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How DIY Music Therapy Can Help You Roll with Winter

How DIY Music Therapy Can Help You Roll with Winter

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger The winter season always starts out fun, especially after first snowfall. Christmas often coincides with winter break, and a few snowy outings follow if you’re lucky. But late winter can be a drag. At our house, the kids are going crazy, and to relieve their boredom they pick on one […]

Health and Wellness Trends of 2014: The Good, the Bad, and the Fad

Health and Wellness Trends of 2014: The Good, the Bad, and the Fad

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger This time of year, every weight-loss technique strives to get the most attention. When all the advice is coming from experts, it’s hard to reconcile the information and make sense of it for yourself. To survey the best and worst health trends of 2014, I caught up with Dr. Sarfraz […]

National Nutrition Month: What Is ‘Natural’ when it comes to food?

National Nutrition Month: What Is ‘Natural’ when it comes to food?

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger The term “natural” elicits images of simple, earthy foods. I envision a natural item as raw, untreated, pure, unadulterated, and even organic. But when it comes to grocery items, the label “natural” can mean anything. March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better time than now to clarify food […]

Homemade Bath Salts and Two Other DIY’s to Treat Yourself Well

Homemade Bath Salts and Two Other DIY’s to Treat Yourself Well

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger In my quest to rid our family of questionable ingredients, I’ve begun making soaps and cleaning products from ingredients I know. A few months ago, I ventured into homemade bath salts, skin scrubs, and facial creams. I wanted to try my homemade products before I used them on my children, and […]

Farm Fresh to You: How to Buy Local Food in Winter

Farm Fresh to You: How to Buy Local Food in Winter

Posted by  Bethany Johnson, guest blogger In summer, there’s nothing better than local tomatoes, raspberries, or cucumbers, farm fresh to you and your family. But in winter, consumers often fall back on grocery store produce in an effort to keep the fresh stuff in their diets. After all, sustainable farmers are resting in winter, right? […]

Top Four Food Apps to Support Good Health

Top Four Food Apps to Support Good Health

Posted by  Bethany Johnson, guest blogger I don’t know how previous generations survived without mobile apps. Today, it seems I use an app for everything – even food apps! The only problem is there are so many; it’s hard to choose the right one for a given task. Recently, I told a friend how I […]

Three Animal Assisted Therapy Jobs You Can Do Yourself

Three Animal Assisted Therapy Jobs You Can Do Yourself

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger By far, the volunteer activity I find most rewarding is animal assisted therapy. When we first rescued our dog, we thought he may be our main source of giving. That is, we didn’t know what emotional needs he would have, and we were prepared to give him our time and […]

Fair Trade Coffee and Other Responsible Eating Practices

Fair Trade Coffee and Other Responsible Eating Practices

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger Several years ago, I shopped only at convenient grocery stores and bought the cheapest version of most food items. At the time, I thought inexpensive was better for everyone. I didn’t realize that the cost was actually being paid by the environment or other people. So instead of saving time […]

Black History Month Activities to Enrich the Future

Black History Month Activities to Enrich the Future

Posted by Bethany Johnson, guest blogger The best way to teach history is to become a part of it. That’s why every February, my family celebrates Black History Month by emphasizing how this history contributes to our daily lives and by doing something that will play a role in the future of Black History. After all, […]