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Keep Those Brushes Clean!

Lice happen! A lousy attack on your household is the last thing that anyone wants to deal with. The amount of money and time invested in getting rid of them while trying to prevent them from spreading quickly adds up. Not to mention the time taken off work and school trying to contain the “situation.” Ultimately, head lice can be a task, but we have a tip that can help you avoid all the chaos!...

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Ditch the Energy Drinks!

We’ve all been there. You stayed up all night studying for a final, you were kept up by your new baby, you kept tossing and turning because you just couldn’t seem to get comfortable. However, it happened to you, you made it through the night with hardly a lick of sleep. On your way to work or class you stop by the nearest convenience store and pick up the biggest can of an energy drink, you can...

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Nature's Sports Drink

Stop chugging Gatorade and other sports drinks and crack open a coconut! Well, you don’t have to actually crack open a coconut, but you should definitely consider replacing those sugary sports drinks with coconut water. Don’t get coconut water confused with its high-fat cousin, coconut milk. Unlike coconut milk, coconut water is a clear liquid taken from a young coconut instead of the matured v...

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Pure Maple Goodness

There are few things better than pancakes when it comes to breakfast food, at least as far as taste goes. Healthwise, though… not so much. But instead of ditching hotcakes completely, try a healthier alternative to the delicious, but artificial, syrup we all love smothering them in! You don’t have to stray too far from your norm, especially if you try using all-natural, pure maple syrup!  Pure...

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Better Than a Fruit Snack!

Ditch those sugary and artificial fruit snacks and start packing fresh fruit salads in your child’s lunchbox!  While fruits are naturally high in sugars, it’s all-natural and unprocessed sugars. They are also packed full of vitamins and nutrients that aren’t found in the fruit snacks kids love. Throw together the fruit salad we mention below to give your kiddos a healthy and delicious snack! ...

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Get (Apple) Saucy

Many children LOVE applesauce, especially the little ones. You may think applesauce is a healthy treat for them to eat, and while it is healthier than most snacks, most applesauce brands are LOADED with extra sugars. So, what’s a better alternative? Well… applesauce. Homemade applesauce, that is! While making your own applesauce may sound like a huge undertaking, it’s a surprisingly simple tas...

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As Sweet as a Peach

Have you ever heard the phrase, “As sweet as a peach?” While peaches are naturally quite sweet, did you know that many companies that sell pre-sliced and packaged peach cups add in a lot of sugar? Some brands of fruit cups have up to 22 grams of sugar— that’s about 10 grams of sugar more than what naturally occurs in a peach!  There’s a simple solution to packing these sugar-filled cups of fru...

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Ditch Those Capri Suns!

It’s lunchtime. Your child slams back a couple of Capri Suns, and by the time they get back to class, they’re buzzing. You may not have thought about it when you packed their lunch that morning, but a single Strawberry Kiwi Capri Sun has 16 grams of sugar! Classroom disruptions abound as your kiddo surfs on that sugar high of strawberry kiwi goodness, and you’re sure to get a letter to the pare...

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Watch Out for Those Itsy Bitsy Spiders!

Is that spider a helpful housemate or a venomous villain?

The itsy bitsy spiders (and the not so itsy bitsy ones) are soon going to be creepy crawling into your home, trying to find shelter from the cold. “Spider season” starts in the fall, with its height happening in September and October. The weather starts getting colder so they’re trying to seek shelter to protect themselves from it. And where better to do that than inside a warm house? But wha...

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A Soothing Bath

Sometimes when you’re out walking on a trail or on a hike, you don’t always pay attention to the plants around you. Maybe you walked through a patch of poison oak or poison ivy, and you get back home and are breaking out with an annoying and itchy rash? Don’t bother with those expensive and smelly anti-itch creams when you can reach into your pantry and break out everyone’s favorite hot cereal—...

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