5 Tips for Weight Loss

No weight loss strategy works if you find it unpleasant. If you don’t like doing it you won’t keep it up for long. Anything that you don’t follow through with doesn’t get done.033-Five Tips for Weight Loss_720x400
In this podcast, Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share five simple tips to permanent weight loss. They strive to make them fun and easy to do so you won’t give up before you reach your goal. Listen in and enjoy the results in your figure!

6 Easy Ways to Speed Up Weight Loss
by Melanie Haiken

5 Foods That Burn Away Fat
by Melanie Haiken

Creativity Part 2 – Feelings-The Key to Creativity!

Becoming aware of how you feel when you imagine and focus on what you desire. That’s the key to having your desire come true. If your dream or desire feels like a dilemma or injustice, or work, or anything other than just sheer pleasure, you will not follow through. You will not move toward it.016-Creativity Part 2 - Feelings-The Key to Creativity_720x400
On the other hand, if your desire, dream, or goal pleases you when you think about it, then you are in the right vibrational stance to have it.
Join Kira and Bill Van Ittersum as they describe how your feelings—how you feel when you hatch a dream—determines how successful you will be in the process of manifesting that dream.

Law of Attraction: 4 Things Screwing Up Your Manifesting Mojo
by Kelli Cooper

The Universe Is Rooting For Your Success
by Pratishtha

The Five Principles for Manifesting Your Desires, Spirit Junkie Style
by Gabrielle Bernstein

Higher Feelings Manifest Your Desires Faster
by Enoch Tan

The Role of Feelings in Your Manifesting
by Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Law of Attraction Center: Enjoy Your Life
Law of Attraction Success Stories

YouTube Video:
Celine Dion & Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream

Teaching Kids to Meditate

Children are born to copy our behavior. If were stressed-out, out-of-control, impatient, short-tempered, sarcastic—we’re teaching our kids to be the same. But if we’re loving, supportive, praising, patient, calming, harmonious—we’re teaching our kids to be that. Which kind of adult do you want to raise?016-Teaching Kids to Meditate_720x400
Deciding to teach meditation to your children is a great way to get started on the “calm, cool, collected” road of parenting. It’s not only practice for your children, it’s “harmony” practice for you as well. It’s nearly impossible for you to come out of a meditation session all tensed-up and stressed-out!
Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share some tips and experiences that will help you start a meditation practice with your family.

How to Get Kids to Meditate
by Bess O’Connor

5 Tips to Teach Children Mindfulness & Meditation
by Lorraine Murray

Teaching Children Meditation and Mindfulness
by Dawn Gluskin

YouTube Videos:
Clouds and Rain Children’s Meditation by Kathy Kruger

Children’s Rainbow Meditation by Kathy Kruger

Guided Meditations for Children – Enchanted Forest by Paradise Music

Jelly Belly – Relaxation Technique for Children by Angele Roux

Creativity Part 1 – Our Godlike Birthright!

You were born to create! This is why children are naturals at creativity. All things on earth have a natural connection to Source Energy, and you can use “intention” to tap into it at will rather than stumble across it from time-to-time.015-Creativity Part 1 - Our Godlike Birthright_720x400
Your personal joy, expectation, and love for all things will get creativity working for you. Don’t stop practicing until you become a manifesting machine! Also, practice gratitude for all of the support you are given, knowing that you are indeed blessed.
Join Kira and Bill Van Ittersum as they share their thoughts on creativity—what it is and how you can jump-start it in your own life!

Miracle Manifestation Story

Healthy Gut – Healthy You!

In addition to breaking down all the food you eat, extracting the nutrients, and processing most of the remaining waste, your gut is also responsible for 60 to 70% of your entire immune system! Your gut is an amazing organ and most people treat theirs very shabby indeed.032-Healthy Gut - Healthy You_720x400
Spoiled food, over-processed food, too much sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, chemicals in the air and water—these are just some of the things that we often make the gut digest. It’s no wonder that your gut rebels with symptoms like stomach lining problems, intestinal allergies and spasms, cramping, diarrhea—all the way up to the big “C”, cancer.
In this podcast, Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their findings on gut health; what you do that makes it sick and what you can do to make it well again.


Is Your Digestive System Making You Sick, and Fat?

by Mark Hyman, MD

10 Tips for Better Digestive Health
by Krisha McCoy, MS

Powerful Tips to Improve Your Digestive System’s Health: From a Conversation with Nancy Spahr, CBE & Colon Therapist
by Body Ecology

The Four R’s, How to Restore Optimal Gut Health
by Brad Sly

10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Bacteria and Reduce Depression
by Therese Borchard

Making a Collage from Nature

All kids love to collect things when they’re outside. Pretty stones (and even plain ones), dead leaves, sticks, robin’s blue egg shells, sea shells, driftwood; the list is endless. It’s usually a matter of what catches their eye in the moment when they’re out-and-about.015-Making A Collage from Nature_720x400
Making a collage is a pastime that helps assemble those “found objects” in an imaginative, creative, and fun way. The results can be amazing and the finished result will help anchor the time when the objects were collected.
Listen as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum describe a successful “collecting event” and give tips for a fun collage experience.

105 Ways to Enjoy Nature With Kids
by Kelly

Go on a Nature Walk
by Kidspot

Make Exercising Easy!

Physical movement is so important to your overall health. If it’s fun and easy, you’re more likely to do it!031-Make Exercising Easy_720x400
Moving your body oxygenates your cells, helps carry wastes from your body, and strengthens your muscles and bones. Physical movement also boosts your blood stream’s job to provide the nourishment that your cells need to thrive.
Kira and Bill Van Ittersum suggest that you move into exercise gradually in a fun and easy way. Do whatever movement you find enjoyable. As Dr. Oz says, “If you make it easy, you’re more likely to do it!”
It’s easy to find fun exercise videos that interest you. Many are available on YouTube or at your local library. And, it’s more fun if you find a buddy to do it with!

Billy Blanks Jr: Dance Party Boot Camp Cardio Workout—Full Fitness Routine

Laughter Makes Life Happier!

It’s true! Laughter really is a contagious expression of emotion. When shared, laughter binds people together, and it increases happiness and intimacy.014-Laughter Makes Life Happier_720x400
Just hearing laughter primes your brain and excites you to smile and join in the fun! After laughing for only a few minutes, you can feel better for hours.
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. It also lightens your burdens and inspires you with hope. A good laugh is fast and dependable in bringing your mind back in harmony.
Join Kira and Bill Van Ittersum as they share their thoughts on laughter as the best medicine!


Laughter Therapy

Laughter is the Best Medicine
by Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph. D.

Stress Relief from Laughter? It’s No Joke
by Mayo Clinic Staff

New Study Proves That Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine
by Yagana Shah

7 Health Benefits of Laughter
by E.C. LaMeaux

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
by Susan Brink

Laughter Is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor
by Noreen Fraser

Laughter Makes You Happy
by Andrew Weil, M.D.

8 Health Benefits of Laughter
by Melissa Breyer

This Is Why People Who Laugh More Are More Productive Than You
by Daniel Wallen

Can laughter cure illness?
by Victoria Vogt

We’re Going On a Treasure Hunt!

Kids love to play games and to win. Treasure hunts allow them the opportunity to win, either as individuals, or in a group. You can have a treasure hunt right at home, in your yard, or just about anywhere. And the different themes and styles to choose from are endless.014-We're Going On a Treasure Hunt_720x400
Treasure hunts can be inexpensive. You don’t have to buy anything at all for a treasure hunt—all you really need are some slips of paper and something to search for.
Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share tips and experiences for planning and conducting a fun and successful treasure hunt—listen in and enjoy!

How to Make a Treasure Hunt for Kids: Your Ultimate Guide
by Lisa Mason

How to Make an Amazing Treasure Hunt for Kids
by wikiHow

Printables: Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Hunt Games
By Parents Magazine

How To Plan A Fun Treasure Hunt
by Joyful Daisy

32 Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids To Do
by Jamie Reimer

A Healthy Liver Is Vital for Life

Your liver is your body’s chemical plant. It processes and eliminates waste products and dead cells from your blood stream, it detoxifies poisons, heavy metals, and other pollutants, it metabolizes drugs (OTC, prescription, and recreational alike), it produces glycogen for brain and muscle energy, and it produces bile for aiding digestion.030-A Healthy Liver Is Vital for Life_720x400
A healthy liver is a blessing to your life. It helps give you strength, energy, and vitality. If you continuously abuse your liver with air pollution, water pollution, pesticides, poor eating habits, and even smoking/chewing tobacco, and consuming large quantities of alcohol, it will get sick and cause you no end of misery.
Your liver will become congested and your body will experience fatigue, poor digestion, lymph infections, intestinal inflammation, kidney and bladder problems, and skin irritations, to name just a few.
In this podcast, Kira and Bill Van Ittersum talk about liver health and suggest several foods and herbs that will treat your liver right!

Herbs for Improved Liver Function

by Jean Argus of Many Hands Organic Farm
Five Herbs Your Liver Will Love: detox, boost function, and more
by PF Louis of Natural News
The Top 9 Herbs for Liver Cleansing
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM of the Global Healing Center: Natural Health and Organic Living
Top 5 Herbs for Liver Health
by Ross
14 Foods That Cleanse the Liver
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM of the Global Healing Center: Natural Health and Organic Living

Acceptance Makes Us Happier

Sometimes, even people we love are not good for us. What we decide in this situation has a lot to do with our personal future happiness. Sometimes, those people change. Sometimes, we walk—or run—away! Sometimes, we can use acceptance to find a middle ground, if only temporarily.013-Acceptance Makes Us Happier_720x400_02
Realistically, it’s not possible for everyone to think and act like we do. We wouldn’t really like living in a world like that anyway—you can’t really know daylight without the darkness. But, it would be nice to know how to make the best of a bad situation, especially while we are busy looking for better options.

Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their thoughts on this idea of acceptance and how it can improve your situation, help you grow personally, and even lead to finding a happier situation if/when you do leave.

Sunscreen Pros and Cons

Some people are worried about some of the ingredients in commercial sunscreens. Some dermatologists are concerned with these chemicals in the sunscreens, but the majority of dermatologists think that the FDA approved ingredients are perfectly safe.029-Sunscreen Pros and Cons_720x400

Most professionals believe that the risks of going out into the sun’s harmful UV rays far outweighs the controversy surrounding sunscreen products.

In this podcast, Kira and Bill Van Ittersum cover fears of some of the chemicals in sunscreen, such as, retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone, as well as nanoparticles of ground zinc oxide and titanium dioxide used as mineral blocking agents in sunscreens. There is also a thorough discussion of the SPF ratings, how to properly apply sunscreen, and what dermatologists feel are the most important reasons to use sunscreens.

Retinyl Palmitate
by Paula’s Choice Skin Care

Sunscreen Safety: What to Know
by Sonya Collins
Reviewed by Laura J Martin, M.D.

Is Sunscreen Safe and Do I Need It Daily?

Sunscreens: Safe and Effective?
by Warwick L. Morison, MD, MB, and Steve Q. Wang, MD

Making Sense of Sunscreen Controversies
by Mary Walla, MD
Medscape Multispecialty
http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/764184 transcript

Kids Love Puppets!

Puppets are enjoyed the world over by kids of all ages, especially since the fuzzy, stuffed-animal hand puppets are being sold. There are hundreds of different designs, sizes, and colors available. Most big-box department stores have them at a very reasonable cost.013-Kids Love Puppets_720x400

Puppets encourage kids to be creative and express themselves. They invent stories for the puppets to perform and many of these imaginary situations involve humor, drama, and their emotions.

Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their love for puppets and how they are using them with a second generation—their grand kids!

Puppets Help Children to Reveal their Deepest Feelings
by Luz Cudjoe

Puppets Talk, Children Listen: How puppets are effective teaching aids for kids
by Christie Belfiore

Using Puppets in Child Care

The Importance of Puppets

UV Radiation and Your Skin

Ahhhh, summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Time to go down to the beach and catch some rays or work outside in the garden. However, if you are exposed to frequent and intense UV radiation, you are exposed to one of the major risk factors for melanoma.UV Radiation and Your Skin_720x400

Ultra Violet radiation from the sun can penetrate the upper layers of the skin and causes sunburn, and can cause changes in your DNA and can stimulate unchecked cell growth such as skin cancers and tumors.
Kira and Bill Van Ittersum discuss the dangers of unprotected exposure to UV radiation and introduce you to the EPA’s “SunWise” website where you can view the UV Index, a multi-colored map of the U.S. that shows the UV intensity by region and by day for solar noon..

EPA – SunWise
data by NOAA

Ultraviolet Radiation and the UV Index
Understanding Melanoma: Melanoma Risk Factors » Tanning and Burning
AIM at Melanoma Foundation

Forgiving Makes Us Happier

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; except, you are the one getting burnt. –Buddha012-Forgiving Makes Us Happier_720x400
What is forgiveness? At a minimum, it’s an acknowledgement of your personal pain and loss and can, in time, lead to letting go of hatred or ill-will toward the person(s) who harmed you and your loved ones. Forgiveness helps clear, or “reboot”, your emotions so you can once again perform at your best and even experience full happiness. When done thoroughly, forgiveness is the healing of a festering emotional wound that keeps hurting you and those around you long after the “harmer” has gone his merry way.

Kira and Bill Van Ittersum talk about forgiveness and its challenges, and give several tips to arriving at a neutral (healed) emotional state.


Forgive and…Feel Happier
by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness
Lesson 121, A Course in Miracles

Understanding Forgiveness
by by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Kids Are Happy Rippin’ and Rompin’

It doesn’t really matter how kids move, as long as they move! It’s much easier to get them movin’ and rippin’ and rompin’ if they’re encouraged to do fun activities. All it takes is a little research, a little planning, and a little guidance. Once your kids see how much fun they can have, they’ll take over from there.012-Kids Are Happy Rippin and Rompin_720x400
Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share the games that they love to play with their grandkids and give tips to get them started at your house. Everyone benefits when kids are active—listen in and learn why.

Children’s Exercise Guide: Why Kids Need Exercise 
by Anne Etra

Children’s Exercise Guide: Fun Indoor Exercises for Kids by Anne Etra

5 Ways That Play Can Change Your Day by the American Heart Association

Relaxation Techniques

Ahhhh! Time to relax! Get a cold or hot drink, watch some TV or grab a mystery or a romance novel, kick your feet up. Who could ask for more, Right?027-Relaxation Techniques_720x400

Wrong! These activities, including the sugared and hi-carb drinks do little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. A new term has been coined by physiological and psychological researchers: “The Relaxation Response.” This means: learning to develop a state of deep calmness that is the polar opposite of the stress response.

Kira and Bill Van Ittersum discuss the benefits of relaxation techniques and give some tips about learning them safely and easily.

Relaxation Techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress by Mayo Clinic Staff

10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast by Jeannette Moninger

Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief: Finding the Relaxation Exercises That Work for You by Lawrence Robinson, Robert Segal, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A.

Relaxation Techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response
by The Family Health Guide

Relaxation Techniques for Health: What You Need To Know
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Starfire Retreat – Episode 3: “Eagle Among Us”

In the continuing saga of the Starfire Retreat: “Eagle Among Us” Katherine O’Connor experiences more healing on this busy 4th of July weekend at the Starfire Retreat, as she discovers, in ways that she could never have imagined, that she is surrounded with the love of friends and community.009_Starfire Retreat_03_720x400
After Nate’s Eagle Court of Honor, Katherine makes an intense connection with someone she has always admired, but had not known in quite the same way. Also, the mystery of the burning chapel begins to unravel, and the answers that unfold are quite surprising.

Step Three – Fulfilling Your Dream!

Dr. John C. Maxwell, a pastor and professional speaker on leadership has this to say about the power of momentum:011-Step Three-Fulfilling Your Dream_720x400
“A train travelling 55 mph on a railroad track can crash through a 5-foot thick, steel-reinforced concrete wall without stopping. That same train, starting from a stationary position, won’t be able to go through an inch-thick block in front of the driving wheel.

“It is never the size of your problem that is the problem. It’s a lack of momentum. Without momentum, even a tiny obstacle can prevent you from moving forward. With momentum, you’ll navigate through problems and barely even notice them.”

Kira and Bill Van Ittersum talk about momentum and self-rewards and many other tips to Fulfilling Your Dream in this lively podcast. Listen in and find out how!


Achieve Your Goals: Momentum, Intentions, & Positive Change, by Samantha Roberts

Learning To Be An Effective Leader And Manager

Happy Kids Have Healthy Self-Esteem

What is healthy self-esteem? It can be defined as feeling capable while also feeling loved. Self-esteem is similar to self-worth—how much a person values himself or herself. This can change from day-to-day and from year-to-year, but, overall, self-esteem tends to develop from infancy and it keeps developing throughout adulthood.011-Happy Kids Have Healthy Self-Esteem_720x400

Sometimes self-esteem suffers because a person feels judged as less than acceptable to others. This is why it is so important to instill a strong sense of self-value in a child; and to help them in realizing their value from an early age.

However, it’s not our job to mold children into what we want them to be. Our job is to help them grow into what they are. We want to show kids that it’s okay to be themselves, with all of their strengths, and with all of their weaknesses. We want our kids to understand that all of us have things we are good at, and things we may never be good at, and that’s fine. We’re okay and worthy of love just as we are!

Praise the Right Stuff
by admin

Wings: Helping Kids Soar—Developing Social and Emotional Skills Through Fresh & Fun After School Programs

Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Michelle New, PhD