For Felix’s tenth birthday, we surprised him with 4-day trip to Disney World with his cousins (who are his favorite people on this planet—he was actually more excited to see them than he was to be at Disney World, if that’s possible!).My husband and I are not theme-park people, but we can appreciate the magic of Disney, and decided that we had one trip in us before the kids were too old to
This post is for all of the conscious grandparents out there - the ones trying to navigate this world of natural living so that a non-toxic lifestyle can be passed down to future generations!Of course, parenting has changed over the decades and will continue to evolve. What we thought was safe and healthy for our children may be very different from what our own children think is best for
A version of this post appears on our blog on The Huffington Post.--By Suzanne ("Nana"), Certified Holistic Health CoachMany of my health coaching clients are moms, and they often ask me about encouraging their kids to eat more healthfully—and in particular about the challenge of getting little ones to eat vegetables!As a mother and a grandmother, I have lived this challenge myself.
Every New Year, I write a post about resolutions for a healthier New Year. But this year, my friend and favorite yoga teacher, Amber, has inspired a different approach. Amber wrote this article for Yoga International. Amber says, “To me, a resolution feels like another “should” in a life full of shoulds — a demand for more effort in a world already requiring so much fortitude.”Does that sound
You know that I'm all about nature, especially when it comes to kids. The outdoors offers both a stimulating environment that kids love and it never squashes their imagination. This is a magical combination, and one that is increasingly under-utilized.Spring is the perfect time to get back in the habit of outdoor play. With spring come the many sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Plus,
I love seeing the fresh green asparagus this time of year sprouting out of the ground. To me, the spears look like little soldiers popping up to fight off winter, as if to say, “Come enjoy, spring is finally here!” Especially after this winter on the east coast! I can eat asparagus every day this time of year.Asparagus is Kid Friendly!My favorite way to get kids to eat vegetables is to
One of my favorite parts of being a grandmother is baking with my grandsons. Children love to cook, and I love to see their faces when they can share the food that they have made with others---and especially when that food is cookies! Even better is when the cookies are nutritious. (I can never cook anything without making sure that it is healthful in some way.)My grandson, Theo, loves to bake
By Suzanne, AKA "Nana"Each family has their own unique (and quirky!) traditions when it comes to the holidays. In our family, the kitchen is where we join together and indulge in some fun (and healthy) activities, with all generations present.Maia and I have always loved baking together. So, when she and her boys were visiting for the lead-up to Thanksgiving, we made 4 pies: apple,