Our Choices Affect Everyone Around Us

How Your Choices Affect Your Family

When I was growing up, my mom smoked. I didn’t know any better as a child that smoking was bad for your health, and even thought she was a nurse, I don’t think my mom realized how bad it was either. Fast forward 16 years and my mom would offer me a cigarette if I was constipated. That innocent “help” turned into a nicotine addiction that lasted years. I want to share in this blog about how the choices made at home can affect those growing up around us watching what we do, not listening to what we say as adults and parents.

Do as I say not as I do

You probably remember hearing your older brother or a parent telling you not to mimic their bad behavior, but the greater lesson with far more impact were the actions you witnessed. Did you watch someone who was an alcoholic? How about bad eating habits? These mini life lessons were “caught” and not “taught” to you.

Why do you do the things you do?

If you’ve ever questioned why you have a desire to eat salty foods late at night and you quench that urge with some tortilla chips, where did you learn that? Or if you’re thirsty, do you reach for a soda? Or do you prefer drinking alkaline water? Both of these options are most likely the result of what you learned by watching someone at home. And chances are, you’re passing along those habits without realizing it.

How these choices affect the long-run

Will choosing a coke instead of water kill you today? No. And probably not tomorrow. But that simple err in judgment compounded over time will have dire consequences. I read a book where the author said “it’s easy to make a good choice, and it’s easy not to.”

I intend to look at the habits that we’re raised with as Americans and offer healthy and safe alternatives to the choices that cause us much pain later in life. The best health care you can get is to get healthy and stay that way. The goal in life is to grow old – beats the alternative doesn’t it? And I’m not referring to the “pill-poppin’” kind of growing old but the lifestyle of being able to travel and spend time with grandkids later in life.  Thanks for stopping by and please comment!

Safe Living at Home : Lightning Protection during Hurricane Season

One of the often most overlooked aspects of safe living is preparedness for natural disasters. In order to be best prepared, you should consider where you live and what kind of acts of God can occur. On the west coast, it’s hurricanes. In the midwest it’s tornadoes. On the east coast it’s lightning storms and hurricanes. Wherever you live, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a disaster that could leave electricity out and infrastructure jammed up for 72 hours or more. In that case, are you prepared? Do you have enough food and water? Do you have the necessary structures in place? Being prepared is as natural as the natural disaster, and should be a part of every American home.

Lightning: The easiest preparedness

Lightning storms come to just about every part of the United States. lightningrod.com has some excellent lightning protection systems that are very affordable and easy to install in case lightning comes close to home. Getting prepared with a good lightning rod on your house is a no-brainer if you want to keep you family and assets protected from an electrical storm. While it’s quite uncommon, it can still happen. The way they work is not to exactly attract lightning, but to de-ionize the air above the home so lightning doesn’t even strike at all. This is a great misconception around the devices. And you can get some pretty cool decorative lightning rods that will help you keep the design aesthetic of your home in top condition.


You can never be totally prepared for an earthquake since the kind of damage that occurs is such a wide range. In any case, it’s a good idea to have extra food around and to have a disaster plan at home in place. Such plans would include telling your kids where to hide in case things start to shake. It’s pretty much the best practice these days to lay down next to a bed or couch instead of in a doorway since things when they fall tend to be long and create pockets around these types of furniture that has good structure built in.


You probably see one coming and can utilize the resources nearby to grab a few things in a hurry. But it’s a good idea to have many items prepared such as boards for the windows, a safe place to hide and plenty of water and food to last for a few days. It might also be a good idea to have a firearm nearby since there can be plunderers who take advantage of situations like this.

I hope this was helpful, and I pray no disasters strike, but if they do you’ll be prepared!


3 Tips from Irvine Orthodontics on a Healthy Mouth with Braces

Getting braces can be no charming experience. It can also be quite a good experience depending on who does your treatments. But during your treatment time, you absolutely HAVE to consider the hygiene of your teeth! Did it occur to you that you can’t really floss the way you used to? There are a number of gum diseases that can creep in to your mouth if you’re unsuspecting. My orthodontist in Irvine gave me some amazing ideas for help with keeping my mouth healthy both in my gums and between my teeth. Special thanks to Irvine Orthodontics for contributing to this article.

Brushing with Braces

1) Gum Health

The risk of gum disease and tooth decay is always higher with brackets and wires in your mouth. This is because braces often trap food and bacteria in areas that are now not as accessible with a toothbrush. Be sure to have a soft toothbrush for you gums, and it is equally as important to brush those gums as part of your brushing regimen twice or three times daily.

2) Tooth Decay Prevention with Braces

While you may have eaten several times throughout the day before braces, it is a good idea to stick to 3 meals with perhaps a snack or two during the day. The reason for this is to keep teeth clean for long durations of time since many of your favorite foods may contain starch, such as potato chips. These kinds of foods often stay stuck in braces and can go unnoticed but they are doing subtle damage while there in between your braces and teeth. Starchy foods contain sugars which turn to acids which break down the enamel on teeth which leads to cavities. A good rule of thumb is to brush immediately after eating food of any kind.

3) Foods to avoid during treatment time

Of course you love to eat your veggies right? Well if you don’t, it is a good time to start. Vegetables are great for you body and not harmful to teeth the way processed foods and starchy foods can be. Be diligent to stay away from sodas and other high-sugar foods which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Just one soda has 10-12 spoons of sugar, which as you know, are bad for teeth whether you have braces or not. Avoid candy and sports drinks or other sugar-sweetened foods.

Getting some good oral care products can drastically increase your odds of not damaging your teeth during treatment. This is one of the highest recommendations for people with braces. We encourage you to consult an Irvine Irvine orthodontist with good reviews before getting started in your braces journey and always be sure to tell them that your friends at Baby in a Basket sent you!

Resources & Thanks to: Colgate

Alternative Medicine: The Benefits of Spinal Subluxation

chiropractor and patientGoing to a chiropractor for many people is just as regular as going to their primary care physician for treatments. They are folks who have walked in to an office with some sort of pain then walked out feeling much better. Alternative medicine has not always been accepted by the AMA until the 1980s when they accepted the practice as medicine. Since then, most large healthcare providers have included the care in their policies.

Treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system

When people think of their skeleton, they are under the impression that there are only bones joined to muscles, but this is only part of the truth. To understand the real truth behind how bones interact with each other, it is important to see them as joints similar to those in a car. When you have a joint that needs to be lubricated, it begins to creak and you have metal on metal. In the body, when the lubrication breaks down or the bones are touching each other without this lubrication in between them, there is a build up or cartilage which eventually hardens into deposits of calcium. If this happens, there is typically much pain associated. This is where having a good chiropractor who can perform manual chiropractic treatments to the body. This is in the realm of massage and physical therapy and should be considered an integral part of the aging process.

How Chiropractic Manipulation Care Works:

Pills or Chiropractic

When the manual treatments occur, they are able to “bust” loose some of the cartilage, in the hopes the body absorbs it while it dissolves. Typically, the only other medical way to treat pain in the body is by pain killer pills, which have serious long-term negative effects on the body and liver. So if you are suffering from pain in joints or you have had an injury or accident and notice something is just not right, it might be a good idea to get together with a good doctor in your area who could probably give you a diagnosis and free consultation. Then you can get off those pain killers! For BabiInaBasket, thanks for reading!

Healthy Business equals Good Profits

In today’s digital world, there are many ways that people can find your business. We interviewed a San Diego SEO expert who tells us that Google’s updates such as Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird are a good thing for favorably displaying good website content. Translation: bad SEO and other offpage link building strategies that used to work in the past are now not working as well as they once did and having great content on your website is now in your favor.

Healthy SEO for Local Businesses

When building your business reputation online, it is of uber importance to be in control of all the digital assets and signals that point to your website. This means that when someone performs a Google search for your business name, they find only the information you want them to find on the first page of search engine results pages. Simply put, having all your money funnels properly set up so that you are not the victim of smammy directories serving your business information so they can profit from it. Many times, these directories will show a host of pages which actually serve up competitor ads. Bad news for your business. The first step in good local SEO is to get your website content optimized by putting tons of really good content, targeted to your niche. Google loves to read, so the more information you can put out there, the better for your search engine results.

SEO in your market

Some markets are just more competitive than others. That’s why at Local Fame Media, they recommend doing a lot of content marketing to get your information in front of as many folks as possible as well as becoming an authority in your niche. When you have a steady stream of information being disseminated throughout several channels, you will find that your rank in Google will start to see significant gains. This leads to profits and a higher top line revenue for your business. The reason this works is because Google is now looking for quality, unique content that hasn’t been run through a spinner and is hand-written by someone from your organization. Google can smell spun content from a mile away so always be sure that everything around your business is quality, healthy SEO. When this is the case, then all you need to focus on is being the expert. It’s just a matter of short time that you will begin to increase your presence online as well as your perception as the expert in your field. And we all know the importance of perception, people only want to do business with the best. So get started today on branding yourself the right way so you are immune to any new algorithmic updates by the search engines. We hope you’ve enjoyed and trust you’ll put these tips into practice!

Living Well and Traveling the World

Traveling can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Everyone wants to visit other lands in foreign countries and they want to explore parts of the world they’ve only ever dreamed of visiting. They might even have the money to do this – but what they lack is the actual planning and execution.

Planning a Vacation to Ireland

Irish CastlesWe always talked about visiting Ireland and Scotland because that’s where we both have roots. Not really family that we can speak of but bloodlines that go back several hundred years. The culture in those countries has not been dominated by outside influences like so many of us are used to in the West. The people who populate those countries are the original inhabitants going back as far as history allows us to look. So there is an heir of timelessness that we are anticipating will hit once we get there. It’s easy to look at buildings in cities in the US like Boston or DC that have historic monuments going back a few hundred years, but what about castles that are 1000 years old or older? This is what caused us to want to go to Ireland. And since we were there, we wanted to go to Scotland as well. And not to just arrive and do whatever we felt like doing for the day, we decided we wanted to include tours of the monuments and beautiful mountains. We didn’t want to do the driving or be put into a bus with a ton of other tourists so we decided to get help in planning our tour in luxury. Here’s what we did and how we got ready for our Ireland Castle Vacation.

  • Put the dates on the calendar
  • Contacted the airlines
  • Researched travel agencies who offered travel in luxury
  • Got our passports
  • Purchased necessary travel gear
  • Requested the time off from work
  • Purchased the airline tickets after confirming dates with the travel agency
  • Started researching the land, watching youtube videos and movies that focused on Ireland and Scotland
  • Got ourselves excited about the trip
  • Planned for the kids to stay at grandmas during our vacation

These are the things that helped us to actually go to Ireland to see the castles and view all the local scenes with a chauffeured tour of both Ireland and Scotland. We got to see everything we dreamed of, we visited monuments, went golfing, fishing and enjoyed some wonderful nightlife while in Dublin and met some amazing people who we’re connected with on Facebook now. It was a great memory for us and recharged our marriage and relationship.

If you are interested in visiting another country, which I’m sure you are, then get on the ball and put it on the calendar. That’s the first step then the rest will follow!

Keeping your Reputation Healthy in a Digital World

It can be super challenging to get your reputation fixed after something bad has happened that makes it to an online presence. Your online reputation these days is as important or more important than your resume. Why? Because each time you drop a resume to someone, you are actually going to be “Googled” by your prospective employer.

Did you know that the number one searched for category online is people’s names? That’s a fact that will hurt you or harm you. There are a few people you could hire to repair your reputation, like a marketing agency that can help you build several profiles around your name that are owned and operated by you – but are actually pages on social network sites that rank well in search engines.

Consider that there are 10 results on a search engine results page that could all return results around your name. What if there was one that had perhaps your “mug shot” of when you were arrested years back? That’s probably not something you would want people to see when they searched for your name. You could actually start grabbing some of the required social media platforms that can be built out around your name like facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, youtube and several others that tend to rank very high for the people-search market.

Managing your reputation can seem hard, but it’s worth it

Keeping a good reputation online is actually not that hard. If you’re a business owner who has some negative reviews out there, true – you cannot get those to disappear but you can bury them. You could get several more positive reviews on the review site or you could get other pages built out around your branding or business that would eventually outrank the pages that had negative reviews. Yelp is not the “end-all” to review sites – grab your Google Plus business page and a few others like shopperapproved.com and you can be on the way to being in total control of your reputation online.

We hope this has helped you in your decision to get on the ball and take control of your online life!

A Baby in a Basket and Your New Body Look

Many women today who have had babies, now more than ever, are looking at their bodies with new possibilities. After giving childbirth, it’s hard to get back to that pre-baby-body!! That’s when it’s widely accepted in western society today to opt for a liposuction / tummy tuck surgery.

liposuction san diegoIt happens often: Mommies look in the mirror and see what they do not want to see: the unbecoming little bulges. They have a way of settling in places where perfection is not negotiable. This is often a time when some of them start thinking liposuction or tummy tuck.

For some women and men today diets and exercise are so yesterday. They want a quick lipo fix

Liposuction can offer just that. It is however no magic wand. The amount of fat removed during this procedure is minimal. It should never be seen as a way of losing weight.

The most popular type is tumescent liposuction in which the target area is injected with a fluid that contains the necessary active ingredients to numb the area and prevent unnecessary blood loss. A small cut is made and a tube inserted to remove the excess fat through suction. The patient is awake throughout. Other types make use of ultrasound or laser to liquefy the fat before removal.

The downside of this procedure is that it is no walk in the park. It comes with pain, bruising and swelling. As with any surgical procedure it also carries a risk and is not something that should be done without careful consideration.

The main advantage is that the actual operation only takes about an hour and does not require an overnight stay in hospital. In fact it can be done in a well-equipped doctor’s surgery. Many people are pleased with the results after the recovery period is over.

Another procedure that is sometimes used in combination with liposuction is the tummy tuck. Unlike liposuction this is serious surgery during which fat and skin are removed and muscles tightened. It is especially useful to get rid of stretch marks after birth or loose skin that is sometimes the byproduct of an effective diet.

Talking of childbirth – it can really take a toll on a beautiful body. Many women will not take that lying down. They put their faith in the power of the knife to sculpt a body that will radiate the same stunning perfection that they knew before the arrival of baby. They opt for the ultimate known as the mommy makeover.

This usually involves several procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction and the tummy tuck.

Not too long ago liposuction and other cosmetic procedures were something for the rich. Since then it has evolved and new techniques have made it more affordable. There can be no doubt about its popularity. It is good to know that there are solutions such as liposuction or the tummy tuck when you see bulges where there should not be any! Good luck with your Baby in a Basket and your New Body!


How to Keep the Flu Away: Supercharge Your Immune System

It is extremely important in staying healthy to keep a regimen of physical activity. This is actually very important with regard to chronic illnesses and diseases as well as just being in good health. The amount of physical activity is probably one of the biggest predictors of mortality for many types of patients suffering from multiple conditions. If you’ve been hospitalized especially then you might be at risk of being readmitted to the hospital for the same condition greatly related to your lack of physical activity. Particularly if you happen to be elderly, you are at a higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) if you aren’t moving your body around. Furthermore you’re at greater risk of catching certain viruses such as Ebola or other flues that might be otherwise ineffective if your immune system was in a more peak condition – say if you had been doing physical exercise. They have been testing a lot of ways to prevent diseases using reagents to find the presence of certain pathogens or antibodies in order to come up with immunizations but the best prevention of many viruses continues to be a good immune system.

Immune System Health

To keep viruses away without the use of immunizations, it’s very important your immune system is supercharged. One of the best ways to keep it supercharged is by staying active. An active lifestyle reduces the amount of free-radicals in your body which are caused by stress. Free-radicals are protons with a positive charge, whereas electrons or “antioxidants” are considered to bring the body into a negative electrical state making it much more difficult for any sickness or disease to survive.

Lung function and the Immune System

When you consider that many viruses are contracted through the air and in the lungs, it’s a good thought to keep your lungs actively pulling and pushing air from the entire capacity of the lungs. If you have a rather sedentary lifestyle, you aren’t going to be utilizing the entire lung capacity each day which could be a breeding ground for infection. Getting exercise helps to keep the lungs healthy and is connected to the immune system all over again.

Treatments for diseases that people contract do seem to be improving however the viruses seem to be getting stronger. Better efficacy of treatments currently available would highly useful for assessing the value of treatments in response to COPD along with other robust studies which correlate to the different aspects of disease history. Looking into our future, we need to know our past and how we got here. The best doctor is the one inside of you and nobody is going to take a greater interest in your health than you, so be a good doctor and get some daily exercise. Your immune system and those around you will thank you.


Getting Back to School the Smart Way

Tutoring might not be fun, but it WILL help you in the Long Run

That’s the message we need to get to our children as they prepare for another year of school. There are of course plenty of debatable studies that show that students like Bill Gates who dropped out of college can still make billions… but I digress.

Students rarely enjoy tutoring or discipline, but both always pay off, BIG TIME. That’s the topic of this morning’s post. As my daughters prepare for the school year, we are considering a Lafayette math tutor to get them the upper hand when it comes to math particularly.

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Has anyone ever used a tutor for your kids? I would like to think it will help out, but I have a few questions, like what books do they use? Can you provide a tutor with your own curriculum? Do they “grade?” and what are the measures of progress?

And are there any differences in approach to different subjects like math, language arts, science, algebra? It was the help of a tutor that got me through a few college classes but I think it’s way different for the gradeschool level, right?

I’m pretty sure there are good answers to these questions that I’ll ask our tutor, but in the meantime if you have any thoughts, please comment!


Reverse Aging with Natural Antioxidants

Decrease The Clock With These “STAY YOUNG” tips

Aging takes a lot of men and women by surprise because of what number of changes occur in our body. Things like hormones get out of whack, and your waistline may expand exponentially. You’re certainly an excellent young buck anymore! Check out these tips with aging and ease into the process a little more smoothly.

Consider taking Resveratrol. We have seen promising studies about the youthful important things about eating a well balanced as well as low calorie diet. Found in burgundy, resveratrol mimics those benefits. Reveratrol can be located naturally within the roots associated with plants like Japanese knotweed. Another method to obtain resveratrol is the roots with the South American shrub Senna quinquangulata.

You intend to remain fit when you get older not only within you, but also in your brain. One way to do that is to exercise your brain via puzzles and such. These mentally stimulating games helps keep your brain focused and productive, which could strengthen brain cells and perhaps create new ones.

To ensure you are getting a proper amount of nutrients in your life as you age, try sipping smoothies, three to four times weekly. Smoothies taste great and are chock brimming with good things. They typically contain up to be able to five nutritional servings of fruit and veggies. Even better, smoothies are instead filling, so as a light lunch or a snack, they can help you control your cravings and shed pounds! Buy a Vita Prep blender online and get started juicing tomorrow just like the pros at Jamba Juice!

The Quiet One
Look Familiar? It’s the quiet one they use at Jamba and Starbucks

Healthy skin while aging

As you age, to always have healthy looking skin moisturize it every single day. How your skin looks is directly related to the volume of moisture your skin is getting. It’s important then to get moisture back to the skin, so choose a moisturizer that is ideal for you and use it daily. This is an area related to aging you could have a significant impact with.

As you age, discuss with your doctor what vitamins and supplements you intend to take. Often times our bodies come to be less efficient at extracting the nutrients we’d like from the food eat, so we’d like supplements. Ensuring you get the suitable nutrition is of paramount importance as you have the aging process.

To ensure a graceful aging process, be sure to include antioxidants in your daily diet to battle free radicals. While the best method to obtain antioxidants come from foods including tomatoes, carrots, squash and spinach, we know it’s not always possible to take enough each day to create a difference. Experts realize this as well as recommend taking supplements of Supplement C and E, in improvement to, eating foods rich throughout antioxidants.

One of my favorite recommendations is to try having a glass of burgundy with dinner each night. There exists a chemical found in red wine called polyphenols that have excellent anti-aging properties. But remember it is best to only drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking a moderate amount of burgundy has also been shown to lessen your risk for heart difficulties.

Looking younger depends on definitely not wearing powder makeup and groundwork. Although makeup is supposed to help people look better, it makes the skin less elastic and contributes towards the skin losing hydration. It is okay to wear it every so often, but for the most part try to just use mascara and lip gloss and avoid putting makeup directly on the skin.

Write your life story along. It doesn’t have to become a major novel, but create some account of your life so that your children or grandchildren can familiarize yourself with all of the things you’ve seen and gone through during your life. No kids? Do it for relatives as well as friends.

Have the seasonal flu vaccine on a yearly basis. As you get older, you can become more susceptible to illnesses, including the flu. The flu may do more damage on an older body. So to stay nutritious throughout that November-April flu time of year, have a flu shot on a yearly basis, preferably in September or Oct.

To combat aging, meditate at home or join a group that has meditation sessions weekly. This will help you to target your energy on something positive and reduce the volume of stress that is in your life. Meditation can help your skin look much better and improve your aesthetic beauty in many ways.

Drink a lot of and learn how alkaline water benefits the body because as you age, you become more acidic. Tap water is not the best water to consume as there can be harmful toxins that promote this growth of free radicals. Try getting a tap water filter or a h2o dispenser for your home. This offers you healthy water to sip on all day long. Staying hydrated is very significant while aging as dehydration may result in a myriad of health issues.

Are you starting to spot the appearance of unsightly spider veins? There is a rather simple means of this that is fairly quick too. Eliminate the appearance of these veins and turn back the clock by getting this procedure done on your lunch split. You have time to accomplish this one!

Watching your diet to reverse aging

A great tip to prevent aging would be to include lots of vitamin E in your diet. Vitamin E is great for your skin as it helps the skin maintain its elasticity. One of the tell account signs of aging is looser skin so including vitamin E in your diet will keep your skin good and tight.

If you are trying to stay young or just age gracefully it is best to watch your diet. It is best to attempt to consume at least 3 entire grains and 5 servings associated with fresh fruits or vegetables in one day. This will keep you healthy and happier while you’re aging.

Consider giving injection therapy a go. Injection therapy can effectively deal with wrinkles. Injection therapy helps by relaxing muscles inside face, thereby decreasing wrinkles. In addition, unlike surgeries used for facial lines, many consider injection therapy safe to utilize. Just remember that multiple treatments are generally required for this method to be effective.

A smooth transition into your senior years is what you’re after below. There is no miracle cure which would instantly-stop the aging process, but these tips will help you live a healthy lifestyle and to appearance and feel your best as you get on in years. And you can’t require anything more than that.