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    Feature Stories: September 2010

    Preserving Your Relationship Once Baby Arrives


    by Tracey T. Serebin

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your second, as you are gearing up for the arrival of this little bundle of joy, one area that seems to get overlooked is how this new baby will change your life once he or she arrives on the scene, and especially how a little one will affect your relationship with your partner. The reality is that for any couple, whether they have been together for a short time or have weathered many changes over a number of years, this transition will alter every aspect of your relationship. The first few months are especially the most difficult, ... Continue reading Preserving Your Relationship Once Baby Arrives.

    Natural Alternatives for a Wrinkle-free Complexion


    by Kassie Kuehl

    Think organically! Natural alternatives to anti-aging, wrinkles, toxins and modalities as we uniquely age.

    One of the most difficult signs of aging to 'correct', wrinkles begin appearing on our faces in our 20s, and continue to deepen and multiply right through the rest of our lives. The fight against the innocent wrinkle has caused the rise of the Botox phenomenon ... but the insanity of injecting the world's most lethal disease into our body purposefully has given rise to the organic wrinkle-treatment ideology! If you like the idea of looking younger and healthie ... Continue reading Natural Alternatives for a Wrinkle-free Complexion.

    Making Field Trips Possible Despite Budget Cuts

    Education budgets are being cut nationwide, forcing schools across the country to eliminate valuable programs such as field trips. According to a recent report by the American Association of School Administrators, 11 percent of schools nationwide reported eliminating field trips in 2008-2009. This number grew to 24 percent in 2009-2010 and topped a staggering 51 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Many experts agree that field trips can be an integral part of a child's education, giving students real-life experience to supplement abstract classroom lessons-and parents and caregivers play an important role in creat ... Continue reading Making Field Trips Possible Despite Budget Cuts.

    Meals that Make the Grade


    From Delicious Dinners to Perfect Brown Bags

    With after school activities, late workdays and long commutes or carpools, many families struggle to find time to sit down together to eat dinner. When they do, the meal may consist of prepackaged or fast food options, which can increase food costs and skimp on good nutrition.

    What's a busy parent to do? While a home cooked weeknight meal may sound labor-intensive, it can really payoff economically, nutritionally and environmentally - all in the form of leftovers.

    Child nutrition expert and mother Jodie Shield, RD, understands the ch ... Continue reading Meals that Make the Grade.

    Tips for Simplifying Back-to-School

    From Wanda Urbanska, Simple Living expert and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life

    • Commit to a successful school year. Sit down with each child and discuss the upcoming school year. Identify each child's favorite activities or memories from past school years and what they count as their greatest accomplishments, as well as their least favorite things about school and the things that cause the greatest difficulty. Write down goals for the upcoming school year.

    • Establish a routine. Pay attention to the choreography of daily life - getting kids in the habi ... Continue reading Tips for Simplifying Back-to-School.