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Podcast: Bringing Healthy Living to America’s Schools

Podcast: Bringing Healthy Living to America’s Schools

The following post and podcast first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. By Courtney Opdahl (@clewisopdahl) After reading Melanie Kadlic Meren’s story on how she’s working to integrate healthy living within her own family, I was curious to learn more about … Continue reading

How I’m Doing It: Raising Healthy Children

How I’m Doing It: Raising Healthy Children

The following post first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. “Eat good food. Exercise. Sleep.” This is how my 4-year-old describes the three things she needs to do to be healthy. Hearing her recite what I’ve taught her as … Continue reading

The Snow Box and The Snowy Day in Vienna

The Snow Box and The Snowy Day in Vienna

Many around here agree that this has been a tough winter. The weather and inevitable family colds make maintaining any kind of schedule impossible. So as I listened on Wednesday to the looming forecast – upwards of a foot of snow on Thursday – I started to mildly panic. I had spent the better part … Continue reading

You Look Like a Chef

You Look Like a Chef

If you’re a parent, you know you wear many hats. Do you ever think of a chef’s as one of them? Being the chef of your household is a big job. For women, it’s more likely that we are the ones who set the “food tone” when it comes to eating for our family, and … Continue reading

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Today I took on a children’s snack giant: the tiny goldfish cracker. It was our family’s turn to bring “special snack” to my daughter’s school. But in my mind, “snack” equalled “educational opportunity”. An opportunity to tie the day’s food into the weeklong theme on farming that her class was doing. An opportunity to expose … Continue reading

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

Do you ever feel that as a parent, time can be totally static and yet time can race so fast you wonder where it all went? And so it was the other week, watching our now three-year-old daughter in her very first musical performance. Her preschool put on the show, “Barnyard Moosical”. Our Ladybug dressed … Continue reading

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

And then there were four. Two weeks ago my family threesome added one more to our ranks – a baby boy. Weighing in just a few ounces shy of 10 pounds and an inch under two feet long, this little guy is surely headed for big things. As with his sister, I delivered this baby … Continue reading