5 simple ways to stop fighting picky eaters and start enjoying dinner again

I am often asked to share tricks to get picky eaters to embrace a wider selection of foods. Of these requests, dinnertime is often the greatest point of conflict. The following suggestions should make a single meal possible and ultimately enjoyable for the entire family. I advocate preparing a single family dinner, as opposed to cooking additional “kid food” with…

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Parenting as the child of a breast cancer patient

I’d rather face the monsters: Parenting as the child of a breast cancer patient

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but, cancer, any cancer, is more than a month, or a ribbon, or a walk. Cancer is a terrible disease that effects millions every single day. For every one patient there is an entire network of family and friends whose lives change immediately and forever. I am the child of breast cancer survivor. Today,…

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Three Great Day Hikes for Kids (and their Parents) in Western Washington

Hopefully that last post inspired you to pack a snack and hit the trail! In case you are wondering where to go for your first hikes, here are my reviews of the trails we have explored this month. I’d love to know where your family likes to hike. Please leave a note in the comments to inspire our next adventure!…

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To Throw a Perfect Birthday Party – First Throw Out Perfection

We have a newly minted 4 year old in our house. He has been practicing being 4 since mid October but now he is the real deal. We avoided throwing parties the last couple of years opting instead to set aside his birthday for a special family outing. A few weeks ago I offered him the choice, a special outing…

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Cooking Matters! Crispy Cereal Coated Chicken

I have begun a new adventure! I have always felt very strongly that each and every person is worthy of good nutritious food. The fact is, in this country not everyone has access to healthy ingredients. Additionally, due to lack of information and resources many people are unfamiliar with the affordable healthy foods available in their region. This week marks…

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