Top 3 Indoor Allergy Triggers For Children and Helpful Tips






Anything can trigger allergy symptoms among children. Did you know that genetics can often be the culprit when a child suffers from an allergy trigger; it’s even more common if both parents have allergy issues.

Of course, the logistics of allergies for children are most certainly perplexed. What triggers an allergy symptom with one child can be the complete opposite of another, even with siblings.

According to reviews and studies, what are the top 3 indoor allergy triggers for children?

Pets – Animals can certainly affect a child’s allergy health; even without a parent’s knowledge. A pet’s hair dander can affect anyone; not just children. However, there are things that can be done to benefit your children considerably.

1. Make for sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter.
2. Vacuum your carpets and bare floors frequently; in addition, make sure to vacuum all drapes. Pet dander can accumulate easily, so cleaning drapes is suggested at least twice per week.
3. Cleaning after animals can be challenging; especially cats . Brushing them twice daily will help with the dander considerably.
4. Bathing pets weekly is suggested.
5. Medication and shots can be prescribed for cat allergy issues.

Dust – When a house is dusty, of course, it will affect children as well as anyone else. There are many things that can be done to keep dust at bay.

1. Do duct work cleaning once every year. This may sound like too much; however, it is best for health issues if done yearly.
2. Use a swifter duster daily on wood and ceramic floors to keep dust bunnies away.
3. Launder your bedding weekly
4. Change filters in air conditioners and furnaces monthly.
5. Refrain from using a feather duster; this just distributes the dust around instead of eliminating it. It’s best to always use the swifter products.

Detergents – Laundry detergent allergies can be a trial and error situation with kids; especially the young ones. For allergy-prone children, it’s best to use mild, gentle detergent and softeners.

1. Aloe products have been used by many due to allergy and other skin issues.
2. Surcare laundry products are also good for sensitive skin and allergy-prone children; or for anyone for that matter.
3. Soap Nuts is a new product for me. I personally have never heard of it. While doing research for this article, I accidentally discovered it. It seems to be a good choice when it comes to detergent allergies, skin eczema or other issues.
4. Charlie’s Soap, Rockin’ Green and Arm and Hammer are all good detergent alternatives to try.
5. Dreft has been recommended for babies and small children by so many in the past. However, I just read quite a number of bad things about Dreft…to (my surprise)! I used Dreft for my son and he never had a problem, so I thought it was a good detergent. Apparently, it’s gotten some bad reviews from several people.


Fun, Low-Impact Exercises Perfect for Healthy Hearts and Grandmas – Guest Post


Having an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay healthy and maintain the level of energy and fitness you need to keep up with your grandkids. However, problems like arthritis and recurring injuries make it difficult to jog, play sports, or participate in other activities that have a repetitive, pounding action on your joints. Instead, turn to low-impact exercises that get you moving without putting too much stress on your body.

Cycling: Find a friend and a cruising cycle and head out on your local bike trails for some wonderful time outside getting low-impact exercise. You’ll work mostly your thighs, plus your heart and lungs of course! If you have trouble sitting on a traditional bike seat, try a recumbent stationary bike at your local gym. These have a wide, flat seat with a back to help provide support as you pedal with your legs extended toward the front of the bike.

Trampoline Workouts: Running on a treadmill or on other hard surfaces can put a lot of stress on your hips, knees, ankles, and feet as they have to absorb the shock of every stride you take. If you want to get an effective cardio workout, look into trampolines as your personal shock absorbers. Jogging in place on a trampoline is much lower impact because the springs absorb the impact of each step you take. Other types of activities that are perfect for trampolines include bouncing up and down, which strengthens all of your leg muscles, and bouncing from side to side, which works your core.

Water Aerobics: Exercises in the water are perfect for grandmas because the water holds a lot of your body weight, taking the stress off of your feet and joints. Plus, water provides the perfect resistance for a wide range of cardiovascular and toning exercises. If swimming laps isn’t your thing, try a water aerobics class instead. An instructor will lead you through a long series of activities to build strength and endurance, and classes are the perfect place to chat with other grandmas while you exercise. Many gyms even have classes designed specifically for people with arthritis or other joint issues.

Yoga and Pilates: Maintaining your flexibility is important for being able to participate in a wide range of activities, so you should incorporate some stretching into your exercise routine. Pilates classes are the perfect way to participate in active, gentle stretching that also works to strengthen your core muscles. Yoga is also an option, although you’ll need to have good balance to get the most out of it. Start with a beginner class and work your way up as you build balance and strength.

Rowing and Kayaking: If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, you can actually head out in a canoe or kayak to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air. Canoes are also perfect for heading out with your honey for a romantic ride on the lake. Alternately, just use an indoor rowing machine, which includes not only the pulling motion to strengthen your arms and back, but also a leg component.

In addition to being low impact and keeping your joints in good condition, these exercises also have many other health benefits. Any type of cardiovascular exercise can help ward off heart disease, losing a bit of weight may help fight diabetes, and developing strength can help you stay active for many years to come. Try something new today, but be careful to take it easy at first and make sure your body and joints are responding well.

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Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. Trampolines are her favorite type of exercise equipment, followed closely by treadmills.
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Avoiding Harmful Chemicals When Cleaning – Guest Post





Cleaning is one of those household tasks that we all have to do, whether we like it or not. Using commercial cleaning products that are powerful and effective is easy, but not always the best idea. One of the down sides of it is that most of these products are full of harmful chemicals, which are toxic and therefore neither eco-friendly, nor good for our health. In fact, if you only take a look at what you have in your kitchen, a great deal of products and ingredients can be mixed to produce strong cleaning solutions.

You’d be surprised at how many homemade recipes you could use for cleaning just about anything at home – glass, furniture, floors, tiles, etc. Some natural products have been used for decades for cleaning and they give perfect results. Here is some more information on how to avoid toxic cleaners and harmful chemicals.

Drain Cleaners

These are some of the most toxic ones, but they are still used in just about every home. When there is a clogged drain and you have to fix it, all you want is a quick and powerful solution, but do you stop and check what’s the product made of? If you are conscious about your health and about the environment, you will pick a different method – a drain snake or a drain auger would do just as well. You can buy them from a hardware store. The way to use them is by pushing down the drain and rotating them. This way you can grab onto what’s clogging the drain. You could even buy a cheap plastic one, which is still a better option than using a product which has toxic fumes. Another way is to dissolve what’s clogging the drain by pouring some vinegar and baking soda in it. Sprinkle a cup of 200 gr of baking soda, then pour a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain so the foam goes down and not up. Leave it like that for about an hour, then pour a cup of boiling hot water.

Cleaning the toilet

The commercial toilet bowl cleaners are quite toxic, but how else could you clean that nasty ring and all the stains? In fact, there are other methods you can use just as successfully. Pour one cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar in the toilet. This will produce a foam which you can rub with a toilet brush into the bowl. The result is a sparkling clean toilet that you just have to flush down.

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can prepare a completely natural all-purpose cleaner with which you can clean windows, stove tops, countertops, tables and many more areas. Mix hot water with white vinegar. Vinegar is one of the ultimate cleaning products, but many people don’t use it because of the strong smell. Don’t worry –the minute it dries out, the smell will be gone. You can use it for cleaning the bathroom tiles and all the glass surfaces in the bathroom too.

Glass Cleaner

Why waste money on commercial glass cleaners, when you can prepare your own and pour it in a spray bottle?

It’s simple, affordable and effective. Fill a sink with hot water (a few cups), after that add cornstarch and stir it all. The ratio is about 25% cornstarch to 75% water. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture and wring it out a little. Use the washcloth to wipe down glass surfaces.

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A Manual for Making Lighter, Thinner, Healthier Pizzas – Monthly Food Column



From The Prepared Pantry



Years ago, probably when we still lived in Alaska, I bought this little cookbook called, The Weekend Chef. In it was a recipe for an everything-on-it pizza. It turned out to have a big thick crust and a boatload of toppings. The crust was partially baked and the meats precooked and the toppings loaded on and the pizza pushed back into the oven. It really good but with all that prep and rising twice, it seemed like an all-afternoon project. It was too big and too rich and I still remember the heavy feeling after dinner.

I don’t eat pizzas like that anymore. Over the years, our pizzas have become lighter and thinner, certainly healthier. The crusts are thin and crisp. The toppings are much fewer, often with fresh veggies, and with a light layer of cheeses. I’m enjoying these pizzas and I don’t have to look away if I see my doctor in town.

Thin Crusts

Debbie Frantzen, our daughter and operations manager, is the queen of thin crust pizzas. She takes our pizza dough mixes, adds the water, mixes them, and then divides them in half. She uses a pizza stone and a pizza peel and makes two 14-inch pizzas out of one mix. She rolls them very thin and bakes them crispy on a preheated pizza stone.

I’m lazy. I just roll about two-thirds the dough out in a dark colored pizza pan. I have enough dough left for a couple calzones. I have two pizza pans, an old battered relic that’s nearly black from use and a newer perforated pizza pan that is perfect. I sprinkle a little cornmeal on the greased pan and roll the dough in pan using a pizza roller. The dark pans absorb heat and the thin crusts bake quickly and crisply.

Quick and Easy

Debbie taught me that you don’t have to stop and let the crusts rise. If you make and roll the crusts first, they’ll rise enough while you’re prepping and loading the toppings. Plus you’ll get oven spring, a rise in the oven, and the crusts will be crispy by the time the toppings are done. It makes for a very quick and simple pizza.

If you grease the pans well and sprinkle them with cornmeal, the pizzas will slip right off the pan. Slip a spatula under the pizzas and twist it around the pizza to make sure that it is not sticking anywhere, clasp the pizza with the spatula underneath and your thumb on top of the edge of the crust, and quickly slip it off the pan onto a cooling rack. You need to remove the pizza from the pan immediately so that it doesn’t sweat.

Making the Dough

The enemy of thin crusts is “springback.” The gluten in the dough makes the dough elastic. As you try rolling it thinly, it springs back. It has a memory and doesn’t want to roll out thinly and smoothly. It’s almost impossible.

When we first started developing our pizza dough mixes, we added rye flour to dilute the wheat gluten. We still couldn’t get the dough soft enough. So we started experimenting with commercial dough relaxers. We found one that was like magic. We could make the dough just s soft and pliable as we wanted and absolutely eliminate springback. We now use this in all our pizza dough mixes and tortilla mixes.

Since we absolutely love this relaxer, we now package and sell it. If you are going to make pizza dough from scratch, buy this dough relaxer. It’s essential to your thin crust pizzas.

We also sell a pizza flour blend with the dough relaxer already added. The amount of relaxer in this blend is just right.

White Sauces

Debbie discovered a white sauce pizza in the little one-service-station town where she lives, Ririe, Idaho. It had a white sauce made with minced onions and topped with new red potatoes sliced thinly. She brought some to work; it was very good.

Since then, we have experimented with all kinds of white sauces. Alfredo works well but there are a hundred other choices. Here is a list of those we have tried:

White Alfredo pasta sauce

French onion chip dip (You can make a great pizza with this.)
Ranch salad dressing (Doesn’t ranch make everything better?)
Chip dip made with dry onion soup mixes (quick, cheap, and surprisingly good)
Elki dips and spreads (These cost a little more but make some very fine pizzas. Debbie likes the creamy roasted red pepper spread; I like the pineapple cream cheese spread.)

You can see the possibilities. Just keep experimenting

Light Toppings

We mentioned the potato pizza above. Consider fresh veggies on your pizza. I’m particularly fond of fresh tomato slices
but we’ve made pizzas with green beans, with zucchini, and broccoli—often with no meat. Top the veggies with a thin layer of cheeses.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Bake, a 318 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Bake Here!

Kindle, Nook and iPad versions available. I personally have the free “How To Bake” book on Kindle and it’s a 100% excellent resource! 🙂





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A Combination of a Healthy Mindset And Beauty Product Tips For Anti-Aging Grandmothers And All Women



“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain


Anti-aging is all about feeling the best you can at every moment. To really capture youth, you need to do more than focus on aesthetics. You need to develop a healthy mindset that will keep you young at heart for years to come. However, it’s hard to argue that feeling confident in the way you look won’t help you accomplish a more youthful attitude. That’s where anti-aging strategies come into action and there are plenty of options to choose from.

Facial creams

Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon scoured the world for the fountain of youth, believing if he could only drink of the majestic waters his youthful vigor would be restored to him. This day and age, facial creams are about as close as one can get to a fountain of youth. Coming up with a top 10 list of the best anti-aging creams is difficult to do, despite the many attempts at just that by so many magazines.

Anti-aging is a personal affair. Your skin color, texture and other personal attributes are going to have a big impact on how a particular cream works for you. The best anti-aging cream for you is going to depend on your skin type. People with oily skin should look for creams with oil-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Dry skin will be best served by creams with shea butter or hyaluronic acid.

Anti-aging facial creams are made with some pretty exotic ingredients. Don’t be fooled when you read about dragon’s blood — you aren’t actually rubbing the blood of a mystical creature on your face. Dragon’s blood is the name of an exotic plant with a bright red hue and restorative properties that make it popular in anti-aging creams. Facial creams are non-invasive and can offer pretty significant results when used repeatedly overtime. However, the cost of facial creams can add up, especially if you’re going for quality creams, which is where you’ll find the biggest anti-aging benefit. It can make a lot more sense from an investment perspective to opt for a more substantial anti-aging treatment.

Aesthetic enhancement

Gravity tends to take its toll as you age. Sometimes it feels like from one day to the next another patch of skin starts to droop. Between frown lines and laughter marks, it seems like you can’t win no matter what your emotional state is like. Aging is a beautiful process — there’s no denying that. However, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to look your best and feel comfortable in your own skin. Sometimes wrinkles and sagging skin can get in the way of how you want to present yourself.

Two of the most popular aesthetic enhancements are:

* Botox: Anti-aging specialists can now use Botox to give a “mini facelift,” in addition to adding plumpness to lips and smoothing out the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

* Necklift: Another alternative to the traditional surgical facelift is the non-invasive necklift, a skin tightening rejuvenation procedure without the cost and recovery time of more intensive treatments.

The truth is there has really never been a better time to age. Modern technology makes it possible for aesthetic procedures to range from non-invasive to simple surgical solutions that come with minimal downtime. Whoever said youth is wasted on the young hasn’t looked into the anti-aging market recently. Mark Twain had it right. Aging is all about mind over matter. You’re young at heart, you feel young in spirit and now you can match your mindset with a more youthful appearance.

Danielle believes that proper lifelong care of skin starting at an early age is one of the best ways to prevent aging. She moisturizes daily with Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. By The Body Shop.

A Few Healthy Eating Tips For Your Holiday Survival





The holidays are just around the corner! Be prepared and Get ahead of the weight loss game NOW!

There are many fortunate people that don’t have a concern in the world about gaining weight during the holidays, or at anytime for that matter. Then we have the unfortunate people that seem to gain weight from just looking at all the festive treats.


For most families the holiday season bring lots of family get togethers and festivities to attend. Of course these times are quite the challenge for those individuals who have weight issues. Let’s face it when you’re watching your waistline, it’s hard to resist when you’re presented with all your culinary favorites. But there are many simple things you can do to help prevent yourself from gaining weight this time of year.

Below are a few tips I’d like to share with you about striving to stay as healthy as possible throughout the holidays. Hopefully they will be of some help.

1. Exercise daily. Make sure you do some type of exercise everyday. Walking is ideal, weather permitting of course. Some people power walk and others just walk normally. Either way is good for you as long as you do it consistently. To make it more enjoyable, get a walking buddy to go walking with you. You may also find it helpful to bring along a cd player or a Mp3 player. When the weather does not cooperate, maybe try out some videos or a treadmill.

2. Make water your best friend. Drinking water daily is healthy for a number of reasons. The main rule about drinking water is it keeps you hydrated of course. But it also aids with weight loss and maintenance. Before sitting down to a lavish holiday meal, drink a full glass of water. You’ll be surprised by how less you will consume at each meal. It’s a good idea to do this before every meal you eat, not just at holiday time.

3. Raw veggies and low fat dips. While out at holiday parties always look for those decorative raw veggie trays. Often times these type of gatherings have them. Opt for healthy veggies over high calorie and high fat foods. Chex mixes are also healthful choices.

4. Small meal or snack before going out. If you’re planning to go out to eat or to a party, eat a very small meal or snack before you leave. This will discourage overeating and will also help to speed up your body’s metabolism.

5. Say “no” to alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a good choice if you’re watching your weight. They are loaded with fat and calories. Bottled water or low fat green tea is a much better choice. Also low fat smoothies are always good for you.

6. Baking with unsweetened applesauce. If you love to bake during the holiday season, try substituting applesauce for sugar, butter, or eggs in those recipes. It cuts down considerably on fat and calories. Recently I used unsweetened applesauce in a brownie recipe and both my husband and I really liked them. Try it for yourself in a few of your favorites.

Please Note: Substituting applesauce in some recipes may not work out well. You will need to do some experimenting and maybe some research.

Just by following the simple tips above, you can lower your risk of reading those unwanted higher digits on your scale at the end of holiday time.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

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Benefits of Eating Fresh Foods




By Steve McDaniel

Today’s life has become more convenient and more automated and in embracing the new convenience, we have lost our traditional habit of eating fresh foods. More and more people are giving in to the habit of eating processed food rather than including fresh meats and vegetables into their meals for a healthy diet. Fresh vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals in addition to proteins and fat. Many of these essential nutrients get destroyed during processing and preservation, therefore, preserved and processed foods lose many of the nutrients present in fresh vegetables.

Fresh vegetables contain vitamin A, C and E as well as the B-complex vitamins. Vitamin A is very important for vision and skin health, vitamin B-complex is essential for a variety of physiological functions. Vitamin C is very important for the immune system and vitamin E is the powerful natural anti-oxidant that slows down aging processes. However, it is important to keep in mind, that most of these vitamins are thermo-labile and get destroyed if vegetables are cooked at high temperatures or for a long period of time. In order to preserve these vitamins and take advantage of the health benefits they offer, it is important that we eat our vegetables fresh and raw. A good example could be carrot. It has plenty of carotenoids and vitamin A and it can be eaten raw in salads.

Minerals like Potassium is important for regulation of blood pressure and calcium present in many vegetables maintains bone health. However, it is important to know that mineral supplements seldom get absorbed as much as the minerals in vegetables because of the natural biological chaperones required for their absorption. For example, calcium only gets absorbed when it’s coupled to vitamin D as cholecalciferol. Thus it is easily absorbed in a natural biological form when eaten in vegetables rather from supplement pills.

The recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables is nine servings and studies show that we typically eat one-third of that. People who want to eat fresh veggies are also limited by their availability during the winter months and are forced to consume frozen vegetables. While, the freezing in itself does not destroy vitamins and other nutrients, the process of freezing them microbe-free for long term storage actually involves steps that kill vital enzymes and key beneficial ingredients. For example, they are blanched in hot water and passed through steam when most vitamins are degraded. Similarly, cooking them at higher temperatures also degrades some vitamins. Cooking at high temperatures also generate undesired substances like free radicals. Specially, deep fried foods contain high amounts of free radicals caused by oil getting oxidized at higher temperatures. A study published in the revered journal “Scientific American” has found that vitamin C levels declined by 10% in tomatoes cooked for two minutes and 29% when cooked for half hour at 190.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

While eating frozen, processed or cooked vegetables should not be discouraged in view of the fact that eating veggies in any form is better than not eating at all, the health benefits of eating them raw or fresh definitely offers more health benefits.

Article By Steve McDaniel

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As part of a healthy lifestyle it’s important to eat fresh fruits, vegetables & meats. Processed foods have lost much of the beneficial vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to perform optimally. One of the best places to find these are at health food stores. If you are looking for health food stores and can’t find one locally you can always buy health food online.

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Dining Out Dos and Don’ts – From Weight






Afraid dinner out will ruin your diet before you even start your entrée? These 10 dos and don’ts will help.



By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD

Some people trying to lose weight steer clear of restaurants to avoid the large portion sizes, bottomless bread baskets and all those high-calorie entries. But shunning restaurants altogether isn’t a realistic approach to weight loss — and it’s unnecessary.

You can eat out and lose weight. Start with this list of tips to help you navigate the menu options at your favorite fast-food joints and sit-down restaurants.

1. Set a budget. Determine how much you’re willing to eat before looking at the menu. Give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don’t let every day become a special occasion.)

2. Put on your game face. Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:

•Skip the all-inclusive (prix fixe) menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you’ll probably eat less.
•Take one piece of bread, then ask your server to remove the bread basket from the table.

3. Make special requests. Don’t be shy. You’re paying good money for that meal, so you’re entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:

•Can I have that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?
•I’d like mixed greens instead of fries with my sandwich.

4. Practice portion control. Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the “normal” size — especially super-sized fast food and chain restaurant meals. Keep your portions in check by:

•Ordering a salad as a starter and then splitting a main entrée with a friend.
•Creating your own scaled-down meal from a couple of appetizers and/or side dishes.

5. Break down (language) barriers. If you don’t know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes:

•Au gratin, scalloped, hollandaise.
•Parmigiana, scampi, Bolognese.

6. Downsize the super-size. Super-sized fast food meal options can be loaded with calories. Either:

•Order something small, like a basic burger. After all, the first bite tastes the same as the last.
•Order yourself a children’s meal.

7. Watch out for extras. The average burger with ketchup, lettuce and tomato isn’t so bad. But one with “the works” is usually a caloric nightmare. Skip bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, and also double-pattie burgers and extra pieces of bread.

8. Don’t go top heavy. Salad bars and garden salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly diet-conscious choices:

•Go light on croutons, grated cheese and bacon.
•Opt for small amounts of low-fat or nonfat dressings on the side.

9. Don’t drink away your progress. A drink with dinner is fine, but too many margaritas may wreak havoc on your dieting resolve. Keep your appetite under control by:

•Alternating alcoholic beverages with noncaloric sodas or sparkling water.
•Not drinking alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach.

10. Resign from the “clean plate club.” You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories on your body. Downsize by:

•Eating half the meal and doggie-bagging the rest.
•Pushing your plate away when you’re full.
•And remember to eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it’s full.

Article Written By Leslie Fink, MS, RD

From: Weight

Grandma’s Daily Walks – Getting More Active and Healthy





Grandma has been taking a little time out of her work day to walk “outdoors.” I feel SO MUCH better when I’m active, and I’m going to stay active. I do a video workout every morning @ 5AM as well. This activity is not only awesome for my health; it’s excellent for my depression too. It clears my mind and also gives me motivation in many different areas. My health, weight loss, my business, and ME TIME too! I will walk until it gets icy cold outside. And then, I’ll add another workout to my daily schedule. =)

So, Granny has been “stopping to smell the roses” (don’t you love that idiom??), lol AND enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and life!

My son is always saying, “Mom you’re too sheltered, you need to get out and get some activity!” And you know, he’s so right! Even though I do the workouts in the morning. This gives me a good break from sitting in my office all day (which is not good for anyone of any age)! So now, he can no longer say this to me LOL !!

Looking into the foreseeable future and getting fit; maybe I can even get off of some of my medications I’ve been taking all these years?? (At the moment), I feel like taking on the challenge. 🙂 Time will tell. I feel awesome that I’m doing something for my health and for ME!

I’ve been walking approximately 3 miles every week day 🙂

You can see a full article I wrote for one of the blogs I write for on some good benefits of walking Here

Look and Feel Your Best at Any Age – Grandmothers Included Guest Post




There’s a saying that age is just a number, and now, perhaps more than ever, it’s especially true. Don’t be tied to preconceived notions about how people your age should look or act. Take steps to look and feel your best, regardless of how many birthdays you have had!

1. Be active




Incorporating physical activity into your usual routine is a great way to maintain your weight and keep you looking your best. Plus, it also helps ward off many health concerns, from heart disease to diabetes. The Center for Disease Control recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. In addition, two sessions of strength training help tone and develop muscles. Try joining or starting a running or walking club with others in your neighborhood if you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to get started.

2. Enhance your look

If you feel like your youthful appearance is disappearing, there are plenty of ways to preserve it and keep yourself looking as good as you feel. A non-invasive procedure like an eyelift can make a huge difference and give you a confidence boost. In addition, consider revamping your wardrobe. Although you won’t be turning to today’s teen fashions to make yourself look younger, you can find stylish clothing that is flattering and age-appropriate.

3. Eat well

The foods you eat have a big impact on both how you look and how you feel. Eating a healthy diet helps you manage your weight. Keeping your diet free from foods that sap your energy helps you feel ready to tackle anything. A healthy diet should include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Try a new recipe, like a quinoa salad or a Turkish red lentil soup.

4. Manage stress

Feelings of stress can spill over into the rest of your life. Instead of dwelling on things that cause you stress, find outlets to let you relieve that tension. Look for local coupons that let you try out a new yoga studio or pottery class. If you’re more of an introvert, find some instrumental music you like and play it while you sit quietly and meditate for at least 10 minutes each day. Learning stillness can help you focus your attention and remember that stressful situations in your life aren’t going to take over.

5. Maintain a positive attitude

Having a negative attitude about yourself is sure to spill over into how you carry yourself and how you feel on a daily basis. Find friends who make you feel positive and who focus on the good things in life rather than the bad to help support your own positive outlook. You don’t have to be that perfect person your mother may have led you to believe you needed to be. Embrace who you are and enjoy the life you have.

Developing healthy patterns in your daily routines has a huge impact on how you look and feel. Say no to complacency and get out there to make the most of every day, week, month and year, regardless of your age. You might just feel like you turned back the clock a few years.

Danielle, who loves blogging about her favorite brands in her spare time, is an avid yogi and a true believer in positive thinking. She enjoys trying out all the latest trends in beauty. Her latest endeavor has been researching non-invasive eyelifts and stress relieving tactics. Read her work at