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5 Unique Hurricane Tips

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Hurricanes have a special place in our heart in Florida. The effects range from a few days off of work and school (in the Florida heat with no electricity… or air conditioning) to complete devastation of a town. When you are younger its a thrill, but when you have a home, children, and yourself to worry about, it becomes much more real. Remember to keep yourself updated to protect yourself and your family.

Here are 5 unique hurricane tips to use this summer!

1. Storing ice from your ice maker in clean bags in a spare freezer throughout the season is a great way to ensure you will be able to keep things cool once the power goes out.

2. Using your camping gear is a great resource for traveling and use in your home if you don’t have electricity.

3. Have a family member or friend from out of the area for each person to call in-case local phone lines are jammed. They will be able to keep a tally on who is okay and where they are to relay the information back to you.

4. Make arrangements for pets and livestock. Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.

5. Make dog tags for each member of your family with emergency contact information. Keep them in your hurricane prep areas until evacuation is suggested.

 

 

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Free Food and Family Bonding! (Let’s get growing!)

We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather,  time and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.

Hand dropping seeds into soil

So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.

Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.

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As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!

Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!

What will you do with your loved ones this spring?

Staying Healthy and Happy in the Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, were looking at you!

During the holidays we tend to let it be a cheat month in regards to our healthier eating habbits. With family and friends stopping by, chilly weather, and the fact that were wearing pants and jackets, who cares about gaining a pound or two?

Did you know that this time of year is when people become the most depressed? The best way to battle this is keeping your happy and healthy through the holidays here of four tips how.

Tips to staying healthy during the holiday season:

  1. Eat breakfast – yes, even if you are waking up early to do a massive amount of cooking or baking. Eating just a bowl of oatmeal or and omelet can help kick start your metabolism, resulting in feeling great and keeping your busy days productive, as well.
  2. Just eat it! – While we bake and prepare large meals, we can all admit we take a bite of everything. Everything! From pastries, to tasting a slice of turkey, having one piece of candy from the holiday displays, and even the veggie tray we slaved over, we try it! Because one taste won’t hurt, right? Wrong! All of those calories add up. Because you’re not eating to fill yourself, you won’t even notice. Instead of snacking all day, just eat lunch! Make an entire snack, or have your pastry. You’ll be more productive if you give your body the energy it needs and won’t snack your entire daily calorie intake away.
  3. Skip the green bean casserole – yes, it’s delicious, and yes every family has their own famous recipe. But were calling out the casserole. It is not the same thing as eating a serving of veggies. It is not! If it’s something you can’t get over leaving out of your meal, plan to have more cooked vegetables. Salads are great, but they still don’t have the same nutrients our body needs to keep working healthily. Carrots, broccoli, and spinach are all vegetables we forget about when planning our meals. Instead of making them separately, you could always buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables at your grocery store and make them right before you sit down. Plus, it adds some vibrant color to your plates!
  4. Plan an activity – After thanksgiving we tend to be in the mindset that it’s time to settle down while some nap,  play cards or catch up over coffee and left-overs. Instead, take a group walk around your neighborhood.  If the people in your family are active, plan a flag football game, or a homemade obstacle course. Being outside and active will help your body digest all of those delicious foods and can keep you from feeling run-down after clean up. Not to mention, being in a group activity is a better way to reconnect with family members and for children to be in touch with relatives they may not see often. Planning an activity will be more memorable for years to come.

What are some ways you keep your holiday season healthier?

It’s National Soup Month, so eat up!

January is National Soup Month and there is no better way to celebrate then indulging in a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Soup can be a meal or a snack. It can fill you up when you’re watching your waistline or help you defrost on a chilly day.


If that’s not enough to persuade you to cook up a pot of homemade comfort tonight, consider this: Soup also saves time and money. A large batch can feed your family for several days and costs only a few dollars. Here are some healthy ingredients you may want to throw into your next pot.

Beans – Rich in dietary fiber, which has been shown to have a number of benefits including decreased risk of coronary artery disease

Spinach – Provides folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and needed to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia

Sweet Potato – Packed with potassium to help maintain healthy blood pressure and strong bones

Kale – Filled with Vitamin A to keep eyes and skin healthy and help to protect against infections

Broccoli – A natural source of Vitamin C to help build your immune system and fight off cardiovascular disease

Don’t forget to add your favorite seasoning, broth and protein. Now, what are you waiting for? Prepare a pot tonight. Your soul will thank you.