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Environmental problem - a plastic bag litters a reef, beside a Lionfish

Happy (early) Earth Day Y’all! You may not know it, but you’re most likely leaving behind a big, ugly footprint. It’s not pretty–it’s plastic. Here are a few points to ponder from earthday.org: Every minute, one million plastic bottles are bought and almost 2 million single-use plastic bags are distributed around the world. Every day…

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Diversity Brings Us All Together

I was born and raised in the south in the 1960’s and 1970’s, during the prejudiced racial wars of that time.  I lived in Martinsville, VA which was just an hour from Greensboro, NC where the famous Woolworth’s counter sit out happened. At that time in the 1960’s, Black Americans were not allowed to sit…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
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Piece Of The Pie

The scent fills the room as I take in the one of a kind worldly spices that add to the richness of my pie filling.  Each ingredient has its own peculiar flavor that when mixed together makes for a very enjoyable eye-popping experience. I come from a family of good cooks but more importantly I…

By Deb Kreimborg |
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Live Cleaner This Year – Part Two: Clean Beauty

In a previous post, I talked about eating clean. Hopefully you were able to put a few of those tips into practice, even if just washing your fruits and veggies just a little longer, to get dirt, bacteria, and especially pesticides off! Now let’s talk about something that you may not have thought about—how to…

By Bridget Swinney, MS RD |
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Grateful For Time, Growth And Stepping Stones

We make our plans, set our expectations and pursue dreams, but life does not progress the way we think it will or should. Parents, this is true for your children, too. We start thinking and planning for their future early in life, before they have a voice to speak with. Preparation is good and necessary,…

By Ami Evans |

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Practical Ways To Express Gratitude And Why It’s Important

We’ve all heard that being grateful helps improve our mental and physical health. Gratefulness makes our lives overall more enjoyable. If we know living in gratitude is important, why are we not implementing it in our daily lives? The blur of adult living often leaves us exhausted at the end of the day, feeling stretched…

By Shannon Thomas LCSW-S |
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Change Is Not All Bad

Daylight Savings Time starts today with a change in time.  We “Spring Forward” and set the clocks ahead an hour, effectively “losing” an hour of sleep.  BUT change is not all bad (as Ami points out below), because tomorrow is National Napping Day! We have all experienced life circumstances changing and not going the way…

By Ami Evans |
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Teachers Of Gratitude

We are all Teachers of Gratitude passed on to our children and our grandchildren.  When gratitude becomes a daily lesson, it teaches children to “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” – Maya Angelo Talking about our blessings allows children to be more resilient, always looking for the…

By Deb Kreimborg |
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The Key To Being Perfectly Happy In An Imperfect Life

In the summer of 1993, my life was perfect.  I had a perfect marriage.  We had a perfect little girl.  We had another baby on the way.  We had to try a little bit for the 2nd baby which made it all the more special because it showed we both truly wanted to have another…

By Wendy Perry |