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Friday, August 29, 2014

Foodie Friday: School Lunch Box Ideas #foodiefriday #mommiesnetwork




Back To School Lunch Ideas: 

Packing a fun and healthy lunch box for school can make momma happy, and we all want to be happy. Let the kids help you pick out some healthy and fun choices for their lunch everyday, teaching them good habits and moderation at a young age. These ideas also make good after school snacks. 

Fruits/Veggies
Carrots
Cucumber slices
Red pepper
Cherry tomatoes
Celery sticks
Broccoli Florets
Apple Slices
Melon balls or cubes
Strawberries
Blackberries
Blueberries
Kiwi
Banana
Salad- mixed 
Dried Fruits
Watermelon wedges
Grapes
Oranges wedges

Breads and Grains 
Homemade muffins
Banana Bread
Whole Wheat Bread thins
Tortilla wraps
Bagels/buns/croissants
Rice cakes
Rice crackers
Pasta salad
Pretzels
Pita Pockets
Mini Pancakes
Hummus (with pita, crackers etc)

Meat and Proteins 
Chicken Strips 
Chicken cubes for kabobs- with cheeses 
Baked chicken cubes
Ham rollups/ Meat rollups
Peanut butter or other nut butters
Hot Dogs
Salmon/ Tuna
Eggs (hard boiled, chopped etc)
Leftovers 
Mini hamburgers or veggieburgers
Ham and cheese sandwich 

Dairy 
Cheese cubes
Cheese (baby bell, sticks etc)
Cream Cheese (with crackers, bread, cucumbers, jelly sandwich etc)
Cottage cheese
Yogurt
Yogurt smoothies
Yogurt tubes

Other Fun Stuff
Raisins
Sun Chips
Baked Chips
Jello
SF Pudding cups
Mini Marshmallows
Rice crispy squares 
Yogurt covered dried fruits
Applesauce cups
Fruit cups in 100% juice
Soups in Thermos 
Goldfish
Homemade trail-mixes

Include a positive note for your child to let them know you are thinking of them goes a long way. Of course all the ideas above are just suggestions, considering the child's age and allergies is always imperative to packing a lunch box. 









Monday, August 18, 2014

Medical Mondays: Acetaminophen Know Your Dose #medicalmondays

Medical Mondays:Acetaminophen.... Know Your Dose 


Did you know that acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines? It’s in pain relievers, fever reducers and sleep aids, as well as cough, cold and flu medicines. More than 50 million Americans use an acetaminophen-containing medicine each week.
Acetaminophen is safe and effective when used as directed, but there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day: 4,000 milligrams. Taking more than the maximum daily dose is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. Each year, acetaminophen overdose is associated with an estimated 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations.
Education is a key step to driving safe medicine use and preventing overdose. Today’s infographic from theAcetaminophen Awareness Coalition shows three common mistakes that people can make when taking acetaminophen, and provides four simple steps to make sure you use it safely: 1) always read and follow your medicine labels; 2) know if your medicines contain acetaminophen; 3) never take two medicines with acetaminophen at the same time; and 4) ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Check out this infographic, and always know your dose. For more information, visit KnowYourDose.org or follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter.









Medical Mondays is health information and education only, not a replacement for a visit to your regular doctor. The information provided here is not provided to diagnose or treat any medical conditions, simply to provide education to help our readers live more healthy educated life's. Please call 911 if you or your family member is experiencing a life threatening health problem that needs immediate care. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Foodie Friday: Cheesy Hot Wing Dip #foodiefriday



This recipe is so fantastic that you just can't get enough! From The Family Fresh Meals comes this hot wing chicken dip to tickle your taste buds!
Perfect to take to your next tailgater or any festive get together. Combine with chips (Scoops work great) or even use as a baked potato topper for a meal. Franks hot sauce and the blue cheese dressing makes this dip sing with flavor.



Cheesy Hot Wing Dip -recipe credit Family Fresh Meals
Ingredients:
3 (10 oz) cans of shredded chicken. -or you can shred your own
1/4 cup Franks Hot Sauce
1 cup blue cheese dressing
8 oz of cream cheese (at room temp)
2 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
Directions:
1. Place blue cheese dressing and cream cheese in a small sauce pan and cook on low, stirring often, until cream cheese has melted. Remove from heat.
2. In the meantime, in a large bowl, mix together shredded chicken and hot sauce.
3. Prepare a 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread a layer of your chicken mixture at the bottom, followed by the cream cheese mixture and top with your shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.

Enjoy and don't count the calories :)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

What Should You Watch When Sharing Online #onlinesafety



What to Watch When Sharing Online
Online networks have done an amazing job expanding our ability to interact with friends and family and to meet new people. It's a world that is rewarding and exciting to participate in, but it's also important to remember the dangers.
No system is totally secure, and most servers that store your personal information can be hacked without the proper security measures in place. This means that social media and other sites storing user data must be very careful about where they choose to host their servers and what type(s) of security measures are in place. Companies like SingleHop offer secure servers (listed here) for start-ups and small businesses who may not have the capacity to host their own. Because many companies outsource their IT, it is important that you not only trust the site you are using, but their server company as well.
The Mommies Network offers a safe and secure site to share your information also, most people don't realize the work that goes into keeping your information safe and how we actually approve our members. 
A rigorous process goes into the approval process for a new member on the National Chapter or one of our many local chapters (listed here). Our chapter advisors, chapter managers and senior advisory leadership team pride themselves in keeping our sites safe. We want our mom's to feel safe both online in a private support forum as well as at a offline play-date with there children. Ensuring that we check address's via Google maps and the sexual offender website "Watchdog" in addition verifying any information that does not seem clear with the member to be, helps to ensure our members stay safe. 

Any information that has been shared online is generally stored somewhere on a server, and anyone with the time and inclination can hack into it to get a picture of who you and your family are, what you do and when you do it. Below are some things that I think families should be aware of when posting online.
Using your Real Name
Using your real name means risking exposing yourself to cyber crime and identity theft. Your real name is the first link to financial records, social networks and other services that should be protected. Some organizations need your real name for legitimate reasons - but lately everyone seems to want it, often so they can sell you something. Usually it's just not worth it to take the risk.
Posting your Vacation Plans
Everyone loves taking a vacation. Even better, sometimes, is getting to tell people about how fantastic your vacation was. Social networks are a great way to do this, but remember to wait until you're back before you start giving details. Information about when you're leaving and where you're going means that anyone can discover that your house is vacant and that you're going to be thousands of miles away. It's a digital target that you're painting on all of your belongings.
Even if you use a mobile app like Foursquare or Swarm, don't check in while away if no one will be home at your house, you may think your "friends are friends" but some people prey on "friends" just for this reason via social media.
Sharing Family Photos
Much like we enjoy sharing our vacation stories, we also enjoy sharing pictures of ourselves and our family. While it can be great to privately share with friends and family, it's important to be aware of who and what you're exposing. A cute picture shared via social media can give away information about who you are, where you are and what you do. Unscrupulous people can use it to target you for scams, crimes or harassment. Similarly, pictures of children can expose them to harassment or even potential predators.
Instagram is a fun app on your phone to share photos with family and friends, but very easy to steal your photos. Consider other photo apps that can create a "watermark" with your family seal or crest that you create. Especially if you are a blogger, you know what I am talking about. This helps to prevent unwanted "lifting" of your photos by others. Don't be a victim, think smarter. 
Online security and privacy affects everyone. I want a more secure Internet and I want to feel confident that your friends and family are safe online. Be smart and careful and you can stay safe while still embracing the opportunities that modern technology offers.
Always be aware and educate yourself, don't fall for the "to good to be true" scammers, if your gut tells you that it seems to good to be true, stop and think! It is most likely false, and you should turn and run. Teach your children the same thing. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2014 #breastfeeding #worldbreastfeedingweek

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, I have put together some helpful information, inspiration, a fabulous freebies link and the recipe for those yummy lactation cookies to save.

 

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Freebies---

A wonderful webpage I found that lists tons of freebies just for Breastfeeding moms (or mums) is here :

http://www.frugal-freebies.com/2010/05/breastfeeding-freebies.html

I hope you enjoy and find something helpful info there. The website is worldwide, in the UK I believe, but offers so much from all over. She has done a fabulous job collecting and updating this list!

 

Having trouble with your milk supply or production? The fix might just be in your kitchen. Save this recipe, these make a great pick me up gift for that mom who needs some cheering up too.

Recipe for Lactation Cookies :

These are made to help nursing mothers milk supply. They taste great and really work.
I would eat 4 or more a day.

servings 12 dozeningredients

1 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
2 T flaxseed meal (no subs)
2 Lg eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 C Thick cut oats
1 C Chocolate chips
2 T Brewers Yeast (no substitutions)

preparation

Preheat oven at 375.

Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended.
Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
Add butter mix to dry ing.
Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.


You can add other items to your cookies, I like cranberries, pumpkin seeds, or other nuts, just keep the base ingredients the same to help with milk production.


Enjoy your day!

Visit www.themommiesnetwork.org to find local and National Chapter's with Breastfeeding support forums that offer help and support in your journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Things We Should Probably Stop Telling Our Children

By Makisha Dixon
Mommies Network Content blogger


Ok, so as moms we all want to shower our precious angels with nothing but compliments, believe that they everything they do is beyond perfect, and dare anyone, another kid included, to challenge the wonderful sugar plum fairy that is our children. Sound familiar? But, truth is, we know the not so perfect, imperfections of our children. We know they tell little white lies, pitch fits, and hide their broccoli under the table. We get that. And if we are honest with ourselves, we realize that we are partly to blame for those behaviors. And a huge part of it comes from the type our everyday dialogue with our children. In order for our children to be truly well adjusted, we must be willing to give the good along with the bad. Here are just a few not so good “goods” that we should stop telling our children today.

You’re perfect
Ok, so this phrase seems harmless and truthfully could be quite reassuring to a 5 year old right? I mean, what’s wrong with telling a child that they are perfect. Well, quite frankly, everything. In our eyes as our children are born perfect.  They could do no wrong. And while in the back of our minds we know better, a child could use that as a platform for a not so healthy mindset. Instead, children should know that they and no one else is perfect. We all have faults, and imperfection that we or others may not like or accept.  This makes us unique. The key is learning to respect and embrace those imperfections in ourselves and others. Learning to be proud of who you are. So if Ava does ask, “Mom, am I perfect?” Simply instead say “No one’s perfect”, but like Mr. Bruno says “You’re amazing, just the way you are”.

It’s not your fault
So sometimes it’s not their fault. An ice cream snatching bully with a chip on his shoulder.  A lunch lady with a bad attitude and bad hairdo.  And of course, the actions or behaviors of people intending to  do harm to others. Aside from the actions of criminals, some things are just part of the school experience.  Mason can’t help those random encounters that has happened to all of us at some point in our school years. But what he can help is his action and reaction. If a bully is picking on another kid and Mason joins in, yes that is his fault. If the lunch lady is having a bad hair day and Mason decides to tell her this, yes that is his fault. And we have to let them take responsibility for those actions and reactions that they can control.  We have to let them learn the lessons that come with those actions and reactions, consequence and all.  This builds accountability and character, one that we can be proud.



“Mom will always be here, no matter what”

Ok, I’m sorry, this one is a little hard for me as well. Why would we take that reassure away from our children? Of course we will always be there. Why would we tell our six year old anything different? Ok, so clearly this tip is not geared toward a six year old. We want to keep their sense of security as much as possible. But as our children get older, we have to learn to have to have those often difficult, life conversations with them. And one is letting them know that Mom or Dad may not always be there. And the values and lessons that you are trying to teach them is only to make them an independent, capable adult who can survive on their own. The world we live in now is unimaginably harsh. We have to prepare them for this as much as we can.  Wouldn’t we want them to be capable of standing on their own? So always reassure them, at any age, that while we are here, we will always be there to guide and love. But our job as parents is to prepare them to be independent, productive individuals. 











Thursday, July 17, 2014

Now Sponsorship is easier (and cheaper) than ever! Join Us, Support Us



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Skin Cancer On The Rise: Your Skin Matters Get Educated Today #skincancer #summersun #melanoma

Summer time is here and in full swing, we can't forget a very important part of your daily summer skin care routine--- sunscreen! and taking care to cover up, educate yourself about skin cancers. Skin cancers are on the rise, one of the most common forms of cancer in the US now. Read the signs and know your skin cancer ABCD's. Please share this with others! Pin to your Pinterest boards, share on facebook!


Skin Cancer on the Rise
by Ghergich.