My Top 7 Picks for Raising a Healthy, Happy Family

By Ann, Contributing Writer Raising a healthy family isn’t easy. It takes time, knowledge, work and a bit of patience. How much time and work you put into being healthy and taking care of your family is up to you and your own ability, depending on where you are on your family’s journey to better health. I’ve put in different amounts of each at different stages in my own journey. For example, right now I have five teenagers in my home and I’m moving so […]

Struggling to Get Your Kids to Eat Real Food? Here’s How Our Family Did It

By Ann, Contributing Writer Believe me, I know that getting your kids to eat real food is not always easy. For my husband and I, it’s been trial and error… a lot of error on my part, but through grace and patience, together we are getting there. You see, we married almost four years ago, blending two families. We each had three kids (yes, I know, the modern day Brady Bunch right? More on THAT later…) and each family had different eating habits. Thanks to my midwife, […]

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bath

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that – I have recently become addicted to taking baths. Detox baths, to be specific. Now I make up excuses and squeeze in the time, because I have found it incredibly rewarding. If you, too, haven’t taken a bath in a while, whatever the reason – I encourage you […]

30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I was going to start out by seeing if anyone could relate to that weeknight rush where you neglected to plan dinner properly and have to scramble at the last minute, but seriously – do I even need to ask? I know I’m not the only one. It happens far more frequently than I care to admit (though not quite as frequently now that I figured out how to make menu planning work with my type-B personality! Yeah!) I have slowly built […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Quick, Healthy Meals for Your Family

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It’s five o’clock. What’s for dinner? For many years, if I didn’t have a menu plan with printed off recipes, when five o’clock rolled around we’d resort to going out to eat or grab carry out. We had the delivery pizza guy on speed dial and knew which nights had happy hour for cheap appetizers. I didn’t know how to create healthy meals for my family without a detailed recipe telling me exactly what to do. Fast forward a […]

Take Charge of Your Health with The Whole30 Challenge

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Did you resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, only to find yourself falling back into the same old eating patterns after trying to make healthy changes? I’ll be honest, for years I struggled to eat healthy, because frankly, I wasn’t sure what “eating healthy” really meant. I simply had no clue as to what foods would help to nourish my body and which foods might be creating setbacks in my health. It wasn’t until I became very ill with two […]

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nights

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they’re spending most at-home hours as dad and mom – date nights may even be pushed aside. Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to wait for dates until there’s a break in schedules. But sometimes a break doesn’t come for months. In some hectic seasons, my husband and I […]

How I (Finally) Had A Natural Childbirth

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I just had my third baby, and I (finally) had a natural childbirth. Induced and with Pitocin, even. Virtual high-five, anyone?? This was not easy, but I had planned it for a long time. I had horrific experiences with my two prior births. There was the emotional disconnection and fallout of the medicated births, but I also had spinal headaches with both of my sons. Talk about starting your newborn days out wrong! A week-long migraine is NOT the way to go! […]