Better Homes and Bodies
While it’s important to fuel up for the day, some kids just aren’t hungry first thing in the morning. So try moving breakfast to the last thing you do before leaving. That may give them enough time to wake up and feel hunger. Or, offer lighter fare like a smoothie, yogurt with fruit, or toast with nut butter. Even better, ask them ahead of time what they think sounds good for breakfast. Note, it doesn’t have to be breakfast food.
Keep those dried fruits - you know, the ones that are considered nature’s gifts and were on your party platter. Did you know you could dry your own fruits? If you are not interested in the dehydrating process, consider already dried fruits often. They are loaded with micronutrients, fiber and antioxidants! Raisins, Dates, Prunes, Figs, Apricots and more are already dehydrated. Also, these fruits can be preserved longer than fresh fruit – less throw away. Keep in mind – dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit!
Have your pantry prepared when cold or flu strikes. Keep on hand these proven comforts. Although there is no universal cure for a cold, there are ways to help you feel comforted while you’re sick. Put on your softest PJs, grab a pillow and snuggle under the covers. And remember to stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth, warm apple juice or warm lemon water with honey can all help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can further dehydrate you when you’re sick.
Brown paper just needs some creativity and maybe a few colorful additions to make it anything other than boring. Small brown bags can make great gift bags. Simply decorate them as you would boxed gifts. With some sprigs of mistletoe, holly or small pine cones, colorful gift tags, twine, yarn, recyclable ribbon, small ornaments or even holiday stamps, you can turn any plain gift into a lovely addition under the tree!