20 Fun Things to Do On A Plane – Creative Activities for Kids

Travelling with Children  Are you looking for fun things to do on a plane to entertain your children? Travelling with children on a plane can be the worst part of any family holiday. A long flight for little ones is often boring and with boredom comes restlessness and as the saying goes, ‘An idol mind is the devil’s playground‘. Parents spend countless hours trying to entertain their children. Surveys report that the most annoying part of any flight is noisy and disruptive children; not to mention crying babies. Anyone with children however will know how hard it is, and embarrasing when your little one just wont sit still (or quiet). If you are planning a family holiday and looking for some fun things to do on a plane, here are 20 activities for children that should keep them entertained over and over. These activities will help keep them out of trouble and hopefully stop them disturbing other passengers who are not happy when their seat is repeatedly kicked or those who are not interested in your child’s quirky face-pulling antics. If you have a fear of flying yourself, keeping your mind off the flight works wonders. Maybe you will enjoy these activities too. In no particular order, here are 20 fun activities to do on a plane. 1. Scavenger Hunt: With the help of the FREE in-flight magazine, take your child on a scavenger hunt. As you flick through the pages, ask questions such as, “Can you see a red shape?”, or “Can you find three different animals?”. Be as creative as you can depending on the content of the page. For older children, you could get them to trace... read more

Top 5 Foods for Healthy Eyes

There is never a guarantee that eating a variety of healthy foods will help improve your eyesight, but at the end of the day, it cannot hurt, right?  If you are looking for a range of foods that are shown to provide benefit for eye health, here are 5 to get you started. 1. Carrots No, carrots won’t give you super-vision or even 20/20 vision, but the beta-carotene it contains will help maintain proper eyesight. The body converts this nutrient to vitamin A, which helps fight blindness. 2. Blueberries The antioxidants in blueberries are thought to be responsible for protecting vision by preventing free radical damage. 3. Almonds Almonds contain vitamin E, which can assist in preventing cataracts. Other sources of vitamin E include sunflower seeds, safflower oil, peanuts, mango and eggs.   Eating almonds can be further improved by activating them.  You’ll find more hints here. 4. Green, Leafy Vegetables Kale, cabbage and spinach are all great for improving or maintaining healthy vision. 5. Cold Water Fish Fish like salmon and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect the blood vessels in your... read more

4 Natural Ways To Settle An Upset Stomach

An upset stomach can come out of nowhere. It may be as a result of something we ate, a virus or infection we are fighting or simply because we are nervous and churned up over something. Whatever the reason, the best news is we don’t have to reach for chemical-based drugs to help settle an upset stomach. There are a number of tried and tested natural remedies that can be applied which can effectively settle the tummy and help you get back on track. Please be aware that none of the methods offered below are based on medical advice so please take them on board knowing that you should seek professional medical advice if your symptoms persist. 1. Alkaline Water An upset stomach is usually the result of acid buildup. Did you know that alkaline water helps to counteract this? Drinking alkaline water, regularly, will almost eliminate any upset tummy issues caused by acidity. Why? Because alkaline water, sometimes referred to as glacier water, has zero acidity. The pH level of alkaline water is 3 or 4. Coconut water is natural alkaline water. Just make sure there is no sugar added. 2. Peppermint Peppermint is a fantastic herb and useful as a natural medicine in many ways. Try peppermint tea or pick mint leaves from your garden and soak them in some warm water and sip it. 3. Crackers and Lemonade Very commonly we hear about eating some soda crackers, or dry salty biscuits and sipping on some lemonade or ginger-ale. Ginger itself is a fantastic natural remedy and commonly used to help with nausea associated with pregnancy too.... read more

What Is Chia Seed Oil?

You’ve no doubt heard of chia seeds, but have you heard of chia seed oil? Chia oil is made from the edible chia seed itself. It’s a great alternative oil to use in cooking when you are looking for ways to avoid unhealthy oils. The seeds themselves contain high amounts of oil, so you don’t necessarily need to use the oil by itself to reap the benefits. Chia seeds are fiber-rich with a neutral flavor, making them versatile. You can add them to your favorite beverage, sprinkle them on a salad or top your yogurt with them. Here are 50 ways that you can use chia seeds in your daily routine – the options are almost endless! Chia Oil Benefits Approximately 40 percent of the chia seed is composed of oil and of that, 60 percent of the oil is made of omega-3 fatty acids. The human body is unable to manufacture omega-3 fats, making it essential for you to get them from your diet. Buying Chia Seed Oil The best way to get your hands on Chia Seed oil is to buy it.  Making it requires you to have access to quite high-tech machinery. You can purchase chia seed oil online or get some from your local health shop! Give it a go. I’d love to hear your... read more

How to Create Your Own Wellness Retreat At Home

You don’t have to spend a fortune to attend a weekend wellness retreat where you’ll relax in a stress-free environment and be pampered from head to toe. Believe it or not, you can easily create the same atmosphere at home. Creating your own peaceful and serene oasis can be done right in the comforts of your own home. All you need to do is follow these simple tips to have your own rejuvenating retreat without ever leaving your home: Meditate Many weekend wellness retreats offer guests a place to meditate and ease their mind from draining thoughts and their body of unwanted stress. You can easily incorporate a few minutes of mediation by sitting in complete silence in a comfy position with your eyes closed. Focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Make it a point not to think of anything other than your breathing. Sip on herbal and green tea Tea is the beverage of choice for many retreat centers, so head to your local store and pick up some tea. Brew a cup in the morning as soon as you get out of bed to start the day off right. A cup of green tea can improve your physical performance and brain function, as well as aids in weight loss and fighting off infections. Go for walks Take a 30-minute walk in the morning and then take another one in the evening when the sun sets. Go around your neighbourhood and just take in the beauty of it all, while letting the worries of the world slip away with every step you take. Read Reading can... read more

8 Ways To Use Old Nail Polish

If you’re anything like me, everywhere you look there is another bottle of nail polish.  They seem to breed and most never even get used.   Did you know that there are actually plenty of ways to put your (old or unwanted) nail polish to use besides painting your nails? Match cord connections: Use a small dab of nail polish on any electrical connections to highlight a match ~  for example, the top side of a computer hole and the top side of a plug (using the same colored polish). This way you will know what belongs where and where’s up and down when you go to plug in. Seal an envelope: If the glue has gone from your envelope or you don’t like the idea of licking it, brush a little nail polish along the underside of the flap and it will seal perfectly. Smudge proof: Add a coat of clear polish to important labels so they do not smudge or disappear with water ~ such as medication instructions. Thread a needle easier: Put a dab of nail polish on the end of the thread and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. It will dry in a second and when it does it will be stiff.  Threading your needle will be so much easier. Stop a run in stockings: Nothing worse than having a hole in stockings when you are out. Simply dab of some clear polish to each end of a hole (or ladder) (and let it dry. It is invisible and will prevent it from getting any worse until you get home. Keep car chips from rusting: If your... read more