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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just come out with some new guidelines on fruit juices, the first changes they’ve made with regards to juice in 16 years.  The AAP now say parents should avoid giving babies fruit juices for the entire first year of their life instead of it being okay after six months.  Kids ages one to four can have up to four ounces of real fruit juice, while those ages four to six should be limited to six ounces, and those over seven and over can have up to eight ounces.

Source: CBS News


Dieticians say some of your favorite eats can wreak havoc on your mental health.  Foods that are are high in saturated fat and simple carbohydrates can increase inflammation which will have negative affects on your hormones and put you in a bad mood.

Among the worst:

  • Macaroni and Cheese – Mac and cheese is just filled with high saturated fats which can directly affect your hormones. Ryskamp doesn’t think people should give it up all together, but suggests having a small portion with a vegetable high in plant hormones that can balance the negative affects.
  • Soda – The sugar in soda, usually from high fructose corn syrup, can have a huge affect on insulin levels, even worse than that of table sugar. And that's bad becuase insulin is a important hormone that helps our body use energy in food.
  • Hot Dogs – Processed foods like these are high in saturated fat, which can contribute to inflammation and can throw off our hormonal balance. Ryskamp suggests that when you do have one on occasion, try to eat a less processed dog, like say an organic frank.
  • Candy – Refined starches and sugars can alter hormones, and that goes for so-called healthy sugars like agave and honey. Experts suggest limiting sweets and goodies as much as possible.

Source: New York Post


Moms are superhuman in ways that beat the super powers of superheroes. We might not wear a cape, but in our T-shirts and leggings, we use our abilities for good, well most of the time, anyway. In case you need a refresher on the incredible things moms can do, here you go.

  • We can use our bodies to feed a human - Moms can nurse their kids with milk their bodies make. This is an amazing superpower - not even the X-Men can do this!
  • We heal boo boos with just one kiss - Some superheroes can heal others, but can they do it with a kiss and a hug? Probably not, but moms can.
  • We can do 10 things all at once - Most mothers can hold a baby, cook dinner, answer the phone, clean the kitchen, and start the washer - all at the same time. If they handed out awards for multitasking - a mom would win every time!
  • We are clairvoyant - Mamas know when their kids are running around like caffeinated gorillas that it’s going to end badly and someone will get hurt. We can see it before it happens, for better or worse.
  • We create human beings - This super power gets taken for granted, but women create life and that incredible act should be recognized for the superpower it is.
  • We can fight off any boogie man or monster - Lots of super heroes can fight off monsters and villains, but with mothers, it’s not an epic battle, it’s just bedtime.
  • We turn hot things into cold things - Who can turn hot soup or a hot grilled cheese into something that won’t burn a little mouth with just a few blows? A mom, that’s who.
  • We can make our kids do anything - We do it by telling them they can have a treat afterwards. Bribery - it works almost every time!

Source: Romper

We all know that sunscreen is an essential part of enjoying fun in the sun and now CVS is helping us make the right choices when it comes to SPF. Because they care about our skin, CVS will no longer sell products SPF 15 or less.

The move is part of their new “Long Live Skin” campaign, which encourages us to treat our skin well and to take care of our health. CVS has partnered up with the American Cancer Society and Johnson and Johnson to raise awareness about skin cancer and SPF use. And they’re getting rid of all the products that are SPF 15 and lower and bringing in more broad spectrum sunscreens that have at least SPF 30.

On the shelves at CVS we’ll also find more organic, natural sun care products and ones that are dermatologist approved. Hopefully, this will help us all protect ourselves better from the harsh rays we’re exposed to more during the long, hot summer days.

And since no one wants sunburns, wrinkles, or melanoma, stock up on your higher SPF sunscreens before you head out to enjoy the upcoming long weekend. Toss those SPF 4 tanning oils for something that’ll really keep your skin safe and your future self will thank you!

Source: Hello Giggles

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