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8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House!

8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House! posted on Mar 2

It’s early March and winter is slowly coming to an end. We’re getting closer and closer to spring, but not close enough for me! As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Knowing that warmer days are   …Continue Reading 8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid! posted on Jan 5

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!

Healthy Holiday Shopping! posted on Dec 24

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!

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy! posted on Nov 25

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!

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! posted on Nov 18

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!

Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas! posted on Oct 27

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready?? As a parent, it’s hard not to think of candy this time of year, and your kids are probably eager to go trick or treating, or to welcome boys and ghouls (sorry) to your house. But   …Continue Reading Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables!

Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables! posted on Sep 29

Fall is in full bloom with its wide selection of root vegetables available to our families! The truth is…these veggies that grow and sprout out of the dirt can be a little intimidating to some of us. They have a thicker skin, longer stems and   …Continue Reading Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables!

Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!

Goodbye berries, Hello Apples! posted on Sep 18

Saying farewell to summer fruits and vegetables can be hard. But, once you remember all of the delicious produce that the autumn harvest brings, the season just gets better and better. Apples are one of my favorite fruits of the fall. There are many varieties   …Continue Reading Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!

Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun posted on Aug 19

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Take them to a farmers’ market! With more and more markets featuring demonstrations, music and other entertainment, it’s a great family outing. As an added bonus, bringing your children to a farmers’ market may   …Continue Reading Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way! posted on Jul 1

On a gorgeous day, who doesn’t love a picnic? Picnics and cookouts can be a great way to have fun with friends and family in the summer…unless someone gets sick from the food. Don’t let anything get in the way of your summer celebrations. Just   …Continue Reading Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!