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  • Let’s Put a Stop to Breastfeeding Inequality!
    03/08/2020 - healthymamasforhappyfamilies 0 Comments
    Let’s Put a Stop to Breastfeeding Inequality!

    Breastfeeding is healthy, natural, and a heck of a lot cheaper than formula. For some mamas, the practice comes easy, and they’re well on their way to a happy, healthy relationship with breastfeeding. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. From a lack of maternity leave or pumping breaks to a lack of medical and personal […]

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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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  • Chuck the Chocolate Bunny: 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
    13/04/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Chuck the Chocolate Bunny: 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

    Spring has arrived, and so have the promises of that pesky little bunny with his eggs full of chocolate and jelly beans! Indulging in a few delicious seasonal treats is always fun (Cadbury Eggs, anyone?), but a basket of giant chocolate bunnies and bags of sugary candy + a kid usually doesn’t make for the […]

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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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  • 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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  • 10 Family-Friendly Recipes for Serving Whole Grains
    19/02/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    10 Family-Friendly Recipes for Serving Whole Grains

    Whole grains are the foundation of a healthy diet, but unfortunately are lacking in many of our kitchens today. In fact, according to a 2015 survey by the Whole Grains Council, only 31 percent of Americans always choose whole grains over unhealthy refined grain products. So what’s the fuss about, anyway? Unlike stripped down refined […]

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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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  • No Sugar, Date-Sweetened Muffins
    24/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    No Sugar, Date-Sweetened Muffins

    Muffins are so easy for grab-n-go breakfasts or snacks. I love that I can pack them with nutritious ingredients without compromising on flavor, but I hate that the ones we love the most are loaded with sugar. For years, I scoured the web looking for a muffin recipe that used dates instead of sugar for […]

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  • 3-Minute Warming Seed + Honey Oatmeal
    24/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    3-Minute Warming Seed + Honey Oatmeal

    It’s time to toss the pre-packaged oatmeal for a healthier, more delicious option! Many people assume oatmeal takes too much time and requires cooking on the stovetop, but that’s not true! Making a delicious bowl or mason jar of oatmeal can be done in just 3 minutes! This is our favorite family recipe that can […]

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  • 10 Ways to Enjoy Nature in the Winter
    24/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    10 Ways to Enjoy Nature in the Winter

    In most parts of the country (especially here in the Northeast), winter isn’t a time that’s synonymous with the best time to get outside and explore. We long for warm summer or brisk fall days where we can enjoy all the natural beauty, and a grayer, leafless landscape often doesn’t appeal. But to slough off […]

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  • 10 Tools to Help Your Family Start Meditating
    08/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    10 Tools to Help Your Family Start Meditating

    It seems like every time a high-performing mogul recounts their daily routine lately, meditation is a part of it. Meditation has officially entered the mainstream, and proponents tout everything from increased focus and calm to a deeper feeling of well-being. Studies have shown that meditation is great for managing stress, to treat anxiety, depression and […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Magnesium: Because a kid has got to poop
    30/05/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Magnesium: Because a kid has got to poop

    Doesn’t it just break your heart when your little one can’t poop? Of course, it does! That’s why we do whatever it takes to remove the short term pain so our kids can have bowel movements. You’re probably familiar with Mirilax, Milk of magnesia, castor oil or colace. These are the most common stool softeners […]

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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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  • No Cow, No Problem: Dairy-Free Calcium Sources
    31/03/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    No Cow, No Problem: Dairy-Free Calcium Sources

    When deciding to write this post about dairy-free calcium sources, I immediately thought of a favorite children’s book by Sandra Boynton titled “Are You a Cow?” To most this is a silly question, but to certain nutrition experts this question is pertinent. There’s much debate over whether cow’s milk should be part of your diet […]

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  • Homemade Hemp Milk in 60 Seconds
    04/03/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Homemade Hemp Milk in 60 Seconds

    Patchouli. Marijuana. Hemp clothing. The munchies. Before going dairy-free five years, that’s the extent of my knowledge of hemp. Even now the word hemp brings back memories of funky bright-colored clothing strewn about the entrance of a shop on Newbury St in Boston. The thick smell of patchouli took my breath away that I never […]

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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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  • 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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  • Not all green beans taste like rubber
    25/07/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Not all green beans taste like rubber

    Sometimes green beans make me gag. Seriously. They were a staple of my Nana’s Thanksgiving menu growing up. My Nana was spunky, stylish and a fabulous cook. So, as a kid, I had no idea why she continued to serve these bland, rubbery green sticks. Given that she lived a long, mostly healthy life, I […]

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  • Baby-Led Weaning Saves Time!
    04/03/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 2 Comments
    Baby-Led Weaning Saves Time!

    We’ve hit another fun stage with my 6-month old son, Evren. It’s time for REAL FOOD. Yahoo! He’s been sitting up for awhile & regularly grabbing for our food. Plus, have I mentioned that he is a moose? At 6 months, he weighed in at 21 lbs! So, all signs point to food introduction and […]

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