Beat SAD With These Tips!

Beat SAD With These Tips!

This is the season for pumpkin spice everything, but one gift that the cooler weather and early sunsets can bring is seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is the disorder that makes you feel very low, very depressed and constantly tearful while the days are shorter and the weather is colder and wetter. 

While there are many things that are wrong with SAD, there are a lot of ways that you can tackle it. You can bring healthy summer smoothies to your winter routines, and you can make sure that you eat a lot of sunshine food to counteract the effects of the disorder you are experiencing. Below, we’ve got some of the best tips that you need to beat SAD this year and feel fantastic through the colder months as a result.

  1. Bring in some extra light. With the shorter hours of daylight in the day, SAD can be brought on pretty quickly. With extra light, you can counteract the effects of SAD and feel better for it as a result. Your home could have all of the giant windows sucking in natural light, but there are plenty of options for lights that make SAD feel easier to handle. Spend as much time as possible outside in sunlight, too, so that you can benefit from the daylight outside the home. 
  2. Move your body. You need a natural injection of happy hormones, and the best way to do that is with exercise. Hormonal mood boosters like endorphins and serotonin will help you to squash down the feelings of lethargy and depression you may be experiencing. Encourage yourself to workout at home and get out for a walk during the daylight hours. Keep active, even if it means doing steps at your desk.
  3. Set yourself a bedtime. When you are going to bed at a decent hour through the night, you can bet that you are going to feel good in the morning. Winter months often encourage us into a longer sleep pattern because it’s darker in the mornings for longer. Work schedules rarely provide you with the chance for a nap, so make sure that you are sleeping the same amount during the winter as you did the summer.
  4. Eat well. We talked about eating sunshine food and drinking summer smoothies, and it works. Instead of packing on the pounds with heavy foods, you should consider turning to healthier options like filling soups and homemade pastas that are packed with winter veggies instead. These foods all boost your mood and make you feel good no matter what meal you’re eating.
  5. Tell someone you need help. Lastly, if you are looking for help with seasonal affective disorder, ask your doctor to put you in touch with someone who can talk you through how you’re feeling. You can beat the symptoms of SAD by ensuring that you are rested, happy and feeling fitter than ever. 

Your winter months can be just as happy as your summer; and now you know how to do it.

Quality Control And How It Keeps You And Your Family Safe

Quality Control And How It Keeps You And Your Family Safe

Quality control is the process of finding and preventing mistakes or defects in manufactured products. It is an integral part of product development and production as a whole. Organizations often run quality control checks on their products both during the pre-production stages and after completing a product. The goal is to monitor performance, detect errors/defects in products, and give feedback to relevant parties. This is all in place to ensure that the goods you purchase are safe.

Where is it used?

Quality control is used in many different manufacturing processes, not just in the production of physical goods. Many services also implement quality control steps in their workflows.

For instance, at a small garage, an owner may choose to perform maintenance on cars themselves (perhaps with help from a family member). In contrast, an oversized garage might have dedicated mechanics and maintenance staff to do this work. In both cases, quality control steps may be run on the cars before being driven out of the garage.

Fun Fact: Have you ever noticed the single letters on a coin? That is called a mint mark. You may be wondering: what is a mint mark? Well, it was originally used as a quality control measure since it indicated which facility produced the coin.

Quality Control Plan

The Quality Control Plan provides:

  • Guidelines for monitoring performance.
  • Detecting errors/defects in products.
  • Giving feedback to relevant parties.

It also outlines how corrective actions will be enforced.

Purpose of a Quality Control Plan

The quality control plan must be created during the planning stage of the project development cycle and is based on risk assessment. Quality Control Plans are tools that help you standardize your business operations.

Where does it benefit me?

For instance, when running a restaurant, several quality control steps might be performed during the workday: dishwasher load-balancing so that all dishes have an equal chance of being washed quickly, checking that all appliances are running correctly (e.g., at boiling temperature), checking the cleanliness of work surfaces, and ensuring proper food handling procedures are in place to prevent contamination. This means that the customers are as safe as possible from being affected.

History of QC

Quality control has its roots in the manufacturing of goods, and it is imperative in this context. It consists of several procedures that help manufacturers:

  1. Monitor their processes and compare measured values with expected results (process capability and process performance analysis, including statistical process control).
  2. Track how well a manufactured item meets customer requirements (as specified by product specifications) and also provide feedback to relevant parties (as defined by product design, including documentation).
  3. Detect defects within the manufacturing process so that they can be corrected quickly.

Continuous Improvement

The quality control plan is subject to continuous improvement as defined in the following process:

  • Define Quality Control – document policies, procedures, and guidelines for inspection and testing
  • Review quality control – ensure that the quality plan is adhered to and provides maximum benefit
  • Measure performance, effectiveness, and suitability of Quality Control – review operational data such as inspection reports and complaints
  • Act on findings – If necessary, make changes to improve the system.

There you have it

Quality Control is to monitor performance, detect errors/defects in products, and give feedback to the relevant parties to ensure that the goods you purchase are safe.


Nature Art Activities for Kids

Nature Art Activities for Kids

Savvy Nana – The Nature Art Activities for Kids

Kids can get creative outside with dirt, sand, sticks and stones

By: Andrea Mulder-Slater

When the weather outside is delightful, it’s no time to craft inside.

Instead, invite (or shove) your kids out the door and encourage them to get creative with natural – readily available – materials.

Here are five ideas to get you (and them) started.


Sticks, fallen leaves, wildflowers, stones, grass and the odd found object (in our case, a scrap piece of wood left over from a construction project), can be combined to make fabulous temporary sculptures on the lawn.

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All you need to make these cool creations is a cookie tray, some sand and a few found objects like seashells, pebbles, and dried beans and lentils. The beauty of these mosaics is – because they are temporary – kids can make them over and over (and over) again.

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Making sculptures out of rocks is all about balance. Simply grab some rocks, stones and pebbles and see what develops.

Rock sculptures by Jantje.  Rock art sculpture


Left to their own devices, kids will sooner or later figure out that rocks can make marks on other rocks. Encourage them to experiment to see which stones create the best colours.

Drawing on rocks, with other rocks.


You don’t need a lot of supplies to paint with dirt (just add water), but if your kids are looking for something a little more colourful, you can add a little bit of water-based paint or food colouring into the mix.
Paint with mud and tempera.
Paint with mud and tempera.   Paint with mud and tempera.

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Ready, set… now get outside!

For more information on how can help you with Nature Art Activities for Kids, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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Ten Transportation Activities for Kids

Ten Transportation Activities for Kids

With these ten activities, students will learn all about how people and products get from place to place.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

With these ten activities, students will learn all about how people and products get from place to place.

This lesson idea that can be carried on through many sessions. The idea is to introduce and discuss different modes of transportation and in the end, create one or more transportation artifacts.


water, air, land, boats, cars, automobiles, ships, sailing, walking, movement, bicycle, sled, canoe, airplane, truck, schoolbus, skateboard, skates, airport, vehicles, driver, pilot, captain, traffic light, horn, windshield wipers, safety belts, steering wheel, trains, fuel, gas, tires, dump truck, pick-up truck, station-wagon, sports car, garage, tractors

Discussion/Field Trips:

Discuss different modes of transportation on land, sea and in the air. Talk about how people get to where they are going (school bus, ferry boat, car etc.) Incorporate field trips wherever possible. Take a trip on a school bus, walk around the school parking lot to look at cars, visit the airport, bus station or train station. Watch videos that show different forms of transportation. Look at travel magazines. Ask if anyone has been on a plane … a train … a horse … etc. Ask how students get to school everyday. How do kids in other countries travel? Leave lots of time for discussion. Make sure to review safety rules (seat belts in cars, obeying traffic signals, walk and don’t walk signs). Don’t forget to discuss how products are delivered … couriers with trucks, airplanes etc. How does the mail travel?


BULLETIN BOARD ACTIVITY: Students can collect images of different types of transportation and add them to a bulletin board that has been divided into Land, Sea and Air.

TRANSPORTATION MURAL: Students can work together to create a transportation mural (one for land, one for sea and one for air).

SOUND PICTURES: What sounds do the various modes of transportation make? (train whistle, truck horn, police car siren) How would these sounds appear if we were to draw them? Provide crayons and paper for students to experiment with the colors and shapes of transportation sounds.

TOY CAR PRINTMAKING: Using old toy cars and tempera paint, allow students to dip the cars into paint and “drive” them across paper to see what kinds of marks the tires make.

LICENSE PLATE RUBBINGS: Using old license plates (or plate on cars in the parking lot) allow students to do rubbings of the plates. Provide paper and crayons for the rubbings.

SHAPE VEHICLES: See how many types of transportation vehicles can be created using the basic geometric shapes (triangles, squares, circles, rectangles). Have students cut their shapes out of construction paper and arrange them to create vehicles.

PAPER BOATS: Make paper boats using the directions found. Decorate them with bright crayon colors.

PAPER AIRPLANES: Make paper airplanes. Decorate them with bright crayon colors.


What You Need:
String or yarn; coat hangers; thick paper; paint; brushes; scissors; hole punch; markers or crayons

What You Do:
After discussing how people and products get from place to place, students can create drawings and paintings of various modes of transportation on thick paper. The pictures can be painted or decorated with markers or crayons. Once complete, the pictures can be cut out and put together in a mobile … by punching holes in the pictures and hanging them from a coat hanger that has been wrapped with yarn or raffia. **Have your students write facts on the back of each of their modes of transportation. (ie trucks deliver newspapers; people travel on airplanes etc.)

TAKE A TRIP ON A ZEBRA: Have students consider what life would be like without cars or trucks. What if we traveled by riding animals? Not just any animals: elephants, zebras, tigers, ducks etc. Students can draw or paint their ideas on paper.

For more information on how can help you with Ten Transportation Activities for Kids, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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Could Your Home Be At Risk Of Making Your Child Ill?

Could Your Home Be At Risk Of Making Your Child Ill?

We all expect that our home is going to keep us safe and healthy. That’s its main purpose, after all. But what if there were elements in your home that could make you and your family feel ill? The truth is that there is all manner of ways that your home could make your child sick, which is especially daunting news for those who are keeping their kids home. The good news is that there is always something that you can do about it. Here, we’re going to look at some of the problems as well as their solutions.

Be smart about food safety

One health hazard present in all homes, yet often overlooked, is that of food. When not properly prepared or stored, food can become a serious risk to your health. For one, keeping utensils and surfaces as clean as possible, and getting to them quickly after they have been used is key to stopping germs from spread across them. To ensure that your food stays good, learning about effective storage, especially in preventing cross-contamination, is essential. For instance, raw meats should be kept well away from any other type of food, and raw vegetables and fruits should be kept away from others, either. It’s a good idea to not have any leftover rice or deli meats lying around for more than a day, either.

The danger of dust and mold

Dust and mold spores are some of the most common allergens found in any home. Aside from posing a serious risk to any children that live with asthma or allergies, they can be a contributing factor in developing respiratory illnesses, as well. As such, make sure that you’re using products like those from Oneida Air Systems to remove dust from the home as best as possible. Reducing the amount of clutter in the home can also help as it gives dust and other allergens fewer corners and surfaces to cling to, preventing their build-up to some degree. Humidity can also play a major factor in the gathering of dust and mold, so you may want to consider installing a dehumidifier to maintain the overall air quality.

Maintaining the right air quality

Some of the risks we have talked about her are airborne contaminants that can float around in the air and be breathed in or come in contact with an individual’s skin. Aside from the tips on dealing with those specifically, managing the overall air quality in the home is essential. For instance, closing any air leaks into the home with the help of better-insulated windows from American Vision Windows is one way to do just that. Making sure that your ventilation systems are running effectively and replacing their filters once a month can make sure that allergens are being shooed out of the house, as well.

Could Your Home Be At Risk Of Making Your Child Ill?

Using the wrong cleaning products

You may think that cleaning vigorously is always the answer, but it’s important to be mindful of how you clean, as well. While clearing away dust and moisture build-ups is key, the products that you use could be doing as just as much harm as good. There are plenty of modern household cleaning products that use potentially dangerous ingredients, from those that can be irritating to the skin and dangerous to inhale, to even carcinogens that can increase the risk of developing serious illnesses down the line. Your best bet is to make sure that you’re using green cleaning products like those shown at Pebble Mag, using mostly natural ingredients with fewer synthetic chemicals in them.

Beware the animal dander

While most people might be able to deal with it fine, any children who have allergies, sensitive skin, or asthma might find that pet dander can be a major annoyance at best and genuinely dangerous to their health, at worst. If you do have a child that has such issues, then restricting the pet’s movements to one part of the home and getting hypoallergenic pets in the future might be the best thing to do. However, if pet dander is a considerable risk, then pest dander can be an even bigger danger since they bring more germs from outside the home and leave droppings that can further contaminate the household. If you see the signs of pests in your home, then having a pest control team come to remove them ASAP is recommended.

Old home construction materials

In new homes, many of the materials that we talk about are not going to be an issue, so they won’t apply equally to everyone. However, if you are in older homes, then there are some risks, in particular, you should be made aware of. Asbestos is perhaps the best-known risk, an old insulation material that has since been linked to very aggressive types of lung cancer, that has been removed from many homes since. Lead paint isn’t dangerous by itself, but when it starts to flake off, it can be inhaled, causing lead poisoning. Radon is the slightly more common one, and as such, you may want to consider a radon testing kit if you live in a home that hasn’t been tested for radon yet.

he hygiene hazard spots in your home

We don’t quite live in the age of the bacteria panic where we believed that sterilizing everything was the key to a healthy life. However, there are some spots in the home where bacteria can gather to dangerous amounts and should be cleaned on a more regular basis. Things that are frequently touched by many people, including doorknobs, light switches, and handles on cupboards and drawers are some that you should be aware of. The bathroom can attract a lot on the faucets, shower head, and glass surfaces due to the moisture, heat, and humidity, too. Be sure to clean these places extra vigilantly.

Most kids spend a lot of time at home, but those who are being homeschooled spend even more time there. For that reason, it’s important to be extra vigilant and ensure that both their learning and living environments are healthy.

Mom’s Night Out, Social Distancing Style

Mom’s Night Out, Social Distancing Style

Are you still practicing social distancing? Me too. Despite the pandemic, my friends and I have still gotten in a couple of mom’s night out hangouts, social distancing style. They’ve not only been fun, but SO helpful, and I dare say, necessary!

Tending to our mental health and well being is so important- and even more so during this time full of uncertainties. Getting together with your friends to vent, laugh, and talk about the elephants in the room can be so therapeutic. Here are some fun ideas to make it happen.

5 Pandemic Proof MNO Ideas

01 – Have a bonfire: Everyone brings their own drinks, snacks, and chair to sit 6 feet apart around the fire. There’s something about a fire that sets the tone for the night.

02 – Take a walk/hike: Grab coffee near your walking location and prepare for a great time of nature and connection.

03 – Go kayaking: or canoeing. This is a perfect way to stay socially distanced together and chat at the same time.

04 – Go mini-golfing: A round on these holes isn’t just for kids; this can be a really fun, chill time with the girls.

05 – Plan a picnic: Eat together in one of the parks around town. Three local favorites: Kalamazoo Nature Center after a hike through the trails, Ramona Park by the water, or Kindleberger Park on the big hill.

Mom’s Night Out, Social Distancing Style

When we shape our image, women face a hopeless task. We should look sexy but not slutty, beautiful but unobtrusive, feminine but not too young. When we get dressed, we continue to face problems—even from ourselves—about who we want to impress. After stopping dressing up for more than a year, these worries feel less important. We are ready to dress to be seen, which is different from dressing to meet expectations. We will see full-touch fabrics, brilliant colors and low-hanging necklines-clothing that highlights life. We have guaranteed our body safety; now we are going to take them to a party.

For more information on how can help you with Mom’s Night Out, Social Distancing Style, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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