Teach Kids About Plants and Vegetables: Grow Sprouts in a Jar

Teaching kids how to grow sprouts in a jar combines several wonderful lessons: It is a hands-on exploration of the life cycle of plants. It is a practice in patience (though one well paced for young pre-schoolers since there are new results every day). It provides practice for following simple directions. It instills responsibility in caring for something and seeing the product of that caring. And it is an excellent way to get kids excited about vegetables and healthy eating - with a nice lesson about nutrition tied in. Not only that, it's fun!...more

Midwife or OB? Homebirth, Hospital, or Birth Center? Factors to Consider

Midwife or OB? Homebirth or Birth Center? For mom's seeking a natural, intervention free childbirth these choices can be daunting and the considerations that go into the decision making process vary widely based on location and individual circumstances, but they often boil down to a few general categories: Safety and comfort; Cost; and Availability and Logistics....more

Easy Mediterranean Pizzas

These individual Mediterranean Pizzas were so easy to make, I'm surprised I'd never thought to try them before - especially considering how much Flintstone loves hummus! In addition to being fun finger food, these are vegan (or plant based if that's how you roll), delicious, and pretty darn good for you....more

On Photographing My Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with DS (now 3), I took a similar pictures of my belly in the same outfit every week to capture the progression of the belly. Here is a sampling:I really loved this project, but decided I would do a better job of it if I did it again. I thought it would be cool to be able to put together something like this:...more

Cheater Chai Tea Latte

Starbucks' Chai Tea Latte is one of my favorite hot drinks (one of many). When the craving hits me at home I have a simple cheat for a mock Starbucks Chai Tea Latte that only takes about 2 minutes to make:Ingredients:...more

Why the Mandatory Breastfeeding Law has Nothing to do with Babies.

The passage by the United Arab Emirates' Federal National Council of a clause in their Child Rights Law requiring new moms to breastfeed their babies for two full years has gone viral....more

Sweet and Spicy Swiss Chard Wraps

These Sweet and Spicy Swiss Chard Wraps are MacGyver’s signature dish. They are beautiful and delicious, can be made raw or cooked (both discussed below), are flexible and easily adapted to what you have on hand, and just happen to be vegan. This delicious vegan dinner idea is just about as nutritious as you can get and has a flavor both kids and adults love. Depending on what you choose to fill them with, cooking time is next to zero, though there is a lot of chopping and assembly time involved....more
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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: Fast and Easy, Great for Kids and Nursing Moms!

      This easy pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe is a fast and hearty breakfast that my kids ask for repeatedly during the fall and winter months. It is also an excellent recipe for nursing mothers as it helps keep milk supply up and packs a real nutritional punch....more

Why We're Adding ANOTHER Winter Holiday to our Family Traditions

Picking up the plush and fuzzy figure of a rotund, bearded man wearing a red suit with white trim, my three year old broke into a smile. “Buddha!” he declared proudly as he waved the jolly stuffed Santa in my direction. As we string up lights, bring in holly boughs, burn sage, and stuff the advent calendar I can understand his confusion. The winter holidays are a bit of a mish-mash in our home....more