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  • 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

  • Beautiful image of dinner table loaded with fresh foods from The Fresh 20

    5 Ways to Get Fresh

    Summer is a great time to establish fresh habits. With so many great fruits and vegetables it’s a great time to make healthy changes and the perfect opportunity to #getfresh food habits. Here are five simple ways to start with health and happiness today. Go Green Increasing vegetables is a sure fire way to improve […] Read full story

  • Crying toddler boy wearing overalls

    In everything we do, we teach our children lessons

    We all have experienced babies letting us know just exactly how they feel, about just about everything. Empty tummy? How about I scream until you figure it out. Food not to my liking? Of course, I’m going to spit it out! Wet diaper? Yes, it may be 2am but I’d like a dry diaper…and I’d […] Read full story

  • If we dont listen to our kids when they ask nicely

    If we don’t listen to our kids when they ask nicely, aren’t we teaching them to scream if they want to be heard?

    In every endeavor I try to pause and, instead of just experiencing it, I ask myself what can I learn from this. I’ve always done this, but since becoming a blogger I find myself asking, “Is this a bloggable moment? Is there something here worth sharing?” I knew when I left for the Philippines to […] Read full story

  • Child with cleft lip and big eyes

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness?

    Have you ever had one of those bolt of lightning moments of awareness knowing exactly where you belong, while simultaneously realizing it’s never going to happen. That’s how I felt the first time I heard about Doctors Without Borders. That was me. I wanted to be those people, to work to end suffering for people […] Read full story

  • Young Boy plays with a toy truck after having surgery

    Meet Gustavo

    People have asked what traveling with Operation Smile has been like. The best way I’ve found to explain the impact it has on my life is to share the impact that Operation Smile has had on the lives of a few of the people they serve. Meet Gustavo. He’s a happy, lovable, eleven year old. He loves hot wheel […] Read full story

  • Female doctor examining a teenage girl

    How to Prepare Your Daughter for Her First Visit to the Gynecologist

    No one is excited for their visit to the gynecologist, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth. A trip to the gynecologist, while never anyone’s idea of a fun afternoon, should also not be a traumatic or scary appointment. A big key to helping girls feel more comfortable with the idea of their first visit is […] Read full story