No one knows but the nose

Using a nose aspirator for your child’s cold?

Baby aspirators do a lot more that suck snot. They also turn a yucky dark color when no one is looking.

We like the Nose Frida instead. It is much easier to clean.

Tween the sheets

Are kids using condoms? Are they getting sick? And what are they doing between the sheets anyway? GOOD takes a look at the stats on teens and their sexual health.

  • Seven percent of young women aged 18–24 who had had sex before age 20 report that their first sexual experience was involuntary. Those whose first partner was three or more years their senior were more likely to report this than were other women in that age-group.
  • Teens in the United States and European teens have similar levels of sexual activity. However, the latter are more likely to use contraceptives and to use effective contraceptive methods; they therefore have substantially lower pregnancy rates.
  • Although 15–24-year-olds represent only one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half (9.1 million) of the 18.9 million new cases of STIs each year.

Pets, Relationships and How One Can Improve the Other

We’ve gone dog crazy. Yes I said it. Dogs in purses, designer dogs, dog whisperers. Sheesh! I dig animals and all but uhm… they can’t sleep in my bed and I’m just not picking up poop. I can’t deny the benefits that pets bring into our lives. The companionship and the unconditional love and devotion they give are just too priceless to measure. And let’s just tic off a few of the documented health benefits:

  • Increased longevity after heart attacks
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness

Someone bring me a puppy please!

So when Dr. Suzanne Phillips over at Psych Central asked the question, “Can pets improve your relationship?” I was all over it. We know how their mere presence in our lives helps us physically and mentally, but how we relate to them, our capacity for forgiveness, our openness, and our willingness to let them be who they are, opens us up on an emotional level. Perhaps we should take note of the grace and compassion in which we treat out animal companions and apply that to our loved ones. We are so afraid of getting hurt. We are so afraid of people seeing who we really are, of judgement. Our pets are not. They let it all hang out. And maybe they do it out of ignorance and I’m willing to bet that the bliss of that ignorance is what we really want anyway.

Can we learn something from our relationship with pets that might enhance our relationship with partners?

No matter how you feel or what mood you are in, you greet your pet with a positive, even animated, hello and often with a display of physical affection.

With pets, maybe it’s your lack of expectation that makes the difference. You probably rarely predict that your pet will be angry if you are late. As a result, you don’t head home defensively angry in preparation for the reaction you expect to face.

Holding Grudges
When you do return home to find that your cats have redecorated the room with shreds of every tissue they could find or the dog has eaten some of the mail, you may well react with a choice expletive but you are not likely to hold a grudge. You are still going to be petting Donatello or cuddling with Thor the next day.

Assuming the Best

There is a natural tendency to forgive pets their trespasses – after all, the dog wasn’t trying to torture you by eating the mail. Was your partner really trying to torture you by putting it in such a safe spot it can’t be found?

Few pet owners personalize their pets’ reactions to others to an extreme that makes them so embarrassed that they fear their image is tarnished or they become resentful of their pets. The fact that the dog is licking every part of the arriving guest’s body is cause to pull him away or laugh it away. The cat that will not come out of hiding or the parrot that is screeching is left without judgment or excuses. That’s them!

For Better or For Worse

In most cases, pets are home to stay. People love and care for pets of every size, shape and disposition. “She’s not exactly a watch dog; she’s loving but easily frightened.” “He insists on sleeping on the bed – we have given in.” “She steals food from the other dogs, she’s pretty hyper, but cute.” Few pets live with the fear of being betrayed or with the implication that things are just not working out. Of course they don’t – but just consider how the absence of such fears enhances the trust and connection you feel from them!

So think about what you give your pet and maybe how — in addition to improving your health — your pet can improve your relationship!

– Aunt B

Source: Psych Central

National Men’s Health Month… The State of the Prostate

It’s National Men’s Health Month and my Dad turned 70 this year. I haven’t asked him about his prostrate. I haven’t figured out how to put it delicately enough to suit his southern upbringing in which young ladies do not ask their daddies about the state of their glands. I’m gonna ask though, and he’s not gonna like it.

My father isn’t crazy about going to see the doctor either. He sustained an eye injury and lost some sight in his eye because, “I didn’t think I needed to see the doctor.” Add his left hip to that list, while lifting a chair it popped out of its socket and he thought it would, “get better on its own.” He walks with slight limp now.

Men are generally pretty knuckleheaded when it comes to their health.

One might think by watching commercials during the play off games (Go Lakers! Go Blackhawks!) or by the number of emails that end up in SPAM offering Viagra, that men are only interested in the health of their penis and growing back their hair. While we appreciate our fathers in June, how can we encourage them to appreciate themselves and to take their health a little more seriously?

How about on Father’s Day, between the bites BBQ and the potato salad we ask our fathers, uncles and brothers:

“When is the last time you had a physical?”

“What’s your cholesterol like these days?”

“Are you exercising regularly?”

Because the top five concerns of men these days are:

My Dad won’t like me asking, but that doesn’t matter. I care about him, and I care about his health.

– Aunt B

Mama’s Monday Favorite: Health Valley Organic Garden Herb Crackers


Whenever I think about crackers, I think of Kindergarten classrooms with little plates of crackers and little cups of grape juice. I’m not much of a cracker fan, but Health Valley’s Organic Garden Herb Multigrain Crackers caught my eye.

It wasn’t quite love at first sight, but it was definitely love at first bite. A few weeks ago, I realized I needed to add more fiber to my diet. I love my fruits and veggies, but I needed to up the ante and add some multi-grains to my afternoon snack. I went to my favorite store, Whole Foods Market and headed straight to the Cracker aisle. I must have looked like a damsel in distress because one of Whole Food’s workers approached me and asked if I needed any help. I told him that I was looking for a healthful cracker that also tasted good.

There were several types of healthy crackers to choose from, but none of them looked tasty enough. My Whole Foods’ helper (Kevin) understood my dilemma and suggested that I choose a box that looked ‘tastier than the rest’. I chose Health Valley’s Organic Garden Herb Multigrain Cracker. Kevin opened the box, handed it to me and told me to try one. I was a little surprised (can we really eat food without paying for it?) I reached in and grabbed a cracker. With a little hesitance, I tasted it. The cracker tasted a lot better than I expected. I happily grabbed a few boxes, loaded them into my cart and thanked Kevin for helping me find a healthy, yet tasty cracker.

– Mama

**Mama’s Monday Favorite is the sole opinion of Mama. No monetary compensation was received for the feature. If you have a product that Mama might absolutely love, send Mama one of your products. If she likes it, she might list it as a Mama’s Monday Favorite.

25 superfoods to help you lose weight and be more healthy

  1. Avocados: contain the “good” monounsaturated fat and helps your body block the absorption of “bad” fat. Avocados are also high in lutein (good for eyesight) and in potassium and folate. Folate may reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  2. Beets: contains the disease-fighting phytonutrient betacyanin. Beets are a good source for folate, and are high in fiber and beta-carotene. Folate guards against birth defects, colon cancer, and osteoporosis. — Mama is a self-proclaimed fresh beet juice addict
  3. Horseradish: rich in glucosinolate for fighting cancer and killing bacteria. Horseradish is also a good source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
  4. Sweet Potatoes: contain phytonutrients that promote heart and eye health and boost immunity. Sweet potatoes are also full of beta-carotene and vitamin A.
  5. Cruciferous Vegetables: such as cabbages, cauliflower, and broccoli rabe contain powerful disease fighters that lower the incidence of colon and lung cancers.
  6. Blueberries: rich in antioxidants (combat the damage of inflammation). Blueberries may also have antidiabetic effects and new research indicates blueberries might protect the heart against damage as well.
  7. Dark Leafy Greens: such as spinach, kale, and swiss chard are an excellent source of iron, vitamin A, and lutein.
  8. Alliums: the botanical family that includes leeks, onions, and garlic, share many remarkable traits. Alliums can aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research indicates alliums inhibit the growth of prostate, stomach, and colon cancer cells. Alliums also have antibiotic properties and can ward off germs.
  9. Whole Grains: high in magnesium, B vitamins, fiber, and manganese. Whole grains, such as buckwheat, have shown to help in NOT overeating by making you feel fuller.
  10. Spelt: like whole wheat, spelt is sweeter, nuttier, and higher in protein than its processed relatives. Both are also good sources of manganese and copper.
  11. Turmeric: used in holistic medicine as a digestive aid and wound healer, can also serve as an anti-inflamatory. Add turmeric to your diet by adding curry into recipes (turmeric is the primary ingredient in curry).
  12. Oregano: has extremely high levels of antioxidants. A half teaspoon of dried oregano has similar benefits of a whole spinach salad. Oregano can also clear congestion and improve digestion.
  13. Cinnamon: has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs and spices. It also has a positive effect on blood glucose levels and digestion. Cinnamon is also used in some cosmetics, such as our Chocolate Cinnamon Soap, for its astringent, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. Want to freshen up the smell of yoru house. Add cinnamon to boiling water and enjoy the soothing aroma!
  14. Ginger, Cayenne, Black Pepper: the heat you experience when eating these spices is evidence of gingerols, capsaicin, and piperine, compounds that boost metabolism.
  15. Miso: is a flavorful, fermented soybean paste which is a great source of low-calorie protein. Miso contains B12 and zinc.
  16. Yogurt: is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and protein. Unlike milk, real yogurt also contains probiotics, the good bacteria in your digestive system.
  17. Sardines: wild-caught sardines are low in mercury and high in vitamin D. A three-ounce serving of wild-caught sardines have as much calcium as 8 oz. of milk. Sardines can be eaten several ways, try grilling, adding to salad, or eating right from the can!
  18. Canned Salmon: King, sockeye, and coho salmon have more DHA plus EPA omega-3 fatty acids than almost any other seafood, as well as some of the lowest mercury levels. Canned salmon is nutritionally as good as fresh but costs less!
  19. Sesame Seeds: contain sesamin and sesamolin which can help lower cholesterol. Sesame seeds are also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc. Sesame seeds can easily be added to baked goods, such as breads and muffins, or simply sprinkled on salads.
  20. Walnuts: Of all nuts, walnuts have the most alpha-linolenic omega-3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and may reduce inflammation in arteries. Walnuts are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E, Selenium, and magnesium. Add walnuts to salads or just eat them by the handful!
  21. Green Tea: has protective antioxidants (along with black and white). Green tea is full of a metabolis-boosting compound called EGCG, which prevents damage to the heart muscles.
  22. Dark Chocolate: high in flavonoids which have shown to improve blood flow, suppress coughs, improve memory, and give you hydrated smooth skin.
  23. Flaxseed: rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which speed up cell metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body, reduce triglyceride levels, and lower blood pressure. Ground flaxseed can be added to baked dishes, smoothies, cereal, or just about anything! If you don’t like the gritty taste of flaxseed, flaxseed oil is a good alternative.
  24. Figs: an excellent source of dietary fiber and a good source of calcium and potassium.
  25. Seaweed: (hijiki, wakame, kelp, nori) contain nutrients commonly found in green, leafy vegetables, along with most minerals found in the ocean. Seaweed is full of magnesium, which may prevent migraines and asthma attacks.

– Mama

Fresh or Frozen? I’ll help you decide

Are you confused about fresh veggies vs frozen ones? The video below shares some simple tips on how to determine which is better for you.

Dealing with holiday stress and the holiday blues

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