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Family Fun Night Ideas For Families-Thanksgiving During COVID 19

As more and more people are becoming sick what is Thanksgiving during COVID 19 going to look like for you, and since many of you are not going to be able to get together during this holiday, I have some family fun night ideas for families. With these possible suggestions, you are able to spend your evening doing fun things. We must not allow this crisis to ruin our health or our holidays.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Many families like my own will not be spending Thanksgiving together, and for my family and maybe even your own this will be a difficult time for us all. One thing I plan on doing for my mother and my three sons might interest some of you, I am planning on sending them all a gift basket. By doing this, I am allowing my mother and my three sons to know I am thinking of them. So even if you can’t spend the holiday together, we all can let them know they are in our hearts and on our minds. So let us consider what else we can do being separated for the first time on this holiday, and let your loved ones know they are in your hearts is almost like being there with them.

  • Amazon Gift Cards are something my three sons are always happy to receive year-round, so this is another good choice if you really don’t want to send a gift basket.
  • I never go wrong when I order a plant for my mother from Logees, and why I love this website is they provide you with rare plants you will not find at your local Walmart.
  • For seniors or those who live alone, I suggest you consider sending a Thanksgiving Meal. You can choose from many choices, and if you need some ideas here are the 10 Best Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Boxes.
  • Never underestimate the thoughtful gesture of sending a card in the mail, and today you can even do this via email. For your convenience here are some of the better choices, and you might be surprised how much you will brighten someone’s holiday simply by sending them a free e-card to them.
  • Another good choice that comes to my mind is the person’s favorite bottle of wine, so this would be a very thoughtful and personal gift to send someone special for Thanksgiving. If you have never done this before, I suggest you check out the website Wine Country Gift Baskets.

So even though you might be separated from your loved ones this year, I hope some of my suggestions inspire you how you can still make this holiday special for those you love.

Virtual Thanksgiving For 2020

Even though there is nothing like being together on the holidays, you might know the right thing to do is celebrate virtually this year. So if you need some inspiration for a plan, you can use the link above to get you started on the right track.

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As long as your family is safe and healthy you are very blessed this Thanksgiving

Family Activities For Thanksgiving

If you are blessed with a good and loving spouse with children, you really need to plan how to spend the holiday. Instead of feeling blue and depressed, we need to stay busy with fun things to do especially for our children. So next I am going to share some inspiration to get you thinking about how you can spend Thanksgiving, and I hope these get you in the holiday mood despite the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Thanksgiving bingo could be something for your entire family, and if you live alone there are online bingo websites that you can play as well. You can even add this to your virtual holiday list, so if this is something that might interest you to use the link below to learn more.

Virtual Bingo Up To 30 Players

  • If your children are young and into coloring, you could have a family coloring contest. You can download for free Thanksgiving coloring pages for children and adults, and here is a website where you can choose from 64 coloring pages especially for this holiday.
  • How does free printable trivia sound to you, and if this sounds like something you might be interested in, you might just make this a new family tradition?

So far are these family fun night ideas for families giving you some inspiration for the holiday, and let us see what other options you have that are budget-friendly?

  • I just found something that is brand new to me, and do you remember the game hot potato you might have played as a kid? You can create this game as well by using a Thanksgiving replacement instead of a hot potato. All you need is a small object such as a symbol for the holiday, you can even make your own little turkey by getting a free printable turkey online.
  • Good Housekeeping provides a unique game called Gratitude A to Z, you start by sharing something you are grateful for starting with the letter A, and the next person does the same only using the letter B, and so on.
  • If you are in the situation to invest a little money, you can purchase this game that goes by the name of POKENO. This is a great choice for families interested in poker and bingo, and you can make it even more fun by providing prizes.

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  • The Journal Game will cost you very little, and you can use a regular notebook purchased from your favorite dollar store. The jest of this game is you pass the notebook around, and each person writes one thing that they are thankful for. You then will read what everyone has written, and you try to guess which person wrote each one.
  • Another family fun night ideas for families that come to my mind, you can all start to decorate the homestead for Christmas. Right after Thanksgiving people start getting ready for the biggest holiday of the year, so why not make this a family activity everyone can join in?
  • My last suggestion would be to start baking cookies for Christmas as a family, I don’t know anyone who can’t join in on this. Even the youngest member of the family can be a part of this, and this also includes dear old dad.

I do hope I have provided you some inspiration for things you can do as a family for Thanksgiving, and if you sit down together I know you can come up with even more.

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Christmas Cookie Recipes

Since I mentioned baking Christmas cookies, I thought it was only right I provide you some recipes to get you started. These are very easy and perfect for your family activity, so below I have shared some of these with you from the article 50 Easy Christmas Cookies provided by Pillsbury. As I am sure you realize there is no possible way I can list all fifty of these, but I will share some to give you an idea of what you can expect if you visit the website.

  • Frosted Reindeer
  • Peppermint Bark Snowflakes
  • Santa Hats
  • Yummy Gingerbread Men
  • Santa Belly Cookies
  • Easy Turtles
  • Ooey Gooey Turtle Bars
  • Rolo Filled Cookies
  • Cheesecake Cups
  • Russian Tea Cakes

I am sure the ones I choose to tempt you with has your mouth watering by now, and if you want to get these recipes use the 50 Easy Christmas Cookies link above.

Prayers For COVID 19 Patients-Pray For Those Infected

How To Pray For The World

This crisis we are living in is not just in the United States, and I have added prayers on my own prayer list for every person in the world. I strongly believe every person in every country is a child of God, and we must realize there are good people and bad people in every country including the United States. So let us pray for everyone in the world to survive the COVID-19 crisis, we have already lost way too many lives to this terrible virus.

Pray for the World; Pray for the World ” I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness…” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Now for those of you who are not comfortable praying for others, I am sharing some guidance to get you started. Once you form this habit it will become natural for you, but the most difficult part for most people is how to get started?

  • The first step is to open your heart with sincerity for everyone in the world, and you must not think of people in other countries in a negative manner. Forget that they might look different than you, but accept all people wish for the same things in their lives.
  • Secondly, you must make this a regular part of your praying routine, we are people of habits. So as you form this new habit, you will find this will become natural with time and patience.
  • We all need to have faith in the words in our prayers, so allow your heart to speak to God through your prayers.
  • Sincerely provide love to everyone in the world and even those who might do you wrong. Forgiveness might be very difficult for most of us, but this is something we must do to be able to love the world.
  • Many people find prayer requests to be helpful to get started, and you can find many prayer requests online that will cost you nothing.
  • I make it a point to pray for everyone in the world living in an area of disaster, and I really feel God approves of us when we talk to him about our thoughts and feelings for those suffering in the world.

These are how I pray for the people suffering in the world, and I hope by sharing these it helps you also start praying for the people you might not know or ever meet in other countries.

Praying For Others Bible Verses

The following bible verses might also benefit you to get started as well, and as you read these really allow them to enter your heart to get the most from them.

Abraham interceded for the people of Sodom for the sake of his nephew Lot (Genesis 18:23-33). He memorably started by asking if God would spare Sodom if 50 righteous people were there. From there he boldly but humbly asked about 45, 40, 30, 20, and finally 10, and God answered, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Though God did not find 10, He fulfilled Abraham’s intent by sparing Lot and his family.

Moses pleaded for God’s mercy for the sinning people of Israel (Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 14:11-20). Moses turned down God’s offer to make a nation out of Moses’ descendants and persuasively begged for God’s mercy for God’s name’s sake.

Daniel begged God for his people (Daniel 9:3-19). Daniel’s passionate and meaningful prayer ends with his plea, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name”

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Please open your hearts to pray for everyone in the world

The Perfect Prayer

Serenity Scott endures the unthinkable act of both mental and physical abuse from her parents. Parents are supposed to be the ones that kids trust with their life. Moms and dads should be the heroes that make the bad guys disappear and help their children escape the monsters in their dreams. This was not Serenity’s case; instead, her dreams were her reality. Her trust was trampled by her mom Jamie and her heart was broken by her father Kenneth. Serenity loses her faith in God and now she is in search of THE PERFECT PRAYER

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The Perfect Prayer is an inspirational movie that will reach your heart and soul

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Family Fun Night Ideas For Families

Free Family Solutions really cares about everyone in the world, and the intent of my article is to provide you resources and information to solve some of your problems. Right now, we are all seeking the solution to the same problem all over the world, and if only the United States government would work with the other countries this solution might be available so much sooner. Please open your heart to all the people in the world, and I promise you will feel so much better despite how our world has been turned upside down.

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Activities To Keep Seniors Engaged During COVID 19-Tips For Senior Citizens

Tips For Senior Citizens

I am dedicating this article to my dear sweet mother with activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19. and everyone reading this we are in this together and we must focus on working together not be fighting. Our government is providing us a very bad example of how to act during a crisis, but the people of the United States must stick together if we are going to get through this pandemic.

Assistance For Seniors

I would like to begin this article by providing you some organizations that you can receive assistance for seniors, and I feel if you know these exist you can spread the word to your family and friends. If our government would provide more funds to these more of you could be living a better quality of life, so anyway here are some resources you might find useful.

  • American Society of Aging is highly recommended for people in their senior years and their caregivers, so this is the first place I am recommending you consider for assistance.
  • Leadership Council on Aging is the second resource I suggest you consider, you will find this to be one of your best resources to keep handy in case you ever need it.
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is where you want to go for programs in your own community, and they are able to assist seniors within their local area what is available.
  • Senior Living is able to assist you in finding the best housing and care for you in your golden years, you will not only find a source of resources, but you also will find a good source of valuable tools on their website.

The organizations above are the first places I would go myself to get help for my own mother, so I hope the resources I have shared with you can assist you. Free Family Solutions is all about providing assistance resources for families, and the elderly people in our community deserve as much help as we can give them.

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The Golden Years Are Not So Golden

Many of the senior citizens in my community are not living the golden years, and actually, the majority of them are struggling to make ends meet month after month. Pensions are very low if they even have a pension of any kind, and the majority of them are depending on their social security just to get by. I have heard President Trump many times say he wants to get rid of social security, and if he would be re-elected and did this what is going to happen to all these people?

  • It is a fact that the average social security benefit is not enough for people to retire today, and I know many of these people who were working part-time at fast-food restaurants and Walmart just to pay for their medications. But many of you might be mistaken by our government giving you the impression everything is provided for you, and the majority of people also must pay for a supplement health insurance.
  • Many of you might not be aware there are taxes on this type of government income, and I ask you how fair is this to the senior citizens?
  • Thankful the majority of these people just need to claim their income on their income taxes, and the reason is the majority of the blue-collar workers when they retire are not receiving enough social security to be able to pay taxes on their income.
  • The law in the year of 2019 stated an individual receiving this type of income is only allowed to earn an additional $771.00, but really how many of them are healthy enough to work in their golden years?

I just wanted for my mother’s situation to clear this up, so don’t believe the politician’s when they say you don’t pay anything for your medical expenses when on social security. My mother has co-payments on all her medications, and also every medical appointment she has to pay a co-payment as well. The worse part is these are the times in our lives when we have the most health problems, and also how many seniors do you know that does not require any prescription medications?

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It is about time we protect our senior citizens in this country

Who Are High-Risk For COVID

The majority of the people in my community are senior citizens, and many are struggling with depression over not being able to spend time with their families. With the holidays coming this will be the worse holiday season for many of them, and to make things worse many women like my mother lives alone. So how can my mother and others like her cope during this terrible time, and below I have shared what I could find out for you.

  • The older you are in age the higher your risks are when it comes to COVID, and one of the main reasons for this is your immune system often becomes weaker as you age.
  • Many people older than 50 years old has chronic health issues, so they also are at a higher risk despite they are not in their senior years.
  • Children with health issues are at higher risk as well, so your health status is the main high-risk factor.
  • 8 out of every 10 deaths from this virus on an average are people over 65 years of age, so these people must be more careful than the younger members of their families.

Now you should understand better why our seniors are high-risk during the COVID 19, but how can they reduce their risks is what we are going to discuss next?

How To Reduce Your Risks

Anyone of any age actually needs to be extra careful, so even those of you with autoimmune diseases should be reading this?

  • President Trump is misleading the people in so many ways about the COVID, and people who wear a mask are not more of a risk to get infected as he has been saying. Everyone should be wearing a mask, and if more of us did we would not have nearly as many deaths from this virus.
  • When you must go out try to stay at least 6 feet from other people, and also you should avoid going out only when you have no other choice such as medical appointments and grocery shopping.
  • This is very important for everyone to do no matter your age, and anyone who starts to feel unhealthy should seek professional medical treatment right away.
  • The sooner you have been treated the better your chances of surviving, so the longer you wait the higher your risk of having complications.
  • Washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer is highly recommended, and this is even more important for those of you over 65 years old or with health problems.

I am sure you all are tired of hearing these basic ways of how to reduce your risks, but sadly not nearly enough people are following them and that is the main reason we are in this situation for the holidays.

How Do I Know I Am Infected

Most of you might already be aware of the symptoms, but for those of you who might not know below are what to watch for. If you start having any of these symptoms you need to seek medical treatment right away, so it is better to be safe than sorry and wait too long to be treated?

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of Taste
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These are not all of the symptoms you possibly might experience, but these are the most common early symptoms the majority of the people are experiencing.

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We are all in this together, so be ready to help your neighbors when you can

Time To Seek Medical Treatment

If you are experiencing more than a few of the symptoms above you should consider seeking medical treatment, and the symptoms below are sure signs you are in need of medical treatment right now.

  • Struggling to breath is one of the sure signs you need help, so don’t waste any time if you start to feel you are having trouble breathing.
  • Chest pain or the feeling of constant pressure in your chest is another sure sign to go to the emergency room, and men don’t wait or it might be too late for them to save your life.
  • Some people especially seniors are experiencing the feeling of being confused, so this is especially important if you are in your golden years.
  • If you are finding yourself struggling to stay awake or wake up, you need to get medical assistance.
  • The last warning sign I have for you in this article is if you notice your lips are looking a bit on the bluish side, and this also might go for your face as well.

Now you have a good understanding of the COVID-19 virus, and I feel this information could possibly save some lives. Now we need to address some activities to keep seniors engaged during the COVID 19, so read on to learn more.

Activities To Keep Seniors Engaged During COVID 19

Many seniors like my mother live alone since my father passed away, so for her and others in the same situation, this could get the best of them from worrying about their family. The best way for them not to worry to the extent it affects their health is to stay busy, and so now let us see what are some activities that are recommended?

  • One good thing is many seniors are using the internet today, so this is more likely their best resource for keeping their minds busy during this time. So the most popular way the majority of people entertain themselves online is on the website we all know as Facebook, and my mother who never used this site before now is going on it regularly. This is a great option for her to keep in touch with my brothers and my nephews, and this is the number one option recommended by Home Care Assistance.
  • Their next option in the article suggests a website that goes by the name of Facetime, and this is a video and audio calling service. I am not familiar with this site, but you can learn more from this article written by Digital Trends.
  • Even though my mother is not into using email, you can be sure this is another good option to keep in touch with your family.
  • Just by surfing the web or shopping online can provide activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19, and so next we are going to venture into games that are good for seniors.

Many seniors use coupons to save them money, so by using the internet some of them spend their time searching for them for their favorite stores. So this is another way to spend your time while staying at home, and below I have inserted a link for you for coupons from Walmart.

Walmart Coupons 

Games For Seniors During COVID

Many people of these ages worrying quite a bit about their family, and one very good choice of how to spend their time is playing games. The best games for seniors are what they consider brain games, so these are what I am sharing with you below.

  • Crossword puzzles are something I do when I am in the mood, and I find this relaxing as well as improves my brain functioning. So you can find a variety of crossword puzzles to choose from, I always like the large print and that is what I recommend for seniors.
  • For those who are not a fan of these as I am, you also will find that the Word Search is a favorite of many people in their senior years.
  • Reading is very popular among the older folks, and many of them just never had the time to read when they were working. So many of them now read regularly, and this is great for their brain health.
  • If they live alone Solitaire is another good choice to consider, I am not really into card games myself, but many people are now playing this online instead of with playing cards as in the past.
  • There are many of these games to choose from for senior couples to play, but the list does become quite smaller for someone who lives alone.
  • My last suggestion for a single person would be jigsaw puzzles, I know many nursing homes provide these in their main room for the residents to give them something to do.

So these are what I could think of for a single person who is staying at home during the COVID, and of course, many seniors are very attached to their television for entertainment. The only negative thing about this is it can contribute to their worrying, and the reason is that for some reason many favors watching the news.

Games For Senior Couples

Now I am going to give you a few activities to keep seniors engaged during COVID 19 for couples, and there are many more choices depending on your interests when you have a partner.

  • Chess is my favorite game, but since I live alone I have no one to play against. You can find online chess websites, so this could possibly be an option even for a single person. If you have a partner who loves the game, you can spend hours every day playing this game with them.
  • Many women are not into chess it seems, so maybe checkers would be a better choice if that is the case?
  • Monopoly was my favorite board game growing up, and this game can keep you busy for hours and hours playing.
  • How about Yahtzee, you could really put in some of your time playing this one as well with a partner, I guess you could play alone but it would not be as nearly as much fun.
  • You could also consider Scrabble with your partner, so this is another good one that comes to my mind.

I am going to end this article here, but I hope I have provided you some good resources as well as some interesting activities. Living alone I know how it could affect your mental health, but the more variety you can add to your life the better your mental health will be during this stressful time. Please feel free to leave me any comments at the end of this article, I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy This Winter-COVID Virus Family Tips

COVID Winter 2020

This winter could take the lives of more people than any year most of us have experienced and is going to be mainly from the COVID worldwide virus. So 5 tips to help you stay healthy this winter is going to provide families with the best family health information to stay healthy.

Corona Virus Winter Tips

The first tips I am going to share with you were provided by the website Deseret, and this website is a reliable resource according to my domain authority checker tool. So let us see what they have to say about taking care of ourselves this winter during the COVID virus?

  • Even though I have an autoimmune disease I never do their first suggestion, and I am not planning on doing it this year. So they recommend everyone get a flu shot, and I have not received a flu shot for the past 10 years. The last time I got the flu shot, I actually got sick, and I have not been sick the past ten years without getting the injection. I am not telling you not to get this injection, I am just sharing my own experience with you. I am just not comfortable putting these into my own body, but you should consult your physician if you have any concerns.
  • The next one they recommend I strongly agree with, and I do it year-round to stay healthy, and exercise regularly is what they recommend. Even though it does not really matter the type of exercise, I strongly encourage you to choose something that you really enjoy doing. I walk with my dog twice every day, and this is something we both look forward to doing together. I am lucky that there is a nature trail within walking distance of my home, but most of you are more likely not as lucky?
  • The most challenging for many people are socializing, and with the COVID we must be more careful about how we socialize than in the past. I usually talk via phone with my mother regularly, so this is one option for you to consider as well. With the internet you have other options, you can use social media to keep in touch with your family and friends. I am not into online chatting, but this is another option to consider if this is your thing.
  • Reconnecting with friends is their next suggestion, but this more likely should not be done in person. You can do this again by reconnecting on social media and using online chatlines, and due to our situation online and via phone are your best strategies.
  • Working from home is what many of us are doing today, so you might want to make your working area as comfortable as you possibly can.

So according to Deseret you now know their 5 tips to help you stay healthy this winter, so let us see how to cope during the COVID in my next paragraph.

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Winter during the COVID this year is going to be challenging for many families

How To Cope During COVID

It has been extremely difficult for the majority of the people to cope during the COVID so far, but it is even more challenging for everyone to deal effectively when we must remain indoors most of the time. So let us see what Global News has to share with us, we all need all the help we can get to manage the situation when winter arrives?

  • Global News suggests what I shared with you above, and that is to take advantage of using online chat to keep in touch with your family.
  • The article also states that phone conversations are a much better choice than emailing and texting, so instead of texting with your phone try using it the old fashion way by calling a friend or family member.
  • Another important thing to remember is you need to have a good support system according to this article, and I know from my own experience how important this is for my own health. I am not fortunate enough to have a good support system, so I only have my mother to keep in touch with regularly.
  • How are we going to celebrate the upcoming holidays is a good question, so how many families are going to get together in large groups indoors despite this is a very bad idea? Instead, you should have small family get-togethers to be safe.

COVID has disrupted the lives of families worldwide, and there does seem to be a higher risk when winter arrives. Actually, the health experts are predicting it to be even worse than in the spring and summer months. There are some reports that depression might be higher this year than other years, so how does someone get support if they start experiencing severe depression and possibly even suicidal thoughts and feelings?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Natural Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

Suicide Crisis Hotlines

Since  I live alone with only my cute Miniature Australian Shepherd, I do understand how people living alone might experience depression and suicidal thoughts and feelings. So I really feel sharing the information of resources that you can get help is a must in 5 tips to help you stay healthy this winter, and below are where you can get the support you need.

I feel so much better providing you resources where you can get support, and you can also contact them if you just need someone to talk to.

Guidance for COVID-19

5 tips to help you stay healthy this winter
Guidance for COVID-19 is a resource for anyone interested in knowing the facts about this virus

This book is a guide for the prevention and control measures issued by the Chinese Health Commission during the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak that has led to the global Covid-19 pandemic. With the guidance of this authoritative text, the number of cases in China has decreased from 83,386 to 2,000, and a complete victory in prevention and control will soon be achieved. This book is suitable for professionals who are a part of the prevention and control of the plague, and for any readers who are concerned about their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

May God bless the world.

The National Health Commission (NHC) of the People’s Republic of China is a cabinet-level executive department of the State Council which is responsible for formulating health policies in Mainland China. It was formed on 19 March 2018. The ministry is headquartered in Beijing. The commission is led by a Minister of cabinet rank in the state council.

Guidance For COVID-19

Best Family Movies

One way to spend your time indoors is to be watching some family movies, and you can prepare your favorite snacks and enjoy your family time together. so maybe many of you are like me and not up on the best family movies, and so I decided to provide some of the best movies recommended for families.

  • Milo and Otis
  • A Bugs Life
  • Finding Nemo
  • Frozen
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Toy Story
  • March of the Penguins
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Wars
  • Old Yeller
  • Spiderman

You might be wondering where can you purchase or rent the best family movies at a good price, and I get all mine from Fandango Now. So you might want to check them out before any other place, and next, we are going to check out the best family games.

Best Games October 2020

For those of you who are into playing games, I recommend this as another good family time activity during the COVID virus. So let us see what are some of the best family games recommended, and since I am not a gamer myself, I am going to do a search for you.

  • The Witcher 3
  • Doraemon
  • Destiny 2
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Minecraft Earth
  • Call of Duty
  • Little Town Hero
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3

This information I found on the website Gamepur, I just want you to know where I got these games since I am not familiar with the most popular and new games available. So the best places I know to purchase games are from the following below.

I would have to say Amazon more likely is your best place to start if you are planning on purchasing movies and games, so that would be my first suggestion out of all the stores in this article to check first.

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Many people will experience mental health issues during the winter from isolation

Winter Activities For Families

You must become creative to keep adding new activities to spend together as a family, and this is very important for all your family members to remain healthy physically as well as mentally. Right after Christmas is the time of the year depression becomes the highest, so let us see some activities that you can do as a family after the holidays.

  • Build a snowman is just one outdoor family time activity you can do as a family, you could go sled riding and even snowboarding, and even give skiing a try. Winter hiking is something that can be fun to do, you can start tracking animal tracks. You also can teach your children what the tracks of the different animals look like, you can purchase a field guide if you need one as well.
  • Movie marathons are another great choice to consider, and I even gave you some of the best family movies in this article to get you started.
  • Why not try to build a family snow fort, and this will get you all outdoors. Even during the winter months if you are outdoors you will receive the benefits of vitamin D, so bundle up and spend some time outdoors after the holidays.
  • Baking together can be another very good option to consider, and everyone can have their own special job even dear old dad.
  • When I was a boy my grandfather would build a campfire outdoors, and we kids would roast marshmallows even when the ground was covered with snow.
  • Indoor games such as Monopoly is an easy way to spend your time indoors on the coldest days, and you can tell Santa Claus to bring some board games for Christmas.

So I hope my suggestions have you thinking of ways to spend your time indoors as a family, you can always have contests of any kind to get everyone motivated to join in on the fun. Maybe it is time that we go back in time, so ask yourself what did your grandparents do during the coldest time of the year?

30 Fun Indoor Activities For Families

Winter Mental Health Triggers

The best way to stay healthy physically and mentally is to understand what the triggers are,  and this year it is predicted to be much worse with COVID added to our winter triggers. So what is going to contribute to people being more depressed, and I have provided what the experts are saying below.

  • The colder the weather the worse it could be, so if you have a mild winter spend as much time outdoors as you can. Spending too much of your time indoors is the number one trigger for the majority of the people, so even taking short walks every day can do wonders for your mood and health.
  • Socialization or the lack of it is going to be a major trigger this year, so you have to find ways to socialize besides in person. Online is the most convenient method for many people, so if you have a computer or a smartphone socialize this way.
  • Try talking more on the phone to your family and friends, I know many of us text today instead of communicating the old fashion way.
  • Actually, the majority of people experience holiday stress after the holidays. So you need to prepare for after the holiday stress by making a good plan to stay busy, and for families, this is much easier than for someone who lives alone.
  • Adopting a pet could be just what you need to stay healthy during the COVID winter of 2020, you might not be aware of how having a pet companion can make such a dramatic difference in your life. I would feel so lonely if it was not for my Miniature Australian Shepherd, and he does keep me busy by walking and playing with him.

Now is the time to start making a plan for winter, and adding a schedule of family activities is one of your best strategies you could have.

How To Reduce COVID Indoors

5 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy This Winter

I have shared the five basic tips at the beginning of this article, and I also provided you some extra information to cope better this winter with the COVID virus among us. The holidays are going to be much different for many families than in the past, you might not be going to travel to grandma’s this year to avoid possibly making her sick or worse? Now we need to join together more than ever, but sadly it seems our country has divided. If you remember any of your history lessons in school, you will recall that when the people divided is when they failed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter-How To Stay Healthy

The summer is sadly over for another year, and now it is time for us to prepare our bodies with natural ways to stay healthy this winter, so you are going to find what works for me and what the experts have to say. With the COVID virus and the flu season, this might be the most important article I have written for you yet? Let us start with my own strategies, and then we will see what others have to share with us?

How I Change My Diet For Winter?

Once the weather starts to become cooler I have had good success by substituting my summer salads with my home-made soup recipes. Before I go any farther, I wish to share with you what are some of the most important benefits of eating soup this time of the year?

  • Vegetables are full of nutrients that naturally improve your immune system, and a strong immune system is our main goal to stay healthy during the cold winters.
  • This is also a great choice to maintain your weight as many of us are less active this time of the year, so you can put a whole lot of soup into your body without gaining a bunch of extra weight.
  • Believe it or not, this is extremely satisfying to your body. Since it contains so much broth it also contains fewer calories, and I find with healthy recipes I rarely experience the flu or colds as many others do.
  • One other reason I love this is they are so easy and convenient to prepare, you just add your favorite vegetables and meat with water. I recommend you purchase a nice size slow cooker, and fill it up with your own home-made soup and freeze some for another day.

So this is my first step to natural ways to stay healthy during this winter, and below I have inserted a link for you with some healthy low-calorie soup recipes.

Healthy Low-Calorie Soup Recipes

Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes

Some of you might not be into soup despite it is so good for your immune system, so I have taken the time to find some recipes to share with you that might motivate you to give this a try. Soups and salads are two of the best natural ways to boost your immune system, so I urge you to give some of these a try this winter.

Did you know substituting turkey instead of beef is a healthy alternative, I started doing this after reading an article and I have lost some extra weight I was carrying around. So this is yet another way to maintain your weight during the winter months, and at the same time boost your immune system.

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Turkey instead of Beef provides you the protein you need without as many calories

Vegetarian Soup Recipes

I have not forgotten those of you who are vegetarian’s in this article, and I do make sure 70% or more of my daily diet is vegetables. You need as many of these as you can put into your body for a healthy immune system, and with the COVID at its most severity this time of the year I suggest you try to eat as many as you can.

I must admit I have never been able to go entirely vegetarian or vegan, but I have really tried over and over again. My problem is I just feel I am missing nutrients my body gets from meat, and I just have never been able to solve the mystery of what alternative will provide my body’s needs?

Gluten-Free Turkey Soup Recipes

Immune Boosting Antibacterial Foods

So now I am going to share some of the immune-boosting foods for you to consider, and these are my second tip on natural ways to stay healthy this winter. With the COVID at its worse this time of the year, we really must be eating healthier. Here are some foods you might want to eat more of this time of the year, and I thank you for reading this article with interest to learn how to be healthier.

  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Brain Food Berries
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon

So other than the berries and the dark leafy greens, you could add more of these other foods and spices in your home-made soups. As much as these are so good for our immune systems, they also are not consumed by the majority of us nearly enough.

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Vegetables should be your main food group for a healthy immune system

Natural Sleep Tips

Now that you understand the importance of what you put into your body, we now need to learn natural ways to improve your sleep. The majority of people of all ages complain more about their quality of sleep than anything else, so what can we do to improve our sleep is our next goal to work on.

  • Anxiety, stress, and low blood sugar levels are the most common reasons for the majority of sleep problems, and I am no stranger to this myself. In the past, I was lucky if I got 3 hours of sleep before waking up. So a good before-bed snack to give a try is a banana rolled in Himalayan salt, and I also eat a handful of cashews as well.
  • Another sleep problem I had myself was pain from my autoimmune disease, and I just recently read to replace your caffeine with Golden Milk. So this is something you could try yourself if you are a big caffeine addict, I have not tried this myself yet.
  • They say if you drink 8 ounces of tart cherry juice before bed, you will sleep better. Tart cherry juice is claimed to help your body produce more melatonin naturally, so this is another natural sleep tip you can try.
  • Supplements have helped many people able to sleep better, and I have found that Luden’s Melatonin Smoothers relaxes me and helps me fall asleep and able to sleep longer.

So these are some natural sleep tips I urge you to give a try, and I really feel relaxed very quickly when I use the Luden’s Melatonin Smoothers. So this is something that works for me I suggest you give a try, and I would love to hear if they help you sleep better. You can leave me a comment at the end of this article, and I would love to hear from some of you who read natural ways to stay healthy this winter.

What Else Can You Do?

There are many options you can experiment with this winter, you could start doing yoga online by going to YouTube. You can learn just about anything your heart desires on this website, and in fact, I  learned many of the things I am sharing with you in my articles on my website from watching these videos. Below are some things I have tried, and some things I have not tried. You can try any of them to see how they work for you, and trial and error is the only way to find out which works and which ones don’t.

  • Herbal teas are a very good option to try, I am a big herbal tea drinker and these are caffeine-free. I would prefer to drink these beverages hot or cold over the golden milk, but both of these are good choices if they interest you?
  • What about warm apple cider, I have heard sipping this beverage in the evening before bed works for some people?
  • I also find listening to audiobooks to be relaxing for me, but if this does not appeal to you, why not listen to some relaxing music instead?
  • I walk twice per day which really has been a benefit for me, and my Miniature Australian Shepherd keeps me motivated to walk twice every day.
  • Would starting your own blog be something that appeals to you, and if so winter is a great time to start a new hobby. If anyone is interested I am more than willing to help you get started, you just have to leave me a comment so we can get started.

Best Herbal Teas For Your Immune System

Since  I do prefer drinking herbal teas over caffeine beverages, I do happen to know a little about which teas are the best to boost your immune system. So I decided this is important enough to share in this article, and for anyone interested, this will help you choose the best herbal teas for your immune system.

  • Chamomile, but this tea is in the ragweed family so if you have an allergy to ragweed avoid this herbal tea.
  • Green Tea
  • Ginseng
  • Elderberry
  • Licorice

I am allergic to ragweed so Chamomile tea is not an option for me, and the two herbal teas I drink the most are Ginseng and Elderberry. These are good options to start with, and they are natural immune boosters you can trust with your health.

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Taking the first step to learning how to stay healthy is the most important step you will ever take

Top Immune Supplement Brands

I am no expert on supplements, so I got this list of the best immune supplement brands for you on the website Consumer Health Organization. So here is what they recommend to be your best choices for 2020, but I want you to know you should consult your physician and have them check your vitamin levels before taking any supplements on your own. Too much can be just as dangerous to your health as being deficient, so be careful about taking any supplements without consulting your physician first.

  • Pure Nature Immunity Complex
  • Immune Protect
  • Now Immune Renew

I am on quite a few supplements because of my autoimmune diseases, but I always consult my physician before adding any new supplements. Even though these can be a dramatic impact on your health, you can also harm yourself by taking them without checking first with your physician.

Best Exercise For Your Immune System

Maybe you are confused as I was about what exercise is the best for you to be doing, and if you happen to have pre-existing health conditions such as me with autoimmune diseases it is even more difficult. So let us see what the Aleteia Organization has to say about this, so read on to learn more.

  • More is not always better, I struggled when first diagnosed with autoimmune disease to exercise. I was stubborn and thought the more I pushed myself the better I would be, but as they are saying pushing yourself often can be worse for you. So you should avoid long strenuous exercise according to this organization, so let us see what else they have to say?
  • Instead of the long strenuous exercise, they recommend short high-intensity exercise instead.
  • It does not matter what type of exercise you choose to do, so I suggest you go for something that you enjoy. I walk with my Miniature Australian Shepherd twice per day, and this seems to be enough for me to stay healthy.
  • You should choose something you can do outdoors, and one of the reasons is the benefit of vitamin D. This natural vitamin from the sun is very important when it comes to the COVID virus, and this is from this organization recommending the information in this section.
  • They end their article by suggesting you choose something you enjoy, and one of their recommendations is using YouTube videos outdoors. So you could give yoga a try, and maybe you don’t like to exercise but you have a passion for dancing? Zumba was one of the recommendations in their article for people who love to dance, so to read this entire article use the link below.

I hope you found this information as interesting and as helpful as I did, and that is the reason I shared the highlights of this article with you.

What Is The Best Kind Of Exercise 

Natural Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

I chose this topic because this winter they are predicting the COVID to impact all of our lives, so this year it is more important than ever to take good care of ourselves. I have shared in this blog post some of the ways I take care of myself during the winter, and I also shared information from websites that you can trust with their information as well. Between what I know works for me, and what these websites have shared you have more knowledge than you ever have possibly had in your life?

COVID Assistance For Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Meals Help Low Income Families-COVID Assistance For Families

Every family in the United States should be especially thankful for the food on their table, but what about Thanksgiving meals help low income families, so is their assistance and how do you get it if it is available is what this article is all about.

Assistance For Thanksgiving

Why have you not received assistance from President Trump for the holidays, and the reason is he cares very little about the people. Any good leader will put the people as their main priority during a crisis, and if COVID is not a crisis than what is? The president has been fibbing to the people from the day he took office, and his worse lie to you is downplaying this deadly virus. So what type of assistance is available for you for Thanksgiving, and below are the best government programs available for low-income families.

  • Your first step if you have been employed before our world has been affected by COVID is to apply for unemployment I must warn you many people who have applied are still waiting for their first check, but this would be your best first step in putting food on the table for your family.
  • SNAP or the program Supplemental Nutrition Program is your best choice to put food on the table for your family, and many of you might avoid applying until you have no other choice? Well, I am sorry to say this crisis we are experiencing has given many of you no other choice, so this is my recommendation where to go to be able to put food on the table for your family.
  • Affordable Care Act program is your best option for health coverage during the COVID crisis we are going through, and this protects families with members who might have pre-existing health problems. So if you lost your health insurance, I strongly suggest you consider applying for this right away? This assistance was provided by President Obama, but it is in jeopardy if President Trump becomes re-elected.
  • My third choice for you to consider is Medicaid, and many of you who have contracted COVID should apply right away. so you really should sign up today, we just don’t know what is going to happen with President Trump cutting many of the programs for low-income families?
  • This is for children under the age of 19 years old, and with this, your children under this age are able to receive Free or Low-Cost medical and dental care. so this is considered a child health insurance program, and many of you might know this as Chip?
  • Are you in jeopardy of being homeless, and if so there is Housing Assistance available, and even though some of these are not Thanksgiving meals help low income family programs, you can save money by applying for these that will provide you more money for food?
  • Even though for many of you this would be a last resort, you can receive public assistance until the country gets straightened out. With this, you are able to apply for food stamps plus cash assistance and don’t be ashamed to apply we all are in need of assistance right now. You can even apply online, so this is something you should do right away as well.
  • Lifeline is another way to cut your living expenses with lower home phone and cell phone service plans, and you need dependable phone service more now than ever before.
  • I strongly urge you to apply for LIHEAP or better known as the energy assistance program, you will receive help during the winter for your heating expense which will give your more money for other things you need.

So these government assistance programs actually can save you money for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you deserve to be a part of any of these programs since you have been paying into them all the years you have been employed.

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Listen to the health experts instead of President Trump’s lies about the COVID virus

Thanksgiving Assistance For Families

I have only begun to provide you good resources for Thanksgiving in this article, and we all know that the majority of families are struggling more this year than possibly any other time in the history of the United States. Many people were depending on the stimulus package from the government for the holidays, but as it is looking right now there appears to be very little chance you are going to receive the bailout you need. I am really disappointed in our government in the White House, so they downplayed how serious our situation was from the beginning, and even now they are still lying to all of us about the severity of this situation. We don’t need that type of people running our country, we need people who care about us and our families. Anyway, I have some more good resources for you where you might receive Thanksgiving meals help low income families, so here are some good resources possibly right in your own community.

  • Many food banks will be providing turkeys and Thanksgiving favorites, so if you are not signed up I suggest you do it right away. You will find many stores in your community will donate turkey and other Thanksgiving-related food, so take advantage of your local food pantries for the holiday. The ones in my community often give out food certificates that you can use in the majority of our local community stores, so this is something to look forward to as well for the holiday.
  • My mother who is now 80 years old and lives alone since my father recently passed away from cancer receives Meals on Wheels, and she loves the food she receives and they do provide her a special Thanksgiving meal. So this is a very good option for anyone who is elderly, and also a good choice for the disabled. Even though it is not for families, I thought I would mention this for those of you who might be able to take advantage of this service.
  • In my little country community in Pennsylvania, I volunteer with one of the local churches. They provide breakfast and dinner to the public for free, they always do an extra special dinner for the holidays with all the trimmings. So your churches are another very good place to check out in your own community, and if you are able to volunteer that would be a wonderful thing to do. Since the COVID virus they do take out meals, but they have still provided these free meals in my community despite the situation we are all living in at this time.
  • Something you are able to do yourself to stretch your own grocery budget is to start using store coupons, and you can search for all your favorite stores for coupons using the link below.

Search For Store Coupons A To Z 

 

  • The Salvation Army is just one organization in my own community that provides turkey vouchers for Thanksgiving, so this is yet another option for Thanksgiving meals help low income families are able to take advantage of. Another organization that can direct you to more of these community organizations is the United Way, so I hope this article is providing you many resources you might not have thought of?

If this article is providing you good information and resources, I would appreciate it very much if you left me a comment on how Free Family Solutions is doing?

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Many communities provide assistance to low-income families

Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Since I am on a very strict diet I know how every dollar you spend counts, and one way I have saved money is by using recipes. I am gluten and dairy-free, and even though I feel so much healthier my food choices are very limited now. By cooking your own meals with budget-friendly ingredients you can save money, and if you are like me and not a great cook use a slow cooker. I would probably almost starve without my slow cooker, so anyway I thought maybe some of these recipes would benefit some of you reading this article.

  • Turkey with Sage and Thyme
  • Garlic and Chive Mashed Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage
  • Easy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sausage and Apple Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

How tempting are these budget-friendly recipes to you, I am tempted to try myself the Sausage and Apple Stuffing. I also am only able to eat sweet potatoes, so the Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows also have interested me. For more recipes from this website, I provided a link below for you.

More Budget-Friendly Recipes

Thanksgiving On  A Budget

Since food prices have soured super high in 2020 stretching your budget is even more important, and many families are not working which makes it even more of a challenge. So I thought maybe some tips on how to have Thanksgiving on a budget might be helpful for some of you, and here are some tips below.

  • 40% of the cost of the majority of families is the turkey, so by you using the resources in this article to get a free turkey or a discount is a great saving’s for you. Some of you might never purchase this frozen before, but this year you might want to consider giving this a try and save money?
  • Staying home and cooking yourself is going to be something many families might have to do, and many people are not going to travel to relatives this year as they usually do. So by taking advantage of the budget-friendly recipes, I shared above, you can prepare your own Thanksgiving dinner for much less.
  • Purchasing bulk will be a great money-saver, and you could possibly chip in with one of your neighbors and both of you can save money? One place that comes to my mind to shop for bulk is Sam’s Club, so this might be one place you will want to check out?
  • Start watching sales now, and buy your ingredients for less that are not perishable. You then can split your cost over October and November, and this will cost you less all at one time.
  • Maybe you will need to go with store brands instead of your favorite brands this year, but many of the store brands are of very good quality. I purchase some of Walmart’s Great Value brand that tastes almost as good, so this is an option to consider with fewer funds to spend this year?
  • I have experienced instead of fresh produce frozen to be a good alternative, and I just read recently frozen actually provides you more nutrition and often tastes better.
  • The most difficult tip is to stick to your grocery list, and maybe this year avoid as many of the tasty snacks as in the past?

I am sure everyone can apply some of these tips, and I have something for those of you who are vegans as well. Below you can use the link to an article for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, so if you are interested just click on the link to go to this article.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

 

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Please follow the health experts guidelines wear a mask and social distance to stay safe and healthy

God In The White House

As much as the White House and the President had lied to the people, I just can’t accept that God is in our government today. We do need to all pray for America and do whatever we can do to bring God back into our country once again. Today I have some prayers you can use to pray for America, so open up your heart and add our entire country into your prayers.

Lord, humble me. Help me to see that I’m not always right and the world doesn’t revolve around me. Allow me to do what needs to be done to rid myself of my pride so with a contrite heart I can seek your face.

Amen.

Lord, strip me of my rebellion. Replace my rebellious heart with one that yields to your way of life in surrender.

Amen.

Lord, help me to see the issues around me in my community. Help me to be the person who goes out of my way to meet them.

Amen.

Lord, my heart has gotten hardened. I haven’t wanted to love people the way you love them. I’ve only loved those that think and act the way I do. Help me love people the way you love them. Help me to love enough I’d be willing to lay down my life for them.

Amen.

Lord, it looks like you’ve lost your grip on our world. But I know that you still remain in control. Thank you for reminding me to lean on your understanding and not mine.

Amen.

Let us all forgive President Trump and his administration for all their lies to us, and let us do our very best to make a difference in America again by bringing God back into our country.

Thanksgiving Meals Help Low Income Families

I really do care about every one of you who are reading my articles, and I thank all of you who have commented, liked, and shared my articles with your family and friends. Our country is in need of a good leader to bring the people together again, and you must open your eyes to all the hatred and violence America has developed in 2020. Please pray for our government to open their eyes and make the needed changes for the people, and I will be praying for all of you to remain safe and healthy during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Help A Family For Thanksgiving

 

 

Help A Family For Thanksgiving-Change A Families Life

Are you financially able to help a family for Thanksgiving, we need to start being a  good neighbor. Even the smallest gestures can mean the world to people during difficult times, so that is what this article is about, how to help others less fortunate than yourself.

How You Can Help

Before we get into ways you can be a good neighbor to a struggling family, I wanted to bring to your attention to this organization. There are many options that you can choose from, and I am sure one of these could be the right one for you?

  • Give Kindly a Compassionate Gift
  • Provide Hope
  • Donate If You Can

There are several options you are able to choose from, and even some that are especially for those of you on a low-income or fixed-income yourself. You know the most generous hearts in the United States are not the people working every day, but actually, it is those who are in their senior years and with disabilities. You see it is not that these folks are better off, and in fact, many of them are just making ends meet themselves. So you might be asking yourself why then are they assisting others in need, and the reason is they know themselves what it is like to struggle.

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You Can Help
There is always someone in need

Can You Sponsor A Family?

By any chance are you able to be a sponsor, you know I have never understood why the wealthy will not provide more assistance to these types of programs? Anyway, I urge you to read on if this might interest you. Even if this program is not right for your budget, I am going to be sharing other ways you might be able to make a great impact on many people’s lives.

Can you afford $36.50 per month, and if so this might be the perfect way you can impact many people’s lives dramatically? You will be assigned a specific family, so you know where and who your monthly donation is going to. Your generous heart will provide enough groceries to get your assigned family enough food to get through the month, so what is your heart saying to you right now?

You will have direct access to everyone you are sponsoring with the ability to correspond with them through letters, and that is not all. You are able to be sure they are being provided for with their email address, and so you can keep in touch with them to be sure they are receiving the food.

Learn Even More About Being A Sponsor 

Budget-Friendly Program

If you are like me and you are on a budget this might be a better choice for you, and with this program, you will be joined with another donor to support one family. So for $18.50 per month, you still can be a sponsor with half of the regular donation cost, and even I can spare $18.50 per month by doing with fewer snacks I really should not be eating so much of anyway? Again you will receive access to correspond with the family, so you will know they are receiving what they need from your monthly donation.

Learn More About  The Budget-Friendly Program

Low-Income Family Program

This program is providing assistance to those who are working. but they are still in need of some assistance to get through the month. These families earn just enough income they are not able to receive any help from any other programs, so they are not getting food or any cash assistance from the government. You can sponsor a family for only $11.00 per month, and this will allow them to shop at the Red Bird Mission Pantry. They will not be receiving any cash from your donation, but instead, they will be able to shop at the Red Bird Mission Pantry for one week’s worth of food. Now if your heart is feeling for these hard-working and low-income families, you can be a part of this for only $11.00 per month. 

Learn More About Bridge The Gap Program

Give Where You Live

Maybe you are like me, and prefer to be providing assistance in your own community? You and some of your friends, and even your church are able to start your own program in your own community. All you need is 4 struggling families in your neighborhood, and we all know no matter where you live this is not difficult to do. This organization will link you to a food pantry, and each family you recommend can shop and pack their own box of basic grocery needs. So this is a sure way to be sure the folks in your community are benefitting from your involvement, so if this has you interested use the link below to learn more.

Learn More About Give Where You Live

Help A Refugee

This program focuses on assisting families and individuals who are in the United States seeking safety and protection, and you are providing them assistance while they seek employment, attend schools, and begin a new life. You can participate in this if it interests you for $27.50 monthly as a shared sponsor, and if you wish to be a full sponsor you would be donating $55.00 per month. Again you will be linked to the family you are sponsoring, and you will be providing them one week of groceries.

Learn More About The Refugee Program

 

I would never be a sponsor unless I was provided contact rights to the family I was sponsoring, and the reason why is there are too many scams today. When you have access to constantly keeping in touch in any type of sponsored program, you can be sure the organization is legitimate and is not a scam.  I thank you for reading Help a Family for Thanksgiving so far, and please leave me a comment if you desire to share any thoughts or feelings on this article.

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If it is in your heart and you are able to afford to sponsor a family you will be well rewarded

For those of you who might really want to sponsor a family, but it just is not in your budget. I understand very well how that makes you feel, you also can donate a one-time donation or a monthly donation of what you are able to afford.  Many of us think if we can’t afford very much it is not going to make much of a difference, but if enough of us gives even $20.00 per month that can make a dramatic impact for many families. So if your heart is telling you to do something, I suggest you use the link to go to this organization’s page.

How To Help Your Neighbor?

Maybe you know a family in your own neighborhood that you want to do something for, so I am going to provide you some ideas that might provide you some inspiration. Many of us help a family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but why are we not doing this other than these two holidays? So what are some things we can do to provide assistance for someone in our own neighborhood, and maybe we can do it more than just a few times per year?

  • Offer to babysit your neighbor’s children while they go grocery shopping, and if you are up to it, maybe even while they are at work to save them money for groceries.
  • Since you are mowing your own lawn and doing yard work, you might be able to do your neighbors at the same time. I always do my elderly neighbors yard when I do my own, and I always receive a thank you, and that is better than being paid.
  • If you know they are paying someone to walk their dog, you might offer to walk their dog for them for free. This would be a thoughtful way to save them money, and at the same time give you a walking companion.
  • You might offer to assist them in their home chores instead of paying someone, and this would be not only a thoughtful gesture but give them more money.
  • Wash their car for them instead of them taking it to the car wash, so this would give you some exercise and help them at the same time.
  • Leaving a basket of fresh-baked cookies on their doorstep for them, and you could even bake them some home-made bread if you are into baking for Thanksgiving?
  • Fruit baskets are always a very much appreciated gift, you know many families having a tough time often goes without fresh fruit much of the time.
  • Pies are always a good choice during the holidays, but you can also do this at any time of the year.
  • If you are able to afford it Omaha Steaks provides some very good sales year-round, but especially on the holidays, they have very good bargains you could consider? You also can choose from delicious healthy meat snacks as well, so this is something a struggling family would appreciate receiving any time of the year.

These are some very easy ways you can help a family for Thanksgiving and any other time of the year, and of course, there are many other options to choose from depending on the individual families’ needs.

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Open your heart and help the poor

Prayers For Struggling Families

You don’t need to be religious to make praying a regular routine, I am not what I consider religious, but I do pray every day. I know from my own experience how this simple habit can improve your life, and it is something everyone can do despite if you attend church services regularly or not? So just consider trying to add this to your daily routine, I like to do it first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. You can do this anytime, and anywhere so just think about giving this a try for me.

Lord, hold my family tight

If my relationship with Christ depended on my faithfulness, I’d be in trouble. There’s been a period when I’ve been so hurt, so sad, or so angry, I couldn’t bring myself to pray. When a dear friend was dying from brain cancer, my conversations with God were far from “faith-filled.” I was mad. I knew He had the power to heal her, should He choose. I struggled to understand why He didn’t. But God held me through that time and brought me to a place where I could receive and rest in His comfort. He longs to do the same for you and your family.

When you’re struggling and your emotions are raging beyond your control, praise God for His enduring love and ask Him to draw you near. Recognize that your loved ones may feel overwhelmed with anger and sorrow as well. Pray on their behalf. Ask God, their Creator, and the lover of their souls, to gather them close to His heart.

Unite our family

When chaos hits, we can act as if our loved ones are our enemies. We may attack them with hurtful words or behaviors. But what if we stood shoulder-to-shoulder and fought with them against whatever was threatening to tear our family apart? What if we made our loved ones our allies and intentionally came together during difficult times? What if God wants to use the event that has the capacity to destroy our family to strengthen and unite us instead?

When trouble comes, recognize the relational danger ahead and pray for God’s protective, uniting intervention. Ask Him to unite your hearts, help you see the best in each other, and to cast out any thoughts that might pit you against one another. This is a great prayer to say as a family. Not only is that a request God loves to honor, but it also encourages everyone to adopt and maintain the same focus.

I hope these two prayers inspire those of you reading them in this article, and you can visit the website where I found these prayers and more by using the link below.

Prayers For Struggling Families

Help A Family For Thanksgiving

Even though this article is to motivate my readers to assist a family in need, we need to start doing this year-round and not only on the holidays. God is not going to look over us with pleasure just because we do something for our neighbor once or twice a year, and as the bible states, we are supposed to love our neighbor. There is nothing in the bible that says we are only to love them during the holidays, so open up your heart, and if you can help anyone do it as often as the opportunity arises. Thank you for visiting Free Family Solutions, and I will be praying for all of you.

How To Feed Your Family During COVID

Food Bank-How To Feed Your Family

Families are in a very difficult situation right now, and many are struggling to pay their living expenses plus feed their children. So I chose this article on the food bank in hopes to help some of you, and I know many of you are feeling desperate right now. How many of you feel President Trump is doing enough for you at this time, I just feel that you should come first before anything else going on right now?

How You Can Help Families?

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who are in the position to provide assistance to needy families, and now we as American citizens need to pull together and help each other survive. It is no secret the COVID is becoming worse as time goes on, and even President Trump and the White House have become victims of this deadly virus. So I am providing you organizations you are able to donate to, and if this is not something you are comfortable doing you can provide individual families in your community with food or a few dollars now and then.

 

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Now is the time we must become closer than ever as a country instead of hurting one another

We as a country are dividing instead of becoming closer as it should be, so if you are in the position to help one of your families or more now is the time to do it. You can simply leave a gift basket of food on their front porch, you can even send it via mail if you feel more comfortable doing it this way. It is time we stop thinking of just ourselves, so ask yourself what can I do for my neighbor?

More Ways To Help People?

I have been putting things I really can do without on my street corner for anyone in need, and I simply made a sign stating they are Free. This is just one way I am helping the people in my own neighborhood, and I also donate food to my local food bank every month, so here are some other ways you can help families in your own neighborhood.

  • Food baskets on your neighbor’s doorsteps are one way you can help a family, and being I am on a strict diet I understand that providing a basket of special foods they can eat is a very rewarding thing you can do for your neighbor. So many of us are on gluten-free diets, diabetics, and many other special diets, so if you know anyone like this I urge you to consider doing this if you can.
  • Do you know anyone in your community with an infant, you could send them or leave a case of baby formula for them. You can ask one of their neighbors or family members what brand of formula the baby needs, and you can even order this online and send it to them without leaving your name.
  • What about ordering a baby gift basket from Amazon or even Walmart, you can then have it delivered directly to the person’s home. People are in need of food, but when you provide their other needs you are helping them have more money for their baby?
  • Another priceless gesture for parents with a newborn baby would be diapers, I can remember how many diapers my sons went through so this would save them so much money for other things their baby might need.
  • If you are able to donate to the local Food Bank this is an easy way to help so many people in your community, I know for a fact there are so many people just where I live going to get a monthly box of food more now then ever I have ever known of.
  • Everyone needs clothing and has to eat, so these are the two main needs of everyone. you can also send or leave a gift card for them, and then they can use it for whatever they need the most. These are one of the best choices for a family you don’t know what they really need the most, and even a small gesture would be more appreciated then you can imagine during the COVID crisis we are in right now.

These are just some of the ways I am helping families in my own community, and you can be sure Free Family Solutions really does put people first. This website is my way to help more families, so this is something I am very dedicated to doing every day.

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If you have more than you need why not help someone in need

Feeding America

I am sure I am not the only one who never in a million years expected the United States to be in this position, so like myself, none of us were prepared for such a crisis hitting almost overnight.  Feeding America is one organization I highly recommend you visit for assistance before any other, and one of the benefits they provide you is a search box locater for the nearest Food Bank near you. Many of you might have never been in need of this service until now, so if you are having difficulty finding one near you, this is the quickest solution to your problem. Here is some very useful information directly from the Feeding America website, and I am very happy to be able to share this with you.

  • Due to the COVID over 54 million possibly may experience enough food to feed their families, and approximately 18 million of these could be children. No one deserves to go hungry in our country, and with all the wealthy people why are not more of those with money helping the less fortunate today?
  • USDA provided that from their reports more than 25 million in the United States alone struggled in 2019, and I ask you is there any reason for this to be happening in our country?
  • 14.3 million families in the USA experienced struggling to have enough food, so even before the COVID, this problem has existed in this country. So I ask you why are we not joining together to help one another, and why is our government not doing more to solve this problem?
  • This even upsets me even more, I just can’t understand how these families are not eligible for assistance from the government, so I ask you how can our government sleep at night knowing so many families are in need of assistance?

I know myself many of the programs for low-income families has been cut in budget assistance from our government, so again I ask you what kind of people are we electing to run our country that could be so heartless to ignore this problem?

Free Family Solutions Cares About You

My website is not about politics, but I am strongly feeling I need to address the problems happening to the people I am trying to help through this website. I am not a democrat or a republican, but I do live my life by my morals and values. I believe politics and religion should not be who we are as people, so follow your heart and don’t judge others by their politics and their religion. We are all people with the same needs and wants for a good life, and we need to forget about our differences and start focusing on how to solve our problems. It has nothing to do with the color of a person’s skin, and I am ashamed of how America is becoming more and more a racist country than ever before. This is not a website about selling products to my readers, but this is a website determined to focus on helping all my readers find solutions to their problems. So if you have a problem you need assistance with, I urge you to leave me a comment so I can provide you and others the solutions you are in need of. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE WHEN YOU ARE A READER OF FREE FAMILY SOLUTIONS, so I am always here for all of you.

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Thank You to those people who are volunteering in their community despite the COVID

Bible Verses About Giving

Everyone can give in their own way, so I am giving by writing my articles on this website. I donate what little I am able to afford when I can to organizations I strongly believe in, so you can be a big part of making a difference in a person or a family’s life. Why does the majority of us only practice giving mainly on Christmas and special holidays, and why is this not a part of our daily lives? The bible is one of the biggest motivators in my life, and I am not a religious person by any means. I don’t belong to any special church in my community, but going to church does not make you better than someone who does not. Action speaks more than anything else, so can you live with yourself knowing you are well off financially and not doing anything to help the less fortunate in your community? How do you sleep at night, and what about your health? The people who were the most giving in their lives have lived the best lives, and when you do for others it just might be the best medicine for what ails you?

Proverbs 11:25: “The generous person will prosper, and whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”. Meaning: Giving benefits not only the recipient but also the giver. Proverbs 19:17: “The one showing favor to the lowly is lending to Jehovah, and He will repay him for what he does.”.

Proverbs 11:24 states “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” It is righteous to practice generosity with our family, friends, and community as scripture inspires.

Many people think by attending church regularly and offering 10% of their income to their church they are going to heaven, but God knows your true heart and when you are doing things just to make points with him that is not going to make him happy. There are ways to get to heaven without having money in the bank, so listen to your heart and you will be hearing what God has planned for you to do with your life. I have experienced when I do for others, I am much happier than when I do something for myself. So in my opinion the best medicine is not man-made, but simply by doing something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return.

Children With Special Needs

You know people with special needs such as a special diet plan is very difficult to find assistance, and this is an important issue for so many families with a child with food allergies and food intolerances. I for one am gluten and dairy-free, and even though the food banks provide you a box of food each month most of it I am not able to eat. So instead of taking the box, I leave it for someone who can use it more than me. You might not realize I am not a business person, and in fact, I might have less of an income than many of you? This website is my way of being able to share my own story with you, and plus I hope to help provide you solutions to some of your problems as well. Since I know how it is to be forced to live on a small selection of food choices, I find this problem to be very important for me to solve. We need to join together and put pressure on the government to provide assistance for our children with special diet needs, and why I ask are there no programs available to help people like you and me?

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Food Bank

I am very happy that we do have people who care enough in this country to provide assistance to families, but these people who are dedicated can’t do it alone any longer. More of us need to do more to help our neighbors, you can find ways even if you are not living with a big bank account. So, please consider what I have shared with you in this article, and I pray some of you have been motivated to take that first step to put others before yourself. Volunteering is an awesome way to help in your community, but right now I understand many of you just are not able to do that with the COVID virus. Maybe you can sit down and just think of very simple ways you can help a family struggling in your own neighborhood, you know providing them a nice meal or a casserole dish is not so difficult for some of you to do. Whatever works for you is what you should do, so listen to your heart and stop thinking so much with your brain might be the best solution you will find in this article today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Turkey Soup Recipes-After Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

Many families are sadly wasteful in the United States, so today I am going to be writing an article with gluten free turkey soup recipes for after Thanksgiving. When I was a boy my mother would aways create some new tasty meals with our leftover turkey, and one of the easiest and healthiest meals is soups this time of the year. Another thing I like to do is add it to my salads for a change, I usually add chicken or steak so this is something new I seldom do any other time of the year.

After Thanksgiving Leftover Tips

Many people have the fear of food poisoning by eating leftover holiday meals, but with this guide, you can stay safe and yet not waste food. There are children and families who have no idea where their next meal is coming from, and yet the people in the USA are throwing away food regularly. So if fear is the reason for this, you now can learn food safety tips from this article, and let us see how we can be safe without wasting valuable food.

  • You should freeze your leftovers within 3 days, but I will freeze mine as soon as possible when I know I will not be using them right away.
  • Even though you can be sure your frozen leftovers will be safe for almost forever, you are best to use them within 3 months for their best flavor.
  • Never refreeze more than one time, and the way I am sure to not waste any food is to freeze them in small individual portions.
  • Labeling is something I have learned to be very valuable for me, I often prepare a full slow cooker of my favorite soup, and then freeze it. Simply by using masking tape and a waterproof marker, you can label as you freeze your leftovers, and this works great for gluten free turkey soup recipes.
  • I prefer freezer bags myself, but you also can use containers. Being a single person this allows me to store more, and every time I cook I prepare a super big batch.

So these are some tips that I use myself to store my own food for another day, and I purposely prepare my slow cooker full as I possibly can with the intention of freezing the extra for another day.

How To Store Thanksgiving Leftover Tips 

 

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Turkey Soup Recipe Ideas

My grandmother was the most creative cook I have ever met, and it is a shame she never wrote all her recipes down. I would never have imagined there were so many ways you could prepare turkey soup, but amazingly every time she did it tasted unique. I guess some of us have a natural talent for being creative cooks, and some of us must depend on recipes. I am one of those who needs recipe ideas, and so here are some I found for you while writing this article.

Of course, you can guess the crockpot soup would interest me the most, and that is because I can just throw in the ingredients and my part is done. By the way, you can be sure all of the recipes above are gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Turkey Chili Recipe

Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Instead of sharing prayers with you as I usually do, I thought for a change I would share some bible verses for Thanksgiving. I am not a super religious person by any means, but like inspirational quotes, you can learn and be motivated by reading bible verses. If Free Family Solutions is benefitting you please feel free to leave me a comment, I really would love to hear from you.

Daniel 6:10 – Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

 1 Chronicle 16:34  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

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Assistance For Families

With the COVID many families are struggling for Thanksgiving, and I am disappointed President Trump stopped the stimulus for the holidays. So how many of you feel you come first in President Trump’s eyes during this terrible time in your lives. I am not a political person, but I do care about people, and I just feel many of you have not been taken care of during this crazy virus the way you should have. Anyway, I have some assistance programs that you might be able to get some help if you are interested, and I am praying for all of you.

  • Need Help Paying Bills
  • Financial Help Free
  • Coats for Kids
  • COVID-19 Response
  • COVID Housing Assistance
  • The CARES Act Program

How To Help Others During The COVID

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meals

I thank you for reading my article Gluten Free Turkey Soup Recipes, and some of you might be brand new to this lifestyle. So I thought it might benefit some of you with a Thanksgiving meal free of gluten, so read on if this interests you.

Now you have a good start if you are new to preparing a Thanksgiving meal without any gluten, and next, I thought I would provide you some snack choices that are safe for watching the football games.

  • Corn Nuts
  • Cheetos
  • Doritos
  • Fritos
  • Gatorade
  • Snickers

So now you have also a list of ideas for football snacks, and if this article has been helpful to you please leave me a comment at the end of this article for me.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Turkey Recipes

What Brands Of Ice Cream Can You Have?

For years I had to give up ice cream because none of the brands at Walmart were free of gluten, but now there are more to choose from than many of you might realize. How many of you would love a dish of creamy ice cream for dessert after your Thanksgiving meal, and for those of you who love ice cream as much as I do check the list below.

  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Blue Bell
  • Breyer’s
  • Dove
  • Edy’s
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • Turkey Hill

Now you also can enjoy a nice dish of your favorite ice cream, and these are the brands I have found that are gluten-free. I am sure there are more than the ones on my list above, but if you want to be safe I know for a fact these are safe for you to enjoy. Just be careful, you have to be sure you don’t buy the regular ice cream by mistake as I had done in the past.

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What Are The Best Gluten-Free Brands

For those of you who might not be familiar with the brands available, I thought it would be helpful for me to share some of the ones I have bought and used myself. You will find some are not as good as others, but much of it depends on your own personal taste. So here are some that I suggest you consider, and I would love to know which of these you like the best.

  • Whole Foods Market
  • Udi’s
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Glutino
  • Live Gluten
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Kind

These are not all the better brands available on the market, but these are the ones that I have tried and buy the most for my own use. You can try them and see which of them appeals the most to you, and explore with others as you find them. I have bought these from Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi’s, so these are three places I have found the most reasonable prices.

Best Gluten-Free Turkey Meatball Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

I realize I have kind of got carried away with this article since it is on gluten free turkey soup recipes, but I really feel there are so many recipes that can make your holiday extra special despite your strict diet. We have not really covered side dishes in this article yet, so here are some side dishes that are very popular with people living on this special diet plan.

  • Baked Sweet Potato with Pomegranate
  • Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • Glazed Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Maple Pecan Pie
  • Parsnip Fries
  • Old Fashion Potato Salad
  • Whipped Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole

Some of these are old favorites, and some might be brand new to you. I do hope adding these have inspired you for Thanksgiving. And they all can be prepared gluten-free, so your holiday can still be yummy despite you are on this diet.

Gluten Free Turkey Soup Recipes

You now have not only soup recipes for leftovers after Thanksgiving, but you also have recipes to prepare an entirely gluten-free meal. So if this article has provided you valuable information, I would appreciate it if you left me a comment or/and shared this article with your family and friends. As always Thank You for visiting Free Family Solutions, and I hope you will return over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Recipes Turkey Chili-High Protein Low Fat

Higher protein and lower fat are what you get with gluten free recipes turkey chili, and this is a great choice for families on a tight budget as well. I remember growing up as a boy my mother always preparing this on cold winter days, but she used beef in those days instead of turkey. So let us see what are the benefits?

Which Is Better Turkey Or Beef?

Before I start sharing with you the facts between these two meat sources, I am curious why is there such a competition between these two and not chicken? At one time the medical professionals were pushing chicken at us constantly, and now all of a sudden this ugly looking bird has taken the place. Now they are claiming turkey is your best choice of protein from the meat you eat, so now the once-popular chicken is not heard about nearly as much as it used to. So this is what Live Strong has to say, and I will start by sharing their first tip in their article Which is Better for You Ground Turkey or Ground Beef?

Tip

Both of these protein sources have many similarities in saturated fat and sodium content. But, fat-free versions of ground turkey provide a very lean source of protein. So if you are searching for a high-protein plus a low-fat choice, I can see that beef is not our best choice if we are watching our fat content.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Turkey Recipes

 

So if you are trying to lose a few pounds, you are going to find this is a better option. You also will find this is a heart-healthy diet recommendation, and if you are working towards either of these health benefits this is something important for you to consider.

Saturated Fat Facts

We have been hearing for a very long time now about saturated fat, so let us see what the American Heart Association has to say? I always try to get my information from reliable sources, and I am sure you would agree the American Heart Association is a resource we can trust with our hearts? Below are some examples this organization shares in their article on saturated fat, so let us see what examples they share with us?

  • Fatty Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Poultry with Skin
  • Beef Fat Tallow
  • Lard
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Dairy Products
  • Many Baked Goods
  • Fried Foods
  • Palm Oil
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Coconut Oil

From many baked goods and down may contain saturated fat, but the American Heart Association shares they don’t contain cholesterol. Next, they share their recommended alternatives to the list above. So let us see what they suggest?

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Nuts

They also provide a reminder to limit the following in moderation, and here is what is on their list.

  • Red Meat
  • High-Sugar Foods
  • High-Sugar Beverages

So this is the American Heart Association’s guide on saturated fat and poultry without any skin is the meat source they recommend.

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I Hope The Tips From The American Heart Association Is Helpful

Before I go on to the next paragraph I want to share a tip of my own with you, and my tip is fruit is a great choice for a healthy snack. You also should be aware of the high sugar content from this food group, and eat it in small portions as snacks and in moderation. My own dietician told me many people struggling to lose weight often is from overeating too much fruit, so many of us have been given the idea we can gorge on this food group without gaining weight.

Best Gluten-Free Turkey Chili Recipes

Before I start providing you the best recipe resources, I want to admit to all of you I am not what I feel is a great cook. I prepare my own meals in my slow cooker, so I can just add all my ingredients and allow the slow cooker to prepare my meals for me. I just want you all to know cooking is not one of my talents, but the reason I am writing this type of article is for Thanksgiving. What really is this holiday about, so for most families it is about being thankful for what we have to eat and the people in our lives. So with that off my chest, I now will begin sharing the best gluten-free turkey chili recipes.

  • Celiac Mama is my first resource you just might want to check out, and Celiac Mama’s real name is Jereann. She is the mother of two children that both need to be on a gluten-free diet, so I feel her blog is a very good choice for recipes that you can trust.
  • What website can you trust for gluten free recipes turkey chili than the Celiac Disease Foundation, so I feel this deserves to be on this list as well.
  • Another good choice is the website The Gluten-Free Good Life, and this also is known as GFF Magazine. I have never read their magazine, but this is something you might want to check out if you are into subscribing to them?
  • My lost resource on this list is the website Allergy-Free Alaska, and this one is for people like myself who depend on their crockpot to prepare their healthy meals.

I am very confident you will be happy once you visit these websites, and there are many more awesome cooking sites and blogs that could also be on this list.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Turkey Recipes

Gluten-Free Turkey Brands

Since I am providing you with good recipe resources, I thought I should also provide you some good brands of turkey that are certified gluten-free. So here are the best brands for you to choose from, and if you found this helpful I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment at the end of this article, and it would mean a lot to me to hear from you.

  • Empire Kosher is a new brand for me, and this really surprises me since they are in Pennslyvania. The reason this is such a surprise to me is I live in this state, but I have never seen any of their turkey products in any of my local grocery stores.
  • Honey Suckle is a brand I have bought very often, and I am sure most of you are familiar with this brand as well.
  • Another good choice is Butterball, and this is another one many of you more likely know.
  • Shelton’s is located in the state of California, so if you are living in this state this would be a good choice for you.
  • Norbest is a member of the Northwest Turkey Growers Association in Utah, and this company certifies its products are free of gluten and are never contain hidden contamination.

So you have the best companies to consider purchasing for your family now, and I do hope this has been a helpful addition to gluten free recipes turkey chili for you?

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A Christian Prayer of Gratitude

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices and provide me with advisors to help me with life’s difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me.

I am extremely grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned acts of kindness.

Thank you, Lord.

In your name,

Amen.

This prayer was provided by the website Learn Religion, and I confessed to all of you I am not a religious person. I do read and follow God’s word from the bible, but I feel you don’t have to be religious to be one of God’s children.

Thanksgiving Recipes For Children With Allergies

Safety Tips During The COVID

The following tips were provided by the website Today, and the following are recommended by the CDC. So you are hearing it from the experts on how to remain safe this Thanksgiving holiday, and if this has been something you appreciate me sharing feel free to leave me a comment?

  • Keep your Thanksgiving dinner small with your immediate family is highly recommended by the CDC.
  • Providing dinners to neighbors and friends should be done without facing them in person.
  • Shopping online rather than at your local stores for Black Friday is very important.
  • Watching football games at home with just your family, and avoid game day parties.
  • For dinners with more than just your household consider an outdoor dinner instead of indoors, but know this is more of a risk than the tips above.
  • Remember social distancing, wearing your mask, hand sanitizers whenever you must go out.

The following above are low-risk and moderate-risk activities for the coming holiday, and now we are going to see what the CDC has to share for high-risk activities?

  • Shopping in your local stores is extremely high-risk, and this is especially true for Walmart and shopping malls.
  • Spectator events should be seriously considered, but if you do attend wear your masks at all times to remain as safe as possible and practice social distancing if you can.
  • Parades are extremely high-risk and should be avoided if possible, you would be best to watch the parades from home.
  • Alcohol and drugs lower your immune system and should be avoided. If you do drink you should do so in moderation, you need to keep your immune system as strong as possible at this time.

I have heard the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is going to be virtual this year, so watching from the comfort of your home is your best strategy to remain safe.

Best Gluten-Free Turkey Meatball Recipes

Gluten Free Recipes Turkey Chili

This concludes my article that I hope you found interesting and helpful, I always try to provide you the best resources I can find in every article I write. Free Family Solutions does it’s best to provide solutions to your problems, and you can make requests by leaving your request in the comments below. I am always interested in what problems you are searching for solutions, and I will do my very best to provide them for you.

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Dairy Free Turkey Recipes-Gluten And Dairy Specials

Since I had to make dramatic changes to my diet years ago I am feeling healthier, and so I know how people feel that are living on special diets during the holidays. Today’s article is going to be focusing on gluten free dairy free turkey recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday, and if this interests you please leave a comment telling me so.

When Food Is Making You Sick

One of the biggest challenges in my life was to change my diet, and even though I was eating healthy the majority of the time, I was still feeling extremely ill. When the food you are putting into your body is known to be healthy, you will find it extremely confusing why you are feeling so bad? So all my life I was experiencing low energy and digestive problems, but everything I read and my doctor told me I was doing. When your food is making you sick what can you do, and what turned my life around was going on an elimination diet. 

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Ground Turkey Recipes

My Basic Diet Plan

Today I thought possibly sharing my own basic diet plan just might help some of you, and I will admit at first this is very difficult for most of us to do. You are going to experience cravings for those foods that are making you sick, but if you hang in there for approximately a few weeks your cravings will become less and less of a problem for you. So let us look at my own basic diet plan, and you are going to find this includes the foods that are naturally gluten and dairy-free.

  • The main ingredient in all my meals is meat, and if you have any autoimmune diseases as I do, you want to focus more on the natural grass-fed meats as much as possible.
  • Turkey and chicken are your best choices for high-protein, and they are much easier on your pocketbook as well. You will find grass-fed beef is quite an expensive investment for a family, but turkey and chicken are affordable for the majority of families.
  • Other protein choices are eggs, fish, pork as other good sources as long as you are not allergic to eggs which is a possibility you need to be aware of.

With food allergies and intolerances you also need to be careful with any of your processed foods and reading food labels is a must to be sure you are not accidentally putting gluten or dairy into your body. now that you understand protein better, let us see what else is included in my basic diet plan.

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Time To Listen To Your Mama

The next food group you want to be eating are your veggies, I guess mothers do know best since almost all of them tell their children to eat your vegetables. Lucky for me, I don’t mind eating the majority of them, but I must admit, if I was not adding creative recipes to make them tastier, I would have trouble eating them regularly.

  • Salads are my main way to get both my protein and vegetables during the warm summer months, I usually use turkey or chicken most often, but I have also added pork as well.
  • I find preparing them in soups and stews in the winter months in my slow cooker works the best, I can just throw some mixed vegetables with some form of protein and let my slow cooker do its thing.
  • You might find this odd, but the frozen mixed vegetables are healthier for you than the fresh ones I have read. It is not only healthier but also a time-saver plus saves you money all at the same time.
  • If you have an autoimmune disease you might find some vegetables are not good choices as well, I am not able to eat regular potatoes, peppers of any kind, and also tomatoes, and eggplant. So this is where the elimination diet test comes in handy, you can find out if any of these might be triggers for your own symptoms.

Now you are starting I hope to get the idea of my own basic diet plan, so next, we will look to see what else you can eat that is gluten and dairy-free.

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My Next Food Group In My Basic Diet Plan

If you love fruit as much as I do this food group is naturally another good choice, you still need to read the food labels if you are buying vegetables and fruit in packages or cans. Your best choices again are frozen or fresh, but canned is a good choice as long as you read the labels to be sure they are safe.

  • Fruit salads are one of my favorite ways to eat a variety of this food group, and another easy way is to add them to your gluten-free oatmeal or cereal. These are easy to eat on the go and make great healthy snacks, and as long as you read the labels you know they are a good choice.
  • You also are able to freeze your favorite fruit when in season, so you can’t go wrong with adding this to your basic diet plan.
  • Even most people with autoimmune disease are able to eat fruit, but some people might need to watch out for citrus. Some folks experience problems with the acid, so this is just something to consider when eating your favorite fruit.

This is my basic meal plan that I can be sure to experience no symptoms, and by searching for gluten free dairy free turkey recipes you can have a nice Thanksgiving without feeling like you are giving up your holiday meal.

What About Snacks

Snacks are an important part of every diet plan, and many of you might find it a challenge to find snacks that fit into your new diet plan? So let us look at some that are good choices next, and remember again you must read the labels to be sure they are safe.

  • Nuts and seeds are good choices as long as you don’t have an allergy or intolerance to them, and these are very high-risk for people with certain autoimmune diseases. You will usually know within 20-30 minutes after eating these if they are not a good choice for you, but if you take the elimination test you will know for sure.
  • Popcorn is another good choice, but you will have to go without butter. I can tell you from my own experience popcorn without butter tastes very much like you are eating cardboard, so you might not be satisfied with this for a tasty snack.
  • Fruit of any kind in any form is a great choice, and again I love to make smoothies for my healthy snacks.
  • Vegetables are a good choice if you are someone who can snack on them and enjoy them, but for many of us, they just don’t satisfy our cravings.

Those are the natural snack choices for you to consider, so now I am going to go a step farther by sharing some processed snacks you are able to have. Remember these processed products should always be eaten in moderation, so feel free to check out what your best choices are in the next paragraph.

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Recommended Processed Snack Options

Even I eat many of these from time to time in moderation, and the reason I do this is I am very sensitive to grains. I even find eating gluten-free grains a problem for me, but this could possibly be from my autoimmune disease?

  • KIND
  • Nut-Thins
  • Bunny Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate with Almonds Endangered Species
  • Crunch Dried Snacks

So these are the favorites that I have from time to time, so you can check this out next time you are out shopping for your snacks. Read the ingredients carefully before you purchase them, I have found you just never know when a brand might change their ingredients. Be patient or skip ahead if you are getting anxious for the gluten free dairy free turkey recipes, I promise they are not so far away now.

A Simple Prayer of Thanks

Dear God, on this Thanksgiving Day I want to pause and thank you for the blessings surrounding me. For another day, for family, friends, for food on the table. You are the source of all good things and praise you for the simple things that bring us joy. Help us keep our eyes on your this day and every day so our lives may be filled with praise and joy.

Amen.

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Psalms are good prayer choices for Thanksgiving

A Prayer for Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name,

Amen. ~ Debbie McDaniel

 

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Thanksgiving Food Allergies

Gluten Free Dairy Free Turkey Recipes

I never used to really not be a big fan of turkey, I would eat very little even on Thanksgiving. Since I had to change my diet to be healthier, I have found by using the recipes I have found online this meat source I don’t mind now. The reason I was never big on this meat was it always seemed so dry to me, but when you mix it with vegetables and other ingredients that is the solution to the problem. You can purchase ground turkey for much less than ground beef, so this is a good option for those of you trying to save money on your grocery bill. Now let us see what I have to share for you in the way of recipes, and I thank you for visiting Free Family Solutions.

  • Turkey Meatloaf
  • Turkey Rice Burgers
  • Casserole
  • Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe
  • Stuffing Gluten-Free
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Sausage Recipe
  • Creamy Turkey Risotto

You can use the link I am providing here to watch these videos for these and more recipes, I have learned over the years it is easier for me to understand the recipes more by watching them. So I hope this will be something you enjoy and is helpful for you as it has been for me?

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cookbooks

I have not forgotten those of you who learn the best with cookbooks, so you can check out some of the best cookbooks recommended below.

Here are some good resources to shop for cookbooks if this works better for you, I also have printed recipes online and started saving them in a three bind notebook. So this is another option you can go with that will save you money, and providing you solutions to your problems is what Free Family Solutions is all about.

Thank you again for reading Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Turkey Recipes, and feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to say.