HEALTHY FOODS FOR BABIES TO BOOST IMMUNITY

Cold and flu are no fun for anyone anymore. But this chilly season infections of different kinds can be more challenging when they inflate your family’s tiniest cutie. The parents, siblings, relatives, and friends can help in preventing the babies from catching up with germs and infections. Even vaccines for the babies when they are six-month-olds can also immunize them from other sicknesses and flu. Other hygienic measures include washing one’s hands, covering the face while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief or a tissue and distancing away from the babies when they are sick or ill.

If your baby has just started to eat solid foods, you can also support her good health by making up tasty foods. And, it also would boost up her immune system. Add the below-mentioned ingredients to your baby’s food and help keep the ill effects of illness away and keep the baby healthy.

Whole-fat plain yogurt: The plain yogurt is a great way to get probiotics, which are the good bacteria that helps your baby’s system to fight away the bad and harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and promote overall immunity and ease side effects if she needs the antibiotics. Yogurt is also proven as a good source of immunity-boosting Vitamin-D and also useful proteins that are good for the child’s body and helps overall growth. This yogurt also helps repair the defective body cells if any. It also helps in maintaining competent white blood cells that are very useful in fighting various infections.

Sweet potatoes: This all seasonal yellow-orange colored tubers are full of beta carotene that gets converted into Vitamin-A in our body.  It is also useful for a very healthy immune system for our body functions. Carrots, squash, pumpkins, mangoes, and dark green leafy veggies are also an excellent source of beta-carotene. You can take the help of many recipe books to churn out tasty food for your baby.

Avocado: this creamy fruit is a good source full of Vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant and Vitamin B6 which helps build up cells that are mostly needed for the healthy immune system of the baby and increase immune response. The Omega 3 fatty acids that are present in the avocado also help the body to absorb immune, better-boosting nutrients. So including this in your baby’s dinner will make the most of all the healthy ingredients that go into the mouth of your little one: puree or mashed avocado well before feeding your kid. If a baby is around ten months, then you could also try the spunky coconuts simple DIY with avocado and pear ice pops.

Brown rice: these little grains are full of nutrients and essential minerals like magnesium and selenium that are essential for the overall body growth of your precious child, and they both enhance immunity and bolster resistance to viral infections. Puree cooked brown rice with meats, vegetables or fruit, brown rice blended with roasted bananas, a pinch of cinnamon and add a little water is so good that even we could eat it. Its also delicious mashed up with stewed up dry fruits.

Blueberries: whether fresh or frozen, blueberries are a super source of multiple antioxidants, especially the flavored compound anthocyanins, which help in fighting off all sorts of illness from your baby. The blueberries are also a rich source of Vitamin C, and the researchers have found that Vitamin C is beneficial in fighting the common cold in babies, it may help ease symptoms while your child is already sick of the illness. Whole blueberries are a choking hazard. But, you can mash up the fruit and mix it up with apples, bananas, pears, yogurt, oatmeal or even a minced non-veg dish to make a baby-friendly meal.

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: COMMON PROBLEMS AND ISSUES

All relationships and families go through a phase when it becomes difficult for them to understand each other, which ultimately leads to problems and conflicts. These conflicts end up in ripping apart from each other and settling in separate homes.

Let’s take a look at what are the causes of these problems and the solutions to it.

  • Frequent arguing
  • Disagreements
  • Breakdown in communication
  • Angry outbursts
  • Avoidance
  • Physical conflict

Many individuals are dealing with these results in adverse respects. Many people can turn to harmful behaviors when household issues seem to have become severe or out of reach. These may include drug use and self-harm, which can get used as a manner of dealing with emotions. People can also create issues of mental health triggered by stress and increased feelings. Research shows that problems with relationships can contribute to problems like depression and diseases of anxiety.

Research has also shown that issues with relationships can contribute to difficulties in other fields of lives, including education, employment, social adjustment, and self-esteem.

THINGS THAT TRIGGER PROBLEMS IN FAMILIES

Sometimes, most households are going to encounter some hurdles. There are many methods that issues with relationships can happen. We are humans that are mentally complicated. Each person has their views, thoughts, reactions, and emotions, and at moments, it is prevalent for us to argue. Problems of relationships and adverse feelings can often spiral and worsen, leading to additional difficulties for yourself and others.

The significant aspect to understand is that with challenging circumstances and disputes, we can discover how to deal with and handle. There are many methods you can attempt to enhance your friendship with your spouse and friends and find solutions to your issues with your association.

  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Gambling problems
  • The onset of mental health problems
  • Bullying/harassment
  • Natural disasters
  • Lack of trust/respect in a relationship

THINGS TO DO TO AVOID PROBLEMS IN A FAMILY

Talk: Communication is the secret to discovering alternatives and often the first stage. When debating your issues with an adored one, be calm and frank about your worries.

Accept your differences: It can assist in preventing excessive confrontation if you recognize that individuals have distinct thoughts, distinct views, and different values, and you may not always agree.

Have fun together: It’s essential to discover the moment to have enjoyment with your loved ones even when situations are hard.

Make a plan: It can assist in decreasing stress and helping in achieving popular objectives. If you have economic issues, for instance, it can contribute to building a deficit.

Get help: You may not always be willing to fix your issues so that you may need some internal assistance.

WHERE TO SEEK HELP FROM

  • Check online information and resources through relationship counseling
  • Attend workshops/courses related to parenting, communication, positive communication skills, and budgeting
  • Check your GP if you are worried about mental health issues in yourself or others
  • Call a helpline such as a Lifeline or Kids Helpline

No-Sew Tulle CINDERELLA Dress!

I recently bought Cinderella on DVD for my daughter.  She has been completely obsessed ever since!  So for Halloween she of course wants to be Cinderella!

This was such an EASY dress to make.  

You need:

 15 yard of Light Blue Tulle 

2 yards of White Tulle

Waffle Headband

A Blinged Out Hair Clip 

Crown

What I did was cut the Tulle in 6 inch strips and ran it through the waffle headband.  When the headband was in the middle of the tulle, I tied the tulle in a knot around the headband.  I used the same technique to make the sleeves.

 To cover the waffle headband, I put the dress on my daughter and wrapped the tulle around the headband then I put the hair clip on it to keep it in place.  

Your done!

My daughter absolutely LOVES her dress!

Briana made a similar dress for her daughter but in pink- check it out HERE!

Cinder Block Bench

After finishing our Cinder Block Sandbox I still had TONS of cinder blocks left over.  I wanted to make something that was usable, so I decided to make a Cinder Block Bench for our back porch.  It was super easy and super cheap (since I already had all of the Cinder Blocks).

I stacked the cinder blocks where I wanted them.  I used 1 1/2 x 5 cinder blocks to make the base.

I wanted some cushion for the seat.  So I went to JoAnn’s and picked up some 2 inch foam and I picked up some vinyl at Hobby Lobby.  I used the same vinyl that I redid my Step Stool Chairs in. I also used some old plywood that we had around the house.

To make the cushion you first cute the plywood down to the size you want.  You then put the Foam on top and the Vinyl on top of the foam.  Then you just staple everything to the plywood.

I did the corners last just to make sure they looked the same and looked neat.

 The cushion fits perfectly on the cinder blocks.  For the cushions I made covers for 2 king size pillows and several 17×17 accent pillows.  You can find the tutorial for the pillows HERE.

I really liked how the bench turned out.  It is actually really comfortable and is really nice not have those cinder blocks stacked up where my kids can get hurt!

DIY- Easy Outdoor Pillows

I LOVE outdoor pillows!  They add a lot to any outdoor space.  The problem is that they are so expensive.  I decided to make my own Outdoor Pillow Slipcovers.  I am telling you- they are SO easy that you will go crazy making all sorts of outdoor pillows!

I used Outdoor Canvas that I bought at Joann’s for the fabric.  Joann’s actually has a pretty large selection of Outdoor Material.  When I saw this orange fabric, I couldn’t resist it!  I did not want to spend a lot of money on these pillows, so I went to Goodwill and picked up some pillows that were in good shape.  

They were $1-2 a piece.  These pillows are all about 17in x 17in .

 I bought one yard of fabric- one yard made 3 pillow covers.  I cut the material at 18 in x 36 in.

You hem both of the 18 inch sides.

Next, I laid out the material so the sides are over laping about 1 inch and pinned it on both sides.  Make sure the right sides are together.

I then stitched up both of the sides and turned the material out.

Now, I stuffed the pillow in the cover.

You can leave the pillow just like this, but I wanted a little extra feature.  So I stitched on some wooden buttons that I won from a giveaway a while ago.

You are DONE!

These pillows cost me about $4 per pillow (the outdoor canvas is more expensive than regular material).

I LOVE THEM!

Monster Pillows

My son found some cute stuffed monsters on Pinterest a few months ago.  And he has been talking about them ever since.  I tried to find the etsy shop that sold them, but I couldn’t find them.  I don’t think she makes them anymore.
 (A reader just commented and shared with me the name of the shop that sold the monsters.  She doesn’t have any listed right now, but she may in the future.  Her shop is called Little Bit Funky.  She is really creative and has some really cute items!)

In fact, my son (who was 9 years old at the time) loved these monsters so much that he made a few for his brothers and sisters and gave them as presents.  He made them all by himself and did a really good job!  

He made these little ones:

So for his birthday, the only thing that he wanted was a monster for himself.  

I decided to make a bigger one and surprise him!

The front has a pocket and I sewed on the letter C, since that is the first letter of his name.  

(Since his birthday, my other son begged for one, so I had to make another monster with the letter A. I am also in the process of making one with a D.)

You should have seen his face when he opened his present!  He was so excited and carried that monster everywhere!  I think he even took it to school to show his friends.  Now the kids at school want one!  🙂

This monster has been everywhere, even camping!  My boys love them, because they use them in the car on long trips as a pillow.

So now, I have more monsters to make… I better get busy!

DIY- Bandana Dress

A couple months ago, we were at a farm show in Amarillo.  One of the venders gave me a couple of CASE bandanas that I thought were pretty neat.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them- a Bandana Dress for my daughter.  I am just now getting around to it…

Here is how I did it.

I got two of the bandanas and sewed them with right sides together.

Then I gathered the very top of the bandanas to make it flow at the bottom.

I then got out one of my daughters dresses and cut out a pattern for the top.  Then I stitched it together, I just eye balled it… 

When the top is all stitched up, just sew it to the gathered skirt.

This is how it looks when it is all stitched up.

I wanted a couple of red accents, so I had some red ribbon that I stitched on for sleeves, a ribbon etc…

Then you are done!

Repurpose: Diaper Box into Denim Box


 My 12 year old twins go to middle school and have to wear uniforms and didn’t have any room for all these extra clothes in their dresser.  So they have been keeping their clothes in a diaper box under the bed.  I promised that we would turn the diaper box into something else that didn’t look like a diaper box, or have a baby on the front.  I am just now getting around to keeping that promise.  I don’t know why it took me so long, it was so easy and quick!


I covered the diaper box with some heavy duty denim fabric that I bought at a yard sale a couple of years ago.  This was incredibly easy!  It only took about 15 minutes.  Making the liner in easy too.  There is a tutorial on Make it Love it if you are interested in making your own liner.  

When I made my liner, I just measured each side of the box and added an inch to the top and side for seam allowances.  Then I sewed all the pieces together.  Fold over the edges and sew a seam casing for the ribbon and you’re done!  Easier said than done, right?  It’s really not that hard.


Here is how I recovered my box.  This is actually the second one that I did.  My boys loved the first one so much, that I decided to make a second one.  They fit perfectly under the bunk beds and look so much organized than the system they are using now.

First, measure the top of your box.  Mine is about 11.5 inches tall.  So I made sure to cut about 15 inches around the box so I could fold over the sides into the box.  More on that later.  The first box I use was very sturdy.  So I cut off the flaps that fold to make the top.  This box has been used and abused by my boys.  They folded the flaps into the box and used packing tape to secure them, so I left it that way.  I figured that the box would be that much sturdier.

Cut your fabric around the box as shown.  I cut 15 inched around the entire box. Now cut a square out for each corner.  I measured 2 inches  out from the corner and then cut the square out.


This is the spray adhesive that I used.  There is NO sewing to recover the box, only to make the liner.


Spray the bottom of the box.  It is best to do this in a well ventilated area.  Outside would be best.
Place the box in the center of your fabric.  Then turn the box upside down and smooth the fabric over the bottom of the box.


Now for the sides:  I did the longer side first.  Spray the whole side of the box and smooth the fabric over the box.

Now spray the inside of the box, just enough for the fabric to cover.  You don’t have to spray the whole inside. Then repeat on the other side.


This is what your box should look like now.  The long sides are done and now we are ready to do the short sides.  Before you spray for the short side, you need to spray a little to attach the remnant from the long side onto to the short side.
 


Now you need to make sure your fabric folds this way.  You are going to spray the short side of the box, but as you attach your material to the box you need to fold in the sides.


Here, my fabric is attached and the sides are folded.  Now spray into the fold and apply pressure.


Spray the inside of the box to attach the rest of the fabric and then repeat on the other side.


Now your box is done and the liner can be made.  So cute and easy!

Nativity Block

A couple years ago, our Relief Society made these Nativity Blocks.  Since then, it has been one of my favorite Christmas decorations and they were super easy to make. 

You can get the glass blocks at Hobby Lobby and one of my friends cut out the vinyl of the Nativity Scene.  The glass block has a hole at the bottom of it where I put the Christmas Lights and some ribbon inside.  Then I just tied a bow around the block and was done!  

Super easy and cute!!

Honey Butter

My seven year old boy has a love of cooking.  About once or twice a week he will ask me if he can make dinner.  And when he asks, he already knows what he wants to make.  

This week he wanted to make chicken noodle soup with rolls and his famous honey butter.  And he wants to do it all by himself.  I just hang around to answer questions, clean a little bit and offer suggestions.  🙂  And I will have to say, he made one good dinner that we all ate up!

Honey Butter

1/2 cup of soften butter

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup powered sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Cream all ingredients together for a minute or two until nice and fluffy.  

(We used a stand up mixer.)

Serve at room temperature over some warm rolls.