something up that smelled amazing. I asked her what it was and she said “egg muffins”. I have never heard of these egg muffins before so of course I was interested in knowing how to make them especially after she used the word “easy”. I mean who doesn’t like an easy recipe that is also a make-ahead recipe? She told me the recipe but I deviated from what she told me to add a little bit of my own touch. So if you need something that is easy for breakfast or even pre/post-workout food idea, this is a must you should try. Just ask chai-momma Neesha and her husband.
- 8 total large organic brown eggs
- 1 cup of cut veggies of choice (i.e. green, red, yellow, orange bell peppers, asparagus, spinach, etc)
- ¼ cup of cheese (optional)
- 2-3 jalapenos (optional)
- ½ cup of turkey meat (optional)
- chia or flax seeds (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, whisk 4 eggs and 4 egg whites. Add the veggies, cheese, meat, jalapenos, salt, pepper and stir well to combine.
- Prepare muffin tin with non-stick baking spray or line muffin tins with paper baking cups for easier removal
- Pour egg mixture into each muffin tin about ½ way or evenly.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until the insertion of a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven to let it cool.
- Enjoy either warm or let it completely cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.