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Family Matters: Protecting Your Outside Pet from Fleas and Ticks


Protecting Your Outside Pet from Fleas and TicksMy dog, Astro, spends most of the day outside while I’m at work. Luckily, I have a large, covered patio that keeps him out of the direct sun when he wants to cool off and take a break. I’m toying with the idea of getting a hard plastic kiddie pool for him, but I’m afraid that would be a mosquito magnet.

Speaking of small, pesky insects, summer is prime time for fleas and ticks to hitch a ride on your outdoor pet.

Fleas and their eggs can live outside in grass, soil and even crevices in sidewalks, while inside they live in rugs and carpets, cracks in floors, bedding, etc. Ticks can thrive in trees, bushes, tall grasses and shrubs.

Comb your pet regularly with a flea comb, vacuum frequently and dispose of the bags immediately after use. Mow areas of the lawn where your dog spends time, wash pet bedding weekly and wash your pet with a pesticide-free pet shampoo.

Invest in shampoos, sprays, powders, monthly treatments and other products to control ticks and fleas; discuss these with your veterinarian first.

You can also have your yard treated by a pest control company to help reduce the incidence of fleas and ticks.



Family Matters: Fun and Games


Fun and GamesEven when your baby is a tiny infant, they are learning to develop an ear for speech and communicate for themselves. Any time you talk to them or sing to them, you are helping to facilitate their blossoming language skills. So, what does that mean for baby? Talk to him all the time. Baby is a captive audience and who better to hear you out than your little one?

You can play games with baby to help that language development. All you need is a cardboard tube from a paper towel roll.

Place baby on a safe surface where it’s comfortable for you to get up close and personal.

Tell him, “I’m going to tell you a secret.” Place the tube next to baby’s ear and WHISPER something short and simple, like “I love you.” Move the tube to baby’s other ear and repeat. If he seems confused, let him see your mouth move. You can also blow GENTLY into the tube to tickle baby’s ear. Remember: gentle.

You can move the tube safely away from baby’s ear and make all kinds of noises also. Make them through the tube and without the tube. Let baby grab for the tube (just don’t let him put it in his mouth). When he starts vocalizing and making coos, hold the tube to his mouth, too.



Family Matters: Magic Number 9


Magic Number 9Nine months is a magical time for many babies.

They should be able to stand holding onto furniture or their crib rails.

At nine months, most babies will be able to roll across the floor. Watch out because some will have mastered the art of power-rolling and can get from point A to point B faster than you think they can.

At nine months, some babies will be crawling, whether that’s army crawling on their bellies or scooting across the floor on all fours.

By this point, their fine motor skills are becoming more advanced. They should be able to pick up small objects using a finger and thumb in a pincer grasp.

Baby might start getting excited by their favorite foods and be able to pick up Cheerios, or pieces of toast or banana.

At nine months old, baby can wave goodbye or hello, and could be saying things like “Dada” or “Mama.”

However, it’s important to remember that there’s a huge range of normal development for children, and it’s okay if they aren’t doing these things yet. However, it is worth mentioning to your pediatrician if it seems like baby isn’t hitting any of his milestones.



Family Matters: Making Bath Time Fun


Making Bath Time FunSplish, splash, baby is taking a bath!

Toddlers can bathe every day unless you have a little one with extremely sensitive skin, and it’s always more fun if parent and baby are both having a blast.

  1. Help teach your toddler colors by making each bath time a themed color. Add a few drops of food coloring to the bath and place objects of that color into the bath with your toddler. We promise a few drops of food coloring won’t stain your child or the tub.
  2. Ice, ice baby – Put a few ice cubes into the warm bath water and let baby chase them.
  3. Bath paints are easily made by adding a few drops of food coloring to shaving cream. Let baby go to town all over the tiles.
  4. Give baby a strainer or colander to play with. They’ll love seeing the water flow through the bottom.
  5. Foam shapes are fun. Cut them out of sponges you can buy at Brookshire’s.
  6. Blow up balloons and add them to the bath.
  7. Play music in the bathroom.
  8. Read baby a book while he’s relaxing in the bath.
  9. Set up a glow-in-the-dark bath! Use washable glow paints, dim the lighting in the bathroom and have glow-in-the dark stars for baby to play with.
  10. Have baby dive for treasure. For an older toddler, let them put on goggles and throw marbles or coins into the bath water. They don’t actually even have to put their face in the water, but it might help baby be comfortable getting their head wet.

Of course, closely supervise all these activities.



Family Matters: Life is good…


Life is goodIs life good? This can be answered many ways by different people. It depends on how you are looking at life in general. Did you wake up this morning? If yes, then I would say “life is good.” Do you have a roof over your head and a safe place to rest? If yes, I would say “life is good.” Do you get three meals a day? If so, “life is good.

We need to take a step back and look at the things in our life that are truly good and stop focusing on the ones that may not be exactly what we think they should be. Everyone has visions of how they want to live and things they want to accomplish, but the truth of the matter is that most of the time, our dreams fall short, or so we feel. It is things we take for granted (everyday things) that we often overlook. If you concentrate on the good in your life, things you should be thankful for, you often find that the other things seem to disappear or don’t matter as much anymore.

I have a sign next to my computer that states “Life is good at the beach,” and anyone that knows me can tell you this is so true for me. Though I only get to the Texas coast every few years, the beach is my place to relax, leave all my worries behind, take in the ocean, gather seashells and admire the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Normally, you sleep late on vacation, but I am up every morning by six o’clock to walk the beach and pick up shells: true serenity that restores my soul. I think God made the beach just for me!

Life is good, so good, and once we realize it, we will all be happier. Find something each day that you can say “Thank you, Lord, for blessing me,” and you will begin to see life differently. “May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes”…translation: may you find serenity in your daily life and know that life truly is good. Give thanks daily for the abundant life you live, trials and tribulation…they define you!

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Family Matters: Wacky Days of April


Wacky Days of AprilIt’s no joke! April showers not only bring in the rain, but they also bring in some pretty weird, wild and wacky holidays! April 1 gets the ball rolling with April Fools’ Day. This sets the agenda for a whole month full of fun, bizarre days to celebrate. Don’t worry about coming in late in the game of April’s wacky days; there is a day for just about everyone and everything!

April Fools’ Day 1
Whole-Grain Sampling Day 1
Peanut Butter & Jelly Day 2
Love Your Produce Manager Day 2
Chocolate Mousse Day 3
Cordon Bleu Day 4
Deep-Dish Pizza Day 5
Hostess Twinkie Day 6
Caramel Popcorn Day 6
National Beer Day 7
World Health Day 7
Pet Day 11
Cheese Fondue Day 11
Licorice Day 12
Peach Cobbler Day 13
Pecan Day 14
Eggs Benedict Day 16
Cheeseball Day 17
Garlic Day 19
Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day 21
Earth Day 22
Jelly Bean Day 22
Cherry Cheesecake Day 23
Picnic Day 23
Pig in a Blanket Day 24
Zucchini Bread Day 25
Pretzel Day 26
Babe Ruth Day 27
Prime Rib Day 27
Blueberry Pie Day 28
Shrimp Scampi Day 29
Oatmeal Cookie Day 30
Raisin Day 30

There are plenty of fun days here to get you and your kiddos in the kitchen cooking up a great time! So, no matter which days you choose to celebrate, you can be sure it will put a smile on the faces of those you love.

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Family Matters: Wild Birds


Wild BirdsOne of my favorite things, every spring, is to watch the birds come back to my yard.

Their migration always starts with the cardinals. I have two pairs who live in my big oak tree. Then, there are the robins, always the “first sign of spring,” but mine like living in Texas, I think, as I see them most of the year. The doves and the sparrows are next, then the mockingbirds (which drive my dog crazy), the finches and the hummingbirds.

Thomas Moore’s Texas Wild Bird Seed makes it easy to keep my feathered friends happy and well-fed.

The bird seed attracts cardinals, chickadees, blue jays and finches, adding color and variety to your backyard flock.

The seeds themselves come in many varieties, including black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, shell-free no-mess mix and a songbird mix. (I’m trying that one next!)

It’s easy to feed the birds. Thomas Moore recommends replacing seeds every one to two days, emptying old seeds before replenishing the feeders. During slower seasons, don’t fill the feeder as often to prevent waste. Available at Brookshire’s, the wild bird seeds are a great way to attract birds to your backyard, and it might be the start of a new hobby for you and your family as you watch them!



Family Matters: “Me Time” for Mommy


“Me Time” for MommyWhoooo weeeeee, those first six months of baby’s life are quite the ride.

You’re exhausted beyond all possible endurance, your body is doing all kinds of amazing – and weird – things that you weren’t expecting and another human is attached to you at almost all times.

You wouldn’t trade it for the world, but you still need a break.

“Me time” is good for new mothers. It makes you a better parent, gives you some respite from your rapidly changing world, and refreshes and rejuvenates you.

Getting “me time” in can be as simple as taking a long bath. Don’t just let it be a bath; make it a spa experience with scented body washes from the personal hygiene aisle at Brookshire’s. Treat yourself to your favorite scent and soak away. Or, add about 1/4 cup Epsom salts to your bath, sprinkle in your favorite essential oil and relax. Give yourself a facial at the same time by mixing oats with raw honey and placing slices of cucumbers over your eyes to help the bags (yes, you probably have them, we all did).

“Me time” can also come in the form of finding a quiet corner (let Dad be in charge of baby!) and reading your favorite book or magazine with a cup of Brookshire’s Best Coffee.

Make time for your favorite hobby. Mine, at the time my boys were little, was scrapbooking with actual paper, scissors and glue! I would spend any free time I had at my work table, happily creating new designs. Is your hobby sewing? Make time for 30 minutes a day for that. Do you love crossword puzzles or yoga? Make sure to schedule time for yourself.

Whatever it is, from a monthly Girls’ Night Out or Bunco game to quiet time to rest and recharge, make “Me Time” a priority!



Family Matters: Get More Dairy


Get More DairyOnce your baby is about six months old, they’re ready for more dairy in their diet.

Now remember, this does not include cow’s milk (save that until baby is one year old), but it can include things like yogurt, cheese or baked goods.

Yogurt is a great way for baby to get calcium and the “bacteria” in yogurt that is good for digestion. Yogurt is also a great way for babies to get the fat they need. Choose a Greek yogurt that is high in calcium and protein. Stay away from varieties with artificial sweeteners.

Cheese is another good way to get dairy into baby’s diet, starting at about 8 months. Small cubes of cheese that they can chew or gum on are a good way to snack and to practice fine motor skills. Mozzarella cheese sticks or string cheese is good, too. You can also make cheese toast with American cheese and whole-grain bread. Mac and cheese with whole-wheat elbow macaroni is a good choice, too.

Using cow’s milk in baked goods is just fine for baby. Banana bread, zucchini bread or biscuits are a great start.



Family Matters: Savvy Snacking on the Go


Savvy Snacking on the GoThere are lots of great ways to keep your toddler healthy and happy, and his belly full when you’re on the go. Savvy snacking doesn’t have to be complicated. Just pack a few of these essentials.

Dried fruit – Raisins, dried mangos, banana chips, prunes, dried apricots and dried cherries all make great snack choices.

Kale chips – What a great way to get your toddler to eat greens! Easy to make at home, these are a fabulous alternative to processed foods.

Granola bars – There are plenty of great recipes out there for homemade varieties, or buy something like KIND for your toddler’s nutritional needs.

Roasted chickpeas – My boys used to love these, and I couldn’t help but sneak a few from their baggie, too. Again, these are also easy to make at home, adding the seasonings your little one likes.

Sweet potato chips – Another great idea for a snacking powerhouse and super simple to make.

Homemade fruit leathers – Yummy, fun and highly portable (just stock a few wipes for sticky hands).

Homemade beef jerky – You control what goes in, so you know your little one is getting maximum nutrition and a ton of protein.

Cold grilled cheese – Why not?

Cereals – Look for a whole-grain variety that’s easy for your toddler to pick up.

Applesauce or fruit sauces – Homemade or from the store without added sugars.

Fruit – Sturdy fruits like bananas, apples and pears are easy to toss into the diaper bag.

String cheese – A great snack and a good way to get more dairy into your child’s diet.



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