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5 Health Benefits of Gardening and 4 Tips to Get You Started

Whenever I think of gardening  I envision Mary Lennox, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s character, from the perennial novel, The Secret Garden.  Mary, a product of the Victorian era where children are to be seen and not heard, stands in front of her well-heeled yet emotionally disconnected uncle/guardian and with a lump in her throat, sheepishly asks for …

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6 Effective Real Food Habits for Healthful Living

Science, industry, and government have complicated our food.  Food is intended to be simple and pleasurable.  Instead, we rely on specific food movements to tell us how and what to eat.  Based on the statistics for obesity, high blood pressure, and chronic diseases, our Western diet has failed us.  Sadly, in most of America, pharmacies…

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8 Powerful Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

When did you last see genuine gratitude in kids?  Was it Christmas or a birthday? For me, it was a few years ago beneath the scorching Caribbean sun when my family and I delivered gifts from an American church to a fledgling Haitian orphanage.  Our ramshackle Land Rover traveled off the beaten path to deliver…

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Wholesome Chocolate Banana Smoothie (Whole30 Compliant)

The goal in real food eating is to find recipes that use clean ingredients.  My daughter, who is my partner in kitchen creations, and I blended this scrumptious wholesome chocolate banana smoothie (Whole30 compliant/vegan/GF) that is packed with ingredients plucked from nature.  The typical smoothie offered at a restaurant can be a bit deceiving.  Most…

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11 Homeschool Field-trips (without breaking the bank)

Exploration and discovery can be the motivation and encouragement children need to try and experience new things, which is why field trips are useful portals to broaden our children’s education and thinking. If you’re a homeschool parent looking for homeschool field-trips or a school teacher looking for field trip ideas But do all field trips…

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