Dietary Guidelines for Children

Dietary Guidelines for Children

In 1980 the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collaborated to release a set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Every 5 years, after a review of new scientific and medical literature, an updated set of guidelines is published.  The guide encompasses important aspects of living a healthy, active lifestyle.

We explored how these dietary guidelines for children and how we can help children live a more healthy lifestyle.

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Nutrition Myths

5 Nutrition Myths: Busted

Living a healthy lifestyle can be compared to navigating an obstacle course blindfolded.  There is so much contradictory information that it often becomes difficult to tell the difference between what is factual and what is conjecture.  Proper nutrition is just one area where a lot of misinformation exists, propagated by mainstream media publishing studies out of context.  Here are a few busted nutrition myths. (more…)

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DIY Children Halloween Costumes on a Budget

By the time summer festivities come to an end and the new school year is under way, Halloween is right around the corner. Shopping for children’s costumes is stressful and expensive, as they are always for one-time use. DIY Halloween costumes are a great option for the crafty mom. Using old fabrics around the house, clothes your children has outgrown or transforming last year’s Halloween costume can be easy and save a great deal this Halloween.

“There is such a large variety of great costume ideas out there,” says Michelle Thompson, consignment expert of Swap.com. “With just a little bit of creativity and effort, it’s easy to save big and have your child stand out.”

Here are this year’s best DIY children Halloween costumes for every mom on a budget.

Mad Scientist:

More than likely, your little one will already have a pair of khakis and a plaid shirt. All you need is a white lab coat and lab goggles. Add a few finishing touches such as; a cute bowtie, yellow gloves and pens for pocket flair. Complete the look with a wild wig or if there hair is long add hairspray, and your little Einstein is ready to go!

Superheroes:

Superhero costumes are fun and extremely easy to make with items you already have. Take an existing track outfit or brightly colored, matching shirt and pants. Add colorful tape to decorate the outfit and make their favorite superhero sign. Another option; extra fabric around the house can make a quick cape, pair with comfortable leggings, purchase a mask or facepaint and you have a DIY superhero!

Raining Cats & Dogs:

This costume is super cute and fun to make. There are two routes for this costumes. The first, take a clear umbrella, you will need cat and dog stickers. Place the stickers on the clear umbrella, pair it with their favorite raincoat and boots. The second, take a few stuffed animals of cats and dogs and glue them to the umbrella and your kiddo will be the talk of school with their creative outfit.

Deep Sea Scuba Diver:

This is a great out-of-the box costume idea and easy to make with existing items. What you will need for the scuba gear; goggles, wet shoes and black gloves. Pair this with a black hoodie or long johns for underneath the accessories. For the air tank, take two 2-liter Coke bottles, and paint them silver or yellow. Duct tape them together and glue them to the back of a black sweatshirt. To add a finishing touch, you can use a tube or cord and cut a hole in the bottle and attach the cord to one side of the shoulder.

Little Piggy:

Take an old pink sweatshirt (2-3 sizes larger than your child), cut the arms and hood off. Sew or glue the edges showing to make a clean look for the arms, head and bottom. With the extra fabric and hood, you can make a hat and ears to pin to the hood. For the nose; you can paint on the pink, purchase a nose or cut a toilet paper roll and paint it pink. Pair this with pink pants or tights and a pink long sleeve undershirt.

Other Animals:

Follow the little piggy instructions above. Animals are super simple to make with existing items around the house. All you need is a sweatshirt that is cohesive with the animal’s color you are choosing, and extra fabric to glue for the specific markings of the animals. Take old tights, pants or play clothes to pair with, purchase a nose, ears and facepaint and you are set to DIY an adorable costume.

Thrift stores and consignment shops, such as Swap.com are a great option to find what you need at a low cost. Swap.com offers over 500 costumes from baby and toddler, girls and boys and even maternity costumes.

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