Keep Your Hands Toasty Warm This Winter with These 3 Step Hand Warmers!

With so many outdoor winter activities it’s hard to not participate in them, but it’s even harder to participate when all you can concentrate on is how cold your hands are! Not anymore! With these 3 step hand warmers you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun winter has to offer, all while ensuring your hands are kept warm and toasty.

  • Old pair of flannel pajamas
  • Needle and thread
  • Rice
  • Essential oils
  1. Trace the shape and size desired,. Cut leaving approximately ½ inch of extra material outside the pattern and trim later.
  2. Sew around the chosen pattern, on the line, leaving approximately 2-3 inches open.
  3. In a small bowl, add your desired amount of rice to fill your bag size, leaving enough room for your rice to move around freely. Add a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil and stir. (Lavender is great to help induce relaxation)Using a funnel, pour the rice into the sewn packet.
  4. Sew the opening closed and you’re DONE!

Place the bag in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, depending on the size chosen. Cuddle up on the couch or put them inside those shoes or mittens before heading out into the cold.

Experts Raise Red Flags About Baby Foods Made With Rice

As if new parent’s didn’t have enough to worry about, now experts have new warnings about baby foods made with rice.

While rice is healthy, cheap, and found in lots of foods for infants and toddlers, there are already a number of health concerns about the crop. Unlike other grains, rice is grown in paddies flooded with water, which makes it easier for pesticides and toxins to absorb into the rice and its byproducts.

The FDA has already warned about the levels of toxic metals and even cyanide found in rice, but now a new study is highlighting the levels of mercury in the grain. Mercury poisoning is a risk usually associated with eating fish, but the methylmercury that causes it can also be found in rice.

Now, a new study led by the Florida International University published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says that the amount of methylmercury in rice cereals for babies is cause for concern.

Tests show the average levels of mercury in baby foods made from rice are three times higher than whole grain foods, and a stunning 19 times higher than foods made with other grains.

Because of these findings, health experts have new recommendations that all parents should read…