Miscellaneous

Nursing vs Pumping

I had the unique experience of exclusively pumping for 1 year with my first baby and exclusively breastfeeding for 1 year my second baby. There were pros and cons that came with both experiences, but they each shaped me as a mother and drove a lot of my choices. In retrospect, I’ve realized 6 things I […]

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Get Moving

The Sitting Disease, Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State, coined the phrase, ‘sitting is the new smoking’. Between long commutes, sitting at a desk for 8+ hours, or sitting on the couch to relax, it is obvious we sit too much. Even our kids, who innately need to move, are more sedentary now than ever. Our kids […]

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Healthy Eating

Easy Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

So good even my meat loving husband requests this recipe.  Quick and easy, just add the ingredients, turn on the slow cooker, and let the magical aroma fill the house! Makes 6-8 servings. Cook time is 4 hours.   Ingredients 2-3 cups of vegetables (our family likes broccoli, cauliflower, spinach mix… others include peppers, onion, […]

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Healthy Eating

Boost Brain Power Through Diet

Most brain development is complete by age 5.  Now that is an amazing accomplishment!  Food plays a huge role in brain development, as well as maintaining high levels of cognitive functioning throughout our lives. Whether the brain needs an extra push during early development or needs to keep running at lighting quick speeds, eating these […]

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Miscellaneous

Why Limit Blue Light at Night.

This page contains affiliate links. Please see my Affiliate Disclosure.   Technology is rapidly progressing, and with that so is our use of electronics.  How much time do you spend in front of a screen, what about your kids? I will admit we look at screens more than I would like.  Between turning on the […]

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Healthy Eating

Crunchy Yogurt Surprise

This page contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission, at no additional cost to you. All links are to products that my family currently owns and loves! Please see my Terms and Conditions. This extremely simple snack came about as a way to satisfy my chocolate […]

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Miscellaneous

Rainbow Clouds

One of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. I looked up in the sky and did a double take. There they were, vivid rainbow colored clouds. I was in awe. Did anyone else see this today? Apparently this is a rare phenomenon called iridescent clouds. They occur when extremely tiny ice crystals or […]

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Healthy Eating

Scrumptious Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast becomes an affair on the weekend when we have time to enjoy it as a family. We split up duties with this recipe, I mix the ingredients together, my husband cooks the pancakes while my oldest adds the dark chocolate chips to each pancake, and my youngest scarfs them down. Ingredients 2 cups whole […]

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Miscellaneous

Fatherhood Looks Good on You

People always say having kids changes your relationship as a couple. Parenting is hard work that takes the focus off of you two and puts in on someone else. It can be a strain on the relationship, pulling you in different directions. Or it can bring you together, learning together, loving together. For me, having […]

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Healthy Eating

Mexican Appetizer

Here is a tried and true family favorite. It is a quick, easy, healthy recipe everyone can enjoy. Let me know what you think! Makes 6 servings.   Ingredients 1x15oz can fat-free refried beans 1 pound ground turkey or lean grass-fed beef ½ packet of Mrs. Dash taco seasoning (or your own salt free homemade […]

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