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Why I’m Stretching Beyond My Comfort Zone to Join #teamNFC

Why I’m Stretching Beyond My Comfort Zone to Become a #teamNFC member! Follow along to #WitnessMyFitness in a promotional #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center! “Just don’t look at the scale,” advised one of my sweet, well-meaning friends recently when I mentioned my frustration about being overweight.  She really did mean well.  I’d already been […]

Continue Reading By on November 27, 2014 in health, Healthy Families, self care, wellness, women

What You Need to Know about Parenting

God-given blessing, life-changing experience, source of stress.  It’s fair to say that most people have described parenting in this range of ways at one time or another.  No need to feel guilty about it.  No, parenting is not always the bliss-filled state of emotion you feel when you welcome a newborn or newly adopted child. […]

Continue Reading By on November 10, 2014 in child development, children, health, Healthy Families, parenting

EPA Defies Child Health Warnings, Approves Enlist Duo Herbicide for Midwest

A cutting edge, powerful combination of herbicides is coming soon to the Midwest and eventually to more areas throughout the United States despite grave warnings about health and environmental impacts.  One group has even tracked how closely the pesticide spray could come to hundreds of thousands of American schoolchildren.  This product would most likely be […]

Continue Reading By on October 15, 2014 in agriculture, cancer, food, health, Healthy Families
family photo in front of stream

Creating a Baby-Safe World Amid the Chaos

Rocks dug into my left knee, not once, but twice, during my tomboyish days growing up on the family farm.  The worst gash involved tiny bits of gravel that my mother picked from the bloodied pit in my leg. Neither gash impressed my parents enough to drive me to the doctor for stitches.  I was […]

Continue Reading By on August 25, 2014 in child development, climate change, creation care, green, Healthy Families, parenting, safer chemicals, safety

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Still Asking Walgreens to Mind the Store

*Update: Walgreens says it is working on a safer chemicals policy, after consumer/watchdog pressure! You trust major stores to provide products you might need from time to time like prescription medicines. You probably trust those same stores to sell a safe version of household products from soaps and lotions to shower curtains and toys.  Did […]

Continue Reading By on July 15, 2014 in conscious consumerism, health, Healthy Families, safer chemicals
Anne Brock from Flour Sack Mama blog finished Mamavation 5K in May 2014

How the Mamavation Community Motivated Me

Have you ever felt intimidated to try something and then after doing so realized you’d been missing out on something great?  That’s how I feel about the #2WeekChallenge I just tried with the #Mamavation community! I knew Mamavation was a super-popular online community with some pretty intense fitness challenges for women.  Being neither perfectly fit […]

Continue Reading By on May 16, 2014 in fitness, health, Healthy Families, motherhood, outdoors
Mind the Store postcards to Walgreens

East Tennessee Parents Ask Walgreens to Mind the Store

The nation’s largest drugstore chain is hearing from East Tennessee parents and grandparents looking for reassurance about health and safety of consumer products.  Many people from Knoxville are sending postcards to Walgreens via the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families grassroots effort called Mind the Store. In the day when one of out six children has a […]

Continue Reading By on April 28, 2014 in conscious consumerism, health, Healthy Families, Mind the Store, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic