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Ingredients:

200 grams (approx. 1.5 cups) Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar, melted (sold as Cadbury Dairy Milk in the US)

½ box Rice Krispies

Butter Cream or Vanilla Icing

Cherries or Red M&Ms

Cling Film (Saran Wrap)
Steps:

  • Cut chocolate into small pieces and melt in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Add Rice Krispies and mix well.
  • Place a tablespoon full in cling film (Saran Wrap) and shape into a ball.
  • Set in fridge/freezer (10mins).
  • Decorate with icing and top with small, cut up cherry or a red M&M.

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A great way to organize all of those winter items including: mittens, gloves and scarves is to use a hanging shoe bag that has multiple compartments and hangs over the inside of your coat closet door. Parents and older children can use the upper compartments and little kids can use the lower ones.

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If you find yourself with an excess of Halloween candy, store non-perishable candy away until Christmas, when you can use it to decorate gingerbread houses.

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Before the weather turns cold (or as it starts to warm up, depending on what hemisphere you’re in), set aside a time one weekend for a “Family Field Day.” Have your kids come up with backyard activities (from water balloon tosses to relay races, basket/soccer ball dribbling contests, to three-legged races). In advance,  have a craft time with the kids to make homemade medals and awards for the winners. Combing family time, physical activity, the outdoors, and crafts time makes everyone a winner.

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Homemade freezer pops are an easy, fun treat for kids to make. Mash up fruit like peaches, grapes, berries or watermelon and put them in paper cups, insert a popsicle stick, freeze overnight. You can also trying mixing in some yogurt with the berries before freezing to add a creamy texture! Enjoy!

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Sometimes (despite your best sunscreening efforts) your child might end up with a sunburn.  We have some tried-and-true remedies using items you can find right in your own home.

1)   Keep aloe in your fridge. If the burn is very minor, use the cool aloe to a burn and help in the healing process.

2)   If the burn is confined to a one area, slather mustard on the burned area and, when it dries, shower it off. It will relieve the pain associated with burns.

3)   If the burn covers a significant part of the body, draw a lukewarm bath and mix in a box of baking soda. Soak in the tub for about 30 minutes.

4)   Fill a spray bottle with white or apple cider vinegar and spray over sunburned area. Let dry. This will help with both the pain and swelling.

5)   Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will relieve the pain and swelling from sunburns, but make sure to consult your doctor for the correct dose when giving to children.

 

If burns begin to blister or cause fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting, seek medical attention.

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Before you let your kids loose on the playground this summer, make sure to do the following:

  • Check for surfaces that are too hot, as they could cause burns
  • Scan for loose rope and chains that aren’t secured on both ends as these can cause accidental strangulation
  • Look down. The ground should be covered in a protective surface such as rubber mats, wood or rubber mulch, wood chips, or grass for a safer landing.

Have a safe summer!

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In addition to food allergies, many children (and adults alike) suffer from seasonal, environmental or pet allergies as well. In order to keep them under control, many parents will invest in air filters for the home and vacuums that are certified allergy and asthma friendly vacuums. Dyson is one of the few vacuums that is certified and stands up to the animal hair challenge while getting down deep in carpeting to get that in-ground dirt.

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Now that the weather is warming up in most parts of the world, we’re starting to get back outside during the day. Before you roll out the bikes and the swing sets, don’t forget to do the following:

1) Make sure last season’s bike helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards (and variou other safety equipment) still fit your child.

2) Test the amount of air in bike tires and sports balls.

3) Repair any basketball or soccer nets.

4) Tighten the screws on swingsets and all playground equipment. If your swing set is wooden, don’t forget to check to make sure the wood is still in good condition and small animals/insects haven’t taken up residence in it.

5) And, don’t forget to dust and clean everything off. Since it has likely been sitting in the garage, shed or basement all winter, give it a good scrub to get rid of dust, cobwebs, and creepy crawlers.

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One of the biggest stressors in school-aged children is test taking. To help prepare your child for a big test day make sure of the following:

1. The get a good night’s sleep (no all-nighter cramming sessions)

2. They eat breakfast (preferably something that does not contain too much sugar, as that will only increase the jitters)

3. Assure them that it is ok to be a little nervous. That will keep their mind engaged and ready

4. Coach them by telling them to first answer the questions they know and then go back to everything else. Sometimes a simple jogging of the memory to get going is all they will need

5. Last minute backpack check before leaving the house. Do they have the pens/pencils/calculator they need for the test?

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