The Magic of the Rain By Emily H

magic-wandThese days, it seems like a lot of motherhood is spent trying to capture magical moments for your child(ren). That might mean doing a little Elf on a Shelf action, going full on sneak attack when the tooth fairy comes to visit with glitter and a little note, or maybe filling their room with balloons on the morning of their birthday. We spend a lot of time and effort to make sure that childhood is full of magic and wonder.

The funny thing is, childhood naturally IS filled with magic and wonder. Sometimes, in our hurry to take our kids to Disneyland complete with a handmaid Disney themed outfit so they can “experience the magic,” we forget about the little things that make our children stop in awe.

pancakesPancakes for breakfast. A trip to the pool. A new box of crayons. New books from the library. Seeing the moon and the sun at the same time. These things are amazing and exciting to kids, even though they may seem mundane to us. When you stop and think about seeing the world through a child’s eyes, you really begin to appreciate the magic in every day life.

My children love to experience rain. The recent bout of rain has this sun worshiper (okay not technically, but I REALLY love sunshine) down in the dumps and missing out on her daily Vitamin D. But, the flip side of that is that my kids are FASCINATED by the rain. Fort Worth isn’t exactly the rainiest place. We have sunshine 232 days out of the year. Alternately, it only rains an average of 81 days annually. That’s less than 25 percent. No wonder my kids are so interested. They don’t see rain all that often!

Since we are so spoiled to have awesome, sunshiney weather, when it rains, we tend to hunker down and stay indoors. We bust out that movie the kids haven’t seen, or maybe do some puzzles. And rainy day activities indoors are really fun. However, consider the alternative: playing outside in the rain.

Drop. Drop. Drop.

I know. I know. Wet kids are

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These 6 Fruits Treat Cold and Flu Better Than Medicines by Onlymyhealth Staff Writer

These 6 Fruits Treat Cold and Flu Better Than Medicines

Certain fruits carry high amounts of vitamins and other necessary nutrients which help you fight irritating cold and flu. If your diet consists of any these fruits, running nose and all the other symptoms of flu will not stick around you

Fruits carry germ-killing properties and can effectively boost immune system. Loaded with vitamins, fruits maintain a high level of immunity letting your body keep cold and flu at bay. Besides, consuming foods regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Fruit also gives your body the required dietary supplements to fight the antibodies leading to ailments. Conditions like cold and flu can be very well addressed by eating the right fruit type. Now, don’t just blindly resort to medicines for the treatment of cold and flu. Here are six fruits which can help you ward off all the symptoms of cold and flu.

Apples

As we say, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. This proverb stands true as apples are the most common source of antioxidants. One single apple carries the antioxidant effect of 1,500 mg vitamin C. Loaded with protective flavonoids, apples can prevent heart disease and cancer and also gives the required glow to the skin. It is also keeps the body healthy and protected from virus causing cold and flu.

Also read: 5 Biggest Salad Mistakes That We Need to Stop Making Now

Papayas

Carrying 250 percent of RDA of vitamin C, a papaya can keep cold and flu at bay. The beta-carotene and vitamin C and E found in papayas reduce inflammation throughout the body, eventually reducing the effects of asthma, cold and cough. This fruit also works wonders for the skin and is effective to fight dark circles.

Cranberries

Cranberries carry more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. A one-time serving of this fruit has the benefits of five times the amount of broccoli. A natural probiotic, cranberries can boost the level of good bacteria in the gut and protect it from foodborne diseases. It also helps in keeping virus at bay, reducing the chances of cold and flu. Cranberries can be included in diet in the form of shakes or even as a whole fruit.

Also read: Diet for Hypertension: Summer fruits which help you treat high blood pressure

Grapefruit

Natural compounds called limonoids can be found in grapefruit. These are responsible for lowering cholesterol levels. A rich source of vitamin C, grapefruit can fight the substance lycopene. It helps in keeping the digestive system healthy and gives the required nutrients for a proper digestion system. IT also helps in reducing fever symptoms in the body, giving the much-needed nutrients to fight diseases. Also, this wonder fruit helps giving the much-needed energy to the body to fight fatigue and ill-health.

Bananas

One of the richest sources of vitamin B6, bananas can reduce fatigue, depression, stress and insomnia. It can also keep sudden hunger pangs at bay. Just one banana can lift your mood and reduce the hunger level, without adding much to the

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