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  • Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background

    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (right down to March and May babies for Kindergarten-readiness) with a proven track record of turning the plan into a reality, this […] Read full story

  • Toddler playing peek-a-boo

    Childhood Unplugged — The Importance of Play From Birth and Beyond

    Children today are surrounded by flashing lights, screens and plenty of noise. Going unplugged doesn’t need to be a punishment; it can instead be the key to a world left unexplored. As a busy homeschool mom of four kids 8 years and under, believe me there are days I long for nothing more than a […] Read full story

  • Toddler sitting in a sand, pouring sand into a pail

    The Polluted Playground – Keeping Kids Safe in a Toxic World

    From the food our families eat, to the sand our kids play in we are surrounded by pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified food, and environmental pollutants. Part of protecting our families is simply just knowing the risks, how we are affected and what we can do to protect ourselves against our polluted playground. As most any […] Read full story

  • Bowl of ramen noodles with a veggies and a cornish game hen on the side

    9 Ways to Buy and Eat Organic On a Ramen Noodle Budget

    There have been plenty of debates over the years as to whether eating organic is “really” better for you. In my own personal research and experience, the least amount of human interference the better it is – but lets face it, we are not all going out back and picking money off of trees. We […] Read full story

  • three measuring cups of gluten-free grains, stacked on top of each other

    6 Gluten Free Kid Friendly Lunch Ideas and Cross Contamination Tips

    Raising nearly a handful of kids, two of which have a gluten intolerance, I have learned a few tricks along the way. Lunch time is a crazy time in our home, as I’m sure it is in yours. Today, I’m sharing a few precautionary cross contamination measures we take in our home and 6 easy […] Read full story

  • Toddler on the floor, having a tantrum

    Raising Generation Gluten Free: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

    I still remember like it was yesterday – the day I self-diagnosed our daughter with a gluten intolerance. After years of terrible tantrums, night waking tantrums, self-inflicting pain moments, weight loss and drama of the bowels – I finally had my answer. Gluten. The straw that broke the camels’ back was a 3+ hour tantrum […] Read full story

  • Beautiful Farmers' Market beets and radishes

    Tips to Shopping at The Farmers’ Market

    With summer comes the abundance of fresh, local produce at farmers’ markets across the country. But how do you find the closest? We’ve pulled together some fabulous resources to help you plan out your next, or even your very first, trip to the farmers’ market. We’ll also touch base on how to find a local […] Read full story

  • Bulk pasta and spices for a healthier pantry

    Ten Steps to An Unprocessed Pantry

    The foundation of unprocessed eating is a healthy pantry. I have a tried and true list of ingredients that come to my rescue over and over again. With the pantry basics I can create almost any dish my family requests. I promise these items will make your kitchen happier! Clean out the junk and invest in a few […] Read full story

  • Fresh vegetables, uncooked beans, spices on a table

    Ten Ways to Stop Overfeeding Your Family

    I had the opportunity to attend a food talk with  Mark Bittman, writer of all things ‘foodly’. It was to discuss his latest book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes. It’s simple really. Eat less meat. He’s not a vegetarian; he’s not dogmatic about healthy food. He just reversed the proportions […] Read full story

  • Image of chopping vegetables on a cutting board from The Fresh 20

    Reduce Food Waste by Planning Ahead

    It’s practically impossible to maintain a healthful diet without planning.  Before I started The Fresh 20, I wasted pounds and pounds of farmer’s market bounty because I didn’t plan to eat; I only planned to stock the fridge. If standing in front of the fridge with a blank stare on your face sounds faintly familiar, […] Read full story