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3 Steps to the Perfect DIY Mother's Day - in 1 Hour or Less

I don’t remember the details of my first Mother’s Day, but I’m pretty sure it involved a card, and a happy hour trip to the neighborhood bistro where we’d order an appetizer, a glass of wine to split, and a complimentary bread basket. We used to do this a lot for special occasions. We were super-short on money, my husband and I, (I mean, everyone wants more, right, but we’re talking pregnant and no health insurance short.) but we also liked the high life a bit, so we’d get creative on how to indulge ourselves and not break the non-existent bank. It was a cash-only system.

Recipe Weekend: Healthy Hibiscus Tea for Mother’s Day

My son Aidan and I have started a new routine. After I’ve put his little brother to bed, Aidan stays awake with me and helps me with the recipe I’m working on -- cough lozenges, Ammie’s baby food, our homemade hand cream, whatever. Last night I was awake making hibiscus iced tea for a baby shower -- and Aidan asked to stay awake with me. He helped with the ingredients, he even took all the pictures you see in this blog. It made me realize a new joy of getting elemental and making homemade stews and brews -- I get to share it with him. It’s become our thing.

In Honor of Mother’s Day: How NOT to catch the Stomach Flu

What to Do When Your Kid Gets Sick and You’re Not Sick...Yet

You know how you think you’re a healthy person when you’re in your 20’s and single and you can stay out all night (maybe with a cocktail or two:)), maybe not even make yourself a home-cooked meal for days at a time, and you never get sick? And you may even start believing that you’re the kind of person who doesn’t get sick, you have a strong immune system, and your body is resilient enough to handle whatever you throw at it? Maybe you even start to feel self-righteous about it -- it’s the yoga, the Pilates I do, the salads I eat, the juice? And then, you have kids...

Coffee Talk: Does Coffee Help or Hinder Mama’s Health?

I am sitting in my son’s martial arts class this afternoon, chatting with another mama. “I should have gotten a coffee today,” she says. She doesn’t need to say why. It is, after all, the end of the day, at the end of the week, and she’s the carpool gal today. “Mmm. Sounds good. Why didn’t you?” I ask. “No food or drink dojo policy,” she says. “Plus, I shouldn’t anyway. It’s not good for me.” I nod in understanding, but the truth is, not even a full hour prior to picking my son up from school, I read another article on the merits of coffee -- this time, significant correlations are mapped between coffee drinking and decreased heart disease in women.

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