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7 Simple Changes that Make a Huge Impact in Your Kitchen and in Your Life

7 Simple Changes that Make a Huge Impact in Your Kitchen and in Your Life

Food affects how you look and feel, how you work and how you parent. Food affects how your kids behave and how many sick days and cavities they get. Do you have a handle on food? Review the seven strategies below and pick one you can work on today. In no time, you’ll see that by making just one small change at a time, it’s easy to make healthy happen…

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Summer, Traveling, Healthy Eating

Summer, Traveling, Healthy Eating

The thing that I love about summer and clean eating is that there is an abundance of local, fresh food that is easy to come by and cheaper than the out-of-season counterparts! But that said, when you add a layer of travel and being out of your kitchen, or a layer of friends and family eating differently than you, or if you can’t say no to hamburgers and chips, or…

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Is summer a bummer?

Is summer a bummer?

Childless friends, grandparents, siblings, and even husbands might say, what can be rough about summer? How about relatives who have no kids, older kids, or just different kids, who plan a vacation without your own younger kids’ bedtime in mind. Bags packed and unpacked, sometimes daily. Camps and vacations that last a week, or sometimes even a weekend — not like the regular rhythm of the school year. Beach days…

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Living on Purpose

Living on Purpose

It was my birthday on Friday. Birthdays always get me thinking more deeply… how about you? After I had my first child, I found my birthday wasn't a big deal anymore – to anyone else! Everything was all about the baby – I didn't even get any presents! All I got was grumpy and tired, carrying around 65 pounds of post-pregnancy weight (you read that right!) and making sure everyone…

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Simplifying Special Diets So Everyone Eats Well

Simplifying Special Diets So Everyone Eats Well

I eat a vegan, gluten-free diet; I have a daughter who cannot eat dairy and is sensitive to gluten; a son who is very allergic to shellfish; another daughter who is a self-proclaimed vegetarian; and a husband who loves all kinds of food, and enjoys variety. If anyone in your household has food allergies or ailments that require a special diet, you know how challenging it can be to prepare…

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A letter to a mama whose child just got diagnosed with a gluten allergy

A letter to a mama whose child just got diagnosed with a gluten allergy

Dear mama of a child with a gluten allergy, I am right there feeling your pain, fully understanding that it sucks to have a child who is somehow different. That it is not so fun to go from not really paying much attention to food to having to read every label. And that even though there you are telling everyone about your new world, people still offer your child things…

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The Facts About Farm Fresh Foods

The Facts About Farm Fresh Foods

Farmers market or supermarket? Organic or conventional?  Farm-raised or wild-caught? There is so much information out there – some confusing, some conflicting – about the healthiest and most cost-effective ways to feed our families on a daily basis. One of the most important factors to focus on is where your food is coming from. We spoke with Greg Georgaklis of Farmers to You, a partnership of over 40 farms providing…

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The Joy of Storytelling at Family Meals

The Joy of Storytelling at Family Meals

I had the honor of interviewing Nancy Mellon, MA, a teacher, artist, and expressive psychotherapist who specializes in storytelling as a healing art. She is the author of Body Eloquence, Storytelling & the Art of the Imagination, Storytelling with Children, and The Knottles. Through her courses, workshops and talks, Nancy teaches adults how to use storytelling to build greater awareness and consciousness. Here, we learn from Nancy how to help…

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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Every year I make an Advent calendar for my kids. Not because I am religious, but because for us it has become a way to get focused and go inward during a busy time that in the past has gotten my priorities all messed up. At a time in our history when kids get a lot of instant gratification (adults do too, I suppose!), having a daily reminder of gratitude,…

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Afternoon Munchies…

Afternoon Munchies…

… don’t we all get them? The afternoon is a time when I feel hungry and more likely to make poor choices. It’s also a time when I am more likely to give my kids anything they want, forgetting that a yummy dinner is just a few hours away. Here are a few things that have worked for me: Stock your house with lots of fruits and veggies every Sunday,…

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