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What’s the scoop on Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion?
Aveeno Daily Moistuirizing Lotion is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin. ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal is the #1 natural ingredient most trusted and recommended by dermatologists. It absorbs fast and is not greasy.
What is the Aveeno Daily Challenge?
For three weeks you use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion and take on a new healthy habit each day. The healthy habit I chose was to exercise for 30 minutes. I decided walking was going to be my 30 minute daily exercise.
How did it go?
My skin is dry all year round. Although it is worse in the winter, it is still dry even in the summer. I was skeptical about what the results of the lotion would be. Let me tell you something. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is AWESOME! I am not just saying that…seriously. I can tell how much better my skin not only looks, but feels, from my hands to my feet. The lotion makes my skin so soft. It feels just like lotion should. Not greasy at all.
At the beginning, I wasn’t quite sure I’d be able to remember to lotion and walk everyday. There were times when I forgot, but I’m only human. I got a FitBit Zip, as well, to keep track of my walking.
At the two-week mark it became a habit. Even if I couldn’t walk outside because of rain, I’d do a little stretching and walking in place, things like that. And slathering that lotion on every morning was an addition to my daily regimen.
At the end of three weeks I notice my skin, especially on my hands, looks much better than it did than on day 1. Not surprising, as it is clinically proven to improve the health of skin with significant improvement in 2 weeks.
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This free printable is great to keep track of how many fruits and veggies you eat. It’s great for those who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, those who are trying to lose weight, or even for your kids to keep track of their healthy eating.
To print out this 1 week journal to track your fruits and veggies, click here or the picture above. Hang it by your calendar or stick it up on the fridge and check off each time you eat a fruit or veggie. There is space to write down new fruits & veggies you want to try, tips on how to get more daily, and a place to jot down notes.
According to the Fruits & Veggies More Matters website (formerly 5aday.org) the amount of fruits and veggies you should be eating a day varies. Here is how much you need per day:
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What is RSV?
In honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17th, here is some info about RSV and what you can do to protect your babies.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, more commonly known as RSV, is a common seasonal virus. Most kids contract RSV by the time they are two. In full-term healthy babies, it typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But, what happens with premature babies? Preemies face many serious troubles from just being born early. RSV infection is more likely to affect premature lungs where their smaller, underdeveloped airways are especially fragile. Also, because they are preemies, their immune systems aren’t strong and don’t have as many antibodies that are passed from mom to baby in the womb. This is important due to the fact that they can’t fight off infections like a baby born at a normal gestational age, especially during the winter months.
Did you know?
- Each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face.
- The current rate of prematurity in the United States is 12.2 percent—one of the highest rates of preterm birth in the world. Even more alarming is that the rates have risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years.
- RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
- RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 400 infant deaths each year.
- RSV disease is responsible for one of every 13 pediatrician visits and one of every 38 trips to the ER in children under the age of five.
Protect Against RSV
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. And the virus can even live on the skin
and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is key! To help minimize the
spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
- Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
- Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
- Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
- Never let anyone smoke around your baby
- Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick
What To Look For
Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
- Fever [especially if it is over 100.4°F (rectal) in infants under 3 months of age]
And remember, when in doubt, always play it safe! If you are unsure, call the doctor’s office and ask to speak to the doctor or a nurse. If the office is closed, contact the doctor on call. Never feel weird or embarrassed. That’s what they’re there for!
Find out more about RSV and what you can do to protect your children at RSVprotection.com and check out this infographic below.
Let’s face it. Water is pretty blah. However, we all need it. It’s like magic for our bodies. So, since we HAVE to drink it anyway, might as well make it easier. Here are 5 ideas to make drinking water easier.
1. Infuse it
Infuse your water with fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. Mix it up. Try some lemon with basil, or cucumber with mint. You can purchase special cups and pitchers that have a spot or insert where you put fruits, veggies, and herbs.
2. Ice, Ice, Baby
Mmmm…Ice cold water. Especially when you’re hot or after you just worked out, a nice tall glass of water filled with ice is refreshing and delicious. I am more prone to drink water when it’s really cold.
3. You fancy, huh?
Pour your H2O in a wine glass or another type of cute and fancy glass. Does it make it taste better? No, but it may make you want to drink it more.
4. Sip it up
Grab a straw and sip, sip, sip. Sipping your water through a straw may make you drink more. I’ve noticed that when I have a straw in my cup I refill it more often.
Use warm/hot water and squeeze a lemon. Some people swear by this drink and it’s the first thing they drink in the morning to rev up metabolism.
Here’s to your health!
Every parent hopes to avoid dealing with head lice, but much like taxes, some things can’t always be avoided. In the United States alone, an estimated six to 12 million head lice infestations occur each year in school aged children.[i] If you are facing head lice after your child returns home from camp, there are resources available to help!
The Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice website is driven by experts who are also moms, so they get it. The site features basic information on the little critters like symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment options, and a variety of tools including:
- The How to Lose the Lice Guide, with a handy checklist to save time and reduce stress when battling head lice
- The Headfirst! Lice Experience video allows you to choose your experience, whether it be you’re not sure you have lice, or you just want to get rid of them:
It’s important to remember the most common way to spread head lice is head-to-head contact. Thinking ahead with things like teaching your child to avoid sharing brushes or hats is a good start.
So if you’re trying to get rid of head lice post-camp, or a parent who always likes to be prepared for next season, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice for more information.
[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Parasites: Lice: Head Lice: Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html. Accessed October 12, 2012.