February 19, 2017
Red-Blooded American Hearts
Red-Blooded American Hearts

Besides Valentine’s Day, February marks another heart: yours! It’s American Heart Month, which means focusing on your heart’s health. Exercising daily and eating healthy are common (and good) tips to maintaining a healthy heart, but there are also some lesser-known ways to keep your ticker in good working order. Keep reading for simple ways to raise heart health:

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January 8, 2017
Considering Claus
Considering Claus

From our Social Media Manager:

"In the weeks before Christmas I was on the fence about introducing the idea of Santa to my 3-year old. My husband and I had yet to bring the idea up to him. Playing Santa every year seemed like a lot of work, and it seemed kinda hokey. In no way did I want to add to the already over-commercialized holiday. Besides, why would I perpetuate a lie to my kids? These issues weighed on my mind. But when our son came home from school one day talking about Santa...

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December 8, 2016
Eliminate Seasonal Stress
Eliminate Seasonal Stress

I can hardly believe the holiday season is here. Can you? I think I’m with most folks when I say that while I love the decorations, the festivities and seeing loved ones, it’s also a stressful, busy time. Here are five ways to stay sane during this bustling time of year:

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August 7, 2016
The Best Color For Your Bedroom
The Best Color For Your Bedroom

My husband and I moved into a new house last year. Same town, just a little bit bigger of a house in a better neighborhood. We were anticipating the birth of our daughter (who ended up coming about a week after we moved in). We loved the house, and still do, and naturally we wanted to make it our own. The first thing we did was...

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November 12, 2016
Top 10 Reasons to Look Forward to Winter
Top 10 Reasons to Look Forward to Winter

Our social media manager loves winter. It just may be her favorite time of year. If you’re like her, you too are cheering the coming season. If you’re more of a summer person, don’t despair! Here are ten reasons to look forward to the impending winter months:

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September 8, 2016
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Recently I went to my first-ever laundry detergent-making party. Yup, you read that right. Some girls and I sat around sat around a large pot of boiling water, waiting to pour our ingredients in. It’s a simple recipe, yields a lot of detergent, avoids the chemicals found in store-bought brands, and it saves money, probably at least $100 a year. Sounds great, right? Read on to find out more!

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July 10, 2016
It's Getting Hot In Here
It's Getting Hot In Here

My family and I recently moved into a new house, and there’s a ceiling fan in all the bedrooms. This is a new thing for us. I started wondering if I should turn them on at night. After all, I do have a tendency to wake up hot in the wee hours of the morning, even if I went to bed feeling just fine or maybe even a little chilly. My husband is the opposite (and is a sheet hog, but I digress). So is there a temperature that makes for the best sleep?

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June 28, 2016
Nice Threads!
Nice Threads!

I remember buying my first pair of sheets on my own. It was right after I moved to Arizona after graduating college. I had bought a new queen bed set, and I needed sheets to go with it. As with many things that are new when you are truly on your own (for me that included cooking, buying furniture, and being responsible with a paycheck), it was something I didn’t know and needed to learn. In the store I wandered through the bedding section, perusing the Egyptian cotton sheets, the 700-thread count sheets, the organic cotton ones. What the heck did it all mean?  Before I made a purchase, I went home and...

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May 10, 2016
Improvisation
Improvisation

Enjoy this fun bedtime story from our Social Media Manager:

Recently my husband and two young children and I were on a trip. We stayed at a timeshare, a comfortable 3-bedroom house. One thing that is a consideration when traveling with little ones is the sleeping arrangements. Oftentimes there needs to be some adaptations made, because most likely the setup is different than the one at home. Our infant daughter was content to sleep in a borrowed travel crib, and we put our son in the queen bed in another room. The bed was raised and stood a good three feet off the tile floor, maybe more. In our infinite parental wisdom (and our haze from flying cross-country with the wee ones) we thought....

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April 13, 2016
The Nature of Sleep
The Nature of Sleep

            Recently our Social Media Manager’s Midwestern mother visited her family in Washington state. She loved seeing her daughter and grandkids. After one particularly sleep-deprived morning during her visit,  our SMM was recalling that her son (three years old) has always been a good sleeper; at about four months he was sleeping through the night, a trend that thankfully continues today. Her daughter, however, is a whole other animal, so to speak. At nine months she is still up once a night, sometimes twice. On a bad night she can be...

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