Month: June 2017

How To Keep Your Produce Fresh & Very Berry Salad Recipe

How To Keep Your Produce Fresh & Very Berry Salad Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SeeHowFreshWorks #CollectiveBias Summer is in full swing and our family is doing our most to make the most of it and cross off items on our Summer Bucket […]

6 smoothie benefits for your skin and health

6 smoothie benefits for your skin and health

There are several benefits that a smoothie is going to have to your skin. Some of these benefits include increased energy, improved mental focus, glowing skin, a better immune system that can fight many diseases and infections, rich in fiber, healthier teeth and bones, a […]

When And How To Introduce Your Children To The Internet

When And How To Introduce Your Children To The Internet

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My first experience with a computer was playing the Oregon Trail in elementary school in the computer lab. I remember dying of dysentery and running out of supplies. I’d go back after school to click and clack out a chicken pecked story on those big, bubble, colorful Apple Computers.

Computers in our home life, however, simply didn’t exist. I didn’t have an email address until I was nearly out of high school, and our family bought our very first home computer – just one for all six of us, right before I was heading to college. I remember our parents shouting at us to get off of the Internet so they could make a phone call.

Obviously, that’s no longer the case. If you’re reading this you’re probably even guilty of letting your two-year-old play an educational app in the grocery cart at the store. When you make the jump from that, to introduce them to the Internet, though, is a line that can be a little fuzzy and be intimidating. I have always been very conservative until the kids started school. I was shocked that my Kindergarten was using the computer and iPad daily, and pretty soon was as comfortable as I am navigating them. This last year for 3rd grade Amber was assigned her own iPad, and most of her books were on it. I quickly was introduced to how many amazing tools there really are online for kids, and have since allowed them to be on the computer quite a bit more at home.

Of course, like everything in parenting, this is going to vary wildly depending on your family and your child. Today I’m just sharing what works for us, in hopes that it might help you decide what works for you!

Get The Right Tools

 Old Computer The next time your laptop gets sluggish and you upgrade hang on to that out of date one. The last thing you want is for your six-year-old to “accidentally” anything on your $4,000 MacBook. Having an older, slower laptop for your little to bang away at will make everyone a lot happier. The same goes for old phones! Before you deactivate that old phone download all the free games and educational apps you can find. Even without cell service, it works amazingly well for keeping kids entertained during Dr. Office waits!

Ad Blocking Software Once you get the hardware you’re going to want to get the ideal set-up. I highly recommend installing an ad blocker on your computer and your phones. While I always allow ads on sites like blogs or Youtube that the content creators depend on that income when it comes to your child’s computer you want as little “stray links” for clicking as possible.

Antivirus Protection The next thing you’re going to want to invest in is a good AntiVirus App for your phone and software for your computer. As I just mentioned, you’ll have those weird links to a minimum, but you still can’t be positive they won’t end up somewhere weird. Making sure you have great protection is a must! Especially with PC and for Android Security.

Parental Blocking Software There are lots of great options out there when it comes to monitoring or blocking software. These can make sure your child stays away from those really sketchy sites. To be honest I don’t have this for us yet. Amber and Tyler are 9 and 6 and haven’t used the computers without our direct supervision yet. I figure once they are closer to teens and we give them a little more leeway I’ll start researching these more in depth.

Use The Right Sites

Now that you’ve got everything “kid ready” it’s time to discover the right places to send them online! Here are my very favorite FREE, fun, educational, and kid friendly! – If you have little kids you are surely big fans of PBS Kids already. Their website is equally great with games that are educational and fun and feature all your kid’s favorite characters – Same as above, lots of fun with your kid’s favorite show characters. This one is a lot like the tv channels are to each other with Disney being educational but more on the line of fun and not so educationally based.

Prodigy – We discovered this free math game this year through Amber’s school. It starts out at 1st grade but Tyler wanted to do it so bad after watching Amber that I signed him up and he’s been able to do the work with a little bit of help. The kids absolutely love this site and beg to play it—even with the math snuck in!

ChessKids – I found out about this website when Amber participated in Chess Puzzle this past year. It teaches kids how to play chess through fun videos and they can solve puzzles or play against other kids. — I’ve heard amazing things about this site for years, but we have just started playing on it this summer. I’ll be bringing you our full review of it soon!

Yepi – This is another site that I found out about from Amber’s school. It has a ton of free games to play online. I will mention that these are NOT educational and I would CAREFULLY screen them before your children start playing them. Tyler found some Zombie/Ghost games (like Plants VS. Zombies) before I realized they were there and while they really are harmless they did scare him. So I recommend this with those disclosures.

Your Local Library Website – Many libraries’ have sections online dedicated to fun games!

Hopefully, these tips will give you a great starting point for your family! If you have any tips or know about any amazing websites I’m missing out on please let me know! I’m always looking for more amazing tools to use!

4 Questions You Might Have When Applying for an ITIN

4 Questions You Might Have When Applying for an ITIN

Applying for an ITIN number can be a daunting task, so it’s a common occurrence that questions exist throughout the process. The information below should be helpful in answering some of the common dilemmas that arise. What Type of Documentation is Necessary for the Application? […]

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch Coupon

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How To Combat Rosacea

How To Combat Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common skin condition that affects a lot of adults. Also known as adult acne, it is often characterized by excessive redness and pimples at times over certain part of the face. It is also called adult acne because it is usually known to cause flare ups or outbreaks, just like acne. The condition is generally harmless until it reaches the eyes. It can cause burning sensation and soreness to the eyes. It usually starts around cheeks and continues to spread to around the nose and then to forehead. There can be redness on neck in severe cases. It is very rare for people with darker skin to have this skin condition.

Dealing with Rosacea Depending on Its Severity

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While rosacea might not be that uncommon, it does require you to find out ways to combat the condition. If you feel you are suffering from the skin condition, it is advisable to make an appointment with a dermatologist. You will be guided with ways of treating the condition.

Having said that, there are certain things you should consider doing before you actually decide to go see a dermatologist. You need to determine if the skin condition is severe enough for you to go to the doctor. Although exact root causes of rosacea are unknown and are likely to be an inherited condition, there are various lifestyle triggers that are known to cause the rosacea flare ups. Factors like stress, extreme changes to the temperature and even the beverages you drink and foods you eat can be responsible for worsening the skin condition.

Do You Have Rosacea?

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Before you decide to do anything about it, you must be sure that you actually have rosacea. It is basically acne like eruption that occurs in the central face and it usually affects adults. It is very common amongst women of ages 30 to 50. Fair skinned people are likely to have rosacea. The three physical components of rosacea include red pustules and pimples, flushing and also permanently dilated blood vessels. If you notice all three physical components, you are likely to have rosacea. If you simply have breakouts and other signs are missing, there are chances you just gave common acne. If you don’t have pimples or flushing but have visibly dilated blood vessels, you may or may not have the condition. In that case, you need to check with a dermatologist if you aren’t completely sure.

Why is it Important to Combat Rosacea?

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The thing with rosacea is that if you leave it untreated, it usually gets worse, with more pimples, redness and dilated blood vessels occurring. You must also know that that several products advertised to treat rosacea are usually not that helpful for the skin condition. These products generally contain anti-inflammatory agents but they are rather adjunctive instead of providing primary care. So, if you have persistent flare ups associated with rosacea, it is important you find out ways to deal with it. Otherwise, the condition might just get worse and worse.

Tips to Combat Rosacea

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  • Avoid Triggers:

Rosacea flare ups may be triggered by alcohol, spicy food, stress, extreme temperature changes and even certain skin care products. You need to find out what exactly is triggering the symptoms of rosacea in your case. Once you find out the trigger, you should try to minimize the condition by avoiding. There are certain triggers that can be avoided, while others can’t. When you experience a flare, you should take a cool shower and clean your face gently with products for rosacea skin care. You shouldn’t scrub as that could worsen things.

  • Moisturize:

When it comes to rosacea, moisturizer is a vital skin care product. If you are suffering from the condition, you should use moisturizers on a daily basis. They help controlling the symptoms by creating a barrier and locking out the irritants. However, if you choose the wrong moisturizer, the redness could worse. When choosing the best face moisturizer for rosacea, you should look for one that is fragrance-free, oil-free and hypoallergic.

  • Gentle Cleanser:

Even the kind of cleanser you use can have its effect on rosacea. You should avoid astringents and harsh cleaners, as they are known to make it a lot worse. Rosacea might look like acne, but a lot of acne treatments can be irritating for rosacea. You shouldn’t use products that contain salicylic acid and retinoids. Just like your moisturizer, the cleanser you choose should be hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

  • Skip Facials:

Things like chemical peels, certain treatments and even facials might be good for a normal person’s complexion, but they can potentially make rosacea worse. These treatments are known to irritate skin, which results in aggravating rosacea. You need to find an alternative skin care option that is safe for your skin.

  • Be Careful with Your Makeup:

Makeup can be used for covering up the redness caused by rosacea, but it can even worsen the symptoms associated with the condition. You should opt for a makeup that is mineral based and fragrance free. Such makeups are likely to irritate the skin much less than a regular makeup.

  • Be Safe from The Sun:

It has been seen that sun exposer is one of the top triggers of rosacea. Sun is known to trigger flares in most people having rosacea. You should avoid sun as much as you can. When you go out in the sun, you should apply a sunscreen, stay in shade as much as possible and wear a hat.

  • Calming The Flares:

When you have rosacea, flares are bound to happen. For minimizing the symptoms of rosacea, you can place ice packs on your face for calming down the inflammation. Even green tea extracts are known to be soothing.

  • Treat Rosacea:

There might not be any cure for rosacea, but you can still combat it with some tailored treatments. Topical treatments such as lotions and creams are known to help. There are even oral medications known to reduce the redness and inflammation.

Santanu Majumdar is a part-time blogger and currently blogs at . He is also a health and fitness lover who loves to share his ideas on health, fitness, and beauty. You can check him out on Twitter and Facebook

Simple Ways To Save & Make Money This Summer

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Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae Recipe

Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae Recipe

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