What NASA Really Says About 2012

    Unless you have been living under a rock, or really make an effort to avoid doomsday predictions, you have probably heard the rumors that the world is supposed to end in 2012.  Basically, this is because the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. The Mayans, were an  ancient group of people living in the Americas.  Apparently, they were quite intelligent and very good at math.  They created a calendar which has been well regarded for its accuracy.  This has led some people today to … [Read more...]

Practice Summer Safety With Kids

Summertime provides kids with wonderful opportunities to explore their world through play. However, these opportunities carry increased risk, which can be avoided with careful preparation between you and your children. These suggestions can help you start important discussions and prevent unnecessary injury all summer long! Sun Safety Tips Avoid going out in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. since that's when the sun's ultraviolet rays are their strongest and most damaging to our … [Read more...]

The History of Spices: Spice Origins and Their Histories

  Because of spices, lands have been discovered, empires built and brought down and wars won and lost. As old as human civilization itself, spices have been among the most valuable items of trade throughout history. Dating back as far as 3500 BC, the ancient Egyptians would use an array of spices for flavoring food, cosmetics and, more bizarrely, for embalming the deceased. Using spices in this way inspired the Middle East and spread further to the eastern Mediterranean and even … [Read more...]

Feeding Your Toddlers…The Right Way!

  Just as adults need a healthy balance, so do toddlers. There are five essential groups to feed your toddler. Remember that these bundles of joy have stomachs that are incredibly small in comparison to ours, so keep the portions at a minimum. First, you have to cover the fiber food group! Your toddler should love bread, little bits of bread are soft enough to chew and yet they provide an abundance of fiber. If that does not work then you can try feeding your toddler other healthy … [Read more...]

Top Five Weirdest Things Dogs Do

  Dogs, those lovable barking buddies we like to call man’s best friend, and for good reason too! They’ve stuck with us through thick and thin and have saved countless lives along the way. Although they truly are deserving of their title and prominence in society, they, just like every other species, have their share of odd quirks and habits that may not be so appealing to their masters. The Yelp: We’ve all heard this high-pitch, in fact almost super-sonic, screech that our cuddly … [Read more...]

Candied Pineapple Macadamia Nut Cookies

  These treats have a tropical island twist with macadamia nuts and delicious candied pineapple. Pineapples grow where the climate is tropical. They are juicy and full of Vitamin C when they are fresh. Even canned or juiced, they are refreshing and delicious. Candied pineapple preserves much of its natural flavors and concentrates the sugar content while absorbing the sugars used in the candy process for a sweet and tangy taste combination. Macadamia nuts are also native to tropical … [Read more...]

Hello Kitty’s History – The Real Story behind This Lovable Feline

  Since the 1970's, Hello Kitty has been popular with kids all over the world. In fact, she is so popular that she has spawned several urban legends - none of which are actually true. So what's the real story behind the legendary cat? That adorable face with the dots for eyes, no mouth, and bright red bow is the creation of Sanrio, a Japanese company. Sanrio was looking for a mascot that would apply to pre-teen girls, and they struck gold when they introduced Hello Kitty to the … [Read more...]

Quit the Guilt, Not the Happy Hour Drink

It's summer, which means more parties and more chances to have a few drinks with friends. There's nothing like a cold beer at a baseball game or cookout. The hotter months are also the perfect time to break out those frozen classics like margaritas and daiquiris. Recent research shows that you're actually doing your body a favor by knocking one back every now and then. The studies say that drinking in moderation can help you live a longer, healthier life. Drinking Can Be Good for You Now you … [Read more...]