If your diet includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, you are on the road to good health. If you have a hectic schedule-and who doesn't?-you may be tempted to cut corners when preparing foods. You also may not always remember that "fresh" or "organic" doesn't necessarily equal "clean." If you are not cleaning fruits and veggies properly, you may be inviting trouble into your home.
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Moms everywhere are familiar with the scenario: You're nursing your child through a bout with a bad cold or stomach flu, knowing all the while that within a few days, you'll be experiencing the same misery yourself.
Before you had children, it was probably fairly easy to avoid catching illnesses; you simply stayed away from people who were sick until they got better! Now, as a mother, your natural compassion and love for your kids... Read More
We're hitting the high season for colds and flu this year, and if your family hasn't already been vaccinated, then it's probably not too late. Influenza usually peaks in January or later, so if your child has had a flu shot in the past, then another one is definitely in order if she hasn't had hers this year yet. If your child has never been vaccinated against the flu, then the doctor may recommend two shots given 28 days apart; the... Read More
Cashmere, silk and like materials require delicate laundering to minimize color fading and extend the life of your garments. Even if your washing machine has a gentle cycle, you can't just toss all of your fine fabrics into the washer and dryer and expect them to come out like new. You need to take time and care to give them the proper cleaning they deserve.
Start by reading the label. If your favorite... Read More
Let's face it: Kids in close quarters like classrooms are going to spread all kinds of germs to one another, right? Probably, but when you encourage healthful habits, kids tend to miss less school because of illnesses they've passed on to one another. The top illnesses that keep kids home are colds, stomach viruses and pinkeye, all of which can be prevented with proper hand washing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and... Read More
When it comes to laundry, you know which of your clothes need special treatment, such as hand washing or a gentle cycle in the machine. But it's worth a mention to give your unmentionables some special treatment. Most panties, bras, shapewear and other undergarments say to hand wash, but many can be thrown into the washer with the right care and cycle. For example, a good bra should last at least two years, but you'll get less out... Read More
Sick and tired of having kids who are sick and tired? Face it, all of the hand sanitizer in the world isn't going to protect your child from the big bad germs out there all the time. There's nothing more frustrating than sending your child on a playdate only to find out that your child's play pal has the creeping crud or some unthinkable stomach virus that's likely to blow through your entire household like Grant blew through Richmond.... Read More