Minimalist Lifestyle is Healthy for Kids, Parents

My out-of-the house son and I were recently discussing the minimalist lifestyle. We noticed how many people claim to be minimalists but in fact aren't. Case in point: money. It's easy to talk about living simply, but much harder to do it. And now that our son is paying his own way, he realizes why dad and I were so frugal when he was growing up. He sees first-hand how expensive things are and how easy it is get deep in debt. Avoiding debt is one reason parents should live simply. Here are others.

* Minimizing spending prepares kids for the real world. And conversely, overspending doesn't. Kids who are raised with privilege and excess are ill-equipped for reality. Paying bills on time, living happily with less, living within a budget–kids who have everything handed to them don't learn these skills. Our kids never went without necessities. They had plenty of toys. But they weren't immersed in possessions. Our lives didn't revolve around stuff. Each child now knows how to work, save, budget and stay out of debt. read more

Labor Day Safety, Labor Day Health Tips

The start of summer fun times is memorial day week-end and the end is the labor day week-end. The days between these two holidays is when people are busier than ever. The whole outdoors becomes one big fun-for-all. Because people are fun loving they often forget just how careful they have to be. When we're all going through our lists of what to take camping and boating it pays to be hyper aware of dangers.

I'm always in favor of no alcohol allowed. Some people view no alcohol means the same as no fun. I have plenty of fun and I don't drink. I'm always afraid of what will happen when too much alcohol is around, so the alternative is to have an alcohol free party. read more

Healthy Meals on a Stick

Put anything on a stick and suddenly it becomes more appetizing. Don’t believe me? Have you ever waited in line at Costco or any other store for a food sampling? All taste great as a sample on a stick. Even not so great food can find appeal in small doses when it is being rationed. Here are some simple, cheap meals to make and put on a stick for school or work lunches, snacks, and just a meal on the run.

Breakfast on a stick
2 slices of whole wheat toast
1 banana sliced
3 strawberries halved
1 sausage link cut into bite sizes
1 skewer read more

Three Noteworthy Health Food Markets in Houston, TX

Did you know that buying strictly organic produce or sticking to a healthy lifestyle of eating habits is not as expensive as you may have been led to believe? It really is true, because companies and growers today are realizing the pressing need and demand that is surfacing for suchlike foods. People today are realizing the need to change their habits and lifestyles, and food has a huge part to do with that. So if you are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan, or are trying to feed your family the best of the best, these three markets will quickly rise to the top of your list.

A Moveable Feast
9341 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX
Combined together with a tasty restaurant, the Moveable Feast store is chock-full of healthy foods including organic foods and snacks, and even pre-made grab-n-go entrees you can take from the restaurant. Enjoy a nice selection of herbs, exotic juices, and lots of natural beauty and health-care items including supplements and natural remedies. read more