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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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Art Therapy is Real

Have you ever been so focused on something you didn’t notice your surroundings?  For example, you didn’t know it was suddenly raining outside or that it was 3 hours past your usual mealtime, or that someone was talking to you? I recently had a total knee replacement and if any of you have had this, […]

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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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Freelance Pecan-Crusted Walleye and Look…No Calories!

Some of you may have noticed that the recipes in my blog and on my kitchen site are a little different from those of other food bloggers. For starters, I am not rigid about measurements of ingredients.  I prefer to invite your creativity in the kitchen.  After all, do you see the chefs on the Food Network measuring […]

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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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Physical Activity is Not Always Easy…

Having played sports most of my life, I like to encourage others to give any game a try. When people say they are “uncoordinated” I question that – I tend to believe that with patient instruction and time, learning a new skill is within reach.  This comes from my own experience teaching and coaching sports.  Even when I taught the […]

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How to Be Successful with New Year’s Resolutions

Are you one to make New Year’s Resolutions?  January 1st has that “clean slate” feel to it, so why not?  Depending on how resolutions are made, people can be successful if goals are planned well and they have a good support system in place. In 2015, these were the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions: TOP […]

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