6 Ways To Read More

Researchers have found that readers live almost two years longer than non-readers. A study conducted at Yale and published in the September issue of Social Science & Medicine surveyed the reading patterns of over 3,635 people over the age of 50 years old and found those who read regularly live longer.

Study participants were separated into two groups, those who read up to 3.5 hours per week, those who read more than 3.5 hours per week and those who do not read at all. Over twenty years of research they found that those who read 3.5 hours or more have a lower mortality rate.

Warren Buffett once told a group of students at Columbia University that reading 500 pages a year helps build knowledge like compound interest, but finding the time to read 500 pages a day is unrealistic for most people. Taking these small steps toward reading more will help grow knowledge and improve your life for the better!

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Who Runs the World? A Guide to Encouraging Kids to Run

According to the CDC, the obesity rate has quadrupled in the past 30 years. And, with the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation (especially within children), it is more important than ever to teach kids about health and exercise. Children are extremely impressionable and often imitate what parents do, thus making it immensely important to instill healthy perceptions of fitness early in life.  

Our society tends to focus too much on what a person looks like, tainting the image of a healthy body. Instead of harping on having the perfect body or looking a certain way; teach your child(ren) the importance of why exercise coupled with a healthy diet is so crucial to longevity, overall health, and happiness.  

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Bump Up Your Calcium

A mother’s work is never done. From running to the grocery store, work, park play dates, cleaning, you name it, we do it all. Unfortunately, our health isn’t always at the forefront of our minds. And while most of us do a pretty good job of taking prenatal vitamins to help us stay healthy during pregnancy, we could still be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals that aren’t provided in prenatal vitamins; namely, calcium. 

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Get the Most out of Marriage Counseling

It’s no secret that successful marriages can be hard work, and it’s completely normal for couples to encounter rough water at times throughout the marriage. In fact, it’s completely inevitable. There will come a time when disagreements and differences cannot be resolved between a couple, so seeking outside counsel is important in saving the marriage. It takes extreme bravery to walk into a strangers office and divulge some of your deepest, darkest secrets, and the mere thought of doing so can make one weary. If you feel that marriage counseling is your last resort, here are some points to consider for both yourself and your partner to ensure that you’re both getting the most out of your time, effort and money!

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Tips & Tricks for Dealing with an Uncommon Food Allergy

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It seems as though food allergies have become more and more prominent in children in recent years. There are the obvious ones that most people are aware of – nuts, shellfish, and dairy. But there are others that are not on most parent’s minds, especially when feeding their baby food for the first time. Those are fruit and vegetable allergies. When you are a parent to a child with an uncommon food allergy, the discovery of this allergy can be terrifying. Most parents are prepared for reactions to highly allergenic foods like nuts and strawberries, but what if it’s something like bananas? Or apples? Allergic reactions can range from mild – hives, rashes, and skin irritations – to severe like anaphylactic shock. Once you have the reaction under control, your mind will race to what’s next to help manage this allergy and if any other allergies are abound. Below are some tips and tricks to help deal with uncommon food allergies.

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Natural Deodorant (that actually works!) PiperWai

How many times during the day do you sneak a peek over both shoulders, then casually and quickly lift up an arm and take a quick whiff? Probably more times than you care to admit. It’s okay, we’re right there with you. There’s something about deodorant that rubs (no pun intended!) people the wrong way, whether it’s the questionable ingredients that make you cringe and keeps you pouring money into your HSA account for the inevitable cancer that you’re bound to get from just trying to keep your body odor at bay or the morning battle with the white stick and the black sleeveless dress – we all know who wins that war. Finally, there’s a real solution to the deodorant dreads, and we are head over heels in love and super excited to introduce you to a little jar of magical creme that takes the stink and the stains away – for real!

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4 Reasons You Should Eat More Garlic

Garlic is a potent and smelly superfood that can add a little ‘oomph’ to almost any dish. But, did you know that garlic is also one of the most powerful natural remedies out there? For hundreds of years, garlic has been used medicinally, warding off infection, inflammation, and even cancer! Today, science is confirming this seemingly endless list of benefits that garlic has.

While cooking garlic with meals can greatly improve your health, nothing can compare to raw garlic. Adding heat to garlic has been known to reduce some of its healing properties; but letting it stand for about 10 minutes after crushing can preserve some components, even if heat is added. The biggest secret to garlic’s benefits lie in the compound allicin, and today we’ll discuss 4 reasons why you should be eating more garlic.

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How to Create a Habit

Creating positive habits can help to reach goals, develop self-discipline, and create powerful change in your life. During the 1950’s, plastic surgeon Dr. Maxwell Maltz found that following an operation it would take patients up to 21 days to adjust to a change in their physical appearance.

He documented those changes in what was to become a best selling book, Psycho-Cybernetics. Dr. Maltz’s research from Psycho-Cybernetics is the foundation behind the belief that it takes 21 days to form, or break, a habit.

More recently, psychology researchers at the University College London observed the habits of 96 subjects over a 12 week period. Results of this project demonstrated that building a new habit would actually take 66 days, instead of the 21 days that are more commonly discussed.

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Juicing for Energy and Health with Project Juice

Being a mom is both a thankless and rewarding, albeit a very busy task. Between soccer drop offs, sick days and nights up with a crying and colicky baby there are countless reasons why moms (all parents – really) have a hard time finding the energy to make it through the day. Many turn to caffeine, and we certainly aren’t dissing that option – we at Daily Mom are hardcore caffeine lovers! However, juicing is something you’ve certainly heard about, read about or tried at one time or another. Fresh juices are an amazing craze that will hopefully never go away. They come with a long list of benefits, but like anything else health or nutrition related, it will serve you best to be informed. Today we are prepared to bring you a little bit more information on juicing, how to use it to up those ever dropping energy levels, and talk about what all the hype really is about. New moms, take note! We will be touching on the safety of juicing while breastfeeding as well!

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Why Not Donate Some Blood?

If your loved one had an emergency and needed an immediate blood transfusion, but the hospital didn’t have any blood available, what would you do? This situation is very real and probable. According to the American Red Cross, hospitals are 40,ooo units behind their normal blood supply. Summertime is the place to be for vacations, fun, school-free zone and… accidents. This is where you come in – your blood and your generosity can lead to saving a life in an unexpected emergency. Meet Christ Hrouda, the Red Cross Executive Vice President of Biomedical Services. 

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6 Secrets to Improving Memory in Your Kids

Why is our memory so important? 

Retaining information in our long-term memory bank is one of the greatest joys we can have in life. There are many different types of information worth keeping, but if we’re going to make the best use of that memory (and the information it holds), it has to be properly exercised. While there are numerous ways for you to improve memory, we’ve found that if we start developing those muscles when our children are young that our brains will operate much more efficiently. 

With that in mind, today we’re sharing 6 secrets to improving memory for your kids.

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Feeding Baby on the Go: 6 Healthy Snack Options

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Every parent wants to make the best choice when it comes to providing their children with a healthy and wholesome diet. But busy lifestyles often take over, and parents find themselves packing their kids with easy-to-grab processed snacks and foods. For babies and young toddlers, this often means expensive snacks with little to no real nutritional value. As parents, we all want the option to give our children healthy foods with ingredients we can pronounce, especially when we are on the go. But there are so many different options out there it can be hard to decide which ones are best.

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15

Eating healthy starts with making sure that plenty of fruits and vegetables are a part of your family’s diet. It’s widely accepted that eating organic produce is better for both your health and the environment, but sometimes the price point of organic fruits and vegetables is not cost effective. Instead of altering your entire grocery budget, you can make healthy choices by prioritizing only the organic products that are the worst offenders when it comes to pesticide and fertilizer use.

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How to Get Fit and Make Friends

Making friends as a child is a lot easier than making friends once you are an adult. If you’ve moved to a new city, or simply are in need of a new tribe of brunch ladies you may need to be creative to make new friends as an adult.

Fitness is a common denominator perfect for building new friendships! Finding a group of people who enjoy the same types of things you do is the best way to build lasting friendships. This list of ways to get fit and make friends includes great ways to get involved with new people over healthy activities.

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SJS Awareness – Educate before you medicate

Millions of prescriptions are filled around the world each day, ranging from preventative antibiotics to the much needed anticonvulsant that helps a young child cope with epilepsy.

Most parents know that children should not take aspirin due to the predominance of Reyes Syndrome but few individuals are fully aware of all the possible side effects that can come with both over the counter and prescription medication.

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