Healthy Tips For Celebrating Easter

Healthy Easter

I love celebrating the holidays especially now that I can see the magic through my children’s eyes. As a mother, I cringe at the emphasis of candy and junk on these special days and love trying to find new, healthier traditions to start with my children. We don’t go overboard but we like to bring a little something to celebrate Easter. Here are some happy and healthy tips for celebrating Easter.

Healthy Tips for Celebrating Easter

Coloring Easter Eggs is a favorite pastime. Here are some healthy alternatives to color eggs without artificial dyes and chemicals:

Most memories of Easter are of my sisters and I rushing down to find our baskets to see what was inside. Here are some healthy Easter Basket Ideas:

  • Organic Milk Chocolate (where to buy) or Dark Chocolate (where to buy) Bunny
  • Organic Jelly Beans (where to buy)
  • Organic Easter Bunny Rabbit (where to buy)
  • Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (where to buy)
  • Veggie Sidewalk Chalk (where to buy) made from organic ingredients
  • Books: Wayne Dyer has great children’s books with positive and spiritual messages. We have I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much (where to buy). Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life (where to buy) and Incredible You: 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through (where to buy)
  • Sand Toys- Perfect to bring to the beach or the park. (where to buy)
  • Bath Toys- Letters and Numbers (where to buy)

Other Easter Ideas:

One tradition that I started with my kids is that the Easter Bunny usually leaves a special breakfast or treat for everyone to enjoy. Here are some Easter Treat Recipes:

Happy Easter! What are your favorite traditions for this holiday? We would love for you to share!

 

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Mom Approved Toys for Preschoolers and Kindergarten

When ever holidays or birthdays approach I am always looking for toy ideas for my kids that are both fun and educational. I try to avoid ending up with too many toys that don’t get played with or don’t serve much of a purpose. As a homeschooling family I want something that is functional but also something that will keep my kids attention and help them learn something too.  This post is a list of mom approved toys for young children from infants thru 1st grade. A few of these my kids have and LOVE and a couple others are on our wish list.

Mom Approved Toys & Games for learning

Infants & Toddlers:

For gift ideas for young children, checkout this post by a great blog I follow, The Darling Bakers. The post shares great ideas for toys and activities for the first year and the toddler years.

Toys and Activities for Children’s Early Years– The Darling Bakers

 

Preschool to Kindergarten:

Alphabet Bingo Games- Where to Buy
This is a great game for children ages 4-6. It teaches pre-kindergarten children up to 1st grade. It teaches them to recognize the alphabet.

Jax Ltd., Inc. Sequence Letters- Where to Buy
Intended for kids age 4-7. It’s a great way to learn the alphabet and the sound each letter makes.

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Addition and Subtraction Game- Where to Buy 
This is a great game to sharpen math skills and the basic operations of addition and subtraction for younger children and as practice for older children.

Melissa and Doug Abacus- Where to Buy
This activity is great for kids 3 and up. It helps to teach math skills, patterning and color recognition.

Melissa and Doug Pattern Block & Boards- Where to Buy
These colorful pattern boards are great for children 3+ and is a great way to learn about patterns and shapes.

Melissa and Doug See & Spell- Where to Buy 
This activity is recommended for children ages 4-7. It contains 16 colorful pictures to learn spelling skills.

Melissa and Doug Geometric Stacker- Where to Buy
This durable wooden toy for kids 2 and up. It helps to build shape, color and size differentiation skills.

Plan Toys Preschool Sorting Board- Where To Buy 
Perfect for kids age 2-5. This toy teaches colors, shapes and math concepts.

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words- Where to Buy
For grades pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade. This game was developed by educators to teach sight recognition and of essential words.

ThinkFun What’s Gnu- Where to Buy
This game is designed for kids age 5-8. It teaches word recognition, vocabulary building and reading.

Do you have any mom approved toys to add to the list? We would love for you to share!

Are Vaccines Making Your Kids Sick?

Vaccines

The choice of whether or not to vaccinate is a very important and complex decision in which parents must take the responsibility to try to find enough information to make an educated decision that can affect their children for the rest of their lives. As a parent, this decision can be overwhelming and many people trust their doctors to act in the parent’s best interest to provide guidance in such instances. Unfortunately, there is a major distortion of information out there and many people have the misconception that vaccines result in healthier children. However, research is showing that vaccinated children are more chronically ill than their non-vaccinated counterparts. According to the CDC, the number of vaccines that are given to children has increased more than three times in the last 29 years. In 1983, children were given 10 shots from birth to 6 years of age, compared to 36-38 for the same age group in 2012. 

Vaccine Dangers

Vaccines can carry with them very serious side effects, ranging from mild complications such as fever or rash, to major issues such as seizure and death. Children who are lucky enough to avoid any major difficulties, can carry with them a lifetime of health problems. According to a survey on VaccineInjury.info, vaccinated children have a much higher rate of autism, ear infections, ADHD, asthma and allergies – in some cases even 30 percent higher than children who are not vaccinated. The assessment continues to show that un-vaccinated children are less likely to suffer from hyperactivity, skin disorders, autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety and many other diseases. In addition to the fact that vaccines are being shown to cause health problems, immunizations being given today have not been tested for long-term safety. Most of the studies only evaluate side effects that occur within 48-72 hours, while the truth is that many serious side effects show up long after that time span.

Vaccines are a combination of many different toxic additives, preservatives and cell types that are initiated during the manufacturing process. The problem is that the shots create a temporary vaccine-induced antibody production rather than letting the body build up its natural immune system, and have little evidence as to their effectiveness.

In fact, Whooping Cough outbreaks are higher in areas that have a higher percentage of children who have been vaccinated against it according to Reuters. In 2010 in San Rafael CA they saw the largest spike of cases the state has seen in 50 years after the CDC recommended that children get the vaccine booster.

Over-vaccinating weakens the immune system, making children more susceptible to infections with less ability to fight them off. The injections also promote viral adaption, which is responsible for creating vaccine resistant super bugs. In 2010, 77 percent of the over 1,000 people who were infected with Mumps had received the MMR vaccine- a statistic which was conveniently left unreported by the mainstream media. So while the number of outbreaks occurs the medical establishment can recommend more vaccines to try to reduce the numbers, causing a vicious cycle fueled by misinformation and deception.

Natural Alternatives to Boost the Immune System

Healthier options to inoculations include eating organic food, increasing vitamin D intake and avoiding GMO foods, additives and preservatives. Diet is a very important factor in making sure that our bodies are able to work effectively. Foods high in refined sugars and other additives require our body to use stored vitamins and minerals in order to metabolize, increasing the production of hormones, which suppresses our immune system. Eating fresh whole foods and making sure to get an ample amount of vitamin D is vital in helping to strengthen the body’s defense system. In addition, allowing the body to fight off infection and only using antibiotics when absolutely necessary, will develop natural resistance.

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