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5 Frighteningly Healthy Halloween Treats For School-Age Kids


There’s no better way to ruin your healthy kick than with a series of sugar-laden Halloween festivities. This is a dangerous time indeed, and not just in terms of ghosts and ghouls! With all the sweet treats floating around, the maintenance of good oral health is more difficult than ever. As the experts from Kool Smiles point out, brushing those teeth is not enough to maintain a healthy and attractive smile; a healthy diet is also a necessity. But depriving your kids of Halloween treats can wind up backfiring, as they’re likely to get their hands on candy one way or another. Dressing up healthy alternatives in a creative and spooky manner can encourage kids to keep their Halloween festivities frighteningly healthy. So take a look at these 5 Healthy Halloween Treats for children.

Apple Lantern

Image by kellinahandbasket via Flickr.

If you’re on the hunt for an easy way to add interest to your child’s pre-Halloween school lunch, all you need is an apple and a knife. Instead of simply chucking the apple into the lunch bag, use your knife to etch the iconic triangle eyes an evil grin of a jack-o’-lantern. Older children can also participate in this food decoration project.

Hat Sand-Witches

Round out that Halloween school lunch by spicing up that traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All you need are the usual sandwich ingredients, plus a knife for cutting the sandwich into the shape of a witch hat. For a delicious at-home alternative, make a grilled cheese sandwich and then complete the same wizardry with your bread knife.

Fruity Eyeballs

This simple eyeball recipe checks all the necessary boxes for a good Halloween snack; it’s easy to prepare, incredibly nutritious and tasty to boot! All you need is a banana or two, plus dried apricots and raisins. Cut up the banana into small, round pieces and then have your kids place dried apricots on top of these slices. The pupils of the eyeballs can be formed from raisins, which are then placed on top of the apricots.

Healthy Popcorn Balls

Here’s a classic Halloween treat that not only can you prepare with your kids’ assistance, you can also pass them out to ensure that trick-or-treaters also get their dose of healthy food. Use an air popper to ensure that your snack is low on calories. And instead of the usual corn syrup, healthy eating experts from the Organic Authority suggest heating up half a cup of honey, one stick of butter, a pinch of cinnamon and two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Next, coat the popcorn and shape into balls with your hands. For a unique twist, throw in raisins, dried cranberries or peanut butter.

Spider Web Pita Pizza

If you’ve ever fallen for the temptation of skipping the meal preparation process and tossing a Lunchable box in a backpack, you’ve likely laid eyes on the highly-acclaimed (among kids, that is) Lunchable pizza. But with minimal effort, you can put together your own healthy and Halloween-themed version of this school lunch classic. Use a round pita pocket as the base, and then spread tomato sauce on top. Take strips of string cheese and place on the pita in a radial pattern to create the web. You can either leave as is or pop it in the oven for a minute or two in order to melt the cheese ever so slightly.


Your Baby in Danger: 5 Common Car Seat Mistakes

Baby in car seat for safetyBabies need to be in car seats. Basic information for parents, right? But did you know that 72 percent of people don’t use car seats correctly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper car seat safety requires more than buckling your precious cargo into a car seat. Check out these common car seat mistakes to avoid so that your little one is always protected.

Old Car Seat

Avoid using hand-me-down car seats. Car seats actually have expiration dates — usually about six years after they were manufactured. Past the expiration date, the plastic starts to slowly decompose, and the car seat will under-perform in a crash. Also, you never know if a used car seat was involved in a previous crash, which makes it no longer effective. Continue reading Your Baby in Danger: 5 Common Car Seat Mistakes


4 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Crooks

Burglar SignLittle things you do daily may literally be opening the door to your home to burglars. Home theft may take less than 10 minutes. As a dad, your job is to protect your family at all costs, and ensure their safety.  Here are 4 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Crooks.

Never Leave Your House Unsecured

When you go for your morning walk, make sure you close and lock all doors and windows. You might think, “I’ll just be gone for a few minutes.” That may be all a burglar needs to break into your home.

Most burglars walk or drive down a street to determine which house would be easiest to break into. They may watch you leave your house and not lock the door. If they have been watching the neighborhood for a few days or weeks, they may even know your schedule.

If you live in a house with a very long driveway, even walking out to the end of the driveway to check on the mailbox or take out the trash could be enough time for a burglar to walk in and take something.

Burglars aren’t interested in stripping your household. They want to take the two or three most expensive things they can walk out with quickly. In the amount of time you’ve walked to the end of your driveway and back, your laptop or jewelry could be gone.

Don’t Advertise Your Valuables

Be careful when you put out boxes from expensive purchases. Many types of packaging can tip off a burglar as to what you may have.

A box for an expensive set of speakers may mean you have a valuable stereo system inside. A box for a jewelry chest can mean expensive jewelry. Boxes for luggage might mean you and family are going on a trip soon and won’t be home. Even boxes for children’s toys might mean a mother who might have jewelry lives in the house.

Keep windows covered, so people can’t see inside. If possible, keep expensive TVs and stereos out of sight. In this day of huge, inexpensive flatscreen TVs, that can be difficult, which might make you consider a home security system. Services such as www.securitycompanies.com can direct you to security companies that can help protect those valuables you just can’t keep hidden.

Control Trash!

Trash is one of the easiest ways to find out about a household. If you take your trash out the night before pick up, you give burglars a window of opportunity to sift through it.

From magazines, they can tell if there is a single man or woman living in the house, an elderly person or a family with children. The mail can tell them the chances of valuable jewelry or electronic equipment, of your financial status, or that you might even have guns inside.

Your trash provides a little biography of you and your family. Be aware of what goes into your trash, and don’t leave it out for someone to get to know you.

Be Aware of the Neighborhood

Talk to your neighbors. Read the local newspaper. Know what’s going on in your neighborhood. For example, a Seattle neighborhood recently experienced 16 home burglaries within less than a week. Some of the homes were hit twice.

Watch for unusual activity in your neighborhood. Find out how the break-ins were done, and make sure your home is secure from the current method being used.

What tips do you have for protecting against burglars? Share them in the comments.

Photo by Flickr user Elliott Brown


Essentials for a Fun Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that life is journey, not a destination. Family road trips embrace the idea that the adventure to a place is equally or more important than arrival. Many factors go into a successful road trip: the comfort of the vehicle and clothes you wear, snack and beverage selections, and the activities planned for travel.

Start by choosing a road trip your family will love. Once you’ve made your plans, pack your bags with these road trip essentials.

Rent a Comfortable Ride

A comfortable ride can make or break your travel experience. Why rent? Road trips speed up wear-and-tear on vehicles and add quite a few miles. Rentals can be roughly $25 per day, which is affordable and worth avoiding damage to tires and clogged vehicle air-filters. A few suggestions from dealerships in Dallas: The Toyota Highlander is great for traveling rugged terrain. The Honda Pilot is known for its easy maneuverability, above-average fuel economy and interior comfort. Continue reading Essentials for a Fun Family Road Trip


How to Decorate Your Child’s Room So They Can Learn


I love decorating the house, particularly my children’s bedrooms. It just transports me back to my childhood and allows me to indulge in all the childish things an adult shouldn’t do and most of all it’s great fun!

When you’re decorating your child’s bedroom, do you ever think about their education? Probably not. I know that didn’t until I heard about how creating the right bedroom could actually help encourage my kids to learn.

A place for everything and everything in its place

Well, firstly, and I was guilty of this, is not to put too much in the room. It’s easy for kids to become overloaded with information, so by kitting out the space with loads of stuff is a bad idea.

Instead, you need to create an organised space that teaches them to respect their belongings and tidy up after themselves. Have a look for unique storage ideas that can make the room look clean and spacious, but also fun. Continue reading How to Decorate Your Child’s Room So They Can Learn