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Top 10 Items Schools Need You to Donate for Kids

Top 10 Items Schools Need You to Donate for Kids

School Nurses Gave a List of Most-Needed Donations

Ever wonder what items schools really need donated? We sent out a survey to the National Association of School Nurses to see what were the top 10 items schools most need people to donate for kids. Some things were not surprising, like snacks and books, but can you guess what was the #1 item most needed? Check it out!

Top 10 Items Schools Need You to Donate
List created from the survey answers provided by the National Association of School Nurses

Surprised by the answers? Let us know in the comments and spread the word!

10 Simple Breakfast for Families on the Go

10 Simple Breakfast for Families on the Go

Last week we talked about the importance of a healthy breakfast. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with healthy yet different breakfasts that are still quick and easy. I wanted to write this post because I know many of you see hungry kids at the bus stop, or during the summer roaming the neighborhood. I know it’s hard to provide meals for everyone so I came up with 10 breakfast ideas that are EASY and STRESS free! Here are 10 easy and healthy breakfasts you can take on the go.

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  • Peanut Butter Banana Toast – Nothing is better than a quick and easy breakfast that is still well balanced, flavorful, and easy to make.
    • Toast 2 slices whole grain bread.
    • Add a thin layer of peanut butter to each slice.
    • Top 1 slice with sliced bananas.
    • Put the slices together and you have a healthy and easy breakfast.
  • Fruit Parfait – Easy and delicious, these can be prepared the evening before. All you need to do is add the nuts or granola in the morning. Grab and go? Prep the night before and put a small baggie or container of granola with it. Don’t forget the spoon!
    • Yogurt – low fat, plain or vanilla. Plain yogurt is the healthiest.
    • Fruit – Berries, bananas, chunks of apple, mandarin slices, peaches, and dried cranberries are great options.
    • Granola or nuts
    • Layer your yogurt, then granola/nuts, then fruit. If you want, add a second layer.
  • Bagel Sandwich and fruit
    • Egg
    • Meat (optional)
    • Cheese (optional)

    Toast the bagel.
    While the bagel is toasting, fry the egg in just a little butter or oil.
    If using meat, a quick and easy way is to heat some lunch meat in the pan when the egg is finished.
    Add a slice of cheese to the egg or thin layer of cream cheese to the bagel.
    Assemble and eat or wrap to eat on the road.

  • Muffins and fruit
    • You can make any healthy muffins ahead of time.
    • Wrap them well in plastic, then store in the freezer in a freezer bag.
    • Pull your muffin out the evening before to defrost overnight or unwrap and put on a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds.

    Add a fruit cup or favorite fresh fruit. Add a handful of nuts for a protein boost.

  • Oatmeal with fruit and seeds – Make up some oatmeal and top it with fresh or dried fruit, and sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or nuts.
  • Veggie Toast
    • 2 slices whole grain toast
    • Cream Cheese
    • Cucumber slices or sweet pepper slices
    • Assemble as a sandwich.

    Healthy and delicious!

  • Yogurt, Fruit, and Toast
    • Container of yogurt
    • Fresh fruit or fruit cup
    • Toast with butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter
  • Cereal Choose a healthy cereal and add blueberries, strawberries, bananas or peaches for a healthy and flavorful breakfast.
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A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult or take long to make. Try these 10 healthy breakfasts to start your morning off right and fuel your body for the day ahead of you.

3 Dangers of an Unhealthy Mouth

3 Dangers of an Unhealthy Mouth

Brushing and flossing sometimes seem to be such a hassle. After all, we eat, brush our teeth, then eat again. Often when we think of our health we completely forget to value the health of our mouths. There are many dangers to this, but three major dangers of an unhealthy mouth are halitosis, gum disease, and cavities.

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  • Halitosis – Okay, better known as bad breath, it’s bad breath taken to a whole new level. If you just can’t get rid of that bad breath, it could be a sign that something else is going on inside that mouth of yours. It could mean there is too much bad bacteria built up in your mouth, or it could be a sign that there are other health issues going on in your body. Don’t just ‘brush’ persistent bad breath off as a nuisance. Get it checked out and make sure your mouth and body are healthy.
  • Gum Disease – Studies show that gum disease could potentially lead to other serious health issues. It isn’t clear if other health issues are related specifically to gum disease, but here is one thing that is sure. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, which exposes the tooth root and increases the speed of tooth decay. Watch your gums to make sure they aren’t turning a pale or white color, aren’t inflamed, or that they don’t seem to be shrinking. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure you speak with your dentist. Remember to brush and floss those teeth. If you floss your teeth often and properly, there may be a little bleeding, but if your gums bleed often when you floss, it could be another sign of gingivitis (gum disease). Regular dental cleanings can help ensure your dental health by cleaning away plaque and tartar that builds up, creating an unhealthy environment for your teeth. If your dentist sees signs of gingivitis he/she will likely recommend a special mouth rinse. Make sure you use it to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Cavities – If your teeth are feeling extra sensitive, make sure to mention it to your dentist. Sensitive teeth could be just that, but increased sensitivity to hot or cold, especially if it is just certain teeth, could mean you have a cavity. Catching cavities when they are small is both less expensive to fix and better for your mouth. Uncared for cavities can lead to oral infections, loss of teeth, and more expensive treatments. This can also lead to other oral problems, affecting your gums and/or other teeth.
  • Who knew our mouths were such a command center for our health? Make sure you pay attention to what your mouth is telling you and take care not to ignore the dangers of an unhealthy mouth.

    You could donate today with the Simple Giving program at a Walmart near you!

    3 Reasons why Volunteering May Make a Healthier You

    3 Reasons why Volunteering May Make a Healthier You

    It is February and I know for some of us those New Year resolutions are struggling to stay relevant in our world.  Even though the year is a month old we wanted to still wish you a Happy New Year from all of us at Champions for Kids; 2014 is going to be a great year! I hope this post encourages you and your family to get out there and pay it forward, because I truly believe that volunteering can make you a healthier person.  Here are 3 reasons why:

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    • Reduces stress: Did you know volunteering can reduce stress?  Allowing yourself to focus on the needs of others can not only help put things in perspective but may also help your immune system, as sometimes stress and tension can be harmful to the body.  Volunteer today and find some peace in knowing you are doing your body good by volunteering and serving others.  

     

     

    • Makes you happy:  Finding the best and most fun way to give your time and talents can enhance your moods. Volunteering can also bring an optimistic outlook on life that the glass is half full and not half empty, and that even if you are struggling you are not alone. Volunteering can also help you realize how important you are, which may increase your sense of self-worth.  Mental health is important to overall healthiness

     

     

    • Find a Friend:  Volunteering brings people from all walks of life together for one common goal, and it could introduce you to people you would not normally encounter   Volunteering builds camaraderie and teamwork. It helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.  Developing important relationships and realizing that there are others in your life that need you may encourage you to receive regular  doctor check-ups and take better care of yourself daily. 

     

     

     

    Your community needs you at your best, and sometimes social good is just what the doctor should order.  Be healthy in 2014.  Looking for ways to help those around you? Join in on a SIMPLE Service Project and help kids in your neighborhood today.  Who knows? It could just make you a little healthier over the next year.  

     

     

    Must Read Monday’s – 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make a Difference

    Must Read Monday’s – 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make a Difference

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    Happy Monday! Here are this week’s must reads from some amazing bloggers that we wanted to highlight. We hope you will be inspired and encouraged!

    Inspirational Quote:

    “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    Check out this awesome post by Inner Child Giving. 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make a Difference!

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:

    Check out this awesome DIY Photo Snow Globe by Design Mom. Makes a great Christmas gift.

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    This month we are highlighting Socktober! This a fun simple project that you and your whole family can enjoy.

    Enough about what my favorite posts were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogosphere.

     

    Must Read Monday’s October 14th, 2013 – Socktober

    Must Read Monday’s October 14th, 2013 – Socktober

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    Happy Monday! Here are this week’s must reads from some amazing bloggers that we wanted to highlight. We hope you will be inspired and encouraged!

    Inspirational Quote:

    “So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
    ― Robert Louis StevensonLay Morals

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    This is an awesome post with some great advice! The Day A Princess in Disguise Came to my House by Elizabeth Norton

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    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:

    Want to spend some time with the kids outdoors this Fall? Check out these Fall Nature Crafts by The Magic Onions.

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    This month we are highlighting Socktober! This a fun simple project that you and your whole family can enjoy.

    Enough about what my favorite posts were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogosphere.

     

    Must Read Mondays – Kids for Kindness

    Must Read Mondays – Kids for Kindness

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    Happy Monday! Here are this week’s must reads from some amazing people that we wanted to highlight. We hope you will be inspired and encouraged!

    Inspirational Quote:

    I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    Kids For Kindness – A Year of Family Centered Random Acts of Kindness by TuTu’s & Tea Parties.

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:

    Make a Pizza Pan Pumpkin by  Lacey from ConsumerQueen.

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    Check out the  Fiskars inspired SIMPLE service project.

    Enough about what my favorite posts were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogosphere.

     

    Must Read Monday’s -13 Ways Families Can Help Fight Hunger

    Must Read Monday’s -13 Ways Families Can Help Fight Hunger

    must read monday

    Happy Monday! Here are this week’s must reads from some amazing people that we wanted to highlight. We hope you will be inspired and encouraged!

    Inspirational Quote:

    “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    13 Ways Families Can Help Fight Hunger by Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons.

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:

    Cool Finds: 6 Fun Study Spaces For Kids by  Amy from MomSpark.

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    Check out the  Fiskars inspired SIMPLE service project.

    Enough about what my favorite posts were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogosphere.

     

    Must Read Mondays September 23, 2013

    Must Read Mondays September 23, 2013

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    Happy Monday! Here are this week’s must reads from some amazing people that we wanted to highlight. We hope you will be inspired and encouraged!

    Inspirational Quote:

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders: 6 Skills to Teach Your Children by “A Successful Woman”

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:

    Fall is upon us. Check out these 37 Festive Fall Crafts that you can do with your kids!

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    We launched our Fiskars inspired SIMPLE service project.

    Enough about what my favorite posts were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogosphere.

     

    Must Read Mondays: (share with us the links we must read)

    Must Read Mondays: (share with us the links we must read)

    Here are your Monday Must Reads, the reads we had to share with you and what we loved this past week online.

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    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Quote:

    “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

     

     

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Nonprofit and Better influence must read:

    Happy Black Woman blog shares how she sets positive intentions on mondays so she can have a more productive and successful goodwill week

     

    This week’s “Monday Must Read” Story or How to Post:
    Check out this fun inspiration post about creative use of paper plates

    This week’s Highlighted Simple Service Project:

    We launched our Fiskars inspired SIMPLE service project.

     

    Enough about what my favorite post were this past week, what were yours? Share in the comment section what touched your heart, what you read, or what you have written.

    We can’t wait to visit the other blogs in the blogoshpere.