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On Connection, Community, and Wellness

When you think of wellness, what comes to mind?  Eating only organic food?  Never getting sick?  Yoga, acupuncture, or massage?  There are many ways to practice wellness, and while there are some general principles to keep in mind, ultimately we have to find what works best for our families and ourselves.  If we spend our […]

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Massage This Week

1. An hour (or two) just to focus on YOU.  Time for focused self-care can be hard to come by in small doses (to say the least), much less for an entire hour?!  When we give and give to others, it becomes essential to refill our own reserves. Receiving skillful, nurturing touch is a powerful way to replenish […]

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Safe Sunscreen for Your Family

Protecting our families from the harmful effects of sun exposure is a bit of a no-brainer these days.  Lathering up little bodies with lotions and sprays is as common for many families as wearing a seatbelt.  However, environmental health advocates know that we must be concerned not only about the dangers of sun exposure, but […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Food this Year: Crucifers

Based on the book Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (2013), this series explores simple, practical ways to improve your family’s nutrition with the most current research on how to select, store, and prepare vegetables and fruits to maximize their nutrient value.  Since becoming a mom myself, I’m all about practical application when it comes […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Food This Year: Alliums

Based on the book Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (2013), this series explores simple, practical ways to improve your family’s nutrition with the most current research on how to select, store, and prepare vegetables and fruits to maximize their nutrient value.  Since becoming a mom myself, I’m all about practical application when […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Food this Year: Greens

Welcome to the first of a series of posts focused on how to select, store, and prepare vegetables and fruits to maximize their nutrient value.  Based on the book Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (2013), we will explore simple, practical ways to improve your family’s nutrition.  Since becoming a mom myself, I’m […]

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Daring Greatly Book Study: Chapter 6

August 11, 2013 Daring greatly is risky business. We discovered that last week at our house when my husband was let go from his job for speaking up about the culture at his [former] workplace.  In fact, while revisiting Chapter 6 with him, we were in awe at how spot on Brene Brown’s description of […]

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On Slowing Down

The concept of slowing down keeps presenting itself in my life in a variety of ways- and I’m paying attention. Last month, I wrote about gratitude and its impact on our perspective, health, and well-being.  To practice gratitude, we usually have to slow ourselves down a bit and pay attention to what’s happening in the […]

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Gratitude Changes Everything

  I’ve been a mom for a year now.  And what a year it’s been. By far, the greatest lesson I’m learning is that I can choose my perspective in any given situation- how messy the house is, my often too long to-do list, financial responsibilities, commitments to clients, whether my baby is napping enough- […]

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Daring Greatly Book Study: Chapter 5

June 9, 2013 Brene Brown explores the concepts of culture, strategy, disengagement, and authenticity in this brief chapter. My favorite part of this chapter is this on p. 181: Questions for reflection: 1.  What does ‘minding the gap’ (aka living authentically) look like in your family, home, work, school or other environments you live in? […]

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