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How Time at a Youth Correctional Center Inspired My Parenting

Growing up I was surrounded by “bad” kids.  Kids who stole, drank,  did drugs and got into fights. I spent countless hours with kids that most parents would shun their kids from spending time with.  Kids who society labeled as “Bad”. But I didn’t see it that way. I saw real people.  I saw broken…

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Why Peanut Butter No Bake Oatmeal Bites Actually Rob Your Energy

Peanut butter no bake energy bites.  Sounds simple and good, but when one of the hottest recipes for moms with young kids gets shared around the internet I start to cringe.  Not because peanut butter no bake energy bites don’t taste good, but because they do the opposite of what people are claiming. No bake oatmeal recipes get applauded for being…

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The Unexpected Gift in the Gratitude Jar

A few years ago our family started a gratitude jar for the month of November.  It started simple with just an empty large Mason jar and a few slips of paper, but the impact the gratitude jar has had on our family over the years has been profound and bigger then I ever expected. When…

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Easy Halloween recipes for kids

Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids (and adults!)

      One of my favorite parts of Halloween is the food!!!  I love making the table look cute (and not scary) and with these easy Halloween food ideas, you and your kids can have a blast getting the table adorable.           Here are my favorite easy Halloween recipes for kids…

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Who Should Take Probiotics?

Probiotics are happily becoming a buzz word, even outside the health world.  The question many people are starting to ask is, “Who should take probiotics?” The answer is simple – EVERYONE!!! Did you know that 80% of your serotonin is produced in your gut?????  This means that your gut bacteria is largely responsible for your mood and brain…

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It All Changed In An Instant

As I was walking my son to school this morning he casually said, “Mom, it’s funny how popular I am.  I was just playing soccer with these kids and after I heard someone else call out their name, I turned and called out their name to have them pass the ball to me.  Now when…

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Happy moms and happy kids

7 Habits of Happy Moms and Happy Kids

You’ve seen them, maybe you are one of them, a happy mom who is smiling and calm with her happy kids while shopping, in the park, at after school pick-up or at home.   You wonder if it is fake or real. It’s real.  There are a few secrets when it comes to happy moms.…

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The Darkside of Being Healthy

Being healthy and fit is all the rage.  There are a gazillion blogs out there that have the most incredibly yummy looking pictures of food that make your mouth water instantly.  There are moms blogging about how they are cutting out boxed food and sugar and there are healthy fitness sites everywhere you turn.  Just…

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Move over toys, something better is coming.

A few weeks ago my son came into the room and declared, “Mom, since my birthday is so near to Christmas, I am not really into getting gifts this year.  I would rather just be with friends and have cake and ice cream.”    I immediately gave him a hug and said how proud I…

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healthy lunch ideas for work

Healthy Easy Lunch Ideas

Healthy, easy lunch ideas for work or school can be fresh and fun.   Many times we just get stuck in a rut thinking we have to “cook” something.  In reality, when you are at work or school, fresh is what will awaken your taste buds from the blah of microwaved food or food that…

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