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From the monthly archives: August 2013

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Get Ready for School: Feng Shui Your Children’s Rooms

Photo Courtesy: Pottery Barn Kids

September can be the worst month in a home with children. In the process of transitioning into a new school year, parents as well as children can be overwhelmed.  With a change in schedules, new schools, new teachers, new expectations, and new friends, this time of year can really test a family’s coping skills.

According to a study conducted by the APA (American Psychology Association) in 2006, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are concerned with the level of stress in their daily lives and those with children living at home were more likely to be concerned about stress than those without.

So if you’re stressed out, just imagine how your children feel!  Feng Shui does not come with a magic fairy wand (unfortunately, there is no “Easy” button like the commercials), but there are some things you can do to make their spaces a safe haven that will provide support and nurturing during these challenging times.

Some Basics

Be sure to check that your front door entry (both inside and outside) is welcoming. Check that it’s free of clutter, well-lit and attractive. A welcoming entry allows opportunity to come in and reach all the members of the home, so this is the first step to ensure your children have the best chance for success.

Feng Shui their Bedrooms

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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Back-to-school is right around the corner. Parents are out and about getting ready for the school year. One question most parents seem to have is: "What am I sending in for lunch and snack?" Many kids go to school with processed and packaged foods as snacks right along with deli meats and sandwiches. While manufacturers like to promote these as healthy options, there is not much that is healthy about them at all. Here are some tips for upgrading your child's lunch and snacks for better health:

  • Add in more veggies. Veggies are the healthiest things your kids can eat! Load their lunchboxes with them. Some favorites include: sliced peppers, cucumbers, jicama, and zucchini. Kids also love raw string beans, snap peas, snow peas, and cherry tomatoes. Add in a healthy dip like homemade guacamole or hummus.
  • Creative wraps. Instead of the same old bread sandwhiches, try wraps made with a large collard green leaf or a piece of nori paper. You can fill a wrap with...

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