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The Dangers of Sports Drinks {Plus What to Drink Instead}

By | July 7, 2014

Photo Credit: michelle.schrank It’s a hot summer day. Your little man just got done with his tee-ball game and what does the mom who brought snacks hand out? A sports drink! Those boys have been playing hard, so of course they need a little pick-me-up. Inwardly, I cringe whenever I see someone, especially a child, guzzle Read More

How to Deal With Depression in a Spouse

By | March 27, 2014

  Depression is a serious condition that affects many people in the United States, but the condition doesn’t just affect the depressed spouse. Depression also creates a burden on the non-depressed spouse who may feel lonely, stressed or overwhelmed by their partner’s behavior. Undiagnosed depression can be particularly harmful to a marriage as the depressed Read More

Is Stress A State Of Mind?

By | February 27, 2014

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Paisley Hansen. The yearly TED conference is known for its thought-provoking presentations, and this year’s talk by Kelly McGonigal was no exception. According to McGonigal, stress is only bad for us if we think it is. And reaching out to help others, along with seeking comfort from other Read More

4 Ways to Mindfully Unplug

By | July 20, 2013

By Megan Ciampa, Contributing Writer Advances in technology are all about helping us, are they not? About streamlining our lives, making it easier to get more done and in a quicker fashion to boot? Without a doubt, changes in technology over the last 10 years have drastically changed how we go about our daily business Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: The Importance of Hydration (GIVEAWAY)

By | July 15, 2013

I don’t know about where you are, but it’s HOT where I am right now. Many days are upper 80s to 90s and humid.  When we head outside to play for any length of time, we make sure to take our water bottles with us.  We need them!  The kids can easily drink their entire Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Musings on What REALLY Makes Us Healthy

By | July 1, 2013

Welcome to July!  Our theme this month is “slowing down.”  Let’s not rush through the summer, but instead, enjoy it.  Now on to today’s topic, which really has nothing to do with summer or moving slowly, exactly.  But I suppose I noticed all this because I wasn’t rushing through life, so maybe it counts? I have Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Is Having a Doctor Worth It? and Tests To Ask For

By | June 3, 2013

Image by Life Mental Health Awhile ago, we took our kids to meet a new doctor.  (See, I’m not anti-medicine or anti-doctor.)  Was it worth it?  Will we take them back?  Why did we take them at all? Who’s curious about the answers to these questions? Why Go to the Doctor? I am not a Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Is Elderberry Really The Best Flu Remedy?

By | January 14, 2013

Image by blmurch Daily Tip: If you have multiple goals, take one or two baby steps each day.  The more changes you make at once, the less likely they are to stick.  Join us for our 31 Days to Better Health & Wellness Challenge! Right now, there is a lot of hype about how bad the Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Magnesium May Solve Common Health Issues

By | November 12, 2012

Mislav Marohnić via Compfight A couple months ago, I began using magnesium oil topically.  My original purpose was to head off any morning sickness that I may experience with my current pregnancy.  I had read research that magnesium deficiency was the real underlying cause of morning sickness.  With three small children at home, the youngest Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: What I Really Believe About Modern Medicine

By | October 15, 2012

Hamed Saber via Compfight Many times, readers make assumptions about what I believe about health or doctors based on some of the posts on this site about alternative medicine options.  A lot of them assume I must hate doctors and think they are evil money-grubbers who are out to keep my family sick.  They think Read More

Why I Still Don’t Support ‘Cure Cancer’ Foundations

By | October 12, 2012

Image by miamism When I first wrote my post on Why I Don’t Support Cure Cancer Foundations two years ago, I was pretty much terrified to hit the “publish” button.  My blog was small and I figured a lot of people who swath themselves in pink and “race for the cure” every October would get Read More

What It Means to Be Healthy

By | March 13, 2012

Image by lululemon athletica What is healthy? Excuse this minor rant.  A friend of mine is sick and asked for some advice on what to do.  Now.  She had stated earlier that she had basically a cold-like thing or the flu, although she didn’t reiterate that in her post asking for help (online).  It’s probably Read More


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