Archive | February 2013

12 Dangerous Ingredients to Avoid in Food

The food in the United States nowadays is really scary to me with all of the additives, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), trans fats and artificial this or that.  And what seems even scarier to me is that these foods are touted as “healthy, natural, great for your body,” which is very far from the truth. Continue reading

How to Alleviate Sciatic Nerve Pain Naturally

Sciatic nerve pain is excruciating.  It is truly a pain in the “you know what!”  According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, “Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.  It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve.  Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.” Continue reading

The Best Times of the Day to Drink Water

The human body is made up of about 70 percent water.  Water is used for every function the human body performs such as regulating temperature, eliminating waste, digestion, transporting nutrients, lubricating and cushioning joints along with a role in neurological and cognitive functions.  Water is in every cell, tissue and organ in your body.  Getting enough water at the correct times each day is so important for your health. Continue reading

How to Practice “Love and Logic” Parenting, Session 2: Teaching Kids to Listen… the First Time

Part 2 of this series, “Teaching Kids to Listen… the First Time,” was a very good reminder for me.  Again, this article in no way replaces the actual Love and Logic class (, which I highly recommend.  I feel like I am re-learning what I initially learned in the Love and Logic class a few years ago by re-reading all of the information, and my notes, in the parent handbook.  I am currently having issues with this with both my son and daughter so how appropriate that I am now writing this article. Continue reading

How to Practice “Love and Logic” Parenting, Session 1: Handling Misbehavior Without Breaking a Sweat

A few years ago I took a “Love and Logic” parenting class.  This information in no way replaces the actual class which I highly recommend.  You can find information about the classes at  I would like to share some of the Love and Logic guidelines we use each day with our children that I learned a few years ago. Continue reading

What I Have Learned About Spanking Children

To spank or not to spank?  If you have children, I am sure you have asked yourself this question and/or had a conversation with someone about this. It can be a very heated, controversial subject.  Back in my parents’ day, spanking was the accepted form of discipline.  Since then, a lot of studies have been done about how spanking emotionally and psychologically affects kids. Continue reading

Heart Smart Minestrone Soup

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought this recipe would be appropriate!!  My family and I went to a friend’s house a few weeks ago and had this delicious minestrone soup.  I asked for the recipe to try at home (thanks, Ann!).  I made it and again, it was delicious (if I do say so myself!).  So, I wanted to share it with you.  It is from the Detroit Free Press/Henry Ford Hospital Heart Smart Cookbook.

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