Month: February 2014

Free Food and Family Bonding! (Let’s get growing!)

We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather, ┬átime and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.

Hand dropping seeds into soil

So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.

Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.

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As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!

Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!

What will you do with your loved ones this spring?

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American Heart Month

 

Each year, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. What most people don’t know, is that heart disease can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we’re offering tips for better heart health.

Attaining a healthy lifestyle all starts with one small step. Get healthy in the kitchen and spice up your dinner plate by using natural herbs and cutting out salt. Start your journey toward an active lifestyle by going for a 30 minute walk or bike ride each day. Most importantly, monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Each step you take, no matter how small, will bring you closer and closer to a healthier heart, so don’t get overwhelmed. Ask friends and family to join you on your journey to help you stay encouraged and focused.