It may be too hot now, but before you know it temps will cool down and it will once again be perfect picnic weather! An al fresco meal is a great opportunity for family fun and casual reconnecting. Just in case you’ve gotten a little rusty, or need some fresh ideas to make picnicking possible, here are some creative tips for you. Pack snacks for the little one in empty, clean egg-cartons. The containers aren’t breakable and they’re perfectly proportioned for small tummies. Freeze water bottles instead of using ice in the cooler. It’s less messy and guarantees you’ll have fresh cold water to drink. Pack along a shower curtain to place underneath your picnic blanket to keep it from getting wet or picking up prickly lawn stickers. Keep your drinks bug-free by placing cupcake liners over the top of the glass/can and sticking a straw through them. Make a lightweight disposable napkin/utensil caddy by upcycling a 6-pack drink carrier. And if you’re tired of your tablecloth blowing up over the picnic table, try using a discarded single-bed sized bottom-sheet - the corners tuck in nicely around the ends of the table!
"In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers.” So goes the motto for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Association seeks to champion the active involvement of both men and women by promoting gender equity in both paid and caregiving work. They believe that women should be able to combine both breastfeeding and paid work without discrimination or disadvantage, working to ensure that women in both the formal and informal sectors have the parental social protection they need. Check out their website for more information about their work and how you can get involved.
As more and more companies look to cut operating costs, working from home is growing as a viable employment option. According to the advocacy group Telework Coalition, more than 40 million Americans work remotely, and the number is steadily growing. The great thing about it (besides getting to work in your pj’s) is that the requirements are pretty minimal: all you need is an internet connection, your own computer, and a positive attitude. Jobs that work well from home include being a virtual assistant (with responsibilities that vary widely), transcriptionist (assisting in a range of fields), telephone nurse (nursing degree required), customer service rep and online teacher/tutor. Be aware, however, that scams do exist. So trust your gut if something sounds too good to be true, the company has lots of negative comments online, or requires excessive fees upfront.
Or better said: are you and your kids updated on your vaccinations? As we near getting back-to-school, shopping for school supplies isn’t the only thing that should be on your “to-do list.” Ensuring that you and your child are all up-to-date will keep the spread of serious preventable illness from getting started in your community. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) has resources that explain the importance of vaccines in every stage of life. For example, did you know that every adult should have one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) if they did not get Tdap as a teen, and then get the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years? And, depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, and other considerations, adults may need additional vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) as well. Head on over to their website, take their adult vaccine quiz, and discuss your results with your doctor.
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