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Back to School: What’s for Dinner?

Back to School: What’s for Dinner?

| August 31, 2012 | 6 Comments

Sometimes, the very idea of making dinner is akin to torture. Between the activities, school, work and life, there are nights where the big dinner decision doesn’t happen until the absolute last minute. It ends up being a very stressful thing, which is never good. Fortunately, there are some great meals that can be whipped […]

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Back to School: Planning Awesome After-School Snacks

Back to School: Planning Awesome After-School Snacks

| August 31, 2012 | 8 Comments

What is it with kids and snacks? Mine barely get off the bus before they are asking for a snack and wondering what it will be. Since an after school snack was a part of my childhood, I always try to oblige with something tasty (and nutritious!). But my husband always questions this, wondering if […]

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Teachers Help Us Shape Our Lives

Teachers Help Us Shape Our Lives

| August 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

It’s come up a few times in recent days. On Facebook, a high school classmate posted about heading back to work as a teacher after maternity leave. In her post, she asked her friends to share good memories of teachers that stood out for them as inspiration. The post was flooded with responses honoring many […]

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Quick Barbecue Cheddar Sausage Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions

Quick Barbecue Cheddar Sausage Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions

| August 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

During the last school year, we fell into a terrible habit. Whenever a weeknight was busy, I would pretty much toss my hands in the air and yell “takeout!” Ok, maybe it was more figurative than actual hand flinging and yelling, but ultimately, the result was the same. We spend way too much money ordering […]

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Back to School: Breakfast for your Brain

Back to School: Breakfast for your Brain

| August 28, 2012 | 6 Comments

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s because it fires up and fuels your noggin. Repeat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! The question is … are your kids (and you!) eating it? If not, you all should be. “Breakfast is key for adults and children alike, since it […]

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Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bites

Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bites

| August 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

For the last few years, Will’s school bus came so early that wake up and breakfast was filled with grunts and half-closed eyes. It was brutal. This year is different though, with a later bus and a lot more time to wake, eat and get ready. Still, making quick, easy and fun breakfasts still matters […]

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Back to School: Packing School Lunches with Flair

Back to School: Packing School Lunches with Flair

| August 27, 2012 | 11 Comments

Psst! Be sure to read to the bottom for a great giveaway. In the beginning of the school year, I am always filled with inspired lunch ideas for kids. But somewhere along the way, I start repeating things a little too often and everything goes haywire. Frankly, my kids start to rebel a little if […]

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Summer might have another month to go, but for us it’s sort of over. School starts this week, and that means a return to early mornings, structured days, packing school lunch and snacks and all that comes along with it. I’m going to miss the more relaxed days of summer … but I am also […]

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How To Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies? (There is No Magic Answer)

How To Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies? (There is No Magic Answer)

| July 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I was a mom to one veggie-loving toddler who ate everything and I thought I knew it all. I had everything figured out, and my son’s wide palate was proof positive that what I was doing worked. In some ways, I was right. He did and continues to love fruits and […]

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Do You Talk Around the Dinner Table?

Do You Talk Around the Dinner Table?

| March 8, 2012 | 8 Comments

Let’s talk dinnertime conversations: Do you talk around the dinner table? Share your day? Ask your kids about theirs? In a Family Meals Survey that I conducted in 2010, 76.6 percent of respondents said that personal news was their favorite dinnertime conversation. Another 73.4 percent said family news and 72.3 percent said what’s happening at […]

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