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SuperBowl Snacks and other Kid Friendly Favorites

This is a special guest article from the women at MySuperFoods where their purpose is to feed minds and bodies for greater wellness.  Find out more at mysuperfoodscompany.com With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we at MySuperFoods like to…

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Do-Good Undies

    Welcome to my newest baby!  My sister and I have been long at work on a first-of-its-kind line of intimates using a special material that is actually good for your skin. In fact, these cheeky buggers are made using zinc…

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

This article is guest written by a woman of whom I think a whole lot, a missionary for your gut, an advocate for your health.  Her name is Tina Anderson, she's founder of Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant, and you can find her here.…

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Green Your School

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students spend an average of 5.3 hours in school everyday. It is important then as we clean up our homes to begin the change in schools as well. There are a number of things that we can do to get…

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Simply Healthy Back to School Foods

If you have a little back-to-schooler at home, chances are you've been stocking the pantry and fridge with them in mind these days; foods for lunch and snacks that will keep their little bodies working hard all through those long school…

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Lunchbox Power Players

No matter what you put in your child's lunch, whether you're packing them gourmet meals or simple snacks, it's important to fill their bellies with whole grains, lean proteins and lots of fruits and vegetables. LUNCHBOX POWER PLAYERS  No…

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Green Back to School

There are so many easy ways to go green this school year and a few fast tips is all you need when shopping (or not) for school supplies. Back to school time is an exciting time of year. Another chance to reinvent the student you want to be, and a…

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Happy Relationships

Do you feel like your relationship is in a rut? It's easy to go day to day passing your significant other like two ships in the night. But don't you remember the time when you couldn't get enough of each other? This summer, make it a goal to…

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Natural Sunburn Remedies

You always know it's summer when after a long weekend your neighborhood grocery is filled with families sporting red faces and shoulders. To soothe uncomfortable burns and promote healing follow these tips and restore health naturally. Aloe…

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Ease Anxiety Naturally

Life is always throwing us curveballs. Whether we expect the changes or we are surprised by the latest detour, dealing with these shifts can be challenging. Try one of these five anti-anxiety rituals next time you're feeling discomfort. Life is…

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An Essential Macronutrient for your Toddler: Protein

Protein is one macronutrient we must adequately offer to nourish little bodies that are growing quickly. Here's a few ways Silvia gets plenty of protein throughout the day. Visitor Question: How do I incorporate high protein foods into my…

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Give Dad the Gift of Health this Father’s Day!

Give Dad the gift of health for Father's Day this year. Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS tells us how! As another Father’s Day rolls around, the women in their men’s lives are combing the shelves and web for the perfect gift. Definitely, Dad has…

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Avoid Allergies the Sweet Way!

If all you know about honey is that Winnie the Pooh loves it, bees make it, and it tastes good, you're in for a sweet surprise! Honey has many benefits nutritionally and even has antibacterial properties that can help heal wounds. In comparison to…

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Buyer Be Warned: Toxic PVC Labeled BPA Free

Our friends from New Wave Enviro have gotten some strange questions lately about #3 plastics including if it is safe to transport, store, and drink your water from. Here's the response! Just when you thought you had learned everything there was…

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Bee Pollen

Bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis have been used for millennia as powerful healing agents. Even ancient rock engravings and inscriptions on Egyption sacropgahi depict honeybees as sacred insects! Spring is one of the best seasons to try adding…

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Getting Your Veggies

Getting everyone in your family to eat a plate full of veggies may seem like a daunting task if it hasn't been your lifestyle. Eating vegetables as a family while your kids are still young is the best way to encourage good lifelong habits. But if…

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A New Vegetable a Week

Getting your toddler to eat his or her vegetables can really can be fun when you make it a priority. While we all know it is best to lead by example and help them learn to love food, sometimes a different preparation is all it takes to make a…

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No Trace Spring Break

They say, "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas", and without proper planning, that could include a much bigger footprint than you realize, no matter where you're heading off to. This year make it your goal to travel in eco-style and leave without a…

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Green Your Pet Care

There's no denying, a dog is a man's best friend. Or a purring, fluffy cat if that's more your style. With pets such a big component of the average family, including them in your quest to go green is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and…

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5 Simple Ways to Get Organized!

Aaaah, an organized life.  We all want it.  Few of us have it. Here are a few quick tips for making organizing easy! Start in the Kitchen With most families spending the majority of their time in the kitchen, start here for maximum…

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Going Meatless

Whether you're a dedicated vegetarian or a hardcore carnivore, going meatless has health benefits for everyone. To satisfy everyone in your family try these meat substitutions without feeling unfulfilled! Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian…

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Easy Ways to Freshen up Your Fridge!

Making your fridge work for you is the best way to making healthy eating habits last for life. Here's a great article on how to freshen up for the New Year. It’s so easy to go to the store week after week and pick the same foods without much…

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Greener Cookware

Finding cookware that is eco-friendly sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Click the picture to see what materials you are safe to use. Teflon ring a bell? It’s probably not for the best reason. This extremely slippery synthetic substance may…

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Healthy Halloween Lessons

With Halloween right around the corner we've gotten quite a few questions about the best way to enjoy a healthy, green halloween. Click the picture to read a few of Sara's tips for making this holiday a success! Think Outside the…

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Best Nutrition Apps for your Smart Phone

Keeping your healthy living diet on track can take some smart management from time to time, even more so when school is back in session and your days are filled with endless responsibilities. Here's a list of our top 5 nutrition apps for your smart…

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Mom

We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it is often hard to prepare when you are pressed for time. Here are a few easy options that will provide you with energy to start your day. We know breakfast is the most important meal…

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The Sustainable Way to Remove Fall Leaves

Although reds, oranges, and yellows look beautiful hanging from the trees, piles of leaves can ruin your lawn. Just a thin layer of these autumn beauties can suffocate your grass and prevent it from receiving sunlight and oxygen. The result is a…

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Health Claims Explained

Fat Free. Low Sodium. Sugar Free. That's just a handful of the health claims that packaged foods regularly claim. But what do these mean and what dietary and health claims can you really trust? To help demystify the label check out the list of…

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Hearing Loss

If you think healthy living is only about things such as eating right and exercising, you are missing another important matter --- your hearing. Hearing clearly is a precious ability that you should protect. According to John O’Connor, an…

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Victory! Graco bans chemical flame retardants!

Months ago Sara launched a petition asking Graco to eliminate its use of chemical flame retardants. Today, we can all breath a little easier. Here's why... Today we have a reason to celebrate!  Over the last few months, nearly 4,000 people have…

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Choosing Safe and Effective Sunscreens

With the dog days of summer here, the excitement of longer days and more time in the sun is begging us to get outdoors. For most nothing beats a day at the pool catching up with family or friends or the latest summer read. But long days next to the…

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Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing a lunchbox can be an extremely daunting task. You want it to taste good, be healthy, and most importantly be enjoyed! Providing a healthy lunch will keep children focused and full so they can pay attention to school and not the grumbling in…

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Have a Green Father’s Day!

This father's day gift the earth while you celebrate with your father. Holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries not only leave a dent in your wallet but the gift wrap alone can take a toll on the earth's precious resources. Instead of creating a…

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5 Travel Tips

Summer is near and that means summer travel is too. Whether you are going away for a weekend or for three weeks, these simple travel tips will help your trip go smoothly. Summer is near and that means summer travel is too. Whether you are going…

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Learn Your Labels!

When standing in the grocery store deciding what foods to buy it can feel like a battle of the labels. Should you buy the Organic, Free-Range, or Grass-Fed? Or is Natural the key? And what do all these labels actually mean? To better prepare…

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The Healthy Way to Mom’s Heart for Mother’s Day

Serve Mom Breakfast in Bed with Recipes from Seven Leading Destination Spas Mom’s special day is coming on May 13 and we bet she’d love to sleep late. So, how about a spa-style breakfast in bed that keeps the whole family out of a crowded…

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Buying Healthy Meat on a Budget

Are you getting the most bang for your buck on healthy products at the grocery store? How about all those different labels promising free range, grass fed, or organic; do you really know what they mean? When it comes to buying healthy, organic…

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Spend Local…and Save Local

I recently teamed up with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) to help them launch their Go Local initiative and encourage consumers to join the "Go Local" movement by choosing to bank locally with a community bank. By banking with a…

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Stay Green When You Travel

Shut down the house. Before you leave home, adjust your thermostat so it doesn't run while you're away, unplug appliances from TVs to toasters (some use 40 watts per hour even when they're turned off but left plugged in) and stop your newspaper so…

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Living Green and Thrifty

Living green doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, in many cases it can save you money. One of the sharpest ways to go green on a budget is to practice responsible consumerism. Don't go overboard buying every green gadget out there and buy used any…

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Save Green, Buy Organic

Organic produce and packaged can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts but the benefits of eating organic foods are plentiful. To make the gap between benefits and cost even smaller follow these tips from The Organic Center for…

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Eat Right: Protect Your Heart

Are you tired of hearing what you can't eat for a healthy heart?? Get the scoop from Registered Dietitian Kim Hardin on what you can eat to boost your heart health and feel great this February! There are plenty of foods you can be eating more of…

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Five Reasons to Choose Organic

It's 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It's always important to remind ourselves of why we buy…

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your newborn baby. And although you may think it is the most natural thing in the world, it doesn't always come easily. Here are Sara's top 5 things to have on hand to make your…

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Best Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone

Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver inspiration for your next trip to the gym, or provide an alternative to the gym itself. Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver…

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Best Workout DVDs for the Busy Mom

We know that working out makes you feel better and delivers an energy punch that is unparalleled. But who has the time to make it to the gym when your kids demand so much of your time?! Relax, all it takes is a few minutes with a DVD to get your…

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Buying Healthy Eggs on a Budget

Labels can be confusing, especially when it comes to all of the varieties of eggs, so how do you know you're getting the most bang for your buck at the grocery store? When it comes to buying healthy, organic food, knowing a little more about your…

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Buying Healthy Fish on a Budget

Between canned, frozen, farmed, and wild-caught there are endless options when it comes to fish. And it's a good thing because as a nation we are consuming more than our fair share of fish these days. Part 3 of a 4-part series called Buying…

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Buying Healthy Milk on a Budget

If you are incorporating organic and low-fat varieties of your favorite diary products into your daily diet, the benefits are immense. At the same time, added hormones and the abundant use of antibiotics in the dairy industry could be wreaking havoc…

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Got the Facts on Milk?

Last week saw the release of a brand new documentary called "Got the Facts on Milk?" which asks Americans to question the deep-rooted beliefs in the health benefits of milk. So we asked the filmmaker, Shira Lane, whose own diary allergy prompted her…

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The Stoplight Method

With so much interest and information on family mealtime it is important to make sure you are getting your advice from credible sources. It is just as important to find a method of healthy eating that works best for your family. An easy approach…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Green, Blue and White Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Green Foods The natural green pigment is called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can be powerful in helping to prevent…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Red and Yellow Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Red foods Take the naturally occurring red foods colored by the pigment lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of…

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Eating by the Rainbow

It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose convenience foods or the same foods every time you go to the store. Get out of that rut by accepting a new challenge; eating by the rainbow. It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose…

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Making the Most of Your You Time

Having a career, taking care of kids, or just getting up for the daily grind really takes its toll on our well-being. Make a commitment to add a little extra time to revitalize your energy and it may surprise you how much more energized you feel!…

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Eco Rain Gear

April showers bring May flowers... and a lot of PVC, plastic, and rubber. While these things may keep you dry, they wreak havoc on the environment. Keep dry and have mother earth in mind with these eco friendly products! April showers bring May…

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Getting Your Veggies

Getting everyone in your family to eat a plate full of veggies may seem like a daunting task if it hasn't been your lifestyle. Eating vegetables as a family while your kids are still young is the best way to encourage good lifelong habits. But if…

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A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional

A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional Do you know where your milk stands? Led by The Organic Center’s Dr. Benbrook, a new research report has been released, titled "A Dairy Farm's Footprint: Evaluating the…

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Hand Washing 101

Germs are all around us, especially as we enter flu season.  But we certainly can’t spend our lives at home, avoiding outside germs.  Rather, we need to know how to arm ourselves in order to keep ourselves healthy and safe. Read on about how…

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Your Home’s Biggest Energy Users

Ever wondered what appliances in your house consume the most energy? Knowing what uses the most energy might help you determine which you could use less, or even do without! Ever wondered what appliances in your house consume the most energy?…

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Inexpensive Ways to Save energy This Winter

Save money this winter with a few steps to keep the heat in your home and the cold out! Caulk and weather strip. Use caulk to fill those holes and small spaces around your windows and doors and weather stripping to create a tighter seal. Even…

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