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  • Starting Solids – A Fun Family Activity!
    26/04/2020 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Starting Solids – A Fun Family Activity!

    Gain confidence and inspiration for transitioning your baby to solid food! Transitioning to solid foods is an exciting phase for families with babies. This new phase can take up to two years and with it can bring many questions for parents. In this family-friendly VIRTUAL workshop, I will cover which foods to introduce first and […]

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  • Immune Supports and COVID19
    13/04/2020 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Immune Supports and COVID19

    There are a lot of questions surrounding COVID-19 and many people are wondering what they can do to support their immune system. Well, I have some great news! What we put into our bodies plays a huge role in how our immune system is able to function. This helps keep us healthy & well physically, mentally, […]

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  • 7 Hacks for Making Cooking Easy & Fun
    08/05/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    7 Hacks for Making Cooking Easy & Fun

    At the end of a long day of work, caring for kids and keeping up with life, the idea of getting a hot, home-cooked dinner on the table and eating it together is enough to make many parents melt to the floor. There are plenty of statistics around the decline of the family dinner, and […]

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  • 12 Things to Do for Screen Free Week
    17/04/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    12 Things to Do for Screen Free Week

    Screen Free Week begins on Monday, April 29th and I couldn’t be more excited. Getting rid of screens for a week opens up our time, our creativity and our ability to bond as a family. In fact, doing a screen detox is one of the strategies we recommend in 52 Small Changes for the Family […]

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  • How (and Why) to Create a Family Bucket List
    17/04/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    How (and Why) to Create a Family Bucket List

    Who among us doesn’t love to get the latest tech product, newest item of clothing, hottest toy? The pursuit of the latest material possession is a trap that kids and adults alike fall into. But studies show that if we are buying things, we might be putting our money in the wrong place. As time passes, […]

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  • 15 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at Any Age
    01/04/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    15 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at Any Age

    When we talk about health, financial responsibility might not be the first thing you think about. But in fact, studies have shown time and again that your financial health is directly tied to your physical health–and no wonder. Worrying about money can be a huge stressor.   It’s rare for a high school to require […]

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  • How Does Your Garden Grow? Our 7 Favorite Gardening Tools for Kids
    21/03/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    How Does Your Garden Grow? Our 7 Favorite Gardening Tools for Kids

    There are many ways you can cultivate a connection to farming and gardening within your family. Helping children to understand where their food comes from helps to shape them into more well-rounded and informed eaters as they grow. With the advent of local farmers’ markets and more awareness around sourcing, eating locally grown food has […]

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  • Book Launch! Five Favorite Tips from 52 Small Changes for the Family
    21/03/2019 - healthymamasforhappyfamilies 0 Comments
    Book Launch! Five Favorite Tips from 52 Small Changes for the Family

    I’m thrilled today to announce the launch of my new book, 52 Small Changes for the Family (available NOW on Amazon!).  This is my first book, and I teamed up with bestselling author Brett Blumenthal to add my family health expertise to her winning concept of making a small change each week to create a […]

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  • 10 Ways to Get Creative with Your Family This Weekend
    21/03/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    10 Ways to Get Creative with Your Family This Weekend

    Getting creative is a super important component of your family’s mental health. And if you’re like me, any tips from others on how to be creative with your kids is welcome! First, you don’t need to be an artist or musician in order to reap the benefits of regular creative pursuits. Researchers have reviewed studies that […]

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  • How to Become a Better Listener Through Active Listening
    21/03/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    How to Become a Better Listener Through Active Listening

    If you’ve lamented the loss of real conversation in your life, you wouldn’t be alone. Sherry Turkle, MIT communications professor and noted author, reminds us: “The world is more talkative now, but it’s at the expense of real conversation.” Cultivating real conversations within your family is essential for everyone’s happiness and for your children’s development. […]

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  • Get Organized and Reduce Clutter
    01/03/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Get Organized and Reduce Clutter

    Minimizing and organizing: they’re so hot right now. If you’ve been bingeing Marie Kondo and making your thrift store piles, or simply sighing every time you open that junk drawer because who has the time to binge TV right now, this post is for you. In my upcoming book, 52 Small Changes for the Family […]

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  • 8 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy All Season Long
    19/02/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    8 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy All Season Long

    Between daycare, holiday parties and brutal winter temps, it seems like someone in the house is always catching a cold. And before you know it, the entire family is hunkered in on the couch with a box of tissues. While flu season typically peaks between December and February, it can linger around until as late […]

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  • Stop Mealtime Meltdowns in Their Tracks
    19/02/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Stop Mealtime Meltdowns in Their Tracks

    If there’s any such thing as a universal parenting experience, mealtime meltdowns are it. Whether it’s a hangry kiddo who’s losing his mind faster than you can get food on the table, a child who absolutely refuses anything with nutritional value or one who suddenly strikes against food she once loved, we’ve all been there. […]

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  • Recipes for Eating the Rainbow
    05/02/2019 - healthymamasforhappyfamilies 0 Comments
    Recipes for Eating the Rainbow

    A study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that 60 percent of children and 18 percent of adults aren’t getting enough fruit each day, and worse: 93 percent of children and 83 percent of adults are deficient in veggies. According to new research, the USDA recommendation of four to six servings of produce each […]

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  • 08/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Winter Wellness For The Whole Family

    Keep your family healthy this winter! Let’s face it – winter illnesses can really be a drag for both kids and adults. Strengthening your family’s immune system is one sure-fire way to ward off colds and flu this winter season. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to care for yourself and your family using nourishing […]

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  • The Secret to Less Sugar: Crowd It Out
    30/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    The Secret to Less Sugar: Crowd It Out

    If you’re a parent, you probably fight a daily battle with sugar. Most of us can attest to the noticeable effects of sugar on our kids’ behavior: “bouncing off the walls.” Study after study has demonstrated the negative side of added sugar: elevated cholesterol, liver inflammation and type 2 diabetes are on the rise among […]

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  • Goal-Setting with Kids: How to Make It Work
    30/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Goal-Setting with Kids: How to Make It Work

    With New Year’s fast approaching, many of us are thinking about the fresh start of New Year’s Resolutions. You’ve probably heard the statistic that about 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Nonetheless, the new year is a great time to start talking to your kids about setting–and keeping–goals, and to allow […]

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  • Kindness Challenge: 10 Acts of Kindness
    17/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Kindness Challenge: 10 Acts of Kindness

    Being kind to others feels like a no-brainer, and research supports that instinct. Being kind doesn’t just feel good, it’s also good for your health. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, boost joyfulness, reduce pain, improve healing and increase acceptance by peers (otherwise known as popularity). Acts of kindness improve bonds and social […]

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  • 11 Funny Books to Read with Your Family
    03/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    11 Funny Books to Read with Your Family

    One of the easiest changes you can make when it comes to health and happiness with your family is laughing more. It costs nothing, takes little time, and who doesn’t love a good laugh? In my forthcoming book, 52 Small Changes for the Family , I’m talking about some of the changes you can make […]

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  • Healthy Holiday Kid-Friendly Treats
    16/12/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Healthy Holiday Kid-Friendly Treats

    Growing up it was a tradition for extended family and friends to attend my nana’s annual Christmas Eve party. It’s hard to put words to the emotions that are tied to that experience for me, but it never quite felt like Christmas until after my nana’s party.  Her house was filled with gorgeous holiday decorations, celebratory food and […]

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  • Are you placating a picky eater?
    09/12/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Are you placating a picky eater?

    I have an important question for you. Do you ask your child what she wants to eat at meal times? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. You might feel that you have to offer the kinds of foods she wants because otherwise she’ll be undernourished and walk around feeling hungry all day – or […]

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  • 24/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Bust Out of Bread Boredom

    What if I told you that shutting out the sandwich is actually a good thing? The truth is bread – in all its fluffiness and yumminess – is processed by the body like sugar. Yup. sugar. Those yummy little whole grains are pulverized into flour to make bread. And, flour is essentially sugar to the […]

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  • Pl. Eeeeeeeeeese. With a Cherry on Top?
    02/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Pl. Eeeeeeeeeese. With a Cherry on Top?

    How many times has your toddler burst into a beg-whine only to have you, well, begging for some wine? Whining of any kind can grate on a mama’s nerves, but it’s the persistent whine after you’ve said no to a sweet treat that can really send the mellowest mama into orbit. Not that I’ve been […]
     

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  • Limiting Halloween Candy Isn’t Ghoulish
    29/10/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Limiting Halloween Candy Isn’t Ghoulish

    Eating candy is part of being a kid. At Halloween, I remember dragging pillowcases home FULL of candy! We had tons of fun sorting through the mountain of treats to find our favorites. In my house, you got to choose a handful of favorites and then your sugary loot was replaced with cold hard cash […]

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  • Halloween Haunt: When Gooey Candy Makes You Shudder
    19/10/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Halloween Haunt: When Gooey Candy Makes You Shudder

    October 31st is just around the corner. And if having all that candy around the house is a tad bit frightening, you’re not alone. You see statistics say that sugar is four times more addictive than cocaine. That’s pretty powerful stuff considering sugar is in everything from butternut squash to burritos. And the worst part […]

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  • Prevent sick days with food
    08/09/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Prevent sick days with food

    It’s back to school time! This year my son joins the ranks in elementary school. We’ve been so excited for this transition because my son loves his nature based school. But, like so many moms out there, I can’t help but dread the constant exposure to icky germs.Kids are so sweet. But, man do they spread […]

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  • Embracing the moments we have
    17/07/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Embracing the moments we have

    This week I am dedicating my post to a friend. I want to highlight the importance of being in the moment and really appreciating the people you care about. A friend and colleague recently lost her eight year old son unexpectedly. From the heart-felt stories at his celebration of life services, I learned that Josh […]

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  • Family-Friendly Strategies To Eat Healthy During Cookout Season
    03/07/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Family-Friendly Strategies To Eat Healthy During Cookout Season

    Cookout season brings a smile to my face. What’s not to love?  Hanging with good friends in the heat of the summer, listening to kids laughing and running in the sprinklers, and smelling the aromas of meat cooking on the grill. It transports me to the carefree days of childhood when summers were something we looked […]

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  • Two Key Strategies for Raising a Healthy Eater
    19/06/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Two Key Strategies for Raising a Healthy Eater

    As moms, we all know raising a healthy eater requires effort. But, it’s not the effort that’s the issue. It’s the consistency piece that gets us into trouble. Being consistent means no matter where we are or what else is going on, we MUST be consistent about how feed our children. Dinnertime is definitely one […]

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  • Celebrating healthy mamas everywhere
    12/05/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Celebrating healthy mamas everywhere

    Committing to raising a healthy family is a HUGE job! Like me, I’m sure you have a long list of actions you’re willing to take to raise a healthy family. For me, it means: Fewer vacations – Allocating less money to vacations and more money to fresh, organic foods and products for my family Less time – Spending extra time […]

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  • It’s A (Booby) Trap!: The Unexpected Benefits of Nursing a Toddler
    04/05/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    It’s A (Booby) Trap!: The Unexpected Benefits of Nursing a Toddler

    Is he off the boob yet? “Noooo, Dad. He’s still nursing.” This conversation has officially become the norm for my dad and me these days. I love my dad – he’s a wiseass and a teddy bear. While he’s half joking when he asks this question, I know he’s also judging. Actually, he’s more like […]

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  • A Healthy Way to Start Solids
    29/04/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    A Healthy Way to Start Solids

    Starting your infant on solid foods is a whole new journey that can bring mixed emotions. Fear. Excitement. Relief. Giddiness. Anxiety. What feelings do you associate with this experience? As a family nutrition coach, I was frantic to get it right! I read research studies, spoke with experts and scoured books to identify a handful of evidence-informed guidelines […]

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  • Sleep Tips for the Busy Mom
    07/04/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Sleep Tips for the Busy Mom

    Sleep deprivation sucks. When I’m tired, I lose patience, have less mental clarity and overall I’m just not very fun. In 2010, a survey done in the UK revealed that parents lose an average of 6 months of sleep during the first 24 months of a child’s life. Woah – that’s a crazy amount of lost […]

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  • Make snack time matter
    10/02/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Make snack time matter

    Kids who eat in between meals consume an average of 1-3 snacks per day. That totals to almost 1100 snack times each year! Imagine which new foods you could introduce and what unhealthy habits you could break in that amount of time. Studies show it takes 10-15 introductions for a child to be comfortable with a […]

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  • Natural medicines – for tree-huggers, Moms or both? 
    23/10/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 1 Comment
    Natural medicines – for tree-huggers, Moms or both?

    I grew up pretty skeptical of natural remedies. My doctor never recommended them and my parents weren’t exactly the earth-lovin’ hippie types that come to mind when you think of herbal medicine. It wasn’t until I faced Lyme disease and the resulting chronic GI & nervous system issues in 2006 that I finally gave natural […]

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  • Squash in a pancake??
    10/10/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Squash in a pancake??

    Earlier this week, I posted a super yummy recipe for Roasted Sweet Squash Bites. I’m still on a squash kick this week, so here’s another one of my faves: Sweet Squash Pancakes!I wanted to create this recipe mainly for my son. He used to love squash, but he’s getting into a phase where he’s turning […]

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  • Roasted sweet squash bites
    07/10/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Roasted sweet squash bites

    Fall is finally here! I’m so ready to go squash crazy in the kitchen this year. Butternut squash is one of my absolute favorite things to cook up in the fall. Like my hubby, it’s naturally sweet and nutritious – I can’t get enough of it! Unfortunately, it can be a real hassle to prepare. […]

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  • It’s Like Christmas for Healthy Home Cooks
    17/06/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    It’s Like Christmas for Healthy Home Cooks

    Oooo, I’m amped up with excitement. It’s like Christmas for chefs, foodies & healthy home cooks alike. The energy buzz is palpable. For the past few weeks, whenever I see friends and fellow members around town, we flash tooth-filled smiles and remind each other that summer’s about to start. Last week, our summer CSA started! […]

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  • How to Skip The Sudafed, Mama
    07/01/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    How to Skip The Sudafed, Mama

    Mommy & daddy are frickin’ sick. Yes, after maybe 3+ years of not catching a cold or flu in the winter, I’m sick and I’m pissed about it. I broke two of my own golden rules of staying healthy (see Tip #1 and #4) and ran myself into illness.  As much as I love Charlie Brown, […]

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