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April 11, 2017 - 9:16am

1. Your diaper bag is a bottomless pit.

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Just the essentials... wipes, hand sanitizer, EpiPens, Benadryl, cortisone, emergency action plan, inhaler, safe snacks, safe treats, water bottles, cell phone, charger, spare clothes. And diapers, don't forget those.

2. People Who "Pack Light" Are Not Our People

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See #1. Plus: A week's supply of groceries, kitchen supplies,...

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November 29, 2016 - 9:01am

There's no shortage of sweets, treats and cookies during the holiday season. But sometimes, the kids (and if we're honest, grownups too!) just need a little break from the sugar high. I know that my own kids are much more likely to enjoy their food when they get to help make it. All that dipping and snipping and stirring is so tantalizing for little hands. These festive treats and snacks have celebration written all over them—with just enough sweet or no sweet at all. And I especially love them because they're so easy, even the littlest kids can help! Try not to worry about spills or crooked garnishes; let your kids make a mess and have fun. They will be so proud to have made these deliciously healthy holiday treats—great for gifts, parties or just enjoying on a chilly afternoon.

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November 29, 2016 - 9:00am

I LOVE this time of year: the food, the decorations, the music, all the parties and celebrations, spending time with family. I especially love giving gifts. Finding the perfect something for all the people in my life is like solving a big warm-fuzzy puzzle.

But my nostalgic holiday idealism is always at odds with true-life realism. I'm busy. We're all busy. And short on cash after three trips to the toy store. If I'm being honest I will admit that while I love Christmas, every year I get stressed out because there's not enough time for everything I need to do and not enough money for all the stuff I want to buy. And then it happens, always at the eleventh-and-a- half hour, that I remember: teacher gifts, co-worker gifts and last-minute hostess gifts for the party I sort of forgot about until now. Does this stressful predicament sound familiar...

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October 18, 2016 - 9:44am

Start 'em early! An appreciation for good food can begin at any age. We love unique food-inspired gifts for kids that can help encourage an aspiring chef or simply make healthy eating fun. For the youngest of food lovers among us—from baby to toddler to teenager—here are a few of our favorite gifts.

Banana Print Leggings, $28, and Tee, $34, 0-10 yrs

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Organic Cotton Teethers Veggie Crate, $28

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August 24, 2016 - 11:18am

Lately I’m trying to appreciate and cultivate simple pleasures in my daily routine—little things that bring me joy (and reduce my stress levels). Things like: sitting at the table at mealtime, taking a walk with my family after work, having baked potatoes for dinner. Baked potatoes!

The ultimate comfort food—starchy and warm and filling—baked potatoes are the perfect antidote to a chilly autumn night. It’s amazing how something so wholesome, so available and inexpensive could be so delicious too. But it’s true.

Related: Twice-Baked Potatoes and More Diet-Friendly Comfort Foods

What about the carbs, you say? I say, what about them, indeed! I’ll admit, I too avoided...

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