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Summer Camp Option in East Tennessee

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. No homework, late bedtimes, lots of swimming…just a few of the things kids look forward to each summer.  But summer break for kids is anything but a break for busy parents.  It can mean major adjustments for childcare.  It can also be […]

Continue Reading By on March 15, 2018 in fitness, parenting

Can a Cow Save a Penguin? Question on World Penguin Day

This post is in cooperation with Stonyfield, where I am proud to be a #StonyfieldBlogger! Can a cow save a penguin? I asked my youngest to #ImagineHow when we visited Zoo Knoxville recently.  Since they were tiny, I’ve brought my kids to visit the penguins at our local zoo, where they wait to see them […]

Continue Reading By on April 25, 2017 in agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, parenting, pesticides, Yo-Getters

No More Mom Jeans

This is a sponsored post in cooperation with Stonyfield and prAna. No more mom jeans for me.  You know what I mean, don’t you? Those less-than-flattering pants pulled up to cover figure flaws, but creating a less-than-flattering look in the process.  I dared to try slim fitting jeans in a size smaller than I could […]

Continue Reading By on June 8, 2016 in food, organic, parenting

Hurray For Summer Camps!

This is a sponsored post in cooperation with National Fitness Center, where I appreciate being part of the #teamNFC program. School’s out!  The weather’s heating up, and the kids are anxious for long, lazy days.  Or are they? Wouldn’t it be great if they’d be satisfied with an idyllic summer vacation with the entire family? […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2016 in family, parenting
sunsphere in Knoville

Southeast’s Sunsphere, Shiny Train, Cleaner Energy Choices for TVA

Taking the elevator to the top of the Knoxville’s landmark Sunsphere was the highlight of a downtown summer field trip for my family.  The girls marveled during the short ride up that we’d be climbing so high, then they scouted for different Knoxville landmarks through the golden glass on the observation floor.  I pointed out […]

Continue Reading By on July 28, 2015 in air, clean air, health, Healthy Families, parenting

Imperfect Plans for Toxic Chemical Reform in US Capitol

Get my newsletter here so we can stay in touch! Time for an update on imperfect plans for toxic chemical reform: Who knew a harmful substance finally removed from children’s pajamas in the 70s would end up in our furniture decades later? That child safety devices could be protecting them from one harm while causing […]

Continue Reading By on July 13, 2015 in clean couponing, conscious consumerism, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic

Ecology Center Detects Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Car Seats

Could a federally mandated traffic safety procedure be putting your child at risk for a different sort of danger?  Independent research by consumer advocacy watchdog Ecology Center shows many children’s car seats are loaded with toxic chemicals that may be a risk to their long-term health! These same chemicals are being detected as accumulating in […]

Continue Reading By on July 8, 2015 in children, parenting, safer chemicals, safety, toxic

Five Don’t-Miss Memories to Record with Your Baby or Toddler

Don’t miss the yummy giveaway at the bottom of this post brought to you by Stonyfield Organic! “It goes by so fast,” goes the cliché that all the more experienced parents tell you.  You blink, and suddenly you go from sleepless nights with a newborn to chasing a toddler who’s ready to explore the world […]

Continue Reading By on May 27, 2015 in family, food, natural, non-GMO, nurture, organic, parenting