Back to School- Kid’s Rule

September 30th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Lifestyles - (0 Comments)

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Try-It Thursday: Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

September 24th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Recipes - (0 Comments)
Vegan, gluten free, sugar-free, low-fat
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour or gluten free oat flour (the choice is yours!)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup egg whites or 2 eggs 
1 cup pumpkin puree (if your pumpkin puree is quite liquidy, you may need to add 1-2 tbsp of flour)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4C-1/2C honey (use more/less depending on how sweet you like things – if vegan, use maple syrup and you can also use sugar if you prefer)
2 tsp vanilla
  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F
  • In a bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda, spices and a pinch of salt.
  • Combine your egg choice with the pumpkin puree, applesauce, honey and vanilla.
  • Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes, depending on size, until a skewer removes clean.
Helpful hint: Freeze the muffins and take them out of the freezer as needed.

Back to School- Hand washing

September 23rd, 2015 | Posted by admin in Lifestyles - (0 Comments)

With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing!

Doctor offers tips on when and how to clean hands.

With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says.

Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She’s with the division of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio.

“Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well as MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] and other skin infections. Make hand hygiene a practice you and your family practice every day,” she said in a hospital news release.

Parents should explain to children why it’s important to wash their hands, and should set a good example by following a hand-washing routine at home. Tell children it’s especially important to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after sneezing or blowing their nose, and before eating.

Teach children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If they use hand sanitizer, they should rub it over all the surfaces of their hands and fingers until their hands are dry, Connelly said.

Parents should put individual packets of hand sanitizer wipes in their children’s lunches so they can clean their hands before eating, she said.

It’s also important for parents to learn about hand hygiene practices at school. They should ask or find out if school bathrooms have soap dispensers, whether classrooms have bottles of hand sanitizer, and whether teachers make sure children clean their hands before lunch or snack time, Connelly suggested.



Komen Race for the Cure RACE WEEK

September 22nd, 2015 | Posted by admin in Guest Bloggers - (0 Comments)

It is officially race week for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event! Here are the final thoughts from our 5k first-timers!

I just did my first 30 min run this morning! After a long weekend, I will admit it was a little tough. 😉 But, I am so pumped for Race Day and that kept me going even when I wanted to give up. Thinking of all my family and friends who have fought and are still fighting cancer pushes me through, and I cannot wait to support them on Sunday! This has been such a great experience, and I look forward to racing again in the future for the cause!



Race week is here!  The past week has been really difficult to get my training done.  I was out of town for four days and with a very tight schedule didn’t get a chance to get any runs in.  I got up this Tuesday morning with no expectants. I put my son in the stroller and set out to run as far as I could, and I made it 3 miles.  It wasn’t as easy as it was before I left, but I made it, and I will make it on Sunday!  The steady training with the Couch to 5K for the past 7 weeks make it easier for me to get back into it!


Have you signed up to participate in the race? If not, there is still time! Register HERE!

Try-It Thursday: Homemade Salsa

September 17th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Recipes - (0 Comments)


  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 4 garlic cloves, large
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup cucumber
  • 1 1/2 jalapenos, fresh
  • 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion
  • 2 1/2 tomatoes


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to overnight before serving.

Note: 1 1/2 jalapenos = mild salsa. Add more jalapeno if you want it HOT or go less for more mild salsa. The flavor intensifies the longer the salsa sits.