Boost your family’s fun level this spring with the GeoPalz activity tracker for kids. Bring the kids along on your daily walks, shoot some hoops in the driveway or kick the soccer ball around in the backyard.

With GeoPalz, the kids in your family will want to join in on the activity and stay active this spring. GeoPalz activity tracker is the first decorative pedometer and online game that tracks your child’s physical activity throughout the day. The GeoPalz easy-to-use pedometer sits on your child’s waistline and comes in several kid-friendly designs.

And the cool thing about GeoPalz is that the kids walk to win! For every mile your child achieves with GeoPalz, it counts as one pedpoint when you register your GeoPalz online. Your child can manually enter his or her steps online and once the points start to add up, he or she can use the points to redeem fun, activity-focused prizes, such as baseballs, Frisbees and gift cards to popular stores, such as Target.

For more information or to order, visit GeoPalz.

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Rich & creamy – a classic is turned into a healthy indulgence using Amafruits Pure açaí puree.

Açaí Pudding

Ingredients
8 packs of Amafruits Pure açaí puree (thaw for 30-45 min)
7 tablespoons of sugar
6 tablespoons of cornstarch
7 oz of coconut milk

Preparation
In a bowl, first mix the sugar and cornstarch. Then, add the coconut milk and acai. Pour the mix into a pan, stirring constantly until thickened. Place in a pudding pan or glasses, wet with cold water. Leave to cool in the refrigerator until the mixture hardens.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Amafruits.*

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Steam Mops: The Hot New Thing in Green Cleaning

Making your home a cleaner and greener place is getting easier all the time. Most major retailers sell home cleaning products that have been made with the environment in mind or you can even make your own using ingredients found in your kitchen. But what if we were able to clean our homes without chemicals and without waste? Though we’re still a long way from just a flip of the switch, there is one appliance that is heating things up in green home cleaning – the steam mop.

Steam mops harness the power of steam to disinfect and loosen grime from your hard surface flooring. They are easy to use and both time and cost effective since you’ll no longer have to purchase cleaners, or get down on your hands and knees to scrub the floor. Steam mops rely on reusable pads that can easily be washed, unlike other convenience floor cleaners that rely on disposable pads. Your kids can play around the house without worry that there may be chemicals or germs lingering from the spongy head of your traditional mop.

There are many models on the market, but the best steam mop is the Eureka 313A Envirosteamer. This steam mop costs around $70 and though it isn’t the fanciest model on the market, it is a top performer. It works by offering a continuous flow of powerful steam and allows you to clean large areas easily with a 20 foot cord. It is lightweight and has an adjustable handle, so you can make it fit not only in your home, but you too. This Eureka model is a top performer at a great price. There are many steam mops on the market, so no matter what you’re cleaning needs are; there is a steam mop out there for you.

With so many options in cleaning products and appliances, it is almost becoming difficult to not make your home and the environment a healthier and greener place to live. Though you may have to spend a little more money upfront, you’ll soon forget there was any other way to clean your floor after you purchase a steam mop of your own.

About the Author

Katie Campbell is a budding environmentalist who is interested in all things green. She works as a content writer for Bestcovery.com where she seeks to help discover the best of everything.

Preparing your own yummy cereal is easy with this delicious Graham Nuts recipe from CHOW.com!

Graham Nuts

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted

1 cup graham flour

1/3 cup whole-wheat flour

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cold milk, for serving (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Brush all of the butter evenly over a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Sift the flours, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, pouring any bits remaining in the sifter back into the bowl; set aside.
  3. Place buttermilk, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Using a rubber spatula, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Scrape batter onto the prepared baking sheet and, using a rubber spatula or metal offset cake spatula, spread evenly across the entire surface of the sheet. (The more evenly the batter is spread, the more evenly the cracker will bake.)
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using kitchen shears, cut off any dark or dry areas of the cracker and set them on a rack to cool.
  6. Lower the oven to 250°F and return the baking sheet to the oven. Every 15 to 20 minutes, cut off the dark or dry areas of the cracker, placing them on the cooling rack. While you are doing this, cut up the rest of the cracker into smaller pieces to dry them out. Continue baking until the cracker is mahogany brown and entirely dry, about 55 to 60 minutes total. Remove from the oven and transfer remaining pieces to the cooling rack.
  7. Prepare a food processor with a large-holed grater attachment. Once the crackers are cool, break into pieces small enough to pass through the feed tube of the food processor and grind them. (Alternatively, place the pieces in two layers of resealable plastic bags and crush with a meat mallet or rolling pin until they are about the size of peppercorns.) Serve with a pitcher of cold milk. The graham nuts will store in an airtight jar for up to 1 month.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*

This interesting chowder from CHOW.com makes a hearty, filling lunch or dinner without the heavy cream!

Quinoa Chowder with Spinach, Feta, and Scallions

Ingredients

3/4 cup quinoa, any color or variety

8 cups (2 quarts) water, plus more as needed

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped

1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 large), peeled and small dice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)

3 cups thinly sliced spinach leaves (from about 1 bunch)

4 ounces feta cheese, small dice (about 1 cup)

1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and finely chopped

Preparation

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Bring the quinoa and the 8 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the white outer casings on the quinoa have popped, revealing translucent little beads, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the quinoa through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large heatproof bowl. Measure the quinoa liquid and add water as needed to make 6 cups; set the quinoa and cooking liquid aside.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large, clean saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the potatoes, cumin, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes begin to soften, adjusting the heat as necessary so that the garlic doesn’t brown, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the reserved cooking liquid and half of the scallions and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked quinoa, spinach, and remaining scallions and simmer until the spinach just begins to wilt, about 3 minutes more. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the feta and cilantro. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Top with the chopped egg and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*

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Stopping Back Pain During Pregnancy

It is estimated that two-thirds of American women will experience lower back pain by the 36th week of pregnancy. Why is this such a common problem? And what is causing this pain? One of the reasons low back pain during pregnancy is so common is because of a general lack of awareness of proper care for the spine prior to and during pregnancy. As a Boise Chiropractor and Meridian Chiropractor I see a wide range of patients. Among those, I often see pregnant women who are suffering from back pain. One of the most common causes of back pain during pregnancy has to do with the internal biochemistry which actually has an effect on the spine and pelvis. During the pregnancy the body produces a hormone known as relaxin which is designed to help loosen ligaments, particularly in the low back and pelvis. This is primarily to help better facilitate movement and shifting of these joints in preparation for the birthing process. This is good for labor, but not so good for the low back. What inevitably happens as a result of this release of relaxin is shifting and misalignment of various structures in the low back and pelvis causing abnormal tension in these areas resulting in pain and irritation.

A Simple But Effective Solution

So what can be done to help with these problems? Well unfortunately many physicians feel as though there isn’t much that can be done. You obviously can’t use any sort of pharmaceutical intervention during pregnancy. What many people still are unaware of is how powerful and effective chiropractic care can be for pregnant women. The reason why chiropractic care helps so much is because it addresses the fundamental cause of back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper alignment of the spine and pelvis which in turn helps to relieve tension and irritation of the surrounding muscles and ligaments. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor might also prescribe some simple stretching and strengthening exercises to help prevent any further problems.

But is it Safe for You and Your Baby?

The number one concern that most pregnant women have when seeing a chiropractor for the first time is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Rest assured, chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care. In addition to this however chiropractic malpractice insurance rates are lower than any other physicians treating pregnant patients. This is a direct reflection of safety.

Preventing Back Pain During Pregnancy

Without reservation I always recommend that any woman that is pregnant or is considering getting pregnant seek out a trusted chiropractic physician as part of their healthcare team. Regular preventative chiropractic care should be a part of everyone’s health and wellness strategy, especially women who are pregnant. Ensuring that the spine and pelvis are correctly aligned and functioning properly ahead of time can help prevent problems that could creep up. If you are pregnant or are considering getting pregnant, contact your chiropractor today to see how they can help you.

About the Author

Dr. Chad Woolner is a Chiropractic Physician is Boise, Idaho. He can be reached through his blog at www.Alignwellnessblog.com or his clinic website www.BoiseChiropracticGroup.com.

Warm, aromatherapeutic comfort for stressed mamas – the new Bed Buddy® Herbal Naturals™ Neck & Hand Wrap offers moist heat to ease aches & pains and the lovely scent of chamomile & lavender known for their relaxing properties. Ultra-soft, this plush wrap will help ease tension after a long day at work, running after the kiddos, or a strenuous workout! (or perhaps all three for today’s modern mom!)

This new wrap features luxe pockets to keep hands toasty warm, and it wraps around your shoulders like a giant hug! The Herbal Naturals™ Neck & Hand Wrap contains only 100% all-natural ingredients; warms quickly in a microwave; is fully reusable with a machine washable cover; and remains heated for up to an hour.

Perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, a pampering gift for the mom-to-be, a birthday present, or just because – The Neck and Hand Wrap ($25.99) is currently available online and at select pharmaceutical retailers across the country. To order, or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.carex.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*