Steady Does It

Steady Does It

In today’s medical landscape, finding a primary care physician to monitor your health can feel like a herculean task. You’ve got to navigate complex insurance networks and endure long waits to be seen. And even if you do manage to get in for an appointment, there’s no guarantee you’ll forge a connection with your doctor that encourages you to return. But SteadyMD, an innovative telemedicine company, has found a way to make establishing a relationship with a primary care doctor easy, efficient, and (dare we say) enjoyable. Not only does SteadyMD’s Matching Engine ensure you’re paired with a board-certified physician who...

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Beach Trip to Duck: Part II

Beach Trip to Duck: Part II

Here’s part II of our family summer beach trip to Duck. If you missed part I, read it here! Our Beach Trip Family Crew: I left off with blue skies The post storm blues were bright! We spent two days going back and forth from pool to beach. Breakfasts + Beach Time Thomas worked on this paint by number each evening the whole week. The kids (luckily) didn’t need to open their canvases because we got lucky with the weather. (We were seriously prepared for DAYS of rain!) Nona took the boys out for a few little adventures, but we otherwise didn’t really leave...

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Host an Epic Backyard Barbeque

Host an Epic Backyard Barbeque

This summer, more than any other, we’re ready to gather with our squad to share good food and good times. That’s why we’ve crafted this menu for small, grill-loving groups. From young to old, there’s something for everyone. For example, quesadillas—a typical kids’ favorite—can easily be veganized and jazzed up with added flavors to win over adults. Plain old salad becomes a revelation when you grill it and add bacon-like coconut chips. And pretty much any veggie is sensational when it comes off the barbecue! Wrap up your meal with our Gingery Chocolate Raspberry Tart, and chase it with an ingenious...

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Is Sunscreen Worth It?

Is Sunscreen Worth It?

Between damage to sea life, nasty chemical ingredients, and the fact that skin cancer rates are still rising, you might be questioning whether sunscreen is such a good idea. It is—if you choose the right kind. You’ve  heard  it  a  hundred  times—as  pleas  from  parents,  product  taglines,  or  public service announcements: “Wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer!” During summer months, you comply by slathering coconut-scented creams onto your exposed skin. And why wouldn’t you? It’s a simple equation: The sun produces ultraviolet (UV) rays, which cause sunburns and skin cancer. Using a full-spectrum sunscreen helps prevent UV rays from penetrating the...

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A Driving Force

A Driving Force

Long before electric vehicles (EVs) became an ordinary sight on roads across the country, Daniel Novy—whose last name, fittingly, means “new”—was an enthusiast. The Slovakian- born machinist and amateur auto mechanic read up on EV technology … then built his own e-car. Technically, Novy’s project, completed in his garage over several months, involved replacing the internal combustion engine of a 1990 Honda CRX with a lithium-ion battery. He kept the original transmission, making his converted car different from most EVs, which have just one gear. *  ALL CHARGED UP WITH PLACES TO GO After driving his DIY EV for a couple of...

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Outer Banks Family Trip: Part I

Outer Banks Family Trip: Part I

Here are all the photos, fun, and food from our annual Outer Banks family trip to Duck, North Carolina. Hurricane Isaias didn’t get us down! Summer’s Last Hurrah It’s the tradition to go to Bald Head with my side of the family at the beginning of the summer and join Thomas’s side of the family for an Outer Banks family trip to Duck as our end-of-summer last hurrah before we start thinking about back to school*. *Or whatever. We rented a house in Duck that T’s family had rented about 10 years prior for several years in a row. It had all...

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Wicked Meaty

Wicked Meaty

SEITAN BRISKET This recipe will certainly turn some heads with the look, smoky smell, and amazing flavor of a proper Texas BBQ! You can tweak the seitan by adding some blended tofu or blended beans into the wet mixture; this will give the brisket a less crumbly texture. SLOPPY BBQ JACKFRUIT SLIDERS Get a roll of paper towels and dive in. Sticky, spicy BBQ sauce, creamy sriracha mayo, crunchy slaw, and sour pickles … this little sandwich has got it going on. And the jackfruit: If you haven’t tried it yet, get ready for one of the chewiest, most satisfying plant foods...

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Things To Keep In Your Pool Bag

Things To Keep In Your Pool Bag

August 10, 2020 I’ll be here tomorrow with a recap of our beach trip to the Outer Banks. Until then, here’s a sneak peek into the items I keep in our beach and pool bag to give you ideas of things to keep in your yours – so you’re always prepared and ready to splash!  I pack our pool bag back up the minute we get home from the pool so it’s ready to go the next time we need it. (Well actually I usually wash our towels first, and then re-pack it!) These are the basics we keep inside so...

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Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

Amazing Blueberry Pie Bars with an irresistible shortbread crust. Made with walnuts, oats, and coconut sugar, the whole family will love this treat! It’s a crumble! It’s a shortbread! It’s a buttery, oaty, nutty pie-like creation in bar form with mounds of juicy blueberries sent straight from the heavens. Because I just cannot and will not stop with the summery fruit treats. Believe me when I say that this recipe is mind-bogglingly good. I was rather shocked by the first bite. Jeff first sank his teeth into one and let out the longest “mmmmmmm” I’ve heard in quite a while. He...

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Damn Good Advice: Is It Possible to Boost Immunity?

Damn Good Advice: Is It Possible to Boost Immunity?

Yes, absolutely! It’s worth mentioning that the goal is not to “stimulate” the immune system, but rather to “modulate” or change the immune response to make it as efficient as possible. Supplements to support the immune system Mushrooms: Medicinal mushrooms are rich in beta-glucans—a unique type of fiber that binds to and turns on immune cells. Studies show that beta-glucans help to normalize and potentiate the immune response. I generally recommend 1 to 2 g of mushrooms daily for this purpose. Probiotics: Approximately 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut! Probiotics (aka good bacteria) help maintain a healthy inner...

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