If you have trouble getting your little ones (or not so little ones) to get a good's night rest read on. Especially with school around the corner it's important to get into a healthy routine for everyone's sanity.
Today we have a treat for you - a guest blogger! She is Cheryl Conklin and she is all about wellness and she has some great information and tips on kids and sleep.
Sleep plays a very important role in the physical, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. Too little sleep—or poor-quality sleep—can lead to behavioral problems and emotional reactivity. While it’s common knowledge that a lot of parents are sleep-deprived, kids can also suffer from problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up rested. Everyone from kids to seniors can have trouble sleeping! Here are some quick tips to help your kids sleep better and boost their daytime happiness.
Evaluate Your Children’s Sleep Quality
Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not your kids are sleeping enough.
Promote Healthy Sleep Habits
Certain habits and routines can help your kids fall asleep more easily and reduce night wakings.
Reduce Stress at Home
Like adults, kids can have trouble sleeping due to stress. Find ways to make your home a relaxing, stress-free environment for your family!
A good night’s sleep can make a world of a difference in your children’s mood, behavior, and cognitive performance. Whether your kids are having trouble getting to bed on time, falling asleep, or sleeping through the night, taking steps to improve your children’s sleep quality will ensure they have the mental and physical energy they need to succeed in school and life!
To find out more on this topic and other wellness information go to Cheryl's website www.wellnesscentral.info
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Do you ever eat dinner in front of the tv or at a movie theater? There's something about eating while watching a good story that just goes better together.
Well we have a treat for you! If you are in the Orlando area, grab your lunch or dinner from Cafe Paisano in Longwood and watch our first ever virtual Story Time from the Cafe. If you are not in the Orlando area, then grab a divine dish (check out our Pinterest page for 1000s of ideas) and enjoy the story!
We ordered Cafe Paisano's "Heaven" pizza (we just had to!) and it did not disappoint. The pizza had fried eggplant on it which was a first for me. The eggplant was crisp, cooked to perfection, and delicious. We would order it again. Their lasagna also pleases the palate.
So kick back, grab a bite if you'd like, and enjoy the story. If you have your own angel book, grab your book and plush angel and read along with me.
#storytime #cafepaisano #angels #heaven #delish #divine #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #family
Yay! Yay! Give a cheer, summer's pretty much here. With summer comes more fun in the sun and that usually involves lots more swimming. With more swimming comes more opportunity to get swimmers ear. I don't want to bum out your pool plans so we are posting our fave Pediatrician, Dr. Deepa Sukumar's swimmer's ear tips for you.
8 Symptoms, Causes and Prevention tips for Swimmer's Ear
A Mom tip from a friend of mine (who is not a doctor) is if your child is prone to swimmer's ear put a few drops of alcohol in your child's ear after each swim. She did this for her kids and she said they didn't have any problems with swimmer's ear.
For the last three years one of my kids has gotten swimmer's ear every summer. This is the year we decided to put our "stake in the ground" that we will be more proactive so we, too, have a summer with no swimmer's ear!
You can reach out to Dr. Sukumar for any of your pediatric needs - including swimmer's ear - via her telemedicine site: www.gracemdconnect.com.
#happyswimming #noswimmersear #proactive #pediatrician
#drsukumar #whereisyourangel #summer #funtimes
In honor of Memorial Day, we have an angel poem to commemorate this holiday weekend. The poem is told from an angel's perspective about a brave soldier.
An Angel Remembers
by Evangeline B. White
A boy who heard the call to defend one day
Joined the service eagerly so that he may
Protect the country and home he loved so.
To him it was an honor, this he did know.
His parents were proud of their brave son.
He walked with confidence, he handled a gun.
As an angel I was given charge over him.
To watch, keep, and guide, and shelter from sin.
He was sent to war with many valiant men.
They were trained for battle, they fought to win.
Bullets and mortars he heard day and night.
Not backing down he battled with all his might.
A Bible in his pocket tucked in his vest.
Prayers said night and day gave him better rest.
Letters from home were welcome distractions.
War days were long, some with lots of action.
His troop got a tip of enemy movement.
They geared up and were ready for this stint.
He was a leader and knew his troop well.
They trusted his judgment and would follow him to hell.
War has its demons of this you can be sure.
A soldier has to be tough, he must endure.
At their destination resistance they met.
Inflicting great loss, the enemy they upset.
Yet it wasn't without pain this gain was got
By the soldier who lead, and the men who fought.
There lying dead on the ground was the son
Whose parents were proud of all he had done.
That day I carried his soul to heaven,
Along with others, the total was seven.
Honor him today and those who gave it all.
Due to their sacrifice the nation stands tall.
So if you see a veteran or two,
Think of this story and tell them thank you.
#memorialday #soldier #veteran #military #war #angel #story #gratitude #nation #honor#angelwatchingoverme #whereisyourangel #books
A good rule of thumb to keep your sanity, maintain calm, and have peace is to realize that when seemingly dark times come it is not the end of the story.
The Easter story carries that same theme. It didn't end on the cross. That's good news for all! Jesus rose from the dead, busted out of the grave, and folded his burial clothes. (His Momma raised Him right.) Then He walked around for 40 days after He rose. So read this poem each day until the day of His ascension.
In celebration that the story didn't end on the cross we have our annual Easter celebration poem to share.
by Evangeline B. White
The day started somber on the way to the tomb.
Spices in hand, grieving hearts, a sense of doom.
The earth shook suddenly, a violent quake.
An angel came down and some noise he did make.
The guards were first to see this marvelous sight.
As the stone was rolled away by the angel's might.
Like dead men the guards froze and fell.
Then scurried to the priests their story to tell.
The women went in to the tomb to see
Their Savior called Jesus from Galilee.
His body was gone. The tomb was empty.
Two angels appeared and said,
“He is risen from the dead!”
In wonder the women went out to tell the men
What they heard, saw, and where they had been.
In amazement Peter and John ran ahead,
To see if it was just as the women had said.
Inside the tomb only linen clothes lay,
Folded and neat; then the men went away.
Jesus appeared to the women with greetings.
Then along the road and in the midst of a meeting.
Jesus is alive and holds in His hand,
Keys to death and hell, under His command.
Good news to all, to all who will hear.
The Savior has risen, no need to fear.
Respond to His knock and answer His call.
His blood paid the price because of the fall.
You can find the stories in this poem outlined in Matt. 28, Luke 24, John 20, Rev. 1:18
#Easter #risen #goodnews #nottheend #Jesus #angels #whereisyourangel #hosanna
During Holy Week today is one of the most solemn and somber days. It is the day Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins. The Jewish leaders of that day were in a rush to crucify Jesus before the Sabbath, which for Jews is sundown on Friday. So on the Thursday before Easter Jesus hung on a cross to make atonement for us.
No matter how dark your days may be Easter Sunday - Resurrection Sunday - is coming! Ps. 30:5b says "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." That verse is very apropos for the three days Christ was in the tomb until he rose.
Every year at this time I post my poem about that sacred night. May you meditate on its significance and meaning.
by Evangeline B. White
On the Mount drops fell from His forehead down
Sweat and blood dripped when no one was around.
The others fell asleep, unable to pray
It was the beginning of the darkest day.
An angel came down and ministered to Jesus
Gave Him strength for the price He'd pay to free us.
The crowd who praised Him the week before
Came to betray Him, honor Him no more.
With swords and false words they came to indict
Rome against the Savior, yet He withheld His might.
His disciples scattered no more in sight
They thought this wasn't good and shrunk in fright.
Brought before Pilate and Herod He was
beaten, mocked, insulted, spit upon because
Darkness reigned during those hours
When the Son of God relinquished His powers.
Angels could have come at the sound of His voice
But they watched and waited as this was God's choice.
Women mourned and wailed for the cross was His fate
On His shoulders sat the whole world's weight.
A crown of thorns was forced upon His head
The charge against Him, "King of the Jews" it read.
His skin ripped apart from His head to His feet
Beyond recognition He had been beat.
With a final cry He breathed His last breath
It was the darkest day, the Savior's death.
#Easter #crucify #crucifixion #Jesus #passover #holyweek #sin #atonement #angels #whereisyourangel
When you prepare Easter dinner do you include a food that has special meaning to you? For the last few years our family has been making Resurrection Rolls. These rolls have a story to tell - a miracle of Easter story.
The ingredients are simple, yet profound. The rolls are easy to make, even for your toddlers. While you are getting out the ingredients and preparing to make the rolls you will explain the significance of each item.
Marshmallows are the first ingredient. The whiteness of the marshmallow represents Jesus. Pure and holy. No sin or wrong was found in Him.
The second ingredient is melted butter. As you roll the marshmallow in the butter you can mention how sin tried to stick itself to Jesus. He was tempted many times. But sin did not win.
Next you will roll the buttered marshmallow in the mixture of cinnamon and sugar. (We also like to add nutmeg.) The rolling of the marshmallow in this mixture is much like when Jesus' friends put oil and spices on His body for His burial.
The last ingredient is the triangular crescent roll. The triangle represents the triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Place the spiced marshmallow into the crescent triangle and seal it up. Much like Jesus body was wrapped in cloths - one for his face, one for his body. Seal the crescent on all sides then place on a baking tray.
Repeat the story. Have your kids tell you the story as they dip, roll, and seal. Ask them questions. Answer their questions.
As you put the rolls in the oven you can mention how the oven is like the tomb Jesus was buried in. The oven door is like the stone that was put in front of the tomb. Just as we would not open the door to a hot oven so too no one could (easily) move the stone from His tomb.
The rolls will take about 12 minutes to bake. The same number as Jesus' disciples! I told you these were pretty meaningful rolls.
Once the rolls have baked an amazing thing has happened. Before biting into the rolls or cutting into them, tell your kids what happened when the stone was rolled away from the tomb. It was empty! Jesus was not there!! He rose from the dead. It's the miracle of Easter!
The rolls are empty just like Jesus' tomb! The marshmallow has melted and what is left is the sweet taste of salvation.
Take pictures and tag us at #whereisyourangel.
#resurrectionrolls #miracle #Easter #tomb #Jesus #meaningful #kids #family #angels #whereisyourangel #story
One of the most memorable things to do at Easter is to color Easter eggs. Maybe you default to the PAAS color tablets or another favorite go-to. Last year I came across an article that offered a messier way to dye eggs. It looked like fun so we gave it a try. This is what we found.
The premise is to create what looks like tie dye eggs. While the eggs are boiling, take out a cookie sheet and put a layer of Cool Whip on the bottom. Then take some food coloring and sporadically squeeze drops of different colored food coloring over the Cool Whip. It should like a bunch of multi-colored polka dots.
Then you can take a toothpick, knife, or something else similar and start to swirl around the dots. Make sure not to mix the color in. You are going for a lots of swirls look.
When the eggs are just about cold, roll them around the Cool Whip creation. Then let the eggs sit there for 15-60 minutes. While the eggs are taking a dye bath you can talk a walk or bake some Easter goodies.
Our eggs last year turned out to be a pretty pastel groovy color. It was a fun way to do something different. Take pictures of your best Cool Whip egg and send them to us! #Easterangeleggs
#Easter #Jesus #eggs #color #coolwhip #memorable #tradition #fun #Eastereggs #angels #whereisyourangel
This week marks Holy Week - the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Are you looking for something meaningful to commemorate this time? Last night our family lit candles and put them in the shape of a cross. Each night we will light one less candle out until Friday when there are no more to light.
This Wednesday is Passover. It's the day Jews remember their deliverance from Egypt by putting the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their homes. This act caused the destroyer to pass over their houses and bring them no harm. Maundy Thursday marks the day Jesus was crucified. Good Friday is the traditional Jewish Sabbath. And Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is this Sunday!
For our candle cross we used tea lights. Something simple and nothing fancy. Our kids are on a rotating schedule to blow the candles out each night, which creates more peace.
The rest of this week I will share more Holy Week ideas with you including a new way to dye eggs.
As you reflect on this sacred week, may its meaning become more alive to you.
#Easter #cross #holyweek #familyactivity #light #kids #meaning #sacred #angels #whereisyourangel #Jesus #passover #goodfriday
In honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, we have a divinely delightful poem for you to hopefully get you in the spirit of the day! There may even be some history in there you didn't know.
An Irish Angel Poem
by Evangeline B. White
Feeling green on this Irish Saint's day,
An angel came down from heaven to say,
"It's not about whiskey and beer,
and parades with flagrant cheer.
The day celebrates lives born anew,
With great hope for all, not just a few.
St. Patrick told of a love so divine.
The Irish turned from their sins and got in line.
He faced the Druids and their gods they threw down.
They worshipped Jesus in the hills and through town.
A great revival in Ireland it was.
From a slave to an immigrant just because
Patrick found the love of a Savior.
That love so changed his behavior.
He went back to Ireland to those who
made him a slave and told them he knew
the God who saw what they did but loved them too.
The Patron Saint of Ireland's heart had changed.
And his mission to tell others did not wane.
So now you know how it all came to be.
St. Patrick's Day's about changed hearts you see.
#stpatrick #stpatricksday #hearts #green #angels #Jesus #irish #holiday #patron #day #booksforkids #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme