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How to Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter and Spend More Intentionally

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Once a new season comes around, most of us are looking to hit the refresh button. The refresh button commonly is cleaning out your whole house to only hold organized ideas that you still care about. Even more commonly, we have those spots that hold items that pull at your heartstrings. This could be anything from your childhood teddy bear to a passed down family chair that sits in your basement going unused. 

With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to say goodbye to sentimental clutter. Even though it can be hard, it can be more than worth it. Keep reading for our free printables to help you and your family keep your head in the cleaning game.  Read more

4 Positive Ways To Say “No” To Your Child

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Saying no can be challenging for parents, but it is an important skill to develop. From lacking confidence, to wanting to avoid confrontations, there are many reasons why parents avoid saying “no” to their children. Here are four creative and alternative ways you can use when you need to say no to your child.

The Importance Of Saying “No”

However uncomfortable it might seem to say no to your child, it’s extremely important that you are confident and assertive when you do so. Saying no is an important way of establishing rules, boundaries and setting clear limits for your child. Your child may try to test the boundaries you set, but by being consistent and firm in your approach, in time they will come to respect these boundaries. Read more

Creative Home Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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With parents spending more time on homeschool than ever before, it may be tough to keep the house organized. From keeping the kids busy to caring for the pets and staying on top of daily cleaning and upkeep, life has definitely become a bit hectic for many of us. 

It’s time to get creative with your home life. Use these easy home hacks to keep your house clean and running smoothly! Whether you need to do a quick cleaning sweep of the kitchen or figure out how to get the skunk smell off your overly-curious dog, these tricks will help.  Read more

Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

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Whether it’s the quarantine blues, the extra time on your hands or just an idea you’ve played with in your head for a while: now is the perfect opportunity to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen! Caring for houseplants can improve your mental health, is a great hobby to share with roommates or your family and having fresh herbs in your kitchen will inspire you to cook healthier and try out new recipes. 

You don’t need much to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen. Depending on the size of your space and how many herbs you’d like to plant, you’ll need pots or planters, potting mix and seeds or baby herbs from your local nursery. Make sure to find a sunny spot for your herbs, on a windowsill for example, or to choose herbs that do well under low-light conditions like peppermint or cilantro. Whatever the light conditions in your kitchen, keep in mind that you’ll have the most fun with your indoor herb garden when you pick herbs that you like to cook with or have always wanted to incorporate in your favorite dishes. Read more

How to Protect Your Kids From Summer Home Hazards

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If summer brings about happy memories taking extended vacations or lots of family time in the backyard, you’re not alone. Summer is one of the favorite seasons for families across the nation, and for good reason. But this year, summer looks a little different, as we all are staying home and avoiding traveling to keep ourselves (and others) safe. Read more

Common Sexual Health Myths Debunked

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Myths and misconceptions about sexual health are surprisingly common. While over the decades there has been a shift towards more education on sex and reproductive health, it’s not always enought ot debunk the popular myths surrounding intimacy, STIs, and reproductive health that many people still have. In fact, as of 2017, only about half of adolescents (57% of females and 43% of males) admitted they received formal instruction about pregnancy and birth control methods before they had intercourse for the first time.  Read more

How to Spot Leaky Gut Syndrome in Kids

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Our children’s health and well-being are always a parent’s top concern, now more than ever. It can be especially difficult when a child is having difficulties or health issues that are not easily explained. A leaky gut can be the cause of a slew of symptoms and is actually a lot more common than you may realize. Understanding some of the common causes of a leaky gut as well as the remedies to try and fix it, you will likely relieve a lot of symptoms you may have thought were unrelated and finally get your kid back to feeling 100 percent. Read more

Effects, Causes, & Prevention of Childhood Obesity

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Does your child seem overweight to you? Is he or she fairly sedentary? Do you worry about your family’s nutritional intake? Childhood obesity is serious; it is associated with many physical, social, and emotional problems.

The accompanying infographic, Childhood Obesity: Consequences, Causes, & Prevention, provides a brief overview of the problem, its possible causes and ways to treat and/or prevent childhood obesity. Once you understand how devastating the consequences may be, you will be better prepared to deal with the problem. You may want to begin with a visit to your child’s doctor. He or she can confirm the extent of the problem and offer helpful suggestions. Read more