Halloween Saftey Tips

KKBN and The American Red Cross wants you to have the best Halloween ever!   So here’s a short video of safety tips every parent should watch!  Happy Halloween!

Simple Rules for Eating Smarter


Want to eat smarter and healthier? Here are a few simple, common-sense rules that make it easy to make healthy food choices. (These come from MSNBC.)

• If you can’t grow it, don’t eat it. Carrots obviously come from the ground, and milk comes from cows. Where do blueberry muffins come from? If your best guess is “aisle 6,” pass ’em up! When foods are heavily-processed, they have fewer nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Even when a chemist adds them back after processing, it’s still not as healthy as whole foods you can actually identify.

• Also: Read the back of the box first. According to registered dieticians, the front is all advertising. If you want the facts, look at the back. She also points out that the more ingredients there are, the more artificial ingredients were mixed in during processing.

• The crunchier the better. Snacks that offer a big, satisfying crunch keep your mouth busy longer. The more you chew, the slower you eat, which means your body has more time to register fullness. We’re talking crunchy apples, celery, carrots, and nuts, not potato chips.

• If it’s not around, you can’t eat it. Say you’re on the sofa, watching Dancing with the Stars and you get an urge for Cheetos. If you just have to walk to the kitchen, you’re more likely to grab a bag and attack it. However, if you have to put on your shoes, find your keys and drive to 7-11 — and miss part of your show — laziness will win out over the Cheetos.

• You don’t have to finish every bite. We’re conditioned to think that if we don’t eat everything on our plate, we’re being wasteful. However, if you keep munching after you’re already full, you’re just packing on the pounds. Bottom line: If there’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow, put it in the fridge.  Otherwise, toss it in the trash.

What Teachers Wish You Knew

Here in the Mother Lode kids have been in school a couple of months now.   They’ve settled into this years routine of classes and now it’s time to let you know Mom & Dad, what ‘Teacher’s Wish You Knew:  Click the Pic


Photo by: Maartje van Caspel

National Babbling Day

National Babbling Day — Even if no one else is in the room, go ahead and yak away. You’re not crazy — a recent study shows that talking to yourself is great for your mental health. Swedish psychotherapist Per Naroskin says babbling to no one forces you to listen to yourself. As a result, you’ll develop talents you never knew existed, sleep better and work more efficiently. The solo chat is even more effective, says the author of “The Benefits Of Talking Loudly To Oneself,” if the tongue-wagger uses kooky accents and funny voices. Too shy to vocalize alone? Speak to your pet, a plant, your car or, like Tom Hanks in “Castaway,” to a volleyball.

Breast Cancer Awareness Quiz

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and KKBN is collecting Bras for the cause, it got me thinking a lot more about breast cancer.  I realized I didn’t know that much about this serious disease.  So here’s a great quiz from Oprah that we all need to take!

Breast Cancer Awareness Quiz

Be sure to donate your Bra to KKBN this month.  We’re giving all the Bras to our professional Quilter to make a beautiful quilt we’ll auction off for breast cancer research.  Here’s the details!