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overweight_scale_01Weight gain has become a problem in most of the countries. This is because of the lifestyle of people –life has become very fast and everyone is running against time. Thus, they do not find ample time in order to have proper diet and to be more focused about nutritious food. When you have excess of junk food and ready to make oily foods, then you tend to gain weight over a period of time.

If we take a look at the top five countries with regards to the number of obese individuals, then the statistics are as follows.

  • At number five we have Greece which has an obesity rate of 21.9%. Read more…

family_love_charmcircle (1)Decisions, decisions,  decisions.  What do you give that special new Mommy or Grandma this Mother’s Day?  This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th.  This day is to celebrate all of the wonderful Moms, Grandmas, Aunties, Nanny’s, Friends and anyone else who cares like a Mother does.

Diamond may be a girl’s best friend, but something that is personalized is the most thoughtful of gifts.  It means that the recipient actually took their time to give something from the heart, chosen just for them!   Something meaningful that will not be sold at the next garage sale!  There is nothing like seeing that little name, the one that you gave your child, lovingly etched into genuine sterling silver for you to wear, cherish and save as a special keepsake for years and years.   Read more…

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Choosing the right stroller for you might be a little difficult if you do not know what to look for. Of course, if you are not too particular with what type of stroller you want, choosing a stroller is not a big deal. However, there are many parents I know who regretted their choice because they did not give enough time on thinking about the options currently available for them. To avoid future regrets, I will share with you some of the important questions you need to ask to find the right stroller.

You need to ask yourself what type of terrain you will be using the stroller on. For example, if you expect that you or your nanny will use the stroller on a bumpy and uneven terrain, you need to find a stroller with strong wheels, sturdy frame, and good traction. If you are going to use the stroller on a crowded place, then you should find a stroller small enough to fit narrow pathway, but big enough to accommodate current and future size of your baby. Read more…

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Up until 1957 most children’s playgrounds were very traditional and almost clinical in their style, usually consisting of metal climbing frames, round a bouts and swings.  The type of play available was quite limited and really only appealed to the physical aspect of play, it was even possible for children to leave the playground as clean as they came in.

Rathbone Street It wasn’t until the Rathbone Street Playground was developed in Liverpool that the way in which we approached playground design changed with the child’s holistic learning in mind.  Children could now exercise their minds and bodies on amazing apparatus laid out in exciting ways to form the new concept of an adventure play ground.  Adventure playground equipment now is present in most modern playgrounds in some form or other, while funding is always being raised to update ailing equipment in play areas requiring an update. Read more…

soap_4From The Mystic Soap Company. I use all natural homemade soap because I like to feel clean after bathing and I hate to use chemical laden products if I don’t have to. It’s better for the environment too. And they feel & smell w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l-!!!  All natural homemade soap is also much less likely to cause an allergic reaction or skin irritation. Castile soap is the most gentle soap you can buy. It’s gentle enough even for babies!

The Mystic Soap Company’s handcrafted Castile soap is a bit different than most other people’s homemade soap. Why? Because the owner loves a nice rich lather when she washes and hates that “grabby” feel of many other soaps. The waxy “grab” of other soaps is from too much vegetable glycerin and the use of coconut oil. She doesn’t use coconut oil for that reason and because it can clog your pores. The Mystic Soap Company’s soaps are mostly Extra Virgin Olive oil. This makes for a superior quality soap, one that won’t leave your skin feeling, dry, tight, or greasy. It balances your skin’s ph level too. Read more…

elimination-communication-1Elimination communication, or EC, is the philosophy of raising babies without using diapers for toileting. Proponents of EC believe that many babies have the ability to be completely diaper-free by the time they are a few months old. Elimination communication is used around the globe, and relies on parents following the cues of the baby’s signals to use the potty.

There are a few basics to EC that parents need to learn before starting diaper-free toileting with their infant. These basics of elimination communication are: Read more…

sistersGangly Sister has just come out with a sweet and inspiring video of 25 girls telling us their wishes for 2014.

According to co-founder Miriam Lottner, this was just a teaser. The real video is coming out towards the end of January, and it will be the pilot episode of a 3D animated series called Purple and Nine, featuring two girls who solve their problems using technology.

“I have twin 6-year-old girls and Strawberry Shortcake is very popular in my house, but what’s next? Bratz?” asks Lottner. “We were just tired of the same-old stuff. Good guy saves the world from the bad guy. Who has ever met the bad guy? I have never met him.”

Purple and Nine revolves around technology, with the girls solving their everyday problems with a variety of different inventions, ranging from apps for their mobile phones to hydroponics, which is a way to grow vegetables indoors in a small space. Read more…

King_Tigermore_In_Strawberry_Fields (1)For moms of elementary and middle schoolers, there’s a new Harvard/MIT math aid that is launching at February’s NYC Toy Fair this year, called “Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels” (Yamiechess.com), that is getting some pretty big endorsements from the United States Chess Federation: Uschess.org/content/view/12449/343/ Read more…

accouchement_bebe_jet_ski_maternite_babyfrance-7b376Water births and birthing pools are said to be a more relaxing, and less painful experience that promotes a midwife-led model of care. While there are critics who will argue that this has not been proven there are still many advocates who believe in water births. As a result the rise in sales of birth pool accessories has grown substantially over the last decade.

What exactly are birth pool accessories? They can in actuality come in various shapes and sizes. Once the proud mother to be has purchased the birthing pool there are many more facets to keeping this environment clean, healthy and in tip top condition to bring in new life. As a result birth pool accessories have become essential. Read more…

baby-shower-dessert-table-1The miracle of child birth is a truly wonderful thing indeed. One human body must endure months upon moths of hardship and testing times in order to bring a new life into this world. Ask any parent however, whether it was all worth it, and they’ll all respond with an emphatic “YES”. Child birth is truly wonderful thing, and as such, we should, and do, celebrate it. Rather than waiting until after the birth however, many of us choose to show our friends how much we care about them, by throwing them a baby shower. Baby showers are parties designed to celebrate the joy of Read more…