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The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: When to Buy Organic

Should I buy organic? Does it matter? Is it worth the extra cost? If I can’t afford to buy everything organic, how do I choose which foods to splurge on and which ones to save on? The Environmental Working Group creates a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, updated yearly, that ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular […]

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You Are Not Alone: Raising a Child With a Mental Illness Diagnosis

October is OCD Awareness month. I’d like to dedicate this piece to honor those who struggle with OCD or any other mental illness. Remember that you are not alone. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with clinical OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I would like to state that someone who has OCD is not someone that […]

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Sauerkraut, Yum!

Everything You Need to Know About Raw Fermented Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut.  When I think of this delicious food, my mouth starts to water.  I’ve always been a fan of sauerkraut. Even when I was little one of my favorite meals included sauerkraut, which was pork ribs covered in sauerkraut and baked to perfection.  Imagine my luck when I married into a German family!  They made […]

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Choking: Do You Know How To Save Your Child’s Life?

I have small children in my house.  I also have big children in my house.  Their ages range from seven months to twelve years of age.  Unfortunately, that means that there are many different toys for different ages in my house.  There are Squinkies, My Little Ponies, Littlest Pet Shop, Barbie’s, John Deere Tractors (which […]

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Mercy Peds Clinic

{Sponsored Post} Mercy Iowa City Pediatric Clinic

Meet Mercy Pediatrics, a clinic of five providers welcoming new patients and always accepting same day appointments.  We have a variety of pediatricians and a physician assistant with experience caring for infants through 21 year olds and a passion for helping the entire family!   Meet our team: Shirley Paul, MD I really enjoy my […]

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