Posts tagged Real Life
Thank You

To say I was nervous to put myself out on social media and blogging 10 months ago would be understatement. But thanks to all of you, these past few months have been so fulfilling. Thank you.

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What Teachers Wish You Knew About Your Kid's Lunch

There’s another aspect to your kid’s lunchbox that might not have crossed your mind: The Teacher’s Perspective. Teachers play a major role in opening packages and getting kids to eat.  Honestly, I’d never thought about this until I happened to see a former teacher’s social media post where she gave some candid feedback about what worked, what didn’t, and what typically got thrown away. Seeing this intrigued me, so I decided to reach out to some elementary school teachers to get their feedback.

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Why Kids Need to Pack Their Own Lunch - And How to Teach Them

What if you took one of your million morning responsibilities - like packing lunches - and re-assigned them to your kids? No, you’re not totally off the hook because you’ve still got to have foods to pack available in the house and there is a teaching curve… and, yes, it depends on their age and abilities. But hear me out, training my kids to take on this responsibility has had a really positive impact on the entire family. Find out more from my recent feature with Cooking Light.

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Father's Day Gift Guide

If your dad is a grillmaster like mine, look no further for the ultimate gift guide that is sure to have just the right gift for him - at an affordable price.  I've got you covered with everything from grilling and basting to flipping and branding.  Whether you're looking for a gift for your father, husband, brother, uncle or other, you'll find something that is perfect for him.

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My Summer Survival Guide

What’s in your beach or pool bag has the power to either make your trip with kids in-tow a breeze – or a hot fiasco that makes you start counting down the minutes until bedtime!  Granted my trips aren’t quite as taxing now that my kids are grade-school-age, but being prepared and packed with some key products definitely make for an easier summer outing no matter the ages.  Here are some of my essentials this summer. 

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Is the Keto Diet the Secret to Better Brain Health?

The most common issues affecting brain health—dementia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease—all have slightly different symptoms and etiologies, yet are all the result of some type of reduced brain cell functioning or deterioration. Science hasn’t had much success to date in preventing or slowing brain conditions like these, but following a ketogenic diet is being suggested as a potential way to do this. Is there any truth to it? Let’s find out.

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Introducing : "Ask Carolyn!"

As many of you know, I am fairly new to the social media realm!  I’ll be honest, when I first started, I was really skeptical.  I must say now, though, that I have loved being able to connect with so many of you and I love hearing that content I am creating is something that interests you!  Food is my passion and I love sharing it with you! Join with me down this new adventure to engage more with you!

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Mother's Day Gift Guide for Your Favorite Foodie

Don't have time to sift through all the deals online for the perfect Mother's Day Gift for your favorite foodie?  Or maybe you just want to send a not-so-subtle hint to your loved ones of what you'd want this Mother's Day?  Don't fret.  I've rounded up a list that the women in your life are sure to love.  Whether it be your mother - or someone who's like your mother, spouse, grandmother - I've got you covered no matter what your budget.

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Work Hard - Because You Love It

This JBF award is my biggest achievement (to date and probably ever!), so why was I not fully able to embrace and enjoy it? I realize now that my perplextion was really my award. I have found that contemplating this big award over this past year has taught me more small things about myself and life than any self-help book or Sunday school class ever did. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Weight Loss

Did you know that when parents focus on their teen’s weight or encourage their teen to diet it actually leads to weight GAIN, not weight LOSS?  I honestly didn’t realize how big the correlation was until I dug into the latest research about healthy approaches for parents to talk teens about weight. Whether you’re in this spot personally, professionally or both, I hope to help you by breaking down what the research suggests are the most effective things parents can do when talking to their teens about weight.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Healthy Eating

As a dietitian, I had big plans about creating a healthy family lifestyle while pregnant with my daughter Madeline. I quickly learned that my "ideal" wasn't the most realistic.  So, after 11 years of critical reading and many parenting failures with my own kids, I have compiled a few approaches and thoughts I’ve found that have actually been practical and helpful.

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Egg vs. Egg Replacer

I am a self-proclaimed Non-Baking Cook.  Whenever I see the words yeast, fondant, crust and crumb, I keep moving!  I was curious to know how an egg replacer would work, so I picked up two of the same boxed muffin mixes at the grocery.  I felt that because of my self-proclaimed title, my results would be a realistic take on what the average cook or "non-baker" might get.

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