The Honest Truth About Homemaking

the honest truth about homemaking

Whether you are a stay at home mom, or a working mom – working inside the house or outside the house, homemaking is a part of all of our lives. I’ll admit, the topic of “keeping the home,” isn’t all that exciting to me. It’s overwhelming – the laundry, the dishes, the mealtimes, the busy mornings getting ready for school, on top of your work and taking care of yourself and your children. At first thought, it also doesn’t seem like that much fun.

Until I realized that getting these “homemaking” tasks under control actually creates the space for more fun in my life and gives me a sense of accomplishment, I was drowning.

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Read This Before You Give Your Baby Another Bottle

Last week, I came across an article about a British study with an intriguing title. The result of the study wasn’t shocking to me but I bet it would be to most parents. The title that caught my eye was, “100,000 Person Study Reveals This Causes Early Death.” The study, published in the British Medical Journal, was a large scale study of thousands of Swedish people which discovered that cow’s milk has a deteriorating effect on health when consumed in the long-term.  This got me thinking about how so many infants and toddlers are guzzling down bottles of this stuff multiple times a day.

The study I referenced above, tracked 61,433 women aged 39 to 74 over 20 years, and 45,339 men of similar age for 11 years, found that the more cow’s milk people drank, the more likely they were to die or experience a bone fracture during the study period. So it’s not like the commercial says, milk does a body good??? Continue Reading

The Truth About Tylenol

The Truth About Tylenol

The truth about Tylenol is that it’s not as safe as you think. If your child comes down with a fever the go-to over the counter solution that pediatricians recommend is Tylenol. We are told by many trusted sources that Tylenol is safe to take for adults and children alike, but is it really? I have some big concerns about Tylenol, especially for children. Even the FDA has issued warnings about using the proper dosages because overdosing can happen easily and the consequences can be fatal.

Here are some of the main reasons why this medicine is not safe:

Overdosing is Extremely Dangerous

Acetaminophen, know as brand name Tylenol, has been sold in different concentrations making proper dosage amounts unclear. There are a number of different warnings on the FDA website regarding this issue, one warning is as follows:

“An April 2011 report from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) found that confusion caused by the different concentrations of liquid acetaminophen for infants and children was leading to overdoses that made infants seriously ill, with some dying from liver failure.”

This is really horrifying to read as a parent. A medicine that is sold and marketed as safe for infants and children has such a negative impact on the body that even a small overdose can be fatal.

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Is Your Baby Getting Enough of THESE Two Nutrients?

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Pediatricians recommend a vitamin D3 supplement for breast fed babies. Although breast milk is the best food for infants it is lacking in one thing – vitamin D3. The body is able to produce vitamin D from sunlight (this article explains how much you might need). However, in today’s society we may not be getting the right amount of sun exposure to create enough vitamin D – especially in Winter months – so it is a good idea to supplement vitamin D3.

The Importance of Vitamin D

There are a number reasons why the body needs Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for immune function in children and adults. Some studies suggest that vitamin D may protect against some types of cancers. It is also helpful in building strong bones and helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut. This article also reported there is powerful new evidence supporting the claim that sufficient vitamin D levels in pregnant women can reduce the risk of having a premature delivery.

Omega 3’s for Development

Another important nutrient for babies is omega-3 fats. Omega 3’s benefit eye and cognitive development in babies. Omega-3 fat and its derivative DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are so essential to a child’s development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child’s nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders. Sufficient levels of Omega 3’s in pregnant women also ensures that the baby will be full term.

Food Sources

The best food source for Omega 3’s and also for Vitamin D is fatty fish and seafood. Unfortunately, since most fish is contaminated with mercury, PCBs, heavy metals and radioactive poisons it is not safe to eat the quantity that we need to get the Omega 3’s our bodies require. This is the reason why a high quality omega 3 and vitamin D supplement is a smart idea.

My choice for an Omega 3 and Vitamin D supplement for babies is Baby’s DHA from Nordic Naturals. Made exclusively from Gold Standard Arctic Cod Liver Oil™, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that growing babies get the DHA they need for healthy development. Like all Nordic Naturals fish oils, Baby’s DHA is third-party tested and surpasses strict international standards for purity and freshness.

Baby’s DHA comes in a convenient liquid format with a dropper. It is very easy to measure and administer the oil to the baby. It can be given directly in the mouth or mixed with food. I have done it both ways. Surprisingly my son took it straight with no problem – even though it does have a little fishy taste.

You can purchase Baby’s DHA on the Nordic Naturals website or here on Amazon.

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What supplements do you give your baby for Vitamin D and Omega 3?


THIS Will Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

kids eat vegetables

As a Health Coach and someone who is always reading about nutrition, I know (maybe too much) about how important it is for children to eat vegetables. When my first child was young, she would eat anything I put in front of her. As she grew into a toddler, she became pickier and pickier – which is normal. Knowing that children aren’t usually excited about vegetables I did my best to make recipes that were enticing to a toddler. Some recipes worked and some did not, salad was particularly uninteresting to her. Then something happened by accident that changed that.

My daughter eats her vegetables now and has been for a while but it was a long slow road to get her there. Salad was never something on the menu for her, she has never eaten it willingly. Recently, she came home from school with some peas that she had planted in a small bowl. The teacher said (in front of her) to snip off the pea shoots and eat them in a salad. So we watched the pea shoots grow and they got nice and tall. One evening I was cooking dinner and had her set the table. Her pea plant was on the table and she said, “Oh Mommy, my pea shoots are tall! I am going to make a salad for us to have for dinner.” Mind you, she is 4 years old. So I enthusiastically encouraged her to do so. She took her children’s scissors and cut off each shoot, rinsed them in water, put them on a plate and set it on the table. As you can imagine, she ate them and made sure everyone else ate some too!

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I share this story because it’s a great example of how the simple act of growing a plant can have an impact on a child. We grow vegetables in our yard and involve our children in gardening but this story shows that you don’t need a huge growing operation to make a difference. This was a simple small potted plant and it changed something in her.

Here are some ways to get your children involved in planting and gardening…

  • Have your child grow just one plant in a small pot (as I talked about in my story). Peas grow very easily and quickly so it’s a great one for children.
  • If you have a garden of your own, have your children help you rake, weed, plant, and water.
  • Make a small garden area for your child in the yard they she can play with and create her own garden space
  • Get your child their own set of small garden tools (we got some at the dollar store)
  • Have your child decorate their garden/your garden/their planting pot
  • Let your child choose some things they would like to plant
  • Put together and small indoor herb garden and have your child be “in charge” of taking care of it. When you are cooking, they can cut the herbs for you to put into the meal

My group program, The Family Spring Cleanse, starts next week on May 28th! In this program I will be sharing more tips like this one to get your children interested in healthy eating. There is also over 50 kid-tested recipes, a program guide, a goal setting kit, and an online community for peer support. Click here to join us now!!

Do your children like to garden or plant in pots? Have you seen this spark an interest in eating what they grow? Please share in the comments below.


Healthy Real Food School Lunch Ideas

This year is my first experience packing lunches for school. My daughter is 3 1/2 and has just started pre-school. I have to admit it’s a little overwhelming at first. The school lunches I had as a kid mostly consisted of sandwiches. Since we eat a low-grain and gluten-free diet, a sandwich everyday doesn’t really work. As a real food school lunch newbie, I started searching the web for ideas…

The Lunch Box

First I was on the hunt for a lunch box that would suit our needs. The lunchbox needs to be…

  • Eco-friendly, meaning it replaces the need for plastic bags or plastic wrap. 
  • Non-plastic, preferable stainless steel. I don’t feel comfortable sending my 3 year old with glass.
  • Easy to open, something a young child can open and close on their own.
  • No mess (or low mess), if I were to pack something like applesauce I don’t want it to get all over everything else. 
  • Easy for Mom to pack quickly, the less parts the better, easy to clean
After searching through my options and reading some reviews from other Moms, I settled on the Planet Box. At first glance it seems a bit pricey for a lunch box which was my initial reaction but after more research it didn’t seem so bad. I had to purchase a zipper lunch box case either way which would be around $20-25 and then I would need containers. All my containers at home are glass and I don’t want to send that with my 3 year old. The individual containers cost anywhere from $8-$20 and I would need a few of them to pack different items. After adding up the individual things I had to buy it was almost the same amount of money as just buying the Planet Box. The Planet Box also supposedly lasts very long so it can be used multiple years. It is a no fuss lunch box because it is only one thing to open, everything is separated in its own compartment, and it is super easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher. Some of the other options I considered:

What to Pack

Packing a non-sandwich lunch is almost like packing multiple different healthy snacks consisting of different proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This is helpful to keep in mind because the things you are packing can’t be heated up at lunch time so snack type items work well. Some simple ideas include hard boiled egg, cut up carrots & cucumber, sliced apples, nuts, etc. To make things more interesting, there are a number of recipes that can be made ahead of time on the weekend and used in lunches all week.


Here are some recipes that I have used so far for lunches that were successful (meaning they were eaten)…

Recipes on my list to try for lunches…

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