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  1. Family Life
    Are we responsible for our children's body image? Science would indicate that we were, and that means we have a tremendous responsibility to help our children have healthy body images and ideals. Findings from Cornell University suggest that when parents comment on a girls' weight it can have...
  2. Family Life
    Have you ever had a gut feeling that something wasn't quite right? If you're like me, you trust your gut, and listen strongly to this intuition, using it to guide you through the uncertainties of life. On the other hand though, can I really trust my gut? The gut that occasionally rumbles like...
  3. Family Life
    Raising healthy eaters. We all want to do it, but sometimes, it seems like an elusive task despite our best efforts. Here's what we've learned about raising healthy eaters. As parents, feeding our children is one of the main aspects of our caretaking, and of course, we want to do it right...
  4. Baby
    As research continues to show, plastics are not our friend for the most part. They harm the earth, can cause harm to humans and in general, can be replaced with more eco-friendly and safer options. Still, we are also now finding that many of the 'alternatives' are not necessarily any better for...
  5. Toddler & Child
    Spices aren't just for eating! There are many fun ways you can share their beneficial properties with your children this holiday season. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the seasonal spices-flavorful and warming, they can transform many of your recipes into a festive treat...
  6. Family Life
    When my children were very young, I began trying to plan out their education: where they would learn, how they would learn it, and what we would do for them to get it. I recognize that a strong education can help secure a better future. In our society, reading, writing, math and sciences matter...
  7. Baby
    For over 25 years the Baby Signs® Program has helped caregivers teach babies to "talk" before they can talk with a variety of books, videos, and songs. If you have ever considered starting baby sign language with your little one, you will want to read this interview with one of the program...
  8. Family Life
    It now seems there are almost as many milk choices as there are varieties of cereal! From organic to oat milk, here are some tips for choosing the best milk for meeting your family's nutritional needs. I often get asked which milk (or mylk) is the absolute best milk. In truth, it depends on...
  9. Family Life
    Hydration is especially important during the hot summer months. And whew, boy...has it been hot this summer! Here are a few fun summer drinks that are relatively healthy and your kiddos will be excited to sip on! While water is certainly the beverage of choice for children to drink, in my...
  10. Family Life
      When did a messy house make us feel like we were inadequate? Weren't cutting it as moms or wives or just normal, tidy humans in general? Here's how an Instagram caption made me rethink what a messy house REALLY says about me. Some time ago, I walked passed my younger daughters' room...
  11. Toddler & Child
    Even though I've chosen not to eat meat, I'm letting my son decide whether or not he wishes to himself. Yes, I'm vegetarian but my son is not. Even though it appears to be trending, it was difficult to find statistics on the number of vegan and vegetarian children in our country. One report I...
  12. Family Life
    March is National Nutrition Month. Here are a few fun (and educational) ways to celebrate with your children. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicates each March to a national campaign encouraging nutrition education leading to informed food choices and physical activity. As a dietitian...
  13. Toddler & Child
    The rose, a symbol of deep love, is ubiquitous around Valentine's Day. From culinary treats to crafts, rose petals are lots of fun for the kiddos this holiday too. While I am not exactly thrilled about receiving a dozen red roses from Cupid, I am pretty excited about the health benefits that...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    Even if you're taking supplements, it's important to nourish your body and your baby's body with good food, especially during the last trimester of your pregnancy. The third trimester is an important one in terms of baby's growth. The baby's weight more than doubles, and may even triple, before...
  15. Family Life
    Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)* are created by selecting the genetic material from one plant or animal and inserting it into another. Should we really be eating these scientific experiments? Grocery store shelves are packed full of GMOs, 75% of which are found in highly-processed foods...
  16. Family Life
    This summer my family and I embarked on a week-long plastic free challenge. Here's what we learned. I completely missed out on plastic-free July, yet it inspired me. After studying sustainable nutrition and permaculture, I certainly realize I can make better choices for the environment. With...
  17. Green Goods
    Your tomato and zucchini plants may be withering, but autumn's cooler weather provides the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into your garden. Maybe your butternut squash and pumpkin plants are already starting to produce nice hefty fruits for the fall…or maybe not. Even if you're a...
  18. Family Life
    Meet Sarah Dooley, the mama behind Marley's Monsters, an eco-friendly shop with products almost too pretty to use. The passion to create inspires her hard work, but more than anything, she is motivated to show her children that they too can bring dreams to life. When Sarah was pregnant, she...
  19. Family Life
    People tend to think red cabbage needs to be cooked to be enjoyed. Well, they haven't tried this incredibly simple red cabbage salad, inspired by my favorite dish of all time - fish tacos. I make fish tacos once a week and try to experiment with different fillings each time. This is by far my...
  20. Family Life
    Many moms feel lonely or isolated at some point in their mothering lives. Starting a local moms' group helps mothers build friendships with like-minded people. Becoming a parent is a struggle, and mothers often feel lonely and isolated. Even when your family surrounds you, no one seems to...
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