The Friday Five 9.6.19
“Healthy” facts you learned as a kid that are no longer true
Did your mom ever tell you to drink extra orange juice when you had a cold? Or that eating carrots will help your eyesight? There were a lot of things we learned as children about eating healthy that we find out now are actually not the best options. This article featuring 23 health facts we learned as kids that are no longer true has a lot of great information on what studies have shown to be better than the myths we heard growing up. Read on to learn about how sugary cereals are not actually good for breakfast, why salt really isn’t that bad for you, how not all carbs are bad, and why counting calories isn’t really the best solution for weight loss.
How to save 20 minutes each morning to reduce the craziness of getting out the door
With school back in full swing, the mornings are crazier than ever, especially if your kids are in different schools and their buses arrive at different times. Trying to get everyone up, showered, dressed, fed a good breakfast, and out the door without forgetting anything can take time. This article on how to save 20 minutes on the family’s morning routine is brilliant. It encourages readers to set up strategically-placed boxes around the house:
– One for keys that goes on the breakfast table
– One for purses and backpacks next to the door
– One for clothes to wear the next day at the foot of the bed
Everyone in the house is responsible for putting in the box all of their items the night before. That way when everyone wakes up groggy and cranky, they don’t have to search for the items and cause more stress.
Receive discounts on new car seats during National Baby Safety Month and free car seat checks all year
Child Passenger Safety Week is one of the most important movements in the country, especially considering that every 32 seconds in 2017, one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In order to reduce the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic that 46% of all safety seats are misused, all 25 district offices in Texas offer free child safety seat checks where a certified technician can help parents make sure they are choosing the right seat for their child and that it’s installed and used correctly. Also, stores like Target and Wal-Mart are offering discounts on new, safe car seats when you exchange your old, outdated ones. From now until September 13th if you recycle a car seat at any Target store, you will receive 20% off a new seat, stroller, or select baby gear. Walmart’s Car Seat Recycling Event will take place September 16-30 and shoppers can trade in used car seats (not booster seats) and receive a $30 Walmart gift card to buy new baby items.
To prevent child accidents, remember these top 10 car seat safety tips
Sadly, we see serious car accident cases all the time, many of which involve children. This article on the top 10 car seat safety tips are not only helpful for parents of kids of any age, but some of the tips are very surprising. One tip that many people don’t realize is that if you are involved in a car accident, you must replace the car seat. Even if the damage to the car was not that bad, the impact may have caused internal damage to the car seat that you can’t see from the outside, so it’s best to replace it. That is also why it is very important to never purchase car seats from a garage sale or second-hand store since there is no way of telling if the seat was in a prior accident.
How to get free samples from Amazon and try before you buy
We often read about great products but don’t always want to spend the money to try new things in case we don’t end up liking them. That’s why we were excited to learn about Amazon’s free sampling program that sends you samples of all kinds of products based on your preferences – no strings attached! This article on Amazon’s samples program shows you how to sign up and the best part is that you don’t even need an Amazon Prime account in order to take advantage of things like granola bars, coffee, dog food, and even perfume. Another cool Amazon sample program is called “Prime Samples” and allows you to buy a small sample for $2 to $4, but that amount of money automatically goes toward the same product. For example, let’s say you want to try out a $14 face cream. First you buy the $2 sample, but if you love the cream and want more, it will only cost you an additional $12.