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Persuading the Picky Eater – how to handle picky eating

Persuading the Picky Eater – how to handle picky eating

What do you do when you have a picky eater on your hands? Read this for my 6 quick tips on handling picky eating.

5 Steps to Setting the Stage for Healthy Toddler Eating Habits – from pregnancy to toddlers

5 Steps to Setting the Stage for Healthy Toddler Eating Habits – from pregnancy to toddlers

My girls are “good eaters” in the sense they eat a large variety of food. They are fruit and veggie lovers and if there is a food they initially cringe at, nine times out of ten, I can persuade them to at least taste it… There is no magic to this, and I certainly do not pretend to know it all. I just know what works well for me and after being told “Wow, your girls eat everything” so many times, I figure it was time to share what has worked so well for us.

I know I am not a perfect eater and I do not create the perfect home eating environment…Overall, this is just about enjoying life with my kids and food is a big source of enjoyment and family time in my home… this is where I share my secrets to help your toddler eat healthy foods too.

Conflict resolution – how to avoid being annoyed all the time

Conflict resolution – how to avoid being annoyed all the time

Conflict resolution is a not just for the professional world – I use it all the time to avoid feeling annoyed in my personal life. Value Mining helps me understand why I’m annoyed in the first place.

Grocery Shopping Time Saving Tips – how to shop just 2 times a month

Grocery Shopping Time Saving Tips – how to shop just 2 times a month

I go grocery shopping once every two weeks. Yes, it’s true. I do not step foot into a grocery store (if I can help it) but twice a month. Also, I avoid the nightly question of “What’s for dinner? And do we have the ingredients?” It’s one less thing to stress over at the end of the day. You, too, can plan healthy meals, shop the sales to save some money and feel like you’re doing something good for your family while making your life a little easier.

The Biggest Shock of My Life: Twins!

The Biggest Shock of My Life: Twins!

As a new regular blogger at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine, I am happy to share my first post on the NEOP website! This is how I learned I was pregnant with twins.

Part 4 of 4: 15 Key Lessons I Learned from Intuitive Eating

Part 4 of 4: 15 Key Lessons I Learned from Intuitive Eating

If you don’t have time to read all 4 parts of this series, here is a snapshot of some of the key lessons I learned about intuitive eating. I am happy to report I finally broke free of the dieter’s mentality and still manage to fit into my clothing! It’s a happy place to be.

Part 3 of 4: Putting an end to emotional eating

Part 3 of 4: Putting an end to emotional eating

I once heard excess weight is not about what you are eating but what’s eating you. To become an intuitive eater, I must first acknowledge the fact I cope with feeling bored or anxious by eating. I had to find ways to cope with these feelings in a different way than heading toward the kitchen. Truly, my hope is my daughters will sidestep the diet/weight trap I feel every woman gets tripped up with at some point. Read on to learn more.

Part 2 of 4: Why it was time to change my dysfunctional food relationship

Part 2 of 4: Why it was time to change my dysfunctional food relationship

Last week you learned about my personal history with food, eating and weight. I must say, I am humbled and grateful for the feedback I have received. I am not alone in the journey to find peace within myself and finally put an end to the internal war to achieve and maintain the “perfect” weight. There is no such thing. So, moving on… here is part 2 in this 4 part series.

Part 1 of 4: A Weighty Subject – Walking out of the food shame closet and how my kids helped me quit dieting

Part 1 of 4: A Weighty Subject – Walking out of the food shame closet and how my kids helped me quit dieting

Weight is a very personal subject to me. Honestly, I have anxiety and reservations about writing this, but I feel like publishing this is the right thing to do in order to stay true to the mission of this blog… Hopefully someone will learn from my experience.

Helping a Friend Who Is Dealing with Infertility

Helping a Friend Who Is Dealing with Infertility

I need to be fully transparent here. My friends call me Fertile Myrtle because I have been incredibly lucky and blessed to get pregnant… this blog post is about supporting a friend dealing with infertility. Fertility problems can be alienating and friendships may alter because of this. When you experience trouble in the reproductive department, it often becomes taboo conversation or something “you just don’t talk about.” I would like to view this blog post as a safe place to discuss this subject…