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Holiday Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

by Sarah G. Mason   Even if you’re normally healthy as a horse, pregnancy weakens your immune system and can make you – and the little guy inside – more susceptible to food-borne illnesses. Though the holidays are filled with merry gatherings and fancy feasts, there are a few specific foods to add to the no-no list. Here are a …

Baby Sleeping Strategies

How to get your newborn to sleep is probably one of the hottest topics amongst new moms. And with good reason! Sleep deprivation is no joke. Walking around in a hazy fog all day is no fun. Forget that new pair of shoes you were eyeing, once you have a baby, sleep becomes the most coveted item in your life. …

Your Guide to Sexy Arms

The days of twiggy arms are long gone, and good riddance! These arm-toning exercises beat starvation any day. Arm-intensive aerobics. You want a cardio experience that not only builds core strength, but also gets your arms pumping. Kickboxing requires you to throw punches, uppercuts and jabs, while Pilates and yoga build upper body strength. Free weights. Have fun with free …

Which is Worse: Diet Soda or Regular Soda?

You’re craving the sweet fizzy flavor of your favorite brand of soda, and even though you’re on a diet, you decide this is one urge that you just can’t beat. After all, you’ll only get the diet version, so it’s barely even a cheat, right? Wrong. Although diet soda may seem like a slimmer-waist choice in the moment, studies show that …

Compost: Start Planning Next Year’s Garden Now

It’s no secret: the best way to have a good crop is to start with high-quality soil. Unfortunately, fertile soil takes many months to develop, and in the colder seasons it’s easy to neglect our summer garden plots. While your garden rests this winter, why not start up a new compost that will plump your summer produce, reduce your household …

Plant of the Month: Brussel Sprouts

Sprout stalks can be tricked into producing mature buds all at once by cutting their tops off three weeks prior to harvest. These mini-cabbages mature best in cool weather, otherwise turn flimsy and bitter. Brussel sprouts are an excellent source of Vitamin K Brussel sprouts taste sweetest after a surviving a frost. The odor associated with sprouts comes from the …