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Moms Need Sleep too! Posted on Feb 23

Moms Need Sleep too!

With the weather so cold I find it hard to get up early in the morning especially if I have gone to bed late.  I know I should be getting more sleep, but as a parent there is always so much to do that inevitably   …Continue Reading Moms Need Sleep too!

Save that Smile! Posted on Feb 11

Save that Smile!

Did you know that good oral hygiene is essential for your child from the very start?  That’s because healthy gums and teeth help your child chew properly and speak clearly.  In addition, teeth and gums also shape your child’s face and make way for adult   …Continue Reading Save that Smile!

Super Bowl Picnic! Posted on Jan 26

Super Bowl Picnic!

Our much-beloved New England Patriots are contending for the Super Bowl this Sunday! And the big questions are…who will you watch the game with? What will the best commercial be?  And, let’s face it—what goodies are we going to eat? Back in the days before   …Continue Reading Super Bowl Picnic!

Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy! Posted on Jan 12

Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

New Year, new baby, new, healthier you!  Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. Smoking during pregnancy is especially harmful, causing additional health problems including premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant death. Here are some facts about   …Continue Reading Facts about Smoking and Pregnancy!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid! Posted on Jan 5

New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

As we start the new year off, it’s a chance to think about new beginnings and make resolutions for the coming year. For many of us women, this should include thinking about folic acid in our diets. In honor of National Folic Acid Awareness Week   …Continue Reading New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

Healthy Holiday Shopping! Posted on Dec 24

Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Whether you’re an occasional shopper like me, or if shopping is one of your favorite activities ever, chances are you’re going to be heading to the stores at some point this holiday season!  If I’m going from store to hunting for that special gift for   …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday! Posted on Dec 8

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Finding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our   …Continue Reading Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy! Posted on Nov 25

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

By Suzi Hinck, Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University and Dietetic Intern, Massachusetts WIC Program Are you pregnant?  Congratulations!  So am I!  It’s an exciting and busy time between thinking of names, buying baby clothes, books, and toys, and thinking ahead to my baby’s arrival.   …Continue Reading Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! Posted on Nov 18

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

The holiday season brings a lot of fun, but can be stressful at times. Try focusing on seeing things through your child’s eyes. Chances are the traditions and memories you make are what children will grow up to remember, not the gifts or fancy meals.   …Continue Reading The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 3

How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special time for giving thanks and spending time with loved ones. As the holiday approaches, aren’t we all dreading, the daunting task of hosting the perfect dinner? The highlight of Thanksgiving is, of course, the enormous feast; so plan ahead for a   …Continue Reading How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!