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Delicious Holistic Recipe by Shelly Alexander

5 Deliciously Holistic Recipes: Mango Chia Ginger Granola,Portobello Mushroom Burgers & More

It’s Tasty Tuesday and we’re talking about eating nutritiously with raw, vegan or eat-anything diets that still taste good. Shelley Alexander, a Holistic Chef and Certified Healing Foods Specialist and author of “Deliciously Holistic,” (aharmonyhealing.com) shares her five fav foolproof recipes ( 3 raw, vegan; 1 vegan, 1 meat) for packing in nutrition without sacrificing taste.     [...]

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Beyond Father’s Day: 5 Great Tips for Single Dads For the Rest of the Year

You’ve probably seen enough on Father’s Day and gift buying, so we’re also focused on beyond Father’s Day and offering single dads great tips for managing fatherhood all year round.

 Mark Peters, Founder and CEO of DressMeDaddy.com shares these five suggestions to support newly single dads as they embark on their co-parenting journey.

1.      Spend the time you have with your kids doing things!

Spend the time you have with your kids doing things. You may not be a husband anymore, but you are still a father. Be present with your kids and actively engage them. When you interact with your kids, you build a relationship. Play games, read books, cook, play sports, go fishing, do projects around the house…whatever it is, create memories finding things you have to do together. (Peters also advises creating a “no phone zone” to maximize time between dad and child).

 

2.      Don’t let your anger and frustration with your ex define and dominate the time that should be devoted to your children.

Focus on what you can control and quickly develop a mental picture of what you want it to look like in the future!  There are so many emotions associated with divorce – anger, resentment, disappointment, relief – it is easy to let them get in the way, especially in your relationship with your kids. When your kids look back on this time of their life what do you want them to say about you?  This is your time with them.  Create a memory worth remembering. The rewards will be amazing.  Make sure your kids feel safe, secure, loved and important.

 

3.  Prioritize your life!

Create a list of all of the important things in your life (including professional, financial and personal) to create balance. State everything in detail and then stick to that list. (Peters states his daughter ranked number one on his list no matter what came after).

 

4.      Stay busy! Continue doing things you enjoy!

Take up a hobby if need be: Reading, developing a new business opportunity, working out, catching up with old friends, investing, gardening, etc. are all great ways to keep yourself actively engaged.

 

5.      Talk to someone. Seek counseling if it will help improve your well- being.

 

Although many newly single dads may have spent numerous hours in therapy with their ex-wives to no avail, this may still be a great time to find a trusted counselor and figure out what you did wrong in the relationship. In order for you to improve your own life, you must figure out what internal changes you must make.

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FREE STUFF!! Our REAL. BIG. Fathead Giveaway! Win Your Life Size Wall Graphic

It’s Sports Week on MochaManual.com and in addition to great info and tips, we giving away TWO, that’s right, TWO FREE REAL. BIG FATHEADS–you know, the life-size, action-packed wall graphics that  are perfect for the sports fan in your family.  REAL.BIG. Fathead wall graphics are so much more than sports posters, kids wall decals, or home [...]

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Bad Behavior? Bad Coaches? Good Sportsmanship? 5 Things Every Sports Mom Should Know

Do you have a future Victor Cruz, LeBron James or David Beckham in your house? It’s Sports Week on MochaManual.com and we asked our resident youth sports expert, Duane Kinnon, COO of YES Inc. (Youth Education Through Sports) a New York City-based non-profit, to give us the skinny on  what every mom needs to know to make the [...]

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It’s Sports Week: How Dwyane Wade Ended Up In Our House & Our FATHEAD GIVEAWAY

This is a true story. One that I must preface by saying that I am a die-hard New York Knicks fan. But I am also a basketball fan. And as a mother who gives a little leeway for developing your own opinions (they now say that is good for children), my 9 year old son [...]

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Tasty Tuesday: KIND Launches New, Low-Sugar Dark Chocolate Chili Almond Snack Bar

KIND Healthy Snacks announce the launch of the newest flavor in its low-sugar KIND Nuts & Spices line –Dark Chocolate Chili Almond! Turns out a good spicy snack can help keep you cool this summer!     It may sound counter-intuitive to reach for something hot when its 98 degrees, but it’s actually a scientific fact that [...]

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African American Teen Births Drop 24%, Hispanics 34%, Says New CDC Report

According to a new CDC report released this week, the rates of teen births fell 24% among non-Hispanic black teenagers, 34% for Hispanics and 20% for non-Hispanic white teenagers. The decline among Hispanic teen births is most noteworthy since they previously had the highest teen birth rates. Eight states had declines of 30% or more [...]

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Could Black Women’s Breastmilk Cure Breast Cancer? Black Moms Needed for Important Research

Note:  If you’re an African American nursing mom living anywhere in the country and interested in donating breastmilk for this research, please see the contact information at the bottom of this post! By Tanya Lieberman You’ve heard it many times before:  breastfeeding and breastmilk gives your baby important nutritional and immunological support. But could breastmilk [...]

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Tasty Tuesday: New ANNIE’S Organic, Whole Grain Graham Crackers & New Cheddar Squares!

Annie’s, the family favorite maker of natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and condiments, has three new products that we love. And by we, I mean my children and I who are big fans of Annie’s healthy foods and even bigger fans of the always great taste. Check out all the new varieties! Certified Organic [...]

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May 15th is International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day; Free Webinar Tonight!

Moms-to-be, skin to skin contact matters! Over 35 years of research tell us that Kangaroo Care goes well beyond bonding. Although other countries have been practicing the science of skin to skin contact for decades, the United States is now implementing changes to make skin-to-skin the standard of care for both pre- and full- term [...]

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