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When I was growing up, most people I knew must have had pretty good vision.  I say that because contact lenses weren’t the norm like they are today.  If a person couldn’t see well, that person wore glasses.  And most of the people I knew didn’t.

Sure, my grandparents wore glasses, as did the lady at the front desk of our library, and probably a couple of…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 8, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments

Hayden's Valentine Hugs

One of the things I miss most about working in a first grade classroom is the arts and crafts projects.  There’s nothing quite like a child’s piece of artwork to bring a smile to the face of a teacher or parent.  Whether we were celebrating a holiday like Halloween or Christmas or creating a memorable display for Veteran’s Day or President’s Day, arts and crafts creations were wildly popular with the kids.  We traced, colored, cut and glued our way through the entire school year and had a…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 6, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

If Our Hair Is Our "Crowning Glory", Why Do We Punish It?

I would guess that since the dawn of time, women and probably some men too, have gone to great lengths to care for their hair (no pun intended).  Some of them wore wigs, presumably to protect their hair from intense sunlight, and others used a variety of methods to deal with everything from normal dirt, to graying and even hair loss.  Folks back then were pretty careful about their hair and only used natural ingredients because, well, that’s all they had.

Fast forward to the baby…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 5, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

Makes You Wanna Jump, Jump!!

When I was a little girl in Pittsburgh, jumping rope was one of my favorite things to do outside, aside from riding my bicycle.  If I wasn’t allowed to leave the yard, I could jump rope.  If nobody was allowed to come outside and play, I could jump rope.  It was easy and it was cheap.

During recess, there were several girls who had perfected the art of “double dutch” jumping.  This involved 2 girls, each holding the end of a jump rope in each hand, and at least 1 (sometimes 2) girls…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 4, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

Red is Not Just for Valentine’s. What Every Woman MUST Know!!

Here in the Chicagoland area, people are wearing RED today as part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.  Many people still do not realize that Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women over the age of 20, according to the AHA.  The upside to this?  It’s largely…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 1, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments

How to Have a Valentine's Party Without Hurting the Planet

If you’re the parent of a child in elementary school, you are likely very familiar with the concept of the “classroom party”.  As a mom of three, I spent many years helping to plan and organize these festive events for squirming, giggling kids.  And I loved every single minute of it!

And then after my kids…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 31, 2013 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Orange You Glad They Like It?

I absolutely LOVE my local Whole Foods Store (if you can call an hour’s drive one way local).  When you walk in the door, you are met with a HUGE produce section that looks alive.  It’s almost like a giant piece of artwork.  So many different colors, different textures, and different smells are just waiting for me…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 30, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

Ah! Ah! Achoooooo!!

Usually during the months of March and August, I start seeing the TV commercials with the annoying bee (why does he have that accent anyway?) and the happy people telling us to get Claritin Clear.  These commercials promise that you’ll be sneezing less, breathing easier and ready to work in the garden or play with your…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 29, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

Drowning in a Sea of Junk Mail

I’m not sure why, but “mail time” is a big deal in our house.  When my son was younger and I was trying to think up kid-friendly chores for him to do, getting the mail and bringing it into the house was a favorite of his, especially if he was expecting a card with money from his aunt & uncle or his grandparents.  Even my husband will regularly ask me “did anyone get the mail today”?…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 28, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

The Real Price of Your Bottled Water

I think most people would agree that water is vitally important to good health.  After all, our bodies are mainly comprised of it.  And we need to replenish it frequently because it’s used by our muscles, organs and tissues and we lose water through perspiration and waste elimination.  But while modern day society has embraced the concept of drinking water regularly, we have created a whole new set of problems for ourselves.

When I was a little girl, drinking water meant you needed a…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 25, 2013 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Your Kid Can Be a Veggie Virtuoso - Balanced Nutrition for Kids

Mealtimes are as different across the country as, well, families.  Each family approaches mealtime in a way that works for their particular situation.  Some choose a buffet style option where family members fill their plates at the stovetop or counter and then sit down at the table.  Others choose a family style option where serving bowls or plates are passed around the table, each family member taking a portion of his or her choosing.  And then there are other families, typically with…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 24, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Confessions of a Not Always Been Green Mom

I have a confession to make:  I was not always a Green Mom.  Just like I wasn’t “born” being a mom, I wasn’t born being green either.  Growing up, I ate vegetables out of a can, drank water out of the hose on hot days, and consumed waaaaay too much sugary cereal.  As a teen, I sprayed too much hairspray from an aerosol can, threw things away without thinking, and drove every chance I got, even if I was only going down the block.

When I did become a mom, my attitude…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Green Moms in Winter - Braving the SubZero Temperatures

Boy, what a difference a couple days make!  This past weekend, I was so excited that temperatures were warm enough to run errands on my bicycle.  Not so this morning.  This morning, we were greeted with a wind chill of -14 degrees.

For those of you who are not sure what a “wind chill” means, that is the number assigned to what the temperature feels like if you factor in the wind.  For those of us here in the Midwest, it just means brutal cold! And while yes, we should expect…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 22, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments

Green Moms and Germs

During my many years of parenting, I have discovered there are many things I would prefer not to touch.  Some of these things are pretty obvious – various bodily fluids, “icky” things like frogs (maybe that’s just me) and anything that could potentially bite me.

During flu season (I recently learned there is no such thing as cold season), there are some “not so obvious” things that I would prefer not to touch as well.  These are those every-day items that we routinely touch without…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 21, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Turn Your Trash Into CA$H

Recycling is not a new concept to most people.  People are now responding to the need for a greener planet by either reusing products around the home or recycling items they no longer wish to keep.  People are doing a better job of rinsing out their plastic containers, glass bottles and aluminum cans for pickup by the recycling agency.  More and more folks are bundling their newspapers and magazines for collection, rather than just throwing them away.  But what about those items deemed…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 17, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Our Obsession With Scent

I was recently visiting a friend who was cleaning out her kitchen cupboards.  It’s a bit too early for “spring cleaning” here in the Midwest, but she likes to thoroughly clean right after the holidays.  She says it’s a “New Year” kind of thing – out with the old and in with the new.

As I was sitting there, chatting away and drinking my tea, I noticed that my nose started to itch.  Actually, it started to burn a little bit and my eyes were tearing up.  I asked her if she’d gotten any…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 16, 2013 at 5:43pm — No Comments

What Have These Brave Kids Got to Lose?

I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser TV show.  To me, it’s not just about a group of people losing a large amount of weight and competing for a prize.  It’s about so much more than that.

I am overjoyed that the group behind this show has finally decided to take on the matter of child obesity.  It’s a sensitive subject and, so far, they have handled it beautifully.

Our children watch our every move.  We are responsible for the food we bring into the home, how many times we allow…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 15, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Tired of Wearing Sweatpants Because Nothing Else Fits?

Now that the New Year is here, do you find yourself staring into the closet wishing you could fit into clothes that seemed to fit just a few months ago?  Is your belt feeling a little tighter?

This is the time of year that millions of people resolve to lose weight.  You’ve likely seen commercials for the latest weight loss products that feature celebrities.  Typically, they involve purchasing expensive, pre-made meals or counting calories or points.  Many people start these…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 15, 2013 at 11:39am — No Comments

What No Mommy Should Have to Face - A Prayer for You

This is a very difficult post for me to write. But I am hoping that if any of my readers is facing a similar situation, you will know that you are not alone. My heart goes out to you. 25 years ago today, I received a phone call at work that would forever change my life.



This day started a four day ordeal of doctors, nurses, specialists......and tears. Buckets upon buckets of tears. My almost 11 month old baby boy was gone, one week before what would have been…

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Added by Penny Roach on December 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

My 7 Favorite Ways to Exercise With The Kids

When I was a youngster, you could hear all the mothers up and down the block saying the same thing:  “Go outside and play”.  And play we did!!  If one of the neighborhood kids was not outside playing with us, we automatically assumed that he or she was sick.  Nobody…
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Added by Penny Roach on December 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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