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Summer Vacation Without a Holiday from Health

Planning for a summer vacation brings me so much joy. I relish in the time spent researching day trips, excursions, the local history and especially the food! I need to know the local favorites, make reservations at trendy hot spots and taste the must-have regional dishes. And although my phone is now filled with beautiful food photos, I’m also left with the memory of a very unhappy belly. Why? Because I was splurging on the rich,

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Keeping the Kids Germ-Free on the Playground

The return of Spring means getting back outside! We love a variety of outdoor activities, going to the zoo, visiting LinVilla Orchards and other farms/farmer’s markets, but a true favorite of the boys is simply, the playground. Who doesn’t love going to the playground – it’s got everything! Slides, sandboxes, swings, steps, seesaws, other playmates for the boys, other moms for me, and the list goes on…but while it is a terrific outlet physically, it is a germaphobe’s nightmare.

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Spring Clean Your Kitchen

Spring is a great time of year to clear out the clutter in your life but that doesn’t need to be limited to your closets, basement and garage.

When is the last time your gave your kitchen or freezer a good spring cleaning? Purging unnecessary belongings has many benefits from saving you time and money to decreasing stress. In regards to your kitchen, purging old food is a great way to check in on your health intentions and to make sure you are not consuming food past their prime which is not so good,

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Inspiration For Your Resolutions

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Already struggling to stick with your New Year’s Resolution? Don’t worry, it is more common than you think. Take a deep breath and consider revamping your goals. For starters keep your New Year’s resolutions small, achievable and positive! Opt to add something beneficial into your routine instead of depriving yourself and then…

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Benefits and Uses of Shiitake Mushrooms

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Shiitake mushrooms are a type of fungus, a plant that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. They have been used medicinally for thousands of years in China. Human studies showing the benefits of shiitake mushrooms when consumed as part of a balanced diet are limited but have shown promise.

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14 Daily Mindfulness Practices for 2014

Upon waking, sit at the edge of the bed and take 5 – 10 deep breaths.

Set an intention for your day.

Prepare and sit down to enjoy a healthful breakfast.

Practice Yoga! Even 10 minutes is better than nothing!

Sit for 5 minutes in meditation at least once per day.

Smile at yourself in the mirror at least once per day.

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DIY Mason Jar Straw Lids

I don’t know about you, but I use Mason Jars for everything under the sun, including my Green Beauty Juices + Smoothies, Fruit Water, Iced Tea, Coffee, etc. Sometimes I just want to grab them + go – but then I either have to bring a straw on the side, or fold it inside the jar, which can get messy! So, instead of buying over-priced, fancy-schmancy lids, why not make your own!

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Swim Diapers!

Like most families, we love water – in all forms. Lakes, pools, creeks, oceans…you name it, we’ve probably swam in it. and Being a member of a large family I’ve seen all manners of swimming costumes for kids :: bathing suits with mesh, bathing suits with padding, disposable swim diapers, full out naked babies, just a pair of underpants, etc. So, when faced with the choice of what to cover my babies butt with I had an array of options to consider.

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Sidewalk Paint! Non-Toxic and Homemade

Now that the weather is warmer and we’re outside more doing outside things my boys love to play with sidewalk chalk. And by “play” I mean “eat”…the little ones will put just about anything into their mouths and that includes: crayons, colored pencils, markers of all kinds, and last but not least, sidewalk chalk. So whether I’m gardening, mowing the grass, or sunning myself with a nice book (ha!), I like to know that the boys are playing,

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What’s Going In Your Easter Basket?

As I write this, it is snowing. It won’t amount to much and the snow will most likely turn to rain soon, then to slush, on to mud and then little feet will track it through our house and I’ll be armed with a Swifter for the next couple of days…but those are the joys of being a homemaker, right? And as we watch the snow fall it’s hard to imagine that Easter will be here in only 3 short weeks!

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