Monday, September 26, 2016

Does Your Child Have a Food Addiction?

Have you ever given any thought to food addictions? Although there are many different types of addiction such as drugs or alcohol addictions, food can be an addiction as well.

Symptoms of food addiction

Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I addicted to food?” Or have you observed your children and asked, “ Is my child addicted to food?' Although food can be soothing and comforting, it can also be addictive.

1. Comfort Food

Comfort food can be great. If you think about it for a moment, you may realize that comfort foods are foods that you really like; foods that seemingly make you feel really good at the time. What exactly is your comfort food? One of my comfort foods is tacos. I recall the first taco that I had. I did not realize what it was as a young girl. I found myself picking the meat out of the white soft shell, until someone explained that I should eat the entire thing including the white soft shell. The problem with comfort food is when it or any other food becomes an addiction.

2. Stress

If you are stressed, it is possible that you may be using food as a stress reliever. That is not healthy, especially if you are over obsessing with food. According to Joseph Goldberg, MD. , foods can trigger that feel-good feeling because it increases pleasure associated with the Dopamine transmission experienced in the brain. They further stated people keep eating to get that good feeling and sometimes even eat when they are not hungry. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

In my article 3 Signs You or Your Children May be Addicted to Food,  I talked about eating behind closed doors.

3.  Your Home

When you are eating in the comfort of your own home, this also may be incentive for you to continue this addictive behavior and not be accountable to anyone. You may even justify your addiction by lying to yourself saying, “I deserve this.”

As I watched a movie, I felt sorry for the woman that appeared to be over 300 pounds. She could not get out of bed. She would order her adult children to clean her and feed her. I imagine the adult children thought it was easier to do this and continue to enable their mother, rather than seek help for all of them.

Remember there are limits for everything. You want to have balance in your life.

Did you know that eating just one spoonful of ice cream lights up the brain? That would explain why you and your children may love ice cream.  I am guilty too.  I like ice cream.   The video below discusses how neuroscientists have discovered this.

4.  Eating Secretly

Do you find your child eating secretly or gorging food down secretly? According to
Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, one possible sign of a food addiction is eating in secret or isolation. They further add that purchasing specific foods with the intention of binge eating may be another sign. These are a few tips about food addiction. Do you know anyone that has a food addiction?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Is Your Child Terrorized by Bus Bullies?

There was a time when bullying occurred on the playground. Now bullying may occur on the internet, in the school building, or possibly on the school bus.

steps to prevent bullying

When your children ride the school bus, there should be steps in place to prevent bullying. They should not have to ride in fear.

Bus Driver Involvement

According to the National Education Association bullying may include physical aggression such as hitting or stealing, name-calling, and even isolating someone. They further add that bus drivers need to be invited and encouraged to join school committees on bullying prevention. This does make sense, because possibly most bus drivers have no training regarding bullying on the bus and may also feel a disconnection with the students they are driving back and forth to school. In the article:  

I talk more about how harmful name-calling can be to children.


Did you know that about 10% of bullying related to school occurs on the bus? That is according to the United States Department of Education. They further add that 52.2 percent of the nation's roughly 550,000 bus drivers believe bullying is a serious problems on their school buses, but two-thirds of the incidents go unreported. To access free materials on bus bullying just go to the following site listed below:

Recent Racial bus Bullying in Bloomfield Hill, Michigan

This incident occurred in April, 2015. When I read and saw this video, I was compelled to share this with you. A 13-year-old boy experienced for the first time racial bus bullying. This is so sad. He emphasized he no longer feels safe on the bus or in that school. The sad part is that he should not have to stop attending the school, because of other's misbehaving. He is now home-schooled, while the police investigation is ongoing. No child should have to endure this.

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Although I am happy that Rick Snyder introduced the anti-bullying law, Michigan finally has an anti-bullying law as of December 2011, but why did it take so long? Michigan was the 48th state to get the law. This law was way overdue for Michigan. Many other states had this law long ago dating back to 1999. That is about an 11 year difference.

Parents Involvement. . .Parents Involvement. . . Parents Involvement

One possible solution to school bullying according to is to have parents volunteer to ride the bus or pair up with a friend and ride the bus for increased supervision. If there are parents that have the time, this could possibly be a viable solution. Parent involvement is so crucial. Let's face it, the bus driver can only do so much while driving and trying to watch the road way. They further suggested raising money to install security cameras on the school bus. This might be somewhat expensive, but aren't the children worth it?

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

6 Benefits of a Vision Board

If you are a visual learner, you will definitely benefits from a vision board. There have been those that used a vision board for their retirement and many of the dreams became a reality sooner than expected.


You will decide what type of vision board that you want. Maybe your goal is to loose weight, develop a new career, or become proficient in some type of talent. Whatever the case, a vision board will help you do it.

What you Need: a poster board, magazine, glue scissors, or stick-pins. Now you can add to this if you like buttons, strings, beads, ribbons, paint, photos, markers, bows, tape, frames, keys, hair, etc. You decide what you want to use.

1. Reality

Your dreams visualized on a vision board becomes reality.

2. Fun

Creating a vision board is fun. You get to dream things that are bigger than you. It helps you be creative, imaginative, and consider the “what if” possibilities.

3. Outside the Box

Thinking outside the box can give you so many possibilities for a great outcome. Someone once said, “If you can see it, you can obtain it.”

4. Goal Setting

When you set your goals, putting them on a vision board can help you achieve your goals. Even though you may set a deadline with your goals, visually being able to see them just enhances the idea that you will achieve them.

5. Reminder

By visually seeing your board daily, it is a reminder of what it is that you want.

6. Seed Sowing

Just like planting a word a vision board is the starting of a seed that will eventually grow and mature. In this case it is a visual seed.  Do you remember in school growing a bean from a seed? Wasn't it amazing to watch the process as it grew from a seed to a full bean? The same with a vision board, but the one great thing about it is that some of ideas planted on it may mature earlier than expected and that is definitely a good thing.

If you prefer doing your vision board online you can do so digitally with several apps that are listed at Digital Vision Board. There are online vision boards such as secret boards on Pinterest. If you are a visual person and you prefer doing a board online, Pinterest is perfect for that, because you can make a secret board that is seen only by you and not the public. On this board you can pin ideas, dreams, and goals that you have for your life.  I find that I enjoy doing both. I use both the digital and the physical board.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Going Green. . . .What are you Waiting For?

Possibly you have been thinking about going green, but you have not taken that step. Maybe you believe gong green will be to big of a sacrifice. Did you know that there are simple ways that you can make a difference while going green. Just start with baby steps. Remember it does not need to occur like a marathon.

Green Living

There are numerous reasons to go green. They are as follows:

1. Knowing Better

There was a time that we did not know what we know now about the environment. As we acquire more knowledge to help the environment, we should put that knowledge to use and do better.

2. Health

Did you know that there is an increase of children's diseases as results of harmful chemicals and also an increase in food allergies and chemical sensitivities? This is according to Sally Painter  

3. Education

It is important to educate yourself about going green and to find out what you can do to contribute to this worthy cause. Some of the small things that you can do to go green are as follows:

A. Taking notes

It is good that you have a paper calendar book and/or notepads, but have you considered taking notes on your tablet or iphone? Most iphones have calendars. In fact, I use my calendar on my iphone for important appointments, because I use my cellphone daily. I even have my “to do list” on my phone. When I am at the doctor or dentist office, I make my next appointment right then on the cellphone. How convenient is that? This eliminates the paperwork.

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B. Parking

If you are not handicapped or disabled have you considered parking toward the end of the parking lot and then walking to the store? That extra walk is healthy for you. So often I see people trying to find a parking space as close to the building as possible. I admit that I used to be guilty of that. I have even discovered by parking toward the end of the parking lot, there is less chance of someone scraping your vehicle or the door hitting your vehicle because someone tried to squeeze in a parking space next to you.

C. Library

When was the last time that you visited your Public Library? I am not saying that you should not buy a good book, but there are so many good books available to you at the library. The great thing about the library is that the books will need to be returned, therefore you will have less book and paper clutter in your home.

D. Oral Health

According to PaulA. Chilton D.D.S.  dark green vegetables can benefit your oral health by balancing the acid/alkaline balance (balanced pH level). He further adds it has been shown to reduce health conditions such as advance gum disease. That is reassuring to hear  I know that I love greens, lettuce, and spinach as well.

In My article 5 Tips to Go Green, I mention that several companies such as credit unions and telephone companies are urging customers to go paperless in order to help the environment.  

What simple things are you doing to go green? I would love to hear from you.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

What Is All the Hype About Linky Parties?

Did you know that linky parties have become quite popular? This is a way to get more exposure to your blog or your website whether they are videos, podcasts or written articles regarding your passions.

What is a Linky Party?

In my article WhatYou Should Know About Linky Parties,  I explain what a linky party is and some of the pros and cons of a linky party. You will need to decide what parties and how many parties are best for you.

1. Missing Parties

Although you may not want to miss a linky party, sometimes that does happen. There is no need to fret, because you can then post in the following week's linky party. Now the down side of this is that some parties only allow 1 post per week, but still no need to fret because there are many parties that will allow as many posts as you wish to post.

2. Traffic

You will need to observe how much traffic you are getting from the linky parties. Some parties will provide you much more traffic than others. Ultimately, you may favor that linky party over another. A few new sites that I have discovered and really like are listed below:

 Although this site has several linky parties, I found that I like this one the best. There are generally an average of 200 -300 posts here. I like that are so many posts to choose from and I always find posts here that are of interest to me. This site also has contests and ongoing giveaways.

This is a relatively new linky party that has posted about 30 linky parties. The linkup is on Friday and lasts for about 4 days. This is another good thing about linky parties; Some last only 2 days while others may last up to 6 or 7 days. So if you miss one day posting you still have several other days left. I recall before this linky party was started, Jed had talked to me explaining he wanted to start a linky party. I told him to go for it. It sounded like a really good idea. Now this linky party is what I call “fresh.” It is quite transparent showing his wife and children on the front page. How awesome. I have seen the growth in this blog and it is not done yet.

This is a linky party that I just started recently. I really like it. These parenting and homeschooling mom's really have it going on. You can post up to 3 posts and must visit 2 as part of the requirements. You will also find many parenting tips here too. What do you like most about linky parties?

5. Pros and Cons

Although Linky Parties may increase your traffic, you may find some sites appear a little junky. For someone that is really detailed and organized that may be a hindrance. Most linky parties require you to follow the hosts. If there are only 2 or 3 hosts that is okay, but if there are 20 hosts, you may or may not want to follow all 20. You will need to consider will following all 20 give you the exposure you need or will you be just adding more to their statistics. You will need to find what is best for you and your niche. It is important that you not only post at the linky party, but to visit and comment on other blogs that are at the linky party.

A few blog party directories are listed below:

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's New at Pinterest?

Are you on Pinterest? What is holding you back? Pinterest is a visual pinboard. Are you a visual person? Do you find that you are a visual learner? Pinterest may be the pinboard that you will like and enjoy pinning to.

Visual Bookmarking

Why not take advantage of all the benefits of pinning on a visual pinboard at Pinterest.

Did you know that over 100 million people around the world have already saved 75 billion ideas on Pinterest. In addition, they have search guides that help you figure where to take your next search. For those of you that blog, you can even get great blog ideas from Pinterest.

If you do not have a Pinterest save button, now is the time to get one. People from all over the country are saving Pins using the Pinterest button. It is so easy to add the pin button to your toolbar. Also, many of the sites that you may visit have a Pin button on their site or on their blogs, which makes it so easy to pin right then and there.

Once you have joined Pinterest, just click on the + button down in the right hand corner of the page to get your Pinterest browser button, which will sit in your toolbar on your page. Just click on it when you see and image or article that you want to pin. This pin is great for readers that want to pin articles and read them at a later time.

3. How To's

I love that there are visual pictures as well as videos that will walk you through how to make things. If there is a new hobby that you want to explore, but you are not quite sure about, you can watch a video to see the steps that are involved.

Once you get the Pinterest Tab for Chrome which is FREE, you will see new inspiring full-color Pins in the the tab. Now do not worry this does not affect your present search engine that you may be using such as Google. I would love to hear from you. What are you doing on Pinterest?

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