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Sugar affects your liver as well as your waistline | The scoop on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Guest Post By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Awash in the candy and treats of Easter, you’re probably thinking more about your waistline than your liver. Take a minute to consider just how much sugar you’re eating. For example, a 14-ounce bag of jellybeans can have 70 teaspoons or 1½ cups… Read More Sugar affects your liver as well as your waistline | The scoop on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

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The Mother of all Magnets

Colorful flower centerpieces and a solitary “Happy Mother’s Day” cardboard cutout grace the back seat of my Family Truckster as I begin the final planning stages of the Mother’s Day luncheon that is soon to occur at my house. Just to be clear, “luncheon” may actually be a bit overstated. It sounds fancy but the… Read More The Mother of all Magnets

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Let’s make some Movies! | FlipBookit Movie Maker Kit Unboxing

**I was compensated for this review. Opinions expressed are purely my own. Growing up in the 1970’s, I vividly recall a very special cabinet in my parents living room. It was a floor-standing cabinet made almost entirely of glass. There were also no immediately visible means of entry that my sticky little elementary-age hands could find.… Read More Let’s make some Movies! | FlipBookit Movie Maker Kit Unboxing

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Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

**Information provided by Essentia Health of Brainerd   Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body         If you’ve bought any fresh fruit lately, you know berries are in season right now.  But not only are berries delicious, they’re also a terrific food for getting much-needed fiber and for fighting disease. “Berries are some of… Read More Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

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Markers and Mandalas: Adult Coloring Books and Supplies to Feed your Addiction

I am hooked on adult coloring books. It’s downright therapeutic. I actually was describing it to a friend the other day and actually used the sentence, “Yeah, it’s my “thing.”…. When you first think of coloring, you might think of children excitedly coloring in books with their favorite cartoon characters. But there’s a trend that… Read More Markers and Mandalas: Adult Coloring Books and Supplies to Feed your Addiction

Best Of, Book Love

A #SacredTravel book that captured my heart | Pilgrimage: A Modern Day Seeker’s Guide

A few years ago, the book, The Wander Society, really caught my attention. I think it spoke to my inner need to be free to roam. But even though this book really spoke to me, my inner Rational Mom kicked in and berated me for being silly enough to think I could randomly, pack up, leave… Read More A #SacredTravel book that captured my heart | Pilgrimage: A Modern Day Seeker’s Guide

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Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic and Pequot Lakes PTA Bike Rodeo May 19

Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic and Pequot Lakes PTA Bike Rodeo May 19 Teach, Test, and Reward bike safety Children and their parents are invited to attend one of the two local bike events on Saturday, May 19. Both events are open to riders of all ages free of charge. Don’t forget to bring your bike… Read More Brainerd Lakes Bicycle Safety Clinic and Pequot Lakes PTA Bike Rodeo May 19

Best Of, Book Love

Multicultural Book Recommends! #DiverseKidLit Link-up for May

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations. What Is #DiverseKidLit? Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of… Read More Multicultural Book Recommends! #DiverseKidLit Link-up for May

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Stewie BOOM! and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snowflakes, and Playdates #ReadYourWorld

Even though  Autism Awareness Month is drawing to a close, I am always on the lookout for quality children’s books about kids on the autism spectrum disorder and ones that encourage inclusively and empathy. Then I stumbled upon the Stewie BOOM! series from Christine Bronstein is geared towards both families and parents with special needs… Read More Stewie BOOM! and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snowflakes, and Playdates #ReadYourWorld

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#FoodJustice | How Readers to Eaters is changing how kids eat (and read!)

I love books. Anyone that has been following this site for more than a day can tell that too. But things get really exciting and rewarding for me when I am able to interview thought leaders and innovators in the world of multicultural children’s books. Publisher, Philip Lee, is one of those thought leaders. Philip… Read More #FoodJustice | How Readers to Eaters is changing how kids eat (and read!)

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¿Qué Pasa? | Alphabetization in the Spanish Speaking World

Author Yvette Pais came across my radar during Multicultural Children’s Bool Day 2017. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch and I consider her one of my many “online buddies.” She is kind, gracious and crazy-talented. Created by Yvette and illustrator Ines Hüni, the purpose of this new book, titled ¿Qué pasa? Los an Animales de la… Read More ¿Qué Pasa? | Alphabetization in the Spanish Speaking World

Social Media for Authors, Tools of the Trade, Virtual Assistant, WAHM

Feeling Frazzled? Try a Social Media Slow DOWN

Social media seems to change faster and faster every year. Let me correct that; every WEEK. What was once “the-uber-best-hot strategy” can be viewed as “so last year” in just a few months. The learning curve with social media can be steep, and some folks feel as if keeping up with trends, strategies, and changes… Read More Feeling Frazzled? Try a Social Media Slow DOWN