Two Words to Teach to Your Toddler This Month, Part 2: Wasteful

Our kids will only be as socially responsible and emotionally aware as we teach them. Modeling vocabulary, like the words introduced in this 2 part monthly column, will help you take an active role in your child’s social and emotional development. Wasteful: Merriam-Webster dictionary: Using more of something than is needed Causing something valuable to…

Want to do a Yoga Column?

My gal pal of 10 years, and also an incredible yoga instructor, Lauren Vandermar, and I were chatting one day about how I managed to sprain my tailbone while giving birth to my daughter. Two and a half years later, I still can’t sit comfortably and getting up from a seated position is even harder…

Crunchy Chili Flake Kale Chips

Eating greens might not be what comes to mind when you think about snacking. But, these crunchy kale chips, seasoned with just a kick of spice, might make you think twice. A super easy, quick prep side, kale chips go with just about any main course dish. These might even be a fun addition to…

The Trifectas of Infancy

Warning: Do not continue to read this post if you have a weak stomach, can’t seem to laugh when you hear the word poo, or think it’s impolite to talk about the bodily functions of an infant. And if you decide to turn away from this post, then please also choose to not have children….

Two Words to Teach to Your Toddler This Month, Part 1: Appreciate

Our kids will only be as socially responsible and emotionally aware as we teach them to be. Modeling vocabulary, like the words introduced in this 2 part monthly column, will help you take an active role in your child’s social, emotional, and language development. Appreciate Merriam-Webster dictionary: To give thanks or feel grateful for To…

Sleepless Child + Selfish Mom= Bliss

Nap time routines evolve quickly. At least they do in our house.  While I tend to keep things pretty traditional and predictable, moving from lunch to hygiene, hygiene to books, and books to bed, our daughter sporadically tests the limits in a typical toddler fashion. And by that, I mean, she tries to call the…

Spinach, Artichoke, Chicken Quinoa

This super simple Spinach, Artichoke, Chicken Quinoa in the CrockPot is sure to please on a chilly day.  Think of this dish as a good-for-your-gut version of your fatty favorite, cheesy spinach artichoke dip. After all, who doesn’t love that? Any combination of spinach and artichoke can turn a bad day bright with just one bite.  This…

Essential Elements for Staying Fit on a Budget

I don’t spend tons of cash on a fancy gym membership and shiny work-out equipment doesn’t fill my front room.  But, still, I make exercise a priority. Why? Because it is the best method of prevention from physical and emotional illness. How? With these essential elements for staying fit on a budget. The Local Library…

Jumping Rope Rocks For Your Body, Mind & Family

Physical Health Burn through calories like you never ate or drank them. Maintain a healthy body weight. Look good in your favorite jeans. Sure, these are all reasons that jumping rope rocks your body.  However, hidden benefits make skipping rope worth every sweaty sacrifice. Jumping rope positively affects more than just the outward appearance. Let’s take…