Sunday, October 22, 2017

Day 7 #writebravely #writeproblogger- "5 Amazing DIY Bookmark- A Cool Craft Activity for This Fall Break"

We love reading and crafting as a family. Creative activities are the easiest way to develop imagination power and critical thinking skills in kids. These activities play a great role in emotional, social and cognitive development.

The bookmark is a perfect craft that goes well with both reading and crafting activities. It is "a strip of leather, cardboard or other material used to mark one's place in a book". According to Wikipedia, the earliest existing bookmark dates from the 6th century AD and it is made of ornamented leather with vellum on the back.

This fall break, we had thought why not made a collection of the bookmark by using different (available at home) supplies. Here I am sharing some super easy DIY bookmarks which we had made. Hope you would like it.

Bookmark from old pictures:
Supplies
1.       cardboard (cut in rectangular and desired shape)
2.       Pictures cut from old magazines
3.       Glue, yarn or lace

Instructions: cut the pictures of anything (which you like) from old magazines, newspaper, even from old greeting cards. We had selected some cute gift box pictures. Cut the cardboard in the rectangular shape. Glue the pictures in an attractive manner. Add yarn or lace at the top. A cool bookmark is ready to use.

Snowman bookmark:
Supplies:
1.       construction paper
2.       Yarn or lace
3.       Scissor, glue, glitter, and other decorating material

Instruction: draw and cut different body parts of a snowman on construction paper (white for trunk and face, red for hat, orange for a nose, blue for the scarf and black for eyes).Glue this part on the different sheet. Add yarn at the top. Decorate with glitter or other materials. Cute snowman bookmark is ready.

Heart shaped bookmark: bookmark can be made in different shapes. This time, we had tried heart shape.

Supplies:
1.       Construction Scissor
2.       Paper and drawing sheet
3.       Glitter, Yarn or lace

Instruction: draw and cut the heart shape from red colour drawing sheet. Write down any message on construction paper (cut it in the heart shape but in a smaller size) then glue it on the bigger heart. Add yarn or lace at the top. Beautiful heart shaped bookmark is ready.

Bookmark from old fabric scrap or decorative lace: we all have old fabric scraps at our home. Why not recycle it in a creative way. Bookmark from old fabric is a cool idea for that.

Supplies:
1.       Cardboard (cut in rectangular shape)
2.       Old fabric scraps or decorative lace
3.       Hot gun glue
4.       Yarn or lace

I     Instruction: cut the cardboard in rectangular and desired shape. Collect the piece of old fabric scraps or old lace and glue it on the piece of cardboard in an attractive manner. We had used a beautiful lace from an old dress. Add yarn at the top. An amazing bookmark is ready to use.



Bookmark from Popsicle stick: Popsicle is most versatile and inexpensive craft material to create easy crafts for kids. This time we had used it as a base for the bookmark.
Supplies
1.       Popsicle stick
2.       Piece of cardboard
3.       Glue
4.       Scissor
5.       Stickers or other decorating material

Instruction: Draw, colour and cut anything on cardboard. Flower was our choice. Glue it on Popsicle stick. Decorate with stickers or other decorative material. Add yarn or lace at the top. Nice Popsicle bookmark is ready to use.

So these were our collection of bookmarks with different supplies. And I think it is cool creative activity to develop creativity and imagination power in kids.   What is yours? Do not forget to share. Until then happy crafting!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 6 #lovemamaearth- Struggling with Hair Problems, mamaearth is Here to Help You!

 Hair loss is a very common condition that affects most people at the same time in their lives. It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs every day. But unexplained and excessive hair loss is scary and worrying. Hair loss has been seen both in male and female. But it is more dramatic in men. There are different causes of hair loss

Causes of hair loss

There are multiple factors that can cause hair loss. This includes:

  • ·         Genetics- hair loss runs in the family and genetic is a strong factor that often causes hair loss.
  • ·         Poor nutrition- deficiency of nutrients like protein deficiency is one of the major factors that cause hair loss.
  • ·         Higher stress level is also responsible for hair loss
  • ·         Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy and menopause, may cause hair loss.
  • ·         Certain medications like chemotherapy may cause hair loss.
  • ·         Systemic disease conditions like thyroid disease, iron deficiency anaemia can be a responsible factor for hair loss.
  • ·         Harsh chemicals and ingredients present in your shampoo and conditioner may cause hair loss.


Among all these reasons, sometimes the true culprit may hide in plain sight. It is your shampoo and conditioner. According toNew York Hair specialist New York hair specialist Dr. Robert Dorbin, “there is the number of ingredients in shampoo and conditioner that may be the root cause of the problem”. These are

  • ·         Foamer and thickener- sodium Laurel sulphate and polyethylene glycol are commonly used thickener that strips hair of moisture and encourage hair loss.
  • ·         Preservatives – preservatives are often used in most of the shampoos to prolonged the shelf life (like (formaldehyde like methylparaben and prop paraben) these preservatives later on causes hormonal imbalance and hair loss.
  • ·         Irritants- some of the fragrance and artificial colors that used in shampoos for aesthetic reasons may act as irritants and can cause scalp inflammation and allergic reaction. It may exacerbate hair loss and make hair thin, brittle and lifeless.


When I had researched these facts about commonly used shampoos and conditioners, I was in shock. And it is true that as a normal consumer we often don’t realise this harsh reality of the everyday products. The ongoing research confirms that most of the hair products are not very safe. By using them, we expose ourselves to compounds and chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting elements.

Indeed, these facts are frustrating. And for a normal person (who already had tons of responsibilities) it is quite challenging to check each ingredient of routine products. We all want a trustworthy brand that ensures good quality products that are free from toxins and side effects.

An Amazing journey of Ghazal and Varun

Luckily, now we had a brand that has created an impactful, memorable and emotional connection with their customers during last year.  It is a genuine effort by two awesome individuals (Ghazal and Varun Alagh), l who has made our life easier, more pleasant and peaceful.

 Yes! I am talking about the “Mama earth. It is a lifestyle brand that offers value and services with a Nobel mission to create a brand which develops products that are mum-baby friendly, toxin-free and meet stringent international standards. The excellent level of care and attention has established the “Mama earth” as a brand that takes care of its customers wholeheartedly.

People often decide which brand to buy and which ones to stick with based on how they make them feel and mama earth has delivered their every promise in a unique way. They are highly successful in making forging personal and meaningful connections with their customers (who are mostly the parents). They had served a generous portion of helpfulness. They are able to emulate the shared a Relationship-based shopping experience that consumers really want to buy for their families.

It is really amazing to see that mama earth had launched a wide range of products for mama, babies and also a series of “traditional recipes” as wellness products during few span of time. These all products are already a big hit and most importantly they had followed the same unique principles and supreme quality in their all products.

Apart from these, the one thing that I had realised that make these products instantly trustworthy and acceptable, is a unique feature of “only Made safe certified  brand in Asia”

 As per my personal experience, I had always enjoyed their products. Especially, Apple cedar Vinegar weight loss tonic is my personal favourite. This product is not only good for losing the weight but provides some other excellent health benefits like reducing allergy symptoms as well. After the great success of traditional recipes , this month they are going to launch “anti-hair fall kit” for all of us. And they are saying, #lovemamaearth.

Now, it’s time for “anti-hair fall kit”

After a grand success of their previous products ( baby products, mom products and traditional recipes)  from all around now, Ghazal and Varun want to move a step ahead and this time they are launching a wide range of hair products as Anti hair fall kit  the kit has 4 exclusive products ( shampoo, conditioner, pro-growth hair tonic, hair oil ). These products are full of natural and organic bio actives which help promote hair fall control and hair regrowth.


The products are already available on Amazon; here is the link l to mama earth mama products. And 
As a mom and as an individual I highly appreciate their effort for always giving the products that are safe, free from toxins and completely natural. Positive parenting is extremely delighted to be one of the first users of “anti-hair fall kit”, and give the heartiest congratulation to them for launching such a great quality of hair products that would be able to solve our all hair problem. Will share a detailed review of these products in the upcoming post, so stay tuned!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 5 #writebravely, #writeproblogger- "5 Amazing Home Remedy to Treat Pain in throat or Laryngitis"

The beautiful season “fall” is here. And we all are geared up to enjoy this beautiful weather with our friends and family. But unfortunately, this sudden change in temperature may cause common cough, cold, pain in throat and other respiratory and seasonal allergies symptoms. And among this, all hoarseness or laryngitis is one of the common problems that bother so many of us. Here is a complete guide to deal with it.

What is laryngitis?

Inflammation of larynx is called laryngitis, which is usually characterised by hoarseness or loss of voice and throat pain. The larynx is also called a voice box, is an organ that joins the back of the throat to the windpipe (trachea). The larynx is an important organ that helps in respiration and phonation. It allows air to be directed into respiratory organs for gas exchange.
 It also produces vocal sounds and controls the pitch and volume of voice. It acts as a valve to close the respiratory tract and prevents the passage of food and other foreign particles into the lower respiratory tracts.

Laryngitis usually caused by excessive strain on the vocal cords or by viral or bacterial infection. Sometimes smoking, respiratory allergies, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, and use of inhaled steroids may be contributing factors.

Symptoms of laryngitis
  • ·         Hoarseness
  • ·         Weak voice or voice loss
  • ·         Sore throat
  • ·         Throat pain with tickling sensation and rawness in throat
  • ·         Coughing
  • ·         Slow fever
  • ·         Trouble in swallowing
  • ·         Difficult speaking with constant need to clear your throat


Laryngitis often linked to another illness such as flu, pharyngitis or other respiratory diseases. So you might also have other symptoms such as a runny nose, headache and swollen glands.
The problem usually lasts for few days to 2 weeks at the most.  And get resolved without any serious consequences. If persists longer than this duration, it could be a case of chronic laryngitis for which you need to consult with a doctor.

Here is a list of some simple and home remedies which you can try to relieve the symptoms of laryngitis and may get your voice box back to normal

Home remedies for laryngitis

Warm salt water gargles

It is a first and basic remedy to treat laryngitis at home. Salt has a great antibacterial property and helps in killing the bacteria. It also eases the swelling and soreness of throat. Soothe your throat throughout the day by gargling with a mixture of salt and warm water is the easiest method to promote healing of an inflamed throat.

How to use it?

 Just prepare a solution mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water. And gargle with it several times a day. While gargling, try to take the salt water as far back into your throat as possible, So that it touches the larynx, where actual healing is required.







Apple cider vinegar
 It is believed that apple cider vinegar is the mother of all vinegar. And it has great antibacterial and antifungal properties that work great against all kinds of germs that attack throat and mouth. Thus it can be used to treat laryngitis.

How to use it?

It can be used with two methods.
·         Take 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic) and mixed with one glass of warm water. And drink it 2-3 times a day. You may add 1 teaspoon honey and cayenne paper to increase the effectiveness of this drink.

·         Second prepare a gargle mixture with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 1 glass of water and gargle with it several times a day.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most commonly consumed dietary condiments in the world. "Gingerols" is one of the active chemical components in ginger that provides excellent therapeutic benefit and act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

How to use it?

 It can be used in two ways,

  1. ·         Just sucking on a few candied ginger throughout the day or simply eat a few thin slices of fresh ginger root.
  2.  2. drinking a cup of ginger tea, to make the tea cut 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger root into thin slice and place in 1 quarter of boiling water. Cover the pot and simmer on the lowest heat for 30 minutes. Let it cool for 30 minutes, strain and drink ½ to 1 cup three to five times a day. Sweeten with honey if needed



 
                  
Honey
According to Ayurveda, honey is considered as one of the most remarkable nature's gifts to mankind.  Scientific studies suggested Honey has great antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Thus it helps in reducing inflammation of larynx and sooth the throat and relieves irritation.

How to use it?
It can be used simply by swallow some raw honey several times a day. You can also make a herbal tea with lemon and honey. To make the tea, boil a cup of water, and then add 1-2 tablespoon of honey and juice of a ½ lemon in it. Your herbal tea is ready. Drink it 2-3 times a day.



Garlic
 Garlic has proven to be effective against a plethora of gram positive, gram negative and acid-fast bacteria. Studies show that garlic has great antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, which help to kill the disease-causing organisms that are often the root cause of laryngitis.

How to use it?

  • ·         It can be used either by swallow or chew the garlic directly
  • ·         Second, it can be used as garlic syrup.  For making it, peel and chop the cloves of several garlic heads and place them in a jar. Cover with equal equals' part of apple cedar vinegar and distilled water. Shake well and allow to sit for 4 hours. Strain and add on an equal part of honey. Shake together. Cao and store in a refrigerator. Take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon every 6-8 hours.

Turmeric
Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties. It encourages healing and soothes the soreness of throat.

How to use it?
Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of milk and drink it 2-3 times a day, until symptoms disappear.



·    So try these wonderful home remedies to treat the annoying symptoms of laryngitis. But in spite of these measures if your symptoms did not improve within few days then do not forget to take a professional medical advice for getting relief.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

#Writebravely #writeproblogger- "6 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Nail Biting in Kids"

As a parent, we naturally desire to help our children cultivate good habits with the hope of raising them independent and responsible human being. But it is not as easy as sound. Despite our best efforts and positive approach, we find many habits and behaviour of our children are really annoying,
Don’t you think as a parent it is the upsetting and embarrassing moment when your kids fall into any kind of bad habits? Though these habits are not serious medical condition and tend to disappear with the time. But as a parent, these habits nag us because they don’t serve a healthy purpose yet they don’t easily fall away. Some of the examples of these kinds of unhealthy habits are:
  • ·         Biting or chewing nails
  • ·         Pulling of hair
  • ·         Nose picking
  • ·         Teeth grinding
  • ·         Masturbation
  • ·         Banging the head
  • ·         Lip chewing etc.

Indeed, these habits are unhealthy and gross looking. And no parents want that their child develops any of these habits. Unfortunately, so many kids get to fall into some kinds of the bad habit. What are these habits? How can we help our kids to overcome these bad habits? Read on to know more.

My story

For my 3-year-old daughter, it was nail-biting and nail chewing. It was the happiest moment for us when our second daughter born 5 years ago. She has crossed her all initial mile-stone very smoothly. But as soon as she has turned 3, she has started biting her nail. One day, I had realised that I hadn’t cut her nails in a while, and when I took a close look at her hands, her nails looked like a quarter moon to half-moon. She also has slight redness and discomfort around her nail bed.

I was feeling upset.

I was ashamed

I was trying to find the cause why does this happen

I had no idea how to help my daughter to overcome this annoying bad habit. And as a helpless parent I yelled and say repeatedly “stop biting your nails, I cannot stand it”.

After an initial bumbling, I had decided to respond her problem in the positive and nurturing way. I had tried to explore the all well-known and lesser-known facts about the nail-biting. Here are some key points that I had gotten after an initial research.

·         Nail biting is a kind of “nervous habit”. As a definition, “nervous habits are symptoms of an emotional state and generally, based upon the conditions of anxiety, insecurity and tension. These habits include nail biting, stammering, sniffling, and banging the head. The expert suggested that when trying to overcome a nervous habit, it is important to resolve the cause of nervous feeling rather than just treating the symptoms. Sometimes these habits can be hazardous to your health.

  Second thing, nail-biting usually occurs as a result of boredom or working on a difficult problem. Usually, nail-biters do not bite their nails when they are engaged in social interaction or when they reprimanded for the behaviour.

·    Scientists are not sure if nail biting is genetic but kids whose parents bite their nails are more likely to bite their nails too. Studies show this happen even if the parents stop doing it before their child is born.

·       Sometimes nail biting is just a way of coping with minor stress or anxious feeling.

·      According to a new scientific study that spanned three decades, “young children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies later in childhood.”

·   Another scientific study that has done for knowing the association between nail biting and psychiatric disorder in children and their parents confirmed that severity and frequency of nail-biting were not associated with any co-morbid psychiatric disorder.

After knowing all these facts I was feeling a little overwhelmed. But I had only one thing in my mind that there are some prominent reasons to do my best effort to stop my daughter’s nail-biting habit. And these reasons are:

It can make you sick

It can affect your smile and teeth

It will make your nail weird and uneven

So after taking few deep breaths, I had decided to work hard with a positive approach. Here is my 6 step plan that has worked for us, and hoping this will help others who are struggling with the same situation.

Step#1, educate yourself

I strongly believed that for dealing with any parenting issue (in fact with any other problem too) effectively and positively, it is mandatory to educate yourself, so that you can understand your child’s problem properly and its impact on your daily life. Learn about the underlying cause of an existing condition, the risk factors, prevention, and treatment options are good starting point to educate yourself. This step will help to prepare better for dealing with problem’

Like in my daughter’s case, I had explored all possible and reliable sources and gathered the information about “nail-biting”.

 Along with reliable online sources (like parents.com, WebMD), “what to do when a bad habit holds on you”, a book written by Dawn Huebner is a great book to get guidelines for dealing with your child’s behaviour.

 Step #2, Address the underlying cause of that habit or behaviour

Before approaching any further step, it is important to understand the underlying cause of your child’s unhealthy habit. This step will help you to identify times and situations when the behaviour more likely to occur. This thing will also help to think about whether there is any stress in your child’s life that you need to address. Sometimes it may be a result of simple boredom or a technique to relieve minor stress and anxiety. But in some cases, it could be a result of any serious family reason (like divorce) or place change.

To reveal the exact cause behind my daughter’s nail-biting habit, I had made a keen observation of her. And fortunately, I had observed, “she does it when she is bored”. Also, when she feels alone (especially when elder sister is not at home), she repeats it frequently.

Steps#3 make a heart to heart conversation

I believed a “good communication” is a key to making a healthy connection between you and your child. And when it is about to overcome the unhealthy habit, “listening and talking” is must to resolve the problem. Here are few tips that will help in making an effective communication with your kids.

  • ·         Select an appropriate time when your kids are most likely to talk in good mood, initiate the conversation.
  • ·         Always express your love and care for them.
  • ·         Keep your expression, voice tone in positive and understanding manner.
  • ·         Then begin a healthy discussion about nervous habits. What they are? In which manner they are harmful to your body? Use examples, read books together or watch an informational video about the same thing, are some creative examples that work very well in most of the cases.

Though in case of a younger child (like my daughter), when making a good communication may not work that well because of child’s age. Still, keeping a positive approach and explanation works very well to help the child from coming out through any bad habit.

 Step#4 doesn’t punish or scolded

Nail biting is a common but unresolved problem in psychiatry, psychology, medicine and dentistry. And like all other nervous habits, nail biting is also a habit that cannot be stopped easily. Studies show, many of the children with nail-biting have already tried to stop it but they have not been successful. Many of the children with NB behaviour may be punished by their parents and family members, but threat and punishment may not lead to the decrease of nail-biting frequency, in fact, it may lead to increase in it. So, keep remember,

·         Like all other nervous habits, nail-biting tends to be unconscious, so nagging or punishing your child for this is a useless strategy. If you pressure him to stop, it may turn out to be the opening shot in a wrong and exhausting power struggle.

·         Also, it is mandatory that your child is ready to stop his behaviour. Unless he is not willing to do it, you cannot do much to stop this. First, convince your child with positive and nurturing ways (like the proper explanation about the nervous habits and their consequences) and then move on next possible solutions.

 Step#5 Go on slow and “set the limits”

Unfortunately, when it comes to breaking the unconscious habits, we have to be patient while dealing it. As long as, your child is not hurting himself, your best bet is to wait out the habit. For me, the thing that has worked very well is the way “go on slow and set the limits”. Initially, I had set a simple rule “no nail-biting at dinner table” and I had reminder her every day. Gradually, this thing has worked and she has responded me very well, but not biting her nails at least on a dinner table.

Step#6 make a “quit plan” together

Definitely, this step depends on your child’ age and with smaller kids, it wouldn’t be a possible option. Still, there are things that can do together to help your child to come out with this unhealthy habit.

  • ·         Know the triggers and try to avoid the situations that trigger the nail-biting.
  • ·         Set a physical reminder that takes their attention to the habit the moment they do it. (A lighter touch on arm or a code word work best)
  • ·         Some expert suggested that wear an adhesive bandage on your child’s fingertips or putting bitter tasting solution on fingertips help to prevent nail biting. (Personally, I did not like this idea…)
  • ·         Use alternative ways or activity like silly putty to play on the long car ride or using smooth stone for while reading or watching T.V. might help in making the switch.
  • ·         As it has been said “busy child is happy child”, and I had used these simple strategies to help her. As I know that “being bored” is the biggest trigger for her. So I had started putting extra attention on her free time. I had tried to keep my child engaged in creative activities (she loves crafting) to beat her boredom. And this thing has worked really well to help her come out through this unhealthy habit.

Few more things that need to be considered

Just take a deep breath and think:

  • ·         Did you had ever tried really address to underlying cause of your child’s behaviour (instead of yelling or saying “just stop doing this”)
  • ·         It there something that you and your child could do together positively and calmly that will help him to come out from this bad behaviour or annoying habit. (Ex. Make a reward chart together, does some creative activity together when your child urges to bite his nails)
  • ·         Are you overreacting to your child’s behaviour without understanding the whole situation?

  • Of course, as a human being, we all do mistakes. The aim of these questions is to simply help you figure out where you are? And what you can do to help your child to come out through this problem.

Conclusion

Remind him and yourself that it is hard to break an unhealthy habit. Take a break if you need it. Also, different people respond to the different technique. So, try different options and sort out what works best for you and your child. Try and try again, at the end hard work and persistence eventually pay off.

With this “6 Step plan”, I had achieved my desired goal. Now, my daughter rarely does “nail-biting”. And I am happy that again “Positive parenting” had resolved one of my troublesome parenting issues.  Did you have struggled with any of your child’s bad habit?  What was your experience?  How had you helped your child to get rid of his annoying habit? Please share!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

#writebravely,#writeproblogger -"8 Awesome Family Activities to Do in Fall"

 Fall is a fabulous season. The beautiful colours, the crisp air, pumpkins…I love everything about this season. The whole world turns into a beautiful canvas painted with multiple colours. The trees put on spectacular foliage display.  The sun is so perfect and big bright moons grace the autumn sky. The wind is rising and the air gets wild with leaves. I believe it is just the perfect season to try something new, something bold and beautiful. It is a time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that this amazing season has to offer.

Of course, it is hard to say goodbye to summer freedom, but we are equally excited to welcome the "prettiest weather". And we are already geared up with a pre-preparation to enjoy the glory of great fall. Here I am sharing my favourite family fall activities. They are simple, awesome and not so expensive. You can easily enjoy them with your family.

Making a "fall bucket list"
I think writing out all the thing which we want to accomplish is the easiest way to being closer to get things which we really want. This time, I want to make a "fall bucket list" with a mixed theme "Fun while learn". As it is the beginning of the new academic year, I want to make sure kids get involved in regular reading and learning and on another side, wonderful weather offers so much to explore outside. So we had to alternate the learning and fun activities in our "fall bucket list" to enjoy the season with maximum fun and optimum learning.

Reading autumn theme books
We just love books. It is such a great time of year to start a new journey. Reading is an essential activity to get a proper knowledge and skills. And read the "fall theme books" are the excellent way to explore the uniqueness of season. We had already picked some fall theme books. Some are funny, some are informational and even some are scary. Some of my favourite "fall theme books" are:

  • ·         Why do leave change colour – by Betsy Maestro, an informative book which explains what happens to leave in fall as they change colour.
  • ·         Fall leaves fall- by Zoe hall, talk about all the things that kids can do with fall leaves.
  • ·         Too many pumpkins- by Linda white, when a woman buries unwanted pumpkin and then she gets huge bumper crops of pumpkin next year.

Adding a "fall theme décor" to your house

I think adding a few cosy autumnal décor to your house is a perfect way to welcoming the new season. It is the simplest way to bring the warm colours of fall into your home. Changing the home décor with a fall flare will be an exciting and creative activity for kids.
There may be many different ways to decorate your house in a creative and festive way for fall. Pumpkins, pine cones, fall foliage are some of the most easily available items that can be an instant source of inspiration for easy and elegant home décor. Some of my favourite ideas for "fall theme home décor" are:
  • ·         Making a "fall wreath" with wood slice and twigs
  • ·         Putting beautiful fall leaves (with the twig) in the glass vase to make an elegant decorative piece.
  • ·         Make a centrepiece for dining table with pumpkins, leaves and other fall stuff
  • ·         Painted pumpkin in beautiful pattern with acrylic paint
  • ·         Add more natural and autumnal colours in home accessories
  • ·         Make a wall piece with colourful fall leaves

Going for a Nature walk

Nature is a great stress reliever. And during fall nature has an exceptional beauty to explore.  Colourful trees, fallen leaves, perfect temperature provide us with a great opportunity to explore the hidden treasure of nature. It is a right time of year to go outside and see what things you can find. It doesn't have to be a big nature park or reserve, nature is all around us. Small Park, grassland and even your backyard may be a perfect place to explore and enjoy the ethnic beauty of nature.

Plan a fall foliage road trip

Being nature lovers, we cannot wait to get buckle up and get up close and personal with the breathtaking and panoramic view of natural beauty during this season.  During this season nature offers picturesque settings to watch and enjoy the colourful phase of photosynthesis. There are various road trip options are available to enjoy the awe-inspiring natural beauty. But make sure do a proper research and pre-parathion before planning your road trip.

Getting crafty

We love crafting as a family. Crafting is the easiest way to explore creativity and imagination power in kids. And fall is the perfect season to get creative and crafty. Nature craft supplies are the prettiest and cheapest option for crafting that we can have. And during fall they are in their best form. So with the few fall craft ideas. You can get started in no time. Especially for kids, it is an excellent opportunity to spark their imagination and feel excited about the season.
Some of all favourite fall theme crafts are:
  •        Leafy animal
  • ·         Painted acorn
  • ·         Wall decoration with leafy cards

Explore the "fall Traditions"

As we are still in an exploratory state here, we are very excited to learn about the way families in our community and beyond celebrate this season. We want to learn more about the festivals and celebrations.  And fall is the perfect time to explore the traditions and activities. So, we are ready to enjoy,
  •       Apple picking in beautiful orchard  
  • ·         Pumpkin patches
  • ·         Enjoying the haunted hayrides
  • ·         Attending super cool fall festival
  • ·         And making delicious doughnuts with apple cider


Preparation for Halloween

Last but not the least if we are talking about fall fun, how we can forget the "Halloween". Halloween is just few week away and my daughters love everything about Halloween. Spooky rhymes, scary costumes, make-up and masks, and of course Halloween parties. And this year, for avoiding the end moment tension, we had already started a pre-preparation for upcoming Halloween. Searching for a different theme, cheap costume and elegant decoration are making us super excited for celebrating the "Kids favourite festival".

So, we are well prepared to celebrate the season of harvest and reflection.  These were our favourite "fall family activities" to enjoy the fun festivities.  What are yours? Please share with us.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

#Writebravely #writeproblogger - "5 Amazing Natural Blood Thinners for a Healthy Heart"

Nature has offered the wonderful gift to mankind as medicinal plants and herbs to promote healthy, happy and disease free life. Being a holistic physician, I always love to explore the therapeutic properties of natural substances. Indeed, natural foods, herbs, spices have amazing healing properties and could be used as an effective alternative treatment for various diseases and troubling aliments.
 Recently, I had explored some interesting information about “natural blood thinners”, which I wish to share through this post.

What is blood thinner medication?

As the name suggested the blood thinner is a drug that helps in the prevention of formation of a clot. Even though the body has a self-defence mechanism that helps in the formation of blood clots, whenever we suffer from bleeding due to any reason. But there are times when blood clots could be dangerous and can put your life at risk. If you have certain conditions like an irregular heart rhythm or congenital heart defects or had a heart surgery (due to any reason like heart valve surgery ), these conditions and the surgery increases the chance of threatening blood clots and these clots may cause a heart attack or stroke. Blood thinner medication lowers the chances of heart attack and stroke by reducing the chance of forming blood clots.

When the “blood thinner medication” is prescribed?

Your doctor may recommend you to take these blood thinner medications when a person is at risk of stroke or heart disease. Or you had certain procedures like heart valve surgery or angioplasty.  These medications lower the chance of heart attack and stroke by lessening the chance that blood clots form. This medication helps in maintaining a proper blood flow to vital organs. There are 2 types of blood thinners. One is anticoagulant and other is anti-platelet drugs.

  • ·         Anticoagulant drugs can prevent clots formation. Common example of anticoagulant drug are heparin, warfarin
  • ·         Anti-platelet drugs like aspirin prevent blood cells called platelet from clumping together to form a clot.

Fortunately there are some natural foods that can work like a natural blood thinner and you can use them to reduce the formation of blood clots and heart stroke. What are these substances and how to use them? Read on to know more.

If you are suffering from any kind of heart or blood vessel disease and already taking prescription medicines, it is very important to take a professional medical advice before making any significant changes to your diet.

Here are the lists of 5 superfoods that can work like a natural blood thinner and can play a major role in the prevention of threatening heart diseases.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a well-known spice that helps in fighting infections, reduce inflammation and treat digestive problems. According to University Of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis and keeps bad cholesterol level under control. Though more scientific evidence needed, it is believed that turmeric stops platelets from clumping together and also prevents blood clots from building up along the wall of arteries.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E proved to be a bust for preventing heart diseases and have anti-cancer properties. According to WebMD, some trials suggested the role of Vitamin E in reducing the risk of life-threatening blood clots, but researchers warn that the finding must be confirmed. According to Harvard Medical School, Professor of Medicine Robert J Glynn PhD “Vitamin E shows promise for preventing the potentially deadly clots in high-risk patients who are on prescription blood thinners like warfarin.”

Garlic

Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic has a great role in the prevention of heart disease. Some studies suggested it may slow down atherosclerosis and lower the blood pressure a little between 5% to 8%. Apart from preventing blood clots, garlic has significant antioxidant activity and protects the blood vessels and heart from the harmful effects of free radicals.


Foods that can contain Omega 3 fatty acid

Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acid have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They had a capacity to thin the blood. Studies suggested that it also help in reduce arterial inflammation, improve endothelial function and promote healthier circulation and clotting. But apart from these usual benefits, you have to be very careful while consuming it with other blood thinning medication. According to Mayo Clinic, omega 3 may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with herbs and supplements that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Multiple cases of bleeding have been reported with the use of Ginkgo biloba and fewer cases with garlic and saw palmetto.

Ginger

Ginger has been a popular herb for thousands of years because of its amazing therapeutic properties for treating various elements. Studies suggested that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood from blood clotting, that can help treat heart diseases where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack. Gingerol is a chemical that naturally occurs in ginger and has been shown to prevent blood cells and platelets from clotting and clumping.


Apart from this:

  • ·         Some vegetables like tomato, broccoli, lettuce, beetroot and onion can thin the blood.
  • ·         Cayenne paper contains a high amount of salicylate and can have a powerful blood thinning effect on your body.
  • ·         Some fruits like pineapple contain an enzyme bromelain that is responsible for its blood thinning properties.
  • ·         Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can help in thinning the blood.
  • ·         Red wine is also considered to have a protective effect against atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
  • ·         Some nuts like wall nut, almonds and Brazil nut can help thin the blood.

Word of caution

No doubt these natural products have amazing healing properties, but they may interfere with your prescription medication. It is very important to no get started with any of these before taking your doctor’s advice. Always speak to your doctor before making any changes in your diet and prescribed medication, otherwise, it could have a negative impact on your health. Did you have tried any natural foods to cure any disease aliments? What was your experience? Please share!

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