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Hit the Reset Button on Your Kids’ Nutrition

…with Healthier On-the-go Meals and Snacks By Esther Blum, Integrative Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach After a summer of fun, sun and treats it may be time for a nutrition reset as summer winds down and you prepare for the new school year. As an integrative dietitian, I hear people’s battle cries for help, especially when…

Beat the Summer Heat with These Cool Ideas!

Check out our “Cooler Than a Popsicle” Pinterest board for some excellent activities for the kids during this hot summer heat wave!

Garden Markers

By Lady DIY Some of my favorite memories from childhood are times spent helping my mom in our garden. Now that I have kids of my own, I’ve continued the gardening tradition with my three boys. There is nothing better than enjoying fresh fruit or vegetables straight from your own yard! I find my kids…

How to Keep Children Safe at Summer Pool and Hot Tub Parties

By Sue LaPLante As summer approaches, you might find yourself and your family invited to pool and hot tub parties by friends and family. While your first priority is to have a great time at these parties, you also need to teach your children how to be safe around pools and hot tubs. We have…

An Interview with the UC Davis MIND Institute

A Treasure Box of Resources for Neurodevelopmental Disorders By Michelle Kopkash Though Greater Sacramento is known for its Gold Rush days, it’s today’s landscape, rich with contemporary gems providing services to families, that makes this spot a viable, booming location. One such gem is the UC Davis MIND Institute (short for “Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental…

Being Mikey’s Dad

By Michael McDonald I remember the day Mikey was born incredibly clearly. As soon as I saw him, my world was immediately and forever different. From the corners of my eyes, immense love and incredible relief flowed in streams. Here he was—in the world, moving, and healthy. Mikey had arrived. It was overwhelming. All the…

Bookmarking the Great Outdoors

By Lady DIY If your kids are anything like mine, a camping trip typically means that we’ll be bringing home a lot of natural souvenirs. Feathers, rocks, sand and flowers are common keepsakes. This month’s Crafty project is a great way to preserve some of those memories. Supplies Needed: Pressed flowers Cardstock (this is a…

Helping Your Children Cope With Allergies

By Candace Lai The season for sniffles and achoos has arrived. More than 40 percent of U.S. children suffer from allergies. The most common are reactions to seasonal indoor/outdoor allergens, including those caused by pollen from trees (spring), grasses (summer), weeds (fall), mold spores and other sources. Seasonal allergies in children can often start as…

Mother’s Day Photo Box

crafty By Lady DIY Over the years, I’ve received all sorts of homemade gifts for Mother’s Day. Without a doubt, my favorite gifts are the ones that really capture my kids’ personalities at that time. This month’s crafty project is a great way to showcase your family and your favorite photos. Supplies Needed: 1 piece…

Top Tips On Giving Baby a Bath

By Dr. Amy Kim Whether you’ve only been home from the hospital with your tiny bundle of joy for a few days or a few weeks—eventually, you’ll have to give her a bath (scared or not). Don’t fret. Giving a baby a bath is not as hard as it seems. Just follow our top tips…

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