Mom” has a new favorite when it comes to strollers! The Chicco Capri Ultra Lightweight Umbrella Stroller pops right out of the box, already put together and ready for action! With no assembly required, the Capri weighs a mere 11 lbs. and is packable, portable, and perfect for busy families who are always on the move. It comes with a removable and adjustable sun canopy, and features a 5-point safety harness with super-soft padded shoulder straps for ultimate comfort.

The Capri is very light but it is extremely sturdy and durable, with an aluminum frame, front and rear wheel suspension, and lockable swivels on the front wheels. Whether you are hitting the park for a stroll, joining in on a stroller fitness class, or browsing the shops at the mall, this lightweight stroller can accomodate any situation. The Chicco Capri fits children ages 6 – 36 months, up to 37. lbs. and is available in brilliant, bright color options to suit any taste, including Tangerine, Alaska, Black, Citrix, Lipstick, Noce, Seventies, and Topazio.

The Chicco Capri Ultra Lightweight Umbrella Stroller costs a reasonable $59.99, making it an affordable choice for your family. For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to purchase online, visit

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Keeping kids healthy as school starts can be a difficult task, especially as routines transition from summer fun to more fixed schedules and expectations. Here are a few safe and natural ways to help your kids stay healthy throughout the school year, written by Kelly Wilson, an editor for Teaching Resource Center.

Natural Ways to Keep Kids Healthy During the School Year

Teach Kids About Germs

For younger children who are concrete thinkers, the idea of invisible germs can be tough to grasp. This activity will help demonstrate that germs are all around us as well as how they spread.

For this activity, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Nutmeg (glitter will also work)
  • Lotion or petroleum jelly
  • cloths
  • soap, cold water and warm water

Put a small amount of lotion or petroleum jelly into each child’s hand, explaining that they need to rub them together. Sprinkle nutmeg over their hands, directing them to rub them together a second time for distribution purposes, and explain that the nutmeg is like germs we can’t see just with our eyes.

Go through your normal routine, allowing the “germs” to disperse – a half hour should do it. Then, have your child try to remove the “germs” by using a dry cloth. Try a second time, this time using only cold water. Finally, remove the “germs” by using soap and warm water, washing for 20 seconds.

Discuss with your child which way worked the best to remove the nutmeg “germs,” and investigate the room. Is there nutmeg anywhere else besides their hands? Explain that this is how germs spread, and use a cloth with soap and warm water to remove all traces of the nutmeg.

Teach Prevention Skills

Prevention skills are important for overall health. Kids can use these skills at home, during play dates, and throughout the school day to help stay healthy.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink a lot of water – fresh, seasonal vegetables help build our immune systems naturally
  • Exercise regularly as a family – take frequent walks or bike rides
  • Get plenty of rest – our bodies need relaxation to help manage stress and fight off illness
  • Consider a daily multi-vitamin and vitamin-C supplement
  • Cough into an elbow instead of into hands
  • Avoid sharing food and utensils
  • Wash hands often throughout the day

Since the Swine Flu scare the last couple of years, antibacterial products of all kinds have become available. Unfortunately, many of these contain toxins that are ultimately not good for us. Invest in all-natural soap and cleaning products to help avoid toxic chemicals but still help your children stay healthy.

A Hand Washing Song

Children don’t always like to wash their hands thoroughly (I know mine don’t), so I try to make it more fun. To be considered clean and germ-free, hands should be washed for a full twenty seconds, which is the equivalent of singing Happy Birthday through twice.

Instead of singing the traditional birthday song, try this one out, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday:

Washing hands can be fun
Make germs take a run
Use warm soap and water
In 20 seconds, you’re done!

Instead of singing the same verse twice, work together with your children to make up a silly second verse. Another option is to use the tunes of other well-known songs, like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (also known as the ABC song) or My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean. Your kids will love the chance to make up funny hand-washing songs to use over and over again!

When Kids Get Sick

In spite of our best efforts, our children will get sick – this is normal. Our bodies are powerful germ-fighters, and illness helps strengthen our immune systems. The common cold is the most familiar culprit, lasting about two weeks. Symptoms are uncomfortable but, even with a fever, not dangerous.

For those of us who want to avoid heading straight for over-the-counter remedies, there are a few options:

  • Nasal Irrigation – there are many products out there, including the neti pot, that will help clean out mucus naturally. Saline nasal spray also helps relieve congestion for shorter periods of time.
  • Provide warm, hearty soups and hot tea with lemon.
  • Avoid dairy products like milk or yogurt that promote phlegm production.
  • Rest, rest, rest – sleep is a wonderful all-natural remedy for illness.
  • Wait before going to the doctor – even with a fever, it’s important to give your children time to fight off a viral infection. Going to the doctor too soon can result in the doctor telling you that the illness is a viral infection which needs time to play out, or in unnecessary antibiotics.

These safe and natural methods will help your kids stay healthy throughout the school year!

Kelly Wilson is an editor for Teaching Resource Center, a Teacher Store providing high-quality, low-cost Teacher Supplies for over 25 years.

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Created by holistic nutrition coach Maya F. Bradstreet, this recipe makes a perfect addition to any picnic fare or packs easily for lunch at the office, and the best part is that it is gluten-free, dairy-free and even tree-nut free!


By Maya F. Bradstreet


1 8-oz package of soba noodles

4 tbsp sunflower seed butter

2 tbsp raw honey or agave

2 tbsp brown rice vinegar

2 tbsp tamari or braggs amino acids

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 head sliced bok choy

1 carrot, grated

1 bunch scallions, chopped

½ bunch cilantro, chopped

½ cup sliced almonds

½ cup sunflower seeds

1/3 knob ginger, minced

1 garlic clove, minced


Prepare soba noodles according to package, rinse with cold water and set aside.

In large bowl, combine nut butter, honey/agave, vinegar, tamari, and oil. Add garlic or ginger if desired. Add additional tablespoons of water if smoother consistency desired. Add soba noodles and toss to coat. Add remaining ingredients and mix to combine.

Serve immediately – or refrigerate (tastes great the next day, or the next!).

*Image and recipe courtesy of Maya F. Bradstreet. For more of her delightful recipes, visit *

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Lemon, garlic and fresh thyme tastes divine on this organic chicken dish from FATgirl Catering. What does FAT stand for? Flavorful, Addictive, and Tempting!

FATgirl’s Organic Lemon-Garlic Chicken


4 organic chicken breasts (skin on)

8 whole garlic cloves

2 organic lemons (sliced)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped)

4 oz. chicken stock (“Mom” prefers organic)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt

Cracked black pepper


Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium flame. Add ½ a tablespoon of thyme and sauté for about a minute – remove and set aside.

Add chicken pieces to bowl, season with salt and pepper. Squeeze 3-4 of the lemon slices over the chicken – toss so that every piece gets some love. In a separate bowl toss the garlic cloves in the remaining olive oil, salt, pepper and love (another lemon slice). Set aside.

Add the chicken to sauté pan – skin side down (and get ready to drool at the smell alone). Let the chicken cook about 4 minutes – then turn. Squeeze 2 more lemon slices over the cooked side and add the garlic cloves. Cook for another 4 minutes. Add lemon slices directly to the pan – to absorb all the lemony-garlic love on the bottom of the pan – toss the garlic. Add the chicken stock and thyme, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.

To serve, place a chicken breast on plate top with lemon slice, garlic cloves and spoon some of the sauce over it.

Great accompaniment to a fresh organic mixed green salad and a glass of Chardonnay. Bon Appetit!

*Recipe and image courtesy of FATgirl Catering.*

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A new twist on a classic grilled cheese is this Veggie Melt from French Meadows Bakery. All dressed up with sun dried tomato pesto, red onion slices and spinach, it is a wonderful choice for a healthy lunch!



2 slices French Meadow Bakery 16 Grain & Sprouted Bread

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato pesto

2 slices cheese (“Mom” prefers Brie cheese)

Red onion slices



Heat non-stick skillet or Panini press. Spread each slice with butter. When pan is hot place butter side down and spread pesto on slice. Add slice of cheese, onion slices, spinach and other slice of cheese. Top with other piece of bread and press sandwich down. Flip sandwich over and grill until golden brown. Slice in half and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of French Meadows Bakery, internationally recognized as a leading provider of naturally delicious and nutritious bakery products and desserts that suit a variety of dietary needs, such as certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, yeast-free and kosher.*

Mom” recently had the distinct pleasure of being introduced to Melvita, the #1 organic-certified beauty brand from France. This lovely collection of organic products for both mothers and their babies is specifically formulated to be hypoallergenic, alcohol-free and oil-free – perfect for cleansing, soothing and protecting even the most sensitive skin.

Tested by pediatricians and dermatologists, Melvita has created a full line for baby which includes: Shampoo Shower, Cleansing Milk, Moisturizing Milk, Changing Cream, Cleansing Water, Massage Oil, Nappy Change Milk, and Cold Cream Soap.

Mom” especially found the Cleansing Water to be a unique concept – this refreshing water for babies can be applied with a cotton pad or washable wipe, and leaves tender skin clean and smelling sweetly without having to immerse your little one in water. Perfect for times when you need to clean up baby quickly, especially while on-the-go! Another favorite is the Massage Oil, which contains Calendula, Argan and Carrot Oils. This light, relaxing oil glides on without feeling greasy and is wonderfully soothing to baby.

For mothers, Melvita offers 3 fabulous products: Stretch Mark Prevention, Body Milk, and Nipple Balm. The Nipple Balm is both food-based and organic, and does not need to be washed off before breastfeeding baby, as it is safe for ingestion. (a BIG improvement over petroleum-based products!)

This organic line makes a wonderful baby shower gift for both the mama-to-be and her eagerly awaited child. To learn more about Melvita, or to order their organic products for baby & mum, please visit their website.

About Melvita

Melvita offers skin, hair and personal care for the whole family as well as nutritional supplements and its own line of organic honey, that retail between $3 and $56. Founded in the Ardèche, France by beekeeper and biologist Bernard Chevilliat in 1983, Melvita (meaning “honey and life” in Latin) has always been a passionate advocate for the complete organic lifestyle. Each of Melvita’s products carries the prestigious ECOCERT certification, certifying its products are organic and ecological, including packaging and company practices. For more information and to view an inspirational video that explains the heritage and mission of Melvita, visit

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