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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Throw a Summer Birthday Party!




Summer's here, and that means that it is time to think of new ways to enjoy great birthday parties. Summer parties are special and they take a bit of extra preparation, the kind that can turn a mediocre gathering into an excellent summer bash. If you're looking for a way to ensure that your summer parties reach their potential, you'll want to focus on three key factors - the themes, the activities, and the practical aspects that hold it all together. With a little work, you can create a summer party that people will talk about for the rest of the year. 

The Theming

Summer parties tend to be themed, largely because people have the time and energy to do so. If you're looking to have a summer party, your best bet is to look at things that embrace the weather and that can be used outdoors. Beach parties and tiki themes are common, but you can really stretch your imagination to incorporate any theme that makes great use of an outdoor space. Take a look at the space you have available and then let your imagination go wild as you think of a way to make your party stand out.

The Activities

Summer party activities should, generally speaking, give guests a chance to have fun outside while offering them chances to relax at the same time. If you are planning a party during the middle of the day, water is a key - slip'n'slides, water balloons, and pools are great additions to any party. If you're looking to have the party at night when things cool down, campfires and s'mores might be your best bet. Try to make sure that your activities have something for everyone and that they can up the entertainment value of your party.


The Practical Amenities

Once you have the centerpieces of your party ready, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to pull it all off. Make sure that you have plenty of food and drinks, as well as places for people to sit and to eat. Invest in good music, as well - a nice bluetooth speaker set can go a long way towards helping to improve the atmosphere. Your goal should be to maximize comfort as much as possible while still encouraging people to get out of their seats and to enjoy the festivities with the rest of the guests.


Throwing a summer party is really a matter of figuring out what activities you can have that will be fun for your guests and then building the rest of the party around those requirements. Go with a great theme, find ways to get people out to enjoy the weather, and then make sure that you take care of all the practical elements that will allow your guests to enjoy themselves. If you can accomplish all three of these goals, you'll be able to throw the parties about which all your guests will talk for the rest of the year.




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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Treating Epilepsy with CBD- What you Need to Know!




With so much information being in the news lately for the use of cannabis and CBD, there is no shortage of claims as to what type of health benefits you can have with their use. Of course, you might feel like some of these claims are overreaching or are just not true. However, if you are part of the one percent suffering from epilepsy, you will find that there might be some benefits that will certainly interest you and help you with living life to the fullest.


Can Cannabis Oil Really Treat Epilepsy?

Yes, cannabis oil or CBD oil is a treatment that can work to help treat the problems associated with epilepsy. According to Web MD, patients should take a low dose of 10 mg of CBD oil that is pharmaceutical grade. In research, patients who took 10 mg CBD oil were compared to those who took 20 mg CBD and the patients taking 10 mg were able to experience the same results. In clinical trials of children, where parents were blindly given dosages of 10 mg or 20 mg the parents preferred the 10 mg dosages as well. The reason that 10 mg was preferred is that the children had little to no side effects with that amount, but they did experience some side effects with 20 mg.These trials were done by GW Pharmaceuticals.

Is CBD Oil Safe for Children? 

Dr. Bonni Goldstein is an MD who has dedicated a big part of her life to studying the effects of CBD on epilepsy patients. She recently discussed her findings and how CBD could be used to treat children with epilepsy at an event organized by Realm of Caring California. She spoke about how it is safe to use CBD with children who suffer from epilepsy and about the benefits. She even mentioned that CBD has been used as medicine for hundreds of years around the world and that there are written documents from other countries that discuss the medicine as being a cure all of many ailments.


Is CBD Oil Approved by the FDA?

In an NBC news article, dated Monday June 25, 2018, it was announced that the FDA had approved a prescription version of CBD oil for the use of treatment for epilepsy. The medication was specifically approved for two rare forms of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. This is actually the first medication that was ever specifically intended to treat these two conditions. While we have yet to approve all CBD oils by the FDA, we are well on our way to getting there with the current research that is being conducted. Thankfully, there are many different types of CBD that are available over the counter so that you can get the benefits for yourself and/or your loved ones.

How Can CBD Help with Epilepsy?

Let’s take a look at the science behind using CBD as a treatment for epilepsy. Even though epilepsy has been around for many years, medical researchers still do not have all of the information as to why the disorder exists, who gets it, or exactly what is happening within the brain. According to CBD Central, medical researchers are getting closer to understanding exactly what is going on with epilepsy and this means that they are starting to understand why the cannabinoids in CBD work as a treatment for epilepsy.

When someone has epilepsy the brain works differently than in someone who does not have the disorder. As the activity of the brain gets disturbed it can cause increased emotions, loss of bodily functions, behavioral issues, and more. According to CBD Central neurons in the typical brain fire around 80 times per second, but in someone with epilepsy the neurons can fire up to 500 times per second. CBD has actually been found to reduce these impulses. While research is still ongoing, it is suspected that the CBD affects the GABA transmitter (gamma aminobutyric acid) levels as these are responsible for controlling brain function. If you can alter the GABA so that the brain produces less, then there is a reduction in the amount of seizure activity.

CBD has been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of epilepsy. We are in a monumental moment in history where CBD and cannabis are concerned as more states are recognizing the medical benefits and approving medications that use the hemp and/or cannabis plant. Choosing CBD with the support of your medical team is a great way to start to reduce the problems associated with epilepsy.



Monday, May 27, 2019

3 Ways to Help your Child Grow Up




For many parents, their children grow up much too quickly.
That said you do want your young one to take on some responsibility as they begin to age. Not doing so can leave them behind the curve as kids around them mature faster.
So, what ways might you come up with to help your kid grow up a little quicker?

Responsibility Takes Over at Some Point
While you do not want to rush it, seek to have your child add some responsibilities to their young life over time.
Among some of the things to look at:

1. Chores around the home – While you can’t expect a toddler to clean up his or her room, this will change as they get older. Too many parents end up with kids who fail to make their beds, straighten up their toys and much more. Over time, this can become rather problematic. When you feel your kid is old enough to take on such responsibilities, give them some chores at a slow pace. As time goes by, you can increase such chores should you choose to. These can include both work in their bedroom and around the home. You may even give your little one some incentive as they get older to clean up after themselves. Some parents end up providing their children with small allowances for work in and out of the home. Not only is this incentive, but it can teach your child to save up money or buy things they actually want.

2. Bringing home an animal – One way to get your child to grow up a little faster is when they have an animal or two in the home. Again, there is nothing wrong with watching your child be a youngster. That said he or she will gain some responsibility in caring for a new puppy at home. If you are thinking of bringing home a puppy what a great gift. Whether you opt for cavapoo puppies or another breed, take some time to see what might work best in your home. Your child having a puppy to care for will more times than not light up their eyes. If you know others with children and puppies, ask them what breed they might recommend. Before long, your child and his or her puppy will likely become best of friends.

3. Being active – Last, when your kid is old enough to do activities in and out of school, encourage them. While it is never smart to force a child, be there to encourage them and provide them with guidance. Doing so will give them confidence to be around others, learn a new skill or two and more. Although you have responsibilities, do your best to be at as many of your child’s events as possible. These memories the two of you make with various activities will last the rest of your lives.

In helping your child grow up, where will you focus on?

Of most importance, make sure your child enjoys being a kid while still growing up.
Remember, they only get to be a kid once in their life.




Thursday, May 16, 2019

The BeneFIT Box: Supplements Simplified & GIVEAWAY!



I received samples from The BeneFIT Box for the sole purpose of this review


I remember when I started working out in the gym, 3.5 years ago. Everything was SO overwhelming as a newcomer and there was a LOT of information to learn. Thankfully I had friends who helped me, the internet and patience. 
I've slowly learned a lot in that time and have learned what works for me and what doesn't. 

Changing your lifestyle and changing your body takes a lot of time. Not just the transformation, but the time to figure out what works. Learning about what macros are and what yours need to be, learning to adjust these accordingly based on where you are in your training and how your body is reacting. And then once you have all that figured out, we have supplements, I believe these to be the hardest of all. 

Do I use Creatine or not? What about BCAA's (what are those anyway?), or CLA or Pre Workout, etc etc. There is so much conflicting info online and you truly need to figure out what works FOR YOU! Do your best research.