Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Food Shopping For The Family? Read This First To Keep Them Healthy!

Food shopping can be an expensive bill for a family. The average family of four spends over $750 a month on food for their family. It is a crazy amount which is leading families to be broke for the rest of the month. The common reason is that they are buying too much junk food. They are taken in by well-branded products which often can be expensive and unhealthy for your family. Therefore, you need to cut these choices and make healthy decisions. Before you go food shopping for the family, read this first to keep them healthy.

Plan in advance before you hit the store

It’s so easy to head to the store without writing a list of items you need. But that means you are often picking up food without considering what exactly you are going to make with it and how healthy it is. Therefore, to keep your family healthy, you should write down a plan of exactly what you need before you hit the store. Find some recipes for the next week which are nutritious and healthy for your family. You can then write down the specific ingredients you will need to create the dish. That way, you won’t stray to other items that aren’t necessary. Planning before you go will also mean you will spend less grocery shopping!

Shopping List, Leave, Pen, Hand, Message

Buy real fruit and vegetables

You will be surprised how many people buy frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables for their family. They are a lot more convenient to make and last a lot longer than fresh choices. However, they are taking away the natural goodness that you get in fresh fruit and vegetables. They are often packed full of additional ingredients that aren’t healthy in the slightest. Therefore, you should always buy real fruit and vegetables to keep your family healthy. You can often make a lot more by buying them fresh too. For example, a fresh potato, which is a good source of potassium and vitamin C, can be baked, mashed or roasted. If you just buy a packet of instant mash, you won’t get all these options!

Potatoes, Vegetables, Erdfrucht, Bio, Harvest

Make sure you don’t buy too much frozen food

Frozen food is an appealing option for moms. They can last ages in the freezer, and you can just take them out and use them when necessary. However, they are often unhealthy choices that could see your kids putting on weight. Therefore, you should ensure you are checking out the packets before making any purchases. That way, you can check the ingredients and make sure it’s a healthy choice for your family. Frozen pizza, for example, can often be full of additives, chemicals, and preservatives. Therefore, you should just make a fresh pizza which won’t take long. The kids can choose their toppings, and that way, you can control what’s going on the pizza.

Check the dates

It’s so essential that you check the dates of the food that you are buying. You don’t want to buy an item then when you cook it, you find it has gone rotten. Your child will get very ill if they consume it. Therefore, to keep your kids healthy, always buy food that has a long date. You will normally find bread and eggs with better dates near the back. After all, grocers want the ones that will be going off soonest to leave the store first. Then you need to make a note of the date so that you know when it needs to be thrown out. That way, it will stop you cooking something which went off days ago and will make your kids poorly!

Check non-branded items

You might be surprised to know that often the more expensive branded products can be unhealthy options. Therefore, don’t rule out buying the supermarket’s own brand when it comes to your food choices. Just make sure you check the fat and salt contents on the back of the item and then you can make a decision. If the brand is one you have never heard of before, you could always read about it quickly online to ensure it’s a good make. You will also save a lot of money by being flexible with your brand choices. And as this article says, they often taste just as good as their counterparts!

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Make sure you check online for issues

It’s so important that you check online for issues on certain products. For example, there may be products that are making people unwell. Although they have hopefully been removed by the store already, at least you are aware so you don’t pick up these products. You should also keep your receipt safe after you have been shopping. That way, if something is recalled, you can take it back quickly to keep your family safe. You can learn from Unsafe Foods and other sites about current recalls and outbreaks.

Go when you have eaten

To keep your family healthy, you should always eat something before you go shopping. It will ensure you don’t make bad decisions as you are starving. If you are taking the kids with you, you need to make sure they aren’t hungry as well. By all being full, you won’t pick up junk food such as crisps and sweets as you are hungry.

Stick to fruit juices rather than soda

It’s so easy to head down the fizzy drinks aisle and pick up some form of soda. After all, the kids will be asking for it! But sofa is full of high sugar, and caffeine which dehydrates the body and can cause plaque to build up on teeth. Head towards the fruit juice aisle instead where there are so many delicious ones to try. Make sure it’s pure fruit juice though to keep your family healthy. I talked previously about a great organic fruit juice that my kid loves.

A Glass Of Juice, Fruit Juice, Juicy Citrus, Lemon

You need also to ensure any foods you buy are 100% real if you want to keep your family healthy. Therefore, you can avoid artificial ingredients which could be making your family unhealthy. As this feature reveals, you can always add salt or sugar yourself if necessary!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I did decently this time around, I think. I didn't read as much as I would have liked with all the unpacking, family coming in for a visit, and personal life stuff going on. But I did manage to finish two books that I've needed to finish for a while, so I'll consider that a success. :)  How did you do?

Event Sign Up | 8/13/16
Reading Updates | 8/25/16
Reading Updates | 8/27/16
Event Wrap-Up | 8/29/16

4/5 Challenges
8/9 Posts (Including Sign Up & Wrap Up)

Total Books: 2
Total Pages: 199

The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Tryst by S.L. Jennings

Review: Tryst by S.L. Jennings

Tryst (Sexual Education, #2)
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Title: Tryst
Author: S.L. Jennings
Series: Sexual Education #2
Version Reviewed: Finished, eBook.
I purchased this book myself.

GoodReads Synopsis: 
Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship—in and out of the bedroom—will be put to the ultimate test.

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play—and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover—generous, attentive and gentle—she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.
Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot that Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again.

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.
Oh, this book. As soon as I finished Taint, I knew that I had to read Tryst once it was available. Taint was a great story so I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this one.  And it didn't disappoint.

Tryst took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I was super excited at the prospect of Heidi and her husband experimenting with Ransom because I haven't read many threesome (or partners watching) scenarios in books and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to play out. That particular scene in the book was amazing although I always felt uncomfortable towards Tucker. There was just something about him that I didn't care for. Ransom, however, I always had a soft spot for. Maybe it was his bad boy rocker persona that attracted, who knows.

As the story continued to unfold I found myself constantly confused. I didn't like what Heidi was doing and it made me uncomfortable for the sake of her marriage and her husband, but at the same time, I liked the idea of her being with Ransom. As they got closer and closer, my heart continued to break for each of the three characters and I couldn't decide who I felt more devoted to. I still felt off about Tucker throughout the whole story, but that didn't mean I couldn't feel bad for him. I just wanted him to suck it up and tell his wife exactly what he wanted from her.

I was really happy to see that Justice and his Oasis was pulled into this story. It fit really well and brought up some of the hottest scenes in the entire story. His playroom was definitely something I would enjoy witnessing in real life.

Closer to the end of the book I found myself completely thrown for a loop. There was such an insane turn of events that I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was interesting, definitely, but I can't say that I was entirely sold on the ending. It worked in the way of not necessarily being a happily ever after (at least for the two characters I wanted to be together) and for giving the readers something a little unexpected, but heart still broke a little for how I wanted the story to end in my head.

Overall, a great, sexy read. If you've read Taint, you definitely need to dive into Tryst.

Rating: 4 Stars