Preparing Your Child For Nursery
How to cope when your child starts nursery.
Starting nursery is the beginning of a new and exciting stage in your child’s life. But it’s also the end of an era so feelings of sadness and anxiety are inevitable.
When you’ve been by your child’s side every waking moment from the second they were born – holding them, guiding them, comforting them, playing with them – it’s hardly surprising that watching them disappear into a room of virtual strangers is enough to fill even the most confident parent with questions and doubts.
What if he cries inconsolably when you leave him? How is she going to cope without you? What if the other children are mean? What if the staff forget to give him his dummy at nap time? What if she cries and nobody cuddles her?
While these anxieties are completely natural, it’s also worth remembering that children are far more resilient than they appear. In fact, there’s a good chance your little one is coping better with the transition than you are.
Then, of course, there’s the question of them coping a little too well.
What if he doesn’t bat an eyelid when you leave him? What if she prefers her key carer to you? What if he’s happy all day at nursery but cranky when he gets home?
As setting up a webcam to spy on your little darling isn’t an option, we asked Beverley Hallett, manager of Head Start Nursery and Preschool, Lewisham, to give us a sneak peek into what really happens at nursery when mummy and daddy aren’t there and offer her top tips from the front line.
What if my child is inconsolable when I leave?
Children usually cry because you are leaving and not because they are unhappy about being at nursery,” explains Beverley. “In the majority of cases, once the ‘goodbye’ part is over, a child will quickly settle into an activity or cuddle with a member of staff.”
To ensure the goodbye is as painless as possible (for your toddler and you), Beverley recommends the following tips:
1. “Choose a nursery that offers parents a lengthy settling-in period so your child can build up a connection and relationship with their key carer in the security of your presence before you leave them.”
2. “If your toddler is having trouble settling in, arrive early and factor in time to comfort and reassure them before you leave. Stay and play with them, help them to settle with their key worker, even have breakfast with them – but keep this separate to the ‘goodbye’ itself.”
3. “Make the actual ‘goodbye’ quick, firm and reassuring with no long, drawn-out returns for “just one more kiss or cuddle from mum”. Once you have said goodbye – you really need to leave.”
4. “Always say goodbye and reiterate that you will see them later. Be specific in a way that your child will understand – for example, after lunch, after tea, after story time – then leave.”
5. “Never just sneak out because you think your child is playing happily and is distracted and you don’t want to upset them. To the child, to suddenly look up and mummy is no longer there, feels like abandonment.”
6. “Children need the reassurance of a familiar, consistent, goodbye routine – whether that be a kiss, waving through the window or taking them to play in the block area. This signal will help them to cope with the transition from being in mum’s care to being in nursery care.”
The routine of saying goodbye and reassuring them that mum or dad will return is essential when supporting a child to settle into an unfamiliar environment.
What if my child cries during the day - and I’m not there?
Emotional moments will inevitably crop up, especially in the situations those child associates with mum, such as waking from a nap or at meal times or also if another child gets too far inside their physical comfort zone and they feel threatened. But remember the nursery staff will always be there to step in and comfort your child.
“A good nursery will contact you if your child cries for an extended period of time and cannot be comforted. In this instance they should agree to extend the settling-in period,” she adds.
“Most people who work with children do it because they love children and are genuinely concerned if a child is unhappy. If they tell you your toddler has been fine all day, the chances are they have.”
What if my child doesn’t cry?While it might not compare to the pain of seeing your child distressed, it can be pretty disconcerting when all the other toddlers are clinging onto their mums for dear life while yours runs off merrily without so much as a by-your-leave. But does this really mean your child doesn’t care about you?
Beverley explains that conversely this is a positive sign: “This just shows what a great job a parent has done of building their child’s emotional confidence and security, enabling them to attach emotionally to other adults outside their immediate family.”
Why is my child a devil at home and an angel at nursery?Don’t be surprised if the nursery tells you your child has been as sweet as pie all day only for you to be faced with an evening of tears and tantrums the moment you get them home.
“Remember that your child will probably feel tired at the end of the day,” explains Beverley. “Playing and exploring a new environment is hard work. They might like some quiet time when they get home so don’t bombard them with too many questions, however tempting.”
Easy Paper Crafts for Kids
Jump-start your child's creativity with these simple crafts made from all varieties of colorful paper.
The Project: Have your child draw a big, squiggly line at the top of the paper in one colour of marker, making sure to go all the way from the left to the right side. Use another colour for the second line, following along the first. Continue this way in a repeating colour pattern (or not!) to fill the whole page, then remove any tape. (This could take a while—encourage your child to take a break if necessary, or to work here and there over a few days.) How did the line change as he filled the paper?
Bonus Fun: Instead of a single line, have your child draw a few geometric shapes at different spots on the page, then radiate the patterns outward on all sides. What will he do when the lines intersect?
The Big Reveal
The Setup Your child will need painter’s tape, watercolour paper, crayons and/or stickers, a paintbrush, and watercolour paints.
The Project Tape the paper to a flat surface (this will keep it from curling as it dries). Have your child create a design with the crayons and/or stickers, pressing the edges firmly. Then have her paint over the whole thing in watercolour. Let dry, then remove the stickers and painter’s tape. Not only will she have fun creating art with more than one medium, she’ll also learn about the concept of negative space— seeing the bright white shapes left behind is always a thrill!
Bonus Fun What else around the house would work? Have your child experiment with crayon-like items (oil pastels, a stick of lip balm), sticky things (adhesive vinyl or other tapes), or anything else she thinks might repel watercolour (rubber cement, petroleum jelly).
Turn coffee filters into pretty paper glass with this crafty idea from an art teacher.
A firm believer in the idea that art is for everyone, she loves planning lessons with projects that students can interpret in their own way, with no wrong answers. Here, she shares an example that was a hit with her students.
The translucency of the paper mimics the look of glass.
Our sleek family of construction paper cats is the purr-fect project for little crafters.
1. Print out our cat template, then trace it onto a sheet of black construction paper.
2. Cut out the pieces and assemble the cat with a glue stick according to the template directions.
Give your child an imagination workout with an open-ended activity that blends drawing and cool cutouts.
From a magazine, cut out images -- half of a person or an object (such as a piece of fruit, as we show) or entire vehicles or buildings -- and glue them to sheets of drawing paper. Put out colored pencils or markers.
Encourage your little artist to complete the half images by adding legs, for instance, or a fish tail, or doors and windows. Suggest drawing a landscape for the cars and buildings. Your child can glue on more images and add a title, if desired.
Cut word balloons and text boxes from white paper. Use them to turn the collage into a comic book-style story.
Have a Ball
Once your child has five or more shapes, he can slide two half-circles together at the slots to form an X, or slot together two to three pieces, rotating them until they stand on their own (at least three points should touch the work surface). From there, he can continue to add more pieces by sliding them together at the slots until he's satisfied with the result.
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5 (passive-aggressive) Anger Management Tips for Children
Does your child lash out or trash his room when he gets mad? Here's how to help him work out strong emotions and stop the bad behaviour. These tips should help defuse the situation somewhat, altering their current state-of-mind, and allowing you to then start discussing what is bothering them and redirecting their attention in a positive outlet??
Your 7-year-old lost his lunch money at school—and now his play-date cancelled. So he slams his Lego tower against the wall, sending bricks flying everywhere. Your heart stops. Does expressing anger that way mean he may become a violent adult? Um, unlikely
“Frustration and anger are normal emotions, and kids need a strong physical release for them,” she says.
But to safely redirect his feelings, have him:
1. Run around the living room or largest room in your home 50 (or any arbitrary number) of times; he'll be in a contained space, the counting will distract him and he'll get pooped out.
2. Go into a closed area (like the bathroom or a big closet or the basement) and yell at the top of his lungs. This gives him a safe place to vent without freaking out younger siblings (or the dog, or the neighbours).
3. Karate-chop a big piece of wrapping paper. It produces a satisfying ripping noise and makes him feel powerful. Go outside and make faces at you through the window.
4. Run around the house, and repeat. (After a few times, this is likely to dissolve into a giggling fit.)
5. Throw dirt at a tree. He'll get messy, but he can't hurt anything.
Karate Kids: The Benefits of Martial Arts
With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year-old leaps into the air in a karate kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and pad the walls, try channeling this urge into a martial arts class.
Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
But, say experts, it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.
"Six is usually a good age to start classes," says Mimi Johnson, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. By that time a child should have enough muscle control to punch and turn properly and safely—essential to getting a real kick out of the martial art he chooses.
Class optionsThe American T'ai Chi Associates recommends looking for a school that adheres to the original principles of the martial art it offers, rather than one that dilutes them by, say, pairing jujitsu with kickboxing: The purer the teaching, the more your child stands to gain. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right class for your child
Karate (Japanese)A system of self-development using kicks and punches. Its quick, sharp actions involve snapping movements of the joints, which means that kids need to warm up carefully.
Tae Kwon Do (Korean)A form of karate developed as a military art, which has become one of the more popular martial arts in the U.S. It uses kicking and punching movements to energize the body, and breathing and meditation techniques to provide focus.
Judo (Japanese)Taught as a competitive sport, judo teaches kids how to throw a partner using balance and leverage and helps them learn self-control and respect for their opponent.
Jujitsu (Japanese)A competitive form of self-defense that teaches students to use their opponent's weight and strength against him. Having a partner fosters cooperation.
Aikido (Japanese)Uses many of the same movements as jujitsu but is gentler and noncompetitive. It, too, is an excellent discipline for teaching children how to work with a partner.
Kung Fu (Chinese)A rigorous and physical form of karate that involves more fluid movements than its Japanese cousin, making it easier on joints. It's fast-paced, so kids get an aerobic workout.
T'ai Chi (Chinese)Focuses on balance, stretching and weight-bearing moves. T'ai Chi is easy on the joints, boosts flexibility and improves concentration skills.
Building Trust with Your Content Marketing
Trust is the glue that binds together any relationship. This includes the all-important brand-customer bond. When consumers trust your brand, they will feel more confident in your products and services. Your odds of lead conversion and customer retention go from the toss of a die to the flip of a coin.
A study done by Bonfire Marketing found that as many as 63 percent of customers will opt for an authentic brand when making a purchase. On the other side of the equation, a lack of trust can drive churn rates up. In a customer loyalty study conducted by Accenture, 43 percent of subscribers left their current provider company when they lost trust in the brand.
Why is it important to build trust with customers? Because it creates a positive emotive impression of your brand. When a customer trusts your brand, they can feel good about it. fMRI neuro-imagery has shown that consumers rely on emotions more than information to evaluate a brand. How they ‘feel’ about your brand influences their purchase decisions far more than the information they have about how amazing your product may be.
In order to build trust, you can’t run a marketing campaign about how reliable your brand is. You have to build trust brick by brick, one piece of content at a time. Use these tips to develop trust through your content until you have engineered an unbreakable bridge between your buyers and your brand.
Be Consistent in Your Brand Story
How consistent is your brand story throughout your online channels? Does your company highlight your unparalleled commitment to customer service – yet your buyers’ questions that are posted on the company Facebook page are left unanswered?
Is your business’s founding story steeped in a pioneering vision? Then your services better be some of the most innovative on the market.
Do you claim your products are priced competitively – but are more pricey than most of your competitors?
Take a look at your online brand presence and make sure there are no inconsistencies or contradictions on everything from your website to your social media content and your email messaging. And make sure you are following through with those bold UVP statements. Not only will consistency in your brand story build trust, but being inconsistent is a great way to tarnish your reputation.
Resolve Customer Complaints
This is one of the most impactfull actions you can take to establish your business as an authentic brand. People make mistakes. So do organisations. Admitting our errors is what makes us human.
When a customer has a complaint, react to it via the most appropriate channels, whether privately through a letter, phone call, or email, or publicly on social media, online reviews, an online forum setting, or somewhere else. Take steps to apologize and correct what you can. This shows there is a genuine desire to provide a value-driven product or service, rather than to simply sell something.
Be Personable and Personalise
When it comes to developing trust and confidence with your customers, better personification via your marketing software isn’t going to be enough. Another tactic is to be personable. In other words, one of the best ways to convince your customers to trust your brand is to let them know there are real, live human beings behind the scenes.
Transparency is essential not just for your relationships with your customers, but also with employees, investors, and other stakeholders. Andrew Grenville of Vision Critical offers excellent tips on how to increase business transparency such as letting customers know you’re using their data, asking them questions, and always veering on the side of oversharing information about your business. The less information people have, the more they have to guess or assume what the truth is.
Use Social Proof on Your Website
Social proof is one of those tactics in marketing that seems too easy. But it works. It’s one of the graceful meeting points between marketing and psychology. What other people do influences our perception.
Join the Social Responsibility Movement
Millennials, in particular, are pushing for more social responsibility. This generation – 75 million strong – is 66 percent more likely to interact with a brand that addresses social responsibility. TOMS One for One campaign, SolarCity’s GivePower Foundation, Microsoft’s YouthSpark are all excellent exam. Want to build a reputation as a brand that consumers can count on? Add finding a way to change the world to your marketing strategy.
Authenticity isn’t just a buzzword in marketing. It’s where we are headed. It’s the shift from advertising to inbound, brand-centric to customer-centric. Consumers are more aware, have access to more information, and are becoming more sophisticated in the experience they want from the brands they choose to interact with.
When trust sells, what’s the real message the consumer is trying to convey to marketers?
Make it real, and we’ll stick around.
Author: Michael Brenner
7 Reasons You're Tired All The Time
We all tend to blame fatigue on a too-busy lifestyle. And much of the time we're right. But if you feel tired all the time or your always asking yourself "why am I so tired?", don't blow it off. Give yourself about 2 to 3 weeks to make some lifestyle changes: Get more sleep, trim your social calendar, eat more wholesome foods, drink more fluids, take a multivitamin, and cut back on caffeine and alcohol. (Try drinking this and sleep 90 minutes longer.) "If you're still feeling the symptoms of fatigue after those changes, then you need professional help," says Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, an internal medicine doctor in Atlanta. Excess exhaustion could be the sign of a more serious medical condition that can be treated. (Looking to reclaim your energy? Prevention has smart answers—get a FREE trial + 12 FREE gifts.)
The fatigue caused by anemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells, which bring oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and cells. You may feel weak and short of breath. Anemia may be caused by an iron or vitamin deficiency, blood loss, internal bleeding, or a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure. Women of childbearing age are especially susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia because of blood loss during menstruation and the body's need for extra iron during pregnancy and breastfeeding, explains Laurence Corash, MD, adjunct professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
The symptoms: Feeling tired all the time is a major one. Others include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache. Simple exercise, such as climbing the stairs or walking short distances, can cause fatigue.
The tests: A thorough evaluation for anemia includes a physical exam and blood tests, including a complete blood count (CBC), to check the levels of your red blood cells. It's also standard to check the stool for blood loss.
2. Thyroid Disease
2. Thyroid Disease
When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, even everyday activities will wipe you out. The thyroid gland, about the size of the knot on a man's tie, is found in the front of the neck and produces hormones that control your metabolism. Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and metabolism speeds up. Too little (hypothyroidism), and metabolism slows down.
The symptoms: Hyperthyroidism causes muscle fatigue and weakness, which you may notice first in the thighs. Exercises such as riding a bike or climbing stairs become more difficult. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, feeling warm all the time, increased heart rate, shorter and less frequent menstrual flows, and increased thirst. Hyperthyroidism is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 20s and 30s, but it can occur in older women and men too, says Robert J. McConnell, MD, codirector of the New York Thyroid Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Hypothyroidism causes fatigue, an inability to concentrate, and muscle soreness, even with minor activity. Other symptoms include weight gain due to water retention, feeling cold all the time (even in warmer weather), heavier and more frequent menstrual flows, and constipation. Hypothyroidism is most common in women over age 50; in fact, as many as 10% of women past 50 will have at least mild hypothyroidism, says McConnell.
The tests: Thyroid disease can be detected with a blood test. "Thyroid disorders are so treatable that all people who complain of fatigue and/or muscle weakness should have the test done," says McConnell
More than a million people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year, but many more may not even know they have it. Sugar, also called glucose, is the fuel that keeps your body going. And that means trouble for people with type 2 diabetes who can't use glucose properly, causing it to build up in the blood. Without enough energy to keep the body running smoothly, people with diabetes often notice fatigue as one of the first warning signs, say Johns Hopkins researchers.
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The symptoms: Aside from feeling tired all the time , other signs include excessive thirst, frequent urination, hunger, weight loss, irritability, yeast infections, and blurred vision.
The tests: There are two major tests for diabetes. The fasting plasma glucose test, which is more common, measures your blood glucose level after fasting for 8 hours. With the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), blood is drawn twice: just before drinking a glucose syrup, then 2 hours later.
More than "the blues," depression is a major illness that affects the way we sleep, eat, and feel about ourselves and others. Without treatment, the symptoms of depression may last for weeks, months, or even years.
The symptoms: We don't all experience depression in the same way. But commonly, depression can cause decreased energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, problems with memory and concentration, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and negativity. (These other 9 unexpected symptoms of depression are less common, but just as telling.)
The tests: There's no blood test for depression, but your doctor may be able to identify it by asking you a series of questions. If you experience five or more of these symptoms below for more than 2 weeks, or if they interfere with your life, see your doctor or mental health professional: fatigue or loss of energy; sleeping too little or too much; a persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood; reduced appetite and weight loss; increased appetite and weight gain; loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed; restlessness or irritability; persistent physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment, such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders; difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; feeling guilty, hopeless, or worthless; thoughts of death or suicide.
5. Rheumatoid Arthritis
5. Rheumatoid Arthritis
This autoimmune disease is not always easy to diagnose early, but there are some subtle clues to look for. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system turns against itself and attacks healthy joint tissue, sometimes resulting in irreversible damage to bone and cartilage.
The symptoms: Many symptoms (such as fatigue, low energy, loss of appetite, and joint pain) are shared by other health conditions, including other forms of arthritis such as fibromyalgia and lupus. Anemia and thyroid disorders, which also cause fatigue, are even more common in people with RA, according to John Klippel, MD, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation. Rheumatologists look for at least four of the following criteria in diagnosing RA: morning stiffness in and around the joints lasting at least 1 hour before maximum improvement; at least three joint areas with simultaneous soft tissue swelling or fluid; at least one joint area swollen in a wrist, knuckle, or the middle joint of a finger; simultaneous involvement of the same joint areas on both sides of the body; lumps of tissue under the skin; and bone erosion in the wrist or hand joints, detected by x-ray.
The tests: A thorough physical exam by a rheumatologist can provide some of the most valuable evidence of the disease, but there is also a test for the presence of rheumatoid factor, an antibody found in the blood. About 80% of people with RA test positive for this antibody, but the test is not conclusive.
6. Chronic Fatigue
6. Chronic Fatigue
This baffling condition causes a strong fatigue that comes on quickly. People who suffer from CFS feel too tired to carry on with their normal activities and are easily exhausted with little exertion.
The symptoms: Other signs include headache, muscle and joint pain, weakness, tender lymph nodes, and an inability to concentrate. Chronic fatigue syndrome remains puzzling, because it has no known cause.
The tests: There is none. Your doctor must rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, before making the diagnosis
7. Sleep Apnea
7. Sleep Apnea
You could have this sleep-disrupting problem if you wake up feeling tired no matter how much rest you think you got. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. In the most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, your upper airway actually closes or collapses for a few seconds, which, in turn, alerts your brain to wake you up to begin breathing again. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing dozens or even hundreds of times a night, says Roseanne S. Barker, MD, former medical director of the Baptist Sleep Institute in Knoxville, TN.
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The symptoms: Sleep apnea is often signaled by snoring and is generally followed by tiredness the next day. Because sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, it's important to be tested.
The tests: This involves an overnight stay at a sleep clinic, where you'll undergo a polysomnogram, which is a painless test that will monitor your sleep patterns, breathing changes, and brain activity.
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17 Healthy Burrito Bowls You Will Actually Want to Make
Who doesn’t love a loaded-up burrito bowl?
And if you’re conjuring up images of traditional fast-food burrito bowls, you’re probably thinking they’re off limits when you’re following a paleo or vegan diet.
It’s true: if you’re loading up on the sour cream and cheese, burrito bowls aren’t exactly the healthiest option.
But with a few modifications, you can throw together a nutritious, delicious dinner almost instantly.
Burrito bowls are an easy way to load up on fibre and micro-nutrients by squeezing in a few servings of veggies. The bonus is, they aren’t wrapped in a high-carb, high-calorie tortilla like a typical burrito.
Plus, they are easy to prepare and you don’t have to be a seasoned cook to make one.
Healthy Burrito Bowls
I’ve picked out 7 amazing vegan burrito bowls and 10 tasty paleo bowls for you to try in your own kitchen.
These recipes will have you looking forward to dinner because they’re delicious, simple and, most importantly, good for you.
Vegan Burrito Bowls:
1. Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
With all the flavors crammed into this mouthwatering burrito bowl, it just might convince you to go vegan.
The addition of beans provides tons of protein while a mix of peppers and onions give it a burst of fiber and flavor. Meanwhile, swapping normal rice for cauliflower rice makes it a great low-carb and healthy meal for the whole family.
Find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker
2. DIY Burrito Bowl
This vegan burrito bowl has three parts that make it irresistible: the rice base, a spicy black bean mix, and a drizzle of avocado-lime sauce to top it all off.
Using black beans brings both flavor and protein to this vegan dish while avocado and coconut oil pack on the healthy fats. Add in a few cloves of garlic and grape tomatoes to bring the antioxidants and the health benefits to the next level.
Find the recipe here: Oh She Glows
3. Kale & Quinoa Burrito Bowl
If you’re looking to step up your burrito bowl game, you’ll want to give this yummy recipe a try.
This recipe replaces rice with protein-rich quinoa to give it a healthy twist. Throw in some nutrient-dense kale, heart-healthy avocado, and high-fiber black beans and you’re guaranteed to love this quinoa burrito bowl.
Find the recipe here: Simple Veganista
4. Easy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Bowls
Hands down, sweet potatoes can make any recipe exponentially better. Case in point: this incredible burrito bowl.
This recipe definitely doesn’t skimp on the spices. Chipotle chili powder, paprika, and cumin amp up the flavor and make this burrito bowl anything but boring.
Find the recipe here: Chelsea’s Messy Apron
5. Grilled Veggie Vegan Burrito Bowl
It can be challenging to fit in all your servings of veggies in a day. Lucky for us, this recipe makes it easier than ever.
This bowl is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals thanks to its long list of grilled veggie ingredients. Skip the corn to make it a super healthy staple in your kitchen.
Find the recipe here: Cilantro and Citronella
6. Vegetable Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice & Sunflower Sour Cream
With cauliflower rice and a creamy sunflower sour cream topping, this dish is a delicious (and healthy!) double for the high-calorie burrito bowls you find at your favorite restaurants.
Swapping regular rice for cauliflower rice, this burrito bowl is low in carbs but high in flavor. Guacamole and a creamy “sour cream” dip made from sunflower seeds give it a serious upgrade, making it one of the tastiest burrito bowls ever.
Find the recipe here: Blissful Basil
7. Cauliflower Rice and Pinto Bean Vegan Burrito Bowl
Believe it or not, this vibrant burrito bowl tastes just as good as it looks – if not better.
Pinto beans add heartiness while a homemade salsa makes it deliciously refreshing. Squeeze a few freshly cut limes over the top to give it the perfect amount of zing and get ready to enjoy.
Find the recipe here: Kalyn’s Kitchen
Paleo Burrito Bowls:
8. Fajita Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
Low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and definitely not lacking in flavor, this simple burrito bowl should be on your list of recipes to try.
The best part about this recipe is that it’s customizable. Cauliflower rice, romaine lettuce, and chicken make up the base of this dish but you’re free to add your own ingredients to spice it up even more.
Find the recipe here: The Pinning Mama
9. Better-For-You “Chipotle” Burrito Bowl
Brimming with protein, this healthy burrito bowl is sure to keep you satisfied, without excess carbs, calories, or guilt.
Boasting ingredients like bone broth, ancho chiles, cumin, oranges, and garlic, this paleo burrito bowl is a heavy-hitter when it comes to nutrition. Toss some pork into your slow cooker and sit back while this flavor-filled meal practically cooks itself.
Find the recipe here: Paleo Hacks
10. Paleo Burrito Bowls with Mango Salsa
A little sweet, a little savory, but a whole lot of delicious, this recipe hits the nail right on the head.
The secret ingredient here is, of course, a scrumptious mango salsa that puts this recipe in a class of its own. Paired with some cilantro lime cauliflower rice, a few perfectly grilled veggies, and several strips of spicy chipotle chicken, this dish is definitely a keeper.
Find the recipe here: Get Inspired Everyday
11. Paleo Easy Mexican Burrito Bowls
This recipe offers a paleo remix of the traditional burrito bowl, giving the classic ingredients a healthy spin.
With ground beef seasoned to perfection coupled with a sweet avocado crema, low-carb cauliflower rice, and fresh pico de gallo, this should be your new go-to recipe when you’re hit with a craving for Mexican food.
Find the recipe here: Whitty Paleo
12. Burrito Bowl, Whole 30, Paleo, and Low Carb
Want to shake up your burrito bowl? Give this tasty recipe a shot!
This dish swaps lettuce for broccoli slaw, adding just the right amount of crunch and texture. It’s also bursting with vitamins and minerals from piling on the veggies like onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic.
Find the recipe here: Cherry Blossom Kitchen
13. Buffalo Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
For the perfect combo of protein, fiber, and taste, look no further.
This unique recipe uses ground buffalo to kick up the flavor of this burrito bowl. Kale, bell peppers, and avocado boost the nutrient profile even more, making this a well-rounded, satiating meal.
Find the recipe here: Real Food with Dana
14. Chipotle Burrito Bowl with Chicken
Whether you’re a burrito bowl pro or you’re just starting out, this is one recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Red peppers, garlic, cilantro, and seasoned chicken breasts are just a few of the ingredients that make this dish a winner. Make sure you take out the corn to keep the recipe paleo.
Find the recipe here: Food Faith Fitness
15. Paleo Burrito Bowl
Hearty, colorful, and filled with health-promoting ingredients, you can bet that there won’t be any leftovers of this paleo burrito bowl.
Butternut squash is the real standout star here. Prepared with melted coconut oil, smoked paprika, and a mild chili powder blend, every bite is a treat for your taste buds.
Find the recipe here: Empowered Sustenance
16. Better-Than-Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls
If you like Chipotle then you’ll definitely love this homemade nutritious take on its classic burrito bowls.
Though this recipe isn’t technically paleo, a few quick swaps can make it paleo-friendly and ready to enjoy. Take out the black beans and corn and sub cauliflower rice for brown rice and boom! A 100-percent paleo dinner all set to be served.
Find the recipe here: Ambitious Kitchen
17. Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls
For a break from the same old burrito bowls, try out this tasty dish.
This recipe uses spicy shrimp in place of the standard ground meat, adding a one-of-a-kind flair. Make it paleo by skipping the corn salsa and substituting cauliflower rice in place of cilantro rice and enjoy.
Find the recipe here: Two Sisters Kitchens
Better Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are great because you can completely customize them to fit your preferences or dietary patterns. Whether you’re paleo, vegan, or just want to enjoy a healthy dinner, there’s a burrito bowl out there for you.
Give a few of these recipes a try in your kitchen today. Or, use them as inspiration to experiment and create your own yummy burrito bowl.
5 Profitable Home-Based Business Ideas
Ready to work for yourself and test out a new profitable business idea? Home-based businesses are extremely common these days and the way to go if you want to enjoy a flexible schedule working from home and have fewer start-up costs.
Brick and mortar businesses can cost a ton of money to get up and running which can lead you to take out a business loan. With a home-based business, your less likely to take out a loan because usually, all you need is a computer, internet connection, a few office materials, and a solid business plan to get you started.
Then, you can start making money quickly. This is the first instalment in a new Home-Based Business Series on Dream Home Based Work where we’ll discuss lucrative home-based business ideas along with how to get your business idea off the ground so you can start bringing in profit.
Here are 5 of the most profitable home-based business ideas of 2017.
1. Virtual Assistant Business
Reliable virtual assistants are a growing need for busy online entrepreneurs. Bloggers and business owners need help with secretarial tasks to keep their operations running smoothly, and that’s where your business can come in handy.
First, you need to determine your skills and what type of services you can offer. Generally, you’ll need a computer and internet connection to get started. You’ll also need a planner or spreadsheet to help you stay organised and office equipment like having a printer or copier will help too. That’s about it.
5 Online Transcription Jobs – No Experience Required
Home-based transcription is an online job that allows people to make real money without special training or experience required. Just like any real job, it takes time and practice to become efficient. However, the pay and flexibility of the job can be very rewarding in the end.
In today’s post, I will share 5 online transcription jobs that do not require prior experience to get started.
Tools You May Need To Get StartedYou can actually get started working from home right away if you have a computer and stable internet. However, you may need some tools to be successful at transcribing such as:
1. Get Transcribed – This company hires online Transcribers and Reviewers to work from home. Transcribers make around $0.23 per audio minute, and Reviewers average around $0.12 per audio minute. You must have a PayPal account to receive payments. You can request your funds once you have a minimum of $100.
2. AccuTran Global – This company hires part-time Transcribers to work from home. You must be very fluent in English. Pay is via PayPal or check.
3. Casting Words – This company offers online transcription jobs for newbies. The pay is around $1.20 per audio minute for a bad quality audio sound, and $0.60 for a good quality audio sound.
4. Transcribe Me – This is another transcription site open to beginners with no experience. The work is available worldwide if you are a good English speaker. The pay is around $20 per audio hour. Pay is via PayPal.
5. Transcribe Team – Transcribe Team welcomes new Transcribers to work remotely from home. The pay is on the low side at around $0.45 per audio minute. You can log in and out to complete the work. Pay is via Paypal.
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2. Freelance Writing Business
If you like to write, starting a freelance writing business requires hardly any start-up costs and can allow you to start earning money fast. You need just about the same equipment as you would with a VA business, but you get started with even less.
Personally, when I started my freelance writing side business, all I had was a Microsoft tablet. I used my husband’s laptop to write articles and went to the library to print and scan contracts out for new clients until I could afford to invest more into my business.
It’s best to choose a specific niche to specialise in along with whether you want to create articles and blog posts, how-to guides, or technical content. That way, you’ll know which clients you need to pitch.
3. Childcare Home-Based Business
Childcare businesses are a popular way to work from home doing something you love while providing quality care for children in your community. If you have space in your home and like kids, you just need to obtain the proper certifications to turn your home into a daycare.
You can set your own hours and rates that will appeal to parents and even partner up with someone else who can work with you so you can watch more kids. You can also offer additional services to increase your profit like before and after school care and pick up and drop up to and from a local school.
4. Transcription Business
Fast typers will love this business idea. A transcriptionist basically takes audio and video content and turns it into text. Sometimes this involves typing things out work-for-word, or summarising it.
There are many legitimate companies that will hire transcriptionists to work from home, but you can always branch off and start your own business so you can set your own hours and have more control of what you earn and who your clients are.
You may want to start getting work from an online company in order to build your experience. Generally, you’ll need a computer and high-speed internet connection along with some good quality headphones and a foot pedal from Amazon so you can pause and rewind the audio when you need to.
5. Reseller Business
Reselling is when you buy something at a discount (new or used) and sell it for a profit. Many thrifters are resellers and some even do it full time. You can sell your items online on websites like Amazon and eBay and even use a service called Fulfilment by Amazon to professionally package and ship your items for you when they sell.
Have you ever thought of starting a home-based business? Which one of these ideas would you be most likely to try? What questions do you have about started a home-based business?
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Guide for decorating your game room
There is no age limit to enjoy games. From children to adults to oldies, everyone has fun in a game room. A game room is the simplest way of keeping your friends and family fully entertained. It is great fun and is effortless.
It generally works as stress busting centre. Designing a game room is like throwing a game table or a game board in an empty room. There is a step by step process of how to decorate your game room.
The first step in decorating a game room is choosing the correct theme. For instance, you may have Star Wars theme and opt to decorate the walls with light-sabres, whips and batons. It can be a generic theme like retro or space.
The funny part is that it can be wherever you want it to be. The ideal furniture for your game room need not be comfortable but it needs to be in sync with the theme you opt for. For instance, in case you opt for the theme for your game room to be Retro then a classic wooden bar will be nice. Another aspect that needs to be kept in mind about the game room furniture is that along with adding appeal to the room, they need to serve multiple purposes.
If you want to install a TV stand then instead of having a regular TV stand installed you can have an adjustable TV stand installed. The stands add decorative charm and serve as a great unit for displaying consoles or games boxes.
Creatively lighting of your game room
All know a game room has to be nicely lit or gamers will be handicapped while playing. Game room lighting goes a big way in enhancing game room décor. You can do this in many ways opting for a specific colour of lighting for your game room or opting the theme based lighting accessories such as lamps.
The color of the walls make a huge difference. In case it is a game room the theme of which is water sport, painting the walls a nice ocean blue will add a varied charm to the room all together.
When you are done choosing the correct furniture that is comfortable and in sync with your them, you can increase your them by adding accessories. For a game room that is based on Cricket, stumps can be places at the entrance or umpire caps can be hung on walls. Game rooms are stress buster hubs.
It is pivotal that they are visually soothing places. Mugs, rugs, wall hangings and posters are chosen for working as accessories.
Fixing the flooring
This is one portion of the game room that no one takes into consideration while decorating. Plain wooden flooring has become a great aspect. You can have a great deal of fun with floors. Floors can be painted with graffiti or can be carpeted.
Game rooms can have huge area rugs that are placed below the pool tables or card tables. This is a reason behind this: All the game room are areas with a great human influx and with lot of traffic, accidents and spills. There are theme based rugs fixed to your floor that transform the appearance of the room. For instance, a game room the theme which is football may have a rug that is football shaped.
Adding trendy recreational furniture
Recreational furniture has things such as TV sets, audio stereos, mini refrigerators, etc. They add a great feel to the game room. The recreational furniture that is trendy is useful and appears edgy adding décor to the room.
There are things like game coolers, popcorn machines, wireless routers etc. The add ons to your game room will be great. Think of not having to leave the room to have your best beer while playing snooker or making your own popcorn while you are in middle of great carom game.
Putting up game room signs
Game room is appealing to youngsters and to adults who do not grow up. They appeal to ninety percent gamers. The signs are helpful in two ways. They give your message to all who is entering the game room. For instance, you can make a list of dos and don’ts at the entrance of the room for all to read and follow.
The signs are very vibrant and nowadays can come in different categories like LED signs, neon signs etc. They provide a great appearance to the room. Other signs and posters in the room are great means of decorating the room without making fuss in it.
People have no time to invest in outdoor sports such as swimming, tennis or basketball. The significance of game rooms has enhanced. It is not a luxury feature of a house but is a necessity if you do not want the daily stress to kill you.
This is where one does not remember his day long stress and enjoys by winning the Foosball game. If you decorate the game room it makes the atmosphere of the room friendly and is best to forget one’s worries. A room that is cluttered makes it difficult to play. Concentrate on the theme and the game equipment. The theme of the room cannot be lost in process of decorating it.
How to Flip Used items To Sell Online
You’ve probably heard of people flipping houses before or even cars. What generally happens is that they take a run down property or vehicle that needs a little TLC. Then, they fix it up and sell it for a higher price than what they paid for along with how much they spent to fix it up in order to make a profit.
What you may or may not know is that you don’t need to be on HGTV flipping homes to make a little profit from other people’s used property. Instead, you can sell used items that you’ve ‘flipped’ online.
When you need to make extra money fast, it helps to start selling unwanted items from your home. But that’s only a quick fix. Once you’ve sold everything you have, your extra income will go away unless you make it consistent. Flipping used items you pick up or purchase can help provide you with consistent extra income or even turn into a thriving side business.
Here’s how to get started.
Choose Which Items You Want to Sell
When you decide to flip anything for profit it’s important to choose a product category that sells well. You’ll also want to consider the initial value of the item and what your budget is to invest in inventory.
Are the items you want to sell cheap to purchase used? Can you find them for free on the side of the road? Are there any special places where you can score a discount whether it’s a retail store that’s closing, an online bargain boutique or a local thrift store?
It also helps to perform research online to see what items are selling best these days or you can check out popular websites like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist to see which items are being advertised most and the price sellers are listing them at.
For example, on eBay, you can check to see if a particular item you are interested in selling has been recently sold by someone else. This will help you get some insight on how popular the item is and how much it sells for so you can determine a realistic price point.
Some items that are best sellers online include:
Use the Right Platform
There are certain online platforms that are best for selling specific items and this is important to keep in mind if you’re trying to fix up and sell used items. For example, while eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist are great for selling a wide variety of items, if you want to sell clothing, you should consider listing some of your items on sites like Poshmark (best for trendy and designer women’s clothing and accessories) or selling them to online consignment shops like ThredUp.
If you’re selling a car, Craigslist or the Facebook marketplace may be a good place to create your listing. For used textbooks, sites like TextbookRush.com or BookFinder.com are great platforms to use to reach your target buyer.
Use Descriptive Keywords When Creating Your Listing
Keywords are very important especially if you will be selling items on Amazon or eBay. When listing an item for sale on either of these sites, it’s important to include a detailed description along with relevant keywords that will help your listing show up when shoppers are searching for something similar.
Great keywords include brand names, color, size and details about the condition. Make sure you don’t skip the description portion either. Adding a one to three sentence description for each listing may sound time-consuming, but it will be a way to fit more keywords into your listing and help improve your chances of selling your item(s) online sooner.
The more specific you are, the more potential buyers you will attract.
Make sure you always include a high-quality picture of the item in your listing. You don’t need a fancy camera to take pictures when you can utilize natural lighting and the right angles.
When someone inquires about your item, be sure to respond promptly and honestly as this can accelerate the sale. Also, try your best to purchase shipping supplies ahead of time so they’ll be ready to go when you get an order.
If you are using Amazon to sell items, you can sign up for Fulfillment by Amazon which is a service that allows you to send your items to an Amazon warehouse so they can be packaged and shipped out for you when you get orders.
Have you ever tried to sell items online before? What types of things would you be interested in flipping to make a profit?
The 52 Easiest And Quickest DIY Projects Of All Time
They should take you less than an hour. Unless you are a tortoise. In which case, it may take you about two.
1. A sliced okra becomes a flower stamp.
So THAT'S what okra is for.
2. One-Minute Rope in a Fish Bowl is the nautical DIY that will change your foyer starting now.
Just because it looks like it's from Pottery Barn doesn't mean it has to cost as much.
3. Revamp your child's plastic alphabet letters into a fancy decoration for a fridge or bulletin board.