I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces (which is about to be 11 because, yes, there a baby girl due in October "Brooklyn Grace"). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 10 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Of course Halloween is synonymous with candy. Children look forward to this holiday so you don’t want to take candy completely out of the equation. But after talking to nutritionists and dentists, here are the candies not to hand out and to take out of your child’s Halloween bag after trick-or-treating is over.
This offender is filled with everything healthy eats shouldn’t have—nougat, caramel and, of course, chocolate. Chocolate is loaded with fat and calories and caramel is a serious source of tooth decay. It gets stuck in the crevices between teeth, which makes it impossible for saliva to wash it away.” The result? Cavities. If your child must indulge her sweet tooth, “go for chocolates with a non-dense, airy filling, such as 3 Musketeers.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
The worst kinds of Halloween candies are the ones that are released especially for this time of year. These ‘pumpkins’ tend to have an extra 100 calories per serving and much more saturated fat. For instance, standard Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are 88 calories a piece, but one Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin has 180 calories.
Not surprisingly, candies masquerading as vegetables don’t offer as many health benefits. But this Halloween staple is particularly unhealthy because it’s nothing but sugar and artificial coloring and flavoring. With no protein or healthy fats to offer, you’d think the caloric intake is reasonable. Nope. Candy corn has 150 calories per ounce, and it’s bad for teeth too.
And there's more! Check out the list here.