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How to Escape Back to School Shopping and Save Thousands of Dollars

I recently read that the National Retail Federation projects parents will pay on average, $970 for back-to-school expenses. “Back to School” shopping is the second largest retail shopping season next to Christmas. So if each family spends roughly $1000 annually, we are up to 13,000 on average from Kindergarten to 12th grade!  Ouch! Want to […]

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“I’m Pretty Tired” of Under Armour Ads

Have you noticed that Under Armour currently has a campaign going on, called “I’m Pretty __________” (you fill in the blanks to describe yourself.)  It strives to educate people that women are not just pretty, they are “pretty amazing”, “pretty focused,”, etc. I understand UAs intent.  After all, my friends and family can count on […]

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Children and Veggies: Two Peas in a Pod

The other night as I was picking peas in my garden, I was blessed by two visitors: my neighbor and her 2-year old daughter Renee. I squatted down, opened up a pea pod, and showed Renee the big green balls inside. She looked at me strangely, not sure what to do.  So I pulled out a pea and popped one in […]

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And the Beet Goes On…

When you think of beets, what pops into your mind?  For many of you, you think of the deep red blood turnip, the one that bleeds into other foods on your plate if you aren’t careful. Others think of canned beets, soft and tender, sometimes too soft. Me?  I think of fresh white, gold, purple, red, and […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie… ‘Tis, Green, Green, Green!

Whether you are Irish or not, ’tis always fun to go “green” on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s also the perfect day to sneak Vitamin A-loaded green into your family’s diet! Enter the delicious St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Smoothie!  (Click on the recipe title for the full recipe.) And after March 17th is over, we can call […]

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Polish Coffeecake – Taking Mindful Eating to a New Level

What better surprise could there be on a cold winter day than a a package from my twin sister, Barbara!  Inside was a small piece of our childhood food, a family tradition, a beloved dessert…. a slice of Polish coffeecake!  No note, but knowing my twin well, she simply wanted to share. Yes, I poured […]

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Eggs Set Free in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The highlight of the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines was seeing eggs set free from Food Rules Prison.  They have been wrongfully accused for being “bad” in association with heart disease for way too long.  Eggs are among the healthiest foods available.  In recent years, many studies have shown the lack of correlation between egg consumption […]

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