Is Your Child A Fussy Eater? Conquer That Hurdle!

Not a lot of us are too sure about why our children develop eating habits and become fussy eaters. There are different theories and discussions about why this frustrating habit occurs but in the end, there is no definitive answer as to why children suddenly – rather than gradually – become fussy eaters. We all know that when our children were young, babies even, that they would attempt to eat pretty much anything that we would put in front of them or give to them. Then, suddenly, one day when we give our children their lunch or breakfast or dinner, they reject the food in front of them – leaving us confused and (we all have to admit it) a bit frustrated that all our hard work in preparing and cooking their food has gone to waste.

Is Your Child A Fussy Eater? Conquer That Hurdle!

When a child refuses food, it is very easy to open the fridge and give them their favorite snacks such as raspberries, strawberries, yogurts or cheese. But, in the hope of fending off any more potential fussy eating, we must stick to the food we had initially given to them and we should not give in even when a temper tantrum ensues. Yes, it can be difficult and even heartbreaking to see your child upset but one bit of determination from you can lead to happier eating times and less frustration and less wasted food – which can also save you a lot of money.

Children do tend to learn things very quickly and when they develop fussy eating habits, it may be because they have seen you take a bite out of a chocolate bar, or you have just eaten one of the foods that they like whilst you were preparing their meal. Once they know the food that they like is available, they may start to get irritated and frustrated that you are not giving to them and refuse the food you have prepared.

A good way of eliminating any eating habits which you do not approve of is to remove the meal that your child is refusing and blend it up using a food processor so it will be easier to eat for your child. If you have not got a processor, you may want to do some research on what ones would work best for you on healthybutsmart.com. Once your child’s food is blended up, you could pretend to put their favorite snacks or smaller foods into their bowl or onto their plate so that they will think that they will want to eat now that the food they wanted is in there. You could also pretend to eat a bit of their food, giving your approval as to how good it tastes. There is almost a complete guarantee that they will want to try, and attempt to eat, their meal after that. A parent’s approval for a child is always a good thing which they will seek.

Fussy eating habits can also stem from your child spending a lot of time with other children. If they see another child being fussy, they can easily pick up on it and will attempt to try it with you – to see if it will work.

However, when a child develops fussy eating habits, they will not last forever. Most habits in a child wane away after a few months (even though some particular habits can last for longer) and as your child grows up, becomes more mature, and experiences more things in life, they will no longer dislike certain foods that they used to reject. Think of foods that you used to dislike when you were younger. They probably comprised of a lot of fruit and vegetables and exotic tasting dishes which your taste buds were not used to. But, now, you probably love all that stuff and have done for years.

As a parent, it is important that our children do not overpower us and that we are sure that we have control over their eating habits, diet, and health. Poor eating habits can result in slow energy, weight gain and can even affect mental capacity. Ensure your child eats a varied and diverse diet with plenty of vitamins to enable them to be healthy and free of any potential diet-related illnesses. All parents have to deal with children who are fussy eaters at some point, so when it happens be aware that there are other parents out there going through the same frustrating time as you and will probably be taking the same steps.



Beauty(ful) Disasters and How To Fix Them

Your wobbling hand is holding a mascara brush, and you slip, smearing a black line across your perfectly-eye shadowed eyelid.

You make the sudden decision to cut your own hair, knowing it’s not a good idea but unable to resist the pull of the scissors. Snip snip snip, your hair falls to the floor and you suddenly realize how big of an error you have made.

In a question for the perfect eyebrows, you tweeze and pluck and shape – to the point where you have almost no eyebrows left.

No judgment here; the above are just three examples of the multitude of beauty mistakes thousands of women make every year. Sometimes, against our better knowledge, we do something we know we shouldn’t – or we have an accident that we can’t prevent. It’s human nature to be fallible, and we all have those moments we later live to regret.

It seems there is no point counseling against these things happening. After all, no one willingly elects to do something that spoils their appearance. The key to mastering this is in the cleanup; the techniques you can use to at least look more presentable to the world!

Beauty(ful) Disasters and How To Fix Them

What You Did: Overplucked Your Eyebrows Into Nothingness

How It Looks: Like your face has no frame, no definition, and your forehead goes on for miles.

How You Fix It:

In the short term, you can use something like use Etude drawing eyebrow pencils to at least create the illusion of brows. Long term… well, it’s a difficult one to fix. You may find that, once the eyebrow hairs have been plucked once too often, they simply won’t grow back. There are creams which can encourage growth or you could go natural with castor oil, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll work.

What You Did: Cut Your Own Hair

How It Looks: Kind of exactly as you’d expect – not good. Hairdressing is a profession for a reason; it’s not the kind of thing a layperson should be attempting.

How You Fix It:

Wear a hat?

Or, swallow your pride and go and visit a hairdresser. Confess what you did, promise not to do it again and turn your locks over to them to create something resembling a deliberate style. You might have to go shorter than you intended, but perhaps that will be a lesson to you in future: leave the scissors alone!

What You Did: Accidentally got mascara everywhere on your face other than your eyelashes..

How It Looks: Like you’ve been crying or, at the very least, auditioning for a role as a human panda.

How You Fix It:

If you have no other makeup on, then just remove as normal. But let’s be realistic, most of the time this will happen with at least minimal eyeshadow in place and perhaps foundation and eyeliner too. If you don’t want a total redo, then try soaking a cotton tip in makeup remover and dabbing away small sections at a time. Your eyeshadow might need a bit of touching up, but it’s better than having to start afresh from scratch.



Salad Left On The Table Again? Easy Ways To Give It Some New Life

I don’t know about you, but I end up throwing away the salad half the time after dinner. People tend to eat their main meal and skip adding any salad to their dish. But it’s so healthy that it does need to be consumed alongside your main meal. After all, it’s giving you vital nutrients you need to stay healthy. Often, one of the top reasons why people leave the salad is due to it being boring. After all, it doesn’t have much flavor, and people prefer to eat their scrumptious dish instead. Therefore, to ensure the salad doesn’t get left on the table in future, here are some easy ways to give it some new life.

Chop up bread in the salad

Everyone loves to have some bread with their dinner. After all, it can make your dinner even tastier if you have a nice sauce. But rather than putting it on the dish, you might want to consider chopping up the bread in the salad. Cut it into fine bits which you can dot around the salad. Therefore, it will look a lot more delicious, and your family are more likely to add the salad to their dish. If you want to make it even tastier, you could even consider toasting the bread before adding it to the salad. It will give it a new flavor, and make it even more, crunchier when you are consuming the salad!

Add in some fruit and vegetables

While you might already have foods like tomato and peppers in your salad, it can still make it taste rather boring. Therefore, if you want to give it a new lease of life, you could consider adding in some fruit and vegetables. After all, adding carrots, sweet potato, and even mango will make it a lot tastier. And as long as you have a good set of kitchen knives, which is an interesting topic, you can ensure they are small enough pieces to make it the perfect salad. It can also make the salad even healthier if you do go for fruit and vegetables. Therefore, try different ones and see which ones go down well with your family.

 

Serve it as the main dish

 

Rather than having a salad as a side dish, you could consider serving a salad as a main meal. After all, you can add foods like meat or fish to ensure it becomes a tasty dinner. And it’s the perfect way to ensure your family has the healthy salad to get all the nutrients they need. In fact, a salad as a main dish would be perfect when summer arrives, and you want to eat lighter. Or you are opting to eat healthier meals as you are expecting a baby. Therefore, try it for dinner for your family to see if they will tuck in. Here are some delicious salad dishes that might take your fancy.

 

And remember to try a fun dressing to ensure your family tuck into the salad. A creamy classic dressing might be the key to getting your family to help themselves to the salad!



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Eating For Two, The Guide For Soon To Be New Mommies!

Pregnancy is one of the most incredible things that we can go through as women. It’s an experience that totally and completely changes you, both mentally and physically. Parts of pregnancy are hard – morning sickness, for instance, is far from enjoyable – but even so, every second of pain and discomfort will be worth it when you see your little one for the first time.

If there’s one thing that most moms-to-be worry most about, it’s having a healthy baby. Although we can’t control how healthy our babies are, we can ensure that throughout our pregnancy our little one is getting all of the right vitamins and nutrients, by eating lots of healthy, wholesome foods. Knowing what to eat when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful, especially when it’s your first pregnancy.

With that in mind, below are some tips, ideas, and pieces of advice for ensuring that when eating for two, you’re putting the right stuff into your body.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it couldn’t be more true, especially when you’re pregnant. During pregnancy, you’re twice as likely to suffer from low blood sugar and dizziness caused by it, so eating three meals a day is a must, including a good sized breakfast.

Cereal makes an okay breakfast, but it’s not exactly filling, and most cereals are packed full of sugar and additives. Instead of eating cereal, opt to have porridge sweetened with honey, maple syrup or coconut syrup. Or, make a cooked breakfast of eggs, wholemeal toast, baked beans, and sausages and bacon – as well as anything else you fancy. All that matters is that your breakfast is healthy and filling.

Beat morning sickness by eating whatever you fancy

Despite the name, morning sickness can strike at any time, day or night. When it comes to beating morning sickness, the key is to work out whether you have any triggers. You see, some women have certain trigger foods, drinks or even smells, that can make them sick. By working out what your triggers are, you can make bouts of morning sickness less likely.

When you’re feeling sick, the chances are that you won’t want to eat anything. However, it’s important that you try and find a few things that you can eat and keep down. Otherwise, you and the baby won’t be getting enough nutrients. While it is important to eat as healthily as you can, if you’re feeling sick, just eat whatever you fancy. If there’s a food that makes you feel less sick, then eat it – whatever it may be.

Ensure you’re eating plenty of fiber

During pregnancy, eating lots of fiber is important. So aim to ensure that you’re eating at least two pieces of high-fiber bread or a bowl of high-fiber cereal each day. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with constipation and all of the side effects that go with it. As well as eating lots of high-fiber bread and cereals, eating lots of fruit and vegetables – both of which are high in fiber, is also important.

Get into the habit of cooking meals from scratch

If you don’t already cook from scratch, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing so. While buying ready meals and pre-made sauces for curries, stews, and pasta, is an easy way of cooking, it’s important to realize that ready-made foods aren’t good for you. Most pasta sauces that come in jars have over 12 teaspoons of sugar in them, for instance, and are also high in fat and empty calories.

By cooking your food from scratch, you can ensure that it’s healthy and has a high nutritional value. You can also make sure that there’s nothing in there that you’re not allowed to eat – when you’re pregnant there are some foods that it’s recommended that you avoid. If you’re going to cook from scratch, aim to use pans, such as pebble frying pans, that are enameled not coated in Teflon, as Teflon can come off in your food and isn’t good for you or your little one.

Make fresh fruit and raw veggies your go-to snacks  

As you’re eating for two, the chances are that you are most probably feeling more hungry than normal, and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you want to ensure that your body stays healthy and that you don’t gain too much weight, you need to be careful of what you are snacking on in between meals.

While it’s fine to have the occasional treat, such as a piece of cake or a chocolate bar, it’s a good idea to make fresh fruit and vegetables your go-to snack foods. That way you can eat as much as you want to, without packing on the pounds. Yes, it’s natural to gain some weight, but what you don’t want to do is gain too much weight, putting your health and your baby’s health at risk.

So, there you have it, everything that you need to know about eating for two.  

 



Give Yourself Some Sparkle: 10 Key Accessories To Make You Shine

Every girl loves her accessories when it comes to dressing up. Going out for an evening requires a little class, a little style and a lot of sparkle. A shopping trip to prelude a night out with the girls is always necessary and before you go, think about the kind of night out you intend to have first. This will be your jumping off point as to what sort of accessories you’ll need to make your night out perfect while feeling confident in your own skin.

In anticipation of the next big night out, check out your wardrobe to see what you can reuse before you shop for more. With these ten key accessories, your Saturday night can be completed!

  1. If you’re a handbag fan but find them too bulky, you should look at getting a wristlet. It’s a little bag that hooks on your wrist and is totally ideal for big parties where there’s dancing or standing around. The colour choice is also broad, which will help when it comes to outfit coordination.
  2. Black kitten heels should be the next thing on your list. Not only are they chic, but they go with everything from skinny jeans to the best LBD. Swapping out trainers for a pair of these can make even the most casual outfit look polished.
  3. That little black dress should be perfect. Just above the knee, simple and sleeveless, you’ll find yourself in something timeless.
  4. Go for some statement jewelry to jazz up that LBD and choosing a statement ring over cuffs or sparkly bangles is the way to go. Splash on some argyle pink diamonds and you can make your dress look sexy and classic.
  5. A bold necklace in a bold colour can transform any blouse or dress. Adding some colour will make the whole ensemble pop and draw the eye to you.
  6. A girl deserves a little frosting so hunt down the perfect pair of dangly earrings. These will bring focus to your face and elongate it all at the same time, giving you a classy look.                                                                                                                                                  
  7. Have you seen those brightly coloured pashminas/wraps in the shops? Buy one. These are elegant and can just be thrown on and work for any budget.
  8. If you’re a fan of skirts and dresses but not a fan of your legs, go for a pair of beautiful stockings with crystal detail. These won’t just keep you warm, they’ll match your jewelry too.
  9. If you want to sparkle but not go over the top, try out a sequinned t-shirt. You’ll be able to look beautiful and feel confident with just a touch of elegance.
  10. Move over dresses, the pencil skirt is in town. If your standby colour is black, switch over to another, bolder colour to make your night on the town shine.

You don’t need a huge budget for your accessories, just good taste and a penchant for sniffing out good deals. You can be confident and beautiful on a night out without spending too much money!



The Importance Of Pampering Yourself When You’re Expecting

The journey to becoming a mother for the first time is an exciting one. Of course, it can also be a somewhat stressful one. Your body is going through all these changes: your hormones are fluctuating like crazy, you have to adjust to a new body shape, and your skin and hair feel completely different. When you’re expecting, life changes significantly, which is why it’s important to take care of yourself with a little pampering.

 

By pampering yourself, you can help to make pregnancy (and all the changes that come with it), that little bit easier to deal with. Yes, being pregnant is exciting, but it’s also incredibly stressful. No one wants to see their body change into a different shape or their hair and skin change in a negative way, but that’s all part of being pregnant.

The good news is, however, a little pampering can help you to feel better about the changes that are happening to your body, as can treating yourself to a few new bits and bobs.

Treat yourself to new clothes

You might fit in your normal clothes right now, but soon enough you are no longer going to. Instead of trying to squeeze into your normal clothes, treat yourself to some new bits and bobs. Maternity clothing has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and can be just as fashionable as normal clothing. Plus, maternity clothing is designed to fit perfectly around your changing body, meaning that it should make you feel better about how you look. If the cost of a whole new wardrobe is too much, why not take out a small loan from somewhere like Swift Money? That way, you can get what you need to feel good and can pay back the money over a set time period in affordable installments.

Book a spa weekend

The first few months of pregnancy are always the hardest – any pregnancy book will tell you that, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a little pampering. Find a spa that offers pregnancy retreats and book yourself and your partner or yourself and a friend onto one of their retreats. Imagine spending the weekend having massages, relaxing in the swimming pool, and drinking lots of alcohol-free champagne – what could be better? When you’re feeling exhausted – another joyful part of pregnancy – a spa weekend is the answer.

A new haircut can make you feel amazing

A lot of women notice that pregnancy changes their hair in one way or another. If your pregnancy has left you with hair that seems out of the ordinary for you, don’t worry, once you’ve had your little one it will soon go back to normal. For now, however, why not get a new haircut? Ask your hairdresser what style they would suggest for your hair, to make it look and feel as good as it did before you became pregnant. It’s also worth investing in quality hair care products, to ensure that it stays healthy throughout your pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, you need to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. You will be amazed at how much happier a little pampering can make you feel, so make sure to make time for yourself, to ensure that you are getting all the care that you need.