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She Drank the Pink Milk

Our district’s lunch program is pretty much like every other district’s: The cafeteria workers need to find a way to provide lunch for $2.30 while staying within national guidelines. As a result, there’s very little on the menu my kids will eat. Everything is processed and, as my kids tell me, “disgusting” as far as […]

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Ganeydo Is in the House

A long time ago before Little Girl was born there were two imaginary friends who lived in our house, Natro and Jessica. They slept in the dining room and ate dinner at the kitchen table. They disappeared once Big Girl’s sister arrived. I assumed they were a product of age and desire. Recently, however, a […]

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Ractopamine: Another FDA Failure?

I’ve been spending some time reading posts on Facebook. I have liked a lot of smart, forward-thinking folks who post stuff that makes me think and educates me, too. On Friday, someone posted a link to a story about ractopamine. All I could do was shake my head and open up WordPress so I could […]

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One of my most popular posts is one I wrote about WhoNu cookies last fall. To reiterate, the manufacturer says they have: as much Vitamin C as cup of blueberries as much iron as a cup of spinach as much calcium and Vitamin D as a glass of milk as much Vitamin A as an […]

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A recent Consumer Reports story took a look at the safety of apple and grape juices, and the results were less-than-comforting. The organization tested a variety of juices including some organic options and found both arsenic and lead — neurotoxins that can cause a multitude of problems such as bladder, lung, and skin cancer as […]

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I have kept my mouth shut three times over the past 24 hours, and that’s a good thing. A really, really good thing. For the record, I was involved in three situations that could have turned ugly (or at least uncomfortable), but they didn’t because I kept what I was thinking and feeling to myself. […]

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Recently, a few of my friends have mentioned the need for a “holiday clear out.” You know, going through toys, games, and clothing and getting rid of stuff to make room for all the new stuff the family will get during the holiday season. We don’t have that problem because I am constantly clearing and […]

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There’s No Crying in Yoga

I went to yoga on Sunday. My usual class, which generally puts me in a great mood. I got to the class and got a surprise, though. One of the regulars is suddenly looking hugely pregnant. She was not pregnant the last time I saw her, and she never mentioned it when I was around– […]

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Things a Mom Never Wants to Hear

“Ummm, Mama, there’s water all over the floor in the bathroom. I flushed and flushed and FLUSHED, but it wouldn’t go down.” “My sister is stacking chairs to try and steal blanka off your dresser.” “She has something in her hands and she won’t show me what it is.” THUNK. “Awww, are you okay? MOM!!!” […]

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No Nuggets = Bad Host?

When I go to playdates the other moms almost always put out one or more of the following: Chicken fingers, French fries, hotdogs, and macaroni and cheese. And I always serve Little Girl the same thing: Whatever I’m eating. a sandwich, some cheese and crackers, a little meat rolled up, some fruit. She doesn’t eat […]

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