5 Easy DIY Christmas Decorations To Make With Your Kids

Christmas is coming and it’s time to decorate your house! Ornaments can be pretty expensive this time around, but you can save some “moo-lah” and bond with your kids by making your own Christmas decorations! Here are some easy (and super cute) Christmas ornament to make at home:

1. Clothespin Reindeer
Source: scissorsandspoons.com

What you’ll need: 

  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Newspaper
  • Sandpaper
  • Styrofoam
  • Wire
  • Paint
  • Craft eyes
  • Flocking powder or pom-pom (for tail)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Embellishments such as flocked paper, ribbon, and bells
  • String for hanging

Directions:

  1. To make the body of the reindeer, cut a small piece of Styrofoam off a block. Use a piece of sandpaper to round the edges of the piece of Styrofoam. Then, cover the Styrofoam with pieces of newspaper dipped in glue and let it dry.
  2. When the glue had dried, sand the paper-covered Styrofoam.
  3. Paint the three clothespins (one for the head and two for the legs) and paper-covered Styrofoam.
  4. Glue on craft eyes and glitter glue to make the nose.
  5. Insert a small wire loop into the Styrofoam body.
  6. Use glue and flocking powder to add a tail to one of the sets of legs.
  7. Use a hot glue gun to glue together the pieces of the reindeer.
  8. Add a bit of glitter glue to the hooves and tie a bell around the neck of each reindeer.
  9. Glue a small piece of flocked green paper behind each bell.

For more info, visit Scissors and Spoons’ website.

2. Popsicle stick tree ornaments
Source: ideas.evite.com

What you’ll need:

  • Hot-glue gun
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 6″ of decorative ribbon
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • White card stock
  • Pen
  • 1 sheet of tan felt
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 mini red craft pom-pom
  • Treat bag
  • Double-sided tape

Directions:

  1. Hot-glue popsicle sticks into a triangle shape.
  2. Hot-glue decorative ribbon on the back in the middle of one of the triangle’s sides.
  3. Cut two 2 1/2″ pieces of brown pipe cleaner (for the reindeer’s antlers).
  4. Fold one brown pipe cleaner in half.
  5. Trace around the popsicle stick triangle on the felt, then cut to size.
  6. Cut card stock in a strip, cut a notch in one end, and write “REINDEER KIT” on that side.
  7. Place pipe cleaners, felt, googly eyes, and pom-pom in treat bag.
  8. Fold top of bag down and seal using handmade card stock label secured with double-sided tape.

For more info, visit ideas.evite.com.

3. Cupcake liner Christmas tree
Christmas DIY
Source: tatertotsandjello.com

What you’ll need:

  • 12×12 Cardstock
  • Some cupcake Liners
  • Tape

Directions:

  1.  Make the cones with cardstock.
  2. Tape the ends well so the cones hold their shape.
  3. Then cut the excess of the bottom so they can stand straight.
  4. The amount that you cut will determine the size of your tree.
  5. Cut the center of your cupcake liners.
  6. After taping the ruffles from the bottom to the top, you may need to use multiple ruffles for one layer of the tree.
  7. Before you reach the top cover the tip of the tree with one of the centers of the liners. After it is taped and secured, finish the last ruffle layer.

For more info, hit up tatertotsandjello.com.

4. Cinnamon stick Christmas tree
Christmas DIY
Source: http://blog.consumercrafts.com

What you’ll need:

  • 3″ Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3/4″ Canadian Pine Garland
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Twine or Hemp Cord
  • Ruler

Directions:

  1. Cut 7″ pieces of twine and 1″, 2″ and 2-1/2″ pieces of your Canadian pine garland, using wire cutters, for the number of ornaments you wish to make. Once you have your pieces cut, you’re all set to start assembling.
  2. Start by gluing the pine to the cinnamon stick, placing the shortest piece (1″) at the top, then the 2″ piece, followed by the 2-1/2″ piece. Glue the twine to the back of your cinnamon stick as well.
  3. Decorate our tree ornaments by gluing on the buttons.

For more info, visit Consumer Crafts’ website.

5. Easy Star Ornament
Christmas DIY
Source: Parents

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • 3 chenille stems
  • Paper
  • Colored ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut straws into 1/4″ and 1/2″ segments.
  2. Thread beads and straw segments onto one chenille stem, leaving about 3/4″ on either side.
  3. When complete, twist one end to the end of another stem and continue beading. Repeat with a third stem.
  4. Draw a 6″ star on a piece of paper and use as a guide to bend the now long chenille stem into a star. Twist the last two ends together and attach ribbon to hang.

For more info, visit Parents’ website.

10 Best Brain Foods For Kids

Is your child struggling to focus and concentrate in school? There are actually certain “brain foods” that may help boost a his or her brain development, improve brain function, memory, and concentration.

To help you out, here are some of the best brain-boosting foods for your little one:

1. Eggs
brain foods for kids
Source: Serious Eats

Not only are eggs filled with high-quality proteins, it also contains vitamins (i.e. vitamins A, B12, B2, and B5), minerals, good fats, and various trace nutrients. In case you didn’t know, egg yolks have choline – an important nutrient for memory development. Moreover, many studies suggest that eggs provide HDL (aka the “good cholesterol”). It is also a versatile ingredient that can be easily found in stores and markets.

2. Salmon
brain foods for kids
Source: Pinterest

Salmon is a rich source of high-quality protein for nursing mothers. It contains EFA (Essential Fatty acids) and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that children need for optimal brain, nerve, and eye development. Furthermore, studies also show that DHA is the brain tissue’s primary structural component.

Try some of these kid-friendly salmon recipes.

3. Peanut butter
brain foods for kids
Source: Pinterest

If your kid is not allergic to peanut, give him or her a PB & J sandwich! According to Medicine Net, peanut butter is packed with vitamin E – an antioxidant that protects nerve membranes. In addition, it also has thiamin (which is good for the brain) and glucose (which gives energy).

4. Oatmeal
brain foods for kids
Source: Healthy Eats

Oats and oatmeal are considered as energy and brain “fuel”. These are also packed with fiber to help keep kids feeling full so they don’t snack on junk. Apart from that, oats are excellent source of Vitamins E, B complex, and zinc to help kids’ brains work their best.

5. Berries
brain foods for kids
Source: Nature Mom

It’s important for children (ages 2 – 6) to get at least two servings of fruit each day. While bananas and apples are good for you, we recommend putting berries into your kids’ diet. Be it blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, or strawberries, these sweet delights can help improve your child’s memory and are packed with mineral and antioxidants (such as vitamin A and vitamin C).

6. Whole grains
brain foods for kids
Source: Pinterest

In case you didn’t know, whole grains pack a punch – they contain vitamins which help in blood circulation and memory improvement. The steady flow of glucose which is released, helps improve concentration, alertness and memory, without the sudden surge of sugar rush.

7. Avocado
brain foods for kids
Source: Pinterest

As over 60% of our brain is made of fat, avocados are great for brain development. Thanks to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats (also known as the “good” fats), avocados can help balance your cholesterol levels and give you an energy boost. Besides that, the green delight is also rich in folic acid, vitamins, potassium, and folate.

8. Milk and yogurt
brain foods for kids
Source: www.drinkmilk.ca

Dairy are packed with Vitamin B – a necessary nutrient for growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes. Aside from that, dairy products contain protein and carbohydrates foe the brain, and Vitamin D.

9. Colorful vegetables
brain foods for kids
Source: Nature Mom

Doctors say colorful veggies (such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach) are the best sources of antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy. Try sneaking in some of these veggies into your child’s soup or juice.

10. Lean beef
brain foods for kids
Source: quickanddirtytips.com

Lean beef (or any other meat alternative) is a great source of iron, which is an essential mineral that helps kids stay energized and concentrate at school. In fact, beef has zinc – a nutrient that helps white blood cells fight off infections and memory. If you or your child is a vegetarian, try black beans instead.

Sources: The Asian Parent, Medicine Net, WebMD.

14 Baby Boy Names That Are Inspired By Winter

If you’re looking for some baby name inspiration for your little boy born during the colder months, here are some really cool names that are inspired by winter:

1. Whittaker

Origin: English
Meaning: White field

2. Joseph

Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God shall add (another son)

3. Aster

Origin: Greek, English
Meaning: Star

Wintry Baby Boy Names
Source: Pinterest
4. Crispin 

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Curly-haired. The name is popular in winter due to St. Crispin, the patron saint of shoe-makers.

5. Christian

Origin: English
Meaning: Follower of Christ

6. Douglas

Origin: Scottish
Meaning: As in douglas fir, one of the most popular types of Christmas trees. Also means “dark water”.

7. Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Devoted to God, a hero of God, or God is my strength

8. Robin

Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: A type of bird that begins to appear toward the end of winter

Wintry Baby Boy Names
Source: Mom Junction
9. Aspen 

Origin: English
Meaning: Aspen tree

10. Jack

Origin: English
Meaning: God is gracious, merciful. Also widely used for babies born in winter as a nod to Jack Frost

11. Noel

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Born on Christmas day

12. Wren

Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Magician of bird

13. Lark

Origin: English
Meaning: Name of the bird that appears in January and February

14. Frediano

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Cold

 

15 Baby Girl Names That Are Inspired By Winter

Winter is coming! If you’re expecting a baby girl this cold, cold time, here are some really cool and sweet names for your winter baby:

Girls
1. Neva

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Snow

2. Demetria

Origin: Greek
Meaning: Goddess of winter

3. Bianca

Origin: Italian
Meaning: White

4. Crystal/Krystal

Origin: Greek
Meaning: Clear, brilliant glass, sparkling

5. Ember

Origin: English
Meaning: Remains of a fire

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6. Eirwen

Origin: Welsh
Meaning: White as snow

7. Eira

Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Snow

8. Hailey

Origin: Old English
Meaning: Wood, clearing, meadow

9. Alaska

Origin: Native American
Meaning: Great land, also the name of a US state

10. Noelle

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Christmas

Source: Pinterest
11. Elsa

Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God is satisfaction, also name of main character in Disney’s “Frozen”

12. Holly

Origin: English
Meaning: Holly grove

13. Natalie

Origin: Rrussian
Meaning: Christmas

14. Lucia

Origin: Swedish
Meaning: Saint of Christmas

15. Frostine

Origin: French
Meaning: Snow

6 Surprising Ways Your Breasts Change During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is a journey full of changes surprises. Not only is your belly growing bigger and bigger each day, other parts of your body are also changing and adapting. One of the most notable changes you’ll see is your breasts (also known as “pregnancy boobs”).

Here are 6 surprising ways your breasts change during pregnancy:

1. Your breasts becomes bigger! 

When you’re pregnant, your breasts may start to grow as early as week six. Alana Bibeau, Ph.D, a doula and a member of the Rhode Island Birth Network Board of Trustees, tells Parents that fat builds up in the breasts and the milk glands increase in size throughout the first three months of pregnancy. To reduce discomfort, avoid wearing underwired bra and get a maternity inner wear with good support.

2. Your breasts will likely to feel sore

Often referred to as “breast tenderness”, most expecting mothers experience sore and sensitive breasts. According to Belly Belly, this is most commonly experienced during the first trimester due to increasing levels of both estrogen and progesterone.

Source: Parenthub
3. Darker nipples

Doctors say the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone can also cause your areolae and nipples to grow. It will become darker, too! “Darker nipples are most likely related to a temporary increase in melanin caused by the surge in pregnancy hormones,” Dr. Millheiser, M.D., an ob/gyn and director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford Health Care, tells SELF.

4. You may experience pregnant squirts

In case you didn’t know, pregnant women can produce milk from as early as week 16. Therefore, many expecting mothers may experience pregnant squirts in which they leak small amounts of colostrum – a clear and yellow pre-milk. If you’re worried about milk leakage, try wearing disposable or washable breast pads.

Source: Getty Image
5. Veins on your breasts becomes more visible

Kate Frometa, a certified nurse midwife at UCSF Medical Center, tells SELF that blood volume increases around 50 percent during pregnancy. This causes the veins on your breasts to be more visible than usual.

 

6. Some bumps and lumps

You’ll also notice you have little bumps and lumps on your breasts. These bumps, which are called Montgomery glands, are actually always there! They just become more visible during pregnancy. According to Belly Belly, they keep the areola and nipple protected and lubricated.

While all these changes are normal during pregnancy, always contact your doctor when something is not right or when you’re uncertain about the changes you’re experiencing. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

8 Signs of Ovulation To Help You Get Pregnant

Ovulation is a normal part of your menstrual cycle and knowing when it happens is a crucial step in getting pregnant. However, every woman is different. While it usually happens at the mid-point of a woman’s cycle, it’s also possible that you can ovulate anywhere between day 11 through day 21.

There’s no sure way to predict when you’ll release an egg from one of your ovaries, but there a few ways you can estimate when it’s most likely to happen. Increase your chances of getting pregnant by knowing these signs of ovulation:

1. Your basal temperature may increase slightly

According to the Mayo Clinic, your body’s temperature at rest (basal body temperature) increases slightly during ovulation. To measure this, you can use a thermometer that’s specifically designed to measure basal body temperature every morning before you get out of bed. Besides that, you should record the results and look for a pattern to emerge. You’ll be most fertile during the two to three days before your temperature rises.

Source: Brit + Co
2. Changes in cervical mucus 

Cervical mucus, also know as cervical fluid (CF) is a perfectly natural and normal substance that is produced by glands in your cervix which is released into the vagina. Mayo Clinic explains that a woman might notice an increase in clear, wet, and stretchy vaginal secretions. On the other hand, cervical mucus decreases and becomes thicker, cloudy and less noticeable after ovulation.

3. Breast tenderness

Some women experience tenderness in their breasts just before (or after) ovulation due to hormonal changes. This means your body is getting ready for ovulation and the potential of pregnancy.

4. Slight spotting

In addition, some women may also experience slight spotting (light vaginal bleeding) due to a drop of estrogen at the time of ovulation. The drop in estrogen causes the uterus lining to decrease a little, which causes slight spotting (also known as ovulation bleeding).

5. Changes in cervix

According to Ovulation Calculator, your cervix (which connects your vagina to your uterus and acts as a barrier) softens and opens when you’re fertile. This makes way for sperm to enter your uterus when you’re fertile.

Signs of ovulation
Source: Life Zone
6. Abdominal bloating

Moreover, another sign is slight bloating at the abdominal area. This symptom can be caused by increased water retention due to a rise in the hormone estrogen.

4. Higher sexual drive

Several studies show that women experience an increase in sexual desire when they are most fertile. Apparently, women tend to get a little increase in testosterone during ovulation. Dr. Lauren Streicher, M.D. (an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), explains to SELF, “It’s not a huge change but there definitely is a hormonal surge.”

8. Nausea and headaches

Due to being sensitive to hormone changes, studies suggest that some women feel nauseous or have headaches before ovulation.

Also, here are 7 ways to boost your chances of getting pregnant

Sources: Ovulation CalculatorSELFMayo Clinic.

These Rainbow Baby Photos Are Bound To Make Your Heart Melt

For the uninitiated, a “rainbow baby” refers a baby who is born soon after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or infant loss. Why the use the term “rainbow”? That’s because a beautiful rainbow always comes after a storm, symbolizing hope and optimism.

To celebrate the sweet occasion, many parents took to social media to share precious photos of their rainbow babies. From rainbow-themed backdrops to touching candid shots, check out these inspirational photos (and stories) below:

Source: Pop Sugar

“One year after experiencing our loss there I was holding the most precious gift of all, our fearfully and wonderfully made rainbow baby, Audrey Joy.”Lila

Source: Pop Sugar

“This is Page’s rainbow baby. We didn’t plan the shoot based off of her being pregnant or baby Clarke, but it has turned into a positive way to really show how tough of a mom Page is, and I am happy for that!” Heather of Inspired by a True Story Photography

Source: Today

“I could not believe I was allowed to hold something so perfect. And I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving for finally getting to be a father.”Hunter

Source: Pop Sugar

To honor the child that they lost as well as the two rainbow baby boys they welcomed within in a year, one via adoption and one via birth, the Haggerton family took this gorgeous photo with photographer Natasha of Birth Unscripted.

“When we did his newborn session we wanted to do something that would tie the three boys together. So we did a rainbow with the two rainbow babies and a butterfly above them to represent their brother that was born the year before.”Natasha

Source: Today’s Parents

Missouri-based photographer Alex Bolen brought together six women who experienced pregnancy or infant loss to create this powerful image of hope.

Source: Facebook

“The rainbow comes from heaven to earth — red by heaven, violet by earth — to show God’s faithfulness.” photographer Jen Priester

6 Kid-Friendly Salmon Recipes

Salmon is a rich source of high-quality protein for growing children. It contains EFA (Essential Fatty acids) and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that kids need for optimal brain development. Besides that, the low mercury fish is high in vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12).

Here are some kid-friendly salmon recipes that your child would love:

1. Quick glazed salmon
Source: Kid Spot

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (80ml) soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 salmon fillets
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • coriander leaves and lime wedges, to serve

Directions:

  1. Mix the soy sauce and brown sugar together and cut the salmon into chunks.
  2. Gently toss the salmon in the sauce and set aside for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour the rice into a saucepan and cover with three cups of cold water, bring this to the boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Set your oven’s grill to medium high and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  5. Place the salmon pieces on this (reserving the marinade) and pop the tray under the grill for about 6 minutes, or until the salmon looks just caramelised on top but nice and pink inside.
  6. While the salmon cooks, tip the reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer, reduce for a minute or so and set aside.
  7. To serve, spoon rice into bowls, top with the salmon pieces and drizzle with the reduced marinade. Top with coriander leaves and serve with a wedge of lime.

For more info, visit Kid Spot’s website.

2. Jasmine tea marinated salmon with soba noodles
Source: Today’s Parent

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup plus 3 tbsp soy sauce (divided)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 bags jasmine tea
  • 1-in. piece ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 4 salmon fillets (125 g each, skin removed)
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 250g pkg soba noodles
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water and 2/3 cup soy sauce to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in the honey until dissolved. Add tea bags and ginger, and steep for 10 min. Strain marinade into a bowl and place in fridge until completely cooled, about 15 min. Add salmon to marinade, flesh side down. Marinate for a minimum of 30 min.
  2. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil and add sugar snap peas; leave to cook for 1½ min, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add noodles to same boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain; rinse in cold water.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk remaining 3 tbsp soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and 1 tsp vegetable oil. Toss soba noodles, sugar snap peas, tomatoes and sesame seeds in the dressing.
  4. Remove salmon from marinade and discard remaining liquid. In a frying pan, heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high. Cook salmon 2 to 3 min per side, or until cooked thorough.
  5. Divide soba noodle salad among 4 plates; top each with a piece of hot salmon.

For more info, hit up Today’s Parents’ website.

3. Oven-baked salmon and pea risotto
Source: Kid Spot

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 cups salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 2x 200g pieces fresh salmon (leave skin on)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated (juiced)
  • 50g baby or wild rocket leaves
  • 2 tbs finely grated parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C, fan forced. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the rice, cook stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Pour the stock into the rice and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into an ovenproof dish with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the salmon skin-side down in a non-stick frying pan. Cover with cold water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the salmon to sit in the liquid for a further 5 minutes. Transfer salmon to a plate, cover and allow to stand.
  4. Remove the risotto from the oven, stir in the peas and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the skin from the salmon (the skin will just slide off the salmon) and flake into smaller pieces using a fork. Stir the salmon, lemon rind, lemon juice and rocket into the risotto. Top with parmesan, season with freshly ground black pepper and serve.

For more info, visit Kid Spot’s website.

4. Salmon fish fingers
Source: Good To Know

Ingredients:

  • 500g centre-cut skinless salmon fillet
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

(For the tomato and basil dip)

  • 275g tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 110ml creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  2. Cut the piece of salmon in half across the width and then cut each half into six equal-sized fingers down the length. Sift the flour onto a plate or into a wide bowl, beat the eggs in another bowl and place the breadcrumbs in a third. Season each with salt and pepper.
  3. First dust the salmon fingers in the flour, then dip them in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs, to evenly coat. (The fish fingers can be prepared in advance to this stage and then stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours or freezer for up to 3 months.)
  4. Drizzle the olive oil on a large baking sheet and arrange the fish fingers on the oiled sheet. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until crisp, golden and cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato dip. Blitz the chopped tomato in a blender or using a hand-held blender until smooth. Push through a fine sieve into a small saucepan and simmer on a low heat for 4–5 minutes or until reduced and thickened. Remove and leave to cool completely before stirring into the creme fraiche with the basil and a little salt and pepper.
  6. Serve the salmon fish fingers with lemon wedges for people to squeeze over together with a bowl of the tomato and basil creme fraiche to dip into.

For more info, visit Good To Know’s website.

5. Salmon burgers
Source: Weelicious

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 whole cucumber (very thinly sliced)
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless salmon filet (cut into large chunks)
  • 3 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup spinach
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Burger buns

Directions:

  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, pepper flakes, and salt in a bowl, and add the cucumber slices.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the salmon chunks, smoked salmon, egg, spinach, lemon zest, and black pepper in a blender and pulse four to five times until just combined. The mixture should be chunky.
  4. Form the mixture into four patties and set aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully slide the patties into the heated skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until heated through.
  6. Serve on buns with the Quick Pickled Cukes.

For more info, hit up Weelicious’ website.

6. Teriyaki salmon with rice
Source: Cooking Classy

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • Sesame seeds (for serving)

(For teriyaki sauce)

  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water (divided)
  • 3 tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan whisk together low-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp of the water, the brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a light boil over medium heat.
  2. Whisk together cornstarch with remaining 2 tbsp water, then add to sauce mixture in saucepan. Cook mixture stirring constantly, until it has thickened slightly, allowing it to gently boil several minutes (if you want it thicker you can let it simmer, just reduce the temp and stir frequently until it’s reached desired thickness, keep in mind it will seem thicker once it cools though too).
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a non-stick baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Set aside about 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce. Place salmon in baking dish then brush tops with plenty of the teriyaki sauce (about 1 1/2 tbsp), then rotate to opposite side and repeat. Bake in preheated oven 13 – 17 minutes until salmon has cooked through (cooked time will vary depending on thickness of salmon).
  5. Serve warm topped with reserved teriyaki sauce if desired, chopped green onions, rice, and sesame seeds.

For more info, visit Cooking Classy’s website.

All You Need To Know About Chickenpox

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a viral infection that causes itchy red spots all over the body and flu-like symptoms. While it was a common illness among children under the age of 12, chickenpox cases have declined since the introduction of the varicella vaccine in 1990s.

What are the symptoms of chickenpox?

According to Kids Health, the infectious disease usually starts with a high fever (which is in the 38.3°–38.8°C range), headache, sore throat, or stomachache. These are then followed by an itchy rash, which usually starts on the abdomen or back and face, then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body. This includes the scalp, mouth, arms, legs, and genitals. Moreover, the rash may spread wider or be more severe in kids who have weak immune systems or skin disorders like eczema.

Source: NHS Inform

As Healthline explains,  The rash goes through three phases before you recover:

  1. Red or pink bumps appear all over the body.
  2. The bumps become blisters filled with fluid that leaks.
  3. The bumps become crusty, scab over, and begin to heal

While doctors may prescribe antihistamine medications or topical ointments to soothe the rash’s itchiness, parents can also try giving their child lukewarm baths. Unscented lotion, lightweight as well as soft clothing may help, too.

What causes chickenpox?

For the uninitiated, chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The highly contagious virus can spread easily through the air (when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes) and direct contact with mucus, saliva, or fluid from the blisters. Besides that, the illness is contagious from about 2 days before the rash starts until all the blisters are crusted over. So if a child has chickenpox, he or she should stay home and recover until the rash is gone and all blisters have dried.

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Although chickenpox will probably only happen once in a lifetime, your child could get a related disease called shingles (herpes zoster) later in life. This is because after a person has chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant (sleeping) in the nervous system. When the virus reactivates, it becomes the shingles.

How can you prevent it?

It’s important to get your child vaccinated as the chickenpox vaccine is 99% effective at preventing the infection in kids. Doctors recommend that kids get the chickenpox vaccine as twice – once when they’re 12 to 15 months old, followed by a booster shot when they’re 4 to 6 years old.

On top of that, there is now a vaccine for shingles that’s recommended for adults age 60 and older.

Sources: HealthlineKids Health.

20 Artsy Bohemian Baby Names For Boys & Girls

If you’re searching for a unique, artsy, and romantic name for your little one, then you’ve come to the right place! Check out some of our favorite Bohemian names below:

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Girls
1. Delilah 

Origin: Old Testament
Meaning: Delight or amorous

2. Saige

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Wise

3. Aurora

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Dawn

4. Allegra 

Origin: Italian
Meaning: Joyous

5. Claudine

Origin: French from Latin
Meaning: Enclosure

6. Luna

Origin: Latin
Meaning: The moon

7. Daisy

Origin: Anglo-Saxon
Meaning: The day’s eye

8. Tamara

Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Date palm tree

9. Ivy

Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Ifig”, also considered the Celtic symbol of friendship.

10. Paisley

Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Church

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Boys
1. Lennox

Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: From the field of elm trees

2. Kai

Origin: Hawaiian
Meaning: Sea

3. Ansel

Origin: German
Meaning: God’s protection

4. Eryk

Origin: Norse
Meaning: Lovable

5. Asher 

Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Fortunate, happy, blessed

6. Flint 

Origin: Old High German
Meaning: Hard Stones

7. Xander

Origin: Greek
Meaning: Protector of men

8. Riordan 

Origin: Irish
Meaning: King or poet

9. Finn

Origin: Irish
Meaning: Fair

10. Leif

Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Heir or descendant