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May 26, 2020

Spruce Up Your Walls With Canvas Prints From Canvas Champ

Today's post is sponsored by Canvas Champ. All opinions are my own. 

Can you believe that we are heading into yet another month of staying at home? While many states have opened back up a lot of businesses, some people are still choosing to stay home a bit longer. We have been taking this time as a family to work on numerous projects around the house. We have tackled everything from cleaning out closets and drawers, to repairing little things that are manageable, and even starting a vegetable garden. When you are home it seems like the projects and work never ends.

There have been holidays that have come and gone in the past couple months, and now we are in graduation season with Father's Day coming soon after. Celebrations are being done in very different ways. My husband graduated earlier this month from his MBA program, and his college did a virtual graduation. He got fully decked out in his cap and gown to watch the ceremony. Although it was a bit odd, it really went nicely and we did our own iPhone photo session with the graduate afterwards. We had to make do with the current at-home situation and ended up having a fantastic time.

One of our traditions each time a family member graduates is to take a photo of them in their cap and gown and have it turned into a canvas print. Canvas prints are a great way to display your important memories and definitely jazz up a plain wall. Canvas Champ makes it easy to upload your images and order a variety of sizes of canvas prints. You can even do multiple canvas prints to make a gallery wall.



The ordering process is super simple, and takes only few minutes to do as long as you have your images picked out ahead of time. Since we are all spending so much more time at home, we might as well have nice things to look at each day. Father's Day is coming up next month, and I am certain any dad would love a canvas print of his kids for his home or work office. I know my husband would!

If you are considering sprucing up around your house a bit, I recommend canvas prints since they are affordable and are a nice way to display your favorite memories. They come with the mounting hardware, so all you have to do is hang and enjoy! So open up that photo gallery and get those moments turned into a beautiful piece of art.

Thanks for stopping by today!
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May 19, 2020

How To Ease Anxiety In Children

If you’re in the trenches, trying to figure out how to handle anxiety in your child, you may come across a lot of information that can simply overwhelm and exhaust you.

The thing is, you won’t be able to ‘fix” your child because there isn’t a magic spray to help with the situation.

What you need are some tools to help attend to your child’s needs during their anxiety episodes, and luckily, I’ve got some for you today.

In this article I’ll go over some of the basic ways you can help your child manage anxiety, what anxiety looks like in children and healthy ways to tolerate anxiety with children.


Anxiety In Kids

Children can experience anxiety even if the parents have done everything right in the parenting process.

Anxiety can stem from things that happen at school or other activities where the parents are not around, and it's almost impossible to shield them from it.

Did you know that anxiety is actually a survival instinct reaction when our bodies or minds are faced with a threatening situation? That definition can be a little bit confusing because it sounds like fear more than anxiety doesn’t it?

Our adrenaline starts pumping, and our bodies and minds are getting ready to escape danger, even if the danger is not visible, like walking through a dark tunnel and getting butterflies because you feel like you’re not alone. This is how anxiety is triggered.

It's a really tough thing to go through for both the child and the parent. After all, no parent wants their child to suffer with anxiety.

The great thing is, not all hope is lost. There are things we can do as parents to help guide our children through these difficult moments of life.
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What Does Anxiety Look Like

Anxiety can pop up in children as young as 3 years old.

Physical anxiety can show up in the form of young kids who cannot explain their true feelings can complain of tummy aches or headaches, even if they appear to be physically alright.

If your child who loves to eat suddenly stops eating his lunch at preschool or daycare, then there might be some anxiety popping up.

Other times, it could show up in the form of restless, fidgety, hyperactive, or distracted behavior in an otherwise calm child.

Emotional anxiety is a little more tough to recognize, but not impossible. Children who normally do not cry a lot can start to cry and appear to be very sensitive.

Children can also start to be afraid of future events such as starting second grade while they are in kindergarten.

To really find out if your child is experiencing anxiety and find out what is causing it, you’re going to want to take notes and track your child’s behavior.

If you have access to a school counselor, it might be wise to share these notes with them so you can work together with your school to solve the situation.

Your school counselor will be able to let you know if this is something you should look into deeper at this time, or hold off and keep watching the behavior and see what happens.

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Managing Anxiety

Luckily there are things you can do to help manage anxiety in children. It’s a bit of a tricky situation because it’s very difficult, impossible really, to completely eliminate anxiety, but management is a great option.

None of us want to see our children face sadness, but the best way to relieve anxiety in children is not to eliminate the trigger, but to know how to handle it when it comes into their path.

Over time, the anxiety will decrease and fall away. Yay! Here are some things you can do to manage the anxiety:

Respect The Feelings They Feel

When your child is going through an anxious moment, you must respect that their feelings
are real and very upsetting. Trying to diminish feelings and even brushing them off is not going to help your child not feel those feelings.

Let your kids go through those feelings of fear, sadness, anxiety and more, even if it’s difficult for you to see as a parent.

The good thing is, you can talk to your child about those feelings and create some pretty deep connections just by validating those fears.

Talk Things Out With Your Child 

When you let your child feel their feelings, and talk it out after the trigger wears off and the child calms down, you should discuss what happened. Being able to create these conversations is going to help you understand your child, which will help you help them with their behavior problems.

Avoid Asking If They Are Anxious

Sometimes, anxiety can be triggered if we ask our children if they are anxious about an event. For example “Are you anxious about your first day of school?” can trigger the anxiety that your child was not feeling before the question was asked.

Healthy Ways To Tolerate Anxiety

You can help your children handle their anxiety by letting them see how you cope with anxiety yourself.

Because children are perceptive, they will see when you cannot handle stress and anxiety in difficult situations and will start to behave the same way you do. It’s kind of like a monkey see, monkey do moment.

Children are like sponges aren’t they? 
I’m definitely not saying you need to pretend that you don’t feel anxious or stressed.
I am saying, you should be careful how you handle your anxiety because your children are watching. Practice calm, and celebrate any moments that you “get through”, especially when they were difficult.


Final Thoughts

Anxiety doesn’t have to be a scary thing. All of us experience anxiety at many different points in our life.

The difference is, how we handle the anxiety that our children are facing.
In young children, the anxiety may be more difficult to spot, but when you do figure out that the child is facing anxiety, you can manage the situation right away.

When anxiety is present in teens, the behavior management is more difficult to handle, but not impossible. Keep track of the behavior and involve the school if you must. The important thing is to pay attention and keep trying to have a conversation with your child.

Remember to allow children to feel their feelings, and comfort them when they are feeling anxious.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for this guest article.



Author bio: Elizabeth is a mom of 2 and has a passion for helping children reach their human potential. She enjoys helping parents raise confident and healthy kids by explaining how to handle situations using positive parenting. Check out the blog www.tiredmomsupermom.com 
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May 18, 2020

How to Help Your Loved Ones Live Comfortably as They Get Older

The people who cared for you when you were young are among the very closest to you and most cherished. When they get older and start to need assistance to manage their own care, you want to do the most that you can in order to ensure that they have all of the help that they need. Here are some strategies to organize care for your loved ones and help them continue enjoying a great quality of life.
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Help Your Loved Ones Stay Engaged With Healthcare

One of the most important ways to help the people who you care about stay healthy as they age is to help them stay engaged with medical providers. When somebody is coping with several concurrent medical conditions or experiencing chronic pain, he or she may tend to get discouraged about the possibility of being benefited by treatment. Moreover, simply going to appointments can seem somewhat overwhelming for somebody who is coping with impaired or limited mobility. Support your loved ones by encouraging them to stay connected with their primary care doctor and specialists. Accompanying them to appointments can make them feel better about going, and they’ll know that they have your care and support.

Be Prepared For Medical Decisions

When an aging loved one experiences an illness or medical condition that may affect his or her ability to consent to medical care, you need to be ready to help. The best way to address this issue is to execute a power of attorney that will authorize you to arrange for care. This form of authorization can also be applied to non-medical needs such as accessing financial accounts and information about senior benefits such as Medicare and social security.

Establish a Plan for Keeping Prescription Medications Filled and Organized

Many seniors need to take several medications to maintain good health. Staying on top of a lot of medications can be difficult. Help your loved one get prescriptions filled at the pharmacy or by mail and stay on top of when refills will be needed. Helping to organize daily medications in a pill dispenser can make keeping track of medications easier.

Help Your Loved Ones Eat Healthily

When people’s living habits change, their dietary habits are likely to change as well. It’s important to make sure that people are still able to eat the foods that they most enjoy. Take steps to ensure that getting groceries and preparing meals isn’t burdensome. Also, if somebody is experiencing diminished appetite, you need to help them find ways to maintain a healthy nutritional balance. Adding a nutritional supplement can help people get vital nutritional content that is necessary to maintain good health and prevent weight loss.

Find High-Quality Housing and Care

For many seniors, assisted living or independent living facilities that integrate managed care may be the optimal form of housing. Sometimes, the need for this type of housing is only temporary, such as when one is recovering from an injury. In other instances, it may be a preferable long term solution. You should find an option that offers comfortable accommodations as well as excellent quality care.
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Surprise Someone with a Gift That Says You Care

Some people only know how to give, and they give without ever asking for anything in return.. During these challenging times, so many of our friends and family are still heading out each day for work. Many parents around the world are pulling round-the-clock shifts to make homes happy and comfortable places to live in. While many celebrations can be put on hold, the Coronavirus pandemic isn't a reason strong enough to not celebrate the people you love. You don’t even need an occasion for that!  A word of caution though, if you are planning to order a gift online, do not wait to do last-minute purchasing -- even the biggest retailers and stores cannot guarantee delivery in these uncertain times.

To help you, we have compiled this list of a few thoughtful gift ideas for parents, friends, neighbors or co-workers.

A Customized Gift Basket

Gift baskets make excellent gifts. Baskets contain several different items and thus, your mother or best friend is bound to like at least a few of them. Toiletries, such as shampoos and lotions, scented candles, coffee, wine, chocolates, cookies, cakes, and other edible items are popular choices for gift baskets. Many online stores even allow buyers to customize their baskets and add items that they think the recipient will like or enjoy best. If you can find an online store that allows customization, nothing's better.

Terrarium Candles

If the gift recipient loves plants and little things that beautify a home, a terrarium candle is a perfect gift for them. Terrarium candles are sweet-scented candles with a succulent sitting inside them. These candles come in different scents and feature a wide variety of plants. More importantly, if you do not want to order from outside, you can always make a terrarium candle at home if you're crafty.
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Fitness Tracker

Wearable fitness trackers have become quite a rage. Once clipped on a person's wrist, they provide accurate information about the steps taken in a day, calorie intake, resting heart rate, sleep time, weight loss, etc. Some of the fitness trackers can even be connected to a phone, allowing users to respond to messages while working. Whether your loved one is a fitness enthusiast or not, a fitness tracker will certainly teach them to take better care of themselves. More importantly, fitness trackers are available in all budgets. There certainly is one that suits your budget and requirements, you just have to do some research.
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Jewelry

It's hard to find a woman who does not love jewelry. Irrespective of however many bracelets and necklaces they have, there will always be another one that they would want to add to their collection. Surprise your loved one with a jewelry piece they have long coveted. If you do not know what's on their list, surprise them with a personalized bracelet or pendant with their name on it.

Beauty Subscription Box For Moms 

All that work around the house can leave a woman's skin feeling dull and dry. It is no surprise that women enjoy looking pretty. However, they easily let go of her wishes and desires to make sure her family is giving the best of everything. A beauty subscription box could be your way of telling your mother you care about her desires as much as she cares about your needs. With a beauty box, she will be able to try all the new and good makeup products in the market and purchase the ones that suit her skin the best.

Photo Collage For Parents

At the heart of everything a parent does is at the thought of their children. A parent's love is selfless and thus, many value things that appeal to their emotional side more than things that appeal to their materialistic side. If your parent is the kind who holds onto happy memories for good and bad days, a photo collage would make the perfect gift for them. It will also give you the chance to go back into the memory lane and pick out the most beautiful memories from your past. Any parent would treasure this gift.
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Flowers 

If you have run out of ideas and are clueless about what to gift someone, know that you can never go wrong with flowers. Add a gift card and a heartfelt message to it and the recipient will surely love the gift. Just make sure to tell them things that you feel but never say.

Conclusion
We often take those who love us the most for granted -- let this not be the case for those closest to us. During these challenging times, do not forget to show your love and appreciation through a gift that says you care. We hope this list will help you find the right gift for the people who mean so much to you.

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May 14, 2020

Alaskan Cod In A Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce (Recipe)

Do you feel like you are forever stuck in the rut of figuring out what to cook? It seems like many of us have the exact same menu that rotates week-to-week. I am always up for trying something different for dinner. I am happy to be partnered with Sitka Salmon Shares to show you what's been cookin' in my kitchen. 

A little background on Sitka Salmon Shares: 
  • Wild: Wild-caught from the pristine waters of Southeast Alaska and the North Pacific
  • Sustainable: Harvested using hook-and-line methods to minimize negative ecological impact
  • Traceable: Our relationships ensure that your fish is traceable to the boats of our fishermen-owners and trusted community partners
  • Fishermen-centered: Individually caught by one of our fisherman-owners or partner fishermen (who we hope are on their way to ownership!). Fishermen ownership makes us distinct from our competition and creates a more just system that values hard work, high-quality fish and low-impact harvesting methods.
  • Just: Our fishermen receive an average of 20-30% more for their harvest, which can equate to $10,000 extra income in a given season
  • Premium: Blast-frozen at the peak of freshness to ensure the highest quality, guaranteed
  • Convenient: Home delivered directly to your door, with recipes and a newsletter about the fishermen who caught that month’s share
  • Conscious: Carbon offsets purchased and 1% of revenue donated to efforts promoting small-scale fisheries and conservation in Alaska.  


The April share box was Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod. The box was completely full of blast-frozen cod just waiting to be cooked. This has been a life-saver since meats are harder to come by these days. Plus, fish is healthier overall anyway. Cod has always been a tricky fish for me, so I knew I had to find a way to cook it so it would not be dry and tough. 


I poked around on Pinterest looking for some inspiration. I decided on baking the cod in a creamy lemon butter sauce. I used this recipe as a guide, but made a few alterations to suit my family's taste. 

Alaskan Cod in a Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

2 lbs Cod filets cut into smaller portions
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cloves of finely minced garlic
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Creole or seafood seasoning (optional)
finely chopped red onion (optional)

How to cook the fish:

1. Heat oven 390°. Arrange the fish filets in a baking dish and season with salt, pepper, and Creole or seafood seasoning. Sprinkle red onion on top of fish. 
2. Melt butter and add mustard, garlic, lemon juice, cream, and a little salt and pepper. Pour over fish, and bake for 12-15 minutes (based on thickness of filets) until cooked through. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices. 
3. Serve with desired sides such as rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli or asparagus. Enjoy!

Note: If sauce is too thin, you can transfer sauce into a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes to thicken. 



This was one very delicious dish! Even my picky 12-year-old devoured it. The fish had such a nice firm texture. It flaked beautifully and was not dry at all. This entree has already been requested again. Good thing we received so much fish in this share! 



How does Sitka Salmon Shares work? 
Community Supported Fishery (CSF) members purchase their very own "shares" of their harvest. Similar to preorders or vegetable shares ordered through your favorite CSA, these purchases determine how much fish their fishermen catch! After that, CSF members receive a monthly home seafood delivery - their "share" - of their wild Alaskan catch, ranging 4.5-5lbs per month and ranging 3-9 months during the CSF season (April thru December). Prices range from $18 to $28 per pound, depending on the species you choose and the quantity you buy. Shipping is also FREE, which is a plus! 

Right now, Mom Files readers can get $25 off any share except for the Taste of Fall share, using our affiliate code: MomFiles. Your share will be well packaged to stay completely frozen for several hours after the delivery is made. Shares start as low as $109 per month. If that seems like a lot to you, I assure you that it's well worth it. What you get in your local grocery store can't compare to the quality you get from Sitka Salmon Shares. The salmon we had a few months back was the best we ever tasted hands down!  It's a great feeling knowing that your monthly shares helps keep small fisherman in business. Here is the delivery schedule for upcoming shares. Just enter your zip code.

We hope you will give Sitka Salmon Shares a try. Please stay safe and healthy, and thank you for stopping by today! 

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