How hungry do Pinterest's food pins make you? We're excited to share our latest family-friendly finds for each meal of the day, including an on-the-go breakfast, a healthy snack, and a tasty pasta-chicken dish — plus one treat that's just for grown-ups!
We're happy to present this article from our partner site Yahoo! Shine:
It's hard to believe something as small as a peanut could cause so much controversy. But put it in a lunch bag and it can divide a school.
In Viola, Arkansas, a debate is heating up, after a student had his peanut butter and jelly sandwich confiscated at lunchtime. The school has a no-peanut-products policy due to a few students with allergies, so the teacher helped the little boy get a new lunch and sent home a note explaining the situation to his mom.
That note didn't go over well, apparently. Soon after the incident, a "School Nut Ban Discussion" group was launched on Facebook by parents conflicted over the policy.
Some parents believe allergy-free students shouldn't have to cater to a few kids' health sensitivities, particularly if it means cutting out healthy or low-cost snacks packed in their own child's lunchbox.
The mom who packed the confiscated PB&J sandwich thinks kids with allergies should learn "how to manage the problem" rather than live inside a "bubble," according to a local news report.
Other parents of special needs kids feel like they're playing second fiddle to those with allergies. "There are some autistic children that will only eat a PB&J sandwich or nothing at all," one parent opposing the ban argued on Facebook. According to the Viola District Superintendent John May, this is the first push-back on a policy in place in his school for some time.
"The policy is in place to protect those with a severe, life threatening problem," May told Area Wide News, a Missouri-based news site. "Until we figure out something else, it would be foolish to drop the policy."
Taking your run outdoors can be a fantastic change of pace. A new environment can do wonders, and we know that running outside can be truly challenging. My one gripe with taking my run off the treadmill comes from my sinuses. I was completely fascinated — and equally grossed out — at how my nose reacted once I hit the pavement in my local park. I was trying to keep it together and not be concerned with how I looked, but I found myself feeling really uncomfortable and hoping I wouldn't bump into a friend or co-worker. Grabbing some tissues for the ride has helped with that struggle, but I was still interested in why this was happening.
While there are plenty of weird workout woes that can happen to your body, a runny nose is fairly common. Known as exercise-induced rhinitis, the exercise itself can be the trigger, but sometimes it's the combo of the activity plus an allergy or environment factor (like the weather) that can make your nose turn on like a faucet.
Now that I've confessed, it's time to tell me about your experience, and if you've got any tips to help you boogie along on your run!
Circle of Moms is excited to announce that our giveaway-filled Kitchen Conundrums Live Chat will be held on our Facebook page on Tuesday at noon PST!
Hosted by Top 25 Foodie Blogger Susan Schuman of Our Family Eats, we'll be answering any questions you've had about feeding your family -- whether you need tips on picky eaters or cutting your grocery bill!
We'll be also giving away food-related prizes from partners like PRK Products Baby Food & Drink Organizers, Glop and Glam (who've created awesomely fun hair products for kids), and Elizabeth Gordon, author of The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook...so be sure to tune in for a chance to win!
What family food questions or topics would you love to see discussed on Tuesday? Tell us in the comments!
Will the fight against pet hair ever end!? Short of shaving your furry pal, the solution to the problem seems like a losing battle. Never fear: we've found 10 vacuum cleaners with powerful suction to suck up this hairy situation.
See one you love or hate? Share your opinions or reviews on the corresponding slide!
We're in the midst of high pollen season, and here at Sugar HQ, we're trading tips on allergy relief almost as much as monthly must haves. As temperatures rise, flowers and trees aren't the only ones shedding sneeze-causing particles: your pet is busy sloughing off fur and dander which can increase the intensity of itchy eyes and runny noses. Of course, you could research the best hypoallergenic pet breed for your home, but if you've already made a dog or cat a member of your family, here are a few tips on keeping the sneezes at bay!
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Most of us are psyched for warmer weather, but allergy sufferers are cursing runny noses, congestion, red eyes, and itchy throats. You may not realize it, but here are the everyday things that can aggravate your symptoms.
- Exercising outside is a no-brainer when temps start going up, but not so for those allergic to pollen. If you can't bear to skip outdoor workouts, try to exercise early in the morning when pollen counts are lowest. If you decide to exercise outside, be sure to wash your clothes to get rid of pollen and take a shower to rinse allergens out of your hair. If your allergies are really bad, invest in a gym membership or equipment for your home gym — exercising in the AC will make you breathe much easier.
- Opening the window to get some fresh air? Don't you dare. Pollen and other allergens blow in where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. Keep the windows in your home, office, and car closed, and definitely don't use a window fan. If you're hot, turn up the air-conditioning.
Keep reading to find out other common things you're doing that can worsen allergies.
Spring 'tis the season for allergy flare-ups for many humans, but what about pets? My pal Samson suffers from some droopy, goopy eyes and itchy, red paws that clued his owner into their dilemma. If you're not sure whether a pooch has an issue like this, check out 10 signs of skin or allergy problems:
- Constant paw licking
- Rubbing body against objects/ floor
- Excessive scratching or chewing fur
- Hair loss
- Change in odor
- Redness of fur and skin rashes
- Flaky or greasy coat
- Drippy eyes
- Runny nose
- Increased sneezing and wheezing
While it's true that a variety of illnesses can cause these symptoms, if you see several of them at the same time, now is a good time to take your pet to the vet to get checked for a clean bill of health!
Source: Flickr User The_Poenisher
We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar.
Nothing puts a crimp on a Spring run like sneezing, snot, and watery eyes. And since seasonal allergies can worsen over time, early intervention can be the difference between enjoying the outdoors and being stuck inside with a box of tissues. To help you avoid that unfortunate fate, we pulled together this list of the best natural ways to keep your allergy symptoms under wraps.
If you know someone with pet allergies, then you're probably aware that some dog and cat breeds are less likely to cause your pal sneezes and itchy eyes. It's not necessarily the animal's fur that keeps some sniffles at bay: these breeds produce less dander or certain proteins in their saliva, or shed less than other breeds, thereby reducing airborne allergens. While these pets are great companions for allergy sufferers, keep in mind that they aren't completely allergen-free, so taking other measures (like frequent house cleaning, hand washing, and air filtering) will be necessary if you make them part of your family. It's important to do your research when considering a new pet, but here's a roundup of hypoallergenic dogs and cats to get brains a-storming.
Source: Flickr User Asha Elizabeth Gupta