Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Eatwell Bingo – A Great Way to Teach Your Kids to Eat Better

Worldwide obesity rates are at an all-time high, with the World Health Organization reporting that rates have nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, over 200 million men and 300 million women were found to be obese – and a startling 40 million children under the age of 5 were found to be either overweight or obese.

These statistics have blown to extreme proportions in the past decade, with many of today’s generation facing challenges related to obesity and being overweight; such as cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Adults who are obese or overweight now struggle to find a way to get into better shape, but a video that recently went viral sheds a new light on obesity:

The video above shows that just like most other unhealthy habits, bad eating habits start from childhood, and the best way to prevent obesity is to educate kids and help them eat healthier while they’re still young.

Of course, every parent will tell you that that’s easier said than done – there’s not a lot that children hate more than being told what they can and can’t do. With studies showing that growing children may behard-wired to like sweets; the importance of teaching them to eat properly is becoming all too real and the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with an easy way to accomplish this, all with a fun game of bingo.

Most parents would never think about using bingo as a learning tool, as the game pretty much saw its heyday in the 1960s and has been declining ever since, but advancements in technology have allowed for the game to be transformed into many different variants. In the U.K., the $557-million bingo industry has attracted the most unexpected operators with Iceland Foods – a supermarket chain – launching and The Daily Mail launching Pink Ribbon Bingo to bring awareness to breast cancer. The FSA’s take on the classic game uses bingo cards and calls to teach players about the proper proportions of food, in a game they call Eatwell Bingo.

All of the materials needed to play Eatwell Bingo can be found on the FSA’s website. It’s a great way to help teach kids some fun food facts and get them more involved in planning their own healthy diets, thus nipping bad eating habits in the bud.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

StyloPhora Ice Ball Mold

I have a great find that is perfect for the summer. Literally made to make you cool – the awesome StyloPhora Ice Ball Molds!

StyloPhora Ice Ball Molds are easy to use:

1. Press the top and bottom pieces together.
2. Extend funnel and insert into fill hole, pour 100ml of water (or liquid of your choice) up to fill lines. The air space gives allowance for expansion of ice.
3.  Freeze for 4-6 hours.
4. After freezing, simply pull off the top, then push from the bottom of the mold to pop out your ice ball.

5.  Enjoy your slow melting ice ball with your favorite drink, for maximum chill and minimum dilution!

Our iced mocha and iced coffee :)

These molds are way better than ordinary ice trays. They are not made of plastic so they don’t break. They are made of thick and durable FDA food-grade silicone. Furthermore, the ice ball molds are dishwasher safe and BPA-free. Since the molds are made of silicone, they are also flexible and allow easy removal of ice. They are leak-proof as well.

Ice balls have bigger surface area so they don’t melt fast. They last a lot longer than ice cubes, which have very thin edges than cause them to melt and shrink easily. This means that since the ice balls are slow melting, you can expect less dilution of your drink. Effective in keeping your drink both cold and flavorful!

You can use StyloPhora Ice Ball Molds not only for water, but for other beverages as well. Having a floating ice ball in your drink makes a fun serving of beverage, especially when in different colors for different flavored drinks. They are great for water, iced coffee and chocolate, soda, liquor, juice, and cocktails. They can also be used to slowly mix a flavored liquid to a base drink. For instance, you want to mix a hint of lime to your base liquor. Or you can mold orange juice into an ice ball and put it into your glass of vodka to slowly transform your drink into a Screwdriver. You can do the same for coffee and chocolate to creatively craft a Café Mocha.

StyloPhora Ice Ball Molds can also create ice ball treats for your pet! I have a 2 year-old Havanese and he likes it in his water dish.

If you're feeling even more creative, you can stick a sturdy straw into the hole for an iced lollipop. Maybe I will try the ice ball molds with jelly next time for a spherical jelly fun treat or dessert.

Happy Treasure Thursday!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Armed With Truth Temporary Designer Scripture Tattoos

Armed with Truth came up with a brilliant idea that will help people live by the Word of God by constantly reminding them of the scripture. It is not only inspiring and motivating, but creative and artistic as well. I want to introduce to you their Temporary Designer Scripture Tattoos.

Each pack comes with 10 different scripture tattoos.

If you want to memorize a verse from the Bible, these tattoos will help you do it faster. You can even share the Word with others by showing them your scripture tattoo.

The designs are classy and the tattoos are very affordable. Much cheaper than a permanent ink, but definitely very rich in meaning.

You can always see your arm, so you can read the scripture wherever you go and whenever you want. No need to get your Bible every now and then or open an App on your phone. You can see the verse you want to memorize on your arm even if you're working out, eating, waiting for the bus, riding the elevator. What a wise way to multitask and spend the little trivial moments of your day! You can read it even while you are busy or in a hurry. Just look at your arm or exposed space where you placed the tattoo.

The tattoos are very easy to apply, just follow the instructions at the back of each:

Clockwise: (1) Skin should be clean and free of oils and makeup. (2) Remove clear protective top sheet. (3) Press tattoo firmly onto clean, dry skin with text faced down. (4) Hold wet cloth against back of tattoo, press down and make sure to wet it thoroughly. (5) Wait 30 seconds. Don't hurry. Peel off paper backing. (6) Memorize!

Another important thing is that the tattoos do not irritate the skin. I wore one for a few days and did not develop rashes or any sign of allergic reaction. The tattoos last for 3-5 days.

The scripture tattoos have a clean layout, readable fonts and sizes. They are suitable for those who don't want a permanent tattoo but want something to express themselves, especially their beliefs and source of inspiration. And since the tattoo is not permanent, you can easily remove it with soap and water or alcohol.

Furthermore, after you've known a verse by heart and want to memorize another one, you can just remove the current tattoo and replace it with a new scripture tattoo.

The scripture tattoos can be shared with your friends as a pack contains many verses about a certain topic; an ideal gift to church mates and Bible study group members, too.

The current tattoo on my arm, from Luke 9:23-24.

Armed with Truth's temporary Scripture Tattoos are definitely a very great find. These are for young and old people who want to be reminded of their faith through the Word of God every minute of the day so they can apply it to their daily lives -- in a unique, artistic way.

What more treasure can you ask for if you are armed with the truth? 

Happy Treasure Thursday!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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